CFP: Historical Perspectives SIG Paper or Panel/ALISE 2012 (January 17-20: Dallas, Texas)

full name / name of organization: 
Ellen Pozzi/Association of Library and Information Science Educators, Historical Perspectives SIG
contact email: 

Call for Paper or Panel Presentation – DEADLINE: JULY 22, 2011

In keeping with the 2011 ALISE Conference Theme, "Extending our Reach: Expanding Horizons, Creating Opportunities" the Historical Perspectives SIG invites submissions for an individual paper, or for a 3-4 person panel program that highlights the history of new opportunities and connections in the field of LIS (interpreted broadly.) This session offers an opportunity to reveal previously unknown historical instances of times when the field has extended its reach; or to revisit or reexamine those we think we already understand.

Just to get your juices flowing, we invite you think about these topics:
• How have libraries and librarians reached out to new populations?
• When did major innovations create new opportunities in LIS? How did our field react to these innovations?
• Who are the major historical "connectors" of our profession? Who has reached across boundaries in innovative ways?
• How did we expand our professional horizons in the past? How did this impact our work as educators, practitioners and researchers?
• How has globalization changed our field? What international connections have been made in the past?
• Was there a time when reaching out was discouraged? What changed this?
• What challenges have become opportunities in the library field? For example Youth Services librarians turned the 'challenge' of children disrupting the library into an opportunity to reach out to them in a new way.
• How did interaction with new disciplines affect our field?
• What new opportunities for connectedness have occurred in the history of the field? For example, how did the formation of ALA affect the ability of librarians to connect with each other? With outsiders?

If you have something in mind that is not listed here, we invite you to propose different topics related to the conference theme. This call is open to anyone working in the field of library and information science, regardless of occupational label.

Submit 300-500 word abstracts in PDF or WORD format by July 22, 2011, to Ellen Pozzi, Rutgers University, If proposing a panel, please also include a brief statement about each presenter and their connection to the content. Questions? Email or call me at 908-625-8437.