NFAIS Call For Presenters!

Open Access (OA) continues to offer transformative change in traditional scholarly research that is moving us toward an open science future. From research development to scholarly output, creating a more transparent end-to-end process allows unfettered sharing, inclusion and collaboration as a continuum in scientific research and discovery. As we support researchers through OA initiatives, we are creating science without barriers.

NFAIS will explore this multidimensional disruption at our "Movements & Models Supporting Open Access" conference on October 1 - 2, 2018 in Old Town Alexandria, VA, and we invite you join the discussion as a speaker!

The program will address emerging OA practices, statistics and analytics of open access models, and new publishing models that deliver fully affordable open access. If you are a university library supporting unique OA models, an advocate of open access, or can share how your organization is making progress on the OA movement, we invite you to become a speaker and share trends, new technologies, and applications to others in the industry. You may be selected to present alone, with a co-presenter, or as a panel.

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 July 31, 2018
  • Submissions must be in English
  • Presentations must be original and unique to the Movements & Models Supporting Open Access 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, or those relevant to open access:
    • Advocates of open access models
    • Business models including author solutions
    • Funding models
    • Legal & ethical considerations
    • Open publishing
    • Open peer review
    • University libraries supporting unique OA models
    • Role of researchers in Open Access
    • Other

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 [email protected].