Friday, November 13, 2020

Call for Proposals for Presentation at the 2021 ALA IRRT Pre-Conference

 Call for Proposals for Presentation at the 2021 ALA IRRT Pre-Conference

The American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites you to submit presentation proposals for their 2021 pre-conference in Chicago, IL, date to be determined. If the conference is not held as an in-person event, the presentations will be in a virtual format.

The theme for this year’s pre-conference is Relevance and Effectiveness of Libraries in a Changing World. From the COVID-19 pandemic to issues of social justice to social media influences, libraries continue to face challenges in a rapidly changing world. The IFLA Section for Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (CPDWL) recognized the need for developing the skills and expertise for a rapidly changing world at its 2019 satellite conference. 

Considering these influences, the 2021 ALA IRRT Pre-Conference will include presentations that address opportunities for and examples of libraries’ effectiveness and relevance in a changing world. The following broad topics to be considered are:

  1. Libraries Adapting to the COVID World
  2. Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice
  3. Social Media Transforming Libraries
  4. Library Transformation through Technology

  5.  The Development of Digital Libraries

To submit a proposal, send an email with your attached proposal to co-chairs Gloria Creed-Dikeogu ( and Barbara Marson ( by end-of-business on February 5, 2021.

Please include your name(s), institutional affiliation(s), working title, and 300 word maximum description of your presentation. Proposals and presentations must be in English.



Barbara Marson, Ph.D.
MLS Program Director & International Liasion
Library Science Program, Dept. of Interdisciplinary Professions
119 Ragsdale, Mail Stop 172
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC  27858-4353

252-328-2347  Office
252-328-4368  Fax
MLS program website:

No comments: