Submit a Conference Proposal

The 2019 Library Marketing and Communications Conference (LMCC) Planning Committee invites you to submit presentation proposals for consideration to our 5th Annual LMCC Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The conference will be held November 13-14, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.

Successful proposals will showcase the tried and true, the latest trends, and the best practices in marketing and communications. We want you to provide practical tips and takeaways that can be immediately applied to any library’s communication and marketing efforts. We’re looking for speakers who have done this work long enough to have experiences and lessons to share. You should be able to discuss the theory behind your decisions, as well as your actions themselves, and your results. Ideally, your presentation will be applicable and transferable to other types and sizes of libraries.

We welcome all proposals for consideration. Possible topics include:

  • Marketing & communications, with an emphasis on key themes:

    • Communications / PR / Media relations

    • Strategy / Research / Planning / Style guides

    • Workflow management

    • Staff buy-in / Internal support and partnerships

    • Diversity

    • User experience / Accessibility

  • Community engagement, with an emphasis on key themes:

    • Advocacy / Funding

    • Partnerships

    • Embedding

    • Promoting outreach programs & services

    • Engaging user groups

  • Marketing & communication tools, such as:

    • Videography / Animation / Editing

    • Social media

    • Graphic design

    • Website design

    • Other technology / Software

  • Topics for intermediate and advanced audiences

We welcome proposals from individuals or colleagues who want to co-present. We also encourage panel submissions in which speakers will share different takes on the same topic.

You should have enough content to fill at least 45 minutes, not counting Q&A (all sessions are 60 minutes long). You will be able to share handouts and slides with attendees electronically after the conference.


Submission Information

Submit your proposal through the online submission form by Friday, May 24th. The lead presenter will receive an automated email confirming receipt of the submission and will be notified if the proposal has been accepted.

All proposals must include the following:

  • Session Title

  • Session Description (100 words or less)

  • Type of Audience (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced)

  • Session Format

  • Learning Objectives

  • Presenter Contact Information

  • Presenter Biography


Proposal Timeline

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, May 24
Notification of Acceptance: Monday, July 1
If accepted, confirm you will speak by: Monday, July 15


Criteria for Acceptance:

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Speakers’ knowledge and experience

  • Useful/practical learning objectives

  • Topics’ broad appeal

  • Clarity of description

  • Originality

  • Interactive elements


Recommendations for a Successful Proposal:

  • Please write your proposal clearly, carefully, and completely. If you’re accepted, the information you’ve provided will appear online in the conference schedule and program.

  • LMCC reserves the right to adjust session titles and edit session descriptions where necessary.


Additional Information for Speakers:

  • A/V Info: Speakers will need to bring their own laptops to present from. LMCC will provide projectors, screens, podiums, mics, and tech assistance with set-up.

  • Speakers will be responsible for registering for the conference, and for arranging their own travel and lodging.

  • Please add LMCC’s email address speakers@lmcconference.org to your contact list so our future emails won’t go into your spam folder.


Questions?

Send us an email with the subject “Speaker Questions” to speakers@lmcconference.org.

Library Marketing and Communications Group
1190 Meramec Station Rd., Suite 207
Ballwin, MO 63021
800-843-8482
board@lmcconference.org

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