Thursday, February 27, 2014

CFP: Valuing Librarianship: Core Values in Theory and Practice - A Special Issue of Library Trends (February 2016)

CFP: Valuing Librarianship: Core Values in Theory and Practice - A Special Issue of Library Trends (February 2016)

Editors: Selinda A. Berg and Heidi LM Jacobs
Leddy Library, University of Windsor
In 2004, the American Library Association (ALA)’s Core Values of Librarianship statement identified eleven core values:
  • Access
  • Confidentiality and privacy
  • Democracy
  • Diversity
  • Education and lifelong learning
  • Intellectual freedom
  • Preservation
  • The public good
  • Professionalism
  • Service
  • Social responsibility
As the ALA document explains, “the foundation of modern librarianship rests on an essential set of core values that define, inform, and guide our professional practice.These values reflect the history and ongoing development of the profession and have been advanced, expanded, and refined by numerous policy statements of the American Library Association.”
While the ALA is not the only national library association to articulate their core values, 2014 marks the ten-year anniversary of the ALA’s adoption of this statement. Such an anniversary offers us a useful opportunity to consider how core values have shaped, influenced, and informed libraries and librarianship in North America and around the world.
Individual values such as democracy, diversity, access, and social responsibility have been the subject of inquiry by prominent scholars in library studies. There has not, however, been a coherent collection of scholarship addressing these specific, individual values in the practice of librarianship. Valuing Librarianship, a special issue of Library Trends, is an attempt to redress this absence within the context of public, school, special, and academic libraries.
This proposed issue of Library Trends will invite practicing librarians and LIS scholars to address librarianship's present and future in relation to its core values. Using the ALA Core Values of Librarianship statement as a framework, Valuing Librarianship will explore how these core values have informed, influenced, guided, and contextualized libraries and librarianship in the past ten years and consider how these values might guide our profession in the future.
Contributors are invited to select one specific core value and consider questions such as:
  • How has this value evolved over the last ten years?
  • How do librarians enact and advocate for this particular core value? Are librarians successful in their advocacy?
  • Where does this particular value emerge in librarianship or libraries? Is attention to this value changing libraries, the work we do in the profession, or the profession itself?
  • Other questions that look specifically at how one core value reflects, informs, guides, or challenges current practices and thought within libraries or librarianship.
Values are a key building block of one's professional identity and librarians must define, describe, and enact these values daily. This special issue of Library Trends will work toward articulating these values in meaningful ways in order to build upon the foundations of librarianship and shape it for the future.
Submissions: For consideration in Valuing Librarianship, please submit the following by June 15, 2014:
  • An abstract of 500 words that clearly identifies the selected core value
  • A 50-100 word biographical statement of author(s)
  • A list of author’s/authors’ selected and relevant publications and presentations with links as available.
Preliminary Publication Timeline:
June 15, 2014:                     Abstracts (500 words) due
September 1, 2014:            Notification of acceptance decisions
January 15, 2015:                Full papers due
June 15, 2015:                     Final revisions due
February, 2016:                    Publication

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Call for Papers: Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet (JCHI), Health Sitings Column

Call for Papers: Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet (JCHI), Health Sitings Column

Submissions are now being accepted for volume 18, issues 3 and 4 of the Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet (JCHI)’s Health Sitings column.

The column will showcase reviews of reliable, accurate and quality health information websites produced either in the US or internationally. For examples of previously published articles, click here and scroll down to the Health Sitings or Global Health Sitings section.

To view the aims and scope of JCHI, click here.

Any information professionals interested in submitting a review should contact Saori Wendy Herman, MLIS, AHIP at In the subject line, please enter “JCHI Health Sitings”.

ACRL New England: ERM Interest Group Call for Proposals: Managing E-Resources to Measure Value in Academic Libraries (April 16, 2014)

ACRL New England: ERM Interest Group Call for Proposals: Managing E-Resources to Measure Value in Academic Libraries

Focusing on Electronic Resource Management, ERMIG is a special interest group (SIG) of the ACRL New England Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (

The 2014 ERMIG program is Wednesday, April 16 from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Griffin Building.



* A free, one-day program:  Managing E-Resources to Measure Value in Academic Libraries

*  Wednesday, April 16 from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Griffin Building

* A thought-provoking program with opportunities to network and share with colleagues.

* For past program information, visit the ERMIG site at:


The ERMIG co-chairs seek presentation proposals related to any aspect of e-resource management that illuminates the value of e-collections for an academic library. Examples include, but are certainly not limited to:
*  Collection Assessment
*  Collection Analysis
*  Tools for Analysis
*  Is the Big Deal a Good Deal?
*  Organizational Structures for Strategic Collection Assessment
*  Workflows for Successful Collection Analysis and Assessment
*  Collection Analysis Best Practices Applied

The DEADLINE for submitting a proposal is Monday, March 10, 2014. Presenters will be notified by March 14, 2014.

To submit a proposal, please complete this Google form:
(Note: A Google account is *not* required to submit a presentation proposal)

The ERMIG co-chairs coordinating this event are:

Kim Maxwell, MIT

Galadriel Chilton, University of Connecticut

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Workshop Proposals Being Sought for LMI Summer Conference in Philadelphia (June 16-17, 2014)

Workshop Proposals Being Sought for LMI Summer Conference in Philadelphia

Now celebrating its 7th year, The Library Management Institute Summer Conference is a national conference focusing exclusively on current issues in library management and administration and is attended by library managers from across North America. There are two tracks each day; one in public library management and the other in academic and special library management. This year, the LMI Summer Conference will held in downtown Philadelphia to allow our attendees to enjoy the summer nightlife that Philadelphia offers including the concerts, the restaurants, the historic district, and other venues. This new location is much closer to the airport and to the Amtrak station.

The dates for this year’s LMI Summer Conference are Monday June 16th and Tuesday June 17th.

We are now seeking workshop proposals ...
LMI is now seeking proposals from interested workshop leaders for this annual two-day event. We invite your proposals for 75 minute sessions on any topic related to library administration and management including the following areas: 

·       budget and financial management
·       employment law
·       employee recruitment and retention
·       management/staff relations
·       staff interpersonal relations
·       customer service
·       use of technology
·       customer service
·       organizational dynamics
·       library law (privacy, liability, and copyright)
·       strategic planning
·       marketing and promotion
·       use of social media
·       special event planning and programming
·       fundraising
·       renovations and new buildings
·       community outreach
·       motivation, leadership, and ethics
·       other management-related issues

The deadline to submit a proposal for consideration is Friday March 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm ET. The proposal should include the name of the presenter(s), the title of the workshop, the track for which you feel your workshop is most appropriate, a brief description of the workshop, and a short bio of the presenter(s). All workshop presenters attend the entire conference at a special rate. Workshop presenters are responsible for their own transportation and lodging. However, LMI can arrange courtesy roundtrip ground transportation from the airport and Amtrak station in Philadelphia.

A complete brochure on the entire conference with registration information will be forthcoming in early March. All proposals and any questions should be sent to Rayleen Rivera-Harbach at

Monday, February 24, 2014

CFP: Access Conference 2014 (Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Sept 29 - Oct 2, 2014)

CFP: Access Conference 2014 (Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Sept 29 - Oct 2, 2014)
Access is Canada’s premier library technology conference bringing librarians, technicians, developers, programmers, and managers together to discuss cutting-edge library technologies. Access is a single stream conference featuring in-depth analyses, panel discussions, poster presentations, lightning talks, hackfest, and plenty of time for networking and social events.
Join us in Calgary, Alberta, September 29-October 2 for Access 2014!

Call for Proposals!

In the spirit of the 21st Access Conference, this year’s theme is Growing in the 21st Century. We’re well into the 21stCentury. How have libraries adapted? What can we expect for the next 86 years? How can we develop our skills to plan for the future?
We’re looking for proposals that consider:
  • Where we’ve come from, and how the plans of the past affect our present and future
  • Where we’re going, considering current trends in future planning context
  •  Buzz topics such as big data, linked open data, evidence-based practice, the semantic web, open access, and other emerging trends
  •  Emerging tools and trends, and how to use them to build a new future for libraries
  •  The 21st Century library in context and the dynamic of the library. How do libraries fit in a larger institutional or community context? How do technical and discovery services fit within the overall library dynamic? How are we shaping this context?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

CFP: California Library Association Annual Conference (Oakland, CA - November 7-9, 2014)

Excuse the cross-posting but wanted to make everyone on these lists aware that it is time to submit your proposal for the California Library Association Annual Conference which will be held in Oakland, November 7-9, 2014.
In case you haven't heard, we're going to be crowdsourcing the vote for the proposals. Last year, we submitted only a small portion to the crowd vote but this year, our plan is to submit most of them to the California library community to decide.  
So, don't you want to know if what you have to contribute is just what people want to hear???  You've got to submit a proposal to find out!
Conference info here: t
Deadline for submissions is March 14 at 5pm PST.

Lori Ayre
CLA Conference Program Committee Co-Chair

CFP: Michigan Library Association Annual Conference (Grand Rapids, October 15-17 , 2014)

CFP: Michigan Library Association Annual Conference (Grand Rapids, October 15-17 , 2014)

The MLA 2014 Annual Conference is scheduled for October 15-17 in Grand Rapids. Library professionals interested in sharing their insights, experiences and knowledge are invited to submit a program proposal for consideration.

The MLA 2014 Annual Conference work group seeks a variety of proposals that will address topics representing the wide-range of professional responsibilities found in libraries and those that will introduce new ideas or solutions to the challenges currently facing Michigan libraries. We encourage broad participation from librarians, staff and administrators from all types of libraries. MLA 2014 will feature new education tracks to reframe the issues and solutions Michigan professionals are employing in the ever-changing library landscape.
The sharing of experiences among colleagues is an essential part of enriching and improving the library community statewide. By presenting a program at the MLA 2014 you will help open dialogs, facilitate networking and spark new ideas for success. Download this PDF for detailed instructions and submit your proposal online here.

 MLA Website:

CFP: Pennsylvania Library Association

The 2014 PaLA Conference Program Committee is now accepting conference session proposals for the 2014 conference, PA Libraries: Marketplace of Ideas. The conference will take place September 28 through October 1, 2014 at the Lancaster County Convention Center/Lancaster Marriott.  If you are, or know someone that is, an expert on a topic that you feel will be of interest to librarians, we invite you to submit a proposal for a session.

While all program submissions will be considered, the Program Committee is particularly interested in receiving proposals on topics suggested by previous PaLA conference attendees:

Please note that the individual suggestions can be viewed beginning on page 3 of this document.

All proposals should be submitted via the online program proposal link.  For a working copy of the form, or to view the questions in advance of submission, a PDF of the form is available for download.  The link to both the online form and PDF are available on the Annual Conference Page of the PaLA website.

The deadline for proposals is Sunday, April 6, 2014.  The program committee will notify all submitters regarding the acceptance of their proposal(s) in early May.  Poster session proposals will be solicited in mid-April through mid-May.

Thank you in advance to all that submit proposals, we appreciate your dedication to PaLA and to Pennsylvania’s libraries!

Dolores Fidishun, Ed.D.
Head Librarian
Penn State Abington College and Penn State Great Valley Libraries

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Exploring Openness in Libraries

The Virginia Library Association (VLA) and the Virginia Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries (VLACRL) invite you to contribute manuscripts for a special, peer-reviewed issue of Virginia Libraries dedicated to exploring openness in libraries. 

The October/November/December (v. 4) 2014 issue of Virginia Libraries will focus on the idea of “openness” and how twenty-first century libraries can engage with and promote this idea.  Submissions should be around 3,000 words in length and may represent original research, case studies, essays, or literature reviews on topics including, but not limited to, the following:
  • Open access resources
  • Open educational resources (OERs)
  • Massive open online courses (MOOCs)
  • Open education initiatives
  • Open source software
  • Linked data
  • Institutional repositories
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Copyright
  • Instruction and information literacy efforts including open resources
  • Programming and outreach promoting open resources and discussions
  • Changing roles of information professionals in an “open” environment

Articles will be peer reviewed and accepted articles will be edited before publication.

The journal issue will be published in Fall 2014.   Full manuscript drafts will be accepted until June 1, 2014.  Authors will be notified about their submissions by July 1, 2014, and final drafts of accepted articles will be due to issue editors by August 15, 2014

Additional information about Virginia Libraries and author guidelines are available: Libraries is an open access journal, and is indexed in Library, Information Science, & Technology Abstracts (LISTA), Library Literature & Information Science Full Text, and Library & Information Science Source. 

Manuscript submissions, questions, and other  comments should be sent directly to the issue editors, VLACRL Co-Chair Rebecca K. Miller ( and VLACRL Chair Candice Benjes-Small (  

Sunday, February 16, 2014

2014 CoALA Summit - Educating in a World of Diversity - Colorado Academic Libraries Association

2014 CoALA Summit - Educating in a World of Diversity - Colorado Academic Libraries Association

CALL FOR PROPOSALS – Online form available from

The Colorado Academic Libraries Association (CoALA) invites you to submit your proposal to present at the 2014 CoALA Summit: Educating in a World of Diversity.

The CoALA Summit will be held in an online format over two days – Wednesday, June 18 & Thursday, June 19, 2014.

* Dr. Camila Alire, Opening Keynote, from 11-12:15pm
* First Session from 2:00-3:15
* Second Session from 3:30-4:45pm
* First Session from 9:00-10:15 -- “Pecha Kucha/Lightning Rounds”; there will be 4 presentations in total
* Speaker TBD, Closing Keynote, from 10:30-11:45a

Presenters will be required to have access to a computer with a quality Internet connection and audio/microphone capacity; visual is preferred. Presenters will be using the Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing platform.
Day one presenter(s) should expect their session to be 45 minutes in length with 15 minutes for discussion. In addition, a new format will be introduced to the CoALA stage for the second day.

Day two presentations will feature a Pecha Kucha-style format, similar to "lightning rounds," with presentations that last approximately 7 minutes followed by 10-15 of discussion. Pecha Kucha is a presentation style where images and a succinct presentation will enlighten, inform, and encourage discussion. Think of TED Talks x 100. We encourage those dynamic presenters to challenge themselves and their audience by creating 20 images X 20 seconds. For more information about Pecha Kucha see

Submission abstract should range between 100-150 words in length. 

Programs relevant to the Summit might include: Instructional technologies; Accessibility initiatives (web design, mobile apps, disability services, RDA, FRBR); Digital divide; Devices in libraries (e.g. iPads, Kindles, laptops, etc.); Services/Outreach to diverse populations; Information fluency instruction/embedded librarianship; Collection content and formats; Special Collections & Archives; Social Networking for access, teaching, and learning; Partnerships with community organizations; New academic librarians (panel presentation of experienced librarians discussing expectations and duties in academic librarianship).

Proposals will be selected via blind peer review process.

DEADLINE: Proposal submissions are due by March 15 and notifications will be delivered by April 1.

Submit proposals using the online form:

Questions about 2014 CoALA Summit may be directed to Sarah I. Smith, CoALA

Thursday, February 13, 2014

CFP: 2014 Library Research Round Table Forums at ALA Annual Conference (Las Vegas)

CFP: 2014 Library Research Round Table Forums at ALA Annual Conference (Las Vegas)

Call for Presentation Proposals
2014 Library Research Round Table Forums at
ALA Annual Conference,
Las Vegas, NV

The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) will sponsor two Research Forums at the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV (June 26-July 1, 2014). The LRRT Forums are a set of programs at the ALA Annual Conference featuring presentations of LIS research, in progress or completed, followed by discussion. One of the forums is broad in scope and one is on a more specific topic. 

The forums are:
Research: Data-Driven Decision-Making
Libraries collect data on usage of collections, services, and physical space. However, much of these data are not utilized to capacity. This session will feature three research papers that demonstrate how to leverage user-centered data to develop services. Audience members will learn about methods and techniques that they can use locally to answer questions in their own organizations. Attendees will be able to take away results that could be applied directly in local settings and make connections with presenters and one another to explore creative ways to respond to challenges.
Research: Creativity & Innovation
Novelty and innovation are needed to respond to many of today’s challenges. Libraries and librarians require new and creative approaches to defining questions and finding answers. Three papers that demonstrate innovative inquiry will be selected by a committee for inclusion in this Forum. Attendees will discover methods and techniques that they previously were not familiar with, but can be employed in their libraries. Audience members will become cognizant of new questions or emerging ways to state and think about problems. The results presented will offer directly applicable solutions that can be adapted by attendees in their organizations.

This is an opportunity to present and discuss your research project conducted in the broad area of library and information science or in a more specialized area of the field. LRRT welcomes papers emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS. Topics can include, but are not limited to, user studies and user behavior, assessment, evaluation of library and information services, organizational structure and personnel, cooperative collection management, collection assessment, digital libraries, archiving, preservation, and data curation. Both completed research and research in progress will be considered. All researchers, including practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals. LRRT Members and nonmembers of LRRT are invited and welcomed to submit proposals.

The Committee will use a blind review process to select a maximum of six projects, three for each of the two forums. The selected researchers will be required to present their papers in person at the forums and to register for the conference. All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation, etc., are the responsibility of the researchers/presenters.
Criteria for selection are:
  1. Significance of the study to library and information science research;
  2. Quality and creativity of the methodology;
  3. Potential to fill a research gap or to build on previous LIS studies;
  4. Adherence to submission requirements (see below).
Please submit a two-page proposal by Monday, February 17, 2014. Late submissions will not be considered, and submissions must be limited to two pages in length. On the first page, please list your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information (telephone number, mailing address, and email address). The second page should NOT show your name or any other identifying information. Instead, it must include: 1) The title of your project, and 2) A 500-word or less abstract. The abstract must include a problem statement, problem significance, project objectives, methodology, and conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress), and an indication of whether the research is in-progress or completed. 

Previously published research or research accepted for publication by February 17, 2014, will not be considered.

Notification of acceptance will be made by Friday, March 28, 2014. Please email submissions (with an indication of which of the two forums for which the abstract should be considered) to:
JoAnn Jacoby
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This announcement is also available at:

Call For Papers: JCDL/TPDL – Joint Conference On Digital Libraries And International Conference On Theory And Practice Of Digital Libraries

Call For Papers: JCDL/TPDL – Joint Conference On Digital Libraries And International Conference On Theory And Practice Of Digital Libraries


In 2014 the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) and the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL) will be held together as the International Digital Libraries Conference (DL2014) in London, UK.
The combined DL conference will be the major international scientific forum on digital libraries for 2014, bringing together researchers and developers as well as content providers and users. The focus of the joint conference is on on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, organizational, and social issues.
Important dates
Full and short papers due: March 16, 2014, 11.59pm HAST
Posters, Panels, and Demonstrations due: March 23, 2014, 11.59pm HAST
Notification of acceptance: May 25, 2014
Camera ready version due: June 8, 2014
Workshop, Tutorial, and Panel submissions due: March 2, 2014, 11.59pm HAST
Notification of acceptance: April 27, 2014
Conference Scope
The themes of the 2014 TPDL/JCDL combined conference will follow the theme of ‘preserving the past – finding the future’. Digital collections face two major challenges: organising and conserving material across time, and enabling users to discover the material they need in increasingly large collections. In terms of ‘preserving the past’, example issues include the demands of digitisation of physical materials, the digital preservation of material so it remains accessible, and the systematic classification and indexation of large collections across social and technological change.
In contrast, when ‘finding the future’, sophisticated discovery tools, effective library policies, support for linked data, and supporting the user’s interpretation and analysis of content are examples of the key challenges that face the communities of DL practitioners and researchers.
The conference welcomes internationally leading insights into both research problems and practical complexities. Contributions from digital humanities, digital preservation, hypertext and information retrieval researchers are as much a vital part of the digital library community’s interests as core DL research, and submissions on these and other related topics are strongly encouraged.
Different tracks for research and practice papers are offered. For further information see the Call for Papers page at:
We are looking forward to seeing you in London!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Call for Proposals -- SkyRiver Users Group Meeting

Call for Proposals -- SkyRiver Users Group Meeting

The SkyRiver Users Group Steering Committee invites SkyRiver users to submit presentation proposals for the 2nd Annual SkyRiver Users Group (SRUG) meeting, to be held immediately after the IUG Conference on May 10, 2014 (Saturday) from 8:30 am to 12:30 PM at the Detroit Marriott, Renaissance Center.

Presentations of about 45 minutes, with a portion of that time set aside for Q&A, will be considered. Ideas for forums or panels to discuss a topic related to SkyRiver and cataloging are also welcome.

Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to, the following:

*         Using SkyRiver for RDA implementation
*         Tips and tricks for using SkyRiver
*         SkyRiver in a consortial environment
*         Cataloging workflow improvements
*         Academic library experience using SkyRiver
*         Public library experience using SkyRiver
*         Cataloging projects, practices, and innovations using SkyRiver
Please use the online form  to submit proposals by March 24, 2014. Presenters will be notified of proposal acceptance by the end of March 2014. For any additional questions or inquiries, please email Regina Gong at

Lastly, for III libraries using SkyRiver, the registration for the SRUG meeting (concurrent with registration for IUG) is now open at  For non-III libraries, a link will be sent out at a later date for registration as soon as that website gets set up. Please stay tuned, because the SRUG Steering Committee hopes to see a good mix of III and non-III libraries using SkyRiver in the user group meeting.

We look forward to see you in the meeting!
SkyRiver Users Group Steering Committee
-       Regina Gong, Chair, Lansing Community College Library
-       Marianne Abdoo, Bloomfield Township Public Library
-       Lauren Douglas, East Lansing Public Library
-       Emily Sanford, Michigan State University Libraries

CFP for MLA 2015: Libraries, Archives and Public Memory (Modern Language Association - Vancouver, BC, Canada)

CFP for MLA 2015: Libraries, Archives and Public Memory

How do libraries and archives function as sites for preserving and constructing public memory?
Libraries, archives and other institutions (such as museums, cemeteries, heritage sites, and monuments) all function as sites where the public memory of individuals, events, and cultures are constructed and preserved. One might also add that libraries and archives in shaping memory also shape what is forgotten and repressed. This session is looking for papers that engage the many ways libraries and archives contribute to our understanding and misunderstanding of people, events, and cultures, as, for instance, that of first-nations and first-peoples. How do libraries and archives express and repress public memory? What are the ethical and technical issues involved in building and providing access to materials that will constitute public memory? What is the experience of scholars using library and archival collections as they create their own forms of public memory (articles, books)?
Send one page abstracts by 24 February 2014; David Oberhelman (

CFP - Symposium on the Business and Economics of Open Access - May 19-20, 2014

CFP - Symposium on the Business and Economics of Open Access - May 19-20, 2014


Greetings, everyone.   We are delighted to announce this year’s Open Access Symposium, focused this year on the topic of the Business and Economics of Open Access.  This year’s symposium will be held in Ft. Worth, Texas, with a conference reception and dinner at the remarkable Modern Art Museum.  Please consider proposing a session; we hope to see you there!

The Business and Economics of Open Access: UNT’s Fifth Annual Open Access Symposium
The University of North Texas Libraries invites you to attend The Business and Economics of Open Access. UNT’s fifth annual Open Access Symposium will take place May 19-20, 2014 at the UNT Health Sciences Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Peter Binfield (PeerJ) will deliver a keynote address. Registration is now open. This year for the first time we are soliciting proposals for Alternative Events to provide additional opportunities for participants to network and share information (see Call For Proposals below).
The 2014 symposium will examine the economics, business models, and practice of Open Access (OA) publications.  For the purpose of delving more deeply and analytically into these aspects of successful OA, economics should be broadly understood as all of the opportunities and challenges of OA publications at either the micro or macro level that contribute to long term sustainability of OA publications.  What lessons has the field learned to date about effective strategies for sustaining OA publications?  How do OA publications fit into the larger cycle of scholarly communication?  This symposium will bring together researchers, press directors, librarians, administrators, and other OA stakeholders with an interest in engaging with these topics.
Registration is now open! Early-bird registration is available until March 31. Visit to register.
Early Bird Registration (Feb. 1 - March 31): $175
Regular Registration (April 1 - May 11): $195

Alternative Events Call for Proposals
We seek submissions of Alternative Events to supplement the Symposium progam and provide additional opportunities for attendees to network and participate. Alternative events can include panels, fishbowl sessions, birds-of-a-feather or affinity group sessions, wildcard sessions, demos/exhibitions, or hands-on workshops.
Proposals should not exceed 1000 words in length, and should follow the format described below. Alternative events will be reviewed by the Open Access Symposium Program Committee for appropriateness to the conference theme and evidence of inclusivity of participation.
Please use the structure described below (Required Submission Information) to organize and prepare your proposal. Submit your proposal in PDF format to The goals of this conference are to bring a broad community of users together to share their work and explore the value and impact of Open Access on education and research.
Required Submission Information:
Title: Event title
Organizer(s): Names and affiliations of the organizers
Abstract: Include a description of the proposal 150-250 words. In your abstract, address each of the following:
Purpose and Intended Audience: Please state the audience to which your proposal is designed to appeal and the goals and/or expected outcomes for your presentation.
Proposed activities including agenda, ramp-up (development), and follow-through: Describe how your presentation will be organized. The format is up to you: we welcome creative and innovative ideas for presentations of all kinds.
Relevance to the Conference/Significance to the Field:  Provide a brief explanation of how this presentation will appeal to the audience both with respect to content and format.
Length: Indicate the length of your presentation (sessions are typically 75 minutes in length, but other setups are possible).
Special requests/equipment needs:  If there are any special equipment needs, room set-up requirements, list them here. Alternative events requiring informal, flexible spaces will be accommodated.

Warm regards,

Martin Halbert, PhD, MLIS
UNT Dean of Libraries and Associate Professor