In light of the recent tragic events in Christchurch, we are extending the call for abstracts for LAINZA Conference 2019 to midnight of March 31st.
Your conference abstract may be the only piece of your work that conference organisers see, so it needs to be strong enough to stand alone. The LIANZA 2019 conference programme komiti have put together some resources to help you tell your story well:
Read this list of resources and advice.
Look at this exemplar abstract.
Read these tips from the Australian Society of Archivists.
Our conference theme focuses on the wellbeing and success of our people and invites us to examine our current practices, approaches and services to our families and communities.
The vision for the LIANZA 2019 Conference is for all participants to share, gift, reciprocate and collaborate using the elements of va feiloai (respectful relationships), mafana (warmth), ofa (love), malie (humour) through talanoa (shared dialogue).
Who are our families, communities and libraries?
How are our communities changing? What are the big challenges facing our communities that libraries and the information sector can help solve? How does the library and information sector support social justice? What does digital citizenship look like in your community?
Example: Propose a panel session of researchers and information practitioners that explores the issue of mental health and its impact in your community.
How do our families and communities engage with libraries?
What opportunities are there for libraries to respond to their communities more effectively? What creative and innovative possibilities are you considering? What can we learn from other sectors? How can we co-create innovative solutions with our communities? What do we know about how people are engaging with information now and in the future?
Example: Propose a presentation that explores an innovative solution co-created with your community?
How do libraries engage with families and communities?
What possibilities are you exploring in your organisation? What’s your vision for your library of the future? How are libraries transforming? What role does digital innovation play in your place? What does experimentation and creativity look like for your library? How do staff diversify their skills and knowledge? How can we share innovations and collaborate effectively? How do libraries show impact and value? What initiatives have you made to improve services and demonstrate return on investment?
Example: Propose a debate in which opposing sides make a case for the resourcing and provision of school libraries in the next decade.
What are important taonga that families and communities contribute to libraries, learning, teaching and research and vice versa?
How can emerging technologies connect taonga and the community? What role can algorithms, AI and the cloud play? What innovations support community literacy? How is your library supporting the creation of open knowledge and information?
Example: Propose a lightning talk that highlights an opportunity to grow the role of libraries in teaching and learning in your community.
Can you help someone craft their abstract and increase their chances of presenting at LIANZA 2019 Conference? Would you like mentoring to write your abstract? Get in touch with the LIANZA Office.
There are so many great stories, evaluations and research to share with library and information colleagues, we want to see them out there. Even if you’ve never submitted an abstract before, give it a shot!