Call for proposals
Deadline: 11 February
Who may propose a session?
Staff and faculty from AMICAL member institutions are invited to propose program sessions for AMICAL 2015.
The target audience must include librarians, technologists, or faculty members at AMICAL institutions; proposals that target more than one of these groups will be favored.
Guiding principle: Collaboration
AMICAL is about cooperation, and a primary goal of the AMICAL Conference program is to promote the active sharing of experience, as well as the engaged development of plans for future collaboration.
The Program Committee is therefore looking in particular for proposals that:
- draw from an AMICAL member’s substantial expertise on a topic of current or growing importance, in order to raise the level of discussion and expertise among AMICAL members generally
- involve collaboration, or that support collaboration, between AMICAL member institutions
- intend to produce shared, concrete plans for collaborative projects among AMICAL members by the end of the conference
The theme of the conference is “Clearing thresholds: information literacy and faculty-librarian-technologist collaboration.”
Session topics most likely to be accepted include those that:
- address the theme of the conference in a way that will be relevant to expected attendees
- address an issue unrelated to the theme but
- relevant to AMICAL’s mission
- of expected interest to a significant portion of attendees
Proposals are particularly encouraged in the following areas:
Information literacy, learning models and pedagogy
- Threshold concepts
- First-year experience programs
- Faculty-librarian collaboration on program/curriculum development
- Faculty as field-specific information literacy specialists
- Information literacy and emerging technologies
- Digital citizenship
Students as creators & collaborators
- Students and multimedia content creation
- Students as team members: work-study roles in libraries and information services
- Humanities research enabled through the digital medium
- Computer-based research and computer applications in literary, linguistic, cultural and historical studies
Marketing and communication of library and information services
- Social media for library and information services
- Information architecture, design and modeling in library and information services
Assessment of library and information services
See the list of available session formats, which is roughly in order of preference. Only a small number of Presentations and Panel Presentations, which appear to be of exceptional quality or interest, will be accepted. Preference will generally be given to shorter or interactive session formats. Unconference sessions will be proposed onsite at the event.
For certain Talk formats, the following limits apply to the number speakers allowed:
- Lightning talks: 1 speaker
- Presentations: 1 to 2 speakers max
For all proposals involving multiple speakers, the first presenter name on the proposal will be considered the primary contact, responsible for communications between the Program Committee and the presenters.
Preparing your proposal
The proposal itself should be presented clearly and concisely. You may want to look at these sample proposals; they’re for a different type of conference, but the advice is very relevant to AMICAL Conference proposals as well:
- Title: Should communicate the subject of the session briefly and clearly.
- Brief Description: A short paragraph that clarifies the problem or issue being addressed, and what attendees can expect to take away.
- Full Description: Elaborates on the content of the session and what attendees will get out of it. This should briefly demonstrate knowledge of the topic, as appropriate for the session type and topic. For workshops and interactive sessions, this should explain what attendees need to prepare or bring with them. Outlines are preferable to narrative text.
Notification of acceptance
Responses to program proposals will be sent out by 4 March 2015.
Accepted proposals may be scheduled for any day or time during the conference program days (May 28–30, 2015). For accepted proposals, tentative scheduling will be communicated by early March 2015.
Speakers should inform the organizers as early as possible of any scheduling constraints; we cannot guarantee that these constraints will be accommodated, but we will do our best if given sufficient notice.