Panhandle Academic Libraries Conference 2020

Date(s) - 07/24/2020
8:30 am CDT - 4:00 pm CDT

Florida State University - Panama City, Holley Academic Center

Call for Proposals

Panhandle Academic Libraries Conference

Focus on Libraries: 2020 Vision

We would like to invite proposals for the annual Panhandle Academic Libraries Conference scheduled for Friday, July 24, 2020, at Florida State University – Panama City.

With the support of the Panhandle Library Access Network, we are pleased to present the second annual conference in the Panhandle for academic libraries.

Our theme is Focus on Libraries: 2020 Vision.

We seek proposals related to the conference theme in the areas of:

  • Subject Librarianship
  • Collaborations
  • Collections and Funding
  • Instruction
  • Technology
  • Innovation

Share your experiences, both successes and learning opportunities, with your colleagues. We will accept a maximum of TWO proposals per presenter (including individual and panel presentations).

Proposals should be for original work that has not been previously published. Special attention will be given to proposals that:

  • demonstrate new and innovative thinking;
  • generate ideas or report research that contribute to ongoing discussion about the future of academic libraries;
  • contribute ideas for positioning academic librarians to be leaders both on and off campus;
  • present strategies for implementing new ideas and technology; and
  • encourage learning among conference attendees.

DEADLINE: Proposals are due by 11:59 pm, EST on Monday, March 16, 2020. Applicants will be notified about their proposal status by April 30, 2020. Presenters will be responsible for registering for the conference and for arranging their own travel and lodging.

Questions should be directed to


  • Panel Discussion: 40-minute discussion with 10-minute Q & A. Two to four panelists will provide multiple, diverse perspectives on a topic or theme, followed by 10 minutes of question and answer from the audience. Proposal abstracts should highlight practical takeaways for attendees.
  • Presentation: 40-minute talk with 10-minute Q & A. Presenter(s) will speak with the audience for 40 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of question and answer from the audience. Proposal abstracts should highlight practical takeaways for attendees.
  • Interactive Workshop: 50 minutes. Presenters will engage attendees in active, hands-on learning. Proposal abstracts should present a clear description of the activity as well as highlight the practical takeaways for attendees.
  • Roundtable: 50 minutes. Attendees are encouraged to participate in informal group discussions on topics of interest. Proposal abstracts should include sample questions that facilitators plan to use.

We are excited for this second conference and hope you will join us.

Your conference organizing team:

  • Jenni McKnight (Florida State University), conference co-chair
  • David Russell (Gulf Coast State College), conference co-chair
  • Valerie Boulos (Florida State University)
  • Regina Burgess (Panhandle Library Access Network)
  • Melissa Davis (Pensacola State College)
  • Brian Erb (Florida Virtual Campus)
  • Maria Goodspeed (Pensacola State College)
  • Mike Lane (Pensacola State College)
  • Alvin Lee (Florida A&M University)
  • Portia McQueen (Florida A&M University)
  • Michael Meth (Florida State University)
  • Michael Pritchard (Florida State University)
  • Lindsey Wharton (Florida State University)

Online Submission Form

Registration will open in April 2020.

2019 Panhandle Academic Libraries Conference

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