Call for Proposals for 2015 AzLA Annual Conference

By Elizabeth Matson and Samuel Dyal

The Arizona Library Association is excited to announce our first ever Annual Conference in Northern Arizona!

The Call for Proposals is now open for the 2015 AzLA Annual Conference. It will be held at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff, November 18 – 20, 2015. All library and information professionals are invited to submit their ideas for this year’s conference. Submissions may be made from the conference website.

Conference Theme

The 2015 conference theme is Making Connections. “Good book seeks reader.” “Unemployed seeks computer literacy.” “World traveler seeks foreign language skills.” “Student seeks reliable information.” “eReader seeks downloadable book.”

Librarians are the matchmakers that bring individuals, communities, and resources together. Whether it is done high-tech, low tech, through social media or in person—librarians know how to match the best resource or program to the patron, student or community group in need. We connect through technology, collaboration, and great customer service. How are your library and staff serving as the “Great Connectors” of your community? How do you find and serve your community’s needs? How do you nourish the connections you have while seeking to serve more diverse populations? Share your matchmaking success stories, your best practices, innovations, and ideas for making connections in your community. Continue “Making Connections” as you learn, network and share with your colleagues at this year’s AzLA Conference in Flagstaff.

Submission Deadlines:

Pre-conferences and Programs: April 27, 2015.
Posters, Roundtables and Blitz Sessions: May 25, 2015.

Pre-conference Presenters must be available:

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

All other presenters must be available to present on either day of the conference:

Thursday, November 19, 2015, and
Friday, November 20, 2015

Program Tracks:

Leadership & Staff Development – Explore leadership, management, and organizational/career development issues, trends, and best practices.

Children & Young Adults – Share exciting, practical, and theoretical ideas and information about serving children and young adults.

Information Literacy & Teaching – Focus on instruction techniques, theory, information literacy, and classroom trends and topics.

User Services – Explore collection development topics, new trends in designing user spaces, and improving public services.

Technology & Tech Services – Explore ideas and information about digital library issues, metadata standards, and hot new technology trends.

Library Outreach, Marketing and Advocacy – Teach others how to create partnerships, be aware of legislative issues, advocate for libraries, and utilize new marketing techniques and ideas.

For more information, or to submit your proposal online, visit the conference page. You can also Like us on Facebook, or follow our Twitter feed (hashtag #azla2015).

Online registration opens on August 20, 2015. Contact the AzLA Association Management Office for questions about registering for the conference or if you need assistance with your username and password. They can be reached at (480) 609-3999 or admin@azla.org.

Thank you for your interest in AzLA 2015!

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