Call for Proposals

The call for proposals for the 2022 conference is now closed. Please check back in late 2022 for the next one!

The 31st North Carolina Serials Conference will be held virtually on Friday, April 8, 2022 and we want to hear from you – library students, staff, and faculty. We're interested in your day-to-day routine, your success stories and your “learning experiences” in any subject areas under the North Carolina Serials Conference umbrella. Here’s a thorough (but not exhaustive) topic list to get you started.

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Here Are the Details:

The deadline to submit is Friday, December 10, 2021. You’ll need to include this information in your proposal:

  • Presenter contact details (including name, where you work or go to graduate school, and email address)
  • A short (300 character limit) biographical description for each presenter
  • Presentation title
  • An abstract (1,000 character limit)
  • Presentation format
    • Presentation (45 minutes)
    • Lightning talk (5-7 minutes)

Possible Proposal Topics Include, But Are Not Limited To:

  • Pandemic trends in serials, electronic resources, collections, scholary communications, etc.
  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) work in libraries
  • The serials and e-resources management life cycle
    • Acquisition models such as Evidence-Based Acquisition (EBA)
    • License negotiation & management strategies
    • Management of print/physical serials
    • Metadata creation, maintenance, and integrity
    • Promoting and marketing collections resources
    • Streaming media and financial sustainability
    • Digital preservation
    • Alternative collections metrics
  • Read & Publish deals - implementation, management, evaluation/assessment
  • Accessibility
  • Patron privacy
  • Standards / best practices
  • Advocating for library users and responding to their needs through collections, workflows, and/or services
  • Project management strategies / case studies
  • Discovery / library management systems
    • Discovery system management tips & tricks
    • Enhancing serendipitous discovery
    • New opportunities in open systems
  • Organizational strategies
    • Change management
    • Employee morale and engagement
    • Building new partnerships
    • Remote and hybrid work
    • Outward-facing technical services
    • Effective professional development programs
  • Partnerships & relationship building
    • Building connections with graduate students and programs in library and information science/studies education
    • Leveraging communication skills to build effective relationships with stakeholders
    • Projects in partnership with vendors and publishers
  • Evolution of cataloging / metadata
    • Development of alternative cataloging software / rules
    • Reparative / inclusive classification and description (particularly interested in hearing about work happening in North Carolina)
    • “Big data” management and outreach
  • Knowledgebase metadata management
    • KBART automation
    • Article/chapter level metadata
  • Scholarly communications
    • Open access publishing
    • The roles of libraries, publishers, and vendors