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2020 Annual Conference: the call for papers and posters is now closed.

The call for papers and posters is now closed for the 2020 Annual Conference. Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal, we will be publishing the programme soon. 

The M25 Consortium’s 2020 annual conference will take place Tuesday 5th May at the Royal College of Nursing. The theme this year is “The Future of Libraries” and will seek to help colleagues in M25 libraries better prepare operationally and strategically for the future of the sector. We invite submissions for papers and posters from library staff of all levels of experience and seniority. We want the conference to look at several areas of libraries’ operation and strategy, taking an evidence-based approach to encouraging delegates to prepare and future-proof their services. As disruptive change becomes more frequent and converged services, especially in universities, more common, how prepared are we to take on the challenges of the near future?

Your paper or poster could detail a particular project your library service is leading on, 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 services. 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:

  • The library as space
  • The library’s role in:
    • digital delivery
    • openness of research and/or teaching (including the librarian as publisher)
    • civic engagement/outreach
    • knowledge exchange
    • income generation & fundraising
  • Library technology
  • The future of services, e.g. customer service
  • Our agility and personal preparedness for change within the profession

The main paper sessions will be 20-25 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. 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).

Posters will need to be presented in A1 size and authors will have 2 minutes to present to the audience.  Poster applicants may wish to consider, but are not limited to, the theme of staff perspectives on their own roles. This could take the format of ‘a day in the life of…’ and we encourage individuals from all levels and a variety of roles to apply.

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. Details on the fees for speakers and attendees can be found here.

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 2020’ in the title. The deadline for submission of abstracts is noon Friday 21 February 2020. 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.