Monday, November 11, 2019

CFP: "Unbound" Call for Contributors and Peer Reviewers (Digital Scholarship)

Unbound: A Journal of Digital Scholarship publishes work that explores the interstices of digital scholarship, broadly conceived, with an emphasis on digital cultural studies; critical digital humanities; libraries, archives, and museums; the interpretive social sciences; and socially engaged computational or quantitative methods. We are currently seeking contributors for our inaugural issue to be released in the spring of 2020 and we welcome the interest of experienced scholars and digital humanities to join our team in facilitating an open peer review process that advocates an ethic of care and mentorship. Unbound welcomes work from scholars and professionals at all stages of professional development in all fields and is strongly committed to diversity, equity, and the free expression of ideas for all contributors.

Thank you and please direct questions to

Jenn Stayton
Student Engagement Librarian
University of North Texas Libraries

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877.872.0264 (toll free)

About the Publisher

Digital Frontiers is a community that explores creativity and collaboration across disciplinary boundaries in the arenas of public humanities and cultural memory. Established in 2012 to respond to the need for an affordable, high-quality conference that addressed the emerging field of digital humanities from a variety of perspectives, Digital Frontiers is a truly interdisciplinary experience. Our annual conference brings together scholars and students, librarians and archivists, artists and performers, genealogists and public historians to share their experience of using digital resources in the humanities. Satellite events and professional development opportunities further enrich our inclusive community.

Extended Call for Proposals for Online Symposium - BRASS (Business Librarianship) - December 17th, 2019

The Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee of BRASS seeks proposals for engaging presentations to be part of an online symposium via Zoom on December 17th. Proposals may be submitted by anyone, but priority consideration will be given to proposals from BRASS members. Proposals should describe a 45-minute session (30 minutes for presentation with 15 minutes for facilitated discussion and/or question-and-answer) that relates to some aspect of business librarianship in an academic library setting. We seek proposals that will be interactive and provide practical takeaways for participants.

Proposal Components:
  • Title (50 words or less): Interesting and descriptive
  • Abstract (250 words or less): Summary of your presentation
  • Session outcomes (2-3): Describe what participants will learn during your session that they can apply at their library or in their role as a business librarian
  • Long Description: Describe how you will engage participants in an online session and make your presentation interactive. Detail the practical components of your presentation -- what will you teach attendees that will enrich their professional practice? What materials will you share (LibGuides, Lesson Plans, etc) with attendees that can be used as a reference or model?
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Data literacy and/or data visualization
  • The business information literacy one-shot
  • Creating effective online instruction for business information literacy
  • Building liaison relationships/instruction programs with difficult-to-reach departments (which may include: accounting, finance, human resources management, and business technology)
  • Developing business programming at your library
  • Advocating for new resources or program funding

The call for proposals will close on November 12th. Please use to submit proposals.

Questions can be directed to Alan Witt, Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee Chair at

Call for Authors: Write for Practical Guides for Librarians series (Rowman & Littlefield)

It's that time of year again! We're starting to get ready for another set of books for the Practical Guides for Librarians series from Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. I'm looking for authors and book ideas for next year's books!!! We're hoping to do 10 books in these main areas of interest - technology, makerspaces, and young adult topics.

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 the linked form. It doesn't have to be a full proposal - just a sentence or two with your idea.

Here's the full call for participation, please check out the books we've already done at:
so you don't pitch those same ideas!:




Ellyssa Kroski

CFP: Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian

Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian is now accepting manuscript submissions for volume 36:3. The submission deadline is January 31, 2020.

B&SS Librarian is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal focusing on all aspects of behavioral and social sciences information with emphasis on librarians, libraries and users of social science information in libraries and information centers including the following subject areas:

  • Anthropology
  • Business
  • Communication Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies

And including the following areas of focus:
  • Assessment
  • Publishing trends
  • Technology
  • User behavior
  • Public service
  • Indexing and abstracting
  • Collection Development and evaluation
  • Library Administration/management
  • Reference and library instruction
  • Descriptive/critical analysis of information resources

Please consider Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian as the journal for your publication.

The journal's website includes Instructions to Authors at:

Please send all submissions and questions to the editor at:

Lisa Romero
Editor, Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian
Associate Professor University of Illinois
Head, Communications Library

Friday, November 08, 2019

CFP: Designing for Digital 2020 (March 9-11, 2020 - Austin Texas) #D4D 2020

Designing for Digital’s program committee has opened the 2020 Call for Proposals and is currently seeking 3-hour workshops, 90-minute seminars, 45-minute sessions and 20-minute short talks in the following tracks: 

  • Tools & Methods
  • UX in Practice
  • Service & Physical Space Design
  • Trends, Emerging Issues, and the Future of Design
  • Leadership & Organizational Strategies

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Austin!

D4D is a design conference that aims to approach the library digital experience from a holistic point of view. We consider library services, physical layout, and overall strategy starting with a variety of users and use cases. The conference is meant to bring together UX professionals, web designers, managers, researchers, strategists and librarians of all types to examine the current user’s experience of the library and design the future of libraries in the modern, digital world.

D4D 2020 is March 9-11, 2020 at the AT&T Hotel & Conference Center at UT Austin.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

CFP: SCIL Works 2020: Disaster Planning: Bouncing back from instructional fails (Long Beach, California - January 17th, 2020)

CFP SCIL Works 2020: Disaster Planning: Bouncing back from instructional fails

Title: Disaster Planning: Bouncing back from instruction fails
When: Friday, January 17, 9am - 1pm
Where: CSU Long Beach
Proposal Due Date: Friday, November 22

Have you recently had an exemplary instruction experience? Where the students were all fully engaged, the tech all worked perfectly, the time frame aligned perfectly with what you wanted to teach, and the research project was interesting and inspiring?  Congratulations!   
This is not THAT conference; however, maybe next year.

We’ve all had instruction sessions, lesson plans, or tutorials where something (large or small) has gone wrong. Some examples may include: 
  • The classroom was unfamiliar 
  • The Wi-Fi went down 
  • The tech or database wasn’t working properly
  • Students behaved inappropriately
  • The instructor asked for one thing in planning, but had something different the day-of

What did you do? How did you fix it for next time? Any advice for librarians in similar situations? Come share with us at SCIL Works 2020.  
Southern California Instruction Librarians (SCIL) will be hosting SCIL Works on Friday, January 17, 2019. This annual mini-conference offers librarians the opportunity to share their best practices, innovative pedagogy, and creative solutions with colleagues. SCIL Works 2020 will focus on the many ways in which instruction librarians have adapted and bounced back from lesson plans that didn’t quite work as expected. 
We are accepting proposals for presentations in one of two formats: 
  • Presentation: A  20-minute presentation where the presenter shares their research or an effective program or practice with participants, with an additional 5 minutes for Q&A.
  • Lightning Round: A live, 5-minute poster session or slide deck. This presentation could briefly describe a unique problem you encountered, highlight a troublesome online tool or tutorial, or exhibit an assessment process or instrument gone wrong.
Please complete the Proposal Submission Form by 5:00 pm, Friday, November 22.  All submissions will be blind-reviewed by a panel. Presenters will be notified that their submissions have been accepted by Friday, December 13. If you have questions about submitting, please contact Judith Opdahl, SCIL Chair at
You will be asked to include the following information in your submission.
  • Primary contact name, institution, title, phone number, email
  • Other presenters names (if any)
  • Title of presentation
  • Short description of the presentation (no more than 250 words)
  • One paragraph describing how this presentation addresses the theme of the program
  • One learning outcome for attendees
Presenters will receive priority registration. 
We appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you!

CFP: Life After Migration: Making Alma and Primo work for Everyone (Feb 7th, 2020)

Call for Proposals
SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference
Life After Migration:  Making Alma and Primo work for Everyone

February 7, 2020

Library migrations to new Library Services Platforms can be challenging but also provide opportunities for improving user services and staff workflows.  In July of 2019, SUNY Libraries went live with Alma and Primo. Are you a library that’s migrated to Alma and Primo? We’re interested in hearing how libraries are changing their library instruction, their in-house workflows, and their discovery interface to better suit their patrons.

Possible session topics might answer these questions:  What changes have you made to update your Information literacy instruction?  What refinements or automation have you made to your workflows? How have outreach and marketing helped to spread the word?  What new library help guides have you created? Have you developed any new best practices? How did you go about training your staff?  What customizations did you make to Primo? How have you integrated Primo into your library's website? 

Come share your experiences with your supportive and non-judgmental library colleagues at the SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference on February 7, 2020 (10:00am - 2:30pm EST).

Presentations should be 15-20 minutes in length, in a format that best suits your topic.  Presentations should include what changes you’ve made, how other libraries can implement your changes, and can also include any changes you hope to make in the future.

Technology requirements:  Computer, internet connection, microphone/speakers (headset recommended) or telephone, quiet space for presenting, webcam optional

Accepting proposals until Friday, December 13, 2019.  Submit your proposal here:

Thank you!

Bill Jones
SUNYLA President
Digital Resources and Systems Librarian
SUNY Geneseo Milne Library | 585-245-6448

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

CFP: Makerspaces for Innovation and Research in Academics Conference (La Verne, CA on July 15-16, 2020)


Submit proposals here: 

The Makerspaces for Innovation and Research in Academics (MIRA) conference planning Committee seeks proposals for its third annual conference at the University of La Verne, La Verne, CA on July 15-16, 2020.

The MIRA Conference seeks to bring together a group of makers, librarians, educators and practitioners for presentations, workshops, discussions and networking. We encourage participation from all types of makerspaces such as academic, community, museums, libraries (K-12, higher education, public, special), institutions, and organizations. 

We especially welcome session proposals that are hands-on, engaging and include audience participation activities!

We also welcome proposals from makerspace students. Students will have an opportunity to apply for registration/travel scholarships. 

Sessions can include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
·         Assessment of makerspaces and making
·         Managing, maintaining and updating makerspaces
·         Facilitating learning and engagement through making
·         Integration of making into the curriculum
·         How makerspaces inspire innovation and entrepreneurship (prototyping, disruptive technologies)
·         Future directions of makerspaces in learning
·         Equity, diversity and inclusivity in makerspaces
·         Maker projects and concepts relating to machine learning, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality
·         Environmental effects of makerspaces and systems put in place to reduce impact
·         Using makerspaces to create partnerships
·         Civic and community engagement in makerspaces
·         How to set up a makerspace (costs, safety, staffing, training, location, value and buy-in, etc.)

Session Types (hands-on, engaging and include audience participation activities are welcomed):
·         Pre-Conference Workshop (3 hours): An in-depth, interactive and hands-on exploration of a topic. Presenter will need to bring their own equipment and supplies.
·         Workshop (45 mins): A hands-on training session. Presenter will need to bring their own equipment and supplies.
·         Presentation (20 mins): A session that can include ideas, experiences, original research, engaging discussion questions or activities.
·         Roundtable Discussion (45 mins): A session that offers conversations in a casual, round table setting.
·         Panel Discussion (45 mins) : A session that brings together 2-5 presenters into a cohesive conversation intended to engage audience members.

Proposal Submission Deadline:  Jan 31, 2020
Notification of Acceptance:  Mar 20, 2020
Conference Registration Opens:  April 6, 2020

If you have any questions, contact Vinaya Tripuraneni, Planning Committee Chair, at

CFP: Library Collections, Acquisitions & Technical Services (LCATS)

Library Collections, Acquisitions & Technical Services (LCATS) is now accepting manuscript submissions.

LCATS is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal provides a forum for the international exchange of ideas and experiences among members of the library collection management, technical services, vendor and publishing communities throughout the world. The journal focuses on many of the specializations within the broad areas of library collection management and technical services including acquisition of materials in academic, public, school and special libraries; cataloging and authority control; outsourcing of technical services operations; electronic publications; gifts and exchanges.

Please consider LCATS as the journal for your publication.

To submit your manuscript submission and for instructions to authors:

Email any questions to the interim editor at:

CFP: 2020 Reference Research Forum - ALA Annual (Chicago 2020)

The Research & Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) invites submission of reference service research project proposals for presentation at the New Discoveries in Reference: The 26th Annual Reference Research Forum at the 2020 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. Researchers and practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal. The committee is particularly interested in research around serving diverse patrons.
The Reference Research Forum is a popular and valuable ALA Annual Conference program. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about innovative research projects conducted in reference services including user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website: The Committee employs a blind peer review process to select three projects for 20-minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Identifying information will not be shared with reviewers until after final selection of projects. Selected submissions must be presented in person at the Forum during ALA Annual in Chicago, IL.
Criteria for selection:
1.      Originality: Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies
2.      Quality: Research design and methodologies
3.      Impact: Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service

NOTE: Research projects may be in-progress or completed. Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted.

Important Dates:
Proposals are due by Friday, January 3, 2020. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 17th, 2020. The submission must not exceed the stated word count limit. 

Submission Details:
Submissions will be accepted as Word documents:
SUBMISSION PAGE 1: Contact Information
Please include the primary contact’s name, title, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and email address.  Additional research team members should also be noted in the appropriate field.

SUBMISSION PAGE 2: Research Description (250 Word maximum)
The research description must not include any personally identifiable information, including your name, or the name of your institution. Please include these elements:
1.      Title of the project
2.      Explicit statement of the research problem
3.      Description of the research design and methodologies
4.      Findings or results if available
5.      Brief discussion of the originality, unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research (if you use semi colons between items in a list, you need to make sure the entire list is a complete sentence.)

Proposals that exceed the word count or that do not follow the format described above will be automatically rejected. 
Questions about the Forum should be directed to the 2019-2020 committee chair:

Sunday, November 03, 2019

CFP: Ticker (The Academic Business Librarianship Review) - Open Access Journal #OA #OACFP

ISSN: 2369-9779

The Academic Business Library Directors (ABLD) sponsor an open access journal in librarianship: Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review. Ticker is an international forum for the exchange of research, best practices, and innovative thinking in business librarianship and business library management.  The first issue was published in 2015 and we expect to publish two issues a year. Ticker is being added to open access repositories, so your submissions will be readily discoverable.  In 2019, the journal moved to its new home with Michigan Publishing (University of Michigan Library).

You do not need to be a member of ABLD or an ABLD institution to participate in this journal.  We encourage articles and reports from any academic business libraries or librarians located anywhere in the world. To submit an article, you will need to have a free Submittable account. 

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work 

Journal Focus and Scope Statement
Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review (ISSN: 2369-9779) publishes original research, commentary, conference reports, case studies, renovation profiles, stories of innovation, articles on library management and best practices, and evidence-based pieces. In addition, the journal features examples of translational research -- instances where academic business libraries have implemented faculty research findings on management best practices (i.e., collaboration, work-around techniques, staff motivation, space redesign, vendor negotiations, etc.).

Journal Sections 

Research - Peer Reviewed Research Papers
  1. Generally not more than 20 manuscript pages, single spaced. 
  2. APA Style
  3. Complete bibliography
  4. Abstract of not more than 300 words and at least three keywords (not more than 10)
  5. Peer review requires that the cover page with name and affiliation of the author(s) and the paper be submitted as separate documents.

Opinions & Thought Pieces
These are not blind peer reviewed; however, they are screened by a member of the editorial board. Ideally, they will be between 3-15 manuscript pages, single spaced; APA Style and include an abstract of not more than 300 words and three keywords. 

Conference Reports
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 at larger conferences such as SLA, ALA, ACRL, Charleston Conference, etc. The conference reports should include links as needed and should be in English.

Case Studies
Case studies involve the description and analysis of real life situations with the goals of testing theories, developing ideas, diagnosing problems or providing possible solutions.  If you would like to share an experience in your library with the library community in this way, please consider submitting a manuscript for this section. Case studies that examine the renovation of facilities or the launch of new spaces are particularly encouraged. Ideally, they will be between 3-15 manuscript pages, single spaced; APA Style and include an abstract of not more than 300 words and three keywords. 

Editorial Board (2019-2020)