MARAC Fall 2018 Meeting

The Fall 2018 MARAC Meeting returns to historic Wilmington, Delaware, October 11-13.

Centrally located along the Northeast/I-95 corridor, Wilmington is a short train or car ride from the Philadelphia, NJ/NY, and Washington, D.C. metro areas. Whatever method of transportation you choose, it’s easy to Connect in Wilmington!

Picture of Hotel Dupont from 1934
(Hotel Dupont, 1934 — Courtesy of the Delaware Public Archives) 

MARAC Wilmington co-chairs sought to bring a fresh vision to the program, and after surveying MARAC members, a few themes emerged as “most wanted” among prospective meeting attendees: accessibility; new professionals; archival education; leadership; diversity; and underrepresented archives (public libraries, small repositories, and lone arrangers). These themes have been transformed into “tracks.” In taking such an approach, attendees may easily and efficiently plan their conference by focusing on topics most important to them and/or their repositories.

Stay tuned for program and participant registration information!



CFP: Archives Unleashed Datathon

Archives Unleashed: Call for Participation
Web Data at Scale with the Archives Unleashed Toolkit: Web Archive Datathon
Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University Vancouver Campus
1-2 November 2018

Submission Guidelines
Those interested in participating should send a 250-word expression of interest and a short one-page CV to the Archives Unleashed Team ( by midnight (EST) on 16 July 2018. This expression of interest should address your background and interests in web archiving, and what you would hope to get out of working with tools and web archive data at scale. Applicants will be notified by 27 July 2018.

Web Archives
The World Wide Web has had a profound impact on how we research and understand the past. The sheer amount of cultural information that is generated and, crucially, preserved every day in electronic form, presents exciting new opportunities for researchers. Much of this information is captured within web archives.
Web archives often contain hundreds of billions of web pages, ranging from individual homepages and social media posts, to institutional websites. These archives offer tremendous potential for social scientists and humanists, and the questions research may pose stretch across a multitude of fields. In short, web archives offer the ability to reconstruct large-scale traces of the relatively recent past.

Archives Unleashed Toolkit
The Archives Unleashed Team has partnered with SFU Library and KEY, SFU’s Big Data initiative, to host the next Archives Unleashed datathon.

This event is tailored towards web archives practitioners and researchers. The Archives Unleashed datathon presents an opportunity for librarians, archivists, researchers, computer scientists, and others to collaboratively work with web collections and explore cutting-edge research tools through hands on experience.
This event will bring together a small group of approximately 15-20 participants to experiment with the newest release of AUT (Archives Unleashed Toolkit) and the Archives Unleashed Cloud, and to kick-off collaboratively inspired research projects. Participants will have access to analytics software and specialists, and will be exposed to the process of working with web archive files at scale. For more information on AUT and the Cloud, please visit
This will be our second Canadian event, with two additional datathons happening in eastern and western area of the United States. Accordingly, the Vancouver datathon will prioritize regional applicants from western and central Canada and the northwestern United States.

Sponsors + Travel Grants
This event is possible thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Simon Fraser University Library, SFU Key, University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Arts, York University Libraries, Compute Canada, and Start Smart Labs.

The Archives Unleashed team is pleased to offer modest travel grants to help attendees participate in this event. These grants can cover up to $1,000 CAD in travel expenses. If you require financial assistance to attend the event, please indicate in your statement of interest that you would like to be considered for the travel grant.


~Save the Date~ OpenCon NYC 2018

Please save the dates for the OpenCon NYC 2018 satellite event on Thursday, October 25th and Friday, October 26th. Join us in Manhattan to learn more about open access, open education resources, and open data.

If you’re interested in leading a session, giving a lighting talk, or presenting your work, please fill out this form.

Admission to this event is free. Event sponsors include the Siegel Family Foundation, Adelphi University, and Metropolitan New York Library Council.

Follow the event on Twitter at #OpenConNYC18.

Learn more about OpenCon here:

CFP – Open Access Symposium – Stony Brook University, NY

Values and Ethics in Open Access, the 2018 Stony Brook University Open Access Symposium, is inviting applications for panelists, lightning talks, and presented posters.

2018 Stony Brook University Libraries – Open Access Symposium
Location: Stony Brook, NY
Deadline: July 17th, 2018

In keeping with this year’s theme, we’re interested in speakers and posters that reflect the role of values and ethics in open access environments, systems, and practices. We welcome applications on myriad open access topics, including: open access policy, OER, open science & biomedicine, open humanities & social sciences, digital collections, predatory publishing, copyright, and scholarly communication.

We will receive and review applications until July 17, 2018.  Panels are 45 minutes, with 15 minutes of Q & A. Lightning talks are 7 minutes.  Be prepared to submit your poster when you apply. Registration fees are waived for participants. APPLY HERE

Learn More:
Review the 2017 Stony Brook University Libraries Open Access Symposium, or contact Darren Chase, Head of Scholarly Communication.




Since its beginnings in Hong Kong in 1998, the International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries (ICADL) has become one of the premiere international conferences for digital library research. ICADL 2018 at the University of Waikato in New Zealand offers a valuable opportunity for researchers, educators, and practitioners to share their experiences and innovative developments.

The main theme of ICADL 2018 is “Maturity and Innovation in Digital Libraries”. We invite high-quality, original research papers as well as practitioner papers identifying research problems and future directions. Submissions that resonate with the conference’s theme are especially welcome.  Nonetheless, all topics in digital libraries will be given equal consideration. Following the ICADL tradition, the 2018 proceedings will be published as Springer conference proceedings as part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (LNCS), included in the and indexed by SCOPUS. Electronic copies will be available on Springer website.

The conference will be held at Waikato University in Hamilton, New Zealand, a city of 140,000 people centered on the Waikato River in the heart of New Zealand’s rolling pastures. Think a small but bustling downtown with river views, a stunning city park complete with themed gardens (including a Japanese and Chinese garden thoughtfully sponsored by our sister cities and local cultural societies), a beautiful river walk, and an attractively landscaped university with excellent conference facilities.  Nau mai haere mai! Welcome!
The conference will will be co-located with the annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific iSchools Consortium and with the NZ Conference on Computer-Human Interaction  (CHINZ).  It is our hope that hosting these conferences together will bring a diverse group of academic and professional community members from all parts of the world to exchange their knowledge, experience and practices in digital libraries, and other related fields.


  • June 1, 2018 – Workshop Proposal Deadline
  • June 22, 2018 – Paper/Poster Submission Deadline
  • August 31, 2018 – Notification of Paper/Poster Acceptance
  • September 3, 2018 – Tutorial Proposal Deadline
  • September 14, 2018 – Camera Ready Copy Deadline
  • November 19-22, 2018 – ICADL Conference Date

We welcome research and practitioner papers in all aspects of digital libraries. The following is a (non-exhaustive) list of topics:

Information Technologies for Knowledge, Information and Data

  • Information retrieval
  • Semantic Web and linked data
  • Data mining and extraction of structure from networked information
  • Multilingual information access
  • Multimedia information management, retrieval and recommendation
  • Metadata aggregation models
  • Interchangeability and information integration
  • Ontologies and knowledge organization systems, networked information
  • Applications of digital libraries
  • Quality assurance of digital libraries
  • Sociability and high availability of digital libraries
  • Digital preservation
  • Digital curation
  • Research data and virtual organizations
  • User interface and user experience
  • Visualization in digital libraries
  • Social networking, web 2.0 and collaborative interface in digital libraries
  • Personal information management and personal digital libraries
  • Ubiquitous computing and knowledge management
  • Societal and Cultural Issues in Knowledge, Information and Data

Cultural Memory and Digital Heritage

  • Community Informatics
  • Cross-sectoral digital libraries
  • Collaborations among archives, libraries, museums
  • Digital cultural memory initiatives
  • Digital humanities
  • Digital library/ digital archive infrastructures
  • Digital library education and digital literacy
  • Digital preservation and digital curation
  • Economic and legal frameworks and issues
  • Ethics and ethical practice, privacy in digital collection building, management and access
  • Higher education uses of digital collections
  • Research data infrastructures, management and use
  • Information policies
  • Participatory cultural heritage
  • Risks management in digital library/ archive projects
  • Creating, managing and using collections of social media and dynamically generated contents
  • Social sustainability and digital libraries/ archives
  • Socio-technical perspectives of digital information

Digital Library Maintenance and Quality Assurance

  • collection development and discovery
  • data mining and extraction
  • risk management and quality assurance
  • digital curation
  • digital preservation
  • applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • performance evaluation
  • metadata creation and aggregation
  • semantic web and linked data
  • non-textual collection management
  • recommendation system
  • research data management
  • digital humanities and digital cultural heritage
  • service design for digital libraries
  • user experience design
  • user interface design
  • human-computer interaction
  • information retrieval
  • applications of digital libraries in contexts such as learning, virtual organizations, collaborative task
  • personal information management and personal digital libraries
  • user generated content
  • digital library management and administration
  • digital library education
  • digital cultures and digital literacy
  • intellectual freedom, censorship, misinformation
  • privacy
  • intellectual property issues
  • policy, legal, and ethical concerns for digital libraries
  • socio-technical aspects of digital libraries
  • sustainability of digital libraries.
  • Usability and accessibility aspects of digital libraries


All paper submission should follow Springer Computer Science Proceedings guidelines ( and are to be submitted via the conference’s EasyChair submission page (

Full Papers

A Full Research Paper reports significant milestone and provides original results relevant to the scope of ICADL 2018.  The maximum length of a full paper is 12 pages.

Short Practitioner Papers

A Practitioner Paper is a concise report of findings or other types of work by practitioners relevant to the scope of ICADL 2018. We welcome papers identifying research problems and future directions in the digital library research. The maximum length of a short paper is 6 pages.

Short Work-in-Progress Papers

A Work-in-Progress paper is a concise report of preliminary findings or other types of innovative or thought-provoking work that does not necessarily reach a level of completion but relevant to the scope of ICADL 2018. The maximum length of a short paper is 6 pages.


Program Committee Co-Chairs

Annika Hinze (University of Waikato, New Zealand)
Maja Žumer (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Milena Dobreva (UCL Qatar, Qatar)

General Conference Chairs

Sally Jo Cunningham (University of Waikato, New Zealand)
David Bainbridge (University of Waikato, New Zealand)

Call for Proposals: VRA 2019 Conference in Los Angeles

The Visual Resources Association’s 2019 Annual Conference will be held in Los Angeles, California, from Tuesday, March 26th, through Friday, March 29th, 2019, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Downtown.

Proposals for papers, sessions, special interest/user groups, and workshops are now being solicited for the 2019 program. All proposals are welcome.

  • A paper is an individual idea submission, which will be reviewed for possible grouping into a session. Your ideas, whether they come to us alone or in a group, are equally valued in the Board’s proposal and selection process.
  • A session is a maximum 60-minute moderated panel, usually consisting of no more than 3 presenters each, speaking for 15 to 18 minutes, followed by a brief facilitated question and answer period. If you feel your session topic requires more time, consider dividing it into two sessions, consisting of a Part I and a Part II.
  • A special interest/user group is a 60-minute informal, community -driven, facilitated group discussion on topics related to a specific segment of the VRA membership.
  • A workshop is a 2, 4, or 8-hour workshop to develop skills and experience in the field of visual resources, preferably with hands-on activities.
The proposal deadline is Friday, August 3rd, 2018. Program submissions received after this date will not be considered for the 2019 conference.
The quality of conference content depends upon YOUR ideas and contributions, so let those creative juices flow. Perusing some of the past conference schedules will show you the range of topics presented in previous years and may inspire your proposal. Use suggested topics compiled from post-conference survey responses (see below) or your imagination to propose ideas which expand our outlook.  If there is an area of concern or interest that you feel has not been adequately addressed, participate in this process by submitting a proposal. Moderators may put out calls for presenters within a proposed topic before or after the submission of a proposal. The VRA Executive Board will be looking for articulate and concise submissions with lists of presenters, but submissions without presenter lists are encouraged as well.
Suggested topics:
Active Learning
Cataloging Cultural Objects
Coding – PHP, Python, SQL, etc.
Commercial partners
Copyright/Intellectual Property
Corporate Visual Resources careers
Data Visualization
Digital Asset Management
Digital Humanities
Digital publishing
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF)
Imaging – Workflow and organization
Maps – GIS, Omeka and Neatline, Storymaps
Metadata – Assessment, standards, structures, and tools
Moving images and sound
Non-Academic careers
Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)
Questions regarding the proposal process and the various presentation formats included in the VRA Conference program can be directed to Jacob Esselstrom (, the VRA Vice President for Conference Program.
Again, the proposal deadline is Friday, August 3rd, 2018. We look forward to hearing from you!vra la 2019 web credit2.png