CFP: Deadline extended for Ohio Valley Tech Service Lib Conference (deadline Dec 3 2010)

Deadline for proposals extended to December 3, 2010.


Call for Proposals:

Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians 2011 Conference
Technical Services Renaissance
Miami University, Oxford, OH
May 15-17, 2011

Description: In this time of turmoil for libraries, some Technical Services librarians are building a foundation for the future. Some study past successes and failures to guide future decisions and actions. Others apply current tools and concepts to reinvent existing services and to create innovative new services more relevant to today’s information environment. Finally, some are creating entirely new concepts and paradigms that will help drive the future of libraries. The foundation we are building will support a rebirth of function, form and purpose — a Technical Services Renaissance.

Keynote speakers: Karen Coyle, Librarian and Consultant, and Susan Gibbons, Vice Provost and the Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of the River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester.

The Conference Program Committee invites forward thinking submissions in all areas related to technical services librarianship including acquisitions, cataloging, serials, electronic resources and preservation in academic, public, and special libraries. Participants are encouraged to think about where we are headed and where we want to go and to share work in areas on the leading edge of librarianship. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

•    Approaches to metadata creation, reuse and interoperability
•    Approaches to training
•    Authority control in open source repository platforms
•    Automation / technology assisted cataloging and metadata creation
•    Cloud based solutions
•    Collaboration within and outside the library
•    Digital library projects
•    Digital object curation and preservation
•    Discovery and access
•    Emerging roles for technical services / technical services librarians
•    Integration of metadata creation with traditional cataloging workflows
•    Linked data publishing and applications
•    Local documentation practices
•    Network level data management
•    New staffing models
•    Role of Technical Services in open access and scholarly communication
•    Patron driven acquisitions and services
•    Role of the catalog
•    Special formats cataloging
•    Strategies for working with limited budgets and resources
•    Use and development of open source tools and platforms
•    Vendor relations

Participants are invited to submit proposals that report on recent research, address emerging trends, or showcase new tools, services and projects. Time slots for all sessions are 50 minutes in length including time for questions.

Submissions for presentations, workshops and panel sessions will be considered in addition to specific proposals to lead sessions in non-traditional formats (birds of a feather, lighting rounds, free-for-all forums, unconferences).

Submit the following information at by December 3, 2010:

*   Title
*   Abstract (no longer than 250 words)
*   Names, affiliations, and contact information of all presenters
*   Primary contact for presenters
*   Format (presentation, lightning round, workshop, etc.)
*   Equipment and other special needs

Presenters will be notified of proposal acceptance by February 1, 2011. For more information, please contact Jody Perkins at

The Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians (OVGTSL) was founded in 1924 and draws its members from the states of Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. The annual conference rotates among these three states on a regular basis. Membership is open to anyone interested in library technical services.

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