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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • In step 2, you'll be asked to upload a proposal. Your proposal should describe your topic in 250 words or less. Please address the originality, impact and key takeaways of your proposed session.
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Access Conference 2018 Call for Proposals:

The 2018 Program Committee invites proposals for participation in the upcoming Access Conference, which will be held October 10-12th 2018 in Hamilton, Ontario at the gorgeous Liuna Station, hosted by McMaster University.

Access is Canada’s premier annual library technology conference bringing librarians, technicians, developers, programmers, and managers from all library sectors together to discuss unique and interesting library processes and technologies. Whether this is your first Access conference or your 25th, there will be plenty of opportunities to share ideas and learn from each other!

Access 2018 is a single stream conference featuring exciting keynotes, presentations, lightning talks, a hackathon, and lots of time for networking and social events.

We are seeking proposals for:

  • 20 min presentations (15 min presentation, ~5 min questions)
    • These could be demos, theory or practice, case studies, original research, etc.
    • These submissions will be double blind peer-reviewed
  • 30 min panel sessions
  • 5 min lightning talks

Ready to submit? Fill out this form by 11:59PM EST on Monday, June 25th, 2018 (you will need to create an account/login to submit your proposal).
Need some ideas? Check out the 2017 conference program!

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Access 2018 is making every effort to be as inclusive and as safe an environment as possible. Check out or Diversity Scholarship Program and our Code of Conduct.

20 Minute Presentations

This is a proposal for a 20 minute presentation. (15 minutes for the presentation + 5 minutes of questions)

30 Minute Panel Sessions

These sessions should contain a diverse set of perspectives and participants.

5 Minute Lightning Talks

A five minute presentation.

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