Never Neutral: Resistance, Persistence, Insistence

Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists
Association of Mental Health Librarians

2018 Annual Conference - SALIS's 40th, SALIS/AMHL's 3rd
May 1-4 · Berkeley, California, USA

Call for Abstracts


2017 has been a year of many policy changes, such as the Federal Communication Commission’s elimination of net neutrality, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session’s marijuana crackdown, the reauthorization of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) which may lead to increased government surveillance, and the whittling down of the Affordable Care Act via repeal of the individual mandate. The phrase “fake news” prevails daily. At the same time, 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some form, California has introduced its own bill to protect net neutrality, and advocacy groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation are working to strengthen consumer privacy rights.

We ask presenters to consider how our work as information professionals and/or policy makers intersects with what can only be described as an assault on facts, privacy, and access to information resources.  As a profession, we have long been associated with freedom of speech, information, and confidentiality, often in radical and creative ways.  We invite you to explore how your work, as an individual or as part of a larger organization, contributes to our professional history of resistance, particularly to those who would limit access to information or services surrounding substance use/abuse and mental health.

If you wish to discuss your abstract topic, contact any of the conference hosts: 

If your presentation is accepted, you will have an opportunity to publish your paper in the SALIS eProceedings.  See earlier SALIS eProceedings issues as examples. (2017 proceedings are pending.)

Important Deadlines:

  • Abstract submission: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 
  • Presentation file required: Monday, April 23, 2018
  • Submission for eConference Proceedings: TBA 

If you have problems with the online submission form, please contact SALIS webmaster, Meg Brunner


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