• Wikimedia Australia Wikimedia Australia
  • Ryan Donahue Ryan Donahue
  • Sue Gardner Sue Gardner
  • Ruth Kneale Ruth Kneale Ruth Kneale sponsored by the State Library of Queensland
  • Stuart Candy Stuart Candy Keynote Speaker, Dr Stuart Candy - Professional futurist
  • Ingrid Parent Ingrid Parent Ingrid Parent
  • Jenica Rogers Jenica Rogers Jenica Rogers sponsored by the State Library of Queensland
  • Marcus Foth Marcus Foth
  • NLS6 NLS6

Call for proposals


Closed – Thank you for your submissions!

If you have any questions about the submission process please email the  Proposal committee – proposals@newlibrarianssymposium.com

The Organising Committee of the 6th New Librarians Symposium (NLS6) is very pleased to invite you to submit a session proposal.

About the NLS6 program

This NLS is going to challenge you to be different in more ways than one! NLS6 is taking an exciting new approach to program development; if you have been looking for the perfect opportunity to jump into a rewarding and exciting presentation experience, then this is it!

The symposium theme is Be different. This theme is underpinned by six sub-themes:

  • Inspire: opening minds, expanding horizons
  • Imagine: the future of the information professions
  • Create: creativity, innovation and risk taking
  • Lead: in our profession and beyond
  • Climb: professional development opportunities, gaps, strategies
  • Leap: diverse career options for information professionals

You are invited to submit a session proposal that addresses any of these themes.

A different program

NLS6 is not all about papers. It’s about opportunities for engagement. This means we are looking for a diverse range of session types. You get to choose the format that works best for your topic.

How the program will come together

The NLS6 approach to programming is different, so we want to give you a broad overview of how it will all come together.

Step 1: Proposal submission

This part is pretty straightforward – submissions will be made using our online system (details below).

Step 2: Proposal review and program curation

Proposals will be reviewed by volunteers across the LIS sectors and the program will be curated by the Organising Committee.

Step 3: Notification

We’ll let proposal authors know whether their proposal has been accepted.

Step 4: Prepare a session overview

In the lead up to NLS6, we’ll ask for an overview of each session that builds on the initial proposal. These will be provided by the proposal author. This can be in any format. The intention is to help delegates choose which sessions they wish to attend.

Step 5: Editorial review

Session overviews will go through an editorial review. The Organising Committee may ask for revisions to the session overviews.

Step 6: Session overviews available to delegates

In the lead up to the conference and following the editorial review of session overviews, these will be made available on the symposium website for delegates to view.

Step 7: Deliver

Proposal authors will deliver or facilitate the session at the Symposium.

Step 8: Moving forward

After the session, presenters may also choose to prepare a discussion paper, summary, blog post, video or other material to capture the essence of the session. Presenters who want to develop their session into a formal article, are welcome to do so, and we’ll help with this process.

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We want your awesome!

We are looking for diversity in our program; presentations from speakers in all different stages of career development (from student to celebrity, and everywhere in between), and from across all different areas of the library and information professions, including those not traditionally thought of as ‘librarianship’.

If you’re a student or new graduate

Presentation experience will look fantastic on your resume, and increase your self-confidence. It’s also a lot of fun! This is your chance to talk about what you think is important, engaging, and relevant in a supportive and collegial environment; the perfect platform to launch your presenting career! The benefits are endless; build your professional profile and networks; develop writing and speaking skills; impress your boss (current and future)/colleagues/tweeps/significant other/cat; inspire and connect with others… anyone who has done this before will tell you it’s worth it. Very little risk (we will make sure you are wearing your clothes the right way round before you go on stage!) for very big results.

Because we know this might be your first time speaking at a big event we’ll also make sure you are well-supported. You will have the option to take part in a first-time speakers mentoring program, where we will hook you up with experienced speakers and industry gurus who will guide, support and advise you right up to the moment you present.  More info coming soon!

If you’re a transitioning or experienced professional

You might not consider yourself NLS’s target audience (though you know there will definitely be goodies in the program for you anyway!), but yours is an important voice in the NLS community. Our audience will love to hear about your ideas, experiences and advice; how to build effective relationships; negotiate the challenges unique to the new graduate experience; identify and pursue strategic opportunities and make your professional mark. What did you wish you had known when you started out? Where do the gaps, challenges and opportunities lie? What amazing things have to be done/seen/heard?

We also invite you to consider becoming a mentor for one of our first-time speakers – more info coming soon!

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What does a session look like?

Session content

As long as it addresses the symposium theme be different, fits under one of the sub-themes, and is relevant to our diverse audience/s of early career and transitioning library and information professionals you can submit a proposal on any topic you like!

We are looking at putting together a program that provokes debate, inspires action, questions assumptions, and shares experiences to arm delegates with the strategies and confidence to be different. This might include the things you’ve done, the things you dream about, or something else entirely; no one knows what new grads want to hear about more than you, so surprise us!

Session format

How you want to run your session is up to you. We aren’t requiring you to present a paper (though papers are welcome); we will be welcoming presentations of all different types! Your proposal could be for a paper, workshop, forum, panel, interpretive dance (?) – the list goes on – any kind of presentation that fits in the timeframe, can be accommodated by our venue, and that best communicates your topic will be considered.

This is why we are calling for session proposals, rather than abstracts.

Session lengths

Sessions (including question time) are being timetabled in 20 minute increments. This means you can propose a 20 minute or 40 minute session, or another increment of 20 (eg. 60, 80, 100 minutes…) depending on your format, content and need. Just indicate how long you will need in your proposal.

Your job as proposal author

As the author of an accepted proposal, you will have two jobs:

  • You’ll need to provide an extended overview of your session that builds on your proposal, prior to the event. We’ll step you through this process.
  • You’ll need to facilitate, present or otherwise create the proposed session (eg. if you propose a panel you will be responsible for securing panel members!).

After your session, you may also choose to prepare a discussion paper, summary, blog post, video or other material to capture the essence of your session.

You are not required to write a formal paper (although you are welcome to do so). If you want to develop your session into a formal article, we’ll help line you up with an appropriate publishing opportunity.

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So what exactly is a proposal?

You may have seen a lot of conferences asking for an abstract, which is generally a summary of the background, findings and discussion points of a paper to be presented.

For NLS6, you are required to submit a proposal; a much more dynamic and flexible format to reflect our dynamic and flexible program. Your proposal can be submitted in whatever format you choose – e.g. audio, video, text – just make sure you include:

  • a brief overview/description of your session (including topic and presentation format)
  • the objectives of the session
  • who your session will appeal to
  • how your proposal contributes to the NLS6 themes and overall program
  • some information about you

Your proposal should allow the reviewer to quickly and clearly understand the purpose of your presentation, and the type of experience it represents for delegates. Your proposal should demonstrate the value of and need for your topic to be communicated, and create interest for your audience – it is your opportunity to convince us to add you to the program. We don’t mind how you do it, just show us the awesome.

Proposal length

Your submission should be no more than 500 words or 3 minutes playtime (depending on format). You may also submit biography or other information about you, up to a further 200 words, or 1 minute playtime.

How to submit

Submissions will be accepted through our online system before 12 August, 2012. – Newsflash – Date for submissions extended to 19 August 2012!

You can create your proposal in any format you like. If you are submitting a video or audio file, you will need to host it somewhere (like YouTube or a public Dropbox folder) and provide a link to it in your submission. Written documents (like Word files) can be uploaded using the submission form.

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Proposal reviews

We’re taking proposal reviews to the people! Volunteers from across the LIS sectors will review proposals and make recommendations to the NLS6 Organising Committee. The Organising Committee will have final approval on reviewer recommendations.

Proposals will be assessed on:

  • how well they relate to the symposium theme and sub-themes
  • the value/interest of the topic for our diverse range of delegates
  • the appropriateness of the format for the topic
  • clarity and coherence of ideas
  • strength of argument for inclusion in the program

For new professionals, we will also consider the potential of your session as a professional development opportunity for you.

If your proposal is selected you may need to submit a more detailed plan of your session, but more details will be provided at that stage. We may also contact you to discuss alternative formats for your proposal.

Please note: if your proposal is selected you will be required to register for NLS6. Costs associated with registration, travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the proposal author/s and/or presenters.

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What do I need to do to submit a proposal?

Here are the nuts and bolts of what you need to do to submit a session proposal for NLS6:

  • Decide on a topic and a format for your session
  • Create your proposal in any medium (or mix of media) you choose
  • Submit your proposal via the online EasyChair system by 19 August 2012
    • You will need to create an EasyChair account in order to submit
    • Fill out all fields on the form or your submission won’t be saved
    • Please enter your workplace or educational institution in the ‘Organisation’ field; this will help us avoid conflict of interest in the review process – If your proposal is accepted you will be able to choose whether you wish to include your organisation in the program
    • Don’t be alarmed when the EasyChair system asks you to submit an abstract – this is just how the EasyChair system is configured
    • Please add or upload you proposal where you see the word ‘abstract’
  •  If you submit your proposal early, you can edit it up until the due date
  • Wait for us to get back to you – you’ll hear from us by 16 September.

Key dates

Proposal submissions open 16 July 2012
Proposal submission deadline 19 August 2012
Notification of accepted proposals 16 September 2012
Session overview submission 4 November 2012
Editorial review of session overviews returned by 2 December 2012
Final deadline for session overviews 6 January 2013
Session overviews made available on site 13 January 2013


Any questions can be sent to proposals@newlibrarianssymposium.com

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