Tuesday, October 08, 2019

CFP: Southern University and College Academic Business Librarians (SOUCABL) 2020 Conference - March 2020 in Athens Georgia

The Papers & Presentations Committee for the Southern University and College Academic Business Librarians (SOUCABL) Conference is now accepting proposals for the March 2020 conference. Please see the CFP below for details. For more on the SOUCABL conference, visit the website<http://soucablconference.mozello.com/>.

Call for Proposals, due December 3rd

What:              The SOUCABL Conference: Chapter 2

When:             Wednesday March 11, 2020 to Friday March 13, 2020

Where:            Miller Learning Center

48 Baxter Street

The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602

Are you an academic business librarian? In the Southern US?  If so, the SOUCABL Conference is for you! The Southern University and College Academic Business Librarians Conference is a great opportunity to meet other information professionals, develop your network of colleagues, share ideas, and brainstorm solutions. If you work in academia and are responsible for business or entrepreneurship, consider attending this fantastic regional conference. Space is limited to keep it manageable and highly interactive.

This event is an affordable opportunity for librarians to discuss business librarianship and to network with other librarians in the region. Participants are invited from 14 states and the District of Columbia including: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

The Papers & Presentations Committee is accepting proposals on topics related to business librarianship in a variety of presentation formats. We especially encourage proposal submissions from librarians who work at smaller institutions in the South or for whom business/entrepreneurship is only one of their responsibilities.


"I have not failed.  I have found 10,000 ways that won't work" - Thomas Edison

Conference presentations often center around success stories and those instances when everything goes exactly to plan. While success stories are great, we want to encourage the sharing of failures and the lessons learned from them at SOUCABL: Chapter 2. It is often our failures that teach us the most powerful lessons. What issues are you dealing with? What strategies are you using to combat limited resources & staffing? What worked? What didn't work? We want to hear everything.

Suggested topics may include, but are not limited to:

  *   Instruction & teaching strategies
  *   Outreach (to students, faculty, campus partners, community members, etc.) and partnerships
  *   When business is not your only specialty or focus
  *   Research strategies & resources
  *   Collection development for both physical & electronic resources
  *   Failures or challenges you face in all of the above aspects of librarianship


Select a format for your proposal.

  *   Presentation
     *   Presentations will be 15 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A.

  *   Roundtable discussion
     *   Roundtables are small, informal group discussions lasting 60 minutes. They are opportunities to share information, discuss successes and failures, and exchange best practices and network with others around common themes.

  *   Poster
     *   The poster session is an opportunity to share your innovative project, best practices, failure stories, and issues related to business librarianship. If you would like a template, consider using the ones found here: https://osf.io/ef53g/.

  *   Lightning Talks

These are new to SOUCABL in 2020! There will be time on Thursday afternoon for lightning talks. A lightning talk is a fast paced 5 minute talk on the topic of your choosing. You can sign up for a slot at the conference during breaks and lunch. See here<http://perl.plover.com/lt/lightning-talks.html> for more about lightning talks, and this summary of why you might want to do one:

*         Maybe you've never given a talk before, and you'd like to start small. For a Lightning Talk, you don't need to make slides, and if you do decide to make slides, you only need to make three.

*         Maybe you're nervous and you're afraid you'll mess up. It's a lot easier to plan and deliver a five minute talk than it is to deliver a long talk. And if you do mess up, at least the painful part will be over quickly.

*         Maybe you don't have much to say. Maybe you just want to ask a question, or invite people to help you with your project, or boast about something you did, or tell a short cautionary story. These things are all interesting and worth talking about, but there might not be enough to say about them to fill up thirty minutes.

What to submit

Proposals are accepted via this submission form<https://forms.gle/cjYPq4RcNwE9przDA>. Here is what you will be asked to include:

  *   Presentation
     *   Title
     *   Abstract
     *   Learning Objective(s): "Attendees will..."
  *   Roundtable Discussion
     *   Explain the importance of the topic covered
     *   Relevance to business librarianship
     *   3 questions you would use to keep the discussion moving
     *   Handout or visual aid that participants can follow along with & take with them
  *   Poster
     *   Title
     *   Abstract
     *   Learning Objective(s): "Attendees will..."


Contact the Program Committee with any questions or for more information.

Summer Krstevska, krstevs@wfu.edu<mailto:krstevs@wfu.edu>

Nancy Lovas, nancy64@email.unc.edu<mailto:nancy64@email.unc.edu>

Tyler Martindale, tem0032@auburn.edu<mailto:tem0032@auburn.edu>

Tyler Martindale
Business & Economics Librarian
Auburn University Libraries
231 Mell St, Room 2338F
Auburn, AL 36849-5606