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The 2019 Virginia Library Association Annual Conference, Peace, Love, and Libraries, will be held at Hilton Norfolk The Main, October 23-25.


2019 VLA Annual Conference will be the best ever… Because of you!

When you present at 2019 VLA, you have the opportunity to share your experience and knowledge with library colleagues from across Virginia, and network with others who share your interests! First time presenters are encouraged.  When we all share the work our libraries are doing, we help make Virginia Libraries better!


The deadline for proposals is April 3rd. Submitters will be notified in early May whether their proposal was accepted. If your proposal is accepted, up to two presenters in your session will receive 50% off the conference registration fee.


Not sure you want to present? Use this form to suggest topics or speakers.


Want to present but are uncertain whether your topic will be of interest? Check out the list of potential topics from others members! Or, check out the list of sessions from last year’s conference.


If you have any questions, please contact VLA Executive Director Lisa R. Varga at [email protected].

Submitting a proposal is as easy as one, two, three...

  1. Choose your submission Form
    1. VLA Proposal Form (main conference session proposals will be chosen by the 2019 VLA Conference Committee)
    2. VLACRL Conference-Within-A-Conference Proposal Form (proposals geared towards academic libraries will be peer-reviewed by members of the VLA Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries.
  2. Choose your session type – You have the opportunity to choose from a variety of formats to fit your content:
    1. 45-minute session – these sessions can be interactive lectures, open discussions/forums or panel discussions.
    2. 90-minute workshop – a longer format perfect for workshops or hands on presentations, giving attendees time to get hands-on with the content.
    3. Poster Session – Share with conference attendees in a more casual environment. Visually represent content on a poster and chat with interested passer-bys. Not sure what a poster presentation is, or why you should do one? Check out our Webinar outlining all the FAQs.
  3. Tell us about your session
    1. You will need to provide a short description of your session, the learning objectives/takeaways for the attendees, and a brief explanation of why you think your session would be a good fit for the conference.
    2. Choose from a list of topic categories those that best describe your session. Click here for a full list of options.
    3. Select your preferred presentation time (Thursday afternoon, Friday morning, or Friday afternoon).  Requested session times and dates will be honored wherever possible.
    4. Don’t forget to include the contact information for all your speakers!


All proposals will be judged based on relevance of topic to the attendees, suitability of presentation content to session type, and the innovative nature of the content.  Additionally, proposals for the VLACRL Conference-Within-a-Conference (academic track) will undergo peer-review.


YOUR participation is what makes the VLA Annual Conference possible – we hope to hear from you!


Jessica Scalph, 2019 VLA President

Katie Kalil, 2019 VLA Conference Chair

Dorinne Banks, 2019 VLACRL Conference-Within-A-Conference Chair

and the 2019 VLA Conference Committee