University of Wisconsin–Madison

Lead the Way: Libraries at the Heart of Community Engagement

Call for Proposals

UW-CrestBuilding on the success of the 2020 Lead the Way Conference and 2021 Lead the Way Symposium, the University of WI-Madison Information School is again hosting a Lead the Way conference on April 24-25, 2023 in Madison, WI. Keep libraries at the heart of communities by sharing your exciting community engagement projects and practices at the conference. Librarians and staff from all types of libraries are invited to attend and present. Proposals are due by October 16, 2022.

Please use this form for your submission.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • community engagement for beginners
  • how to be an engaged leader
  • services focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • making connections & partnerships within the community
  • community engagement and strategic planning
  • library as a lead community engagement institution
  • community engagement as library advocacy
  • community engagement related to all forms of accessibility
  • teaching as a form of engagement
  • leveraging technology to enhance engagement
  • community engagement and programing re-boots
  • using community data to inform decision making
  • how to fund community engagement projects
  • administrative strategies to foster community engagement

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Statement

The Program Committee encourages presenters representing a variety of personal and professional backgrounds, perspectives, and voices. We aim for conference presenters to be as diverse as the communities we serve. Submissions are welcome from anyone who is interested in presenting, including students, new professionals, first-time presenters, and representatives of allied professions.  

Proposal Evaluation

The committee will evaluate all of the submissions as individual entries, and how they fit within the balance of conference content as a whole. The Program Committee will evaluate all proposals submitted by the deadline using the following criteria:

  • Clarity of the proposal, particularly having well-developed content and sufficient speakers to address all relevant aspects of the topic;
  • Originality and relevance of the proposed topic;
  • Uniqueness of content in relation to other conference presentations;
  • A range of speaker experiences and representations 

How to submit a proposal

Please submit a 150-200 word description of your proposed session via this form by October 16, 2022. Sessions at the conference will be one hour.  Please include an additional sentence or two about how this proposal aligns with our diversity, inclusion and equity statement outlined above. Note that the proposal will not be the finalized description for the conference program; the committee will contact selected speakers for a final draft. Panel presentations are accepted.

All selected speakers will receive one complimentary conference registration (up to three speakers per session).

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe, 

Browse the previous program

2020 Program