2015 Annual Conference: Thinking Outside the Book: Diverse Approaches to Teaching, Training, and Learning

The Librarians’ Association at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (LAUNC-CH) Conference Committee invites you to submit a proposal for the 2015 LAUNC-CH Conference, scheduled for Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.

This year’s conference theme is Thinking Outside the Book: Diverse Approaches to Teaching, Training, and Learning. The Conference Committee is calling for presentations on how we in the library and archives community are exploring new models or adapting existing ones to support and inform our own and our users’ work. These 40-minute presentations could cover:

  • Projects involving collaboration across campus units and disciplines
  • New technologies with an impact on library services or procedures
  • Models for maintaining and enhancing library employee skills
  • Innovative approaches to library instruction

… or other topics related to the theme.

The conference will conclude with lightning talks on this theme. These five-minute presentations can be about individual research related to the conference theme, or demonstrations of technology used to support library users, staff, or operations.

Presentations and lightning talks could involve any of the following:

  • Archives & special collections
  • Assessment
  • Diversity
  • Electronic resources
  • Instruction / Information literacy
  • Outreach
  • Space planning / allocation / facilities
  • Technical services
  • Technology

… as they fit the broad theme of “Thinking Outside the Book: Diverse Approaches to Teaching, Training, and Learning”.

Full-length Presentations will be a total of 40 minutes: presenters should plan to spend 30 minutes discussing their topic  and allow 10 minutes for questions from the audience. These sessions can be lecture-style, interactive workshops, or panel discussions.  Two presenters from each session will be able to attend the conference at no charge.

Lightning talks should also be on the theme of diverse approaches to teaching, training, and learning. These five-minute presentations can be about individual research or demonstrations of technology used to support library users, staff, or operations. They might also present an innovative app or software that relates to the theme.  Lightning talks will be five minutes each and are limited to a single presenter, who will be able to attend the conference at no charge.

Our proposal form is available here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AdN5T-8eqAw805lSU2uRr94UZiRhE-zUB9isb1orJQA/viewform

If you are interested in presenting at our 2015 conference, please complete the proposal form by November 14th. If you have any questions, please contact Chad Haefele: cHaefele@email.unc.edu

Preference for presentations and lightning talks will be given to proposals that match the conference theme, although other topics will be considered.

The LAUNC-CH Conference Committee will notify all submitters whether their proposal was accepted by December 19th.

We welcome proposals from professionals and staff at and beyond UNC-Chapel Hill.