Saturday, March 18, 2006

CFP: ALIA New Librarians’ Symposium 2006

CFP: ALIA New Librarians’ Symposium 2006
Pathways & Possibilities
The John Niland Scientia Building, University of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia
December 1-2, 2006
Deadline March 31, 2006


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The next generation of library and information professionals are making an impact on the world. ALIA’s New Graduates Group has been an early participant in the new wave of professional engagement. The ALIA New Librarians' Symposium is the premier event for new library and information professionals, and past events have been hugely successful.

NLS2006 will run with two streams, allowing more time for peer presentations, and will include a variety of information delivery formats including workshops and a debate. Successful elements from past symposia will be retained, such as the Resume Review programme. NLS2006 will demonstrate the influential position now held by new professionals in the information industry.

Symposium themes
Proposals for papers, workshops, panels and other presentations are invited in the following themes, pathways and possibilities:

Pathways illustrate the practical steps we need to further our career and profession. Topics in the pathways theme include, but are not limited to, the following:

-Leadership, teamwork and management
-Moving skills, sectors and specialties
-Non-library career pathways
-Career planning and mentoring
-Practical skills within and beyond the workplace
-Communicating your success through research
-Professional development and "keeping up" strategies
-Planning education and training
-Maintaining balance and motivation

Possibilities is all about the big picture - the assumptions underpinning our profession, and what the future holds for us. Topics in the possibilities theme include, but are not limited to, the following:

-Innovative uses of technology
-Building communities with social software
-Information literacy
-Ethics, social responsibility and advocacy
-Access to information, equity, censorship and privacy
-The future of the profession
-Our place in the world
-Research for new professionals - where can it take us?
-Where to now? Moving beyond the "new librarian" model

First-time presenters, early career LIS researchers and research students are particularly invited to submit a proposal. NLS2006 is an opportunity for you to inspire and speak to your peers about issues that affect you.

Abstracts are due by March 31 and should consist of no more than 300 words. Please note that acceptance of the abstract does not mean acceptance of the paper or proposal, which will be considered against other abstracts received. You have the option of selecting peer-review at the time you submit your abstract.