Saturday, January 14, 2006

CFP: DLF (Digital Library Federation) Spring Forum 2006

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DLF Spring Forum 2006: Austin, Texas
The Driskill Hotel, Austin, Texas
Monday, April 10th-Wednesday, April 12th, 2006


Members of DLF institutions are invited to submit proposals for papers, panel discussions, posters, and BOFs dealing with any aspect of digital library development.

Presentations are taken on all topics but suggested areas of particular interest include the following:

-User communities -- partnerships with users to build content and context;
-Production -- challenges, workflow, scale, sustainability;
-Tools (both middleware and end-user tools) for the creation, delivery, and scholarly use of digital library content;
-Harvesting data and metadata for new services -- scale and interoperability challenges and solutions;
-Mass digitizing issues and our need to think and act strategically around them.

NOTE: We strongly encourage panels and presentations that pose problems for discussion and that make plain what others can learn from the experience of the presenter(s).

Proposals for papers should be brief (ca. 250 words) and supply a title, the name of the author or authors, and a short abstract. There are 2 or 3 presentations in a 90-minute session, typically.

Proposals for panel discussions should include a title for the panel, a brief outline of the panel's purpose, the panelists' names and titles, short descriptions of their respective contributions, and a statement of how the panelists' presentations fit together into a logical whole. Panels last 90 minutes.

"Birds-of-a-Feather" sessions can be made available if demand dictates. These provide for informal discussion between interested parties on a specific topic. Anyone attending the Forum is eligible to propose and organize a session. BOFs are typically 60-90 minutes, but can be longer if needed.

At this Forum, for the first time, we are also soliciting proposals for poster sessions. Posters provide opportunities to present work in progress, late-breaking results, best-practice reports, and accounts of projects, standards, workflows, digital collections, and so on.

Poster proposals should consist of a title, an abstract, and contact information for the authors. Accepted posters will be displayed at the conference and some dedicated time will be given to them on the program.

Proposals for papers, panels, posters, and Birds-of-a-Feather sessions should be submitted by email to by MONDAY FEBRUARY 6th, 2006.

Please include the phrase "DLF Spring Forum 2006 Proposal" as the first part of the subject heading in your email.

David Seaman
Executive Director
Digital Library Federation
Council on Library and Information Resources
1755 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
tel: 202-939-4762; fax: 202-939-4765