[Libs-Or] Call for proposals: North American Virtual Reference Online Conference (Feb 23-25)

OTTUM Tamara * SLO Tamara.OTTUM at slo.oregon.gov
Tue Nov 10 10:00:45 PST 2020

The North American Virtual Reference Online Conference (NAVROC)<https://www.navronline.org/home> is accepting proposals for our free conference Tuesday-Thursday, Feb 23-25, 2021.

We are seeking proposals for 45 minute sessions and 20 minute lightning talks from virtual reference providers relating to our theme, Adaptability: Thriving in Uncertain Times. These sessions will comprise the 2-3 hour time frame of each conference day. Because this is a virtual conference, presenters can present from anywhere as long as they have a stable internet connection.

To submit a proposal, please fill out the proposal submission<https://forms.gle/HEkB9NihJ5TBcwQs7> form by November 30, 2020.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  *   Adaptability
     *   What changes/improvements have you successfully made because of the pandemic
     *   Innovations, new technologies, emerging platforms
     *   New partnerships - how were they formed, and how do they expand your service to your community
     *   Creative uses of video conferencing/screen sharing via chat
  *   Equity and Engagement
     *   Centering race in VR
     *   Mitigating microaggressions in chat
     *   Utilizing culturally-appropriate resources
     *   Engaging BIPOC staff and patrons
     *   Multi-lingual VR services
     *   How are you bridging the digital divide in your community?
     *   Marketing strategies for underserved patrons
     *   Improving accessibility
  *   Marketing and Promotion
     *   Integrating social media
     *   Best practices for online finding aids (LibGuides, websites)
     *   Marketing your service
     *   Telling your story with data
  *   Evaluation & Appraisal
     *   Service Evaluation
     *   Using ratings from users
  *   Self-care in a virtual pandemic world
     *   Wellness/Self care
     *   Emotional intelligence
  *   Challenges
     *   Privacy issues
     *   Creative solutions to staffing challenges
     *   Training
     *   Ergonomics at home
  *   Roundtables
     *   Focusing on VR services in specific kinds of libraries (public, academic, government, etc.)

Questions? Let me know!

Tamara Ottum
Answerland Coordinator
State Library of Oregon | Library Support & Development Services
tamara.ottum at slo.oregon.gov<mailto:tamara.ottum at slo.oregon.gov> | 971-375-3543<http://971-375-3543/> | www.oregon.gov/library<http://www.oregon.gov/library>

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