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Netspeed Conference 2018 Call for Proposals

March 28, 2018

Netspeed 2018 – Your Conference for Technology in Libraries
October 11 & 12, 2018
Strathcona County Library
Sherwood Park, AB

Are you a maven of makerspaces? A master of UX?

Do you grok code?

Have you turned a $1.05 budget into a fully functioning computer lab? Conducted unique research on internet search skills and digital literacy? Investigated or implemented cutting-edge technology at your institution? Developed the perfect recipe to engage your patrons through social media?

Netspeed is back, and we’re looking for people who are passionate about technology in libraries to present at our conference.

Netspeed brings together library professionals from both academic and public libraries to discuss trends, developments, innovations, research, and practical matters related to library technologies. We provide sessions for different interests, uses, and levels of knowledge. We’re focused on creating a forum for discovery, collaboration, and conversation – an event where we can geek out about the latest exciting gadgets and hash through some of the tough social questions our work often generates.

Our conference program is made up of your ideas, insights, and knowledge and is a reflection of those who submit presentation proposals. If there is a topic you’d like to see addressed or a segment of the Alberta library community that you feel is under-represented, then we encourage you to submit your proposal for consideration. 

If you work in or research libraries and have something to say or share about library technology, then we want to hear from you! Here is a list of some of the topics we’d love to hear about:

  • Tools for collaboration
  • Project management
  • User experience
  • Data mining
  • Linked Data
  • Edutech
  • Policy and management issues
  • Makerspaces
  • Social impact of library technology
  • The digital divide
  • Podcasting & Vlogging
  • Information Privacy
  • Truth & Reconciliation related activities (must be focused on tech or digitally mediated programs)
  • Internet of Things
  • Negotiation skills (for e-resources, services, subscriptions, etc.)
  • Building community through technology
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Social Media engagement strategies
  • Risk management & disaster planning
  • Staff technology training & professional development strategies
  • Digital literacy
  • Media literacy
  • Budget management
  • Community outreach through technology

Don’t let this list limit you – we are open to hearing all proposals and topic suggestions!

Submissions are being collected via Google Forms. All proposals must be submitted no later than April 30, 2018. Submissions will be reviewed after this date. All successful applicants will be contacted by April 28. Presenters will receive complimentary registration to Netspeed (no more than 2 complimentary registrations per presentation).

Please click here to submit your proposal via Google Forms

Questions? Comments? Please contact Lauren Sergy at The Alberta Library at or by phone at 780-414-0805 ext. 230

Thanks for your interest – we look forward to reading your proposal!


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