The Engaged Librarian: Libraries Partnering with Campus and Community

CALL FOR JURIED PROPOSALS: Library Research Seminar VI
“The Engaged Librarian: Libraries Partnering with Campus and Community”

WHEN: October 7-9, 2014

WHERE: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign iHotel and
Conference Center.

WHO: Hosted jointly by the University of Illinois Graduate School of
Library and Information Science, the University Library, and the
Library Research Roundtable of the American Library Association.

WHY: 21st century librarianship has witnessed new forms of cooperation
between librarians and the communities they serve. Academic libraries
have adopted new roles that span the scholarly communication lifecycle
and advance digital humanities, data stewardship, and eScience
initiatives. Public libraries have become community focal points for
programming that meets the learning needs of children and their
families, encourages the creative use of new technologies, and reaches
out to include new and diverse communities. Creative school librarians
also work with others to examine issues related to the common core
standards, the development of programs that promote and complement
curricula, and the exploration of new learning and teaching models.

WHAT: This conference will bring together academics and practitioners,
including faculty and graduate students from library schools and
iSchools, and academic, public and school librarians. The conference
will focus on how collaboration and cross-disciplinary research can
create new knowledge and chart a course for partnerships with deep and
lasting impact. The LRS VI Program Planning Committee invites
proposals for papers, panels, posters and workshops. We welcome
creative contributions from individuals and groups in the following
theme areas.

HOW: A lively discussion of paper, panel, poster, and workshop
presentations and activities.

Example topics include, but are not limited to:
*Cutting-edge research that crosses boundaries within and beyond
the field of library and information science
*The process and products of collaboration: lessons learned and
best practices that establish librarians as full research, teaching,
and learning partners in academic or community settings
*Librarian-faculty partnerships, their impact on research, and the
influence of their findings on the collaborative approach
*Identification of knowledge gaps and research agendas
*Intra-institutional, inter-institutional and trans-national collaborations
*Community engagement and community informatics projects–stories
of success and possible scenarios for the future
*Examples of recruiting, training, and mentoring the next
generation of librarians to be research, teaching, and learning
partners in their campus and communities

Proposal Submission Guidelines & Formats
The deadline for submission of proposals is May 15, 2014. In addition
to an abstract, each author or panelist must provide a separate
biographical statement (maximum of 50 words).

*Paper proposals must include a title, author(s), format, and
abstract (maximum of 500 words).
*Paper proposals should be submitted individually, and they will
be grouped with others on a common theme, typically for a 90-minute
session comprised of three paper presentations. The abstract
submitted should state the focus of the paper and the way(s) in which
it contributes to the body of knowledge in the field. Presentation
time for papers should be no more than 20 minutes.

*Poster proposals must include a title, author(s), format, and
abstract (maximum of 500 words).
*This formal graphic presentation of the topic, offers an
excellent opportunity for reporting on evaluation results and
gathering detailed feedback on one’s work. Posters should be no larger
than 40″ high and 44″ wide. Graduate student submissions are

*Panel proposals must include title, author(s), format, and
abstract (maximum of 750 words).
*The abstract should describe how three or more panelists will
creatively present a cohesive theme and promote lively discussions
between panelists and audience members. Proposals should provide a
description of the issues to be discussed, and a list of panelists who
have agreed to participate with their qualifications and contributions
to the panel.

*Workshop proposals must include title, author(s), format, and
abstract (maximum of 750 words).
*The abstract should outline how participants will engage an
issue, learn a new skill, or develop an action plan or other activity
where hands-on learning is integral. Submissions must include an
example of an activity you plan to conduct. The learning experience
should excite and encourage the participants to take risks, question
assumptions, and fully engage in the learning process.

Evaluation Procedures:
The Conference Planning Committee will evaluate proposals based on:
*Relevance to the theme
*Significance of its contribution to LIS research or practice
*Clarity of expression
*Status of research: Are the results in hand? When appropriate,
please include the timeline for completion of research.

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