Evergreen Conference: Programs Wanted

In several days we’re going to do all-out publicity for the Evergreen International Conference, May 20-22 in Athens, Georgia (Conference website: http://solinet.net/evergreen).

. Honestly, we’re just nailing down hotel rooms first (nice places at great rates, btw).

Meanwhile, it’s not too early to start thinking about — or even better, submitting — program proposals for the conference. The deadline is March 2, but we’re open to them any time! We’ll have 45-minute presentations or panels in three tracks: Library Adminstration, Front-line users and Tech Topics.

  • Library Administration: programs targeted at managers and administrators seeking information about the feasibility, cost issues, and other topics related to using Evergreen and open source software in consortial and standalone environments
  • Front-line users: Best practices and techniques for using Evergreen in day-to-day library operations
  • Tech Topics: Issues of interest related to system administration, software development, implementation, hardware, migrations, and integration with other software

You are welcome to match your program to the conference theme, Branch Out with Evergreen, but it’s not necessary. We are open to submissions that demonstrate innovative uses of Evergreen, promote Evergreen usage, educate about open source in libraries, offer best practices for installing, configuring, or using Evergreen, highlight OSS products congruent with Evergreen, or otherwise help contribute to the growing body of knowledge shared by the Evergreen community.

Accepted submissions will be offered space in one of our concurrent sessions. Each concurrent session will run 45 minutes, with five more minutes for Q&A.

Note: There will be at least one program slot reserved for 5-minute “Lightning Talks” on any Evergreen topic. You will be able to sign up for lightning talks at the conference. Evergreen developers are also invited to an all-day Hackfest on Wednesday, May 22.

All presenters can expect a laptop with Web access and PowerPoint, a computer projector and a microphone. All sessions will be recorded and shared with the global Evergreen community.

Proposal guidelines:

  1. All submissions must include a session title, short description appropriate for the conference program (no more than 200 words), and the names, institutions, job titles and email addresses of those who will be presenting the material at the conference.
  2. Note your intended track (Tech, Administration and Front Line Users).
  3. Let us know of any accessibility requirements.

Please send a copy of your proposal by 5 p.m. EST on March 2, 2009 to events@evergreen-ils.org. You will receive a confirmation message. Acceptance emails will be sent before March 16, 2009.

The Evergreen International Conference is jointly sponsored by Georgia Public Library Service (proud founder of Evergreen), Equinox Software and SOLINET.