LLAMA/NMRT New Leaders Discussion Group seeks Conversation Starter proposals!

LLAMA/NMRT New Leaders Discussion Group invites the submission of proposals for “Discussion Starters” 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 year’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 (bethany.tschaepe@gmail.com).

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