2018 Conference - Call for Papers



The Northern Collaboration 2018 Conference  - Call for Papers

Enterprising Academic Libraries: delivering resources, inclusive practices and innovation for all

Thursday 6th September 2018, Lancaster University


We invite you to submit a proposal for the 2018 Northern Collaboration conference, to be held on Thursday 6th September at Lancaster University


Theme: Enterprising Academic Libraries: delivering resources, inclusive practices and innovation for all


Context: We want to hear about your bold moves and your collaborative experiments, past and present. We are hoping to:

  • explore all elements of academic library services (not just customer facing)
    • how is your institution using new content like e-textbook platforms or old platforms like reading list software in creative ways?
  • discover how elements work together to form a cohesive service for users
    • explore relationships between back and frontline services or collaborations with academics or other professional services
  • find out how you foster innovation and cope with change
    • what are your plans to support the TEF, REF and KEF?
  • examine how to create an environment that suits all
    • how do you evaluate impact?
    • have you embedded UX?
    • how are you an inclusive service (in every sense of the word)?


Who can submit a proposal?

We welcome papers from all colleagues working within Northern Collaboration member institutions and we particularly encourage submissions from those who are looking to present for the first time. Experienced presenters are also welcome to submit a proposal.

Submissions are invited from individuals, as well as collaborative contributions from within one institution or across NC institutions.  They can be focused on, but not limited to, the above four topics. We also welcome submissions that may fall outside of these themes but will still be of relevance and interest to our delegates.  


How to submit a proposal

We are accepting three different types of proposal, as follows:

  • Short paper - 20 minute presentation including 5 minutes for questions
  • Workshop - 45 minute workshop with interactive elements
  • Lightning talk - 10 minutes


We would particularly like to see proposals which include innovative methods of presentation that aim to engage and interact with the audience.

Submissions will be reviewed and selected by a panel, and submission outcomes will be notified by the end of May.

Please click here to complete the proposal form.


If you have any queries or questions about submitting a proposal, please contact northerncollabconf@gmail.com

Please return your completed form to northerncollabconf@gmail.com with the subject title of: ‘(Institution name) #ncollab18 Paper Submission’ by the deadline of Friday 27th April 2018.