Wednesday, November 16, 2016

CFP: Academic Libraries Supporting Entrepreneurship Symposium (Online conference - March 2, 2017)

Call for Proposals: Academic Libraries Supporting Entrepreneurship Symposium

As campus entrepreneurship becomes an increasing area of focus for universities and colleges, academic librarians around North America are working to develop programs, services, and collections to support this community*. To facilitate these efforts, the first Academic Libraries Supporting Entrepreneurship online symposium will bring together a group of academic librarians on Thursday, March 2, 2017 to share knowledge and discuss the library’s role in campus entrepreneurship.

Taking place entirely online, this free, inaugural meeting will be comprised of two keynote speakers, as well as a round of lightning talks by conference and a virtual discussion session. We invite you to submit a lightning talk proposal via the form below. General registration will open in December 2016.

*Campus entrepreneurs can include students, faculty, staff, researchers, alumni, and affiliated members of the broader community who are launching or planning to launch a company, and/or enrolled in an entrepreneurship course or program, and/or accepted into a campus accelerator or incubator, and/or commercializing academic research -- as well as those mentoring, teaching, or coaching any of the above.

Goals of the symposium

-To provide a forum for professional development for a growing group of Canadian and American academic librarians from a variety of backgrounds and job descriptions engaged in entrepreneurship support

-To inspire and engage with innovation and thought leadership around librarian roles in entrepreneurship education, provided by practitioners in our field

-To advance the conversation around the library’s role in academic entrepreneurship in key areas including instruction, collections, research, programming, and outreach

Call for lightning talks

The Symposium invites proposal submissions for lightning talks by academic librarians engaged with this community. We welcome proposals that speak to your support of campus entrepreneurs and startups on a diverse range of topics, including outreach, programming, instruction, collections, and original research. We are not accepting proposals for keynote presentations this year.

Lightning talks are 7 minutes in length. Presenters will have opportunity for discussion during an audience Q&A.

Submissions can be made via the form below. The deadline for submissions is December 16, 2016. Decisions will be communicated in mid- to late January 2017.

The symposium will take place online using the WebEx platform. Presenters will have the opportunity to attend a training session on the platform in advance of the Symposium. Sessions will be recorded and made available to participants after the event. All copyright remains with the presenter(s).

Please direct any questions regarding submissions not addressed here to