Tuesday, March 20, 2012

ACRL 2013 Panel Sessions: Call for Proposals

ACRL 2013 Panel Sessions: Call for Proposals

When it comes to the selection process for panel sessions at the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference, you've all heard the rumors -- "they only accept proposals about information literacy" or "they are just looking for the BIG name presenters" or "they just look for presentations based on original data and research." Now it's time for the truth: all varieties of topics are welcome, procedures for blind review are followed, and presenters at any level of experience are encouraged to submit a proposal. As with most worthwhile endeavors in life, the standards for acceptance are high and the application process is challenging and competitive. But, really, would you have it any other way? We didn't think so. 

For the ambitious, creative, and innovative academic librarians out there, we extend the warmest of invitations for panel session proposals [due May 11, 2012]. Our values and expectations, outlined below, will provide guidance to potential panelists. 

Panel sessions bring together the perspectives of 2-3 presenters into a cohesive conversation of innovative ideas, current topics, and salient issues regarding the evolving and transformative nature of academic and research libraries. Lasting one hour, these sessions are intended to engage audience members in thinking about or participating in discussions surrounding the multiple perspectives presented and their potential impact on current and future professional practice. Sessions will be selected based on their relevance to academic libraries and librarianship; clarity of purpose and intended outcomes for the audience; and the overall contribution to the conference as a mechanism for moving the profession forward.

See the official ACRL 2013 Call for Participation (http://conference.acrl.org/program-pages-166.php) for proposal submission guidelines.  

More information about the ACRL 2013 Conference, including details regarding location, registration, housing, and scholarships, is available at: http://conference.acrl.org