Professional Development Proposals Sought
ASCLA is currently seeking proposals for online courses, webinars and webinar series. Topics of particular interest include assistive technologies; fundamentals of serving special populations, such as those with autism and spectrum disorders, the deaf and hard of hearing, developmental disabilities, mental disabilities, mental illnesses, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, and/or vision disabilities; children or young adults with disabilities; managing volunteers with disabilities; what trustees need to know about accessibility; the basics of prison/correctional facilities librarianship; web accessibility; and consortial approaches to ebooks. Submissions are also welcome for other topics that would be of interest to ASCLA members or are relevant to the library services ASCLA members provide.
Are you interested in submitting a proposal? Use the guidelines below to prepare and submit your proposals. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of ASCLA members.
Professional Development Format & Delivery
All non-conference professional development opportunities are conducted online. Online courses, which last three to six weeks, are conducted using Moodle. Webinars are 60-90 minutes long and are usually a presentations or lectures that are transmitted over the web, using the association's webinar software.
Proposal Guidelines for Webinars
ASCLA is the premiere destination for ALA members to find information and build capacity to serve populations that are served by state library agencies, specialized libraries, library cooperatives and library consultants.
We are looking for presenters to share their knowledge and expertise in our featured one-hour/90 minute webinars that provide educational opportunities for our diverse member base. Please submit your proposal online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ASCLAWebinarProposal2013. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of ASCLA members. Webinar presenters will be paid $150 for each webinar presented. Co-presenters will be paid $75 for each webinar presented.
Proposal Guidelines for Online Courses
ASCLA welcomes proposals for online professional development courses, webinars or webinar series. An online course typically covers the same amount of content as a one day, face-to-face instructional session over a four to six week period. Webinars are 60-90 minutes in length, including time for Q&A.
Interested instructors should prepare a written proposal that includes the following information:
Course Description: A brief description of the course or webinar—300 words or less—including its subject, scope, content, and approach. State what is distinctive and compelling about your particular course/webinar.
Intended Market: Who would need this course/webinar (use job titles)? How many potential participants are out there?
Competition: Identify other courses/webinars and their providers that address your topic as the focus or major concentration of its curriculum. What are the features of your course/webinar that distinguish it from these other offerings and provides a competitive advantage?
Course Outline: An outline of the major topics you will cover in the course/webinar, with preference for a complete course syllabus if available.
Instructor Credentials: Provide a one-paragraph overview of the credentials of the course instructor(s) or webinar presenter(s). If more than one instructor, please provide separate paragraphs for each. Highlight relevant teaching, writing, and editing experience. Include a complete C.V. or resume for each instructor as a part of the proposal package.
Writing Sample: Submit a writing sample that is ideally part of the written course material or presentation script.
Instructor or Presenter’s Online Course/Webinar Experience: Comment on author’s experience with preparing and teaching online courses, as well as experience with associated software, e.g. WebCT, Moodle, GoTo, Webex.
Content Development Schedule: Provide an outline of dates for completion of course/webinar content, including a final date of completion for all presentation materials.