Friday, August 14, 2015

CFP: Computers in Libraries 2016 (Washington, DC - March 8-10, 2016)

Computers in Libraries 2016
Washington Hilton (Washington DC)
March 8-10, 2015


Call for speakers
library labs: research, innovation & imagination

Many organizations have innovation labs, incubating spaces, and ways to stimulate imagination and support research. Our theme for Computers in Libraries 2016, Library Labs: Research, Innovation & Imagination, aims to:
  • highlight library research that translates into useful strategies and practices for libraries
  • share new and exciting projects from information industry labs
  • feature innovative services and libraries
  • stretch our imagination with possible areas for further library research and testing
Libraries are changing – building creative spaces with a focus on learning and creating; engaging audiences in different ways with community and digital managers; partnering with different community organizations in new and exciting ways. Computers in Libraries has always highlighted and showcased creative and innovative practices in all types of libraries, but this year with our theme, Library Labs: Research, Innovation & Imagination, we plan to feature truly transformative and cutting edge research, services and practices along with the strategies and technologies to support them. The conference program is filled with ideas, leading edge practices, tips and techniques for creating innovative libraries, engaging communities, as well as designing and delivering strategic services that are of primary importance to our communities. The emphasis is on doing research, translating it into innovative services and practices, using our imagination and thinking outside of the box, learning from other industries, finding strategic partners, and creating value for our user communities with new tools, techniques and skills that build innovative and priority services.

Information Today Inc., a key provider of technology conferences for more than thirty years with Internet Librarian and KMWorld, is pleased to announce the 31st annual Computers in Libraries – the most comprehensive North American conference and exhibition concentrating all aspects of library technology. The conference offers a multifaceted program designed to meet the needs of librarians, community and information managers, systems professionals, researchers, webmasters and web managers, content evaluators, digital strategists, and information specialists. The focus of the conference is on leading edge technology that allows us to engage with, and bring strategic value to, our user communities. It provides the latest information and practices for you to make informed choices for your community -- whether it is an academic, corporate, non-profit, public, or school library community.

Conference tracks & topics

Computers in Libraries caters to all interests and all levels of knowledge, offering five simultaneous tracks plus many workshops, networking opportunities, and an extensive exhibit hall. This year’s tracks and themes encompass: Innovative Libraries & Practices; Internet @Schools; Learning from Labs & Incubators; Community Building: Partnerships & Collaboration; Creative Making & Makerspaces; Digital Engagement; Information Discovery & Search; Content Management; Web Tools & Leading Edge Technology; Web Design & Development, and more. Speakers are knowledgeable, authoritative and focus on practical applications, “how to” solutions, and case studies as well as technical and managerial issues. Please consider sharing your knowledge and ideas; send us a proposal to speak. Below are some of the topics we hope to cover, but don’t let this list limit your imagination! We look forward to hearing from you.

Submitting Proposals:

If you would like to participate in Computers in Libraries 2016 as a speaker or workshop leader, please submit a proposal as soon as possible (September 18, 2015 at the very latest). Include the following brief details of your proposed presentation on the form: title, abstract, a few sentences of biographical information that relate you to the topic, and full contact information for you and your co-presenters (title, address, email, phone & fax). All abstracts are reviewed by the Organizing/Review Committee and notification regarding acceptance will be made in the fall.