AzLA-MPLA Call for Proposals – Deadline Extension

2014 AzLA-MPLA Joint Conference: Libraries: Best of the West!

Extended Deadline for Program Proposals

In response to member feedback, the 2014 AzLA/MPLA Annual Conference is granting an extra week for program submissions.  Proposals for preconferences, conference programs, and workshops will now be due Monday, May 5, to allow a little more time to work around busy Spring schedules.

The 2014 AzLA/MPLA Annual Conference will be held at the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort and Conference Center in Scottsdale/Fountain Hills, November 12 – 14, 2014.  This year’s joint conference will include attendees from Arizona and from throughout the 12-state Mountain Plains Region.  Together, our two associations will highlight the best our libraries have to offer: Creative approaches, new ideas and services, unique collections, and more!

Conference Theme

 The 2014 conference theme is “Libraries: Best of the West!”  Out here on the great frontier, what are your libraries doing not only to stay relevant, but to push the boundaries of library services?  How are your libraries building strong communities?  How do you balance serving your library against connecting with libraries with very different needs and populations?  In the constant duel for limited resources, how do your libraries promote themselves as “the good guys”?  Show off your frontier spirit by sharing the plans and strategies that have made your libraries among “The Best of the West!”

Submission Deadlines:

  • Preconferences, Programs, and Workshops: May 5, 2014 (extended).
  • Posters, Roundtables and Blitz Sessions: May 26, 2014.

Preconference Presenters must be available: 

  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014 

All other presenters must be available to present on either day of the conference: 

  • Thursday, November 13, 2014, and
  • Friday, November 14, 2014

Program Tracks:

  • Leadership & Staff Development – Explore leadership, management, and organizational/career development issues, trends, and best practices.
  • Children & Young Adults – Share exciting, practical, and theoretical ideas and information about serving children and young adults.
  • Information Literacy & Teaching – Focus on instruction techniques, theory, information literacy, and classroom trends and topics.
  • User Services – Explore collection development topics, new trends in designing user spaces, and improving public services.
  • Technology & Tech Services – Explore ideas and information about digital library issues, metadata standards, and hot new technology trends.
  • Library Outreach, Marketing and Advocacy – Teach others how to create partnerships, be aware of legislative issues, advocate for libraries, and utilize new marketing techniques and ideas.

For more information, or to submit your proposal online, visit the conference page at  You can also follow AZLA’s blog at, “like” us on Facebook, or follow our Twitter feed (hashtag #azlampla).

Online registration opens on August 26, 2014. Contact the AzLA Association Management Office for questions about registering for the conference or if you need assistance with your username and password. They can be reached at (480) 609-3999 or

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