The first day of DERAIL is TODAY!

Hello everyone! I hope you are ready for a day of DERAIL-ing! We are currently setting up breakfast. The Forum will begin at 9. If you are a virtual attendee, the link to connect to the live stream will only be available at the moment that the live stream begins. Check out our schedules for Saturday and Sunday, as well as the bios of our fantastic presenters! A quick note, many of the presenters for today have elected to present virtually as a result of weather-related travel complications of yesterday. If you need directions, access to the collaborative notes, access to the live stream link, or anything else at all, please email Follow us on Twitter @derailforum and use the hashtag #DERAIL2018 for more updates!

Haven’t Registered Yet? You’ve Got One More Week

The 3rd annual DERAIL Forum is coming before you know it: Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4. We are so excited for this experience, and we hope you are, too. If you are planning on attending, whether in person or virtually, please register through this form. Registration for attending DERAIL will cut off on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 11:59 pm. It is important that all attendees register so that we have adequate food/accommodations/technical support/etc.

Questions, comments, or concerns? Contact or @derailforum.

Deadline Extended for Proposal Submissions!

Happy holidays, everyone! We on the planning crew have decided to extend the deadline for proposals! Proposals are now due through this form by Sunday, January 7, 2018 by 11:59 pm. Remember! All you need for your proposal, aside from basic info about yourself (name, email, etc.) are a working title and a 250-word abstract.

Questions, comments, and concerns can be directed to and @derailforum.

One More Month for Proposals!

As your semester is winding down, and you are hopefully getting to share enjoyable moments with loved ones, we hope that you remember to submit a proposal for DERAIL. Remember, proposals are due on January 1, 2018 through this form. The form will request a working title and a 250-word abstract, along with information about the duration, style, and technical requirements of your presentation. A more thorough outline is not expected until after you have already been selected to present. As such, if you are not completely done with your presentation, but you have an idea that would fit with the themes of DERAIL, don’t let that stop you from presenting a proposal.

Thank you to those of you who attended the info session earlier today. If you were unable to make it, it has been recorded and will be uploaded to the Simmons College SLIS YouTube channel. If you subscribe to the channel, you will be notified when the video is available.

Any questions, comments, or concerns can be directed to or @derailforum. You can also request a sample submission form for drafting purposes via the DERAIL email.

Want to Present at DERAIL? Attend the Info Session!

Presenting at a conference can be a daunting experience, especially if you haven’t done it before. That is why DERAIL is especially interested in receiving submissions from those who haven’t presented in a conference setting before. If you are a current LIS student or a recent grad (as of May 2016), please feel free to stop by our info session on making presentations at DERAIL. You will hear about the criteria for presenting, and you will get insight from those who have presented before. The info session will take place on Friday, December 1 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in the SLIS Lounge. Here is the Facebook event. If you are unable to attend the event, it will be recorded for future viewing and uploaded to the Simmons SLIS YouTube channel. You can subscribe to the channel in order to be notified when the video is available.

If you would like to see presentation topics from previous years, click here for 2016 and here for 2017. If you would like to see general guidelines for DERAIL presentations, please click here. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact or tweet @derailforum.

Volunteer Info

Thanks to those of you who attended the Volunteer Info Session this past Friday. The video from the info session will be available shortly on the Simmons SLIS YouTube channel. You can subscribe to the channel in order to be notified with the video is uploaded.

If you would like to officially sign up to be a volunteer, please fill out this form. Volunteers are need for such tasks as reviewing submissions, setting up food, live tweeting, and stuffing swag bags. If you have any questions about volunteering for DERAIL please email or contact us on Twitter @derailforum.