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2018 CONUL Conference: Call for papers now open

Abstract submissions are welcome for consideration for the 2018 annual conference of CONUL, the Consortium of National and University Libraries in Ireland, which will be held in Galway, Ireland on 30-31 May 2018.

Keynote Speakers:
Vivian Lewis, University Librarian at McMaster University
Jim Neal, University Librarian Emeritus at Columbia University & President of the ALA


The 2018 conference theme, Transformative Experiences: Libraries Innovating and Changing, will explore the ever evolving research and academic library: creative approaches to the use of technologies; developing the library workforce; enhancing services, space and collections to create new dialogues; measuring impact and demonstrating the value of the modern research library. CONUL invites submissions for presentations and posters which address topics including, but not limited to:

  • Technology in libraries

  • Developing the library workforce

  • Enhancing user engagement & experiences

  • Measuring the impact and effectiveness of library services

  • New synergies and transformations for library collections



The Conference Committee welcomes proposals on the theme and sub-themes which include theoretical and practical elements of research and academic librarianship.  We encourage colleagues who are currently harnessing technologies, reconfiguring onsite and online spaces; responding to and anticipating changing user needs; transforming collections; exploring the staffing considerations in this time of change e.g. new skills, succession planning and leading change; and identifying ways to demonstrate impact, to consider abstract submission for the 2018 CONUL Conference.

An abstract can be submitted for presentation at the conference as one of the following:

  • Oral Presentations: 300 word abstract submission

    • Parallel Paper: 20 minute presentation and Q&A

    • Lightning Talk: 10 minute presentation and Q&A

    • Show & Tell:  5 minute presentation followed by an opportunity for delegates to 1-1 discussions with presenters.  Fuller information on the format is available online here

  • Poster Presentation: 100 word abstract submission

The closing date for abstract submission is midnight Monday 8th January 2018. Further information on the Call for Papers, including presentation types, important dates and submission guidelines are available at http://conference.conul.ie/submissions_new/.


2018 CONUL Conference Committee

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About CONUL

CONUL is a consortium of Ireland’s research libraries. Its’ mission is to develop and improve the library and information services of the CONUL members through the exchange of experience and cooperative activities. The CONUL Strategy 2016-2019, Ireland’s Memory, Ireland’s Discovery articulates the goals and actions for consolidating, developing, and promoting CONUL collections as important learning, research and cultural assets, supporting excellence in practice and informing and influencing policy.



Michelle Dalton
Scholarly Communications Librarian
UCD Library
Level 2, James Joyce Library