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Library Evidence Synthesis Services Symposium: Call for Proposals & Save the Date

  • 1.  Library Evidence Synthesis Services Symposium: Call for Proposals & Save the Date

    Posted Mar 08, 2024 10:39 AM

    Please excuse cross-posting.

    About the Conference:

    We are thrilled to announce the first inaugural Library Evidence Synthesis Services Symposium (LESSS), a groundbreaking, fully virtual conference aimed at bringing together information professionals involved in providing evidence synthesis support and/or services at their institutions. 

    During this three-day event, attendees will have the chance to engage with successes, challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned from evidence synthesis and systematic review service providers with a variety of backgrounds and disciplinary focuses. 

    This conference is free and hosted entirely via Zoom with the expressed intention to lower the barrier to entry for new service providers and increase the quality and consistency of services across institutions. This event is open to everyone regardless of professional or disciplinary affiliation, or experience with evidence synthesis methods. Sessions will be held in English; Zoom-integrated captioning and recording transcripts will be available.

    Conference Theme:

    The 2024 theme of LESSS is Roots to Shoots: Nurturing and Growing Evidence Synthesis Services from the Ground up

    We invite proposals that align with this theme and encompass a range of topics related to evidence synthesis services, including but not limited to:

    • Service approaches and offerings

    • Quality assurance and standards in evidence synthesis services

    • Use of technology in evidence synthesis processes and/or service provision

    • Addressing challenges and barriers to providing formal and/or informal support for evidence synthesis

    • Training and capacity building in evidence synthesis methodology

    • Emerging trends and future directions in evidence synthesis services

    Submission Guidelines:

    Full submission guidelines linked here.

    • Proposals should be submitted through the online submission form by April 17, 2024.

    • Presentations can be in the format of individual presentations (50 min or 15 min), panel discussions, workshops, or lightning talks (5 min).

    • All proposals will undergo a peer-review process for selection. 

    • We aim for diversity of thoughts, experience, and voices. Both inexperienced and experienced information professionals are encouraged to apply! With this in mind, please feel free to submit multiple proposals, but we will aim to include presenters from a variety of backgrounds/experiences.

    Important Dates:

    • Proposals Submission Opens: March 8, 2024

    • Deadline for Proposal Submission: April 17, 2024

    • Notification of Submission Decisions: May 17, 2024

    • Publish Full Schedule: Week of June 3, 2024

    • Conference Dates: June 24-26, 2024

    Contact Information:

    For inquiries or assistance, please contact conference organizers at LibraryESServicesSymposium@gmail.com.

    Submit your proposal today and/or save the date to join us at the first annual Library Evidence Synthesis Services Symposium (LESSS) as we explore new frontiers in evidence synthesis services.


    Jenessa McElfresh, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

    C. Cozette Comer, Virginia Tech

    On behalf of the LESSS Planning Committee:

    John Carter, New York Institute of Technology

    Anna Ferri, Colorado State University

    Jackson Hoch, Virginia Tech

    Modupe Oluwabiyi, University of Ibadan

    Sarah Young, Carnegie Mellon University

    Website: Library Evidence Synthesis Services Symposium (LESSS) 

    Email: LibraryESServicesSymposium@gmail.com

    Anna Ferri, MLIS, MEd
    pronouns: she/her(s)
    Assistant Professor | Evidence Synthesis Librarian
    Colorado State University Libraries
    P: 970-491-1146 | anna.ferri@colostate.edu
    1201 Center Avenue Mall | Fort Collins, CO 80523