PLA 2014 Conference
Submit a ConverStation Proposal
There’s still a chance to lead a session at PLA 2014! While the deadline to submit a preconference or program proposal for has passed, we are still accepting ConverStation proposals through August 16, 2013.
ConverStations are unique, interactive sessions that enable attendees to discuss a public library issue/topic and learn from each other. Session facilitators typically introduce a topic for five to ten minutes, then moderate attendee discussion. ConverStations are 60 or 75 minutes in length and are set up in rooms with round tables of 10 to encourage discussion among attendees.
As with preconference and program proposals, we recommend ConverStation proposals showcase emerging trends, innovations, and examples of risk-taking in the areas of community engagement, managing space, marketing and advocacy, digital content, technology, programming, leadership, funding, staffing, collections, outcome measures, and more.
How to Submit a ConverStation Proposal
The proposal process is completely online: only proposals submitted through this online process will be considered.
- Please read the proposal instructions before you begin.
- Submit your proposal; it is best to have as much information as possible before you begin entering your proposal; however, incomplete proposals can be saved and revised at any time until the proposal deadline.
August 16, 2013: Proposals due for ConverStations. Organizers will be notified of proposal status Sept. 30, 2013.
PLA 2014 presenters will be required to:
- Register for and attend the conference;
- Respond to PLA requests for information in a timely manner; and
- Submit handouts two weeks prior to conference.
Proposals will be rated based on several criteria:
- On whether the content is creative/interesting, timely, and seems practical;
- On whether the content demonstrates unique and innovative thinking; and
- On whether the speakers are experienced presenters and qualified to speak on the topic.
If you have any questions or need additional information, contact the PLA Office, 800-545-2433, ext. 5027.
PLA 2014 Conference Program Subcommittee
The PLA 2014 Conference Program Subcommittee will review all submitted proposals and select conference sessions based on their relevance to the profession, educational value, and appeal to conference attendees.
Georgia L. Lomax, CHAIR
Deputy Director, Pierce County (Wash.) Library System
Children's Librarian, Pima County (Ariz.) Public Library
Circulation Servs Supervisor, Jacksonville (Fla.) Public Library
Kimberlee A. DeNero-Ackroyd
Deputy Director, Cleveland Heights-University Heights (Ohio) Public Library
Deborah Corinne Duke
Collection Mgmt Administrator, Fort Worth (Texas) Library
Jennifer L. Ferriss
Bibliographic Database Specialist, Southern Adirondack Library System
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Virtual Services Coordinator, Skokie (Ill.) Public Library
Gregg R. Grisa
Librarian II, Southwest Library, District of Columbia Public Library
Kendi L. Kelley
Jessamine County (Ky.) Public Library
Kevin A. R. King
Head, Patron Services & IT, Kalamazoo (Mich.) Public Library
Executive Director, Bucks County (Pa.) Free Library
Youth Librarian, Chicago (Ill.) Public Library
Community Engagement Manager, Mid-Columbia Libraries,
Pamela Sandlian Smith
Director, Anythink Libraries