Over the past sixty years, NAHSL members have demonstrated an ability to adapt, innovate, and succeed in a rapidly-changing environment. As we continue to evolve, it’s important to support one another other in new endeavors. The NAHSL membership comprises more than 100 librarians at various points in their careers, and each member possesses a unique skill set and a valuable point of view. This year, we invite you to submit a proposal to pitch an innovative idea and receive constructive feedback from colleagues.
Interested in pitching an idea?
The purpose of the Innovation Pitch session is to optimize a good idea by incorporating the wisdom of the collective NAHSL membership. Your innovation pitch should be a fully-formed idea that is not implementation-ready. You will have a total of 15 minutes for this session, 5 to describe your idea, and 10 to receive constructive feedback. Please include any slides or handouts to accompany your innovation pitch.
Please prepare an abstract of no more than 250 words that describes your proposed presentation. Your abstract should be structured to include the following components:
* Background: How did you come up with this idea? (i.e. needs suggestion, suggestion from patron, benchmarking) * Stakeholders: Who is going to take an interest in/be supportive of your idea? * Sponsors: How are you going to fund this idea? * Outcomes: How is your idea going to benefit your patrons/library/institution/organization? * Feedback: What specifically are you looking for feedback on? NOTE: Take some time to think about this!
Proposals are due by August 27. Two blinded committee members will review each proposal based on the following criteria and notify you of their decision by September 14.
* Relevance to a Preferred Audience: Academic library or hospital library * Innovation: Is your idea innovative, or has it already been done by the broad library community? * Ability to Quickly Implement: We love grand ideas, but we want to hear the ideas that can be implemented within a reasonable time frame. i.e. we want to check back in with you in a year and hear how it went! * Thoughtfulness of Proposal: Is your proposal well organized? Is it free of spelling and grammatical errors? Have you thought enough about the elements of the idea?