Leading from Any Position: Libraries which are Leaders in their Communities and Librarians who Lead.
The American Library Association IRRT Preconference Committee invites proposals for presentations at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco on . The IRRT Preconference provides a forum for librarians interested in international librarianship to discuss the current and future state of librarianship.
The library profession is constantly adjusting to new technical developments, standards and innovative new services. These changes may occur without additional funding, or in an environment where the relevance of library services may not be widely known, or may be questioned as larger institutions (governmental, educational or corporate) face rethinking of structures. To survive and thrive libraries need to have strong leadership from within. Libraries need to be leaders in their communities in order to ensure they are full participants in the future of those communities.
This year the IRRT Preconference is inviting proposals from around the world addressing how to lead and how to nurture leadership of both individuals and libraries. This year there will be time set aside for breakout sessions, during which each presenter will facilitate discussion related to his or her topic at a table.
The following topics are suggested for presenters to consider, but other topics pertaining to the theme are also welcome:
Sustainable Community Based Library Projects in Developing Areas of the World
Public Libraries that have raised their profiles by taking the lead in Education, Career Preparedness and other Fields
University Libraries that have taken the lead in innovation at their Institution or more widely
Librarians leading positive change outside Management Structures
Projects to nurture leadership at all levels in any library
In the proposal, please provide
1. Title of the presentation
2. Abstract of the presentation (no more than one page or 300 words)
3. Name, title of position, and affiliation of the presenter(s)
4. Contact information (email address and phone number)
5. Brief biographical statement of the presenter(s)’ credentials.
Please submit your proposal to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than . All proponents will be notified by March 13, 1015.
The IRRT Preconference will be held on in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference ( ) in San Francisco. It will be a half day program from . Up to six presenters will be selected and grouped into two panels. Each presenter is expected to give fifteen minutes of presentation; there will be a very brief Q&A session after each panel. After the panels each presenter will facilitate a break out group on their topic, where more extensive discussions will take place. Lunch will be provided in the meeting room .
All presenters are encouraged to submit a copy of PowerPoint slides or full length paper by to be included in the preconference packets and published on the IRRT web site after the conference.