The Catholic University of America

11th Annual Symposium

Friday, February 8, 2019
9:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Great Room, Pryzbyla Student Center
The Catholic University of America


About the Symposium

Bridging the Spectrum: A Symposium on Scholarship and Practice in Library and Information Science offers a knowledge-sharing forum and meeting place for practitioners, students, and faculty in Library and Information Sciences and Services. Presentations are selected to showcase innovative practices, projects, and research activities in a variety of library, archives, or information services settings. The Symposium encompasses many aspects of the work of information professionals and diverse viewpoints on issues important to society and the information professions. The goal of the Symposium is to foster connections across the spectrum of the information professions.

Call for Participation

The Symposium Planning Committee invites proposals for the 2019 Bridging the Spectrum Symposium. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Information services in the “fake news” era
  • New developments in information organization (linked data, semantic web, blockchain, etc.)
  • Preservation and management of digital and digitized resources
  • Management and analysis of data and information
  • Library networks and international collaboration
  • Technology trends and impact on information services
  • Marketing and advocacy for library and information services (social media, community engagement, etc.)
  • Management of information services in cultural institutions

Presentation Formats

Proposed contributions may take the form of one of these formats:

  • Briefing: A presentation on an innovative practice, initiative, or research activity. Each briefing may take 15-20 minutes. There will morning and afternoon briefing sessions.
  • Panel: A panel of speakers discussing a theme or a topic, typically one hour in length.
  • Poster: A poster presentation on a practice, project, research activity or work in progress. Posters will be viewable throughout the day, and there will be a dedicated poster session as well as a “lightning round” of poster descriptions.

Important Dates

  • Proposal Submissions Open: July 18, 2018
  • Proposals Due: September 18, 2018
  • Notification of Acceptances: November 5, 2018
  • Final Program released, registration opens: December 11, 2018
  • Symposium: February 2, 2019


Keynote Address

Mark Sweeney

This year's keynote address will be delivered by Mr. Mark Sweeney.

J. Mark Sweeney was appointed Principal Deputy Librarian of Congress on May 14, 2018. In this capacity, he provides executive leadership in support of the Librarian’s priorities and exercises Library-wide program and management authority to ensure that the Library’s services to the Congress and the American people are provided effectively. At the time of his appointment, Sweeney had been serving as Acting Deputy Librarian of Congress since October 1, 2017.

Before being named Principal Deputy Librarian, Sweeney served as Associate Librarian for Library Services since August 2014—first on an Acting basis then as permanent appointee beginning in February 2015. Previously, Sweeney served as the Library’s Director of Preservation beginning in April 2012. Prior to that, he served for nearly five years as the Chief of the Serial and Government Publications Division, followed by seven months as Chief of the Library’s Humanities and Social Services Division.

During his 30 years with the Library of Congress, Sweeney has also served as Program Manager for the Library’s highly successful National Digital Newspaper Program, as Chief of the Preservation Reformatting Division, as Head of the Newspaper Section, as a Reference Specialist and as a Supervisory Library Technician.

He has presented at numerous professional meetings and served on national and international boards and committees.

Sweeney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from McGill University and a master’s in library and information science from The Catholic University of America.

Program Agenda

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Registration and Coffee
Pryzbyla Center, Third Floor

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Opening Keynote Address

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Morning Breakout Sessions

12:15 – 1:45 p.m.
Lunch, Poster Lightning Round, and Poster Viewing

1:45 – 3:00 p.m.
Afternoon Breakout Sessions

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Closing Session
Great Room B 


We encourage attendees to use Metro if possible. The Pryzbyla Center is a short walk from the Brookland Metro stop. 

Accommodations and Special Needs

Please include any disability accommodations or special dietary needs when you register, or contact the Symposium Committee at or 202-319-5085. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations. 

Symposium Committee

Dr. Ingrid Hsieh-Yee, Dr. Sue Yeon Syn and Dr. Jane Zhang
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