Call for Proposals: Digital Initiatives Symposium


When: April 9, 2014

Where: University of San Diego



Proposals are now being accepted for the first annual Digital Initiatives Symposium, a day-long event focused on digital elements of library ecosystems and featuring a bepress Digital Commons user group meeting, hosted by Copley Library at the University of San Diego.


The inaugural year will focus on digital initiatives and institutional repositories. With the growing popularity of institutional repositories, libraries are looking for new and increasingly diverse ways to integrate them more fully into library and university systems: as platforms for library publishing, as components of research data management plans, and as part of long-term preservation solutions.


We are accepting proposals for 45-minute concurrent sessions and 1½-hour panel discussions. We welcome proposals on innovative uses and places for repositories throughout the library and the university, and on practical, theoretical, organizational or administrative topics related to institutional repositories. We are particularly interested in sessions that consider:


•             innovative, “non-traditional,” or expanded repository services

•             integrating repositories into other library initiatives, digital or otherwise

•             integrating repositories into university initiatives outside the library (e.g., managing ETD workflows through repositories)

•             liaison librarians, disciplines, and institutional repositories

•             repositories as tools for research and pedagogy

•             repositories in public, special, or other non-academic libraries

•             institutional repositories and the scholarly communication lifecycle

•             digital initiatives and copyright


Submission Guidelines and Selection Criteria


Panel discussions: 90 minutes

Concurrent sessions (case studies, white papers, demonstrations, or panels): 45 minutes

Please plan to leave 10-15 minutes for questions.


Submissions must include:

Session title

Presenters’ names, titles, and affiliations

A brief abstract, no more than 300 words (If accepted, the abstract will be used as part of the program and published along with conference proceedings.)

A longer description of the session, approximately 500 words

A brief statement on learning outcomes for the session

Technology or other requirements


Submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance thinking about digital initiatives and institutional repositories. Acceptance is competitive. Registration will be waived for accepted presenters.


More about the Program


The day will feature two panel discussions and a number of concurrent sessions to explore these and other questions about institutional repositories. We welcome participants from all sizes and types of institutions and at all stages of IR development, from those running robust programs to those just exploring the idea of repositories.


The symposium will feature two keynote addresses:

Lorraine Haricombe, Dean of the University of Kansas Libraries

Lee Van Orsdel, Dean of University Libraries at Grand Valley State University


The day will end with a bepress Digital Commons user group session. This session will be led by bepress and is intended for people already working with Digital Commons and those interested in learning more.


Submit proposals and questions to Kelly Riddle, Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of San Diego, at or 619-260-6850.


Important Dates


January 27, 2013: Proposal submission deadline

February 15, 2013: Notification of acceptance

February 20, 2013: Selected presenters must confirm presentations

March 15, 2013: Registration deadline


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