Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Call for proposals: Online Northwest 2015

Call for proposals:  Online Northwest 2015
Deadline:  October 17, 2014
Conference:  February 13, 2015, Corvallis OR

Online Northwest is a one-day conference focusing on topics that intersect libraries, technology and culture.  The 2013 conference will be held at CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Corvallis, Oregon (on the Oregon State University campus) on Friday, February 13, 2015.

The conference explores how technology is applied within library settings and its impact on access and services for patrons. Academic, public, school, and special librarians are strongly encouraged to submit proposals.

Online Northwest seeks 45-minute panels, workshops, and presentations, or 5-minute lightning talks, on all topics relating to technology and libraries including:

  • Information discovery
  • Institutional repositories
  • Mobile computing
  • Electronic books and e-readers
  • Linked data and the Semantic Web
  • Cloud computing
  • Virtual research environments
  • User Experience Design
  • Web 3.0
  • Library apps
  • Technology competencies
  • Augmented reality
  • Digital publishing
Other topics related to technology in libraries are welcome!

For more information and examples of past presentations, see our website:  http://onlinenorthwest.org/
Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, October 17, 2014

RUSQ Marketing column editor

RUSQ Marketing column editor

RUSQ, RUSA's peer-reviewed journal, is in search of an editor or editors to recruit authors and edit pieces (and occasionally write a column if they choose) for a new column in RUSQ focusing on marketing of library collections and reference and user services. I am looking for columns that will appeal to both public and academic librarians (I am thinking of a joint editorship with someone from each type of library). I think that this is a topic that will have broad interest for librarians of all sorts, and would be a valuable addition to the journal.

RUSQ columns generally run in each issue, so I am looking for 4 columns per year, again, this could be divided into alternating academic and public library focus. So each editor would be responsible for two column per year.

Columns in RUSQ run 2500-3500 words, and are lighter in tone and approach than a formal scholarly article. There is no need for a formal literature review, and columns can focus on a case study or be a thought piece. You can see examples of columns in the journal at http://rusa.metapress.com, and I am happy to share examples of columns I think are particularly interesting.

I would envision the column starting up with either the spring or summer issues of RUSQ, deadlines for those columns would be11/14/2014 and 2/16/2014 respectively.

If you are looking for an opportunity to help shape this new column, RUSQ, and the profession I would be interested in talking with you about your thoughts and ideas.

Barry Trott
Editor, RUSQ

Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Colloquium: Pedagogy & Practices (Cleveland, Ohio - 6-7 November 2014)

Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Colloquium: Pedagogy & Practices (Cleveland, Ohio - 6-7 November 2014)

The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship at Case Western Reserve University’s Kelvin Smith Library welcomes proposals for panels, papers, and presentations that address pedagogical approaches for using digital tools in humanities, science, and social science classrooms.  Submission topics may include (but are not limited to) instructional methodologies and strategies for: 
  • introducing undergraduate and graduate students to digital tools and methodologies for research (visualization, data mining, scholarly editing, TEI encoding, mapping, analyzing text, managing data, curating data, building digital exhibits/collections)
  • incorporating digital projects into existing course syllabi
  • advising digital dissertations, theses, or capstone projects
  • training students to work on extracurricular projects
  • collaborating with libraries and/or digital scholarship centers
  • training faculty in digital research, project management, and data curation
Please submit 250-word abstracts and technology requirements to Amanda Koziura (amanda.koziura@case.edu) by 31 July 2014. Accepted panels, papers, and presentations will be notified by 15 August 2014. All presenters will be responsible for their own registration and travel costs.

URL: http://library.case.edu/fccoll

CFP: Library Technology Reports Issue on Tablets & Mobile Devices

This is a call for proposals of case studies to be included in an issue of Library Technology Reports (published by ALA TechSource) focusing on the strategic and intentional integration of tablets and mobile devices into library services.  This issue will be edited by Rebecca K. Miller, Heather Moorefield-Lang, and Carolyn Meier, and will be published in Summer 2015. 

In past publications (available here: http://tabletsinlibraries.tumblr.com/book), we have explored how libraries are integrating tablets and other mobile devices into library services, highlighting best practices and effective methods.  However, now that libraries have had a few years to experiment with these technologies, we are interested in exploring the question of how libraries strategically integrate these technologies into their services.  Case studies selected for inclusion in this report will demonstrate effective practices for intentionally integrating technologies in any areas of library services.  These practices may include, but are not limited to:  front-end or need assessments, cost-benefit analyses, user experience research, and summative and formative evaluations.  We will accept 4-6 case studies, and expect that each case study will total around 3,000 words. 

In order to submit a proposal, please send a 1-2 paragraph summary of your case study--which should include a description of your project, the methods you used to gather data about the project, and the decision that your library made based on the data--along with a current CV highlighting relevant experience and publications.  Proposals and accompanying material should be submitted by August 15, 2014 to: tabletsinlibraries@gmail.com.  We will notify authors of the editors’ decision regarding their proposal(s) by September 1, 2014. 

Ultimately, we hope that this issue of Library Technology Reports will help readers be able to
  • Think more critically about the technologies that they want to integrate into their libraries
  • Identify and use new methods for gathering and analyzing data related to integrating technologies into their libraries
  • Make sound investments in and decisions about the time and resources spent on integrating technologies into their libraries
Anticipated timeline of project:
  • August 15, 2014:  Deadline for submitting proposals for contributed chapters to editors
  • September 1, 2014:  All contributors notified of acceptance or rejection of chapter proposal
  • November 1, 2014:  Full contributions (around 3,000 words) due to editors
  • December 1, 2014:  Editors send revisions to authors
  • January 15, 2015:  Revised chapters due back to editors
  • February 1, 2015:  Authors receive final suggested revisions from editors
  • March 1, 2015:  Final manuscripts due to editors
  • March 2015:  Editors assemble manuscript and finalize entire report
  • April 1, 2015:  Editors deliver final manuscript to ALA for publication
Questions can be directed to all editors via email: tabletsinlibraries@gmail.com 

Friday, July 11, 2014

More opportunities to present at ALAO's 40th Annual Conference: Call for Posters, Tech Tables and Roundtable Discussion Topics!

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Conference Planning Committee is now accepting proposals for Poster Sessions, Tech Tables and Roundtable Discussion Topics for the 40th Annual Conference, which will take place on November 13-14, 2014 at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Sandusky, OH.  

The submission deadline for this final round of proposals is Aug. 1, 2014.

Applicants are encouraged to develop sessions that show thoughtful consideration of this year’s conference theme,“Engagement, advocacy and outreach: Empowering our communities,” which seeks to explore how academic libraries and librarians empower our communities in all the ways that we do. We would love to learn about your ideas, experiences, solutions, and best practices – even those that yielded results that were different than expected!

For this round of proposals, presentations may take the form of
·         Posters--graphically represent a topic with text, tables, and images and chat informally with poster session attendees about your material,
·         Roundtable Discussions--lead a small, informal group discussion to facilitate networking and information exchange about a specific issue that librarians face, or
·         Tech Tables--briefly demonstrate a technology resource being used in your library for cataloging, marketing, instruction, staff training, etc.. 

Submit your proposals to: http://bit.ly/1oi4zS6

More information about the conference theme can be found in the attached call for proposals.

Questions about this final round of proposals can be directed to:
Shelly Miller, ALAO Conference Planning Committee

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Sustainability: Michigan Journal of Sustainability

The Michigan Journal of Sustainability is seeking high-quality work for inclusion in a special edition of our online, open-access, peer-reviewed Journal focused on strategies being taken, research underway, or promising practices to help different sectors and scales of society prepare for and build resilience to climate change.  This Journal emphasizes the translation of academic sustainability research into formats that are useful and usable to practitioners and policy makers. As such, we invite abstracts that bridge the science-policy divide as it pertains to helping society adapt to existing and projected future impacts from disasters, climate variability, and long-term climate change. This special edition of our Journal is slated for release online in early 2015.
For this special edition, the Michigan Journal of Sustainability will accept timely, innovative, and informative articles translating scholarly research on efforts to prepare society and social-ecological systems more broadly, for climate change.  Due to the crosscutting nature of the climate adaptation field, we strongly encourage articles that explore multi-disciplinary collaborations and articles that attempt to bridge sectoral or disciplinary divides. 
Manuscript Submission and Review Process
Manuscripts for consideration in this special issue are due November 3, 2014, and should be submitted online at http://sustainability.umich.edu/webforms/mjs-submission. Once received, the manuscript will be reviewed by an in-field and out-of-field expert and a member of the Editorial board. Full articles will be reviewed for accuracy, quality, and relevance to the Journal’s focus. In addition, articles will be rated in three areas to determine acceptance: (1) potential for idea transfer and development across fields; (2) immediate use for practitioners and policy makers; and (3) clarity and readiness for print.
A full list of style guidelines for articles is available at: http://sustainability.umich.edu/mjs/submissions/.
Optional Abstract Submission and Review Process
Because of the Journal’s unique mission of translating interdisciplinary sustainability research to a broad audience, we highly encourage prospective authors to submit an abstract before drafting their manuscript.  The Editorial Board will review submitted abstracts for applicability to both the Journal’s mission and to the specific topic of climate adaptation (for this special issue), and provide authors with early feedback to consider as they draft their article.
The deadline for abstracts for this special issue is September 3, 2014. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words (excluding references), jargon-free, describe the focus of the article, and indicate how the work is relevant to an interdisciplinary audience of academics, practitioners, and/or policy makers.  Authors should indicate what type of article they plan to write (see below for types of articles).  Citations should be presented in the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, and in-text citations should appear in the author-date format [example: (Graham et al., 2014)].  Abstracts should be uploaded via: http://sustainability.umich.edu/webforms/mjs-submission.
All authors will be notified as to whether their topic is appropriate for inclusion in the Journal no later than September 12, 2014. Final decisions regarding article acceptance will be made following the submission and review of the full article manuscript, which will be due on November 3, 2014.
Fred Stoss
Frederick W. Stoss, MS (zool:ecol), MLS
Associate Librarian
Librarian for Biological Sciences, Ecology/Environmental Science and Studies, Geology, Mathematics

Science and Engineering Information Center
Oscar A. Silverman Library
Arts & Sciences Libraries
Room 228-B Capen Hall
SUNY University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York 14260-1672


Managing Editor
Electronic Green Journal, 1st Free, Open Access Environmental Journal

Speakers Wanted: Libraries, Authors, and Publishing Online Conference

Online Conference: Libraries, Authors, and Publishing
Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Deadline for proposals: Friday, July 18, 2014


Amigos is currently looking for speakers for our September 18th online conference focusing on how libraries are currently working with authors and publishing.

Libraries have long had beneficial and constructive relationships with both authors and publishers. In the past few years, however, libraries have become even more involved.

Public and academic libraries support local authors by hosting writing groups, providing writing support, enabling print-on-demand, helping authors with metadata and with ebook conversion, and becoming publishers themselves. This conference will take a look at all of these options and how they have affected specific libraries.

Is your library supporting local authors in some way? Are you reaching out to your community to help writers? Are you publishing or hosting ebooks or ejournals for your community? Have you worked through any legal issues that would be helpful to others? If you can speak on one of these topics or have another idea in mind, please submit your proposal by July 18th.

Online events eliminate your travel time by allowing you to present from the comfort of your office. Don’t worry if you’ve never presented online; it's easy and we are happy to help you.

If you have any questions about the conference topic or presenting at an online conference, please contact Christine Peterson, Continuing Education Librarian at peterson@amigos.org or 800-843-8482 x2891.


Christine Peterson
E-book Program Manager
Continuing Education Librarian
Amigos Library Services
14400 Midway Road | Dallas, TX  75244-3905

Monday, July 07, 2014

CFP: Geoscience Information Society’s (GSIS) sessions at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting (Vancouver October 2014)

CFP: Geoscience Information Society’s (GSIS) sessions at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting (Vancouver October 2014)

Please consider submitting an abstract for one of the Geoscience Information Society’s (GSIS) sessions at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting, which will be held October 19 – October 22, 2014 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

This year GSIS is planning to have an oral technical session and a poster session around the theme of geoscience data. This year’s session titles are:
•T145: GSIS Oral Technical Session: “Where in the World? Access and Availability to Geoscience Data”
•T146: GSIS Poster Session: “Where's the Data? Finding and Using Geoscience Data” (Posters)

What: GSIS/GSA Annual Meeting
When: Oct. 19-22, 2014
Where: Beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Deadline: Abstracts are due Tuesday, July 29, 2014 and can be uploaded online: http://www.geosociety.org/meetings/2014/ (direct link: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2014AM/top/index.epl)

Call for abstracts and posters:
Despite technological advances in data management and preservation standards, identifying and accessing geoscience data sets can be a daunting task.  One of our greatest challenges is how to respond to this new era of data‐intensive science discovery in the geosciences. This session will examine how researchers, information professionals and librarians are supporting ways to easily find and rapidly visualize and analyze and use geoscience data. Some thoughts we consider: How many people are looking for the old data; who needs data preserved? What happens with rediscovered and reused data? What impact is data management having on the geosciences? In what ways are the geosciences being transformed through new technologies and data services?  How will geoscience preservation policies transform the field? What are some of the challenges of and solutions to sharing and managing data within the geosciences? How can we better promote data-intensive scientific discovery in the geosciences.

We welcome oral papers about programs, projects, crowdsourcing initiatives, examples of interdisciplinary research, and unusual findings related to the long-term sustainability of geoscience data and information. We are particularly keen to solicit abstracts from STUDENTS, RESEARCHERS and LIBRARIANS in order to see a diverse range of topics and data sets.

If you have any questions, please contact Earth Sciences Librarian Hannah Winkler at winklerh@stanford.edu

Please post and forward as appropriate.

**************
Hannah Winkler
Earth Sciences Librarian and Bibliographer
Branner Earth Sciences Library
Stanford University
397 Panama Mall; MC 2211
Stanford, CA 94305-6004
650.724.6242
hannah.winkler@stanford.edu

2015 Catholic Library Association Annual Convention (Orlando, Florida - April 7-9, 2015)

2015 Catholic Library Association Annual Convention (Orlando, Florida - April 7-9, 2015)

Catholic Library Association invites the submission of quality proposals for presentation at the 2015 Annual Conference, April 7 -9, 2015, in Orlando, FL. CLA meets in conjunction with National Catholic Educational Association during Easter Week each year.

Those attending CLA are librarians serving patrons of all ages primarily in K-12, academic, theological, parish and public libraries. In addition to general topics for these groups, additional sessions focus on archives, information literacy, technical services and preservation of American Catholic materials. Teachers and administrators registered with NCEA may also attend any CLA session.  

Include a description of the topic or title of the program, name of presenter(s) with complete contact information, brief description of the proposed program, audience level and references for prior presentations, if available. Proposals should be submitted beforeJuly 25, 2014, by email or regular mail to:

ATTN: Convention Coordinator
205 W. Monroe St., Suite 314
Chicago, IL 60606-5061
Phone: 312-739-1776
Toll Free: 855-739-1776
Email: cla2@cathla.org
Website: http://www.cathla.org

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Sigrid Kelsey
General Editor, Catholic Library World

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Call for Posters: Michigan Library Association Annual Conference (Grand Rapids, October 2014)

Call for Posters: Michigan Library Association Annual Conference (Grand Rapids, October 2014)
Call for Poster Sessions Deadline is August 22

Poster Sessions - Basic Information & Guidelines
Posters should 
  1. introduce unique collections or services (or)
  2. discuss a problem and the research, action, or methodology used to solve that problem (or)
  3. outline findings of research or study.
  • Displays will be exhibited October 15-16 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel near the exhibits during exhibit hours (Wednesday 11:30 am - 5:15 pm, Thursday 7:30 am - 3:00 pm)
  • Set-up time will be 8:00 am - 11:00 am on Wednesday, October 15.
  • Submitters must be present to host their poster on Wednesday from 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm. 
  • Provided at no charge to poster exhibitor will be one tri-fold foam presentation board with dimensions of 36" height X 48" width (24" center panel and 12" side panels) along with one table (approximately 2' X 6').
  • Presenters must bring their own pins, tacks, or other material to mount their displays on the display board, or have their displays already mounted on their own poster board which they can display on the table top.
  • Displays should be visually appealing (charts, photographs, diagrams, graphics, illustrations, etc.) and clearly state the purpose of the display. Displays should also be large enough to be seen from a distance of several feet.
  • Presenters should bring any handouts or other supplementary materials and a sign-up sheet to record names and email addresses of attendees who may like additional information. An ample supply of business cards is also encouraged.
  • Neither MLA nor the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel can be responsible for materials, equipment, or personal belongings left at your exhibit. Please make sure to take adequate precautions to protect your valuables.

Submission Information for Poster Sessions
 
To submit your proposal to participate in the Poster Session, please complete the online form.
 
The information the form requires includes:
  • Presenter's name, institution and email
  • Poster session title
  • Poster session description (limit 100 words)
  • Goal
  • Target audience
  • Track affiliation 
 
Timeline
 
●    Submissions accepted through Friday, August 22, 2014.
●     Notification of acceptance sent to submitters via email by Friday, August 29, 2014.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Call for Proposals - Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Colloquium

Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Colloquium: Pedagogy & Practices
6-7 November 2014

The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship at Case Western Reserve
University’s Kelvin Smith Library welcomes proposals for panels, papers, and
presentations that address pedagogical approaches for using digital tools in
humanities, science, and social science classrooms. Submission topics may
include (but are not limited to) instructional methodologies and strategies
for:

-introducing undergraduate and graduate students to digital tools and
methodologies for research (visualization, data mining, scholarly editing, TEI
encoding, mapping, analyzing text, managing data, curating data, building
digital exhibits/collections)
-incorporating digital projects into existing course syllabi
-advising digital dissertations, theses, or capstone projects
-training students to work on extracurricular projects
-collaborating with libraries and/or digital scholarship centers
-training faculty in digital research, project management, and data curation

Please submit 250-word abstracts and technology requirements to Amanda Koziura
(amanda.koziura@case.edu) by 16 July 2014. Accepted panels, papers, and
presentations will be notified by 15 August 2014. All presenters will be
responsible for their own registration and travel costs.

URL: http://library.case.edu/fccoll

Call for Chapters: The Library's Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons

Call for Chapters: The Library's Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons
We are exploring for interest in a possible anthology by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers about librarians working to help patrons with financial literacy. Possible topics include:

  • What is financial literacy and why should we care?
  • Financial literacy: do libraries have a role?
  • Collection development to support patron financial literacy
  • Seeking and using collaborators in the financial industry
  • Job hunting help
  • Tax preparation programs
  • Any specific topic that touches on financial literacy
  • Recognizing fraud
  • Case studies, what works and what doesn't
  • Case studies for supporting financial literacy in libraries

       If you can contribute a 3,000-4,000 word chapter, (with 1 or 2 co-authors or solo) please send 1-3 topics/short paragraph(s)/bio for each author of what you could contribute to: smallwood@tm.net by July 25, 2014 with FIN as Subject. Complimentary copy per accepted chapter.

Call for Chapters: A Librarian's Genealogical Guide to Outreach for Ethnic Populations

Call for Chapters: A Librarian's Genealogical Guide to Outreach for Ethnic Populations
We are exploring for interest in a possible anthology by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers about librarians working with local historical and genealogical societies. Possible topics include:

  • Local societies: who are they, where are they, what do they do?
  • Multicultural issues in genealogy and how to deal with them
  • Primary sources for finding ancestors or the genealogy of ethnic groups: American Indian, African American, Jewish or others
  • Partnering with local societies
  • Preservation problems in ethnic genealogy and local history
  • How to initiate cooperative projects diplomatically
  • Case studies, what works and what doesn't
  • Case studies for library and historical society collaboration
  • Case studies for library and  genealogical society collaboration

        If you can contribute a 3,000-4,000 word chapter, (with 1 or 2 co-authors or solo) please send 1-3 topics/short paragraph(s)/bio for each author of what you could contribute to: smallwood@tm.net by July 25, 2014 with GEN as subject. Complimentary copy per accepted chapter.

Call for Chapters: Winning Strategies for Attracting, Retaining, and Maximizing Volunteers

Call for Chapters: Winning Strategies for Attracting, Retaining, and Maximizing Volunteers
Book Publisher: McFarland

Carol Smallwood, co-editor; Bringing the Arts Into the Library (American Library Association, 2014); public library administrator, special, school librarian.

Lura Sanborn, co-editor; contributor, Women, Work, and the Web (Scarecrow Press, forthcoming); public, academic, school librarian

Chapters sought from U.S. and Canadian practicing academic, public, school, special librarians sharing practical know-how how to make the most effective help from volunteers in tight economic times with staff cuts. Chapters are encouraged that could apply to more than one type of library-that is, be useful to public, school, special, LIS faculty, especially award winning volunteer efforts, case studies.

Possible topics: programming for different age groups; special events; training and continuing education; recognition reinforcement; policies and manuals; literacy outreach; recruitment and interviewing; scheduling; technology, and legal concerns.

Concise, how-to chapters using bullets, headings, based on experience to help colleagues; creativity, innovation are highly valued. No previously published, simultaneously submitted material; One, two, or three authors per chapter; if two chapters they are to be by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word accepted submission no matter how many co-authors, discount on more copies.

Please e-mail 2-3 topics each described in 2-3 sentences by July 30, 2014 with brief biography sketch(s). Please place VOLUNTEERS/your name, on the subject line: smallwood@tm.net

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

2014 COMO/SELA Call for Proposals - Georgia Council of Media Organizations (COMO)/Southeastern Library Association (SELA)

Proposals are now being accepted for the 2014 joint Georgia Council of Media Organizations (COMO)/Southeastern Library Association (SELA) conference, including pre-conference sessions, presentations, demonstrations and posters. This year's theme is "Transforming Our Libraries: Master the Possibilities," and the conference will take place October 1-3, 2014 at the Augusta Convention Center in August, Georgia.
 
All proposal submissions are due by July 1, 2014.  Guidelines and forms for submitting your proposal(s) can be found on the Georgia COMO website at http://www.georgiacomo.org/program/.
 
For questions regarding poster submissions, please contact Ruth Baker at rbaker@georgiasouthern.edu. For other questions regarding proposal submissions, please contact Eli Arnold at jarnol60@kennesaw.edu.
 
Best of luck to potential presenters! We look forward to seeing you in Augusta.

CFP: Outlawed: The Naked Truth About Censored Literature for Young People (CSU Fresno - April 2015)

CFP: Outlawed: The Naked Truth About Censored Literature for Young People (CSU Fresno - April 2015)
Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature 
Henry Madden Library at California State University, Fresno 
April 10-12, 2015 

URL: http://www.outlawed2015.com/

While most people are familiar with attempts to censor children’s and young adult literature, the problem of censorship continues to provoke many who believe that children and adolescents benefit from considering diverse viewpoints and cultural experiences. In recent years, many examples of children’s and young adult literature—including The Perks of Being a Wallflower, And Tango Makes Three, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian—have been challenged in schools and libraries. This conference seeks to explore the ways in which censorship affects young readers whose parents, teachers, and civic leaders attempt to navigate thorny terrains of identity in a world in which information circulates more freely than ever before.

While most people are familiar with attempts to censor children’s and young adult literature, the problem of censorship continues to provoke many who believe that children and adolescents benefit from considering diverse viewpoints and cultural experiences. In recent years, many examples of children’s and young adult literature—including The Perks of Being a Wallflower, And Tango Makes Three, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian—have been challenged in schools and libraries. This conference seeks to explore the ways in which censorship affects young readers whose parents, teachers, and civic leaders attempt to navigate thorny terrains of identity in a world in which information circulates more freely than ever before.

This conference will be hosted by the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, one of North America’s leading resources for the study of children’s and young adult literature. The growing collection of 60,000 books, periodicals, manuscripts, original art, and papers of authors and illustrators has an international and multicultural emphasis. The Center also houses one of the largest collections of LGBT+ literature for children and young adults in the United States.

Scholars, librarians, teachers, writers, and illustrators are invited to submit proposals for formal presentations, roundtable discussions, and workshops. Presentations may highlight creative work, community engagement, pedagogy, or scholarship. Sessions will last 75 minutes (15–20 min. per presenter). 

Proposals for individual presentations should be 250-300 words, while proposals for entire sessions should be no more than 500 words. Please include two- to three-sentence biographies for each participant and indicate any audio-visual/media needs. 

Possible topics for proposals include, but are not limited to: 
    · Suppressed or silenced histories 
    · International contexts for censorship 
    · Technology and/or digital literacies 
    · Fan fiction as a response to banned young adult texts 
    · The use of social media to intervene when books are challenged 
    · History of censorship and banned book lists 
    · LGBT+ literature 
    · Bibliotherapy and censorship 
    · Recent attempts to ban books based on cultural empowerment movements 
    · Multiculturalism and diversity 
    · Sex and censorship 
    · Self-censorship 
    · Creating curriculum that supports the use of banned books 
    · “Artivism” and subtext in illustrations 
    · Graphic novels, novels in verse, and experimentation with form 
    · Libraries (school/community/archives) and closed reference cases 
    · Publishing or Pre-Censorship 
    · Schools (K-12, public/private) 
    · Religion, spirituality, and mysticism in banned books 
    · Authorial politics and the reception of young adult literature 
    · Recommended age ratings for books 

Submission deadline for proposals (both individual and panel) is November 26, 2014. Submit electronically to kgodfrey@csufresno.edu, Dr. Kathleen Godfrey, English Department, Fresno State.