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ARLG Conference 2019 - Call for Papers

Posted By Laura Williams, 03 December 2018
Updated: 06 December 2018

 We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Academic & Research Libraries Group (ARLG) 2019,  to be hosted on June 3, 4 2019 in Teesside University, Darlington Campus. In response to concerns raised about our conference theme we are amending our call for papers.


CILIP ARLG have taken your comments and response to our call for papers seriously and are willing to learn and adapt.

We want to counter the ‘more with less’ trope by taking a more critical approach in our conference. Our conference title will be altered to capture this and we are clarifying the conference description 

We are not endorsing cuts, the reality is that nearly all of us are expected to do more with the resources we have. 

We want to enable people to learn from each other about working effectively in difficult circumstances.

We welcome debate in this area and would be happy to receive suggested papers which adopt critical approaches

We want people to take practical advice from the conference which will help them in their everyday roles, so examples of projects or activities you have done would be great. 


The Academic and Research Libraries Group (ARLG) aims to provide a focus and forum for the professional concerns and interests of everyone working in academic (HE and FE) or research libraries, The ARLG conference is a great opportunity for participants to hear and learn about best practice, to be inspired by exemplars and to expand their network. This welcoming conference brings delegates together from a range of different institutions and backgrounds and we especially would like to see students and new professionals attend.

The overall theme for the conference is:

Doing more with lessin search for opportunities 


We are looking for sessions to cover the following strands:

  • Information Literacy
  • UX, Marketing & Promotion
  • Resources (staffing & budgets)
  • Measuring Impact
  • Supporting Research
  • Collection Development and Management



Workshops should be practical and allow participants to engage with new content. This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate new approaches and creativity which has involved little or no cost. When submitting your abstract we ask you to include a summary of the intended learning outcomes and a workshop plan outlining activities and timings. Workshops are 60 minutes long.

Abstract length: 500 words (including workshop outline)


Short presentation

Have you recently completed a project on a shoestring budget? How did this work for you? We are interested in hearing the positives and negatives! Short presentations give you 20 minutes to take a high level overview of key elements of the project and share both what you did and what has changed (30 minutes total).

Abstract length: 300 words


Show and Tell

Four show-and-tell presenters are grouped for a 60-minute session. The show-and-tell presenters are each allotted five minutes to introduce their initiative/project on no more than two slides. The presenters are also provided with a display area, suitable for a laptop for film viewing, a poster or hand-out summarising the initiative, and/or examples of materials.

After all show-and-tell presenters have given their brief presentations, session participants can visit the displays and talk further with presenters about their work. The time available allows participants to review several projects and talk individually with presenters. An advantage for presenters is that they can inform participants about their work via a variety of display materials.

Abstract length: 300 words


Lightning Talks

Lightning talks are 5 minute presentations which give the opportunity to share new, exciting, or just interesting projects from the past year. Presentations can be delivered individually or by a group/team, and can be presented with or without slides.

Abstract length: 300 words


ARLG is committed to encouraging diversity at the conference and we would specifically like to encourage proposals from members of the BAME community and other under-represented communities in the sector.

Deadline for proposals:

  • Call for presentations opens: 4 December 2018
  • Call for presentations deadline: 1 February 2019
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 1 March 2019
  • Full presentation submission deadline: 24 May 2019

Applications must be sent to

Your abstract should include why people should attend the talk and what they might get out of it. You should consider how you are going to engage delegates

All proposals are peer reviewed by the conference planning team.


Registration for the conference will open in March 2019. In the meantime, please save the conference date in your diaries, submit a proposal, and please help us spread the news about ARLG Conference 2019 by sharing this mail with your colleagues and follow us on Twitter @CILIP_ARLG  

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