Speaking Opportunities

2019 speaking opportunities are listed below.

ER&L is seeking a variety of perspectives. Vendor organized and presented sessions are welcome, but do require some balance across the program. Companies interested in paid opportunities may contact us.


Submission Formats

ER&L incorporates several presentation formats into the conference.

Click the dates below to create/ edit a submission.

Presentation Format Submission Status Length (Talk/Q&A) Peer Review or Invited Description
ERL 101 Workshop Submission Closed 4 hours Blended ER&L 101 will be 4-hour workshops to help introduce an attendee to a foundational area of librarianship at an introductory level. These courses would not require background knowledge of the topic.
Complimentary registration is offered to presenting course instructors. A per-course honorarium will be distributed among the instructors.
Workshop Submission Closed 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 8/1-9/24/2018
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 8/1-9/24/2018
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 Session Open 10/1-10/31/2018
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 are by invitation only and seek to challenge, teach and enlighten.

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

Lightning talks are a staple of ER&L’s program. Open to all and first-come, first-served on a limited number of slots. Sign up at registration starting Sunday. 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.


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.

45-minute Session & 15-minute Short Talk

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

Workshop

  1. Session Title and Short Title
  2. Conference Track (Current ER&L Tracks and Descriptions)
  3. ERL 101 Consideration
  4. Keywords
  5. Learning Objectives*
  6. 50 word Abstract (Published)
  7. Workshop Outline (Information to support peer reviewer evaluation.)
  8. 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.)

Submission FAQs

* Sample Learning Objectives: 

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.

**Submitting proposals for multiple session types:

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.

***Purpose of the Originality and Diversity question

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