Category Archives: Conferences

ACRL Program Proposals for 2015 ALA Annual Conference

ACRL invites its committees, sections, interest groups and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

There will be a virtual meeting at 12:00 p.m. CST on April 24, 2014, for ACRL units and members interested in submitting proposals for a 2015 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 2015.

RSVP online to attend the April 24 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.

2015 ALA Annual Conference program proposals are due September 1, 2014.  The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposal and select 2015 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in October 2014.

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

Tips for ACRL 2015 Proposal Submissions – Free ACRL Webcast (2/25)

Tips for ACRL 2015 Proposal Submissions
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
11:00 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central time | 2:00 p.m. Eastern (60 minutes)

Are you interested in submitting a proposal for the ACRL 2015 Conference?  Join members of the ACRL 2015 Conference Committee for a free webcast at 1:00 p.m. Central on Tuesday, February 25.  During this live webcast, committee members who are also seasoned proposal submitters and/or reviewers will provide tips on submitting your ACRL 2015 conference proposal.  Learn about the overall process, see examples of successful proposals, and discover ways to strengthen your proposal submission.

Lori Goetsch, Kansas State University/ACRL 2015 Conference Chair; Latrice Booker, Indiana University Northwest/ACRL 2015 Scholarships Co-Chair; Melanie Hawks, University of Utah/ACRL 2015 Virtual Conference Co-Chair

How to Register
Submit your free registration online by noon Central Monday, February 24.  Webcast log-in details will be sent out the afternoon prior to the live event.

Contact Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or e-mail with questions.

Choice Focus Groups At Midwinter

Join Choice in Philadelphia during the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting for a 90-minute focus group on ways in which the publication can evolve to meet your library’s changing needs.

Dates (choose one):
Saturday, January 25, 9-10:30 a.m., continental breakfast will be served
Sunday, January 26, 1-2:30 p.m., light lunch will be served

Saturday session — Marriott Downtown
Sunday session — Pennsylvania Convention Center

Please RSVP by January 10 to with your name, title, institution, and preferred session. We will be in touch with you to confirm your registration and to provide meeting room information.  Space is limited, so please register early. Participants will receive a $25 gift card.

We look forward to talking with you in Philly!

Submit Proposals for RBMS 55th Annual Preconference

Paper proposals for the 55th Annual Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) Preconference are due Dec. 16. Held June 24-27, 2014, in Las Vegas, the preconference, themed Retrofit: Exploring Space, Place and the Artifact in Special Collections, will consider the broad metaphorical themes of space, place, and the artifact in the special collections milieu inspired by the RBMS preconferences and meetings of the early 1960s.

While special collections practices may have changed over the last 50 years, our core issues echo the challenges faced by our predecessors. Financial problems? Cataloging and classifying? Acquainting the public with rare materials? Special collections professionals today regularly confront challenges in the development of collections, the creation and use of space, and the definition of our roles within the larger contexts of institutional administration and intellectual life. Focusing on the artifact, the library/archive, and the marketplace, RBMS aims to honor the past by addressing ways to “retrofit” ideas concerning these spaces and places fifty years ago and how pertinent these concepts are today.

Registration opens in February 2014. More information is available on the preconference website.

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