The 2013 Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) announces the Call for Program and Workshop Proposals for AALL's 106th Annual Meeting and Conference in Seattle.
AALL members are invited to propose dynamic programs that focus on the learner and address their challenges, providing practical takeaways that can be applied in the workplace.
The theme for the conference is "Rethink Your Value." Changes are occurring in our institutions and in our libraries, and we must rethink our roles when given new and increasing responsibilities and placed in non-traditional environments. We must evaluate our contributions to our institutions and the patrons we assist. How can we increase our value and position ourselves at the forefront of our institutions? What skill sets do we need to be able to adapt to these changes or move into a new role? The programming in Seattle should offer solutions that demonstrate value!
This summer, AALL members participated in an educational needs assessment to identify topics and focus areas that affect them most - in their workplaces and in their professional growth. You are encouraged to review the results
for program ideas, work with colleagues, and submit fantastic proposals. Several topics emerged as having importance across all library types, offering great opportunities for collaboration to provide solutions from different perspectives (e.g. dealing with staff, project management, and technology). The AMPC also understands that there are issues unique to the types of institutions and work roles and solicits these proposals as well.
The AMPC wants high-level content that is presented in an energetic and engaging format. The learner should take away from the program new knowledge and skills that they can apply in their libraries and in their career paths.
With the AMPC playing a more strategic role during the program development process, it is possible that, if accepted, your proposal may be revised, enhanced, or re-focused in order to provide the best programming that meets our members' needs.
Use the online Program and Workshop Proposal Collection site
to develop your proposal in your own workspace, share it with your colleagues, and submit it online by October 15
. Explore helpful resources in the Information for Program Proposers
section of AALLNET, including:
All proposers will be notified in December about the status of their proposals. The deadline for submission is October 15
The AMPC looks forward to seeing your program and workshop proposals!
Jean M. Wenger, AALL President
Julie Pabarja, 2013 Annual Meeting Program Committee Chair