Call for Proposals – IGeLU 2020 Digital Conference

Dear Colleagues

The IGeLU Steering Committee & Program Planning Committee is pleased to announce that the call for the IGeLU 2020 Digital Conference & Developers’ Day is now open. As you will have noted from the recent message from the IGeLU Chair Dave Allen, the 2020 conference events will be entirely digital.

Developers’ Day will still take place on Monday 14th September with the conference being held as planned from Tuesday 15th to Thursday 17th September. All sessions will be hosted on Zoom with multiple Zoom instances to support the usual parallel conference tracks. We still intend to offer the opening and closing keynote presentations plus the Ex Libris Senior Management Q&A, this latter session will be a live event.

Our conference theme is: “Breaking out of your shelf”. Please interpret this as you see fit but we would like to include content covering the increase of digital content, services and supporting innovations, how you have re-imagined services and processes, and how libraries can continue to move forward to serve customer needs in this most challenging of times.

We have made adjustments to the length of individual breakout sessions (now 25 minutes plus 5 minutes for Q&A) and will offer a cut-down programme in terms of hours as we appreciate all delegates will be mindful of the amount of screen time involved in a digital event.

You are invited to submit proposals via at:

Colleagues new to ProposalSpace will need to create an account in order to submit a proposal – this is straightforward and no charge is made to the proposal submitter. Additionally, we will again be operating a rolling programme of proposal reviews, so you will hear about your proposal far sooner than in previous years.

We are also investigating offering content in multiple time zones and languages and exact timings will be announced when the programme is made available via the Conference App. We also encourage all presenters to consider how best to deliver their presentations in a digital environment and this will include recording presentations in advance to ensure the sessions run smoothly. Presenters should also make themselves available online according to the programme to answer questions directly after their presentation.

General information about the 2020 conference can be found on the IGeLU website at:

Please note that this year Ex Libris will be offering a Best of Ex Libris Knowledge Days 2020 webinar series and that there will not be a specific Knowledge Day associated with the IGeLU Digital Conference. More information is at:

We are already looking forward to seeing you online later in the year and only wish that this was in less challenging circumstances than those imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have any questions about ProposalSpace or other issues, please contact us at the conference email address: More information will be circulated about Zoom, timetabling, keynotes & presentations in due course.

Look after yourselves, your family and your friends, keep safe and healthy, and we hope to see you all online in September 2020.

Tracey Clarke & Francois Renaville

On behalf of the IGeLU Steering Committee

Digital Conference 2020, Program Planning Committee