Category Archives: Conferences

SPARC/ACRL Forum at ALA Annual Conference

Join us for the SPARC/ ACRL Forum, “Advancing ‘Open’ through Library Partnerships with Students and Early Career Researchers,” at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. Over the past few years, collaborations have been increasing between academic libraries and students and early-career researchers (ECRs) — specifically around the issues of Open Access, Open Educational Resources and Open Data. Although academic libraries often work directly with faculty members on “open” issues, there is a growing opportunity for libraries to engage with graduate students and other early career researchers, who make up the next generation of faculty members, and have the potential to collectively transform scholarly communication systems into fully open models.

This forum will discuss the benefits of working with students and ECRs and highlight how libraries can engage effectively with these important stakeholders by showcasing successful examples of collaboration. The forum will be held from 3:00-4:30 pm on Saturday, June 27, 2015.

 

ACRL Program Proposals for 2016 ALA Annual Conference

ACRL invites its committees, sections, interest groups and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

There will be a virtual meeting at 11:00 a.m. CST on April 30, 2015, for ACRL units and members interested in submitting proposals for a 2016 ALA Annual Conference program. The purpose of this meeting is to provide potential conference program planners with an understanding of the Annual Conference program planning process, including budgets, timelines and planning tips. Please note that the Annual Conference program planning process spans fourteen months, lasting until June 2016.

RSVP online to attend the April 30 virtual meeting. Once login instructions are available, attendees will be notified.  Login instructions will also be posted on the main ACRL page in ALA Connect.

2016 ALA Annual Conference program proposals are due September 1, 2015. The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposal and select 2016 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in October 2015.

More details about the Annual Conference program process are on the ACRL website. Contact ACRL Program Officer Megan Griffin at mgriffin@ala.org or ACRL Manager of Professional Development Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org with questions concerning the program proposal process.

 

Call for Proposals – ACRL Preconferences @ 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Share your knowledge with a national audience! ACRL invites proposal submissions for half-day or full-day preconferences to be held prior to the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. Preconferences should allow participants to develop skills related to a specific topic and should focus on interactive learning using a variety of presentation styles.  Programs that offer practical tips and cutting-edge techniques are especially encouraged.

Complete details, including instructions and selection criteria, are available on the ACRL website. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, April 24, 2015.  Contact mconahan@ala.org with questions.

ACRL Preconferences @ 2015 ALA Annual Conference

ACRL is offering four preconferences in conjunction with the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, June 26, 2015. Registration materials are online.

Reflective Teaching: Self-evaluation to Assess and Improve Your Teaching Practice
Instruction Section Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
Discover techniques and strategies for more structured and intentional reflection.  Learn how to identify, articulate, and diagnose teaching and learning “problems” you encounter in the classroom, analyze your role as a teacher in that situation, and learn about techniques of reflective practice to address those learning problems and improve student learning.

Data Visualization: Tools, Techniques, and Practice
ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
Due to the proliferation of digital data and the emergence of big data, visualization is of crucial importance in academic research and institutions.  This preconference will introduce the fundamentals of data visualization including discussion of visual variables – the building blocks of any visualization. Attendees will participate in a sketching exercise to explore visual variables and create a foundation for the creation of library specific visualizations in the afternoon.

Storytelling 101: Craft Narratives to Engage and Persuade
ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
When was the last time someone changed your mind with a story? We empathize with, persuade, and teach each other using the social tool that is storytelling. Whether you’re a high-powered library administrator headed into an important conference call or a part-time instruction librarian at the head an unfamiliar classroom, humans crave connection and a compelling story can be the difference between connecting deeply with your campus colleagues and patrons or experiencing a total disconnect.

Writing Data Management Plans Across the Curriculum
ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
Demand for data management plans (DMPs) is growing as more granting agencies add this requirement. Join an experienced data management plan consultant from a major research university to learn how to apply your existing skills to writing strong DMPs for the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Most presentations concerning data management are more concerned with the creation and management of repositories than how to write, or consult with researchers writing a data management plan for grant submission.

Complete details, including descriptions, learning outcomes, and registration materials, are online.  Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or call 312-280-2522 with questions.

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