Call For Proposals

Call For Proposals Deadline Extended to March 31.

The organizers of the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium invite breakout session proposals for our eighth annual conference to be held on June 7, 2019, at Lake Superior College.

This year’s theme, Sea Changes in Libraries, invites attendees to share stories of change, transformation, revolution, growth, and innovation. At LSLS19, we will learn from each others’ stories of big and small changes, reflect on the changes in our profession, and leave with tools to “sea changes” in our libraries.

Possibilities for presentation topics include:


How do our professional ethics keep us anchored? What tried and true ideas still work well? How do we remain innovative and adapt to changes in our libraries while also working with long-established standards and formats? How do we value, respect, and utilize institutional knowledge?

Tidal Shift

How are our roles, attitudes, spaces, collections, processes, and services changing to stay relevant to our communities? How do we envision our future? What new programming or initiatives have been successful at your library?

Smooth Sailing

What tips and tricks have you learned to tame the choppy waters of change? How have you navigated your library through a change? How did you create change on a budget? How do you manage or combat burnout in your role?


How have you collaborated to connect with your community? What services, programs, or collections does your library offer that meet the unique needs of your community?

Successful breakout session presentations will be applicable to many types of libraries and showcase effective and innovative practices. 60-minute breakout sessions should include 10-15 minutes of question and answer. Panel presentations, particularly those representing a diversity of library types, sizes, and/or locations, are strongly encouraged. All presenters will receive a discounted registration rate of $25.

Breakout session presenters should submit proposals at All proposals should be submitted by March 31st. Presenters will be notified of acceptance in early April.  

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 Jenny Lund at A complete listing of speakers, agenda, and costs will be released in April.