Wednesday, November 09, 2011

CFP: Special Libraries Association Contributed Papers Sessions (Chicago 2012)

CFP: Special Libraries Association Contributed Papers Sessions (Chicago 2012)

SLA is now accepting proposals for Contributed Papers to be presented at the 2012 Annual Conference and INFO-EXPO to be held 15-18 July 2012 in Chicago.
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In this era of a world economy, things are more interdependent than ever.  Changes in one arena impact another, borders are blurring, and expectations are higher than ever. Technology is driving change forward at a dramatic speed, and what was impossible three years ago is now commonplace.

The Contributed Papers Sessions allow you to showcase your creative and innovative solutions to some of today’s pressing information issues. Share your successes with your colleagues and inspire your peers. We are particularly interested in hearing from our international members.

Topics for papers must be related to the conference theme of “Practicing Agility in an Open World Economy” and should focus on putting ideas into practice: don’t just think, ACT.

Every SLA member is encouraged to submit an abstract!  Proposals will be evaluated by a panel of SLA members in a blind review and the strongest will be selected for development into full papers.

Requirements for Acceptance

Topics should be related to library or information science, information management, research, client services, technology or administration in special libraries.  Proposals will be judged on their relevance to the conference theme “Practicing Agility in an Open World Economy.”  Reviewers will be looking for novelty, creativity, scholarship, and applicability to an author-defined audience.

Proposed papers must also meet these requirements:
  • At least one author is a member of SLA
  • At least one author commits to presenting the paper at the Annual Conference
  • The proposal is received by December 12, 2011 deadline
  • The paper has not been published in or submitted to any other publication or conference planning group
  • The author (and any co-authors) must be willing to sign a copyright assignment form that will permit SLA to use the paper in various formats


12 December 2011 – Proposals due.  Submit an abstract of your paper via e-mail to Helen Losch at  Abstracts should be between 250-300 words in length, or roughly one page in 12-point text.  Please also identify your core audience (e.g. academic, web).

01 February 2012 – Notification.  All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision, and the strongest proposals will be invited to develop them into full papers.

01 June 2012 – Papers due.  Authors submit their completed papers and copyright assignments to SLA.

15-18 July 2012 – Conference presentation.  Authors will deliver a 15-minute presentation of their papers.  Presentation
 should focus on the practical applications of the research conducted – what is really, really, really important about their topic and results.  Authors may be asked to present in the Pecha Kucha format (20 slides with 20 seconds allowed for explanation of each slide).

More information about the 2012 conference is available at: