Call for Papers

Monday, February 25, 2008

Members of DLF and other institutions with expressed interest are invited to submit proposals for papers, panels, and discussion sessions 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 for papers, panels, and discussion sessions should be submitted by close of business in your time zone on Monday, February 25, 2008 via this SurveyMonkey link:

Proposals on a range of thematic interests are welcome, and proposals that relate to the following themes are encouraged:
Data management
Large-scale architectures
User experience
User-generated metadata

More information on the current themes is available from <>. DLF strongly encourages panels and presentations that intend to expose problems within a thematic area, make plain what others can learn from the experience of the presenter(s), and catalyze further discussion.

Proposals for papers should be brief (250 words or less) 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 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 ca. 250-words. These provide for informal discussion between interested parties on a specific topic. The suggested duration for open discussions is 60 minutes.

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.

DLF Spring Forum 2008: Minneapolis, Minnesota
1:00 p.m., Monday, April 28, 2008 –
1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403


Barrie Howard
Program Manager
Digital Library Federation
1755 Mass Ave NW Ste 500
Washington DC 20036
Office: +1-202-939-4769
Mobile: +1-202-436-4749