Panhandle Academic Libraries Conference 2022

Call for Proposals

We would like to invite proposals for the fourth annual Panhandle Academic Libraries Conference scheduled for Friday, July 22, 2022, at the University of West Florida in Pensacola.

Our keynote speaker for the conference is Loretta Parham, CEO and Library Director of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center.

Our theme is Moving Forward, Leading Change.

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). No presentation may have more than 5 presenters.

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 EXTENDED: Proposals are due by 11:59 pm, EST on Monday, April 11, 2022. Applicants will be notified about their proposal status by May 6, 2022. Presenters will be responsible for registering for the conference and for arranging their own travel and lodging. Presenters may request up to $500 to offset travel expenses.


  • Panel Discussion: 40-minute discussion with 10-minute Q & A. 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.
  • Pre-recorded Lightning Round: 5 minutes. Presenters will record a lightning round that will be available to conference attendees on-demand.

We plan to livestream and record all sessions at the conference and have them available for our colleagues who are unable to attend the conference in person.

We are excited for this fourth annual conference and hope you will join us!   Your conference organizing team:

  • Melissa Gonzalez, University of West Florida, Conference co-chair
  • Michelle Finley, University of West Florida, 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
  • Jeff Hipsher, Florida State University
  • Mike Lane, Pensacola State College
  • Alvin Lee, Florida A&M University
  • Portia McQueen, Florida A&M University
  • Jenni McKnight, Florida State University
  • Michael Meth, San Jose State University
  • David Russell, Gulf Coast State College

  Questions should be directed to Regina Burgess.