Designing the future of libraries

Speaking Opportunities


See below for the D4D20 details.

Submission Formats

D4D incorporates several presentation formats into the conference.


Submit: Oct 14-Nov 22

Length: 3 hours

Type: Peer Reviewed & Invited

A workshop is a 3-hour intensive course designed to take the attendee deep into subject matter with a knowledgeable, experienced instructor(s). Stipend and speaker perks are offered to accepted workshop instructors.

[Premium Workshops are invited only, 4 hours in length and offered as pre-/post-conference activities requiring an additional ticket to attend.]


Submit: Oct 14-Nov 22

Length: 90 minutes

Type: Peer-Reviewed

These are 90-minute moderated sessions allows presenters to discuss a topic, dig into a case study, or moderate a panel. Co-authorship and co-presenting are easily accommodated in this format. Session presenters receive discounted registration or optional gift.


Submit: Oct 14-Nov 22

Length: 45 minutes

Type: Peer-Reviewed

The 45-minute session has been a part of D4D since the beginning. The 45-minute session allows presenters to discuss a topic, dig into a case study, or moderate a panel. Co-authorship and co-presenting is easily accommodated in this format. Session presenters receive discounted registration or optional gift.


Submit: Oct 14-Nov 22

Length: 20 minutes

Type: Peer-Reviewed

These 20-minute talks get to the point quickly and allow time for questions. Short Talks are useful to present a work in progress, new thinking, or a current challenge. Short Talkers will get a small gift as a thank-you for sharing their ideas.


Submit: by invitation only

Length: 60 minutes

Keynote sessions take place to open and close the conference. The Plenary talk is the middle day of the conference. Both are by invitation only and seek to challenge, teach and enlighten.

Proposal Submission Requirements – Short Talk, Session, Seminar & Workshop

A short sign up form is required to initiate a submission. During the submission process, submitters will be expected to provide items listed below. Items with asterisks have additional detail in the FAQ below the list.

  1. Session Title and Short Title
  2. Code of Conduct Agreement
  3. Recording and Use Agreement
  4. Presentation Format (3-hour Workshop, 45-minute Session, 90-minute Seminar, 20-minute Short Talk)
  5. Track (D4D Tracks and Descriptions)
  6. Session Level (Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced)
  7. Session Level Explanation
  8. Keywords
  9. Learning Objectives
  10. 50-word Abstract (Published)
  11. 250-word Presentation Detail/ or Workshop Outline (Information to support peer reviewer evaluation)
  12. Statement of Originality and Diversity

Submission FAQs

What if I wish to have my talk considered for both a 45-minute session or a 20-minute short talk? or Can I submit this same talk to different format types?

Submit a proposal for each talk type you wish to be considered for. Please edit the submission to realistically reflect what can be accomplished in a given time slot. The learning objectives for a 20-minute slot will differ from that of a 45-minute session as would a seminar or workshop.

Can you explain the text statement of Originality and Diversity question?

On the submission form, all submissions will be asked to provide a statement of Originality and Diversity. The submission question read: “Please elaborate on how this proposal demonstrates originality and/or diversity in content and voices. D4D provides special consideration for work that is unique, original or diverse. This statement will be used for review but not published.”

By this we mean the following: We are seeking diverse contentA new angle on an existing topic, an innovative approach. If you are trying something that you do not believe has ever been done or examined, please let the committee know in the comments section. Reviewers often find connections among submissions that you may not even know existed and we work with presenters to connect talks based on the peer-review process.

We are seeking diverse voicesDoes your panel include a deliberate attempt to gather opinions from people of color? under-represented groups? a variety in geography? varying library staff sizes? an international perspective? If this has been a part of your panel creation thought process, please include a note letting know you worked to gather diverse opinions.

If you feel this is not applicable, you are more than welcome to indicate that this is not applicable to this talk if that is the case. Please know that this is a private communication point for submitters to final review by the program chair and conference coordinator ONLY.

If you have any additional questions, please email the conference coordinators and D4D staff at