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Proposals for the 2021 Core Forum are Now Being Accepted

Proposals for the 2021 Core Forum are Now Being Accepted

Submission Deadline: May 17, 2021

Preview the proposal form as a PDF.

The October 7-9 Core Forum in Baltimore will be our first opportunity to celebrate the diverse and interconnected library work of Core members. We’ll engage the collective expertise of presenters and participants, facilitating thought-provoking conversations over two days of presentations, tabletop exhibits, and poster sessions. There will be opportunities to safely reconnect with colleagues during receptions, dine-arounds, and in the uncommons space.

We’re looking for proposals that are thought-provoking and highly relevant to practitioners in the following areas:

  • Access and equity
  • Assessment
  • Buildings and operations
  • Leadership and management
  • Metadata and collections
  • Technology


Session – Concurrent sessions will be held on Friday and Saturday. Session presentations will be 45 minutes in length with 15 minutes for introduction and Q&A. Presenters are required to present in-person and register at the discounted presenter rate.

Preconference – Half-Day (3-4 hours) or Full-Day (5-6 hours) preconferences and tours (off-site venues) will be held on Thursday, October 7. Presenters are required to present in-person and a modest honorarium will be offered.

Poster – Posters may be the digital equivalent of a print poster, a short video, or recorded presentation. The poster session offers the opportunity to share and promote work, research, and ideas across the Forum’s content areas identified in the bulleted list above. Poster presentations will be available throughout the Forum, with special time reserved for participants to ask questions and engage in conversation with the presenters. Proposals will be evaluated on the following points:

  1. Relevance to the Forum’s program tracks and audience
  2. Opportunities for learning and applicability to current library trends
  3. Equality, Diversity, & Inclusion

We encourage diversity in presenters from a wide range of background, libraries, and experiences. We deliberately seek and strongly encourage submissions from underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, the LGBTQA+ community, and people with disabilities. We also strongly encourage submissions from public, school, and special libraries.

Vendors wishing to submit a proposal should partner with a library representative who is evaluating/using the product. Presenters will submit final presentation slides and/or electronic content (video, audio, etc.) to be made available online following the event. They will be able to register at a discounted rate and participate in the Forum as attendees.

Registration will open in June. Watch the Core Forum website for program announcements and join the list for ongoing Forum updates.

For questions, contact the Forum Planning Co-Chairs or Core Staff:

Submission Deadline: May 17, 2021