Meeting of the Music Library Association, Salt Lake City, UT, March 2-6, 2022

Call for Proposals

The 91st Annual Meeting of the Music Library Association is currently scheduled to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 2–6, 2022. The MLA Program Committee invites proposals for program content until 11:59pm PDT on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

The Music Library Association Annual Meeting is open to anyone with an interest in music and performing arts libraries, archives, collections, or librarianship. We encourage proposals that are topically or practically relevant to these areas; see Selection Criteria below for particular topics of interest. We welcome proposals from library, archives, and information technology professionals, students, faculty, and others, regardless of MLA membership. We especially encourage proposals from individuals from communities underrepresented and/or marginalized in library work and in society as a whole.

Proposal Types

Sessions are 25, 55, or 85 minutes in length and can be in person, remote, or hybrid. Poster presentations take place within a specified conference time. Session types include:

  • Presentation (individual, joint, or panel)
  • Plenary presentation (individual, joint, or panel). Plenaries are always 85 minutes in length. No other meetings, sessions, etc. are scheduled during plenaries. The content of plenaries should be of broad interest to Annual Meeting attendees.
  • Interactive presentation (significant audience engagement via an interactive, hands-on, or discussion-based component; can be individual presenter(s) or panel)
  • Town Hall (open discussion forum for topics of urgent interest to attendees)
  • Poster presentation
  • Other type of sessions not mentioned above

Submission Guidelines

  • An abstract is required and should be no longer than 3000 characters (not words).
  • Provide the names and email addresses of all known presenters.
  • Any individual may participate as a presenter in up to two sessions total (individual, group, or poster). Please apply as a presenter for no more than two sessions. This limitation does not apply to session moderators or participants in scheduled committee business meetings and interest group meetings.
  • Sessions at this MLA Annual Meeting are for the educational benefit of attendees; proposals promoting or selling products or services will not be accepted.

Selection Criteria

MLA Annual Meeting proposals are reviewed by members of the Program Committee. Proposals will be selected on the strength of their abstracts, based on these criteria:

  • The main points of your session
  • Relevance to attendees
  • How your proposal is unique or different from others that may address the same topic
  • How presenter(s) will engage the audience
  • Learning objectives, goals, or outcomes

Special consideration will be given to proposals:

  • Submitted by first-time presenters
  • Addressing new or emerging areas of music librarianship
  • Fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration
  • Relating to the most requested topics in the 2021 MLA post-conference survey:
    • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • Critical librarianship

The Program Committee will evaluate proposals as anonymous submissions except in cases where the identity of presenters is a vital part of the proposal. The Program Committee will additionally strive to select a balance of proposals reflecting the range of institutions (academic, public, special, etc.), specializations (cataloging/metadata, archives, information literacy, collection development, etc.), and audiences (librarians, archivists, paraprofessionals, students and emerging professionals, retirees, etc.) represented at our Annual Meetings.

Proposal Submission

The deadline to submit a proposal is 11:59pm PDT on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

Session Discussion Spreadsheet

The Program Committee has created a public spreadsheet to allow sharing of proposal ideas and to 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. The spreadsheet is also available on the Annual Meeting website.

Please Note

While we are currently planning an in-person meeting for March 2022, we recognize the possibility that the 2022 Annual Meeting may ultimately take place in an entirely virtual or a hybrid format. In the event of a change in format, updated information will be communicated to the presenters and the MLA membership as a whole.

A separate call for Community Choice proposals will occur in August 2021. Instead of being selected by the Program Committee, Community Choice presentations are selected in an open voting process announced on the MLA listserv.

A separate call for business meeting room requests is forthcoming.

We look forward to your proposals! Please feel free to contact me with questions.


Peter Shirts, Emory University
Program Committee Chair, 2022 Annual Meeting