Monday, July 15, 2019

CFP: Residencies Revisited: Reflections on Library Residency Programs from the Past and Present @LibJuicePress

Call for Proposals
Residencies Revisited: Reflections on Library Residency Programs from the Past and Present
Publisher: Library Juice Press

About the Book
Many academic libraries across the country have developed and maintained library diversity residency programs in support of a larger campaign to diversify librarianship as a profession.  Library diversity residencies strive to provide early-career librarians of color with the experience and toolkit necessary to pursue a successful lifelong career in academic librarianship.

Beyond the residents themselves, there are various stakeholders involved in every residency program: residency coordinators, library administrators, and the professional organizations that back them. This book provides a space for the perspectives of all types of residency stakeholders to intersect, thereby producing a holistic narrative of library diversity residencies. The intended audience for this narrative is all academic librarians/administrators currently involved or interested in library diversity residency programs or generally interested in diversity initiatives. This work solicits the stories of past and present residents, coordinators, and policy-influencers, and then organizes their stories thematically, interweaving the commentary and analysis of the editors.

Questions to Explore
For present diversity residents:
       What are the demographics of your host institution?
       What was the advertised structure and purpose of your residency program?
       How does your residency program experience align with your initial expectations?
       From your perspective, what strengths and opportunities exist for the program at your institution?
       What impacts do you anticipate this residency might have on your career in librarianship?

For past diversity residents*:
        What were the demographics of your host institution at the time of your residency?
       What was the advertised structure and purpose of your residency program?
       How did your residency program experience align with your initial expectations?
       From your perspective, what strengths and opportunities exist for the program at your host institution?
       How do you feel your residency impacted your career trajectory?

For past and present diversity resident coordinators:
        When did you participate in a diversity residency program as coordinator?
        What motivating factors contributed to your institution’s decision to implement a residency program?
        If applicable, how did your identity inform your involvement in building/participating in residency programs?
        From your perspective, what strengths and opportunities exist for the program at your institution?

For diversity residency researchers or policy-influencers:
        What motivating factors contributed to your involvement in residency research or policy?
        What type of work have you done and/or are doing around diversity residencies?
        From your perspective, how have residencies impacted the landscape of librarianship since their inception in the 1990s?

*Please note that submissions are not limited to recent diversity residents. We welcome the perspectives of all past residents.

Examples of Chapter Topics
Chapters can and will span a variety of topics depending on the chapter contributors and their lived experiences. Contributors are strongly encouraged to be as candid as possible. We are particularly interested in narratives that highlight aspects of residencies that remain unexplored. While this is not a restrictive list, some examples for chapter topics include:
        Invisible/emotional labor
        How your identities impacted your experience (such as religion, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic class, disability)
        Coming into a diversity residency when librarianship is a second career
        Balancing personal obligations with participating in a residency program
        Juggling authenticity and professionalism
        Motivating factors for showcasing or hiding aspects of your identity

How to Participate
Chapter Proposals
        300-500 word abstract and brief author biography
       Send proposals to
        Due: September 20th, 2019

Chapter Manuscripts
        2,000-5,000 words
        Send manuscripts to
        Due: March 2nd, 2020

About the Authors/Editors
Preethi Gorecki is the Student Engagement Librarian at Florida State University. Prior to that, she was a Library Faculty Diversity Fellow at Grand Valley State University. Preethi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Concordia University in Montréal, Québec, Canada and a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. Her research interests include practices for diversifying librarianship, project and task management tools and techniques for everyday academic librarianship, and student engagement as related to student wellness.

Arielle Petrovich is the Instruction and Outreach Archivist at the University of Notre Dame. She holds an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a BA in American Studies from Smith College. Arielle’s interests include de-mystifying the archives, diversifying the archival record, fostering historical empathy, and practicing inclusive librarianship.

Important Dates
Proposal Submission Deadline:
September 20th, 2019

Notification of Acceptance:
October 11th, 2019

First Draft Chapter Submission Deadline:
March 2nd, 2020

March 2020--September 2020

Final Manuscript Submission:
October 2020

Friday, July 12, 2019

CFP: Healthy Habits: Cultivating a Culture of Health and Wellness in Libraries and Communities (Online Conference - October 10, 2019)

Healthy Habits: Cultivating a Culture of Health and Wellness in Libraries and Communities Online Conference - October 10, 2019

Healthy habits matter. Unfortunately, navigating accurate health information to develop and practice suitable healthy habits is often difficult. Both as information professionals and centers of the community, libraries are in a unique position to inform their communities, students, and staff about health and wellness as well as encourage and aid its implementation. 

Join Amigos Library Services and keynote speaker, Jenn Carson, by submitting a presentation sharing your experiences with health and wellness initiatives in your library. Our online conference will take place on Thursday, October 10. 

Carson will kick off the conference with “Taking Care of Us: Ergonomic Advice for Library Staff,” teaching attendees how to de-stress at their desk, maintain proper posture, avoid injury, and regulate their emotions through breathing, stretching, and other techniques. 

Suggested health and wellness topics include experiences, programs, or services in the following areas:  

·         Aging 
·         Any of the 9 dimensions of wellness 
·         Burnout 
·         Community partnerships 
·         Fitness / exercise 
·         Gardening 
·         Health fairs 
·         Health literacy 
·         Healthcare 
·         Liability / insurance challenges 
·         Mindfulness 
·         Nursing / lactation 
·         Nutrition 
·         Self-care 
·         Staff health and wellness 
·         Wellness rooms 

If you can speak on one of these topics, or have another topic in mind, please submit your proposal by August 1, 2019. Don't worry if you've never presented online. It's easy, and we are happy to train you and will provide technical support during your presentation. 

For more information about this conference, contact Megan Bryant at  or 800-843-8482, ext. 2896.

Megan Bryant
Library Services and Technology Trainer
Amigos Library Services
4901 LBJ FWY, Suite 150, Dallas, TX 75244-6179
800-843-8482 x2896 | 972-340-2896 (direct)

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Call for Chapters: Implementing Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Handbook for Academic Libraries

Call for Chapter Proposals

Implementing Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Handbook for Academic Libraries

Chapter proposals are requested for an edited volume titled Implementing Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Handbook for Academic Libraries, to be published by the Association of College and Research Libraries. Head editors are Brian Lym (Hunter College) and Corliss Lee (University of California, Berkeley), and co-editors are Jonathan Cain (University of Oregon), Tatiana Bryant (Adelphi University), and Kenneth Schlesinger (Lehman College).

We are seeking case studies, qualitative research studies, quantitative research studies, survey research studies, and other research-based solutions that can be implemented in today’s libraries. A more detailed outline appears below.

Proposals, including a 600-800 word abstract, should be submitted here: by August 19, 2019.  Notification of acceptance will occur by the end of September 2019.  Selected authors should expect to submit a full draft of their article no later than January
14, 2020.

Send questions to head editors Brian Lym ( and Corliss Lee (

Book Outline

The well-documented lack of diversity in the academic library workforce remains problematic, especially given growing expectations that the overall academic workforce be more representative of the increasingly diverse student bodies at our colleges and universities. That the lack of diversity
is especially notable among the professional ranks (librarians, library leadership, and administrators) is indicative of inequity of opportunities for people of color and “minoritized” ethnic groups.  Further, remediation of racial and ethnic diversity in the academic library workplace raises broader diversity issues, including individuals with identities outside the gender binary and other individuals who face discrimination due to their sexual orientation, disabilities, religious affiliation, military status, age, or other identities.

Emerging efforts to diversify the academic library workplace are pointedly raising issues of inclusion in libraries where demographic homogeneity has historically prevailed. With Implementing Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we hope to capture emerging research and practice that demonstrates ways academic libraries and librarians can work with and within their institutions to create a more equitable and representative workforce.

Part 1:  Leveraging and Deploying Systemic and Bureaucratic/Structural Solutions

Since colleges and universities are hierarchical and complex systems with centralized and bureaucratic controls that can effect or impede transformative change, academic library leaders need to leverage and deploy formal structures and administrative resources to achieve DEI excellence.


  • Recruitment and Hiring
  • Retention and Advancement
  • Professional Development and Support
  • Assessment: Tracking DEI Progress

Part II:  Leveraging Collegial Networks, Politics, and Symbols:

Strengthening and Deepening Change for DEI Excellence
Acknowledging and deploying collegial networks, leveraging informal and formal political power, and symbolic resources to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion excellence in academic libraries.


  • Navigating Collegial Networks and Normative Expectations
  • Leveraging the Politics of Organizational Behavior
  • (formal and informal power)
  • Reinforcing the Message:  Deploying Change Through Deployment of Symbolic Activities

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

CFP: CLA Fall 2019 Virtual Conference (October 17-18, 2019) - “Catholic Librarianship: Building a Culture of Encounter”

CLA Fall 2019 Virtual Conference - Submit Today!

 “Catholic Librarianship: Building a Culture of Encounter”

This virtual conference will be held online for two days in October 2019 (Thursday-Friday, October 17-18, 2019).

We strongly encourage proposal submissions from librarians active and working in all settings (academic, school, public, special, etc.), archivists, as well as MLIS graduate students, retired librarians or volunteer librarians in parishes or small school libraries. Speakers must be available on at least one of the dates listed above, and have the use of a computer with a camera and a microphone. Zoom software is the primary tool that will be used to conduct the conference, but ancillary tools can also be added (Prezi, Powerpoint slides, etc.) if desired. Instruction and support in the use of Zoom will be provided prior to the event.

This conference will examine the nature of librarianship itself, especially as it operates in this century – a period of continuing social, economic, and technical change. How do our traditional professional values, and indeed our faith, help us to achieve our goals, despite the disruptions in our culture? Do we have the courage, compassion, and indeed the tools to support the needs and wants of the people we work with and serve? Can we use our skills to counteract the current culture of indifference and polarization in order to work towards a culture of compassion, dialogue, helpfulness and fruitful encounter with others? What strategies for engagement and encounter have you witnessed or employed in your own work?

Proposals may address (but are not limited to) such topics as:

  • Using technology to create new kinds of meaningful encounters with patrons and colleagues
  • Maintaining authentic interaction with patrons when responsibilities have multiplied and time and energy are in short supply
  • Reclaiming our roles of guidance and accompaniment, which have been eroded by the false promise of Internet browsing
  • Using re-training of library staff (ex: rolling out a new ILS or service) as an opportunity to bring people together and strengthen bonds
  • Helping students who were raised in a digital age to appreciate and encounter the Word
  • Effectively employing interactive communication tools (chat, texting, social media, video conferencing, etc.) to humanize online classes
  • Encouraging students to read and go beyond sound bites and memes
  • Listening as a method to counterbalance polarization
  • Making Catholic materials more discoverable in online catalogs and other research tools
  • Developing collections that help your patrons encounter other worldviews
  • Modeling civility and encouraging dialogue while still evangelizing
  • Using the Catholic intellectual tradition as a way to encounter truths

Key Dates:

• Proposal Deadline: July 25, 2019
• Notification of Accepted Proposals: August 2, 2019
• Confirm schedule: August 30, 2019
• Zoom Training: First two weeks in September
• Conference Rehearsal: Last week of September 2019

If you have additional questions regarding proposals, contact the CLA Office at or (225) 408-4417.

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

CFP: 50 Gaming Programs for Libraries

We are seeking contributing authors who would like to author projects in an
upcoming book 50 Gaming Programs for Libraries, edited by Ellyssa Kroski to be
published by The American Library Association.

50+ Gaming Programs for Libraries will be a one-stop handbook for how to plan,
organize, and run all types of gaming events in libraries. Programs will range
from tabletop gaming activities such as Dungeons and Dragons to family game
nights, trivia events, and chess tournaments, to classic and modern video
games, and even live action games such as LARPs and escape rooms.  Programs
encompassing new technologies such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality
(VR), and even Blockchain games will also be included.  Programs will also
consist of those that instruct patrons how to design their own games.

Each program will include step-by-step instructions, a materials and equipment
list, budget, and recommendations for age ranges and type of library. Programs
will range in cost, topic, and difficulty so there will be something for every
size and type of library.  This book will provide real-world programming ideas
for public, school, and academic libraries.  This will be an A-Z guidebook for
how to implement these types of events.

Publication Date: Mid 2020

We are seeking project authors for these and other topics:

  • Tabletop Game Programs
  • These types of game programs encompass board games, card games, roleplaying games such as Dungeons and Dragons, dice games, miniatures and strategy games, and tile-based games such as dominos or mahjong.  These programs may involve organizing tournaments, or teaching patrons to create their own games.
  • Program Example: How to Create a Circulating Board Game Collection Video Game 
  • Programs
  • Video games include everything from casual games to massive multiplayer online games and can include educational games, simulation games, Augmented Reality games (Pokemon Go), Virtual Reality (VR), or Blockchain games. Programs may include video game tournaments, or instructing patrons how to code and program their own video games.
  • Program Example: All About Video Game Systems; subscriptions necessary ie. playstation plus, xboxlive, etc.
  • Live Action Game Programs
  • Live Action Game Programs include live action role-playing games (LARPs) as well as escape room games, and scavenger hunts.  Other programs may teach patrons how to design their own live action games.
  • Program Example: How to organize a LARP in the library

Please fill out form here:



Monday, July 08, 2019

CFP: Informed Librarian Online - Tech Column

Are you passionate about technology?
The Informed Librarian Online seeks a Tech Column author --

        The Informed Librarian Online ( is seeking someone who is passionate about technology and wants to share what they know with all of our Informed Librarians by writing short articles for us. Librarians from all around the world read the articles in The Informed Librarian Online.
        The Informed Librarian Online is a monthly compilation of the most recent tables of contents from over 300 titles - valuable domestic and foreign library and information-related journals, e-journals, magazines, e-magazines, newsletters and e-newsletters. This current awareness service helps keep you informed and abreast of all library trends. It is an easy, timesaving way to tame your professional reading tiger, and is very popular among all types of library and information professionals.                
        If you are interested in writing this column for The Informed Librarian Online, email  and let me know about your tech background and experience.

Friday, July 05, 2019

CFP: 2019 TxLA Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) Summit. - September 13, 2019 - Huntsville, Texas

We are extending the call for proposals for the 2019 TxLA Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) Summit.

Tell Me More.  TxLA’s LIRT Summit is a one-day conference focused on topics related to library and information literacy instruction in academic, public, school and/or special libraries.  Attendees will interact with other library instruction enthusiasts and learn from one another in a collaborative, intimate, low-stress environment.  All who have an interest in library and information literacy instruction are welcome to attend and apply to present (membership in LIRT not required).  

When and Where?  The TxLA LIRT Summit will be held on September 13, 2019Sam Houston State University’s Newton Gresham Library in Huntsville, Texas. 

Call for Proposals.  Please consider presenting your work at the LIRT Summit.  Proposals will be accepted until July 15, 2019, at 8:00 a.m. via this form.  Any topics related to library and information literacy instruction are welcome in the following session formats:
  • 50-minute Presentation
  • 20-minute Presentation
  • 20-minute Poster Session
Registration Info.  Registration will open in early July and will include breakfast and lunch for all attendees.  Additional information will be provided at a later date. 

Best Regards,
2019 LIRT Summit Hosts
Sam Houston State University

For questions, please contact Ashley Crane at or Heather Adair at