Librarians, technologists, and faculty at AMICAL institutions: AMICAL 2016 is your conference. Below is the short version of “how to make it your conference” by proposing sessions for the program. There’s also a painfully-long Call for Proposals — which, in all seriousness, you need to read if you’re preparing a proposal — but here’s the basic idea:
You’ve got a vision. Propose a collaborative project planning session.
You’re awesome at something. Help others learn a new skill or technique with a workshop.
You’ve figured something really useful out. Present what you’ve learned from successes, from failures, and from challenges you’ve been facing.
You’ve got problems. Ask for help from your colleagues, framing the question and discussion so that everyone gains by participating.
What topics can I propose?
We invite you to help us explore the theme of “Digital initiatives and libraries” by contributing a session related to this. You are also welcome to focus on any topic that’s current and relevant to AMICAL’s mission, in particular topics that relate to:
- AMICAL’s committee areas (Note: all committees will also be holding meetings about their ongoing consortial projects)
- priority areas for AMICAL’s 2015-2018 Mellon Foundation grant:
- Leadership of Library and Information Services in Liberal Arts Environments
- Information Literacy as a Liberal Art
- Curriculum-Integrated Digital Initiatives
- Growing the AMICAL Collaboration Network
What session formats can I use?
We’ve reworked our session formats this year to make them as participative as possible:
- Community Idea Exchange (posters & tech showcases)
- Birds of a Feather (guided discussion)
- Lightning Talks
- Project Meetings
- Panel Presentations
There are some changes even to formats we’ve used in previous years, so find out more and propose your session — by 21 February at the latest.
The AMICAL Conference works because members seek to share with and learn from each other. Add your bit of wisdom or inquisitiveness to the program!