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Friday, February 19, 2021

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. 

Richard Reyes-GavilanKeynote Address

The 2021 keynote address will be delivered by Richard Reyes-Gavilan, the Executive Director of the DC Public Library.

Title: What's In a Name? Rebuilding a Library Named after Martin Luther King Jr.

Description: Among the dominant topics in the news over the past few years is the intense focus on the significance of memorials and their namesakes. Beginning in 2014, DC Public Library was charged with fully modernizing Washington D.C.'s first memorial to Martin Luther King Jr., the new central library dedicated shortly after his assassination. This talk will explore how the Library's approach to design was rooted in Dr. King's vision of opportunity for all. Also, given the renewed spirit of activism and protest that has proliferated in the city and around the country following a summer of deep racial unrest, what role should a reimagined MLK Library play in amplifying Dr. King's message?

Richard Reyes-Gavilan was appointed the Executive Director of the DC Public Library inn March 2014, having previously worked for almost twenty years at both the New York and Brooklyn public libraries.

He was lured to Washington D.C. primarily to oversee the $211 million modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the city's only building designed by legendary architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The library is expected to open in 2020 and will serve as an inspirational destination for innovation, civic empowerment, and delight. Reyes-Gavilan is also aggressively building and renovating neighborhood libraries all over the District of Columbia. Two new libraries in the West End and Cleveland Park neighborhoods were awarded the American Institute of Architect’s D.C. Chapter Design and Urban Catalyst awards, respectively. Mr. Reyes-Gavilan holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York at Albany, where he was recently recognized with the 2019 Excellence in Public Service award, and a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Call for Proposals

The Symposium Planning Committee invites researchers, practitioners and students to submit proposals for the 2021 Bridging the Spectrum Symposium, a forum for sharing research findings, best practices, and works in progress in library and information science.

 The Symposium will include three types of presentations: briefings, panels, and posters.

  • Briefings are 15-minute presentations of an innovative practice, project, or research activity.
  • Authors can organize panels of speakers to present and discuss an emerging theme or topic.
  • Posters are exhibits describing a practice, project, or research activity.

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 against misinformation and propaganda
  • 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

 Important Dates

  • Proposals due: September 30  October 9, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: Mid-November
  • Final program abstracts due: December 4, 2020
  • Symposium: February 19, 2021  

The submissions can be made through 


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. Sue Yeon Syn, Dr. Young Choi and Dr. Sung Un Kim
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