[Libs-Or] [Fwd: [alacro-l] Proposals Sought for Grassroots Programs at 2009 ALA Annual Conference]

Suzanne Sager bvss at pdx.edu
Wed Nov 19 10:19:10 PST 2008


Suzanne L. Sager
Oregon ALA Chapter Councilor

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Subject: 	[alacro-l] Proposals Sought for Grassroots Programs at 2009 
ALA Annual Conference
Date: 	Wed, 19 Nov 2008 13:15:40 -0500
From: 	Don Wood <dwood at ala.org>
Reply-To: 	alacro-l at ala.org
To: 	<alacro-l at ala.org>

Do you have a great idea for an Annual Conference program but don't 
belong to a committee or other group that can plan and produce a 
program? As part of ALA President Jim Rettig's "Creating Connections" 
initiatives, you are invited to submit a proposal for a program to take 
place at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference July 9-15 in Chicago.

The purpose of a Grassroots Program is:

·         To expand opportunity for participation in ALA by giving 
members who do not belong to committees or boards within ALA an 
opportunity to plan and produce a program at the Annual Conference

·         To provide programs at the Annual Conference that address very 
current issues by compressing to the greatest degree possible the 
program planning schedule

·         To enrich the variety and quality of programs at the Annual 

Proposals can be submitted by a single ALA personal member or by any 
group of ALA members who do not serve together on a committee or board 
within ALA/./ Proposals can address any topic of interest to ALA 
members. Proposals must be original; they cannot replicate a program 
previously presented at an ALA Annual Conference, Midwinter Meeting or 
national divisional conference. Proposals previously submitted to a 
committee, board or task force in ALA, one of its divisions or one of 
its round tables, cannot be resubmitted

Proposals will be judged on:

    * Relevance of the program's topic to ALA members and the profession
      at large
    * Timelines
    * Knowledge of proposed speaker(s) on the topic
    * Originality -- i.e., the degree to which the proposed program
      looks at a topic in a new and fresh way or treats a topic that has
      not received as much attention as it deserves, either because it
      is very new or due to some other factor

Proposals can address ALA's key action areas:

    * Diversity
    * Equitable Access to Information and Library Services
    * Education and Lifelong Learning
    * Intellectual Freedom
    * Advocacy for Libraries and the Profession
    * Literacy
    * Organizational Excellence or other areas.

A jury will select up to 10 programs to take place during the 
conference. The jury will be made up of members of the student ALA 
chapters at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UCLA as well as 
several members of Jim Rettig's presidential initiatives advisory committee.

Each selected program will be listed in the program book for the 2009 
ALA Annual Conference and will be noted as being part of the Grassroots 
Program Track as a juried program. You are also welcome to publicize 
your program by whatever means you would like, but please indicate that 
it is part of the "Grassroots Program Track."

Each program will be allotted a $500 budget to cover speaker costs or 
other expenditures. 

Additional information and a submission form can be found at 

Deadline for submission is Feb. 6, 2009.


Don Wood

Program Officer

Chapter Relations Office

American Libraries Association

50 East Huron Street

Chicago, IL 60466

dwood at ala.org

1-800-545-2433, ext. 2429


312-280-4392 (fax)

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