Monday, September 12, 2011

Call for conference papers

Conference Program & Call for Abstracts


The Conference theme is: “Discovery”


The Organising Committee for the ALIA Biennial Conference 2012 invite abstract submissions relating to the themes outlined below. Submitted abstracts will be reviewed to decide who will be invited to give an oral presentation.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is Wednesday 30 November 2011.
Those who wish to submit an abstract for consideration by the Technical Program Committee must also intend to register for the Conference All abstracts submitted must be original work and not previously presented in any form at other or previously published
Only one abstract submission per person will be accepted
Authors of abstracts accepted for presentation are required to submit a full paper via the Conference website All submitted papers will be published after the Conference on the Conference website. PowerPoint presentations may also be submitted but are not an accepted substitute for the full paper submission

To submit an abstract for review or to edit an existing submission, please click on the button below. Please be sure to read the abstract guidelines before proceeding.

ABSTRACT GUIDELINESContent streams will be based on the following topic areas:
Digital Assets and Rights Management – Is it all gloom and doom? What are you doing and/or thinking about in discovering and managing resources?
Interesting things - Tell us about all things Bold, New and Different. What excites you right now? What do you think everyone should know about?
Spaces– Physical space, virtual space, mind space, outer space. What is your vision for libraries?
Connecting people with content – How are your collections and services discovered? What tools do you use? What tools would you like to use?
Opportunities – Discover the similarities and differences in our libraries. What interesting projects are occurring in health, law, TAFE, special, public, arts, school and academic libraries that can be shared by like minded and not-so like minded colleagues?
Valuing our services – Tell us your story about how your library proves worth. How do you know you are doing a good job?
Emerging Technologies – e-books, social networking, augmented reality. Is your library content discoverable wherever your clients are? How do these tools facilitate changes in your services?
Redesigning, Rediscovering, Rethinking, Rebooting – How does the changing nature of client behaviour etc influence the way we deliver our services? What sort of staff do libraries need?
Year of Reading - In the National Year of Reading 2012, what authors have inspired you, changed your life or simply been a great pleasure? [And get ready toparticipate in the Conference’s Twitter Reading Group!]
Submitted abstracts should be written in Arial style, 11 point font and should include:

Abstract Title
Author/s & Organisation/s
Indicate which topic or stream you are submitting under
Presenter/s Name
Postal address
E-mail address

Abstract (200 words minimum to 350 words maximum)Your abstract should be structured as follows:

All abstracts should adhere to the abstract template.

25 minute (including 5 minute Q&A) oral presentations will run during the Concurrent Sessions each day.

A Paper describes and discusses work the presenter is doing or has done in relation to theory and practice. Papers are generally delivered in a lecture style and will run for approximately 25 minutes (including 5 minutes for questions). The audience will be limited by room capacity. The room will be set in theatre style.
Thinking of something different?
If you have a suggestion on how to present your paper other than the traditional approach, please include details when submitting your abstract. You may wish, for example, to suggest a live broadcast, a panel of speakers, Q&A session, or a short burst of presentations from a number of speakers around a theme.

Abstracts are to be submitted online via the conference website. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Organising Committee to ensure quality and compatibility with the conference theme and areas of interest.

During the submission process you will need to indicate if you wish for your abstract to be peer reviewed.
Review process for Abstracts and Non-refereed Papers
Reviewers will rate and evaluate abstracts based on the following criteria:
Suitability to the conference themes
Importance and interest of the topic to delegates Demonstrated evidence of creativity, leadership and excellence in professional practice
Demonstrated evidence of successful or effective presentation style. For new presenters, suggest how you may approach your presentation
Final decisions on acceptances and on publication and presentation formats are the responsibility of the Technical Program Committee.

Peer Review and Refereeing Process
If you wish, you may submit a completed paper, in addition to the abstract proposal, for peer review and possible inclusion in the refereed conference publication.
Referees will be chosen from the library and information community and will be independent experts in their chosen field. Each paper submitted for refereeing will be submitted as a blind (unidentifiable) copy. Written comments are received from each referee for each paper. Papers requiring revision will be returned to authors for the required changes. At no time will the referees be informed of the identities of the authors whose papers they were assessing.

If you submit a paper for peer review, you should include:

Paper title

Abstract of 200 words minimum to 350 words maximum

Paper - 3000 to 5000 words using 11 point font in Arial.

Referencing in a format of the author's choice

(Note: the author's name(s) should not appear on the paper)


If your abstract is selected, oral presentations are not required in a given format. You should allow 25 minutes for your presentation followed by five minutes for questions.

Abstracts of all presentations accepted for inclusion in the Conference Program will be published as part of the conference program booklet to be issued at the commencement of the conference.


Abstract Submission Deadline 30 November 2011

Author Notification 23 January 2012

Refereed Paper Submission 23 March 2012

Final Submission of Refereed Papers 11 May 2012

Final Submission of Non-Refereed Papers 11 May 2012


Enquiries regarding abstracts can be directed to the Conference Organisers

ICE Australia Pty Ltd

183 Albion Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Telephone: +61 2 9368 1200


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