CRRA Annual Meeting - Mark the Date!

Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m.  Noon (CST)
Place: Schreiber Center, 16 E. Pearson Street, Loyola University Chicago, Water Tower Campus in downtown Chicago

Plan now to join colleagues – in-person or online  on Tuesday June 27 for the CRRA Annual Meeting. Please reserve the morning from 8 a.m.  Noon Central Time. We are planning box lunches to eat on premises or to go. For everyone flying out on Tuesday, please book a flight departing at 3:00 p.m. or later. That way you can stay for the whole meeting and maybe even a bite of lunch with colleagues on-site.

If you are interested in joining a program planning committee, please contact Pat Lawton or Jennifer Younger. Let us hear from you by February 13. We welcome your ideas and participation.

We are pleased to meet at a member institution and thank Marianne Ryan, Dean of Libraries, for the opportunity to meet again at Loyola. By tradition, CRRA meetings are open to members and all who are interested in our mission and activities.

University of San Diego Digital Initiatives Symposium Call for Proposals

Proposals are now being accepted for the Fourth Annual Digital Initiatives Symposium, May 1-2, 2017. 

Join University of San Diego's Copley Library for the Fourth Annual Digital Initiative Symposium. This day and a half conference features workshops and user group meetings for a variety of institutional repository platforms, focusing on the digital elements of library ecosystems and institutional repositories. Registration opens December 5, 2016. 

$85 registration includes both the preconference and full-day conference
$75 registration includes full-day conference
$40 registration includes preconference workshops 

Call for Proposals are being accepted for Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – Full Day Conference

We are accepting proposals for 45-minute concurrent sessions, 90-minute panel discussions, and poster presentations. We welcome proposals from organizations, including colleges and universities of all sizes, community colleges, public libraries, special libraries, museums, and other cultural memory institutions.

This year, we are especially interested in proposals that consider:

  • data management and sharing, open data
  • open educational resources
  • digital initiatives in instruction and undergraduate research
  • roles for deans and directors in digital and institutional repository initiatives
  • roles for disciplinary faculty in digital and institutional repository initiatives
  • diverse repository platforms and functions
  • digital humanities
  • copyright and licensing
  • collaboration: interdisciplinary initiatives and collaboration within and between campuses
  • scholarly communication
  • technical applications related to platforms or tools
  • web archiving

Full-Day Conference Sessions
Panel discussions: 90 minutes
Concurrent sessions (case studies, white papers, demonstrations, or panels): 45 minutes
Poster sessions on digital project topics will take place in the afternoon.
Please plan on 10-15 minutes for questions, with panel and concurrent sessions.

All submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance thinking about digital initiatives, institutional repositories, and scholarly communication. Acceptance is competitive. Registration fees will be waived for accepted presenters.

Submit proposals

For more information or questions contact Diane Maher at

Important Dates
Proposal Submission Deadline: January 16, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: February 6, 2017
Selected presenters must confirm presentations: February 17, 2017
Conference Registration: Deadline: April 17, 2017

Announcing Keynote Speakers for 2017
Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information
Maura Marx, Deputy Director for Library Services at the Institute of Museum and Library Services

More extensive biographies and abstracts will be available shortly on the USD website, as well as information about workshops.