Dear Code4Lib community,
**Please excuse any cross-postings**
The ALCTS PARS Digital Conversion Interest Group<http://www.ala.org/alcts/mgrps/pars/grps/ats-parigdc> is currently accepting proposals for 15 minute presentations at the ALA Annual Conference (New Orleans, LA) on a date to be determined between June 21 and 26, 2018.
This year’s theme is Diversity and Inclusion as it relates to projects or theory concerned with digitization, preservation, and access of print, audio, photographic, and moving image materials, as well as the migration, preservation, and access of born digital collections, including web-based and software-based materials. Both academic and public institutions are encouraged to propose presentations.
Special priority will be given to proposals that focus on equal access and respected participation of all groups and individuals regardless of their culture, race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, geographic origin, political views, or level of education. Topics may include:
* Projects featuring digitized or reformatted content related to underrepresented groups
* Collaborations with underrepresented communities
* Influencing digital conversion through accessibility guidelines for online access (e.g. OCR technologies/methods, video captioning)
* Collaborations with library information technology experts and staff on making web accessible platforms for access
* Promoting digitized/reformatted collections related to underrepresented groups (whether through social media, presentations, cooperation with historical societies and/or genealogical societies)
Please email proposals to the co-chairs (William Schlaack<mailto:[log in to unmask]> or Stefan Elnabli<mailto:[log in to unmask]>) by May 11, 2018
The co-chairs are also seeking a new co-chair to serve from 2019-2020. Please send an email to express your interest. In this role you will work alongside a co-chair (Stefan Elnabli, UC San Diego) to plan and coordinate IG meetings for the ALA annual meeting (Midwinter is not required but encouraged).
William Schlaack (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Stefan Elnabli (UC San Diego)