Monday, February 21, 2011

Call for Proposals: ACRL ULS Current Topics Discussion Group

Call for Proposals: ACRL ULS Current Topics Discussion Group

The ACRL University Libraries Section Current Topics Discussion Group invites the submission of proposals for presentation at its meeting at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.

The ACRL-ULS Current Topics Discussion Group is for librarians holding positions in academic libraries.  We meet at both ALA Midwinter and Annual.  Usually, we select a topic for discussion at Annual and then host the presentation and subsequent discussion at Midwinter, but this year we are trying something new—we would also like to have a discussion at Annual.

At the recent Midwinter conference, the topic was “Strategic Planning During Difficult Times”.  Our discussion leader was Gillian McCombs, Dean and Director of Central University Libraries at Southern Methodist University (SMU), whose outstanding overview of strategic planning at SMU engendered lively conversation among participants!  At this year’s Annual conference, we are interested in themes focusing on the non-administrative side of librarianship.  We realize this is a very broad category, but here are some examples of possible discussion topics:

*Institutional repository development
*Social Media in Libraries
*Current trends in information literacy

The presenter should plan to speak for about 15 minutes and expect to be actively engaged in the discussion.

Proposals are due by March 15, 2011. Notification of acceptance will be made by April 15.  Please include the following information in your proposal:

1. A cover sheet with your name, title, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address.
2. A second sheet that contains no identifying information and includes the title and a brief description (no more than 250 words) of your presentation.

Please submit the proposal as an attachment to