Call for Papers

The Call for Papers for the 14th conference is now open. Please submit your proposal through the conference proposal submission site (Ex Ordo). The deadline for submissions is 12 May 2021, at 12 noon GMT. Those submitting proposals will be notified of their status in July.

Please note that we only accept English-language proposal submissions.

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Session types & lengths:

  • Full paper: 20 minute paper + 5 minutes for questions
    • These may include novel ideas/methodologies; case studies applying novel methodologies and/or with wider applicability; innovative and/or complex ideas; critical or theoretical pieces designed to spark conversation.
  • Lightning talks: 7 minute paper + 3 minutes for questions
    • These should be dynamic, tightly-focused presentations with a maximum of 15 slides. Lightning talks can highlight an innovative method or approach; how results have been used for change; case studies applying existing methodologies in new situations; or work in progress/testing initial stages of research.
  • Panels:  45 minutes total
    • Panels are expected to have 3-4 panellists. Panellists should submit a single shared proposal for consideration. At least 15 minutes of the panel time should involve dialogue and active engagement with audience.
    • Panellists are welcome to present micropapers to foster discussion, or can engage in structured conversation between panellists and attendees (e.g., each panellist responds to pre-set questions in dialogue with each other and the audience).

Proposals from early career practitionersor those that outline current doctoral research at any stage are especially welcomed.

Topics

Submissions are  welcome on any aspect of assessment and performance measurement of relevance to the library and information sector.

  • Assessment during COVID-19
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Critical and theoretical perspectives
  • Learning and teaching
  • Organisational culture, strategic planning, and change
  • Research and scholarly life cycle
  • Services, collections (including specialized collections), and programs
  • Space planning and use
  • Staff and relationships
  • Value and impact
  • Results and actions arising out of assessment
  • Analytics
  • Data management and visualization
  • Frameworks
  • Innovative techniques
  • Measurement and measures/indicators
  • Methodologies, methods, tools and techniques
  • Usability
  • User experience (UX), design thinking, participatory design

Format for proposals

Full papers:

  • Proposals should be a maximum of 500 words. All paper proposals should be set out using the following sub-headings:
    • Purpose / research question
    • Design, methodology or approach
    • Findings & limitations (as applicable)
    • Conclusions and how findings have been applied

Lightning talks:

  • Proposals should be a maximum of 250 words. All paper proposals should be set out using the following sub-headings:
    • Purpose / research question
    • Design, methodology or approach
    • Findings & limitations (as applicable)
    • Conclusions and how findings have been applied
  • While all of the above elements are required for lightning talk proposals, please note that talks themselves should not try to cover all these and should focus on the most compelling aspect of the project or idea (e.g., innovative use of a method, how results have been turned into action).

Panels:

  • Proposals should be a maximum of 500 words and include the following:
    • Names and institutional affiliations of panellists
    • Short description of panel, including: topic, format (e.g., structured conversation among panellists, micropapers and discussion), specific ideas for how panellists will actively engage the audience in dialogue, and relevance for conference attendees.

Evaluation

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the practical or research-based needs and interests of the target audience;
  • Quality and significance of the contribution to library performance measurement; and
  • Clarity of expression.

All proposals will be subject to double-blind peer-review.

Terms and Conditions

Papers submitted to the Conference should be based upon original work which has not been published elsewhere nor submitted to a journal or other conference.

The abstract and slides for every presentation will be published immediately following the Conference on the Conference website. All papers must be written up for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings, which will be published open access immediately following the Conference.

Presenters are required to be available during their allocated presentation session. We hope to keep the conversations going outside the presentation sessions, so presenters may be asked to respond asynchronously to questions asked throughout the Conference period.

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