#CFP for Workshops on Libraries and Digital Scholarship in the 21st Century

A chalk board with scrabble tiles that reads "Libraries and Digital Scholarship"
Estimated Reading Time: 3.5 minutes

Do you work in or work with libraries or in scholarly communities, particularly at the intersection of technology (or changing technologies)? Do you have an area of technology that you would like to share your skills, practices, or struggles with OR that you really want to learn practice advice and guidance from folks working with that area? Then, this CFP is probably for you!

I am reaching out to folks for any thoughts or ideas for day-long workshops or 1-hour webinars for NERCOMP, the regional entity of EDUCAUSE, serving from Pennsylvania to Maine. We are starting to think about and plan for such professional development opportunities for the next academic year (Sept, 2020-June, 2021).

I’m currently the Program-Track Chair of Libraries and Scholarship in the 21st Century, which means I help to find folks who want to run these events and support them through the process.

You can find the full description of the track here:

Libraries and Digital Scholarship in the 21st Century Track

As libraries seek to redefine themselves in the 21st century, branching out into content creation, makerspace management, and new partnerships around teaching, learning, and scholarship, the opportunities – and questions – for how libraries will lead the information age can seem overwhelming. What collaborative partnerships, decisions, and technologies should librarians take advantage of in scholarship and research? What strategic innovations can libraries share to help establish a new model of relevancy in colleges and universities? And given the continual pressure to justify budget requests and resource allocations, how can we define and establish new organizational structures and services? This track encourages the sharing of provocative ideas, ongoing projects and plans, and early-stage successes that can help our community begin to answer these provocative questions.

Example topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Re-conceiving library spaces and services: new purposes, new partners
  • Emerging workflows and best practices in digitization and digital preservation
  • Issues surrounding 21st-century scholarly communication: copyright, open access
  • Supporting faculty in digital scholarship, digital humanities, and research
  • Assessment in the Library: demonstrating the library’s contributions
  • Innovations in delivery of content: eBooks, ILL, patron-initiated purchasing
  • Instruction and Outreach: in information literacy programming and engagement
  • Getting to know our users: ethnographic research, usability studies
  • When cultures collide: changing perceptions of libraries’ roles and missions
  • Integrating discovery tools and library management systems
  • Lessons learned working with archives, repositories, and publishing platforms
  • Campus and community outreach and partnerships

Some examples of such events include
NERCOMP typically runs about 8-10 events for Libraries and Scholarship in the 21st Century each academic year. So I’m reaching out to you to see if you are interested in running an event!

What does running an event entail?
  1. Figuring out a relevant and interesting topic for other professionals and scholars.
  2. Reaching out to me (lance.eaton@gmail.com) to start the discussion and fine-tune the idea.
  3. Determining what kind of event: practical/applicable daylong-workshop or informative 1-hour webinar?
  4. Decide if you want to run the event entirely by yourself, bring colleagues and others to also co-present, or facilitate other specialists who will present on the topic.
  5. Work with me and NERCOMP to make sure to develop marketing material
  6. Develop workshop/webinar
  7. Deliver workshop/webinar
Folks who organized a full-day NERCOMP event will be compensated $500 while those who develop webinars will be given $100.

Sounds interesting? Then, please reach out to me for a conversation at lance.eaton@gmail.com and we can discuss it further.  

Did you enjoy this read? Let me know your thoughts down below or feel free to browse around and check out some of my other posts!. You might also want to keep up to date with my blog by signing up for them via email.

Creative Commons LicenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.