The 90th Annual Meeting of the Music Library Association—a joint meeting in collaboration with the Theatre Library Association (TLA)—will be held in Cincinnati, OH from March 3–March 7, 2021. The MLA Program Committee invites proposals for program content until 8am ET on Monday, May 18th, 2020.
This Annual Meeting is open to anyone with an interest in libraries, collections, or librarianship in the wide scope of the performing arts: music, theatre, dance, performance studies, popular entertainment, motion pictures, and broadcasting. We encourage proposals that are topically or practically relevant to these areas, especially those addressing new or emerging areas. We welcome proposals from library, archives, and information technology professionals, students, faculty, and others. MLA members, TLA members, and non-members may submit proposals.
Most sessions are 25, 55, or 85 minutes in length. Poster presentations take place within a specified conference time. Types of sessions include:
The Business Meeting Request Form covers requests for meeting spaces for committees, subcommittees, interest groups, task forces, working groups, and chapters.
MLA Annual Meeting proposals are reviewed by members of the Program Committee, which includes members of MLA and TLA. Proposals should address:
The Program Committee will evaluate proposals as anonymous submissions; proposals will be selected on the strength of the abstract, based on the above criteria. Special consideration will be given to proposals addressing new or emerging areas of performing arts librarianship, as well as those submitted by first-time presenters.
The Program Committee will additionally strive to select a balance of proposals reflecting the range of institutions (academic, public, special, etc.), specializations (cataloging, archives, information literacy, collection development, etc.), and attendees (librarians, archivists, paraprofessionals, students and emerging professionals, retirees, etc.) represented at our Annual Meetings.
The deadline to submit a proposal is 8am ET on Monday, May 18, 2020.
The Program Committee has created a public spreadsheet to allow 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. (Idea credit to the Society of American Archivists).
A separate call for business meeting room requests is forthcoming.
We look forward to your proposals! Please feel free to contact me with questions.
Kristina Shanton, Ithaca College
Program Chair, 2021 Annual Meeting