2015 Call for Proposals

The call for proposals is now closed.

Access is Canada’s premier library technology conference, bringing together librarians, technicians, developers, and programmers to discuss cutting-edge library technologies. This is the 22nd year of Access and we’re thrilled to bring the conference to Toronto, Ontario! AccessYYZ will be held at the beautiful Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library from September 8-11, 2015.

This year, we’re looking for the most innovative and creative ways that tech has been or could be implemented in your library – whether it’s big, small, or completely theoretical! Are you using a Raspberry Pi to build custom hardware? How might linked open data changing your day-to-day library services in the future? Have you been working to foster a renewed culture of tech exploration among your staff? We want to hear all about it! We would especially love to see proposals from public libraries, special libraries, and other places outside the ivory tower that are using library technologies in new and innovative ways.

In time-honoured Access tradition, we want to take advantage of the flexibility of single track conference planning by letting you propose your preferred session length and format. Let us know if you want to do a traditional talk, a poster presentation, a demo, Pecha Kucha, a lightning talk, a panel of experts or something completely different. Be creative! We’ll be peer-reviewing all submissions for presentations longer than 15 minutes.

To apply, please email us by March 27, 2015 at accesslibcon@gmail.com. The form that was previously here broke! Please let us know:

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • The format of your proposed session
  • The content of your proposed session (1-2 paragraphs)
  • If you’ve presented at Access before
  • And if your proposal is not accepted in its proposed format, if you would be willing to present in an alternate format

If you need some extra inspiration, you can check out the 2014 conference program here. Make sure you take a gander at the Code of Conduct too, so you know what’ll fly.