Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries


Save the Date!

The Fall 2022 SEMLOL meeting will take place on Friday, November 18th, 2022 from 2-4 p.m. on Zoom. Make sure to join our Discussion List to get updates and registration information!

Call for Proposals

We are seeking proposals for presentations around the topics of intellectual freedom, book banning, and access to information, to be presented at our Fall 2022 meeting. We are considering 15-30 minute topical talks as well as a longer keynote presentation. Live or pre-recorded content is acceptable, however we would like someone who knows the presentation to attend the meeting for Q&A.

Presentation topics may include: What does it means to allow and facilitate access to the broadest possible range of information in a higher educational setting? How do publishers, students, faculty, local community members, administration, and even available technology impact your collection development and challenged book policies? What have you done to protect yourselves, your library, your faculty, and your students from limited viewpoints? This could be an entry point for talks on community outreach, stakeholder education, DEI, OER, policy development, technological solutions, copyright, etc.

We know our colleagues in public libraries, special libraries, and primary & secondary schools have stories to tell in this area and we would love to hear from you too! What have been your pain points on this topic, your successes, how have you formed your policies to offer protection for your organization and your readers? We also encourage proposals from those working or studying in related fields, including Education, IT, Publishing, Law, Marketing, and LIS students.

To submit a proposal, please send the title, name of speaker(s), and an abstract of no more than 250 words to by Friday, October 7th, 2022. Accepted proposals will be notified by Monday, October 17th, 2022.

(Re)Join Us!

The SEMLOL board is inviting libraries to engage with SEMLOL as either full or liaison members. While our full members consist of academic libraries in the southeastern Michigan area, we acknowledge and value the input and perspective of the varied libraries that make up our liaison membership.

Together, we will work to connect members of our profession by offering low/no cost professional development and networking opportunities, with your input and participation. There has never been and will continue to not be any fees required from our members. The only commitment that we ask is that a good faith effort is made to send at least one staff member (empowered to cast their organization's votes) to the spring meeting each year.

To learn more about our organization, please review our newly revised organizational guidelines. If you would like to become involved, or continue your institution's involvement with SEMLOL, please complete our membership form.