Call for Proposals

The deadline for submitting proposals has now passed.  Submitters will be notified in mid-November.

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the the upcoming 2015 Library Technology Conference.

  • Planning Your Proposal
  • Proposal Submission Form (To complete this form you will need:  standard contact information for Presenter and any Co-Presenter(s), title for your proposal, 300 word (or less) description of your proposal, and 2-3 brief learning objectives.)
  • Compensation:  The primary presenter for each session that is accepted will receive complimentary single-day registration to the conference.

The Library Technology Conference Planning Committee is looking for a balance of sessions that will appeal to a broad library audience and provide a combination of “right now” solutions and “see the future” technology presentations.  Projects could already be implemented or still in process. Long-term experiments that stretch the boundaries of how we work, or will work, in libraries, as well as “out of the box” solutions and ideas for libraries struggling to ‘keep up’ with evolving technologies are all welcome topics.

Desired topics noted in the 2014 conference evaluations include:

  • More hands-on sessions!
  • Technology topics for specific kinds of libraries (small, school, special, public, etc.)
  • Open source options that don’t require a tech specialist
  • Small changes that make a big difference
  • “Outside of the box” uses of LibGuides or other tools
  • Intersections of technology and Information literacy
  • Digitizing collections/archives
  • “Flipped classroom” applications of technology
  • Computer and mobile technology security
  • Advances in e-resources
  • Semantic web and linked data
  • Metadata
  • Social media use by libraries
  • Teleconference/audio conference hosting best practices
  • “Hacking” the system
  • LibAnalytics
  • Graphic design for the beginner
  • Institutional repositories
  • Technology-oriented programming ideas for special populations (teens/kids, older adults, etc.)
  • “Library of the future”
  • Using library data to create change
  • Mobile device management
  • Technology in public libraries
  • Low or no-budget solutions for just about anything
  • Future of the ILS
  • Leveraging technology for reference services
  • 3D printing, maker spaces, etc.
  • Privacy
  • “Bookless libraries”
  • Workflow technologies
  • E-resource licensing
  • Open access and scholarly communication
  • High school to college transitions
  • Teaching in public libraries
  • Negotiating control of your technologies
  • Digital repositories
  • Online learning
  • Funding technology in libraries
  • Transforming library spaces
  • Cutting edge information tools and how libraries are implementing them
  • Streaming multimedia
  • Web design & usability
  • Tips and tools for searching the Web
  • Digital archiving
  • Managing data/accessing data for use in research
  • Technology planning
  • Technology challenges for non-digital natives
  • Coding basics/working with APIs
  • Intellectual property
  • Lending e-readers
  • Digital humanities

This list of suggested topics is not meant to limit your creativity!

Please review our Planning Your Proposal resources for more help in creating a successful proposal.

If you have questions, please contact conference planners at libtechconference@macalester.edu