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The American Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Issues Call for Proposals for 2011 Virtual Conference

The American Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Virtual Conference enhances the conference experience for attendees onsite in Philadelphia and provides an important professional development opportunity to those unable to travel to the conference site.  Produced by LearningTimes, the ACRL 2011 Virtual Conference will feature webcasts, dynamic screen capture recordings, speaker handouts, blogs, discussion forums, and more.

Virtual Conference

The ACRL Virtual Conference enhances the conference experience for attendees onsite in Philadelphia, provides an important professional development opportunity to those unable to travel to the conference site.  The ACRL 2011 Virtual Conference will feature webcasts, dynamic screen capture recordings, speaker handouts, blogs, discussion forums, and more.

Call For Proposals

Proposals are now being accepted (through November 1, 2010) for interactive, online sessions for the Virtual Conference.  Featuring  live, on-the-fly polling, white boards, co-browsing and desktop sharing,  virtual presenting is a unique and affordable opportunity for both experienced and new presenters. We are seeking a broad range of submissions that highlight current, evolving and future issues in academic libraries. Sessions will be selected for presentation based on relevance, timeliness of topic and clear, intriguing proposals. Webcasts are 60 minutes (including Q&A) and should be specifically designed for virtual presentation.  Presenters should explain how they will use the Webcast environment to create interactivity among the attendees. Links to the recorded sessions will be posted on the Virtual Conference website, which all attendees (virtual or onsite) can access for up to a YEAR following the conference (lots of exposure)! For examples of Webcasts and other virtual content from ACRL's 2009 National Conference, see www.learningtimes.net/acrlconference/.
 
In addition to these exclusive online-only sessions, the Virtual Conference will feature onsite conference session recordings, speaker handouts, blogs, discussion forums, chats and more. Registration will open in 2011, with virtual presenter registration fees waived. If accepted, virtual presenters will also gain access to all of the content on the conference website for up to a year. Submit your proposal by November 1. Presenters will be notified by January 1 if their proposal has been accepted.
 
Presenters are expected to:

  1. Attend an online 30-60 minute training on Adobe Connect prior to the conference
  2. Conduct an online session using Adobe Connect
  3. Provide a photo, bio and program description for the conference website by February 1, 2010
  4. Respond to questions from & interact with virtual attendees

 
Questions? Contact Erin Dorney, Millersville University, erin.dorney@millersville.edu or Scott Vine, Franklin & Marshall College, scott.vine@fandm.edu.

The Main Event

The ACRL 2011 Virtual Conference will feature Dynamic Screen Captures- PowerPoint presentations synced with real-time audio from every contributed paper and panel session presented in Philadelphia. These screen captures, more than 80 total, will be available online for all online-only and face-to-face participants a few days after the ACRL 2011 National Conference.  This means that online-only Virtual Conference participants will be able to see and hear every Philadelphia paper and panel program, and face-to-face conference participants will no longer have to regret the programs they missed because there was so much going on at the same time!  This feature gives you more for your money and provides an opportunity to revisit sessions all year long.

And, if that's not enough, the Virtual Conference will include a number of live webcasts accepted exclusively for presentation at the Virtual Conference.  These webcasts will bring librarians together within the virtual community to interact in real time with online-only participants. 

Registration for the ACRL 2011 Virtual Conference (online-only option) will be available in 2011.  Individual and group rates will be available.

MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/national/2011/virtual/index.cfm



July 19, 2010  |   LearningTimes News

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