Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Music Reference Services Quarterly (MRSQ) Seeking an Electronic Resources Review Editor

Music Reference Services Quarterly (MRSQ), is seeking a new electronic resources review editor. Responsibilities include:
  • maintaining awareness of current electronic resources in music 
  • identifying reviewers and soliciting authors for Digital Project Updates 
  • locating electronic resources and assigning them to reviewers
  • providing reviewing guidance to electronic resource reviewers 
  • editing the electronic resource reviews
  • submitting the edited reviews and review forms to Taylor & Francis
  • final review proofreading

The electronic resources review editor reports to the co-editors of Music Reference Services Quarterly.  While the applicant pool is not limited to librarians currently working in music libraries, music background is required. Some editorial experience is desirable but not required. MRSQ maintains a list of current electronic resource reviewers and the electronic resource editor has full support of the editorial board members as well as the rest of the editorial team. 

Interested applicants should send a short letter of interest and a copy of their CV to editors: Ana Dubnjakovic (ana@mailbox.sc.edu) and Rachel Scott (rescott3@memphis.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

CFP: Midwest First-Year Conference - Normal, Illinois - September 27, 2019


CFP URL: https://mfyc.org/proposal.html

College and university faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to submit a proposal to present at the Midwest First-Year Conference.  This regional one-day drive-in conference provides a forum for faculty, academic administrators, and student development professionals to share ideas, resources, and engaging pedagogy to enhance the learning of first-year students on two- and four-year campuses.

The theme of MFYC 2019 is “Strategic Steps for First-Year Students"  This theme aims to explore how we, as practitioners, set up students for success through intentional pathways in their first-year.  Additionally, we want to work to help students to be strategic and carve out meaningful paths while addressing their interests and needs.

Priority will be given to proposals reflecting this year’s conference theme, though we welcome submissions on a variety of topics related to the first-year experience.  All submissions should aim to foster engaging dialogue and model practical approaches to classroom instruction, learning strategies, successful programs, and/or assessment practices that promote the success of first-year students.

The MFYC conference fee will be discounted at half-price for one presenter of each selected concurrent session.  In addition, the National Resource Center will waive the registration fee for the highest rated concurrent session for the national FYE 2020 conference in Washington D.C.

The Conference Planning Committee encourages faculty, professional staff, and graduate students to submit proposals on any of the following topics, particularly as they relate to this year’s theme, Strategic Steps for First-Year Students.

  • Academic Support (Supplemental Instruction, Tutoring, etc.)
  • Admission
  • Advising (Career and Academic)
  • Assessment
  • Student Life (e.g. Residence Life, Commuter students, Engagement, etc.)
  • Curriculum and Teaching
  • Underrepresented students (e.g. First-generation, low-income, etc.)
  • First-Year Seminar
  • Reaching Students from Different Generations (e.g. Millennials, Gen Z, etc.)
  • Health and Wellness
  • Learning Communities
  • Library and Information Literacy
  • Orientation Programs
  • Peer Educators
  • Diversity, Multicultural and Spiritual Initiatives
  • Retention of First-Year Students
  • Service learning
  • Social and Academic Adjustment
  • Summer Bridge Programs
  • Students with Disabilities

Program proposals must be submitted via the online form no later than July 3, 2019.
CFP Link: https://mfyc.org/proposal_submission.html

All proposals are evaluated by volunteer peer reviewers based on the criteria below.  Final sessions are selected by the Conference Program Review Committee.  Presenters will be notified by July 22, 2019.  Please note: Only the person who submits the proposal will receive communications from MFYC.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS (50 minutes) – These sessions are appropriate for presentations addressing emerging trends, concepts that are integral to undergraduate learning and success, or research and assessment findings that promise to inform the work of a broad range or practitioners.

POSTER SESSION – Poster sessions offer an opportunity to share innovative programs, assessment or research projects, or any other presentation that would benefit the profession using graphs, pictures, and words in a visual display and/or handout materials.  Conference attendees will move from one poster session to another during the scheduled time.  Poster presenters are expected to stay with their posters during that time.

In addition to relevance to the conference theme, proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Relevance of topic for professionals working with first-year students
  • Clarity and organization of presentation content and method
  • Depth and/or innovation of presentation content
  • Connection to theory, research, and/or assessment findings
  • Engaging and/or informative session format
  • Clear and meaningful learning outcomes for session participants

Friday, June 21, 2019

Call for Posters: ACRL/NY 2019 Annual Symposium - Outside of the Box: Redefining Ethical Innovation in the Academic Library December 6, 2019 (New York City)

Call for Posters: ACRL/NY 2019 Annual Symposium

Outside of the Box: Redefining Ethical Innovation in the Academic Library
Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY) 
(Baruch Vertical Campus)

For this year's ACRL/NY Symposium, we are seeking posters about new and ethically informed practices in the academic library.

Proposals from persons of diverse identities and professional backgrounds are encouraged.

Potential topics include (but are not limited to):
●     Diverse voices in our profession: enhancing diversity and advocating for underrepresented groups at all levels in the academic library, including staff, professionals, students and administration      
●     Ethically Innovative Leadership: for example, challenging traditional hierarchies, incorporating different perspectives, navigating organizational structures, labor relations, facilitative management and support for professional growth and development
●     Public Services and Instruction: new and creative types of reference and instruction initiatives (e.g. incorporating critical pedagogy, environmentally responsible maker spaces, culturally responsive instruction)
●     Acquisitions/Collection Development: outreach and curating of collections (e.g. community based collections, OER Open Education Resources, responsible purchasing, ownership models)
●     Technical Services: transforming technical services; accommodating new forms of technology, data, and strategic planning (e.g. weeding ethically, critical cataloging, accessibility)

As academic libraries continue to evolve in the 21st century, ACRL continues to be dedicated in discovering new approaches that enhance and foster our scholarly community.

Selections will be done by a blind review; please do not include any identifying information in your abstract. Proposals must be submitted by September 15, 2019.

Poster proposals can be submitted using this form:https://acrlny2019symposium.wordpress.com/posters/
The ACRL/NY 2019 Symposium will be held on December 6, 2019 at the Vertical Campus at Baruch College, City University of New York.

If you have questions about the poster selection process, please contact Maureen Clements at mclements2@mercy.edu

Thursday, June 13, 2019

CFP: Fashion in the Library issue of Library Trends

Fashion in the Library issue of Library Trends
Editors: Courtney Becks and Cristina Favretto

Manuscript Submission Deadline: December 1, 2019
Publication date: August 2021

Nature and Scope of the Issue
Certain fields are viewed as “for girls”--decorative arts, textiles, interior design, anyone?--and fashion is one of them. These “girl zones”  have traditionally not been considered worthy or serious fields of inquiry and practice like film, the fine arts, architecture, or music.“Girl zones” are not buttressed and validated by a discourse of mythic salvation and transcendence like the ones that benefit, for example, hip-hop or punk (i.e. music) or film. Academic inquiry into fashion and adjacent fields (and consideration for inclusion within Special Collections and archival environments) are very often ignored or belittled because they dare favor the feminine-coded body in opposition to the often masculine-coded mindset of what constitutes a valid subject of research and study.

Indeed, libraries and fashion, as both professions and fields of research, have more in common than might seem immediately apparent. Both fields are gendered spaces, typically coded feminine/female/femme. Because of their association with women and femme qualities, both libraries and fashion must justify their continued existence in ways the film industry, for example, never does. Both the fashion industry and the library field depend upon the passion and labor of women, yet have historically tended to reward male/masculine involvement and agency to a much greater degree. Though it is a given that the work of, for example, Alexander McQueen is of genius and worth saving, the work of the many seamstresses, pattern-makers, and “hands” within the industry is barely acknowledged; nor has the importance of women fashion journalists or editors been as documented and enshrined as that of men.

Starting in the 1990s, fashion studies began to emerge (in the wake of home economics’ name change) as an academic subject in its own right. Increasingly, attention is being paid to the importance of fashion history and practice in the study of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and class.  

In the early 21st century, fashion is a multibillion-dollar global industry and cultural force. Popular culture idioms like fast fashion outlets and reality shows bring fashion to a vast audience.
It is clear that the study of fashion and its role in shaping self and society will not go away, and the intersection of fashion and libraries will increasingly offer an increasingly productive vector for inquiry.

Questions this issue will consider include (but will not be limited to): what role does fashion play in library collections, outreach programs, and programming? Where does fashion belong in the library? In Special Collections? In the archives? Are three-dimensional objects allowed? Should or can libraries collaborate with museums? How do we ensure that spontaneous yet relevant intricacies of “vernacular style” and self-presentation are documented, studied, and given the respect that other less loaded forms of artistic and self-expression are given? We hope this issue will be highly interactive, exploratory, revelatory...and revealing.

List of Potential Topics
● Librarian Fashion Tropes
● Where Does Fashion Reside in the Library?
● Home Economics Collections
● “Women’s Work”
● Disappearance of Clothing Design/Textile/Apparel Programs at Land-Grant Universities
● The Bureau of Home Economics
● Documenting “Hand Work” (Seamstresses, Milliners, Pattern Designers) and Fashion-Related Small Businesses
● Fashion Studies
● Fashion Bibliographies
● Fashion Librarians/hip
● Fashion (In) Special Collections
● Who Has Access to  Fashion Collections?
● Importance of Library Collections to Fashion Studies
● Researching Fashion (for Exhibits, Collections, Shows, Etc.)
● Fashion Histories

This list is by no means exhaustive! The editors are excited to consider and enthusiastically encourage the submission of perspectives and topics that haven’t occurred to them.

Instructions for Submission
The editors for the Fashion in the Library issue of Library Trends invite authors to submit full manuscripts by December 1, 2019. Manuscripts should be sent to bexlib [at] illinois [dot] edu with the subject line “Library Trends Submission.”

All submissions should follow the Library Trends formatting guidelines. Authors should use the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition author-date format for citations and bibliography.

Manuscripts should include the author’s name, affiliation, and e-mail address. Editors will communicate with the only first author of co-authored manuscripts.

Authors will be notified of their manuscript’s acceptance status in late January 2020. The double-blind peer review process begins at the same time.

The Fashion in the Library issue’s publication date is August 2021.

December 1, 2019          Manuscript Drafts Due
January 20, 2020            Peer Review Begins
April 30, 2020                  Peer Review Ends
May- August 30, 2020     Manuscript Revision Period
November 1,  2020          Final Manuscripts Due to Editors
August 2021                    Final Publication

Courtney Becks (MA, MALIS) is the Librarian for African American Studies and the Jewish Studies Bibliographer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a former blogger and sometime fashion zinester. She is co-directing the Fashion, Style, & Aesthetics Research Cluster through the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities for the 2019-2020 school year. She can be reached at bexlib [at] illinois [dot] edu.

Cristina Favretto (MLS, CAS) joined the faculty of the University of Miami libraries in 2008 as the Head of Special Collections, where she curates collections documenting the history of Miami and South Florida, the Caribbean and South America, countercultural movements, artists’ books, architecture and art, and fashion. Before joining the Special Collections Department, Cristina has held a variety of posts throughout the country, including Head of Special Collections at San Diego State University, Curator of Rare Books at UCLA’s Charles E. Young Library, and Director of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University.  She has also worked at the Boston Public Library, Harvard University Libraries, and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. She received her M.L.S. and C.A.S. (Certificate of Advanced Studies) at the University of Pittsburgh, and her B.A. in English Literature and Art History at the State University of New York at Albany. Cristina spent her formative years in Trieste, Italy, and received her Baccalaureate from the Liceo Giosuè Carducci in that city. She also has had a shadow life as a performance artist and lead singer in a post-punk cabaret band.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

CFP: The Library Collective - March 2020 (Knoxville, Tennessee)

The Library Collective is back with a 2020 theme so awesomely nerdy, you won’t want to miss it.

For The Collective 2020 gathering, we’re challenging librarians to “Roll for Initiative” (that’s right, D&D nerds!). While proposals need not make reference to Dungeons & Dragons or gaming, we hope this year’s session ideas will connect with the broader themes evoked by the title, including but not limited to storytelling, improvisation, role-playing, innovation, creativity, empathy-building, and the many other ways librarians are taking initiative in their libraries.

Forty-five years after its first publication, Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) is experiencing a wild resurgence in popularity. Acolytes will tell you about the team-building, problem-solving, empathy-building, and imagination-expanding benefits of the game, which they argue can lead to more connectivity, creativity, and compassion in individuals.

In tabletop games like D&D that are ruled by dice, a roll determines the success or failure of any action like attacks, spells, or gaining vital information about the fantasy world. “Roll for initiative” is the iconic phrase that kicks off every combat sequence. Rolling for initiative establishes who will go first in the fight but it can also be thought of more broadly as a means of taking action, stepping up, and bravely volunteering to solve a problem or move forward with the story that you and your quest-mates will tell. In this larger sense, we invite you to “roll for initiative” with your session proposals for the Collective 2020.

While proposals need not make reference to D&D or gaming, we hope this year’s session ideas will connect with the broader themes evoked by D&D and the theme’s title, including but not limited to storytelling, improvisation, role-playing, innovation, creativity, empathy-building, and the many other ways librarians are taking initiative in their libraries.

Our unique proposal and review process includes a public ideation and commenting phase followed by a blind peer review. Read more and submit your ideas, vote, or comment now until August 2!

P.S. Unlike your usual library conference suspects, our events are radically fun, interactive, inclusive, and affordable. Don’t believe us? Check out five years of data to back up our claim!

Call for Chapters (or Recipes): Teaching with Archives & Special Collections Cookbook (ACRL)

The Teaching with Archives & Special Collections Cookbook is seeking recipes! 
We are now accepting recipe proposals detailing lesson plans or projects that demonstrate the integration of archives and special collections material into the classroom. We are seeking practical guides that provide an entry point to teaching with primary sources for information professionals new to teaching and learning with archives and special collections, including archivists, special collections librarians, and instruction librarians. Additionally, we seek innovative proposals that will serve as a resource for those experienced with teaching with primary sources and archives by providing a repository of ideas for when their lesson plans need to be refreshed and updated. 

Recipes will include the following: 
Recipes will follow the ACRL Cookbook format. Your 600- to 800-word submission must describe a successful lesson plan or activity using archives and special collections material. Please also include: 
  • Recipe name (a.k.a. your “chapter” title) 
  • Recipe parts: 
    • Nutrition Information (summary) 
    • Learning Outcomes 
    • Relevant RBMS/SAA Joint Guidelines 
    • Cooking Time 
    • Number Served 
    • Ingredients (Including Collection/s Used) 
    • Preparation 
    • Taste Test (Assessment) 
  • Your name, university or other affiliation 
  • Your email address, if you would like it included with your recipe (optional)  
  • Potential cookbook category, section, and part (see below) 

Submission information and due dates: 
Email your draft recipes to jmp48@psu.edu by July 16, 2019 
Notifications will be sent out in August 2019 
Final recipes will be due on October 5, 2019 

Cookbook Outline: 
  1. 1.  Meal Prep: Teaching Archival Literacy 
Lessons that prepare students for the situated and unique aspects of doing research in archives and special collections libraries. 

  1. 2.  Good Orderer: Teaching Search & Discovery in Archives & Special Collections 
Lessons that help students make use of archival search and discovery tools, such as finding aids. 

  1. 3.  Food Critics: Teaching Primary Source Literacy 
Lessons that support student analysis of primary sources. 

  1. 4.  Something from the Cart: Exhibitions as Teaching & Learning  
Lessons that utilize the exhibition of primary sources as a teaching and learning tool. 

  1. 5.  Community Picnics: K-12 & Non-course-related Instruction 
      Lessons for K-12 & community audiences. 

  1. 6.  Takeout: Teaching with Digital Collections 
Lessons that utilize digital collections to teach primary sources literacy outside of archives and special collections libraries’ physical spaces. 

Email jmp48@psu.edu with any questions. Please refer to The Embedded Librarians Cookbook (ACRL 2014), The First Year Experience Library Cookbook (ACRL 2017), and The Library Assessment Cookbook (ACRL 2017) for examples of format and tone. We are willing to be flexible with length, wording, style, and topics.  Creativity encouraged! We look forward to your proposals! 

Julie M. PorterfieldInstruction & Outreach ArchivistPenn State University Libraries