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Friday, February 14, 2020
Great Room, Pryzbyla Student Center
The Catholic University of America


About the Symposium

Bridging the Spectrum: A Symposium on Scholarship and Practice in Library and Information Science offers a knowledge-sharing forum and meeting place for practitioners, students, and faculty in Library and Information Sciences and Services. Presentations are selected to showcase innovative practices, projects, and research activities in a variety of library, archives, or information services activities. Because students, faculty, and practitioners all share their work, the Symposium encompasses many different aspects and points of view on library and information professional work. The program's goal is to foster unexpected connections across the spectrum of the information professions. 

Call for Participation

Practitioners, researchers, faculty and students of the library and information Science Field are invited to submit proposals for the 2020 symposium.

The Symposium will include two types of sessions: briefings, and posters. Briefings will be 15-minute descriptions of an innovative practice, project, or research activity. There will be morning and afternoon briefing sessions.

Posters will be exhibits describing a practice, project, or research activity. Posters will be viewable throughout the day, and there will be a lightning talk during which presenters will highlight their projects. In addition, poster presenters will attend a poster session to discuss their work with attendees.

The submission system opens August 23 at, and the deadline for submission is October 23, 2019.

Proposal topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Community engagement and outreach, including marketing and advocacy for library and information services
  • Information services in the “fake news” era
  • New developments in information organization (linked data, semantic web, etc.)
  • Preservation and management of born-digital and digitized resources 
  • Management and analysis of data and information
  • Library networks and international collaboration
  • Technology trends and impact on information services
  • Management of information services in cultural institutions

Questions may be directed to the committee at  

Keynote Address

Janet Crowther

This year's keynote address will be delivered by Janet Crowther, Retired Assistant Director of Williamsburg Regional Library, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Title:Library Partnerships: Trends, Challenges, and Models to Watch

Abstract: Libraries build collaborative relationships to help fulfill their mission. As our communities change, often facing increasingly complex social problems and demands for new infrastructure, the role of the library may also change, service priorities may shift, and the library may need to quickly adapt to how it serves users in new or unexpected ways. Libraries and librarians need to understand why collaborations with a variety of nonprofit, governmental, and private sector community partners are increasingly crucial. With a clear understanding of both the rewards and the pitfalls of developing long-term relationships to meet these community expectations, librarians will be able to make the most of these valuable collaborations. 

Janet Crowther, a graduate of Catholic University of America School of Library and Information Science, started her career as a law librarian for a federal court and a major law firm before working with rural libraries as an public librarian consultant for the Idaho State Archives and Library. Janet recently retired as assistant director of Williamsburg Regional Library after 31 years of service including serving as community partnership development librarian. She is the co-author of the book, Partnering with Purpose: A Guide to Strategic Partnership Development for Libraries and Other Organizations (Libraries Unlimited, 2004).

Important Dates

Proposal Submissions Open:  August 23, 2019
Proposals Due: October 23, 2019
Notification of Acceptances: November 15, 2019
Final Program Abstracts Due: December 5, 2019
Presentations Due: January 10, 2020

Program Agenda (preliminary)

Registration and Breakfast
Pryzbyla Center, Third Floor

Welcome and Introduction

Keynote Address
Speaker: Janet Crowther, Retired Assistant Director of Williamsburg Regional Library, Williamsburg, Virginia
Presentation Title: Library Partnerships: Trends, Challenges, and Models to Watch

Morning Breakout Sessions

Lunch, Poster Lightning Round, and Poster Viewing

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Closing Session


We encourage attendees to use Metro if possible. The Pryzbyla Center is a short walk from the Brookland Metro stop. If you are driving, you may park in the O’Boyle lot at the north end of campus. However, spaces are limited and regular restrictions will be enforced in other university parking lots. 

Accommodations and Special Needs

Please include any disability accommodations or special dietary needs, when you register, or contact the Symposium Committee at or 202-319-5085. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

Symposium Committee

Dr. Ingrid Hsieh-Yee, Dr. Sue Yeon Syn and Dr. Jane Zhang
Committee shared email address: