2015 ASERL SCUNC PROPOSALS

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The ASERL Scholarly Communications Unconference (SCUNC) builds upon the THAT Camp tradition of unconferences by welcoming and accepting session proposals from all attendees. Proposals will be viewable by all attendees upon submission, with the opportunity for others to share their questions and ideas on the topic in advance of the actual event. This tradition has proven to lead to exciting and productive conversations and facilitate new ideas and collaborations.

Proposals should address one of the many issues arising in the realm of scholarly communications, including:

  • open access,
  • altmetrics,
  • library publishing,
  • fair use of copyrighted works,
  • institutional repositories,
  • alternative peer review

Sessions need not be designed as a presentation before an audience, although these types of sessions are certainly welcome. The purpose of the unconference is to stimulate conversations among peers, to explore new ideas, and to tackle hard issues in an open and collaborative environment. Examples of the type of session an attendee could propose:

  • Instruction of how to use a tool or technology relevant to scholarly communication (e.g. how to use ImpactStory or other altmetrics site),
  • Demonstration or display of a project or interface devised at the speaker’s institution (e.g. demonstration of a local system used to track faculty scholarship),
  • Open session during which attendees are invited to discuss a specific question or topic in a small group setting (e.g. how can students be engaged in open access advocacy).

All registered attendees will receive an invitation to join the ASERL SCUNC Wiggio site (http://2015aserlscunc.wiggio.com). Users will need to create a login and password to enter the site. Once logged in, users can submit proposals as well as view and comment on other proposals that have been submitted. Attendees are encouraged to visit the Wiggio site frequently to review submitted proposals and submit their comments to presenters. This level of interactivity will lead to a more engaging and collaborative event.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL
Sessions will be one hour in length with no more than 4 concurrent sessions at one time from which attendees can choose.  On the morning of the event, the schedule of sessions will be set and attendees will be free to attend the sessions of their choosing. 

All registered attendees will receive an invitation to join the ASERL SCUNC Wiggio site (http://2015aserlscunc.wiggio.com). Users will need to create a login and password to enter the site. Once logged in, users can submit proposals as well as view and comment on other proposals that have been submitted. Please include in your session proposal what, if any technology, you will need access to during your session.

To submit a new proposal:

  1. Log into http://2015aserlscunc.wiggio.com
  2. On the left hand side, under “Groups,” click on the link to the 2015 ASERL SCUNC page (this step is necessary in the event you are a member of multiple Wiggio sites)
  3. In the center of the page, click on “Message” to compose a new post to the feed. Your message should include in the subject field the title of your proposal and in the body of the message describe your topic, format, issues or questions to be addressed, and any technology you will need access to (e.g. computer, projector, whiteboard) during your session.
  4. Please revisit your posting frequently to read any comments or questions posted by other attendees.
  5. You may upload any files relevant to your session (e.g. handouts) and share relevant links via Wiggio site by clicking on “Files” or “Links” at the top of the Wiggio page feed.