Call for Proposals

The organizers of the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium (LSLS) invite breakout session proposals for our ninth annual conference to be held on June 5, 2020, at the University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A. Martin Library in Duluth, Minnesota. The keynote speaker for LSLS 2020 will be Fobazi Ettarh.

This year’s theme, Mapping Our Identity, invites attendees to explore the varied identities of libraries and library workers and how those identities shift in response to external events, personal development, changes in communities, and more. At LSLS20 we will ask, and hopefully start to answer, the questions of “Who are we?,” “Who do we want to become?,” and “How are we getting there?”

Possibilities for presentation topics include:

Redefining Boundaries

How have we, as individuals or organizations, broken barriers to create a new sense of who we are? How do we balance our work with our personal lives? What do we do – and just as importantly, what don’t we do – to reinvigorate and advance our missions?

Expanding Our Reach

What partnerships have we been involved in, and how have they changed how we position ourselves? How can interdisciplinary approaches positively shift who we are and what we do? What types of programming, marketing campaigns, tools, or services have we implemented to reach farther than we used to?

Defining Ourselves

How do our personal identities intertwine with the identity of being a library worker? What happens when we shift jobs or professions partway through our careers? How does learning about our past influence who we are and who we’re becoming?

Protecting Our Identity

How do we ensure the security of the data we collect, the information and resources we steward, and the systems we use? How do we help our patrons protect their identities? How do we show that we value and advocate for the diverse identities of our communities?

Perceiving Libraries

How are libraries perceived, by library workers and by our communities? What do we find helpful about how library workers are perceived, and what might we like to change? How do we capitalize on the positive perceptions? How do we address what’s misunderstood?

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 $30.

Breakout session presenters should submit proposals at z.umn.edu/proposals. All proposals should be submitted by March 29th. 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 https://lakesuperiorlibrariessymposium.com/about/supporters/.

For questions about proposals and submissions, please contact Lisa Wheeler at ljwheele@d.umn.edu. A complete listing of speakers, agenda, and costs will be released in April.