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2019 SLA-SD Fall Seminar Call for Student Proposals

By Beth Autin posted 06-04-2019 16:57


2019 SLA-SD Fall Seminar Call for Student Proposals

We invite students currently enrolled in a MLIS program to propose a Round Table session for the SLA San Diego Chapter 2019 Fall Seminar.  This is a great opportunity to build your resume and meet library and information professionals from all over Southern California.  Presenters do receive complimentary registration (Yes, that includes a free breakfast and lunch!).   

Date and Venue

This year’s seminar will be held on Friday, October 11, at Marina Village. It is a great venue and offers beautiful spaces to explore on breaks.  Just look!

Photo courtesy of Marina Village

Theme and Call for Proposals

Alone Together: Building a Community of Librarians

Often working in a “special” library can mean being the lone information expert in your organization or your specific role. The goal of this year’s seminar is to bring together information professionals from disparate environments, backgrounds, and organizations to address the challenges this always changing, and sometimes strange, profession brings with it. How can we work together to create meaningful relationships and knowledge sharing practices to build your community of experts helping experts? How can we leverage our connections, resources, and skills to make our services more valuable and visible in our organizations?

We call for proposals by those who have improved their services, collections, spaces, outreach, and marketing practices.  We are looking for presentations that share knowledge and insights about the tools, methods, practices, and skills that help us learn more about ways to succeed in situations where we find ourselves in need of support, ideas, or personal/professional growth. How does your special, academic, or public library respond to challenges or create opportunities when you find yourself alone in your space, your initiative, or your growing skill set to adapt to everyday situations or long-range planning? We encourage student leaders who have experience with or learned about innovative techniques, strategies, ideas or programs that foster inclusion and diversity within the profession to come share what they know.

Round Table Discussions should be planned to last 20-25 minutes, including time for questions and discussion.  Round Table Discussions may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Isolation: A Library of One
  • Remote Work: A Library Without Walls
  • Getting Buy-In: Building Consensus For New (or Unpopular) Ideas
  • Visibility: Promoting Yourself Within Your Organization
  • Visibility: Promoting the Library (When No One Knows What You Do)
  • Futurism: What Will Information Services Look Like in 10 years? 25 years?
  • Increasing Efficiencies: How Can You Do More When You Are a Solo Operator?
  • Suddenly Alone: What to Do When You Find Yourself Alone in Your Role?
  • Navigating Non-Traditional Library Roles or Tasks: Breaking Out of Traditional Roles and Expectations for Librarians

Proposals are accepted from students currently enrolled in an MLIS program; SLA membership is not required. Speakers will receive complimentary registration. Please include in your proposal submission:

  • Speaker information: Name, affiliation, contact information
  • Description: A title and brief summary of your round table discussion (up to 500 words)
    • Please be prepared to facilitate your presentation up to 3 times for 20 minutes.

Please submit your proposal to us at by 8:00 am, Monday, June 17. The seminar committee will select presentations by Friday, June 21, 2019.   Contact us at with any questions.

A big thank you to our 2019 Fall Seminar Sponsors!

Lunch Sponsor