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On behalf of the Western New York Library Resources Council, we here at Intersect would like to thank everybody who made Intersect 2018: Where Ideas and People Meet! a success! It was awesome to see such great ideas, creativity, and support for a new conference for the library workers of Western NY, and we are excited to announce the beginning of Round One (Idea Submission) for Intersect 2019: The Global Library!
“The Global Library” was a theme suggested anonymously by one of our 2018 attendees, and the committee overwhelmingly approved of this suggestion. There are many ways to interpret what is meant by “global library,” and we want to see your ideas for what this wide-reaching term can encompass. We ask you to consider some of the many directions this theme can apply to, such as (but not limited to):
1. The literal global library - What are some inspirations that can be taken from libraries abroad? What could we learn from our neighbors overseas? How can libraries better help each other today? What does a cross-cultural library look like?
2. The technological global library - How will the Internet and technology serve libraries in collaborative efforts? Can the ‘digital divide’ ever be bridged? What will the future of digitization look like? Access to information should be global, what are the impediments?
3. The global library at home - The library means ‘the world’ to many of its patrons, how can we make that world a better place? The library is a window to the world to many people, what can be done to open that window wider? How can libraries in the US better serve international students and patrons?
4. The global librarian - How can we better collaborate with librarians across different cultures and from different countries? How can librarianship better encourage diversity across the profession?
5. The global library of the future - What do you think the next several decades will be like for librarianship in terms of collaboration, communication, and information sharing? With so much change in process currently, and more on the horizon, what do you think librarianship will look like in 20 years? What about 50 years?
6. Beyond the global library - What issues are ‘globally’ facing all libraries, and what solutions can we pose? What are some universal truths about libraries and librarianship? What impact will climate change and global warming have on the future of libraries?
In short, The Global Library can mean a lot of things; we want to see what your thoughts are, and what the theme means to you. Feel free to use one of these questions as inspiration, or to draw your own ideas for inspiration! Please submit your ideas for workshop sessions, poster sessions, lightning talks, pecha kucha, discussion roundtables, breakout sessions, interactive panel discussions, technology demonstrations, presentations in interesting new formats, and anything else that you'd like to experience at this year’s unconference from the Western New York Library Resources Council Continuing Education Committee. This is our active conference proposal space, it’s also a chance for attendees and presenters to be creative with their content submissions. This is a place for you to express yourselves and explore the changes you’d like to see in our profession -- it’s your opportunity to BE the change!
To Submit an Idea, You Will Need:
1. A short session description of around 200-250 words. Please include what style of session (demonstration, panel, roundtable discussion, make/hack/play, etc), whether this idea is fully-formed or in the works, and whether you are open to working on this with other collaborators. This is your elevator pitch - make it count!
2. An email address so we can contact you if your session is selected for Round 2. If you are selected, you will be asked to give a more detailed proposal for our peer review process. FOR YOUR IDEA TO BE CONSIDERED WE WILL NEED A WAY OF CONTACTING YOU.
IMPORTANT DATES (So Far!):
Idea Submission: January - April 15
Voting on Idea Submissions Closes: April 30
Invitation to Round Two: May 5
Round Two Final Decisions: June 1
Intersect 2019: October 4, 2019 @ Hilton Garden Inn, Buffalo, NY
Remember: the ideas with the most votes and interaction on the Tricider will move forward to Round Two of our proposal vetting process. To foster attendee participation right from the start, we highly encourage you to vote on the proposals you see here as well. We can't wait to see what creative and wonderful sessions are waiting to be proposed!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mandi Shepp (firstname.lastname@example.org), Caitlin Kenney (email@example.com), or Heidi Ziemer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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