Thursday, February 07, 2013

CFP: Progressive Bridges: Changing the Landscape (Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists 35th Annual Conference)

CFP: Progressive Bridges: Changing the Landscape (Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists
35th Annual Conference)

April 30 - May 3, 2013
Berkeley, California, USA

Call for Abstracts

Andrea Mitchell, Institute for Scientific Analysis; Julie Murphy, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation; and Tom Colthurst, Silver Gate Group, co-hosts for the SALIS 35th Annual Conference , Berkeley, CA April 30-May 3, 2013, invite you to submit an abstract for a presentation or poster.

While this year's theme, Progressive Bridges: Changing the Landscape speaks to the location of the SALIS 2013, more importantly it was the decision of the hosts to make it broad enough to engage presentation ideas which encompass the changing and progressive landscapes of both the ATOD arena and the information science fields.

For example, in the ATOD arena, we have been witnessing a new look at the drug war and its implications in human rights abuse. Activists and scholars have been questioning incarceration for small amounts of marijuana possession and the practice of stopping and frisking youth, the greater percentage of whom are Black and Hispanic.  Medical marijuana is now legal in more than a third of the US states, and more recently two states have legalized consumption of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

Transformation and change continues exponentially for the information science and technology arena. Social media, cloud computing, open access, digitization, digital libraries and E-books are all major topics of information professionals today. At the same time, ATOD librarians and information specialists have been witnessing the ever constant erosion and loss of the alcohol and other drug physical libraries and databases. The challenges facing those libraries and information centers still remaining is to do more with less funding, and reduction in staff, yet satisfy demands to be in the forefront of the new media.

Abstracts should be 200 words or less and must be submitted by March 8, 2013,  using the online submission form at: for full consideration. The online form enables you to create a unique login account that will allow you to return and edit your submission at any time before the deadline. You will receive an email confirmation when your abstract is selected for the conference,  with additional information for presenters. If you would like to discuss your presentation idea, please email Andrea Mitchell,

SALIS Home will keep you informed of new information regarding the conference, hotel, and transportation, as it becomes available .  We look forward to receiving your abstract  and welcoming you to Berkeley and the Bay Area.

Your conference hosts,

Julie Murphy
Tom Colthurst
Andrea Mitchell