Call for Proposals

For the 2020 ACRL/NY Symposium, we are seeking proposals for presentations and panels about the intersection of libraries and research institutions with civics, governance, and democracy. How are civic issues impacting collections and services? How do libraries foster engagement with civic issues and the democratic process throughout the community? How do ideas of “library neutrality” affect how we engage with these issues?

We welcome proposals from all levels of library staff. 

Potential perspectives include but are not limited to:

Diverse voices: participation of diverse groups in decision making and programming.

Ethical Leadership: explorations of institutional authority and power dynamics, formal and informal practices of good governance and resistance.

Public Services, Outreach, and Instruction: library programming, creative partnerships in and outside the institution, information literacy.

Acquisitions/Collection Development: new and interesting collections meant to encourage civic discussion and activism, purchasing issues, resources sharing.

Technical Services and Access:  authority control and the algorithmic impact of information retrieval, scholarly communications, artificial intelligence.

The ACRL/NY 2020 Symposium will be held completely online. We are seeking proposals to fill 60 minute (50 minute presentation; 10 minute Q&A) and 30 minute (20 minute presentation; 10 minute Q&A) slots. We are open to a mixture of presentation types and formats. 

Proposals should be 250-500 words in length, submitted by June 26th­­­.

Submit your presentation abstract here.

Questions regarding submitting or about the Symposium in general can be sent to the Symposium chair, Sharell Walker.

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