Call for Presenters

The ACRL Distance and Online Learning Section (DOLS) Conference Program Planning Committee is soliciting speakers for their panel presentation, “Learners of 2030: Preparing for Literacies and Skills of the Future.” This program will be a 60-minute interactive panel presentation held at the ALA Conference, June 22 through June 27, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois (exact date and time are pending schedule announcements from ALA). The program description is as follows:

Abstract: All types of libraries are shifting workflows and materials to teach patrons the expertise needed for job skill sets required to be successful in careers that do not yet exist. Join this panel session to hear from a diverse set of librarians on their perspectives, resources, and services related to needed skills, literacies, technologies, and the ways digital and online learning can be leveraged for the future. Engage with colleagues to begin to understand this new landscape and how we can prepare to better serve our patrons in academic, public, and school libraries.

We are seeking speakers from a variety of academic libraries, especially libraries serving a diverse student population. Speakers should be knowledgeable about and experienced with identifying and teaching new literacies, selecting and using technologies to craft an equitable and ethical future for all learners, and able to present on one of the session’s proposed learning outcomes:

Learning Outcomes:

  • Attendees will be able to describe projected shifts in the job market and in the composition of learner populations.
  • Attendees will be able to identify new literacies, critical thinking, and technology skills that will be needed to be successful in the future.
  • Attendees will be able to develop strategies to prepare for these needs at their libraries.

If you are interested in participating in this panel presentation as a speaker, please fill out our speaker interest form by February 17. Speakers will be selected and notified by February 24.

For questions about the program, contact:

Melissa Atkinson
Co-chair, ACRL DOLS Conference Program Planning Committee 2023