The American Library Association, International Papers and Projects Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, California, USA. Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers Session scheduled for June 27, 2015.
The International Papers and Projects Program provides librarians with an opportunity to exchange information about library services, collections and projects throughout the world. The program also serves to stimulate the interest of U.S. librarians in international library matters. Through its International Papers Committee, ALA’s International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites librarians to submit a presentation proposal. The 2015 International Papers and Projects Program theme is:
Learning from One Another: Mentoring Across and Within Borders
Mentoring is an effective way of assisting people to progress in their careers through a partnership between two people, an experienced mentor and a less experienced mentee. Formal mentoring programs exist in librarianship as in other professions and may be found within libraries, library associations, or other professional settings.
This program will feature presentations on mentoring projects and programs from around the world. Presenters are encouraged to consider the theme from diverse angles. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
· Mentoring programs that are international in scope
· Analysis of successes and obstacles of intra-national mentoring
· Mentoring as part of sister library partnerships
· Comparison of mentoring programs in different countries
· How mentoring across borders has strengthened international connections
Proposals will be selected based on their originality, clarity, and adherence to the theme. Proposals should be evaluative and not merely descriptive. Descriptions of mentoring programs that have not been implemented will not be considered.
Proposals, presentations, and papers must be written and delivered in English, which is the working language of the program.
Proposals should include:1. Title of the presentation
2. Name, title, institutional affiliation, and full contact information (including a valid e-mail address) for each presenter
3. Abstract (300-500 words)
4. A short biographical profile of each presenter
Proposals should be submitted electronically (as a single Microsoft Word or PDF attachment) to International Relations Office via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to richard.sapon-white@
SELECTION PROCESSThree official and three (3) alternate proposals will be selected. Alternate proposals will be ranked and considered in place of official ones in case substitutions are necessary. All presenters will be notified of the selection results by February 6, 2015.
PRESENTATION FORMATThe International Papers and Projects Program is 1.5 hours total. Presentations should run about 20 minutes each, followed by a Q & A session. Presenters are encouraged to prepare a dynamic and interactive presentation, incorporating visual prompts, technologies, games, questions for the audience, etc. PowerPoints are common, but speakers who want to read a paper or refer to it are welcome to do so. Optionally, presenters may submit a formal paper (5,000-10,000 words), to be published on the International Papers Committee website.We would like to invite you to view previous presentations listed on IRRT's International Papers and Projects Session Committee site. www.ala.org/irrt