Call for Proposals

Thank you for all the proposals submitted.
The conference proposals are no longer being accepted.

The Conference Program Committee invites forward thinking submissions in all areas to technical services librarianship including acquisitions, cataloging, serials, electronic resources, and preservation in academic, public, and special libraries. Participants are encouraged to think about where we are headed and where we want to go and to share work in areas on the leading edge of librarianship. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Approaches to metadata creation, reuse, and interoperability
  • Approaches to training
  • Authority control in open source repository platforms
  • Automation / technology assisted cataloging and metadata creation
  • Cloud based solutions
  • Collaboration within and outside the library
  • Digital library projects
  • Digital object curation and preservation
  • Discovery and access
  • Emerging roles for technical services / technical services librarians
  • Integration of metadata creation with traditional cataloging workflows
  • Local documentation practices
  • Network level data management
  • New staffing models
  • Role of Technical Services in open access and scholarly communication
  • Patron driven acquisitions and services
  • Role of the catalog
  • Special formats cataloging
  • Strategies for working well with limited budgets and resources
  • Use and development of open source tools and platforms
  • Vendor relations
  • Linked data publishing and applications
  • Discovery, navigation, and search
  • Practical applications of linked data
  • Library spaces (virtual or physical)
  • User experience
  • Emerging technologies
  • Cybersecurity and privacy
  • Open content, software, and technologies
  • Assessment
  • Systems integration
  • Hacking the library
  • Scalability and sustainability of library services and tools
  • Consortial resource and system sharing
  • "Big Data" - work in discovery, preservation, or documentation
  • Library I.T. competencies

Participants are invited to submit proposals that report on recent research, address emerging trends, or showcase new tools, services and projects. Time slots for all sessions are 50 minutes in length including time for questions. The conference requests that you provide your slides or other "handouts" for your presentation to be archived and shared on the conference website.

Submissions for presenters, workshops, and panel sessions will be considered in addition to specific proposals to lead sessions in non-traditional formats (birds of a feather, lightning rounds, free-for-all forums, unconferences).

Submit the following information:

  • Title
  • Abstract (no longer than 250 works)
  • Names, affiliations, and contact information of all presenters
  • Primary contact for presenters
  • Format (presentation, lightning round, workshop, etc.)
  • Equipment and other special needs

Presenters will be notified of proposal acceptance. For more information, please contact Doug Williams.