Contribute!

The theme for ALIA Information Online 2013 is Be different. Do different. And that’s the ethos that will underpin the whole event!

Information Online 2013 will be an opportunity to connect over common interests, challenge each other, and engage with some of the most creative and exciting thinkers and innovators from our industry and beyond.

Interested? Read on for full details on the submission process, or use this handy list to jump directly to the section you need.

Ready to submit? here is some information for how to submit a Proposal: How To Submit A ProposalPDF or  Head straight to the speakers’ portal now!

A different approach to program development

Proposals, not abstracts
To be involved in the Program, your first task will be to ‘sell’ your idea in a proposal. Information Online 2013 will be a top quality program and the submission process will be competitive.

Content and connections
We are looking for proposals from dynamic speakers that shake things up and get people interacting in new and exciting ways. You could propose a workshop, a panel, a pecha kucha session, a provocation, a colloquium… The session format is up to you. In fact, you don’t even have to propose yourself as a speaker – you could propose a debate (which you might be willing to chair), a panel that you’d like to sit on, or a workshop you’d like to attend.

Goodbye papers and peer review!
We know that peer review for papers on innovative topics can strip out all the shininess because the timeline is too long. In fact, we know the process of writing a paper can impede your ability to talk about the latest and greatest. With this in mind, Information Online 2013will take a different approach.

In short, there won’t be papers, or at least not in their traditional form.

Extended submissions
Instead of submitting a paper ahead of the conference, authors of accepted proposals will submit an extended proposal or overview. This submission could be a 1,500 word ‘paper’, a 10 minute video/audio presentation, or a visual plan for the session. The Committee will work with the authors to select the most appropriate format for this extended submission, taking into account the nature of the session.

Editorial review
No papers means no peer review process. Instead, extended submissions will go through an editorial review process in the lead up to the conference. Following the review process, all extended submissions will be published on the conference website. Where possible, this will occur prior to the conference.

Other avenues for publication
Authors who want to pursue a peer reviewed paper are invited to use the conference as a space to get feedback for further development of their work, with a view to submitting a full paper to a journal or conference after Information Online 2013.

The process

Step 1: Proposal submission
Submit your proposal for a session. A structured proposal format is provided and your proposal will be no more than 500 words. You can also include a two minute video to support your proposal.

Step 2: Program curation
The ALIA Information Online Program Committee will review all proposals and curate a program that includes a variety of presentation types and topics. We may contact you to refine your idea, suggest a different session length or explore other format options.

Step 3: Notification
We’ll let you know whether your proposal has been accepted.

Step 4: Extended submissions
ALIA Information Online 2013 will not have traditional conference papers. Instead, you will make an extended submission in the lead up to the conference. This might be in one of the following formats:

  • Written discussion (1,500 words)
  • Video (10 minutes)
  • Audio recording (10 minutes)
  • Slidecast (10 minutes)
  • A visual plan

You’ll suggest the format for this submission in your proposal (at Step 1), however, the Program Committee might suggest an alternative.

Step 5: Editorial review
ALIA Information Online 2013 will not have a peer review process. Your extended submission will go through an editorial review. The Program Committee may ask for revisions to your extended submissions.

Step 6: Extended submissions available for delegates
In the lead up to the conference and following the editorial review your extended submission will be made available on the conference website for delegates.

Step 7: Deliver
You will deliver or facilitate your session at the conference. You might like to use this as an opportunity to refine your thinking, should you wish to pursue an academic publication based on your session.

Step 8: Moving forward
Authors who wish to pursue publication of a journal article based on their ALIA Information Online 2013 session are welcome to do so.

Themes and streams

Themes
Content streams will be based on the following themes:

  • Think different!
  • Be different!
  • Do different!

Streams
Within these themes we invite you to explore a range of topics relevant to the information and online environment. Your proposal could be your idea for a new initiative, or you could share your experiences in developing and delivering innovative services. Here are some thought starters:

  • Service design – How do we develop library and information services to be exceptional customer experiences; what will our spaces look like in the future? What will our information services look like in the future? Have you had success with service design?
  • Emerging technologies – What will be the next ‘big thing’? How will your library or information service integrate new technologies into its planning? How are these new technologies being customised to deliver services? Hybrid service models; future models for Next Gen clients and future needs; service architectures.
  • Measuring our services – Why are we measuring? Do we measure too much? Does being evidence-based contribute to innovation or maintain the status quo? Is measuring now more important than ever? Measuring techniques, how to ensure quality and integrity, teaching end-users about quality/integrity, implementing quality initiatives; information audits, measuring return on investment [ROI] on information services.
  • Digital literacies – Gaming; online learning environments; convergence of literacies – text, visual, multimedia and information; using social networking tools; new technologies.
  • Publishing – Curation and preservation of digital environments and data sets, libraries as publishers and content curators; new publishing trends and models; open access publishing; open data; vendor/library partnerships; promotion of institutional research; federated communities of researchers; crowd investing, new and active collecting models.
  • Smart cities and sustainability – What does a ‘smart city’ mean for a library? What are the opportunities, challenges?
  • Our staffing profile – What new skills do we need and why? How can we diversify?
  • Client focus – Listening to, and involving our clients. Where does the non-user fit in? Our clients as content creators – how are you involving them? How do we anticipate their needs? Value of authentic valuation.
  • What does it mean to be a transformational organisation? – What would you never do again? How do we become more proactive about our future and less reactive to the past?
  • Mobile – How do we exploit the opportunities?

Submission guidelines

Session length
Our program will be developed in 25-minute sessions. For example, an oral presentation would be 20 minutes presentation and 5 minutes question and answer. If you are proposing an alternative presentation, please indicate the length of time that you feel is required, in increments of 25 minutes. For example, a panel session may be 50 minutes in length.

Session formats
Get creative and propose something different! Suggest the most appropriate format for your content and your objectives.

If you have an idea for a topic, but you’re unsure about what format would work best, you are still encouraged to submit. The Program Committee will consider presentation options during the proposal review process.

The Program Committee will review all proposals and then curate a unique conference experience. We may contact you to discuss other options for the format of your session.

These are some of the session formats you might like to consider. Please note this is not an exhaustive list.

Presentation
An oral presentation where you share your experiences and learnings in developing and delivering innovative services.

Workshop
An in depth, interactive session. This might be a training session or a facilitated workshop on a particular topic. You can propose a topic, a facilitator, or propose a workshop that you will facilitate yourself.

Working session
Similar to a workshop, a working session is about achieving an outcome.

Panel session
Panel sessions bring together a variety of speakers on a single topic. Panelists might provide a short introductory presentation before opening the floor for questions from the audience. You might propose a topic, panelists or a facilitator – or all of these.

Conversation session
These are sessions designed to get people talking. Round tables, conversation cafes or birds of a feather sessions are a great way to get people talking about hot topics.

Showcase
An opportunity for a range of speakers to showcase or demonstrate an innovative service or product, an idea, or even a research project. Showcase sessions might be based on a particular topic or could bring together a diverse set of speakers. Think of it as an updated version of a poster session.

Important points to note

  • All presenters will be required to register for the conference.
  • All proposals must be original work, with proposed material not previously presented in any form at other conferences.

Put your proposal forward

Your proposal should be structured as follows:

  • Describe your session in three to four sentences
  • What are the objectives for your proposed session?
  • What is the proposed format of the session?
  • What is the proposed format of the extended submission?
  • What technology/software will you require?
  • Which theme does it link to?
  • Why should your proposal be part of the program?
  • Who will your presentation appeal to?
  • Where have you previously published or presented? Please provide citations.

Review of proposals
Proposals will be reviewed by the Program Committee. In some cases, the Committee will liaise with authors to fine tune the proposal.

Proposals will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Creativity or innovation of topic
  • Currency of topic
  • Relevance of the topic to the conference themes and streams
  • Creativity or innovation of session format
  • Appropriateness of session format for proposed topic
  • Clarity and coherence of ideas
  • Strength of argument for inclusion in the program

Review of extended submissions
On acceptance of proposals, the Program Committee will confirm format of the extended submission. Extended submissions will undergo an editorial review process managed by the Program Committee.

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