Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Call for Presentations for the ALA International Relations Roundtable (IRRT) Preconference (ALA Annual 2012)

Call for Presentations for the ALA International Relations Roundtable (IRRT) Preconference (ALA Annual 2012)

Deadline: February 20, 2012
Innovative Practices: Developing Sustainable Programs, Mobilizing Support for Your Library!

The IRRT Preconference Committee invites proposals for presentations from librarians and administrators from libraries of all sectors. Based on this year’s theme, the IRRT Preconference Committee is interested in proposals that showcase creative strategies and practices in developing sustainable partnerships with local organizations. Of particular interest for this year’s preconference, but not limited to, are case studies of international collaborations between U.S. and international libraries that represent innovative practices in developing program proposals, mobilizing community support, and raising funds. Among the topics that may be addressed in the presentation proposals are:
-providing multi-lingual interfaces to services
-incorporating new forms of content into the collection
-employing Web 2.0 tools to mash-up with traditional library services
-promoting free and equal access to information for all members of the community
-using open source software for new services
-employing sustainable information technologies for services in developing nations

In the proposal, please provide:
1. Title of proposed presentation
2. Abstract of the presentation (no more than one page or 300 words)
3. Name, title of position, and affiliation of the presenter(s)
4. Brief biographical statement of the presenter(s)
5. Contact information (e-mail address and phone number)

Submission of proposals:
Please submit your proposal electronically to Tim Zou, Chair of the IRRT Preconference Committee, no later than February 20, 2012. Selected presenters will be notified by March 15, 2012.
The IRRT Preconference will be held on Friday, June 22, 2012 in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference (June 21– 26 2012) in Anaheim, CA. It will be a half-day program from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm that consists of 3 to 4 panel presentations and a one-hour interactive workshop on advocacy and fundraising.