Call for Proposals: Small and Strategic Pre-Conference, extended to June 7, 2024

The Michigan Library Association Annual Conference is excited to announce the 2024 Small and Strategic Pre-Conference to be hosted ahead of the 2024 MLA Annual Conference. This day of programming is geared specifically toward front-line library staff from Michigan’s small and rural libraries, providing an opportunity for these dedicated library workers to network, learn, and discuss the concerns and needs specific to small libraries.

Small and rural libraries are some of the more important and nimble organizations that exist in our state, and they face unique challenges. The Michigan Library Association invites proposals for breakout sessions
related to this specific audience at the Small and Strategic Pre-Conference to be presented in person, on Oct. 15, 2024, at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. Breakouts are 45 minutes in length.

Breakout tracks will focus on Technology, Programming, and Stewardship. We are looking for proposals that elevate the ideas of intellectual freedom, equity, and collaboration, with a focus on digital literacy, de-escalation, underutilized resources, capital improvements, making a difference on a limited budget, passive programming, and more. Share the joys and wins of what our small and rural libraries can accomplish!

This invitation extends to all library professionals and partners – from first-time to experienced presenters, as well as professional speakers and subject matter experts. Submit your proposal today!

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