CFP: 2022 DSS Virtual Professional Development Series

The ACRL Digital Scholarship Section’s (DSS) Professional Development Committee (PDC), in collaboration with the DSS Outreach Committee and the DSS Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, seeks proposals for its 2022 DSS virtual professional development series.

From the email call:

The Committee accepts proposals on a rolling basis, with the following review dates this spring:

Monday, March 21, 2022 [passed]
Monday, April 18, 2022
Monday, May 16, 2022

Accepted proposals are expected to present 12-16 weeks after acceptance.

This series aims to convene professionals from a variety of institution types and at different stages of their career to discuss digital scholarship practices, principles, and approaches across the profession. We are looking for both individuals and teams who can speak to novel and innovative models of practice across a variety of institution types. We encourage proposals from all backgrounds and levels of experience, whether you are part of a team within a center or an individual working with digital or data-centric materials.

Based on the results of a recent survey of the DSS community, the committee is particularly interested in proposals that explore one or more of the following elements of digital scholarship but the committee welcomes all proposals that engage the broader spectrum of digital research and practice.

  1. Digital project management (e.g., materials management, preservation, project assessment)
  2. Collections as data
  3. Intersections of social justice and digital scholarship / humanities
  4. Ethics (security, privacy, bias, etc.) in digital scholarship / humanities.

Proposals for either collaborative panel presentations or lightning talks should explore a case study or model of digital scholarship work and address collaboration (internal and/or external), challenges, opportunities, and failures, issues of sustainability, and any best practices you may have developed.

Interested panelists should consider how their digital scholarship practices align with the Digital Scholarship Section’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Panelists should be prepared to engage in anti-oppressive behavior during the session, as articulated in the DSS Community Agreement.


Panels: (60 minutes): Panel sessions should address a single topic from multiple perspectives, with a strong preference for participants from multiple institutions. Collaborative proposals may include 2-4 presenters.

Lightning talks: (10-12 minutes): Presentations from individuals or small teams that explore a use case or aspect of local programming or a novel approach to a common challenge in digital scholarship.

Time will be allocated at the end of the session for Q & A.


All proposals will be reviewed by the program committee on an ongoing, monthly basis. Complete proposals must include a title, full abstract (fewer than 300 words), and information for each speaker, including name, title, institution, brief bio, and email address.

Submit your proposal.

Questions can be directed to the DSS PDC chair, Taylor Davis-Van Atta, tgdavisv[at]

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