Unsolicited (Non-TLA Unit) Conference Program Proposals

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The Texas Library Association Conference features over 400 sessions and events and more than 1,500 presenters. The proposal process is highly competitive, and every year the serving Conference Programming Committee reviews hundreds of submissions. The majority of conference programs originate from groups within the association.  If you are not affiliated with TLA but want to present a program idea for consideration, please submit the form below.

Proposals for our 2017 conference in San Antonio, TX are no longer being accepted.

Timeline: The time frame for submitting program proposals is January 1 to June 30 to be considered for the next year’s conference. If your program is not selected, and you want to propose it again for the following year, a new proposal submission is required since proposals are not carried over from year to year.

TLA will notify individuals ONLY if their programs are accepted by a TLA unit or the Conference Program Committee. Written proposals should be no longer than one (1) page. The proposal and speaker promotional materials must be submitted electronically via email to Elise Walker.


Program ideas and proposals are frequently submitted to TLA by the following individuals:

  • Librarians offering to conduct a program within their area of expertise
  • Representatives of companies exhibiting with TLA
  • Speakers and consultants
  • Speaker Bureau representatives
  • Publishers wishing to highlight authors as keynote speakers or panelists
  • Storytellers

From these diverse sources, TLA is frequently overwhelmed with many wonderful program suggestions. However, because of limited meeting space in the convention centers and a comprehensive array of programs planned by the TLA units and the Conference Program Committee, it is extremely rare for TLA to accept a program proposal from any of the external groups noted.

Our first priority for program assignments goes to our units. Occasionally, vendors will partner with a TLA unit for sponsorship of a certain program; otherwise, there is not a venue for vendor-sponsored programs

Download the abstract below if it is too long to fit in the text field.

Please list 3 learning outcomes for this program.

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Created on Nov 18, 2015 | Last updated October 27, 2016