Living the Future II 

Call for Presentations & Poster Sessions 
The University of Arizona Library invites you to submit an abstract for a presentation or poster session for Living the Future II to be held April 21 - 24, 1998 in Tucson. Living the Future II is a follow-up to the 1996 Living the Future conference where over 150 participants from the United States and other countries learned of Arizona’s experience with organizational change. Topics included were: process improvement, team-based organizations, transforming organizational culture, changing roles, restructuring, becoming a learning organization, valuing diversity, needs assessment, and customer satisfaction. 

This second conference promises to be an exciting forum in which information providers from all types of learning organizations can present their vision and experiences in preparing for the future, and share innovative changes for success in their institutions. 

Areas of focus for Living the Future II include: 

    Partnerships: Within the organization; Outside the organization. 
    Information Literacy: Organizational changes and challenges; Structuring for new learning and teaching strategies; Developing learning communities. 
    New Services and Their Impact on Organizations: Customer focus; Performance measures; Needs assessment; Strategies and planning. 
    Human Resources Issues: Balancing health and work; Diversity; Team and staff patterns. 
    Organizational Changes:Leadership/management; Becoming a learning organization; Leading change; Physical Space; Organizational structure; Process improvement; Team concepts. 

Submit Your Presentation or Poster Session Idea! 

1) Choose your topic. You may select your topic from one of the areas specifically mentioned above, or from any other area related to organizational change. We welcome innovative ideas! 

2) Complete the program application form, available via the Web at , including an abstract (300-word minimum) describing the focus of your presentation or summarizing its main points. 

3) Send your abstract and application form to the address listed below. 

Ms. Shelley E. Phipps 
Living the Future II Conference 
Main Library Room 347 
University of Arizona 
PO Box 210055 
Tucson, AZ 
Fax: 520.621.9733 

Selection Criteria: 

Our panel of national referees will evaluate proposals based on the clarity of their content and organization, innovation, usefulness, currency, and relationship to the conference themes of organizational change and continuous learning. Special consideration will be given to proposals that: 
  • Illustrate how library and information professionals and staff can support learning organizations in preparing to meet future challenges;
  • Envision future services to customers;
  • Use a presentation style that is appropriate to the content (be creative!)
  • Emphasize successful practice or learning, or that propose new theories or models for organizational growth and development;
  • Are well organized, thoughtfully constructed, high-quality presentations.
Presentations are scheduled for sixty- and ninety-minute blocks; time should be provided within each block for audience questions or participation. 

Presentations must not have been previously presented or published; poster sessions must not have been given elsewhere. Selected presentations, as appropriate to the medium, will be published on the World Wide Web as part of our conference proceedings; authors must grant first publication rights. 

Important Notes and Dates: 

All attendees must register for the Living the Future II conference (registration cost and other related information are available at 
Presenters will be awarded an honorarium of $100 (poster sessions excluded; for presentations given in a panel style, the coordinator of the panel will be awarded the honorarium). 
Photocopies and handouts, if any, must be provided by presenters. If desired, you may ship your handouts ahead of time. 
Monday, September 15, 1997 Proposals for presentations due
Monday, October 20, 1997 Proposals for poster sessions due
Friday, November 14, 1997 Program submitters notified of acceptance
Monday, March 2, 1998 Final requests for equipment due
April 21-24, 1998 Living The Future 2 Conference
Friday, May 29, 1998 Presentations due to conference organizers for publication on the World Wide Web

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