Tuesday, October 26, 2021

CFP: Comic Studies & Practices Symposium (CSPS) - July 2022, San Diego, California

The University of San Diego’s Copley Library invites proposals for our inaugural Comic Studies & Practices Symposium (CSPS) to be held mid-July 2022 on the beautiful USD campus in San Diego, California.

CSPS is designed to complement existing conference offerings like Comic Conference for Educators and Librarians (CCEL) by providing a higher education-focused space for approximately 150 LIS professionals, scholars, & graduate students to discuss comics studies and practice. Due to generous funding from the SCELC Project Initiatives Fund (SPIF), registration fees will be no more than $50 for general attendees. Accepted presenters will receive a special discounted registration code.

We welcome proposals addressing, but not limited to:
  • Collections (management, acquisitions, etc.)
  • Academic & Pleasure Uses of Comics/Comic Studies (teaching, comics in pop culture, derivative use of comic characters, etc.)
  • Cataloging/Technical Services (subject analysis, metadata, discovery, etc.)
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (representation, critical analysis, etc.)
  • Archival or historical comic studies (representation, collections, etc.)

**We’re using comics & comics studies to encompass comics, graphic novels, manga, webtoons, and other sequential arts.**

Session formats include:
45 minute interactive session with 15 minute Q&A
45 minute roundtable discussion with 15 minute Q&A
15 minute poster session

We encourage a wide variety of proposals from LIS professionals, scholars & graduate students. Proposals from those identifying as a member of an underrepresented population (race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, disability, etc.) are especially encouraged.

Proposals due: Monday, December 13, 2021 at 11:59pm PT
Initial notification of acceptance or rejection: February 2022
Proposal form: https://bit.ly/csps2022

Accepted presenters will have the option to include a session paper in our first conference proceedings in addition to uploading supplemental materials for the planned session. The Comic Studies & Practices Symposium conference proceedings will be an open access publication hosted by Digital USD, our institutional repository. Session papers will receive editorial review from the symposium planning committee. More information will be provided to accepted presenters at a later date.

We intend for CSPS to be an on-campus conference. If necessary for participant health or safety, CSPS will move to a virtual conference.

Contacts: V. Dozier (vdozier@sandiego.edu) or Millie Fullmer (mfullmer@sandiego.edu)

Call for ATG Reporters - Charleston Conference @ATG_NewsChannel @chsconf

 Charleston Conference URL: https://www.charleston-hub.com/the-charleston-conference/


“Against the Grain” (ATG) reporters (on-site and virtual conference attendees) are being sought to write brief reports for the “And They Were There” column that will be published in ATG, beginning in early 2022.

OPTION A - Individual session report/s

A short report (100-200 words) on an individual session or sessions. Highlight what resonated, met the reporter’s expectations (or didn’t), and any take-away memorable points.

OPTION B - A report of “top 3”

In 200-300 words per report, spotlight a themed conference experience (pick one or more):

  • The top three things I learned at the 2021 Charleston Conference
  • Three things I learned at 2021 Charleston Conference keynote or Neapolitan sessions
  • My three favorite concurrent sessions/presentations from the 2021 Charleston Conference (and why)
  • What I learned after viewing the 2021 Charleston Conference posters
  • What I learned after visiting the 2021 Charleston Conference vendor showcase

NOTE: The succinct reports should re-cap highlights and general impressions. Minute details are NOT needed, since recordings are available, many speakers post their presentation slides

in the conference website, and / or submit their papers to the conference Proceedings.

PRIOR TO THE CONFERENCE: Send compiler, Ramune Kubilius <r-kubilius@northwestern.edu> your preference/s. You will receive confirmation and a reminder.

  • Option A: Send the schedule link/s to the session/s on which you plan to report.
  • Option B: Send the preferred type of report you will be doing.

Specify whether you will be an on-site or a virtual attendee.

AFTER THE CONFERENCE: By December 12th, send the reports to compiler Ramune Kubilius <r-kubilius@northwestern.edu>.

CFP: Big Talk From Small Libraries 2022 (Online Meeting - February 25, 2022) #BTSL2022

 Full site and details: http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/bigtalk/


The Call for Speakers for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2022 is now open!


This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better! We are looking for speakers from small libraries or speakers who directly work with small libraries. Small libraries of all types – public, academic, school, museum, special, etc. – are encouraged to submit a proposal. We’re looking for seven 50-minute presentations and four 10-minute “lightning round” presentations.


Submit your proposal by Friday, January 14, 2022.


Big Talk From Small Libraries 2022 will be held on Friday, February 25, 2022 between 9:45 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. (ET) via the GoToWebinar online meeting service.

This free, online event is provided by the Nebraska Library Commission. Please visit the links provided here for more details or contact them directly with questions.

Friday, October 22, 2021

CFP: 2022 Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge (Mt. Hood, Oregon - May 21-24, 2022)

 2022 Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge

Saturday, May 21 - Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Timberline Lodge

One hour east of Portland, Oregon on the slope of Mt. Hood



Call for Proposals - Applications due December 31, 2021


WHAT IS The Acquisitions Institute?

  • Since 2000, the pre-eminent conference located in Western North America on acquisitions and collection development, held at Timberline Lodge.
  • A three-day conference focusing on the methods and innovation of building and managing library collections.
  • A small (capped at 80 attendees), informal and stimulating gathering in a convivial and glorious Pacific Northwest setting.

WHAT TOPICS are we looking for?

The planning committee is seeking submissions on all aspects of library acquisitions and collection management. Presenters are encouraged to engage the audience in discussion, whether the presentation leans more toward the practical "here's what we did" sessions or toward the more abstract "here's what we think" sessions. The committee may also seek to achieve balance in the program by bringing individual proposals together to form panels, or by recommending that a proposal be converted to a table talk. We invite you to indicate whether or not you'd be interested in these opportunities on the submission proposal form.


Topics we and/or prior year's attendees are interested in include (in no particular order):

  • Collections analysis projects (e.g., GreenGlass or Gold Rush experiences, altmetrics, etc.)
  • Assessment tools, methods, and projects (e.g., linking collections with learning outcomes; usage studies)
  • Managing liaison programs
  • Public library and/or small academic library perspectives in acquisitions and collection development
  • New models for selection
  • Sustainable models for publishing/pricing
  • Effective management of collections with constrained resources
  • Vendor and publisher evaluation, including business skills to determine financial viability
  • Diversity, inclusion and social justice in acquisitions and collections
  • Negotiation skills and how to use them, including during library-vendor and library-publisher meetings
  • Innovative vendor-librarian relationships and/or partnerships
  • Staffing, training and development, and recruiting issues, challenges, successes (e.g., onboarding new acquisitions and/or collections staff)
  • Using data visualization techniques to tell our stories (e.g., budget, collections, staff successes, etc.)
  • Impacts of Open Access and Open Repositories on acquisitions and collection development
  • Data curation, including Big Data, and management and other new roles for subject and technical services librarians
  • Digital scholarship

The DEADLINE for submitting a proposal is December 31, 2021.


Proposal submission form: http://acquisitionsinstitute.org/2022-call-for-proposals/


COVID-19 Policy

In the interest of keeping everyone safe, the Institute will adhere to local, state, and federal health and safety protocols related to COVID-19. More detailed information about these protocols will be shared as the event approaches.

Important Dates

Fri 12/31/21: Proposals due

Mon 1/17/22: Review of proposals complete, and presenters notified

Fri 1/21/22: Presenters confirm commitment to present

Mon 2/7/22: Registration scheduled to open



The 2022 Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge Planning Committee is:

Damon Campbell, University of Oregon

Kristina DeShazo, Oregon Health & Science University

Kerri Goergen-Doll, Oregon State University

Jamie Hazlitt, Loyola Marymount University

Kathleen Spring, Librarian at Large

Kasia Stasik, Harrassowitz


Monday, October 18, 2021

CFP: Academic BRASS Newsletter Fall 2021 Issue

The Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee of BRASS is seeking articles for the next issue of its online publication Academic BRASS. Academic BRASS is a newsletter--not a journal--that publishes issue-based articles and information for the general and educational interest of BRASS members and academic business librarians. feature articles can extend to 1000 words or more, but a more typical length is 500-800 words. Deadline for submissions for the upcoming issue is November 19, 2021.

Topics of interest to the editors are those dealing with business librarianship, such as resources, liaison and outreach activities, strategies, and instruction. Reviews of books, databases, and web sites are welcome as well. For more information, please visit the publication about page (https://www.ala.org/rusa/sections/brass/publications/academicbrass/about).

All articles are subject to editing for length, style, and content. The newsletter follows the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition for all matters of style and citation. Authors whose articles include references to print or Internet resources are urged to observe the conventions set forth in that publication and on the APA web site (http://www.apastyle.org/).

For access to the full text articles of past issues of Academic BRASS, see http://www.ala.org/rusa/sections/brass/publications/academicbrass

Please send article proposals or submissions to both of the editors, Wendy Pothier wendy.pothier@unh.edu  and LuMarie Guth lumarie.guth@wmich.edu  . If you have any questions, please query the editors.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Call for proposals, BRASS Online Symposium in the Fall #BusinessLibrarianship

The Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee of BRASS seeks proposals for engaging presentations to be part of an online symposium via Zoom on December 14th between 12PM-5PM Eastern Time. Proposals should describe a 45-minute session (30 minutes for presentation with 15 minutes for facilitated discussion and/or question-and-answer) that relates to an aspect of applied academic business librarianship.

Please share your experience with us! Suggested topics should fall under the broad heading of lessons learned from the experience of living and working during an ongoing global pandemic. During this time, we've adapted to online services and perhaps now we are readjusting back to an in-person or hybrid learning/working environment. We welcome interactive proposals that discuss and address professional change and we encourage materials that attendees can take-away in such topics as:

  • Instruction: Designing effective instruction and new teaching techniques and content
  • Research: Planning and/or fulfilling research projects and grants
  • Outreach: Building sustainable liaison relationships and collaborations
  • Professional development: Navigating the new terrain of connecting, networking, and engaging for learning and growing
  • Services: Expanding service offerings as an information professional
Proposal Components:

  • Title (50 words or less): Interesting and descriptive
  • Abstract (250 words or less): Summary of your presentation
  • Session outcomes (2-3): Describe what participants will learn during your session that they can apply at their library or in their role as a business librarian
  • Long Description: Describe how you will engage participants in an online session and make your presentation interactive. Detail the practical components of your presentation -- what will you teach attendees that will enrich their professional practice?

The call for proposals will close on November 2nd at 5PM Eastern Time. Please use  https://forms.gle/TfgfoC5fwGgiagd29 to submit proposals. Proposals may be submitted by anyone, but priority consideration will be given to proposals from BRASS members. Check out the BRASS webinar best practices guide for tips and tricks: https://brass.libguides.com/webinar_best_practices.

Questions can be directed to Charissa O. Jefferson at CharissaJ@Princeton.EDU

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

CFP: Game Studies Area: 2022 PCA/ACA National Conference (Seattle Washington, April 13-16, 2022)


Game Studies Area: 2022 PCA/ACA National Conference.

The Game Studies area of the National Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association Conference invites proposals for papers and panels on games and game studies for the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference to be held April 13-16, 2022 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA.

The database for proposal submissions is now open.


I. Topics of Interest

The organizers seek proposals and papers covering all aspects of gaming, gaming culture and game studies. Proposals can address any game medium (computer, social, console, tabletop, etc) and all theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome. Please see our facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/190087978463831/ for our mission announcement.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • new game mediums and platforms
  • representation or performance of race, class, gender and sexuality in games
  • gaming culture, game specific cultures, and multicultural and cross-cultural issues
  • game development, design, authorship and other industry issues
  • game advertising, reviews, packaging, promotion, integrated marketing and other commercial concerns
  • political and legal entailments such as regulation, censorship, intellectual property
  • player-generated content
  • game genres, platforms, consoles, console wars and connections to other media
  • serious games for education, business, healthcare, (military) training, etc
  • space and place in games, play spaces, virtual/physical communities, mobile gaming and localization
  • digital literacy, discourse practices, social norms and norming, the politics of play
  • public discourse/controversy over violence, militarism, sex, criminality, racism, etc in games
  • game pedagogy and classroom practices, gamification, learning as play


II. Submission Process

The Game Studies area of the National Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association Conference, which began as the Video Games Studies area in 2003, has the most enduring footprint of any North American academic organization that gives serious attention to the social and cultural impact of games and gaming. The area continues to grow and offers two avenues for scholars to participate and present their work.


A. Paper Proposals

For individual paper proposal submissions, please submit a 250-word (maximum) abstract by November 15, 2021. Submissions must be made online at http://ncp.pcaaca.orgDetailed instructions for using the online submission system can be found at http://www.pcaaca.org/conference/instructions.php.


B. Panel Proposals

For panel submissions, please submit a 250-word (maximum) panel abstract, as well as 100-word abstracts for each individual presentation, by November 15, 2021. Panel proposals must be emailed to the chairs or to digitalgames.pcaaca@gmail.com. Be sure to include the proposed title of the panel, the organizer’s name, affiliation, mailing address, and email, as well as this information for all panelists. Panelists must also submit their papers individually at http://ncp.pcaaca.org.


III. Information about the Conference

A. So that there will be ample time for discussion, each individual paper presentation should be designed to last approximately twelve to fifteen minutes (there will typically be four presentations per session with time for Q&A).

B. Technology for use during presentations may be limited. More information about the conference can be found at http://www.pcaaca.org/

C. Presenters will be required to join either the Popular Culture Association or the American Culture Association prior to attending the conference, as well as pay a registration fee for the conference. Information about these fees can be found at http://www.pcaaca.org/conference/membership_registration.php.

D. Awards and Travel Grants are offered, on a competitive basis, by the National Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association


IV. New policy regarding Undergraduate Presenters 

An undergraduate presenter must have a faculty member as a sponsor. This faculty member must also attend the conference, as well as the session in which the student presents. It’s the responsibility of the sponsor to help the student prepare by explaining conference etiquette (both for presenters and for attendees) and working with the student on the presentation. We encourage students to discuss their ideas with their sponsor before submitting a proposal, seek feedback on the draft, and, if possible, to rehearse the presentation together.

Our area has a number of members who would be happy to serve as sponsors. An undergraduate who wishes to apply but lacks a sponsor may reach out to the Area Chairs, and we will attempt to pair the student with an appropriate sponsor. Read the PCA Code of Conduct. Also, please email the chairs for a required handout that they will need to submit to them. Your sponsor will also need to sign.


V. Contact Information

Questions and concerns can be sent to digitalgames.pcaaca@gmail.com, or may be directed to one of the area chairs listed below. One can also visit our Facebook page to discuss possible panel topics or for things like organizing room sharing.


Friday, October 08, 2021

CFP: Popular Culture Association Annual Conference-Biographies Area (April 13-16, 2022, Seattle, Washington)

CFP: Popular Culture Association Annual Conference-Biographies Area (April 13-16, 2022, Seattle, Washington)

The Popular Culture Association will be holding its annual conference in Seattle, Washington, April 13-16, 2022.

The Biographies Area is soliciting papers that examine the connections between biography and popular culture. Papers and full panel presentations regarding any aspect of popular culture and biography are encouraged. Potential topics might include:

– Biography and entertainment, art, music, theater
– Biography and film
– Biography and criminal justice
– Television programs about biography
– Biography and urban legends
– Biography and folklore
– Biography and literature
– Scholarly Biography
– Controversial Biography
– Psychoanalysis and Biography
– Historical Biography
– Political Biography
– Autobiography

Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, typically with four papers or speakers per standard session.  Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes.

On your submission, please include title of paper, abstract, and contact information.

Submission Deadline: 11/15/21

Please go to this link to submit your paper:


Please direct any queries to the Biographies Area chair:
Susie Skarl
Associate Professor/Urban Affairs Librarian
UNLV Libraries
Las Vegas, NV 89154

susie.skarl@unlv.edu OR susieskarl@gmail.com

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Call for Chapters: Discovery and Practical Applications of Using U.S. Government Information

We are seeking chapter proposals for a new edited collection tentatively titled "What Can Government Information Do for Me? Discovery and Practical Applications of Using U.S. Government Information", to be published by McFarland & Company.

The purpose of this work is to explore the identification of and practical application of U.S. government information.  Libraries will be provided with information about finding and applying readily available and free U.S. government information sources.  Library personnel must remain knowledgeable about critical agencies and departments of the U.S. Government and their websites, how to navigate the websites, learn what basic information each provides, and what "hidden treasures" are available.  Library personnel  need to understand how to apply this information in the performance of their duties and learn from the experiences of colleagues.  This includes answering various types of patron questions, performing community outreach, engaging in civic activities, serving business patrons, and providing classroom instruction.

This work will collect chapters that focus on various topics and how users can navigate various U.S. departments and agencies, and their websites, to find information and answer practical problems.  For example, one chapter could focus on finding information about grants and federal government internships.  This could be of value to high school, college, and graduate students who are looking to build their resumes, but might not have thought about the federal government as a source for grants and internships. Most government agencies offer internships of some kind, from humanities, to medical, to science, to agriculture - a plethora of resources that could be useful to any major or interest a student might have.

Please submit a proposal of 250-500 words for consideration.

The audience is librarians and library professions from academic, public, school, federal, and special libraries.  The book's thesis is to provide a volume that informs the reader about U.S. Government resources, how to use these resources to answer different topics, and provide practical applications the reader can implement and adapt in one's library environment. This will be a very practical, "hands-on" work to guide people to resources they might not have ever discovered.

Topics could include, but not limited to:

  *   Serial Set
  *   Entrepreneurship/starting a business/business plans/nonprofits/funding
  *   Treaties
  *   Executive Orders and Proclamations
  *   Military
  *   Presidential Campaigns/history
  *   Finding Images
  *   Native American History
  *   Census Bureau Statistics - case studies (e.g. business, population studies)
  *   Current Events
  *   Health and Human Services - health, nutrition, smoking, fitness, epidemics
  *   Lobbying/Campaign Financing/Expenditures
  *   International Trade
  *   Science (e.g. NASA, NOAA, NWS, USGS)
  *   Genealogical searching
  *   Researching an Industry with relevant examples
  *   Finding money - could include grants, property searches, and unclaimed money from the government, benefits and loans, spending, saving, and investing
  *   Federal job openings and internships

An example of a chapter on employment could include tracking these government sources:

  *   finding government jobs (e.g. usa.gov) and openings in individual states;
  *   outlook of a specific type of job, such as information found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/
  *   using census information to find out median incomes and cost of living (census.gov);
  *   COBRA continuation of health coverage; (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ebsa/laws-and-regulations/laws/cobra; and
  *   retirement information (Social Security, planning for retirement including 401k (https://www.irs.gov/retirement-plans/401k-plans), and Medicare (Medicare.gov).

By October 15, 2021, please email your chapter proposals to the co-editors:

Tom Diamond
Louisiana State University

Dominique Hallett
Arkansas State University

Tom Diamond
Louisiana State University

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

CFP: Libraries and the Second Responder Role: Advances in Library Administration and Organization

Call for proposals 

Advances in Library Administration and Organization 
Libraries and the Second Responder Role
Publication due 2023

  • Series Editor: Samantha Hines, Peninsula College
  • Volume Editor: Su Epstein, Library Director, Saxton B. Little Free Library
  • Volume Editor: Marcy Simons, Organizational Development Librarian, University of Notre Dame

During the global pandemic, libraries have seen a continuation and extension of their role as “second responders” in their communities—providing information, services and resources to their users in light of events that affect their populations.  ALAO seeks submissions for the “Libraries and the Second Responder Role” volume that delve beyond examples and case studies to examine the how libraries integrate within and serve their communities during times of need from the library management perspective. 

Proposals in the following areas would be of particular interest
  • Emergency preparedness and disaster planning
  • Assessment and data driven decision making during times of change 
  • Transformation and Covid with a focus on voluntary and positive change
  • Responses to climate change
  • DEI and facing community challenges
  • Effects of challenges on marginalized communities
  • Building community partnerships for disaster and emergency response

This will be the first volume of Advances in Library Administration and Organization (ALAO) to publish in 2023.  

About the Advances in Library Administration and Organization series

ALAO offers long-form research, comprehensive discussions of theoretical developments, and in-depth accounts of evidence-based practice in library administration and organization.  The series answers the questions, “How have libraries been managed, and how should they be managed?” It goes beyond a platform for the sharing of research to provide a venue for dialogue across issues, in a way that traditional peer reviewed journals cannot.  Through this series, practitioners can glean new approaches in challenging times and collaborate on the exploration of scholarly solutions to professional quandaries.  

How to submit

We are currently seeking proposals for the 2022 volume on Libraries and the Second Responder Role.   If you are interested in contributing to this volume, please send a proposal including author details and estimated length of final submission to Samantha Hines at samhines@gmail.com by December 15.

Submission deadlines

  • Submission deadline for proposals:  December 15, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance sent by:  January 30, 2022
  • Submission deadline for full chapters:  June 14, 2022
  • Comments returned to authors:  August 15, 2022
  • Submission deadline for chapter revisions:  October 15, 2022

Monday, October 04, 2021

CFP: LOEX 2022 - Ypsilanti, Michigan May 5-7, 2022 #LibraryInstruction #LOEX

The LOEX 2022 Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit breakout session proposals for consideration to the 50th Annual LOEX Conference. The conference will be held May 5-7, 2022 in Ypsilanti, Michigan (near Ann Arbor...and my home FWIW).

CFP URL: http://www.loexconference.org/breakout-proposals/

CFP Posters Information: http://www.loexconference.org/poster-proposals/

Breakout Session Proposals

The LOEX 2022 Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit breakout session proposals for consideration to the 50th Annual LOEX Conference. The conference will be held May 5-7, 2022.

Successful proposals will showcase effective and innovative library instruction & information literacy practices, provide valuable information that participants can utilize at their libraries, support collaboration, and be applicable to a broad variety of academic institutions.

Breakout Session Format

Two types of proposals will be accepted:

  • Presentation: A 50-minute session that includes time for a 40-45 minute presentation and 5-10 minutes of question and answer. Most feature a successful program, practice or key issue related to instruction or information literacy. Presenter(s) should include in the proposal a description of the topic and an outline of the presentation. Based on past experience, sessions can have as few as 25 people or as many as 150.  
  • Interactive Workshops: A 50-minute session where the presenter facilitates a learning experience in which attendees develop or explore teaching and/or research techniques. Presenters are expected to facilitate a well-planned and interactive session. Proposals should include a description of the topic and details on how the presenter will make this session a "hands-on" experience for attendees.  Workshops are intended for an audience typically of 30-60 people, but can be as high as 90.

For all breakouts, the exact number of participants won't be known until the session takes place; however, estimates of attendance based on the results of an interest survey will be provided to the presenters before the conference.  

Proposal Tracks

Proposals should reflect elements of one of the following six tracks:

  • Pedagogy: Instructional Nuts and Bolts    

It’s essential that we help students build a foundation for their own learning. Give us your blueprint to student success: How do you use  instructional design principles, learning outcomes/objectives, or authentic engagement activities to foster student learning? How do you create a classroom engaged in critical, anti-racist discourse? What practices do you use to keep your classrooms humming with learning? How do you adapt your instruction to meet the needs in online and hybrid learning environments?

  • Assessment: Building in Quality Control

Grab your clipboard and tell us how you measure instructional output and impacts. How do you ensure total quality management of student learning? Have you found ways to mass produce meaningful and authentic assessment around your library instruction? How have you represented diverse voices and perspectives in your measurement initiatives? This part of our work has always been important, but it is mission critical and offers potential for future growth.

  • Innovation: R&D in Information Literacy Instruction

Necessity is the mother of invention! How have you adapted your instructional role for changing times?  How are you rethinking library spaces, tools, technology, resources, and instructional formats to reimagine what information literacy can look like? What theories or techniques have been the engines in moving your classroom forward? Tell us about your own instructional research and development, and how new discoveries are reshaping your teaching approaches.

  • Leadership: Stepping Up to the Line

Leaders are built at all points along the line -- in formal and informal ways. Half of the battle is leading from where you stand! How are you establishing your library, your instruction program, or yourself as a leader in information literacy at your institution? Share your advice on developing leadership skills, managing larger-scale instructional projects, or advancing your library’s teaching presence on campus.

  • Failures and Problem-Solving: Overhauling and Reinventing

Even the best designs have flaws, and failure is often part of the process. How have you transformed failures into successes? How have you developed problem-solving skills and strategies? What strategies have you used to break through bottlenecks in students’ learning?

  • Collaboration and Outreach: Assembling Diverse Production Teams

Instructional allies are key to any information literacy instruction effort. How have you developed partnerships to respond to changing climates at your institution? How have you forged strategic alliances to advance an inclusive vision of your institution? What are the  strategies you’ve used to maintain existing or longstanding partnerships? How do you know when a collaboration reaches the end of the line and it’s time to part ways?

Submission Information

Proposals can be submitted only through the online submission form and must be received by Monday, November 29, 2021. The primary contact for the proposal will receive an automated email indicating receipt of the proposal when it is submitted and will be notified if the proposal has been accepted for presentation by Monday, January 17, 2022.

If your proposal is accepted, then up to three presenters will be automatically registered for the conference and required to pay registration in full by the due date in April. Presenters are encouraged to submit a full paper version of their presentation (see due dates below) for inclusion in the LOEX Conference Proceedings.

All proposals must include the following:

  • Session title (limit 20 words)
  • Short description of the session (limit 100 words)
  • Long description of the session (limit 500 words)
  • List of 1-3 learning outcomes (visit Tips on Writing Learning Outcomes from the University Library at UIUC for guidance)
  • Type of audience(s) for which the session is intended

You do not need to be a LOEX member to submit a conference proposal. We accept the best proposals, regardless of institution or membership. LOEX membership only matters for general registration, which begins Friday, February 11, 2022.

Note: Failure to pay the registration fee will result in the cancellation of presentation and conference registration. All presenters are responsible for paying their own travel and lodging expenses.  

Proposal Timeline

  • Monday, November 29, 2021: Deadline to submit proposals
  • Monday, January 17, 2022: Notification of acceptance of proposal
  • Thursday, May 5 - Saturday, May 7, 2022: 50th Annual LOEX Conference
  • Friday, April 29, 2022 Deadline for all Presentation presenters to submit full papers (up to 2500 words) for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings  
  • Friday, May 27, 2022:  Deadline for all Interactive Workshop presenters to submit full papers (up to 2500 words) for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings  

Proposal Selection Criteria

Successful proposals will showcase effective and innovative library instruction & information literacy practices, provide valuable information that participants can utilize at their libraries, support collaboration, and be applicable to the broad variety of academic institutions.

The committee will be using a rubric to score the proposals. Along with the criteria listed under the session format descriptions, the rubric scores each proposal on:

  • Content and objectives of presentation
  • Relevance to the selected conference theme and track and to the field of library instruction
  • Originality and creativity
  • Demonstrated expertise of the presenter(s) on the topic
  • Methods used to inform and also engage the audience

In addition, the rubric scores Presentation proposals on how well they utilize a variety of presentation modes; Interactive Workshop proposals are scored on the degree and type of audience participation.

All committee members participate in the review process.  Each proposal will undergo double-blind peer review by two committee members and be scored based on our rubric. Upon receiving the recommendations of the reviewers, the LOEX Director and conference co-chairs will conduct an equity check to ensure diversity in presenters, institution types, and topics

Presenter Benefits

The solid reputation of the LOEX Conference ensures that presenters benefit as much as their audience. Presenters can expect to:

  • Contribute to the field of library instruction and information literacy
  • Receive professional recognition at the conference
  • Highlight their institution's accomplishments
  • Publish a full paper on the presentation topic in the LOEX Conference Proceedings
  • Obtain valuable feedback from colleagues
  • Receive up to three registration spots set aside, per session, for presenters at the LOEX Conference