Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Ebooks in Libraries: An Update - CFP for Online Conference

Title: Ebooks in Libraries: An Update
WhenMonday, November 16, 2015
Where: Online
Call for proposals deadlineMonday, September 21, 2015

Libraries have been working with ebooks for a number of years now and in a variety of ways. The landscape, however, has continued to shift – sometimes under our feet. It is time to take a day to assess where we are.

Some libraries work within the limitations of existing services, providing exceptional value for their communities. Others create their own services from scratch, while still others take advantage of both scenarios. What are you doing to enhance your ebook services? Have you studied your statistics, run user or usability studies, tried an assortment of marketing techniques? Have you created partnerships or worked with specific groups? Gone “where no library has gone before?” Your experiences could help other libraries – public, academic, and special libraries.

Online conference sessions will run 45 minutes each throughout the day. If you are interested in presenting, complete and submit this call for proposals form. We will contact you soon after the deadline of September 21st. Never presented online before? There is no need to worry. We will help you prepare and support you as you present.

If you have questions, contact Christine Peterson at 800-843-8482 ext 2891 or peterson@amigos.org.

Christine Peterson

Final call: Submissions for Libraries and the Public Purposes of Higher Education

Call for Proposals: Libraries and the Public Purposes of Higher Education (March 20, 2016, 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 Friday September 4 at 5:00PST
Submission form (an account must be created to submit):  http://bit.ly/1JYfQ71

Contact Jennifer Nutefall, University Librarian, Santa Clara University at jnutefall@scu.edu

Monday, August 31, 2015

CFP: IUG 2016 - Innovative Users Conference (San Francisco March 15-18, 2016)

It's time!  The Call for Proposals for IUG 2016 is now open.  You can help make our next conference great by proposing a program, poster, forum, or birds of a feather session.  Has your library done something unique lately?  Tell us about it!  Do  you have particular knowledge in a specific area of circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials or system administration? Share it! Have you done a recent overhaul of some part of the system or a work process?  Share what you did and what you learned!  Interested in moderating a discussion for a certain part of the system? Propose a forum.  Just want to have an informal get-together with like-minded people to discuss a certain topic?  Propose a birds of a feather session. Don't feel comfortable presenting but have something to share?  Submit a poster!  A big part of what makes IUG great is sharing among ourselves what we know, what we've learned and what we can learn from each other.

IUG 2016 will be in San Francisco March 15-18, 2016.

To submit a proposal you need to have a MyIUG ID.  If you already have one, proceed with the directions below.  If you don't, go to www.innovativeusers.org, hover over Login/Register and click on Register.  Create a username and password, then fill in the rest of your information. You will need your institution's IUG member number to complete the registration.  Once done, you will be logged in to the members' only section of the website.

Log in.  Hover over Conferences in the top menu bar; under IUG 2016 Conference, click on My Presentations.  If you have presented at previous IUG conferences those sessions will be listed here under Previous Conference Presentations.  If there is something there you'd like to propose again, you can click the Copy icon and that information will be copied to the current conference where you can edit it for any updates.

To create a new presentation, click Create Presentation.  Choose the type of presentation, give it a title, and click on the Save icon.  A new window will open where you can fill in all the information about your proposal.  Click the edit button at the top of each section to work on that section. You must save each section as you go.

There are complete instructions under the link Tutorial for Presenters right under My Presentations.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, October 9th, 2015 for programs, posters and forums.  Birds of a feather can be proposed right up until the conference. Don't wait until the last minute!  Gather your co-workers and brainstorm about what you can contribute to IUG 2016!

Looking forward to a great conference!

Kathy Setter
 IUG 2016 Program Committee Chair/IUG Vice-Chair

Tech and Trends Workshop Call for Proposals (Michigan Library Association - May 25, 2016)

The MLA Technologies & Trends work group is seeking proposals for presentations at the Michigan Library Association's 2016 Technologies and Trends workshop.

This one-day event, on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Delta College, will attract a wide variety of library practitioners. The work group is seeking proposals for sessions from public, academic, special and school-library professionals and staff that relate to the workshop's theme of Linked Data.

Possible presentation topics could include best practices for using linked data in technical services, methods for harnessing linked data in information services, best practices in the creation or use of linked data.

To submit a proposal, fill out the submission form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HNmNCs-LAV_x2fRiWzqV4cwPrbjQvpgPKLHHHYqrQw8/viewform?usp=send_form.

The deadline for submission is Friday, November 6, 2015.

Email notifications of acceptance will be issued by Monday, December 7, 2015.
Questions? Contact Kathie Mason at mason1kf@cmich.edu (989) 774-1615 or Kristy Doak at kdoak@milibraries.org (517) 394-2774.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Call for Speakers on tech topics in Atlanta, Georgia (Atlanta Emerging Librarians - October 17, 2015)

Atlanta Emerging Librarians is seeking speakers for a series of lightning talks on technology entitled “Library Tech Notes: Updates in the Field”. Speakers will have 10-15 minutes to showcase a piece of technology, software and/or tool that they apply in libraries. Talks should be geared towards early-career librarians and/or LIS students. Suggested topics include screen capture software, library marketing tools, accessibility technology, makerspaces and more.

Date: October 17th, 2015
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Buckhead Public Library Auditorium

If you are interested, please send an email to atlantaemerginglibrarians@gmail.com with your name and a brief description of your chosen topic. Academic, public, school and special librarians are all welcome!

2015 Planning Committee
Elizabeth Christian
Kat Greer
Ashley Hoffman
Ruth Rowell

Thursday, August 20, 2015

CFP: 2016 Loleta Fyan Small and Rural Libraries Conference (Mackinac Island, Michigan - May 4-6, 2016)

The call for proposals for the 2016 Loleta Fyan Small and Rural Library Conference is open through October 19. Submit your session proposal online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RLC2016

The conference will be held from May 4-6, 2016 at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. The conference is a specially crafted to reach the informational needs of small and rural library staff members throughout Michigan. The three-day event features vendors, awards, keynote speakers and an array of sessions geared to libraries serving small and rural communities.

You can find a copy of the proposal form to help you plan your submission content on the conference web page: www.michigan.gov/fyanconference

If you have questions about the event or submission process please feel free to contact me.

Shannon D. White
Library of Michigan

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

CFP: Public Services and User Engagement (Special issue of portal: Librarians and the Academy)

Call for proposals for a special issue of portal

Working title: Public Services and User Engagement

Guest editors
  • Julie Garrison, Associate Dean for Research and Instructional Services, Grand Valley State University
  • Kathleen De Long, Senior HR Officer (Secondment) and Director, Technology Training Centre, University of Alberta
portal editor
  • Marianne Ryan, Associate University Librarian for Public Services, Northwestern University
Aims and scope

portal: Libraries and the Academy seeks proposals for a special-themed issue on the future of public services in academic libraries. The purpose of this issue is to prompt thinking and discourse around a broader definition of library services to the campus community, and most importantly, to examine the redefined role of innovative public services within twenty-first century academic libraries. Public services can involve any knowledge, skill, or functional specialty related to the user experience. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
  • New definitions and philosophies of public services
  • Changing organizational structures and staffing models
  • Increasing collaboration between university libraries and faculty
  • Enhancing teaching and learning
  • Examining the impact of emerging digital technologies and web services
  • Transforming scholarly communication
  • Emphasizing space as service
  • Conducting effective service assessment
Publication schedule

Publication of the special issue is tentatively planned for early 2017. Interested authors should submit an abstract of 300 words to the editors by December 1, 2015 and will be notified of decisions by January 1, 2016. Original, completed manuscripts are due by June 1, 2016, with earlier submissions encouraged. Final revised manuscripts will be due by September 1, 2016. Submitted papers should adhere to the format requirements of portal: Libraries and the Academy, described at http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/guidelines.html. Manuscripts will be subject to editorial assessment but not to blind peer review. Authors of papers invited to be revised and resubmitted will be expected to work within the designated time frame to meet the special issue’s publication deadline. We welcome inquiries and encourage authors interested in submitting to this special issue to discuss their submissions with the editors in advance.

Submission process and additional information

Send abstracts, related communication, and any questions about this special issue to the editors, Julie Garrison, Grand Valley State University, garrisoj@gvsu.edu, Kathleen De Long, University of Alberta, kathleen.delong@ualberta.ca, and Marianne Ryan, marianne-ryan@northwestern.edu.

Ticker: The Academic Business Library Review first issue is online & CFP

I am very happy to announce the that first issue of Ticker is now live and available to read at: http://ticker.mcgill.ca/

Ticker: The Academic Business Library Review is the new open access online-only journal from ABLD (Academic Business Library Directors) group.  This journal was a few years in the making and we are excited that we have our first issue out.

Here are some key links:
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to write the editorial board or directly to me.  We do not have a specific topic that we are looking at, but any subject or relevance to academic business librarians would be appropriate.  To that matter, items reflecting social sciences librarianship and departmental libraries may also be appropriate for this journal.

We are excited about this opportunity to provide business librarians with an open access option for publication.

Corey Seeman
University of Michigan

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Call for Proposals: College Library Information on Policy and Practice (CLIPP)

The ARCL/CLS CLIPP Committee is hard at work launching a new series of publications, College Library Information on Policy and Practice (CLIPP)

Like their predecessors, CLIP Notes (which have been dormant since 2011), CLIPPs will provide college and small university libraries with examples of library practices, policies, and procedures, but they will include a more thorough literature review and more rigorous statistical analysis than was typical for CLIP Notes.

To make CLIPPs a success, we need your help!
  • What topics would you be interested in seeing a CLIPP on? What problems has your library been confronting, and would you like to know how other libraries handle those problems? Which CLIP Notes did you find particularly useful that you would like to see updated?
  • Would you be interested in authoring a CLIPP? If you work at a college or small university library, have some publication experience, and have knowledge and interests relevant to a topic that might make a good CLIPP, please contact us! In addition to the gratitude of your peers, authors of a CLIPP receive 10% royalties on the net revenues from the publication.

For topic suggestions or to indicate your interest in authoring a CLIPP, please reply to me by September 4th, 2015.

On behalf of the CLIPP Committee, thank you for your help in keeping college librarians up-to-date on best practices at peer libraries!

Nathaniel King

Nathaniel King
Director of Library Services
Marydean Martin Library
Nevada State College

Office: 702.992.2806

Friday, August 14, 2015

CFP - Training Research Consultants: A Guide for Academic Libraries

Call For Proposals: "Training Research Consultants: A Guide for Academic Libraries"

Mary O'Kelly, editor of the upcoming Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) publication "Training Research Consultants: A Guide for Academic Libraries," is seeking submissions for case studies of existing peer consulting/mentoring/tutoring programs in academic libraries. This practical guide will provide in-depth descriptions and examples of modern training practices, including the training program for the peer research consultants in the Knowledge Market at Grand Valley State University Libraries.

Peer tutoring is widely understood as a positive form of interactive learning, yet academic libraries have traditionally met student needs through direct library instruction, reference transactions, and by offering spaces for self-directed study, not by providing peer-to-peer learning opportunities. Meeting student need in the middle, by facilitating research mentoring or consulting using highly trained students, is a subset of peer tutoring with limited exposure in the literature.

Solicited cases will showcase best practices and answer common questions about building this kind of peer learning service in a variety of settings. They will include training philosophies and relevant influential literature, training schedules and agendas, and hiring/training/evaluation materials from institutions of varying sizes and missions. The tone should be professional with a mix of theory and practice, written in a style that is common to books on management and training. The final word count for each solicited case study is flexible based on the level of development of your training program but should not exceed 10,000 words. Chapters will be organized using a common template (to be shared after final selections are made), which will include a brief overview of the peer learning program, instructions for hiring, training, and evaluating the tutors, and reproducible training materials, including agendas, handouts, surveys, readings, etc. The goal is to provide a new training manual that pulls together a review of the literature on peer tutoring in libraries plus real-world, modern case studies and plenty of practical, replicable advice.

The target audience will include anyone who trains or collaborates with the trainers of student library workers, including reference managers, liaison librarians, service desk managers, writing center directors and staff, oral communication center directors and staff, and library administrators.

Proposals are due Thursday, October 1, 2015. Notices of acceptance will be sent Friday, October 9. Final chapters will be due Friday, December 18.

The form below will capture all required content for the proposal. Before starting the form please have the following information ready:
1. The primary author's name, e-mail address, and short bio with credentials
2. Names and e-mail addresses of additional authors
3. 150-200 words describing your peer learning program
4. 300-500 words describing your training program, including brief descriptions of your hiring and training philosophies, schedules, content, learning objectives, personnel involved, and measures of success.


Questions may be sent directly to Mary O'Kelly, MLIS, Head of Instructional Services, Grand Valley State University Libraries, okellym@gvsu.edu. Thank you.

Mary O’Kelly
Head of Instructional Services
Grand Valley State University Libraries
Mary Idema Pew Library – LIB 430d

CFP: Computers in Libraries 2016 (Washington, DC - March 8-10, 2016)

Computers in Libraries 2016
Washington Hilton (Washington DC)
March 8-10, 2015

CFP URL: http://computersinlibraries.infotoday.com/2016/CallForSpeakers.aspx

Call for speakers
library labs: research, innovation & imagination

Many organizations have innovation labs, incubating spaces, and ways to stimulate imagination and support research. Our theme for Computers in Libraries 2016, Library Labs: Research, Innovation & Imagination, aims to:
  • highlight library research that translates into useful strategies and practices for libraries
  • share new and exciting projects from information industry labs
  • feature innovative services and libraries
  • stretch our imagination with possible areas for further library research and testing
Libraries are changing – building creative spaces with a focus on learning and creating; engaging audiences in different ways with community and digital managers; partnering with different community organizations in new and exciting ways. Computers in Libraries has always highlighted and showcased creative and innovative practices in all types of libraries, but this year with our theme, Library Labs: Research, Innovation & Imagination, we plan to feature truly transformative and cutting edge research, services and practices along with the strategies and technologies to support them. The conference program is filled with ideas, leading edge practices, tips and techniques for creating innovative libraries, engaging communities, as well as designing and delivering strategic services that are of primary importance to our communities. The emphasis is on doing research, translating it into innovative services and practices, using our imagination and thinking outside of the box, learning from other industries, finding strategic partners, and creating value for our user communities with new tools, techniques and skills that build innovative and priority services.

Information Today Inc., a key provider of technology conferences for more than thirty years with Internet Librarian and KMWorld, is pleased to announce the 31st annual Computers in Libraries – the most comprehensive North American conference and exhibition concentrating all aspects of library technology. The conference offers a multifaceted program designed to meet the needs of librarians, community and information managers, systems professionals, researchers, webmasters and web managers, content evaluators, digital strategists, and information specialists. The focus of the conference is on leading edge technology that allows us to engage with, and bring strategic value to, our user communities. It provides the latest information and practices for you to make informed choices for your community -- whether it is an academic, corporate, non-profit, public, or school library community.

Conference tracks & topics

Computers in Libraries caters to all interests and all levels of knowledge, offering five simultaneous tracks plus many workshops, networking opportunities, and an extensive exhibit hall. This year’s tracks and themes encompass: Innovative Libraries & Practices; Internet @Schools; Learning from Labs & Incubators; Community Building: Partnerships & Collaboration; Creative Making & Makerspaces; Digital Engagement; Information Discovery & Search; Content Management; Web Tools & Leading Edge Technology; Web Design & Development, and more. Speakers are knowledgeable, authoritative and focus on practical applications, “how to” solutions, and case studies as well as technical and managerial issues. Please consider sharing your knowledge and ideas; send us a proposal to speak. Below are some of the topics we hope to cover, but don’t let this list limit your imagination! We look forward to hearing from you.

Submitting Proposals:

If you would like to participate in Computers in Libraries 2016 as a speaker or workshop leader, please submit a proposal as soon as possible (September 18, 2015 at the very latest). Include the following brief details of your proposed presentation on the form: title, abstract, a few sentences of biographical information that relate you to the topic, and full contact information for you and your co-presenters (title, address, email, phone & fax). All abstracts are reviewed by the Organizing/Review Committee and notification regarding acceptance will be made in the fall.