Tuesday, August 17, 2021

CFP: Medical Institutional Repositories in Libraries (MIRL) Symposium (Virtual Event - November 17, 2021)

The Medical Institutional Repositories in Libraries (MIRL) planning committee is accepting proposals for the inaugural Medical Institutional Repositories in Libraries (MIRL) Symposium, a free event which will take place virtually on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 (time to be determined). MIRL is a platform-neutral conference and our goal is to gather together IR practitioners and those with an interest in IRs at hospitals, academic medical centers, and other health settings for discussions and sharing of case studies and best practices for digital archiving of institutional content. 


MIRL 2021 will feature a keynote by Kathryn Funk, Program Manager, PubMed Central, National Library of Medicine.


We are accepting proposals for:

  • Panel discussions (approximately 50 minutes including Q&A)
  • Presentations (approximately 20 minutes including Q&A)
  • Vendor presentations (approximately 5-10 minutes including Q&A)
  • Lightning talks (approximately 5-10 minutes including Q&A)


The MIRL planning committee welcomes proposals on a variety of topics including, but not limited to:

  • Unique medical/health sciences institutional repository (IR) collections, use cases, or challenges
  • Migrating repository platforms: stories, processes, and lessons learned
  • IRs in a time of budget cuts: ROI and justifying the cost
  • Finding your champions: marketing your IR 
  • Reporting out: telling your IR story with statistics and metrics 
  • IR harvesting and support tools, workflow 
  • Preprints and medical IRs
  • Your IR as a journal publishing platform
  • Strategies for management of faculty/researcher publications, conference posters, student collections, digital exhibits
  • Promoting Green OA initiatives
  • Supporting promotion and tenure using your IR
  • COVID-19 and your IR
  • Accessibility policies and practices
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion: adopting anti-racist and anti-oppression statements and practices, diversity and health information
  • IR work beyond the pandemic: telecommuting or other changes


Submit your proposal here: https://forms.gle/AR7pu3qfEjjsVnxu8 



  • Deadline for submitting proposals: Friday, September 3, 2021
  • Acceptance emails will be sent no later than September 17, 2021
  • Registration is free for all attendees and will open in September 


Please contact Brenda Fay at Brenda.Fay@aah.org for any questions about the proposal process or about MIRL.


MIRL 2021 planning group members:

  • Brenda Fay (Advocate Aurora Health)
  • Sara Hoover (Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, George Washington University)
  • Ramune Kubilius (Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
  • Steven Moore (Henry Ford Health System)
  • Lisa Palmer (Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School)
  • Gayle Williams (Henry Ford Health System)

Friday, August 06, 2021

CFP: "Libraries as Community Anchors" Mini-Conference - October 21, 2021 (online) - Library 2.021 Mini-Conference


Our third Library 2.021 mini-conference: "Libraries as Community Anchors," will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, October 21st, 2021. The call for proposals is now open (see below)!

Libraries are increasingly addressing challenges associated with digital equity, access, and inclusion, as well as issues of security and privacy.

For many years, community members have looked to public libraries to provide baseline, public, computer and internet access. In this way, libraries exist as important Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs), defined by the FCC “as schools, libraries, hospitals and other medical providers, public safety entities, institutions of higher education, and community support organizations that facilitate greater use of broadband by vulnerable populations, including low-income, the unemployed, and the aged” (FCC, 2011, p. 38).

In light of the recent Covid-19 pandemic and other natural disasters such as floods, drought, firestorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes, universal access to the internet has never been more important. Libraries increasingly have an important role to play: as second responders in large scale events via the development and deployment of collaborative connectivity projects; in developing strategies to bridge technological digital divides; and to promote digital access, equity, opportunity, and inclusion.

This event is being organized in partnership with Don Means, Director of the GIGABIT LIBRARIES NETWORK, and Kristen Radsliff Rebmann, Professor in the School of Information at San José State University.

This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Please also join this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events. 

Everyone is invited to participate in our Library 2.0 conference events, which are designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. Each three-hour event consists of a keynote panel, 10-15 crowd-sourced thirty-minute presentations, and a closing keynote. 

Participants are encouraged to use #library2020 and #librariesascommunityanchors on their social media posts about the event.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The call for proposals is now open. Proposals can be submitted HERE until September 24th. The number of sessions will be limited, so you are encouraged to get your proposal in early! Proposals will be approved on a rolling basis.