Submit a Session or Meeting

Symposium on the Future of Libraries

The Center for the Future of Libraries is accepting session proposals for the 2018 Symposium on the Future of Libraries.  

Sponsored by the Center for the Future of Libraries, the Symposium features three days – Saturday, Sunday, and Monday – exploring the near-term trends already inspiring innovation in academic, public, school, and special libraries and the longer-term trends that will help us adapt to the needs of our communities.

These concurrent sessions will provide attendees with an opportunity to share some of the innovative work they are currently exploring in their libraries and to engage with outside innovators or experts.

Individuals interested in submitting a session proposal will be asked to provide a session title, description, preferred session times, and participants' contact information. First review of proposals will begin September 17th - priority placement will be given to those proposals received by the first review date.     

The 2017 Symposium on the Future of Libraries featured over 25 sessions adressing topics including civic engagement, creative placemaking, entrepreneurship, knowledge discovery, mobile service models, universal design, virtual reality, and more.

Proposals will be reviewed by members of the Center for the Future of Libraries Advisory Group.

Please contact Miguel Figueroa ( with any questions about the Symposium or about submitting a proposal for a concurrent session.  

Exhibitor Sessions

Exhibitors can offer educational programming at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting. 


Develop and conduct an educational session.

Exhibitors may reserve meeting rooms in the ALA block of meeting rooms at the Convention Center and official hotels. These sessions will be included in the official program, but exhibitors will be responsible for some expenses and should assume promotion responsibilities. For more information, or to submit a room request, use the 2018 Midwinter Meeting Exhibitor/Affiliate Submission Site


Present on one of the live stages in the exhibit hall.

Usually panel presentations, these are 45-minute sessions which can include an autographing session after the presentation. These opportunities can promote exhibitors' products, services and authors. Follow this link for an overview of the stages and opportunity to submit presentations. If questions, contact Lina Zabaneh at