Proposals Wanted for “Libraries Connecting Communities”

Proposals are being accepted for the LJ/SLJ virtual program “The Digital Shift” on October 14, 2015. If you have a compelling story to share about how libraries of all types are facilitating connection and supporting strong communities—we’d like to hear from you.
TDS_INIT_GRAPHIC2Library Journal and School Library Journal are seeking a few good presentations for the annual virtual program “The Digital Shift” on October 14, 2015. This year’s theme: “Libraries Connecting Communities.” If you have a compelling story to share about how libraries of all types are innovating toward facilitating connection and supporting strong communities—we’d like to hear from you. Until May 12, we are accepting proposals for 25-minute panels and 10-minute “Fast Learning” presentations within two tracks:
  • Creation, Curation, and Connection
How school, public, and academic libraries connect people to content and harness digital tools to create, curate, and deliver information. This could include hosting music by local musicians and self-published ebooks by local authors, engaging maker programs for the entire family, and much more.
  • Outreach and Engagement
How libraries convene and connect: people to one another and to vital resources, from health and wellness to early literacy programming, and libraries as a whole to other stakeholders in the civic enterprise, for example. For full specs on submitting a successful proposal, visit the application page. Last year’s event, “Libraries @ The Center” drew 6,500+ registrants and 3,500+ live attendees. Crowd-sourced presentations that day included popular sessions on “Digital Literacy, Corporate Data-Mining, and Government Surveillance” and “Hacking Your Notebook.” LJ and SLJ are committed to diversity at our events. Please read our related policy.

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