Traditional Strengths
Transformational growth

Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians

May 13 - May 15, 2018



Call for Proposals in now closed. If you have question or need more information, please contact: Nastia Guimaraes

How do technical services in libraries convert traditional strengths into transformational growth? The Conference Program Committee invites innovative submissions in all areas of technical services librarianship including acquisitions, cataloging and metadata, serials, electronic resources, curation, preservation in academic, public, and special libraries. Applicants are encouraged to think broadly about what constitutes technical services and where traditional strengths of libraries may be adapted and utilized to confront contemporary challenges.

Participants are invited to submit proposals that report on recent research, address emerging trends, or showcase new tools, services and projects.

Time slots for all sessions are 50 minutes in length, including time for questions. Submissions for shorter presentations and round tables will be considered, as well.

Submit the following information in our Google Form by January 22, 2018:

  • Title
  • Abstract (no longer than 100 words)
  • Names, affiliations, contact information, and short bios of all presenters
  • Primary contact for presenters

Presenters will be notified of proposal acceptance by February 16, 2018. For more information, please contact Nastia Guimaraes at

The conference requests that you provide your slides or other “handouts” for your presentation to be archived and shared on the conference website.

Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assessment
  • Authority control
  • Automation / technology assisted cataloging and metadata creation
  • “Big Data” — work in discovery, preservation, or documentation
  • Cloud-based solutions and innovations
  • Collaboration within and outside the traditional library
  • Consortial resource and system sharing
  • Cybersecurity and privacy
  • Digital library projects, digital curation, and digital preservation
  • Discovery, navigation, and search
  • Emerging roles for technical services / technical services librarians
  • Emerging technologies
  • Evolving role of the catalog
  • Library I.T. competencies
  • Local documentation practices
  • Metadata creation, reuse, interoperability, and integration with traditional cataloging workflows
  • Network level data management
  • New staffing models
  • Open content, software, and technologies
  • Patron-driven acquisitions and services
  • Practical applications of linked data
  • Project management in technical services
  • Role of technical services in open access and scholarly communication
  • Scalability and sustainability of library services, tools, and resources
  • Special formats cataloging
  • Systems integration
  • Training, especially around the acquisition of new skills
  • User experience and accessibility
  • Vendor relations