NoWAL Conference 2019

The NoWAL Conference Planning Team 2019 is pleased to announce #NOWAL19:

Exploring & supporting diversity in academic libraries
Friday 28th June 2019, Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool

There are 4 main themes of the conference:

  • Accessibility
  • Collaboration & Engagement
  • Inclusive Workplace Culture
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing
Call for Papers 

We are delighted to announce the Call for Papers for #NOWAL19.  The NoWAL Conference will focus on issues of diversity and inclusivity in academic libraries.  For our conference to be a success, we encourage papers from everyone, in particular people who identify with all protected characteristics: age; disability; sex; race; religion or belief; sexual orientation.  The conference is aimed at everyone working in libraries, whether or not they have a specific equality and diversity role within their library.

Our themes are as follows:

  • Theme 1 - Accessibility
    • How accessible are resources (books, databases, websites) and could resource providers do more?
    • How accessible are buildings and spaces and how well do policies and procedures support accessibility?
    • How can we better facilitate alternative formats and how inclusive are lectures and workshops?
    • What makes good inclusive teaching?
    • How can libraries encourage a successful and inclusive service overall?
  • Theme 2 - Collaboration & Engagement
    • Does the library work effectively with other university departments to improve provision for diverse populations?
    • How can libraries be more inclusive and encourage greater representation from a diverse range of users?
    • Do user groups have a say in shaping library policy or developments, and are these groups representative?
    • How can libraries boost representation from marginalised groups, such as those who identify as BAME, represent the LGBTQ community or have a disability?
  • Theme 3 - Inclusive Workplace Culture
    • What needs to change in selection and retention criteria to enable recruitment to be more diverse?
    • How can libraries attract a more diverse workforce to the sector?
    • How are libraries ensuring a welcoming and inclusive culture for their staff?
    • What does an inclusive workforce look like and how do libraries achieve it?
    • What should inclusive leadership look like in HE libraries?
    • How do libraries ensure that they are developing diverse leaders, managing talent and enabling fair succession planning?
  • Theme 4 - Mental Health & Wellbeing
    • How are libraries dealing with mental health disabilities or other health issues, amongst staff and students, especially when the majority are hidden or unseen?
    • What can libraries do to safeguard the wellbeing of students and staff?
    • How well are services joined up across university departments?
    • What wellbeing initiatives have librarians instigated to enable students to build their confidence, resilience and coping skills?

Call for Presenters
We welcome engaging and innovative papers from staff working within NoWAL member institutions, or from external institutions, from practiced presenters to those ready for their first conference experience.  Submissions are invited from individuals, as well as collaborative contributions from within one institution or across organisations.  We welcome papers which relate in whole or in part to our conference themes.  

How to Submit Your Paper
Please submit your paper via this form, identifying one of the following methods of presentation:

  • Short paper: 20-minute presentation, with 10 minutes for questions
  • Workshop: 45 minute session, including practical activities and audience engagement
  • Lightning Talks: 5-minute short presentations; participants in the lightning talks will have the opportunity to see several presentations during the session, with a panel Q&A at the end 

Your abstract should be a maximum of 300 words and state how your idea matches the theme of the conference.  Please check that the title of your paper is clear and reflects your presentation's content.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 5pm on Friday 15th February 2019.

We offer a supportive environment to all presenters, from initial abstract submission to presenting your paper or workshop.  Please get in touch if you would like an informal discussion about your idea:

We look forward to receiving your proposals - good luck!

NoWAL Conference 2019 Planning Team
December 2018


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