Please join us for the SUNYLA annual conference taking place virtually June 17-18, 2020. This year we will focus on how libraries create and sustain an accessible, inclusive, and inspiring learning environment that exceeds user expectations. We are excited to have ACRL’s Academic/Research Librarian of the Year for 2019, Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, as this year’s keynote presenter.
Register today if you have not already! Registration is only $10. If you are a SUNYLA member, you can receive a coupon code to waive the registration fee. SUNYLA members can enter their email address at https://membership.sunyla.org/conference.php in order to receive the coupon code.
The first 200 registrants will have the opportunity to sign up for a care package mailed to their residence. Be sure to include your home address during registration.
Thank you to everyone that has registered for the conference! Links to all of the presentations will be sent to registrants after registration closes (June 12). Don’t worry about changing sessions that you signed up for during registration. Everyone will have access to every session’s link. Any questions can be sent with the contact form.
It pains me to share that the SUNYLA 2020 annual conference will no longer take place at MVCC. The conference will take place virtually June 17-18. 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
Please submit poster session proposals here: Call for Poster Session Proposals. The virtual poster session will take place asynchronously.
Deadline to submit poster proposals: April 27, 2020
Poster proposals are welcome from librarians or library staff, SUNY or non-SUNY.
It’s up to the presenter(s) how they want to do their presentation. It can be done as a recorded video, narrated slideshow, 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.