Call for Papers for the 2018 Conference


The New Librarian Summit (NLS) organizing committee officially invites session proposals related to the theme "Exploring New and Innovative Approaches in L.I.S." for its second annual conference

Proposals are invited across six topic areas, intended to prompt thinking about the range of valuable experiences and knowledge you can share with your colleagues as we explore the landscape of librarianship, together: 

  1. New forms of outreach, collaboration and liaison
  2. New approaches to digital scholarship, digital curation and publishing
  3. The librarian-teacher: new modes of instructional design, pedagogy and assessment
  4. The librarian-scholar: engagement in practice-based research and publishing
  5. New challenges and solutions in technical services (e.g., collection development, acquisitions, cataloging, e-resources)
  6. Skills development: public speaking, writing, visual communication

Types of Submissions

Please ensure that your proposal fits into the overall theme "Exploring New and Innovative Approaches in LIS," and at least one of the topic areas outlined above. The NLS organizing committee accepts proposals based on the following types of works: research papers, workshop ideas, student papers, graduate research, case studies, position talks, works-in-progress, reports and proposals for future research. All abstracts will be shared on the program website.

Format for Sessions

  1. Workshops: 1-hour workshop style sessions. Each session will include a 20-30 minute presentation, as well as an engaging, group-based active learning exercise/s. Activity examples include round robins, think-pair-share, white -boarding and scenario-based activities.
  2. Short Presentations: 30-minute sessions will include a 15-20 minute short presentation followed by Q&A.
  3. Posters: Poster sessions will last approximately 90 minutes and consist of multiple concurrent presenters. The poster sessions allow attendees to speak with the presenters on a conversational, one-to-one basis.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submitted proposals will be blind peer-reviewed.
  • Accepted proposals will receive supportive peer-review feedback/coaching.
  • By submitting your proposal, you confirm that you have read and agree to all submission guidelines.

Key Dates

  • Proposal submission deadline now April 27, 2018.
  • Notification of accepted proposals May 4, 2018.
  • Proposal revisions due June 15, 2018.
  • Final abstracts due August 30, 2018(This date is scheduled after the conference to allow speakers, if they so choose, to update their abstracts with feedback received at the conference.)

Instructions for Submitting Proposals

Proposals should be submitted via this form: Accepted proposals will be published as submitted on the NLS website Note that your proposal will be blind peer-reviewed by members of the organizing committee and may be returned to you for clarification, queries or revisions. Please ensure that your submission clearly identifies the type of submission and desired format.


Awards for outstanding presentations will be given in the following categories:

  • Best Proposal (Judge’s choice)
  • Best Poster (Audience choice)

Awardees will receive a certificate and public acknowledgment at the conference opening and closing.