Call for Proposals: SUNYLA 2022

Soaring into the Future of Libraries

Conference hosted by Farmingdale State College
June 8–10, 2022

Call for Proposals

Deadline for workshop and presentation proposals: February 22, 2022

The Planning Committee for the SUNYLA Annual Conference is accepting proposals for pre-conference workshops, lightning talks, panels, and presentations in the following tracks:

      • Archives and Special Collections
      • Cataloging, Technical Services, and Collection Development
      • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
      • Leadership and Management
      • Open Educational Resources and Textbook Affordability
      • Outreach and Marketing
      • Professional Development
      • Public Services and Interlibrary Loan
      • Reference and Instruction
      • Scholarly Communication
      • Systems and Technology

The proposal form will allow you to assign more than one track to your presentation. If you are not sure which track your presentation fits into, there is an option to suggest a track.

We are planning an in-person conference, though we recognize that circumstances might change due to the ongoing pandemic. In addition to the in-person program, a limited number of prerecorded presentations will be included on the conference website so that presenters who are unable to travel to Farmingdale have an opportunity to participate, albeit asynchronously. Those presenters will be responsible for ensuring they have adequate technology to support presenting digitally (e.g., device, camera, microphone, video editing software).

If proposing multiple sessions, submit a separate form for each one. A separate call for poster session proposals will be sent in March.

Please submit your proposals here: Call for Proposals

Presentation options:

Pre-conference workshop
Date: June 8, 2022
Length: 90 minutes
Workshops are active training sessions where participants have the opportunity for hands-on practice or time for critical thinking and application.

Presentation or panel
Dates: June 9–10, 2022
Length: 45 minutes

Prerecorded presentation
Available on the conference website
Length: 20 minutes or less

Lightning talk
Dates: June 9–10, 2022
Length: 10 minutes
If you don’t think your topic needs a full 45 minutes, then consider sharing with a short lightning talk.

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to seeing you at SUNYLA 2022! Questions? Please contact Programming Subcommittee Chair Renae Rapp (

2022 SILC Instruction Showcase Recordings

Hello, SUNYLA! Here are the recordings from the 2022 SILC Instruction Showcase held on January 12, 2022. Thank you to everyone who presented and attended!

Choose Your Own Adventure: Building Confidence and Easing Anxiety in an Interactive Research Workshop for First-year Students presented by Christine Fena (Stony Brook)

Using Kahoot for In-Class Icebreakers presented by Heather Statler (SUNY Oneonta)

Incorporating Critical Information Literacy into Library Instruction presented by Nicole Thomas (University at Buffalo)

Technology-Free Pedagogy presented by Sarah Rhodes (SUNY Oneonta) *Please note, due to technical difficulties the recording for this session started after the presentation started. The SILC Committee apologizes for the inconvenience.

Building Gamification Into Your Lesson Plans presented by Alan Witt (SUNY Geneseo)

Using Microsoft and Google Forms for Enhancing Student Engagement in Online and In-Person Classes presented by Danielle S. Apfelbaum (SUNY Farmingdale)

Strategies for Engaging “At-Risk” Populations presented by Jocelyn Ireland & Claire Ehrlich (Mohawk Valley Community College)

Leveraging Faculty Relationships to Shift from One-Shots to Embedded Information Literacy presented by Kevin Adams (Alfred)

Using Kahoot to Teach Citation Skills to Students presented by Freya Gibbon (SUNY Cobleskill)

SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals: 
SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference | February 4, 2022
There’s no map for that: Adventures in library innovation, integration, and collaboration

Librarians are some of the most creative people, continually innovating to provide better service to our users. Sometimes our work turns out to be an adventure!

Have you found a new way to integrate existing systems together? Have you developed a new collaboration between library departments or other departments across campus? Has your library implemented a new tool and discovered that it can be useful in ways you had not imagined? Has a failure on one project led to a success on another? Have you ever found the solution to a problem while working on something totally unrelated? Send us your stories of serendipity, tell us your heroes’ journeys, or show us your map!

The SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference planning committee is seeking proposals describing your library’s adventures in innovation, integration, and collaboration.

Come share your experiences with your supportive and non-judgmental library colleagues at the SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference on February 4, 2022 (10:00am – 2:30pm EST).

Presentations should be 15-20 minutes in length, in a format that best suits your topic.

Technology requirements: Computer, internet connection, microphone/speakers (headset recommended) or telephone, quiet space for presenting, webcam optional

Accepting proposals until Friday, December 3, 2021. You do not need to be a SUNYLA member in order to attend or present at this free conference. Please submit your proposal HERE 

Watch: New Librarianship Symposium on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Watch SILC Committee member, Don Simmons Jr., and colleague, Laura Saunders, present at the New Librarianship Symposia, their session, Information Intersections: Mis-and Disinformation at the Convergence of Critical Information, Critical Pedagogy, and Critical Race Theory. Presentation start and end time: 2:09:50 –  2:59:45

Apply to Present at the SILC Instruction Showcase on January 12, 2022

As a follow-up to our successful EdTech Showcase in Aug. 2020, the SUNYLA Information Literacy Committee (SILC) is hosting an instruction showcase to inspire you as you gear up for the spring semester. We are looking for 10 presenters to share their expertise in instruction as it pertains to one of the following tracks:

      • Curriculum/Pedagogy
      • Assessment
      • Technology
      • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

All presentations will be held over Zoom. Presenters will be provided a link to their Zoom session. Presentations will be allotted 25 minutes– ~15 minutes will be used to share your ideas and the other 10 minutes will be used to engage the audience. This event will be free for everyone to attend.

Event Information:

      • Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
      • Submit a Proposal HERE
      • Proposals are due by Monday, December 20, 2021. Presenters will be notified of their acceptance or rejection no later than Wednesday, December 22, 2021.

Information Intersections… Proposal Presentation Don Simmons Jr and Laura Saunders

Watch SILC Committee member, Don Simmons Jr., and colleague, Laura Saunders, present their EDI proposal, Information Intersections: Mis-and Disinformation at the Convergence of Critical Information, Critical Pedagogy, and Critical Race Theory.

You can read the full proposal HERE and the video transcript HERE.

Keep an eye out for the full presentation to be posted shortly!


SILC October Community Conversation: Information Literacy ToolKit with Guest Speaker, Sarah Brandt

Please join the SUNYLA Information Literacy Committee’s monthly Community Conversation on Friday, October 22 at 1PM. We will be joined by Sarah Brandt from the University of Texas at Austin who will be discussing her Information Literacy Toolkit. Please email for the Zoom link.