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Call for Papers - ARLG Spring Conference 2019

Posted By Jackie Oliver, 08 January 2019

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 have amended our call for papers.

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. We encourage debate and welcome submissions which adopt critical approaches as we all work through an incredible time of change. We want delegates to take away practical advice from the conference which will help them in their everyday roles, so examples of projects or activities that you have worked on would be very welcome.

The overall theme for the conference is: Working Smarter in a Time of Change.

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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