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by Aaron Dobbs on Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 01:04 pm

I asked on Twitter today, "Wonder if ALA should/can have more attendee-proposed and vetted events, a la DrupalCamp: http://drupal.org/node/519100"

Some people responded favorably, including several of you.  And this is the direction I'd like to see ALA heading in, so #makeithappen and all that.

I'm willing to put some work into this, but I can't do it all myself, which is where the rest of you come in :)

I asked on Twitter today, "Wonder if ALA should/can have more attendee-proposed and vetted events, a la DrupalCamp: http://drupal.org/node/519100"

Some people responded favorably, including several of you.  And this is the direction I'd like to see ALA heading in, so #makeithappen and all that.

I'm willing to put some work into this, but I can't do it all myself, which is where the rest of you come in :)

Things I'm willing to do: set up the tech infrastructure allowing people to propose/discuss/vote on sessions; rally the troops; cheerlead.
Things I'm not willing to do: figure out the ALA bureaucratic magic required; logistical planning for events beyond some correspondence with attendees; anything before October.

And I know there's some kind of grassroots program structure, but I don't know how it works or whether it already does what I'm thinking of here.  Maybe one of you does.  Because that should be checked first -- maybe we just need to publicize it!

Anyway.  Who's in?

-Andromeda

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  • Create more opportunities for attendee-proposed and -vetted events at ALA conferences and meetings.
  • Build on the successes of the BIGWIG Showcase, the 2009 Grassroots Programs, and multiple LibraryCamps.
  • Provide opportunities for presentations on, and discussions of, topics of interest in the *now* (recent ~6 months or so)
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