Thursday, April 17, 2014

CALL FOR JURIED PROPOSALS: Library Research Seminar VI: "The Engaged Librarian: Libraries Partnering with Campus and Community"

CALL FOR JURIED PROPOSALS: Library Research Seminar VI: "The Engaged Librarian: Libraries Partnering with Campus and Community"

WHEN: October 7-9, 2014
WHERE: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign iHotel and Conference Center.

WHO: Hosted jointly by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the University Library, and the Library Research Roundtable of the American Library Association.

WHY: 21st century librarianship has witnessed new forms of cooperation between librarians and the communities they serve.  Academic libraries have adopted new roles that span the scholarly communication lifecycle and advance digital humanities, data stewardship, and eScience initiatives. Public libraries have become community focal points for programming that meets the learning needs of children and their families, encourages the creative use of new technologies, and reaches out to include new and diverse communities. Creative school librarians
also work with others to examine issues related to the common core standards, the development of programs that promote and complement curricula, and the exploration of new learning and teaching models.

WHAT: This conference will bring together academics and practitioners, including faculty and graduate students from library schools and iSchools, and academic, public and school librarians. The conference will focus on how collaboration and cross-disciplinary research can create new knowledge and chart a course for partnerships with deep and lasting impact.  The LRS VI Program Planning Committee invites proposals for papers, panels, posters and workshops.  We welcome creative contributions from individuals and groups in the following theme areas.

HOW: A lively discussion of paper, panel, poster, and workshop presentations and activities.

Example topics include, but are not limited to:
    *Cutting-edge research that crosses boundaries within and beyond the field of library and information science
    *The process and products of collaboration: lessons learned and best practices that establish librarians as full research, teaching, and learning partners in academic or community settings
    *Librarian-faculty partnerships, their impact on research, and the influence of their findings on the collaborative approach
    *Identification of knowledge gaps and research agendas
    *Intra-institutional, inter-institutional and trans-national collaborations
    *Community engagement and community informatics projects--stories of success and possible scenarios for the future
    *Examples of recruiting, training, and mentoring the next generation of librarians to be research, teaching, and learning partners in their campus and communities

Proposal Submission Guidelines & Formats
The deadline for submission of proposals is May 15, 2014. In addition to an abstract, each author or panelist must provide a separate biographical statement (maximum of 50 words).

      *Paper proposals must include a title, author(s), format, and abstract (maximum of 500 words).
      *Paper proposals should be submitted individually, and they will be grouped with others on a common theme, typically for a 90-minute session comprised of three paper presentations.  The abstract submitted should state the focus of the paper and the way(s) in which it contributes to the body of knowledge in the field. Presentation
time for papers should be no more than 20 minutes.

      *Poster proposals must include a title, author(s), format, and abstract (maximum of 500 words).
      *This formal graphic presentation of the topic, offers an excellent opportunity for reporting on evaluation results and gathering detailed feedback on one’s work. Posters should be no larger than 40" high and 44" wide. Graduate student submissions are encouraged.

      *Panel proposals must include title, author(s), format, and abstract (maximum of 750 words).
      *The abstract should describe how three or more panelists will creatively present a cohesive theme and promote lively discussions between panelists and audience members. Proposals should provide a description of the issues to be discussed, and a list of panelists who have agreed to participate with their qualifications and contributions to the panel.

      *Workshop proposals must include title, author(s), format, and abstract (maximum of 750 words).
      *The abstract should outline how participants will engage an issue, learn a new skill, or develop an action plan or other activity where hands-on learning is integral. Submissions must include an example of an activity you plan to conduct. The learning experience should excite and encourage the participants to take risks, question
assumptions, and fully engage in the learning process.

Evaluation Procedures:
The Conference Planning Committee will evaluate proposals based on:
    *Relevance to the theme
    *Significance of its contribution to LIS research or practice
    *Clarity of expression
    *Status of research: Are the results in hand? When appropriate, please include the timeline for completion of research.

For more information on the Library Research Seminar VI Conference, please visit  or send your comments & questions to