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Call for papers for 2019 Conference

M25 Consortium Annual Conference 2019

“Diversifying our services”

The M25 Consortium plans to hold its next annual conference on 8th May 2019 (date awaiting final confirmation and subject to change) and invites submissions for papers and posters under the theme ‘Diversifying our services’. We want the conference to look at diversity in many aspects of our libraries. Your paper or poster could detail the achievement of your library service in one particular area, or look at higher level developments in the sector as a whole. In either case we want to offer a conference that enables delegates to return to their institutions with practical ideas to follow up and consider implementing in their own library service. The conference is attended by a wide range of library staff, from library assistants to directors of library service. The type of libraries they represent reflect the diversity of the M25 Consortium membership: there will be HE libraries represented alongside national, museum and special research collection libraries. In submitting your abstract you should consider the diverse audience your paper or poster will have.

Some themes that you may wish to consider include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Diversity of services offered to library users
  • Diversity of the workforce in libraries, both in their skills and experience, but also in their professional backgrounds
  • Diversity of users, who come from different parts of the community
  • Diversity of space; what different things are being done in your library space?
  • Diversity of collections; for example when international collections are included with the British-based collections.
  • Visibility of our libraries’ diversity

Most paper sessions will be 25-35 mins long, plus Q&A. We would also like at least one session to have a high degree of interaction or audience participation. Please indicate if you are applying with this in mind. For this type of session you may wish to consider using some of the techniques and tools of audience engagement we learnt about at last year’s M25 conference, but this is a suggestion only.

We encourage the use of slides to support your presentation, but please note that these can only be in PowerPoint format (this is due to the need for consistency in running the technical side of the conference). Successful poster applicants will be invited to hang their A1-sized posters in a specific gallery section at the conference and they will also give a 2 minute presentation to the conference outlining their poster’s contents. Conference delegates will be invited to vote for the best poster.

Applicants must currently work for an M25 Member library. Jointly-authored submissions are acceptable (maximum two persons per paper or poster). We particularly encourage submissions from those working outside the Higher Education sector, to reflect the diversity of M25 membership. Successful applicants will be eligible for discounted entry to the conference.

Abstracts of not more than 250 words should be submitted to the Executive Manager. Please submit your abstract as a Word file (not in the text body of an email), which is saved with your surname and ‘M25 Conference 2019’ in the title. The deadline for submission of abstracts is noon on Monday 21st January 2019. All applicants will be notified of the outcome in the following weeks.

Please address any questions about this call or the conference more generally to the Executive Manager.

November 2018