Call for Proposals: The Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians Kelley, Steve 10 Oct 2012 16:47 UTC

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The Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians: “Social
Entrepreneurship in Action”

Call for Proposals

As David Bornstein and Susan Davis succinctly define, “Social
entrepreneurship is a process by which citizens build or transform
institutions to advance solutions to social problems, such as poverty,
illiteracy, environmental destruction, human rights abuses and
corruption, in order to make life better for many.”*  At the third
“Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians,” sponsored by the
libraries at Wake Forest University and The University of North
Carolina at Greensboro, we will explore the paths by which librarians
have engaged in social entrepreneurship to promote social change in
their communities and beyond.
This conference will provide a forum to:

Share and celebrate the social entrepreneurial accomplishments of
librarians and information professionals
Inspire each other to innovate and promote change
Create a community to promote entrepreneurial practices

We seek presentations from librarians and information professionals
about projects that have transformed library services or have provided
solutions to social problems. The successful presentation could

An innovative approach that used social entrepreneurship to fill an
unmet need or promoted change
A description of how a solution was designed and implemented
A discussion of lessons learned and what could have been done differently
A description of the keys to a successful project
A tone that inspires social entrepreneurship, no matter how small the project

The conference will feature keynote addresses from noted professionals
in our field:

·         Mandy Henk, Librarian at The People’s Librarian, Occupy Wall
Street, as well as the Coordinator of Access Services at DePauw

·         Brian Mathews, Associate Dean for Learning and Outreach at
Virginia Tech’s University Libraries.  Creator of the popular blog,
“The Ubiquitous Librarian,” Mathews recently wrote “Think Like a
Startup: A White Paper to Inspire Library Entrepreneurialism.”

·         Michael Porter, President of Library Renewal, a non-profit
organization dedicated to finding equitable ways for library users to
access electronic content.

Conference dates and location:

May 16 & 17, 2013 on the campus of the University of North Carolina at

For more information please see the conference web page.


Presentations may be made in one of two formats:

One-hour break-out sessions with 45 minutes for presenting and 15
minutes for Q&A.  These may be panels or single presenters.  Proposals
should include an abstract of no more than 250 words.
Five minute "lightning rounds" with time for Q&A after all have
presented.  Only a microphone will be provided so be prepared without
visual aids!  Proposals should include a description of 25-50 words.

Submission Deadline:

Proposals will be accepted until November 1, 2012.  Please click here
for the submission form.

For more information, contact:
Kathryn Crowe
Mary Beth Lock

*in Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know, New York:
Oxford UP, 2010.

Steve Kelley
Head of Resource Maintenance and Serials Cataloging Librarian
Wake Forest University
Z. Smith Reynolds Library
PO Box 7777
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7777
p 336.758.5245
f 336.758.4652

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