Oral History Australia journal seeking section editors

The Editors and Chair of the Editorial Board of Studies in Oral History, the journal of Oral History Australia, are inviting expressions of interest for the positions of Reviews Editor and Reports Editor.

If you are interested in either of these roles, please send an email to journal@oralhistoryaustralia.org.au by 14 February 2023 including:

  • a short biography (300 word limit), and
  • a  paragraph explaining your interest in and suitability for the role(s).

Information about the Studies in Oral History is available at: https://oralhistoryaustralia.org.au/journal/journal-overview/.

Studies in Oral History is jointly edited by Carla Pascoe Leahy and Skye Krichauff. The Editorial Board includes: Alexandra Dellios (Chair), Lynn Abrams, Sean Field, Alexander Freund, Anna Green, Nepia Mahuika, Anisa Puri, Beth Robertson and Mark Wong.

Deadline extended – CFP – Conference “Transatlantic Women’s Networks: Cultural Engagements from the 19th Century to the Present”

Deadline: January 31, 2023

Transatlantic Women’s Networks:
Cultural Engagements from the 19th Century to the Present

11th – 12th May, 2023
Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal


The conference Transatlantic Women’s Networks: Cultural Engagement from the 19th Century to the Present aims to provide a space to unearth, discuss, map, and (re)situate networks and circuits of intellectual and cultural exchange among women across the Atlantic from the 19th century to the present. The conference will take place at Universidade Católica Portuguesa, in Lisbon, Portugal, on the 11th and 12th of May, 2023.

Traditionally, representations of sociopolitical, cultural, and artistic engagements have been dominated by male figures and national frameworks. However, from politics and gender to literary and cultural criticism, the role of women’s networks in shaping societies, literatures, and convivial relations across national borders has started to be resituated within these more traditional narratives both in and out of Academia. Particularly in the context of transcultural formations across the Atlantic, the role of movements and exchanges has become a central concern. Societies and cultural expressions have not only been deeply shaped by slavery and the slave trade, but also by less violent forms of migration, and productive dialogue. Women have played an important role here as well and made significant contributions to the cultural and social spheres. Arts, literature, translation, and criticism, in particular, have proved significant historical vehicles for women to foster convivial and transnational circuits of conversation and exchange, as well as intellectual, cultural and political rapprochement between countries and traditions.

The conference invites discussion on the potential of transatlantic women’s networks both historically and in the present moment. We want to honor subaltern, off-circuit, overlooked , and often-unrecognized contributions to cultural and social analysis that have the potential to reimagine, understand, and (re)situate the strategic position women have played in matters of gender, politics, and transnational affairs. How have women used conviviality and networking for sociopolitical, cultural, and artistic engagements across the Atlantic? What is the role of transatlantic networks for grassroots activism and alternative forms of resistance and circulation? How have historically transcontinental connections and exchanges between feminist thinkers impinged on current perspectives on gender, ethnicity, race, and class? What has brought women together as builders of communities and creators of knowledge? How do these transatlantic networks illuminate different geographic, temporal, cultural, and spiritual experiences? And what is the political impact of the host of vibrant, emerging peripherical actresses (indigenous, homosexual women, transgender etc.) in contemporary transatlantic networks, on and offline?

We welcome contributions from the fields of Cultural, Literary, Translation, Gender, Feminist, Archival and Memory Studies that focus on the works women have authored, published, directed, or have taken part in (novels, films, arts, correspondence), including non-alternative vehicles of transatlantic dialogue (newspapers and literary supplements, manuscripts, marginalia, journals, and postcards). These undiscovered, forgotten and often-times neglected vehicles have arguably functioned as incubators of experimentation in translation and artistic practice, cultural and literary criticism, and other forms of networking through which networks of conviviality with and among women across the Atlantic came into being.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

● Transatlantic conviviality and correspondence among women
● Memory, women, and imaginative transatlantic networks of exchange
● Archives, migration, and gender across the Atlantic
● Feminisms, women and the black Atlantic
● Race and gender from a transatlantic perspective
● Transatlantic activism, women’s agency, and survival
● Feminist-feminine writing across in the Atlantic
● Diasporic and immigrant women writing across the Atlantic
● Women translators, women in translation, translated women across the Atlantic
● Luso-Brazilian women revisited
● Indigenous, native, and spiritual feminisms across the Atlantic
● Women and transatlantic grassroots and institutional activism
● Sisterhood, female circles, and collaboration across the Atlantic
● Online activist female spaces across the Atlantic

Keynote Speakers
Paulina Chiziane, Writer and Essayist
Anna Faedrich, Universidade Federal Fluminense
Harris Feinsod, Northwestern University
Adriana Martins, Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Scientific Committee
Ana Paula Ferreira, University of Minnesota
Sheila Khan, Universidade do Minho
Verena Lindemann Lino, Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Alexandra Lopes, Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Inocência Mata, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
Aretha Phiri, Rhodes University
Sofia Pinto, Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Nelson Ribeiro, Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Luísa Santos, Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Catarina Valdigem, Universidade Católica Portuguesa

We invite abstracts for individual and joint presentations using women’s networks as a lens for the analysis and discussion of cultural exchange or conceptualizing/problematizing their role across the Atlantic.

We also welcome abstracts for presentations and interventions that disrupt the traditional presentation format and academic ways of thinking and doing, including, but not limited to, artistic interventions and co-creative, performative presentations. Abstracts should be sent to twnconference2023@gmail.com no later than 31th January 2023 and include paper title, abstract in English or Portuguese (max. 250 words), name, e-mail address, institutional affiliation, and a brief bio (max. 100 words) mentioning ongoing research. Notification of acceptance will be sent by the 28th February 2022 at the latest.

After having been accepted, you will be asked to register for the conference and provide some personal details to that purpose.
The conference will take place in person, at Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

Registration fees                      Early Bird     Regular

Graduate/Student/Post-Doc       65 €              75 €
Senior Scholar/Researcher        70 €             100 €

*Fees include coffee breaks and conference materials.

The Organizing Committee may consider reducing or waiving a limited number of registration fees in case of documented financial difficulties. CECC researchers are exempted from the registration fee, but will still have to register.

Organizing Committee

Patrícia Anzini
Verena Lindemann Lino

Contact Info: 

Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Cultura

Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal

Contact Email: 




Call for Chapters: Contemporary Issues in Information and Records Management in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Josiline Chigwada, Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe
Godfrey Tsvuura, Zimbabwe Open University, Zimbabwe

Call for Chapters
Proposals Submission Deadline: December 12, 2020
Full Chapters Due: February 24, 2021
Submission Date: February 24, 2021

The book showcases contemporary issues in information and records management in the 4th industrial revolution especially in times of crisis like the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Chapters highlighting innovation, use of information and communication technology in information and records management, best practices, challenges encountered and how they are overcome are discussed.

The publication demonstrates the value of information and records management in the 21st century vis-à-vis the challenges that may be faced by information and records managers in the 4th industrial revolution. The book provides a summary of the key activities undertaken by information and records managers as they seek to make records and information management more visible to modern knowledge-driven society.

Target Audience
The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals, librarians, archivists, students, lecturers and researchers working in the field of library and information science, archives and records management, communication sciences, education, and information technology.

Recommended Topics
• Records management practices and systems • Challenges in managing records in the 21st century • Information management in the 4th industrial revolution • Knowledge management in the 4th industrial revolution • Quality assurance in information and records management • Research data management • Data, information and records • Big data • Open Science (Open access, open educational resources, open source, open methodology, Open peer review). • Digitisation of records • Continuous professional development • Social Media usage in records and information management • Managing difficult patrons • Inclusive librarianship • Cloud Computing • Services to Patrons with disabilities • Collection development and management • Institutional repositories • Community engagement • Cooperation between librarians and teaching staff • Information Communication Technology issues in information and records management • Resource sharing in information and records centres

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before December 12, 2020, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by December 26, 2020 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.Full chapters are expected to be submitted by February 24, 2021, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at https://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/ prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Contemporary Issues in Information and Records Management in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit https://www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2021.

Important Dates
December 12, 2020: Proposal Submission Deadline
December 26, 2020: Notification of Acceptance
February 24, 2021: Full Chapter Submission
April 9, 2021: Review Results Returned
May 21, 2021: Final Acceptance Notification
June 4, 2021: Final Chapter Submission

Josiline Chigwada Bindura University of Science Education josyphiri@gmail.com +263733782906 Godfrey Tsvuura Zimbabwe Open University gtsvuura@gmail.com

Full call and submission

CFP: 9th International Summit of the Book 2020 & WBIMLC 2020 December 9th-11th Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina & Online

The 9th International Summit of the Book 2020 welcome papers on any of the topics listed here

WBIMLC 2020 welcome papers on any of the topics listed here 

Papers for both the International Summit of the Book and WBIMLC should be prepared using the WBIMLC template available here and submitted electronically to this email address  wbimlc2019@wbimlc.org

After the second cycle of Peer-Review, selected papers will be published in the International Summit of the Book and the WBIMLC Proceedings Book and in the Peer Reviewed Education for Information (indexed by SCOPUS) ISSN print: 0167-8329; ISSN online: 1875-8649.

Paper Submission: Submissions in any of the following forms are accepted:

  • Full paper to be published in conference proceedings
  • Presentation
  • Round table discussion
  • Poster session
  • Workshops
  • Symposia
  • PechaKucha

Instructions for authors/download: Papers should be written in English, prepared using the WBIMLC template, and submitted electronically to this email address wbimlc2019@wbimlc.org. After the second cycle of peer-review, selected papers will be published in the WBIMLC2020 Proceedings and in the peer-reviewed journal “Education for Information” (indexed by SCOPUS: ISSN print: 0167-8329; ISSN online: 1875-8649). Registration Fees: €300 Early Bird available up to 30th September 2020 (Request invoice) €350 Full fees after 30th September 2020 (Request Invoice) €400 Payment on Arrival The registration fee includes the following:

  • Preparation of the Proceedings
  • Promotional materials
  • Welcome drink
  • Refreshments during the conference
  • Galla Dinner

Important Dates:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 16th October 2020
  • Notification of Acceptance/Rejection:  28th October 2020
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline 11th November 2020
  • Dissemination of Final Programme by 30th November 2020
  • Conference dates: 9th-11th December 2020
  • Abstracts and Papers are to be sent to: wbimlc2019@wbimlc.org

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 the Conference Committee, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.

Call for papers for the Tunnock Essay Prize (Scottish Archives)

We present you today a great opportunity to have your research published in a well-respected journal and receive a prize of £250.

The weather is wonderful and the archives are closed but you may well still be in a position to think about writing up an entry for the Tunnock Essay Prize. Aimed at post graduates and kindly sponsored by Thomas Tunnock Ltd, entries should focus on the use and interpretation of Scottish Archives both within Scotland and further afield.  Submissions should consist of between 4,000 and 6,000 words. Any submission that makes use of archival material to explore historical matters relevant to Scotland will be considered. The winning entry will be awarded a prize of £250 and, subject to peer review, will be eligible for publication in Scottish Archives, the journal of the Scottish Records Association.

The closing date for entries is 1 September 2020.

Further details are available on the SRA website at https://www.scottishrecordsassociation.org/the-tunnock-prize-2020 or email: editorscottisharchives@gmail.com

Call for papers: Collect & Connect conference

Leiden (The Netherlands), 23-24 November 2020

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for the international conference Collect & Connect: Archives and Collections in a Digital Age. The conference will be held at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden (depending on COVID-19 it could be moved online) on 23-24 November 2020.

The aims of this international conference which officially concludes the NWO/Brill Creative Industries Project Making Sense of Illustrated Handwritten Archives are two: to present results of finished and original research in the field of digitized archives and natural and cultural heritage collections, and to promote exchange and discussion between researchers and heritage professionals in the field of digital natural and cultural heritage.

Confirmed keynote speakers are:

Dr. Sharon Leon (Michigan State University)
Prof. Lambert Schomaker (University of Groningen)
Prof. Franco Niccolucci (PIN – University of Florence)

Paper formats & submission:

Regular papers with 10 to 12 pages (max. 12 pages, min. 10 pages) and short papers with 5 to 9 pages (max. 9 pages, min. 5 pages) need to be submitted through EasyChair.
All papers will be thoroughly peer-reviewed by at least two members of the conference’s program committee.

Important dates:

11 September 2020 (deadline for short and long papers)
2 October 2020 (notification of authors)
15 November 2020 (camera-ready papers)

Thematic scope of the conference:

In recent years, libraries, archives and museums have spent major efforts on annotating and enriching their digitized archives and collections with contextual information, in order to make them retrievable and interlinked in novel ways. Often institutions aim to enhance their reach and relevance for broader user groups. A major challenge in the field is the heterogeneous character of many of such digitized collections. Many handwritten archives and collections of physical objects in the realms of natural history, archaeology, history, and art history entail combinations of textual and visual elements whose interpretation requires a range of different expertises and computational technologies. This conference therefore welcomes papers that present, discuss, and reflect upon the technical, social, and institutional challenges digital heritage professionals and researchers encounter when enriching heterogeneous digitized collections with context.

Six to eight papers selected among those presented at the conference are expected to be selected for publication in the Journal of Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH). The authors of the selected papers will be asked to extend their conference papers to comply with the editorial standards of the Journal. They will be informed at the end of the Conference by the Selection Committee, formed by the Conference Chairs and JOCCH Editor-in-Chief, and will provided with a suitable deadline to prepare their papers for publication. Thus, to publish in this Special Issue it is necessary to present the paper at the International Conference Collect&Connect.

More information on guidelines and paper submission at:


CFP: Conference “Digital Humanities and Gender History”

Type: Call for Papers
Date: August 31, 2020
Subject Fields: Digital Humanities, Women’s & Gender History / Studies
**Deadline: August 31, 2020**

CfP Conference “Digital Humanities and Gender History”

Place: Online Conference

Dates: 5.2., 12.2., 19.2. and 26.2.2021, 4 – 8 p.m. CET

Languages: English, German

The Chair of Gender History at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (Germany), together with the Arbeitskreis Historische Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung e.V. and the Digital German Women’s Archive (Digitales Deutsches Frauenarchiv), is organising a virtual international conference on “Digital Humanities and Gender History” on the four Friday afternoons of February 2021.

The conference aims to address gender-historical aspects of the history of the digital and the digital humanities as well as the application of digital methods and research workflows for gender-historical questions. The conference will examine the gender-historical implications of digital methods, tools and projects as well as the possibilities and limitations, added values and challenges that digital methods offer for the study of gender history.

In addition to the presentation of current and completed projects, problem-centered lectures dealing with aspects of cross-cutting relevance for a digital gender history are particularly welcome. Proposals for topics can refer to the following thematic complexes:

  • Application of digital methods and tools in regards to gender history issues
  • Gender history of the digital humanities or digital sub-disciplines
  • Constructions of gender in or making it visible by digital methods (e.g. using data mining, network or GIS technologies, visualisations etc.)
  • Gendered or intersectional marking of digital models of reality, e.g. also artificial intelligence
  • Significance of gender in the modelling of digital humanities projects, the design and development of databases, algorithms, software, tools and digital working and virtual research environments
  • Digital archives and sources, their indexing and distribution
  • Digital forms of publication for gender history e.g. digital journals, blogs, project pages, social media etc.
  • Relationship between gender history and digital humanities or, possibly, considerations for a scientific disciplining of Digital Historical Gender Studies with specific questions, epistemes, methods and other (sub)disciplinary characteristics

Please submit your contribution, approximately one page in length, by 31 August to the e-mail address pia.sybille.marzell@uni-jena.de. We ask you to state whether your contribution will be a project presentation or whether you wish to focus on more comprehensive questions and aspects of digital gender history. Besides presentations with 20 minutes of speaking time, smaller lectures or alternative formats such as demos, tutorials, pecha kuchas etc. can also be proposed. Contributions from all epochs and regions are welcome.

The four conference afternoons in February form a unit, so participation in all four dates would be desirable. The conference languages are English and German. We are currently seeking funding to provide simultaneous translation of the conference in sign language as well as an English translation of the German contributions.

Contact Info:
Martin Prell (University of Jena)

Pia Marzell (University of Jena)

Contact Email: martin.prell@uni-jena.de

CFP: Archives During Rebellions and Wars, from the age of Napoleon to the Cyber War Era


Archives during rebellions and wars. From the age of Napoleon to the cyber war era


Fabio Caffarena, Benedetto Luigi Compagnoni, Antonino De Francesco, Filippo De Vivo, Maria Pia Donato, Luciana Duranti, Pierluigi Feliciati, Andrea Giorgi, Leonardo Mineo, Marco Mondini, Stefano Morosini, Stefano Moscadelli, Raffele Pittella, Oliver Poncet, Stefano Vitali.

The Symposium will be held in Milan, Italy, at the State Archives.


2021 May 19 (9.30 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
2021 May 20 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
2021 May 21 (9.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.)


The title of this symposium makes reference to a paper presented on the 29th of November, 1914, at the School of Paleography, Diplomatics and Archival Science of the State Archives of Milan by Giovanni Vittani, who would become the director of that institution in 1920 until 1938. Clearly, a few months after the outbreak of the First World War, this subject was of great topical interest. Vittani discussed the heavy losses suffered by archives in Italy and abroad in the course of history, due to wars, revolutions and revolts. He concluded his speech stating that the only way of minimizing the destruction of archives, apart from international laws and sanctions, would be the development of a true “public interest”: only “when (archives) will be universally known for why they exist, that is, to everyone’s advantage, to the harm of no one, it will be inconceivable that anybody would think to endanger them on purpose”. But this was wishfull thinking, as the State Archives of Milan itself, in the summer of 1943, when Milan was heavily bombed, lost a large quantity of documents.

Archival preservation was always at risk during wars and rebellions, but during the age of Napoleon considerable innovations were introduced in this field, as in many others, and we are still today familiar with them. In earlier regimes, archives either were voluntarily destroyed, or became the spoils of war for practical reasons, such as using their information in order to rule new territories or, vice versa, to deprive enemies of the same information. From the beginning of the 19th century to the present day, new direct or indirect causes of danger for archives have developed. As shown in the book Archivio del mondo. Quando Napoleone confiscò la storia, by Maria Pia Donato, it was Napoleon who wanted to create a “great archives of the world” by transferring to Paris, the capital of the new Empire, documents from all of the occupied countries for the sole purpose of symbolizing the birth of a new universal history. From that time on, the historical and symbolical importance of archives has transformed them into political instruments for confirming or discrediting the legitimacy of wars and rebellions fought in the name of a national identity or an ideology.

Two hundred years after Napoleon’s death, the State Archives of Milan wishes to reflect on the theme of archives during wars and rebellions, aware of the fact that Vittani’s wish is still far from coming true, and that probably it will never come true. Wars of the third Millennium, which are also fought cybernetically, definitely refute the idea that archives are “to the advantage of all” and, above all, “of harm to no one”. Two centuries after the death of the man who dreamed about the creation of a great universal archives, colossal corporations have succeeded in collecting and managing an enormous bulk of data which, as the new “archives of the world”, may become powerful instruments for influencing people’s thought and actions, even to the point of fostering or stirring up new wars.


The symposium will be structured into 5 sessions, each one dedicated either to an historical period or to one of the themes listed below, depending on the proposals that will be submitted.

Each presentation will last 20 minutes, followed by a 5-minute period for questions and answers”.


The deadline for the submission of proposals is September 30th, 2020. Proposals will consist of an abstract, in English or Italian (2,000 characters maximum), and a curriculum vitae showing the speaker’s principal areas of expertise and research.

E-mail for proposals submission: convegnoasmi2021@gmail.com

Papers may be presented either in English or in Italian. For speakers who prefer to present in another language, a simultaneous translation will be provided, under the condition that the text of the paper be submitted well in advance of the event. However, an English or Italian translation of the paper will be required for publication in the Proceedings.

The deadline for the submission of the final text for publication in the proceedings is August 31st, 2021


1 – Archives, wars, and diplomacy
– Management, transformation, and creation of archives before, during or after a war;
– How archivists and their profession change during war time;
– Archives of diplomacy.

2 – Secret archives and public archives
– Access to records and archives;
– Archives as instrument of power;
– Archives as instrument for exercising civil rights.

3 – Archives and “Empire”, Archives and “Nation”, Archives and “De-colonization”
– Archives as symbols of power;
– Archives as identity;
– Archives during crises, revolts and transitional periods.

4 – Archives as “Instruments” and Archives as “Monuments”
– The retention and/or disposition of archives in order to build an historical narrative;
– The construction of archives (collections of autographs, correspondence, letters, oral sources, diaries, etc.; community archives);
– Dismembered, dispersed, destroyed, migrated and removed archives / archives preserved deliberately or accidentally.

5 – Archives and technology
– Archives as technological products and instruments;
– Reliability and authenticity of archives in the era of cyber security and artificial intelligence;
– Data use and control.

CFP: Online webinars from Eogan: Energy Archives during COVID-19

As uncertainty reigns over the future, EOGAN would like to organise an online event for archivists, particularly in the energy sector, to informally meet and discuss their fears, solutions, and stories of working from home (or not) during the lockdown.

They would like to hear about new ways to interact with researchers and document collections, the state of digitisation and online access, what future for archives in the era of Coronavirus. In particular, if you work for a company’s archive, what provisions did the company or institution made / is planning for the archive? The energy sector, and the oil sector in particular, is under immense strain: how can archives be useful for developing a historically informed understanding of these processes, and thinking up appropriate strategies for interventions? Have there been requests to access specific files? How is smart working being organised for corporate archives?

The meeting aims to be an informal gathering; if you are interested in speaking, send an email at eogan.network[at]gmail.com with a quick summary of what you would like to discuss, and your availabilities for June.

Ideally they would receive these expressions of interest by the 15th May, so to decide a date for the webinars collectively.

Read more on: https://www.eogan.org/open-call-for-papers

CFP: Time/Location/Mode of Participation Changes: JCDL 2020 Practitioners Track

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan,  JCDL 2020 Organizing Committee has
made the following changes:

• Delay the conference date to August 1-5, 2020, which is right after ACM
SIGIR 2020 (July 25-30, 2020)
• Move the conference site to Xi’an China, which is at the same site as ACM
SIGIR 2020
• Allow virtual attendance/presentation of papers
• Not enforce the “no show” policy

These changes allow JCDL 2020 and SIGIR 2020 to be two conferences that are
back to back. Therefore, it is possible for attendees to attend two important
and relevant conferences with just one trip. The Organizing Committee of JCDL
2020 are working with that of SIGIR 2020 to explore further collaboration
between the two conferences.

JCDL 2020 continues to invite submissions to a newly created Practitioners

Practitioners Track Proposals

The practitioners track emphasizes innovation, insight, and vision in the
practice of digital libraries. It provides opportunities for libraries,
archives, museums, publishers, and digital content industry partners to
showcase their latest novel, speculative, and even provocative ideas,
practices, case studies, technologies, productions, strategies, datasets, and/
or designs related to digital library practices and services. Topics include
but are not limited to

• practice of emergency planning and response for libraries, archives, and
• digital repositories
• digital collections development and management
• metadata and discovery services
• open access and scholarly communication
• open educational resources
• teaching and learning support
• digital publishing
• big data and library cyberinfrastructure
• research data management, digital curation, and stewardship
• digital humanities
• digital preservation
• information service
• information/data literacy
• digital heritage/culture

Authors must label their submissions with at least one of the following four
streams. Submissions will be evaluated using criteria set forth in the
respective stream. There is no expectation that a submission must cover all
four streams.

1. “I have a dream”. Submissions to this stream should focus on the vision,
speculation, or prophetic prediction of trends on a) the future environment
and/or ecosystem for libraries, museums, archives and related industry and b)
how do we adapt and flourish. Proposals will be mainly evaluated on vision,
novelty, and potential impact. We particularly encourage high-risk high-reward
ideas, as long as the risks are clearly articulated and assessed.

2. “Told you so”. Submissions to this stream provide theoretical,
experimental, computational, synthetic, or empirical proof or myth rebuttal
related to popular and current digital library trends and practices. Proposals
are expected to be well-referenced and balanced, and also offer nuance and
clearly laid-out limitations. The evaluation will be focused on the merits of
the arguments, as well as their potential impacts on the practices.

3. “We can do it”. Submission to this steam showcase exemplary projects,
products, or services that have already been launched. Proposals may be
further broken down into substreams such as a) “We did it first”, where
novelty and differentiation factors are highlighted; b) “We do it best”, which
focuses on the overall value gained by the patrons, communities, and the
society; or c) “We can do better”, which highlights critical improvements.
Proposals in this stream will be evaluated on the verifiable benefits these
projects bring.

4. “Together we’ll go far”. Submissions to this stream emphasize broad
collaborations, e.g., those beyond boundaries of departments, libraries,
institutions, academic disciplines, communities, regions, or even countries.
Authors should clearly articulate what, how, and why the collaboration works
and what values the collaboration brings to each partner.

Proposals should consist of a title, extended abstract, and contact
information for the authors, and should not exceed 2 pages. As indicated in
the JCDL 2020 Call for Submissions, Practitioners Track submissions should use
the ACM Proceedings template
(http://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template) and are to be submitted
in electronic format via the conference’s EasyChair submission page

Accepted proposals to the Practitioners Track will be included in the
conference proceedings and will be presented at the conference in visual
formats including but are not limited to posters, videos, or system and
production demonstrations. At least one author of each accepted proposal is
expected to give a one-minute presentation.

All questions concerning the practitioners track proposals should be discussed
with the track co-chairs prior to the submission deadline of April 6, 2020.
Notification of acceptance is April 27, 2020 . This year’s practitioners track
co-chairs are:

Zhiwu Xie, Virginia Tech Libraries, USA zhiwuxie@vt.edu
Long Xiao, Peking University Library, China, China lxiao@lib.pku.edu.cn
Wei Liu, Shanghai Library, China kevenlw@gmail.com