Saturday, January 19, 2019

CFP: Library on a Dime - SEMLOL (Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries) Spring Meeting - Warren, Michigan March 29, 2019

The Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries, SEMLOL, is preparing a program for the Spring membership meeting titled, Library on a Dime:  Low or No Cost Tools or Resources. We welcome presentation, lightning talk, and poster proposals sharing your library’s efforts to reduce costs.  Examples include, but are not limited to, open source software, free tutorial delivery systems, and patron driven acquisition. Best practices, projects, and creative ideas are all welcome. Presentations should be 40 minutes long, including time for questions.  Lightning talks will be no longer than 10 minutes. Posters should be 48” x 36”.

The Spring SEMLOL meeting will take place on Friday, March 29, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Davenport University, Warren Michigan.
To submit a proposal, please send a title, name of speaker(s), and an abstract of no more than 250 words to by Monday, January 21, 2019. Accepted proposals will be notified by the end of January.
LIS students are encouraged to submit proposals based on their coursework, jobs or internships.
We look forward to your submissions!
Holly Sorscher

SEMLOL Executive Board, Acting Chair
Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

CFP: IOLUG 2019 Conference "Tackling Data in Libraries: Opportunities and Challenges in Serving User Communities" (Indianapolis, Indiana - May 10, 2019)

CFP: IOLUG 2019 Conference (Indianapolis, Indiana - May 10, 2019)

IOLUG 2019 Conference

Tackling Data in Libraries: Opportunities and Challenges in Serving User Communities

Submit proposals at

Deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019

Submissions are invited for the IOLUG Spring 2019 Conference, to be held May 10th in Indianapolis, IN. Submissions are welcomed from all types of libraries and on topics related to the theme of data in libraries.

Libraries and librarians work with data every day, with a variety of applications - circulation, gate counts, reference questions, and so on. The mass collection of user data has made headlines many times in the past few years. Analytics and privacy have, understandably, become important issues both globally and locally. In addition to being aware of the data ecosystem in which we work, libraries can play a pivotal role in educating user communities about data and all of its implications, both favorable and unfavorable.

The Conference Planning Committee is seeking proposals on topics related to data in libraries, including but not limited to:  
  • Using tools/resources to find and leverage data to solve problems and expand knowledge,
  • Data policies and procedures,
  • Harvesting, organizing, and presenting data,
  • Data-driven decision making,
  • Learning analytics,
  • Metadata/linked data,
  • Data in collection development,
  • Using data to measure outcomes, not just uses,
  • Using data to better reach and serve your communities,
  • Libraries as data collectors,
  • Big data in libraries,
  • Privacy,
  • Social justice/Community Engagement,
  • Algorithms,
  • Storytelling, and
  • Libraries as positive stewards of user data.

The Conference Planning Committee encourages presentations that are practical, hands-on, and include take-awayable tools, techniques, and/or strategies that librarians, library staff, and information professionals can implement to improve their resources and services for patrons, students, faculty, etc.

We are especially interested in hearing from presenters who would like to lead a longer workshop around the conference theme. Workshops could cover multiple session times and have use of the on-site computer lab, if desired.

Presentations will be reviewed and selected by the Conference Planning Committee.

IOLUG is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for individuals to share and learn about current trends in libraries and technology to inspire innovation. IOLUG strives to:
  • Foster an environment for individuals to network and grow professionally in the area of Librarianship,
  • Provide opportunities for members to share current technology trends in libraries, and
  • Provide continuing education opportunities on current technologies that impact libraries.
Submit proposals at

CFP: Makerspaces for Innovation and Research in Academics Conference (La Verne, California - July 2019)

The Makerspaces for Innovation and Research in Academics (MIRA) conference planning Committee seeks proposals for its second annual conference at University of La Verne, La Verne, CA on July 10-11, 2019.

Proposal Submission Deadline: Feb 19, 2019
Notification of Acceptance: April 15 2019
Conference Registration Opens: Mar 18, 2019

The MIRA Conference seeks to bring together a group of makers, librarians, educators and practitioners for a day of presentations, workshops,
discussions and networking. We encourage participation from all types of libraries, institutions and organizations.

Sessions can include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
  • How to set up a makerspace (costs, safety, staffing, training, location, value and buy-in, etc.)
  • How universities and schools are facilitating learning through making (hands-on training, integration into the curriculum, etc.)
  • Role of makerspaces in libraries and museums
  • How makerspaces inspire innovation and entrepreneurship (prototyping, disruptive technologies)
  • Future directions of makerspaces in education
  • 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
  • Assessment of makerspaces and making
  • Using makerspaces to create partnerships
  • Civic and community engagement in makerspaces

Session Types (Active learning and interactive sessions are encouraged):
  • Pre-Conference Workshop (3 hours): An in-depth, interactive, hands-on, deeper and thorough 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.
  • Lightning Talk (5 mins): A 5 minute session to share a quick overview of your ideas, experience, and programs.
  • Presentation (20/45 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.
  • Makerspace Exhibit (30 mins): A session that offers an opportunity to showcase your makerspace and its programming and services in an informal setting.

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

CFP: ACRL Instruction Section 2019 Virtual Program (Late Spring 2019)

ACRL Instruction Section 2019 Virtual Program CFP

The ACRL Instruction Section Conference Program Planning Committee seeks proposals on the following topic for a virtual program in the late spring 2019:

Library and information science literature has devoted increasing interest and attention to the topic of social justice. We aim to move beyond the theoretical to investigate the various ways librarians have incorporated social justice into the classroom, including as a pedagogy, as it is interwoven with the “Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education,” and as an advocacy topic.

We invite proposals from diverse voices and institutions that demonstrate engaging and practical applications of the the successful integration of social justice in library instruction. Proposals should specify how attendees can utilize these approaches and could include lesson plans, classroom activities, demonstrations, or course syllabi. We will ask you to share an artifact or document of your lesson plans, activities, demonstrations, or syllabi with the audience for practical application and adaptation.

Each panelist will have 10-15 minutes to showcase their approach (e.g. a lesson plan, classroom activity, demonstration, course syllabi, etc.). There will be a Q&A period following all presenters.

To submit a proposal, please fill out this form (

The deadline for proposals is February 1.

If you have any questions, please contact Ernesto Hernandez ( and Martha Stuit (, the ACRL Instruction Section Conference Program Planning Committee Co-Chairs.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

CFP: ALISE Webinar Series (Association for Library and Information Science Education)

We are inviting proposals for the ALISE webinar series (specifically, for April-September, 2019). We are looking for submissions on the topics relevant to the research and practice of LIS education that will be of interest to ALISE members. Topics that are current and relevant, cover innovative approaches, and have practical application are particularly welcome. We encourage potential presenters to consider how their proposed offering compares to other similar professional development opportunities.

Sample topics that we’d like to see covered are (but not limited to):
  • collaborations of different schools on educational programs;
  • new models and approaches to offering degree programs;
  • new dual degrees;
  • using student evaluations effectively;
  • diversifying and internationalizing your curriculum;
  • rethinking long-standing assignment, testing, and grading practices;
  • capstone projects and e-portfolios;
  • service-based and experiential learning; partnership-based education;
  • internships and co-op education;
  • preparing PhD students for the current academic job market (and beyond);
  • teaching controversial, tough, or unpopular topics.

Please consult the webinar submission guidelines: and the list of previous webinars Please note that all webinar proposals have to be submitted using the online webinar submission form found here: (“Submit your proposal”).

The webinar co-coordinators Keren Dali and Dan Albertson are happy to discuss webinar ideas and help you develop your proposals. We are also ready to help potential presenters with similar interests find and team up with each other.

Webinar proposals can be submitted at any time. However, to improve your chances of acceptance and to help us with building the schedule, we encourage you to submit your proposal by February 1, 2019.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the webinar co-coordinators. We are looking forward to hearing from you.


Friday, January 11, 2019

Call Chapters: Changing Roles, Changing Times: Essays on Academic and Public Librarians' Responsibilities in an Era of Change

Call for Book Chapters: Academic and Public Libraries

I am seeking chapter proposals for a new edited collection tentatively titled "Changing Roles, Changing Times: Essays on Academic and Public Librarians' Responsibilities in an Era of Change", to be published by McFarland & Company.

The monograph's purpose is to examine the impact of technology on librarians' position duties and responsibilities.  This evolution is leading to the creation of new positions and the restructuring of old positions in order to meet the increasing demands technology is placing on the profession.  The impact of technology is significantly revising the look of librarianship in the academic and public spheres.  Librarians from all levels are impacted from the newly-hired librarian to the seasoned, veteran manager.

This work seeks to capture the experiences, thoughts, and opinions of librarians whose new roles are transforming their working relationships with faculty and students and related communities. Librarians working in academic and public libraries have valuable experiences to share with the library community. The entire library community will benefit from reading and applying the experiences and knowledge shared by a group of library leaders.

Please submit a proposal of 250-500 words for consideration.

Topics may include, but not limited to:

Digital Services:

  • Big Data Analytics
  • Collaborations with constituents such as students and local communities
  • Data Curation and Preservation
  • Data Management (e.g. data management plans)
  • Data Science
  • Data Visualization
  • Digital Humanities
  • Discovery search services
  • Social Media
  • Virtual Reality

"Open" Activities:
  • Creative Commons Licensing
  • Institutional Repositories
  • Intellectual Property (patents, trademarks, copyright)
  • Open Access (e.g., monographs, journals, open educational resources)
  • Scholarly Communications

By February 8, 2019, please email your chapter proposals to:
Tom Diamond, editor
Louisiana State University<>

Tom Diamond
Louisiana State University

Thursday, January 10, 2019

CFP: WGSS program at ALA Annual 2019 (ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section)

The ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) is looking for panelists for our accepted program at ALA Annual 2019 in Washington, D.C. The program is called “Pitfalls of neutrality: What does inclusivity mean in libraries?” It is scheduled for Saturday, June 19, at 9:00 am. Each panelist will have approximately 10-15 minutes to speak. To be considered as a panelist, please submit a brief summary of the issue(s) you would address, including your type of library to Laura Bonella ( by Monday, January 21.

Program description: Librarians are committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion, but what does this mean in today’s political climate? We are frequently required to make decisions that pit free speech against the comfort and safety of other patrons (e.g. allowing political or hate groups to use our meeting rooms), or called upon to defend our collection, exhibit, or program decisions in the face of patron challenges. Even our decisions about configuring the space in our libraries may create controversy - gender neutral restrooms, prayer rooms, lactation rooms, or how we make our buildings accessible.

We are looking for a diverse group of speakers who have handled these challenges and can share their experiences and how they dealt with various situations. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions and interact with the speakers and each other. We would like them to leave the program with strategies from different libraries to consider when examining their own perspectives on equity, diversity, and inclusion and how to address these issues in their libraries. The program is co-sponsored by the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom and will have a panelist from their office.

All the best,
Laura Bonella
2019 WGSS Program Planning chair
Laura Bonella
Associate Professor/Academic Services Librarian
Kansas State University | Manhattan, KS 66506

CFP: 2019 Rhode Island Library Association Conference (Smithfield, Rhode Island - May 22-23, 2019)

2019 RILA Conference: "Get Informed!"

Join us for the 2019 Rhode Island Library Association Annual Conference
on May 22nd & 23rd at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI.

The 2019 RILA Conference will launch a statewide news literacy initiative, featuring engaging sessions on news and media literacy, civic education and democracy, and many other topics of interest to public, academic, school, and special librarians and library staff. We can't wait to see you at the conference! 

Interested in presenting? Submit your proposal today! Conference proposals are due February 22nd.

Sponsor & Exhibitor registration is now openPlease review our exhibitor package for details and contact with any questions.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

CFP: CARLI Symposium on Emerging E-Resources: Streaming Video and Usage Statistics (Champaign, Illinois - March 26, 2019)

The CARLI Commercial Products Committee is planning a symposium on March 26, 2019 in Champaign focusing on two emerging issues in e-resources: streaming video and usage statistics.  The Committee is soliciting volunteers who would be willing to participate in a moderated panel and/or a breakout session addressing the following topics:

Streaming Video - presentations on library licensing, marketing and management of streaming video related to the following or other pertinent issues:

  *   Deciding which streaming video vendors and products to license.
  *   Marketing and educating administrators, library staff, faculty, and other stakeholders on how, why, and when to use streaming video.
  *   Making streaming video resources discoverable.
  *   Policies and procedures regarding replacing existing media (VHS, DVD, etc.) with streaming media.
  *   How libraries handle various licensing terms within or across streaming media platforms.
  *   How libraries do libraries fit streaming video into their budgets (re-allocation of funds from other resources? Which other resources? etc.).

Usage Statistics - presentations and discussion on the harvesting, storage, interpretation, and dissemination of usage statistics related to the following or other pertinent issues:

  *   Why does your library track usage statistics? What specific reports are required of your library for which you might supply usage statistics?
  *   How does your library collect usage statistics? What methods, products, or tools do you use?
  *   How often does your library harvest usage statistics?
  *   Who in your library is responsible for gathering usage statistics--is it just one person or department, or are multiple staff involved in collecting and compiling usage stats?
  *   What challenges does your library face in collecting, interpreting, or utilizing the kinds of usage data gathered?

If you have experience in either of these areas and would be interested in participating on a panel and/or presenting, please send a 1-2 paragraph description of your topic idea to<> by Monday, January 28th, 2019. The Commercial Products Committee will review proposals and presenters will be notified by Friday, February 15th, 2019.

CFP: Marketing Libraries Journal

Aim and Scope
Marketing Libraries Journal (MLJ) is a peer-reviewed, independently published, open-access scholarly journal that focuses on innovative marketing activities that libraries are engaged in.  Our aim is to publish research and practical examples of library marketing campaigns, library marketing research, public relations campaigns, SWOT analysis, segmentation research, assessment of marketing activities, and tools used for marketing activities.  In addition to peer reviewed articles, the Journal also contains practical articles from different columns. Columnists will be accepting shorter articles on advocacy, branding, library marketing campaigns, "from the trenches", and technology tools.

Guidelines for Submissions
The editorial board seeks submissions in the following two categories:

1. Articles (double blind peer reviewed) (20-25 pages): research-driven articles that aim to provide original scholarship in the field of library marketing, communications, and outreach.
2. Practical Articles  (peer reviewed) (8-10 pages) : articles from different columns (advocacy, branding, "from the trenches", campaigns, and technology). Practical articles are reflective and provide best practices, however they are written in an academic tone (3rd person).

Manuscript Format
  • Manuscript style should follow the conventions of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition
  • Submissions should be 12 point font, Times New Roman, and double-spaced with 1 inch margins on all sides
  • Page number and running head should be placed in the upper right-hand corner of each page
  • The title page should be submitted as a separate document and include each author's name, affiliation, and e-mail address
  • Submitted manuscripts should begin with a 100-word abstract, with a list of 5 keywords, numbered as page 1
  • One submission per author per call
  • Allow 3 months for manuscript status notification

Submission Process

Scholarly Submissions

Practical (ColumnSubmissions

Please ensure that your manuscript has not been previously published and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. 

Review of manuscripts will begin after the call for papers deadline.  When a manuscript has been  accepted for publication, authors will be required to submit a complete electronic copy of the final version.

Editorship and Ethics

We reserve the right to make editorial changes for style, clarity, and consistency. To ensure ethical practices, all reviewers, editors,  and authors must contact the Journal if there may be any conflict of interest.  For more information, please contact the editor at 

Open AccessThe Journal is open access "gold" and "green". There are no author processing fees. Authors are never charged any article submission or processing fees. Both readers and authors can access articles for free. Authors can self archive their articles at the time of publication. Authors can self archive in digital repositories or on their own personal websites at publication. Please ensure to indicate the URL of the journal when self archiving.  Authors retain copyright and full publishing rights. Articles are published under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.

Indexing and Discoverability

Marketing Libraries Journal is indexed in the International ISSN database, World Cat, Ulrich's Serials Directory, and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

ISSN: 2475-8116

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

CFP: Association of Rural and Small Libraries Conference 2019 - Vermont (September 2019)

We are excited to release the call for session proposals for the 2019 ARSL Conference: Tap Into Libraries! in Burlington, VT, Sept 4-7, 2019.
Do you:
  • have a successful approach to advocacy?
  • have great examples of building community partnerships?
  • provide an outstanding tech service?
  • have creative management techniques to share?
  • work in a library where staff goes above and beyond with a particular service or program?
  • offer other unique services that are replicable and affordable for small and rural libraries

Share your expertise in these or other areas by submitting a proposal (link below).

Important items to note:
Bring us your best!  We will be accepting a maximum of TWO proposals per presenter (including individual and panel presentations).

  • ARSL will provide a $100 conference registration discount for session presenter*
  • A $150 conference registration discount is provided for presenters who are asked to repeat a proposed  session*

*For sessions with multiple presenters, the discount applies only to the lead speaker (person who submits the proposal) and is NOT transferable.
PLEASE NOTE: conference vendors who present sessions are not eligible for the presenter discount and no additional travel funding will be available for presenters for this conference (scholarships are a separate award).

DEADLINE: Proposals are due by 10pm CST, Sunday, February 10, 2019. Please be sure you keep a copy of your proposal!

We ask for your patience. We hope to notify all selected presenters by Friday, March 20, 2019. Please understand that session selection takes time and the committee is made up of volunteers working on this process in addition to performing their day jobs. If the notification date changes, we will make an announcement. Emails regarding status of selection will not be answered prior to this date.

When you successfully submit a proposal, you should receive a confirmation email with a summary of your submission. If you do not receive the confirmation or if you have other questions, please direct them to Jennie Garner, 2019 Program Chair, via email at or phone at (319) 626-5778.

*****Please read and review this email and the entire form before submitting.*****
ARSL membership boasts the best librarians around. We look forward to reading your proposals! Thank you for giving your time and energy to your association.

CFP: Opening Doors for Each Other: Collaborations for Shared Success - 2019 ACRL New England Chapter Annual Conference (Portland, Maine - May 2019)

Call for Proposals
Opening Doors for Each Other:
Collaborations for Shared Success

2019 ACRL New England Chapter Annual Conference

Working in a library means collaboration with other stakeholders. While collaboration can be challenging, does focusing on shared success improve outcomes? The theme of our 2019 Annual Conference, Opening Doors for Each Other, emphasizes support that goes in more than one direction—whether it is across organizational lines or via relationships external to the library. It broadens the concept of openness to encompass not only open access but also collaboration, transparency, opportunity, creativity, inclusion, and mutual support across the library and beyond.

ACRL New England’s Annual Conference Planning Committee seeks proposals for sessions in a variety of formats in which you can share the stories of your collaborative successes. When partnering with someone on a program or project, how did you “open doors” for each other? All kinds of collaborations are welcome:

·         On campus, such as:
  • across departments within your library
  • with other departments on campus
  • with student groups
  • with particular user populations, such as underrepresented groups

·         Off campus, such as:
  • with vendors
  • with other libraries
  • with professional associations

Stories of mentorship and responsibility-sharing in times of stress are also welcome!

Staff, faculty, administrators, and students in all areas of librarianship are encouraged to submit proposals by February 10, 2019.

See the full call for proposals, including session formats, submission requirements, and the link to submit a proposal, on the conference website:

Questions? Email the 2019 Conference Planning Committee at


Michael Rodriguez
Vice President, ACRL New England Chapter
Licensing & Acquisitions Librarian
University of Connecticut
369 Fairfield Way U-1005B | Storrs, CT 06269