NWIRUG Meeting 2017 Call for Proposals

When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Where: Portland State University Library, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

The Northwest Institutional Repository User Group (NWIRUG) invites proposal submissions for presentations, lightning talks or table talks during the NWIRUG 2nd annual meeting. IR managers and staff at all levels are encouraged to submit proposals.


Presentations: Presenters will speak for 20 minutes and will be grouped (by the NWIRUG Planning Committee) with similar or related presentations to create a “panel session.” Time will be reserved at the end of each session for audience questions and discussion. Possible topics for speakers include:

  • IR Management
  • Outreach and Marketing
  • Policy Creation
  • Staffing
  • Copyright/Creative Commons/Author Rights
  • Balancing Success in the IR with Other Initiatives
  • Publishing (e.g. journal publishing, conference hosting, library services related to publishing,)
  • Different Approaches to Publishing (e.g., undergraduate vs. faculty journals, interdisciplinary vs. specialized journals)
  • IRs and the University Press
  • Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Lightning Talks: Lightning talks will consist of 5 slides, and speakers will have 5 minutes (1 minute per slide) to discuss a topic of their choice. Possible topics include:

  • Workflow Solutions
  • Best Practices
  • Tips & Tricks for Recruiting Content
  • Displaying IR Statistics Through Infographics
  • Designing a Social Media Promotion Campaign
  • Ideas for Celebrating Open Access Week

Table Talks: Table talks will be led by a topic “expert,” who will design and guide a discussion or active learning session that provides practical application for attendees. The session will last 90 minutes, and attendees may move to various tables depending on their interests. Table talk ideas include (but are not limited to):

  • Metadata: teach others about the creation and use of a data dictionary
  • More Metadata: cleaning up metadata to make it compliant with OCA/DPLA standards
  • MOUs: provide examples and help attendees write an MOU of their own
  • IR Policy Documents: explain the value of a collection development policy and help IR managers develop a policy unique to their institution
  • Copyright Questions: using common scenarios, serve as a resource for those having specific copyright questions related to IRs
  • Recruiting Content: help participants identify possible content for the IR (e.g., by searching their institutional website, using university press releases)
  • Open Textbook and OER Adoption: discussion about efforts to build engagement on their campus for open textbooks and OER adoption. Develop the foundations for an OER program

Proposal Submission

Please prepare the following before you begin the online proposal process:

  • Complete Speaker Contact Information
  • Presentation Type (Presentation, Lightning Talk or Table Talk)
  • Presentation Title
  • Presentation Description. The description should be approximately 300 words (100 words for Lightning Talks); outline the main points you intend to cover, and highlight the relevance of the talk for attendees. For Table Talks, be sure to explain how you’ll actively engage attendees, and describe any “takeaways” for participants.

Submit your proposal via the online submission form:

Proposal Deadline

The deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. PDT, Monday, April 17, 2017.

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