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CALCON15 Submission Selection Process
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CALCON15 Submission Selection Process

We need you…to share your innovations and inspire your fellow librarians! Submit your program proposal today and help make CALCON15 an amazing conference!

To help you understand the process your program submission will go through, here are our plans for submission selection:

  • Each year we are faced with the question: how can CALCON better target the needs of different types of libraries? In addition to convening a Program selection Subcommittee, we have enlisted the help of the CAL Associations to bring more people to the selection table. CAL associations will have more autonomy in selecting programs that will strongly represent the interests of their membership. In April each association president will oversee the review of all the submissions and select eight programs that will target their members. CoPLA, COALA, CASL, and CoASL will provide a total of 24 programs for the conference.
  • Once the CAL Associations have made their selections, the remaining programs will be returned to the pool in May for the program selection subcommittee to select the remaining programs. This selection subcommittee will consist of no less than eight members of CAL and will represent a wide spectrum of people who provide library services including academic, public, school and special libraries as well as circulation, youth services, technical services, reference staff. Directors to trustees to readers’ advisors. Superman to Batgirl to…well, you get the picture. This subcommittee is formed by the Programming Chair who also supervises the process and coordinates the meetings.

Christine Kreger, Conference Chair, Jean Heilig, Programming Chair, and Tammy Sayles Programming Co-Chair have created the following guidelines for the CALCON15 selection process:

· The Program Selection Subcommittee will review all submissions not previously selected by the CAL Associations.

· There will be a selection rubric for each selection committee member to use to evaluate each program submission with the same criteria. Again, this will help to make the selection process consistent and provide fair, balanced and objective scoring of the submissions.

· Finally, once all submissions have been evaluated and selected the Program Committee will notify everyone-regardless of outcome- by June 1st. Feedback will be provided based on the notes from the selection committee.

Colorado is full of library folks that are on the cutting edge of service and push the library world to new heights. We are a diverse and amazing group, and having that diversity represented in the selection process can only strengthen the conference experience as a whole.

We invite you to peruse the CALCON 2015 Program Submission Packet located here: It is full of up to date information about the conference itself, explanations of the different program tracks as well as contact information should you have any questions. The Best Practices for Presenters section spells out what the selection committee wants to see in your presentation submission. Tips on working through the process and really pitching your program are provided.

Don’t forget!

Even if you haven’t been selected to present in past years, please, please, please consider contributing a program submission.

We want to hear from YOU!

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