Monday, December 21, 2009

Call for Presenters: ACRL New Members Discussion Group

Call for Presenters: ACRL New Members Discussion Group

The ACRL New Members Discussion Group invites the submission of proposals for
presentation at its meeting at the 2010 ALA Midwinter Conference in Boston, MA
on Saturday, January 16, 2010.

Proposals are due by Monday 12/28/2009.

The ACRL New Members Discussion Group is for new (and aspiring) academic
librarians. We meet twice a year–at both ALA conferences–to chat about
whatever is on our minds. It’s an opportunity for networking and a friendly
place to ask any questions you have about succeeding in ACRL. Presenters at
this meeting have the opportunity to contribute to the professional development
of other academic librarians, gain conference presentation experience, and
build their CV. Students are welcome to submit proposals.

This Midwinter conference we want to hear from you on themes relating to
Incorporating Technology Tools in Library Instruction. How do you perceive the
role of technology in library instruction and how do you handle teaching about
technology? We are interested in presentations that share personal experiences
with incorporating technology tools, such as customized browser toolbars,
screencasting, citation management software, and podcasting into library
instruction. The goal of these presentations is to familiarize new and aspiring
academic librarians with effective uses of these tools and effective methods of
teaching about technology topics. We seek proposals for presentations that
address this topic from a variety of angles, including (but not limited to):

-Examples of effective uses of technology tools in library instruction, either
as a means for delivering instruction (for example, creating screencasts about
citation management software), or as the topic of instruction (for example,
delivering library instruction sessions that teach students how to use tools
such as podcasting or citation management software)
-How to use technology tools to meet specific learning outcomes
-Successful strategies for promoting library instruction sessions that focus on

The ACRL New Members Discussion Group meeting will take place on Saturday
January 16, 2010, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Westin Copley Place
Essex Center. Presenters should plan to speak for 10 minutes and allow 5
minutes for questions/discussion. There will be three presentations. Following
the presentations, we will open the floor for discussion on the topic, or we
can answer your questions about getting involved in national activities and/or
academic librarianship in general.

Proposals are due by Monday 12/28/2009. Notification of acceptance will be made
by Tuesday 01/05/2010. Please include the following information in your

1. A cover sheet with your name, title, institutional affiliation (or LIS
program), mailing address, phone number, and email address.
2. A second sheet that contains no identifying information and includes the
title and a 200-300 word description of your presentation. The description
should clearly identify the topic of your presentation, your personal
experience with this topic, and how your presentation will contribute to new
and aspiring librarians’ understanding of how to incorporate technology tools
in library instruction.
3. Keep in mind that there will be no use of technology for these
presentations. If your proposal is accepted, you should plan to provide
handouts that contain tips, further reading, etc.

Please submit proposal by email to Allie Flanary (ACRL NMDG convener) at