Call for Presenters

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Please follow these instructions to submit a proposal to present at the 2008 ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium.


Guidelines for Submitting a Proposal to Present

Things you need to know:

  • The deadline for submitting proposals to present was June 15, 2008, and the call is now closed. A big thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal!
  • We'll notify you by July 1, 2008, if your proposal has been selected or not.
  • If multiple folks submit proposals for the same topic, we reserve the right to ask you to work together on a session due to the limited number of slots available. We only have two days' worth of symposium, and time flies when you're having fun!
  • Presentations will be limited to 45 minutes, so please make sure you can cover your topic in that amount of time. We wish we could let all of you speak for as long as you need, but again, we only have so many slots.
  • ALA makes no ownership claims on materials submitted for the 2008 Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium. We expect to make all presentations selected for the Symposium available on this site after the event under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License. Please submit a proposal to present only if you are willing to agree to this license.
  • We also hope to do some podcasts with presenters during the Symposium, so please be prepared to be asked to do this. If you really don't like doing audio, we'll be happy to interview you in a different medium (print or video, most likely).
  • First consideration will go to session topics that are unique, innovative, or otherwise new to our profession. Please be sure to note in your description why your topic/project is different from other ones.
  • We are tentatively scheduling three tracks for Monday, November 3, 2008. They are research on gaming and libraries, gaming and literacy, and going beyond videogames. These tracks may change, though, especially in light of submitted proposals. To suggest additional themes, please send your ideas to Jenny Levine at jlevine [at] .
  • Please use the template below to submit your proposal to present. If you don't include all of the information, we may or may not have time to pester you for the rest of it, which could adversely affect your status in the selection process. In other words, please include all of the information the first time so that we can guarantee your proposal will be considered from the beginning!

Potential Topics of Interest

Suggestions from readers, but feel free to submit beyond these topics

  • Designing games
  • Gaming industry perspectives and how to work together
  • Gaming and accessibility
  • Assessment and evaluation of gaming programs

Submit a Proposal to Present

Things we need to know

Information about you

  1. Name:
  2. Email address:
  3. Institutional affiliation:
  4. Do you belong to a division of ALA?
    If so, which one?:
  5. Please include names, email addresses, and institutional affiliations for any co-presenters:

Session Information

  1. Title:
  2. Description:
  3. What you'll need (feel free to choose more than one):
    ___ Internet access
    ___ Laptop
    ___ Microphone
    ___ Projector
    ___ Other
    Please specify:
  4. Format (feel free to choose more than one):
    ___ Demonstration
    ___ Interactive session
    ___ Lecture
    ___ Other
    Please specify:

  5. Intended audience (can choose more than one):
    ___ Administrators and others who hold the purse strings and approve policies
    ___ Instructional librarians
    ___ Pretty much any librarian
    ___ Reference Librarians
    ___ Technology librarians
    ___ Youth librarians
    ___ Other
    Please specify:

  6. Is your session primarily aimed at:
    ___ Academic librarians
    ___ Public librarians
    ___ School librarians
    ___ Special librarians
    ___ All of the above
    ___ None of the above
    If "none of the above," please specify:

  7. Anything else we need to know:

Please email this information to Jenny Levine at jlevine [at] before June 15, 2008, and we will get back to you by August 1, 2008. Alternatively, if you prefer entering data in boxes, you can use the very basic form at Thanks!

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