NFAIS Call For Presenters!

Open Access (OA) continues to gain momentum as open science and open peer review advance the movement and trends. From the research development to the scholarly output, creating a more transparent end-to-end process allows unfettered sharing, inclusion and collaboration as a continuum in scientific research and discovery. And while all of this aligns well with a more socially engaged information community, it continues to disrupt and change the direction of how scholarly communications are evolving.

NFAIS will explore this multidimensional disruption at our “Open Access & Beyond” Conference on October 2– 3, 2017 in Old Town Alexandria, VA and we invite you join the discussion as a speaker!

The program will consist of keynote speakers, plenary and panel sessions. Become a speaker and share your insights and expertise with others in the information services community: introduce current thinking, industry trends, new technologies and application to others in the industry. You may be selected to present alone, with a co-presenter, or as a panel. 

We are looking for visionary, inspiring and future-focused individuals who can elevate discussions, debate and even provide practical ideas and solutions that our attendees will benefit from. 

Benefits of Presenting with NFAIS

  • Gain visibility as a thought leader in the global information services community
  • Create a launch pad for debate and discussion
  • Influence and shape the future of information services
  • Reach a high-caliber audience of key leaders and decision makers
  • Help others succeed and ensure they avoid common pitfalls
  • Boost the profile of yourself and your organization
  • Network with colleagues and make new connections

 Presentation Guidelines

  • The submissions deadline is May 15, 2017
  • Submissions must be in English
  • Presentations must be original and unique to the Open Access & Beyond Conference; the same presentation/talk cannot have been given 90 days prior to the conference
  • Presentations must be educational in nature (sales presentations will not be accepted)
  • Presentations should be at least 20 minutes in length but no more than 45 minutes and allow time for Q&A – please indicate your approximate length
  • Presentations should focus on the following discussion topics:
    • History of Open Access, Open Science and or Open Peer Review Movements
    • Policy,  Best Practices and Compliance
    • Business Models including Author Solutions
    • Funding Models
    • Alternative Models
    • Library Role in Preserving, Accessing & Discovering OA content
    • Legal & Ethical Considerations
    • Open Publishing
    • Open Peer Review
    • Role of Altmetrics in Open Access
    • Role of Researcher in Open Access
    • Other

 If you have a topic that does not fall within one of the suggested sessions, please indicate “other” in your response and specify your topic.

Submitting Your Proposal

Submissions should include a title, presentation summary (maximum of 300 words) identifying the purpose, content, and learning objectives/expected outcomes for participants, and a professional biography of presenter(s) (maximum of 50 words) along with a photo for inclusion in our program, should your presentation be accepted. Please also provide for us your full name, institutional affiliation and mailing address, including email.


The Evaluation Process

All submissions will be reviewed by the NFAIS Workshop and Webinar Committee, and selected based on the following criteria: 

  • Relevance to the industry
  • Overall quality
  • Practical Application
  • Timeliness of the topic
  • Speaker qualifications
  • Well-defined focus within selected content area

All speakers will be notified regardless of selection. NFAIS will keep all submissions on file for a period of 12 months. Speakers may also be contacted during this period to present at a workshop, virtual seminar, webinar, or the annual conference.

For further information, or if we can answer any questions, please contact Nancy A. Blair-DeLeon, Professional Development Program Director at