CALL FOR PAPERS (including pre- and post-conference meetings)
DLF Spring Forum 2007

The Westin Pasadena Hotel, Pasadena, California
Monday, April 23 - Wednesday, April 25, 2007


Members of DLF institutions are invited to submit proposals for papers, panel discussions, posters, and open discussions (formerly Birds-of-a-Feather sessions or BOFs) in support of the DLF mission, “to enable new research and scholarship of its members, students, scholars, lifelong learners, and the general public by developing an international network of digital libraries.”


Proposals on a range of topics are welcomed, and proposals that link to the following themes are encouraged:

For the first time the DLF Board will meet immediately prior to the Forum, providing a wonderful opportunity for presenters to collaborate and present with their library directors during Forum sessions on a range of topics.


NOTE: We strongly encourage panels and presentations that pose problems
for discussion, and that make plain what others can learn from the
experience of the presenter(s).


Proposals for papers should be brief (ca. 250 words) and supply a title,
the name of the author(s), and a short abstract. Each paper shares a 90-minute time slot with one or two other papers on similar topics. When submitting a proposal for a paper, please provide an estimated duration (25 or 40 minutes, which includes time for questions).


Proposals for panel discussions should include a title for the panel, a brief outline of the panel's purpose, the panelists' names, short descriptions of their respective contributions, and a statement of how the panelists' presentations fit together into a logical whole. Panels last 90 minutes, including time for questions.


Proposals for open discussion sessions should include a title, facilitator’s name (use author field on submission form), and the purpose and intended outcomes of the session in a ca. 250-words. These provide for informal discussion between interested parties on a specific topic. The suggested duration for open discussions is 60-90 minutes.


Posters provide opportunities to present work in progress, late-breaking results, best-practice reports, and accounts of projects, standards, workflows, digital collections, etc.

Poster proposals should consist of a title, an abstract (ca. 250 words), and contact information for the authors. Accepted posters will be displayed at the conference and some dedicated time will be given to them on the program.



Proposals for papers, panels, posters, and open discussion sessions should be submitted by Monday, January 29, 2007 via the following link,




Please submit requests for meetings for DLF affiliated groups or initiatives pre- and post-Forum meetings directly to Barrie Howard (contact information below). Indicate preferred date and duration, equipment required, number of attendees.



If you have any questions please contact:

Barrie L. Howard

Program Manager

Digital Library Federation

1755 Mass. Ave., NW, Suite 500

Washington, DC 20036-2124

V: (202) 939-4769

F: (202) 939-4765