Call for Proposals

Deadline for Proposal Submissions: December 6, 2019

2020 Event Dates: May 4, 6, & 8

Overarching Theme: Building the Future Together

The Exchange: An ALCTS/LITA/LLAMA Collaboration brings together experiences, ideas, expertise and individuals from these ALA divisions. The Exchange is an interactive, virtual forum, modeled after the previous ALCTS Exchange. Broadly organized around the theme of “Building the Future Together,” the Exchange will examine collections, leadership, technology, innovation, sustainability, and collaborations. Participants from diverse areas of librarianship will find three days of presentations, panels, posters, and lightning rounds incorporating innovative and creative examination of these themes. The Exchange will engage a wide-range of presenters and participants, facilitating enriching conversations and learning opportunities.

The Exchange Working Group Members welcome proposals that highlight the innovation happening in the profession and that span across areas that may have been traditionally siloed. As such, proposal topics should be relevant to the Exchange themes. The overarching theme will drive presentation content as will each day’s theme:

Day 1 (Monday) – Leadership and Change Management
Topics in this track could include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Dealing with organizational change and leading through change
  • Identifying barriers to success and how to overcome them
  • Support for managing change across the career lifecycle, early/mid/late
  • Addressing reluctant employees
  • Case studies

Day 2 (Wednesday) – Continuity and Sustainability

  • Preservation of historic artifacts, software, datasets
  • Creating services that can be supported over time
  • Updating data to current standards

Day 3 (Friday) – Collaborations and Cooperative Endeavors

  • Shared indexes, shared services, shared employees
  • Shared collection-building
  • Governance, leadership, and management across libraries
  • Shared print, last copy issues
  • Consortial issues