Category Archives: Conferences

Submit ACRL 2017 Lightning Talk Proposals by Jan. 30

ACRL 2017 logoFire up colleagues in five-minute “Lightning” Sessions. Inspire others with quick glimpses at your latest innovations, interesting ideas, and new technologies and services. The sky is the limit! Each five-minute Lightning Talk will require you to create a maximum of 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. Submit your proposal before January 30, it’s quick and easy!  The top 30 proposals will be chosen by the innovations committee. Winners will be determined by popular vote in the conference app this February.

ALA Conference Remodel Proposal for Association-Wide Input

The ALA Conference Committee is seeking your feedback as we work to remodel the ALA Annual Conference. Mary Ghikas, ALA’s Senior Associate Executive Director, in consultation with the Conference Committee/Conference Program Coordinating Team and with input from ALA conferences services, division staff, and roundtable/ALA committee staff liaisons, has developed a remodel proposal for our upcoming 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans.

As we worked on its development, we had the following objectives in mind:

  • Create a more manageable and more easily navigable Annual Conference
  • Provide high-quality continuing education in content streams relevant to individuals from different types of libraries and in different specializations
  • Eliminate to the extent possible conflict between programs in the same content stream or during the same time periods
  • Provide peer-to-peer learning and networking aligned with contract streams through discussion/interest groups
  • Continue to provide an exceptional exhibition of products and services for the library community, as well as an opportunity for authors and librarians to interact
  • Provide integrated content information—including programs and discussion groups, as well as interactions with authors and exhibitors
  • Support the governance of the Association by providing a venue for both essential governance meetings and collaborative work
  • Address attendee dissatisfaction with the spread-out campus by reducing campus size by approximately 50%
  • Control costs by reducing campus spread, eliminating or reducing room turns and increasing consistency in practice
  • Increase sustainability, both financial and environmental

The Conference Committee values your input. We particularly encourage all units of the Association and affiliates who produce programming, hold discussion/interest groups, and/or hold meetings at Annual Conference to review the remodel proposal. You may post your comments on the Conference Committee’s ALA Connect space.

The Conference Committee feels this remodel provides a better conference experience for all participants, as well as long-term sustainability for our association.

Clara Bohrer, Chair

ALA Conference Committee

ACRL Midwinter Presidential Forum: Leadership Development for New Library Roles

irene_herold2016webJoin ACRL for its upcoming Presidential Forum at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta. Titled “Leadership Development for New Library Roles,” the dynamic session will feature academic library leaders who will share their experiences leading workforce and organizational change and offer strategies useful to all library staff wanting to build new roles and skills to support value-added services.

The forum, hosted by ACRL President Irene M. H. Herold, University Librarian at University of Hawaii At Manoa Library, will take place from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2017, at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta, Savannah A/B Ballroom.

Find out about the many other ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits highlights as they’re added. For general information, visit the Midwinter Meeting website.

Show Us Your Roxane!

ACRL 2017 Roxane Gay poster contest entryAuthor and cultural critic Roxane Gay will be delivering the middle keynote at ACRL 2017 next March in Baltimore. She also happens to be featured on our new, completely fabulous conference poster!

To help celebrate the release of the poster, show us your best Roxane Gay face on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook with the hashtag #acrl2017 by November 11 to enter to win a SIGNED copy of Bad Feminist, a GALLEY of Difficult Women (read it BEFORE the release this January!), or a Roxane Gay Difficult Women tour t-shirt. Make sure your posts or accounts are set to public so they are visible in the hashtag too!

Thanks to The Tuesday Agency for providing such awesome prizes!

ACRL 2017 Schedule, What’s New

ACRL 2017 logoThe ACRL 2017 program schedule is now available on the conference website. ACRL 2017 features more than 300 thought-provoking sessions hand-selected by your peers.

You can sort the schedule by date, session format, primary tag, or search for particular speakers. And while you can’t be in two places at once, your conference registration allows you access to over 200 of these sessions in the Virtual Conference for one full year after the event!

While you’re on the ACRL 2017 website checking out all the great programs waiting for you in Baltimore, make sure to visit the What’s New page for details on all of the new additions to conference, including our upcoming conference app, trivia night, and more!

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