LITA Program Planning Committee Committee
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.
I'd like to draw your attention to this post from Mary Ghikas regarding upcoming changes to the planning and structure of Annual Conference: http://connect.ala.org/node/178761, please read through the documents posted there. These changes go into effect with the 2013 conference.
The major takeaways are:
- "Official" conference deadline for initial program submission will be October and final program submissions will be in January-February (yes, LITA already operates on this planning schedule)
- all programs "will be digitally captured for later access by attendees." In order to make that possible, all programs will be placed in the convention center, as a result the conference campus will be shrinking as will the number of programs offered.
- all program slots will be 90 minutes.
- Divisions have been limited to 20 programs for Annual 2013; that includes Top Tech Trends, President's Program, and Open House, but does NOT include preconferences. PPC can accept 17 programs for 2013 (plus precons). That number will likely change year-to-year depending on the city we're in.
I think you'll notice right away that many of these changes are things that LITA has been doing and/or attempting to do for some time. Indeed, our condensed proposal review process and recording/streaming of our major programs were models for this proposal - so pat yourselves on the back!
Keep in mind, that this transition is still a work in progress and ALA does want to hear feedback from program planners across the association - bring your thoughts, ideas, suggestions to our meeting in Anaheim this Sunday, and/or comment on this post.
Hope to see you in Anaheim,