2021 Call for Papers

Submission Deadline: Friday, July 16, 2021 extended to Wednesday, July 21

Call for Paper Proposal Guidelines
Conference Dates: November 1 – 5

The 2021 Charleston Library Conference will be a hybrid event, with opportunities to attend and present in person in beautiful, historic downtown Charleston, or online through our robust and interactive virtual event platform. We will be using the Pathable platform again following our successful virtual event in 2020.

IMPORTANT: Please read the Program Proposal Instructions BEFORE YOU BEGIN.

Requirements Charleston Conference presenters will be required to:

  • register for and attend the conference; and
  • grant permission for broadcast and video recording and of their presentation.

It is strongly encouraged, but not required, that you submit a paper for the conference proceedings. If you elect to do so, we ask that you:

  • assign the Charleston Conference first publication rights, and
  • submit your paper through our Digital Commons portal on the Janeway/Michigan Publishing website using the guidelines and the deadlines that will be provided. Slides and rough outlines will not be accepted.

Selection Criteria The Charleston Conference Planning Committee will evaluate the content of your proposal for relevance to the conference theme and threads, originality, and timeliness. Special attention will be given to proposals that:

  • are oriented toward providing practical, concrete information for practicing professionals;
  • demonstrate innovative or entrepreneurial thinking;
  • that include a diverse representation from the different viewpoints and stakeholders in the scholarly communications process;
  • generate ideas or report research that contribute to ongoing discussion about the future of the library and information industry;
  • present strategies for effectively implementing new ideas and technology; and
  • encourage active learning among conference attendees.

PLEASE NOTE:  Conference sessions are meant for librarians, publishers, and vendors to discuss issues of interest to them all. They are not an opportunity for marketing products or services. All proposals must include at least one librarian or library worker at the time of submission. Conference sessions should include a diverse representation from the different viewpoints and stakeholders in the scholarly communications process.


Proposal notifications will be sent out in early August. Questions should be directed to Leah Hinds at [email protected] or Beth Bernhardt at [email protected]


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