Practitioners Track Call for Proposal

The ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) is a major international forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues. JCDL 2020 is hosted by the School of Information Management at Wuhan University on June 19 - 23, 2020 in Wuhan, China. JCDL 2020 invites submissions to a newly created Practitioners Track, in addition to other submission types, e.g., papers (full and short), posters & demonstrations, doctoral consortium, tutorials, workshops, and panels.

Practitioners Track Proposals

The practitioners track emphasizes innovation, insight, and vision in the practice of digital libraries. It provides opportunities for libraries, archives, museums, publishers, and digital content industry partners to showcase their latest novel, speculative, and even provocative ideas, practices, case studies, technologies, productions, strategies, datasets, and/or designs related to digital library practices and services. Topics include but are not limited to

  • digital repositories
  • digital collections development and management
  • metadata and discovery services
  • open access and scholarly communication
  • open educational resources
  • teaching and learning support
  • digital publishing
  • big data and library cyberinfrastructure
  • research data management, digital curation, and stewardship
  • digital humanities
  • digital preservation
  • information service
  • information/data literacy
  • digital heritage/culture

Authors must label their submissions with at least one of the following four streams. Submissions will be evaluated using criteria set forth in the respective stream. There is no expectation that a submission must cover all four streams.

1. “I have a dream”. Submissions to this stream should focus on the vision, speculation, or prophetic prediction of trends on a) the future environment and/or ecosystem for libraries, museums, archives and related industry and b) how do we adapt and flourish. Proposals will be mainly evaluated on vision, novelty, and potential impact. We particularly encourage high-risk high-reward ideas, as long as the risks are clearly articulated and assessed.

2. “Told you so”. Submissions to this stream provide theoretical, experimental, computational, synthetic, or empirical proof or myth rebuttal related to popular and current digital library trends and practices. Proposals are expected to be well-referenced and balanced, and also offer nuance and clearly laid-out limitations. The evaluation will be focused on the merits of the arguments, as well as their potential impacts on the practices.

3. “We can do it”. Submission to this steam showcase exemplary projects, products, or services that have already been launched. Proposals may be further broken down into substreams such as a) “We did it first”, where novelty and differentiation factors are highlighted; b) “We do it best”, which focuses on the overall value gained by the patrons, communities, and the society; or c) “We can do better”, which highlights critical improvements. Proposals in this stream will be evaluated on the verifiable benefits these projects bring.

4. “Together we’ll go far”. Submissions to this stream emphasize broad collaborations, e.g., those beyond boundaries of departments, libraries, institutions, academic disciplines, communities, regions, or even countries. Authors should clearly articulate what, how, and why the collaboration works and what values the collaboration brings to each partner.

Proposals should consist of a title, extended abstract, and contact information for the authors, and should not exceed 2 pages. As indicated in the JCDL 2020 Call for Submissions, Practitioners Track submissions should use the ACM Proceedings template ( and are to be submitted in electronic format via the conference’s EasyChair submission page.

Accepted proposals will be presented at the conference in visual formats including but are not limited to posters, videos, or system and production demonstrations. At least one author of each accepted showcase is expected to give a one-minute presentation.

All questions concerning showcases should be discussed with the showcase co-chairs prior to the submission deadline of March 1, 2020. Notification of acceptance for showcases is March 22, 2020. This year’s practitioners track co-chairs are:
Zhiwu Xie, Virginia Tech Libraries, USA
Long Xiao, Peking University Library, China, China
Wei Liu, Shanghai Library, China