Monday, February 08, 2016

Call for Chapters – The First-Year Experience Library Cookbook (ACRL Publications)


Call for Chapters – The First-Year Experience Library Cookbook (ACRL Publications)
The First-Year Experience Library Cookbook is seeking recipes!
We’re looking for practice-based examples of lesson plans or projects that support First-Year and transfer students (ACRL Publications). We are seeking informative and approachable plans that librarians can implement to support these groups – they can be related to information literacy, assessment, programming, outreach, or other topics of interest.
Recipes will follow the Cookbook format. Your 500-to-700-word submission must describe a successful lesson plan or activity that support First-Year or transfer students.

Recipes will also include:
●      Recipe name (a.k.a. your “chapter” title)
●      Your name, university or other affiliation, and email
●      Potential cookbook category (see below)
Cookbook categories:
Part I:  Dessert First! Creating First-Year Library Orientations
Library orientation lesson or program plans.
Examples include:
  • Innovative library orientations
  • Scavenger hunts with a twist
  • Interactive orientations, video orientations, etc.
  • Social media use during library orientations
  • Orientations for transfer, international, or other specific groups of students

Part II:  Library Instruction Appetizers
Lesson plans and learning activities focused on general First-Year students or specific groups/cohorts of First-Year students. Examples include:
  • General First-Year student lesson plans
  • Making the most of one-shots
  • Threshold Concepts for First-Year students
  • Information literacy in the STEM classroom
  • Embedded librarianship (First-Year writing, business courses, communications, etc.)
  • International students
  • First generation college students
  • Student athletes
  • Distance education students
  • Honor students

Part III: Cheese please! FYE Programs and the Academic Library
Plans or projects that showcase successful partnerships specifically with First-Year Experience programs. Examples include:
  • FYE programs
  • FYE projects
  • Innovative FYE partnerships
  • Curriculum mapping within the FYE
  • IL training for FYE instructors
  • Collaborative summer reading projects with the FYE program

Part IV: To Whip or to Blend? Creating Library Programs for First-Year Students
Spotlights innovative collaborations and partnerships with various academic departments and campus units that support student learning, wellbeing, and development in the First-Year, excluding FYE programs. Examples include:
  • General library programs for First-Year students
  • Programs focused on at-risk students
  • Transfer students
  • Teaching academic integrity and plagiarism to First-Year students
  • International students
  • Upward Bound / HS to college experience transition
  • Veteran, nontraditional, students with Disabilities, etc.
  • LGBT students
  • DREAM Students
  • Honor students
  • Collaborations with high school librarians
  • Connections/collaborations with writing/CORE programs for First-Year students
  • Outreach to First-Year learning communities
  • Health and wellness programming
  • Peer mentoring
  • Faculty training programs
  • Personal librarian programming
  • Building junior reading/leisure reading collections aimed at First-Year students
  • Programming in diversity awareness
  • Summer programs  
  • Curriculum mapping

Part V: Taste Testing: Assessing the Library First-Year Experience
Case studies, practical examples, and best practices of assessment activities in the First-Year. Examples include:
  • Assessing threshold concepts in the First-Year
  • IL rubrics in the classroom
  • First-Year Student Council or Advisory Board for the Library
  • Focus groups
  • Assessment toolkit
  • Outreach assessment
  • Program assessment (Assessment in Action examples encouraged)
  • Ethnographic research
Email your draft recipes by April 29, 2016
Notifications will be sent out in June 2016
Final recipes will be due on August 1, 2016
Email us at with any questions. Please refer to the The Library Instruction Cookbook (ACRL 2009) and The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook (ACRL 2014) for examples of format and tone. We are willing to be flexible with wording, style, and topics.  Creativity encouraged!
We look forward to your proposals!
Raymond Pun, First Year Student Success Librarian, California State University, Fresno
Meggan Houlihan, First-Year and Instructional Services Librarian, NYU Abu Dhabi

Friday, February 05, 2016

CFP: Academic Library Association of Ohio Spring Workshops

The Academic Library Association of Ohio has a variety of calls open at the moment.  Please see the listings below.

Diversity Workshop CFP
The Academic Library Association of Ohio's Diversity Committee is pleased to announce that the Spring Diversity Workshop will be held at Ohio State University, Thompson Library, on Friday, May 13, 2016. The workshop will focus on outreach to the community, building collaboration and promoting diversity and inclusion on our campuses and within our libraries.

We are accepting proposals for presentations that will showcase efforts at outreach on your campus for promoting diversity and/or building collaboration. We anticipate presentations which last around 45 minutes.

Initial proposals should be 150 words in length and include a very brief bio of the presenter(s), as well as links to any publicly viewable electronic materials referenced. Visit here to submit your proposal:

The Diversity Committee will select from the proposals submitted. The deadline for submitting proposals is March 1, 2016.  For more details, please email:

Instruction and Assessment Interest Groups' CFP
Have you developed assessment techniques to improve your instruction or communicate the value of information literacy instruction? Do you have instructional assessment techniques that you’d like the share with others? Have you adjusted your instructional assessment techniques to address the Framework for Information Literacy?

We invite you to share innovative practices, experience, and success with your colleagues from academic libraries in Ohio and beyond at the spring workshop held jointly by the Academic Library Association of Ohio’s Assessment Interest Group (AIG) and Instruction Interest Group (IIG).
The deadline for proposals for is Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 5pm. Papers and demonstrations are welcome. Please submit title and abstract of your proposal in an MS Word or PDF file. In the abstract please include primary target audience, format, and learning objectives. Limit to 250 words. Exclude the name of your institution and any personal names in the abstract. Proposals will be blind reviewed by the AIG Planning Committee.

The workshop will be held on April 20, 2016, at the State Library of Ohio. All presenters must register for and attend the workshop. Registration costs for the workshop will be waived for presenters.  Proposals for presentations should be submitted to the ALAO AIG Co-Chairs, Mandy Shannon,, and Eric Resnis, Applicants will be notified by Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

Instruction and Assessment Interest Groups' Call for Keynote Speaker
The ALAO Instruction Interest Group (IIG) with the Assessment Interest Group will host their 2016 Spring Workshop on April 20th at the State Library of Ohio on the new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

IIG is looking for a keynote speaker who has discussed, implemented, or plans to implement changes to his/her library’s information literacy (IL) program based on the new Framework.  Possible topics include:
  • Current proposals for IL program changes at your institution
  • Tested strategies for program modifications or implementation using the Framework
  • Framework emphasis in planning (strategies, threshold concepts, authority, etc.)
  • Logistic, staff, administrative or other challenges of implementation
  • Faculty, administration, and staff collaboration or engagement in implementation
  • Changes to staff or faculty IL teaching strategies, assignments, or campus curricula
  • Impact of transitioning away from old standards
  • Preliminary findings or best practices
Please email your presentation proposal to Melissa Bauer ( by February 29,2016.

CFP: Starting From Scratch: Build Your Digital Scholarship Center Program (ALA Annual 2016)

Call for 2-3 Speakers - ALA Annual 2016
Orlando, Florida
Date and Time: TBD

Starting From Scratch: Build Your Digital Scholarship Center Program

The ACRL Digital Scholarship Centers Interest Group is seeking three panelists for the following approved program for ALA Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Program Narrative Description
The most frequently asked question about Digital Scholarship Centers (DSC) is "How do I get started?" The options are many and the decisions made can significantly impact the DSC's chances for a successful launch. What services are offered? Who are the partners? This program features experienced DSC developers who will share their stories and expertise about how they got started, what they learned and what they'd do today if they were starting from scratch.

Learning Outcomes
·         Identify best practices for starting a DSC in order to establish a Center that is well attended and relevant to the needs of users
·         Engage with experienced DSC managers in order to learn the range of services offered at Centers and how to effectively plan and execute them
·         Acquire strategies for identifying and connecting with campus partners in order to design DSC services and policies that make it a true community resource

The content for this program is highly relevant to a large segment of academic librarians although it is likely to be of most interest to those working in humanities librarianship and digital scholarship. Given the rapid increase in the number of faculty conducting digital scholarship, the interest in developing Centers that cater to the specialized needs of digital scholars, there is great interest among academic librarians to learn how to develop a Center at their library.

This program will be co-sponsored by the ACRL Digital Curation Interest Group and the ACRL Digital Humanities Interest Group (in-name only).

If you are interested in being a panelist for this program, please submit a 300 word statement on how you would address the description and learning outcomes as outlined above. Be specific about how your experience qualifies you to enlighten those interested in developing a Digital Scholarship Center for their campus. Please also include a list of two recent presentations.

Please include: Speaker name, title, institution, institution address, mailing address (if different than institution address), phone number, and e-mail. Send applications to Merinda Hensley at Deadline isMonday, February 15, 2016.

Please note: Speakers are responsible for their ALA registration and accommodations.

Chosen panelists will be contacted by Friday, February 19, 2016.

Steven Bell - Associate University Librarian, Temple University
Merinda Kaye Hensley - Digital Scholarship Liaison and Instruction Librarian, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Call for Proposals, LITA education webinars and web courses

What library technology topic are you passionate about? Have something to teach?

The Library Information Technology Association (LITA) Education Committee invites you to share your expertise with a national audience! For years, LITA has offered online learning programs on technology-related topics of interest to LITA Members and wider American Library Association audience. 

Submit a proposal by February 29th to teach a webinar, webinar series, or online course for Summer/Fall 2016.

All topics related to the intersection of technology and libraries are welcomed. Possible topics include:
- Research Data Management
- Supporting Digital Scholarship
- Technology and Kids or Teens
- Managing Technical Projects
- Creating/Supporting Library Makerspaces, or other Creative/Production Spaces
- Data-Informed Librarianship
- Diversity and Technology
- Accessibility Issues and Library Technology
- Technology in Special Libraries
- Ethics of Library Technology (e.g., Privacy Concerns, Social Justice Implications)
- Library/Learning Management System Integrations
- Technocentric LIbrary Spaces
- Social Media Engagement
- Intro to… GitHub, Productivity Tools, Visualization/Data Analysis, etc.

Instructors receive a $500 honorarium for an online course or $100-150 for webinars, split among instructors. For more information, access the online submission form. Check out our list of current and past course offerings to see what topics have been covered recently.

Please email with any questions. We’re looking forward to a slate of compelling and useful online education programs this year!
LITA Education Committee.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

CFP: Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference, Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina June 8th-11th 2016

Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference
A Call to Action: Information Literacy in the Digital World
JUNE 8th-11th 2016, Juni na Uni 2016 , Hotel Opal, Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina,

Conference website:
There is now a new Call to Action- Action Literacy,  and we play a crucial role. As proposed by Paul Zurkowski who is credited with coining the term Information Literacy in 1974, there is a great need to bridge the gap between Academic Information Literacy and the general public’s need to be able to navigate what is commonly considered our information overload. Information literacy prepares people for lifelong learning because it enables them to find the information they need for any task or decision at hand.  The challenge to achieve information literacy (IL) in this information rich society is vital for lifelong learning and allows us to capitalise on the diverse and often overwhelming range of information choices which we have been confronted with by the power of the Internet. The general public worldwide is in need of Information Literacy skills training so they can adequately respond to critical “kitchen table” issues such as job security, local community challenges, healthcare concerns and educational reform. In Action Literacy- there is a new Call to Action, which we must respond to-  for Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning in the Digital World.

Call for Papers
Theme: A Call to Action: Information Literacy in the Digital World
Papers should be prepared using WBIL template and submitted electronically to this email address:
After the second cycle of Peer-Review, selected papers will be published in the WBIL 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
·         Information Literacy in the 21st century
        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. web 2.0 ; web 3.0; YouTube, trends, emerging technologies and innovation; growth of digital resources; digital reference tools; tiered 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, Moscow Declaration etc.)
·         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
 Papers submission dateline: 15 May 2016 
Important Dates
Abstracts submission deadline April 24, 2016
Notification of Abstract acceptance April 30, 2016
Paper submission deadline May 15, 2016
Notification of acceptance May 30 2016
Dissemination of final programme June 02 2016

For further information: please see the Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference website for additional details at:

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.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

CFP: Reference Reviews

Reference Reviews, an Emerald journal with an international scope, is seeking manuscripts to be published in the 2016-2017 volume.

SUBMISSIONS:Manuscripts should focus on reference sources (as opposed to reference processes). Topic examples include, but are by no means limited to:
1.       An overview survey or annotated bibliography of a particular format, type, or subject area of reference sources
2.       A comparative review of two or more sources in a particular subject area
3.       A viewpoint article about a range of resources or type of resource
4.       Any other type of article which has as its primary focus a discussion of reference and information resources

Articles which are international in scope are particularly desirable. The word count is 2000 minimum, with 3000 being the average.

If you are interested in submitting a manuscript, have questions, or would like further information, please contact Bethany Latham,

More information about the journal can be found at:

Bethany Latham
Articles Editor, Reference Reviews

CFP: MLA 2016 Annual Conference (Michigan Library Association) October 26 – 28, 2016 Lansing Center, Lansing)

MLA 2016 Annual Conference 
Michigan Library Association
October 26 – 28, 2016 
Lansing Center, Lansing


The MLA 2016 Annual Conference work group seeks a variety of program and poster proposals that will address topics representing the wide-range of professional responsibilities found in libraries and those that will introduce new ideas or solutions to the challenges currently facing Michigan libraries. We encourage broad participation from librarians, staff and administrators from all types of libraries. MLA will be celebrating its 125th Anniversary in 2016.  With this in mind, poster or proposals that are relevant to the following themes are desirable: new vs. old, innovation, moving forward.
The sharing of experiences among colleagues is an essential part of enriching and improving the library community statewide. By presenting a program or poster at MLA 2016 you will help open dialogs, facilitate networking and spark new ideas for success.  
  • Download the Call for Proposals for complete details (PDF)
  • Submit your program and poster proposal online here. Submissions are due April 1, 2016.
The April 1 deadline for program and poster proposals is firm and will not be extended. Submit your proposal today to take advantage of this opportunity. 

Questions? Feel free to contact MLA at (517) 394-2774 or