Important Dates:

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

The President of ACURIL, Adele Merritt Bernard, invites proposals for Workshop 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 aim of the Workshops is to provide the opportunity for participants to acquire new knowledge and develop skills that can be transferred to their workplace. 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.

Workshops need to address the five areas identified as sub-themes for the conference. They are:

  • The E-environment: Exploring trends and issues in the external environment and how these affect libraries, librarians and library users;
  • E-Libraries, focusing on
    • 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, focusing on database creation, open source programs and platforms

Workshop Format:

Interactive workshops are encouraged. Workshop size will be limited so as to encourage interaction. Presenters are also encouraged, where suitable, to use a wide range of illustrative matter to support their workshop presentations. Workshops can be presented in any of the three official languages of ACURIL – English, French or Spanish.

How to submit a Workshop presentation Proposal:

The deadline for workshop proposals is February 15, 2008. Workshops may 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

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

Notification of acceptance of a workshop presentation will be made no later than February 29, 2008. Workshop presentation abstracts will be published in the final program.

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, kindly visit ACURIL XXXVIII-JAMAICA
E-mails: ;


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