MI Virtual Reference Conference: Call for Proposals
Michigan Virtual Reference Conference
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Research Help Now VR Cooperative
April 25, 2014
Eastern Michigan University Library
Call for Proposals is Closed, Peer Review Completed
The Michigan Virtual Reference Conference is a one-time, one-day conference exploring all aspects of virtual reference services in libraries. The conference is being held in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Michigan Research Help Now Collaborative, and is co-sponsored by Research Help Now and the Eastern Michigan University Library.
Share your ideas about or expertise in virtual reference by submitting session proposals to be considered for presentation. Proposals should be on a topic related to virtual reference, including chat, email, SMS, or other ways to provide research advice to remote students.
Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
Proposals are submitted online and will be judged in a blind review process by a committee composed of librarians from universities, four-year colleges, and community colleges. Conference slides, papers, and/or supplementary materials will be published on Eastern Michigan University’s Digital Commons online repository. Authors retain copyright and may also publish in other venues. Two types of proposals are solicited: presentations and lightning talks.
Presentations on virtual reference topics may be lecture format, interactive discussion, speaker panels (up to 4 speakers), or hands-on sessions in computer labs. The time frame for presentations is 50 minutes, including time for questions.
Short presentations on innovative virtual reference topics that can be quickly shared within 10 minutes. These may be slide presentations or very brief interactive discussions. Conference organizers may group lightning talks together to form a session.
Proposals will be evaluated anonymously using the following criteria by a peer review committee of librarians representing several university and community college libraries.
Relevance to Virtual Reference and Usefulness of Content
Appeal to Diverse Library Audience
The committee hopes to provide sessions of interest to small college and community college libraries, as well as large universities. Also, to offer sessions useful for experienced virtual reference librarians, as well as those new to virtual reference.
Uniqueness or Currency of Session Topic
Quality of Written Proposal
For lightning talks:
If you have questions about submitting a proposal, you may contact: