Call for ALA panel participation!

Let’s share some ideas!

We want to be sure you have access to all the library news and events out there, so will periodically pass on things that may be relevant to you. This is a call for people who can share their innovative strategies for good library service when resources are tight! The ALA Annual meeting will be in Chicago – hopefully close enough that some people can attend to take part in a HUGE library event!! If there is enough interest, CMLE will rent a van to drive people there, and back at the end of the conference.

This kind of event can be a valuable part of your professional life (and it’s always fun!); so start thinking of some strategies now for your own attendance! Participation in a panel like this one or others we will pass on as they arise, or creating a poster to share, can be a great way to give back to the profession – as well as good justification for attending!

No matter what you do in the library field, there will be something for you at the ALA Annual Conference. With a general attendance of about 25,000 people, there are people there who like what you like and do what you do! There will also be webinars and materials available for people who are #ALALeftBehind; so you do not need to attend physically to get the benefits!

See call for participation below:


From ASCLA/FAFLRT Joint Programing Committee:

Is your library short staffed? Do you feel like you are constantly without proper funding? Do you have a difficult time keeping up with your patron’s demands?

Now the important question: have you discovered innovative solutions to meeting patron needs with fewer resources?

If so, please consider sharing your experience with your colleagues during this year’s ALA Annual conference!

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Round Table (FAFLRT) are partnering to offer a program about the creative methods librarians are utilizing to make the best out of difficult situations.

Titled “The Glass is Half Full: Getting More Out of Less”, the program will feature presentations from library staff on their innovative strategies for service in difficult times. Topics of interest can range from leadership with staffing shortages, to perspectives on cross-training, to integrating change into your organization and beyond. We want to hear your story!

If you think you have some innovative solutions to this problem which—frankly—too many libraries face, then please share your knowledge with your colleagues!

We are seeking submissions from a diverse range of libraries and library professionals to include public, academic, special, military, state agency, etc.  If you plan to be at ALA Annual conference and would be willing to present or participate as a panelist, please use the link below to submit your experience:


The call for panelists will end January 1, 2017


Attendees must be able to come to the ALA Annual conference on their own or with the support of their institution. ASCLA and FAFLRT are unable to cover travel expenses.


We look forward to hearing from you!



ASCLA/FAFLRT Joint Programing Committee