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64th biennial conference, October 18-22, 2021

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The 64th Biennial Conference will be held October 18 - 22, 2021, hosted jointly by NCLA and SELA (Southeastern Library Association). The theme is “S.E.E. the Future: Support. Educate. Empower.” 

Conference presentations will be available virtually as either pre-recorded or live sessions. We also plan to host some in-person events at the Benton Convention Center. The conference schedule will be released in July.

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Scholarships Available

If you are planning to attend the #NCLA21 conference co-sponsored by SELA, you can apply for a scholarship to cover the cost of registration! There are scholarships available for NC library workers and students. Applications are open until 5 p.m. on July 16.

NC library workers: slnc.info/NCLAscholar

The State Library of North Carolina (SLNC) is pleased to announce scholarships to support registration costs for North Carolina library staff attendance at the 64th Biennial NCLA/SELA Conference, Oct 18-22, 2021.  

These scholarships are made possible with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Awardee notification on July 26. 

Stay in the loop! Sign up for the SLNC News mailing list, http://slnc.info/SLNC-Mail to hear about scholarship application details and other updates from the State Library.

Students: tinyurl.com/nclaconf2

Conference scholarships are available for students thanks to the generosity of NCLA sections.

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Go to poster proposal information Deadline: June 15, 2021

The North Carolina Library Association is seeking proposals for the 64th NCLA Biennial Conference, a joint conference with SELA (Southeastern Library Association), from October 18-22, 2021. Proposals should address some aspect of this year’s conference theme, “S.E.E. the Future: Support. Empower. Educate.” 

At this time, we are accepting proposals for Pre-Conference Workshops, Paired Presentations, Presentations, and Panel Discussions (more information on each format below.) We encourage proposals for virtual presentations that represent all aspects of library work (including technical services, access services, interlibrary loan, reference, instruction, library administration, technology, youth services, and more) and all library workers (including library students, paraprofessionals, and members of underrepresented groups).

Conference presentations will be available virtually as either pre-recorded or live sessions. We also plan to host some in-person events at the Benton Convention Center. The conference schedule will be released in July.

2021 Conference Proposal Tips (pdf)

Poster Proposals

The Call for Proposals (CFP) for poster submissions opens March 15 for the NCLA 64th Biennial Conference. This year’s conference will be held October 18-22, 2021 and is hosted jointly by NCLA and SELA (Southeastern Library Association). 

The conference theme is “S.E.E. the Future: Support. Educate. Empower.” All posters will be virtual. We look forward to receiving poster proposals that represent all types of library work and all types of library staff, including LIS students. 

The CFP for poster submissions closes on June 15, 2021. Poster acceptance emails will be sent by July 16, 2021.  Poster design specifics will be posted after July 15.

Poster Proposal Information Needed

  • Primary Contact Name, Title, Library/Institution, Email

  • Membership Affiliation (NLCA, SELA, NCSLMA, none)

  • Speaker 1 Contact Name, Title, Library/Institution, Email

  • Speaker 2 Contact Name, Title, Library/Institution, Email (if needed)

  • Speaker 3 Contact Name, Title, Library/Institution, Email (if needed)

  • Additional Speakers (if needed)

  • Poster Title

  • Poster Description (maximum of 200 words)

  • Poster Takeaways

  • Related Tracks (will choose from list)

  • Is there any additional information that you would like to share with the Poster Committee?

Important Dates: 

  • February 15, 2021: CFP opens 

  • March 15, 2021: Poster proposals open

  • April 16, 2021: CFP closes; Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the Programs Committee (see criteria below)

  • May 14-19, 2021: Acceptance emails sent for presentations

  • June 15, 2021: Poster proposals close

  • July 1, 2021: Conference registration opens

  • July 12-16, 2021: Acceptance emails sent for posters

  • August/September 2021: Schedule times for pre-recording sessions or for rehearsing live sessions; solicit volunteer moderators 

  • September/early October: Pre-record sessions and host rehearsal sessions; assign moderators as needed

  • October 18-22, 2021: NCLA/SELA Conference 


Session Proposal Information Needed

  • Primary Contact Name

  • Primary Contact Email

  • Primary Contact Library/Institution

  • Membership Affiliation (NLCA, SELA, NCSLMA, none)

  • Format of Proposed Program

  • Presenter’s Name, Title, Library/Organization, and Email 

  • Moderator’s Name, Title, Library/Organization, and Email (for Panel Discussions only)

  • Pre-Conference Workshop OR Presentation Title

  • Pre-Conference Workshop OR Presentation Description (maximum of 500 words)

  • Pre-Conference Workshop OR Presentation Takeaways

  • Related Tracks [will choose from list]

  • Presentation Delivery Preference (for Presentations and Panel Discussions only) (Pre-Recorded [*Preferred]; Live with recording permission; Live with no recording permission)

  • Additional Information [Is there anything else you would like the Programs Committee to know about this proposal? (Section-sponsored; Speaker's unique expertise on/relationship to this topic, etc.)]


Session Formats: 

Proposals should fall into one of these categories: 

  • Pre-Conference Workshop (half-day, 3 hour) - These hands-on sessions will be offered on Monday, October 18 or Tuesday, October 19 and will not be recorded. These sessions should be interactive and collaborative. 

  • Paired Presentation (15-20 minutes per presentation; 2 presentations per time slot) - Presentations will be paired (by the Programs Committee) with another presentation on a related topic during the same session. 

  • Presentation (30-45 minutes) - Session presented by an individual or a group. 

  • Panel Discussion (45 minutes) - Session featuring a moderator and 2-4 panelists discussing a particular topic. 

  • Posters (Virtual) - Poster design specifics will be posted after July 16, 2021


Speaker Information/Expectations (For accepted proposals)

  • All speakers must register for the conference.
  • We strongly encourage speakers to pre-record their sessions to avoid technical issues. 

  • If a session is being pre-recorded, Speakers will record their presentations and submit them to the NCLA Program Committee prior to the conference. Training and specific instructions for recordings will be provided to all speakers at a later date.

  • All recordings will have transcripts/captions for accessibility. 

  • Note that presenters who pre-record their sessions will still have an opportunity for Q&A with conference attendees through our virtual conference platform. Q&A will be moderated by NCLA volunteers. 

  • If a session is live, speakers will be contacted by the NCLA Programs Committee to set up a time in September or early October to rehearse their session so that they are comfortable with the conference platform. 


Please direct any questions to programs@nclaonline.org.
Criteria for Evaluation: 

All proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the members of the Programs Committee based on these criteria: 

  • Clarity and thoughtfulness of proposal - The Programs Committee favors proposals that are very clear about their content, explicit about what presenters will do in the session and what attendees will take from the session, and thoughtful in identifying a meaningful focus and providing a compelling rationale. 

  • Connection to conference theme (see above) - The Programs Committee favors proposals that directly address the conference theme.

  • Content and issues are timely (see list of potential topics for ideas) - The Programs Committee favors proposals that address issues of relevance to library work and workers, including those of broad significance as well as those specific to a particular area. 

We are aware that present circumstances mean that our work can change rapidly, and we recognize that, as a result, you may need to alter your presentation. You will have the opportunity to update your presentation information closer to the date of the conference. 

Examples of potential topics:
  • Innovative programs and services 

  • Collaborations between librarians and libraries 

  • Moving forward from the pandemic 

  • Supporting and empowering marginalized/underrepresented groups in your community 

  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion 

  • Self-care

  • Sustainability efforts 

  • Sustaining library outreach virtually and in-person 

  • Design thinking, re-imagining ourselves 

  • Addressing digital equity gaps 

  • Supporting virtual learning in libraries  

  • Combating Mis/Disinformation

  • Critical Media Literacy 

  • Online teaching and learning in libraries 

  • Community partnerships  

  • Library advocacy

  • Social justice and libraries  

  • Financial health 

  • Collection development 

  • Cataloging for the future 

  • Providing access to library materials to your community 

  • Future of LIS education 

  • Equity in library policies


Conference Rates

Full Conference - $80 for NCLA or SELA members; $100 for non-members; $25 for students

Preconference - (live, not recorded) - $10 per preconference session

Recorded sessions - $40 (only for those unable to attend the full conference; access will be given after the conference) 

If we are able to offer in-person events during the conference week, full conference registrants may attend at no extra charge. Full conference registrants will also be given access to the recorded sessions.



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