Call for Proposals: Canadian Library Assessment Workshop 2023

March 9, 2023. – The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), Western Libraries, and the program planning committee invite proposals for the 2023 Canadian Library Assessment Workshop (CLAW) to be held in-person in London, Ontario from October 23-25, 2023.

The theme of this year’s event is assessment in a time of change, and it will focus on how assessment practices have evolved through a period of rapid, continuous change marked by numerous social disruptions, including the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The program will consist of a series of case studies and practical workshops providing attendees with effective methods, tools, and techniques to bring into their everyday assessment practice. 

You do not need to be an assessment professional to submit a proposal. We also welcome submissions from new practitioners and from non-CARL colleagues. Although presentations will be delivered in English, slides and supporting materials will be translated into French and made available in advance.

At this time, we invite the submission of proposals for (a) workshop sessions, (b) quick sessions, and (c) poster sessions (see details below). For all types of proposals please provide the names, institutions, and email addresses of all presenters.

Workshop Sessions

  • 60 minutes in length
  • Workshops should provide an in-depth exploration of a given topic and provide practical hands-on learning opportunities
  • Proposals should be 500-750 words in length and will include the following information:
    • An overview of the topic covered
    • A short description of the proposed content, including expertise level (introductory, intermediate, advanced)
    • The learning objectives for participants
    • A description of the learning activity
    • A brief explanation of the facilitator’s level of teaching experience
  • Workshop facilitators should expect to further develop their workshop with guidance from the program committee before CLAW 2023.

Quick Sessions

  • 20 minutes in length
  • Quick Sessions should share an experience, a case study, or an evaluation of a project (we welcome your successes and failures).
  • Proposals should be approximately 250-500 words and will include the following information:
    • A description of the topic covered
    • The learning objectives for participants
  • Quick Session presenters should expect to receive feedback and guidance from the program committee before CLAW 2023

Digital Poster / Lightning Talk Sessions

  • A 5 minute lightning talk accompanies the poster followed by the presenter’s availability during viewing and a Q&A session
  • Posters should share the results or design of an assessment you conducted
  • Proposals should be approximately 250 words and will include the following information:
    • A brief summary of poster content
  • Posters must be in a digital format (technical specification will be provided)

The submission deadline is May 12, 2023. Proposals should be sent to the attention of:

Julie Morin, Senior Program Officer at CARL