Call for Papers

The 88th annual meeting of the Music Library Association will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, from February 20-24, 2019. The MLA Program Committee invites MLA members to propose program content until 11:59 p.m. on Friday April 13, 2018. Non-MLA members wishing to participate should collaborate with MLA members or committees to develop and submit proposals.

Conference Theme

This year’s conference has a theme focusing on diversity and inclusion. Proposals relating to the theme are strongly encouraged but not required. Potential broad topics include but are not limited to explorations of music librarianship and race, gender, gender identity and expression, sexuality, mental health, learning disabilities, class, and religion. Presentations that seek to “de-center” the presenter and encourage discussion and audience interaction are welcome.

Session Discussion Spreadsheet

The program committee has created a public spreadsheet to facilitate sharing of proposal ideas and connect potential collaborators. The spreadsheet is an informal tool and the information in it will not be used by the committee in evaluating program proposals.  (Credit to the Society of American Archivists for the idea.)

Proposal Evaluation

MLA Annual Meeting proposals are peer-reviewed by members of the Program Committee. Each proposal will be evaluated on the strength of the abstract, the relevance of the proposal to music librarianship, the proposal’s relationship to the program theme, and the completeness of the proposal. In your abstract, please outline the proposal’s main points, how the proposal is different from others that may address the same topic, and how the presenter(s) will engage the audience. 

Please Note

  • Live Skype or other video conference presentations are strongly discouraged. If a presenter cannot attend the conference, the presentation should be pre-recorded as a video. Remote presenters may be teleconferenced in for the Q&A portion of the presentation.
  • A separate call for business meeting room requests is forthcoming.

The Program Committee looks forward to your proposals!


Anne Shelley
Program chair, 2019 Annual Meeting


The proposal deadline has passed. Please visit this site for further announcements concerning the conference program.

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