September 15, 2017 (Vol. 24, No. 17) ASSOCIATION NEWS

2018 OLA Conference Call for Proposals

The Oregon Library Association is pleased to announce the submission site for OLA Conference Programs for the 2018 OLA Annual Conference, which will take place in Eugene, OR, April 18-21, 2018, is NOW OPEN!


The Conference Committee invites OLA members and non-members alike to submit their program ideas for consideration. Once again, we will offer half-day and full-day pre-conferences on Wednesday, regular concurrent sessions on Thursday and Friday, and a full day of programming – with an emphasis on topics that especially appeal to members of OLA’s Oregon Association of School Libraries division – on Saturday.

OLA President Buzzy Nielsen selected this year’s conference theme: “Many Points of Light, One Bright Future,” which is the slogan for the Libraries of Eastern Oregon. OLA was granted permission to borrow their tagline – and adapt their logo – to highlight OLA’s on-going commitment to outreach, support, and collaboration with rural and small libraries. Read more about Buzzy’s theme choice on the 2018 OLA Conference page.

Keep in mind the proposal process is competitive and it’s unlikely that every proposal will be accepted. Applicants are encouraged to think creatively about how their program connects to this year’s conference theme!

The deadline for submissions is 9:00PM, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017. All submissions will be notified of acceptance or rejection by November 17, 2017.

Essential links:
OLA Conference Website
OLA Conference Programs

From here, find links for:
OLA Conference Program Proposal form
Program Proposal Practice form
Program Proposal Guidelines and Tips

Questions? Please contact the OLA Conference Program Committee Chair at

We look forward to reading your program proposals and wish everyone the best of luck!

Sue Ludington
2018 OLA Conference Program Chair