Call for papers 2018

Metamorphosis: the changing role of the modern research library

Research libraries are integral to advancing research and enriching academic life.

Research thrives in cultures that are curious, embrace collaboration and openness, and that work collectively towards equity and the betterment of society for all. In this time, when political and social disruption is challenging our social norms, the wider library community has been reflecting on our shared values. What values should guide our research libraries? How can these values and principles help us to advance our collections, infrastructure, networks, and standards in order to best support our world-class research?

The 2018 RLUK Conference will explore these questions around the following five values, developed in dialogue with our international partners:

  • The primacy of global access to information for learning and scholarship
  • The importance of stewardship, production and preservation of information resources as a public good
  • The principles of academic and intellectual freedom
  • The importance of diversity and inclusion
  • Commitment to professional and ethical standards and practice

Submissions

We invite submissions for papers (20 minutes) or workshops (1.5hr) focused on, but not limited to the following topics. We also welcome submissions that may fall outside of these topics but that will still be of relevance and interest to our delegates:
  • The primacy of global access to information for learning and scholarship
  • The importance of stewardship, production and preservation of information resources as a public good
  • The principles of academic and intellectual freedom
  • The importance of diversity and inclusion
  • Commitment to professional and ethical standards and practice

 All submissions should include:

  • Name, job title and organisation of all speakers 
  • Paper/workshop title
  • The theme that your paper/workshop applies to. We welcome themes that are not listed above but that relate to our overall theme of the changing role of the modern research library
  • A short summary of no more than 200 words. If your submission is selected for the conference, this summary will be published in the conference programme
  • An abstract of no more than 500 words
  • Any scheduling conflicts for speakers

Submissions may include multiple participants, however, only two speakers per submission will be eligible for a discounted conference ticket. RLUK will not be able to cover travel or accommodation costs for speakers.

Submissions should be sent by e-mail to Melanie.Cheung@rluk.ac.uk. The deadline for submissions is Friday 17 November 2017. We aim to notify applicants by the end of the year.

RLUK speed presentations

Theme: Innovation in our libraries

Speed presentations are fast-paced and highly visual, with speakers restricted to 20 slides at exactly 20 seconds per slide (six minutes and 40 seconds in total).

A prize will be awarded to the best presentation, as voted for (discreetly) by the conference audience.

Your submission should include the presentation title and a brief description of your proposed presentation. A cross-section of submissions will be selected and authors will be notified with enough time to prepare and register for the Conference.

Speed presentation speakers will need to register as delegates for one or more days of the conference. Unfortunately we will not be able to waive the conference fee or reimburse expenses for speed presentation speakers.

Speed presentation submissions should be sent by e-mail to Melanie.Cheung@rluk.ac.uk. The deadline for submissions is Friday 17 November 2017. We aim to notify applicants by the end of the year.

 

2017 speed presentation winner