Those of us active in ALA Membership's Ambassador Program are looking forward to answering questions about the conference and the American Library Association while the 2015 ALA Annual Conference is underway here in San Francisco for the next several days, and we should be easy to spot--we're the ones with the ALA Ambassador ribbons.
A few of us have also been compiling suggestions to help first-time attendees navigate the conference and to explore areas of the city you might not otherwise discover.
We hope that the two attached documents will help you have a great time, and we hope you won't hesitate to talk with us when you see us in the ALA Lounge, the Exhibits Hall, and elsewhere onsite.
We're entering the final phase of outreach to those who have not previously volunteered to be part of the ALA Ambassador project, so I'm reposting the letter Tina Coleman distributed via email earlier this week. Minimum qualifications to participate: previous attendance at a minimum of three ALA Annual Conferences (Midwinter Meetings count).
This posting will be open to anyone on ALAConnect--not just current members of the ALAConnect Ambassador community, so please don't hesitate to share it with your colleagues:
Volunteer to Help Your Peers at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco!
Looking to help your peers while attending the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco next month? If so, we would love to have you as a volunteer participating in the ALA Membership Ambassador program between iday, June 26 and Monday, June 29, 2015.
There are three levels of participation:
- Ambassadors, who work alongside ALA staff in the ALA Lounge to answer questions about the conference, meeting spaces, and other onsite amenities
- Roaming Ambassadors, who wear identification badges while onsite at the conference to answer questions about the conference, meeting spaces, and other onsite amenities
- Mentor Ambassadors who serve as mentors/sources of information for first-time attendees by answering their questions, leading brief onsite tours to acquaint first-time attendees with services available to them, and more fully engaging them as active participants in the American Library Association (e.g., through divisions, round tables, and volunteer opportunities); mentors will also remain available through the end of the day on Sunday, by email and/or cell phone, to answer follow-up questions from those they mentor
To register for the program and choose a shift, please contact Paul Signorelli(firstname.lastname@example.org) so he can add you to the Ambassador community on ALAConnect and expedite your placement in the program. One-time orientation sessions will be held online and onsite to prepare volunteers for the assignments they accept.
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