[Libs-Or] Call for proposals - OLA 2015 Conference

Yen Tran yentran at uoregon.edu
Wed Sep 3 16:49:17 PDT 2014

OLA 2015 Conference:
Libraries Cultivating Creativity

“Creativity” is not easily definable, but as librarians, we are familiar with the term, especially as we are all asked to think more creatively in order to enhance our libraries or to meet our continued challenges. It is understood that creativity is not limited to new inventions, products, or firms, but can also include revisions, enhancements, or new processes. An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education titled “Let’s Gets Serious About Cultivating Creativity” by Steven Tepper and George Kuh states that creative people:

  *   approach problems in non routine ways using analogy and metaphor;
  *   pose “what if” question;
  *   see new or unexpected patterns;
  *   face ambiguity and uncertainty;
  *   use feedback to revise and improve an idea; and
  *   bring people, power, and resources together to implement or communicate novel ideas.

The Oregon Library Association Conference Committee is looking for program and preconference proposals for the 2015 Conference  - Libraries Cultivating Creativity – to be held at the Eugene Hilton & Conference Center in Eugene, OR, April 15-17. We are interested in proposals on how you or your library have been creative in cultivating your workplace or your library community. Check out the Summer 2014 OLAQ issue, http://commons.pacificu.edu/olaq/, to get a broad sense of creativity and to spark your own creative ideas.

At this point the program does not have to be fully organized; you can give us a general idea of the program and speakers (if known), and fill in the other details asked on the proposal form. Each preconference or program must be sponsored by an OLA unit, so before submitting the form, please contact appropriate unit(s) to discuss potential sponsorship ((http://www.olaweb.org/ola-units).

Submit a preconference proposal: https://ola.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_174718
Submit a program proposal: https://ola.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_174724

Proposals are due September 30, 2014. Notifications will go out November 4th.

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