Thursday, September 20, 2018

CFP: IASSIST 2019 (Sydney, Australia - May 27-31, 2019) #IASSIST19

IASSIST 2019 CALL FOR PROPOSALSSydney, Australia from May 27 to 31, 2019

Conference website:

Conference hashtag: #IASSIST19

The 45th annual conference of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST<>) will be held in Sydney, Australia from May 27 to 31, 2019.

Data Down Under: Exploring “Data Firsts”

This IASSIST conference is about a lot of “firsts.” This is the first time the IASSIST conference has been hosted in the Southern Hemisphere, and it’s the first to be held in Winter since the very first one in February 1977. Why not share with us your “firsts”? What new and novel projects are you working on? What worked or didn’t work on your first attempt, and what have you learned from that experience?

However, there are a lot of ways to explore “data firsts.” As data professionals, we also put data first; however, in today’s climate, where increasing amounts of misinformation are being widely spread via the internet and social media without facts and data to back it up, not everyone shares our values. So how can we educate and advocate to bring “data first” back into the minds of our students, researchers, funders, etc.? How do we share our love of data and its importance as a valuable asset to a library collection or archive?

We welcome submissions that share ways in which our IASSIST community is putting “data first” and experiencing “firsts.” Some examples could be your experiences:

  • Addressing issues around data policies, privacy, and ethics
  • Advocating the importance of archiving and preserving data in a climate of misinformation
  • Analyzing and visualizing data in new and novel ways to gain original insights into data
  • Data as numbers, pictures, words, and sounds
  • Exploring data across subject areas and geographic regions
  • Partnering with researchers and data producers to enhance sharing, reproducibility and long term access
  • Promoting data as valuable assets to a library or archive collection
  • Strategic collaborations to put data first
  • Teaching data literacy skills, emphasizing the value of a solid foundation, where facts and data support an argument
We want to hear about putting “data first” from all perspectives, from theory to application and what tools you used to get there. Suggestions on how attendees can take these ideas back and integrate them into their own practice are encouraged.

So please send us your “data firsts”!

Submitting Proposals - DEADLINE: November 1, 2018

We welcome submissions for papers, presentations, panels, posters, and lightning talks.

The Call for Presentations, along with the link to the submission form, is on the conference website:

Questions about presentation submissions may be sent to the Program Co-Chairs (Bobray Bordelon, Ashley Jester, and Kelly Schultz) at<>.

We are also accepting submissions for Pre-conference Workshops. The Call for Workshops, along with the link to the submission form, is at:

Questions about workshop submissions may be sent to the Workshop Coordinators, Eimmy Solis and Stephanie Labou, at<>.

Deadline for ALL submissions: November 1, 2018

Notification of acceptance: Mid-December 2018

Support for Attending Conference

IASSIST Fellows Program supports data professionals from underrepresented regions and countries with emerging economies. IASSIST Early Professional Fellows Program helps early career data professionals recognizing the value of innovative ideas. Applications can be made at and will close December 23, 2019.

Address questions about the Fellows Programs to Florio Arguillas (

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Call for Proposals: Digital Initiatives Symposium 2019 (San Diego - April 30, 2019)

The Digital Initiatives Symposium at the University of San Diego is accepting proposals for its full day conference on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. 

Conference URL:

Proposals should fall into one of three formats:

  • Panel discussions: 60 minutes (please allow 10-15 minutes for Q&A)
  • Concurrent sessions: 45 minutes (please allow 10-15 minutes for Q&A)
  • Lightning talks: 10 minutes

We welcome proposals from organizations, including colleges and universities of all sizes, community colleges, public libraries, special libraries, museums, and other cultural memory institutions. This year, we are especially interested in proposals that consider:

  • linked data
  • social justice and open access
  • the future of open access
  • data management and sharing, open data
  • open educational resources
  • digital initiatives in instruction and undergraduate research
  • roles for deans and directors in digital and institutional repository initiatives
  • roles for disciplinary faculty in digital and institutional repository initiatives
  • diverse repository platforms and functions
  • digital humanities
  • copyright, licensing, and privacy issues
  • collaboration: interdisciplinary initiatives and collaboration within and between campuses
  • scholarly communication
  • technical applications related to platforms or tools
  • web archiving
  • web annotation

Submit your proposal at (Click on “Submit Proposal” on the left sidebar.) All submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance thinking about digital initiatives, institutional repositories, and scholarly communication.

Acceptance is competitive. Registration fees will be waived for accepted presenters.

Proposal deadline: Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

Call for Online Program Ideas - ACRL ULS (University Libraries Section)

The ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee invites proposals for online programs that may further ACRL members’ professional development, knowledge, and practice. Programs usually run one hour, including time for questions, and are offered via Zoom. The committee hosts several online programs throughout the year (prior programs here).
In 2018-2019, though we will consider all submissions, the committee is particularly interested in programs addressing the following topics:
  • Innovative Public Services Models, including Consolidated Service Points
  • Critical Librarianship, Diversity and Inclusion, and Social Justice in Academic Libraries
  • Scholarly Communication, OERs, Metrics and Altmetrics
  • Change Management
  • Changing Roles of Liaison Librarians and Functional Experts
  • Digital Scholarship Project Planning
  • Practical Assessment and Proving Libraries’ Value
Submissions are reviewed on an ongoing basis, but in order to be considered for a fall program, submissions should be received by Friday, October 5th, 2018. Please submit proposals at 
Please direct questions to Laura Gariepy, Chair of the ACRL University Libraries Section Professional Development Committee, at

Monday, September 17, 2018

CFP: Performance Measurement and Metrics (PMM)

Performance Measurement and Metrics (PMM) is a leading double-blind refereed, international journal, charting new qualitative and quantitative developments and techniques for measurement and metrics in information environments.  

The journal is concerned with planning and development in libraries and the organizations of which they are part.  We invite authors to submit their original research papers related (but not limited) to the following topics:
  • Measurement, assessment and evaluation in libraries and other information environments
  • Uses of StatsQual, IT metrics, and informetrics to measure and then inform the management of libraries
  • Library and Information service value
  • The library’s role in the measurement of learning and in organisational accreditation
  • The impact and value of using social media in information services.
  • Infonomics
  • The value and impact of information/content/learning objects in education
  • The measurement and assessment of learning 
  • Performance measurement and management in higher education, museums and archives
  • The use of ‘business’ and web analytics 
Issue submissions should be made through ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer-review system.  Registration and access is available at
Submissions may be sent anytime, year-round.

This journal is abstracted and indexed by:
  • BFI (Denmark)
  • Current Abstracts;
  • Education Full Text;
  • Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts;
  • Library Literature and Information Science Full Text;
  • OmniFile Full Text Mega;
  • OmniFile Full Text Select;
  • Scopus;
  • zetoc

CFP: Code4Lib (San Jose, California - February 2019)

Code4Lib 2019 is soliciting proposals for prepared talks!

Code4Lib 2019 is a loosely-structured conference that provides people working at the intersection of libraries/archives/museums/cultural heritage and technology with a chance to share ideas, be inspired, and forge collaborations. For more information about the Code4Lib community, please visit

The conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in San Jose, CA, from February 19, 2019 to February 22, 2019.  More information about Code4lib 2019 is available on this year’s conference website

We encourage all members of the library, archives, museums, cultural heritage organizations, and technology community to submit a proposal for a prepared talk. Prepared talks should focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Projects you've worked on which incorporate innovative implementation of existing technologies and/or development of new software
  • Tools and technologies – How to get the most out of existing tools, standards, and protocols (and ideas on how to make them better)
  • Technical issues – Big issues in library technology that are worthy of community attention or development
  • Relevant non-technical issues – Concerns of interest to the Code4Lib community which are not strictly technical in nature, e.g. collaboration, diversity, organizational challenges, etc.

In order to provide increased opportunities for a diversity of speakers and topics, all presentations will be listed by title and description only during the voting period. Speaker names will not be included until the program is posted. We will also be soliciting 10, 15, and 20 minute talks. You'll be asked to indicate which talk lengths you would be willing to accommodate for your proposal. A separate call for poster proposals will be offered at a later date. There will also be sign up opportunities to present 5 minute lightning talks at the event.  

As in past years, the Code4Lib community will vote on proposals that they would like to see included in the program. The top 10 proposals are guaranteed a slot of their preferred length at the conference. The Program Committee will curate the remainder of the program in an effort to ensure diversity in program content and presenters. Community votes will, of course, still weigh heavily in these decisions.
Presenters whose proposals are selected for inclusion in the program will have conference registration slots held for them (up to 2 speakers per talk). The standard conference registration fee will apply.

Proposals can be submitted through Thursday, October 4, 2018 at midnight Pacific time. Voting will start on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 and continue through Thursday, October 25, 2018 at midnight Pacific time. The committee plans to announce selected proposals on Monday, October 29, 2018.

Thank you,

The Code4Lib 2019 Program Committee

Saturday, September 15, 2018

CFP: "Social Crisis Management in a 21st Century World," #library20 - Online Mini-conference October 17, 2018

We're excited to announce our third Library 2.018 mini-conference: "Social Crisis Management in a 21st Century World," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 17th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

This event is being organized in partnership with Patty Wong, Director of Library Services at Santa Monica Public Library.

Our human condition has changed dramatically and has implications for libraries of all types on a global scale. Food insecurity and hunger, housing policies and homelessness, violence, mental health service needs, social, economic, educational and racial equity, substance abuse and drug overdose – all of these and many more challenges impact the people who frequent our libraries – as customers, students, faculty, and staff. Operational decisions continue to be influenced by social concerns. Join us for a series of conversations on how libraries have developed, responded, and championed programs and services to address some of these social crises and learn about outcomes. What’s the new normal for libraries in this world of social and economic disparity? Has it altered or enhanced our core mission?

Call for Papers

Library 2.017: Social Crisis Management in a 21st Century World
This online and participatory conference presents a unique opportunity to showcase research, work, and/or thinking on how libraries are responding to social crises: Food insecurity and hunger, housing policies and homelessness, violence, mental health service needs, social, economic, educational and racial equity, substance abuse and drug overdose
Sessions slots are 30 minutes long, and the suggested presentation time is 20 minutes maximum, with 5 minutes of Q&A, and then 5 minutes for attendees to switch session rooms to attend the next session. Please plan on not exceeding 25 minutes total presentation including Q+A time.
The Call for Proposals Is Open Now
Everyone is welcome to submit a presentation proposal. 
Proposals will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis starting July 15, 2018. The number of sessions will be limited, so you are encouraged to get your proposal in early! If your proposal is accepted, you will be provided with the ability to schedule a presentation time that is convenient to your time zone and work schedule. Early proposal submission and acceptance will give you the most flexibility for scheduling your presentation.
The deadline to submit presentation proposals is September 28th, but sessions slots may fill before that time. 
The Process:
Your presentation proposal, once submitted, will be listed on the Library 2.0 website, with the opportunity for members of this network to view, comment on, and/or "like" your presentation proposal. This will give you and the other members of this site the chance to share ideas and to make connections before, during, and after the conference. Additionally, it will allow us to gauge the popularity of your topic or approach. It is our intention that all serious proposals be given the opportunity to be presented.

Presentation Guidelines:

Presentations should be at least 15 minutes in length, and all sessions must be completed (including Q&A) within 25 minutes. All sessions will be held in Blackboard Collaborate. There is training information available for you at is mandatory, and presenters are responsible for attending the training and being prepared to present in the conference platform. 

All presentations will be recorded and released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License. For more information, please visit: By submitting to present, you are agreeing to these terms.

Presentations must be non-commercial. Interest in commercial sponsorship or presentations should be directed to Steve Hargadon at

How to Submit Your Proposal:

Please follow these instructions carefully. It is your responsibility to make sure your presentation proposal is submitted correctly. You must be signed up on the Library 2.0 network and logged in to submit your proposal.

1. Copy the following text (highlight and ctrl-c on your computer):
Your Name and Title:
Library, School, or Organization Name:
Co-Presenter Name(s):
Area of the World from Which You Will Present:
Language in Which You Will Present:
Target Audience(s):
Short Session Description (one line):
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:
2. Click here to open a new forum discussion post. You must use this link or your proposal will not be in the correct place and will not be visible to conference administrators.

3. Title your discussion post with the title of your proposed session.

4. Paste the template text (ctrl-v) into the body of the forum discussion post.

5. Fill in the session information according to the template. If you separate your answers with a blank line and bold the questions, it will make your proposal easier to read.
6. In the Category drop-down field, make sure it indicates Library 2.018: Social Crises - Proposal Submission. If it does not, please select this value.

7. Click the Add Discussion button to submit your proposal.
You are able to modify your proposal after it has been saved and up until the time of the close of submissions, which is September 28th. If you do modify your proposal after it has been accepted, that will place it back into the "submission" category and you will need to email to place it back in the "accepted" category.

Proposal acceptances will be communicated on a first-come, first-served basis starting August 1st and ending September 28th. If your proposal is accepted, you will be provided with the ability to schedule a presentation time that is convenient to your time zone and work schedule. Early submission and acceptance will give you the most flexibility for scheduling your presentation. 

Call for Chapters: Homeschooling and Libraries

Homeschooling and Libraries
Book Publisher: McFarland

Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor, Library Partnerships with Writers and Poets (McFarland, 2017); public, academic librarian, indexer.

Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Library's Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons (Rowman& Littlefield, 2016); public library administrator, special, school librarian.

One or two chapters (3,000-5,000 words) sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, library administrators, and board members. Successful proposals will address creative, practical, how-to chapters and case studies depicting a variety of specific programs, projects, aspects, and angles of the library role and impact on homeschooling process, families, and students, within the library walls and beyond. We are also looking for ideas (whether implemented or not) that can serve as a basis, a foundation, to incorporate into an MLIS course; a Human Resources’ or an organizational plan, as well as a kick-start to personal career goals planning. A tentative Table of Contents can be provided per request.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter. Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-5,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters by the same author(s); author discount. Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapter(s) with a concise clear summary or brief outline of the main talking points by October 30, 2018, with brief bio on each author; place HOM, Your Name, on subject line to

Thursday, September 13, 2018

CFP: CALL/ACBD 2019 (Canadian Association of Law Librarians (Edmonton May 2019)


Get Informed | Be Inspired | Innovate
Renseignez-vous | Laissez-vous Inspirer | Innovez

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
May 26-29, 2019

Conference URL:

The Annual CALL/ACBD Conference brings together our membership for a 4 day, social and educational experience, highlighted by our spectacular vendor showcase. Exhibitors from across the world come to showcase their new, old and upcoming products for Private, Government and Institutional Law Librarians.

We are now accepting conference programming proposals that reflect the

The deadline for the submission of programming proposals is October 22, 2018.

We will notify you by December 1, 2018 if we select your program.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

CFP: Insights: the UKSG journal (Scholarly Communication)

Insights: the UKSG journal is a peer-reviewed, open access journal with an international readership across the LIS and publishing communities. All APCs are paid by UKSG.

In 2019, Insights will be exploring the future of scholarly communication. We are interested in how new infrastructure and technology will change the scholarly communication landscape and better enable direct connections between research funders, institutions and researchers.

We are also considering what a post-Big Deal environment might look like and what this means in terms of the skills information professionals – in libraries, publishing houses and in the organisations providing services to them – will need to develop as the landscape changes. In addition, we are interested in inclusivity and the impact of initiatives to improve inclusion within the sector.

We welcome submissions in the form of opinion pieces, research papers and case studies on these subjects:
  • research infrastructure and technology
  • the role for libraries and publishers in a post-Big Deal environment
  • skills for information professionals
  • inclusivity in the community and particularly tangible results people are seeing from their drive for inclusivity on their chosen measure.

You can find our Author Guidelines here and you can submit your papers by clicking on the submission link on the Insights home page.

Read the full news item on the UKSG website.

Call for Webinar Proposals - @LLAMA_ALA Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA)

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is now accepting proposals for its hugely popular webinar series.

All interested presenters or program organizers are encouraged to submit proposals. You do not need to be a LLAMA member to submit a webinar proposal.

LLAMA webinars reach a wide range of library professionals in many different areas, including:

- Management and leadership
- Buildings and equipment
- Human resources
- Public relations and marketing
- Assessment
- Issues for new professionals
- Organization and management
- Technology

Proposals should address one of the areas above, or focus on one of LLAMA’s foundational leadership competencies, including:

- Communication skills
- Change management
- Team building (personnel)
- Collaboration and partnerships
- Emotional intelligence
- Problem solving
- Evidence-based decision making
- Conflict resolution (personnel)
- Budget creation and presentation
- Forward thinking
- Critical thinking
- Ethics
- Project management
- Marketing and advocacy

Proposal forms can be found at:

Completed forms are due September 21, 2018.

You can review LLAMA’s upcoming and past webinar offerings by visiting the LLAMA Webinars page:

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Fred Reuland at

CFP: Open Science Conference 2019 (March 19-20, 2019, Berlin, Germany)

Call for Project Presentations

Open Science Conference 2019 (March 19-20, 2019, Berlin, Germany)

The Open Science Conference 2019 is the 6th international conference of the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0. It is dedicated to the Open Science movement and provides a unique forum for researchers, librarians, practitioners, infrastructure provider, policy makers, and other important stakeholders to discuss the latest and future developments in Open Science.

The Open Science movement made substantial progress and receives increasing recognition in the research system. The achievements of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and the FAIR data movement are only two popular examples for this development. However, establishing open science practices as natural component of daily scientific working routines is still a great challenge. Furthermore, the open movement is facing negative trends such as ‘predatory science’ that recently gained broader public attention.
Within this context, this call invites the research community as well as further important stakeholders of the open science movement to submit project presentations and other contributions covering topics including (but not limited to):

  • Recent innovations in infrastructures, technologies, and tools supporting open science practices
  • Best practices dealing with open science implementation and education
  • Empirical studies and use cases about the application, acceptance, establishment, and  improvements of open science practices
  • Quality assurance in an open science system, e.g., in the context of ‘predatory science’

Please submit your English abstract which describes the main idea, the practical relevance, and its innovative and/or scientific impact. The abstracts may not be longer than 500 words and must be in anonymous format (e.g. no author names) to enable blind review. All contributing authors must be added in the metadata of the submission system.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the members of the programme committee and a review board. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to present a poster at the conference. The most outstanding contributions can also be presented as lightning talk. The abstract, the poster, and the lightning talk must be submitted and presented in English.

To also contribute to the open science movement, the programme committee will publish the scientific justification for acceptance on the conference website. All accepted posters (including the abstract) and corresponding lightning talks will be displayed on the conference website, too.

Please send your submission as PDF document via EasyChair (requires free EasyChair account): 

Important dates
  • Abstract submission deadline: October 12, 2018
  • Notification of acceptance / rejection: December 7, 2018
  • Final submission of abstract, poster, and lightning talks: February 08, 2019
  • Conference dates: Berlin (Germany), March 19–20, 2019

Programme Committee
  • Thomas Köhler, Technical University Dresden
  • Stephanie Linek, Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW)
  • Peter Mutschke, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
  • Marc Rittberger, German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF)
  • Klaus Tochtermann, Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW)
  • Andreas Witt, University of Cologne & Institute for the German Language Mannheim (IDS)

You can find this call as well as the complete review board also on the conference website:

Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Doreen Siegfried

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Call for Chapters: Visualizing the Library: A Primer on visual research methods in Library and Information Sciences

We would like to invite you to contribute a chapter for an upcoming book – working title: Visualizing the Library: A Primer on visual research methods in Library and Information Sciences – edited by Shailoo Bedi and Jenaya Webb in collaboration with Facet Publishing.

Why contribute?
While various qualitative methods and ethnographic approaches have seen an increase in the library and information sciences (LIS) literature, visual methods are only beginning to gain speed in the discipline. This book would be the first on the topic of visual research methods in the field of LIS as such we invite you to be part of this groundbreaking work.

The purpose of this book is to provide a strong theoretical and methodological context for the use of visual research methods for information studies and to showcase examples of visual research methods “in action”. As our users increasingly document, share, and narrate their lives through images on social media, we seek to harness the power of images to understand their experiences in information spaces.

Book format:
  • Part 1 will be written by Shailoo Bedi and Jenaya Webb to provide an overview of visual Research methods, a discussion of theoretical approaches to images, a survey of the types of visual research methods in use in LIS and other disciplines, and a chapter on working with visual data.
  • Part 2 will showcase contributions from researchers and practitioners using visual research methods in a variety of contexts (eg. galleries, libraries, archives, and museums).

Going beyond a step-by-step “how to” guide, this book will provide readers with practical approaches to applying visual research methods as a methodological approach while providing a grounding in research theories and the overarching theoretical foundations underpinning visual research methods. Thus, readers will come away equipped to apply visual methods in their research and practice along with the ability to frame their research in theory.

We hope the methodological and theoretical discussions in the book will inspire researchers, practitioners, and students alike and help provide a rigorous and scholarly context for their work.

For more information:
If you are interested in this opportunity and would like to contribute, please contact Shailoo Bedi (shailoo@uvic.caand Jenaya Webb (jenaya.webb@utoronto.cawith a brief expression of interest by September 30th, 2018.

Interested authors will be asked to submit a proposal for chapter contributions in the form of a 500 to 800 word abstract by October 31st , 2018.  Final chapter to editors due May 31st, 2019. Publication of the book is planned for January 2020.