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Call for Submissions: DERAIL Forum, Simmons College, Boston, MA

The Diversity, Equity, Race, Accessibility, and Identity in LIS (DERAIL) Forum will take place at Simmons College in Boston, MA on March 3rd and 4th, 2018. The DERAIL Forum is focused on highlighting critical approaches to Library and Information Science (LIS) practice and education that impact us as students and professionals. DERAIL is open to all SLIS graduate students in library, archive, children's literature and cultural heritage studies. DERAIL especially encourages submissions from those who do not have previous experience presenting at conferences. 

DEADLINE is January 1st, 2018

Possible topics for proposals include (but are in no way limited to):

  • Race and racism in LIS institutions
  • Social justice and diversity in LIS curriculum
  • Bias in subject heading and description standards
  • 'Diversity' in hiring and promotion practices
  • Case studies or specific LIS projects using social justice frameworks
  • Accessibility in online environments
  • Representation in archival and library collections
  • Bilingual service and finding aids

Session Types:

*Workshops: a session with facilitator(s) centered on a specific topic, demonstration and/or practical skills and techniques. Please indicate a specific skill or outcome for attendees.

*Panel Presentations: may cover a specialized topic from different perspectives or a general topic in-depth. Should provide sufficient time for audience questions. One of the panel participants may participate virtually.

*Individual Paper/Presentation: Proposals that are not already part of a set panel. May be assigned to a panel with similar topics.

*Posters: Posters are welcome in both digital and physical formats and should depict and summarize research related to forum topics and themes.

*Non-traditional formats: We encourage creativity in proposals and invite submissions that may not fit into the other categories described if they fit with Forum topics. Please contact with questions.

Call for Submissions