Call for 2020 Program Proposals

The 2020 Long Island Library Conference will be on May 14, 2020 at the Melville Marriott. The Conference Committee invites program proposals on all areas of librarianship. We are especially interested in proposals that align with the 2020 theme, “A Vision for the Future

Conference programs should be 60 minutes long, with the anticipation of 45 minutes of content, and 10 minutes of Q&A.

Proposal Evaluation
The Long Island Library Conference Committee will evaluate all proposals submitted by the deadline using the following criteria:

  • Keep titles clear and concise. Titles that run on too long will be shortened by the committee.
  • Merit and clarity of the 100-word program description
  • Relevance to the conference theme
  • Completeness of the proposal
  • Originality of proposed topic
  • Diversity of speakers and topics
    All proposals will be considered in the context of the overall structure of the conference and availability of time slots for proposed sessions.

Proposal Submission
The deadline for submitting proposals for the 2020 Long Island Library Conference is December 31, 2019. Use the LILC Google Form to submit your proposal.
If you have any questions about the proposal process, please contact the 2020 Program Chair, Jeff Baker at

Other Important Guidelines
INTERNET: Wireless Internet will be provided in all program rooms.
TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS: The Long Island Library Conference Committee does not make travel arrangements for speakers and presenters. Presenters and/or the sponsors are responsible for making these arrangements.
SPEAKER REGISTRATION FEES: Only 2 presenters from each program will receive complimentary registration. These complementary presenters DO NOT have to register for the conference through the website. Their names will be given directly to registration by the Programs Chair. All other presenters beside the complimentary 2 are required to register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee.
EQUIPMENT: The Marriott will provide internet access and items such as projectors, screens, microphones, tables, lecterns, etc. Laptops will not be provided. Speakers or sponsors will be required to bring their own laptops. Speakers will be responsible for providing ANY adapters, dongles, cables OR other accessories necessary for the connection of their equipment.
SPONSOR: All programs for the conference require a sponsoring group (individual libraries and companies cannot sponsor programs). A list of possible divisions and committees that can act as sponsors can be found on the NCLA and SCLA websites. NCLA website: SCLA website:

Save the Date! Our Next Conference Will Be Held on May 14, 2020

Make sure to mark your calendars: The 2020 Long Island Library Conference will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2020.  We are already working on providing a day filled with innovative and informational programs as well as networking opportunities, as we look at “A Vision for the Future“!

Check back here for more news as the date approaches.

Missed Online Registration? Not to Worry!

You still can attend the conference, just come prepared! Same day registration must be paid by cash or check only. The fee is $100.00 per person.

Bring your cash or check to the On-site Registration Desk near the entrance of the exhibit area in the Melville Marriott. Registration will open at 8am.

Last Chance to Save $$$ on the Long Island Library Conference

Pre-registration for the 44th Long Island Library Conference will be ending on May 1st. While you are absolutely welcome to attend without registering ahead of time, the price for same-day registration is $100.

This year’s conference is shaping up to be educational, engaging, and entertaining so click here to register and save yourself a few bucks.

We’re Partnering with United Veterans Beacon House this year!

This year we encourage all conference attendees to bring donations for the United Veterans Beacon House. Donations of toiletries and hygiene products are especially needed, but they also accept food and clothing.

United Veterans Beacon House is a Long Island 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1994 that is committed to serving homeless and at-risk U.S. Veterans. The agency fulfills its mission by providing emergency, temporary and permanent housing and specialized support services to veterans in need. As the premier provider of veterans housing, haven to 550 veteran residents annually. With a passionate commitment, Beacon House provides our veterans with the necessary coping skills for their successful return to independent living. Since its inception in 1994, the agency has positively impacted the lives of more than 20,000 veterans. For more information, visit

Association Registration Is Now Open

Nassau and Suffolk County library associations are invited to apply to have a booth at the Long Island Library Conference. More information about staffing a booth is available here.

If you are interested in requesting a booth for your association, please complete the online form.  
Click here to access the form.

Questions? Email Melaine Cardone Leathers at

Early-bird Registration Is Now Open

Get your 2019 off to a great start by registering for the Long Island Library Conference at our early-bird rate! This year, the library community will be going “Lighting the Way,” after experiencing a day packed with informative programs, opportunities to meet vendors, and an inspirational talk by our keynote speaker, Dave Isay.

Click here to register!