Call for proposals

ABQLA 85th Annual Conference

Montreal, Quebec, Thursday, May 4th, 2017
Gelber Conference Centre, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine, Montreal, QC H3W 1M6

ABQLA is pleased to invite members of the library and information professional community to submit conference proposals for their 85th annual conference to be held in Montreal on Thursday, May 4th, 2017. The theme for this year’s conference is New Libraries, New Opportunities. The conference will highlight practical strategies and methods that can help librarians and information specialists adapt their services and environment to meet the needs of their communities.

The ABQLA Conference Committee welcomes presentations, panels and/or workshops that exhibit creative, out-of-the box ideas and practical approaches on topics relevant to library and information professionals. We are particularly interested in innovative collaborations, designs, processes, and projects related to services, programs, instructional sessions, or library space that have benefited the library community and beyond. Other topics that address the conference theme in some aspect are also welcome.


General Information

  • Session format is a 30 minute presentation (25 minute presentation with 5 minutes for questions).

Guidelines & Instructions

  • Submissions must include a completed “Proposal Submission Form” and an attached Proposal (maximum 500 words) emailed to
  • Both submissions and presentations may be in either English or French.
  • Proposals must clearly indicate the nature of the subject matter and its relevance to the conference theme, as well as two learning outcomes for participants.
  • The one-day registration fee will be waived for the primary speaker.
  • All proposals will be peer reviewed by the ABQLA Conference Program Committee.
  • The submission deadline is Friday, January 27, 2017.


  • All submitters will be notified by February 10, 2017.
  • All presenters will be asked to submit a brief biography (max 100 words), a photograph, and an abbreviated abstract to be published in the program and posted on the ABQLA website.
  • All presenters will be asked to make their presentation available on the conference website.

Please contact ABQLA at 514-697-0146 or for further information.