Call for Presentations

  • Are your proud of the work you have been doing ?
  • Do you think you know stuff you should share ?
  • Do you have a great idea ?
  • Are you able to teach your colleagues something ?

Make yourself heard by doing a presentation at ELAG 2019 !

ELAG is Europe’s premier conference on the application of information technology in libraries and documentation centres. For over thirty years, the ELAG (European Library Automation Group) Conference has provided library and IT professionals with the opportunity to discuss new technologies, to review on-going developments and to exchange best practices. Our 2019 conference will take place in Berlin May 7-10.

Over the last years we were used to set a theme for the conference. This year we have chosen not to do that and leave it all up to your own imagination, experience and knowledge to come up with things you would like to explain to your colleagues involved in Information technologies in libraries !

Guidelines for conference presentations are available at: https://wp.me/p5cYg0-i

To propose a presentation, please complete the form below and send to: Peter van Boheemen (peter.vanboheemen@wur.nl), Chair of the ELAG 2019 Programme Committee.

All proposals will be reviewed by the ELAG 2019 Programme Committee.

The deadline for proposals is 8 January 2019.

The results of the review process will be sent by 11 February 2019.

Format

Title:
Name of presenter(s):
About the presenter(s):
Intended audience:
Abstract:


Call for Workshops

Would you like to lead a stimulating discussion with a group of library technologists?

Do you prefer encouraging audience participation rather than giving a formal lecture?

Do you have a specific area of expertise that you would like to discuss with like-minded colleagues?

Then lead a workshop during ELAG 2019 in Berlin on 8-10 May !

Workshops are a unique feature and an important part of the ELAG conference. They give participants an opportunity to acquire new skills, enhance their knowledge and get a more in-depth view of a specific topic.

The keyword for ELAG conferences is participation, so ELAG workshops strive to be interactive, hands-on and solution-based in order to draw from the experience and knowledge of participants and produce useful advances, solutions or recommendations for the library community.

A workshop leader will have a good grasp or some experience of the subject, but it is not necessary to be a top expert in the field (though in the past many renowned experts have run ELAG workshops). A good workshop leader will present a topic and then stimulate discussion and exchange of views and experiences rather than lecture.

Last years we had workshops on linked  data cataloging, research data management, wiki data, Fedora and more. Check out the websites of our previous conferences, such as the one in Copenhagen, for some more inspiration.

ELAG participants take part in 1 workshop per conference. There will usually be two time slots during the first two days of the conference. This way, people will spend about 4 hours in a workshop. On the third conference day, all workshops will present their results. Further guidelines for workshop leaders and participants are available at: https://wp.me/p5cYg0-m

To propose a workshop, please complete the form below and send it to:

Peter van Boheemen (peter.vanboheemen@wur.nl), Chair of the ELAG 2019 Programme Committee.

All proposals will be reviewed by the ELAG 2019 Programme Committee.

The deadline for proposals is 8 January 2019.

The results of the review process will be sent by 11 February 2019.

Format

Workshop Title:
Name(s):
Audience:
Maximum number of participants:
Short description (up to 250 words):
Workshop outcomes:


Call for Bootcamps

  • Are you a library hacker who has found new ways to leverage library data to build 21st century services?
  • Are you a systems implementer boosting productivity by rapidly building innovative applications?
  • Do you think you’ve found a better way to create or deliver information for library users?
  • Are you busy handling Library data to convert between applications ?
  • Are you an active API user or builder ?

Moderate a bootcamp on ELAG 2019 in Berlin. ELAG 2019 will be in Berlin on 7-10 May. Bootcamps will be held on 7 May.

A programme of optional Bootcamps offer ELAG participants the opportunity to learn new skills or enhance their knowledge of specific topics related to library technology. These Bootcamps provide participants a way to learn from experts and veterans in a particular domain. Hands-on and fast-paced, these Bootcamps give a primer on the most up-to-date practices in library automation and provide insights into new, upcoming technologies. Bootcamp moderators have the opportunity to present their work, test their applications in new contexts and find collaboration partners.

Please share your expertise, show what you can do, and meet with other library enthusiasts.

Guidelines for Bootcamp leaders are available at: https://wp.me/p5cYg0-k

Last year’s event saw lively discussions and developments on topics such as Data Quality and enrichment, Text mining, Shiny, REST API’s, Library metrics and ETL. Check out also the websites of our previous conferences, such as the one one Copenhagen, for some inspiration.

To propose a Bootcamp, please complete the form below and send to: Peter van Boheemen (peter.vanboheemen@wur.nl), Chair of the ELAG 2019 Programme Committee.

All proposals will be reviewed by the ELAG 2019 Programme Committee.

The deadline for proposals is  8 January 2019.

The results of the review process will be sent out by 11 February 2019.

Format

Pre-conference Bootcamp Title:
Name(s):
Expected time slot:
Audience:
Expertise:
Required:
Programming experience:
Short description:


Presentation guidelines

1. Description of ELAG presentations

In ELAG conferences, we divide our time between visiting workshop meetings and presentations.

At a three day conference we will have slots of 30 minutes for people that have submitted a proposal to do a presentation. This means a speaker has to prepare for a 25 minute presentation, since we need some time for a question and some time to get the next speaker going.

The ELAG program committee sends out a call for proposals about 6 months before the conference. The committee members evaluate proposals and will select no more than 14 presentations.

The first day there will also be a keynote presentation. A keynote speaker is asked to do a presentation by the ELAG progam committee and will be given 1 hour to do a presentation.

Participants are also encouraged to speak at two slots of 45 minutes that are reserved for Lightning Talks. Participants can register for this at the conference.

These slots will be programmed on the second and third day of the conference.

2. Guidelines for speakers

Your audience is familiar with library automation issues.

However, they will be a mixture of technical and less technical people. If you want to be really technical, that’s fine, but make this known beforehand.

If you want to get into details or would like to discuss concepts, consider a workshop proposal.

If you want to prepare for a ‘hands-on’ event, consider a pre-conference Bootcamp proposal.

Please make sure your presentation does not exceed 25 minutes, considering your 30 minute time slot.

3. Guidelines for Lightning Talks

Please register early at the start of the conference, to select your favourite time slot.

5 minutes is short, but it really helps you to focus on what is important about what you want to tell your audience.


Pre-conference bootcamp guidelines

1. Description of ELAG pre-conference bootcamps

Pre-conference bootcamps take place the day before the conference proper and typically have a more technical, hands-on focus. They are typically 1/2-day (3 hour) or 1-day (6 hour) sessions with 10-20 people. Participants will bring their laptops, other facilities like Internet access, power cables and other computer support can be made available. Bootcamps are typically centred on tools that are readily available on the Internet as open source or web services. The technical backgrounds of the participants can include a mix of programming, systems and metadata experts.

2. Guidelines for Bootcamp leaders

Here is an outline of the tasks that you will need to undertake when leading a bootcamp:

  • define Bootcamp aims and objectives
  • specify the intended audience
  • outline the desired outcomes of the Bootcamp
  • think about how to make the bootcamp as active and engaging as possible
  • prepare a schedule for the Bootcamp
  • prepare a description of the Bootcamp and some resources for users to read before coming to the Bootcamp
  • communicate with participants prior to the Bootcamp in order to establish relationship and get some useful feedback that will help you better plan your workshop. The conference organisers will provide you with the list of participants who signed up for your workshop approximately two weeks before the conference and give you some basic information about them (job titles and why they have signed up for the Bootcamp)

3. Example of a typical pre-conference Bootcamp

Title: Searching with SOLR
Name(s): Tanya Mullard and John Giles
Expected time slot: 3 hours
Audience: Systems librarians, systems operators
Expertise: Basic Windows/Linux administration, XML.
Required: local Java JDK 1.5 (or better) installation, SOLR (will be made available), Internet connection Programming experience: Not required.
Short description: We will install a SOLR server, look into data types, indexing, and querying. At the end you will run your own search engine.


Workshop guidelines

1. Description of ELAG workshops

Workshops are a unique and significant feature of the ELAG conference. They give participants an opportunity to acquire new skills, enhance their knowledge, and get a more in-depth view of a specific topic they are interested in. The keyword for ELAG conference is participation, so ELAG workshops strive to be interactive, hands-on and discussion-solution based in order to draw from the experience and knowledge of participants and produce useful advances, solutions, or recommendations for the library community.

There are usually around 10 workshops to choose from, each of them involving 5 to 30 people. Workshop sessions are integrated into the conference programme and are spread over the first two days of the conference. The overall duration of workshop sessions is between 4 and 5 hours and there is an additional session on the final day of conference for short reports on each workshop. All workshops run in parallel and each participant can choose only one workshop to attend throughout the whole conference.

2. Guidelines for workshop leaders

Workshops are intended to be an in-depth examination of an issue, which means they should be very focused and detailed in order to provide added value to participants. It is important to structure the workshop so that the workshop leader is not talking for more than 1/3 of the time. The best workshops draw on the experience and knowledge of the participants and the workshop leader stimulate participants to be active by asking questions and posing problems. A workshop therefore builds on interaction and collaboration between participants using discussion, hands-on exercises, brainstorming, team work, etc. It is the role of the workshop leader to keep the topic streamlines and focused, so that participants are able to create useful content and outputs.

Preparing a workshop:

  • define workshop aims and objectives
  • specify the intended audience
  • outline the desired outcomes of the workshop
  • think about how to make the workshop as active and engaging as possible
  • prepare a schedule for the workshop
  • prepare a description of the workshop and some resources for users to read before coming to the workshop
  • communicate with participants prior to the workshop in order to establish relationship and get some useful feedback that will help you better plan your workshop
  • conference organisers will provide you with the list of participants who signed up for your workshop approximately two weeks before the conference and give you some basic information about them (job titles and why they have signed up for the workshop)

Conference participants sign up for workshops on the basis of descriptions provided by the workshop leader, so be sure to prepare: 1. A short, well-rounded, and attractive paragraph that presents the basis for people to decide whether to sign up for one workshop or another. It should outline the topic, problems, and issues that need to be addressed as well as the structure and goals of the workshop. 2. A short set of resources (key 3 to 5 documents) to provide some introductory or background reading on the topic so that participants get a better idea of what the workshop will be about and also to decrease the differences between the knowledge of participants.

Leading a workshop:

  • introduce yourself and your professional background
  • introduce the aim and the process of the workshop (especially for first time ELAG participants)
  • let the participants quickly introduce themselves, talk about their organization and what they hope to get out of the workshop : this allows you to tailor the workshop to the specific needs of attendees, and also lets participants get a sense of other workshop members
  • be flexible in adjusting your workshop according to the number and profile of the participants
  • give clear instructions and timeframes
  • allow sufficient time for discussion and for preparing outputs

Workshop leaders are expected to attend the conference and pay for their own travel, accommodation, and registration fees. As a workshop leader you take on a considerable responsibility, but one that we hope will bring benefit and opportunity to your organization as well. In addition to having you and your organization promoted, the workshop itself presents a valuable chance for you to share your expertise in a very focused and in-depth way and discuss the topic you feel passionate about.

Final day presentation:

On the final day, each workshop is presented to other ELAG participants. It is preferred that one or more participants (and not the leader) prepare and present the report. The presentations should therefore not be a tutorial but a report on what the group has been working on during the sessions, what topics were discussed and what were the main concerns, what was the general profile of participants, and what recommendations to the community arouse from the group.

3. Guidelines for workshop participants

Before the workshop:

  • read all the information provided by the leader in order to get familiar with the topics
  • if the leader contacts you, answer him/her with useful information as it will help prepare a better workshop
  • the leader is not the one who knows the most about the topic, he is there to manage the group, so prepare to be active and participate
  • think what you or your own institution can contribute to the workshop, think especially about the projects or experiences you may have
  • prepare examples you want to share with others or comment on
  • if possible, look at the other participant’s profiles.

Attending a workshop:

  • keep in mind that your participation in the workshop is very important, so get involved in the discussions and ask or explain whatever you think could be useful
  • try to help the leader during the workshop.