Call for Papers, Posters, AND Lightning Talks for the 2016 MLA Tri-Chapter Meeting – SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED

Thank you to our members who have submitted paper and poster proposals for the 2016 MLA  Tri-Chapter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA on September 25-28, 2016. The Contributed Papers and Posters Committee has extended the proposal deadline to May 27, 2016. If you have an idea for a poster or paper, please consider applying! Additionally, if you will present a poster at the MLA Annual Meeting 2016 (Mosaic) in Toronto, we encourage you to submit your poster proposal for the MLA Tri-Chapter Meeting, so that those unable to attend Mosaic will be able to learn from you.

NEW program: We will also accept submissions for Lightning Talks. A Lightning Talk is brief, focuses on one main point, and and is verbally oriented. Each Lightning Talk will be strictly limited to no more than 5 minutes of presentation time.

The meeting theme is “L3: Librarians, Leadership and Learning” and will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City, just minutes away from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Philadelphia Academy of Music, and numerous other arts, dining, shopping and entertainment venues. We assure you the City of Brotherly Love and the conference will captivate you!

Proposals for papers and posters should relate to the meeting’s theme:

LIBRARIANS:  Discuss the evolving role of librarians and libraries, and show how you respond to change. Demonstrate best practices and innovative projects at your library.

LEADERSHIP: Share your achievements that have improved patient care, customer service, quality, education, or research. Show how you lead in your institution to increase diversity and reduce disparities.

LEARNING:  Discuss your role as both teacher and learner. Demonstrate how you transform education for health care professionals, students, or patients. Show new skills you have learned to improve your practice.

Guidelines for submissions:

  • Deadline to submit abstracts is MAY 27, 2016. Authors will be notified of acceptance by June 30, 2016.
  • Abstracts must be 300 words maximum. A structured abstract format is required. See MLA’s Research Section for guidance on structured abstracts:
  • Poster and paper submissions will be evaluated for originality, innovation, organization, and clarity of presentation, as well as relevance to the meeting’s theme of librarians, leadership, and learning.
  • Additional information (such as schedule and set up instructions) will be sent with acceptance notification.
  • Presenters must be authors and registered for the meeting.

Submit your abstract online:

You will receive an immediate confirmation receipt.

If you have questions about the submission process, please contact:

For contributed papers: Marie Ascher ( or Tony Nguyen (

For posters: Arpita Bose ( or Deniz Ender (

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