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CFP: 2018 Colloquium on Libraries & Service Learning

Posted on Friday, January 19th, 2018

Call for Proposals:

Colloquium on Libraries & Service Learning

Critically Engaged Librarianship:  

Exploring Service Learning and Community Involvement

August 9-10,  2018

American University, Washington, D.C.

Join us for the 2018 Colloquium on Libraries & Service Learning!

Conference Focus:

The intended community for this colloquium includes all who are interested in current and potential partnerships among academic librarians, faculty who teach service learning courses, service learning professionals, and community partners.  The colloquium is designed to facilitate the sharing of research, ideas, perspectives and best practices in library engagement with/in academic service learning.  Students who participated in service learning or community engagement projects are encouraged to attend and submit proposals.  

The planning committee welcomes proposals on any aspect of libraries and service learning/community involvement.

Session topics may include, but are not limited to

The Student Experience: Student engagement/career readiness; student learning outcomes/ ACRL Information Literacy Frames.
Case Studies: Service-learning throughout the disciplines; innovative programs/collaborations; international service learning (international contexts and/or international students).
Community Partners: Libraries and community outreach/reciprocal partnerships; impact of service learning on the community; ensuring or maximizing community benefit. Communities are defined as the campus community, local community, or global community.
Program Development:  Curriculum mapping for service learning courses; setting strategic planning and priorities in the engaged library.
Assessment: Assessing programs, courses, or initiatives; service learning in university accreditation; impact on student retention; demonstrating the library’s value.
Research: Action research; engaged scholarship; intersection of critical librarianship and/or critical information literacy and service learning; archiving of service learning products.


Session length:  45 minutes
Requirements: Written paper or designed activity to report the results of research, present a case study, or facilitate an active learning session related to libraries and service learning.  Presentations should be approximately 30 minutes followed by a 15 minute Q&A.  Presenters are encouraged to supply virtual handouts or other materials as appropriate.
Of particular interest are interactive sessions and sessions co-presented by any combination of librarians, teaching faculty, community engagement coordinators, students, and/or community partners.
Presentation proposals should include the name of the presenter(s), the title of the session, an abstract (100-200 words) and a short bio of the presenter(s).


Session length: 45 minutes. Posters will be on display throughout the conference with 45 minutes dedicated for staffing by author.
Requirements: Innovative case studies, practical solutions/models, and research-based projects, or any other presentation that would benefit the service learning library community are all encouraged.
Minimum size 24 x 36 inches.
Poster proposals should include the name of the presenter(s), the title of the poster, an abstract (100-200 words) and a short bio of the presenter(s).

Lightning Rounds:

Session length:  5-7 minutes. Lightning Round proposals will be grouped by theme if needed.
Requirements: Short overview of an innovative service learning project,  description of successful engagement with the community, or other examples of engaged librarianship.
Lightning Round  proposals should include the name of the presenter, the title of the session, an abstract (100-200 words) and a short bio of the presenter.

Submissions are due by March 9.  Notifications will occur by late March.

Details on the conference submission form here.

Please note: You will need to create a profile in order to submit a proposal. The account creation process is quick and easy, you will need an email address and will be prompted to create a password..

Questions? Contact Jennifer Nutefall, University Librarian, Santa Clara University at