ASCLA seeks proposals for 2010 conference programming

Contact: Liz Markel

Marketing Specialist, RUSA/ASCLA

(312) 280-4398


For Immediate Release

April 21, 2009

CHICAGO—The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is now accepting program proposals for the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

ASCLA members are invited to submit proposals for programs that cover topics relevant to current issues and information needs or developing trends in accessibility; library networks, coops and consortia; state library agencies; prison libraries and library services to incarcerated youth; library consulting; and special populations, including libraries and library services for the blind, deaf and hard of hearing.

Programs for the 2009 Annual Conference in Chicago address a multitude of topics, including partnerships between libraries and hospices, the latest trends in the physical delivery of library materials, the impact of LSTA funding, career opportunities in correctional libraries and the revitalization of the library experience. A comprehensive list of these offerings, as well as other ASCLA events such as preconferences, the Libraries Serving Special Populations Section (LSSPS) Annual Dinner and the ASCLA/COSLA dessert reception and silent auction is
available at the ASCLA website.

ASCLA’s guidelines for programs can be
viewed online, and the program proposal form can be
downloaded from the ASCLA website. Questions about ASCLA or the program proposal process can be directed to Liz Markel, ASCLA marketing specialist at, or Rhonda Puntney, conference program planning committee chair, at

Those interested in submitting proposals but are not current members of ASCLA can join at Member benefits include the opportunity to participate in one of the division’s special interest sections representing library coops, consortia and networks (ICAN), independent librarianship and consulting (ILEX), special populations librarians (LSSPS) and state library agencies (SLAS). Members also receive a subscription to
Interface, the division newsletter, and up to 40-percent savings on professional development like ASCLA preconferences and online courses.

ASCLA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is a diverse organization of librarians and support staff who work in academic and public libraries, state agencies, specialized libraries and multi-type cooperatives, as well as those who are self-employed. Learn more at