ATG Conferences, Meetings & Webinars 9/17/20

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Increasing transparency and trust in preprints: Steps journals can take [Free Webinar]

Date: Thursday the 24th of September at 2:30 PM GMT / 10:30 AM EDT

“What steps can academic journals take to help scholars and the general public (especially the mainstream media) more easily determine preprint quality and distinguish peer-reviewed preprints from unvetted ones?

We’ll be exploring this question during Scholastica’s upcoming panel-style webinar, “Increasing transparency and trust in preprints: Steps journals can take“ on Thursday the 24th of September at 2:30 PM GMT / 10:30 AM EDT. Scholastica is hosting this webinar as part of Peer Review Week 2020, themed “Trust in Peer Review.”

The webinar will feature the following panelists:

  • Pippa Smart, President and founder of PSP Consulting and Editor-in-Chief of Learned Publishing (@pippasmart)
  • Peter Coles, Professor in, and Head of, the Department of Theoretical Physics at Maynooth University, and Editor in Chief of The Open Journal of Astrophysics an arXiv overlay journal (@OJ_Astro)
  • Michele Avissar-Whiting, Editor in Chief at Research Square and editorial lead for In Review, a free Research Square preprint service that gives authors the option to have their paper posted online at the time of submission to select journals (@maw_tweets)

Click here to save your spot for the webinar! Everyone who registers will also get a link to the full recording after the event…”

Assessment Practices and Metrics in a 21st Century Pandemic: A NISO Training Series

Eight sessions, 11.30am – 1.00pm ET, September 18 through November 6 (registrations accepted through October 9)

This well-known NISO Training Series will explore some new and some familiar topics on spaces, collections, services and strategic innovations through the lens of COVID-19. Course moderator Martha Kyrillidou will be joined by guest lecturers including: Joyce Chapman and Emily Daly, both Duke University; Lorraine J. Haricombe, University of Texas Libraries; Bob Fox, University of Louisville; Elaine Westbrooks, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill; Denise Stephens, Washington University at St Louis; Maurini Strub, University of Rochester; Keren Stiles and Caroline Barratt, both Open University; Colleen Cook, McGill University; and Joan Lippincott, CNI. Join them to learn what the shifts that we are going through mean for the 21st century library and the way we assess and measure our success. Register now!

Humanities Roundtable 2020: Building Diversity, Building Accessibility, Building Better (NISO Roundtable)

Date: September 23, 11.00am – 4.30pm ET

The theme of this year’s Humanities Roundtable is building better in order to develop a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable humanities community. Speakers include: Marti Heyman, OCLC; Bethan Tovey-Walsh, CorCenCC/Swansea University; Michelle Urberg, Maverick Publishing Specialists; Dave Tell, Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Kansas; Mark Puente, Associate Dean/Associate Professor of Organizational Development, Inclusion, and Diversity Purdue; Susan Doerr, University of Minnesota Press; Rebecca Blakiston, University of Arizona; and Ian Smith, Director, Accessibility Platforms and Solutions, codemantra US LLC. Together, they will help us kickstart a discussion on the practical requirements and implications of delivering a more diverse, a more accessible, a better information environment for the digital humanities community. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we’ve been able to keep registration fees very low, so sign up now!

Core e-Forum: From Reactive to Proactive: Tech Today and Post-COVID

Date: September 29-30, 2020

Moderated by Carolyn Coulter, Carson Block, Elizabeth Smith, and Bonnie Nichols

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!

Registration information is at the end of the message.

Each day, discussion begins and ends at:

  • Pacific: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Mountain: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Central: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Eastern: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

COVID-19 has rocked our world, and has placed us squarely in an ongoing “reactive mode.” While reacting is a natural response to our ever-changing situation, many of us haven’t had the opportunity to look ahead to a post-COVID library world, and start thinking strategically about what’s next.

In this Core e-Forum, moderators Carolyn Coulter and Carson Block will pose discussion questions designed to turn your reactive experiences into strategic ideas after COVID runs its course. Carolyn and Carson will receive moderation assistance from Liz Smith and Bonnie Nichols.

On day one, our topic centers on today. What is your immediate reaction to COVID and the current ongoing situation? What can technology help us do now?

On day two, our questions are focused on the future. What ongoing/permanent changes can technology help us achieve? For long term service changes, how can we better leverage technology to meet our challenges?


  • Carolyn Coulter: Over the course of 25-plus years in library service, Carolyn has had the privilege of working in various types of library organizations. She began her career at Gaylord Information Services (later Polaris). She later took a position at the Boston Public Library and served as the Applications Manager and eventually the Chief Technology Officer. From Boston, She moved to the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado, where she held the position of Information and Virtual Services Officer, in charge of both the IT and Technical Services departments. She is now the Director of the PrairieCat, a multi-type library consortium in northern Illinois serving 136 member libraries.
  • Carson Block has led & loved library technology efforts for more than 25 years. He’s been called a “Geek who speaks English” and occasionally compared to Ferris Bueller and Calvin (and Hobbes). Carson is dead serious about the essential and positive community impacts of libraries and focuses his consulting practice on helping libraries increase their capacity to serve patrons. Carson is the author of Library Information Systems (with Joe Matthews; Libraries Unlimited 2019) and Managing Library Technology: A LITA Guide (Rowman & Littlefield 2017).
  • Elizabeth Smith is the Training and Outreach Coordinator at PrairieCat, a multi-type library consortium with 136 members. In her role, she coordinates the consortium’s online training platform so members can access self-paced and on-demand training. She also manages continuing education and engagement opportunities for the member libraries.
  • Bonnie Nichols is Carson Block’s assistant. She worked at the Poudre River Public Library District’s Circulation Department for almost 10 years. A book lover since childhood, her life has been meaningfully impacted by librarians and libraries from the very beginning. She remains a vocal advocate for libraries and the services they provide.

What Is an e-Forum?

A Core e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it’s free.

For information about upcoming e-forums, please visit

9th International Summit of the Book 2020 & Western Balkan Information and Media Literacy Conference 2020.​ (Call for Papers)

Theme: information literacy: know it, teach it, live it.

Dates: December 9th-11th 2020 , Hotel Opal, Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Summit & WBIMLC Conference website 

To book places, please use our online booking form

The Registration fee covers participation in both Conferences.

Abstract Submission deadline: 16th October 2020.​

Keynote Speakers

  • Christine Mackenzie, IFLA President.
  • Ismail Serageldin,  Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA
  • Tamar Kintsurashvili, Executive Director of Media Development Foundation.
  • Tefko Saracevic, Professor Emeritus at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University.
  • Melius Weideman, Founder and Leader of WARC, the Website Attributes Research Centre.

More to be Announced soon!

Booking arrangements

This is a full-scale conference event incorporating two major international library conferences taking place online*** 

If you would like to attend the Conference in person please contact Mr Ratko Knezevic, University of Bihać  prior to travel   email: [email protected]   

Conference main themes and topics

The 9th International Summit of the Book 2020 welcome papers on any of the topics listed here: 

WBIMLC 2020 welcome papers on any of the topics listed here :….

Paper submission

Papers for both the International Summit of the Book and WBIMLC should be prepared using the WBIMLC template available here: and submitted electronically to this email address  [email protected]   

After the second cycle of Peer-Review, selected papers will be published in the International Summit of the Book and the WBIMLC Proceedings Book and in the Peer Reviewed Education for Information (indexed by SCOPUS) ISSN print: 0167-8329; ISSN online: 1875-8649


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