Monday, August 01, 2022

CFP: 2022 Medical Institutional Repositories in Libraries (MIRL) Symposium (Nov 17, 2022; CFP Deadline Sept 2, 2022)

The Medical Institutional Repositories in Libraries (MIRL) planning committee is now accepting proposals for the second MIRL Symposium, a free event which will take place virtually on Thursday, November 17, 2022 (time to be determined). MIRL is a platform-neutral conference for IR practitioners and those with an interest in IRs at hospitals, academic medical centers, and other health settings to discuss and share case studies and best practices for digital archiving of institutional content. 


MIRL 2022 will feature a keynote by Dr. Lisa Federer, Data Science and Open Science Librarian, Office of Strategic Initiatives, National Library of Medicine, on "The NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy: Roles and Opportunities for Libraries and Institutional Repositories."


We are accepting proposals for:

  • Panel discussions (approximately 50 minutes including Q&A)
  • Presentations (approximately 15 minutes including Q&A)
  • Lightning talks (approximately 5-10 minutes including Q&A)


The MIRL planning committee welcomes proposals on a variety of topics including, but not limited to:

  • Unusual medical/health sciences institutional repository (IR) content, collections, use cases, collaborations, or challenges
  • Migrating repository platforms: stories, processes, and lessons learned
  • IRs in a time of budget cuts: ROI and justifying the cost
  • Finding your champions: marketing your IR 
  • Reporting out: telling your IR story with statistics and metrics 
  • IR harvesting and support tools, workflow 
  • Strategies for management of faculty/researcher publications, conference posters, student collections, digital exhibits, digital archives, preprints, datasets
  • Promoting open access (OA) initiatives
  • Supporting promotion and tenure using your IR
  • Accessibility policies and practices
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion


Submit your proposal here:



  • Deadline for submitting proposals: Friday, September 2, 2022
  • Acceptance emails will be sent no later than September 16, 2022
  • Registration is free for all attendees and will open on September 16, 2022


Please contact Steven Moore ( for any questions about the proposal process or about MIRL.


MIRL 2022 planning group members:

  • Lisa Buda (Rochester Regional Health)
  • Anthony Dellureficio (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)
  • Brenda Fay (Advocate Aurora Health)
  • Sara Hoover (Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, George Washington University)
  • Ramune Kubilius (Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
  • Steven Moore (Henry Ford Health)
  • Lisa Palmer (Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Chan Medical School)

Thursday, July 28, 2022

CFP: Entrepreneurship and Libraries Conference 2022 #Entrelib - Virtual November 1st and 2nd, 2022

Entrepreneurship and Libraries Conference (Entrelib) 2022 will be free, fully virtual and be international in scope! This iteration of the Entrelib conference will explore approaches libraries have undertaken to support social entrepreneurship. What can we learn from libraries’ engagement with social entrepreneurship from elsewhere? Social entrepreneurship is a globally relevant issue that is not centered in the global north and/or western view of capitalism, lending itself to an international conference. This, along with social entrepreneurship as a significant way to bring about economic justice, is of particular interest to younger generations, who are our libraries’ (and world’s) future leaders and changemakers. Due to the diverse nature of social entrepreneurship, the conference committee is open to all perspectives on this topic. 

Happening virtually Nov. 1st & 2nd, 2022, Entrelib is open to the academic, public, and special library community, as well as entrepreneurial ecosystem partners. 

Our international planning team, consisting of members from 8 different countries, invites proposals on the conference themes and session formats below. Priority will be given to submissions that are of interest and value to multiple types of information professionals (public, special, academic, etc.).

  • Libraries supporting social entrepreneurship that contribute to UN Sustainability Goals (actions to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity, etc.)

  • Libraries supporting globally-focused initiatives and projects 

  • Libraries partnering with and contributing to diverse social entrepreneurship ecosystems

  • Exploring information about international markets within social entrepreneurship

  • Community specific social entrepreneurship: small-scale initiatives that serve the needs of specific geographies but addresses global challenges

  • Critical analysis of social entrepreneurship in libraries

The planning team is accepting proposals for the following session formats:

  • Workshops (30 minutes)

  • Lighting Talks (7 minutes)

To read the full call for proposals, submit a proposal, and learn more about the conference, please visit

Proposal submission deadline: August 31st, 2022

Successful proposals will be notified by early October 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact the EntreLib Programming committee co-chairs CĂ©line Gareau-Brennan ( or Mariah McGregor (

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Call for Book Chapters: Innovative Library Workplaces #ACRL Publication

Call for Book Chapters-Innovative Library Workplaces

We are seeking chapter proposals for a new edited collection with the working title: Innovative Library Workplaces: Transformative Human Resource Strategies


Innovative Library Workplaces will be an edited collection focused on the most important resource at any academic library: the people who work there. This topic will be examined from the perspective of recruitment and retention, as well as the underlying issues of organizational culture and structure. This will include the dynamic changes that emerged as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Great Resignation, and the need for greater diversity and equity. 

Target Audience

The targeted audience is library managers and administrators, with a secondary focus on LIS students studying human resource issues. 

Objective and Focus

The focus will be innovative, practical solutions to contemporary human resource issues. Though we will accept a variety of proposed chapter types, including qualitative and quantitative studies, case studies, and literature reviews, each section is required to provide a conclusion with lessons learned and practical advice for readers. 

Book Sections

This book will have two sections, the first dealing with recruitment and retention initiatives and the second dealing with work culture, organizational structure, and philosophical and strategic approaches to human resources.

Chapter Topics 

Section I: For the first section, focusing on recruitment and retention activities in libraries, we will accept chapters such as, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Salary and wage initiatives, including salary studies and large-scale compensation adjustments.
  • Initiatives related to employee benefits.
  • Recruitment and hiring approaches, practices, and initiatives.
  • Employee wellness initiatives, broadly interpreted to include mental, physical, and emotional wellness.
  • Diversity and inclusion approaches, practices, and initiatives.
  • Long-term changes in the library workplace related to the Great Resignation and the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • Employee satisfaction.
  • Employee retention.
  • Work-life balance approaches, practices, and initiatives.
  • Combating employee burn out.
  • Succession planning and developing future leaders.
  • Other topics related to improving work for library employees.

Section II: For the second section, focusing on work culture, organizational structure, library jobs, and strategic and philosophical approaches to human resources in libraries, we will accept chapters such as, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Shifting strategic approaches to library human resources.
  • Shifting philosophical approaches to library human resources.
  • Changes in organizational structures and approaches to library organization.
  • Changes in library jobs, including duties, qualifications, and scope.
  • Changes in library work and organizational cultures, including those relevant to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and/or addressing institutional and structural racism.
  • Explorations of the way that changing jobs, organizational structures, and human resource approaches impact the nature of library work.
  • New approaches to LIS education that reflect changes in the required proficiencies for librarians.
  • Changes in the way we work, including flexible work arrangements and new approaches to working from new locations.
  • The ways libraries can succeed in establishing organizational trust in remote working situations.
  • The way that changes in work structure result in changes to how we approach tasks.
  • Shifts in the employment market that impact the nature of library work.
  • Job structures and grades, paths for promotion, and building opportunities for growth and leadership development into positions and job classes. 
  • Other topics related to changing organizational structures and approaches in libraries.

Chapter Structure

Each chapter should include a problem definition, literature review, and conclusion with takeaways, best practices, lessons learned, and other advice.  

Proposal Instructions

Complete proposals of no more than 500 words and a short bio should be submitted using this form by September 9, 2022. The editors will review all submitted proposals and identify chapters for inclusion in the book. Notifications for accepted proposals will be sent by October 10, 2022. If accepted, first drafts of completed cases will be due by January 30, 2023. The expected length for a chapter is 2,500 - 5,000 words. In addition to addressing each section included in the chapter structure, proposals should include a description of how the chapter will address innovation in human resource approaches. 


This book is scheduled to be published by Association of College & Research Libraries. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2024. 

Important Dates 

  • September 9, 2022: Proposal submission deadline 
  • October 10, 2022: Notification of Acceptance of Proposal 
  • January 30, 2022: Full Chapter Draft Submission Deadline 

Any questions can be submitted directly to the editors: Lisa Hopkins or Bridgit McCafferty at


Lisa Hopkins

Head of Technical Services, Assistant Dean of the University Library & Archives

Texas A&M University-Central Texas

Bridgit McCafferty

Dean of the University Library & Archives

Texas A&M University-Central Texas


Monday, July 18, 2022

Call for freelance writers for Online Searcher magazine

Call for freelance writers for Online Searcher magazine

Doing interesting, cool things at your library? Thinking about reviewing a product or comparing sources (ABI/INFORM vs. Business Source Complete vs. Factiva, for example, or Google Scholar vs. Web of Science, or something else)? Want to share your insights, experiences, and practical knowledge with colleagues? Think about writing for Online Searcher: Information Discovery, Technology, Strategies. To get a sense of the magazine, take a look at our website, Click on author guidelines to see information about article length, payment, and style.

We have a very broad definition of what constitutes online searching. Yes, it’s all those subscription databases your library subscribes to, but it’s also web resources, web search, information/knowledge
management, digitization efforts, emerging technologies, analytics, open access, user interfaces, vendor negotiation, text and data mining, instructional tips and techniques, information/data literacy, visualization, and research data management, for starters.

Not sure if what you want to write about fits well with Online Searcher? Email editor Marydee Ojala, She’s happy to discuss your ideas with you.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

CFP: Library Marketing and Communications Conference 2022 (November 2-3, 2022 - Indianapolis, Indiana)



Interested in presenting at the 9th annual Library Marketing and Communications Conference November 2-3 in Indianapolis, IN? Submit a proposal with your presenter details and presentation description. Call for Proposals will close on Friday, July 22.

Library Marketing and Communications Conference 2022

November 2 & 3, 2022

Hyatt Regency, Indianapolis

The 2022 Library Marketing and Communications Conference (LMCC) Planning Committee invites you to submit presentation proposals for consideration to our 8th Annual LMCC, which will be held in Indianapolis on November 2-3, 2022.

We want you to share your knowledge on the tried and true, the latest trends, and the best practices in marketing and communications. We are looking for speakers with demonstrated professional experience who can share their experiences and lessons and discuss the strategy, actions, and results of your marketing and communications topic.

Successful proposals will provide practical tips and takeaways that can be immediately applied to any library’s communications and marketing efforts. Ideally, your presentation will apply to other types and sizes of libraries and could be scaled to work for library marketing staff and teams that are full-time, part-time, and everything in between.

We welcome all proposals for consideration. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Marketing & communications, with an emphasis on key themes:
  • Communications / PR / Media relations
  • Strategy / Research / Planning / Style guides
  • Workflow management
  • Staff buy-in / Internal support and partnerships
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)
  • User experience / Accessibility
Community engagement, with an emphasis on key themes:
  • Advocacy / Funding
  • Partnerships
  • Embedding
  • Promoting outreach programs & services
  • Engaging user groups
Marketing & communication tools, such as:

  • Videography / Animation / Editing
  • Social media
  • Graphic design
  • Website design
  • Other technology / Software

Topics for intermediate and advanced audiences

We welcome proposals from individuals or colleagues who want to co-present. We also encourage panel submissions in which speakers will share different takes on the same topic. Our vendor partners are welcome to submit a proposal if they are co-presenting with a library organization partner and the information is relevant to all attendees and is not sales-oriented.

You should have enough content to fill at least 60 minutes, not counting Q&A (all sessions are 60 minutes long). You will be able to share handouts and slides with attendees electronically after the conference.

Submission Information

Submit your proposal through the online submission form by Friday, July 22nd. The lead presenter will receive an automated email confirming receipt of the submission and will be notified if the proposal has been accepted.

All proposals must include the following:

  • Session Title
  • Session Description (100 words or less)
  • Type of Audience (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced)
  • Session Format
  • Learning Objectives
  • Presenter Contact Information
  • Presenter Biography
Proposal Timeline

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, July 22rd
Notification of Acceptance: Friday, August 22nd

Criteria for Acceptance:

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Speakers’ knowledge and experience
  • Useful/practical learning objectives
  • Topics’ broad appeal
  • Clarity of description
  • Originality
  • Interactive elements

Recommendations for a Successful Proposal:

  • Please write your proposal clearly, carefully, and completely. If you’re accepted, the information you’ve provided will appear online in the conference schedule and program.
  • LMCC reserves the right to adjust session titles and edit session descriptions where necessary.

Additional Information for Speakers:

  • Speakers will be responsible for registering for the conference. Speakers will be given a special code to register at the speaker rate.
  • Please add LMCC’s email address to your contact list so our future emails won’t go into your spam folder.


Send us an email with the subject “Speaker Questions” to

Library Marketing and Communications Group
1190 Meramec Station Rd., Suite 207
Ballwin, MO 63021

Friday, June 24, 2022

Call for Proposals: Something Old, Something New: Using Social Media to Engage Communities with Local History (Online program #IFLA)

 The IFLA Local History and Genealogy Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) invites proposals for papers highlighting innovative local history and genealogy projects and activities developed via social media channels.

Whether it's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tik Tok, or any of the other emerging platforms, social media is the perfect environment to communicate and remember historical events in innovative ways or to add nuance and a personal perspective on important historical moments.


The workshop's theme : "Something Old, Something New: Using Social Media to Engage Communities with Local History" is in line with IFLA's 2022 World Library Information Congress topic – Inspire, Engage, Enable, Connect. 


This event will be held online on August 23 at 16.00 CET time as part two of the Local History and Genealogy Section's Summer Meeting.


Submission Guidelines 


This call is open to all interested librarians, communication and educational professionals, students , social media or history enthusiasts. 


Proposals of 15-minute presentations in English must be submitted in an electronic format before 15 July at and must include the following information:

  • Title of proposed presentation
  • Abstract of the proposed paper (no more than 200 words)
  • Name(s) of presenters and positions and/or titles
  • Employer or affiliated institution
  • Contact information including email address

For any other information contact Cristina Roiu at the above e-mail address.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Call for Reviewers: Reader's Roundup Monographic Musings & Reference Reviews in Against the Grain (ATG) at the Charleston Hub @chsconf

We are seeking additional librarians and other information professionals who would like to review new books for the Reader's Round-up: Monographic Musings & Reference Reviews in Against the Grain (ATG) at the Charleston Hub (


General Guidelines

  • Monographic Musings - We are reviewing books that cover a wide range of topics in librarianship and information management.  While many will be focused on collections and collection management, the titles reviewed may reflect the wide range of topics covered at the Charleston Conference.  

  • Reference Reviews - We are also reviewing a wide range of reference works that might be purchased for library collections.  To review these titles, please choose works that match your general understanding of available library reference works or subject knowledge.  

  • Reviews do not have a hard and fast rule in regards to a word count.  Keeping it between 500 and 750 is a good goal to follow.  If a review is shorter or longer, we can figure that out.

  • Structure should be setup similar to the sample review.

    • Bibliographic Information

    • Reviewed by note (name, title, institution and email)

    • Review elements

      • Basic introduction to the topic

      • Author's background

      • A few examples (good or bad) of the work

      • Overall statement of value

      • Review Rating


For more information, including reviewer guidelines, past columns, list of available books, and publisher information, please visit my page for this section:


If you would like to review books - please fill out this form:


Here is the current list of books that are available:


If you have any questions, please contact Corey Seeman (section editor) at

CFP: Special Issue on Social Justice and Science Librarianship to be published in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship (ISTL)

 Call for Submissions

Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship (ISTL) has recently published a four-part column series on social justice (SJ) and science librarianship (fourth part to be published in Issue No. 100). As a culmination to this project, we invite submissions that will amplify the work that Libraries and Librarians are doing in the areas of equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, accessibility, and/or social justice, specifically in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and/or Medicine (STEMM). 



The aim of this special issue is to highlight, empower, and encourage the work done in the areas of social justice and science and technology librarianship. 

The scope includes any topic under the social justice umbrella integrated into science and technology librarianship. 


Possible Topics and Submission Types

Possible Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Programming
  • Anti- and Decolonial Collection Practices
  • Retention of BIPOC Science & Technology Librarians
  • Integrating Social Justice Concepts into Library Instruction
  • Repatriation of Collections
  • Critical Science Librarianship
  • Equitable Impact Reports
  • Anti-Racist Approaches to STEMM Information Literacy
  • Inclusive Evidence Synthesis Practices
  • Accessibility in Reference Interactions
  • Just Data Use and Preservation
  • Social Justice Reading Groups/ Professional Development for STEMM Communities  
  • All other topics in the intersection of Social Justice and Science & Technology Librarianship


Possible Submission Types:

  • Research Study
  • Personal Narrative
  • Ethnography
  • Literature Reviews
  • Case Studies
  • Evidence Synthesis


We are very open to all formats, including those which would be considered non-traditional in scholarly publication. If you have an idea that is not included above, do not hesitate to email us ( or describe it when you fill out the Intent to Submit form. We will work with you to determine if it will fit in this Special Issue.   


Submission Process

If you are interested in being a part of this special issue, we ask that you first indicate your interest by filling out this Intent to Submit Form. The form asks for a short description of your proposed work and how this work relates to Social Justice.


After filling out the form, one of our editors will be in contact with you, and work with you through the rest of the submission process. All submissions will be reviewed by the editors and may involve peer review depending on the work and your preferences. Since the editors will be working directly with the authors, they will be happy, and excited, to help guide newer authors through the publication process.


> Intent to Submit form 


Publication Timeline

Submission proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis until September 30, 2022. 

The editors hope to receive the draft manuscripts around March, 2023. 

Note: This is an early call to encourage idea and project development over the summer. 


Position Statement for Editors

Isabel M. Altamirano (she/her/hers) is a cisgender Hispanic woman working as a science librarian at an R1 university in a college town in mid-Alabama. She has worked at libraries in New Orleans, LA, Tyler, TX, and Atlanta, GA. She is also a first-gen college graduate on the North American continent.


Ginny Boehme (she/her/hers) is a cisgender white woman and is an early-career science librarian at a public R2 PWI university in a college town in southwest Ohio.


Jeffra D. Bussmann (she/her/hers) is a cisgender white woman working as a science librarian at a public, barely R2, MSI-designated urban university in the Pacific Coast region. 


Nastasha E. Johnson (she/her/hers) is a cisgender Black woman from the southern U.S. who now resides in the Midwest U.S.  She worked at or was conferred degrees by MSIs or HBCUs, prior to her arrival at her current land-grant PWI.


Sam Hansen (they/them) is a queer, white non-binary person who holds a position as a mathematics and statistics librarian at a land-grant R1 PWI Univeristy in Michigan. They grew up in a rural town in northern Wisconsin, and have received degrees from multiple state universities, two PWIs in Wisconsin and one HSI in Nevada.


Rosalinda Hernandez Linares (any pronouns) is a queer, Latinx librarian working in collections and research services at a Native-serving public, liberal arts college in the Southwest.


Resources for Writing

The Library Writing Collaborative offers a First Draft Matchmaker project, which matches a writer with a reviewer and encourages participation for those new to writing for the library  and information science profession and those who have previously authored works. 


Contact Information for Questions and Discussion

(Do you want to talk about anything?) We can discuss possible topics, methods of presenting the material, the peer-review process, or suggestions on reading similar works.


We welcome your special viewpoints and wish to learn more about your lived experiences. Email us at