Friday, November 17, 2017
CFP: ULS Future of University Libraries Discussion Group (Virtual Session - February or March 2018)
ULS Future of University Libraries Discussion Group
Call for Proposals for ALA Midwinter 2018
***Deadline for proposals has been extended.***
The ULS Future of University Libraries Discussion Group organizes informal discussions that explore new directions in university libraries. Discussion ideas are drawn primarily from outside the library and information science literature in order to better support emerging practices and research. The Discussion Group also supports the ULS Executive Committee by brainstorming means through which ULS might better support university librarians in the future.
The Discussion Group welcomes proposals for the ALA Midwinter 2018 virtual discussion forum. The Midwinter discussion forum will be held online in February or March 2018 (date to be determined in consultation with chosen discussion convener(s)).
Proposals for the ULS Future of University Libraries Discussion Group virtual forum should be between 300-500 words and include the following elements:
Topic Selection and Relevance:
The topic may be related to any aspect of university libraries resources, services, collections, technology, or spaces, but must be an area of future-oriented practice or emerging practice for libraries. Discussion conveners should include rationale for why they feel the topic is an area of future interest for academic libraries.
Background on Topic:
Proposal should include background on the topic and its importance to libraries. The Discussion Group strongly suggests drawing on literature from outside the library and information science field.
Learning Outcomes and Discussion Questions:
Please list the learning outcomes for the discussion forum proposed. The convener(s) may also wish to list a few questions that will be the focus of the virtual forum.
Structure of Discussion Forum:
Please describe how you will structure the discussion forum and how you will engage participants. You may describe this in narrative form or provide an outline. Conveners should make sure to allow ample time for both presentation and discussion.
Proposals will be selected based on the following criteria:
-- The importance and impact of the proposed topic to the future of university libraries
-- Relevancy for academic librarians
-- How well the topic lends itself to a virtual discussion
-- Clear focus
-- Evidence of the applicant’s knowledge of the subject matter
The deadline for proposals is Carrie.Forbes@du.edu.. Please submit proposals as a Word document via email to Carrie Forbes at
Applicants will be notified about the status of their proposal submission by January 8, 2017. The virtual discussion will be convened in February or March 2018 based on the availability of the selected convener(s).
For questions about the proposal process, please contact the ULS Future of University Libraries Discussion Group Co-Chairs: Carrie Forbes (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Doreen Bradley (email@example.com ).
ULS Future of University Libraries Discussion Group Co-Chair
Associate Dean for Student and Scholar Services
University of Denver Libraries
2150 E. Evans Ave, Anderson Academic Commons, Denver, CO, 80208