SLA-Sci-Tech: call for papers for Denver

Oct 13, 2006 by

The Science-Technology Division of SLA is now accepting submissions for its Contributed Papers Session at the June 2007 Denver conference.

The theme is Responding to the New in Sci-Tech and Engineering Libraries . The deadline for submission is October 31st.

Change is a constant in libraries and information centers and all indications are for more and bigger changes in the future. We are looking for papers that explore how you are informing, instructing, managing, providing, evaluating, or creating the modern information environments for your users with change in mind. Consider how you take advantage of new situations and changes that are coming to provide change leadership in your organization. Theoretical and practical approaches are welcome.

Possible questions include, but are not limited to:

  • Has collaboration between corporate executives and librarians been increasing? Are external forces a large factor in what is driving change in your library?
  • Are you working with faculty to incorporate more curriculum-based library instruction in your strategy?
  • Do you spend more time evaluating existing services and using that data to develop new services?
  • If fewer users are coming to our information centers or libraries to use traditional print resources how are we providing help in using the resources that they want?
  • Is your website the most useful tool in providing services to your users? Are the Googles and MySpaces of the world forcing us to develop services that are more intuitive and offer better results?
  • How are you going about increasing awareness and generating advocacy for the value of the library?

ELIGIBILITY: Any SLA member is welcome to submit an abstract for consideration. Preference will be given to members of the Science & Technology Division and the Engineering Division.

CRITERIA: Criteria for review will include relevance to the session theme and evidence of scholarship and methodology.


ABSTRACT: A 300-500 word abstract should accurately convey the subject of the paper, its scope, conclusions, and relevance to the program theme.

PAPERS: If chosen, acceptance of your paper reflects a commitment on your part to:

  • submit the complete text of your paper to the program convener by March 30, 2007.
  • give a presentation of your paper for no longer than 20 minutes at the SLA annual conference June 3-6, 2007 in Denver, Colorado.
  • allow your paper to be posted on the Sci-Tech Division website ( and/or printed in the session preprints

Roger Beckman (e-mail submissions preferred)
Life Sciences Library and Chemistry Library
Indiana University
Jordan Hall A304
1001 E. Third St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-3700
Phone: (812) 855-9792 Fax: (812) 855-6612

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