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Help us speak at SXSWi 2013!

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This year I submitted two core conversation proposals for SXSW Interactive. Acceptance at this conference is extremely competitive—over 3,200 speaking proposals were submitted for 2013, more than ever before. This is where I need your help! Public voting accounts for 30% of the decision-making process regarding which proposals are selected (40% of the process is the SXSW Advisory Board and 30% is based on the input of SXSW staff).

Anyone who creates an account on the SXSW Panel Picker is eligible to vote on the ideas they believe are most appropriate for the 2013 event (even if you don’t plan on attending). It’s a simple process that will only take a few minutes of your time. If either (or both) of my topics sound intriguing to you, I would love your support! It would be a dream come true to present at SXSW—I’ve never been to Texas, y’all!

Voting is open now through August 31st. Thanks in advance for your help! And if you’re a librar* aficionado, check out and vote for the other library, archives, and museum-related proposals (follow #sxswLAM on Twitter for details).

Proposal 1: Seriously Good Writing on the Web w/ @frierson re: @libraryleadpipe

Everyone’s got opinions. How do you make sure yours don’t stink? Join our core conversation for an engaging discussion about how to ensure your writing is taken seriously on the web. Team members from the award-winning blog In the Library with the Lead Pipe will facilitate and share tips on new, nimble, proactive forms of digital publishing which borrow editing practices from academia but add an idea-centric, action-oriented approach to content. Help us define a new genre of publication that leverages seriously good writing while at the same time encouraging commentary, discussion, and participation.

  1. How can I ensure my writing is taken seriously on the Internet?
  2. How do I structure an editorial/peer-review process?
  3. How can I get people to volunteer to create content for free?
  4. How can I maintain an action-oriented approach to long-form, scholarly writing?
  5. How do we define this new genre of publication?

Proposal 2: The SXSW Statements: Your Email is Killing Us w/ @lcsarin

Email drive you batty? “Reply All” make you want to scream? Lots of people have tried writing email manifestos and bills of rights, but the problem remains. It’s time for the thought leaders at SXSW to stand up and say NO MORE. At this participatory session attendees will create an collaborative digital public declaration that takes a stand against clumsy communicators. Once designed, this crowd-sourced manifesto will be shared around the globe, in the hopes that we can enjoy a little less work and a lot more play. Let your voice be heard!

  1. What are the “new rules” of email in the digital age?
  2. What does an effective email look like?
  3. What are the rules for “reply all”?
  4. How can I manage my inbox without having a mental breakdown?
  5. How can I teach my friends/colleagues/boss about proper use of email (without pissing them off)?

Written by Erin Dorney

August 13, 2012 at 2:08 PM

ACRL OnPoint Chat: Proposal advice for ACRL 2011

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I’m not sure if I’ve talked about this extensively yet, but I’m on the Conference Planning Committee for the 2011 Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) conference. Specifically, I’m a co-chair for the Virtual Conference Committee (along with Scott Vine, Deputy College Librarian and Reference Services Librarian at Franklin & Marshall College). It’s my first time working on an ACRL Committee (I joined ACRL when I graduated from library school back in 2008) and 2011 will be my first time attending an ACRL conference.

On April 8th, I’ll be participating in an ACRL OnPoint Chat about the conference. Here’s the blurb from the website:

April 8, 2010: Maximize Your Chance of Success:
Advice for Writing a Winning Proposal for ACRL 2011
12:00-1:00 CST/1:00-2:00 EST/11:00-12:00 MST/10:00-11:00 PST

The deadline for National Conference proposals is fast approaching! Our presenters will help you think more strategically about your presentation options, writing, and content. This is an excellent opportunity to tap the experience of seasoned ACRL national conference leaders and organizers who can help you understand the art and science of developing a successful proposal.

Join us on Thursday, April 8, for an OnPoint chat moderated by Steven Bell, co-chair, Keynote Speakers Committee; Trevor Dawes, co-chair, Poster Session Committee; Erin Dorney, co-chair, Virtual Conference Committee; Marie L. Radford, co-chair, Contributed Papers Committee. The moderators have written winning proposals and served on previous National Conference committees responsible for selecting proposals.

If you have any questions about the ACRL 2011 conference or the virtual conference, I strongly encourage you to attend the chat! It’s free, open to the public and takes place in a Meebo chat room. Keep in mind that only 80 people can join the chat on a first-come-first-served basis.While most of these library celebs will be talking about how to write a winning proposal, I’ll be on hand to answer any questions about the virtual conference and explain what the committee is looking for and hoping to achieve with the virtual conference this year. I am also willing to take any feedback or suggestions you have back to the rest of the committee.

If you’re thinking about sending in a proposal, you have until May 10, 2010 to submit contributed papers, panel sessions, preconferences, and workshops. You have until November 1, 2010 to send in submissions for cyber zed shed presentations, poster sessions, roundtable discussions, and virtual conference webcasts. Check out the full call for proposals at the ACRL 2011 website.

So, what are you going to submit for the conference? I have a few random ideas rolling around in my head… If you have any questions about the ACRL Virtual Conference, please let me know!

Written by Erin Dorney

March 29, 2010 at 9:07 AM