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Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals is now closed. 

The Library Instruction West 2014 Program Committee invites you to submit a proposal to present at our conference to be held on the campus of Portland State University (PSU) in Portland, Oregon from July 23-25, 2014.

The Library Instruction West 2014 theme is Open, Sustainable Instruction. We are excited to highlight Portland’s reputation for green living and PSU’s emphasis on sustainability as a core value and research focus. At the same time, we have much to learn from each other about creating effective, long-lasting library instruction programs that are truly sustainable. Ideas for possible sessions include the following:

  • Scalability: How can a program grow when resources don’t?
  • Lo-fi: Sharing ideas about engaging students without fancy gadgets
  • Care & feeding of your inner teacher: Pedagogical approaches that keep us excited
  • Collaboration: Partnerships that grow beyond individual relationships and individual campuses
  • Online presence: Balancing potential with planning
  • Renewable resource: Diversity in the library ecosystem
  • Sustaining and renewing programs in changing academic environments

Session Formats

Our session formats are simple and, we hope, allow for creativity. There are two options for session length, 15 minutes and 45 minutes. The 15 minute sessions will be like a longer lightning talk, with roughly 10 minutes of presenting and 5 minutes for questions. Bring your energy! The format is flexible for the 45 minute sessions, and you are welcome to experiment or go with something more traditional like a panel, workshop, or presentation. All proposals will be blind reviewed.

Proposal Submissions

The deadline for submitting proposals has passed.

Session proposals will be scored on these criteria:

  • Clarity of goals or objectives for session
  • Originality, creativity, or innovation in content and/or presentation
  • Timeliness/relevance of content
  • Connection to conference theme, “Open, Sustainable Instruction”


November 15, 2013: Deadline for proposal submission
January 20, 2014: Acceptance notifications sent via email
February 21, 2014: Session confirmations due
July 23 - 25, 2014: Library Instruction West in Portland, Oregon


We are pleased to continue a successful relationship with Reference Services Review. Presenters are encouraged to submit a paper based on their presentation for inclusion in a special issue of RSR. Selected papers will be published, subject to double blind peer review, in 2015. Information about the journal is available on their website.


Please contact Sara Thompson, Program Committee Chair, or Joan Petit, Conference Chair, if you have any questions about the submission process or conference. 

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