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Call for Proposals: Re-think it: Libraries for a New Age (January 8 – 10, 2018 in Austin, Texas)

  • 1.  Call for Proposals: Re-think it: Libraries for a New Age (January 8 – 10, 2018 in Austin, Texas)

    Posted Aug 01, 2017 09:22 AM
    Submissions accepted through August 25, 2017. 


    Save the date! Re-think it: Libraries for a New Age is January 8 – 10, 2018 in Austin, Texas. Registration opens August 2017. To receive updates and announcements, subscribe here.



    Re-think it 2018 is presented by the University of Texas Libraries, Austin Community College Library Services, and the Austin Public Library. Our conference brings together academic, school, and public librarians, administrators, technologists, architects, designers, furniture manufacturers and educators from across the country to discuss, share, learn, and collectively re-think the increasingly important role libraries play in the communities that they serve.


    Re-think it builds on the inaugural conference at the Mary Idema Pew Library at Grand Valley State University, continuing important conversations that showcase new spaces, novel ways of working, and innovative organizational structures that have transformed libraries of every type in our local communities and around the world.  


    Themes of the presentations and panelists will include:

    ·         Developing forward-thinking organizational culture;

    ·         Transforming physical library spaces and places;

    ·         Promoting innovative services, programs, or technologies;

    ·         Assessing and evaluating spaces, services, technologies and programs; and

    ·         Reflecting on ways libraries are meeting community values and needs.

    Open Call for Proposals

    Re-think it is accepting submissions for twenty-minute presentations and brief eight-minute lightning round talks that address best practices, case studies, projects, and creative ideas supporting any of the aforementioned themes.

    Submissions accepted through August 25, 2017. Notifications of acceptance September 2017.

    We hope you will join us for this important conversation in January!