USAIN 2020: Call for Contributed Papers, Lightning Rounds, and Posters

The United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) Contributed Papers and Posters Committee is now soliciting proposals for the 17th Biennial USAIN Conference. Smart agriculture in the era of climate change is the theme for the 2020 conference to be hosted by Texas Tech University Libraries April 26-30 in Lubbock, Texas. Agriculture and climate change are inextricably linked and the impact on water, land, crops, livestock and fisheries globally can be devastating. Proposals are welcome that contribute to the broad discussion on the use of modern technology in agriculture to address needs influenced by changing climatic conditions.

Papers should be on a topic of interest to a large proportion of conference attendees or a USAIN interest group, are presented orally, and should be no more than 15 minutes long. Lightning Rounds will be 8 minutes  each and should be focused on topics related to technological developments in librarianship. Posters suitable for sharing preliminary research or short project reports, are also welcome. An individual may be lead author and presenter on a maximum of two submissions, one paper and one poster .

In addition to the main sessions, three USAIN Interest Groups are soliciting contributions for their programs . Contributors are not required to be Interest Group members.  

The AgNIC Interest Group is hosting a paper session on Collaboration in Agricultural Librarianship. The group seeks paper proposals related to any collaborative efforts, such as crowdsourcing, collection development, etc. Papers should be no more than 15 minutes in length, allowing for an additional 5 minute question period.

The Agricultural Research Services Interest Group is hosting contributed presentations on Research in Agricultural Librarianship. How are you making the work of your researchers, extension staff, faculty and students easier and better? Presentations should be no more than 15 minutes in length, allowing for an additional 5 minute question period

Technology Interest Group Lighting talk session Topics relevant to technological developments in librarianship are welcome.  Examples include assessment of useful mobile apps relating to food, agriculture and nutrition, faculty and students’ use of mobile apps or social media in their academic pursuits; assessment tools and measures that have been used in repositories or open access collections; data management tools in use, their assessments or effectiveness, new tools used for library instruction or for outreach to patrons, user preferences for e-book collections, evaluation of the impact of e-book collection, technology useful to help faculty increase their impact, new online tools, open source, new roles for librarians,  etc.

When you submit your proposal you will have the option to indicate if it is for the main USAIN 2020 papers, poster session, or one of the USAIN Interest Group sessions.

To submit a proposal, prepare an abstract in English (maximum 300 words) online at ( If you are a new user of the EasyChair software, you will need to sign up for a free account. Blind reviews of the proposals will be conducted, so please exclude all identifying information (names, addresses, institutions) from the title and body of your abstract. The proposal deadline has been extended until December 15, 2019. Notification of proposal acceptance will occur by January 31, 2020 .

The following criteria will be used for reviewing proposals:

  •          Reports on original research or project;
  •        Demonstrates a new application of existing technology, method, or thought;
  •         Contributes to the knowledge of the field;
  •         Is of broad interest to the USAIN audience;
  •         Is of suitable length, scope, and content for a paper presentation, lightning talk or poster;
  •        Adds to the quality and diversity of the conference program.

For more information about proposal submissions, please contact committee chair Scott Marsalis ( Here is a FAQ with more information about submissions.

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