Speaking Opportunities

ER&L is seeking a variety of perspectives for the 2020 program. The available speaking opportunities are listed below.

Program sessions, workshops, short-talks and posters are to be for the purpose of communicating relevant content to librarians, publishers, and library vendors. They are not to be used as a marketing opportunity or to sell product or services. Vendor organized and presented sessions are welcome, but do require some balance across the program. Companies interested in presenting a sponsored content session, please contact us at hello@electroniclibrarian.org.


Submission Formats
Presentation Format Submission Status Length (Talk/Q&A) Peer Review or Invited Description
Workshop Open
Aug 5 – Sept 9, 2019
4 hours Blended A workshop is a 4-hour intensive course designed to take the attendee deep into subject matter with a knowledgeable, experienced instructor(s).
Complimentary registration is offered to presenting course instructors. A per-course honorarium will be distributed among the instructors.
Session Open
Aug 5 – Sept 23, 2019
45 minutes (33/12) Peer Reviewed

The 45-minute session has been a part of ER&L since the beginning. Co-authorship and co-presenting is easily accommodated in this longer length format.
Reduced rate registration is offered to accepted presenters.

Short Talk Open
Aug 5 – Sept 23, 2019
15 minutes  (10/5) Peer Reviewed

The 15-minute short talk session is a newer addition to the ER&L program. This format allows for ideas or initiates in progress to be presented without a full session length session. Similar short talk topics will be clustered. Due to the session length, this format readily accommodates single presenters, but co-authorship is welcome.
Reduced rate registration is offered to accepted presenters.

Poster Open
Oct 1-31, 2019
n/a Peer Reviewed Posters may be on any topic related to librarianship that fits within the scope of ER&L and may include graphs, data, pictures and descriptive text.  Examples of poster topics include case studies, problem analyses or unique library programs. We will be accepting submissions for both physical and virtual posters.
Keynote/ Plenary Invite only 1 hour        (45/15) Invited

Keynote sessions take place to open and close the conference. The Plenary talk is the middle day of the conference. Both seek to challenge, teach and enlighten. By invitation only.

Lightning Talks On-site 8 minutes (varies) On-site

Lightning talks are a staple of ER&L’s program. Lightning talks are a great way to share a new project idea with colleagues, get input from your peers or find a partner for a future project. Open to all and first-come, first-served on a limited number of slots. Sign up at registration starting Sunday.


Proposal Submission Requirements 

A short sign up form is required to initiate a submission. In addition to agreeing to a few affirmations/ agreements, submitters will be expected to provide items listed below.

The committee will evaluate each proposal on the basis of subject matter (including, but not limited to, the issues listed in the topic descriptions), clarity, and timeliness.

All presenters will be required to register for the conference at the discounted rate and are expected to attend the conference to make their presentation.

45-minute Sessions & 15-minute Short Talks

Agreements & Affirmations: 

  • I confirm that I have read the conference Code of Conduct and Diversity Statement.
  • I affirm that I will attend in person in Austin to make my presentation.
  • I hereby consent to the audio/videotaping of my presentation during ERL20 and agree to allow ER&L, LLC to post my presentation files on their website for distribution within the library community and other interested parties.

Proposal Questions:

  • Has this information been presented previously?
  • Is a representative of a vendor involved in this session?

Submission Steps:

  1. Session Title and Short Title
  2. Agreements & Affirmations
  3. Proposal Questions
  4. Conference Track (Current ER&L Tracks and Descriptions)
  5. Presentation Format*
  6. Audience Level
  7. Keywords
  8. Learning Objectives**
  9. 50-word Abstract (Published)
  10. 250-word Presentation Detail (Information to support peer reviewer evaluation.)
  11. Statement of Originality and Diversity***
Workshops

Agreements & Affirmations: 

  • I confirm that I have read the conference Code of Conduct and Diversity Statement.
  • I affirm that I will attend in person in Austin to make my presentation.
  • I hereby consent to the audio/videotaping of my presentation during ERL20 and agree to allow ER&L, LLC to post my presentation files on their website for distribution within the library community and other interested parties.
  • I understand that I must communicate any participant material needs to ER&L by February 1, 2020, or I will be responsible for supplying said materials for the participants in my workshop.
  • I understand that accepted 4-hour courses will be required to incorporate participant exercises such as group work, self-evaluations or peer interviews into accepted workshops
  • If accepted, I agree to supply a photo and bio for the promotional efforts of my workshop.

Submission Steps:

  1. Agreements & Affirmations
  2. Session Title and Short Title
  3. Conference Track (Current ER&L Tracks and Descriptions)
  4. ERL 101 Consideration
  5. Keywords
  6. Learning Objectives**
  7. 50-word Abstract (Published)
  8. Workshop Outline (Information to support peer reviewer evaluation.)
  9. Statement of Originality and Diversity***
Posters
  1. Session Title and Short Title
  2. Conference Attendance
  3. ePoster Consideration
  4. Conference Track (Current ER&L Tracks and Descriptions)
  5. 50-word Abstract (Published)
  6. Poster Format Explanation  (Information to support peer reviewer evaluation.)

* PRESENTATION FORMAT: 

Create a proposal submission for each talk type you wish to be considered for. Please edit the submission to realistically reflect what can be accomplished in a given time slot. The learning objectives for a 15-minute slot will differ from that of a 45-minute session.

** LEARNING OBJECTIVE SAMPLES:

Following this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Evaluate three “next-gen” library management systems (Alma, Sierra, and WMS) using data provided by a survey of ERM librarians
  2. Compare what ERM tasks are often performed within the three systems
  3. Compare what ERM tasks are not performed within the three systems
  4. Understand what ERM functions need more development within these systems

Following this session, participants will be able to:

  1. understand the nature of problems reported,
  2. understand the methods for improving troubleshooting that emerged from the study,
  3. discuss how the library community can advance the goal of using a shared vocabulary to describe e-resource access problems.

***STATEMENT OF ORIGINALITY AND DIVERSITY: 

On the submission form, all submissions will be asked to provide a statement of Originality and Diversity: “Please elaborate on how this proposal demonstrates originality and/or diversity in content and voices. ER&L provides special consideration for work that is unique, original or diverse. This statement will be used for review but not published.”

By this we mean the following:

We are seeking diverse contentA new angle on an existing topic, an innovative approach. If you are trying something that you do not believe has ever been done or examined, please let the committee know in the comments section. Reviewers often find connections among submissions that you may not even know existed and we work with presenters to connect talks based on the peer review process.

We are seeking diverse voicesDoes your panel include a deliberate attempt to gather opinions from people of color? under-represented groups? a variety in geography? varying library staff sizes? an international perspective? If this has been a part of your panel creation thought process, please include a note letting know you worked to gather diverse opinions.

If you feel this is not applicable, you are more than welcome to indicate that this is not applicable to this talk if that is the case. Please know that this is a private communication point for submitters to final review by the program chair and conference coordinator ONLY. This will not appear in the community voting process.


Not interested in speaking but still have an idea to share?

Submit your idea to our always-open Call for Ideas


If you have any additional questions, please email the conference coordinator and ER&L staff at hello@electroniclibrarian.org