My name is Paul Booth and I’m
organizing the Scholarly Exchange (the paper table) at the PCA
conference this year. You may recall that Brendan Riley started the
Scholarly Exchange paper table a few years ago, and it has been an
amazing success – a testament to his hard work! As you know, the
Scholarly Exchange helps our presenters get their work out there,
share ideas, and perhaps get published (it's happened!). The Exchange
also raises money for the PCA/ACA grad student travel fund, so it's a
good cause too.
First, I ask that you bring 10 copies of your paper for the scholarly exchange. We prefer not to get more than 10, but if people can only manage to bring
5, we'd rather have 5 than none. The more papers we get, the more
successful we'll be.
Second, from those of you who plan to attend the conference, I'm
emailing to ask a favor. As you know, the table must be staffed at
all times during the exhibition sessions. Operating on the theory
that many hands makes light work, I'm requesting your help in running
the paper table.
There are several ways you can help out.
If you can volunteer to staff the table for one of the shifts listed
below, you will make my day. These shifts are designed to correspond
to panel times. Ideally, I would like to have two people at the table
at all times. If you can only help for half a shift, please let me
know about that option too--many hands....
I would also love it if you can nudge any grad students you have
attending the conference to volunteer. Speaking from experience,
getting involved in this kind of work is a great way to dig into the
conference and get to know people.
The last option would be to help out sporadically. If you have a few
minutes, offer to relieve one of the people at the table so they can
get some coffee or hit the restroom. These mini-breaks will be very
helpful for our volunteers.
Each shift is timed to coincide with the panels, so volunteering means
missing no more than one panel. If you can volunteer for a shift,
please reply and let me know which shift you can do. If your schedule
is more flexible, let me know which ones you could do, and I'll assign
you to one. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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