Well, those of us who submitted proposals for papers and panel sessions for the ACRL 13th National Conference in Baltimore (Mar. 31, 2007 – April 1, 2007) learned the fate of our proposals last Friday. I had previously reported on the number of proposals submitted for the number of slots available – and the odds of getting accepted were as slim as ever. So while there were a number of elated academic librarians who received the good news on Friday, there were far more feeling rejected and puzzled as to why their proposals didn’t make the cut. I would encourage those whose proposals were rejected to avoid dwelling on it too much. Instead, take some solace in knowing that you gave it your best effort. As the rejection e-mail said, it isn’t a reflection of the quality of your proposal but one of the sheer number of proposals received.
Based on my own experience of getting rejected more than a few times, here are just a few suggestions for losing those ACRL conference rejection blues:
Yes, it will be hard when the conference brochure comes out, and one is left wondering why certain proposals were accepted while your own was rejected. It makes the proposal decision process seem all that more mysterious. But bear in mind that you’ve got plenty of company. Just do what I do. Start planning now for 2009. If you can come up with a few good ideas it increases your chance of getting one of them accepted. You are bound to have quite a few between now and then.
Finally, no matter how you are feeling this week, don’t write off going to the conference. Presentation or not, your presence there does count. There are going to be great keynoters, an unbeatable social event at the Baltimore Aquarium, and – if you are really looking for something to do at the conference – ACRLog will be looking for conference bloggers. Get in touch if you’d like to be a part of our conference coverage team. I hope to see you there.