Call for Proposals

The 2019 Film Librarians Conference will build on the discussions and dialogues begun in 2017, providing a continuing forum to explore contemporary debates and exchange ideas and strategies amongst librarians, curators, and archivists who maintain and administer paper-based, motion picture-related collections, as well as students enrolled in related graduate programs. The conference will explore a diverse range of topics and foster a stimulating environment for specialists from various institutions and disciplines. Our upcoming event will be held at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Hollywood, CA on May 15 to 17, 2019.


The conference committee is now welcoming papers and in particular pre-formed panel proposals on the following themes:

  • Workflows and bottlenecks
  • Taxonomies and cataloging issues
  • Preservation of material objects and digital media
  • Staffing issues, including training, education, and professional development
  • Training, education, and learning
  • Cooperative partnerships for digitization and archiving
  • Managing change in the digital age
  • Models for digital archiving and long-term preservation
  • Managing privacy rights for digital information
  • Migration of digital content
  • Storage solutions, for analog and digital objects
  • Turning archives into assets
  • Managing databases and large data sets
  • Gifts, donations, and collection development
  • Issues in acquisitions, digital and analog


Proposals of 400 words for papers, panels, or workshops must be submitted no later than January 11, 2019. Please note that conference proceedings will be photographically documented and recorded. Proposal submission assumes your permission to be documented.

Informal inquiries are welcome before the deadline. Please send questions to All proposals are due January 11, 2019.

Individual presentation :

1 presenter, 20 minutes

Multi-presentation panel:

3 presenters, 60 minutes

Moderated discussion:

3-4 speakers, plus a moderator, 75 minutes


up to 3 presenters, 75 minutes

Primary Contact

Presenter 1

Presenter 2

Presenter 3

Presenter 4


The title should reflect the content of your presentation, panel session, moderated discussion, or workshop.

Abstract (between 300 and 500 words)
Please provide an engaging description of your presentation, panel session, moderated discussion, or workshop. Be specific and emphasize the focus, value, and objectives.