Changing Conference Process (internal background paper)
As you know, over the past few years there have been a number of significant changes affecting ALA conferences -- some affecting Midwinter, some Annual and some both. We have reached a point where the basic processes which enable us to pull together a large, very complex event need to be fundamentally revisited. The attached document was developed as a background document for internal use -- with executive directors of ALA divisions, with directors of ALA offices, with liaisons to ALA round tables and other groups.
After discussion with Steve Matthews, chair of the ALA Conference Committee, I am sharing this with you. (1) We believe it will provide necessary background for discussion when we meet in Anaheim. (2) We need your creative thinking on these issues as we plan for future conferences.
Internally, we are in the middle of the meetings noted above; it is likely that I will have at least one additional document for you prior to Annual 2012. We are also beginning the process of defining requirements for a new conference technology package, e.g. proposal/abstract process, meeting management, reports. The attached document relates primarily, though not exclusively, to Annual, and primarily to programs and related discussion/interest group sessions.
We will be discussing some of these changes, and others, when we meet in June. Chair Steve Matthews is working on the agenda, which you should receive in the next week or so.
Thanks. See you soon.