Designing the future of libraries

Speaking Opportunities

Three speaking opportunities are available for the 2021 Virtual Event:

  1. Workshops
  2. Sessions
  3. Short-Talks

The Call for Proposals site is open now through December 1, 2020. 

The committee will evaluate each proposal on the basis of subject matter (including, but not limited to, the issues listed in the topic descriptions), clarity, and timeliness. If you submit your proposal for multiple presentation types, please edit each submission to realistically reflect what can be accomplished in a given time slot. The learning objectives and scope for a workshop vs a session vs as short talk slot will differ significantly.

New requirement: All presenters must be decided upon and included in the proposal at the time of submission. “TBD” speakers will not be allowed.

All accepted presenters are required to register for the conference at the discounted rate and are expected to attend the virtual Q&A sessions for the accepted presentation.

WORKSHOP

A workshop is a multi-hour intensive course designed to take the attendee deep into the subject matter with a knowledgeable, experienced instructor(s). This course will be included in the conference registration.

New for 2021! We’re starting the 2021 course development with a call for topics and instructors while we ready the formal Call for Workshop Proposals. We feel strongly that the solicitation of topics must cast a wide net and we are hoping to do so with this simple, open, and anonymous form.

  • Status
    • New! Call for Topics, Instructors: Open Now
    • Formal Workshop Submission: Open now through December 8th
  • Workshop Length: ~3 hours
  • Virtual Q&A Expectation: Expected of all accepted workshop instructors
  • Peer-Review or Invited: Both
  • Registration/ Honoraria: Complimentary registration to D4D2021 is offered to presenting course instructors.

Submission Steps

Agreements & Affirmations

  • I confirm that I have read the conference Code of Conduct.
  • I hereby consent to the recording of my presentation for D4D’s program.
  • I agree to allow ER&L, LLC / Designing for Digital management to post my presentation files on their website and online conference platform for distribution to registrants to my course and to the library community.
  • I understand that I must communicate to D4D Staff 30 days prior to the conference any need for participants to obtain/ download materials needed for participation in my accepted presentation.
  • If accepted, I agree to complete my profile with a photo and biography on the Virtual Event App.
  • Has this information been presented previously?
  • Is a representative of a vendor involved in this session?

SESSION

In the virtual environment, session presentation and presenter/ attendee Q&A engagement is handled in a new way. Co-authorship and co-presenting are accommodated in this longer length format.

  • Status: Open now through December 8th
  • Presentation Length Min/ Max:  20 – 30 minutes
  • Virtual Q&A Expectation: Required of all accepted session presenters
  • Peer-Review or Invited: Peer-reviewed
  • Registration: Reduced rate registration is offered to accepted presenters.

Submission Steps

Agreements & Affirmations

  • I confirm that I have read the conference Code of Conduct.
  • I hereby consent to the recording of my presentation for D4D’s program.
  • I agree to allow ER&L, LLC / Designing for Digital management to post my presentation files on their website and online conference platform for distribution to registrants to my course and to the library community.
  • I understand that I must communicate to D4D Staff 30 days prior to the conference any need for participants to obtain/ download materials needed for participation in my accepted presentation.
  • If accepted, I agree to complete my profile with a photo and biography on the Virtual Event App.
  • Has this information been presented previously?
  • Is a representative of a vendor involved in this session?

SHORT TALK

This shorter length talk allows for ideas or initiatives in progress to be presented without a full session length session. Similar talk topics will be clustered. Due to the session length, this format readily accommodates single presenters, but co-authorship is welcome.

  • Status: Open now through December 8th
  • Presentation Length Min/ Max:  8-12 minutes
  • Virtual Q&A Expectation: Required of all accepted session presenters
  • Peer-Review or Invited: Peer-reviewed
  • Registration: Reduced rate registration is offered to accepted presenters.

Submission Steps

Agreements & Affirmations

  • I confirm that I have read the conference Code of Conduct.
  • I hereby consent to the recording of my presentation for D4D’s program.
  • I agree to allow ER&L, LLC / Designing for Digital management to post my presentation files on their website and online conference platform for distribution to registrants to my course and to the library community.
  • I understand that I must communicate to D4D Staff 30 days prior to the conference any need for participants to obtain/ download materials needed for participation in my accepted presentation.
  • If accepted, I agree to complete my profile with a photo and biography on the Virtual Event App.
  • Has this information been presented previously?
  • Is a representative of a vendor involved in this session?

Statement of Originality & Diversity

On the submission form, all submissions will be asked to provide a statement of Originality and Diversity: “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 content. A 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 voices. Does 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. This will not appear in the community voting process.

Presentation Format

Create a proposal submission 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 and scope for a short talk slot will differ from that of a session or workshop.

Program workshops, sessions, and short talks are to be for the purpose of communicating relevant content to UX professionals, web designers, managers, researchers, strategists, and librarians of all types. They are not to be used as a marketing opportunity or to sell products or services. Vendor organized and presented sessions are welcome but do require some balance across the program. Companies interested in presenting a sponsored content session, please contact us at hello@designingfordigital.com.