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Re-think it: Libraries for a New Age — call for proposals

The University Libraries at Grand Valley State University, in cooperation with MCLS, are excited to host Re-think it: Libraries for a New Age.  The conference will be held at Grand Valley State University and the new Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons from August 10-12, 2015.

Re-think it: Libraries for a New Age will bring together academic and public librarians, administrators, technologists, architects, designers, furniture manufacturers and educators from across the country to discuss, share, learn and collectively re-think the increasingly important role libraries play in the communities that they serve.

The conference is accepting submissions for twenty-minute presentations and brief eight-minute lightning round talks that address best practices, case studies, projects, and creative ideas supporting any of the following themes:

Design to:

  • Transform physical library spaces and places
  • Promote innovative services, programs, or technologies
  • Assess and evaluate spaces, services, technologies and programs
  • Reflect community values and needs
  • Develop a forward-thinking organizational culture

For more information about the conference or to submit a proposal, go the conference website.

All proposals should include: proposed program title, name of speaker(s), contact information, and a description of the presentation.  Descriptions should be limited to 500 words for presentations and 150 words for lightning round talks.  Video descriptions will also be accepted.  Submission will be accepted through Monday, April 13, 2015.  Notifications of acceptance will be sent by April 30.