Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CFP: ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group (ALA Annual - San Francisco 2015)

The ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group is seeking proposals for presentations at its 2015 ALA Annual meeting in San Francisco, CA. The meeting will be held on Sunday, June 28, 2015, from 10:30 am–11:30 am. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

•       Research on RDA and its impact on end users
•       Research on cataloging of non-book materials in an RDA environment 
•       Research on evidence-based decision making for cataloging and classification
•       Research on cataloging using multiple schema, formats, and standards 
•       Research, surveys or studies on catalog discovery layers
•       Research on alternatives to the MARC format

Full presentations should be about 15 minutes long. Audience questions and discussion will be encouraged after the presentations. Brief 5 to 10 minute summaries of less extensive projects or research in progress will also be considered. Email proposals by Friday, April 24 to Rachel Jaffe (

Please include:

•       Presentation title
•       A brief (300 words or less) summary of the focus of the proposed presentation
•       Stage of project completion by June 2015
•       Amount of time needed to make the presentation
•       Names and positions of presenter(s)
•       Email address(es) of presenter(s)

We look forward to hearing from you!

CCRIG Chair 2014/15
Rachel Jaffe
Metadata Librarian
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA

CCRIG Chair 2014/15
Enerel Dambiinyam
Assistant Professor and Cataloging Librarian
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN

CCRIG Vice-Chair 2014/15
Wendy West
Head of Catalog Management Services
University at Albany, SUNY
Albany, NY

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

CFP: ACRL Leadership Discussion Group (ALA Annual - San Francisco 2015)

I spent some time trying to identify folks who had used personality assessments
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in their management, and found no one. (lots of trainers, no one actually implementing)

So, I'd like to invite you all to volunteer to lead a 5-15 minute discussion of a topic of your choosing. 

WHAT: 5-10 minute Presentations at the ACRL Leadership Discussion Group
WHEN: 2015 ALA Conference in San Francisco on Saturday, June 27th, from 3-4 pm.

Please submit the following information to Rudy Leon ( by April 23

Topic of presentation:

Time preference:

Name, position or title, and email address of the presenter.

Proposal description (200 words or less)

Rudy Leon
Outreach & Instruction Librarian
Liaison to: Gender, Race & Identity | Communication Studies | Political Science
University of Nevada, Reno
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
Chair, ACRL, Leadership Discussion Group

Monday, April 13, 2015

Call for contributions to column in the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship

The latest "E-Resource Round Up" column for volume 27, issue 3 of the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL) is currently in preparation and the column editors are looking for contributions. If you've attended a conference or program recently or plan to attend upcoming professional meetings related to electronic resources in libraries, please consider submitting a report for the column.

The "E-Resource Round Up" column is dedicated to helping JERL readers better understand topics related to the ever-changing world of electronic resources and their roles in libraries. It covers developments in the areas of new and emerging technologies and systems related to electronic resources and the digital environment; reports from professional discussion groups, meetings, presentations, and conferences; news and trends related to electronic resource librarianship; tips and suggestions on various aspects of working with electronic resources; opinion pieces; vendor activities; and upcoming events of potential interest to JERL readers.

Your contribution to the column does not have to be lengthy, and could be on any of the topics listed above. This could be an ideal opportunity for you to report on programs that may benefit others in our profession.

The editors would like to receive contributions to the column by Friday, May 22, 2015. Contributions should not be published elsewhere.

If you have a submission or questions, please contact the column editors:

Bob Wolverton
Mississippi State University Libraries

Karen Davidson
Mississippi State University Libraries
(662) 325-3018                         

Call for Online Information Literacy Tutorial - Peer Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO)

The Peer Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) Committee of the ACRL Instruction Section invites you to submit your online information literacy tutorial, virtual tour, or other online library instruction project for review and possible inclusion in PRIMO: Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online.

***Deadlines for Spring 2015***
Nominations: April 25, 2015
Submissions: May 9, 2015

Additional information about PRIMO, as well as the submission and nomination forms, is available from the following link:

Site submissions for PRIMO are accepted continually, but are reviewed for possible inclusion twice per year.  If you would like to submit your own project for consideration, please use the Submission form rather than the Nomination form. For further information, please contact committee co-chairs Alec Sonsteby at and Jodie Borgerding

**Important note**
All submissions will be acknowledged shortly after the submission deadline. If you submit a project for review and do not receive an acknowledgment after the submission deadline, please contact the PRIMO co-chairs with a request for verification that your submission was transmitted successfully.

Alec Sonsteby & Jodie Borgerding
Co-chairs, ACRL IS PRIMO Committee

Friday, April 10, 2015

Call for Chapters: Winning Strategies for Attracting, Retaining, and Maximizing Volunteers and Community Engagement

Winning Strategies for Attracting, Retaining, and Maximizing Volunteers and Community Engagement

Book Publisher: McFarland

Carol Smallwood, co-editor; Bringing the Arts Into the Library (American Library Association, 2014); public library administrator, special, school librarian.

Lura Sanborn, co-editor; contributor, Women, Work, and the Web (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015); public, academic, school librarian.

Chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians and other professional sharing practical know-how about volunteers in tight economic times and staff cuts. Chapters are encouraged that could apply to more than one type of library: useful to public, school, special, LIS faculty. Award winning community volunteer efforts and case studies encouraged such as storywalks with Eagle Scouts, hosting coffee houses.

Possible topics: managing different age groups and special events; training and continuing education; recognition reinforcement; policies and manuals; recruitment and interviewing; scheduling; handling personality conflicts; technology instruction; legal, health, and security concerns.

Concise, how-to chapters using bullets, headings, based on experience to help colleagues; creativity, innovation highly valued. Those submitting  two chapters  are read first. No previously published, simultaneously submitted material; One, two, or three authors per chapter; each chapter by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters: author discount on more copies.

Please e-mail titles of 4 topics each described in a few sentences by April 30, 2015 with brief biography sketch on each author; place VOL, Your Name on subject line:

Call for Chapters: Library's Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons

Library's Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons

Book Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

Editor: Carol Smallwood,  Library Services for Multicultural Patrons: Strategies to Encourage Library Use Rowman & Littlefield, 2013

Chapters sought from U.S. and Canadian practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, and other professionals sharing practical know-how.

Possible topics: Seeking and using collaborators in the financial industry;
Job hunting help; Tax preparation programs; Recognizing fraud; Workshops for Senior Citizens; Case studies on what works and what doesn't in various types of libraries and patrons; other topics on financial literacy for library patrons you've had experience.

Concise, how-to chapters using bullets, headings, based on experience to help colleagues; creativity, innovation highly valued. Those able to write two chapters  read first. No previously published, simultaneously submitted material; One, two, or three authors per chapter; each chapter by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters: author discount on more copies.

Please e-mail titles of 4 topics each described in a few sentences by April 30, 2015 with brief biography sketch on each author; place FIN, Your Name on subject line:

CFP: Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) lightning rounds at ALA Annual (San Francisco 2015)

Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) lightning rounds at ALA Annual

Will you be at the American Library Association Conference in San Francisco this June? Do you have a great new technology idea that you'd like to share informally with colleagues? How about a story related to a clever tech project that you just pulled off at your institution, successfully, or less-than-successfully?

The LITA Program Planning Committee (PPC) is now accepting proposals for a round of Lightning Talks to be given at ALA.

To submit your idea please fill out this form:

The lightning rounds will be Saturday June 27, 10:30 - 11:30

All presenters will be given 5 minutes to speak.

Proposals are due Monday, May 4 at midnight.  Questions? Please contact PPC chair, Debra Shapiro,

CFP: Web Archives 2015: Capture, Curate, Analyze (Ann Arbor, Michigan - November 2015)

Web Archives 2015: Capture, Curate, Analyze

University of Michigan Library and Bentley Historical Library
Web Archives 2015: Capture, Curate, Analyze
November 12-13, 2015
University of Michigan Central Campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Conference URL:

Research in almost all disciplines increasingly relies on evidence gleaned from websites, social media platforms, and other online resources.  In addition to documenting the way we live now, such data
offer unique opportunities for corpus analysis, topological studies of hypertext, automatic image and aesthetic analysis, and other modes of inquiry that are particularly conducive to born digital content.  As instructors and scholars embrace these primary sources and discover new and innovative ways to interact with the data, their efforts are aligned--knowingly or not--with those of developers and Curators.  An active developer community that includes the Internet Archive and members of the International Internet Preservation Coalition have established standards and created tools and infrastructure required to preserve complex websites and content platforms.  A growing number of
libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage organizations actively promote best practices as they collect, curate, and facilitate access to this content.

While each of these communities recognize the web’s significance as an object and subject of research, questions about their respective assumptions, methodologies, and practices remain: How do collecting policies and appraisal decisions shape web archives?  How can web archives be effectively integrated with classroom instruction and academic discourse in general?  How do available  resources and technologies influence the extent and success of web captures?  How do scholars want to access and interact with web archives?  How can individual scholars ensure that the materials that they need will be available both for their research and for documenting their work? What tools can optimize the use and reuse of archived websites and online materials?  What measures of confidence does the academic community have in the use of archived websites for research?  How can librarians, archivists, and technologists preserve the functionality and utility of complex web resources over the long-term?

Web Archives 2015 takes up these issues from the perspectives of researchers, developers, and cultural heritage professionals.  This two-day multi-disciplinary conference will provide a forum to explore ideas, tools, and methodologies for creating and managing web archives and better understand the scholarly and research needs of those working in the field.  By engaging key stakeholders in a common dialogue, the conference will explore the web archiving landscape,
including creation, use, preservation, and analysis across disciplines and purposes. We invite submissions from librarians, archivists, faculty, researchers, developers, practitioners, students, and other interested parties.

We are especially interested in papers and workshops that address the following topics:

  • The role of libraries, archives and museums in building and sustaining curated web collections.
  • Methods and tools for preserving and curating online materials.
  • Resources and best practices to promote access to and use of preserved websites and social media platforms.
  • On-demand web archiving and the creation of public web archives for documenting research.
  • Descriptive and citation practices for web archives.
  • Approaches to studying and analyzing web archive data.
  • Pedagogical strategies for teaching in the archive and with archival data.
  • Analysis of web and social media materials as cultural documents.
  • Preservation threats (such as technological and format obsolescence) that could impact the rendering and use of archived web content over the long-term.

Possible formats:

  • Workshops - lead a hands-on session in which you introduce tools, techniques, or methods to other conference participants (75 minutes in length)
  • Paper presentations - present your own research related to topics listed above (20 minutes)
  • Panel presentations - curate 3-4 presentations that are thematically related (75 minutes)

Proposal instructions:

Please send an email with your proposal to

Clearly indicate your proposed format and include a 200-300 word abstract, along with brief biographical statements for each participant.

Deadline for proposals: May 15, 2015

About the Hosts:

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world's largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate
programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university's world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the
reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

The Bentley Historical Library collects the materials for and promotes the study of the histories of two great, intertwined institutions, the State of Michigan and the University of Michigan.  The library’s holdings include materials from more than 10,000 individual and organizational donors and comprise more than 45,000 linear feet of primary source material, 10,000 maps, 80,000 printed volumes, and 1.5 million photographs in addition to extensive collections of digitized and born-digital archives.  The Bentley launched its web archiving program in 2000 to complement its holdings and advance its mission of documenting the university and state.  Since joining a
subscription service in 2010, staff have employed essential archival principles and strategies to create a focused collection of more than 1,500 archived websites, with more than 3.7 TB of data.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

CFP: Special Issue on New Collaborations and Partnerships in Library Services (OCLC Systems & Services: International Digital Library Perspectives)

OCLC Systems & Services:  International Digital Library Perspectives (OSS:IDLP) will be publishing a special issue on new collaborations and partnerships in library services, and the issues related to it.  The editor is looking for articles on all aspects of this topic.  Articles can be of any length, and figures and screen shots are encouraged. OSS:IDLP is a peer-reviewed journal.

If you are interested in contributing, please send the editor your name, a short proposal of the topic, and a tentative title for the article.  Deadline for proposals is May 1, 2015.  Articles would be due to the editor by September 1, 2015.  Any questions and proposal should be directed to the editor, not to this listserv.  Thank you.

Bradford Lee Eden, Ph.D.
Editor, _OCLC Systems & Services:  International Digital Library Perspectives_
Dean of Library Services
Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources
Valparaiso University
Valparaiso, Indiana  46383

Call for LITA Guides

The LITA Division of ALA is looking for authors for its popular LITA Guide Series. Possible topics include:
  • Recruitment and retention of a diverse technical staff
  • Patron privacy and technology
  • Assessment
  • Linked data
  • Designing a curriculum to teach coding
  • User-centered design
  • Legislative IT policies and their effect on libraries.

While we welcome proposals on these topics, we are open to any ideas you may have or any area of technology you’d like to explore.

Please get in touch with me if you are interested in authoring one of these guides or have a proposal of your own.

You may email me directly at

Marta Deyrup
Marta Mestrovic Deyrup, Ph.D.
Librarian and Professor
Seton Hall University Libraries
Seton Hall University
South Orange, NJ 07079

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

CFP: Call for Michigan Library Association 2015 Annual Conference Program and Poster Proposals (Novi, Michigan - October 2015) - Deadline April 12, 2015

Call for MLA 2015 Annual Conference Program and Poster Proposals
The MLA 2015 Annual Conference work group seeks a variety of program and poster proposals that will address topics representing the wide-range of professional responsibilities found in libraries and those that will introduce new ideas or solutions to the challenges currently facing Michigan libraries. We encourage broad participation from librarians, staff and administrators from all types of libraries. MLA 2015 will feature innovative education tracks to reframe the issues and solutions Michigan professionals are employing in the ever-changing library landscape.
The sharing of experiences among colleagues is an essential part of enriching and improving the library community statewide. By presenting a program or poster at MLA 2015 you will help open dialogs, facilitate networking and spark new ideas for success.  
  • Download the Call for Program Proposals for complete details (PDF)
  • Submit your program proposal online here. Submissions are due Sunday April 12, 2015.
  • Download the Call for Posters for complete details (PDF)
  • Submit your poster proposal online here. Submissions are due Sunday April 12, 2015.
The April 1 deadline for program and poster proposals is firm and will not be extended. Submit your proposal today to take advantage of this opportunity.

Questions? Feel free to contact MLA at (517) 394-2774.

Call for Speakers- RSS Discussion Forum in San Francisco

Call for Speakers:
WHAT: 5-minute Lightning Round Presentations at the Reference Services Section (RSS) Discovery Services Committee Discussion Forum
THEME: Examining Discovery Platforms within the New Framework of Information Literacy
WHEN: 2015 ALA Conference in San Francisco on Sunday, June 28th, from 3-4 pm.
MORE INFO: For the forum 15-20 minutes will be reserved for the speakers followed by Q&A and roundtable discussions. Each table will discuss their ideas related to the talks and their experiences with information literacy and discovery platforms.

This discussion forum will explore the innovative ways that librarians have used Discovery Tools for information literacy and pose possibilities for the future. As the new Information Literacy Framework is unrolled, this forum will consider how instruction overviews of discovery tools have changed or may change in the future. Presenters will briefly explain how they have updated their instructional presentations of discovery tools over time. Participants are encouraged to discuss these topics further details and add their own insight.

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit the following information

Title of presentation

Name, position or title, and email address of the presenter.

Proposal description (250 words or less)

Please e-mail proposals to the Committee:

Anne Larrivee (Chair)-
Tiffany Hebb-
Steve Brantley-
Cindy Levine-

DEADLINE: Friday, April 17th
Those submitting proposals will be notified of their status by May 1.

Call for Proposals - Fashion: Now & Then: Passé, Presente, 未来 Conference

Fashion: Now & Then: Passé, Presente, 未来Thursday, October 22, 2015 to Saturday, October 24, 2015
LIM College, New York City, NY, U.S.A.

Proposal Due Date: June 8, 2015

Call for Presentations
The Adrian G. Marcuse Library at LIM College invites participation in the fifth annual Fashion: Now & Then Conference, a three day conference in which participants will discuss the past, present, and future uses of fashion information and the global reach that the fashion industry possess. Participants will be drawn from the fashion industry, libraries, archives, academic institutions, publishers, collectors, and museums to represent a full range of expertise.

The theme for this years Fashion: Now & Then Conference is Passé, Presente, 未来. We look forward to proposals that will demonstrate how fashion information and the global reach of the fashion industry has evolved through time and how it will continue to evolve in the future. Proposal topics can include one or more of these subjects in relation to fashion or style: archives, blogs, books, business, collection development, collectors, designer archives, digital archives, digital collections, digitization projects, ephemera, fashion analytics, fashion forecasting, fashion history, fashion studies, film, librarians, libraries, magazines, mapping & data visualization, marketing, material culture, merchandising, museums, new media, oral history, patrons, photography, preservation, print & non-print media, product development, rare books, retail, social media, special collections, street style, textiles, and trend reporting.

Call for Poster Sessions
We invite proposals for an organized poster session for the 5th Annual Fashion: Now & Then: Passé, Presente, 未来 Conference. Organized poster sessions will consist of six posters that are organized around this years conference theme with all of the presenters invited by the organizer. Organized poster sessions will be scheduled for Friday, October 23rd from 5:45-6:30 PM.

Presentation Proposals and Notifications
Proposals for presentations should include: the name, title, affiliation, and email address of the author(s) and an abstract of the 15 minute paper or presentations including keywords (<500 words). Email the proposal to Please submit the text of the proposal in the body of the email and as a PDF or Word attachment. The proposal due date is Monday, June 8, 2015.

Notification of proposal and poster session acceptance will occur Monday, June 22, 2015.

At least one author of each accepted abstract must register for the conference and present the paper.

The event will take place in the LIM College Maxwell Hall (216 E. 45th Street between Second & Third Avenues) andTownhouse (12 E. 53rd Street between Fifth & Madison Avenues).

About LIM College
LIM College, founded in 1939, is focused exclusively on the study of business and fashion, offering an MBA program with concentrations in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship, MPS programs in Fashion Merchandising & Retail Management, Fashion Marketing, Visual Merchandising, and Global Fashion Supply Chain Management, a BS degree in International Business, bachelors degrees in Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing, and Management, and associate degrees in Fashion Merchandising. LIM College provides a well-rounded education through the combination of in-class instruction and required internships. Located in four buildings in Manhattan  the nations fashion and business capital – LIM College gives students vast opportunities for hands-on experience and professional development. Alumni have gone on to excel at top companies, including The Jones Group, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Chanel, and Macys.

About the LIM College Library and Archives
The Adrian G. Marcuse Library houses a unique, specialized collection, focusing on the fashion industry and LIM Colleges major areas of study in a variety of formats (books, magazines, DVDs, e-books, electronic databases). The LIM College Archives consists of three major collections: LIM College Records, Special Collections, and Rare Books. The mission of the LIM College Archives is to identify, collect, organized, describe, preserve and make accessible the enduring records of LIM College and materials related to the fashion industry.

Additional Information & Contact
For additional information about the upcoming Fashion: Now & Then Conference or to view information about previous Fashion: Now & Then Conferences:

Fashion: Now & Then Blog:

If you have any questions please contact Nicole LaMoreaux, Reference & Instruction Librarian at LIM

Call for Participation - LITA Top Tech Trends (ALA Annual 2015)

The LITA Top Tech Trends committee would once again like to solicit self-nominations for our program at Annual. What technologies do you think will affect libraries in the future? How can we best prepare and respond? We're excited to see what you're working on and thinking about.

Fresh voices and diverse panelists are especially encouraged to respond.

You can review past TTT programs and the trends that panelists selected at

Monday, April 06, 2015

TLN Tech Forum - Request for Speaker - Video Gaming in Public Libraries (October 2, 2015 - Bloomfield Township, Michigan)

I'm inquiring on the behalf of the TLN Tech Forum group. We are looking for speakers for one of the topics we wish to present : "Video Gaming in the Library". I'm acting as the coordinator for this presentation for the TLN Tech Forum Committee.

The program will take place on October 2, 2015 at the Bloomfield (Michigan)Township Library.

We currently have 2 speakers currently on board: Michael Shereda (Farmington) and Kathleen Kozlowski (Orion Township). 
We would like to have a total of 3 or 4 speakers, who will discuss what they have done for 10 to 15 minutes each, and then have 10 to 15 minutes of questions for all panelists.

Each will discuss:
·         What games they’ve played in programs
·         What platform they chose and why
·         What kind of patrons attend (age/sex/etc)
·         How many patrons attend (round numbers)
·         What kind of reaction from the attendees (do they want more?)
·         What kind of costs for equipment
·         How long was the game relevant (ex: we ran DDR at the Northville Library for about 3 years, then it bottomed out)
·         Did the program result in patrons who return to the library for other purposes? (as in: did the video games introduce them to other services the Library offers?)
·         What they believe the benefit of gaming in the Library is

Also,  Do you have any pictures from gaming programs?

Would you be interested in being a panelist? Any speaker for the event will receive free admission to the rest of the Tech Forum, which generally pulls in mostly from the TLN service area, but often from around the state with an overall Forum attendance around 100 to 150 people. We may see between 20 to 50 people for the presentation on Video Gaming in the Library (just a guess right now :) 

Let me know if you're interested as soon as possible.



Michael McEvoy
Technology Coordinator
Northville District Library
Chair of the TLN Technology Committee (2014-2015)
SMS: (248) 982-4918 or
Phone via CAPTEL @ Library: (248) 912-0040

CFP: Great Lakes E-Summit 2015 (Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio, September 14-15, 2015)

Call for Proposals: Great Lakes E-Summit 2015

Outreach and Access: Helping Users Find and Use the Library’s Electronic Resources

The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio, September 14-15, 2015

We are asking for your proposals for the fifth annual Great Lakes E-Summit. Our theme this year, outreach and access, addresses how libraries can improve online information services through marketing and outreach, but also the configuration of discovery tools, metadata
enhancements, functionality and usability testing, and technology support. We are inviting proposals for fifty minute sessions that address topics within the following tracks.

1.)    Outreach and marketing

We welcome proposals about efforts to market and advertise electronic resources to users. How does your library keep users informed about newly acquired online information resources? Does your library engage in any special efforts to advertise eBooks or promote online reading? How is marketing and outreach for electronic resources integrated into
routine electronic resources management?

Our emphasis for this conference track is on specific applications of communications or information technologies that draw the attention of users at their convenience to the library’s electronic resources. Examples of suitable topics include online advertisements, the use of
social media, online guides, tutorials, multimedia and/or other methods of communicating about electronic resources to users that do not require formal instruction or interpersonal interaction.

2.)    Access, discovery, and user support

We welcome proposals regarding how your library makes electronic resources discoverable and accessible to all users. Suitable topics include best practices for the configuration and setup of searching options in discovery tools, best practices or new uses of social tagging and other metadata enhancements to promote discovery of appropriate resources in the online information environment, best practices for troubleshooting access problems, functionality and usability testing, and modifications to services to ensure access to
users with disabilities.

Please submit your proposal by May 15, 2015


For more information:

Or you may also contact with questions.

Please share this information with all of your colleagues. We look forward to reading your proposals.