Call for Proposals


The Association of College and Research Libraries, New England Chapter (

invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 2017 ACRL-NEC Annual Conference

Reframing Librarianship in the 21st Century

Friday, May 12 @University of Vermont Conference Center, Burlington, VT. 

It is an era of reinvention for college and research libraries. Whether we work in cataloging and metadata, scholarly communication, archives, public services, instruction, or another area of librarianship, we have all heard a rhetoric of crisis, transformation, and rapid change applied to our work. The challenges we face have provided an opportunity to refocus on the foundations of our profession: our purpose and our areas of expertise. In reflecting on and redefining our work and ourselves, we are reframing librarianship for the 21st Century. This exciting topic will be kicked off by keynote Suzanne Wones, Director of Library Digital Strategies and Innovations at Harvard Library.


The Program Committee is interested in receiving proposals for presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and posters that speak to the following questions:

       In this era of reinvention, how are we reframing ourselves, the work that we do, and our libraries?

       How are we communicating around this shift within our institutions and beyond?


Topics might include, but are not limited to, the reframing of:


       Our professional identities and roles within the library, on campus, and in society

       The development and provision of library and archives collections to users

       Cataloging and metadata practices

       Efforts around diversity and inclusion in our profession and on our campuses

       LIS education: Are we graduating technologically- and information-literate librarians?

       Professional development, collaboration, training, and supervision

       Research and publication in library and information science

       Education and advocacy on issues of scholarly communication, copyright, and licensing

       Public services: liaison, instruction, and reference work

       Data services and the library's role in research data management, data education, and open data

       Assessment, and our role in broader institutional efforts around student success and retention, accreditation, and learning outcomes

       The institutional context of the academic library, including institutional structures, cross-departmental collaborations, and faculty status issues


Staff, faculty, administrators, and students in all areas of librarianship are encouraged to submit proposals.

To submit a proposal, follow this link:


The deadline for proposal submission is midnight on Dec 2, 2016.


Questions should be directed to the ACRL/NE CPC Programming Committee:


Karin Heffernan-SNHU

Maric Kramer-Brandeis University

Mike Kemezis-Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

Erica Cataldi-Roberts-MCPHS

Kathy Layer-Western New England University

Andrew Haggarty-Anna Maria College


We look forward to receiving your proposals!






Sarah C. Hutton, M.L.I.S.

Vice President/President-Elect, ACRL/NE
Head, Undergraduate Teaching & Learning Services
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts
154 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Tel: 413.545.6740




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Higher Education

Department of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration

University of Massachusetts Amherst

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