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In the Loop: News for UTL Staff

Upcoming Conferences

DHSI Member Discount for UTL & Grants

Enrollment for Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) courses is now open. As affiliates of a DLF member (UTL is a member), UTL staff and students are eligible for a discount on enrollment for DSHI courses. Use code DLF-NonStdnt or DLF-Stdnt when registering before April 1. DLF is partnering with DHSI to cover tuition for a handful of DLF affiliates. The application will open the first week of November.

Calls for Papers/Proposals

Saskatchewan Libraries Conference 2019

May 2-3, 2019 | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


Please use the online submission form by December 3, 2018.

The Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA) is a province-wide organization designed to further the development of library service in Saskatchewan. The vision of SLA is to build an engaged library and information community that is an active force in Saskatchewan’s social, economic, and cultural development. SLA supports the activities of all Saskatchewan libraries, including school, public, academic, and special libraries.

In 2019 the SLA Conference is being held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on May 2 and May 3.

Conference Theme – Libraries Transform

The theme of the conference for 2019 is Libraries Transform because transformation is essential to the communities we serve.
We invite you to join this conversation and share the ways you are transforming your communities, your libraries, or your roles in your libraries! The SLA Conference Planning Committee is looking for a range of sessions of interest to libraries of all kinds and all sizes. We encourage submissions from academic, public, school and special libraries, Library Boards and organizations that work alongside libraries to broaden our transformational capabilities. We are also interested in submissions from outside the library world that discuss topics like business plans, generational change, marketing, service models, etc.

New This Year

Research Stream: This stream will be highlighted in the conference program. Conducting, consulting, and using research is a key part of librarianship. Libraries in all sectors benefit from incorporating research evidence into day to day practice. This year, we especially welcome submissions with a research focus (for example research studies or projects, using research in practice, making time for research, etc.) in order to feature this important practice. The online submission form allows you to indicate if you’d like your proposed session (concurrent, panel, or Spotlight On) to be highlighted as part of the research stream.

We invite submissions for the following:

  • Concurrent Sessions: A 50-minute session to share ideas, programs, or research.
  • Spotlight On Sessions: A 50-minute session shared by up to 3 presentations; each having 15 minutes and sharing a final 5-minute Q & A.
  • Poster Sessions: Posters are a great way to share your ideas and research relating to specific programs and projects. There will be a set time to stand by your poster so attendees can inquire about your work.
  • Panel Sessions/ Participants: A 50-minute session will be led by a moderator with up to 3 panel participants and will include Q & A with the audience. Four topics have been selected that reflect the conference theme:
    • Indigenizing libraries
    • Social media & libraries
    • Mental health & libraries
    • Diversity & libraries

**For panel sessions, please contact indicating:

  1. The topic of interest & your experience in the area
  2. The level of involvement you would prefer:
  • As an individual participant on the panel OR
  • As an organizer of the panel
Confirmation of Sessions

The Conference Program Committee will review all submissions. You will receive an email confirming your participation in the conference by mid-January. Program changes must be requested within the 2-week period following the confirmation of your presentation.
Conference Registration
All presenters must register for the conference as delegates if you are attending any portion of the conference other than your own presentation. Presenters receive a 1/3 discount on the regular conference rate.

If you have questions, please contact:
Dorothea Warren, Executive Director
Saskatchewan Library Association
15-2010 7th Ave.
Regina, SK S4R 1C2


ACRL/Choice Webinars: Librarians Improve Science—Impacting Research Quality through Reproducibility

Explore ways academic libraries and librarians can positively improve transparency and reproducibility at their institutions by educating and supporting researchers, students, and the broader communities they serve. Come and learn about available tools and initiatives that can help enhance the quality of science immediately, as well as longer term strategies for leading institutional change around reproducibility. Melissa Rethlefsen and Ana Patricia Ayala are leading advocates in this sphere and will bring their passion to the session to ensure that you:

  •  Gain familiarity with tools to enhance transparency
  •  Understand how academic libraries can catalyze the conversation around reproducibility at their institutions
  •  Become empowered to share these initiatives among your communities Introducing the webinar will be JoVE’s vice president of operations Dr. Justin Cherny. He will discuss how the JoVE Video Journal was created to address the frustration of scientists trying to repeat experiments — with only inadequate text articles to guide them.

Coalition for Networked Information: Meeting Videos

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Library, Karim Boughida (URI), Christopher Erdmann (NCSU), Ruth Pickering (Yewno)

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  • Collaboration and Platform Integration in Support of a Federated Research Data Management Service in Canada, Donna Bourne-Tyson (Dalhousie U.), Lee Wilson (CARL Portage), Corey Davis (U. Victoria)

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  • Leveraging Data to Monitor Makerspace Demographics: Addressing the Complexity of System Interoperability, Amber N. Welch (University of Texas)

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  • Seven Years of Libra at UVA: From Single IR to Modular Scholarly Repository Services, Ellen Catz Ramsey, (UVA)

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  • Tying the University Library to High Impact Research, Nancy Davenport, Katherine Simpson (American University)

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  • Serving Individual Researchers: Lessons Learned from JSTOR’s Access Model, Rahul Belani, (JSTOR)

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  • Effectively Engaging the Next Generation of Researchers & Librarians to Advance Open: Lessons Learned from OpenCon and Opportunities for the Future, Nick Shockey (SPARC)

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  • Integration of Information Technology in a Building that Marries Library and Classroom: Purdue’s Wilmeth Active Learning Center, James L. Mullins (Purdue U.)

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  • Taking the Carpentry Model to Librarians: How to Build a Library Community for Data Intelligence and Better Collaboration Across Institutions, John Chodacki (California Digital Library), Tim Dennis (UCLA)

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  • DPLA Exchange And SimplyE, an Open Platform for E-Content Services, Helping Libraries Take Back Control of E-Content Delivery to Your Patrons, Michele Kimpton (DPLA), James English (NYPL), David Millman (NYU), Robert Cartolano (Columbia U.)

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  • Annotation and Publishing Standards Work at the W3C, Timothy Cole (UIUC)

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  • Data Science in Libraries: Findings and a Roadmap Forward, Bonnie Tijerina (Data & Society Research Institute), Chris Erdmann (NCSU)

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  • Design for Diversity: Towards Inclusive Information Systems for Cultural Heritage, Amanda Rust (Northeastern University)

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  • Library Analytics Case Study: Informing and Transforming Library Instruction Programs, Laurie Alexander, Doreen Bradley (University of Michigan)

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  • Open Educational Resources and the Black Press in America Project, Sayeed Choudhury, Greg Britton, Wendy Queen (Johns Hopkins University)

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  • From Stock to Flows, davidkremers, Kristin Antelman, Stephen Davison (California Institute of Technology)

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  • Developing the Scholarly Communication Ecosystem: A CMU Perspective, David Scherer, Ole Villadsen, Keith Webster (Carnegie Mellon University)

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  • Closing plenary Herbert Van de Sompel: Scholarly Communication: Deconstruct & Decentralize?

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  • Clifford Lynch’s opening address, Resilience and Engagement in an Era of Uncertainty

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Look for more announcements soon of other video offerings from the fall 2017 CNI meeting ( To see all videos produced by CNI, visit our video channels on YouTube ( and Vimeo (