Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Call for Chapters: So You Want to be an Academic Library Director: Leadership Lessons and Critical Reflections (ALA Editions)

Edited volume title: So You Want to be an Academic Library Director: Leadership Lessons and Critical Reflections

Publisher: ALA Editions

Editor: Colleen S. Harris-Keith

A number of studies have highlighted that we know what the leadership skills and qualities are that make a good library director. However, there’s not much research that says where academic librarians in particular develop those skills along their career paths, giving the impression that all paths are considered equal. Recently collected data from mid-sized college and university library directors (a much larger leadership pool than just ARLs) reveals disturbing information: not only are not all career paths equal in terms of preparation in particular skills, most academic library directors don’t get to exercise those skills until they become directors (Harris-Keith, 2015). This implies that while academic library directors should be developing campus relationships and informing scholarly communities about important information issues, they are often distracted by the overwhelming work required to get up-to-speed on those necessary leadership skills.

After a thorough introduction addressing the literature and data related to this issue, this volume collects lessons related to very specific leadership skills from the experience of practicing academic library directors.

Proposals are requested for critical, reflective essays addressing the development of one of the skills in relation to a specific project or challenge as academic library director:
  • Allocating Resources
  • Budget Management
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Building Teamwork
  • Business Ethics
  • Community Relations
  • Communicating Expectations
  • Compliance Issues
  • Computer Technology
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Decision-making
  • Enforcing Policies & Procedures
  • Faculty & Staff Development
  • Fundraising/Donor Relations
  • Legal Issues
  • Managing Change
  • Problem Solving
  • Program Evaluation
  • School Safety Issues
  • Strategic Planning
  • Student-Focused Learning
  • Vision Articulation
Submission information

Please send titles and abstracts for a concise 2,500-3,000 word essay on leadership lessons as well as a 75-90 word author bio in the body of an email

  • Proposal deadline: April 17, 2015
  • Acceptance notifications: May 1, 2015
  • First drafts due: November 30, 2015
  • Final drafts due: March 31, 2016
No previously published or simultaneously submitted material, please.

Editor bio: Colleen S. Harris-Keith serves as Information Literacy Coordinator and Assistant Librarian at the Broome Library on the CSU Channel Islands faculty. Previously, she also served as Head of Access Services at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and as Assistant Head of Access & Delivery Services at North Carolina State University. Colleen received her MLS from the University of Kentucky, an MFA in Writing from Spalding University, and will graduate with her EdD in Learning & Leadership from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Her work has appeared as book chapters in Library Management Tips that Work (ALA Editions, 2011), The Frugal Librarian (ALA Editions, 2011), Writing and Publishing: The Librarian’s Handbook (ALA Editions, 2010), and Teaching Generation M: A Handbook for Librarians and Educators (Neal-Schuman, 2009), and as articles in Library Review, Journal of Access Services, The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances, and Library Journal.

[Cited study: Harris-Keith, C. S. (2015). An exploratory study of the relationship between academic library work experience and perceptions of leadership skill development relevant to the academic library directorship. (Dissertation), University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN.]

Colleen S. Harris-Keith
Information Literacy Coordinator
John Spoor Broome Library
CSU Channel Islands
1 University Dr.
Camarillo, CA 93012

Call for Panelists: ACRL Student Retention Discussion Group at ALA Annual (San Francisco - June 27, 2015)


The ACRL Student Retention Discussion Group is seeking 3 to 4 panelists for our DG meeting at ALA Annual! We’re looking for librarians who have successfully demonstrated a relationship between libraries and retention- and if you’re local, please consider bringing your IR or assessment person!

Panelists will speak briefly about their experiences and answer questions from attendees. The panel is expected to last approximately 45 minutes, with birds-of-a-feather discussion to follow.

The Discussion Group will meet on Saturday, June 27th from 1-2:30 in San Francisco.

Interested parties should contact Jaime Hammond at by Friday, April 3rd. Panelists will be notified mid-April.

As always, join us online at

Jaime Hammond, Naugatuck Valley Community College & Nicole Pagowsky, University of Arizona
Student Retention Discussion Group Co Conveners

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

CFP: Comics and Popular Arts Conference (CPAC) Meeting (Atlanta, Georgia September 4-7, 2015)

The Comics and Popular Arts Conference (CPAC) is an annual academic conference for the studies of comics and the popular arts, including science/speculative fiction and fantasy literature, film, and other media, comic books, manga, graphic novels, anime, gaming, etc. CPAC presentations are peer reviewed.

8th Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, September 4-7, 2015

with the support of
The Institute for Comics Studies - Comic Book Convention Conference Series


Dragon*Con: “The largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe!”

This conference takes place at Dragon*Con is part of the Institute for Comics Studies’ mission to promote the study, understanding, and cultural legitimacy of comics and to support the discussion and dissemination of this study and understanding via public venues.

Participants must register for the convention:

Please submit a proposal that engages in substantial scholarly examinations of comic books, manga, graphic novels, anime, science/speculative fiction, fantasy, or other parts of popular culture. A broad range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives is being sought, including literary and art criticism, philosophy, linguistics, history, and communication. Proposals may range from discussions of the nature of the comics medium, analyses of particular works and authors, discussions of the visual language of comics and manga, comics and pop culture in the classroom, cross-cultural and cross-medium comparisons, and more. We’re open to any topics relevant to the study of comics and the popular arts.

Submission instructions: We seek 100-200 word abstracts for a variety of proposal formats. Please submit at most 1 proposal for an individual oral presentation or poster AND at most 1 proposal to participate in group panel, roundtable, workshop, or book session.

Submit your abstract here:

For individual presentations, fill out the online form as normal. For group proposal formats such as a roundtable or workshop, fill out form listing all co-presenters and their contributions, and describe the general theme of the proposal. For panel proposals consisting of multiple presentations, please make one submission for the panel as a whole describing the overall theme, and one submission for each individual presentation.

This submission process is open everyone, but were especially interested in receiving submissions from members of those groups traditionally underrepresented in academia, such as women, LGTBQIA academics, and academics of color.

Deadline: March 20, 2015.

Send any questions to:

CFP: DttP: Documents to the People (Government Documents Round Table of ALA)

Do you work with government information in any format? Consider submitting an article to Documents to the People!

The editors of DttP: Documents to the People, the official publication of the Government Documents Round Table of ALA, are soliciting submissions for upcoming issues. DttP features articles on government information and government activities at local, state, national, and international, and intergovernmental levels, and documents the professional activities of GODORT. DttP is indexed in Library Literature beginning with volume 19, number 1, 1991; Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, beginning with volume 33, number 1, 2005 and selectively in PAIS beginning with volume 33, number 1, 2005.
Submissions can be formatted as research articles or case studies (in which case a length of 2500-3000 words is preferred) or as multiple author discussions of a topic, with shorter pieces representing different points of view. The editors are also open to other formats as long as they fit the scope of DttP.

For more information, consult DttP's Information for Authors at
Submissions and any questions can be directed to co-Lead Editors Elizabeth Psyck and Greg Curtis at

CFP: Spring 2015 IOLUG Program- Sharing Resources and Showing Results (Indianapolis, IN - May 8, 2015)

The Indiana Online Users Group (IOLUG) Program Committee invites you to submit a proposal to present at the Spring 2015 IOLUG program, "Sharing Resources and Showing Results" on May 8th, 2015 at Indiana Wesleyan in Indianapolis, IN.

Submit your proposal using the online form by NOON, March 27th, 2015. Go HERE for the online form.

Resource Sharing is nothing new to libraries and librarians – after all, libraries are the original collectors and lenders of information. But today, sharing is more than just lending out books, or even other items (like bike locks). Libraries are taking sharing to the next level, and we are making sure others know about it. The IOLUG Spring Conference Committee invites proposals that explore the many aspects of sharing in libraries. Topic ideas include, but are not limited to:

•    Consortial Purchasing
•    Open Source software – software with publicly-available source-code for study, change, and distribution
•    Open Access – online, free scholarly literature that is exempt from most copyright restrictions
•    Inter-Library Loan
•    Collection Development implications of resource sharing
•    Data Sharing – the practice of sharing and archiving scholarly or scientific data used in research
•    Sharing Spaces
•    Open Licensing – generally, licensing a work which allows for the access, alteration, and re-distribution of it with few if any restrictions

Get some inspiration from previous years’ sessions on the IOLUG Website –

Monday, March 02, 2015

CFP: Journal of Library and Information Service in Distance Learning

The Journal of Library and Information Service in Distance Learning, a peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor & Francis, welcomes the submission of manuscripts.  The journal is devoted to the issues and concerns of librarians and information specialists involved with distance education and delivering library resources and services to this growing community of students. Topics can include but are not limited to:
  • Faculty/librarian cooperation and collaboration
  • Information literacy
  • Instructional service techniques
  • Information delivery
  • Reference services
  • Document delivery
  • Developing collections
If you are interested in submitting an article, this journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts to peer review manuscript submissions. Please read the “Guide for ScholarOne Authors” at before making a submission. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided at receives all manuscript submissions electronically via their ScholarOne Manuscripts website located at: ScholarOne Manuscripts allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, as well as facilitating the review process and internal communication between authors, editors and reviewers via a web-based platform. ScholarOne Manuscripts technical support can be accessed via

Inquiries and questions are welcome and can be sent directly to the editor, Jodi Poe, at

Please note: We accept manuscript submissions through the year; however, the deadline to have your article appear in our next issue, if accepted, is May 1, 2015. Accepted and approved manuscripts received after this date have no guarantee of being included in the next published issue.

Jodi W. Poe, Editor
Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning
Associate Professor, Head of Technical Services
Houston Cole Library
Jacksonville State University

CFP: ALAO 2015 "Cultivating Leadership: Preparing Academic Libraries for the Future" (Academic Library Association of Ohio)

2015 ALAO Conference
Academic Library Association of Ohio
November 20, 2015
Lewis Center, Ohio (just north of Columbus)


The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Conference Planning Committee is pleased to announce our call for proposals for the 2015 ALAO conference, which will be held on Friday, November 20th at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio.  Our theme this year will be "Cultivating Leadership: Preparing Academic Libraries for the Future" and we welcome proposals from a wide variety of library practitioners.  For more information and submission guidelines, check out the conference website.  

If you already have a great idea for a break-out session or a poster, please CLICK HERE for the online submission form!

The deadline for submitting proposals for BOTH break-out session presentations and poster sessions is Friday, March 27th.

If you have questions, please contact Shelly Miller at

Sunday, March 01, 2015

CFP: Internet Librarian - Monterey California (October 26-28, 2015)

Internet Librarian
Monterey California
October 26-28, 2015



Libraries are part of a larger information and learning, knowledge sharing, ecosystem whether they operate within a community, campus or organization. They are part of what we are calling here the “info service biz”. And even if they are in the non-profit world, libraries and internet librarians need to operate like businesses and learn from business practices. This year, we will focus on the new roles and directions that information professionals are taking within the “info service biz”. Internet librarians use their skills not only in libraries, but also in many organizations and in many functions – search engines, corporate communications, business development, and IT. Internet librarians are pushing the boundaries and creating new directions for their services.

Organized and produced by Information Today, Inc., Internet Librarian 2015 will emphasize the exciting, creative and innovative ways that information professionals are forging new roles and directions in information service, learning, knowledge sharing and more in the changing social and technological world we live in today. It reflects the strategies, services and tools that enable internet librarians to engage, connect and build relationships with their communities. It discusses mobile devices and electronic collections and how their use is changing the spaces and services in libraries. It highlights the skills, competencies, and roles that are evolving to deal with all these changes in our communities, campuses and organizations.

As a speaker, we invite you to join us for a comprehensive conference for library and information professionals interested in technology to discover the insights, strategies and practices that allow us to push the envelope in expanding the net, building solid connections to the Internet of Things, managing libraries and digital information, and enhancing the information sharing and learning experience of people in our communities.

Attendees want to learn about leading edge tools and techniques for grabbing the attention of their audience and community. Attendees want to meet and hear from leading “movers and shakers” in the information industry or “info service biz” in all types of environments – leaders in the information industry are integrating content and delighting their clients, organizing and managing digital content in creative ways, setting the context for excellence in information utilization in their organizations, revolutionizing the roles of info pros, creating new learning and discovery areas with makerspaces, building strong collaborative communities among their customers and colleagues, and using new technologies in exciting ways.


Internet Librarian 2015 caters to all interests and all levels of knowledge with five simultaneous tracks, including Internet@Schools, plus many workshop and networking opportunities. Our programming provides an ideal opportunity to gather insights and ideas to ignite imaginations and spark innovation while creating lots of opportunities for connections and conversations. We encourage you to bring and share your ideas and champion new practices.

To submit a proposal for the two-day dedicated Internet@Schools track click here.

This year’s tracks encompass such topics as: Discovery & Navigation, Mobile Strategies & Creative Services, Leading Edge Tools & Technologies, Ebooks, User Experience, Curating Digital Assets, Inspiring Innovation, Web Presence Development & Management, Enterprise Trends, Social Media & Networking, Streaming Media, Content Management and more. Speakers are knowledgeable, authoritative and focus on practical applications, new tools and techniques, case studies as well as technical and managerial issues.

See CFP for more infomration URL:

Call for Submissions: Women of Library History

Looking for submissions for Women of Library History

We are still waiting for your submissions.  Women's History Month begins tomorrow:

Submissions are OPEN for WoLH 2015

Good news! We are opening another year of submissions for Women of Library History. The call for submissions is here,; please follow the guidelines therein.

We’ve gained a lot of new followers over the past year, and I want to challenge everyone to go out and find a story to share, whether or not you are a library worker. Get in touch with your local librarian or Friends of the Library group and ask about the women who were influential to its history. Their stories deserve to be remembered.

Our index can help you see who’s already been profiled.

If all you have is a name and a couple of clues, I sometimes do additional research for people. I also love to hear from folks with extra time who want to flesh out unfinished submissions—Kristen Hogan did some great work on this front in 2013.  With submissions, suggestions, or questions, you can e-mail women of library history at gmail dot com.

Submissions for 2015 are open!
Women Of Library History is back! We are seeking stories from your library and your community. Is there a woman whose work is near and dear to your library’s heart? Someone who has made history at your library? Community activists who made library services possible? Maybe even someone whose portrait you pass every day?
In celebration of Women’s History Month this March 2015, the Feminist Task Force would like to invite submissions to highlight valued women in libraries. This is the perfect time of year to remember the contributions of these important women in librarianship—perhaps the founder or other woman (or group of women) who was significantly involved with your local library, or someone whose mentorship has shaped you as a professional.
What? The FTF will host a blog at with daily postings of historic women of librarianship throughout the month of March. If we receive enough submissions, we may continue throughout the year as we did in 2013.
Why? Highlight the legacy that you still see alive today and share a piece of your library’s history with your patrons and library lovers everywhere in celebration of Women’s History Month. The write-up will be perfect for your library’s own blog. Its inclusion with the submissions of other libraries to this project will illustrate the breadth of contributions women have made to their communities through libraries.
Who? Anyone who would be pleased to be identified as a woman, and who has made a significant contribution to library history. Past subjects have included librarians, founders, community activists, women’s clubs, and even the developer of our beloved MARC format. Subjects may be deceased, retired, or currently practicing, so long as their contribution to the field is significant and enduring.
To submit:
Please send all submissions to Katelyn Browne at Submissions should include
  • a write-up of the woman/women’s significance to library history (this should be original content OR we should have explicit permission to re-publish it)
  • your name(s) and title/library, or other identifying information
  • if possible, one or two images that WoLH has permission to publish on our Tumblr
  • any links to other online information you’d like readers to see
For examples, please see our posts on Bunny Siebert (short), Oralia Garza de Cort├ęs (medium), and Ida Kidder (long). We do not have any specific word-count limits, but we reserve the right to edit your post for length, grammar, and/or content.
I go through submissions about once a week. I will reply at that time if I need clarifications or additional material; otherwise, you will hear from me when your post appears on the blog. We post all submissions that meet the requirements in this post.
The Feminist Task Force is proud to bring voice and efforts to the intersection of feminist perspectives with issues related to libraries, librarianship, information services, and ALA. To find out more and get involved, please visit us on any of our websites and virtual spaces:

CFP: 2015 North Dakota – Manitoba ACRL Symposium - Academic Libraries – Cross-border Perspectives (April 27, 2015 - Fargo, ND)

2015 North Dakota – Manitoba ACRL Symposium
Academic Libraries – Cross-border Perspectives
Monday, April 27, 2015
Fargo, North Dakota State University

Deadline: March 13, 2015

The North Dakota-Manitoba ACRL Chapter Annual Symposium brings together librarians and other library professionals in Canadian and US academic and research libraries to discuss ideas of mutual interest. This year, the Symposium, Academic Libraries – Cross-border Perspectives, will take place on Monday, April 27, 2015, in Fargo at the North Dakota State University.

ACRL President-Elect Ann C. Riley with deliver the keynote address, followed by a presentation of the LGBT resources available in both countries.

This announcement is a call for papers to be presented at the Symposium. Presenters are invited to speak on one of the following areas: Co-operative Deselection Processes, Changes to the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and ACRL, or Library Security/Risk Management; or to participate in a Panel Discussion on Current Reference Challenges. 

For detailed information download the full notice here.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

CFP: Michigan Innovative Users Group (MIUG) - Lansing, Michigan - July 17, 2015

The Michigan Innovative Users Group (MIUG) Steering Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2015 MIUG Conference, to be held at the Lansing Community College West Campus on Friday July 17, 2015.

We invite you to share your expertise, tips and tricks in any of the modules of Sierra or Millennium. The Steering Committee is looking for presentations that will last about 50 minutes, with a portion of that time set aside for Q&A.  We are also open to forum ideas where an expert, or panel of experts, discuss a topic with an audience.  Ideas for poster sessions are also welcome. In addition, if you are presenting at the IUG Conference in April, please consider presenting at the MIUG.

You may submit your proposals using the Proposal Submission Form found on the MIUG site. Deadline for proposals is Friday, April 17, 2015.  The Steering Committee will notify all submitters regarding the acceptance of their proposal(s) in early May.

We look forward to hearing from you and we thank you in advance for your support and commitment to MIUG.

Donna Olson, MIUG Chair

Visit us at

Friday, February 27, 2015

CFP: LITA Forum: Minneapolis, MN - November 2015 - Collaboration with LLAMA

For those of you who straddle the fence between management and technology, this might be of interest:

The LITA Forum is a highly regarded annual event for those involved in new and leading edge technologies in the library and information technology field. Please send your proposal submissions here by March 13, 2015, and join your colleagues in Minneapolis .

The 2015 LITA Forum Committee seeks proposals for excellent pre-conferences, concurrent sessions, and poster sessions for the 18th annual Forum of the Library Information and Technology Association, to be held in Minneapolis Minnesota, November 12-15, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. This year will feature additional programming in collaboration with LLAMA, the Library Leadership & Management Association.

The Forum Committee welcomes creative program proposals related to all types of libraries: public, school, academic, government, special, and corporate.

Proposals could relate to any of the following topics:

• Cooperation & collaboration
• Scalability and sustainability of library services and tools
• Researcher information networks
• Practical applications of linked data
• Large- and small-scale resource sharing
• User experience & users
• Library spaces (virtual or physical)
• “Big Data” — work in discovery, preservation, or documentation
• Data driven libraries or related assessment projects
• Management of technology in libraries
• Anything else that relates to library information technology

Proposals may cover projects, plans, ideas, or recent discoveries. We accept proposals on any aspect of library and information technology, even if not covered by the above list. The committee particularly invites submissions from first time presenters, library school students, and individuals from diverse backgrounds. Submit your proposal through by March 13, 2015.

Presentations must have a technological focus and pertain to libraries. Presentations that incorporate audience participation are encouraged. The format of the presentations may include single- or multi-speaker formats, panel discussions, moderated discussions, case studies and/or demonstrations of projects.

Vendors wishing to submit a proposal should partner with a library representative who is testing/using the product.

Presenters will submit draft presentation slides and/or handouts on ALA Connect in advance of the Forum and will submit final presentation slides or electronic content (video, audio, etc.) to be made available on the web site following the event. Presenters are expected to register and participate in the Forum as attendees; discounted registration will be offered.

Please submit your proposal through, by the deadline of March 13, 2015

More information about LITA is available from the LITA website  Facebook and Twitter  Or contact Mark Beatty, LITA Programs and Marketing Specialist at

CFP: LabMan - University of North Texas, (Denton, Texas - June 2-4, 2015)

LabMan is seeking proposals for its 16th annual conference.
University of North Texas, (Denton, Texas - June 2-4, 2015)

LabMan history started with a group of Librarians wanting/seeking and then establishing a networking and best practices conference for individuals whom support public/academic computing service such as labs and other technology resources. Over the years the conference has grown and has a track dedicated to Library technology and support services. Sessions focus on a range of topics from technology support to resource management including your workforce.

The most impactful sessions come from you! There are so many new and exciting ways people are using various technologies to enhance education and library experiences. Help your peers make the most of their skills and tools by sharing your successes, lessons learned, and best practices!

We are looking for dynamic presentations that:
·         inform academic and/or library IT support personnel about proven practices
·         envision the leading edge of the profession
·         motivate the pursuit of excellence
·         share lessons learned and skills to bridge into the future

Although we are accepting presentation proposals on any topic, for this year’s conference we have selected a few general topics, or strands, which we hope to weave together into the overarching theme of Sustaining the Future:
·         Developing and Enhancing Your Career
·         The Future of Student Management
·         Technology Innovations and Implementation in Education
·         Technology Resources and Impact
If you don’t think you have enough material for a formal presentation, there are still opportunities available for you to share your knowledge and experiences:
·         Roundtable discussions
·         “Birds of a feather” discussions
·         Poster sessions
For more information on the different ways you can share your expertise, as well as how to submit a presentation proposal, visit our website at

Please share your knowledge and experience with your peers by submitting your presentation proposal today!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Call for Articles: SLA's Information Outlook issue on Digitizing Content (May-June 2015)

Digitizing Content: Join the Discussion


What are the costs and benefits of digitizing content, and how can the process be scaled and marketed so it’s a success? How does an organization measure success—by the amount of times a digitized asset or set of assets is viewed, or by some other metric? Has your library or archive expanded or scaled back a digitization effort after receiving feedback from users?

The theme of the May-June issue of Information Outlook is “Digitizing Content,” and you’re invited to join the discussion. If you’d like to contribute an article on this topic, please send a brief outline to Stuart Hales. He will forward it to the members of the Information Outlook Advisory Council, who will provide feedback for you to consider before writing the article.

Articles should run approximately 1,800-2,100 words and are due no later than Monday, April 27. For more information about writing for Information Outlook, see the writing guidelines. To learn about theme topics for the other 2015 issues, see the editorial calendar.