Call for Papers

Beaded Mukluks

Submit a Poster
For those who have something to share, and not the time to write and present a paper, we encourage you to submit a poster abstract.  See “consider these questions” below for more information.

The deadline is May 1, 2016, and we will notify you by May 15, 2016 with details. Contact Katherine Arndt or Leslie McCartney for more information.

Thank You

Thanks to all those who submitted a paper abstract for the conference. We will send emails with details to each of you in the coming weeks. Contact Katherine Arndt or Leslie McCartney for more information.


We have extended the deadline for papers, posters and presentations to March 10, 2016.

First call for submission of proposals for papers and panel sessions for the 26th Polar Libraries Colloquy (PLC26) to be held July 10-15, 2016, in Fairbanks Alaska, United States.

Abstracts will be due to the Papers Committee on March 10, 2016.
Papers will be due to the Papers Committee on September 15, 2016.

The theme is Mapping Change, and fittingly, since the University of Alaska Fairbanks is situated on Athabascan traditional lands. “Chitduug Gha Nen’ Ch’etnetl’edz” means “marking the land for/about differences/change” in Tanacross Athabascan.

The colloquy will feature a number of interesting keynote speakers, presentations and panels, and field trips.

PLC26 welcomes papers on all topics that apply to polar libraries or information.

In particular we ask colloquy participants to consider these questions:

  • What does mapping mean in historical and contemporary terms?
  • How have the cultural changes in the polar regions affected its peoples’ experience in their physical place? In their social and economic places?
  • How has the meaning of the word “change” impacted indigenous and introduced peoples throughout human history?
  • How does the idea of “climate change” affect our experience of the polar regions in the global environment?
  • How has the librarianship/curation of polar materials changed over the course of your career?

Submissions are invited for papers, panel discussions, and posters.

Paper presentations should address recently conducted research or projects, or content that advances the field of polar libraries or information. They are typically 20 minutes in length, followed by a 10-minute period for questions.

Panel discussions should focus on current topics; they are ordinarily an hour in length with three to five participants.

Poster presentations should address products or projects such as databases, web sites, or other information tools.

Your paper or panel discussion proposal should include:

  • Your name and email address
  • Co-authors or presenters (if applicable). Panel proposals should list a chair but do not need a complete list of panelists at this stage
  • Title
  • Abstract of no more than 500 words

Please note: Conference registration is required in order to present a paper. The PLC Steering Committee may be able to assist with some costs via the Hubert Wenger Award.

Timeline for paper or panel discussion proposals:

  • January 15, 2016 – Submissions deadline
  • February15, 2016 –  Acceptance notification
  • June 15, 2016 – PowerPoint and other visual presentations to be sent to conveners for loading on conference computers. Please ensure that these are Windows compatible.

Please submit all proposals to with PLC26 Papers in the subject line.

Proceedings of the conference will be published online. Paper authors will be expected to submit a final version of their papers for publication within six weeks of the conclusion of the conference.

Are any specific topics that you would like to see included in the program? We would like to invite non-members to this conference and to make new connections with non-polar libraries. We welcome your suggestions, contacts and tips.

We look forward to your participation.

Co-chairs of the Papers Committee:
Katherine Arndt, Curator, Rare Books and Rare Maps
Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives
Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks
P.O. Box 756800
Fairbanks, AK 99775, USA
+1 (907) 474-6671

Leslie McCarthy, Curator of Oral History
Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives
Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks
P.O. Box 756800
Fairbanks, AK 99775, USA
+1 (907) 474-7737