Exploring trends, technologies, e-resource management, and digital services in libraries.

Speaking Opportunities

3 speaking opportunities are available for the 2021 Virtual Event:

  1. Workshops
  2. Sessions
  3. Short-Talks

The Call for Proposals sites are open now through November 12, 2020. Links to the submission sites are 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. If you submit your proposal for multiple presentation types, please edit each submission to realistically reflect what can be accomplished in a given time slot. The learning objectives and scope for a workshop vs a session vs as short talk slot will differ significantly.

New requirement:  All presenters must be decided upon and included in the proposal at the time of submission. “TBD” speakers will not be allowed.

All accepted presenters are required to register for the conference at the discounted rate and are expected to attend the virtual Q&A sessions for the accepted presentation.

WORKSHOPS

A workshop is a multi-hour intensive course designed to take the attendee deep into the subject matter with a knowledgeable, experienced instructor(s). This course will be taught in a series in a virtual environment.

New for 2021! We’re starting the 2021 course development with a call for topics and instructors in addition to the formal Call for Workshop proposals. We feel strongly that the solicitation of topics must cast a wide net and we are hoping to do so with this simple, open and anonymous form.

  • Call for Topics, Instructors: Open Now
  • Formal Workshop Submission: Open Now through November 12, 2020
  • Workshop Length: 3-4 hours
  • Virtual Q&A Expectation: Expected of all accepted workshop instructors
  • Peer-Review or Invited: Both
  • Registration/ Honoraria: Complimentary registration to ER&L 2021 is offered to presenting course instructors. A per-course honorarium will be distributed among the instructors as compensation for instructor and student/ instructor Q&A sessions.

Submission Steps

Agreements & Affirmations

  • I confirm that I have read the conference Code of Conduct and Diversity Statement.
  • I hereby consent to the recording of my presentation for ER&L’s workshop program.
  • I agree to allow ER&L, LLC to post my presentation files on their website and online conference platform for distribution to registrants to my course and to the library community.
  • I understand that I must communicate any participant material needs 30 days prior to day 1 of your accepted course.
  • I understand that accepted workshop courses will be required to incorporate video recordings, participant exercises, self-evaluations or peer interviews into accepted workshops.
  • If accepted, I agree to supply a photo and biography for the promotion of my workshop.

SESSIONS

The standard session has been a part of ER&L since the beginning. In the virtual environment, session presentation and presenter/ attendee Q&A engagement is handled in a new way. Co-authorship and co-presenting are accommodated in this longer length format.

  • Status: Open Now through November 12, 2020
  • Presentation Length Min/ Max: 20-30 minutes
  • Virtual Q&A Expectation: Required of all accepted session presenters
  • Peer-Review or Invited: Peer-reviewed
  • Registration: Reduced rate registration is offered to accepted presenters.

Submission Steps

Agreements & Affirmations

  • I confirm that I have read the conference Code of Conduct and Diversity Statement.
  • I hereby consent to the recording of my presentation for ER&L’s program.
  • I agree to allow ER&L, LLC to post my presentation files on their website and online conference platform for distribution to registrants to my course and to the library community.
  • Has this information been presented previously?
  • Is a representative of a vendor involved in this session?

SHORT TALKS

This shorter length talk allows for ideas or initiatives in progress to be presented without a full session length session. Similar talk topics will be clustered. Due to the session length, this format readily accommodates single presenters, but co-authorship is welcome.

  • Status: Open Now through November 12, 2020
  • Presentation Length Min/ Max: 8 – 12 minutes
  • Virtual Q&A Expectation: Required of all accepted session presenters
  • Peer-Review or Invited: Peer-reviewed
  • Registration: Reduced rate registration is offered to accepted presenters.

Submission Steps

Agreements & Affirmations

  • I confirm that I have read the conference Code of Conduct and Diversity Statement.
  • I hereby consent to the recording of my presentation for ER&L’s program.
  • I agree to allow ER&L, LLC to post my presentation files on their website and online conference platform for distribution to registrants to my course and to the library community.
  • Has this information been presented previously?
  • Is a representative of a vendor involved in this session?

Learning Objective Samples

Following this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Evaluate three 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 & 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 content. A 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 voices. Does 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 the final review by the program chair and conference coordinator ONLY. This will not appear in the community voting process.

Program workshops, sessions, and short talks 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 products 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.