Call For Proposals

Beyond the PDF: Planning for the Future of the Dissertation

Thursday, 15 March 2018

A one-day mini-conference offered by the University of Iowa Graduate College & Libraries, and sponsored by ProQuest

The planning committee seeks conference proposals.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Workflow models for non-pdf/digital dissertation deposit and preservation
  • Collaborative initiatives between graduate colleges and libraries
  • Public access issues in a digital era
  • Technical considerations related to the examination and preservation of novel dissertation forms
  • Data curation as it relates to dissertations
  • Issues introduced by innovative scholarship, e.g., how are works collected, presented and preserved
  • Case studies of graduate work completed in novel, digital formats, e.g., museum exhibit, sound recording, website, 3D modeling, mapping
  • Initiatives which seek to align dissertation work with emerging/non-academic career outcomes

Session proposals can come in two forms:

  • Individual or pair: 45 minute session comprised of 20 minute presentation followed by 20 minute Q&A/discussion and 5 minute wrap-up.
  • Panel: 60 minute session: 3-4 speakers followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. Priority will be given to proposals which facilitate cross-functional unit dialog, i.e., issues and perspectives relevant to both library and graduate school/college personnel

Please submit a proposal by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 1st.

To submit a proposal: please send the following information to Daniel Johnson and Heidi Arbisi-Kelm: name, title, email address, and institutional affiliation of each speaker; title and abstract (up to 250 words).

Daniel Johnson
Digital Preservation Librarian
University of Iowa Libraries
University of Iowa

Heidi Arbisi-Kelm
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
Graduate College
University of Iowa