Call for Proposals – LACUNY Institute 2018: Librarianship in Challenging Times

The LACUNY Institute is an annual, one-day conference open to LIS professionals, students, and the general public. It is organized by the Library Association of the City University of New York (LACUNY), and although geared to academic librarians, it strives to have broad relevance to the profession.

We invite proposals addressing this year’s conference theme, Librarianship in Challenging Times: Advocating for Intellectual Freedom, Democracy, and Equity.

In a time of a polarized political climate, economic uncertainty, and social inequity, how can libraries actively support themselves and their communities? How can we advocate for ourselves and for communities we serve? What is our role in upholding democratic values of intellectual freedom, free speech, and free expression? How can we resist fascism, misinformation, and censorship? How can libraries foster inclusivity and empower the disenfranchised?

Submission Deadline: Friday February 16, 2018
Poster session deadline: Friday March 2, 2018

Example topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The librarian as advocate
  •  Inclusive librarianship
  • The role of technology in upholding library values
  •  The politicization of (mis)information
  • Digital privacy
  •  Intellectual freedom
  • Censorship

Types of proposals:

  • Panel discussion (15 minutes/presenter): Moderated panel presentations with time for questions and discussion. You can submit as a full panel or as a potential individual panelist for a topic.
  • Interactive presentation (45 minutes): Teams of two lead a discussion on topic of their choice related to the theme, with one person presenting context and the other facilitating conversation.
  • Alt-sessions (15-30 minutes): An opportunity for exploring topics through multiple ways of knowing, e.g., short documentary, spoken word, performance art — if you have an idea for something interesting that isn’t a traditional presentation or poster, we’re interested in hearing from you!
  • Poster sessions

Submission Form:

Submission Deadline: Friday February 16, 2018
Poster session deadline: Friday March 2, 2018

Questions? Contact Mark Aaron Polger ( or Junior Tidal (