Here is how I think I can help:
Organizing- Anything you need in terms of contacting speakers, sending out proposal forms, organizing proposals, follow ups, etc. Drafting policies (NELA just created a virtual conference policy that we could borrow), advertising, etc. I read in the thread that you are able to use EveryLibrary’s platform, which is awesome. If that falls through or for any reason you need a backup, we can probably use NELA’s Tame subscription for no cost. I would just need the other Admin members to okay it.
If https://www.ceoaction.com/resources/ could do anything during this week, they might have some good insights for us about unconscious bias in hiring, which may speak to some of the lack of diversity in our profession. I’m happy to reach out if that seems like a good fit.
I can present on a number of topics. From the list on the wiki, I would be comfortable speaking on either of these:
- how to pick battles/focusing on what we can change
- low morale/emotional and physical impact of the stress and expectations of this moment
I also have an idea in my head about running a discussion session on the future of library associations, or leveraging the power of library associations in a more productive way, but I’m not sure yet exactly what it would look like. I just think it’s a good opportunity to start a broader conversation about what role associations should play in our profession and what they’re lacking.
Finally, another idea I had that we’ve previously talked about is something on better leadership development, or simply on leading humans with humanity.
I’m happy to use any of my conference planning experience to help as needed.