Call for proposals — 2017 ACRL-NEC Annual Conference, May 12 — Burlington, VT

The Association of College and Research Libraries, New England Chapter ( invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 2017 ACRL-NEC Annual Conference:
Reframing Librarianship in the 21st Century
Friday, May 12 @University of Vermont Conference Center, Burlington, VT.

It is an era of reinvention for college and research libraries. Whether we work in cataloging and metadata, scholarly communication, archives, public services, instruction, or another area of librarianship, we have all heard a rhetoric of crisis, transformation, and rapid change applied to our work. The challenges we face have provided an opportunity to refocus on the foundations of our profession: our purpose and our areas of expertise. In reflecting on and redefining our work and ourselves, we are reframing librarianship for the 21st Century. This exciting topic will be kicked off by keynote Suzanne Wones, Director of Library Digital Strategies and Innovations at Harvard Library.

The Program Committee is interested in receiving proposals for presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and posters that speak to the following questions:
In this era of reinvention, how are we reframing ourselves, the work that we do, and our libraries?

How are we communicating around this shift within our institutions and beyond?
Topics might include, but are not limited to, the reframing of:

Our professional identities and roles within the library, on campus, and in society
The development and provision of library and archives collections to users
Cataloging and metadata practices
Efforts around diversity and inclusion in our profession and on our campuses
LIS education: Are we graduating technologically- and information-literate librarians?
Professional development, collaboration, training, and supervision
Research and publication in library and information science
Education and advocacy on issues of scholarly communication, copyright, and licensing
Public services: liaison, instruction, and reference work
Data services and the library’s role in research data management, data education, and open data
Assessment, and our role in broader institutional efforts around student success and retention, accreditation, and learning outcomes
The institutional context of the academic library, including institutional structures, cross-departmental collaborations, and faculty status issues
Staff, faculty, administrators, and students in all areas of librarianship are encouraged to submit proposals.

To submit a proposal, follow this link:

The deadline for proposal submission is midnight on Dec 2, 2016.

Questions should be directed to the ACRL/NE CPC Programming Committee:

Karin Heffernan -SNHU
Maric Kramer-Wheelock College
Mike Kemezis-Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Erica Cataldi-Roberts-MCPHS
Kathy Layer-Western New England University
Andrew Haggarty-Anna Maria College

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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