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3rd Annual Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference

Call for Proposals

On behalf of the Conference Program Committee, we invite you to submit a proposal for the 3rd Annual Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference. The event will be held in Indianapolis, IN at the Sheraton Indianapolis at Keystone Crossing. This conference is an opportunity for individuals working in resource sharing to gather information and communicate with other colleagues.

We invite program proposals from October 12, 2015 to January 15, 2016.

Accepted program proposal submissions should be 45 minutes in length including time for questions. Proposals might focus on any of the following areas:

  • Resource Sharing Best Practices
  • Marketing Services
  • Electronic Resources and Resource Sharing
  • Workflow Improvements
  • Cooperative Collection Development
  • Consortial or Group Purchasing
  • Purchase on Demand
  • Reciprocal Borrowing
  • Shared Staffing and Training
  • Shared Discovery Layers
  • E-Books
  • Resource Sharing in Next Gen Systems
  • Shared Print Projects

Please submit a 150-200 word proposal for your presentation via the GLRSC website.

Program proposals will be reviewed by the program committee, and those presenters who are selected will be notified by February 12, 2016.

Please direct any questions to Pamela Grudzien (grudz1pa [at] cmich [dot] edu (subject: GLRSC%20call%20for%20proposals) ) and Mark Sullivan (sullivm [at] geneseo [dot] edu (subject: GLRSC%20call%20for%20proposals) ).

Publishing Opportunity

The Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference is partnering with the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery, & Electronic Reserve to feature 2016 conference papers in a special issue. Presenters will have the opportunity to publish a version of their conference presentation, but are not obligated to do so. More information about this publishing opportunity is available at

Preconference Survey

Help us plan the preconference on June 9, 2016 by completing a short survey (only five questions) at Please complete the survey by Friday, Oct. 23, 2015.

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Call for Proposals for 2016 IACRL Conference

The Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Conference Committee is seeking program submissions for the 2016 IACRL Conference: Raise Your Voice: Librarians in the Lead. The conference takes place on March 18, 2016 at the Marriott Chicago O’Hare. We are currently accepting proposals for Presentations, Panels, and Lightning Rounds. Submissions are due November 16, 2015. Accepted proposals will be notified by December 16, 2015. 

Raise Your Voice by submitting your proposal HERE.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Steve Brantley jsbrantley [at] eiu [dot] edu or Sarah Sagmoen at sarah [dot] sagmoen [at] uis [dot] edu.

Program Types:


This format allows 1-3 speakers who have collaborated, to describe ongoing or completed research, or a project designed to address a single issue or problem.  Presenters should describe the issue that inspired the project or research, the results, and the conclusions reached.  Presenters will have 60 minutes, including time for questions and answers.

Panel Discussion:

The panel discussion format is more conversational and interactive. It is an ideal way for 4-5 speakers to present different approaches to the same issue or to share a variety of perspectives on the same topic. Panelists should encourage active participation and discussion by incorporating questions to attendees and each other throughout the session. Panels will have a total of 60 minutes, including time spent on questions and answers.

Lightning Round:

The lightning round is an opportunity to share your knowledge, experience, or expertise on a specific topic in a fast and focused presentation. Presenters will have 5 minutes to speak and 5 minutes for questions.  Slides may be used, but are not required.

Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference June 9-10, 2016

Save the Date!

June 9-10, 2016

Preconference on June 9

Third annual Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference on June 10

Indianapolis, Indiana

Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing

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Conference Planning Committee

Tina Baich (co-chair), IUPUI University Library

Mike Hawthorne (co-chair), Wayne State University

Pamela Grudzien, Central Michigan University

Heather Ladiski, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services

Shelly Miller, OHIONET

Holli Moseman, Indiana State University

Jane Plass, Reaching Across Illinois Library System

Susan Powers, Central Michigan University

Mark Sullivan, IDS Project-SUNY Geneseo

David Votta, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services

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