The Towson Conference for Academic Libraries (TCAL) invites proposals for TCAL Talks, virtual posters, and show & tell sessions. The 5th annual TCAL will be held virtually, launching for asynchronous viewing on August 12th. To best accommodate a variety of ideas, presenters can choose from three presentation formats:

This year’s theme is “Celebrate the Possible.” When projects work out, that is cause for celebration. But we also recognize that sometimes projects don’t work out; these situations create learning experiences, and the initiative to start them should still be celebrated!

Submission Types

TCAL Talks (6-8 minute recorded Pecha Kucha presentations)

Sharing innovative ideas, an A-HA! Moment, a virtual book review, or wish-list projects

Virtual Poster (with or without narration)

Presenting a traditionally physical poster online, sharing research, events, projects, or collaborations

Virtual Session (recorded presentation)

These presentations can range from 20-60 minutes in length. Great for ideas, projects, and case studies that require a closer look. Presenters are welcome to attach supplemental readings or optional activities for participants to engage with.

How to Submit Your Proposal

Please submit your interest by June 30, 2020 by completing this intent form. The deadline for final, completed submissions will be July 31, 2020.

Please be aware: while the final virtual location for hosting presentations has yet to be decided, we do intend to make all presentations open and freely available on the web.

All completed submissions will be reviewed by the conference committee. Presentations that include graphic images or language may not be posted. TCAL has no tolerance for discrimination, harassment, or bullying in any form. All participants have the right to pursue shared interests without harassment or discrimination in an environment that supports diversity and inclusion. Participants are expected to adhere to these principles and respect the rights of others.

In order to ensure your work, ideas, and scholarship can be received by all of our colleagues, we encourage you to ensure your presentation is digitally accessible. Please be sure to caption your audio, or provide a transcript, and include alternative text for any images you use.

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