Call For Proposals


All Things Open Week is a series of events dedicated to promoting inclusive and intentional open access practices regardless of discipline or audience. This event combines issues typically discussed during Open Education Week, Fair Use Week, and more. Members of the KSU Library System’s All Things Open (ATO) Committee will facilitate events on related topics during the month of April 2024. The theme of this year’s conference is “Growing Beyond Your Borders.”

We invite all interested parties to submit a proposal for inclusion at the 2024 All Thing Open Week, hosted by the Kennesaw State University (KSU) Libraries and Texas Tech University (TTU) Libraries. If you are passionate about open pedagogy, invested in open data, or using open science methodologies, consider sharing your perspectives during All Things Open Week. Collaborate with colleagues to share how you’ve opened a once-closed door using an open access framework. This Call for Proposals contains the necessary details for submission.

The ATO Committee is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their selection process. Presentations about specific communities should include members of that community in their speaker list.


The ATO Committee at KSU is accepting proposals related to the following tracks:

  • Open Access
    • As outlined by the Open Knowledge Foundation, open access involves the "openness" of all knowledge to develop a robust commons for universal participation. Have you recently worked on a project which included open access materials or resources? Maybe you’ve published a manuscript open access and would like to share your thoughts and opinions on the process. If you’re an open access advocate, this may be the track for you.
  • Open Data
    • Open data is data that anyone can access, use, and share. Open data must be licensed, and the license must permit people to use the data in any way they wish, including transforming, combining, and sharing it with others, even commercially. Have you created a dataset using an applicable license? We want to hear about it!
  • Open Education and Pedagogy
    • Open pedagogy, also known as open educational practices (OEP), is the use of open educational resources (OER) to support learning, or the open sharing of teaching practices with a goal of improving education and training at the institutional, professional, and individual level. Open Education includes both open pedagogy and the use of OERs. In this track, we hope to learn from open education novices and experts alike.
  • Open Science
    • Open Science refers to the practice of science in such a way that others can collaborate and contribute, where research data, lab notes, and other research processes are freely available, under terms that enable reuse, redistribution and reproduction of the research and its underlying data and methods. In this way, research is shared at the very beginning (and idea) rather than the end (publication). Has your institution adopted an open science policy, or have you been approved for a grant which stipulates your methods must be shared openly? Tell us about it!
  • Open Source
    • Originally, open source only applied to the creation of computer programs. Today, "open source" encompasses projects, products, or initiatives which embrace and celebrate principles of open exchange, collaborative participation, rapid prototyping, transparency, meritocracy, and community-oriented development. Perhaps you have experience with GitHub, or you’ve developed code for a game. Your project may be of interest to a wider audience!
  • Open Legalities
    • This track encompasses experiences with fair use, copyright, and open licensing. Have you been able to use or create “open” works despite copyright stipulations? Or, for example, have you utilized fair use best practices in open educational resources? If you’ve found a creative way to open a door to open access, please share it with us!

If your idea doesn’t fit into any of these categories, please submit and choose the one you feel is the closest match.

Session Types

All Things Open Week 2023 at KSU offers three session types from which presenters may choose. Please be prepared to commit to your preference at the time of proposal submission.

  • Lightning Talks
    • The duration of a Lightning Talk is 15 minutes, with an additional 5 minutes reserved for questions at the conclusion of the talk. This means the total time allotted to Lightning Talks is 20 minutes. This session type is ideal for quick reviews or demonstrations of tools.
  • Presentations
    • The duration of a Presentation is 40 minutes, with an additional 5-10 minutes reserved for questions at the conclusion of the presentation. This means the total time allotted to Presentations is 45-50 minutes. The Committee encourages presenters to consider fun, interactive presentations that highlight their expertise. We encourage cross-institutional collaboration for presentations.
  • Question & Answer Panel Discussions
    • The duration of a Q&A Panel Discussion is 45 minutes. Presenters should submit a proposal that includes all members of their group. Accepted panelists must provide the Committee with questions they would like to be asked.


  • All Things Open Week 2024 submission portal opens February 1
  • All Things Open Week 2024 submission portal closes March 1
  • Formal reviews and decisions made during March 4-8
  • Notification of decisions sent by March 15
  • All Things Open Week 2023 Events will occur during April 15-18, 2024.
    • Final scheduling will be determined by presenter availability.
    • Conference hours will take place between 1:00PM ET-4:00PM ET (last presentation at 3:00PM ET).

Proposal Requirements

Proposals must be submitted via the All Things Open Week 2024 website no later than 11:59pm ET March 1, 2024, and MUST include:

  • Title of the session. This will be featured on the site.
  • Author(s) or panel members. This will be featured on the site.
  • Abstract (100-300 words). This will be featured on the site as the description of your session.
  • Author Bio(s) (50-75 words per author). This will be featured on the site and read before your presentation if accepted.
  • Desired Track
  • Desired Session Type
  • Desired Date/Time Slot. Events must occur between 1pm-4pm during the event week.
  • Head Shots (high resolution). This will be featured on a hold slide.
  • (Optional) DEI Statement (could include description of presentation's diversity, inclusivity, and equity methodologies, and an account of how the presentation serves its target audience.)
  • (Optional) List of learning objectives.

Please complete and submit this Submission Form with your online submission. Presenters must acknowledge the following during the submission process:

  • Presentations will be hosted on Zoom, and the presenter(s) are required to speak with video and cameras on unless the presenter(s) requests accommodation.
  • Presentations will be recorded and will live on the ATO website in perpetuity.
  • Presentations must be licensed under a Creative Commons license. CC-BY licenses are highly encouraged.
  • Captioning will be provided by the ATO Committee and added to the recordings after the event series concludes.

Charges and Fees

The event series is virtual and free to attend. No payments will be made to any presenter, and no attendee will be required to purchase tickets.

Submit Your Proposal for All Things Open Week 2024!

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