Virtual Poster Sessions – There’s still time!

Contact: JoAnne Kempf

Office of ALA Governance

(312) 280-3212


For immediate release

October 14, 2008

This year, under ALA President Jim Rettig’s leadership, members will have new opportunities to participate in ALA and communicate their success stories. One of these opportunities is an ALA-wide virtual poster session. The first of two poster sessions will debut this fall. Its focus is

Community Central.”

Share ways you are making your library vital in your community (any kind of community). The possibilities are almost endless. Are you reaching underserved populations. Are you vital to local political activity? Is your library a center of learning? Are you visible outside the building? Demonstrate the specific purpose for your community involved and the ways that you have achieved the purpose. Photos, images and sounds may accompany your presentation.

To be considered for inclusion in the poster session, please send a proposal in the form of a summary of your library’s efforts, making sure to address the following points:

  1. Question or problem (need not be stated as hypotheses)
  2. Environmental context of the question or problem (such as public libraries, academic libraries)
  3. Organizational context of the question or problem (internal services, outreach, community analysis, etc.)
  4. Approaches to address the question or problem (i.e., the specific ways the library and its staff have addressed the kinds of programs and activities mentioned in the Community Central description)
  5. Outcomes (details on the effects of the approaches, including data, testimonials, or other evidence of community involvement)

The summary must be
no longer than three pages, double-spaced (one or more photos or images may be included as part of the three pages).

The deadline for submitting proposals is

Nov. 15
. Approximately 25 submissions will be selected and will be available for viewing during the month of January. Please send the proposals via e-mail to Dr. John M. Budd at

A second virtual poster session will take place in the spring of 2009.

Rettig’s initiatives for his presidential term are about “Creating Connections” –connections among our libraries; connections between the communities we serve and those who make funding and policy decisions; connections with prospective library workers; connections with ALA members. His initiatives address three critical issues: Advocacy, Diversity and Member Participation.

For more information about ALA President Jim Rettig’s initiatives, please visit .