Submit your 2018 ATLA Annual Conference Proposal

Submitted by Paul Tippey, Chair, ATLA Conference Committee

The ATLA Conference Committee invites members and friends to submit proposals for the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference, June 13-16, 2018, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The deadline for all submissions is Friday, September 22, 2017.

While we welcome proposals pertaining to all areas of librarianship, we are particularly interested in topics that relate to creative uses of technology, open access in relation to scholarly communications, intermediate or advanced level programs, and programs that apply to religious studies bibliographers working in university settings.

Proposals should be made in one of the following categories:

  • Conversation Groups
  • In-Conference Workshops
  • Interest Group Presentations
  • Listen & Learn Sessions
  • Panel Presentations
  • Papers
  • Posters or Other Special Sessions
  • Pre-Conference Workshops

If accepted this proposal will be published as submitted in conference promotions, including the official Conference Program Book. Before submitting, please proofread and use single space only.

Proposals should include a title that captures the scope of the session; an abstract of no more than 200 words outlining the significance and focus of the presentation; and the name(s), e-mail address(es), and institution(s) of the presenter(s).

Once you’ve started your proposal, you can simply visit the same link to edit your submission.

Description of session types is provided below:

  • Conversation Groups – scheduled in a 50-minute time slot, presenter(s) gives brief introductory remarks (no longer than 10 minutes) and facilitates a discussion among participants
  • In-conference Workshops – scheduled in a 50-minute time slot during conference time, workshop leaders operate in a classroom environment to deliver training on a specific topic
  • Interest Group Presentations – these are sponsored by recognized ATLA Interest Groups. Format and length can vary from 50-minute papers or panels to multi-hour on-site field trips
  • Listen and Learn Sessions – scheduled in a 50-minute time slot, the session leader(s) provides practical training, introduces a new product or idea, and/or showcases best practices in a particular area of librarianship — time for questions should be included
  • Panel Presentations – scheduled in a 50-minute time slot, a moderator and a maximum of four panelists present a topic or the results of research to the audience, leaving time for questions and answers
  • Papers – scheduled in a 50-minute slot, a single presenter reads a paper or presents research to the audience, leaving time for questions and answers
    • Special Paper Instructions – Paper presenters are encouraged to post their papers to the conference website one (1) month prior to the conference in order to allow attendees to review the paper in advance of the presentation. At the conference, the presenter should plan to present an executive summary and leave ample time for questions and discussion during the presentation.
  • Poster Sessions – scheduled in a 60-minute time slot, the informal session presenter(s) deliver(s) information that would be useful to the theological librarianship community
  • Pre-conference Workshops – scheduled for a half day (3.5 hours) or full day (7 hours) on Wednesday, workshop leaders operate in a classroom environment to deliver in-depth training on a specific topic

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