Friday, January 17, 2020

CFP: 2020 ACRL IS Current Issues Virtual Discussion Forum

Is there an instruction issue you wish more folks were talking about?

The Instruction Section (IS) Current Issues Virtual Discussion Forum is an opportunity for library workers to explore and discuss pressing topics related to library instruction and information literacy. The IS Discussion Group Steering Committee welcomes topic proposals from individuals who are interested in facilitating the discussion. We strongly encourage proposals that promote participant reflection and discussion.

Proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • clarity of focus
  • how well the topic lends itself to meaningful discussion
  • observed significance of the proposed issue for library workers and learners

The Steering Committee will support the selected facilitator by issuing a second call for panelists in addition to hosting and publicizing the forum. 

Application Deadline: February 27, 2020, 11:59pm

To submit a proposal, please use the online submission form.
Applicants will be notified by March 31, 2020.                                                                     

To see examples of past discussion topics, view the digests of past discussions online.  

Contact the ACRL IS Discussion Group Steering Committee Chair, Melissa Harden ( or Vice-Chair, Kristy Nowak (

Thursday, January 16, 2020

CFP: IFLA's Library Publishing SIG: Library Publishing: Catalyst for Change - Dublin, Ireland - August 2020

IFLA's Library Publishing SIG is delighted to announce our Call For Papers for the August 2020 Dublin WLIC.  As IFLA continues to engage, inspire, enable, and connect, our SIG's theme will be:  Library Publishing: Catalyst for Change.

The full Call for Papers is here:

Please notice the format (lightning talk) and submission guidelines.  The call is broadly inclusive, and we are particularly keen on presentations related to library publishing as connected to the Global South.

Abstracts are due by April 3rd, 2020, and should be submitted to:

Jane Buggle, Chair, Library Publishing SIG Program Committee, Dublin 2020.

We look forward to your submissions and to an exciting open programme.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Call for contributions to column in the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship

This is a call for contributions to the "E-Resource Round Up" column for volume 32, issue 2 of the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL). Submissions can be related to any aspect of electronic resources and their use in libraries, including conference reports, professional discussion groups, meetings, and practices in using electronic resources in-house. This would be a great opportunity for you to report on topics that may benefit others in our profession.

The editors would like to receive contributions to the column by Friday, February 21, 2020. Contributions should not be published elsewhere.

If you have a submission or questions, please contact the column editors:

Bob Wolverton
Mississippi State University Libraries
(662) 325-0548

Karen Davidson
Mississippi State University Libraries
(662) 325-3018              

Call for Participation - Survey on Onboarding in Librarianship and Archives

We'd like to invite you to participate in our study regarding onboarding for past and current residents and fellows in librarianship and archives studies. Your participation will assist us in writing a book chapter on the subject. 

Please consider filling out our survey:

If you have any questions, please reach out to us

Feel free to share with your networks and on social media. 

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you kindly,
Alex Glenn
Amanda M. Leftwich
Jamia Williams

Monday, January 13, 2020

CFP: 88 Annual ABQLA Conference (Montreal, Quebec, Canada - May 8th, 2020)


ABQLA is pleased to invite members of the library and information professional community to submit conference proposals for their 88th annual conference to be held in Montreal on Friday, May 8th, 2020.

From the library of Alexandria to today’s digital makerspaces, libraries have stood the test of time. Within our stacks we hold the histories of our communities and the promise of tomorrow. Join us at ABQLA 2020 and help make this year timeless.
Libraries have often been represented as keepers of time and history but are also very often at the forefront of major changes and innovations. Our conference aims to highlight those aspects of the profession and bring together librarians from different types of institutions to discuss their own histories and innovations. This year we seek proposals for presentations and posters that explore the boundaries of libraries and discuss where we have been, where we are, and where we are going.

Guidelines & Instructions

  • Submissions and presentations may be in either English or French.
  • Proposals must clearly indicate the nature of the subject matter and its relevance to the conference theme, as well as two learning outcomes for participants.
  • The one-day registration fee will be waived for the primary speaker (workshops and individual presentations).
  • The one-day registration fee will be discounted 50% for the primary poster presenter.
  • All proposals will be peer reviewed by the ABQLA Conference Program Committee.
  • The submission deadline is January 19, 2020.
  • All submitters will be notified by February 17, 2020.

If you have any questions or comments please contact



L’ABQLA est heureuse d’inviter les membres de la communauté des bibliothécaires et
professionnel-le-s de l’information à soumettre des propositions de communications pour son 88e congrès annuel, qui se tiendra à Montréal le vendredi 8 mai 2020.

De la bibliothèque d’Alexandrie aux espaces de création numérique d’aujourd’hui, les
bibliothèques ont résisté à l’épreuve du temps. Nos rayons contiennent l’histoire de nos
communautés et la promesse de demain.
Les bibliothèques sont souvent représentées comme étant des gardiennes du temps et de l’histoire mais sont aussi aux premières lignes des changements majeurs et des innovations. Notre colloque a pour but de souligner ces aspects de la profession et de rassembler des bibliothécaires de différents types d’institutions pour discuter de nos histoires et innovations. Cette année nous cherchons des communications et des affiches qui explorent les frontières des bibliothèques et qui discutent de notre passé, notre présent et notre futur.


  • Les soumissions et communications peuvent être faites en français ou en anglais.
  • Les propositions doivent indiquer clairement la nature du sujet traité, sa pertinence par rapport au thème, en plus d’identifier deux acquis d’apprentissage.
  • Les frais d’inscription seront annulés pour le conférencier principal ou la conférencière principale (ateliers et présentations individuelles).
  • Les frais d’inscription seront réduits de 50 % pour le présentateur principal ou la présentatrice principale d’affiche.
  • Toutes les propositions de communications seront évaluées par les membres du comité du programme du colloque de l’ABQLA.
  • La date limite de soumission est le 19 janvier 2020.
  • Les soumissionnaires recevront une réponse au plus tard le 10 février 2020.

Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à nous contacter :

CFP: International Symposium on Robotics and AI in Libraries (June, 2020, University of Pretoria, South Africa) - IFLA IT Section

International Symposium on Robotics and AI in Libraries
8-10 June, 2020, University of Pretoria, South Africa
In collaboration with IFLA IT Section 

The first conference on Robotics in Libraries: Challenge and Opportunity was held at the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau, Berlin in August 2019. Following the successful program and participants’ call for a follow-up event, we are organizing this International Symposium on Robotics and AI in Libraries, 8-10 June, 2020 at University of Pretoria, South Africa.

The rapid development in robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are making in-roads into libraries and information services. Beyond automated storage and retrieval systems, we now have autonomous shelf reading robots, telepresence and humanoid robots, and chatbots and voice activated systems. Robots are becoming our co-workers and a number of libraries around the world have deployed different robots for internal operations as well as public services. This combination of skilled human resources and robotics technologies also complements library services in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR or Industry 4.0) era and in smart and connected communities.

The University of Pretoria (UP), South Africa, is hosting the event at its new Future Africa campus ( The UP Department of Library Services “employed” Libby, the first client service robot known to be in use in any university library in Africa. Robotics and AI are also growing fields in many African countries, and this Symposium is a timely event to showcase and increase awareness of developments and realize the potential and challenges for libraries.

We invite your proposals and to join us to share and explore robotics and AI technologies, applications and use cases, human-robot interaction, and their uses and impact on library operations and services. 

The Symposium website is at
Proposals should be submitted at

CFP: IFLA Library History SIG - "Librarians learning from the past to inspire, connect, enable and engage" - Dublin, Ireland - August 2020

Theme: "Librarians learning from the past to inspire, connect, enable and engage"

The IFLA Library History Special Interest Group invites proposals for papers to be presented at its open session on “Librarians learning from the past to inspire, connect, enable and engage”  during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Dublin, Ireland.

The Library History Special Interest Group is about to embark on a series of projects on oral histories of the world’s librarians, hence the theme for its session at this conference.  The project is ambitious and will have many approaches to it and we would hope that librarian oral histories include not only the history of their library at the time, but also the librarian’s immersion in social and political issues of their day, and how they faced the new issues presented to the profession at that time.
We invite papers that cover issues on librarian oral history/ies to include some of the following approaches:
·         Your country’s/region’s collection of such oral histories;
·         Why they were collected;
·         How they are being managed;
·         How they are being shared;
·         Lessons learnt from this historical engagement with librarians of the past;
·         Plans to collect future oral histories of librarians.

For proposal and submission details, please see:

CFP: Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL) 2020 - Austin, Texas - May 18-21, 2020

The Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL) 2020’s call for proposals deadline is Friday January 24th for those of you who would like to attend a delightful conference in the lovely the Austin, TX.

Below are details for several of the exciting events and opportunities that will happen at or around the conference.

Hope you submit,

Librarians & archivists at all career stages welcome | Registration discount for TDL members | Scholarships and special pricing for students | Award nominations open

The Texas Conference on Digital Libraries brings together those working on digital projects -- including outreach librarians, repository managers, catalogers, faculty members, archivists, technical staff, and others -- in order to build a practical, usable, and sustainable model for digital collections.

Scroll down to see all of the opportunities awaiting you at TCDL.

This year's conference will feature two keynote speakers, Lauren Cooper and Curtis Small from the University of Delaware's Colored Conventions Project. Visit our keynote page for more information.

#TCDL2020 will take place in Austin, Texas at the Commons Conference Center (CCC) on May 18-21, 2020. The CCC is located along public transportation routes and is near the pedestrian-friendly Domain Austin, featuring more than 100 stores, restaurants, and hotels.

Submit a proposal to the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries. TCDL’s theme this year, 2020 Hindsight: Looking Back, Moving Forward, presents an opportunity to pause and reflect on lessons learned from past projects and initiatives, and envision fresh possibilities for the future. Presenters are encouraged to consider sharing past successes as well as failures that led to unexpected solutions or advice that might benefit the community.

Register for TCDL. Our annual conference is a unique occasion: it’s the only conference just for digital libraries in Texas. Registration discounts are offered for TDL members and students.

Recognize the leaders in your community and nominate someone for a TDL Award. The nomination process is easy and winners receive free registration to TCDL.

Thanks to a generous joint donation from TDL members, Texas Digital Library is excited to offer the 2020 TCDL Student Scholarship. Five students will be selected and awarded registration for the TDL Leadership Academy as well as the 2020 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries. Application deadline is March 26th, 2020.

Get ready to grow your leadership skills at the TDL Leadership Academy, facilitated by Breaking Library Silos and The Maintainers. Learn how to lead at all levels of the library and join a cohort of learners who seek a professional community for growth.

Learn more about the people behind TCDL. The TCDL planning committee is comprised of librarians, archivists, and technologists working in TDL member libraries from around Texas. Each year, the committee defines the conference each year by developing a theme, identifying a keynote speaker, and crafting a call for proposals to invite colleagues from our community to come together for the conference. Take a moment to meet some of this year’s committee members, and be sure to thank them when you see them at #TCDL2020.

TCDL is hosted by Texas Digital Library, a consortium of academic libraries committed to preserving, managing, and providing access to unique digital collections of enduring value. Learn more about TDL and the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries at

Friday, January 10, 2020

LITA Education 2020 Call for Proposals (online webinars)

What library technology topics are you passionate about? Have something you can help others learn?

LITA invites you to share your expertise with an international audience! Our courses and webinars are based on topics of interest to library technology workers and technology managers at all levels in all types of libraries. Taught by experts, they reach beyond physical conferences to bring high quality continuing education to the library world.

We deliberately seek and strongly encourage submissions from underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, the LGBTQA+ community, and people with disabilities.

All topics related to the intersection of technology and libraries are welcomed, including:
  • Machine Learning
  • IT Project Management
  • Data Visualization
  • Javascript, including: jquery, json, d3.js
  • Library-related APIs
  • Change management in technology
  • Big Data, High Performance Computing
  • Python, R, GitHub, OpenRefine, and other programming/coding topics in a library context
  • Supporting Digital Scholarship/Humanities
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Linked Data
  • Implementation or Participation in Open Source Technologies or Communities
  • Open Educational Resources, Creating and Providing Access to Open Ebooks and Other Educational Materials
  • Managing Technology Training
  • Diversity/Inclusion and Technology
  • Accessibility Issues and Library Technology
  • Technology in Special Libraries
  • Ethics of Library Technology (e.g., Privacy Concerns, Social Justice Implications)
  • Library/Learning Management System Integrations

Instructors receive a $500 honorarium for an online course or $150 for a webinar, split among instructors. Check out our list of current and past course offerings to see what topics have been covered recently. Be part of another slate of compelling and useful online education programs this year!

Questions or Comments?
For questions or comments related to teaching for LITA, contact us at (312) 280-4268 or

CFP: 8th Annual Kraemer Copyright Conference: Copyright and Public Domain: Opening the Vault (Colorado June 2020)

Call for Proposals

The 8th Annual Kraemer Copyright Conference: Copyright and Public Domain: Opening the Vault, will take place at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus in Colorado Springs, CO, June 15-17, 2020.

The Kraemer Copyright Conference committee invites proposals on the following Conference Tracks:

  *   Public Domain
  *   Licensing Content (such as open licensing or contracting for content)
  *   Open Track (any other copyright-related topic)

The Kraemer Copyright Conference provides opportunities for professionals at every level and across libraries to discuss the impact of copyright on the services we provide in libraries. In a small conference setting, attendees network and learn alongside the presenters in a collaborative environment.

Submit your proposal(s) at

All proposals are due by midnight (MST) February 7, 2020. Presenters will be notified of selection decisions by end of February.

Presentation Formats

The committee encourages presenters to think creatively about presentation formats:

  *   Workshop
An in-depth, facilitated introduction to an emerging topic, innovative approach, or effective practice with specific learning outcomes (60-minute session)
  *   Panel
Two or more presenters addressing a specialized topic from different perspectives or a general topic in-depth (45-minute presentation in a 60-minute session with 15 minutes for Q&A)
  *   Individual
A paper or presentation on a specific topic, approach, or practice (15-minute presentation in a 60-minute session with 45 minutes allotted for three presentations on similar topics and 15 minutes for Q&A)
  *   Poster
Visual presentation of a specific topic, approach, or practice (presentation in a 60-minute plenary poster session)

Presentation Tracks Description

The Kraemer Copyright Conference committee invites proposals on the following Conference Tracks:

  *   Public Domain
Public Domain the state of belonging or being available freely to the public, and therefore not subject to copyright.
  *   Licensing Content
Licensing is used to grant permission to access, re-use, and redistribute work with or without restrictions.
  *   Open Track
This track is open to any other copyright topic that you believe will be of interest to conference participants.

Proposals Submissions

The committee must receive all proposals through the submission form by midnight (MST) February 7, 2020.

The submission form requires the following information:

  *   Primary presenter's contact information: name, title, affiliation, e-mail address
  *   Presentation format
  *   Presentation track
  *   Presentation title
  *   Brief abstract for the conference program (up to 100 words)
  *   A detailed description of the presentation (including learning outcomes for workshops) that does not include any identifiable information that would reveal specific presenters or institutions to proposal reviewers (up to 500 words)

Proposal Review and Notification

A volunteer subcommittee will review proposals, evaluating each on quality and clarity of content, relevance to conference themes, and ability to engage the audience. The committee will start notifying presenters of selection decisions on or before February 24, 2020. At that time, we may ask presenters to consider an alternate format or co-present with others who have proposed similar topics based on reviewers' recommendations.

Additional Requirements

All presenters must register for the Kraemer Copyright Conference in order to present. Registration is free and presenters are responsible for travel and lodging. 

All presenters must bring their own laptop.

Conference papers, presentations, and other documentation/media will be collected by the Kraemer Copyright Conference Committee Chair via email at<> and preserved in the Kraemer Family Library institutional repository or other appropriate and accessible platform.

Non-Commercial Policy

The Kraemer Copyright Conference programs are non-commercial educational learning experiences. Under no circumstances should a speaker promote their product, service, or other self-interest.


If you have any questions regarding this event or the proposal submission process, please contact Federico Martínez-García at<>.

CFP: Theological Librarianship Student Essay Contest

Submissions will be accepted from any student currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program, regardless of discipline. Essays should be between 2,500 and 3,500 words and should address topics that lie within the intersection of librarianship and religious and theological studies and that potentially impact libraries, including (though not limited to) resources available for the study of religion and theology, digital techniques and tools for research in the area of religious or theological studies, and trends in academic librarianship. 
Students interested in submitting are encouraged to review the archives of the journal ( to understand the scope of the publication. All submissions should follow the guidelines outlined on the journal’s website (
The essay contest winner will be selected by the editorial board based on clarity of the argument, the quality of the contribution to librarianship in general and theological librarianship in particular, and the relevance of the subject matter for the journal’s readers. The winning essay will be published in the essay section of the Fall 2020 issue of Theological Librarianship
The author of the winning essay will receive a $500 cash prize and a travel stipend to attend the 2021 Atla annual conference in Fort Worth, TX. Proof of current graduate or undergraduate enrollment will be required upon notification of selection as the winner of the contest.
Submissions are due no later than June 1, 2020 and should be submitted through the online portal at  Please direct all inquiries or questions to

Thursday, January 09, 2020

CFP: Big Talk From Small Libraries 2020 (Online - February 28, 2020) - Deadline Jan 10th

The Call for Speakers for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2020 is now open!
This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better! We are looking for speakers from small libraries or speakers who directly work with small libraries. Small libraries of all types – public, academic, school, museum, special, etc. – are encouraged to submit a proposal. We’re looking for seven 50-minute presentations and five 10-minute “lightning round” presentations.
Do you offer a service or program at your small library that other librarians might like to hear about? Have you implemented a new (or old) technology, hosted an event, partnered with others in your community, or just done something really cool? The Big Talk From Small Libraries online conference gives you the opportunity to share what you’ve done, while learning what your colleagues in other small libraries are doing. Here are some possible topics to get you thinking:
§  Unique Libraries
§  Special Collections
§  New buildings
§  Fundraising
§  Improved Workflows
§  Staff Development
§  Advocacy Efforts
§  Community Partnerships
§  That great thing you’re doing at your library!
Big Talk From Small Libraries 2019 will be held on Friday, February 28, 2020 between 9:45 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. (ET) via the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Speakers will be able to present their programs from their own desktops. The schedule will accommodate speakers’ time-zones.
If you are interested in presenting, please submit your proposal by Friday, January 10, 2020.

Speakers from libraries serving fewer than 10,000 people will be preferred, but presentations from libraries with larger service populations will be considered.

Shannon White
Library of Michigan

CFP: Posters and People's Choice Proposals ( Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Annual Conference 2020) - June 2020 - Bloomington, Indiana

The Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of ACRL announces its Call for Poster and People's Choice proposals. The deadline is Friday, 21 February 2020.

Read the full CFP at and submit your proposal via the online form at

Details on poster sessions and People's Choice (new for RBMS20) are below:


Posters are brief visual presentations in which presenters share their experiences, ideas or research, and they are showcased concurrently with beverage breaks during the conference. Posters share innovative approaches and offer practical solutions to issues facing the special collections profession. Proposals should conform to one of the following content types:

  • scholarly research
  • case studies
  • reports on new initiatives

Proposals should relate to the conference theme.

People’s Choice

New for the RBMS 2020 conference, sessions in the “People’s Choice” category will be chosen through an online voting process open to all RBMS members and 2020 meeting attendees. All proposals received by the committee will be posted for review by the membership in the form it was submitted. Sessions can take a variety of formats including fully-formed panels, participatory sessions, or lightning rounds. Proposals should relate to the conference theme.

Selection and Notification for Posters and People’s Choice

Online voting for People’s Choice sessions will occur between Monday, March 2 – Wednesday, March 11. All People’s Choice proposals will be posted for review in the form it was submitted.

All proposers will be notified of acceptance on Monday, March 16, 2020.

On behalf of the Posters and People's Choice Subcommittees of the RBMS 2020 Conference Program Planning Committee, thank you for your time and consideration.

Best of luck!

Diane Dias De Fazio, MS HPres, MS LIS
Co-Chair, ACRL/RBMS Membership & Professional Development Committee
Chair, RBMS20 Conference Program Planning Marketing Subcommittee

Curator of Rare Books and Book Arts

CFP: MiALA Annual Conference Call for Poster Session Proposals (Ferris State University - Michigan - May 14-15, 2020)

Grounded and Growing

The need to grow and change is a constant for libraries as we respond and adapt to our evolving academic environments. As we celebrate 5 years of MiALA and look towards the future of the organization, we will explore the ways academic libraries are initiating and managing change, not just redefining and reevaluating, but growing from a place that is grounded in our strengths and aligned with community needs. How do we continue what is working and critically examine and pivot from what is not?

MiALA invites you and your colleagues to submit poster proposals for the 5th annual conference to be held May 14-15, 2020 at Ferris State University. Participation from librarians, library staff, LIS students, and administrators from all types of academic libraries is encouraged.  MiALA membership is not required to submit a proposal. We welcome proposals on any topic related to academic libraries, including, but not limited to:

  • Access Services
  • Accessibility
  • Administration
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Budgets
  • Cataloging and Metadata
  • Collections
  • Critical Librarianship
  • Distance or Online Learning
  • Education and Curriculum
  • Electronic Resources
  • Fine Arts
  • Health Sciences
  • Instruction and Information Literacy
  • Leadership
  • Michigan Alma
  • Mid-Level Management
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Outreach
  • Research Services or Reference
  • Residency
  • Resource Sharing
  • STEM
  • Technical Services
  • Technology
  • User Experience
  • Web Development and Design

****Prior to submitting your proposal, please review the information provided on the Poster Session Guidelines page.****

Please submit your poster proposal using the application form located here by February 21, 2020. The primary contact listed on each proposal will receive a message indicating receipt of the proposal when it is submitted and decisions on proposals will be communicated to the primary contact by Friday, March 13, 2020.

Questions about proposals can be sent to David Scott Questions about the conference in general can be sent to