Call for Proposals – 2019 Conference

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Information Studies in the World: Conversations Across Institutional Boundaries

47th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science / L’Association canadienne des sciences de l’information

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, BC

June 3-5, 2019

The movement of information across borders is of particular interest to information studies, both as this movement occurs through our own scholarly work and as a key phenomenon of information in the world. Focusing on information as action, as becoming informed, we draw attention to how data, facts, misinformation, perspective, or stories circulate in society. How do contemporary modes of communication enable or distort the transmission of information? How does information generated through lived experiences among one group of people leave that context and become meaningful to people in another?

We see information flow and exchange as key elements of the Congress 2019 theme of “Circles of Conversation.” CAIS/ACSI 2019 seeks to feature work that explores information in the context of dialogue, conversation, and exchange. We are particularly interested in work that shows the effect of information studies outside the academy or work that connects with knowledge and voices from outside the academy.

We invite papers and proposals representing diverse themes and methods related (but not limited) to the above theme. Consider the following topics:
• outreach
• conversation health & moderation
• relationship-building
• impact of initiatives outside the library/academy
• impact of the outside world within the library/academy
• knowledge translation
• decolonization and Indigenization
• challenge to established authority

Types of proposals

CAIS/ACSI welcomes proposals reporting on empirical, theoretical, and practice-based research. Proposals may be submitted in English or French. CAIS/ACSI will have overlapping dates with several related conference associations such as CAPAL/ACBAP. If you wish to propose a paper or panel for a shared session, please contact the conference organizers as you prepare your submission.

Papers: 20-minute oral presentations of completed or well-developed projects on topics suitable for publication in scholarly journals. Proposals reporting on completed or ongoing research will be given preference. Diverse and innovative perspectives (theoretical and applied) and methodologies are welcome. Proposals should be in the form of an extended abstract (approximately 1000-1500 words excluding references). Please use this template: CAIS-ACSI-2019-Abstract-Template.

Panels: One-hour oral presentations from three or more authors on emerging domains, trends, or contrasting viewpoints. Panels are an opportunity to engage in discussion of shared concerns including those not available in completed research or yet adequately recognized. We recommend three to five panelists plus a moderator and there will be an opportunity to modify the list of panelists after acceptance. Proposals should be in the form of an extended abstract (approximately 1000-1500 words excluding references), that identifies the topic to be discussed, provides an overview of the structure of the panel, and includes relevant qualifications and contributions of each participating panelist. Please use this template: CAIS-ACSI-2019-Abstract-Template.

Student-to-CAIS/ACSI and Best Paper by a Practitioner Awards: Paper proposals by graduate students and practitioners will be considered for these awards. The Student-to-CAIS/ACSI award includes a monetary prize. Both awardees will have the opportunity to publish the full manuscript in the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science / La Revue Canadienne des Sciences de L’information et de Bibliothéconomie. In order to be considered for these awards, please indicate if you are a student or practitioner in your proposal. Winners will be selected based on their extended abstracts. Details of the award, including previous winners, can be found at the CAIS/ACSI website at

Proposals will be evaluated on theory/methodology, clarity, impact/originality, and overall quality. Proposals will be received and reviewed using the EasyChair system:

Doctoral Forum: We are pleased to invite students to the third annual Doctoral Forum. The Forum’s goal is to provide students with an opportunity to present and discuss their research project, get feedback from senior researchers, and make connections with other doctoral students. Students at any stage of their doctoral program are invited to submit to the Forum.

Submission: 250-500 word abstract describing your research project.

Please be prepared to present on an aspect of your research for 5-10 minutes, which will be followed by discussion. More details will be provided upon acceptance.

To participate, please fill out the following submission form:

The submission deadline for all proposals is January 22, 2019. Extended to January 31, 2019.

Authors will be notified no later than March 4, 2019. All presenters must register for the conference. Abstracts will be published on the CAIS/ACSI website once registration has taken place. Final versions must be submitted no later than April 30, 2019. Authors are also encouraged to submit full papers to the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science / La revue canadienne des sciences de l’information et de bibliothéconomie.

Registration: The conference will take place June 3-5, 2019, as part of the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of British Columbia (June 1-7, 2019). Registration will be available online through the Congress website ( Congress 2019 will offer childcare options and family-friendly activities.

For further information, please contact the CAIS/ACSI 2019 Conference Co-chairs.

Julia Bullard
Assistant Professor, iSchool (Library, Archival and Information Studies)
University of British Columbia

Rick Kopak
Senior Instructor, iSchool (Library, Archival and Information Studies)
University of British Columbia