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Proposal Preview and Instructions

Proposals for the PLA 2018 Conference must be submitted using the online proposal form. Incomplete proposals can be saved and revised at any time prior to the submission deadline, April 14, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern. A Login ID and password will be e-mailed to the designated Organizer/Primary Speaker in a confirmation message when a proposal is submitted—whether complete or not—along with a copy of the proposal information. The Login ID and password are needed in order to retrieve and edit a proposal at a later date.

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The first step is to identify an Organizer/Primary Speaker for your session. This individual serves as the primary PLA contact throughout the conference planning process and will receive all official notifications. If the proposal is accepted, responsibilities include:

  • Working with the other session speakers to determine the scope of content, the order of speakers, audiovisual needs, etc;
  • Confirming session details, descriptions, and arrangements with speakers and staff;
  • Updating the program information in the online database; and
  • Facilitating the program’s presentation.

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  • Have you organized or presented a session at a past PLA Conference? If so, your information should already be in our system. Before you create a new record for yourself (the organizer) or any additional speaker(s), you can save time by searching for existing contact information from previous conferences. Please enter a Last Name, Email Address, or Company/Library Name in the text boxes below and click Search.
  • First time submitting a proposal for PLA Conference? Click on New Registration to enter your contact information.

Organizer/Primary Speaker

Role

  • Program Organizer Only (Submitting a proposal but not speaking or moderating the session)
  • Program Organizer & Speaker (Submitting a proposal and also speaking or moderating the session)
    • If Program Organizer & Speaker, select role: Speaker or Moderator

Contact information

  • Required fields: First Name, Last Name, Title, Email, Phone, Organization Name, Address, City, Country, State, Zip

Do you work in a library? Yes/No

Are you a member of ALA or PLA? Yes/No

  • If No: Please indicate what, if any funding you require (subject to PLA approval)

PLEASE NOTE: In keeping with ALA practices, members of the association and those who work in libraries are not eligible to receive honoraria or have expenses reimbursed for presenting conference program sessions. Non-members and non-librarian presenters may be eligible for waivers of the conference registration fees on the day(s) they are speaking, per diem, honoraria, and/or travel reimbursement. All requests for expense reimbursement and honorarium are subject to PLA approval. Acceptance of the proposal does not guarantee funding. Preconferences have unique policies regarding funding and payment of speakers. Please review policies here: PLA POLICIES GOVERNING SPEAKERS AT PLA CONFERENCES.

Is this proposal being submitted on behalf of, or with the support of, a PLA committee or other ALA unit? Yes/No

What is your previous experience in presenting educational programs? Please select all that apply:

  • National or international conference: PLA, ALA, or similar
  • State conference
  • Regional or local library programs
  • Other in-person training
  • Virtual training: webinar, online course, or similar
  • None of the above

Please provide brief biographical information (75 words or less)

Program Information

PLA 2018 will feature two session formats—preconferences and programs.

Preconferences are in-depth educational sessions for 50-100 attendees. They can be a half-day or full-day in length. Preconferences will be held on Tuesday of the conference, March 20, 2018, and typically require an additional registration fee for attendees. Preconferences are held based on a cost-recovery basis and may be cancelled due to insufficient registration.

Programs are 60-minute sessions that can feature a single speaker or panel of speakers, or can be a guided audience discussion or activity. They will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the conference. Attendance can vary from 50 to 500 people.

This is a proposal for a:

  • Preconference
  • Concurrent Program Session

If Preconference is selected, the following fields are required

Preconference Length:

  • Half Day (3 hours of content)
  • Full Day (6 hours of content)

Title: Come up with a creative and interesting session title. This always helps to capture the attention of both the proposal review committee and prospective conference attendees.

Description: In 75 words or less, enter a concise description of your proposed session. If accepted, this will appear in the final program listing on the official Conference website, so make it lively, informative, and interesting (it may be edited for publication, if necessary). Speakers will be listed separately; they should not be listed in the session description. Additional information/explanation about your proposal can be entered in the Notes/Comments box at the bottom of this screen.

PLEASE NOTE: a session cannot be an advertisement for a vendor or solely a demonstration of a product/service. Specific products/services may be used or described only if essential for a correct understanding of the session’s topic. Library staff who currently use the vendor product/service must participate in the presentation. (POLICIES ON VENDOR PARTICIPATION)

Learning Outcomes: Please identify three (3) learning outcomes for your session. Learning outcomes should use active verbs, be measurable, and state what the participants should know or be able to do after attending your session. Learning outcomes should not simply repeat topics that will be addressed or activities that will take place during the session. Phrase each learning outcome as a completion of this sentence: “At the end of this session, participants will…”

Knowledge Level of Audience: Please indicate the level of knowledge attendees should have on this topic in order to gain the most benefit from attending the session

  • Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.
  • Level 2: People with some knowledge, who want to increase their understanding.
  • Level 3: People with extensive knowledge, who want to learn about new developments.

Session Tags: Select up to five tags that describe the content of the proposed session. The tags will help conference attendees identify additional sessions that may be of interest to them.

Accessibility (ADA-compliance)
Acquisitions
Administration and Management
Adult Services
Advocacy
Assessment and Evaluation
Budget Planning and Finance
Buildings and Facilities
Career Advice
Cataloging
Children’s Literature
Children’s Services
Civic Engagement
Collection Development
Community Surveys
Continuing Education and Professional Development
Copyright
Digital Libraries
Digital Literacy
Digitization
Disaster Planning
Distance Learning
Diversity
E-books
Electronic Resources
Emerging Technologies
Equity of Access
Facilitation
Family Engagement
Foundations and Friends Groups
Fundraising
Games and Gaming

Genealogy
Government Documents and Services
Guidelines and Standards
Hot Topics
Human Resources
Inclusion
Information Literacy
Innovation
Instruction
Integrated Library Systems (ILS)
Intellectual Freedom and Ethics
Intellectual Property
International Issues
Knowledge Management
Leadership
Learning Commons
Legislation
Librarianship
Library School Education
Literacy
Local History
Marketing
Mentoring
Metadata
Mobile Technology
Multicultural Services
Networking
Organizational Change
Outreach Services
Outsourcing
Partnerships and Collaboration
Personnel and Staffing
Popular Culture

Preservation
Privacy
Programming/Services
Project Management
Public Programs
Public Relations
Public Services
RDA
Readers’ Advisory
Recruitment
Reference Services
Research and Statistics
Resource Sharing
Rural and Small Libraries
Serials
Social Change
Social Media
Special Collections
Special Needs Populations
Strategic Planning
Support Staff
Technical Services
Technology
Training
Transforming Libraries
Trends and Forecasting
Trustees
Urban Libraries
User Experience (UX)
Virtual Communities and Libraries
Young Adult Literature
Young Adult Services
Youth Services

Preconference Outline: If possible, please enter a tentative topical outline, using time allotted estimates, explaining how you propose to use the allotted time for your preconference. This is for informational purposes only and will not be made public.

Notes/Comments: Please enter any additional comments here

If Concurrent Program Session is selected, the following fields are required

Title: Come up with a creative and interesting session title. This always helps to capture the attention of both the proposal review committee and prospective conference attendees.

Description: In 75 words or less, enter a concise description of your proposed session. If accepted, this will appear in the final program listing on the official Conference website, so make it lively, informative, and interesting (it may be edited for publication, if necessary). Speakers will be listed separately; they should not be listed in the session description. Additional information/explanation about your proposal can be entered in the Notes/Comments box at the bottom of this screen.

PLEASE NOTE: a session cannot be an advertisement for a vendor or solely a demonstration of a product/service. Specific products/services may be used or described only if essential for a correct understanding of the session’s topic. Library staff who currently use the vendor product/service must participate in the presentation. (POLICIES ON VENDOR PARTICIPATION)

Learning Outcomes: Please identify three (3) learning outcomes for your session. Learning outcomes should use active verbs, be measurable, and state what the participants should know or be able to do after attending your session. Learning outcomes should not simply repeat topics that will be addressed or activities that will take place during the session. Phrase each learning outcome as a completion of this sentence: “At the end of this session, participants will…”

Knowledge Level of Audience: Please indicate the level of knowledge attendees should have on this topic in order to gain the most benefit from attending the session

  • Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.
  • Level 2: People with some knowledge, who want to increase their understanding.
  • Level 3: People with extensive knowledge, who want to learn about new developments.

Level of Interaction: Learners can process and retain more information when they engage with the material, participate in the session, and collaborate with each other. Please identify the level of interaction and active learning in your proposed program:

  • Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program)
  • Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout)
  • High interaction (examples: facilitated discussion; small group collaborative work; hands-on activity or application)

Program Track: Please choose only one program track that best describes the main focus of your session from the list provided. These do not necessarily reflect the final list of tracks that will be used at the conference.

  • Broadcast: Programs in the BROADCAST track will provide participants with tools, strategies, and ideas for effective marketing, advocacy, and diffusion of information.
  • Collaborate: Programs in the COLLABORATE track will offer participants inspiration, examples, and the “how-to’s” of successful connections both within and outside of the library.
  • Plan: Programs in the PLAN track will provide participants with insight, guidance, and support for setting and tracking goals and initiatives.
  • Imagine: Programs in the IMAGINE track will examine current trends and emerging realities to explore the larger questions and issues about the future of libraries.
  • Invent: Programs in the INVENT track will provide participants with ideas to invoke the creative spirit in their libraries and inspire innovation and solution-focused thinking.
  • Lead: Programs in the LEAD track will provide participants with the information and tools needed to build healthy organizations that innovate and excel.
  • Play: Programs in the PLAY track will provide participants with the opportunity to discover new concepts, skills, and fun ways to build better libraries.
  • Challenge: Programs in the CHALLENGE track will show participants how to use risk to their advantage and provide ways to overcome fear and achieve positive results.

Primary Topic: Please choose only one primary topic that best describes the main focus of your session from the list provided. These do not necessarily reflect the final list of topics that will be used at the conference.

  • Administration/Management
  • Collections/Tech Services
  • Leadership
  • Marketing/Advocacy
  • Serving Adults
  • Serving Youth
  • Spaces and Places
  • Staffing
  • Technology

Session Tags: Select up to five tags that describe the content of the proposed session. The tags will help conference attendees identify additional sessions that may be of interest to them.

Accessibility (ADA-compliance)
Acquisitions
Administration and Management
Adult Services
Advocacy
Assessment and Evaluation
Budget Planning and Finance
Buildings and Facilities
Career Advice
Cataloging
Children’s Literature
Children’s Services
Civic Engagement
Collection Development
Community Surveys
Continuing Education and Professional Development
Copyright
Digital Libraries
Digital Literacy
Digitization
Disaster Planning
Distance Learning
Diversity
E-books
Electronic Resources
Emerging Technologies
Equity of Access
Facilitation
Family Engagement
Foundations and Friends Groups
Fundraising
Games and Gaming

Genealogy
Government Documents and Services
Guidelines and Standards
Hot Topics
Human Resources
Inclusion
Information Literacy
Innovation
Instruction
Integrated Library Systems (ILS)
Intellectual Freedom and Ethics
Intellectual Property
International Issues
Knowledge Management
Leadership
Learning Commons
Legislation
Librarianship
Library School Education
Literacy
Local History
Marketing
Mentoring
Metadata
Mobile Technology
Multicultural Services
Networking
Organizational Change
Outreach Services
Outsourcing
Partnerships and Collaboration
Personnel and Staffing
Popular Culture

Preservation
Privacy
Programming/Services
Project Management
Public Programs
Public Relations
Public Services
RDA
Readers’ Advisory
Recruitment
Reference Services
Research and Statistics
Resource Sharing
Rural and Small Libraries
Serials
Social Change
Social Media
Special Collections
Special Needs Populations
Strategic Planning
Support Staff
Technical Services
Technology
Training
Transforming Libraries
Trends and Forecasting
Trustees
Urban Libraries
User Experience (UX)
Virtual Communities and Libraries
Young Adult Literature
Young Adult Services
Youth Services

Notes/Comments: Please enter any additional comments here

Would you be willing to repeat this session at the PLA 2018 Conference?

  • Yes, I can present this session more than once at PLA 2018
  • No, I can present this session only once at PLA 2018

Program Summary

Please review the program and presenter information below.

Click the Edit Proposal icon to edit your proposal submission. This section includes: Format, Title, Description, Learning Outcomes, Level of Interaction, Knowledge Level, Tracks, Topics, and Tags.

Click the Edit Submitter Information icon to edit your presenter information. This section includes all contact information for the Organizer/Primary Speaker including biographic information.

Click the Add an Additional Speaker icon to add additional speakers. The form will refresh and take you back to the search page where you may search for the additional speaker’s database record.

Click the Save and Edit Later button to submit a draft of your proposal. You will be able to edit your draft until the call for proposals closes on April 14, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern.

Click the Submit button to submit your final submission.

 

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