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46th IAMSLIC Annual Conference

1st IAMSLIC Virtual Conference • Online, 13-14 October 2020

Changing Tack: Adjusting our Sails to Navigate Uncertain Waters

Call for Proposals

The planning committee of the 46th Annual Conference of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC) is excited to invite you to join us for IAMSLIC’s first ever virtual conference 13-14 October 2020.  In order to be inclusive of our international membership, this online conference will take place over a 24 hour period, spanning all time zones.  The Conference Program Committee will be mindful of the time zones of the presenters and will create a schedule that will work best for each presenter when allocating their allotted time for presenting.

The 2020 conference theme is Changing Tack: Adjusting our Sails to Navigate Uncertain Waters.  Changing Tack refers to changing direction, position, or course of action in order to adapt to the conditions of the environment you are presented with.  It is all about adjusting what you have in order to continue forward in the right direction during turbulent times.  This year has presented us all with new and unparalleled challenges and obstacles to overcome.  In order to keep sailing on, we have had to adjust and adapt in new and innovative ways. 

As information professionals we are constantly in a state of perpetual movement and evolution; always adapting and changing with the needs and opportunities in our profession.  This year was no exception, and we are looking for your contributions and insights on how to find the balance between the chaos of change and the calm of the everyday in our new roles in navigating these uncertain waters.  We would like to hear about your experiences, changing roles, triumphs, failures, resources, innovations, best practices, recommendations, opportunities, and what it means to change tack during these unprecedented times.

The conference aims to be a venue for support and discussion on how we are adopting, negotiating, embracing, and developing strategies to provide the best information services within the storm we currently find ourselves in, while also expanding information to a global and diverse consumer base.  We hope that participants leave this conference with tools, skills, and information on how to not just stay afloat, but to also thrive in this unpredictable environment.  This is both a thrilling and frightening time as we contemplate the myriad of opportunities while also weighing the innumerable unknowns. 

We hope that you will find this conference insightful, informative, supportive, rewarding, and fun. We are excited to meet new friends, learn new cultures, and to embark on this new virtual experience together. IAMSLIC is a unique organization and we want to inspire you in your career, in your workplace, and with your IAMSLIC family.

Please consider submitting a conference proposal and sharing your knowledge with your colleagues!Submission Information:

Please submit your proposal to present at the conference via our online submission form by Monday, 7 September, 2020. The committee will respond with acceptance decisions by Monday, 21 September, 2020 or earlier.  All accepted proposals will include free conference registration for the presenter(s).  The deadline for submission of the draft full paper will be on Monday, 5 October, 2020.

      • An abstract is required for consideration by the committee.
      • Submissions may be for papers, workshops, poster sessions, lightning rounds, panel sessions, or guest speakers that you wish to recommend. There are options for both live online sessions and pre-recorded sessions.
      • All submissions will be reviewed for relevance to the conference theme, potential interest of the topic for members, and appropriateness of format.


Changing Tack: Adjusting our Sails to Navigate Uncertain Waters


Jibe: Changing Direction
        • Adjusting rigging to stay on course (correcting, changing, or re-purposing services and/or resources)
        • Transition from in person to remote work and services
        • Fundamental changes in library services
        • Evolution and adaptation of information professionals
        • Taking on new roles
Keel: Providing Stability
        • Libraries and librarians as beacons of hope
        • Lighting and leading the way
        • Supporting and managing staff
        • Thriving over surviving
        • Advocacy
Passage Plan: Navigating Rough Waters
        • Opportunities
        • Challenges
        • Budget reductions/reallocation
        • Reopening libraries and information centers to walk-in services
        • Lessons learned
Innovation: Charting a New Course
        • Innovative services and ideas
        • Teleworking tips and tricks
        • Tools and resources
        • Virtual and hybrid services
        • Looking forward to the horizon

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