ASL2015 The inside out library: collaboration, inspiration, transformation - Feb 26th & 27th

The inside out library: collaboration, inspiration, transformation   

#ASL2015 will take place on February 26th & 27th 2015 in the Gibson Hotel Dublin

Librarians are stepping out from behind the issue desk, taking on new roles, forming new partnerships and applying their skills and knowledge to new situations. Join the A&SL Committee in 2015 as we consider the growing importance of collaboration for the profession and discover how collaboration both inspires and transforms.
We will be asking: What do librarians have to offer both inside and outside of the library? How do our skills transfer to new environments? What can we learn from professionals in other institutions and other sectors? What new opportunities are out there for librarians and where are the "library" jobs of the future?
We invite case studies about innovative projects involving collaboration or community outreach. What are the benefits of such projects? How do they work and what can we learn from them? We would also like to hear from librarians working in non-traditional roles and sectors.
Join us for the 2015 A&SL Annual Conference - you might just be inspired to turn your library inside out!

Calls for papers and posters will be released in the coming weeks
Stay tuned for more details and we hope to see you with in February!   

ASL 2014 Information innovators - Thanks for joining us

A very big thank you from the A&SL committee to everyone who joined us for ASL2014 Information Innovators: librarians evolving in the digital environment

Special thanks to our very generous sponsors for the event - IEEE, EBSCO, ProQuest, The Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET), The Royal Society of Chemistry, Innovative interfaces, Swets, Burgundy Information services, Taylor & Francis, Institute of Physics (IOP) publishing, Dawsonbooks and Interleaf. Thanks also to the team at the Radisson for once again providing us with our great venue.  

Extra special thank you to Marie and HEAnet for providing the live streaming for the event. Videos of presentations will be posted here soon. 

Our thanks and praise to our two wonderful keynotes Fionnuala Croke of the Chester Beatty Library and Ben Showers from jisc and to all of our amazing 'information innovators' who delivered case studies and workshops and to the fantastic poster presentations. 

Our speakers showcased the range and depth of innovative projects going on in libraries and information services around the country and truly demonstrated how much we have to be proud of. 

We had a lively following on twitter through the two days (and beyond) allowing the conversation to be taken outside the walls of the radisson and to librarians around the world. You can look back on tweets from the day HERE.
Finally, thanks to our delegates, you came, you listened, you joined in, you shared and hopefully you went away inspired.      

Friendships were formed, plans were hatched, ideas were shared and we look forward to seeing you again next year. Our Keynote Ben Showers was right 'This is the best time to be a librarian'   


We are delighted to open booking for #asl2014 Information Innovators: Librarians evolving in the digital environment

Our Keynote Speakers

Day 1, Thursday February 27th - Fionnuala Croke 

Fionnuala Croke of Chester Beatty Library  

Fionnuala has been the Director of the Chester Beatty Library since March 2011.  Prior to taking up her current role she was Keeper and Head of Collections with the National Gallery of Ireland, where among other projects she worked on the redevelopment of the Gallery. READ MORE>>> 
We are delighted to have Fionnuala as our keynote to open ASL2014 on Thursday afternoon.

Day 2, Friday February 28th - Ben Showers

Ben Showers @benshowers of JISC  
Ben is Head of Scholarly and Library Futures at Jisc. He works with the Information & Library Infrastructure team on projects including user experience, mobile infrastructure and shared services. He has also worked on Jisc's content team on a range of digitisation initiatives. READ MORE >>>     

We are very pleased to welcome Ben as our keynote speaker for Friday morning.  

Thanks for answering the call

Thanks Information Innovators 

A very very big thank you to everyone who answered the call for papers for ASL2014. We were overwhelmed by the quality of submissions for case studies, workshops and poster presentations and the sheer range and diversity of innovations in Academic & Special Libraries.

We are delighted to have keynote speakers confirmed for Thursday 27th and Friday 28th we are looking forward to releasing full details of the schedule for workshops, plenary and parallel sessions in the coming weeks.  

Keep an eye on our posts for updates and keep following the #asl2014 #informationinnovators hashtags for the latest news.

Call for Student Conference Assistants!

Want to be part of the ASL2014 team? 

The A&SL Committee are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic student conference assistants to assist in the running of the Conference & Exhibition

· Student conference assistants are required to assist the A&SL Committee with tasks such as;  organising conference material, supporting the plenary and workshop sessions to ensure they run smoothly, assisting with registration, helping people locate sessions, assist with the sponsors and poster exhibitions, photography, running errands etc. 

· Student conference assistants will need to commit to between half a day and 2 days of time during the conference. Students must also be available to meet with the committee (at a date to be decided) in January/February 2014.

· Student conference assistants will have a fantastic opportunity to get involved in the organising of the conference & exhibition, to learn about event management and to network with many librarians and information professionals from various sectors.

Positions are filled now, thank you for your interest!

Annual Conference 2014 'Information Innovators: Librarians evolving in the digital environment' Call for Papers

Are you an Information innovator? 

As Information professionals the need to be innovative and the ability to evolve with our dynamic working environment is essential to our continued professional development. In 2014, the A&SL Annual Conference & Exhibition will challenge us to consider our profession beyond the boundaries of the Library as a physical space, of mobile devices as containers and the notion of information as a bound entity. The newly formatted Annual Conference & Exhibition will run over a day and a half encompassing plenary sessions, case studies, workshops, posters and lightning sessions from our sponsors. Join the A&SL Committee and our delegates as we explore the topics which affect us today, share best practice, and celebrate the innovation of information professionals.

Call for Papers

We would like to invite you to contribute to the conference and we have 3 options available:

·         Case Studies
·         Workshops
·         Posters

The broad theme of the conference is based around the changing and evolving roles of libraries and librarians. We are welcoming submissions that address any of the following ideas:
·         the library as a virtual or physical space
·         future libraries
·         collection development in a changing information world
·         open access
·         issues of multi-channel service delivery
·         print versus electronic
·         emerging technologies and how to leverage them for practical library use
·         making sense and creating value from big data
·         how mobile devices and tablets are changing the way we work
·         use of social media not just for marketing but also for research
·         tacit knowledge in organisations – how do we capture it?
·         promotion of the skills sets of librarians
·         continuing professional development 

Further details on poster submissions; 
A prize will be awarded to the best poster
New and posters created for other events are welcomed. Where a poster has been submitted for another
event the theme should be relevant to ASL2014 and details of previous submissions should be stated in the
abstract All posters are subject to a selection process. Only new posters which have not been displayed or 
submitted for another event will be eligible for the prize.