Call for Proposals for ALA Annual in Chicago: Video and Libraries

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

August 21, 2016

(via Liane Thielstrom, Colby College in Waterville, Maine)

Thinking about attending the next ALA Annual Conference, which will take place from June 22 to June 27, 2017, in Chicago? Have you worked on any projects or activities involving film or video at your institution? Since Chicago is the host city, we would especially love to hear what librarians in Illinois and the surrounding area are doing.

The ALA Video Round Table Program Committee (VRT) welcomes program proposals for ALA Annual on just about anything related to video and libraries! The term video includes moving picture media in all of its forms–DVDs, streaming, video tapes, video art, YouTube videos, animation, iPhone shot footage, etc. Proposals are due soon! The deadline is Wednesday, August 31.

Sample ideas (but we very much welcome others) include the following.

  • Have you made videos promoting your library?
  • Have you found successful ways to promote your DVD or streaming collection?
  • Have you created video tutorials or are you using film clips (or gifs) in instruction?
  • Are you involved with film or video preservation?
  • Have you offered special film programming/events at your library?
  • Have you created a video creation studio for your patrons?
  • Are you reaching out to different groups in your community using film?
  • Does your archive collect or create video histories?

If you’re interested in submitting a proposal, please read the guidelines and complete the online form here. The Program Committee will review all proposals and notify participants of proposal acceptance by Wednesday, September 21. Any questions may be directed to either of the Program Committee Co-Chairs, Steven Milewski ( and Laine Thielstrom (

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