2023 Call for Presenters

The Call for Presenters for the 15th conference is OPEN. The submissions portal, Ex Ordo, is live!

The 15th International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries (LibPMC) will take place online from 11-13 July 2023.  

We are seeking papers, lightning talks, discussion panels, and mini-workshops on any aspect of performance measurement, assessment, or user experience in libraries, archives and information services. 

We are interested in proposals from practitioners (early career, established, or anywhere in between), from researchers and academics (in library schools, information schools, or any other department that you find yourself in), and from students (masters or doctoral). 

We are looking for contributors from across the globe, and although the language of the conference is English, we have a strong history of presenters with English as an additional language. 

What do I need to do? 

The specific information for each of the four proposal types is at the bottom of this page. You will need to write a short proposal (maximum 500 words) that follows all the requirements for your proposal type. You will also need to write a very short biography (maximum 50 words) for each proposal author. We are also offering conference proposal writing support sessions this year which you can register for here.

How do I know if my idea is relevant to LibPMC? 

LibPMC brings together practitioners, researchers, educators and students interested in all aspects of performance measurement in libraries, archives and information services in any sector. Performance measurement (also known as assessment) is the process of determining and communicating how a library/archive/information service is performing, with the aim of driving improvement. It includes work based on quantitative, qualitative, or user experience methods. 

Past conferences have covered topics including learning & teaching; space planning and use; methods (including UX, analytics, visualisations); services, collections & programmes; values, equality, diversity & inclusion; critical & theoretical assessment; and organisational culture & change. 

Additional information about the conference, including links to past proceedings, are available on our website.

Will I have to present live? 

Attendees from previous conferences tell us that it is the live interactions that make LibPMC special, so we want to enable as much of this as possible. If your time zone or technology situation makes this difficult, you can pre-record your paper or lightning talk and we will ‘play’ it live for you. All discussion panels and mini-workshops need to be live. 

How do I submit my proposal? 

Submission is via an online portal provided by Ex Ordo: https://libpmc2023.exordo.com/  

Please complete the online form, including entering the proposal description and author biography in the relevant boxes. 

All proposals will be subject to double-blind peer-review and must not have been submitted to another conference or published in a journal.  

Closing date for proposals is 14 February at 12 noon GMT. Those submitting proposals will be notified of the decision in April 2023.  

 

Presentation formats:

Papers 

Papers can present practical or conceptual approaches on any aspect of performance measurement, assessment or user experience research. Projects should be concluded or well underway, and include results, actions arising from results, and potential value to the wider assessment, user experience, and/or performance measurement community. 

Time: 20 mins + 5mins for Q&A     

A written paper of 3,000–5,000 words must be provided for the conference proceedings. To support accessibility of the presentation for neurodiverse attendees, this must be submitted one week before the conference. 

Proposals should be a maximum of 500 words and must include the following information:   

  • Why did you do this activity, project, or research?  
  • How did you do this? 
  • What did you discover? What are the limitations? 
  • How have findings been applied? What lessons did you learn? What is the potential value to the wider performance measurement/assessment/user experience library community?  

Paper proposals will be evaluated using these criteria: 

  • Relevance to the performance measurement, assessment, and user experience library/archive community; 
  • Importance or usefulness of the issue, question, methodology, findings, or lessons learned; 
  • Potential for influencing change in the broader library/archive community; and  
  • Clarity of expression. 

Lightning talks 

Lightning talks can cover a single issue or a single aspect of a project (for example method, use of findings); work in progress or a case study at a single library/archive. We are also particularly keen to encourage sharing assessment efforts that did not go as planned (“fail talks”), focusing on the lessons learned or ideas for moving forward. 

These are dynamic, tightly-focused presentations with a maximum of 15 slides and a single presenter (there can be more named co-authors, but only one can present). 

Time: 5 mins + 5 mins for Q&A.  

To support accessibility of the presentation for neurodiverse attendees, a written version of the talk must be submitted one week before the conference (this could be a ‘script’, expanded bullet points, or in the format of a short paper). Except for “fail talks” this will be included in the Conference Proceedings; presenters of “fail talks” may choose for it to be included in the Conference Proceedings if they wish. 

Proposals should be 250-500 words and must include the following information:    

  • Why did you do this activity, project, or research? 
  • How did you do this? 
  • What did you discover? (if applicable) 
  • How have findings been applied? What lessons did you learn? What is the potential value to the wider performance measurement/assessment/user experience library community? 

While we are asking for all four of the above elements in the proposal, please note that the talks themselves should not try to cover all of these and should instead focus on the most compelling aspect of the project or idea (e.g., innovative use of a method, or how results have been turned into action).  For “fail talks”, the emphasis should be on lessons learned.  

Lightning talk proposals will be evaluated using these criteria:   

  • Relevance to the performance measurement, assessment, and user experience library/archive community; 
  • Importance or usefulness of the issue, question, methodology, findings, or lessons learned; 
  • Potential for influencing change in the broader library/archive community; and  
  • Clarity of expression. 

Discussion Panels 

Discussion panels should comprise three to six members, and be designed to provide a set of contrasting perspectives and voices on a shared topic. They must be interactive and engage the audience – panelists must not deliver papers, but instead be in conversation about a particular issue / issues /questions. 

Panelists will be expected to work with an assigned facilitator from the LibPMC Board to ensure that sessions are designed around discussion, interaction, and engagement both between panel members, and between panelists and the audience.   

Time: 40 mins total, with maximum 20 mins of panelists presenting their viewpoints and at least 20 mins Q&A and/or facilitated discussion with attendees.   

To support accessibility of the presentation for neurodiverse attendees, a written version of the discussion issue(s)/points/questions must be submitted one week before the conference. This will be included in the Conference Proceedings. 

Panellists should submit a single shared proposal for consideration. Proposals should be a maximum of 500 words and must include the following information:   

  • Names and institutional affiliations of all panellists   
  • Short overview of the purpose of the panel 
  • What question(s)/issue are you discussing?   
  • How will speakers frame discussion and interact with each other?  
  • How will panellists actively engage the audience in dialogue? 

Panel proposals will be evaluated using these criteria:   

  • Relevance to the performance measurement, assessment, and user experience library/archive community; 
  • Elements of interaction and engagement between panel members and panelists and attendees   
  • Potential for influencing change in the broader library/archive community; and  
  • Clarity of expression. 

Mini-workshops 

Mini-workshops are short, interactive sessions focused on teaching participants practical knowledge on a performance measurement, assessment, or user experience topic. These sessions may share innovative strategies or approaches related to library / archive performance measurement, assessment or evaluation of user experience. They may introduce library/archive professionals to new perspectives to consider in their practice. They may update colleagues’ knowledge to meet current needs.    

Time: 90 minutes, inclusive of Q&A.   

Proposals should be a maximum of 500 words and must include the following information:   

  • Detailed outline of the session content including descriptions of interactive activities     
  • Two learning outcomes 
  • Presenter experience in teaching and/or the topic  

Workshop proposals will be evaluated using these criteria:   

  • Relevance to the performance measurement, assessment, and user experience library/archive community; 
  • Feasibility of learning outcomes within time requested;   
  • Active engagement of participants in learning activities;   
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering engaging learning sessions; and  
  • Clarity of expression   

In recognition of the additional work that preparing a mini-workshop entails, mini-workshop teachers will receive free conference registration.