Call for Proposals : Colloquium on Libraries & Service Learning

Bridging Campus and Community:
Libraries Transforming the Student Experience through Service Learning

August 7-8, 2017
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

Join us for the 2017 Colloquium on Libraries & Service Learning!

Conference Focus:

The intended community for this colloquium includes all who are interested in current and potential partnerships among academic librarians, faculty who teach service learning courses, service learning professionals and community partners. The colloquium is designed to facilitate the sharing of research, ideas, perspectives and best practices in library engagement with/in academic service learning.

The planning committee welcomes proposals on any aspect of libraries and service learning.

Session topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • The Student Experience: Student engagement/career readiness, student learning outcomes/ ACRL Information Literacy Frames
  • Case Studies: Service-learning throughout the disciplines, innovative programs/collaborations, international service learning (international contexts and/or international students)
  • Community Partners: Campus and community outreach/reciprocal partnerships
  • Assessment: Accreditation, retention, demonstrating the library’s value, institutional priorities
  • Research: Action research, engagement scholarship


  • Session length: 45 minutes
  • Requirements: Written paper or designed activity to report the results of research, present case studies, or facilitate an active learning session related to libraries and service learning. Presentation sessions are limited to 30 minutes and should include time for questions. Presenters are encouraged to supply virtual handouts or other materials as appropriate.
  • Of particular interest are interactive sessions and sessions co-presented by any combination of librarians, teaching faculty, community engagement coordinators, students, and/or community partners.
  • Presentation proposals should include the name of the presenter(s), the title of the session, an abstract (100-200 words) and a short bio of the presenter(s).


  • Session length: 45 minutes. Posters will be on display throughout the conference with 45 minutes dedicated for staffing by author.
  • Requirements: Innovative case studies, practical solutions/models, and research-based projects, or any other presentation that would benefit the service learning library community are all encouraged. Minimum size 24 x 36 inches.
  • Poster proposals should include the name of the presenter(s), the title of the poster, an abstract (100-200 words) and a short bio of the presenter(s).

Workshops (pre-conference):

  • Session length: 3 hours
  • Requirements: Audience interaction, practical takeaways/plans that can be implemented when participants return to their home institutions. Examples may include: support for creating/modifying lesson plans for service learning information literacy sessions.
  • Workshop proposals should include the name of the presenter(s), the title of the session, an abstract (100-200 words), a short bio of the presenter(s), and a draft lesson plan with 2-3 learning outcomes (include in comments section).

Round Table Discussions:

  • Session length: 45 minutes
  • Requirements: Discussion leader proposes a topic of interest and guides discussion on that topic over conference lunch.
  • Round table proposals should include the name of the facilitator(s), the proposed topic, sample discussion questions, and a short bio of the facilitator(s).

Submissions are due by January 31 at 5:00PST. Notifications will occur in early March.

Please note: You will need to create a profile in order to submit a proposal. The account creation process is quick and easy, you will need an email address and will be prompted to create a password.

Contact Jennifer Nutefall, University Librarian, Santa Clara University at