Conversation starters, ignite sessions, and poster sessions for 2015 Annual Conference announced

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/14/2015


Alicia "Alee" Navarro

Meeting Coordinator

Conference Services

American Library Association

CHICAGO — Covering a huge range of timely topics, the 150 Poster Sessions, 19 Conversation Starters and 18 Ignite Sessions for 2015 ALA Annual Conference have now been announced. These sessions offer special informal opportunities to hear the latest from your library colleagues on what’s working in their libraries and beyond. Titles, descriptions and times are available now and will be included in the conference scheduler (plus locations) when it opens in mid-May.

Poster Sessions include descriptions of innovative library programs, analyses of practical problem-solving efforts, reports of research studies and more. During their assigned time slots, the poster creators informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees. These sessions will take place in the Exhibit Hall on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday June 28. Topics to be covered vary widely, including distance learning, trends and forecasting, transforming libraries, technology, emerging technologies, electronic resources and international libraries.

Public voting for Conversation Starter talks and Ignite Sessions again tipped the balance in selecting the ones that showcase your colleagues’ newest passions and innovations during the 2015 Annual Conference. The emerging topics, trends and innovations addressed range widely, including community engagement, youth services, technology, outreach services, popular culture and games and gaming.

“Think Like a Project Manager, Act Like a Library Leader,” presented by Emily Clasper is added as a Conversation Starter Special Edition from 3 - 4 p.m. on Monday, June 29. This session was added to mark the proposal’s exceptional 100 percent vote from all selection groups.

Conversation Starter talks are fast-paced 45-minute sessions intended to jumpstart conversations and highlight emerging topics and trends. Ignite speakers present for exactly five minutes on what they’re most passionate about in the library world, inspiring the audience to join them. Each five-minute Ignite talk is accompanied by 20 slides, each displayed for 15 seconds, with slides advancing automatically. The sessions will be held throughout the conference in the San Francisco Moscone Convention Center.  The public votes counted for 30 percent of the selection process; staff votes accounted for another 30 percent; the remaining 40 percent were an advisory group of ALA members.

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