LLAMA/NMRT New Leaders Discussion Group invites the submission of proposals for â€œDiscussion Startersâ€ at its meeting at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia, PA. A Discussion Starter is a short and informal presentation that aims to provide a starting point for lively conversations.
We look for enthusiastic speakers to lead the discussion by sharing their experience (it could either be a positive experience or a lesson learned), helpful tips, and advice on the topic. A panel discussion format will be used with each Discussion Leader having 8 minutes to present their topic. We will then break into small groups (joined by Discussion Starters) for in-depth discussions of the topics and ideas raised.
At this yearâ€™s Midwinter conference, we are interested in topics focusing on advocacy for librarians and libraries. We seek proposals for discussion starters that address this topic from a variety of angles, including (but not limited to):
- Elevator advocacy: how to promote yourself and your library in 2 minutes or less
- Self-advocacy for career advancement
- Grassroots advocacy for libraries
- Advice and tips based on experience
Proposals are due by November 29. Notification of acceptance will be made by December 20. Submit a 50 word or less abstract using this form. Questions about the program should be directed to Bethany Tschaepe (firstname.lastname@example.org).