Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Texas Conference on Digital Libraries 2019 - Austin, Texas (May 2019) #TCDL2019

Texas Conference on Digital Libraries 2019
May 20th-23rd, 2019
Austin, Texas

This year’s theme, Breaking Down Barriers, seeks to spotlight innovative projects and experiences within digital libraries and other digital work/collaborations that push. It aims to transform and overcome hurdles between public/technical services and archives; collections and users; the “digital library” and the “library,” and among different disciplines.

The program committee additionally solicits traditional TCDL-addressed topics such as discussions, presentations, or work on any step in the life-cycle of digital projects or the development of software and applications in the digital library world.

Submissions are encouraged from students, scholars, and professionals in all career or study levels, representing themselves, public and private businesses, and institutions from the great state of Texas and beyond.

Here are some of the broad areas the committee hope to see covered at TCDL 2019:
  • Presentations that explore perspectives that feature underrepresented communities or narratives
  • Creation, promotion, preservation, or management of digital projects/assets
  • Software creation or innovative use
  • Application development
  • Copyright, Institutional Repositories, Open Access or other Digital Scholarship topics
  • Collaborations across departments, schools, or institutions
  • Integration of digital means into new spaces
  • Digital preservation topics
  • Rights, reuse, or risk management
  • Analytics and assessment of digital library collections
  • Building an accessible digital library
  • (Re)framing traditional roles and identities

Complete proposals must include a title, abstract (no more than 500 words), and information for each speaker (name, title, institution, brief bio, and email address).

All submitted proposals are peer reviewed by the program committee to assure that the program provides significant, timely, and authoritative information. All papers presented at TCDL 2019 are published in the conference proceedings, and made available through the Texas Digital Library’s website. The conference language is English.

Important Dates:
  • January 25: Deadline for all conference proposals
  • March 8: Notification of acceptance
  • April 5: Early-bird registration deadline
  • Conference Dates: May 20-23, 2019

Types of Sessions:
Presentations (20-30 minutes): General presentations on practical work, theoretical or speculative issues, or ongoing completed research.

Panels (60-minute or 80-minute): Panel sessions should address a single topic from multiple perspectives. We encourage panels to be organized to represent a range of professional backgrounds and experience.

24x7 (24 slides in 7 minutes): 7-minute presentations comprising no more than 24 slides.

Posters: Posters will be featured at the conference reception and through a “Minute Madness” session, during which presenters will give a 60-second summary of each poster.

Workshops, Tutorials, Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions: These events provide venues for in-depth instruction in important areas of digital library practice (workshops), demonstrations of new or useful tools and technologies (tutorials), and gatherings of interested attendees to engage in discussion about a particular topic (birds-of-a-feather sessions). Events in this category can range from 1 to 4 hours.

Looking for panel participants or have a topic you want to hear/learn more about?

The 2019 Program Committee has created a Google Spreadsheet for you to informally connect with other TCDL attendees seeking ideas and/or collaboration on session proposals for TCDL 2019. The spreadsheet is not monitored by TDL or the 2019 Program Committee and is not part of the official submission process.

Call for Chapter Proposals – Social Future of Libraries

We are seeking contributions for a new book on The Social Future of Academic Libraries building on our panel session at ACRL 2017 viewing libraries through the lens of intellectual and social capital.

Our point of departure is the current focus in college and university libraries on engagement, partnerships, community development, and social relations. The social turn in academic librarianship requires new ways of working and new ways of thinking about the resources, services, and capabilities of the library and information workforce. Intellectual capital perspectives and social network theory can help librarians understand the demands of the current environment and develop effective responses for their communities.

The book is co-edited by Tim Schlak, Sheila Corrall, and Paul Bracke, and will be published by Facet Publishing. It will have three parts:
Part 1 will introduce the relevant theoretical, conceptual, and methodological frameworks;
Part 2 will explore the application of intellectual capital and social network theory to libraries as social organizations, and show how they can use the models and tools presented to evaluate and strengthen strategy, collaborations, leadership, and other aspects of library performance;
Part 3 will focus on implications for library policy and practice, professional education, and research.

Parts 1 and 3 will primarily be authored by the editors. The focus of our call for proposals is on Part 2. We are particularly interested in receiving proposals for chapters that discuss and illustrate the practical application of intellectual and social capital theory and concepts, including social network analysis, to issues currently facing academic libraries and librarians. The target length for contributed chapters is around 5,000 words (excluding references).

Potential areas of application include, but are not limited to:
  • strategic planning 
  • space design
  • scholarly communication
  • information behavior
  • learner support 
  • library instruction 
  • academic liaison
  • partnership formation
  • relationship management
  • community outreach
  • organization development
  • user experience
  • service assessment.
We invite potential contributors to submit an abstract of 300-500 words, summarizing your proposed chapter, outlining your intended approach and structure, and indicating how it advances thinking and practice in the field. Please provide a working title for your contribution, up to six keywords highlighting the topics/issues to be discussed, and brief author bio (2-3 sentences) along with details of any related prior work.

The deadline for abstract submissions is Monday, January 7, 2019. Please send submissions as email attachments (Word or PDF files) by email to Tim Schlak at

Prospective authors will receive feedback on their proposals by Monday, February 4, 2019.

Accepted authors must be able to submit complete chapters by Monday, April 29, 2019, to allow time for revisions and editing prior to submission to the publisher in June 2019.

We anticipate the book will be published in September 2019.

About the editors:

Tim Schlak is Dean of the University Library at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA, where he advocates on behalf of the Library and positions it as an integral partner in the learning and scholarly processes of the University. Prior to joining Robert Morris in 2014, he was Library Director at Northwestern College in Orange City, where he spearheaded the $15M DeWitt Learning Commons project. Tim has authored several publications about the changing social context of libraries with particular emphasis on social capital and engagement.

Sheila Corrall is Professor of Library & Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh, PA, where she is lead faculty for academic information services. Her research interests include evolving roles in academic libraries, reflective practice in information work, and the application of business management concepts and models to information services. Sheila has a longstanding interest in managing intangible resources, and has published and presented papers on evaluating and mobilizing library intellectual assets for strategic advantage

Paul Bracke is Dean of Library Services at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, where he also provides leadership and oversight for the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs, and the Academic Technology Applications Support unit. From 2006 to 2016 he was Associate Dean for Research and Assessment and Associate Professor of Library Science at Purdue University Libraries. Paul has published and presented on the social relations of librarians and emerging roles for librarians, particularly in relation to research.

Tim Schlak, Ph.D.
Dean, University Library
Robert Morris University

Call for Authors - LITA Guide Series @ALA_LITA

The LITA Division of ALA is looking for authors for its popular LITA Guide Series. Possible topics include:

  1. Library technology programs and user training: what works and what doesn’t
  2. Successful applications of agile development for libraries
  3. Transforming library spaces and services to serve the  technology needs of millennial users
  4. Leveraging technology partnerships with museums, community organizations and other entities
  5. Security for library systems.

While we welcome proposals on these topics, we are open to any ideas you may have or any area of technology you’d like to explore. Please get in touch with me if you are interested in authoring one of these guides or have a proposal of your own.

Marta Deyrup,
Acquisitions Editor, LITA guides

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

CFP: Innovation Column - Journal of New Librarianship

The Journal of New Librarianship invites submissions for its Innovation Column. We are interested in any topics that relate to innovation, failure, creativity, risk-taking, change management or any other related topic. If you would like to see previous examples, please go to the JNL page here: 

The deadline for submissions is Monday, January 14th, 2019: 

If you have any questions, please contact column editors, Matt Upson Interim Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services at Oklahoma State University and Cinthya Ippoliti, Director of the Auraria Thank you!

CFP: The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) 2019 - Williamsburg, VA June 2019

The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) 2019
Poster Session & Social on Thursday, June 6 and Conference on Friday, June 7, 2019
William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA

TILC is the best. Small, focused, and always full of great ideas and great librarians."- past attendee
"This was one of the most useful library conferences I've attended; the small size of the conference, and its laser focus on instruction in librarianship, resulted in conversations that were universally useful and relevant to me and my work. Thank you so much!"- another participant's feedback

We are now accepting proposals for TILC 2019. Inspired by this year’s location, we have chosen the theme Revolutions & Revelations. We hope this phrase will help you brainstorm proposals, but don’t let the theme limit you. Anything about innovative practices related to teaching and learning in libraries is welcome.

Proposals are invited for three different session types:
•       Posters (presented at the Thursday evening social)
•       50-minute presentations
•       7-minute lightning talks

Proposals will be peer reviewed. 

Submission deadline: Thursday, November 15, 2018
Acceptance notification: Friday, January 4, 2019

We expect registration costs to be about $45.
Full details and a link to the proposal form are available at:

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Integrating Digital Technology With Literacy Pedagogies

Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Integrating Digital Technology With Literacy Pedagogies


Pamela M. Sullivan, James Madison University 
Jessica L. Lantz, James Madison University 
Brian A. Sullivan, James Madison University

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: December 15, 2018Full Chapters Due: April 14, 2019Submission Date: August 7, 2019


This book furthers the goal of developing a conceptual framework to integrate evolving digital technologies into literacy instruction. The allure and marketplace power of digital technologies continues to hold sway over the field of education, with billions spent annually on technology in the United States alone. Literacy instruction at all levels, from early childhood to advanced degrees in higher education is influenced by these evolving and ever-changing tools. While this opens the door to innovations in literacy curricula, it also adds a pedagogical responsibility to operate within a well-developed conceptual framework to ensure instruction is complemented or augmented by technology and not secondary to it. 

This text will be a resource for students, teachers, researchers, and stake holders in the field of education. The goal of this text is to develop a conceptual framework for integrating the ever-changing digital technologies into responsible, carefully crafted literacy instruction. Technologies such as Virtual Reality, 3D printing, and iPad games are appealing to students and teachers alike. Digital technologies promote project-based learning and facilitate engagement in the curriculum. However, previous studies of technology integration have shown that it is most effective when integrated into an existing curricular purpose and utilized within a strong conceptual framework of combined academic and technological goals. With the changing nature of technology, the conceptual framework and goals must also be continuously updated and examined. The research and case studies contained within this text will provide an opportunity for scholars, teachers, and stake holders in education to examine their literacy instruction practices with current digital technologies.


Our primary objective for this book is to develop a conceptual framework for the continued integration of digital technologies into literacy instruction at all levels of education. This book examines thoughtful, responsible pedagogical practices in relation to the ever-changing nature of literacy instruction in a digital age.

Target Audience

The target audience is readers who are interested in literacy/language skill development and digital technology. Teachers will use this book to discover and reflect upon new or innovative pedagogical techniques. University faculty will be able to use this book to demonstrate possible teaching techniques or to facilitate critical thinking about reflective practice. Researchers will utilize this book to gain insights into methodology by which the digital technologies may be reviewed or evaluated.

Recommended Topics

  • Theoretical and practical concerns regarding digital technology in language/literacy development. 
  • Augmented reality and visualization in comprehension strategy instruction. 
  • Home school connections in the digital age. 
  • Multimodal texts in the classroom. 
  • Vocabulary development with digital technology. 
  • Writing skills with digital technology. 
  • Picture books aligned with digital tasks for early literacy classrooms. 
  • Comprehension strategies with online texts. 
  • A comparison of traditional and online spelling tasks. 
  • 3D printing and building a story sequence for early literacy learners. 
  • Assessment of early literacy skills with digital technologies. 
  • Online games as literacy skill building techniques. 
  • Study skills with digital technologies. 
  • Fluency practice as a technology task. 
  • Responsible digital technology explorations with preservice teachers.

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before December 15, 2018, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by January 14, 2019 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by April 14, 2019, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. 

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Handbook of Research on Integrating Digital Technology with Literacy Pedagogies. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process. 

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2019.

Important Dates

December 15, 2018: Proposal Submission Deadline 
January 14, 2019: Notification of Acceptance 
April 14, 2019: Full Chapter Submission 
June 12, 2019: Review Results Returned 
July 10, 2019: Revised Chapter Submission 
July 24, 2019: Final Acceptance Notifications to Chapter Authors 
August 7, 2019: Submission of Final Chapters to Editor


Pamela Sullivan 
James Madison University

CFP: 18th Annual Information Literacy Summit News, Media and Disinformation: Making Sense in Today’s Information Landscape (April 2019)

The 18th Annual Information Literacy Summit at Moraine Valley is now accepting proposals for breakout sessions.

18th Annual Information Literacy Summit
News, Media and Disinformation: Making Sense in Today’s Information Landscape
Friday, April 5, 2019, 8:30am-3:30pm

Presented by DePaul University Library and Moraine Valley Community College Library
Located at the Moraine Valley Community College campus

Keynote Address
Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, Associate Professor and MS/LIS Program Director, School of Information Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Call for Proposals

We are seeking presenters to lead engaging and interactive discussions about information literacy and library instruction. We are especially interested in breakout sessions and panels which focus on this year’s theme: News, Media and Disinformation: Making Sense in Today’s Information Landscape. We hope to foster conversations across all types of libraries, schools, and other organizations and encourage a diversity of perspectives in this proposal call.

The Summit is a regional conference which will be held at the Moraine Valley Community College campus. If you wish to propose more than one breakout session, please fill out a form for each topic. Breakout sessions and panels will be 50 minutes long and should include audience interaction or discussion. Panel discussions should have a three person maximum. Hands-on lessons and demonstrations (and/or practical takeaways) are encouraged. Sessions typically have 20-40 participants.

The submission should include a 200-300 word description of your session. Please include learning outcomes and a brief explanation of why people should attend your session and what they will take away. A shorter abstract (around 100 words) for publication in the Summit programming will be required as well.

Please fill out this Google form from this page:

Deadline to submit proposals is Friday, January 11, 2019

Some possible topics for sessions include:
  • News and Media Literacy
  • Social Justice and Information Literacy
  • Critical Information Literacy
  • Critical Pedagogies
  • Service Learning
  • Student Curiosity and Creativity
  • Student Centered Teaching and Learning
  • Students as creators
  • Reflective Practice
  • Communities of Practice
  • Applications of the Framework for Information Literacy
  • Programmatic assessments
  • Instructional design

CFP: New Research in Collection Management and Development ALA Annual 2019

Call for Papers: New Research in Collection Management and Development ALA Annual 2019
The Publications Committee of the Collection Management Section of ALCTS is sponsoring the program “New Research in Collection Management and Development” (previously known as the “Annual Collection Management & Development Research Forum”) at the 2019 American Library Association Annual Conference held in Washington, D.C., from June 20-25, 2019.
This is an opportunity to present and discuss your research. Completed research as well as research in progress will be considered. All researchers, including collection practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.
The Committee will use a blind review process to select two projects. The selected researchers are required to present their papers in person at the forum. Each researcher should plan for a 20-minute presentation, with a 10-minute open discussion following each presentation.
Criteria for selection:
  • Significance of the study for improving collection management and development practice 
  • Potential for research to fill a gap in collections scholarship or to build on previous studies
  • Quality and creativity of the methodology
  • Research published or accepted for publication after December 13, 2017 will be considered. Previously published research or research accepted for publication prior to December 13, 2017, will not be accepted. 

The submission must consist of no more than two pages. On the first page, please list your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information (including your mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and email address). The second page should be a one-page proposal, and it should NOT show your name or any personal information. Instead, it must include only:
  • The title of your project 
  • A clear statement of the research problem
  • A description of the research methodology used
  • Results of the project, if any

The deadline for proposals is December 18, 2018.
Notification of acceptance will be made by February 28, 2019.  
ALCTS, in its bylaws, claims the right of first refusal for publication of any work emanating from an ALCTS body or program.

Please send submissions by email to Co-Chairs:
Paul Kelsey, Co-Chair, ALCTS CMS Publications Committee

Nancy Poehlmann, Co-Chair, ALCTS CMS Publications Committee

CFP: SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference: Moving to Alma/Primo VE: Hindsight is 20/20 (Feb 1, 2019)

Call for Proposals
SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference
SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference: Moving to Alma/Primo VE: Hindsight is 20/20

February 1, 2019
As SUNY Libraries enter the homestretch of our Alma/Primo VE implementation, we’re interested in hearing from those brave pioneers who have blazed the trail for us. What are your top 10 Alma hits or misses? What do you wish you had started earlier? What do you wish you had done differently in staff training? Do you have any implementation regrets? PR pitfalls? What’s the most surprising thing that happened to you after go-live? Come share your experiences with your supportive and non-judgmental library colleagues at the SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference on February 1, 2019 (10:00am - 2:30pm EST).

Presentations should be 15-20 minutes in length, in a format that best suits your topic.  Presentations should include what you’ve learned that other librarians should know, and anything that you wish your future self could have told your past self about Alma and Primo.

Technology requirements:  Computer, internet connection, microphone/speakers (headset recommended) or telephone, quiet space for presenting, webcam optional

Accepting proposals until Friday, December 7, 2018.  Submit your proposal here:

Thank you!

CFP: SCILWorks 2019 (Southern California Instruction Librarians) - Instruction RX: Prescriptions for Helping Students Overcome Library Anxiety February 2019

SCILWorks 2019 Call for Proposals: Title: Instruction RX: Prescriptions for Helping Students Overcome Library Anxiety

When: Friday, February 8th, 10am-1pm
Where: California State University Dominguez Hills (Carson, CA)
Proposal Due Date: Friday, December 7th
Submission Form:

Southern California Instruction Librarians (SCIL) will be hosting SCIL Works on Friday, February 8, 2019. This annual mini-conference offers librarians the opportunity to share their best practices, innovative pedagogy, and creative solutions with colleagues. SCIL Works 2019 will focus on the many ways in which instruction librarians help students from a variety of backgrounds overcome library anxiety.

The term library anxiety was coined in a 1986 study by CA Mellon, in a qualitative study where over 6000 described their feelings of approaching library research as a fear or phobia, closely tied to the feelings expressed when working on math or tests.  Students new to library research seldom describe their problems with library research in terms of search problems, but rather a sense of unease around their skills compared to their peers, the pressure to hide that believed inadequacy and the belief that asking questions would reveal how little they knew about library research (Mellon, 1986). In our current age, we have similar problems with library anxiety.

Many students are reluctant to approach the reference desk, unsure of what to ask or if we could help them, so for most students, their only encounter with a librarian is during instruction. In most of our encounters with students, a secondary, affective student learning outcome is that the student comes away from the encounter knowing that there is help available to them in the library. We want to hear how you help students overcome library anxiety when it comes to their research endeavors.

  • How are we helping students overcome library anxiety in our instruction sessions? 
  • How have you made your instruction space a safe space for students to ask questions?
  • How do you balance the needs of students at different levels of research skills?
  • How do you keep the advanced students engaged while still explaining at a level adequate for beginning students?

Example topics could include, or please submit your own idea:

  • Working with First Year and Transfer Year students
  • Working with First Generation students
  • Working with students from minority background
  • Instruction for graduate students. Understanding what they think they know about the library and making corrections.
  • How your LibGuides offer performance support
  • How you are addressing library anxiety in virtual environment

We are accepting proposals for presentations in one of two formats

Presentation: A 20-minute presentation where the presenter shares his/her research or an effective program or practice with participants, with an additional 5 minutes for Q&A.

Lightning Round: A live, 5-minute poster session or slide deck. This presentation could briefly describe a program or initiative, highlight an online tool or tutorial, or exhibit an assessment process or instrument.


Please complete the Proposal Submission Form by 5:00 pm, Friday, December 7.  All submissions will be blind-reviewed by a panel. Presenters will be notified that their submissions have been accepted by Friday, December 21.

If you have questions about submitting, please contact Mary-Michelle Moore, SCIL Chair at


CFP: Open Repositories 2019: All the user needs @OpenRepos - Hamburg, Germany (June 2019)


The 14th International Conference on Open Repositories, OR2019, will be held June 10-13th, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany. The organisers are pleased to invite you to contribute to the program. This year’s conference theme is:


Repository services are developed and maintained for the benefit of their users. In a global digital research environment this requires interoperable services designed around user needs. In order to create the backbone of a successful open science environment, repositories need to move beyond stand-
alone systems and articulate an exciting vision for the future of research globally. This requires us to combine a realistic understanding of the potential of technology with an assessment of the policy environment and an engagement with the needs of our users. Researchers and other content providers need our help to make their work visible and to make an impact on society. Easy, straightforward access to and reusability of information are driving forces for repositories, open access, open data and open cultural heritage.

Not all of our users are human. In addition to people we are now working with increasingly smart machines to organise and discover knowledge. To make this cooperation as seamless and effective as possible, we need interfaces that are easy to understand and easy to use. In light of recent research on artificial intelligence, we may need to reinterpret our prior ideas of the core competencies and skills required for the repository mission to succeed.


OR2019 will provide an opportunity to explore and reflect on the ways repositories interact with their users. We hope that this discussion will give the participants new insights and new inspiration, which will help them to play a key role in developing, supporting and sharing an open agenda and open tools for research and scholarship.

We welcome proposals on the overall user-centered theme, but also on other theoretical, practical, organisational or administrative topics related to digital repositories. We are particularly interested in the following themes:

1. Understanding user needs and user experience

* User research and engagement
* User experience design for repository services
* Better user experience through data and workflow integration
* Improving repository user interfaces

2. Discovery, use and impact

* Increasing content visibility in search engines and discovery systems
* Open access discovery, research data discovery
* Tools for researchers, interfaces for machines
* The role of aggregation services
* Measuring use and impact

3. Repositories - evolution or revolution?

* Beyond the repository: using repository platforms for purposes not originally intended
* Convergence with other types of systems (e.g. current research information systems, digital asset management systems, journal publishing platforms, library service platforms)
* Interoperability vs integration: will repositories survive as stand-alone systems?
* The developing role of repositories in the scholarly communications and research information systems ecosystem (e.g. the Next Generation Repositories vision)
* New models for scholarly sharing (e.g. blockchain)
* Data mining, artificial intelligence and machine learning

4. Supporting open scholarship and cultural heritage

* Providing access to different types of materials (e.g. research data, scholarly articles, pre prints and overlay journals, open access monographs, theses and dissertations, educational resources, archival and cultural heritage materials, audiovisual materials, software, interactive publications and emerging formats)
* Workflows and support services for the repository users
* Training, communication and outreach
* Long-term access and preservation
* Repositories as digital humanities and open science platforms
* Working with large and complex data sets

5. Open and sustainable

* Service and business models that meet user needs
* Local systems vs repository as a service
* The expanding role of service providers in the repository landscape, pros and cons?
* Sustainability of the open source community model
* Securing long-term funding for open infrastructures
* Open business models and open governance for open infrastructures

6. Policies, licensing and the law

* Impact of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and copyright laws
* Publisher policies, embargoes and rights retention
* Licenses, use and re-use of content
* ‘Closed’ material in ‘open’ repositories
* Compliance and impact of funder policies (e.g. Plan S) on repositories

7. How can metadata and standards help our users?

* Development and standardisation of repository metadata
* Data models and entities
* Linked open data and repositories
* Persistent identifiers (e.g. DOI, Handle, URN, ORCID, ISNI)
* Open citations
* International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF)

8. Repositories and global knowledge

* Integration with other open knowledge resources (e.g. Wikimedia and Wikidata)
* National vs global solutions
* Repository systems and language barriers
* Repositories in the global south
* User needs in developing countries


Accepted proposals in all categories will be made available through the conference’s website. Later, the presentations and associated materials will be made available in an open repository. Some conference sessions may be live streamed or recorded, then made publicly available.

A selection of the best proposals may be expanded into formal papers after the conference and published in the OR2019 proceedings (open access, no article processing charge) in cooperation with a scholarly publisher. However, this is not mandatory.

# Presentations #

Presentation proposals are expected to be two to four pages. Successful submissions in past years have typically described work relevant to a wide audience and applicable beyond a single software system.

Presentations are 30 minutes long including discussion.

# Panels #

Panel proposals are expected to be two to four pages. Successful submissions in past years have typically described work relevant to a wide audience and applicable beyond a single software system. All panels are expected to include at least some degree of diversity in viewpoints and personal background of the panelists.

Panels can be 60 or 90 minutes long. Panels may take an entire session or may be combined with another submission.

# 24×7 Presentations #

Proposals for 24×7 presentations should be one to two pages. 24×7 presentations are 7 minute presentations comprising no more than 24 slides. Successful 24x7 presentations have a clear focus on one or a few ideas and a narrower focus than a 30 minute presentation. Rants or raves are also welcome, as long as they are on topic.

Presentations will be grouped into blocks based on conference themes, with each block followed by a moderated question and answer session involving the audience and all block presenters.

# Posters #

We invite one-page proposals for posters that showcase current work. OR2019 will feature physical posters only. Instructions for preparing the posters will be distributed to authors of accepted poster proposals prior to the conference. The organisers will offer a poster printing service to the poster presenters. Poster presenters will be expected to give a one-minute teaser at a Minute Madness session to encourage visitors to their poster during the poster reception.

# Developer Track: Top Tips, Cunning Code and Imaginative Innovation #

Each year a significant proportion of the delegates at Open Repositories are software developers who work on repository software or related services. OR2019 will feature a Developer Track that will provide a focus for showcasing work and exchanging ideas.

We invite members of the technical community to share the features, systems, tools and best practices that are important to you (see below for submission templates).

The 15-20 minute presentations can be as informal as you like, but we encourage live demonstrations, tours of code repositories, examples of cool features, and the unique viewpoints that so many members of our community possess. Proposals should be one to two pages, including a title, a brief outline of what will be shared with the community, and technologies covered. Developers are also encouraged to contribute to the other tracks.

# Ideas Challenge #

OR2019 will also again include the Ideas Challenge. Taking part in this competition provides an opportunity to take an active role in repository innovation, in collaboration with your peers and in pursuit of prizes. The Ideas Challenge is open to all conference attendees. Further details and guidance on the Ideas Challenge will be forthcoming closer to the conference.

# Workshops and tutorials #

The first day of Open Repositories will be dedicated to workshops and tutorials. One to two-page proposals addressing theoretical or practical issues around digital repositories and other related platforms are welcomed. Please address the following in your proposal:

* The subject of the event and what knowledge you intend to convey
* Length of session (90 minutes, 3 hours or a whole day)
* A brief statement on the learning outcomes from the session
* The target audience for your session and how many attendees you plan to accommodate
* How you plan to engage the audience in the session
* Technology and facility requirements
* Any other supplies or support required
* Anything else you believe is pertinent to carrying out the session


The OR2019 proposal templates help you prepare an effective submission. Templates for different submission types are available at the conference web site ( Templates are available in Microsoft Word, Open Document Format and Plain Text. Submission in PDF format is preferred.


The system will be open for submissions starting from November 19, 2018.


All submissions will be peer reviewed and evaluated according to the criteria outlined in the call for proposals, including quality of content, significance, originality, and thematic fit.

Please note, the program committee may consider submissions for other tracks and formats, as appropriate.


The OR2019 Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy are available at and


OR2019 will again run a Scholarship Programme which will enable us to provide support for a small number of full registered places (including the poster reception and conference dinner) for the conference in Hamburg. The programme is open to librarians, repository managers, developers and researchers in digital libraries and related fields. Applicants submitting a proposal for the conference will be given priority consideration for funding. Full details and an application form will shortly be available on the conference website.


9 January 2019: Deadline for submissions
16 January 2019: Deadline for Scholarship Programme applications
6 February 2019: Submitters notified of acceptance of workshop proposals
13 February 2019: Registration opens
4 March 2019: Scholarship Programme winners notified
4 March 2019: Submitters notified of acceptance of full presentation, 24x7, poster and developer track proposals
15 April 2019: Close of Early Bird registration
10-13 June 2019: OR2019 conference

Program Co-Chairs

Jyrki Ilva, National Library of Finland
Jessica Lindholm, Chalmers University of Technology
Torsten Reimer, British Library

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