For immediate release | January 25, 2014

Conversation Starters and Ignite Session proposals accepted through Feb. 18 for ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — 2014 ALA Annual Conference attendees have the chance to inspire colleagues and move the needle forward for the profession in one-hour "Conversation Starters" and five-minute "Ignite" sessions. Session proposals are accepted through Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Find out more and submit your proposal now!

Conversation Starters may be in lecture, panel or discussion formats and will take place throughout the day on Saturday, June 28, Sunday, June 29 and Monday, June 30. The wide range of emerging topics and trends addressed in 2013 included New Adult fiction, Tumblr for libraries, the future of scholarly publishing, great apps for mobile reference, leadership, energizing staff development, makerspaces and augmented reality.

Each five-minute Ignite Session is accompanied by 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. There will be six Ignite sessions each day from 11:45 am to 12:15 p.m., also on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Last year’s topics covered geospatial data services, fair use, STEM, collaborative training, manga, experimental music, community, Chromebooks, teen humor and creativity in reference services. You can review the 2013 Annual Conference Ignite topics and presenters in the 2013 conference scheduler.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent in early April. The proposals go through a public voting process where the public votes count for 30%, staff votes for another 30%, and the remaining 40% an advisory group of ALA members.

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Early Bird rates are available through March 3, 2014.

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Ways to stay in touch and get updates and ongoing information include the Annual Conference Website; Twitter @alaannual and #alaac14; Facebook; Pinterest; Google +; and Tumblr

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Yvonne Maclean

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American Library Association

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