2023 VLA Professional Associates Forum: Call for ProposalsThe VLAPAF Conference is BACK! We are gathering on April 23-25, 2023 at the Marriott at City Center in Newport News! This is the ultimate conference for library support staff in Virginia. We are currently seeking conference proposals (deadline December 2) and we want you to share your expertise with colleagues from all around the state.

Tips and tricks for submitting a stellar proposal:

  1. Keep your proposal clear and to the point. We get a lot of proposals; make it as easy as possible for the reviewers to get enthusiastic about your submission.
  2. Consider your audience. Explain why library staff would be excited to attend your presentation.
  3. Include the theme. Look for keywords and concepts in the call for proposals and incorporate them into your submission.

Before you complete the submission form, have the following information available:

Presentation Title
Session Description: Please write a short description, 50 words or less, of your presentation. Remember to proofread. If accepted, this information will be printed in the conference program.*
Session Preference: Choose your session preference. The Conference Committee will make every effort to honor your choices, but cannot guarantee time slots.*

  • Monday morning
  • Monday afternoon
  • Tuesday morning
  • Tuesday afternoon
  • No preference
  • Will repeat session if requested

Your presentation fits into which of the following categories?

  • Academic Libraries
  • Adult Services
  • Circulation Services
  • Collections and Technical Services
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • General Interest
  • Management
  • Outreach Services
  • Pandemic Services
  • Public Libraries
  • Public Services
  • Special Libraries
  • Special Services
  • Youth Services
  • Other

Level of audience expertise needed:

  • Novice
  • Experienced
  • Advanced
  • Suitable for all audiences
  • Other

Contact information for all presenters (up to 4 per session)

The VLAPAF Board will evaluate all session proposals and will be in touch with you in January 2023. Thank you for your support of library associates in Virginia! Up to two presenters per session receive $75 off their conference registration fees.

Conference Co-Chairs:
Kathy Clevenger, Culpeper County Public Library
Debbie Pence, Virginia Commonwealth University

Hotel rooms at the Newport News Marriott will be available at the VLA group rate of $119.00 per night plus taxes and fees. Parking is complimentary.  A link to reserve hotel rooms will be posted when conference registration opens.