ACURIL Academic/Special Libraries and Information Technology SIG Call for Papers

The 50th ACURIL annual Conference, which will be held online on November 18 and 19, 2020, is fast approaching. The Conference theme is Design Thinking in Libraries, Archives and Museums: Revolutionizing the Way we do Business. The Academic/Special Libraries and Information Technologies Special Interest Group (SIG) has started to plan sessions on this theme and this is a call for your participation.

This year, there will be one SIG virtual session based upon the conference theme as this relates to Academic Libraries, Special Libraries and Information Technology.  This session will be held on November 18, 2020 from 9:00 am -12:00 pm, using web conferencing technology.

You are invited to submit a paper proposal (20 minutes duration, inclusive of presentation and Q&A) or workshop proposal (one hour duration, inclusive of Q&A)  on one of the following subthemes of the conference:

  • Design Thinking: Global and Caribbean Context
  • Design Thinking: Innovation and Trends
  • Design Thinking: Professional Development
  • Design Thinking: User Needs and Community Engagement

In your proposal to present a paper or facilitate a workshop at the Academic/Special Libraries and Information Technologies Special Interest Group session, please provide a brief summary/abstract of your proposed paper/workshop. Submit this information  to Cheryl Peltier-Davis ( and Laurie Taylor ( The deadline date for submissions is September 30, 2020. Please include contact information and job affiliation.

You may wish to review the ACURIL call for papers/workshop guidelines at the conference website:

See the preliminary programme: 

We look forward to hearing from you.

-Cheryl and Laurie

On behalf of Cheryl Peltier-Davis, and Laurie Taylor, Academic Libraries and Special Libraries and Information Technologies Special Interest Group.