Conference Proposals

This year’s conference theme is "Libraries Make It Happen!" The focus is on the power of libraries to change lives. Share your ideas, techniques, and stories of how you and your library create opportunities for exploration, innovation, and transformation in the communities you serve with your colleagues.

Sessions will run 50 minutes. The format of the session may include presentations, panels, case studies, discussions, or hands-on activities. If you have a proposal for a preconference, double session, or a unique format, contact Conference Chair Jimmie Epling to discuss your idea.

Conference proposal submission is now closed. 

For any questions, please contact:

Jimmie Epling, Conference Chair
Darlington County Library System
Office: (843) 398-4940 Ext. 303 
Cell:  (606) 923-1576
jimmie.epling@darlington-lib.org


Poster Session

Proposals for poster sessions are now being accepted! Poster sessions are an exciting, interactive way to highlight successful programs, communicate ideas, and identify new trends.

The 2017 conference theme is "Libraries Make It Happen." An effective poster is a perfect medium for showing your colleagues how you and your library have Made it Happen.

The poster session proposal deadline is August 31, 2017. Those selected to present will be contacted by email no later than September 9, 2017.

The poster session will be held Friday, October 12, from 8:00am - 10:00am. 

P. Alan Smith, Poster Session Chair
Florence County Library
Office: (843) 413-7077 
pasmith@florencelibrary.org

 

WHY DO A SCLA CONFERENCE SESSION THIS YEAR? HERE’S WHY…

Every year, the call goes out soliciting proposals for SCLA Annual Conference sessions. Why should you take the time to present a session at this year’s SCLA conference? Here are good reasons to do so!

SHARE YOUR WORK AND SUCCESSES
An SCLA Conference session is a good way to share your work and successes with your colleagues. Why keep what you have discovered works (or doesn't) to yourself? Share with others because there are colleagues who will be interested in your topic. As a presenter, you become an advocate for your part of the profession. It is important that you share your ideas and work with people outside your specific area to increase its visibility and provide them with more information. Your work will inspire others to take what you have learned back to their own libraries and implement it. Your experience will directly impact others in positive ways you might never imagine!

ENGAGE WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES
Presenting a session offers you the opportunity to engage with other conference attendees interested in the same subject, issue, application, or trend as yourself. Your presentation may spark a conversation with someone about your topic, in a way that networking alone will not, that may lead to future collaboration or open the door to future opportunities! One-on-one conversations that may result after your session will enable you to talk about very specific aspects of your topic that could not be covered in the presentation. Where else can you talk to a room full of people who really understand what you do every day?

HONE YOUR COMMUNICATION SKILLS
The SCLA Conference offers you the opportunity to hone your presentation skills. Sharpen your ability to communicate verbally and to present information visually with an audience of your peers. Presenting a session enables you to explain and expand on a concept, issue, idea, or activity in different ways and see which explanation is most well received.

LEARN FROM OTHERS
By presenting a conference session, you can expect to receive feedback from your audience that can help you in the future. Your colleagues can provide you with invaluable insights, discussion, and compliments on your work. An insightful, impartial discussion of your work with a peer can often provide ideas for improving your work in the future.

CONTINUING EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION CREDIT
Your institution may have professional development goals or requirements you must fulfill for certification and evaluation purposes. You can receive credit as allowed by your institution toward fulfilling those requirements for time spent preparing and delivering a session.

CAREER ADVANCEMENT
Presenting a session at the SCLA Conference is a great achievement to add to your resume. Earn recognition from your peers as an expert and leader in libraries and information science. Demonstrate to your supervisors that you are serious about the profession by learning and sharing as much as you can. As a presenter, you can elevate your library’s reputation by showing what you and your library are doing to serve your community.

OTHER REASONS TO KEEP IN MIND

  • You will feel proud and exhilarated once you've finished your session.
  • You get a cool presenter ribbon to wear on your name badge at the conference.
  • Your name and session will be printed in the conference program.