Call For Proposals

Lake Superior Libraries Symposium 2017: Beyond Neutral

The Call for Proposals for Break-out Sessions is now closed.

The organizers of the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium (LSLS) invite Lightning Round proposals for our sixth annual conference to be held on June 9, 2017 at the University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A. Martin Library. The lightning round session will be held after lunch and presented to the entire group. Lightning round presentations will be 8-12 minutes in length.

This year’s theme, Beyond Neutral, invites attendees to challenge the traditional stance of libraries as neutral spaces. In the current political climate, how do we navigate our institutional restrictions while upholding our professional values? At LSLS17, we will look outward to connect with our community, and inward to reflect on ourselves and our profession.

Possibilities for presentation topics include:

Breaking Barriers, Opening Doors
What steps have you taken to make your library welcoming and accessible to your community? How have you connected with community partners or altered the physical space of your library?

Reflecting Our Communities
How have you used programming, collection development, displays, or services to support diversity and inclusion? Within your library, how do your policies and practices work with, or against, these initiatives?

Starting the Dialogue
How can we best address challenging questions within our profession, like our lack of professional diversity, the pace of change, and the library’s purpose? How have you facilitated conversations about these issues both within your library and with your community?

Successful lightning round presentations will be applicable to many types of libraries and showcase effective and innovative practices. All presenters will receive a discounted registration rate of $25.

Lightning round presenters should submit proposals at All proposals should be submitted by Friday, April 28th. Presenters will be notified of acceptance in early May.

LSLS allows library staff to share their expertise, learn from their colleagues, and network to develop a stronger community of information professionals. Staff from all types of libraries are encouraged to attend. The event is organized and supported by library staff and educators from Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin; for a full list of our supporters, see

For questions about proposals and submissions, please contact A complete listing of speakers, agenda, and costs will be released in April.