RUSA Annual & Midwinter Program & Preconference Proposal Form

Proposals are due May 1, 2015 for the 2016 Annual Conference & Midwinter Meeting. The RUSA Conference Program Coordinating Committee will review proposals and forward recommended proposals (along with recommendations regarding funding) to the RUSA Board for approval. Units will be notified of program approval by July 31 of the same year.

The RUSA Conference Program Coordinating Committee (CPCC) will be using the following criteria as it evaluates program proposals:

• Topic is timely and relevant to the membership
• Topic is not already, or has not been recently,addressed by another RUSA program
• Expertise of speaker(s)
• Program objectives are clearly articulated
• Funding is secured if required
• Anticipated attendance
• The program may be prioritized if the section has not presented a program recently

The RUSA CPCC may recommend that a proposed program be co-sponsored with another RUSA section or ALA unit, be offered instead as a discussion, or offered instead as an online webinar.

For your reference, a PDF version of this form may also be found here:

This form is to be used by RUSA Sections and RUSA Committees who wish to organize:
1. An Institute at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in January 2016 in Boston, MA
[An “Institute” is the Midwinter version of a Preconference. It would likely be held on Friday. Institutes are usually a half day or a full day.];

2. A Preconference at the ALA Annual Conference in June 2016 in Orlando, FL [To likely be held on Friday. Preconferences are usually a half day or a full day.];


3. A Program at the ALA Annual Conference in June 2016 in Orlando, FL [To be held on Saturday; Sunday; or Monday. Program times of 60 or 90 minutes are available.].

* 1. What's today's date?

Date MM/DD/YYYY format:

* 2. I am proposing a:

* 3. Name of RUSA unit proposing program/preconference (select all that apply):

* 4. Each section may have one program at the Annual Conference depending on ALA Headquarters.
The following programs are not counted against the section’s one guaranteed program: AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee Program, Literary Tastes, RA Research & Trends Forum, Reference Research Forum, and the RUSA President’s Program.

If your section is submitting more than one Annual Conference program proposal, prioritize the importanc
for your section of this proposal. Please submit only one proposal per submitted form.

* 5. First program/preconference chair’s information:

* 6. If applicable, second program/preconference chair’s information

* 7. Will you remain the program/preconference planner after June 2014?

If no, please make sure to inform RUSA staff of any changes.

* 8. Proposed program/preconference title:

*Please note that program titles must be finalized by Sept. 1! You will have an opportunity to update this title in early August.

If you are planning a *program*, please select our first, second and third choices for your program date and time. NO CONFLICT TIMES: Friday 4-7pm and Tuesday 9:30-11am.

For preconference dates and times, see the next question.

  1st 2nd 3rd
Sat 8:30-10am
Sat 10:30-11:30am
Sat 1-2:30pm
Sat 3-4pm
Sat 4:30-5:30pm
Sun 8:30-10am
Sun 10:30-11:30am
Sun 1-2:30pm
Sun 3-4pm
Sun 4:30-5:30pm
Mon 8:30-10am
Mon 10:30-11:30am
Mon 1-2:30pm
Mon 3-4pm
Mon 4:30-5:30pm

If you are planning a Midwinter *Institute* or Annual Conference *Preconference*, please select your preferred time. All institutes and preconferences will be held on Friday.

For program times, see previous question.