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(via Kendall Hobbs, Wesleyan University)

Joint Call for Proposals

Joint Annual Conference: Finding the Balance

 2020 ACRL New England Chapter (ACRL/NEC) &  New England Library Instruction Group (NELIG – A Special Interest Group of ACRL/NEC)

May 26-27, 2020

Rhode Island Convention Center

Providence, RI

Library work is often a balancing act. We seek proposals from staff, faculty, administrators, and students in all areas of librarianship that explore the ways we find balance in our profession, among our coworkers, patrons or students, and with our lives beyond the workplace.

About the 2020 Two-Day Conference:  ACRL New England Chapter and New England Library Instruction Group (NELIG) are joining up to offer two days of conference engagement: May 26 will focus primarily on instruction, while May 27 will include all areas of librarianship (including instruction).

·         May 26: A day dedicated to library instruction and led by NELIG.  There will be no vendors on this day. There will be social events in the evening.

·         May 27: A day dedicated to all areas of librarianship and led by ACRL/NEC.  A variety of vendors will be exhibiting on this day. There will be a poster session on this day.

There are many ways to interpret this year’s conference theme; we encourage your creative ideas. Topics may include but are not limited to:

·         Wellness initiatives in libraries

·         Growing sustainable instruction programs

·         Balancing the instructional needs of diverse library users

·         Balancing budgets

·         Diversity, equity, and inclusion in libraries

·         Balancing space needs in libraries

·         Developing balanced collections for all user needs

·         Work-life balance

·         Balancing cataloging metadata in diverse formats

Proposal Due Date: Friday, January 24, 2020, 10:59 PM CDT

Submit your proposal and find details about session formats and submission requirements at

Questions? Email the 2020 NELIG and ACRL/NEC Program Planning Committee at

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(via the Conference planners)

Attend the ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education) 2020 Annual Conference, October 20-23, 2020, in Pittsburgh, PA to explore the interconnected world of library and information sciences, archives, knowledge management, information management, media studies, informatics, data science, computer science, and communications.
Transforming LIS Education in an Interconnected World

Library and information science (LIS) education continues to be transformed by technological advances, international trends, and expanded interconnectedness, both local and global. “Change” has become a buzzword but also a constant reality. Our social settings, educational environments, and workplaces are fluid and fast-paced. In an era shaped by the continuing evolution of the information landscape, ALISE ’20 will focus on the challenges and opportunities these transformations present to LIS educators in terms of institutional narratives, sustainability, and the positioning of LIS as an increasingly interdisciplinary field.

LIS education is affected by growing diversity, the pervasive culture of metrics and performance indicators, widespread misinformation campaigns, the need to project clear institutional images, the imperative of the public good and sustainability, and the need to prove the value of higher education and professional activities to community stakeholders, professional collaborators, and funding agencies. These trends present an auspicious field of activity to LIS educators, students, and researchers but also challenge them to stay relevant, creative, up-to-date, responsive to change, and proactive for the future.

The ALISE 2020 Annual Conference invites participants to engage with these notions of change and all aspects of the transformation of LIS education.

For more information on the Conference in general, please go to

Instructions for submitting a proposal are available at The deadline is Sunday, March 15.

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(via Melissa Harden, University of Notre Dame)

Is there an instruction issue you wish more folks were talking about?

The Instruction Section (IS) Current Issues Virtual Discussion Forum is an opportunity for library workers to explore and discuss pressing topics related to library instruction and information literacy. The IS Discussion Group Steering Committee welcomes topic proposals from individuals who are interested in facilitating the discussion. We strongly encourage proposals that promote participant reflection and discussion.

Proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • clarity of focus
  • how well the topic lends itself to meaningful discussion
  • observed significance of the proposed issue for library workers and learners

The Discussion Group Steering Committee will support the selected facilitator by issuing a second call for panelists in addition to hosting and publicizing the forum.

Application Deadline: Thursday, February 27, 2020, 11:59 PM EDT

To submit a proposal, please use the online submission form,

Applicants will be notified by March 31, 2020.

To see examples of past discussion topics, view the digests of past discussions online (


Contact the ACRL IS Discussion Group Steering Committee Chair, Melissa Harden ( or Vice-Chair, Kristy Nowak (

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(via the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

The organizers of the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium (LSLS) invite breakout session proposals for our ninth annual conference to be held on June 5, 2020, at the University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A. Martin Library in Duluth, Minnesota.

This year’s theme, “Mapping Our Identity”, invites attendees to explore the varied identities of libraries and library workers and how those identities shift in response to external events, personal development, changes in communities, and more. At LSLS20 we will ask, and hopefully start to answer, the questions of “Who are we?”, “Who do we want to become”, and “How are we getting there?”.  Learn more here.

Proposals are due Sunday, March 29.

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(via Denise Wetzel, Florida State University)

This year, the 2020 Southeast Science Boot Camp for Librarians  will be held for the first time in sunny Tallahassee, Florida at Florida State University from June 3 to 5.

This year’s boot camp provides an affordable opportunity for librarians to hear presentations about current scientific research, to hear “data blitz” talks from other science and health sciences librarians, and to network with librarians in the region. This year the theme is Energy, and we are planning an exciting slate of speakers and activities you won’t want to miss!

For a preliminary schedule, speaker bios, and links to registration and a proposal submission form, please visit:

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for info on speakers, schedules, and the upcoming call for “Date Blitz” speakers, and more!

Register here:

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(via Jennifer Schwartz, DePaul University)

Deadline extended to Friday, January 24

The 19th Annual Information Literacy Summit at Moraine Valley is now accepting proposals for breakout sessions.

19th Annual Information Literacy Summit

Challenging the status quo: Rethinking information literacy theories and practices

Friday, April 3, 2020, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Presented by DePaul University Library and Moraine Valley Community College Library

Located at the Moraine Valley Community College campus

Keynote Address

Dr. Laura Saunders, Associate Professor at Simmons University School of Library and Information Science.

Call for Proposals

We are seeking presenters to lead engaging and interactive discussions about information literacy and library instruction. We are especially interested in breakout sessions and panels which focus on this year’s theme: Challenging the status quo: Rethinking information literacy theories and practices. We hope to foster conversations across all types of libraries, schools, and other organizations and encourage a diversity of perspectives in this proposal call.

The Summit is a regional conference which will be held at the Moraine Valley Community College campus. If you wish to propose more than one breakout session, please fill out a form for each topic. Breakout sessions and panels will be 50 minutes long and should include audience interaction or discussion. Panel discussions should have a three person maximum. Hands-on lessons and demonstrations (and/or practical takeaways) are encouraged. Sessions typically have 20-40 participants.

The submission should include a 200-300 word description of your session. Please include learning outcomes and a brief explanation of why people should attend your session and what they will take away. A shorter abstract (around 100 words) for publication in the Summit programming will be required as well.

Please fill out this Google form to propose a breakout session

Deadline to submit proposals is Friday, January 24, 2020

Some possible topics for sessions include:

  • Social Justice
  • The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
  • Information literacy practices
  • Privacy
  • Literacy
  • Learning analytics
  • Neutrality
  • News and Media Literacy
  • Critical Pedagogies
  • Service Learning
  • Student Curiosity and Creativity
  • Student Centered Teaching and Learning
  • Students as creators
  • Reflective Practice
  • Communities of Practice
  • Programmatic assessments

For more information, please contact a Summit organizer:

DePaul University Library

Jill King,, 773-325-7274

Jennifer Schwartz,, 773-325-7830

Moraine Valley Community College Library

Tish Hayes,, 708-974-5734

Troy Swanson,, 708-974-5439

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(via Rashelle Nagar, Yale University)

Mark your calendars now. Beyond the Numbers is coming back in 2020.

Save the date!

Beyond the Numbers

November 18-20

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Call for papers coming soon!

Beyond the Numbers is a *free conference* to address the challenges of economic information. We are bringing together experts to share their experiences at the frontier of economic data and information, discuss problems and potential solutions, and identify ways to improve access to and understanding of economic information.

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(via Dr. Amanda Folk, The Ohio State University)

The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) is accepting paper submissions for the LRRT Research Forum at the 2020 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. The LRRT Research Forum will feature 15-minute presentations of library and information science (LIS) research followed by discussion. Proposals are due Friday, January 17.  Notification of acceptance will be made in mid-February 2020.

Description of the Session

This session will present three peer-reviewed papers describing research with the potential to make significant contributions to the field of library and information science (LIS). The three papers will be selected as examples of research excellence, with a focus on work exemplifying strong use of theory, clear and well-organized research design, and appropriate data gathering and analysis methods.

Submissions emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS are welcome. Topics can include information access, user behavior, electronic services, service effectiveness, emerging technologies, organizational structure, and personnel. All researchers, including practitioners from all types of libraries and other organizations, LIS faculty, graduate students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals. Both members and nonmembers of LRRT are welcome.

The selection committee will use a blind review process to select three papers. Authors will be required to present their papers in person at the forum and to register for the conference. Criteria for selection include:

  • Significance of the research problem to LIS research and practice
  • Quality and creativity of the methodology/methods/research design
  • Clarity of the connection to existing LIS research

Please note that research accepted for publication by January 31, 2020 cannot be considered.

Each submission must consist of no more than two pages. On the first page, list the author names, titles, institutional affiliations, and contact information, including mailing addresses and email addresses.

The second page must NOT show your name or any personally identifying information. Instead, it must include:

  • The paper title
  • A 500-word abstract of the research project, including: 1) a problem statement and significance, 2) project objectives, 3) methods/methodology, and 4) conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress)
  • A brief statement saying if the research is complete or ongoing and listing the project beginning and end dates.

Send submissions via e-mail to Audrey Church,, with the subject line: LRRT Research Forum Proposal

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(via Julie Martin, Northeast Document Conservation Center)

NEDCC Presents: DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections
April 6-7, 2020 – Tucson, Arizona

Early-bird deadline is Friday, January 31!

JOIN US in beautiful Tucson for a comprehensive overview of digital preservation, presented by information professionals with experience in the preservation of cultural heritage materials. During the two-day training, you will learn about good practices and practical strategies for creating and managing digital collections. Connect with colleagues who share your challenges and gain confidence in decision-making for the preservation of your digital assets.

Are you just getting started in digitization and digital preservation? Trying to bring several digital projects together into a cohesive digital preservation program? Or are you well into a digital collections project and need a refresher on the latest standards and best practices?

The Digital Directions conference is geared toward professionals working with digital collections at archives, libraries, museums, historical organizations, government agencies, corporate archives, and other organizations that steward digital collections. Students are also welcome, and a discounted registration rate is available.

Topics include: concepts and standards, selection and prioritization, born digital collections, digital preservation tools, metadata, copyright, storage, preserving audiovisual collections, access, and digital preservation assessment.


(Seats are limited – register early –  we sold out last year!)

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(via Debbie Campbell, CARLI)

Please save the date to attend the eighth annual CARLI Instruction Showcase to be held on Friday, May 29, at Harper College in Palatine, IL.

Our call for presenters, and the opening of registration, are both forthcoming.

More information is available here.

Please send any questions to

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