Thursday, July 02, 2015

Call for Posters: Social Responsibility, Democracy, Education, and Professionalism: Supporting Core Values in Academic and Research Librarianship (New York City - December 4, 2015)

Social Responsibility, Democracy, Education, and Professionalism:
Supporting Core Values in Academic and Research Librarianship
The Greater New York Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries 2015 Symposium
Friday, December 4, 2015

The 2015 ACRL/NY Annual Symposium will use four of ALA's Core Values of Librarianship as a framework from which to pose questions. What does "social responsibility" mean for academic librarians? How diverse are our libraries and archives, and how democratic do we want them to be? How does supporting lifelong learning and information literacy differ for academic libraries of differing sizes, populations, and missions? How can we make time to grow professionally, given our multiple roles and budget challenges? These and other questions will be explored by noted speakers and panelists. For further information about the symposium, visit

ACRL/NY invites you to submit a poster session proposal for the 2015 Symposium. Poster sessions can address any of the core values: access, confidentiality and privacy, democracy, diversity, education and lifelong learning, intellectual freedom, the public good, preservation, professionalism, service, and social responsibility. Examples of potential topics include, but are not limited to:

* Providing access for underserved users
* Fostering lifelong learning in our communities
* Examining professionalism and changes to the profession
* Meeting the needs of diverse populations
* Resisting censorship in academic and research libraries
* Defining and striving towards "the public good"
* Protecting patron privacy in a time of surveillance
* Creating diverse workplaces and learning environments

Please submit your proposal using the online form at

The deadline for submission is Friday, September 4, 2015.
Accepted posters will be notified by Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

For some helpful poster pointers, check the "poster presentations" tab on the LibGuide at

The Symposium will take place on Friday, December 4, 2015 in New York City at:
The William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus Conference Center, Baruch College, 55 Lexington Avenue (at 24th Street) Room 14-220 (14th floor)

For further information, contact:

CFP: Library Marketing and Communications Conference (Dallas, TX - November 3-4, 2015)

Library Marketing and Communications Conference (Dallas, TX - November 3-4, 2015)

Conference URL:

November 3-4 | Dallas-Addison Metro Area, TX
Hello, Colleagues!
You're the FIRST to get this announcement, because you've attend past ALCOP or LCC conferences. Their organizer, Bob Kieserman, has decided not to run those events anymore. But a small group of previous attendees and speakers didn't want them to die. So we decided to reboot and relaunch them.
Now we're pleased to invite you to the new incarnation: the Library Marketing and Communications Conference! 
Call For Presentation Proposals
Submission Deadline: July 15
Notification of Presentation Approval: August 10

Submit a Call for Proposal(link is external)

The Program Committee of the Library Marketing and Communications Conference (LMCC) is interested in receiving proposals for presentations that apply the latest trends, best practices, and research in the field while providing practical tips that can be immediately applied to any library's communication and marketing program.

Although not limited to these areas, topics of interest include:
  • Communication 101
  • Using Social Media effectively
  • Writing strategic marketing plans
  • Promoting special collections
  • User Experience and its impact on libraries
  • Collaborating with other units or organizations
  • Engaging the community
  • Planning and promoting programming
  • Creating surveys for patrons or non-users
  • Branding
  • Making promotional videos
  • Designing graphics and infographics
  • Working with the press
  • Fundraising

Criteria For Acceptance
Presentations will be evaluated according to the following:
  • Useful / practical learning objectives
  • Significance
  • Originality
  • Technical content
  • Clarity
  • Interactive elements

Submission Guidelines
Deadline: Fill out the form by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on July 15.

An e-mail confirming receipt of submission will be sent.

Please Note: Speakers will be responsible for registering for the conference and arranging their own travel and lodging. There will be a discounted block of rooms at the Crowne Plaza.

For any additional questions, send email with the subject line "LMC questions" to:

General Questions About Speaking:
Joan Barnes: sends e-mail)
Community Engagement Librarian
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Questions About the Proposal Form:
Jodie Borgerding: sends e-mail)
Instruction & Liaison Services Librarian
Webster University

Things are moving quickly in order to have an event this fall: 
  • LMCC launch: July 2
  • Call for Proposals ends: July 15
  • Must fill hotel room block by: July 30
Since you've attended before, we sincerely hope you'll come back for our new & improved conference. We're honoring the original mission of  keeping it focused, small, and affordable.

Earlybird registration costs just $275, and includes breakfast (if you stay at the conference hotel), PLUS lunch and 2 drink / snack breaks on each day. What a deal!

Our wonderful sponsor, Amigos Library Services, has negotiated discounts so the rooms will be just $125 + tax. Please book your room by July 30, via the conference website, to get the best deals and to help fill our room block and ensure that the conference will go on!
Please visit our website to learn the details:

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

CFP: Library Conference Reports Focused on Business Themed Topics (SLA, ALA, etc.)

This is a notice for the Conference Reports section of TickerThe Academic Business Librarianship Review is a forum for the exchange of the research, best practices, and innovative thinking in business librarianship and business library management.  Published by the Academic Business Library Directors (ABLD), this open-access journal considers all aspects of business librarianship through articles, thought pieces, member profiles, case studies, and conference reports.  We are expecting to publish our first issue this year.

The Conference Reports section seeks informal articles capturing the themes, key speakers, vendor exhibits, resources and other information about library conferences. In particular, the articles sought out for this section focus on the needs of business librarians. Reports for any business librarian meetings (such as with ABLD, EBSLG, APBSLG, CLADEA, etc.) are relevant, as are reports focused on business-related sessions are larger conferences such as SLA, ALA, ACRL, Charleston Conference, etc.  The conference reports should include links as needed and should be in English.

These should be between 750 and 2000 words.  I am looking for people to write on business themed sessions at SLA and ALA meetings and others that we attend.  It is also good to have different perspectives, especially for the large conferences.

If you have any question - please contact Section Editor Corey Seeman, (director, Kresge Library Services at the University of Michigan) at

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CFP: Libraries and the Public Purposes of Higher Education (March 20, 2016 - Boston, MA)

Call for Proposals

Libraries and the Public Purposes of Higher Education (March 20, 2016 - Boston, MA)


Boston, MA

Join us for the 2016 Colloquium on Libraries & Service Learning being held in conjunction with the 30th anniversary conference of Campus Compact.

Conference Focus:
The intended community for this pre-conference colloquium includes all who are interested in current and potential partnerships between academic librarians, faculty who teach service learning courses, service learning professionals and community partners. The pre-conference is designed to facilitate the sharing of research, ideas, perspectives and best practices in library engagement with/in academic service learning.

The planning committee welcomes proposals on any aspect of libraries and service learning.

Session topics may include, but are not limited to
  • Accreditation
  • Added value
  • Assessment
  • Case studies
  • Institutional priorities
  • Partnerships
  • Retention
  • Student engagement
  • Student learning outcomes

Session length: 45 minutes.

Requirements: Written paper or designed activity to report the results of research, present case studies, or facilitate an active learning session related to libraries and service learning. Presentation sessions are limited to 30 minutes and should include time for questions. Presenters are encouraged to supply virtual handouts or other materials as appropriate.

Presentation proposals should include the name of the presenter(s), the title of the session, a brief presentation abstract (75-100 words) and a short bio of the presenter(s).

Submissions are due by Tuesday September 1 at 5:00PST


Submission form (an account must be created to submit):

Contact Jennifer Nutefall, University Librarian, Santa Clara University at

Monday, June 29, 2015

CFP: The Active Librarian -- New Journal for Public Librarians

The Active Librarian

I write to inform you of a new publication in our field, The Active Librarian, an open-access, online, peer-reviewed journal devoted to enhancing the services of public librarianship by publishing repeatable, data-driven best practices.

Phew: that's a mouthful.  And the last time I'll type like that.  At least in this email.

The Active Librarian seeks to centralize best practices for us public librarians.  We are not afforded the many professional development opportunities academic librarians receive, despite the significance of our work and the necessity of keeping it current and fresh.  We at TAL argue that we need a centralized online location, a "republic of letters" (though far more
inclusive than the last one!), for public librarians to access, discuss, and distribute best practices.  A full description of the journal, and how it differs in both purpose and submission from other journals, follows my signature below.

You can access the journal directly at -- it is a work in progress, many magnitudes in progress, and we are soliciting the following aid:

We are seeking referees, submissions, and graphic designers for our inaugural issue.  You know, there can only be one first issue -- although I grant that there can be only one of any issue -- so start drafting your submission now. You do not need to be a public librarian to referee or to publish with us, but be advised that our content will be exclusively about public librarianship.

We aim to publish one volume per year with 9 issues, although we shall adjust the publishing schedule to meet supply, demand, and other such capitalist nouns.  We would like to publish volume 1, issue 1, for October 1st. Note that we are flexible with the journal's evolution and will not rule out a "rolling submissions" format -- where this journal goes ultimately depends on its community.

Between and within published issues, we are also hosting a discussion forum, where librarians can exchange ideas, query one another, and plan professional development opportunities together.  Like the journal itself, this forum will evolve to meet the community's needs.  Even if you have no intentions to publish with us, come join our forum to build a community of active and engaged librarians.

Thank you for reading, and please send me any questions, comments, concerns, words of encouragement, spam, recommendations, and spare vitriol you have lying  (laying?) about.

Michael J. Carlozzi
Librarian for Information and Technology Services
Canton Public Library
786 Washington St.
Canton, MA 02021

Libraries fulfill vital community needs. Since such needs are always changing, librarianship requires actively evolving professionals.  Public librarians in particular must acquire a wide-ranging set of skills and talents: outreach and marketing, computer networking, digital literacy instruction, collection development, and much, much more.

Traditionally professionals develop their field through active research, using conferences and publication venues as primary means to share notable work. Public librarians do not readily enjoy these development opportunities. Unlike our colleagues in academic positions, we often cannot attend distant conferences or take sabbaticals; we cannot purchase expensive database subscriptions, limiting our exposure to cutting-edge research; and many of us do not have time apportioned for pursuing large-scale research projects.  But our work benefits from the same professional exchange as academic librarians; the patrons we serve are no less important, and our community outreach is arguably greater and more critical.

We need a centralized repository of clear, direct, and specific resources to expand best practices and to replicate successful programs.  Such a collection will help us better meet the needs of our patrons and our profession.

The Active Librarian serves this role.   Our publication reports on concrete, specific initiatives, services, programs, and protocols.  They provide clear explanations for these proposals with the intention of being repeatable by other public librarians.   In short, another library should be able to take the information in our articles and use that information to develop, implement, or enhance its own service.  Ultimately The Active Librarian aims to enhance the profession by publishing needed programmatic analysis and assessment. Following a central tenet of librarianship - free access to all - TAL will publish as an entirely open access journal, free to all.


TAL is a practical rather than academic journal. We adhere to important practices of publishing original work vetted by peer review. However, we forgo overly-rigid academic norms in order to emphasize application. For example, a TAL article does not need a literature review, an exhaustive references list, or some deep statistical analysis. Instead, you need a good idea and a clear, direct explanation of that idea so that it becomes repeatable. Would other libraries benefit from the work you have done? What are the features of your work and steps it takes to implement it? How do you know assess the program to know it's "working"? These are general questions that can guide TAL articles.

Submissions report on an initiative, program, or service at your library.  For example, you may have recently adopted an adult literacy program.  Turning your program into a successful article will mean developing a clear description of the program and its target audience, offering a lucid outline of the programming involved, providing an example of lesson plans used, and reviewing any steps to assess the program's efficacy and the progress of its participants.  We would also encourage a follow-up submission, where you would report on assessment findings and describe any adjustments you had made or plan
to implement.

Acceptable topics include any library-related idea that can be generalized to and applied by other librarians -- i.a. fostering an educational partnership, configuring credit card payments, developing a community "make space," writing a troubleshooting guide for Envisionware's Time Management service, becoming a passport processor. Put simply, if you do something well, we want to hear about it.

We invite you to submit to TAL if you think your project is best publicized widely and freely, and understood as practical application rather than theory-building or historicizing.  Feel free to contact us if you are unsure whether your project “fits.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Iowa IUG Meeting Call for Proposals (Iowa Innovative Users Group (Iowa City, Iowa - Sept 17, 2015)

The Iowa Innovative Users Group will be meeting Thursday, September 17th at the Iowa City Public Library and will have a Circulation focus.

We invite Circulation related presentations from Millennium/Sierra or Polaris libraries of 60 minutes in length, with some of that time set aside for questions. Ideas for forums or panel sessions to discuss a topic related to circulation are also of interest.  Big libraries, small libraries, public, academic, special - circulation and patron service are something we all have in common:

*         Loan rules, Holds, Fines or Demerits!  Attendees would love to hear your tips and tricks for what can be overwhelming and complicated.
*         Do you have Self-Check stations?  Tell us about them and what they have meant to your library.
*         Why not share a Circulation service, training, or specialty with other Innovative users in the state at the Iowa IUG Meeting?

Please send your proposal (Name, contact information, and a brief abstract or idea) to Sheryl Bissen, Iowa IUG Vice Chair/Chair Elect ( Proposals are due July 10, 2015.

Thank you all again and we look forward to seeing your proposals!

Sheryl Bissen
Library Systems Support Specialist
Grinnell College Libraries
1111 6th Ave.
Grinnell, IA  50112

Monday, June 22, 2015

Call for Narratives: Special Issue on Librarians as Helping Professionals (REFLECTIONS: Narratives of Professional Helping)

Call for Narratives: Special Issue on Librarians as Helping Professionals
Deadline: September 30, 2015
Laura Habat, Guest Editor

REFLECTIONS: Narratives of Professional Helping
Published by Cleveland State University School of Social Work
Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping is a double-blind peer reviewed interdisciplinary journal that has been published since 1995.  All of the journal’s issues are now available online at and via EBSCO SocIndex.  This is a call for narratives to be featured in a Special Issue: Librarians as Helping Professionals.

The compelling vignettes found in Reflections narratives portray interpersonal interactions, witnessed events, and felt experiences.  Rooted in key moments, this narrative content is placed within the context of a well-told story (exposition).  In addition to showing and telling what happened in their practice and activism, authors often reflect on their stories and share conclusions.  Reflections articles are valuable for education for practice.  They also contribute to empirical knowledge about the nature of practice in the helping professions and often introduce important ideas and concepts that address unresolved theoretical problems.

The present Special Issue on Librarians as Helping Professionals will publish narratives about professional practice with individuals and communities as it relates to librarianship.  Historical reflections on the role of librarianship as a helping profession are also welcome.  Librarians and other helping professionals recognize the need for access to information and resources that encourage learning, enrichment, and a sense of community.  Another shared value is a commitment to helping others and working with the public, including vulnerable populations.  Librarianship is firmly rooted in advocacy for information and working with people to access that information.  Libraries promote lifelong learning, civic engagement and community development.  Librarians are both information professionals and helping professionals.  We offer a unique perspective in our work with the community.  This special issue is an opportunity for librarians to publish narratives which acknowledge these aspects of the profession.

Please read the Helpful Instructions on the journal website as well as the Review Guidelines prior to preparing your manuscript.  Write your narrative in a style which makes sense to you, from a single vignette to longer stories with multiple portrayals of interaction and references to literature, within the range of 1200-8000 words.  Submit to Reflections, being sure to choose the Librarians as Helping Professionals section when doing so.  When registering for the journal, be sure to check the author box. For feedback, even on an early idea for a narrative, please contact the Guest Editor: Laura Habat, MLIS, MSW-Candidate,  Librarians wishing to serve as reviewers of submitted articles are also welcome to contact the guest editor.

Call for chapter proposals - Experiential learning in academic and research libraries

Call for Book Chapter Proposals
Experiential learning in academic and research libraries

The editor of the forthcoming Chandos Publishing book Experiential learning in academic and research libraries: Its importance and applications, to be published mid-2016, seeks chapter proposals from librarians who have used experiential learning to transform their collections and services, while creating collaborative synergies to support institutional mission and student success.  The book will be a “one-stop-shop” for libraries looking to ground their experiential learning programs and services on a sure footing, and will suggest unique and exciting ways to add experiential learning to the library’s offerings.  Chapters are sought which highlight programs, services, or resources that are grounded in experiential learning and which benefit academic library users and/or contribute to student success.

Proposals on relevant experiential programs from other library types may also be considered, as well as international or global perspectives (including Native/Indigenous/First Nations).  No previously published material, please.

Topics may include:

  • Integrating experiential learning into information literacy curricula
  • Experiential learning outcomes and assessment
  • Learning communities
  • Freshman Year Experience courses and library instruction
  • Intersections of experiential/constructivist learning theories and information science theory
  • Learning styles
  • Service Learning
  • Project/Problem/Inquiry-based learning
  • Experiential learning collaborations outside of the library
  • Outreach and marketing
  • Staff development and training
  • Leadership and management
  • Wellness
  • Experiential library programming
  • Designing library spaces for experiential learning
  • Use of technology for experiential learning outcomes
  • Distance learning
  • Makerspaces
  • Games/Gaming and experiential learning
  • Social Media/Social Networking
  • Learning Commons
  • Museums and cultural institutions
  • National libraries
  • Best practices/Tips/Advice

Submission Procedure:

Proposal submission deadline is: July 3, 2015

Proposals (in Microsoft Word format) should include: a 150 to 200-word abstract describing your chosen topic and its relevance to the main topic of the work, a statement of contributor(s) qualifications to write chapter on proposed topic, a brief biographical sketch of contributor(s), and names and contact information for all contributors (please identify a main contributor).

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by July 17, 2015. Chapters accepted for inclusion will be expected to be around 4,500-5,000 words.

Send inquiries and submissions to:

Pete McDonnell

Systems/Distance Learning/Circulation Librarian
Bemidji State University
A.C. Clark Library, #28
1500 Birchmont Dr. NE
Bemidji, MN   56601

Pete McDonnell

Pete McDonnell
Systems/Distance Learning/Circulation Librarian
Bemidji State University / A.C. Clark Library, #28 / 1500 Birchmont Dr. NE / Bemidji, MN  56601

Sunday, June 21, 2015

CFP: Knowledge Quest (AASL - American Association of School Librarians)

Knowledge Quest:
Author Information:

Knowledge Quest is seeking original, unpublished manuscripts that address the integration of theory and practice in school librarianship and new developments in education, learning theory, and relevant disciplines. Knowledge Quest is devoted to offering substantive information to assist building-level school librarians, supervisors, library educators, and other decision makers concerned with the development of school library programs and services. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Emerging trends
  • Reading/literacy
  • Collaboration/Co-teaching
  • Leadership
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Makerspaces
  • Technology
  • Classification systems
  • Career development
  • Standards/testing
  • STEM
  • Collection development/curation
  • Inquiry
Knowledge Quest is NOT interested in:
  • Basic primers on the role of the school library/school librarian
  • Press releases or vendor news articles
Your submission will be reviewed by the Knowledge Quest Editorial Board. Authors will be notified upon receipt of manuscript. Unsolicited manuscripts undergo blind review by the Knowledge Quest editorial advisory board. The process takes approximately 3-4 weeks. When the review is completed, the author will be notified of the outcome.