Friday, June 17, 2016

CFP: Computers in Libraries 2017 (Arlington, Virginia - March 2017)

Computers in Libraries 2017
Hyatt Regency Crystal City (Arlington, Virginia)
March 28-30, 2017
CFP Deadline: September 12, 2016

See above link for more information, conference tracks and suggested topics
There are many excellent libraries as well as a myriad of innovative and engaging services in the information world these days. What strategies, learning, training, partnering, out-of- the-box thinking and borrowing from other industries will enable all libraries to be excellent in their communities? Whether it’s building creative spaces with learning commons and makerspaces; engaging audiences in different ways with community managers and embedded librarians; advocating for learning and literacy in new and exciting ways; using new technologies to provide engaging services and apps; partnering with museums or chambers of commerce;Computers in Libraries 2017 is all about Upping Our Game: Taking Libraries to New Heights with Technology.
Hear from excellent and innovative libraries, network and learn from leaders in the field, and definitely be an active participant in the 32nd 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, eresource managers, 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.
If you would like to participate in Computers in Libraries 2017 as a speaker or workshop leader, please submit a proposal as soon as possible (September 12, 2016 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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

ALA Publishing open house in Orlando (ALA Annual - Saturday June 25th 3-4 pm)

Publish with ALA
Saturday, June 25, 3:00-4:00 pm
Orange County Convention Center, Room S321

The editors of ALA Editions and ALA Neal Schuman, the Association's book-publishing imprints, invite you to an informal open house. Drop by and ask questions, explore ideas, and meet fellow writers. Learn about publishing trends, keys to a successful proposal, and the opportunities available to you. All are welcome.

Here’s a link to ALA’s conference scheduler:

Monday, June 13, 2016

CFP: Digital Humanities & Libraries (Special issue of College & Undergraduate Libraries)


The redefinition of humanities scholarship has received major attention in higher education over the past few years. The advent of digital humanities has challenged many aspects of academic librarianship. With the acknowledgement that librarians must be a necessary part of this scholarly conversation, the challenges facing subject/liaison librarians, technical service librarians, and library administrators are many. Developing the knowledge base of digital tools, establishing best procedures and practices, understanding humanities scholarship, managing data through the research lifecycle, teaching literacies (information, data, visual) beyond the one-shot class, renegotiating the traditional librarian/faculty relationship as ‘service orientated,’ and the willingness of library and institutional administrators to allocate scarce resources to digital humanities projects while balancing the mission and priorities of their institutions are just some of the issues facing librarians as they reinvent themselves in the digital humanities sphere.


College & Undergraduate Libraries, a peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor & Francis, invites proposals for articles to be published in the fall of 2017. The issue will be co-edited by Kevin Gunn ( of the Catholic University of America and Jason Paul ( of St. Olaf College.

The issue will deal with the digital humanities in a very broad sense, with a major focus on their implications for the roles of academic librarians and libraries as well as on librarianship in general. Possible article topics include, but are not limited to, the following themes, issues, challenges, and criticism:

·         Developing the project development mindset in librarians
·         Creating new positions and/or cross-training issues for librarians
·         Librarian as: point-of-service agent, an ongoing consultant, or as an embedded project librarian
·         Developing managerial and technological competencies in librarians
·         Administration support (or not) for DH endeavors in libraries
·         Teaching DH with faculty to students (undergraduate and graduate) and faculty
·         Helping students working with data
·         Managing the DH products of the data life cycle
·         Issues surrounding humanities data collection development and management
·         Relationships of data curation and digital libraries in DH
·         Issues in curation, preservation, sustainability, and access of DH data, projects, and products
·         Linked data, open access, and libraries
·         Librarian and staff development for non-traditional roles
·         Teaching DH in academic libraries
·         Project collaboration efforts with undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty 
·         Data literacy for librarians
·         The lack of diversity of librarians and how it impacts DH development
·         Advocating and supporting DH across the institution
·         Developing institutional repositories for DH
·         Creating DH scholarship from the birth of digital objects
·         Consortial collaborations on DH projects
·         Establishing best practices for dh labs, networks, and services
·         Assessing, evaluating, and peer reviewing DH projects and librarians.

Articles may be theoretical or ideological discussions, case studies, best practices, research studies, and opinion pieces or position papers.

Proposals should consist of an abstract of up to 500 words and up to six keywords describing the article, together with complete author contact information. Articles should be in the range of 20 double-spaced pages in length. Please consult the following link that contains instructions for authors:

Please submit proposals to Kevin Gunn ( by August 17, 2016; please do not use Scholar One for submitting proposals. First drafts of accepted proposals will be due by February 1, 2017 with the issue being published in the fall of 2017. Feel free to contact the editors with any questions that you may have.

Kevin Gunn, Catholic University of America
Jason Paul, St. Olaf College

Christopher Millson-Martula
Director of the Library
Lynchburg College
1501 Lakeside Dr., Lynchburg, VA 24501
Voice: 434/544-8399    Fax: 434/544-8499
Editor, College & Undergraduate Libraries

Monday, June 06, 2016

CFP: Chapters/Essays on Best Practices or Resources supporting APA communities, or Perspectives from APA Librarians

We are looking for essays for this exciting new book! This edited volume is tentatively titled Asian Pacific American Librarians and Library Services Today (in contract with Rowman & Littlefield.) The book will bring together contributions from librarians who are of Asian and Pacific (APA) heritage and their work experiences, and librarians who support APA communities and their best practices in the United States.

For consideration, please submit an abstract proposal no more than 150 words (1-2 paragraphs) and a brief professional bio to by June 15, 2016. The book is scheduled to come out in 2017. We are seeking abstract proposals that address the topics below.

To start this discussion, this edited volume explores ways that libraries and librarians support APA communities through services and resources. 

  • Who are the APA communities that these libraries serve? 
  • What do these APA communities need from their libraries? 
  • How do libraries serve these communities? 
We approach these questions by considering the diversity of APA communities thriving in the US, the different kinds of libraries and archives (academic, public, school, special), their functions in relation to these APA communities, and the successes and challenges of these efforts. The volume would conclude with a discussion of what's ahead for serving the needs of the diverse and vibrant APA communities in the US.

In this volume, APA is defined broadly: heritage from East, Southeast, and South Asia, and Pacific Islands including Hawaiians. The book will aim to cover and provide resources to support different APA communities: from Hmong, Laotian, Burmese to Chinese, Japanese, Nepalese, Bengali communities, etc., and in the contexts of language, religious, cultural and social diversities. We will also include experiences about APA librarians with mixed heritages and adoption experiences.

The following is a list of sections that will be included:

Section 1: Who is the APA community and what do these communities need from their libraries? Several chapters covering case studies of the diversity of communities we serve, layered by different types of library settings (academic, public, school, special).


  • Information literacy
  • International students 
  • Campus engagement
  • Staffing and Retention
  • Celebration of APA heritage and other cultural programming 
  • Collections Building
  • language resources, community center, ESL resources, children's programming, etc. 
  • Outreach and advocacy. 
  • Staffing and Retention. 
  • Collections Building
  • Celebration of APA heritage, other cultural programming (Lunar New Year events, etc.)
  • Children's programming
  • Staffing
  • Collections Building
  • Celebration of APA heritage and other cultural programming

  • Health/Medical resources and services
  • Government and Legal resources and services 
  • Museum/NGO Digital Collections 
  • Underserved or emerging sectors: adoptees, elderly, at-risk youths and new immigrants
  • Celebration of APA heritage
  • Archives of culture and history (oral histories, digital archives, curation of history and heritage, etc.
Section 2: Current issues/Gaps/Challenges ahead.
  • Recruitment/retention/mentorship (best practices, systemic problems, library school student perspective-recent grad).
  • Sustained structural integration of diversity in collections, resources, services, programming.
  • Ongoing assessment of communities' needs/agility to meet evolving needs.
  • Cultivating APA library leaders (on social justice, diversity, inclusion, impacting the profession).
  • Strengthening professional networks with strategic partnerships (ethnic caucuses, other partners in ALA--SRRT, IRRT, IFLA, JCLC, LBGTRT, etc.).
The volume will be edited by Janet H. Clarke (Stony Brook University), Raymond Pun (Fresno State), and Monnee Tong (San Diego Public Library).

If you have any questions or would like further information, please email us at

Saturday, June 04, 2016

CFP: Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Collections area (Northeast Popular/American Culture Association 2016 Fall Meeting)

Northeast Popular/American Culture Association Call for Papers: Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Collections area


The Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Collections area of the Northeast Popular/American Culture Association welcomes paper submissions from librarians, archivists, curators, graduate students, faculty, collectors, writers, patrons, and researchers of popular culture and information settings of all types. We encourage panel proposals, as well as, individual submissions.
NEPCA’s 2016 fall conference will be held on the campus of Keene State College (Keene, NH) the weekend of October 20‐21, 2016 . The deadline for proposals is June 15, 2016 . Some suggested topics:
  • Histories and profiles of museums, archives, libraries, and other popular culture resources.
  • Intellectual freedom or cultural sensitivity issues related to popular culture resources.
  • Book clubs and reading groups, city‐ or campus‐wide reading programs.
  • Collection building and popular culture resources.
  • Organization and description of popular culture resources.
  • New media formats and popular culture in libraries, archives, or museums.
  • New media, digital literacies, databases, content management systems, access and discovery systems, websites (such as wikis, YouTube, Google, Amazon, eBay, etc.) and their impact on libraries and popular culture collections.
  • Public libraries and librarians supporting programming and outreach around popular culture resources (graphic novels, streaming video, etc.)
  • Other topics welcome!!!

Libraries, Archives, Museums and Collections Area Chair: Julie A. DeCesare, Providence College
Online Paper Proposal Submission Form (submit form by June 15, 2016):

Thursday, June 02, 2016

CFP: Future Roles of Librarians (Library Management Journal)

Future Roles of Librarians

Special issue call for papers from Library Management

About the Special Issue
Users of libraries can be academic staff, students, the general public (that is quite complex in terms of the user groups involved), depending on the focus (e.g. academic, public, special). The contributors to this Special Issue should address the necessary librarians’ skills created by new user needs, training strategies as well as how attitudes towards our own professional development should develop.  Exploring future studies that examine the ways in which librarians are given an opportunity to define and assert new and significant roles would also surely be on this agenda.
Walters (2013) for instance, asserts that academic librarians are well-positioned to offer guidance to eBook vendors for the development of meaningful e-book licenses and usable platforms for the academic environment and this implies that they “have an important role to play in shaping the e-book environment, especially since publishers have yet to agree on the best ways of providing and marketing e-books to academic libraries” (p.2014).
This issue supports a range of questions  around the new roles for librarians and how they can be empowered to shape the future of the profession. What are the current and future needs of users in a complex technological and open access environment and on what basis are the current and future skills required of librarians for these new roles and how can they can develop them more effectively? 
The Guest Editors seek submissions presenting new insights into the following (but not limited to) topics:
  • The modern library landscape requires librarians to stay up-to-date with the external fast changing technological environments, the constantly evolving digital landscapes of  librarians’ own working contexts and the complexity of their emerging roles.
  • how to develop digital literacy as library services are offered through a range of media, including social network sites, mobiles phones, discovery services that harvest information from a wide variety of publishers and open-access repositories and even virtual words;
  • how to establish a culture of openness and sharing that challenges the traditional controlled realm of library work and controlled, mediated information access;
  • how to develop more user-centred library services, signifying a transition in the way in which services are delivered to library users, e.g.  how to involve user participation and feedback at the core of the evaluation process of library services and how librarians and their user communities can be ‘co-developers’ of library services.
  • Inherent in all of this is the abandonment of more traditional roles and positions and the impact which this does have on users management and librarians alike

These topics are examples only and you as an author should choose what you would like to explore.  It is such an important and crucial issue for all of us.

Guest Editors

Dr Konstantina (Dina) Martzoukou
Senior Lecturer 
iSchool - Aberdeen Business School 
The Robert Gordon University

Steve O'Connor
Information Exponentials
Adjunct Professor
Charles Sturt University
School of Information Studies

Important Dates

•    Submission due: 31 December 2016


The papers should be around 4,000 words in length, all papers must be submitted online.
Submissions to Library Management are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access are available here. Full information and guidance on using ScholarOne Manuscripts is available at the Emerald ScholarOne Manuscripts Support Centre.
Each paper is reviewed by the Editor and, if it judged suitable for publication, is evaluated using a double-blind peer review process.
The full author guidelines are available here.
- See more at:

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Developing In-House Digital Tools in Library Spaces – Official Call for Contributors

Laura Costello (USA), Stony Brook University
Meredith Powers (USA), Brooklyn Public Library

Call for Chapters
Proposals Submission Deadline: June 30, 2016
Full Chapters Due: September 30, 2016
Final Submission Date: February 28, 2017

Library service is dependent on the technology tools we use to host, distribute, and control content, our data collection strategies, and user focused tools that promote discovery and recommendation. Libraries have historically relied on contracted vendors to develop and support these tools, but many libraries are now creating, testing, and supporting their own tools to better suit their particular communities. In response to this trend, many vendors have started offering more responsive platforms outfitted with developer tools to help libraries build these systems out in new ways. This is particularly observable in library management systems like Innovative’s Sierra and Ex Libris’ Alma and discovery tools like Proquest’s Summon and the Ebsco Discovery System.

This title will collect use cases of libraries that have taken the development process into their own hands, through an internal or outsourced development team creating their own tools from scratch or on top of existing library software. Chapters will go into detail about the products and their development, including the organizational structure that enabled development and any user feedback or testing. The volume will cover organizational issues (such as internal and external collaboration and overcoming institutional barriers), examples of library automation, case studies of developing library products, and assessing the impact and usefulness of in-house technologies.

As libraries continue to expand their digital collections, online services, and technological offerings, librarians increasingly must rely on new technologies to deliver their content and services. Existing library technologies and software vendors are not always able to sufficiently or cost-effectively meet these new challenges, and some libraries are turning inward to tackle the development process themselves. This proposed volume aims to empower librarians to create and develop their own software solutions and technologies, rather than merely implementing existing technology. With its detailed case studies of the development process and organizational structures of libraries who have successfully created their own in-house technology solutions, this volume would be a unique entry in the library technology book market and could provide ideas and opportunities for libraries looking to expand their existing tools and services. This book could serve as a practical guide to fostering the kinds of environments and organizational structures that allow teams and individuals to accomplish technology projects; by including sections on assessment and the iterative process of development, this volume could also serve as a benchmark for setting goals and evaluating the effectiveness of library software.

Key issues this book seeks to address include: the environments, skills, and organizational structures and cultures that are conducive for successful technology projects; the impact of using in-house technologies within libraries; an assessment and evaluation of the effectiveness of library software; and collaboration within and beyond the library community.

Target Audience
This volume will be aimed at institutions hoping to put together technology teams or enable their existing staff to accomplish in-house technology projects. It will also be useful for institutions with existing functional technology teams looking for new projects and collaborations. The proposed volume will be appropriate for public, academic, and other types of libraries.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Ebook platforms and modifications
  • Data and statistical tools
  • Responsive library systems
  • Open data initiatives
  • Open APIs
  • Open source software
  • Room reservation systems
  • Web archiving initiatives
  • Digital collections and digital libraries
  • Content management systems
  • Library innovation labs
  • Mobile apps
  • Discovery services
  • Linked data
  • Adaptive design and assistive technology
  • Web analytics
  • Library automation
  • Augmented reality
  • Online learning
  • Mobile learning
  • Open source integrated library systems
  • RFID technologies
  • Learning management systems
  • Digital toolkits
  • Data dashboards
  • Usability testing
  • Electronic data processing

Submission Procedure
The editors invite potential authors to submit a 4-6 page double-spaced chapter proposal with
the following:
1. Detailed description of the chapter content
2. Tentative outline of chapter
3. Reference list (draft) of expected research
4. Brief Author background info

Case studies that include assessment and evaluation of in-house library technologies are highly

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2017.

Important Dates

  • May 30, 2016: Proposal Submission Deadline
  • June 30, 2016: Notification of Acceptance
  • September 30, 2016: Full Chapter Submission
  • November 30, 2016: Review Results Returned
  • January 30, 2017: Final Acceptance Notification
  • February 28, 2017: Final Chapter Submission

Laura Costello, Stony Brook University -
Meredith Powers, Brooklyn Public Library -

To Submit a proposal: