Thursday, November 29, 2012

Call for poster session proposals for ALA Annual Conference (Chicago 2013)

Call for poster session proposals for ALA Annual Conference (Chicago 2013)

Share your best ideas and work with the national library community by presenting a poster session at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago!

Start your application process now at Note that the submission process has changed. You must create a username and password for the site before you submit your application, you must choose to submit a poster session proposal after you log-in, and you will receive a confirmation e-mail after you have completed your submission.

The deadline for submission of 2013 ALA Annual Conference poster session proposals is January 18.

The poster session committee encourages submissions from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship. Submissions may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community.

Poster session participants place materials such as pictures, data, graphs, diagrams and narrative text on boards that are usually 4 x 8 feet. During their assigned 11Ž2 hour time periods, participants informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees. Titles/abstracts from previous years, and pictures of sample posters, are available at the old poster session website: (note that this site is only serving as an archive for previous Annual Conference poster sessions – for information on this year's posters, go to:

The deadline for submitting an application is January 18, 2013. Applicants will be notified in March, prior to the early bird registration deadline, whether their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference. The 2013 ALA Annual Poster Sessions will be held June 29 and 30, 2013 (the Saturday and Sunday of the conference), at the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago.

Questions about poster session presentations and submissions may be directed to:

Luke Vilelle, chair of the ALA poster session committee,
Candace Benefiel, chair of the ALA poster session review panel,

Call for Participation (NASKO 2013): Transition Cultures, Transition KO: Evolving Exploration, Critical Reflection, and Practical Work

Call for Participation (NASKO 2013): Transition Cultures, Transition KO: Evolving Exploration, Critical
Reflection, and Practical Work

ISKO C/US invites submissions of abstracts for its Fourth North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization (NASKO 2013) to be held June 13-14, 2013, in Milwaukee, WI, USA.

Conference Venue: Continuing Education Center, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA 
Conference Dates: June 13-14, 2013 
Deadline for Proposals: January 31, 2013

“The essence of Transition is in its name.  It describes the era of change we are all living in. The Transition idea is about us all being an engaged, active part of that change.”
--Transition Town Movement

Transition is a grassroots movement that pulls on communities to improve local and global conditions in a sustainable way. Similarly, the KO community contributes to the greater good both locally within our own
institutions and globally through interoperable systems, standards, and technologies. In the spirit of transition, the Fourth North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization (NASKO 2013) conference invites
participants to come together to forge and strengthen the connections that will shape the future of knowledge organization.

Proposals for research papers, position papers, posters, unconference topics and a doctoral symposium are welcomed. Acceptable languages for conference submissions include English, French or Spanish. Graduate
students are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

Topics to explore include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Theory of KO
- History of KO
- Legacy and emerging KOSs
- Epistemological status of KO
- Domain Analysis approach to KO
- New challenges in teaching KO
- KO research sustainability
- The future of KO
- Sociocultural studies of KO

Proposal categories:
Research and Position Papers: Proposals should include a title and be no more than 1500 words long. Proposals should situate themselves within the extant literature of knowledge organization, and have a clearly articulated theoretical grounding and methodology. Those that report on completed or ongoing work will be given preference. Diverse perspectives and methodologies are welcome.

Posters: Proposals should include a title and be no more than 650 words long.

Unconference Sessions: Proposals of topics for sessions driven by attendees. The unconference will include 30-minute breakout sessions with two or three topics per session, depending on attendance. The proponents
of the topics selected will be hosting the session and deliver a final lightning talk.

Doctoral Symposium: This is an opportunity for doctoral students to discuss their research in progress in a 15-minute presentation. Proposals should consist of a 500-word abstract with citations (citations not included in word count) and a one-page CV.  Students will also have the opportunity to attend a general advising session to discuss their CVs, service commitments, and how to approach the job market.

Proposal format:
Proposals should include the name(s) of the author(s), their complete mailing and e-mail addresses, and their telephone and fax numbers. Please send proposals in Word or .rtf format to

Publication: All accepted papers will be published online. The papers most highly-ranked during the peer-review process will, with permission of the authors, be published, in full, in a future issue of Knowledge Organization.

Important Dates
January 31, 2013: Submission deadline.
March 8, 2013: Notification to authors.
May 8, 2013: Final copy submission.

Bursaries for students
ISKO C/US will offer a limited number of bursaries for students presenting at the conference. Application guidelines will appear on the ISKO C/US website later this year:

Program Committee:
Cristina Pattuelli, Pratt Institute, New York
Kathryn La Barre, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Richard Smiraglia, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee
Hur-Li Lee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee

See website for details:

Call For Abstracts: 2013 SLA Biomedical & Life Sciences Division Contributed Papers

Call For Abstracts: 2013 SLA Biomedical & Life Sciences Division Contributed Papers - Deadline Jan. 2 2013

We know you have a good program, successful activity, or great lesson learned that you'd like to share with the SLA membership. Please submit an abstract for the Biomedical & Life Sciences Division (DBIO) contributed papers session at SLA 2013 to share what you've learned or done!

Previous Contributed Papers sessions at SLA have included topics such as:
·         Using Patient Literacy and Knowledge to Optimize the Delivery of Health Information
·         The Missing Link: Libraries' Use of Alert Systems to Provide Information on Health-Related Risks
·         Role of Librarians in the Development of Computer-Mediated Social Networks: Challenges and Lessons Learned From VIVO Implementation and Outreach.
·         Librarian Involvement in a Family Medicine Clerkship Patient Education Project: A Case Report
·         Road to Open Access in the Sciences: Exploring Publishing Trends in OA Journals at York University

The SLA Biomedical & Life Sciences Division Contributed Papers Committee invites proposals for papers presenting original research, innovative projects or other professional activities of interest to the SLA Biomedical and Life Sciences Division. SLA 2013 will be held June 9 -11 2013 in San Diego, California.

Abstract: : A 200-500 word abstract should accurately convey the subject of the paper, its scope, and conclusions.  The following website may be helpful for creating your abstract:  Abstracts will be scored on evidence of scholarship, methodology, originality, timeliness of the topic, compatibility with 20 min. presentation, and relevance to DBIO members and other SLA attendees.

**Updated Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: January 2nd, 2013**

Papers: If chosen, acceptance of your paper reflects a commitment on your part to:
1) Submit the complete text of your paper to the program convener by May 15, 2013 for inclusion on the DBIO Contributed Papers website. 
2) Present your paper at the SLA annual conference in San Diego, CA (max. 20 minutes).
3) Where appropriate and feasible, offer a brief demonstration or representation of your project during your presentation.

Submit Abstracts to:
Amy Donahue, Medical College of Wisconsin
Please put “SLA-DBIO Contributed Paper Submission” in Subject line

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!  Please also feel free to forward this announcement on to your colleagues and other relevant e-mail lists. Apologies for cross-posting.  The website for this announcement is:

Amy Donahue, MLIS, AHIP
Senior Chair, Contributed Papers Committee, SLA/DBIO

CFP: Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries

CFP: Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries

TITLE: Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries
EDITOR: Maria A. Jankowska
PUBLISHER: Library Juice Press

BOOK ABSTRACT: In the last ten years literature on greening libraries has expanded considerably. Furthermore, by signing the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, university presidents and chancellors committed their institutions to finding new solutions to environmental, economic, and social issues through their teaching, research, and service operations. Since 2007, higher education has observed exponential growth of programs integrating sustainability literacy into teaching and research. Academic libraries must respond to this increasing focus on educating for sustainability and go beyond greening libraries to become active partners in advancing education and research for sustainability.

OBJECTIVE OF THE BOOK: This edited collection strives to capture the current status and future direction of libraries' commitment to advance the focus of educating for sustainability. It will serve as a toolkit offering a wide range of best practices, case studies, and activities ready for implementation within academic libraries.

POSSIBLE TOPICS: With this call, the editor invites articles, essays, and case studies that describe specific activities undertaken by academic libraries or visions for future activities that support university sustainability research and teaching. Such activities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Integrating sustainability literacy into bibliographic instruction and university courses
  • Selecting materials in support of sustainability-related curriculum
  • Creating effective research guides on sustainability topics related to social equity, economic practicality, and the environment 
  • Promoting open access content resources related to sustainability
  • Partnering on university sustainability curriculum design and collaborative teaching
  • Participating in university efforts to educate for sustainability across disciplines
  • Supporting the university’s sustainability research, teaching, and outreach
TARGET AUDIENCES: The editor believes this book will be of interest to a large variety of audiences including the following:
  • Librarians seeking inspiration for ways to combine their expertise with their passion for sustainability
  • Library managers interested in leveraging and highlighting library services that support their institution's focus on sustainability
  • Teaching faculty collaborating with libraries on projects related to sustainability
  • University administrators interested in the strategic role of libraries in educating for sustainability
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Authors are invited to submit abstracts and proposals of 300-500 words to by January 15, 2013. Notifications will be sent by February 26, 2013. A first draft ranging from 1,500-7,000 words will be due by April 2, and a final manuscript will be due by June 25, 2013.

Submitted manuscripts must not have been published previously or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Following review, articles will be returned via e-mail for revision before final acceptance. All materials are edited as necessary for clarity. Submissions should include an abstract of no more than 150 words (highlighting the scope, methodology, and conclusions of the paper) at the beginning of each manuscript. Authors should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. Examples are available at:
(Research and Documentation Online by Diane Hacker).
Submission of proposals should include:
Name of author
Contact information
300-500 word abstract

Abstract submission: January 15, 2013
Notification of abstract acceptance: February 26, 2013
Full chapter submission: April 2, 2013
Communication of review results to authors: May 2, 2013
Final chapter submission: June 25, 2013
Estimated publication date: 2013

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

IFLA Sections for Education and Training call for papers

IFLA Sections for Education and Training call for papers

 Cooperating with Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (CPDWL), IFLA’s Sections for Education and Training (SET) has released call for papers for the 79th IFLA General Conference and Assembly.

Paper proposals are invited that address the following range of topics:
• Has your library actively used the learning organization model to help it achieve continuous improvement?
• Can your library be described as a ‘learning organization’? Does it thrive on change?
• What strategies does your library have in place to help both staff and the community adapt to the rapidly changing socio-cultural and technological environments?
• How is learning mapped to your institution’s strategic planning process?
• Has your institution developed policies and practices that promote the integration of learning concepts through libraries?
• Do your communities recognise the library as the centre of learning because of the programs it delivers and the services it offers?
• How are LIS education programs developing a new generation of library and information professionals who are committed to embracing change as a positive force?
• What internal learning programs does your library have in place to promote a shared vision of individual and collective learning?

Proposals should be submitted electronically to Sylvia Piggott at with a copy to Gillian Hallam at no later than January 31, 2013 and indicate ‘IFLA proposal’ in the subject line.

Selected presenters will be notified by March 28, 2013.

The 79th IFLA General Conference and Assembly will be held on ‘Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities, slated for 17-23 August 2013, Singapore.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Call for proposals Public Libraries Tech Serv IG Midwinter 2013

Call for proposals Public Libraries Tech Serv IG Midwinter 2013

The ALCTS Public Libraries Technical Services Interest Group is seeking proposals for presentations at ALA Midwinter 2013, in Seattle, WA. We will meet from 8:30-10:00am on Saturday, January 26th.

All topics related to the role of Technical Services in Public Libraries are welcome.  Presenters will have approximately 15 minutes for presentations, with a short business meeting to follow the presentations.

Megan Dazey
Systems and Technical Services Manager
Puyallup Public Library

CFP: Lita National Forum (Louisville, Kentucky, November 7-10, 2013)

CFP: Lita National Forum (Louisville, Kentucky, November 7-10, 2013)

Due date for proposals: February 25, 2013

The 2013 National Forum Committee seeks proposals for high quality pre-conferences, concurrent sessions and poster sessions for the 16th annual LITA National Forum to be held in Louisville, Kentucky, November 7-10, 2013.

The 2013 theme is Creation, Collaboration, Community

The Forum Committee welcomes pre-conferences, presentations, and interactive programs related to all types of libraries: public, school, academic, government, special, and corporate. Proposals should relate to the themes of creation, empowering library users, collaboration, cooperation, and building or engaging communities.  Proposals may cover projects, plans, ideas, or recent discoveries. We accept proposals on any aspect of library and information technology.

The committee particularly invites submissions from first time presenters, library school students, and individuals from diverse backgrounds.

The Forum Committee is especially interested in presentations highlighting projects that involve the creation of library spaces, the maker movement, and innovative solutions to pragmatic problems.  It also encourages sessions that are hands-on. 

Possible ideas for topics might include:
  • Maker spaces/Maker Movement
  • Creation of New Library Spaces
  • Data Curation
  • Discovery
  • User Experience
  • Web Services
  • Coding 
  • Digital Libraries
  • Institutional Repositories

Presentations must have a technological focus and pertain to libraries. Presentations that incorporate audience participation are encouraged. Sessions can be full-day pre-conferences, concurrent sessions (50 minutes), or poster sessions. The format of the presentations may include single- or multi-speaker formats, panel discussions, moderated discussions, case studies and/or demonstrations of projects.

Vendors wishing to submit a proposal should partner with a library representative who is testing/using the product.

Presenters will submit draft presentation slides and/or handouts on ALA Connect in advance of the Forum and will submit final presentation slides or electronic content (video, audio, etc.) to be made available on the web site following the event. Presenters are expected to register and participate in the Forum as attendees; discounted registration will be offered.  

The online form will ask for:
  • Contact information
  • Title
  • Program Description (100 Words) (Please exclude any information identifying the presenter(s) or his/her/their organization.)
  • Participatory elements of the presentation
  • Level indicator (Introducing, Implementing, Innovating)
  • Brief biographical information
  • Whether you would like to consider a paper in ITAL based upon your talk
  • Do you agree to be streamed: yes or no

You will be notified about the status of your proposal by mid-April, 2013

Any questions regarding the Forum?  Please contact the LITA Office:; (312) 280-4268

Jenny Emanuel
Digital Services & Reference Librarian
University of Illinois
300 Library, MC-522
Urbana, IL 61801

CFP: ALCTS CMS Collection Evaluation and Assessment Interest Group at ALA Midwinter

Call for Proposals: ALCTS CMS Collection Evaluation and Assessment Interest Group at ALA Midwinter
The ALCTS CMS Collection Evaluation and Assessment Interest Group invites speakers to participate at the Collection Evaluation and Assessment Interest Group session at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm.
The mission of the ALCTS CMS Collection Evaluation and Assessment Interest Group is dedicated to quantitative measures based on commonly defined data; managing information resources and developing institutional benchmarking; exploring, developing, and promoting the use of both descriptive data and outcomes/impacts data.
The theme of the session will be “Findings that surprised us”—an exploration of different case studies in which people’s data findings were unexpected, and how they used this data to shape their future work with their collections.
Proposed sessions should describe both how and why the data was gathered and how the data was used to spark decisions/changes in collection development. Proposals on both small and large scale findings are welcomed.
Presentations should be approximately 15-20 minutes in length.  
Additional time will be allowed for questions and discussion.
Please send abstracts of proposals to Amelia Brunskill ( by Friday, December 14, 2012 (previous deadline has been extended).  If you have questions, please contact us.  We look forward to hearing from you!
Thanks so much,
Amelia Brunskill, chair of ALCTS CMS Collection Evaluation and Assessment Interest Group
Amelia Brunskill
Electronic Resources Librarian
DePaul University
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Chicago, IL  60614

CFP: Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services IG - ALA Midwinter 2012

CFP: Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services IG - ALA Midwinter 2012

The ALCTS Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services Interest Group (RPLTS IG) is seeking proposals for presentations at ALA Midwinter 2013, in Seattle, WA. RPLTS will meet from 10:30-11:30 on Saturday, January 26th.

All topics related to the role of the professional librarian in technical services are welcome, and presenters will be allotted approximately 15-20 minutes, with a short time for questions after the presentations.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

* Leadership in technical services
* Emerging roles for technical services/technical services librarians
* New staffing models in technical services
* Training (such as RDA training and if it differs for professionals versus non-professional staff)

If you are interested in presenting, please contact Allison Yanos ( or Charles McElroy ( by December 14, 2012, with a topic and brief description of your presentation.


Allison Yanos and Charles McElroy, RPLTS IG Co-Chairs
Betsy Appleton and Stephanie Gehring, RPLTS IG Co-Chairs Elect

Allison Yanos
Catalog and Database Maintenance Librarian
Baylor University Libraries

CFP: Penn State Shenango Teaching Conference on Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century Classroom

CFP: Penn State Shenango Teaching Conference on Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century Classroom

The Penn State Shenango Teaching Conference will focus on interdisciplinary approaches in undergraduate education and will be held March 15 and 16, 2013, on the campus of Penn State Shenango in Sharon, Pennsylvania. The mission of the conference is to bring college educators together to share experiences, resources, and innovative strategies to meet the diverse challenges of the twenty-first-century classroom.

We welcome proposals for presentations from those who teach in all college-level fields on any topics related to undergraduate education, especially in meeting the diverse challenges of the contemporary college environment. Our first conference was held in the fall of 2010, and covered the following topics, among others:
  • diversity in the classroom
  • nontraditional and adult learners
  • students with disabilities
  • using game theory and gaming in the classroom
  • twenty-first-century freshman composition courses
  • enhancing the freshman experience
  • engaging undergraduate students
  • reaching first-generation college students
Submissions are now being accepted for presentations on creating lifelong learners in the higher education classroom. The diverse classroom comes with diverse student challenges, including age variation, ranges in the understanding and use of technology, and career changes. Some students have few role models for higher education in their families, and nontraditional students especially juggle responsibilities and stressors beyond attaining their education. Additionally, faculty members encounter more students with diagnosed learning disabilities, yet seldom are specifically trained to accommodate them. Further, as the economy becomes more globalized, educators are looking for ways to offer international experiences to their students.

We are accepting abstracts for presentations or workshops on the theme of lifelong learning.

We are especially interested in the following topics:
• diversity in the student body (including adult learners, first-generation students, students with learning disabilities, and underprepared students)
• active learning (involving students in research and classroom activities, and engaging digital natives)
• integrating new technology into teaching (social media and mobile devices)
• global and international perspectives

Abstracts should be up to 300 words in length with no more than two graphs or tables included. Please
include the following information with your electronic submission: name, name of institution, contact
phone number, email address, and mailing address.

The due date for abstracts is December 7, 2012. Please submit to

For information about the conference, visit our website:

Matthew P. Ciszek
Assistant Librarian

Head, Lartz Memorial Library
Penn State Shenango
177 Vine Ave.
Sharon, PA 16146

CFP: IUG (Innovative Users Group) Meeting at ALA Midwinter (Seattle 2013)

CFP: IUG (Innovative Users Group) Meeting at ALA Midwinter (Seattle 2013)

The IUG will be hosting a business meeting in conjunction with ALA midwinter in Seattle, Washington on Friday, January 25, 2013 from 2pm-5pm. It will be held in the Jefferson Room of the Sheraton Hotel (4th floor). If you are planning to attend ALA, please consider attending this IUG event to meet with your colleagues and hear some inspiring presentations. A detailed agend a will be posted on the website as we get closer to the date.

Speaking of presentations, I am looking for 3-4 presenters who would be willing to share their expertise at the meeting. Presentations can be 30 minutes to one hour long. If you submitted a proposal for the IUG conference, consider doing a dry run at midwinter.

I am also thinking of doing something a little bit different this year by including a forum or panel on a topic. I am looking for ideas, so please email me your suggestions at

Thank you ! I'm looking forward to hearing from you and to seeing you in Seattle!


Christine Rigda
Systems Librarian
Carlson Library Mail Stop #509
University of Toledo
Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390

CFP: 2013 Annual Joint Conference of the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations: Biographies Area, Washington DC, 3/27-3/30/13--Proposal Deadline Extended

CFP: 2013 Annual Joint Conference of the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations: Biographies Area, Washington DC, 3/27-3/30/13--Proposal Deadline Extended

The PCA/ACA National Conference will be held March 27-30, 2013 in Washington, DC at the Wardman Park Marriott.
Proposal Deadline Extension: 12/7/2012

The annual joint conference of the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations will be held at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, DC from March 27-30, 2013. The Biography Area of the Popular Culture Association welcomes submissions from scholars of various disciplines.

The Biography and Popular Culture Area will examine the connections between biography and popular culture. Papers and full panel presentations regarding any aspect of popular culture and biography are encouraged.

Potential topic might include:
·  Biography and entertainment, art, music, theater
·  Biography and film
·  Biography and criminal justice
·  Television programs about biography
·  Biography and urban legends
·  Biography and folklore
·  Biography and literature
·  Scholarly Biography
·  Controversial Biography
·  Psychoanalysis and Biography
·  Historical Biography
·  Political Biography
·  Autobiography
Submission Requirements: Abstract only, usually 100-250 words

Submit your proposal online: Go to Instructions for logging in and submitting 
proposals appear on the home screen of the site. Instructions are available also here:

For more information on the PCA/ACA Conference, please visit the official website:

Thank you in advance for your interest in this opportunity.  If you have questions or need more information, please feel free to contact:
Susie Skarl, PCA/ACA Biographies Area Chair
Associate Professor/Urban Affairs Librarian
UNLV Libraries

CFP: The Fourth Annual Collections Research Forum - Emerging Research in Collection Management & Development (ALA Annual 2013)

CFP: The Fourth Annual Collections Research Forum - Emerging Research in Collection Management & Development (ALA Annual 2013)

The Publications Committee of the Collection Management Section of ALCTS is sponsoring the Fourth Annual Collections Research Forum, "Emerging Research in Collection Management & Development," at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago.

This is an opportunity to present and discuss your research.  Both completed research and 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 25-30 minute presentation, with a 10-15 minute open discussion following each presentation.    Criteria for selection are:

·       Significance of the study for improving collection management and development practices

·       Potential for research to fill a gap in collections scholarship or to build on previous studies

·       Quality and creativity of the methodology

Previously published research or research accepted for publication prior to January 15, 2013, will not be accepted.

The submission must consist of 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 January 15, 2013.

Notification of acceptance will be made by February 15, 2013.

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 to:
Michael Levine-Clark
Chair, CMS Publications Committee
TEL:   303-871-3413

Monday, November 26, 2012

CFP: "Discussion Starters" for LLAMA/NMRT at ALA Midwinter 2013

CFP: "Discussion Starters" for LLAMA/NMRT at ALA Midwinter 2013
LLAMA/NMRT New Leaders Discussion Group invites the submission of proposals for “Discussion Starters” at its meeting at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle, WA. A Discussion Starter is a short and informal presentation that aims to provide a starting point for lively conversations.
We look for enthusiastic Discussion Starters to share their experience (it could either be a positive experience or a lesson learned), helpful tips, and advice on the topics. A panel discussion format will be used for this part of the program. Each Discussion Starter will have 8 minutes to present their topic. We will then break into small groups (joined by Discussion Starters) for in-depth discussions of the topics and ideas raised.
At this year’s Midwinter conference, we are interested in topics focusing on how to develop public speaking skills to engage people and to effectively convey our message. We seek proposals for discussion starters that address this topic from a variety of angles, including (but not limited to):
• Techniques that have contributed to your successful public speaking experience
• Learning and growing from harrowing experiences
• Advice and tips based on experience
Proposals are due by November 30. Notification of acceptance will be made by December 20. Please submit your proposal using this form.

Call for Proposals - 1st North American Data Documentation Initiative User Conference

Call for Proposals - 1st North American Data Documentation Initiative User Conference

The first annual North American Data Documentation Initiative User Conference (NADDI2013) will take place on April 2nd and 3rd, with an opening night reception on April 1st, at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. NADDI is based on the successful European DDI User Conference (EDDI), now in its fourth year.

The NADDI2013 call for papers is now open. To submit a proposal for a presentation, please fill out the form on the following page:  The deadline for submissions is January 11, 2013.

We are looking for presentations related to DDI (  the use of DDI in research settings, archives, or in official statistics organizations; papers on DDI tools, or critiques of DDI. Of particular interest are presentations on the use of DDI by research teams.

For details on how to submit a proposal for a presentation, please visit the NADDI2013 web site (
For more information on the European user conference (EDDI) see:
If you have additional questions about the NADDI conference, please email .