Friday, June 17, 2011

7th ALIA Top End Symposium - Call for Abstracts

7th ALIA Top End Symposium
Darwin, Northern Territory
7th and 8th October 2011

Call for Abstracts

ALIA Top End invites abstracts of proposed presentations/papers for the symposium to be held in Darwin from midday Friday 7 October to midday Saturday 8 October 2011.

CoNnecTing to the Information Future

Connections play an important role in the library environment. Whether we’re connecting with our users, connecting with our colleagues, or connecting users with information, its part of what we do and it’s changing all the time. Our challenge arises in how we create connections, what mechanisms (eg. programs, tools, technologies) we use to connect, and how to maintain and build on our connections.

The 7th ALIA Top End symposium aims to highlight the role libraries play in this connectivity.
Abstracts are invited from all library sectors and the following topic areas are indicative but not exhaustive:

Connecting with clients:
  • Using new tools and technologies to connect with users
  • Connecting with users in remote locations
  • Programs that encourage community participation and engagement
  • Promotional or marketing campaigns to connect with different user groups

Connecting with colleagues:
  • Sharing information and experiences online or offline
  • Connecting and networking with professional colleagues to stay current and progressive
  • Sharing collections and metadata across institutions

Connecting with information
  • Implementing new discovery or search tools
  • Using metadata to connect users to information
  • Investigating and experimenting with new technologies for information access and discovery

You are invited to submit an abstract that outlines what you are doing well.


An abstract of your paper / presentation is due by 18th July 2011, and should consist of no more than 300 words. Abstracts should be electronically submitted to: or

Please note that receiving an abstract does not guarantee acceptance of the paper.

Abstracts will be expected to meet the following criteria:
  • Relevance to the audience and theme
  • Clarity, coherence and organisation of writing
  • Originality and innovation of the work

All presenters are required to submit their presentations prior to the symposium. Papers are preferred, but not essential. The papers and/or presentations will be made available on the ALIA Top End group website after the symposium.

Submission deadline for abstract or proposal: Monday 18th July 2011

Notification of acceptance: Thursday 4th August 2011

Full presentation and/or full paper due: Monday 19th September 2011

If you have any enquiries about submitting abstracts please contact or

For further information on writing an abstract visit:

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