Call for Proposals

The 8th Annual Kraemer Copyright Conference: Copyright and Public Domain: Opening the Vault, will take place at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus in Colorado Springs, CO, June 15-17, 2020.

The Kraemer Copyright Conference committee invites proposals on the following Conference Tracks:

  • Public Domain
  • Licensing Content (such as open licensing or contracting for content)
  • Open Track (any other copyright-related topic)

The Kraemer Copyright Conference provides opportunities for professionals at every level and across libraries to discuss the impact of copyright in the services we provide in libraries. In a small conference setting, attendees network and learn alongside the presenters in a collaborative environment.

All proposals are due by midnight (MST) February 19, 2020. Presenters will be notified of selection decisions by end of February.


Presentation Formats

The committee encourages presenters to think creatively about presentation formats:

  • Workshop
    An in-depth, facilitated introduction to an emerging topic, innovative approach, or effective practice with specific learning outcomes (60-minute session)
  • Panel
    Two or more presenters addressing a specialized topic from different perspectives or a general topic in-depth (45-minute presentation in a 60-minute session with 15 minutes for Q&A)
  • Individual
    A paper or presentation on a specific topic, approach, or practice (15-minute presentation in a 60-minute session with 45 minutes allotted for three presentations on similar topics and 15 minutes for Q&A)
  • Poster
    Visual presentation of a specific topic, approach, or practice (presentation in a 60-minute plenary poster session)

Presentation Tracks Description

The Kraemer Copyright Conference committee invites proposals on the following Conference Tracks:

  • Public Domain
    Public Domain the state of belonging or being available freely to the public, and therefore not subject to copyright.
  • Licensing Content
    Licensing is used to grant permission to access, re-use, and redistribute work with or without restrictions.
  • Open Track
    This track is open to any other copyright topic that you believe will be of interest to conference participants.

Proposals Submissions

The committee must receive all proposals through the submission form by midnight (MST) February 19, 2020.

The submission form requires the following information:

  • Primary presenter's contact information: name, title, affiliation, e-mail address
  • Presentation format
  • Presentation track
  • Presentation title
  • Brief abstract for the conference program (up to 100 words)
  • A detailed description of the presentation (including learning outcomes for workshops) that does not include any identifiable information that would reveal specific presenters or institutions to proposal reviewers (up to 500 words)

Proposal Review and Notification

A volunteer subcommittee will review proposals, evaluating each on quality and clarity of content, relevance to conference themes, and ability to engage the audience. The committee will start notifying presenters of selection decisions on or before February 29, 2020. At that time, we may ask presenters to consider an alternate format or co-present with others who have proposed similar topics based on reviewers' recommendations.

Additional Requirements

All presenters must register for the Kraemer Copyright Conference in order to present. Registration is free and presenters are responsible for travel and lodging. 

All presenters must bring their own laptop.

Conference papers, presentations, and other documentation/media will be collected by the Kraemer Copyright Conference Committee Chair via email at and preserved in the Kraemer Family Library institutional repository or other appropriate and accessible platform.

Non-Commercial Policy

The Kraemer Copyright Conference programs are non-commercial educational learning experiences. Under no circumstances should a speaker promote their product, service, or other self-interest.


If you have any questions regarding this event or the proposal submission process, please contact Federico Martínez-García at