It pains me to share that the SUNYLA 2020 annual conference will no longer take place at MVCC. The conference will take place virtually sometime around June 17-19. The schedule may be condensed to not cover the whole three day period. Do continue to save those dates in your calendars in the meantime. There are many details yet to be ironed out, but I wanted to let everyone know about this switch early so you can plan ahead. Please cancel hotel reservations if you have already made them.
Please know that I didn’t come upon this decision lightly. The SUNYLA conference is my favorite networking and professional development event of the year. Now more than ever, I’m craving the need to meet, share, and above all laugh with my fellow library professionals. It will not be the same online, BUT the planning committee is trying to come up with creative options to keep the social spirit of the conference. Having the conference online will also provide unique opportunities to record and archive sessions.
For those of you that have submitted presentation proposals, Alana Nuth will be in touch with you about acceptance. Those that are accepted, please reflect on whether or not your presentation will be beneficial given the new delivery method. You can always present next year if you don’t feel your presentation translates well to the online environment. There will be a form sent to accepted presenters to indicate their willingness to present virtually and an option to change the session format (i.e. change a breakout session to a lightning talk).
Registration for the online conference is not available yet, and it has not been decided whether or not there will be a registration fee. IF there is a registration fee, it will be minimal.
Feel free to use the online contact form with any conference questions. Take care and stay safe.
Jocelyn Ireland, Conference Chair
SUNYLA’s annual conference will take place June 17-19, 2020 at Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, NY. Any questions about the conference can be directed to the Conference Chair, Jocelyn Ireland, email@example.com.
Other upcoming dates to watch out for:
Please submit poster session proposals here: Call for Poster Session Proposals. The poster session will take place virtually sometime on June 18th.
Deadline to submit poster proposals: March 27, 2020
Poster proposals are welcome from librarians or library staff, SUNY or non-SUNY.
- With the conference now being online, the poster presentations will be done virtually too. It’s up to the presenter(s) how they want to do their presentation. It can be done as a slideshow through Zoom, a recorded video, a high resolution file of the poster with a written summary expanding on the project – use your creativity. Doing a virtual poster session will be new for us all, but we will make it work!
- If you have any questions please contact poster proposal lead Andrea Kingston (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Planning Committee is accepting proposals for pre-conference workshops, lightning talks, and breakout session presentations.
Please submit your proposals here: Call for Proposals. Submit a separate form for each workshop or presentation if proposing multiple sessions. A separate call for poster session proposals will be sent in March.
Date: June 17, 2020
Length of time: 90 minutes
Typical workshops are active trainings where participants have the opportunity for hands-on practice or time for critical thinking and application.
- Breakout session presentation
Date: June 18-19, 2020
Length of time: 45 minutes
Date: June 18-19, 2020
Length of time: 10 minutes or under
For information regarding conference expense reimbursement, please refer to the Guidelines for the SUNYLA Annual Conference Expenses. Presenters receive a 25% registration fee discount.
Thank you for your interest and we look forward to seeing you at MVCC for SUNYLA 2020!
Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, winner of ACRL’s 2019 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year, will be SUNYLA’s 2020 keynote speaker. We are thrilled to have her! Among other things, she will be speaking on leveraging creativity to inspire and integrate equity, diversity, and inclusion values in libraries.