Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Call for Proposals (CFP) for Presentation at the ALA IRRT Chair’s Program

The American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Chair’s Program Committee invites proposals for participation in a panel presentation that will take place at the annual ALA conference in San Francisco.  The panel presentation will be featured in the IRRT Chair’s Program session.

Each year, the IRRT Chair’s Program features speakers who present on a specific theme related to international relations and the library. This year, the theme for the IRRT Chair’s Program is:

Library Leadership Initiatives: Stories from the World

The Chair’s Program Committee seeks proposals from speakers who will be part of a panel that will describe and share the following:

1.      how individuals, country associations, or international library organizations present, plan, and train for library leadership roles and/or succession planning, or
2.      how international conferences or associations promote individual leadership skills.

Examples of topics (presentations are NOT limited to these topics; creativity is welcomed and encouraged):
·         Succession planning in libraries
·         Impact of conferences on leadership development
·         Real or virtual internships and the impact on leadership development
·         Leadership development or programs through associations, consortiums, networks, or schools
·         Leadership development as a necessity of increasing internationalization

International librarians and library administrators or supporters are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

Presentation Format:
The panel presentation will immediately follow the brief IRRT Chair’s Business Meeting, which will begin sharply at 1:00 p.m.  Each panel presentation will be between 15 – 20 minutes.  Applicants are encouraged to consider creative and effective presentations to connect attendees with the topic.

All proposals must be submitted by December 19, 2014 for priority consideration.

Submission Guidelines:
Proposals should include:
1.      Title of the presentation
2.      A 150 - 250 biography of the presenters/panelists
3.      Name, title, institutional affiliation, and full contact information of the presenters/panelists
4.      An abstract of 300 – 500 words, describing the focus of the presentation, on a separate sheet that does not include the name and affiliation of the presenter or presenters.

Proposals should be submitted to: IRRT Chair’s Program Co-Chairs,
Cecilia Salvatore and Henry Mendelsohn

Selection and Notification:
Proposals will be reviewed by members of the Chair’s Program Committee through a blind review process. Proposals will be reviewed on originality and relevance to the theme of the IRRT Chair’s Program.

Those who submit a proposal will be notified of the outcome of the review of their proposal by February 1, 2015.

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