Symposium Call for Presenters Closes Jan 17 @ 5pm

call for presenters is open

The call for presenters for the 4th Annual Adult Services Symposium is now open! The Adult Services Symposium is designed to inspire, show, and share how libraries are successfully bringing adult and intergenerational groups in their communities together to read, learn, discuss, and connect. Learn more about the goals of this event and California Center for the Book before applying. This grant-funded professional development event is part of California Library Association’s Spring Fling programming. Library staff and community partners will be invited to attend. Attendee registration will open in February.

SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE JANUARY 17, 2020 at 5:00pm, with notifications in early February. Presentation submissions should fit clearly with the theme of GATHER, both as it relates to the community and as it relates to libraries across California gathering together. Our inspirational book is The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker. Estimate 10-15 minutes per presentation with time for Q&A at the end of the session and during an informal breakout session the last hour of the day.

Slides are optional. A required Presenter Planning Session will be held via Zoom on February 12, 2020 from 10:00am – 11:00am, so please tentatively save the date. Slides (if using) will be due one week before the Symposium. An optional, non-grant funded meet-up and book chat (on The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters by Priya Parker) will be held on Wednesday, March 25, the evening before the Symposium. Travel costs are covered via reimbursement for presenters. 

Presentations will be grouped into themed panels, all relating to the theme of GATHER, with plenty of time for conversation throughout the day.  Below are possible panel themes. On the application, there is an option to select a panel for your presentation, or to suggest an additional panel / topic. Possible panel topics include:

  • Gather Your Team (Leadership / Team Building / Meetings with Purpose)
  • Gather the Community to Read, Discuss & Act (Book to Action or community read programs)
  • Gather to Learn & Share with the Mental Health Initiative 2020
  • Gather Outside Library Walls (Outreach)
  • Gather Steam for Events (Marketing)
  • Gather Support (Advocacy)
  • Accessible, Adaptive & Inclusive Gatherings (Language, Translations, and much more)
  • Gather Community Partners (Community Partnerships, including Non-Traditional Partners)
  • Gather Round the Table (Food Literacy Programming)
  • Other (tell us more)

More info and details as they develop at /symposium/2020-symposium/.

Thursday, March 26, 2020
10:00AM – 4:00PM (includes lunch and breakout sessions the last hour)
Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Be sure to follow @CaliforniaCenterForTheBook on Instagram and Facebook for updates. We look forward to your submissions! You will receive an email confirmation and copy of your application.

Questions? Please email

—The California Center for the Book Advisory Council

California Center for the Book is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.