2014 Digital Frontiers Conference – Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals:
The University of North Texas Libraries and Digital Scholarship Co-Operative seek submissions of conference presentations based on the use of digital archives, social media, and digital tools for humanities research for the third annual Digital Frontiers Conference and THATCamp, September 18-20, 2014 at UNT. Submissions may include individual papers, fully-constituted panels, birds-of-a-feather discussions, hands-on tutorials, audio-visual/multimedia, or posters.
We encourage contributions from anyone who creates or uses digital collections, including scholars, educators, genealogists, archivists, technologists, librarians, and students. We welcome submissions from local and regional historical and genealogical societies, and anyone working in the public humanities. The goals of this conference are to bring a broad community of users together to share their work across disciplinary and administrative boundaries, and to explore the value and impact that digital resources have on education and research.
Possible Topics
  • Specific ways digital libraries have changed the state of research
  • Digital tools and methods for conducting research
  • Using digital collections in the classroom
  • Using digital libraries for research on any humanities topic
Proposal Types
Digital Frontiers is accepting proposals for:
  • Individual papers/presentations
  • Panels or Roundtables
  • Birds-of-a-Feather Discussions
  • Hands-on Tutorials & Workshops
  • Posters (36” x 48”)
Individual Papers/Presentations
Abstracts should be no more than 250 words in length; proposals for fully constituted panels or roundtables should include abstracts for each presentation.
Toward achieving the conference goals, we encourage panels to be organized to represent a range of professional backgrounds and experience.  Proposals that include diverse perspectives (i.e. faculty, students, community members, and/or archivists) will be given preference over homogenous panels. We also encourage alternative panel formats (pecha kucha, lightning talks followed by small group discussions, or others) that will facilitate dialogue and enlarge participation.
Please submit one 100-word abstract for the overarching panel theme, along with 250-word abstracts for each paper.
Project updates, single-institution case studies, and preliminary research can be presented as an academic poster. Proposals should be in the form of an abstract of 250 words describing the topic to be presented. Please do not submit the final poster! Further guidelines and specifications will be provided upon acceptance.
Birds-of-a-Feather Briefs
Birds-of-a-feather sessions are networking opportunities in which presenters will lead an informal discussion about a chosen topic for fellow practitioners. Proposals should be in the form of an abstract of 250 words describing the topic to be discussed.
Hands-On Tutorials
Share your knowledge about a research tool, software, or methodology. In 250 words, explain what kind of tutorial you plan to provide and how this tutorial is intended to benefit the audience. 
Digital Frontiers is growing and we are excited to work with individuals to ensure that you are able to participate. Due to anticipated number of submissions, the program planning committee may request that an individual’s contribution be presented in an alternate format such as a Birds of a Feather Brief. 
Peer Review
A panel of scholars will review proposals and make recommendations to the Program Committee.
 April 15, 2014
  • Submit proposals online.
  • With all submissions, please include a brief professional bio (100 words or less – do not send CVs) and specify any A/V or other technical needs with your proposal.
Conference Timeline
  • April 15, 2014: proposals due
  • May 2, 2014: notification of acceptance
  • September 18-19, 2014: Conference
  • September 20, 2014: THATCamp
Jennifer Rowe, MLS
Liaison Librarian to the College of Public Affairs
& Community Service
Research & Instructional Services
University of North Texas Libraries

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