Call for Proposals: 2023 Spring Conference

The Eastern New York Chapter of ACRL (ENY/ACRL) is pleased to invite presenters to submit proposals for the upcoming 2023 Spring Conference Re-imagining the Library,” which will take place on May 18, 2023, at SUNY Oneonta. Consider this prompt: We are all re-imagining what our positions look like in the current stage of the pandemic. What challenges are we facing and how are we adjusting to this environment? What practices do we need to track changes in to serve our communities?

You may submit a proposal in three different session formats:

  • Poster sessions
  • Lightning rounds (5 mins)
  • Breakout sessions (45 mins)

Poster Sessions

Poster sessions are an excellent opportunity to share your ideas, research findings, projects, solutions to problems, or best practices. Posters will be on display throughout the day and presenters should be available to discuss their topics for two thirty-minute time slots.

Lightning Rounds

Presentations for the lightning round are limited to five minutes. There will be time for a general question and answer period after all presenters have finished. Topics should be connected to the conference theme of adaptation and/or librarianship.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout session proposals should cover 45 minutes, can include one to three presenters, and should incorporate a combination of introduction/presentation and the facilitation of an interactive group discussion. Topics should address an aspect of the conference theme of change and/or librarianship.

Submission Guidelines:

Please use the following link to submit your proposal: ENYACRL 2023 – Presentation Proposal Submission Form

If you have a question about the sessions or formats, please contact:

Sarah Rhodes –

Deadline for proposals is March 14, 2023. Proposals received after this date may be considered if space for participation is still available. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by April 4, 2023

2023 ENY/ACRL Conference-Save the Date!

2023 ENYACRL Conference – SAVE THE DATE! 

The 2023 ENYACRL Conference will be held in person on May 18, 2023 at SUNY Oneonta. The conference theme is Re-imagining the Library and the call for proposals is forthcoming. Please plan to join us! 

Conference Venue 

Hunt Union 

SUNY Oneonta 

108 Ravine Pkwy 

Oneonta, NY 13820 

Librarianship Conversations: January 10-12

Drawing inspiration from the success of our friendly neighbors at SUNYLA, the Programming Committee is hosting three conversations for community members. These conversations are informal ways to engage in discussion and meet fellow members of the library field.

There will be three conversations, themed around the three main areas of librarianship: reference and instruction; access services; and bibliographic and digital services. You can feel free to attend all conversations that interest you, regardless of your background and current position.

Facilitators will have questions prepared to start conversation, but please feel free to bring your own questions to pose to the group.

Please register using the following links for whichever conversation you are interested in:

ENYACRL Conversation – Access Services (facilitated by Alayna Vander Veer and Sarah Rhodes) on Tuesday, January 10th from 11 am – 12 pm:

ENYACRL Conversation – Reference and Instruction (facilitated by Giovanna Rita Colosi and Juan P. Denzer) on Wednesday, January 11th from 11 am – 12 pm:

ENYACRL Conversation – Bibliographic and Digital Services (facilitated by Lori Wienke and David Schuster) on Thursday, January 12th from 11 am – 12 pm:

We look forward to virtually seeing you at one of our conversations! If you can’t make these conversations, mark your calendar for our annual conference happening on May 18th, 2023 at SUNY Oneonta. More information about that conference will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

2022 ENY/ACRL Conference Information

The conference date is quickly approaching! Here is all of the information is one place, with more details forthcoming.

To see the schedule, go here.

To access a downloadable PDF of the schedule, go here.

To find out about the masking requirement, go here.

Parking for the conference will be available in the Irving Garage, which is next to the conference location, the Dineen College of Law. A parking map of SU North Campus which includes Irving Garage and the Dineen College of Law is available here.

2022 ENY/ACRL Conference Schedule

Theme: Resetting the Table: Inclusive Learning & Librarianship

Tuesday, May 10

Syracuse University College of Law

8:30 am – Registration with continental breakfast

9:00 am – Welcome by President

9:15 am – Keynote Speaker, William Myhill 

Presentation Title: Understanding Disability in the Library and Creating Inclusive Services

Presentation Abstract:

The keynote will critique our conceptualizations of disability toward a more inclusive understanding of the lived experience disability. Findings from and implications for higher education are reviewed. Takeaways for providing more inclusive library programs and services are presented.

Presentation Summary:

The presenter critiques how disability has been excluded throughout history and conceptualized as often in need of charity or cure. The present-day experience and reality of disability in higher education for the field of librarianship is reviewed. The then talk moves toward a more inclusive understanding of the lived experience disability and how this shift in understanding is necessary. The presenter concludes by offering the field strategies for providing more inclusive library programs and services.


William designed and presently teaches (part-time) IST-564 Accessible Library & Information Services for the Syracuse University (SU) iSchool incorporating Universal Design for Learning principles. He has worked in the fields of education and law over 30 years, collaborating with and providing services for diverse individuals with disabilities and cultural/linguistic differences through extensive research, teaching, and advocacy. He has a lifetime of personal experience with disability. Previously, in collaboration with the iSchool’s Center for Digital Literacy, William was co-PI for Project ENABLE (2010-15), where he co-developed and taught its curriculum and resources for creating inclusive library programs. As Director of Legal Research and Writing at SU’s Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) (2005-2018), William oversaw the Institute’s disability law and policy research initiatives, and supervised law student research and writing across numerous BBI projects. Presently and since February 2018, he has been serving as the University’s Interim Director & ADA/503/504 Coordinator in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

William is a member of the Disability Rights Bar Association – an organization of dedicated disability civil rights attorneys and scholars – and served on its Board of Directors (2011-2017). Formerly, William served as a special education teacher, facilitating, implementing and assessing individualized education programs for children with a range of disabilities, and as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Papua New Guinea. He has published widely on disability issues.

10:15 am Breakout session

11:15 am – Break and Posters and Vendors

11:45 am – Lunch

12:30 pm – Business Meeting

12:45 pm – Keynote Speaker, Nicole Thomas

Presentation Title: Critical Librarianship: Empowering Students through Inclusive Instruction

Presentation Abstract:

Teaching information literacy is an act of social justice. Librarians are in a critical position to transform the information seeking behavior of an increasingly diverse student population. How can librarians embrace their responsibility to educate beyond core search techniques and encourage students to take ownership of their learning? We must first acknowledge and understand oppressive power structures within our society, education system and profession. Additionally, as we recognize our positionality as educators, we can begin instilling agency in each student to learn how these structures impact scholarly research. As students realize their position in the scholarly conversation, they become critical of their information sources. Dismantling oppressive power structures in scholarship is the desired outcome of inclusive learning. This can be achieved by valuing diverse forms of expertise to increase the visibility and acceptance of marginalized voices.


Nicole Thomas is a Student Support & Engagement Librarian at SUNY University at Buffalo. Nicole engages undergraduate, international and transfer students through inclusive information literacy. She teaches through a social justice lens and has been actively implementing Critical Information Literacy principles into library instruction. Nicole’s work includes current service on the University at Buffalo President’s Advisory Council on Race (PACOR) Curriculum & Pedagogy Subcommittee and UB Libraries’ Equity and Social Justice Advisory Group (ESJAG) Hiring Committee.

1:45 pm – Lightning Rounds

2:15 pm – Break and Posters and Vendors

2:45 pm-  Breakout Session

3:45 pm –  Concluding Remarks by President

4:00 pm  – Library Tour

4:15 pm – ENYACRL Board Meeting