ACRL/LAMA Joint Spring Virtual Institute accepting proposals

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) are now accepting proposals for their Joint Spring Virtual Institute, “Leading from the Middle: Managing in All Directions.” The submission deadline is December 10, 2007.

Taking place from April 29-30, 2008, the ACRL/LAMA Joint Virtual Institute offers a forum for the exploration of issues and challenges facing middle managers and leaders. The institute is held in an online conference community, providing an environment in which groups of participants, both small and large, can gather electronically to learn, collaborate and network. The institute offers both synchronous and asynchronous sessions which will be archived after the institute for viewing on-demand.

Proposals are invited for session formats including:

  • Interactive webcast (Synchronous):
    An interactive webcast allows you to give a presentation in real-time, while also showing visuals, such as PowerPoint slides and desktop applications. Participants can also interact by talking with live audio or typing in questions and comments.
  • Online Poster Session (Asynchronous):
    The online poster session is a PowerPoint presentation that includes audio narration along with each slide. The poster session is posted in the online conference community area, where participants may review it at any time during the conference.

Full text of the Call for Participation is available online at  Proposals must be submitted via the online proposal form at The submission deadline is December 10, 2007.  Send questions about the Call for Proposals or the Joint Spring Virtual Institute to Margot Sutton Conahan at or 312-280-2522.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

The mission of the Library Administration and Management Association ( is to encourage and nurture current and future library leaders, and to develop and promote outstanding leadership and management practices. LAMA is a division of the American Library Association and has a membership of more than 5,000.


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