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2020 AASL Conference: Call for Proposals

29 Jul 2019 10:12 AM | Cathryn Copper (Administrator)

The programming committee is excited to release a call for session proposals for the 42nd Annual Association of Architecture School Librarians Conference, in San Diego, California, March 12-14, 2020.

We invite individuals from across our community to share insights and experiences. Whether you offer decades of knowledge or are just beginning your career, we want to hear from you! 

AASL borrows its theme from the 108th Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) annual meeting to explore what it means for libraries to be OPEN by:

  • Performing “open heart surgery” on architectural libraries to challenge assumptions about library functions and services, to position the library at the heart of the campus;
  • Addressing approaches to increase awareness of open access and alternatives to high-cost publishing;
  • Exploring issues  related to interdisciplinary collaborations between architecture and allied disciplines in the library, the classroom, and digital spaces; and
  • Challenging AASL to increase diversity, inclusivity, and equity.

Conference programming will include different formats: lightning-talks, conference papers, group workshops, and discussion panels.

  • Lightning Talks: 5-minute presentations limited to 15 images/slides at 20 seconds each,
  • Conference Paper Presentations: 15-minute presentations, with five additional minutes for audience questions.
  • Group Workshops: 1-hour participatory sessions where the audience gets to explore a new tool or process using their laptops.
  • Discussion Panels: 45-minute discussion/debate between a group of four or fewer presenters on a single topic, with 15 additional minutes reserved for audience participation.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Midnight PST Monday, October 7, 2019 (extended).

We welcome all proposals. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

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

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

Digital Scholarship
Digital Humanities – Data Projects – Digital Repositories –Asset Management – Metadata 

Access – Advancing Inclusion – Diversity – Accessibility in Libraries – Social Justice

Local Architecture
San Diego – Tijuana – Southern California – Baja California – Border Regions

Information Literacies – Research Engagement – Curriculum Development & Mapping – Studio Support

Grants – Interdisciplinary Collaborations – Community Engagement – Liaison Relationships

Renovations – Maker Spaces – Library as Learning Lab – Branch Closings – Resource Sharing/Management  –  Innovative Use of Library Space

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

If you have any questions regarding submissions for our sessions, please contact the 2020 Programming Committee at

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