For immediate release | February 4, 2016

Conversation Starters and Ignite Session proposals due March 15th for 2016 ALA Annual Conference

2016 ALA Annual Conference attendees have the chance to inspire colleagues and move the needle forward for the profession in 45-minute Conversation Starters and five-minute Ignite sessions. Proposals are accepted through the end of March 15th, 2016. Find out more about these opportunities and how to submit your proposals.

Conversation Starters are in lecture, panel, or discussion formats and will take place throughout the day on Saturday, June 25th, Sunday, June 26th, and Monday, June 27th. Each five-minute Ignite Session is accompanied by 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. Six Ignite Sessions a day will take place on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm. Notifications of acceptance will be sent in 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.

The emerging topics, trends, and innovations addressed in the 2015 Conversation Starter and Ignite Sessions ranged widely, including community engagement, youth services, technology, outreach services, popular culture, using data, games and gaming and much more.

Find out more about submitting proposals.

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The best earlybird registration rates are available through March 16th, 2016. If you need help in making your case to attend, use these resources.

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Alicia (Alee) Navarro

Meeting Coordinator

ALA Conference Services