Saturday, January 14, 2017

CFP: Libraries and Nonprofits: Collaboration for the Public Good

Libraries and Nonprofits: Collaboration for the Public Good (Library Juice Press) will consider the range of partnerships entered into by all types of libraries and nonprofits and will provide resources and best practices for nurturing these collaborations. We are seeking domestic and international case studies which highlight successful (or problematic) collaborations between libraries and nonprofit organizations for inclusion in the book. Case studies may address the following themes relating to nonprofit organizations and library collaborations including (but not limited to):

* civic engagement
* public health
* social safety nets/social work
* arts and culture
* education/literacy
* environment/sustainability/food justice
* anti-racism
* disability rights
* legal aid/human rights
* housing/planning

Examples range from collaborations with financial literacy organizations to provide free or low-cost tax preparation; legal aid organizations to provide civic education and human rights workshops; literacy organizations to provide storytime programs, ESL or tutoring services; or museums to provide exhibitions, pop-up galleries, or STEAM programming.

How to Participate

Authors are invited to submit a case study proposal as an email attachment in Word or PDF to on or before Monday, February 20, 2017. The case study proposal should be 300-500 words (Chicago Style) clearly explaining the intent and details of the proposed case study as it relates to the topics listed above. Proposed case studies should be based on unpublished work, unique to this publication and not submitted or intended to be simultaneously submitted elsewhere.

Authors will be notified by Monday, March 27, 2017 about the status of their proposals and sent case study guidelines. Completed case studies are expected to be between 2,000-4,000 words, although shorter or longer case studies are negotiable. Full case studies are expected to be submitted by Monday, June 26, 2017.

Proposals should include

* Author name(s), institutional or organizational affiliation, job title/role
* Brief author(s) bio
* Proposed case study title
* A summary of the proposed case study (300-500 words)

About the authors

Tatiana Bryant, Special Collections Librarian, University of Oregon Libraries

Jonathan O. Cain, Librarian for Data Initiatives and Public Policy, Planning and Management, University of Oregon Libraries

Friday, January 13, 2017

CFP: Scholarship in the Sandbox: Academic Libraries as Laboratories, Forums, and Archives for Student Work (ACRL Publication)

Call for Proposals:
Scholarship in the Sandbox: Academic Libraries as Laboratories, Forums, and Archives for Student Work
Edited by Amy Jackson, Cindy Pierard, Suzanne Schadl
Published by ACRL

Important dates:
Expressions of interest due February 1.
Please complete the form at
Notifications are expected to go out by mid-February.
First drafts due May 15.

This book brings together perspectives on sharing student scholarship and creative work, and instructive
case studies. The book incorporates the viewpoints of librarians, teaching faculty, academic staff,
community members and students themselves. We will create a dialogue around the idea of the
academic library as a laboratory for emerging scholars and creatives to practice and test their
disciplinary work; as a forum for sharing that work; and as an archive where work can be sustained and

We are particularly interested in contributions from students in other academic programs, as well as
librarians and other academics with practical experience in the area. Editors will seek proposals that
directly address one of these topics, and provide ideas and/or illustrations of practice in these areas.

Chapters will be 5000-7000 words. For more information please see

Amy Jackson (Performing Arts & Digital Arts Librarian, University of New Mexico)
Cindy Pierard (Director of Access Services and Undergraduate Engagement, University of New Mexico)
Suzanne Schadl (Curator of Latin American Collections and Outreach Coordinator, University of New Mexico)

Please address correspondence to

CFP: Texas Conference on Institutional Repositories (Dallas, Texas - June 2, 2017)

The Texas Conference on Institutional Repositories (TCIR) is accepting proposals for full sessions (30-45 minutes) and lightning talks (5-10 minutes). Topics may include but are not limited to:
  • Copyright
  • Open access
  • Outreach and promotion
  • Open educational resources
  • Research data management
  • Library-based publishing
  • Platform(s)
  • Migration
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Development and growth
  • Future trends

The deadline for submission is March 17, 2017. Send all proposals - name, title, type of presentation and abstract - to For more information, contact Dillon Wackerman, Digital Repository Librarian at SMU, at

The conference will be hosted by Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX on June 2, 2017 and is sponsored by the SMU Central University Libraries, the Cross Timbers Library Collaborative’s Scholarly Communication and Digital Curation Affinity Group, and bepress.

Registration for this event is free. Participants and attendees from outside of Texas are welcome. To register contact

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Practical Guides for Librarians - Official Call for Authors

Practical Guides for Librarians - Official Call for Authors

Hi Everyone,

I've just taken on the role of Series Editor for Practical Guides for Librarians a very popular book series from Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. And I'm looking for authors and book ideas for this first year's books!!! I'm hoping to do 10-15 books in my main areas of interest - technology, makerspaces, and young adult topics such as comics, fandoms, etc.

If you think you might be interested in writing a book for the series - yes there are royalties involved!! - please briefly pitch me your idea on this linked form. It doesn't have to be a full proposal - just a sentence or two with your idea:

And here's just one book in the series to give you an idea of the format/layout of the books:

And here are some past titles in the series:
  • Going Beyond Loaning Books to Loaning Technologies: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Practical Guides for Librarians) by Janelle Sander and Lori S. Mestre
  • Infographics: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Practical Guides for Librarians) by Beverley E. Crane (Author)
  • Children's Services Today: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Practical Guides for Librarians) by Jeanette Larson
  • Online Teaching and Learning: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Practical Guides for Librarians) by Beverley E. Crane
  • Usability Testing: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Practical Guides for Librarians) by Rebecca Blakiston
  • Story Time Success: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Practical Guides for Librarians) by Katie Fitzgerald
Ellyssa Kroski
Director of Information Technology
The New York Law Institute

Call for Posters: MI-ALA Annual Conference 2017 Making Connections: Academic Libraries, Communities, and Purpose (May 2017 - Grand Rapids, Michigan)

MI-ALA Annual Conference 2017
Making Connections: Academic Libraries, Communities, and Purpose

May 18 & 19, 2017
Eberhard Center at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids
You are invited to Grand Rapids and GVSU for the second MI-ALA conference to showcase your innovations in library science. We are excited to see how librarians across the great state of Michigan are harnessing their vision to make connections and show purpose.

We're interested in poster proposals on topics in every area of librarianship, from the front lines and from behind the scenes, addressing the range of issues of critical concern to academic libraries. Broad participation is encouraged from librarians, staff, LIS students, and administrators from all types of academic libraries (including but not limited to public universities, private colleges, and community colleges). 

Poster proposals should include a description of no more than 300 words. Poster proposals will be evaluated on relevance to the academic library profession, originality and creativity, and clarity/applicability of content and outcomes. 

Please submit your poster proposal by February 17, 2017. Submitters will be contacted about the status of their proposed poster by March 7, 2017.

You must be a member of MI-ALA to submit a proposal. Regardless of the decision on a proposal, MI-ALA encourages you to attend the conference. Poster session proposals may also be submitted if your presentation proposal is not accepted.  

Any questions may be sent to the Poster Session Coordinator, David Scott (

To submit your poster proposal, use this link:

To find out more about the conference, go here:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Call for contributions to column in the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship

This is a call for contributions to the "E-Resource Round Up" column for volume 29, issue 2 of the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL). Submissions can be related to any aspect of electronic resources and their use in libraries, including conference reports, professional discussion groups, meetings, and practices in using electronic resources in-house. This would be a great opportunity for you to report on topics that may benefit others in our profession.

The editors would like to receive contributions to the column by Friday, February 17, 2017. Contributions should not be published elsewhere.

If you have a submission or questions, please contact the column editors:

Bob Wolverton
Mississippi State University Libraries

Karen Davidson
Mississippi State University Libraries
(662) 325-3018             

CFP: Special Issue on Digital Collection Metadata & Internet Discovery - Journal of Web Librarianship

The Journal of Web Librarianship is planning a special issue on Internet discovery on digital collections entitled: Digital Collection Metadata & Internet Discovery

Digital Collection Metadata & Internet Discovery

Many digital repositories and digital collections have been created in recent decades in academic and research libraries. As digital items are put into digital repositories, associated metadata records need to be effective for external indexing by search engines in order to be discovered. Current literature includes some discussion pertaining to digital resources discovery, metadata evaluation, search engine indexing, and search engine optimization strategies. However, due to the distinct options of digital repository software, the complexity of metadata schemas, the variety of formats of digital items, and the ambiguity of search engine indexing strategies, researchers have not come to an agreement about which metadata schema is the best to use, because the choice varies based on the format of the particular digital file, the repository system being used, and the search engine being queried. This journal issue aims to explore these approaches and offer insights into the current literature debating digital collection metadata and its discoverability on the Internet.

Subject Coverage

This special issue offers a platform for researchers to discuss topics relevant to the potential combination of best strategies regarding metadata, digital repositories, digital formats, search engine indexing, and Internet discovery. Subject coverage includes but is not limited to Digital Collection Metadata Evaluation, Digital Repository Systems Evaluation, Digital Collection Development, Indexing Evaluation of Digital Formats, Search Engine Indexing, Search Engine Algorithm Evaluation, and Internet Discovery on Digital Repositories.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

1.  Original Research
        Evaluation of metadata of digital collections
        Evaluation of digital repository system pertaining to facilitating content discoverability
        Evaluation of search engine indexing on metadata or digital file formats
        Evaluation of search engine algorithm and/or search engine optimization

2. Case Studies
        Best strategies for facilitating Internet discovery of digital collections
        Best practices for developing and promoting digital collections on the Internet
        Workflows for optimizing digital collection and metadata development

Important dates

        Full paper submission at 30, 2017
        Notification of decision: June 30, 2017
        Revised submission: July 31, 2017
        Final acceptance notification: August 31, 2017
        Final version of paper: September 30, 2017
        Publication: December, 2017

Guest Editors

Le Yang
Digital Initiatives Librarian
Texas Tech University

Joy M. Perrin
Digital Resources Librarian
Texas Tech University


Hannah Gascho Rempel

The Journal of Web Librarianship is an international, peer-reviewed journal focused on all aspects of librarianship as practiced on the World Wide Web, including both existing and emerging roles and activities of information professionals. The journal strives to find a balance between original, scholarly research, and practical communications on relevant topics in web librarianship.  Web services and systems librarians are encouraged to contribute, as are librarians working in public services, technical services, special collections, archives, and administration.

For more information on this special issue, see the Call for Papers website.

CFP: Journal of New Librarianship (Open Access Journal)

I am pleased and excited to announce the publication of Volume 1, Issue 1 of the Journal of New Librarianship. Read it now:

The Journal of New Librarianship is an open access journal for members of the library and information professions, and published via Scholastica.  

The first issue includes double-blind peer reviewed articles by Meg Henderson from the University of Southern California and Emma Oxford James Madison University; book reviews by Bea Calvert of Loyola University- New Orleans and Carol Waggoner-Angleton of Augusta University; and essays by Dan Vinson of Mount Mary University, Deb Schwartz, CEO, LAC Group, and Emily Drabinski of Long Island University.

Moving forward, the journal hopes to publish a wide variety of content from a wide variety of librarians from public, special, academic and other libraries, including: peer-reviewed articles; essays; opinion pieces; book reviews; and content in a variety of formats, including text, video, podcasts, etc.

Moving forward, works will be published on a rolling basis. We are accepting submissions now to v2i1, which will include all work published between now and June 30th of 2017.

Submissions may include, but are not limited to: Solicited articles; Scholarly Articles; Essays; Experience and opinion pieces; Media (i.e., podcasts, video, etc) relevant to innovative practices in librarianship; Book reviews; Technology reviews; Letters to the Editor on topics relevant to the field; Data sets; Manifestos; Extended scholarship (Greater than 15,000 words); and Interviews.

Non-English content is welcome. Translation assistance is available for accepted works.

As this is a diamond-model open access journal, there are no APCs: Submission is free, as it should be.  There is also no charge to readers or to authors for the Journal of New Librarianship. For additional information, please check out

Stephen P. Weiter
Dean, University Libraries
Oakland University

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

CFP: Instruction Interest Group - April 2017 Columbus Ohio (Academic Library Association of Ohio)

Have you begun piloting or experimenting with applications of ACRL’s new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education? Do you have an assignment or activity to share on a threshold concept? Do you have a fruitful collaboration with faculty in implementing the Framework at your institution? If so, the Academic Library Association of Ohio’s (ALAO) Instruction Interest group invites you to share your activities and experiences at our Spring Workshop on Thursday, April 20th at the State Library of Ohio.

ALAO's Instruction Interest Group (IIG) is looking for presenters who have designed and taught library assignments or activities that teach any of the six threshold concepts. Do you have fresh ideas you’d like to present? Now’s your chance!

We are interested in breakout sessions that offer insights in any of the following topics:

  • Adapting or creating new assignments or activities
  • One-shot instruction and the new Framework
  • Practical applications of the Framework
  • Setting learning outcomes
  • Best practices and discoveries
  • Finding common ground between the old Standards and new Framework
  • Collaboration with Faculty
  • Curriculum mapping
  • Online learning modules/tutorials

The deadline for proposals for is Feb. 15, 2017. To submit your idea, please click on the following link and fill out the form: Session proposals will be reviewed by the IIG planning committee.

Please e-mail any questions to IIG Co-Chairs Dana Knott ( and Mark Eddy ( 

CFP: The Future of Librarianship: Exploring what’s next for the Academic Librarian (LACUNY Institute 2017 - NYC May 2017)

The Future of Librarianship: Exploring what’s next for the Academic Librarian

Date: May 19, 2017
Location: LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York
Keynote Speaker: Barbara Rockenbach, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Services (interim), at Columbia University Libraries

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2017

Librarians cannot predict the future but they can speculate about it. . .

The LACUNY Institute 2017 is seeking futuristic proposals that think beyond the current to share a vision of the academic librarians’ position in a changing information landscape.
The LACUNY Institute Committee seeks proposals that address the future of academic librarians in college and university libraries, archives, and the information studies, across myriad roles (staff, faculty, students, patrons, etc.) and functions (technical services, public services, instruction, etc.). Such proposals can deal with innovation already in practice and/or futuristic ideas concerning librarianship.

Example topics include but are not limited to:

  *   Impact of current events on library trends
  *   Innovation and changes in roles, responsibilities, services and resources
  *   Impact of technology
  *   Leadership, leadership development, and workforce planning
  *   Diversity & inclusion,
  *   Career planning, professional development
  *   Post-truth information literacy, digital literacy, and visual literacy
  *   MLS, Curriculum development, and preparedness
  *   Civic engagement, partnerships, and community building
  *   Librarians as knowledge gatekeepers, personal freedom, and privacy

The Institute will have four tracks: panel presentations, facilitated dialogues, and alt-sessions.

  *   Panel papers (15 minutes/presenter): Moderated panel presentations with time for questions and discussion.
  *   Facilitated dialogues (45 minutes): Teams of two lead a discussion on topic of their choice related to the theme, with one person presenting context and the other facilitating conversation.
  *   Alt-sessions (15-30 minutes): An opportunity for exploring topics through multiple ways of knowing (e.g., short documentary, spoken word, performance art).
  *   Poster sessions

Please submit proposals, including a 300-500 word abstract by February 1, 2017

The goal of this event is to create a space for respectful dialogue and debate about these critical issues. We will be publishing a formal code of conduct, but the event organizers will actively strive to create a public space in which multiple perspectives can be heard and no one voice dominates.

Questions may be directed to the 2017 LACUNY Institute Co-Chairs Kimberley Bugg, or Simone L. Yearwood at

Monday, January 09, 2017

CFP: ALA Annual Conference – LIRT Transitions to College Committee Pre-conference

Do you have innovative and exciting case-studies or research to share on the topic of student transitions? The ALA LIRT Transitions to College Committee is seeking panelists for a pre-conference session at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference. The pre-conference, titled Examining and Supporting Student Transitions Across the Library Spectrum, will educate participants on the role of libraries in supporting students’ educational transitions. These transitions may include high school to college, primary to secondary school, undergraduate to graduate school, and from formal schooling into adult life. This pre-conference will interest librarians from public, school and academic libraries, combining various types of presenters and session formats. Sessions will include: successful case studies of library programs meant to ease students’ transitions; a conversation about school, public and academic library learning standards; a panel of researcher specializing in students’ transition behavior and how libraries prepare and support transitions; and opportunities for group discussion and brainstorming.

We are seeking 2-3 case-study panelists and 2-3 research panelists. Presentations will range from 15-25 minutes depending on number of panelists.

Date has not been confirmed, but this is a PRE-CONFERENCE session.

Submission Information:

Proposals are due by February 28, 2017.

Notification of acceptance will be made by email.

Submissions and questions should be emailed to Matt Upson ( and/or Beth West (

Please Include:

  • Full name
  • Title
  • Employer
  • Email address
  • Telephone
  • A brief (150 words or less) description of your case-study or research:
  • A brief (50 words or less) bio:

Prior to event, applicants must agree to present in-person at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference.

Unfortunately, the Transitions to College Committee and LIRT are unable to provide honoraria or travel reimbursements.

Friday, January 06, 2017

CFP: DPLAfest 2017 (April 2017 - Chicago, IL)

DPLA is seeking session proposals for DPLAfest 2017, an annual conference that brings together librarians, archivists, and museum professionals, developers and technologists, publishers and authors, educators, and many others to celebrate DPLA and its community of creative professionals. It will be held in Chicago, IL April 20-21, 2017.

DPLAfest 2017—the fourth major gathering of the Digital Public Library of America’s broad community—will take place on April 20-21, 2017 in Chicago at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center. The hosts for DPLAfest 2017 include Chicago Public Library, the Black Metropolis Research ConsortiumChicago Collections, and the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS). Taking place in downtown Chicago, DPLAfest 2017 will bring together hundreds of people from DPLA’s large and growing community over two days for interactive workshops, hackathons and other collaborative activities, engaging discussions with community leaders and practitioners, fun events, and more.

The deadline to submit a session proposal is Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Proposals should be related to digital libraries, broadly defined. This year, we are particularly interested in proposals at the intersection of digital libraries and:
  • Social justice
  • Copyright and rights management
  • Public engagement
  • Analytics, assessment, and impact
  • Metadata/data quality
  • Collaboration across types of institutions and sectors
  • Training, professional development, and technical literacy
  • Open educational resources
  • Open access content, including use and reuse
  • Technical infrastructure of interoperability including
    • International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) integration
    • ResourceSync
    • Linked Open Data
    • Repository systems
    • Aggregation technologies
    • Search and discovery
We also encourage proposals that highlight digital library work being done in and/or focusing on our host city – Chicago!

Check the DPLA proposal page for more information

CFP: Bridging Campus and Community: Libraries Transforming the Student Experience through Service Learning (August 2017 - Santa Clara, CA)

Call for Proposals: Colloquium on Libraries & Service Learning

Bridging Campus and Community: Libraries Transforming the Student Experience through Service Learning
August 7-8, 2017
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

Submission due January 31, 2017
Details on the Conference and submission forms here:
Follow on twitter @CLSL2017

Conference Focus: The intended community for this colloquium includes all who are interested in current and potential partnerships among academic librarians, faculty who teach service learning courses, service learning professionals and community partners. The colloquium 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:

  • The Student Experience: Student engagement/career readiness, student learning outcomes/ ACRL Information Literacy Frames
  • Case Studies: Service-learning throughout the disciplines, innovative programs/collaborations, international service learning (international contexts and/or international students)
  • Community Partners: Campus and community outreach/reciprocal partnerships
  • Assessment: Accreditation, retention, demonstrating the library’s value, institutional priorities
  • Research: Action research, engagement scholarship

Presentations: 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.
  • Of particular interest are interactive sessions and sessions co-presented by any combination of librarians, teaching faculty, community engagement coordinators, students, and/or community partners.
  • Presentation proposals should include the name of the presenter(s), the title of the session, an abstract (100-200 words) and a short bio of the presenter(s).

Posters: Session length: 45 minutes.

  • Posters will be on display throughout the conference with 45 minutes dedicated for staffing by author.
  • Requirements: Innovative case studies, practical solutions/models, and research-based projects, or any other presentation that would benefit the service learning library community are all encouraged. Minimum size 24 x 36 inches.
  • Poster proposals should include the name of the presenter(s), the title of the poster, an abstract (100-200 words) and a short bio of the presenter(s).

Workshops (pre-conference): Session length: 3 hours

  • Requirements: Audience interaction, practical takeaways/plans that can be implemented when participants return to their home institutions. Examples may include: support for creating/modifying lesson plans for service learning information literacy sessions.
  • Workshop proposals should include the name of the presenter(s), the title of the session, an abstract (100-200 words), a short bio of the presenter(s), and a draft lesson plan with 2-3 learning outcomes (include in comments section).

Round Table Discussions: Session length: 45 minutes

  • Requirements: Discussion leader proposes a topic of interest and guides discussion on that topic over conference lunch.
  • Round table proposals should include the name of the facilitator(s), the proposed topic, sample discussion questions, and a short bio of the facilitator(s).

Submission due January 31, 2017
Details on the Conference and submission forms here:
Follow on twitter @CLSL2017

CFP: CALA Occasional Paper Series (OPS), 2017 Spring Issue (Chinese American Librarians Association)

Occasional Paper Series (OPS) is one of the official publications (ISSN 1941-2037) of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA). It is an open access publication which provides an opportunity for authors to publish article(s) on a peer-reviewed, official, and professional platform. It is a professional opportunity for you to publish your essays and will benefit many fields in library and information science.

    We now welcome submissions to the 2017 Spring issue of CALA OPS. Manuscripts can address any aspects of librarianship. It can be a paper delivered at a conference related to library and information science; a bibliography, index, guide, handbook, research manual, or directory; a report of a survey or study of interest to librarians of all types of libraries; a compilation of existing documents such as library policies or procedures; or a full­-length research paper.

    Manuscripts are usually between 3000-5000 words (English or Chinese) in length. Longer and shorter articles can also be accepted if considered to be relevant and of high quality. All manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font throughout. References, citations, and general style of manuscripts should follow the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition. For detailed submission guidelines, please check the CALA website:

    The deadline for submission to the 2017 Spring issue of CALA OPS is Friday, March 31, 2017. Late submissions will be considered for the following issues. Please submit your manuscript via the
interface: Manuscripts submitted to CALA OPS should not have been published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

    Previously published articles are available at

    Should you have any questions, please contact the CALA OPS editorial board:

Michael Huang (Co-Chair), Stony Brook University,
Suzhen Chen (Co-Chair), University of Hawaii at Manoa,
Liangyu Fu, University of Michigan,
Jennifer (Cong Yan) Zhao, McGill University,
Yingqi Tang, Jacksonville State University,
Minhao Jiang, Wayne State University,
Xiaojie Duan, University of Southern Mississippi,
Daisy Nip, Drexel University,