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ACURIL 2018 Conference Call For Papers: Call For Papers (English)


June 3-7, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic



The Call For Papers is now closed.       


The Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) is excited to announce that its 48th Conference, to be held from June 3 – 7, 2018 in beautiful Dominican Republic, will focus on the theme Open Access in Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums: Opportunities, Challenges and Future Directions.

Globally, Libraries, Archives and Museums are challenged to manage their operational budgets, engage their user communities, develop innovative services and function as a gateway to open access resources. Caribbean Libraries are not immune to these challenges. In this information society, open access technologies provide opportunities for Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums to rise above these challenges and still achieve these respective goals. 

Through dynamic presentations, poster sessions, workshops and the exhibitors fair, the 2018 ACURIL Conference seeks to:

  • Open a discourse amongst Caribbean information professionals about the relevance of the open access movement and its future directions.
  • Allow delegates to exchange information, experiences and best practices.
  • Provide an opportunity for delegates to learn how to develop skills and competencies to use open access tools and technologies.
  • Foster collaboration with  ACURIL's Exhibitors and other stakeholders to develop new platforms to enhance service delivery.
  • Establish a registry of open access projects in Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums. 

The ACURIL XLVII 2018 Conference Programme Committee invites proposals for paper, workshop and poster presentations which explore the following Sub-themes:

  •         Open Access (OA): Global/Caribbean Context

Presentations which explore the debates in the open access field and provide interpretations and different perspectives on issues surrounding OA are especially welcomed. Participants are encouraged to share their Caribbean case studies on managing open access issues.

       Key topics: Experiences of publishers, informational professionals and other stakeholder in managing open access issues; Types of open access resources/initiatives that have been developed and are being used and managed to achieve institutional goals.

  •         Policy, Strategy and Advocacy

Key topics:  How is OA impacting on copyright, public rights, and intellectual rights?; Disaster management and preservation of digital content as a result of natural disasters; New media/social media and its relation to OA; Managing open access portfolios; Creating policies and workflows; Budgeting for open access; Academic ranking and open access;

  •         Professional Development and User Education

Key topics:  Quality control of open access resources and implications for user education; Open education: experiences in learning and opportunities for librarians; Grantsmanship: funding the enterprise.

  •         Innovation and Trends

       Key topics:  Digital humanities; Data management; Open Journal Systems; Institutional repositories; Open source software usage/initiatives and management in libraries, archives and museums.



  • Each presenter will be given 20 minutes maximum to present her/his paper. It is recommended that presenters highlight key points and not read their paper.
  • 10 minutes will be allowed for questions and answers.
  • All presenters must prepare a full paper for inclusion in the conference proceedings. See guidelines below on how to submit a paper presentation proposal.
  •  Proposal abstract must be presented in the English language.  Translation will be made to Spanish and French.
  • Papers can be presented in any of the three official languages of ACURIL: English, Spanish or French.


Paper Proposals must include:

·        Title of paper

·        Abstract (200-500 words)

·        Name of the presenter (s)

·        Bio-data of presenter (s) (150 words)

·        Position/title of presenter (s)

·        Employer/Institutional affiliation (s)

·        E-mail address(es)

·        Telephone numbers

·        Necessary IT-Equipment

The Call For Papers is now closed. 

Call For Workshops

The purpose of the Workshop Presentation

The workshop presentations are intended to provide opportunities for delegates to learn about open access tools and technologies and to develop skills and competencies to implement or support open access initiatives at their institutions.

The workshop presentation must speak to one of the above mentioned sub-themes and must be practical, with hands on experience.  In addition, presenters are encouraged to relate their workshops to the ACURIL Special Interest Groups or Content Area Roundtables.
Workshop Format
Workshop size will be limited to 25 participants so as to encourage interaction.  Presenters are also encouraged, where suitable, to use a wide range of illustrative matter to support their workshop presentations.  Workshops can be presented in any of the three official languages of ACURIL – English, French or Spanish. 
Time devoted to the workshop:  1 hour including questions and answers.
How to submit a Workshop Presentation Proposal
Workshops can be presented in any of the three official languages of ACURIL – English, French or Spanish. Proposals may be submitted by e-mail or hard copy.
 Proposals must include:
·        Workshop title
·        Abstract (200 – 500 words) with content related to one of the conference sub-themes
·        Name of presenter(s)
·        Bio-data of presenter (s) (150 words)
·        Position/title of presenter(s)
·        Employer/institutional affiliation
·        Mailing addresses
·        Telephone/fax numbers
·        E-mail(s)
·        Necessary IT-Equipment
Workshop presentation abstracts will be published in the final program.

Should you have any questions about your submission, kindly contact us.

The call for workshops is currently closed. We have an exciting line-up of workshops for the conference. See you in Santo Domingo. 


What is a Poster Presentation?

The aim of the poster presentation is to provide opportunities for information professionals to highlight and share successful ideas and experiences by presenting a special project, a problem-solving strategy, a research study, an innovative program or service in a library and /or information services aligned to the conference theme.
A poster presentation is a good way to showcase your projects, or get feedback on an idea that has been implemented. The information will be on a poster board that allows viewers to walk by and observe a particular work being presented. All posters will be mounted at the ACURIL Caribbean Boulevard in Dominican Republic 2018.
How to Submit a Poster Proposal Abstract
Poster presentations can be in any of the three official languages of ACURIL – English, Spanish or French.
·        Proposals may be submitted by e-mail.  Proposals must include:
·        Poster presentation title (in relation to the conference theme)
·        Abstract (250 words)
·        Name of presenter(s)
·        Position/title of presenter(s)
·        Employer/institutional affiliation(s)
·        Mailing addresses
·        Telephone/fax numbers
·        E-mail
Poster presentations abstracts will be published in the final program.
·        Posters will be mounted from June 3-7, 2018.
·        Poster presentations must address any of the sub-themes of the conference.
·        The poster display should include a statement of the theme or problem, objectives of the research, project or idea being presented, the methodology used to solve the problem or implement the program, the major findings or outcomes and their significance, conclusions, and at least 3 references (APA style, 6thedition).
·         An effective poster presentation must visually demonstrate the key elements or significant points of a theme, product or service related to the conference.
·        The dimensions of posters should be in vertical format: 2.6 feet wide x 3.3 feet high ; that is 31 x 40 inches.
·        Impressions may be in paper, from a Power-Point presentation or common poster characteristics.
·        Screen prints, charts, drawings, photographs, and other graphics along with text, to illustrate the presentation, are encouraged.
·        Lettering should be simple, bold, and easily legible from a distance of four feet.
·        Posters may be accompanied with hand-outs.
·        All materials to be displayed should be prepared before arrival. Supplies will not be available at the conference site.
·        Presenters will be required to bring finished posters to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
·        No electrical support or Internet connections are available in the poster area
Should you have any questions about your submission, kindly contact us.

The Call For Papers is now closed.