Teen Summit: Save the Date and Final Call for Proposals

10th Annual Teen Summit
October 4, 2018 from 10am-4pm at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA

We are pleased to announce our 10th Annual Teen Summit brought to you by the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) and the Rhode Island Office of Library & Information Services (RIOLIS). This is a one-day conference for anyone who works with teens – public librarians, school librarians, academic librarians, and educators. Join approximately 200 professionals from across New England to share program ideas, book recommendations, educational philosophies, and more!

This year’s loose theme is genre fiction and fandom (think fantasy/sci-fi/horror/subgenres and fandom of all types: tv, movies, games, comics, anime, cosplay etc.) And one of our special guests will be acclaimed author Malinda Lo!

Do you work with teens? We invite you to submit a program proposal to present a session at the summit.  Any questions not addressed here should be sent to christif@masslibsystem.org or april@masslibsystem.org

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Statement

MLS and RIOLIS encourages a diversity of presenters representing a variety of personal and professional backgrounds, perspectives, and voices. We encourage submissions from anyone who is interested in presenting, including students, new professionals, first-time presenters, and representatives of allied professions. Preference will be given to proposals that address diversity, inclusion and equity.

Proposal Evaluation

MLS and RIOLIS will evaluate all of the submissions as individual entries, and how they fit within the balance of conference content as a whole. All proposals submitted by the deadline will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Clarity and completeness of the proposal, particularly having well-developed content and sufficient speakers to address all relevant aspects of the topic;
  • Originality and relevance of the proposed topic;
  • Uniqueness of content in relation to other conference presentations;
  • A range of speaker experiences and representations;
  • Adoption of the 2018 theme;
  • Alignment with YALSA’s 10 Competencies;
  • Please also include how this proposal aligns with our diversity, inclusion and equity statement outlined above.

We are looking at several types of programs for our breakout sessions. Please indicate what type of program you are submitting:
30 minute presentation (1 or 2 presenters)
60 minute presentation (1 or 2 presenters)
60 minute panel (up to 4 panelists)
5 minute Ignite Session (single presenter)
Poster session

Have you presented on this topic before?
If yes, where and when?
If no, have you presented on other topics before? Where and when?

Technology needs
If you anticipate special technology requirements beyond a projector and screen (such as the ability to play audio and video) please describe your needs:

How to submit a proposal

Please submit a 250-300 word description of your proposed session using this form by Friday July 27, 2018. Note that the proposal will not be the finalized description for the conference program; the committee will contact selected proposal submitters for a final draft.

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