Calls for Presentation Proposals

GameRT has a variety of ways for folks to present webinars on topics relevant to gaming in libraries.

Ongoing call for monthly virtual presentations

Annually recurring call for the March Mini Conference

Ongoing call for monthly virtual presentation proposals

On behalf of the Games & Gaming Round Table (GameRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), the GameRT Program Planning Committee is calling for proposals on topics that intersect with gaming and librarianship to be presented as part of the GameRT professional development webinar series.

The Committee welcomes proposals on any gaming-related topic relevant to libraries. Suggested topics may include, but are not limited to:
— Library programming
— Collection best practices
— Gaming literacy
— Library outreach and gaming
— Connecting games to skills/standards
— Gaming in public spaces
— Learn & Play session to teach a specific game, including teach time and play time

Candidates with accepted proposals may be invited to present their work for the GameRT webinar series. In addition, the presentation documents (recording, slides, handouts) will be shared in the GameRT ALA Connect forum and will be available on the GameRT website.

PRESENTATION FORMAT

Webinars:

These webinars are 60-minute virtual sessions that take place via Zoom and are livestreamed on Twitch. The presentation can be a webinar-style presentation, a moderated panel, etc. For most sessions, we recommend 40 minutes of presentation, 15 minutes of Q&A, and 5 minutes of buffer time.

Learn and Plays:

Our Learn and Play sessions spotlight specific games and activities. They consist of a 20-minute presentation of the game and how to use it in library spaces, followed by 20 minutes of play and audience participation, and a Q&A at the end.

CALL FOR PROPOSAL TIMETABLE:

This is a rolling open call with no specific deadline for submissions. The procedures and timetable enumerated below will apply.

Procedure for Proposals:

Candidates should submit a proposal for their presentation including the title, a short description of the topic(s) to be addressed, the approach that will be taken, and a list of literature/media on the subject (title and abstract of a maximum of the five most relevant literature/media). Proposals, along with authors’ contact information, should be submitted to GameRT via this form.

Monitoring Progress:

A Committee member will be assigned to work with each presenter to schedule the webinar and monitor the presentation’s progress. Six weeks prior to the webinar date, a first draft of the completed presentation (slides, question list, etc., including an abstract of no more than 200 words) will be submitted to the assigned Committee member for review and comments. Each presentation will be screened by the Committee to assure its quality of exposition and relevance to the call. Four weeks prior to the webinar date, all comments on the first draft will have been forwarded to the presenter.

Completion Date:

The Committee must receive the completed presentation (slides, question list, handouts, etc.) with a finalized 200-word abstract two weeks prior to the webinar date.

QUESTIONS?

Questions may be addressed to the GameRT Program Planning Committee via e-mail at gamert@ala.org with “GameRT Webinar Series” in the subject line.

You can view previous webinars and virtual conferences on GameRT’s Twitch Channel: https://www.twitch.tv/ALAGameRT

Annual recurring call for the March Mini Conference

The Games & Gaming Round Table (GameRT) of the American Library Association is looking for presenters for its 2024 one day mini conference to be held on March 29th. The conference will be virtual and free (presenters will join a Zoom session that will be livestreamed and recorded on the GameRT Twitch channel).

This year’s theme is building character. We welcome presentations on all aspects of character building, from character creation in tabletop roleplaying games to character menus within video games to developing social and emotional learning (SEL) skills through play and community. We are interested in presentations that connect character, both inside and outside of games, to libraries and community building, whether the focus is on readers’ advisory, collections, programming, or education. Proposals should explicitly state their relevance to libraries/community building, but presenters don’t need to be a librarian or GameRT member to present.

To submit a session proposal, please complete this form by February 25, 2024. Accepted presenters will be notified by March 1, 2024. Slides and handouts will be due on March 22, 2024.

Presenters will be asked to give a fifteen-minute presentation, with a question-and-answer session after.

Examples of possible presentation topics:

  • Board Not Bored: Active Games for Building SEL
  • GG: Modeling Good Character in Online PvP
  • My Pronouns Are She/They: A Survey of Gender Options in Modern Character Menus
  • Content of My Character: Going Beyond Biological Essentialism in TTRPGs
  • Being Kenough: Supporting Player Agency & Flawed Characters

Submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Connection to library and community
  • Topic fits the needs and interests of GameRT and its audience
  • Relevance to theme
  • Relevance and quality of citations
  • Wow/cool/cozy/fun/unique/X factor

Questions?

Questions may be addressed to the GameRT Program Planning Committee via e-mail at gamert@ala.org with “March Mini Con” in the subject line.

You can view previous webinars and virtual conferences on GameRT’s Twitch Channel: https://www.twitch.tv/ALAGameRT