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Call for Proposals: RBMS Seminars for the 2015 Preconference in Oakland Submission Deadline: June 6, 2014

Call for Proposals: RBMS Seminars for the 2015 Preconference in Oakland
Submission Deadline: June 6, 2014

The RBMS Seminars Committee invites all members of RBMS to propose and organize preconference seminars to be presented in 2015. Seminars are 90-minute sessions, given in a variety of formats. They constitute an important educational component of each preconference and are a valuable forum for the exchange of ideas and information on particular topics of relevance to rare book and manuscript librarians. Topics to be covered at the 2014 Las Vegas preconference include: cataloging, instruction, assessment, processing priorities, professional publishing, the future of the profession, crowdsourcing, diversity in our collections, and managing sexually explicit materials.

What learning opportunities should seminars provide at the Oakland preconference in 2015?  You can help shape the content of these sessions by submitting a proposal for an RBMS seminar.  Past seminars have been organized as panel discussions, Pecha Kucha presentations, and as informal workshops.  A crucial component of any seminar, however, is that it have an instructional and educational component; seminar presentations should not be merely case studies or project reports, but should consider broader issues emphasizing practical instruction or practical knowledge.

Please submit your proposal online at http://www.rbms.info/committees/seminars/seminar_proposal_form.shtml or email it to seminars@rbms.info with a brief description (500 words or less) of the purpose, content, and format of your proposed seminar and list the names and affiliations of any presenters; you should also indicate any equipment or audiovisual needs that you anticipate.  While the Committee wants to hear your ideas, even if they are not yet fully fleshed out, more complete information will be helpful to the Committee in making its decisions.  Proposals submitted by June 6 will be considered by the Seminars Committee for selection at its meeting during the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Organizers should consider attending this meeting, or sending a representative, to present the proposal to the Committee. 

Feel free to contact Jennifer Borderud (Jennifer_Borderud@baylor.edu) or Heather Smedberg (hsmedberg@ucsd.edu), the Seminars Committee co-chairs, with any questions about submitting proposals, the suitability of topics, or organizing seminars in general.

Best wishes,

Jennifer Borderud & Heather Smedberg
Co-Chairs, RBMS Seminars Committee