Interested in Issues Related to Reference? Submit a RSS discussion forum proposal for Midwinter 2014 by Sept. 13
Lead a discussion, see your name in print and find your way to stardom: submit a discussion forum proposal to the RUSA/RSS Discussion Forums Coordinating Committee.Â
The RUSA/RSS Discussion Forums Coordinating Committee is soliciting topic proposals for discussion at ALAâ€™s 2014 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, January 24-28, 2014.Â The purpose of the discussion forum is to provide a venue for reference practitioners to discuss reference related topics of current importance and to exchange ideas.
You know you love to talk about reference…hereâ€™s your chance to network with other reference fanatics!
What to Include in Your Proposal:
The following elements need to be addressed in your proposal:
- A clear, concise description of the discussion topic’s issues
- Importance of the topic to reference librarians
- At least three topic-related sample discussion questions that may be used to facilitate group discussion
- Strategies and structure that will facilitate a lively discussion (In other words, describe your discussion forum format).Â Note that the session is meant to be a discussion, not a presentation.Â As such, no A/V equipment will be provided.Â The requested room setup is Hollow Square, but could be anything, so flexibility is important.
Scope of Discussion Topics:Â Proposed topics should have broad appeal.Â Try not to limit your proposal to a specific type of library.Â Â Topical categories can include, but are not limited to:
- Frontline reference issues
- Reference methods
- Reference and information technologies
- Assessment of reference
- Management of reference
- Research in reference
Your topic should be focused enough to be covered reasonably well within the allotted time (90 minutes).
Expectations for Discussion Forum Facilitators:
If your proposal is selected, you, or your designee, will serve as the discussion facilitator, leading the discussion and keeping things on track.Â As the discussion facilitator, you must:
- Be up-to-date and familiar with your discussion topic.
- Choose a discussion format that allows for maximum discussion.Â See our Tips for Discussion Forums (http://connect.ala.org/node/152608) for examples of possible formats.
- Create a handout that provides a brief summary of the issue along with a few key references. (optional)
- Maintain communication with the Discussion Forums Coordinating Committee throughout the planning, program, and follow-up processes.
Process:Â The Discussion Forums Coordinating Committee will select 2 proposals for the 2013 Annual Conference.Â Proposal topics will be evaluated on: impact, timeliness, relevancy, practicality (that the topic lends itself to a discussion), innovation, evidence of applicant’s knowledge, and clear focus. Proposals must be submitted by September 13, 2013 for ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia, PA.Â Proposal writers will be notified within 2 weeks as to whether or not their proposal was accepted. Facilitators are responsible for their own conference registration and travel expenses.
Who May Submit Proposals:Â Proposals are welcome from any ALA member.
How to Submit:Â Please read Tips for Discussion Forums (http://connect.ala.org/node/152608) before submitting your proposal.Â Complete the proposal form located here:Â http://discussforum.wufoo.com/forms/rusarss-discussion-forums-proposal-submittal-form/
Deadline for submission is September 13, 2013.
Contact Crystal Lentz (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.