Submit your Conference Proposal for Atla Annual 2020
by Erica Durham/
August 13, 2019
The Atla Conference Committee invites members and friends to submit proposals for Atla Annual 2020, June 17-20, 2020, in Detroit, Michigan.
The deadline for all submissions is Monday, September 30, 2019.
While we welcome proposals pertaining to all areas of librarianship, we are particularly interested in topics that relate to creative uses of technology, open access in relation to scholarly communications, leadership and administration topics, and programs that apply to religious studies bibliographers working in university settings.
Proposals should be made in one of the following categories:
- Conversation Group
- In-Conference Workshop
- Pre-Conference Workshop
- Listen & Learn
- Panel Presentation
We’ve added additional session types to the proposal process. These sessions have always been at conference and we’ve made it easier for you to submit information for these session types using the My Atla web portal.
- Business Meeting
- Denominational Group
- Interest Group
- Regional Group
- Other Meeting
You must log in to your My Atla web portal account. If you do not have one, you will need to create one. Once logged in, under “My Activities” select “Proposal Submission” on the left to begin the process.
If accepted this proposal will be published as submitted in conference promotions, including the official Conference Program Book. Before submitting, please proofread and do not double space after punctuation.
Proposals should include a title that captures the scope of the session; a description of no more than 200 words outlining the significance and focus of the session; and the name(s), e-mail address(es), and institution(s) of the presenter(s).
To assist you in your proposal submission and session preparation and presentation at Atla Annual, the Conference Committee has created the following session resources:
- What Makes a Successful Panel and Moderator (PDF)
- What Makes a Successful Conversation Group (PDF)
- Poster Session Best Practices (PDF)
Once you’ve started your proposal, you can visit the same link to edit your submission until the submission deadline.
View the Atla Annual 2019 schedule to see what programs were available this past year.Read
Description of Session Types:
Business Meeting (50-minute Session)
- Denominational Group – A meeting of an Atla Denominational Group. All meetings of this type are held concurrently at a time to be assigned.
- Interest Group Meeting – A meeting of an Atla Interest Group. Groups will be given time slot options to select from in the Spring.
- Regional Group Meeting – A meeting of a Regional Group. Groups will be given time slot options to select from in the Spring.
- Other Meeting – A meeting of any other group, such as NACO, Reciprocal Borrowing, Atla Digital Library, Atla Open Press editorial boards, etc. Groups will be given time t options to select from in the Spring.
Conversation Group (50-minute Session) – Presenter(s) gives brief introductory remarks (5-10 minutes) and facilitates a discussion among participants.
Excursion – Groups or an individual organize an excursion for conference attendees. Atla staff will follow up in the Fall to discuss logistics and feasibility.
Exhibitor (50-minute Session) – Exhibitors present or demonstrate their products and services to conference attendees during a concurrent time slot. Sponsorship or additional fees may be required.
In-Conference Workshop (50-minute Session) – Workshop leaders operate in a classroom environment to deliver in-depth practical training on a specific topic.
Listen & Learn (50-minute Session) – The session leader(s) introduces a new product or idea, showcases best practices in an area of librarianship, and/or provides suggestions for practical application in attendees’ library settings — time for questions should be included.
Panel Presentation (50-minute Session) – A panel presentation is a small group (a moderator and a maximum of three panelists) in which the individual participants interact and present differing viewpoints on a topic. The purpose of a panel presentation is to be able to hear a wide range of perspectives on a given topic and to hear support and reasons for those positions from a group of experts.
Paper (50-minute Session) – Presenters give an executive summary of a paper that includes a research-based component. Presenters are encouraged to post their papers to the conference website one month prior to the conference to allow attendees to review the paper in advance of the presentation. At the conference, the presenter should designate a respondent to facilitate discussion.
Poster – An informal session in which presenter(s) deliver(s) information that would be useful to the theological librarianship community.
Pre-Conference Workshop – Workshop leaders operate in a classroom environment to deliver in-depth practical training on a specific topic.
- ¼ day – 2 hours
- ½ day – 4 hours
- Full day – 8 hours
Worship – Groups or individuals organize worship or other observance including identifying program and officiant and possibly a location other than the conference hotel. Atla staff will follow up in the Fall to discuss logistics and feasibility.
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