People Make Libraries:
Digging into Our Past and Polishing Our Present to Transform Our Future
CARL Conference, April 8-10, 2010, Sacramento, California
Everyday there are news stories on libraries. The stories are usually focused on collections, buildings, and emerging technologies, and rarely on the people that make libraries. Libraries have amazing collections because library people select, process, and promote all sorts of materials with an eye to the future. Libraries have award winning buildings because library people help design and renovate them to meet both known and anticipated user needs. Libraries are at the forefront of technology because library people are risk takers and see how technology can transform processes and projects. This conference will highlight people’s research and practice that is transforming our future.
Research and Practice Areas Might Include:
- Transforming Ideas, Decisions, and Calculated Risks
- Evidence Based Efforts and Projects
- Reorganizations and Innovative Workflows
- Characteristics and Competencies
- Hiring, Management, and Evaluation
- Training and Leadership Development
- Mentor and Internships Programs for Employees and Future Employees
- Needs Assessment and Library-User (Students, Researchers, Faculty, Campus Community) Partnerships
- Volunteers, Friends Organizations, and Other Community Partnerships
People impact every aspect of libraries and libraries serve people, so the list of research and practice areas is endless. When developing your proposal think about how people fit into the equation.
Four types of proposals will be accepted:
These sessions will be 3.5 hour workshop sessions. The session will be related to the theme, provide a theoretical framework, and engage participants in practical activities to allow them to reflect on their specific situations. CARL IGs and members are encouraged to submit a proposal for an Engage Session. The Engage Sessions will be scheduled on Thursday April 8, 2010. The deadline for the Engage Session submissions is November 6, 2009.
Listen & Learn Sessions
These sessions will be 1 hour presentation sessions with a 15 minute question and answer period. The focus will be on research related to the conference theme. Individual and groups of no more than three CARL members are encouraged to submit a proposal for the Listen & Learn Session. The Listen & Learn Sessions will be scheduled on Friday April 9, 2010 and Saturday April 10, 2010. The deadline for the Listen and Learn Session submissions is November 6, 2009.
These sessions will be 1 hour and 15 minute discussion sessions. The focus will be on a topic related to the conference theme, and the sessions must be structured, include engaging questions and activities, and have a practical focus. Individual and groups of no more than three CARL members are encouraged to submit a proposal for the Discussion Session. The Discussion Sessions will be scheduled on Friday April 9, 2010 and Saturday April 10, 2010. The deadline for the Discussion Session submissions is January 9, 2010.
This session will be posters on a topic related to the conference theme. Participants are encouraged to bring their own projector and computer and display digital posters. Tables will be provided for equipment, or to display a print poster if participants do not have the necessary equipment. Individual and student CARL members are encouraged to submit a proposal for a Share Session. The Share Sessions schedule is yet to be determined. The deadline for Share Session submissions is January 9, 2010.
Not So Fine Print:
- The primary contact on the Engage and Listen & Learn proposals will be notified that the proposal has been received by Friday November 20, 2009. The primary contact on the proposal will be notified if the proposal has been accepted by Friday December 18, 2009. The primary contact on the Discussion and Share proposals will be notified that the proposal has been received by Friday January 15, 2010. The primary contact on the proposal will be notified if the proposal has been accepted by Friday February 12, 2010.
- Preference will be given to new, innovative, creative, untraditional, and cutting edge research and practice, and proposals that clearly articulate how people fit into the overall process, project, service, activity, etc.
- All proposers must register and pay for the conference.
- All presenters, regardless of session type, will be asked to submit a paper and/or summary of their session to the proceedings.
Questions can be sent to Amy Wallace.