ILA/ACRL Spring Conference 2014 - Call for Presentation Proposals

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Call for Presentation Proposals

Breaking Down Our Silos: Redefining Academic Libraries in the 21st Century

ILA/ACRL Spring Conference

Friday, May 2, 2014
FFA Enrichment Center, DMACC-Ankeny

Deadline for Receipt of Proposals:  Monday, March 3, 2014

SILO is a word that has been discussed in business for over 30 years now, so, while not a new question, as academic libraries shift away from physical models to more digital ones, we find ourselves frequently confronting the problems created by the silo mentality inherent in subject specialization and highly technical work.  How do we become more nimble in responding to changing environments and needs?  How do we get involved outside our libraries?  Do we need to create more empowered staff and more integrated and collaborative work arrangements?   What is the best response of the academic library and academic librarians to this problem? 

The planning committee is especially interested in sessions on the following topics and in sessions that involve others from outside of the library. The committee will be evaluating the proposals based on: relevance to the conference theme and interest to the academic library community, uniqueness, organization and clarity, adaptability to others, and demonstrated knowledge of the subject:

  • Unleashing our information power!   How can we collaborate outside our organization?
  • Cross-functional solutions!  As a group who can be siloed by the nature of our work, how can we make internal changes? 
  • Great things about silos that really work!  When are niches or compartmentalization good?   Are some things naturally in silos? 
  • Making the case for breaking down silos!  Why is change necessary? How can leadership inspire people to engage in change?  Can we change behaviors and build trust among all of the organization? What are some common goals, incentives and motivators to achieve success?
  • Measuring success!  What is the accountability without silos?  How do we know we got there? 

 Submission Procedure for Presentation Proposals

Sessions are 45 minutes. We recommend that presentations be approximately 30-35 minutes allowing 10-15 minutes for questions. If your session is selected and you choose to bring your own Apple computer to present, please bring your own VGA Display Adapter (or dongle). Please note that conference sessions may be recorded and shared.

Please e-mail the following documents by Monday, March 3, 2014 to:

Leo Clougherty,

Concurrent Session Coordinator, ILA/ACRL Spring Conference Planning Committee

[email protected]

a)  A separate cover sheet that includes identifying information. (The Committee will review the submitted proposals without cover sheets.)

b)  A completed proposal.

c)  A description of your session (200 – 350 words) that does not include identifying information.

The Committee will communicate the results of the review to applicants lead contact via e-mail by March 17, 2014.