CLA President Margaret Law has issued a Call for Proposals for sessions for the joint conference of the Canadian Library Association and the Atlantic Provinces Library Association to be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia  June 19-22, 2002.

Session proposals for the conference program are invited from all CLA divisions, sections, interest groups and committees, from members of APLA and from members of the library community. The theme for the conference is *Inventing our Future.*

The 2002 conference will pilot a new program format. The program will be divided into five streams or topic areas. The streams will run concurrently.

The streams are:

1. Policy issues. Sessions in this stream include any national issues that CLA is involved with in. This might include such topics as copyright, services to persons with disabilities, telecommunications/band width, Internet filtering, GATS, etc.

2. Human resource issues: Sessions in this stream might include personnel issues, such as succession planning, supervision, mentorship programs, continuing education, competency based hiring, management skills, etc.

3. Technology issues: Sessions in this stream might include new technologies, adapting to technological change, technology related to new kinds of collections, digitization projects, etc.

4. Service issues: Sessions in this stream could include topics related to both library programming and collections, as well as reference and circulation issues.

5. Focus on the Atlantic Provinces: Sessions in this stream will focus on library and information issues in the Atlantic Provinces.

The choice of sessions for the program will be made by the Program Committee, chaired by President Margaret Law.

Groups and individuals wishing to propose sessions or pre-conference programs are requested to complete the Conference Session Proposals Form or the Pre-Conference Proposals Form on the CLA website ( and submit it to Brenda Shields ([log in to unmask]). The deadline for proposals is October 31, 2001.

The proposals are to include a brief outline of the proposed program, including its relation to the theme, the name of the speaker (the format will permit only one speaker per session), the appropriate stream, and a draft budget.


Vicki Whitmell
Executive Director
Canadian Library Association
328 Frank Street
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
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