Contributed Papers: What Will You Write About?

Imagine a Fortune 500 manufacturing company that makes a variety of products. Some of its products are sold in more than one market, and the same product often goes by different names in different markets. The technical support team uses more than a dozen content repositories, including SharePoint, Lotus Notes, and Salesforce.com. For security reasons, the company hesitates to create organization charts. And the “lessons learned” by the company’s Innovation Group reside on an employee’s personal laptop computer.

Now imagine you’ve been asked to develop a knowledge management (KM) strategy for this company.

Billy Cook doesn’t have to imagine—he found himself in this position while studying for his library degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The company, which had used KM consultants in the past but hadn’t been satisfied with their performance or recommendations, decided to hire a second-year library student at UNC for a 12-week internship. Billy was that student.

After conducting a thorough literature review, Billy decided the company needed a knowledge audit. The audit became the basis not only for the KM strategy, but also for a contributed paper that Billy presented at SLA 2013 in San Diego. Billy’s paper was voted the best of the 12 papers presented, so he will receive free registration to attend SLA 2014 in Vancouver.

The best-kept secrets at SLA Annual Conferences are the contributed paper sessions, which feature SLA members sharing their research on topics of interest to their peers. SLA is now accepting proposals for papers to be presented at the 2014 Annual Conference, to be held 8-10 June in Vancouver. Paper topics should be related to library science, information management, or other issues pertaining to client service, technology, or administration in special libraries. Paper topics should be relevant to the conference theme, Beyond Borders, and special consideration will be given to topics that address one of the three daily themes: Embedded Information Services, Digital Content and Big Data, and Leadership in the Human Age.

A panel of SLA members will conduct a blind review of the proposals, and the strongest proposals will be selected for development into papers. Proposals will be evaluated on the strength of the ideas, quality of the writing, potential member interest, and relevancy to the conference theme.

Proposed papers must also meet these requirements:

  • At least one author must be a member of SLA.
  • At least one author must commit to presenting the paper at the 2014 Annual Conference.
  • The proposal must be submitted by 6 December 2013.
  • The paper must not have been published in, or submitted to, any other publication or conference planning group.
  • The author (and any co-authors) must sign a copyright assignment form that permits SLA to use the paper in various formats.

Deadlines are as follows:

6 December 2013: Applicants submit their proposals to Stacey Greenwell in abstract form. Abstracts should be single-spaced Word documents (or plain text) between 250 and 300 words in length, or roughly one page in 12-point type.

13 January 2014: Applicants are notified of the review panel’s decisions, and those with the strongest proposals are invited to develop them into full papers.

2 May 2014: Authors submit their papers and signed copyright assignment forms.

8-10 June 2014: Authors deliver 15-minute presentations of their papers during 90-minute sessions.

To learn more, contact Stacey Greenwell at staceyg@email.uky.edu.

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