Call for Speakers

Deadline is October 11, 2020

Resetting with Resilience & Technology!

The next generation of technology and people are again the focus of our 36th annual Computers in Libraries, and along with it goes our spirit and passion for adapting our library programs and services to make a positive difference and impact in our communities. Building on what we have learned over the last year while dealing with uncertainty, this conference shares new strategies, practices, knowledge and techniques as well as the new tools that help us succeed in trying times and those that we definitely need to replace! More than ever we need to reset, transform, and engage our communities, campuses, corporations, governments, health and medical establishments, legal firms, and more. Get ideas and insights for moving your library or information service into the new world of 2021!

Hear from innovative libraries, fablabs and centers of information excellence, network and learn from leaders in the field, and definitely be an active participant in Computers in Libraries -- the most comprehensive North American conference and exhibition concentrating on all aspects of library technology. The conference offers a multifaceted program designed to meet the needs of librarians, community and information managers, systems professionals, eresource managers, researchers, webmasters and web managers, archivists, content and museum curators, digital strategists, and information specialists. The focus of the conference is on emerging and leading-edge technology that allows us to engage with and bring strategic value to, our user communities. Using the latest information and practices to help you make informed choices, this event looks at how to escalate and delight both the human and digital experiences in your community -- whether it is an academic, corporate, non-profit, public, or school library community.

Conference Tracks & Topics

Computers in Libraries caters to all interests and all levels of knowledge, offering five simultaneous tracks plus many workshops, networking opportunities, and an extensive exhibit hall. This year’s tracks and themes encompass: Innovative Libraries & Practices; Internet @Schools; Killer Strategies & Community Attention Grabbers; Partnerships & Collaboration; User Design & Experience; Learning from Library Leaders; Creative Making & Makerspaces; Digital Transformation & Engagement; Information Discovery & Search; Content Management; Artificial Intelligence & Leading Edge Technology; Web Design, Tools & Development, and more. Speakers are knowledgeable, authoritative, and focus on practical applications, “how to” solutions, and case studies as well as technical and managerial issues. Please consider sharing your knowledge and ideas; send us a proposal to speak. Below are some of the topics we hope to cover but don’t let this list limit your imagination! We look forward to hearing from you.

Possible Topics (suggestions only – the more creative the topic, the better!)

  • Management in Times of Crisis
  • Aligning Digital & Human Experience
  • Extending Community Programs Services
  • Next-Generation User Communities
  • Community Engagement Strategies
  • Mining Library Data for Decision Making
  • Innovative Libraries, Practices & Services
  • Digital Transformation & Engagement
  • Ebook Publishing, Distribution, Lending
  • User-Friendly Interfaces for Positive UX
  • Video: Streaming & a Marketing Tool!
  • Content Management & Curation
  • Enterprise Information & Knowledge Management
  • Understanding Community Needs & Opportunities
  • Finding & Working with Partners
  • Sparking Imagination & Innovation
  • Creating Tomorrow’s Learning Environments
  • Connecting People & Technology
  • Creating Strategic Value
  • Top Tips for Teaching Adults
  • Cutting Edge Information Tools
  • Innovative Ways to Connect with Clients
  • What’s New in Library Platforms?
  • Gaming & Learning
  • Streaming Content to Mobile Devices
  • Library Performance Improvement
  • Information Discovery & Visualization
  • Web Design/Redesign & Usability
  • Digitizing Collections
  • Cool Web/Tech Tools
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Usability Testing for Web Sites
  • Web Development Tips & Tools
  • New Technologies & Libraries of the Future
  • Funding Technology
  • Co-ordinating Web Teams
  • Community Reset Strategies
  • Internet of Things & Libraries
  • Innovation Labs & FabHubs
  • Nextgen Tools & Tech
  • Culture Changing Techniques
  • Cool Library Partnerships
  • Mobile Computing
  • Transforming Library Spaces
  • Researching Customer Needs
  • Measuring Impact of Services
  • Library Labs & Incubators
  • Digital Repository Management
  • Illustrating Value & ROI
  • Aligning with Strategic Priorities
  • Creative Management Practices
  • Experimenting & Learning
  • Community Management
  • Social Listening
  • Making Tough Choices
  • Future Web Strategies
  • Innovative Community Apps
  • Social Media & Libraries
  • Strategic Library Competencies
  • Managing & Engaging Digitally
  • Maximizing User Experience
  • Technology Planning
  • Building Technology Alliances
  • eLearning Strategies & Cases
  • Managing Electronic Resources
  • Personalization & Customization
  • Content Management Tools
  • Collaboration Software
  • Search Engine Tips & Tools
  • Teaching Tips for All Ages
  • Digital Archiving
  • Lessons Learned from Techies

You may also submit a proposal for the dedicated Internet@Schools track on the same form. This track is designed especially for library media and technology specialists and other educators who are using the internet and technology in K–12 schools, this two-day track covers technology, tools, trends, and practical topics.    

How to Submit a Proposal

If you would like to participate in Computers in Libraries 2021 as a speaker or workshop leader, please submit a proposal as soon as possible (October 11, 2020 at the very latest). Include the following brief details of your proposed presentation on the form: title, abstract, a few sentences of biographical information that relate you to the topic, and full contact information for you and your co-presenters (title, address, email, and phone). All abstracts are reviewed by the Organizing/Review Committee and notification regarding acceptance will be made in the fall.

Program Organizing and Review Committee

Program Chair
Jane I. Dysart, Dysart & Jones Associates | Phone: 416-484-6129

Committee Members
Helene Blowers, OCLC
Marshall Breeding, Library Technology Guides
Frank Cervone, University of Illinois, Chicago
Richard Hulser, Natural History Museum Los Angeles County
Rebecca Jones, Dysart & Jones Associates
Dick Kaser, Executive Editor, Computers in Libraries
Donna Scheeder, Library Strategies International

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