ALN Conference 2024

Academic Libraries North Conference 2024: Call for Papers

Generative AI and Emerging Technologies


Online on 12th June (via Teams) and in-person on 5th July 2024 (St. George’s Centre, Leeds) 

Call for Papers

We invite you to submit a proposal for the 2024 ALN Conference.

We encourage submissions from those who are looking to present for the first time and we particularly welcome submissions from people belonging to under-represented and marginalised communities and sectors, including but not limited to: Global majority and UK ethnic minority, LGBTQIA+, those with disabilities and those who are neurodivergent.


With the increasing ubiquity of emerging technologies such as machine learning, natural language processing or generative AI into the tools we use everyday, it is time to consider how this will affect our day-to-day work. As these tools become embedded into search, collection development, research, writing and more we need to think about how we should be educating ourselves and our users about them. How do these emerging technologies impact ethics, information literacy instruction, or research to name but a few? How should libraries adapt to these challenges? What initiatives and discussions could (need) to be put in place to forecast shifts in ways of working and prepare staff for novel ways of working that embed these emerging technologies? 

This event recognises the breadth of activities and tools that are covered by the umbrella term of emerging technologies as well as the early stage at which some of our work and initiatives might be.  We welcome submissions which acknowledge and recognise achievements and challenges and invite people to share stories of their forays into emerging technologies whether at the start, middle or end of their exploration.

For the full call for papers including details of possible themes, and types of contribution click here

Abstracts are up to 350 words and need to be submitted by 15th March 2024 via this form.

Please note: Ticket prices for presenters will be £30 (online), £75 (in-person) for ALN members and £45 (online), £110 (in-person) for non-ALN members.

Submission help: If you're new to conference submissions, or just want to be sure of what our requirements are, we've put together a short Sway that includes a presentation with some top tips for submitting to our conference, as well as the experience of a contributor to #ALN23. If you have any queries about this or any aspect of submitting your proposal, please contact the ALN Conference Committee -

Keynote speakers will be Sue Attewell, Head of AI and co-design at Jisc for our online day and Ciaran Talbot, Associate Director for the Directorate of AI and Ideas Adoption at the University of Manchester for our in-person day.

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