July 5-9, 2015

International Association of University Libraries

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36th Annual IATUL Conference in Hannover, Germany,
5 - 9 July 2015

The IATUL 2015 Programme Committee invites proposals for papers and posters which should reflect the conference theme:

"Strategic Partnerships for Access and Discovery"

The information business has always been about a network of partners working together in library arenas, rather than individual libraries working in isolation. It is abundantly clear that such collaborations are of great strategic importance, especially when it comes to making access to scientific information easier and faster than ever before – for the benefit of scientific community.

We are looking for speakers with projects and activities at the cutting edge of current developments, who reveal what direction library strategy, management and practice may take and highlight collaborations which have the users in focus.

Topics of interest include

  • Library Strategy and Management
    Methods of strategic planning and steering
  • Strategic Partnerships
    International and national networks and alliances for improving library services
  • Changing Environment for Librarians
    In between new types of publication, access options and discovery tools – challenges and solutions
  • Open Science/Science 2.0
    Enabling networked web-based scientific collaboration
  • Management of Research Data
    New approaches and best practices for data repositories
  • Non-textual Information
    Novel ways to provide added value while managing growing data volumes
  • Digital Preservation
    Collaborative projects, service and business models, limitations in legal framework, involving researchers in curation

Call for papers and posters deadline: 13 February 2015

Proposals must be submitted by email and must contain

  • Title of the paper
  • Author(s) of the paper
  • Paper abstract (2,000 characters incl. spaces maximum)
  • Speaker's name, professional affiliation, postal address, and email address
  • Biographical note on the speaker (500 characters incl. spaces maximum)
  • Email subject line "IATUL proposal for paper" or "IATUL proposal for poster"
  • Proposed papers must be original and not have been published elsewhere
  • Proposed papers must be written in English

Please submit proposals to:

Selection criteria
The IATUL Programme Committee will evaluate submissions for quality, relevance to the conference, theme, clarity, originality and timeliness.

IATUL Programme Committee

  • Sharon Bostick, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
  • Dr. Peter Löwe, German National Library of Science and Technology and University Library Hannover, Germany
  • Anne May, German National Library of Science and Technology and University Library Hannover, Germany
  • Alena Ptak-Danchak, Radcliffe Science Library, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Uwe Rosemann, German National Library of Science and Technology and University Library Hannover, Germany
  • Dr. Irina Sens, German National Library of Science and Technology and University Library Hannover, Germany

Important dates

  • Deadline for proposals/abstracts: 13 February 2015
  • Notifying of speakers acceptance: 16 March 2015
  • Final abstract, biographical note and passport size photograph for conference programme: 13 April 2015
  • Full text of paper and IATUL Copyright Form: 15 May 2015
  • Submission of Power Point Presentations: 12 June 2015

Instructions for papers

  • Papers must be written in English and should not exceed 4,000 words incl. spaces.
  • All papers submitted must be original and have not been published or presented before.
  • Authors of accepted papers must attend the conference for the paper to be presented.
  • Authors will be given 20 minutes to present their paper with 10 additional minutes for discussion with the audience.
  • Abstracts, papers and Power Point presentations will be published on the IATUL web site.
  • Should your presentation have special technical requirements, please inform us on time.
  • See the detailed instruction for authors.

Instructions for posters

  • Posters are informal presentations featuring solutions to problems and innovative projects with lessons for the academic and research library community. Your topic could be described by text, graphics, photographs, illustrations,...
  • Posters must be written in English.
  • The best configuration of your poster is A1 vertical (841mm x 594mm).
  • Authors of accepted posters must attend the conference for the poster to be displayed and presented.
  • Posters will be displayed in a designated space at the Conference venue. Display panels will be provided. Please bring your printed poster as we are unable to provide printing service.
  • Display panels for posters will be ready by Monday, 6 July 2015 at 10:00 am and all posters should be put up before 14:30 pm.
  • Personal laptop computers and visual display devices may be used at the poster display area. Should your presentation include a laptop or the use of other electronic devices, please inform us on or before the 15th of June.
  • A final abstract for the poster as well as your profile will be published in the Conference programme and on the IATUL website.
  • You will have the opportunity to present your poster to the audience within the conference programme: At the new format "Posters on stage" you will have two minutes for a quick intro – and to attract as much participants as possible to visit your poster at the poster exhibition.

Best Poster Award
The posters will be evaluated by two IATUL Board members for content, innovation and presentation of the poster. The Irmgard Lankenau Poster Prize will be announced at the conference closing session on Thursday, 9 July 2015.

Please note
All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IATUL or TIB.

To encourage global participation the IATUL Travel Grant programme provides financial assistance to library and/or information professionals from developing countries to attend the conference.

Proposal for paper and poster online form


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