Tackling Data in Libraries: Opportunities and Challenges in Serving User Communities

Submit proposals at www.iolug.org

Deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019

Submissions are invited for the IOLUG Spring 2019 Conference, to be held May 10th in Indianapolis, IN. Submissions are welcomed from all types of libraries and on topics related to the theme of data in libraries.


Libraries and librarians work with data every day, with a variety of applications – circulation, gate counts, reference questions, and so on. The mass collection of user data has made headlines many times in the past few years. Analytics and privacy have, understandably, become important issues both globally and locally. In addition to being aware of the data ecosystem in which we work, libraries can play a pivotal role in educating user communities about data and all of its implications, both favorable and unfavorable.

The Conference Planning Committee is seeking proposals on topics related to data in libraries, including but not limited to:  

·         Using tools/resources to find and leverage data to solve problems and expand knowledge,

·         Data policies and procedures,

·         Harvesting, organizing, and presenting data,

·         Data-driven decision making,

·         Learning analytics,

·         Metadata/linked data,

·         Data in collection development,

·         Using data to measure outcomes, not just uses,

·         Using data to better reach and serve your communities,

·         Libraries as data collectors,

·         Big data in libraries,

·         Privacy,

·         Social justice/Community Engagement,

·         Algorithms,

·         Storytelling, and

·         Libraries as positive stewards of user data.

The Conference Planning Committee encourages presentations that are practical, hands-on, and include take-awayable tools, techniques, and/or strategies that librarians, library staff, and information professionals can implement to improve their resources and services for patrons, students, faculty, etc.

We are especially interested in hearing from presenters who would like to lead a longer workshop around the conference theme. Workshops could cover multiple session times and have use of the on-site computer lab, if desired.

Presentations will be reviewed and selected by the Conference Planning Committee.

IOLUG is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for individuals to share and learn about current trends in libraries and technology to inspire innovation. IOLUG strives to:

·         Foster an environment for individuals to network and grow professionally in the area of Librarianship,

·         Provide opportunities for members to share current technology trends in libraries, and

·         Provide continuing education opportunities on current technologies that impact libraries.

Submit proposals at www.iolug.org

Sean Socha, MA, MLIS

Electronic Resources Librarian

Blackmore Library


Capital University
1 College and Main
Columbus, Ohio 43209


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