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    Posted Nov 28, 2023 09:53 AM
    Dear Colleagues,

    I hope you've already submitted a proposal to the 2024 TLGS (Transforming Libraries for Graduate Students) Conference, the only professional conference dedicated exclusively to graduate librarianship.  If not, you still have a little time left!  Unlike many conferences, the deadline will not be extended.  It closes tomorrow, so if you were sitting on the fence, this is the time to get off and submit in order to let the rest of the graduate community know about your amazing idea, process, workflow (whatever it is you'd like to tell us about).  A refresher on what TLGS is looking for is below.  

    As ever, I reiterate the call for proposals concerning the professional development of graduate librarians.  I get a ton of proposals about what we do for others; what we do to train ourselves and why we do it is equally important.  If it falls under the heading of training/tenure/promotion/professional development and is tied to graduate programming and/or your own development in serving this population, I'm interested in reading your proposal.  

    2024 is shaping up to be a great conference.  I hope you'll be part of it.

    Call for Proposals (proposal deadline: November 29, 2023)  TLGS (Transforming Libraries to Serve Graduate Students) Virtual Conference
    March 12-13, 2024

    As universities continue to add and diversify their graduate programs, academic libraries have become increasingly responsive to the distinct need for specialized services, instruction programs, and spaces for graduate students. TLGS (Transforming Libraries for Graduate Students), the only conference dedicated specifically to graduate librarianship, provides the opportunity to share innovative approaches, best practices, research, and empirical initiatives by and for academic librarians serving graduate students and graduate faculty. This two-day, virtual conference will feature individual and small group presentations and poster sessions focused on student services, applied research, and professional development.  

    Who should attend?

    •     Librarians providing support to graduate students, faculty, and programs
    •     Library administrators responsible for planning and assessing library impact on graduate programs
    •     Library school students preparing for careers in academic libraries
    •     Graduate school administrators and faculty interested in fostering collaboration with libraries in graduate education

    Presentations on all aspects of graduate librarianship and professional development for graduate librarians are welcome. In addition to fundamental issues such as research workshops, systematic and literature reviews, instruction sessions, and methodology, suggestions for additional topics include collaborations with graduate students and faculty; ethics and academic integrity; students as researchers and instructors; scholarly communication; online instruction; supporting non-traditional, international, and under-served students; data services; professional development topics such as tenure and promotion; publishing; research teams; and the research life cycle. For Day Two, priority will be given to presentations which address the professional development of graduate librarians, with topics such as continuing education; tenure and promotion; and publishing.  Topics beyond those suggested here are encouraged, as long as they primarily focus on supporting graduate students, programs or faculty.  Please note that any topic not relevant to graduate librarianship will be rejected.  

    Session types:
    •     25-minute individual presentations
    •     50-minute group presentations
    •     poster sessions  

    We welcome your ideas and look forward to continuing the dialogue and relationships built in previous TLGS Conferences.  

    Submit proposals by November 29, 2023 at


    Wendy Doucette, PhD, MSLIS
    Graduate Research and Instruction Librarian
    Associate Professor, East Tennessee State University
    Organizer and Program Chair, TLGS (Transforming Libraries for Graduate Students) International Conference
    Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Graduate Librarianship