Thursday, December 07, 2017

CFP: 2018 Library Research Round Table Forum Theory, Method, and Practice in Library Research ALA Annual Conference, New Orleans, June 21-26, 2018

Call for Papers
2018 Library Research Round Table Forum
Theory, Method, and Practice in Library Research
ALA Annual Conference, New Orleans, June 21-26, 2018

The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) is accepting paper submissions for the LRRT Research Forum at the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans. The LRRT Research Forum will feature 15-minute presentations of library and information science (LIS) research followed by discussion. Proposals are due Friday, January 12, 2018.  Notification of acceptance will be made on Friday, February 16, 2018.


This session will present three peer-reviewed papers describing research with the potential to make significant contributions to the field of library and information science (LIS). The three papers will selected as examples of research excellence, with a focus on work exemplifying strong use of theory, clear and well-organized research design, and appropriate data gathering and analysis methods. 

Submissions emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS are welcome. Topics can include information access, user behavior, electronic services, service effectiveness, emerging technologies, organizational structure, and personnel. All researchers, including practitioners from all types of libraries and other organizations, LIS faculty, graduate students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals. Both members and nonmembers of LRRT are welcome.

The selection committee will use a blind review process to select three papers. Authors will be required to present their papers in person at the forum and to register for the conference. Criteria for selection include:

  1. Significance of the research problem to LIS research and practice.
  2. Quality and creativity of the methodology/methods/research design.
  3. Clarity of the connection to existing LIS research.

Please note that research accepted for publication by January 31, 2018 cannot be considered.

Each submission must consist of no more than two pages. On the first page, list the author names, titles, institutional affiliations, and contact information, including mailing addresses and email addresses.
The second page must NOT show your name or any personally identifying information. Instead, it must include:

  1. The paper title.
  2. A 500-word abstract of the research project, including: 1) a problem statement and significance, 2) project objectives, 3) methods/methodology, and 4) conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress).
  3. A brief statement saying if the research is complete or ongoing and listing the project beginning and end dates.

Send submissions via email to:
Jennifer Sweeney
LRRT Chair
Lecturer, SJSU
Program Evaluation & Planning

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

CFP: Illinois Library Association 2018 Conference

Libraries of all types are places of refuge for members of our communities and institutions. The 2018 Illinois Library Association Conference, Libraries: All Inclusive, is a chance for us to come together and share our ideas about promoting inclusivity in our communities, among our patrons, and within our staffs. How are you welcoming underserved populations into your library? What can we do to build community, inside and outside the library walls?
Conference will take place at the Peoria (IL) Civic Center, from Tuesday, October 9, to Thursday, October 11. The link to the official Call for Programs is

Share your ideas by submitting a conference proposal. The ILA Annual Conference Program Committee is seeking programs including (but not limited to) the following topics:
  • Reaching underserved populations and/or segments of your community
  • Building communities
  • Small and rural libraries
  • Staff inclusion (support staff, etc.)
  • Library leadership – staff, trustees, and the community
  • Services to new Americans, refugees, ESL
  • Neurodiversity
  • Passive programming (library card not required)
  • Fandom
  • Gaming

The Deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 16.
Please Note: Conference speakers who are employed by or a trustee of a library (academic, public, school, special), a library agency, or library school located in Illinois are required to register and pay the appropriate registration fee for the conference. Speakers from outside the Illinois library community will receive a one-day waiver of their registration fee.

Questions about submitting a proposal? Click here for full information on how to submit your program proposal.

Eric A. Edwards
Interlibrary Loan Librarian
Illinois State Library
Gwendolyn Brooks Building

Monday, December 04, 2017

CFP: Diversity and Libraries - ABQLA conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (May 2018)

ABQLA is pleased to invite members of the library and information professional community to submit conference proposals for their 86th annual conference to be held in Montreal, Quebec on Friday, May 4th, 2018. The theme for this year’s conference is “All Inclusive: Leading, Inspiring, Empowering.” In an era of divisiveness and exclusion, libraries can play an important role in welcoming and empowering members of their communities.

How does your library celebrate diversity? What services do you offer that empower your patrons? How is your library ensuring a safe and welcoming space for all? The ABQLA Conference Committee strives to provide a range of sessions that are of interest to the broad library community, and we encourage proposals from libraries and organizations of all sizes.

Types of proposals:

Presentation: 30 to 45-minute sessions on research, projects, best practices, etc.
Workshop: 45 to 60-minute interactive sessions that engage participants in intensive discussion and/or activity.
NEW! Poster: short graphic presentations that will be presented in a special poster session.

For more information on the conference and ABQLA, please consult:

The submission deadline is January 21, 2018.

CFP: ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL2018) - Fort Worth, Texas June 2018

The ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries in 2018 (JCDL 2018L: will be held in conjunction with UNT Open Access Symposium 2018 ( on June 3 - 6, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas, the rustic and artistic threshold into the American West. JCDL welcomes interesting submissions ranging across theories, systems, services, and applications. We invite those managing, operating, developing, curating, evaluating, or utilizing digital libraries broadly defined, covering academic or public institutions, including archives, museums, and social networks. We seek involvement of those in iSchools, as well as working in computer or information or social sciences and technologies. Multiple tracks and sessions will ensure tailoring to researchers, practitioners, and diverse communities including data science/analytics, data curation/stewardship, information retrieval, human-computer interaction, hypertext (and Web/network science), multimedia, publishing, preservation, digital humanities, machine learning/AI, heritage/culture, health/medicine, policy, law, and privacy/intellectual property.

General Instructions on submissions of full papers, short papers, posters and demonstrations, doctoral consortium, tutorials, workshops, and panels can be found at Below are the submission deadlines:

  • Jan. 15, 2018 - Tutorial and workshop proposal submissions
  • Jan. 15, 2018 - Full paper and short paper submissions
  • Jan. 29, 2018 - Panel, poster and demonstration submissions
  • Feb. 1, 2018 - Notification of acceptance for tutorials and workshops
  • Mar. 8, 2018 - Notification of acceptance for full papers, short papers, panels, posters, and demonstrations
  • Mar. 25, 2018 - Doctoral Consortium abstract submissions
  • Apr. 5, 2018 - Notification of acceptance for Doctoral Consortium
  • Apr. 15, 2018 - Final camera-ready deadline for full papers, short papers, panels, posters, and demonstrations

Please email if you have any questions.

CFP: ALA Annual Panelists - Open Educational Resources (OER): Where libraries are and where we are going

Are you a distance or online librarian with experience in OER projects? Then we want to hear from you! The Distance Learning Section has teamed up with the CMS Collection Development Librarians of Academic Libraries Interest Group and arelooking for panelists with OER experience to participate in our co-sponsored panel at 2018 ALA Annual in New Orleans, entitled Open Educational Resources (OER): Where Libraries Are and Where We Are Going.

Applications due December 22nd, 2017, selected panelists will be notified in early January, 2018.

If you have questions, please email Mike Courtney ( or Natalie Haber (, DLS Conference Program Planning Committee co-chairs.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

ALCTS News - Call for reporters at the 2018 Midwinter Meeting in Denver

ALCTS News is looking for volunteers to report on ALCTS preconferences, programs, and forums at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado. Are you attending one of the sessions listed on the call for reporters announcement on the ALCTS News site? Would you like to share what you learn with the ALCTS community?

Reports should summarize the session and highlight particularly valuable takeaways. If the session is not sponsored by ALCTS, reporters should articulate the ‘so what?’ for ALCTS members. Length of reports typically ranges from 400–600 words. Reporters are also welcome to contribute photos or other images.

To volunteer to report on one of the sessions, email Chelcie Rowell at After a full slate of reporters is in place, she'll be in touch with more detailed how-to's for reporters.

Here again the URL to the call for reporters announcement:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

LITA Guides: Call for Best Book Proposal (extended to December 15th)

LITA Guides: Call for Best Book Proposal

LITA is looking to expand its popular LITA Guide series. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers would like to offer a $250 gift card for the best LITA book proposal

Proposal deadline extended to: DECEMBER 15, 2017.

Topics for consideration include:

  • Tools for big data
  • Developing in-house technology expertise
  • Budgeting for technology
  • Writing a technology plan
  • K-12 technology
  • Applications of agile development for libraries
  • Grant writing for library technology
  • Security for library systems

Questions or comments can be sent to Marta Deyrup, LITA Acquisitions Editor. Proposals can be submitted to the Acquisitions editor using this link.

CFP: North Carolina Serials Conference (April 6, 2018 - Chapel Hill NC)

We are pleased to announce 27th Annual North Carolina Serials Conference will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 at The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill.

The Planning Committee is currently accepting proposals for presentations that reflect the 2018 conference theme: Blazing a New Path: Diversity, Collaboration, and Innovation. 

Libraries strive to offer users the widest possible array of content to meet their information needs, but face many challenges in doing so. In the face of external constraints, such as budget cuts and reduced staffing, the complexities of scholarly publishing, and constantly shifting patron needs, innovation in the face of change has become a necessary tool for survival.
Please join us for a day of discussion around how we've collaborated across traditional organizational boundaries to find new ways to get things done, how we've expanded conversations to include people and ideas outside of traditional norms to improve services and workflows, how we've worked to expand the diversity of the staff at our organizations, and ways we've re-scoped our collections and/or workflows to acknowledge the diversity of our user populations to better serve their needs.

Proposals may address any aspect of the serials industry or serials management and may be submitted by any member of the community including librarians, staff, students, publishers, and vendors.

Proposals should be submitted using this form.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 8, 2017.

Proposals will require the following information:
  • Contact details (including your name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address)
  • A short (50 words or less) biographical description for each speaker
  • Presentation title
  • An abstract (approximately 100 words)
  • Type of program
    • Presentation (45 minutes)
    • Technology tips and tricks lightning talk (5-7 minutes)
    • Other (please provide details)
Please note: Presenters' registration expenses will be waived.

The Planning Committee will review all proposals for their content, timeliness, relevance, and fit with the overall Conference content. The Committee reserves the right to refocus or combine proposals as needed (with notice) to reach a diverse audience and to maximize use of program time slots.

Molly Hansen
Assistant Marketing Manager | Oxford University Press
Institutional and Corporate Marketing

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Call for Column Editor: “Special Libraries, Special Challenges” in Public Services Quarterly

Looking for a “Special Libraries, Special Challenges” column editor for Public Services Quarterly

PSQ is published four times per year by Taylor & Francis, and features a strong set of columns each issue, including professional reading reviews, a marketing topics column, internet resources reviews, and others.

One of the columns is "Special Libraries, Special Challenges." This column has featured essays dedicated to exploring the unique public services challenges that arise in libraries that specialize in a particular subject, such as law, medicine, business, and so forth. In each column, the author will discuss public services-oriented topics in a variety of special library settings, including branches within a system. The column editor is stepping down, so I am recruiting contributors and/or a new editor to take over mid-2018.

Here are the most recently published columns:

If you would be interested in contributing a column or taking on the column editor duties, please send me an email with some info about your experience and qualifications.

Sian Brannon,

Monday, November 27, 2017

CFP: ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group ALA Midwinter 2018

Call for Proposals - ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group ALA Midwinter 2018

You are invited to submit a proposal for the ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group, ALA Midwinter 2018.

The ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group meeting will be held on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm at Sheraton Denver (1550 Court Place) room # Governor’s Sq 16.

The ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group welcomes proposals which address information literacy and outreach to graduate students. The presentations will be lightening talk format for 10 minutes followed by 20 minutes Q & A at the conclusion of all of the presentations. Lightning talks will be selected via a competitive blind review process.  

Proposals are due December 18th.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the extent to which they: 
1. Measure or investigate issues of high interest to librarians, especially those working with graduate students. 
2. Represent innovative, original research.
3. Show evidence of carefully planned research design/program and thoughtful analysis. 
4. Clearly identify what stage of the project has been completed and estimate a timeline for the remainder of the project. Research that has been previously published or accepted for publication will not be considered. 
Please submit your proposal via this link.

If you have questions please email Leila Rod-Welch, Convenor of ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group, at

CFP: ALA Annual 2018: New Research in Collection Management and Development (formerly the Collection Management and Development Research Forum)

The Publications Committee of the Collection Management Section of ALCTS is sponsoring the program “New Research in Collection Management and Development” (previously known as the Annual Collection Management & Development Research Forum) at the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference held in New Orleans, LA from June 21-26, 2018.
This is an opportunity to present and discuss your research. Both completed research and research in progress will be considered. All researchers, including collection practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.
The Committee will use a blind review process to select two projects. The selected researchers are required to present their papers in person at the forum. Each researcher should plan for a 20 minute presentation, with a 10 minute open discussion following each presentation.

Criteria for selection:
  • Significance of the study for improving collection management and development practices
  • Potential for research to fill a gap in collections scholarship or to build on previous studies
  • Quality and creativity of the methodology
  • Previously published research or research accepted for publication prior to December 13, 2016, will not be accepted.

The submission must consist of no more than two pages. On the first page, please list your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information (including your mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and email address). The second page should be a one-page proposal, and it should NOT show your name or any personal information. Instead, it must include only:
  • The title of your project
  • A clear statement of the research problem
  • A description of the research methodology used
  • Results of the project, if any
The deadline for proposals is December 18, 2017.

Notification of acceptance will be made by February 28, 2018.  

ALCTS, in its bylaws, claims the right of first refusal for publication of any work emanating from an ALCTS body or program.
Please send submissions by email to:
Jennifer Bazeley, Co-Chair, CMS Publications Committee