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Proposals for the Conference on Academic Library Management (CALM) are due on December 1, 2023! 


The fourth Conference on Academic Library Management (CALM), taking place virtually May 14 - 16, 2024, invites proposals for presentations that inform and inspire the practice and application of management in academic libraries. This conference is geared towards current managers, administrators, coordinators, and those who aspire to take on those roles. We will focus on person-centered management practices that aim toward creating more just and inclusive workplaces. 


We invite proposals for 60-minute presentations on all topics related to library management, encompassing tips and advice, practical application, research, and learning from failures, in any area, including, but not limited to the following:


  • Advocacy & relationship building

  • Anti-racist management 

  • Budget & fiscal planning 

  • Communication & transparency

  • Crisis & emergency management

  • Decision-making

  • Fostering well-being 

  • Hiring practices & policies

  • Inclusion, diversity, equity, & accessibility

  • Managing up & sideways 

  • Motivation & empowerment

  • Onboarding & mentoring

  • Organizational culture/climate

  • Professional development

  • Supervision & evaluation

  • Team building & cultivation 

  • Work-life harmony & time management 


Proposal and Conference Timeline:

  • Proposals due: December 1, 2023

  • Notification of accepted proposals: Week of February 5, 2024

  • Conference: May 14-16, 2024


Proposals can be submitted using this Google form. Proposals will be evaluated with the following criteria:

  • Relevance to library management 

  • Practicality

  • Originality

  • Clarity on how the management practice impacts individuals (at any level of the organization) 

  • Appropriate amount of content for an hour-long presentation 


Proposals will be evaluated by at least three volunteer reviewers and finalists will be selected by the CALM Program Planning Committee.

If you have any questions or comments, let us know at

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