B10. But I’m a Librarian! Planning an Academic Conference on Your Campus
Academic librarians are expert organizers of events from workshops to book talks, but what about academic conferences? Library-organized conferences can create opportunities for students, strengthen valuable campus connections, create good publicity, and establish the library as a location of exciting interdisciplinary scholarship. In May 2014, two Rutgers University-Camden librarians organized Buffy to Batgirl, an academic conference on women in science fiction and fantasy. Held over two days on the Rutgers-Camden campus, the conference attracted over 150 people from the Philadelphia and South Jersey area, the rest of the United States, and three other countries. In this program, the Buffy to Batgirl organizers will describe the conference-planning process from start to finish, including basic logistics, the distribution of a call for papers, and the receipt and consideration of over 80 proposals. Attendees will receive practical advice from librarians who have engaged and energized their campus with a unique academic conference.