Call for papers

25th Polar Libraries Colloquy, 29th June-3rd July 2014
Connecting communities: collaborating, creating and communicating

First call for submission of proposals for papers and panel sessions for the 25th Polar Libraries Colloquy (PLC25) to be held 29th June-3rd July 2014 in Cambridge, UK.

The conference theme is Connecting communities: collaborating, creating and communicating. How do we connect with our audiences and with each other? Do we make the best use of available technologies to promote polar resources? How are polar collections put to creative uses, beyond standard research? How do we open up our collections to non-polar researchers and other interest groups? How can we work with non-polar libraries that have common interests and overlaps with our own collections? The Colloquy will feature a number of interesting keynote speakers, presentations and panels, and field trips to collections of interest in Cambridge and London.

PLC25 welcomes papers on all topics that apply to polar libraries or information.

For example:

  • How are you collaborating and working with other collections?
  • What outreach methods are you using to connect with non-polar collections? Why is this important to you?
  • What new methods (or even old methods) are you using to deliver new and exciting services to your users?
  • Have you changed the way in which you run your library and train your staff to meet the needs and challenges of a 21st century audience? How has this changed the dynamic of your library?
  • What new audiences are you working with and how are you attracting and building on these new user groups?
  • Are you using your collections for outreach and education? What new methods are you using to bring collections to new education-based audiences and how are you supporting this while maintaining your day-to-day work?
  • What new social media technologies are you using to bring your collection to remote users? What has been your best tool for doing this sort of work? What advice do you have for libraries looking to do the same on a small budget?

Possible ideas for panel sessions include:

  • Data and metadata curation
  • Collaborations and exchanges

Or suggest your own topic for a session!

Submissions are invited for papers, panel discussions, and posters.

Paper presentations should address recently conducted research or projects, or content that advances the field of polar libraries or information.  They are typically 20 minutes in length, followed by a 10-minute period for questions.

Panel discussions should focus on current topics; they are ordinarily an hour in length with three to five participants.

Poster presentations should address products or projects such as databases, web sites, or other information tools.

Your paper or panel discussion proposal should include:

  • Your name and email address
  • Co-authors or presenters (if applicable). Panel proposals should list a chair but do not need a complete list of panellists at this stage
  • Title
  • Abstract of no more than 500 words

Please note: Conference registration is required in order to present a paper. The PLC Steering Committee may be able to assist with some costs via the Wenger Award.

Timeline for paper or panel discussion proposals:

15 December 2013     Submissions deadline

17 January 2014         Acceptance notification

15 June 2014               PowerPoint and other visual presentations to be sent to conveners for loading on conference computers. Please ensure that these are Windows compatible.

Please submit all proposals to: library[at]spri[dot]cam[dot]ac[dot]uk with PLC25 in the subject line.

Proceedings of the conference will be published online.  Paper authors will be expected to submit a final version of their papers for publication within six weeks of the conclusion of the conference.

We look forward to your participation.
Heather Lane (SPRI)

Georgina Cronin (SPRI)

Andrew Gray (BAS)

 25th Polar Libraries Colloquy Planning Committee


3 responses to “Call for papers

  1. Pingback: Registration now open! | 25th Polar Libraries Colloquy Official blog

  2. I won’t be able to attend, however, I would like to submit a poster and have another colleague present it. There is no indication on how to submit proposals for a poster.

    • Hi Heidi – if you drop me an email at anday[at] we can get the poster details sorted out. (We’ve been taking submissions by email over the past few months).


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