Friday, November 18, 2011

FLA Conference Announcement

Mark your calendars now for the April 18-20, 2012, FLA Annual Conference! 

·         FLA President Gloria Calvin has chosen “Florida Libraries – Vibrant and Vital” as the conference theme for this year.  A full slate of interesting programs will explore different aspects of that theme on such topics as discovery tools, open access, ebooks, assessment, RDA, patron driven acquisition, mobile apps, information literacy, and partnerships.  Preliminary program information is coming soon!

·         The 2012 FLA Annual Conference will be held over three days:  Wednesday, April 18th through Friday, April 20th at the Wyndham Orlando Resort, “an oasis of quiet walkways and two-story buildings in the heart of Orlando’s International Drive.”  Click here for hotel information.

·         The Opening General Session (Wednesday morning) will feature Michael Porter who is the Communications Manager for Web Junction and President of  Library Renewal.  He will discuss his organization’s work in research, relationships and outreach to assure the future of libraries and your role as an advocate.

·         The Closing General Session (Friday afternoon) will feature National Public Radio Librarian, Kee Malesky, who will inform and entertain as she talks about her very unique job.

·         The Technology Petting Zoo will be back again this year and vendors will also be on hand to exhibit their latest products.

·         Author events will include the Florida Book Awards and author signings.

·         Popular features such as the Silent Auction, New Members Orientation, and Performers Showcase are also on the schedule.

·         Opportunities to network with colleagues will be provided throughout the conference.  Stay tuned for more information!

The FLA Continuing Education committee invites proposals for posters to be exhibited during the 2012 FLA Annual Conference.  Deadline for submission is Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 11:59 p.m.  For more details, click here.

Early December, 2011            Online Registration opens
January 11, 2012                       Poster Session Submission deadline
March 1, 2012                            Early Conference Registration deadline
March 27, 2012                          Conference Hotel Rate Booking deadline
April 18-20, 2012                       FLA Annual Conference at the Wyndham Orlando Resort
Looking forward to seeing you at FLA!
                Jackie Bryan
                FLA Conference Planning Committee

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