Monday, February 13, 2017

Call for Academic BRASS Newsletter Submissions

The Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee of BRASS is seeking articles for the next issue of its online publication Academic BRASS. Academic BRASS is a newsletter--not a journal--that publishes issue-based articles and information for the general and educational interest of BRASS members and academic business librarians.
Topics of interest to the editors are those dealing with business librarianship, such as resources, liaison and outreach activities, strategies, and instruction. Reviews of books, databases, and web sites are welcome as well.

Maybe you have another cool idea - that's fine too - get those submissions in!
Deadline for submissions for the upcoming issue is March 31, 2017.

You may want to see previous editions. For access to the full text articles of past issues of Academic BRASS, see http://www.ala.org/rusa/sections/brass/publications/academicbrass
The typical length of an Academic BRASS article is 500-800 words, but past articles have been as long as 1,000 words or more. Authors should be guided by what they have to say rather than an arbitrary word length. All articles are subject to editing for length, style, and content. The newsletter follows the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition for all matters of style and citation. Authors whose articles include references to print or Internet resources are urged to observe the conventions set forth in that publication and on the APA web site (http://www.apastyle.org/).

Please send article proposals or submissions to both of the editors, Karen Chapman at kchapman@bruno.cba.ua.edu and Janet Franks at janet.franks@saintleo.eduIf you have any questions, please query Karen Chapman.

CFP: Radical Libraries, Archives, + Museums | 2017 Allied Media Conference (Detroit - June 2017)

The 19th annual Allied Media Conference is going to be happening this year in Detroit, in June. For the third year, there is a subject track being put together around librarianship, called Radical Libraries, Archives, + Museums. What follows is the Call for Proposals. If you have any questions, simply write me back off list, or contact any of the coordinators listed at the bottom of the Call for Proposals. We would love to draw on the wealth of knowledge and experiences of Michigan librarians and library workers. 

If this looks like something you are interested in, simply follow this link to submit a proposal:



Libraries, archives, and museums do media-based work that educates, informs, and creates bridges to culture and technology. Radical Libraries, Archives, + Museums will address a broad range of media-based organizing themes: envisioning galleries, libraries, archives, and museums as centers supporting movements for social equity; providing information and cultural heritage to social justice workers; serving as places to explore how to use art, media, and technology for social transformation. In this track, we will specifically consider the role of librarians, archivists, and curators in strengthening the knowledge, culture, and collective memory of communities impacted by social and economic disparity.

Coordinators of this track are Celeste Â-Re, Shoshanna Wechter, Bekezela Mguni, Sine Hwang Jensen, Laurel Johnson, Veronica Leigh-Milliner, Karina Hagelin.

Radical Libraries, Archives, + Museums Call for Participation
We are seeking collaborators to shape our track at AMC2017. Libraries, archives, and museums (LAM) are more than places for collecting and storing books and exhibiting artifacts. LAMs can be living, transformative spaces where artists, educators, technologists, and activists convene to access, document, share, organize, and find solutions to issues that impact their communities.

We welcome proposals for sessions that will be accessible to participants of all ages and backgrounds, and interpret the work of galleries, libraries, archives, and museums through the lens of media-based organizing. In previous years we have covered subjects such as restorative justice practices in teen librarianship, starting seed libraries, zine libraries, and tool libraries, and community archives that center the narratives of people of color.

We are especially interested in sessions that:
●      Challenge traditional gallery, library, archive, and museum structures, institutions, and organizations;
●      Discuss best practices for community-based organizations that provide books, technology or internet access, creative materials, or collaborative opportunities centering people of color, queer and gender nonconforming folks, disabled people, incarcerated people, and undocumented people;
●      Consider the role of librarians, archivists, and curators in strengthening the knowledge, culture, and collective memory of communities impacted by social and economic disparity and state-sanctioned violence;
●      Address racism, white supremacy, and issues of inclusion in galleries, libraries, archives, or museums.

Beyond the themes outlined above, if the idea of Radical Libraries, Archives, + Museums resonates with you, we’d love to hear from you.  The deadline to submit proposals is March 13th.

For questions about Radical Libraries, Archives, + Museums, or to discuss session ideas with our coordinating team, please contact Celeste Â-Re at gr8scribe@gmail.com, Shoshanna Wechter atmy.name.is.shoshanna@gmail.com, or Sine Hwang Jensen, me.sine@gmail.com


If this looks like something you are interested in, simply follow this link to submit a proposal:


Shoshanna Wechter
Reference Librarian
Ypsilanti District Library
229 W Michigan Ave
Ypsilanti MI 48197

Friday, February 10, 2017

Call for Book Reviewers: Journal of the New Members Round Table (ALA)


Endnotes has revised our book review format, and this process was finalized in January. The details of this process will be provided in the guidelines below. We ask that you submit your book pitch no later than March 6th. Our committee will review your pitch and then inform you whether your pitch has been selected for our upcoming June publication for Endnotes. If your pitch is selected, you will have untilMay 1st to submit your book review. Any questions, please feel free to contact us at nmrtendnotesjournal@gmail.com, and we will be happy to address your concerns.

Endnotes Book Review Guidelines  
The Endnotes Committee would like to thank you for your interest in serving as a book reviewer. As of January 2017, the Endnotes Committee has revised the submission criteria to be more inclusive and representative of the diversity and discipline specialization across our profession. We thank you for your time and interest, and kindly ask you to adhere to these guidelines.

Overview of Book Review Process
The Endnotes Committee will allow book reviewers to select a monograph of their choice, provided it meets Endnotes selection criteria, and the reviewer can justify the merits of the selected work. Reviewers must submit a book review pitch that is to be no longer than 150 words and make a concise, cogent case for their proposed review. All book review pitches should be sent to the Endnote Editors at nmrtendnotesjournal@gmail.com. After evaluation by the Endnotes Committee, the selected reviewer will be green-lighted to write a 500-650 word book review written in the APA format by the submission deadline. After a final check by the Endnotes Committee, the reviewer will make revisions and submit the Endnotes “author agreement” form before the reviewer will be accepted for publication.

The Book Review Criteria
The pitch can take a multitude of forms:
·  How will the work influence scholarship in the field, or on the topic?
·  Has the topic, or idea been neglected by scholarship?
·  Does the work make contributions to the practice of librarianship?
·  How has the work impacted the book reviewer’s teaching and practice of librarianship?

There is leeway for the reviewer on how they wish to justify the inclusion of their book review for the current publication of Endnotes. Questions and further clarification can be directed toward the Endnote Editors if needed.

Reviewers will be allowed to select monographs that pertain to the issues, pedagogies, and technical works that currently affect librarianship. The Endnotes Committee is looking for book reviews that address a broad range of issues in librarianship. However, publications should be written at a professional, authoritative level and contribute to the professional discourse of a particular field specialization, or librarianship as a whole.
Endnotes asks that the publication of the selected monograph be current: within two years of Endnotes publication date. Reviewers need to furnish their copy (it does not need to be purchased; please feel free to utilize your library and/or interlibrary loan), as Endnotes cannot and will not provide a copy of the selected work. The written book review should not be under consideration for publication or previously published.  

Criteria Summary
1.       The book reviewer selects a professional work that contributes to the professional discourse of ideas, or relates to issues, teachings, and technical issues that currently affect librarianship. Publication should be within the last two years.
2.       The reviewer must submit 150-word book pitch to Endnote Editors at nmrtendnotesjournal@gmail.com.
3.       After the pitch is accepted, the reviewer must write a book review of 500-650 words. All book reviews should be in APA format (6th ed).
4.       Book reviews should not be under consideration for publication or previously published.
5.       Completed book reviews should be sent to nmrtendnotesjournal@gmail.com to be considered by the Endnotes Committee.

Josh Rimmer & Tammy Ivins
Chairs, 201607 NMRT Endnotes Committee

Thursday, February 09, 2017

CFP: Generation Z: Fake News and Information Literacy, the New Horizon. (Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference - June 2017 Bosnia & Herzegovina)

WESTERN BALKAN INFORMATION LITERACY CONFERENCE

Generation Z: Fake News and Information Literacy, the New Horizon.

JUNE 6th-9th 2017, Juni na Uni 2016 , Hotel Opal, Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Conference website: http://www.wbilc2017.com/en/

Call for Papers
Theme: Generation Z: Fake News and Information Literacy, the New Horizon.
Papers should be prepared using WBILC template and submitted electronically to this email address:  wbilc2017@gmail.com

After the second cycle of Peer-Review, selected papers will be published in the WBILC proceedings book and in the Peer Reviewed Education for Information (indexed by SCOPUS) ISSN print: 0167-8329; ISSN online1875-8649.

Conference main themes and topics
A.      Information literacy in the modern world
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·         Fake News and Information Literacy
·         Action Literacy
·         Information literacies (media literacy, digital literacy, visual literacy, financial literacy, health
·         literacy, cyber wellness, infographics, information behaviour, trans-literacy, post-literacy)
·         Information Literacy and academic libraries
·         Information Literacy and adult education
·         Information Literacy and blended learning
·         Information Literacy and distance learning
·         Information Literacy and mobile devices (M-learning)
·         Information Literacy and Gamification
·         Information literacy and public libraries
·         Information Literacy in Primary and Secondary Schools
·         Information literacy and the Knowledge Economy
·         Information literacy and the Information Society
·         Information Literacy and the Multimedia Society
·         Information Literacy and the Digital Society
·         Information Literacy in the modern world (e.g trends, emerging technologies and innovation; growth of digital resources; digital reference tools; reference services).
·         The future of information literacy
·         Workplace information literacy

B.      Librarians as support to the lifelong learning process
·         Digital pedagogy and Information Literacy
·         Integrating information literacy into the curriculum
·         Putting information literacy theory into practice
·         Information Literacy training and instruction
·         Instructional design and performance for information literacy (e.g. teaching practice,
·         session design, lesson plans)
·         Information Literacy and online learning (e.g. self-paced IL modules)
·         Information Literacy and Virtual Learning Environments
·         Supporting users need through library 2.0 and beyond
·         Digital empowerment and reference work
·         Information Literacy across the disciplines
·         Information literacy and digital preservation
·         Innovative IL approaches
·         Student engagement with Information Literacy

C. Media and information literacy – theoretical approaches (standards, assessment, collaboration, etc.)
·         Information literacy theory (models, standards, indicators.)
·         Information literacy and Artificial intelligence
·         Information Literacy and information behaviour
·         Information literacy and reference services: cyber reference services, virtual reference services, mobile reference services, expert crowd sourcing, global reference volunteers
·         Information literacy cultural and contextual approaches
·         Information Literacy and Threshold concepts
·         Information literacy evaluation and assessment
·         Information literacy in different cultures and countries including national studies
·         Information literacy project management
·         Measuring in information literacy instruction assessment

D. New aspects of education/strategic planning, policy, and advocacy for information literacy
in a digital age
·         Branding, promotion and marketing for information literacy
·         Cross –sectorial; and interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships for information literacy
·         Information literacy policies and development
·         Leadership and Governance for information literacy
·         Strategic planning for IL
·         Strategies in e-learning to promote self-directed and sustainable learning in the area of information literacy skills.

Paper submission
Submissions in any of the following forms are accepted:
·         Full paper to be published in conference proceedings
·         Presentation
·         Roundtable discussion
·         Poster session
·         Train-the-trainers workshop
·         PechaKucha

Important Dates
Abstracts submission deadline April 24, 2017
Notification of Abstract acceptance April 30, 2017
Full Paper submission deadline May 15, 2017
Notification of acceptance May 30 2017
Dissemination of final programme June 02 2017
Abstracts & papers are to be sent to wbilc2017@gmail.com

For further information: please see the Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference website for additional details at: http://www.wbilc2017.com/en/

Please note: all expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by the Conference Committee, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.

Regards

Padraig Kirby MSc (LIS)  BA (Hons) HdipLIS
Limerick Institute of Technology,

CFP: Exploring the Edges & Pushing the Boundaries of Digital Humanities (Digital Frontiers 2017 - Sept 2017 - Texas)

Digital Frontiers is an annual conference that explores advances and research in humanities and cultural memory through the lenses of digital scholarship, technology, and multidisciplinary discourse. Digital Frontiers 2017 will take place September 21-23, 2017, at the University of North Texas in Denton.

The program committee of Digital Frontiers invites members of the digital humanities community to propose programs that illustrate the creative and collaborative work that is developing in this exciting field. Program content may cover research and projects involving humanities-related new technologies or tools, re-thinking processes or methods, pioneering approaches, surprising partnerships, previously-untapped audiences, innovative uses of digital humanities resources, or intriguing combinations of these characteristics. Proposals that highlight efforts to promote social justice, to involve under-represented groups, or to engage communities outside the academy will be especially welcomed.

The committee encourages contributions from anyone who creates or uses digital collections or tools for humanities work, including scholars, historians, educators, genealogists, archivists, technologists, scientists, librarians, curators, and students. We welcome submissions from local and regional historical and genealogical societies, and anyone working in the public humanities to serve the community of practice with which Digital Frontiers identifies.

For complete submission guidelines, view the Call for Proposals.

Deadline: April 28, 2017

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

CFP: Scholarship in the Sandbox: Academic Libraries as Laboratories, Forums, and Archives for Student Work (ACRL Publication)

Call for Proposals:
Scholarship in the Sandbox: Academic Libraries as Laboratories, Forums, and Archives for Student Work
Edited by Amy Jackson, Cindy Pierard, Suzanne Schadl
Published by ACRL

Important dates:
EXTENDED CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: March 1
Please complete the form at https://goo.gl/forms/h11HjaNjJ2Npfsez2.
Notifications are expected to go out by mid-February.
First drafts due May 15.

Overview:
This book brings together perspectives on sharing student scholarship and creative work, and instructive
case studies. The book incorporates the viewpoints of librarians, teaching faculty, academic staff,
community members and students themselves. We will create a dialogue around the idea of the
academic library as a laboratory for emerging scholars and creatives to practice and test their
disciplinary work; as a forum for sharing that work; and as an archive where work can be sustained and
curated.

We are particularly interested in contributions from students in other academic programs, as well as
librarians and other academics with practical experience in the area. Editors will seek proposals that
directly address one of these topics, and provide ideas and/or illustrations of practice in these areas.

We are pleased with the submissions we’ve received thus far. We’d also like to see additional proposals.
We know you are doing great work out there. Please consider sharing!

Chapters will be 5000-7000 words. For more information please see https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9mIw1v45fW2bGlSNWhpRWpTN0U.

Amy Jackson (Performing Arts & Digital Arts Librarian, University of New Mexico)
Cindy Pierard (Director of Access Services and Undergraduate Engagement, University of New Mexico)
Suzanne Schadl (Curator of Latin American Collections and Outreach Coordinator, University of New Mexico)

Please address correspondence to scholarshipinthesandbox@gmail.com

Call for Chapters: Promoting Ethnic Diversity and Multiculturalism in Higher Education

Editors

Barbara Blummer, Center for Computing Sciences blummer_barbara@yahoo.com
Jeffrey M. Kenton, Towson University, jkenton@towson.edu, Michael Wiatrowski, mdw252@juno.com

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: February 28, 2017Full Chapters Due: May 30, 2017Submission Date: September 30, 2017

Introduction

The authors define ethnic diversity as populations comprised of various cultural groups. The publication will consider ethnic diversity in academic institutions. It will examine the learning and research experiences of ethnic, international and first generation students and faculty. It will consider the support provided to these individuals by organizations inside and outside the institution. It will offer qualitative and quantitative studies to illustrate ethnic individuals' academic experiences.

In the millennium ethnic diversity remains a characteristic of the demographic composition of students, faculty, and scholars in higher education. Redden (2014) noted the benefits foreign students bring to academic institutions including tuition as well as cultural diversity. According to the Institute of International Education Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange the number of international students studying in the US is increasing as well as the number of US students enrolled in academic institutions abroad. In addition, the numbers of Hispanic, Asian, and nonresident alien total students attending US academic institutions increased from 2010 to 2014 (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2016). Outside of the US, other countries are reporting a rise in foreign students enrolled in their universities too. This remains true for foreign-born faculty as well. From 2009 to 2013 the numbers of Hispanics, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and non-resident aliens faculty in post-secondary degree granting instititions increased (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics, 2015). Still, studies suggest that students and faculty of ethnic descent experience difficulties adapting to academia, in part, due to cultural differences. Language represents a major barrier for these individuals. In addition, there are cultural differences in instructional and learning styles that impact students and faculty. Bygrave, Asik-Dizdar and Saini (2014) advised universities to consider the learning styles of various cultures in their development of pedagogies. Theobald (2008) stressed the importance of institutional and departmental support for foreign-born faculty. To this end, administrators, faculty, and librarians’ understanding of ethnic students’ learning styles and cultural differences remains critical to ensuring their success in academia and beyond. Moreover, the provision of administrative and departmental assistance to foreign-born faculty fosters their professional development and also benefits their students.

Objective

This book will provide a demographic, social, cultural and educational illustration of ethnic diversity in higher education. It will identify initiatives in academic institutions designed to support foreign-born faculty and students' research and learning experiences. The publication will examine the effectiveness of these initiatives. This research furthers the editors' interests in fostering literacy in academic institutions and supporting faculty and students' research efforts.

Target Audience

Academic administrators, faculty, students, librarians

Recommended Topics

  • Supporting ethnic students through The Office of International Affairs or its equivalent 
  • Supporting ethnic students through ESL instruction 
  • Supporting ethnic students through Multicultural Student Organizations 
  • Support to International students 
  • Support to International faculty 
  • Increasing diversity in faculty 
  • Interlink Language Programs 
  • Teaching international students 
  • Multicultural curricular in higher education 
  • Promoting multiculturalism through course teaching and academic clubs 
  • Orientation week for international students 
  • Impact of diversity initiatives on student learning and academic experiences 
  • Cultural diversity on campus 
  • Internships and employment opportunities for international students 
  • Criminal justice and diversity and higher education 
  • Campus partnerships to support ethnic students and faculty 
  • Multicultural services on campus 
  • Recruiting international students and faculty 
  • Efforts to support international students at satellite campuses abroad 
  • Support to First generation students 
  • Librarians' support to ethnic students and faculty

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before January 30, 2017, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by February 15, 2017 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by May 30, 2017, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/ prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Trust in Knowledge Management and Systems in Organizations. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the E-Editorial DiscoveryTM online submission manager.

Publisher

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2017.

Important Dates

1st Proposal Submission Deadline -January 30, 2017
2nd Proposal Submission Deadline- February 28, 2017
Last call for Proposals- March 30, 2017
Full chapter Submission-May 30, 2017
Review Results to Chapter Authors-July 30, 2017
Revised Chapter Submission from Chapter Authors-August 30, 2017
Final Acceptance Notifications to Chapter Authors-September 15, 2017
Submission of Final Chapters to Editor-September 30, 2017

Propose a chapter for this book

Thursday, February 02, 2017

CFP: Social Justice issues: Public and school library services for teens - Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (JRLYA)

CALL FOR PAPERS:

Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (JRLYA)
** Deadline Extension: February 15, 2017 **

SPECIAL ISSUE THEME:
Social Justice issues: Public and school library services for teens

Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (JRLYA), the official research journal of the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), is currently accepting submissions for a special themed issue. This issue will highlight research related to social justice issues and public and school library services for teens. Researchers, librarians, graduate students, and others who conduct research related to teens (ages 12 – 18) and libraries are invited to submit manuscripts.

Papers describing both scholarly research (qualitative, quantitative, or theory development)
as well as action research are welcome for peer review and consideration of publication.


JRLYA presents original research concerning:
1) the informational and developmental needs of teens;
2) the management, implementation, and evaluation of young adult library services; and
3) other critical issues relevant to librarians who work with this population.

Papers that report library programs but lack an original research component will not be considered.

Author’s guidelines are located at: http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/author-guidelines/. Submit manuscripts by December 5, 2016, February 15, 2017, via email to the JRLYA editor,
Denise Agosto, Ph.D., at: yalsaresearch@gmail.com.

JRLYA is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal located at: http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya. Its purpose is to enhance the development oftheory, research, and practice to support young adult library services.

CFP: Challenging the “Jacks of All Trades but Masters of None” Librarian Syndrome (Advances in Library Administration and Organization)

Call for proposals

Advances in Library Administration and Organization
Challenging the “Jacks of All Trades but Masters of None” Librarian Syndrome
Publication due 2018

Series Editor: Samantha Hines, Peninsula College
Volume Editor: George J. Fowler, Old Dominion University

Librarianship may be said to be facing an identity crisis. It may also be said that librarianship has been facing an identity crisis since it was proposed as a profession. With the advent of technology that lowers barriers to the access of information, the mission of a library has become indistinct. This volume will explore the current purpose of librarianship and libraries, how we become “Masters of our Domains”, develop expertise in various elements of the profession, and how we extend outward into our communities.

Proposals in the following areas would be of particular interest:
  • What is the purpose of a library in a community? And what roles in the community best align with that purpose?
  • How ought we gather and implement expertise from outside the profession?
  • How can we communicate and garner support from the government, the private sector and users in order to achieve our purpose?
  • How can libraries balance demands to serve other needs that detract from the library’s ability to fulfill its purpose?
  • How can libraries build community around this purpose, and how ought they reach out to their communities to engage and serve them?
  • How can libraries demonstrate positive impact on young generations?
  • What opportunities are opened to libraries and librarians by recent and potential future technological advancements?
This will be the second volume of Advances in Library Administration and Organization (ALAO) to publish in 2018.

About the Advances in Library Administration and Organization series

ALAO offers long-form research, comprehensive discussions of theoretical developments, and in-depth accounts of evidence-based practice in library administration and organization. The series answers the questions, “How have libraries been managed, and how should they be managed?” It goes beyond a platform for the sharing of research to provide a venue for dialogue across issues, in a way that traditional peer reviewed journals cannot. Through this series, practitioners can glean new approaches in challenging times and collaborate on the exploration of scholarly solutions to professional quandaries.

How to submit

If you are interested in contributing to this volume, please send an abstract of 300 words or less as well as author details and estimated length of final submission to Samantha Hines at shines@pencol.edu by March 31, 2017.

Submission deadlines
  • Submission deadline for proposals: March 31, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance sent by: June 30, 2017
  • Submission deadline for full chapters: August 31, 2017
  • Comments returned to authors: October 31, 2017
  • Submission deadline for chapter revisions: November 30, 2017

Call for Authors - LITA Guide Series (Library Technology)

LITA is looking to expand its popular LITA Guide series. Topics for consideration include:

  • Tools for big data
  • Developing in-house technology expertise
  • Budgeting for technology
  • Writing a technology plan
  • K-12 technology
  • Applications of agile development for libraries
  • Grant writing for library technology
  • Security for library systems

Please get in touch with me if you are interested in authoring or editing one of these guides or have a proposal of your own. We are always glad to learn of ways new technologies can improve services for library users.

You can email me directly at marta.deyrup@shu.edu
Marta Deyrup, Acquisitions Editor
Marta Mestrovic Deyrup, Ph.D.
Seton Hall University Libraries

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

CALL FOR STS FORUM RESEARCH PAPERS AND POSTERS AT ALA ANNUAL 2017

The Research Committee of the ACRL Science and Technology Section is hosting its Annual Research Forum (Sunday, June 25, 2017) and Poster Session (Monday, June 26, 2017) at the 2017 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago.

The Research Forum and Poster Session provide an excellent opportunity to share a wide range of research projects relevant to science and technology librarianship.

Submissions for the paper and poster presentations are selected based on the quality of the abstract and the demonstration of significant progress toward completing the research project by June 2017.  Your submission should include:
  • brief background information about your project,
  • the research question or problem that drove your project,
  • the methods used,
  • your findings and a brief discussion that includes the impact of your project.

Your proposal should total no more than 250 words. Because this is a blind review process, be sure to include your name, institution, phone, and email addresses of all participants (not part of word count) separate from your abstract.  

Submission Categories:

Research Forum Featured Paper Presentation.  The Featured Paper Presentation is 20 minutes in length and will be followed by a thoughtful 10-minute critique from a guest commentator, who will offer suggestions on how to prepare the paper for publication.  Proposals should reflect research that has been completed or initiatives that have already been implemented. At a minimum, significant progress should have been made toward completion or implementation.

Research Forum Short Paper Presentations.  Short Papers are 10 minutes in length and will be followed by a thoughtful 5-minute critique from a guest commentator, who will offer suggestions on how to prepare the paper for publication or generate additional ideas that will move the paper forward. Proposals should reflect research or initiatives that have been completed or are currently in progress.

Poster Presentations.  Posters should cover research endeavors or practitioner projects that enhance science and technology librarianship.  Proposals should provide useful and practical findings, and describe opportunities for discussion with participants.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: Friday, February 13, 2017.  Submissions are selected by the STS Research Committee. The Committee adheres to mentoring principles and a “blind” review process to select proposals. We strongly encourage you to remove any identifying information in your proposal prior to submission; otherwise, the STS Research Committee co-chairs will take responsibility for removing identifying information, which may unintentionally alter the text of your submission.
Acceptance of proposals reflects a commitment by the author(s) to present at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Specific logistical details will follow upon acceptance. 
 Please submit your proposal via this form: https://goo.gl/forms/P2MYgCCk1TQBLmS33
If you have any questions, please ask the STS Research Committee co-chairs:
Elizabeth Berman, elizabeth.berman@uvm.edu
Hannah Gascho Rempel, hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu