Sunday, February 16, 2014

2014 CoALA Summit - Educating in a World of Diversity - Colorado Academic Libraries Association

2014 CoALA Summit - Educating in a World of Diversity - Colorado Academic Libraries Association

CALL FOR PROPOSALS – Online form available from

The Colorado Academic Libraries Association (CoALA) invites you to submit your proposal to present at the 2014 CoALA Summit: Educating in a World of Diversity.

The CoALA Summit will be held in an online format over two days – Wednesday, June 18 & Thursday, June 19, 2014.

* Dr. Camila Alire, Opening Keynote, from 11-12:15pm
* First Session from 2:00-3:15
* Second Session from 3:30-4:45pm
* First Session from 9:00-10:15 -- “Pecha Kucha/Lightning Rounds”; there will be 4 presentations in total
* Speaker TBD, Closing Keynote, from 10:30-11:45a

Presenters will be required to have access to a computer with a quality Internet connection and audio/microphone capacity; visual is preferred. Presenters will be using the Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing platform.
Day one presenter(s) should expect their session to be 45 minutes in length with 15 minutes for discussion. In addition, a new format will be introduced to the CoALA stage for the second day.

Day two presentations will feature a Pecha Kucha-style format, similar to "lightning rounds," with presentations that last approximately 7 minutes followed by 10-15 of discussion. Pecha Kucha is a presentation style where images and a succinct presentation will enlighten, inform, and encourage discussion. Think of TED Talks x 100. We encourage those dynamic presenters to challenge themselves and their audience by creating 20 images X 20 seconds. For more information about Pecha Kucha see

Submission abstract should range between 100-150 words in length. 

Programs relevant to the Summit might include: Instructional technologies; Accessibility initiatives (web design, mobile apps, disability services, RDA, FRBR); Digital divide; Devices in libraries (e.g. iPads, Kindles, laptops, etc.); Services/Outreach to diverse populations; Information fluency instruction/embedded librarianship; Collection content and formats; Special Collections & Archives; Social Networking for access, teaching, and learning; Partnerships with community organizations; New academic librarians (panel presentation of experienced librarians discussing expectations and duties in academic librarianship).

Proposals will be selected via blind peer review process.

DEADLINE: Proposal submissions are due by March 15 and notifications will be delivered by April 1.

Submit proposals using the online form:

Questions about 2014 CoALA Summit may be directed to Sarah I. Smith, CoALA