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Reminder: Proposals Deadline for 2018 KLA/SLA Joint Spring Conference is Dec. 15

(via Lindsay Harmon, IACRL Past President, on behalf of Andrew Adler, Georgetown College)

The submission deadline for proposals is fast approaching! Thinking about submitting one? Please do so by the 15th. We want to see you – and your work – in Kentucky!

2018 Joint Spring Conference – User Experience: Where the Library and Patrons Meet

The planning committee of the 2018 KLA/SLA Joint Spring Conference is pleased to announce the call for proposals for mini-sessions and poster presentations is now open. Built around the theme of User Experience, roughly defined as the measure of your end user’s interaction with your library: its brand, its product, and its services, the committee welcomes submissions from presenters based on this topic and any topics that may apply. A list of these topics includes, but is not limited to, the following.

  • user design
  • usability
  • website management
  • space assessments
  • signage
  • data collection
  • accessibility
  • information architecture
  • visual design
  • information literacy
  • leadership/management

Scheduled for April 4 – 6 at General Butler State Resort Park, the Joint Spring Conference is a collaboration between the Academic and Special Library Sections of the Kentucky Library Association and the Kentucky Chapter of the Special Libraries Association.

The deadline to submit abstracts is December 15, 2017. To submit your abstract, please click the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/2GJmmDUVKUMzFBV42. Your abstract should include:

  • presenter(s) name
  • institution name
  • library name
  • presentation title
  • presentation type: mini-session or poster
  • short (250-word) abstract of your presentation or poster

Mini-sessions will be 50-minute formal presentations by the presenter. Poster presentation submissions are also welcome for display and discussion during our poster reception on Thursday evening.

All submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and all submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance thinking about user experiences. All accepted presenters will be required to register for the conference, but may do so at the member rate.

Important Dates:

Friday, December 15, 2017 – Submission Deadline
Friday, January 12, 2018 – Acceptance Notification
Friday, March 2, 2018 – Early Bird Registration Deadline
Friday, March 30, 2018 – Registration Deadline

Registration Fees:

Full Conference –

Member 115 / 145

Non-Member 155 / 185

Student 25 / 25

One Day –

Member 80 / 100

Non-Member 105 / 125

Student 25 / 25

*Members include those individuals who are members of any of the following: KLA – Academic Library Section, KLA – Special Library Section, SLA – Kentucky Chapter

*Conference registration will open soon. Be on the lookout for that upcoming announcement!

On behalf of the planning committee, we thank you for your interest in the conference and look forward to your submissions.

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