Call for Presentation, Panel, & Workshop Proposals
Créativité + Collaboration
The ARLIS/NA 2021 theme refers to our conference city of Montreal, a vibrant gathering place of Indigenous and settler cultures where French and English are commonly spoken and where different languages, cultures and ideas come together. Convergence extends to the art information professionals working towards common goals in small and large institutions including academic and public libraries, museums, and other arts and cultural organizations.
The Montreal Conference Program Committee welcomes proposals (in English or in French) from library and archive professionals, students, scholars and educators, vendors, curators and designers that reflect the overarching theme of Convergence = Créativité + Collaboration with a range of subjects. Submissions will be selected by the Program Committee through a blind peer-review process.
Convergence = Créativité + Collaboration recognizes the challenges that impact all aspects of our profession today (e.g. collections, instruction, reference, cataloging, etc.) due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in relation to social, political, environmental, and cultural upheaval. It also looks for opportunities to work together in innovative ways to effect positive change. With this in mind, we are particularly interested in the following topics:
between institutions, or between art information professionals and their communities
Diversity, equity & inclusion
Anti-Black Racism & Social Justice
The impact of COVID-19
in libraries, archives and arts organizations
Institutional decolonization & indigenization
Teaching & learning
through innovative online exhibitions or digital curation
opportunities for art information professionals
Do you have a proposal idea that is not reflected here?
The Committee welcomes you to submit ideas that speak to the overall theme of Convergence = Créativité + Collaboration.
Types of proposals
Would you like to share your new research, a case study or a library or archives-related innovation with your colleagues with a total time of 20 minutes? The Conference Co-chairs will group individual presentations into paper panels with a common topic or theme.
A 60 to 80 minute event with speakers addressing a common topic or theme. Proposed sessions could involve 2-3 presentations (20 minutes each followed by a total of 20 minutes of discussion afterwards). The name of a moderator should be included with a session proposal. Other formats including lightning talks, panel discussions, etc. are also welcome.
Do you have an idea for a workshop that explores current and emerging topics through some form of experiential learning? If yes, then propose a workshop that could last between 1 and 1.5 hours with added time for breaks, and indicate if there is a limit to the number of participants.
Call for poster sessions will be announced at a later date.
How to submit proposals
Submit your individual, session or workshop proposal through our online submission form.
Please note: We respectfully request that everyone who submits a proposal be prepared to present virtually. Technical assistance will be provided to all virtual presenters.
No more than two proposals for a presentation or session may be submitted.
The deadline to submit is January 12, 2021. Deadline extended to January 19, 2021.