PLA Webinar Proposal

Want to be part of PLA's successful online continuing education program?

If you have an idea for a webinar you'd like to present for PLA, we encourage you to submit a proposal. PLA opens a call for webinar proposals twice per year, with deadlines of November 30 and May 31 of each year. Please contact with any questions or concerns about the webinar proposal process.

Webinar proposals must be submitted online using the form below.

Asterisk (*) indicates required field for final submission of a proposal. A primary contact's name, email address, title/position, and library/institution are required before an in-progress proposal can be saved as a draft. Incomplete proposals will not be considered. Prior to submitting a webinar proposal, please review the following documents:

Webinar proposals are reviewed on a biannual basis. Proposals submitted by May 31 will be considered for presentation in August or later; and proposals submitted by November 30 will be considered for presentation in February or later of the following year. Responses will be sent within 4–6 weeks. If accepted, submitted information may be edited for editorial style and clarity by PLA staff. If you have any questions or need assistance with this form, please contact

Selection Criteria

Proposals are reviewed by PLA staff and member volunteers, who use the following criteria to evaluate each proposal:

  • Description: Does the description clearly, with sufficient detail, outline the proposed webinar?
  • Learning Outcomes: Are the learning outcomes for attendees clear, specific, and practical?
  • Innovation/Significance: Does the content offer fresh, memorable ideas, methods, or resources?
  • Relevance: Is the content relevant to public library professionals? Does it align with PLA’s Strategic Plan goals for 2018–2022?
  • Propriety of Format: Does the content lend itself to an engaging online presentation?

Proposal Form Preview

To complete the proposal form you'll need the following information:

  • Proposed title for the webinar;
  • Short description of the webinar (limit 250 words);
  • Learning outcomes: (submit three outcomes that complete the phrase, “At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will…” using active verbs to describe what attendees will know or be able to do as a result of attending the webinar);
  • Alignment with PLA Strategic Plan (identify PLA goal area advanced by this webinar: Transformation; Leadership; Advocacy and Awareness; Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice; or Organizational Excellence)
  • Type of audience (all public library staff; library directors and administrators; etc.) and knowledge level of audience (no previous knowledge; some knowledge; extensive knowledge);
  • Name, email address, title/position, library/institution, brief bio (limit 150 words each), and Twitter handle (if applicable) for each instructor;
  • Photo of each instructor (at least 150 square pixels; JPG or PNG file format only);
  • Instructors' relevant qualifications and experience with the proposed webinar's topic;
  • Instructors' previous experience with online teaching and/or presenting; and
  • Whether or not the proposed content has been previously proposed or presented as a webinar or in-person (if yes, describe where and how the content was proposed or presented).

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