Important Dates:

Submission of Abstracts February 15, 2008
Notificacion of Acceptance February 29, 2008
Final submission due April 30, 2008
Early Birds Conference and Hotel registration March 31, 2008
Conference period June 1-6, 2008

The President of ACURIL, Adele Merritt Bernard, invites proposals for paper presentations at ACURIL XXXVIII, to be held at the Rose Hall Resort and Country Club, Montego Bay, Jamaica from June 1st to June 6th, 2008. The theme of the conference is “the e-librarian: ideas, innovation and inspiration!”

The Call for Papers is open to all information specialists including librarians, archivists, record administrators, and educators in the field of information science, as well as information providers.

ACURIL 2008 seeks to explore strategies and practices that will allow us to develop and use information and communication technology to the benefit of those we serve. It is intended to be a forum for persons to share ideas, innovative developments and proactive solutions to the issues and challenges we face as librarians operating in an e-environment. Papers may be practical or theoretical.

Presenters are encouraged to relate their papers to the content area groups of ACURIL, namely Agriculture and the Environment, Health, Medicine and Natural Sciences, Knowledge Management, Organization and Retrieval of Information, and Law.

To effectively explore the theme, five broad subject areas have been chosen as sub-themes for ACURIL 2008. They are:

  • The E-Environment: exploring trends and issues in the external environment and how these affect libraries, librarians and library users;

  • E-Libraries and the E-Librarian, focusing on
    • e-services such as virtual reference, as well as e-tools available for e- librarians;
    • the profile of the e-librarian (core competencies and skills as well as e-learning opportunities);
    • E-learning, covering such topics as distance education and e-literacy;
  • Ethics and the E-Environment, including e-government and copyright issues;
  • Knowledge management and content generation, collaborative platforms, and web 2.0 tools in information units, such as blogs and wikis; and
  • Digitization, focusin on database creation, open source programs and platforms.

Topic Guidelines:

Paper presentations must speak to one of the themes, as stated above, for ACURIL XXXVIII.

Presentation Format:

  • Each presenter will be given 20 minutes maximum to present his/her paper.
  • It is recommended that presenters highlight key points and not read their papers.
  • 10 minutes will be allowed for questions and answers.
  • All presenters must prepare a full paper for inclusion in the conference proceedings.
  • All papers to be included in the proceedings must be received by April 30, 2008.

How to submit a Paper presentation Proposal:

The deadline for paper presentations proposals is February 15, 2008.

Papers can be presented in any of the three official languages of ACURIL – English, French or Spanish.

Proposals may be submitted by e-mail or hard copy. Proposals must include:

  • Title of paper
  • Abstract (200 – 500 words)
  • Name of presenter(s)
  • Position/title of presenter
  • Employer/institutional affiliation
  • Mailing address
  • Telephone/fax numbers
  • E-mail

Notification of acceptance of a paper presentation will be made no later than February 29, 2008.

Paper Format:

For the final work, each presenter must provide one hard copy and one electronic format document. The electronic format document must be sent as a Microsoft Word file.

Font style: Times New Roman 11pt
Margins 1″ all around
Page size: 81⁄2 x 11

Paper Headings:

Title heading – Times New Roman 12pt, Bold, centered all caps
Sub-headings – Times New Roman 11pt, centered
Name and title, institutional affiliation, e-mail – Times Roman, 11pt, centered.

Sub-headings: Flush left, bold, regular style.
Paragraph Indentation: 5 spaces from left
Paragraph spacing: Single
Bibliography citation style: American Psychological Association (APA)

Kindly submit proposals and enquires to:

Adele Merritt Bernard
President, ACURIL
c/o COK Co-operative Credit Union
66 – 70 Slipe Road
Kingston 5, Jamaica
Tel: (876) 926-0640 (Work)
(876) 815-3149 (Cellular)

For Conference and Hotel Registration information, kindly visit ACURIL XXXVIII JAMAICA
E-mails: ;


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