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Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians

CFP: Canadian Association of Professional Librarians (CAPAL) 2023 Conference

November 17, 2022

Theme: Sowing Seeds for Change: Growing the Practice of Academic Librarianship
Dates: June 1-2, 2023

The Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) invites you to participate in its annual conference, to be held as part of the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences 2023 at York University on the traditional lands of the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Huron-Wendat.


In keeping with the Congress 2023 theme, Reckonings & Re-Imaginings, the theme of CAPAL23 is Sowing Seeds for Change: Growing the Practice of Academic Librarianship.

Sowing Seeds for Change encourages our membership to consider how we cultivate and tend to the practice of academic librarianship. Just as seeds are borne from the fruit of the previous year’s crop, our professional practices grow and blossom over years of experimentation and iteration. This theme will focus on how we achieve needed change in the discipline, particularly as it relates to equity, diversity, and inclusion. The theme also invites us to consider how we build structures that inspire and support growth as much as we tend to the seeds of change we grow.

Potential Topics

Presentations may relate to the following aspects of the theme (though they need not be limited to them):

Taking stock: New seeds we are planting
What new programs or initiatives are we creating that shift the existing paradigms? How are we adapting existing programs to be more equitable, diverse, inclusive? How can we reflect and inject innovation into our current practices?

Providing a fertile ground for change
How do we encourage each other to shift our mindsets and our approaches? How can we demonstrate the importance of change to others: administrators, faculty, students? How do we encourage and amplify diverse voices?

Trellises and tools
How do strategic frameworks and policies help guide change — or hinder change? What tools or practices help enhance the profession of academic librarianship? Can we reimagine the way we train and support individuals in the profession?


The Program Subcommittee invites proposals for individual presentations as well as proposals for panel submissions. Presentations must be original and not have been delivered elsewhere. Submissions and presentations may be in either French or English.

  • Individual presentations may vary in length. For individual presentations, please submit an abstract of no more than 2500 characters (approximately 400 words) and a presentation title, with a brief biographical statement, learning outcomes, and contact information. You may also indicate the expected length of your presentation (10 minutes or 20 minutes).
  • For complete panels, please submit a panel abstract of no more than 2500 characters (approximately 400 words) as well as a list of all participants and brief biographical statements. Please identify (up to three panelists + one moderator) and provide participants’ contact information for the panel organizer.

Proposals should be submitted through the proposal submission form.

Any questions should be directed to the Program Chair, Ariel Stables-Kennedy, at

Deadline for proposals is: Monday December 12, 2022 @ 11:59pm in your time zone.

(Via Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians)

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