13 Jan 2016

Conul Annual Conference 2016 - Call for Papers

Guest post by John McManus on behalf of the Conul Conference '16 Committee

Going Further Together: Collaboration in Irish Academic and Research Libraries


The second annual Conference of the Consortium of National and University Libraries will take place on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd June 2016 at the Sheraton Athlone hotel.

The overall aim of the conference is to consider the broad challenges facing academic and research libraries in Ireland. The conference will identify and debate these challenges and provide an opportunity for staff to network, learn, discuss and share their expertise and best practice.


CONUL invites papers and posters which address the following areas:

Teaching and learning collaboration
Suggested Areas: Partnerships with students, Faculty partnerships, Digital literacies

International collaboration
Suggested Areas: Twinning, Exchanges, Other

Research collaboration
Suggested Areas: Research data management, Open access initiatives, Digital libraries, Collaborative publishing

Collaborating in the community
Suggested Areas: Schools, Public libraries, Archives (e.g. local authorities), Community groups

Collaborative collection development and management
Suggested Areas: Conservation and preservation, Collaborative storage, National approach to digitising unique and distinct collections, Collection development and management, Resource description, union catalogues

User experience (UX) collaboration
Suggested Areas: Partnerships with academics, support services or students

Technology collaboration
Suggested Areas: Shared library management systems, Collaborative digital storage, Collaborations on devices and equipment

Staff development collaboration
Suggested Areas: Job swaps, Collaborative academic publishing, Mentoring

Other Strategic Collaboration
Suggested Areas: Other areas of strategic collaboration


Presentations (20 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A)

Lightning Talks (10 minute presentations)

Poster (A1 size)


Complete the online submission form here before 5.00pm on Monday 15th February, 2016 and include:

Title of the Presentation or poster
Name, affiliation, job title and short biography of lead and corresponding author
Name, affiliation, job title and short biography of co-author(s)
Abstract (300 words for all talks, 100 words for posters)
Session type (presentation, lightning talk or poster)
Conference topic addressed (see above)
Contact email address


Monday 15th February, 2016 Call for submissions closes at 5pm
Tuesday 15th March, 2016 Notifications issued
Tuesday 22nd March, 2016 Final confirmation date for successful applicants

Please note that conference speakers will be required to register for the full residential conference and presenters may be recorded for live streaming. A recording of the presentation and a copy of the slides may be published online after the conference. Posters may be published online after the conference.

CONUL is also delighted to announce a bursary which will fund the recipient’s attendance (registration and accommodation) at the 2016 CONUL Conference. The bursary will be awarded based on a poster presentation which will be exhibited by the successful applicant at the 2016 conference. The poster should address an aspect of the conference theme Going Further Together: Collaboration in Irish Academic and Research Libraries.

Application is open to staff of CONUL member institutions who have not previously presented at conferences. The closing date for application is 15th February 2016.

The conference website, with all latest updates including profiles of our keynote speakers, is live and can be viewed here:

Last but not least, feel free to chat about us on twitter using hashtag #conulac16.


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