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(via Dr. Nina Exner, Virginia Commonwealth University)

Empirical Librarians ( is a small conference that specifically focuses on the unique place of original research and original researchers in the larger information environment. We are a place where librarians who do research and librarians who support research can come together to share ideas and insights about original research by patrons and librarians.

The 6th Empirical Librarians conference seeks presentation proposals from librarians, library professionals, and LIS students on our two conference topic tracks:

1.       supporting original research, through faculty and graduate outreach, scholarly communications, etc.; and

2.       performing research in libraries.

Proposals can be concurrent sessions, either as presentations or panels, or can be short lightning talks. In Track 1 we especially encourage presentations that focus on the unique needs of patrons who are doing research, and how working with researchers is different from supporting non-researcher patrons. In Track 2 we especially encourage discussions of practical methodology, including why research could be or was done a certain way and what lessons were learned that may help attendees do their own research.

Please submit proposal abstracts and information at this form (

The deadline to submit proposals is October 18, 2019. Proposal authors will receive notice of acceptance or requests to revise with feedback in late November.

Presenters will be expected to register as regular attendees. Registration will open in early November. Thanks to support from our sponsors, University of Tennessee Libraries and the VCU Libraries, we have been able to maintain a modest registration rate. We anticipate registration to cost $65 for early bird registration for the day-and-a-half conference.

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(via the Academic Library Association of Ohio)

Remember to register for the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) annual conference Academic Libraries Speak Up! Advocate. Collaborate. Educate.

The conference will be held on Friday, October 18th at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus, OH, with a preconference workshop and training on Thursday, October 17th.

Thursday events include:

·  An afternoon workshop on intergroup dialogue in academic libraries with facilitators Ione Damasco, Mérida Allen, and Chanel P. Wright from the University of Dayton.

·  A FREE evening active allyship training with facilitators Petey Peterson and Dr. Nicole Carter from Wright State University.

Friday events include:

·  A keynote address by Char Booth with a theme of justice-based advocacy in leadership.

·  28 breakout sessions from your colleagues in Ohio and surrounding states (program available soon).

·  Nearly 40 posters and roundtable discussions.

Registration is required for all events.



$85 ALAO/MiALA Members

$115 Non ALAO Members

Ally Training
FREE (Registration required)


$165 ALAO/MiALA Members

$195 Non ALAO Members

$100 ALAO Student Members/Retirees

For registration and more information, please visit:

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(via Dr. Jennifer Sweeney, JK Sweeney and Associates LLC)

October 16-19, 2019

School of Library & Information Science

University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC

LRS VII kicks off on October 16 with a half-day preconference workshop on methods.  Do you want to be involved in research but don’t know where to start?  This workshop is just for you!  This workshop was designed and organized by Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway and brings in methods experts from academic and public libraries.   Read on for more:

LRS VII Preconference Workshop:  Choosing Methods, Crafting Questions, Visualizing Results: A step-by-step assessment methods workshop for demonstrating library impact

Weds. Oct. 16, 9 am – 12 noon

Assessment matters, but despite available research support and how-to guides, putting together a study can be difficult. This series of workshops will consist of guided practical exercises that break down the major steps in an assessment study: choosing a method for collecting and analyzing the data, defining the problem and crafting answerable research questions (RQs), and telling the story with a compelling narrative and understandable visualizations. Through guided activities and problem-led instruction, participants come away with an action plan for investigating their own library assessment questions and demonstrating impact to their stakeholders.

Prior to attending this 3 hour preconference session, participants should think about a research problem or question they wish to address. In this session, participants will learn about five data collection methods for assessment: surveys, interviews (individual and focus group), structured observations, ethnographic research, and analytics (e.g., log analysis, resource-based usage and statistics).  A panel will describe these assessment methods and outline each method’s advantages and disadvantages. Participants will choose a preferred method and work in groups to apply that method to their problem/research question.

Follow up session 1: Thurs. Oct 17, 9 am – 10:30 am:

Crafting answerable research questions

Crafting answerable research questions constitutes a critical step in the assessment process. However, significant foundational work is needed before RQs can be written. In this session, participants will learn how to perform this foundational work, which entails learning about the assessment process, gathering existing research and identifying gaps in the literature, and developing a research problem statement based on these gaps and institutional context. With these steps in mind, this session will provide participants with a series of guided exercises to help them engage in the foundational work necessary to draft appropriate RQs. Participants will lead the session with answerable RQs that suit their institutional context; these questions will be used to launch the following workshop.

Followup session 2: Friday Oct. 18, 9:30 am – 11 am:

Crafting a compelling assessment narrative with data visualization

Two ways to enhance understanding of the results of assessment activities are to identify significant findings with compelling data visualizations and to address the unique concerns of the library’s stakeholders. This session will begin with a demonstration of how common data (e.g., interview, usage statistics) can be made more accessible using the ACRL/OCLC Literature Analysis Dashboard’s Charts and Graphs feature. During the remainder of the session, the session presenters will share best practices for communicating data in ways that are meaningful and accessible to stakeholders. Then, participants will apply what they’ve learned in a guided, interactive exercise where they will identify their stakeholders and their priorities, needs, and concerns, and brainstorm strategies for communicating results to them.

Click here to register:

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(via Cathy Mayer, Trinity Christian College)

On October 18th, faculty, staff, & librarians are invited to the campus of North Park University for the inaugural Chicago Research Summit! A registration fee<> of only $30 will provide access to a wealth of information, including:

  • Keynote: David Van Zytveld, Director of Loyola University’s Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL)
  • Morning & Afternoon Breakout Sessions featuring faculty & librarians from across Chicagoland
  • Lunch & “Taste of Chicago Collections” provide a sampling of rich resources available in our region

Curious to know more?  Check out the line-up of sessions on our website<>!

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(via CARLI)

Don′t forget to register for the 2019 CARLI Annual Meeting to be held Friday, November 15 at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. Staff at any CARLI member library are invited to attend.

A meeting of the CARLI Library Governing Directors will precede the Annual Meeting. Directors should register for this meeting if they are planning to attend. A separate registration is required for each meeting.

Space is limited. Registration closes Thursday, November 7.

A special room rate of $149 has been arranged at the I-Hotel and Conference Center for those who are planning to travel to Champaign on Thursday, November 14. This room block is only available until October 14. Please book your rooms as soon as possible if you are planning to stay overnight in Champaign. To make reservations, contact the I-Hotel directly at 217-819-5000 or []book online. Use the Reservation Code CARLI2019 when making your reservation.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Reaching Forward Conference Committee is accepting program submissions for the 2020 Conference, which will be held Friday, May 1, at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

Proposals must be submitted using the online proposal form. Incomplete proposals can be saved and revised any time prior to the submission deadline.

All program slots are 60 minutes. The conference programming is organized by the following tracks:

  • Advocacy and Funding
  • Collections and Technical Services
  • Community Engagement and Customer Service
  • Diversity and Special Populations
  • Human Resources
  • Ignite Sessions
  • Leadership and Management
  • Marketing and Outreach
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Programming
  • Reference and Readers Advisory
  • Technology
  • Wellness
  • Youth and Young Adult Services

You will be asked to provide the following information about your proposed session:

  • Speaker(s) information
  • Program title and description
  • Program Track
  • Speaker qualifications to speak on topic
  • Learning outcomes for attendees
  • Room setup, preferred time of day
  • Program experience level and format
  • Additional information you’d like to share with the committee

The deadline to submit a program proposal is Friday, October 18.

Reaching Forward provides complimentary registration for conference speakers. Conference speakers who are employed by or a trustee of a library (academic, public, school, special), a library agency, or library school located in the State of Illinois are not eligible to receive an honorarium.


To submit a proposal, please go to

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), in partnership with the American Library Association and Illinois Library Association, invites you to “More Speech: A Conversation about the First Amendment,” a panel discussion examining how the First Amendment impacts art and civic life, freedom of speech, and expression. The event will include opening remarks from Elissa Tenny (President, School of the Art Institute) and Andrea Telli (Commissioner, Chicago Public Library) as well a keynote address from David Hiller (President, Robert R. McCormick Foundation), and a panel of experts moderated by former WGN-TV News anchor and journalist Robert Jordan.

This free event will be held from 6:15 to 7:30 PM on Tuesday, October 1, at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago. Registration is required to attend. The event will be accessible via live streams at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield), Southern Illinois University (Carbondale), and Shawnee Community College Education Center (Ullin).

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(via Lori Mardis, Northwest Missouri State University)

Please join us for the 19th Annual Brick & Click Library Conference on November 1, 2019 at Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri. Network, hear practical take-aways ready to implement at your own library, and enter to win lots of great door prizes (including two Kindle Fires)! Register by October 18th

To register, go here.

Presentation categories include:

  • access services
  • administration
  • archives
  • collection management
  • instruction and reference
  • technical services
  • technology

See session descriptions and presenters here.

To keep costs affordable, proceedings will be accessible online to all attendees. Attendees wanting a print copy of the proceedings will be able to purchase them from the registration page.

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(via Twanna Hodge, SUNY Upstate Medical University)

We hope this email finds you all well. The Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the NCAAL XI Programming Committee extends an invitation to all library professionals and vendors to join us in presenting educational and thought-provoking programs and workshops at the 11th National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from Wednesday, August 5 – Sunday, August 9, 2020.

The submission link will be available in the last week of September. The information below is for you to know the kind of information we will be collecting. Do not submit any proposals to

We are making this information available to help encourage getter participation, aid with proposal development, and allow time for questions, comments, or concerns.

Below is a link to the call for proposals. It is a read-only version. To obtain a PDF copy, please contact the conference organizers at the e-mail address below.

Please, direct questions about the 11th NCAAL conference programs to

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(via Jodie Borgerding, Amigos Library Services)

As the cost of textbooks and other educational materials are exponentially increasing, many institutions of higher education and PK-12 schools are adopting open educational resources (OER) as alternatives for their students. Libraries are starting to see OER as part of a trickle-down effect. More and more librarians are now being tasked with supporting faculty, students, and other members of their communities with the adoption of OER.

Join us on December 4, 2019 for an Amigos Library Services online conference, The Library’s Role in Supporting Open Educational Resources, where we will explore the roles libraries of all types play in supporting open educational resources.

Amigos Library Services is now accepting 45-minute presentation proposals for this conference. Suggested topic areas include but are not limited to:

  • Understanding open educational resources
  • Teaching and learning with OER
  • Finding and vetting OER
  • The value of OER
  • Implementing OER initiatives in the library and/or community
  • Measuring the impact of OER on learning, the community, and/or the library
  • Policies & strategies for OER
  • Supporting faculty, students, and the community with OER
  • Accessibility, availability, and affordability of OER
  • Future and sustainability of OER
  • Legal and ethical considerations for OER

If you can speak to one of these topics, or have another idea in mind, please submit your proposal at by September 25, 2019. Don’t worry if you’ve never presented online. It’s easy, and we are happy to train you and will provide technical support during your presentation.

For more information about this conference, contact Jodie Borgerding,

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