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Call for Proposals: Dartmouth Library October Conference

Universal Design in Libraries
October Conference 2019: Call for Proposals and Save the Date

Dartmouth Library October Conference
Friday October 4, 2019
Dartmouth College, Hanover NH

Universal design (UD) means that rather than designing your facility and services for the average user,
you design them for people with a broad range of abilities, disabilities, and other characteristics--such as age, reading ability, learning style, language, culture, and others. - Sheryl Burgstahler, 2017.

Have you used the principles of Universal Design for Learning in your teaching? Have you implemented
changes to your physical space to make it more accessible? Have you had success in making your collections or your library's website more effective for all types of users? Share what you have learned about universal design in libraries and present practical tools and tips for implementing design strategies that support all our users.

This day-long event is scheduled for Friday, October 4, 2019 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Conference Presentation Formats:

  • Lightning Talk: Concise and captivating overview of a project or idea. You may choose to use slides or other props to spice up your 5-minute presentation. The time limit will be strictly enforced!
  • Presentation: Typically 20-30 minutes, this format allows for a more in-depth discussion of a topic and time for questions from the audience.

Proposals should include:

  • A brief description, including how you see your proposal fitting in with the overall focus of the conference this year.
  • Preferred format (presentation or lightning talk).
  • Contact information for all speakers (e-mail and phone number).

Submit your proposal through our online form by Friday, July 12.

Questions or comments? Please contact us at
The programs for previous October Conferences are available here.

Call for Submissions