ALA Virtual Poster Sessions

ALA President Jim Rettig has announced initiatives one in particular allows members to be more green by participating an ALA-wide virtual poster session.

The first of two poster sessions will debut this fall called “Community Central” – to share your experiences of making your library vital in your community.

The following details are from Rettig’s Web page on this initiatives:

To be considered for inclusion in the poster session, please send a proposal in the form of a summary of your library’s efforts, making sure to address the following points:

  1. Question or problem (need not be stated as hypotheses)

  2. Environmental context of the question or problem (such as public libraries, academic libraries)

  3. Organizational context of the question or problem (internal services, outreach, community analysis, etc.)

  4. Approaches to address the question or problem (i.e., the specific ways the library and its staff have addressed the kinds of programs and activities mentioned in the Community Central description)

  5. Outcomes (details on the effects of the approaches, including data, testimonials or other evidence of community involvement)

The summary must be no longer than three pages, double-spaced (one or more photos or images may be included as part of the three pages).

The deadline for submitting proposals is Nov. 15. Approximately 25 submissions will be selected and will be available for viewing during January 2009.

Send the proposals via e-mail to Dr. John M. Budd at


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