Teach for LITA (Program Proposal Form)

This form will be sent to the LITA Office. The information will be reviewed by the Education Committee to determine if the proposal meets the requirements to become a LITA program.

LITA courses, webinars, workshops, and Regional Institutes are based on technology-related topics of interest to the LITA Membership and wider ALA audience. Taught by experts and presented in conjunction with ALA, they reach beyond ALA Conference locations to bring high quality continuing education to the profession.

The Education Committee identifies topics and presenters, reviews proposals, and recommends to the LITA Board appropriate programs. The committee also assesses the presenters and materials and uses these findings to plan future educational programming for LITA. Educational programs can vary in length and depth of material. Educational programs are offered both online and in-person. Online programs include 1.5 -6 hour synchronous workshops/webinars; asynchronous courses and tutorials are also possible. In-person content includes full-day workshops at ALA Midwinter meetings and Regional Institutes. The Education Committee and LITA staff will work with the presenter to choose the best format for the type and amount of programming they are prepared to present.

To begin the process, the prospective instructor should create a descriptive outline of the program along with information about handouts and any supplementary material that are part of the presentation, course, webinar, or workshop. The prospective instructor will complete the form below, including links to the required materials. The information will then be distributed electronically to members of the Education Committee for review, and a committee member will be assigned to the prospective instructor as the proposal is reviewed and developed. The Committee will strive to provide the prospective instructor with an approval to proceed and/or suggestions for changes within two weeks. Once a program is approved, the Education Committee will forward the course and instructor information to the LITA Board for final approval and to the LITA staff, who will work with the prospective instructor to finalize course details and a letter of agreement.

Please fill in the following:

Personal Information
Briefly describe your experience/expertise with the topic of your proposal and your experience giving educational programs, including any course management software experience or preferences. Include any experience teaching this topic, online or offline.
Proposal Information
Provide a brief overall description of the program, including its subject, scope, content, and approach. State what is distinctive and compelling about the program.
Describe as specifically as possible the intended audience of this program, including any prerequistive knowledge or background.

Learning Objectives. List three learning objectives for this program: skills that people will learn, key information that will be gained, ways in which participant's job performance or careers will be improved, etc.

Describe the handouts that will be provided to course participants, including slides, exercises, bibliographic references, and other materials. If materials are available online, please provide a link to them.
List any technical requirements for this program (i.e. streaming video, audio, etc.). LITA may not be able to guarantee functionality of non-standard plug-ins and applications in online courses.
Supporting Materials
Provide a link to an online outline of the program to be presented. List the topics to be covered, including estimated times to be spent on each topic; for multi-day courses, a syllabus may be substituted for the outline.

You may also send questions or comments to lita@ala.org or phone #800-545-2433, ext. 4268.