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2018 AASL Conference: Call for Proposals

31 Jul 2017 12:36 PM | Cathryn Copper (Administrator)

The AASL Programming Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2018 AASL Annual Conference, which will be held in Denver, March 15-17, 2018. Our theme this year is Identity Imperative: we will explore the roles we construct as information professionals associated with architecture and its related fields. We seek to understand ourselves as members of the information profession, members of AASL, and participants of our local communities of practice, education, and cultural institutions.  What opportunities and challenges do we share with other information professionals? What is unique to us? And how have our individual and institutional experiences shaped how we craft our identities? This focus on Identity Imperative is fitting as AASL approaches its 40th anniversary. We will try to answer these questions and plan for our future through a Strategic Planning Session and various opportunities to present the work we do.

Conference programming will include Ignite-style talks, conference papers, and posters. 

Ignite-style talks are 5 minute presentations. Each presentation consists of 20 slides that advance automatically. We encourage those with project ideas or projects in process to submit a proposal for an Ignite-style talk.

Conference papers provide presenters the opportunity to engage the audience on a deeper level and provide greater detail with 15-20 minute presentations.

The poster session is a new opportunity, and we would especially like to encourage early career members (5 years or less experience) and graduate students to apply for the poster session, though all are welcome to do so. Posters should be formatted to 20”-30”, portrait orientation.

The submission deadline is September 15, 2017. The committee is soliciting proposals for the following topics, which should tie into AASL’s theme, Identity Imperative.

Accreditation + Assessment 
Tenure & Promotion – Alt-metrics – Measuring Impact – Alternative Skills for Librarians

Architecture School Collections 
Documenting Student Work – Institutional Repositories – Born-Digital Architectural Records – Special Collections & Archives

Proposals celebrating Denver and its unique architectural identity

Digital Scholarship 
Digital Humanities – Student Work – Exhibits & Projects – Digital Repositories, Asset Management, & Metadata

Outreach & Collaboration 
Grants – Interdisciplinary Opportunities – Partnerships – Community Engagement

Information Literacies – Research Assistance – Curriculum Development & Mapping – Supporting Traveling Studios

Please note that proposal abstracts will be used in the conference program. Please use this Google Form to submit your proposals:

We would also like to encourage our members to consider submitting a paper to the Open Session in ACSA in order to generate and to foster a collegial exchange of ideas between ACSA and AASL. For more information, please visit their conference website.  

If you have any questions regarding submissions for our sessions, please contact the 2018 Programming Committee at

We look forward to you sharing your work and stories with us in Denver.

The 2018 AASL Conference Programming Committee
Jessica Aberle
Beth Dodd
Ardys Kozbial

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