Annual Conference 2024 Program Subcommittee – July–December 2024 Report

The group met 2-3 times this reporting period.

After reviewing the current PLA Strategic Plan, please tell us:

Describe the current work of this committee and how it supports our strategic goals. Include work accomplished, decisions made, and any recommended follow-up actions.
The Annual Conference 2024 Program Subcommittee was tasked with reviewing proposals for PLA programming at ALA Annual 2024. This year we received more than 125 proposals but could only select 15 so there were difficult decisions to be made. Each committee member reviewed around 35 proposals. The committee then met to go over the top scoring proposals and make final selections. We tried to make sure that we selected a variety of programs and that the selected proposals represented a diverse range of topics, speakers, and types of program (panel, presentation, etc.)

Do you see opportunities to better align committee work with those goals?
The committee appreciated the updated review rubric used this year and felt that it helped guide decision making to align with strategic goals.

What recommendations do you have for in-coming committee members? Are there particular streams of
work in progress to be carried over into the new committee year?
(January–June reporting period only)

What specific activities will this committee undertake over the next six months to support that alignment? (July–December reporting period only)

Are there other PLA or ALA committees whose partnership and collaboration would accelerate meeting PLA strategic goals?
Our staff liaisons did a great job of conveying some useful information from the committee tasked with selecting programs for PLA 2024 (ex. they let us know if a proposal was very similar to something that had been accepted for the PLA conference). In PLA conference years it might be useful for the chair of this committee and the chair of the PLA Conference Program Subcommittee and the staff liaisons to meet together and share information.

Is there anything else about your committee experience you’d like to share?
I had a really great committee-everyone was very involved and responsive and I appreciate all of their hard work. I think we selected a good lineup of programs for ALA Annual 2024!

Submitted by Laura McGrath on 01/09/2024