FAQs per new ALA Programming
This is a space for FAQs that come up from committee and IG chairs during the course of the program proposal period. I'll be monitoring this and answering questions as they arise.
Here is the link to the Annual Conference Roadmap of Changes: http://connect.ala.org/node/178761
Question: What if we need expect more than 50 people at a Managed Discussion?
Answer: I believe IGs will be able to request a larger space. This is coordinated when requesting meeting space or closer to the conference. PPC does not manage this.
Question: Will LITA Groups get preference?
Answer: The committee will give preference to LITA Groups/Members where two equally well written program proposals are received. In the interest of offering the broadest selection, duplicate proposals may be asked to combine presentations. An IG/Committee may be asked to adopt an individual's program; we did this successfully in 2012. The committee will be working to curate the best selection of programs overall.
Question: If a proposal for a program is put forward and is rejected, can the IG adjust the proposal into a managed discussion and still request space?
Answer: Yes, as long as it makes that transition. ALA is trying to avoid proposed discussions that turn into traditional programs. Question: What criteria will the PPC use to evaluate proposals? Answer: Is the topic clearly defined in the proposal? Will the topic be current/relevant (as possible) next June?Will it scale to multiple libraries/kinds of libraries? Is there audience appeal? For panels, is anyone identified already? Is this a LITA or Joint Group Proposal? What are each committee member's top 5 programs?Question: Are managed discussions also required to be 90 minutes?Answer: As far as I know, yes.