Tuesday, December 16, 2014

IFLA 2015 - Classifications & Indexing Section - Call for papers

World Library and Information Congress: 81th IFLA General Conference and Assembly
Cape Town, South Africa, 15-21 August 2015

Call for papers

Open Session for the Classification & Indexing Section

"Dynamic Subject Access: Evolution and Transformation?"

The Classification & Indexing Sections will be organizing an open session during the 2015 conference in Cape Town.  We are seeking papers addressing new and interesting ways of supplying subject access. Subject access tools and services are not limited to libraries only: important developments are (also) happening elsewhere. We would like to explore novel ways of exposing library subject metadata to other communities and, on the other hand, libraries using subject access tools developed by others. Topics include:

·         big data & subject access

·         use and reuse of subject metadata and tools

·         the chain of supply in the creation of subject metadata

·         providing form/genre access in addition to subject access

Important Dates
6 February 2015 - Deadline for submitting 1,200 word proposals for papers and presentations. Proposals may be submitted in English or French. A brief biographical statement of speaker(s) should also be submitted. Information should include: title of presentation; subthemes that it addresses, a short abstract, all authors, noting likely presenter; institutional affiliations; contact information, including all email addresses.
9 March 2015   Successful proposals will be identified and information sent to all who submit proposals.
1 May 2015 - Deadline for submission of final paper and abstract. Deadline for submitting full papers and presentations, plus a brief biographical statement of speaker(s). Papers should be no more than 2000 words and can be submitted in English or French.  Attempts will be made to provide translations into other official languages. Information should include: title of presentation; subthemes that it addresses, abstract, all authors, noting likely presenter; institutional affiliations; contact information, including all email addresses.
31 May 2015  - Deadline for authors to return Authors Form.
30 June 2015 - Deadline for all PowerPoint presentations from speakers.
June/July 2015 - All speakers will be notified of the time of the program.

All submissions and any questions should be sent to be sent via email in a MS Word attachment to Harriet Aagaard (harriet.aagaard@kb.se) by 6 May 2015.  The receipt of all submissions will be acknowledged.
At least one author will be expected to attend conference to deliver the paper.  The length of the presentations should be approximately 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions/discussion.

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 IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.

Harriet Aagaard
Kungliga biblioteket
Metadata och systemstöd
Box 5039
102 41 Stockholm

Besöksadress: Humlegården
Telefon: +4710-7093612
Mobil: +4670-0073612
E-post: harriet.aagaard@kb.se

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Monday, December 15, 2014

CALL FOR RESEARCH PAPERS AND POSTERS: Science and Technology Section of ACRL at ALA Annual, San Francisco 2015

The Research Committee of the ACRL Science and Technology Section is hosting its Annual Research Forum (Sunday June 28, 2015) and Poster Session (Monday, June 29, 2015) at the 2015 American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA.

The Research Forum provides an excellent opportunity to share a wide range of research endeavors and methodologies relevant to science and technology librarianship. Poster presentations focus on the STS or Open theme. The Committee adheres to mentoring principles and a “blind” review process to select proposals.

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 2015.  Writing style is critical and should be clear, concise, and organized.  The abstract for the Research Forum should include several aspects of the research process.  Some examples are:
·         Hypothesis
·         Problem or purpose – research question or thesis – stated in one sentence.
·         Literature review in its simplest form – where your project fits within the scholarly community.
·         Target group: people, animals, things, etc. and relevant characteristics.
·         Methodology with essential components
·         Basic findings, including statistical limitations such as confidence intervals
·         Conclusions, implications, or applications
·         Contribution to the advancement of science and technology librarianship.
·         Demonstration of innovative and original research.
·         Contributes ideas for positioning librarians to be leaders both on and off campus.

Abstracts.  Abstracts should total no more than 250 words while addressing the aforementioned criteria.  Abstracts should indicate presentation category: Featured, Short Paper, or Poster Session (described below).  Because this is a blind review process, be sure to include your name, institution, phone, and e-mail addresses of all participants (not part of word count) on a separate page.  Please indicate whether or not the project has been submitted to other conferences, for publication in a journal, published, or previously presented.

Featured Paper Presentations.  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.

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.  Submissions for the poster session are selected from two categories – the STS Theme and Open category.  The STSTheme for 2015 is "Unlocking the Sciences: Collaborative Research with Community Engagement through Citizen Science.Citizen scienceis the practice of non-experts contributing to or engaging in scientific research across all disciplines. The Open category is for research endeavors or practitioner projects outside this year’s theme 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: Galileo's Birthday, Sunday, February 15, 2015.  Submissions are selected by the STS Research Committee. Acceptance of proposals reflects a commitment by the author(s) to present at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. Specific logistical details will follow upon acceptance.  Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail to both Greg Nelson,greg_nelson@byu.edu, and Hannah Gascho Rempel, Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu, Co-Chairs of the STS Research Committee. 

Libraries As Publishers: IFLA ACD WLIC 2015 Call For Papers

Libraries As Publishers: IFLA ACD WLIC 2015 Call For Papers

Ann OKERSON, Acquisition & Collection Development Section
THEME: In its 2015 Open Programme, IFLA's Section on Acquisitions and Collection Development will begin to explore the topic of "Libraries as Publishers" and envisions an expanded version of this topic (including case studies) for its 2016 Satellite Meeting. We are seeking 5-6 thoughtful, high quality papers of 10-15 minutes each, addressing the following types of strategic and overview aspects. The goal is to present this emerging strategic topic in a global setting. We invite librarians and publishers to submit in the following areas:
  • What is library publishing? What types of libraries are publishing?
  • Why - what issues are libraries addressing and how are these being solved?
  • Relationship of library publishing to collection development activities
  • Content – what is being published?
  • Business models in use – what types and with what success? How can libraries sustain such efforts financially?
  • Artifact models - what new formats/entities/things can be published?
PROCESS: Full abstracts of up to 500 words should be submitted for review by members of the Section. Please submit these as an attachment in MS Word.
The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract and full author details is 28 February 2015. Selection of papers is based on the abstract, and presenters will be notified whether they have been successful by 15 April 2015.
Please direct submissions to: Ann Okerson (aokerson@gmail.com). 
We eagerly look forward to your contributions!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Call for Submissions for Academic BRASS Newsletter

Submit a brief article to Academic BRASS! It's a great way to share your professional knowledge with other business librarians and get a publishing credit.

Please submit your idea for an article to Charles Allan (ca20@txstate), Chair of the Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee by March 1, 2015

Current issue here:

Potential topics include:

  • Outreach, student relations, and instruction.
  • Successful research or program articles regarding business librarianship
  • Strategy articles on approaches to research assistance and explanations of research tools, especially electronic resources.
  • Review articles on books, electronic resources or web sites.

All articles should be practical and useful. Our contributors use a journalistic, sometimes humorous tone.

Occasionally, feature articles can extend to 1000 words or more, but a more typical length is 500-800 words. 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 book and on the APA web site (http://www.apastyle.org/).

Monday, December 08, 2014

CFP: LITA Heads of Library Technology (HoLT) IG meeting (ALA Midwinter - Chicago)

CFP: LITA Heads of Library Technology (HoLT) IG meeting

CFP: LITA Heads of Library Technology (HoLT) IG meeting
When:  Sunday, February 1, 2015 1:00 to 2:30 pm
McCormick Place West W176b

Link: http://alamw15.ala.org/node/25955

The LITA Heads of Library Technology Interest Group (HoLT) seeks 2-3 short presentations (10-15 minutes) on issues relating to Library Technologies for the upcoming 2015 ALA Midwinter conference in Chicago.  All topics will be considered.  The topics related to data-driven libraries, what tools/technologies you use to  capture users’ behavior across platforms are highly encouraged .

Physical attendance is required for the presentation and/or attendance at this meeting.

Deadline for proposal submission is January 15th, 2015.

Please submit proposals via the form  
http://goo.gl/forms/9ihbt9hqtP or email us off list.


Robert Nunez, LITA HoLT IG Vice-Chair robert.nunez@marguette.edu
Hong Ma, LITA HoLT IG Chair hma2@luc.edu

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Call for Participation: LITA UX IG Meeting at ALA MW 2015

Call for Participation: LITA UX IG Meeting at ALA MW 2015

The LITA User Experience IG seeks 2-3 short presentations (10-15 minutes) on UX and Web usability for the upcoming 2015 ALA Midwinter Conference. This will be a physical meeting, and so the physical attendance for the ALA Midwinter is required for the presentation and/or attendance for this meeting. 

The LITA UX IG is also seeking the suggestions for discussion topics, things you have been working on, plan to work, or want to work on in terms of UX/Usability. All suggestions and presentation topics are welcome and will be given consideration for presentation and discussion. 

Please submit your topic below in the comments section in this CFP post in ALA Connect (http://connect.ala.org/node/231586). You may also e-mail us off-the-list.

Meeting Details
Title: LITA User Experience IG Meeting
Date & Time: Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Location: McCormick Place West W176b

Bohyun Kim, LITA UX IG chair bkim@hshsl.umaryland.edu
Rachel Clark, LITA UX IG vice-chair rachael.clark@wayne.edu

CFP: "Libraries and Frontiers: Historical Perspectives" Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA Annual 2015)

The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association
(ALA) seeks papers for its Research Forum at the 2015 ALA Annual Meeting in San
Francisco, June 25-30, 2015.

"Libraries and Frontiers: Historical Perspectives" Library History Round Table Research Forum, June 2015

The theme of the Forum will be the history of libraries and different kinds of frontiers – geographical as well as figurative.

Subjects may include -- but are not limited to -- historical studies of:
• Geographical Frontiers - libraries situated at (or beyond) national/regional boundaries; libraries expanding into new territories.
• Intellectual and cultural Frontiers – libraries advancing and responding to new ideas and shifting paradigms.
• Technological Frontiers – libraries at the forefront of innovation.

LHRT welcomes submissions from researchers of all backgrounds, including students, faculty, and practitioners. Proposals addressing academic libraries are encouraged to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), but submissions exploring all library types are welcome.

Proposals are due on Jan. 16, 2015. Each proposal must include the paper title, an abstract (up to 500 words), and the scholar's one-page vita. Also, please indicate whether the research is in-progress or completed. It is desirable that the abstract include a problem or thesis, as well as a statement of significance, objectives, methods/primary sources used for the research, and conclusions (or tentative conclusions for works in progress).

From the submissions received, the LHRT Research Committee will select several authors to present their completed work at the Forum. So that the Forum's facilitator may introduce and react to each author, completed papers are due June 19, 2015. Presentations will likely be recorded and made available to paid conference attendees. The Research Forum will likely occur on Sunday, June 27, 2015. All presenters must register to attend the conference. For registration options, see ALA's events and conferences page at: http://www.ala.org/.


Please submit proposals and direct inquiries to:
Eric Novotny
LHRT Vice-Chair/Research Committee Chair Penn State University Libraries
W321 Pattee Library
University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: (814) 865-1014
E-mail: ecn1@psu.edu

CFP: ALADN 2015 (Academic Library Advancement and Development Network - San Diego)

Are you involved in library fundraising and advancement? 

Join us for ALADN 2015 in San Diego, CA! This year's theme is Fundraising by the Bay. Formed in 1995 the Academic Library Advancement and Development Network (ALADN) is designed to explore issues of interest, offer networking, and assist in mutual problem-solving for professionals involved in advancement, communications, and development for academic and research libraries. 

We are looking for pre-conference and conference proposals as well as poster sessions. 

The deadline for submissions is January 9, 2015.

Please review the full CFP and submission form.

Pre-Conference Chair, ALADN 2015 

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

2015 Call For Papers: Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge

2015 Call For Papers: Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge

The Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge

Join us in 2015 with our Keynote Speaker, Courtney Young, President, ALA

Saturday, May 16 through Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Timberline Lodge - One hour east of Portland, Oregon on the slope of Mt. Hood

Call for Papers

WHAT IS The Acquisitions Institute?

* Since 2000, the pre-eminent conference located in Western North America on acquisitions and collection development held at Timberline Lodge.

* A three-day conference focusing on the methods and madness of building and
managing library collections to be held May 16-19, 2015.

* A small, informal and stimulating gathering in a convivial and glorious Northwestern setting.

Visit the Acquisitions Institute home page at: http://www.acquisitionsinstitute.org/ for more information

WHAT TOPICS are we looking for?

The planning committee is open to presentations on all aspects of library acquisitions and collection management.  Presenters are encouraged to engage the audience in discussion. Panel discussions are well received.  The planning committee may wish to bring individual
proposals together to form panels.

The committee is especially looking for submissions on the following topics:

  • All aspects of managing and directing acquisitions and/or collection development operations
  • Acquisitions functions in open source catalogs, integrated or unified library systems, etc.
  • Evolving consortial roles in collection development and acquisitions
  • Staffing, training and development, and recruiting issues, challenges, successes
  • The future of scholarly communication--its impact on acquisitions and collection development
  • Data curation and management and other new roles for subject librarians and technical services specialists
  • The development and management of digital collections, electronic resources
  • Cloud applications and implementation in collection services
  • Streaming content, and other user-centered collection services
  • The impact of discovery services on collection and content access and usage
  • External and internal factors driving a library's collection management decisions
  • Assessment tools, methods, and projects-- (i.e., linking collections with learning outcomes; usage studies)
  • Return on investment studies—how do we demonstrate our impact?
  • Acquisitions and collection development: the small academic library or public library perspective
  • The future of print:  what are the collection management issues?
The DEADLINE for submitting a proposal is December 30, 2014.

To submit a proposal, send an abstract of 200 words or less to:



The Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge planning committee:

Kristina DeShazo, Oregon Health & Science University;
Stacey Devine, Northwestern University;
Nancy Slight-Gibney, University of Oregon; and
Scott Alan Smith, Langlois Public Library

Code4Lib Journal Call for Proposals : Special Issue on Diversity in Library Technology

The Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ) exists to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future.

We are now accepting proposals for publication in our 28th issue, a special issue on diversity in library technology.  Discussions on the Code4Lib listserv and keynotes by Valerie Aurora and Sumana Harihareswara at Code4Lib 2014 show that diversity is a topic of ongoing importance to the Code4Lib community.  A recent editorial in the Code4Lib Journal by Ron Peterson originally sparked discussion of the idea for a special issue among the journal’s editorial committee; the demographic breakdown of both the author community and the committee itself laid bare the fact that diversity is a major challenge even in communities that are highly supportive.  With this in mind, the C4LJ editorial committee hopes that this special issue will further the conversation around this important topic, while also encouraging a greater diversity amongst the Journal’s contributors for this and future issues.  

C4LJ encourages creativity and flexibility, and the editors welcome submissions across a broad variety of topics that support the mission of the journal.  Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:

- Building diverse technology teams
- Implementing a code of conduct and/or assessing its efficacy
- Designing for accessibility
- Partnerships to foster inclusivity in the field
- Library tech programming for underserved populations
- Inclusive project management and communication
- Surfacing diverse items in digital libraries
- Digital projects involving outreach to diverse communities

C4LJ strives to promote professional communication by minimizing the barriers to publication. While articles should be of a high quality, they need not follow any formal structure.  Writers should aim for the middle ground between blog posts and articles in traditional refereed journals. Where appropriate, we encourage authors to submit code samples, algorithms, and pseudo-code.  For more information, visit C4LJ's Article Guidelines or browse articles from the first 26 issues published on our website: http://journal.code4lib.org.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences.  To be included in the 28th issue, which is scheduled for publication in April 2015, please submit articles, abstracts, or proposals at http://journal.code4lib.org/submit-proposal or to journal@code4lib.org by January 12, 2015. When submitting, please include the title or subject of the proposal in the subject line of the email message and the acceptance of the Journal’s US CC-By 3.0 license in the body of the message.  The editorial committee will review all proposals and notify those accepted by January 19, 2015.  Please note that submissions are subject to rejection or postponement at any point in the publication process as determined by the Code4Lib Journal’s editorial committee.

Call for Chapter Proposals for “Exploring Discovery: The Front Door to a Library’s Licensed and Digitized Content” (ALA Editions)

This call for chapter proposals is for a book tentatively titled Exploring Discovery: The Front Door to a Library’s Licensed and Digitized Content, edited by Ken Varnum (University of Michigan), to be published by ALA Editions (http://www.alaeditions.org/).

Proposal Submission Deadline: January 16, 2015

About the Book
This book will explore the range of discovery-focused tools and technologies being deployed by libraries. It will provide a series of case studies illustrating the interfaces and technologies that can be used by libraries today. What cutting-edge tools and services are emerging from the growing suite of discovery interfaces and indexes? Where is “discovery” going, and what tools and techniques are emerging as standard elements in the library technology toolbox? Chapter topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Implementations of discovery tools based on commercial products such as Summon, EBSCO Discovery Service, Primo Central, and WorldCat Discovery Services.
  • Implementation of discovery tools using locally developed or other back-end databases and services.
  • Novel discovery implementations using open source tools such as Blacklight, Solr, Hydra/Fedora, VuFind, etc.
  • Investigations and/or implementations of user-focused services based on discovery tools.
  • Case studies about integrating services and tools from multiple discovery vendors into a single system.
Target Audience
Librarians and library technology staff who work with discovery interfaces, course management systems, provide current awareness or alert services, or are otherwise involved in electronic resource reference.

How to Submit a Proposal
Chapters will be in the range of 3,000-4,500 words. To propose a chapter, please prepare a brief (300 word) abstract abstract of your proposed chapter and a brief biographical paragraph for each author. Email it to Ken Varnum, varnum@umich.edu, byJanuary 16, 2015.

Compensation: one complimentary copy per published submission no matter how many co-authors. Authors retain copyright in their own contribution.

Important Dates
January 16, 2015: Final deadline for chapter proposals
January 31, 2015: Notification of proposal decisions
April 15, 2015: Chapter first drafts due
May 15, 2015: Editor’s comments returned to authors
June 15, 2015: Revised drafts due
July 15, 2015: Final acceptance notification
July 31, 2015: Final revision due
August 15, 2015: Submission of manuscript to publisher

Contact for More Information
Submit proposals and questions to Ken Varnum <varnum@umich.edu> by January 16, 2015.

Monday, December 01, 2014

CFP: Reference and Information Services Section Theme: Reference as Service and Place (IFLA 2015) - Proposals Extended until Jan 2nd.

CFP: Reference and Information Services Section Theme:  Reference as Service and Place (IFLA 2015)

CFP URL: http://conference.ifla.org/ifla81/node/981
NEW DEADLINE: All proposals must be in before 2 January 2015.

Call for Papers

Reference and Information Services Section
Theme: Reference as Service and Place

Date 11-13 August 2015

Venue University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Organizer Reference and Information Services Section

IFLA’s theme for the 2015 congress in Cape Town is "Dynamic Libraries: Access, Development and Transformation" and the Reference and Information Services Section is pleased to announce our satellite meeting building on this theme. Our chosen theme, “Reference as Service and Place,” recognizes the dynamic changes in library and information services, including reference services, while also acknowledging the still-relevant role of traditional and low-tech reference services and interactions.

IFLA notes that this congress theme aims to “strengthen democracy on a continent where libraries need to connect with civil society to demonstrate the value they add in eradicating poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and ignorance with special emphasis on early childhood development, youth services, women’s health and local economic development.” Our satellite meeting, to be held at the University of Botswana in Gaborone from August 11-13, invites paper proposals that address the ways in which reference and information services can help connect libraries to civil societies, promote local and indigenous knowledge, culture, and development, and address the education, training, and practice of librarians and library staff. We especially seek papers on the following sub-themes.

Session Sub-themes:

1. Challenges, Opportunities, and Innovations

  • Collaborations and partnerships between reference librarians and archivists; developing and using archival materials in reference
  • Innovative and creative partnerships to deliver reference and information services
  • Challenges to and innovation in reference service staffing, skills / competencies delivery, infrastructure, etc.

2. Reference and Society

  • Reference, truth, and reconciliation
  • Reference services in support of citizenship, civil discourse, community development, and social and economic justice

3. Local/ indigenous knowledge, culture, and development

  • Reference and information services in the preservation and development of literacy
  • Reference and information services in the preservation and development of culture
  • Reference and information services and local / indigenous knowledge, practice, and customs
  • Reference, oral culture, and oral history
  • Reference services to special or marginalized populations
  • Local cultural practices and reference

4. Education, Training, and Practice

  • LIS education and training in Africa
  • Multicultural/multilingual reference and information services
  • Reference interview best practices
  • Case studies on the development of reference and information services from scratch
  • Reference 2.0 tools
  • Linking Reference & information services and information literacy skills
  • Remote reference (both digital and physical)
  • Reference best practices in school, community/public, academic, special, and national libraries
  • Licensed, purchased and open access reference resources and tools
  • Reference services and MOOCs
  • Marketing reference and information services
  • Measuring reference and information service

Important Dates:

  • Submission of the abstract: 15 December 2014
  • Notification to authors: 27 February 2015
  • Submission of full papers: 15 April 2015


Please include the following in your submission:

- 500 word abstract
- Name
- Email
- Institution or Affiliation
- Brief Bio

Please email submissions to: Julie Biando Edwards
Email: julie.edwards@umontana.edu


All proposals must be in before 2 January 2015.

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 IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.