Thursday, October 08, 2015

Call for Submissions and Nominations for PRIMO

The Peer Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) Committee of the ACRL Instruction Section invites you to submit your online information literacy tutorial, virtual tour, or other online library instruction project for review and possible inclusion in PRIMO: Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online.

***Deadlines for Fall 2015***
Nominations: October 31, 2015
Submissions: November 14, 2015

Additional information about PRIMO, as well as the submission and nomination forms, is available from the following link:   

Site submissions for PRIMO are accepted continually, but are reviewed for possible inclusion twice per year.  If you would like to submit your own project for consideration, please use the Submission form rather than the Nomination form. For further information, please contact committee co-chairs Jodie Borgerding at jborgerding80@webster.eduor Bill Marino at

**Important note**
All submissions will be acknowledged shortly after the submission deadline. If you submit a project for review and do not receive an acknowledgment after the submission deadline, please contact the PRIMO co-chairs with a request for verification that your submission was transmitted successfully.

Jodie Borgerding and Bill Marino
Co-chairs, ACRL IS PRIMO Committee

Urban Library Journal (ULJ) announces a call for proposals for the Winter 2016 issue

Urban Library Journal, an open access, refereed journal of research and discussion dealing with all aspects of urban libraries and librarianship, welcomes articles dealing with academic, research, public, school, and special libraries in an urban setting. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

* Identifying needs and providing services in diverse populations
* Collaborations between institutions and outside groups
* Physical and/or virtual accessibility issues
* Open education resources

Completed manuscript length should fall between 2,500 and 5,000 words. Proposal submissions and full author guidelines can be found on the ULJ website: Proposals are due by November 30, 2015. Full manuscripts are due by January 15, 2016.

For more information about ULJ and to see the latest issue:  Proposals should be one page or less and include an overview of the topic as well as its relevance to urban libraries.

Junior Tidal
Associate Professor
Web Services and Multimedia Librarian
New York City College of Technology, CUNY
300 Jay Street, Rm A434
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Monday, October 05, 2015

ALA Midwinter 2016 Call for Proposals - ALCTS Technical Services Workflow Efficiency Interest Group

The ALCTS Technical Services Workflow Efficiency Interest Group (TSWEIG) invites proposals for presentations or topics of discussion at its 2016 ALA Midwinter meeting in Boston. The meeting will be held on Monday, January 11th, from 1:00-2:30 PM.
TSWEIG's charge is to provide a forum to exchange information and discuss techniques in workflows associated with the evaluation, selection, acquisition, and discovery of library resources. Possible presentation and discussion topics include, but are not limited to:
-        Streamlining workflows
-        Project management
-        Workflow collaboration between departments 
-        Training personnel 
-        Use of technology to improve workflows 

Presentation or discussion proposals should include:
-        Title
-        A brief (300 words or less) summary of the topic
-        Amount of time needed to present or discuss topic
-        Name(s), position(s) title(s), and email address(es) of presenter(s)

Please email proposals or discussion topics by Monday, November 16 to Annie Glerum ( and Hayley Moreno ( 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Annie and Hayley

Annie Glerum
Head of Complex Cataloging
Florida State University

Heylicken (Hayley) Moreno
Resource Description Coordinator
University of Houston Libraries

Call for Code4Lib 2016 Pre-Conference Proposals (Philadelphia PA - March 2016)

We are now accepting pre-conference proposals for the 2016 Code4Lib in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - read more about the conference here: These pre-conferences can either be a 1-day or a 1/2-day workshop and will occur on Monday, March 7, 2016.

To propose a workshop, please fill out this form:

We are taking proposals until November 15th midnight Pacific time, and we hope to confirm workshops with the leaders the first week of December.

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to email us.

Thank you,
The Code4Lib 2016 Pre-conference Committee

Friday, October 02, 2015

CFP: ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group - ALA Midwinter 2016

 ***Call for proposals – deadline Friday, October 30, 2015***

The ALCTS Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group seeks speakers to present at ALA Midwinter in Boston, MA on Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 10:30 to 11:30 am.

Full presentations should be about 15-20 minutes long. Audience questions and discussion will be encouraged after the presentations. Brief 5 to 10 minute  summaries of less extensive projects or research in progress will also be considered. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Research on user contributed metadata (such as folksonomies, tagging, keyword contributions)
  • Research, surveys or studies on discovery layer catalogs
  • Research on cataloging using multiple schema, formats, and standards
  • Research on best practices in non-book cataloging for a new generation catalog
  • Research on evidence-based decision making for cataloging and classification
  • Research on innovative ways of recruiting/training non-traditional catalogers in a time of budget cuts and reduced full time cataloging staff
  • Research on alternatives to the MARC format
  • Research on cataloging of non-traditional materials in RDA environment
Please email proposal abstracts to Chair by Friday, October 30, 2015. Please include the following:

  • Presentation title
  • A brief (1 page or less) summary of the focus of the proposed presentation
  • Stage of project completion by January 2016
  • Amount of time needed to make the presentation
  • Names and positions of presenter(s)
  • Email address(es) of presenter(s)

We look forward to hearing from you!
CCRIG Chair, 2016
Ms. Wendy West
Catalog Management Services, Head
University at Albany

CCRIG Vice-Chair, 2015-2016
Laura Evans
Metadata/Cataloging Librarian
Binghamton University

Thursday, October 01, 2015

CFP: Contributed Papers - Special Libraries Association Conference 2016 (Philiadelphia, PA)

Got Research? Share it at SLA 2016!
September 24, 2015 | Categories: Conference

The word research conjures up images of scientists in lab coats hunched over microscopes or professors with books piled high on their desks. But savvy librarians and info pros know that research is really just a way to scratch an itch—an itch to learn, to improve, and especially to share.

Conference Presentation

Each year, a dozen or more SLA members conduct in-depth research on topics ranging from embedded librarianship to knowledge management to big data to open access. They then share what they’ve learned by presenting contributed papers at the SLA Annual Conference. The contributed paper sessions are among the most popular events at the conference, and with good reason—they provide substantive knowledge about issues of current interest to librarians and information professionals around the world.

SLA is now accepting proposals for papers to be presented at the 2016 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in Philadelphia. Paper topics should be related to library science, information management, or other issues pertaining to client service, technology, or administration in special libraries.

A panel of SLA members will conduct a blind review of the proposals, and the strongest proposals will be selected for development into papers. Proposals will be evaluated on the strength of the ideas, quality of the writing, and potential member interest.

Proposed papers must also meet these requirements:

    At least one author must be a member of SLA;
    At least one author must commit to presenting the paper at the 2016 Annual Conference;
    The proposal must be submitted by the deadline (4 December 2015);
    The paper must not have been published in, or submitted to, any other publication or conference planning group; and
    The author (and any co-authors) must sign a publication agreement that permits SLA to use the paper in various formats.

Deadlines are as follows:
4 December 2015: Applicants submit their proposals in abstract form. Abstracts should be single-spaced Word documents (or plain text) between 250 and 300 words in length, or roughly one page in 12-point type. Abstracts should be sent by e-mail to Rachel Bates Wilfahrt at
21 December 2015: Applicants are notified of the review panel’s decisions, and those with the strongest proposals are invited to develop them into full papers.
26 April 2016: Authors submit their paper (see the writing guidelines ( instructions on style and formatting) and signed publication agreement. (
12-14 June 2016: Authors deliver 15-minute presentations (allowing 5-7 minutes afterward for questions) of their papers during 90-minute sessions.

To learn more, read past contributed papers or contact Jan Chindlund or Rachel Bates Wilfahrt.


Call for Multimedia & Technology Reviews - December Issue

ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Needs You!  Last chance to participate in 2015!

ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Co-editors are seeking volunteers to author reviews for the December 2015 issue. To volunteer, choose your review topic from the list below and complete our review form by Friday, October 9, 2015.

Contributing to ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews is a great opportunity to get involved with the Society, learn about interesting new resources, and help shape the publication. Please feel free to read thecomplete review guidelines and direct comments and questions about the reviews to

Submitted by ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Co-editors:
Hannah Bennett
Emilee Mathews
Gabriella Karl-Johnson

Topics for Review
We seek reviewers for the following resources. The snippets are taken from the resource’s web page and are not necessarily the opinions of the M&T Reviews Co-Editors.

RefMe - "RefME is the first citation tool to focus on fully automating citations, accurately. Built out of the frustration that referencing tools were either difficult to use but accurate or simple to use but inaccurate, RefME has made it its mission to solve this problem." -- from RefMe website

POP: Provenance Online Project - - Part blog, part Flickr site, part hosted collection, the Provenance Online Project (POP) from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania "makes digital images of provenance evidence contained in books —bookplates, inscriptions, labels, bindings, and other physical attributes indicating ownership—openly available alongside bibliographic and descriptive metadata.   POP creates a collaborative space in which librarians, scholars, students and bibliophiles from around the world contribute comments, transcriptions, descriptive tags and other information about the provenance images contained in the project with the goal of building identifications of owners associated with specific provenance marks and connecting individual copies of books with past owners." - From project website

Juxta - -  "Juxta is an open-source tool for comparing and collating multiple witnesses to a single textual work. Originally designed to aid scholars and editors examine the history of a text from manuscript to print versions, Juxta offers a number of possibilities for humanities computing and textual scholarship. As a standalone desktop application, Juxta allows users to complete many of the necessary operations of textual criticism on digital texts (TXT and XML)." - from website  (M&T Reviews will coordinate a trial for reviewers)

Chinese-Architects.Com - - A commercial resource which gathers firm and architect profile info in one place.  

luminous-lint - "Institutional websites, wonderful though they are, mostly address their own collections. Luminous-Lint brings together, organises and seeks out connections within over 2,600 public and private collections to provide context to enhance understanding and enjoyment of photography." - from project website

New Master's Academy - - "New Masters Academy is an online fine art institution based out of Newport Coast, California. We challenge the art education establishment by offering superior instruction from some of the world’s best artists all for $19 per month. Our goal is to revolutionize and democratise the existing ineffective and expensive art educational system.The original founders of New Masters Academy sought to improve the way in which art is produced, assessed, and sold. The founders believed, as many others, that the quality of most fine art has suffered tremendously since the time of the Old Masters." - from company website (M&T Reviews will coordinate a trial for reviewers)

Destructables - - A DIY site for projects of protest and creative dissent.

Typographica - - "Typographica is a review of typefaces and type books, with occasional commentary on fonts and typographic design. Edited by Stephen Coles with Caren Litherland and designed by Chris Hamamoto. Founded in 2002 by Joshua Lurie-Terrell. Relaunched in 2009 by Coles and Hamamoto." - from website

Call for ALCTS Web Course Instructors

ALCTS needs knowledgeable librarians from all kinds of libraries to teach additional sections of its popular web courses Fundamentals of Collection Assessment, Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management, and Fundamentals of Preservation. 

Please visit the ALCTS Web site for additional information about the courses at

Courses are provided over a four or six week period. They are composed of self-paced modules and include interaction with the instructors and classmates. The courses are already developed and ready to use; no additional editing is needed. Instructors would participate in evaluations and have the opportunity to recommend updates to the course content as needed. A modest honorarium is awarded to course instructors.

To ensure consistency of instruction and a high value experience for participants, course instructor training has several components: 
1.Take the course as a participant. 
2.Repeat the course shadowing the instructor, with access to the instructor interface. 
3.Team-teach the course with an experienced instructor. 

How to Apply: 
If you are interested in becoming an instructor for this ALCTS Web Course, please complete the online instructor application:

You will be asked to:
-Include a statement of interest (300 words maximum)
-Attach a copy of your resume.

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2015.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

CFP: Michigan Academic Library Association (MI-ALA ) Inaugural Conference (Mt. Pleasant, MI - May 12 & 13, 2016)

Michigan Academic Library Association (MI-ALA ) Inaugural Conference: Call for Presentation Proposals

Shaping Our Vision: New Possibilities for Academic Libraries in Michigan

Inaugural MI-ALA Conference
May 12 & 13, 2016
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

You are invited to Central Michigan University for the inaugural MI-ALA conference to showcase your innovations in library science. We are excited to see how librarians across the great state of Michigan are harnessing their vision to shape the future of libraries in Michigan.

We are interested in proposals on topics in every area of librarianship that address the issues critical to academic libraries. We welcome proposals that explore the present and the future of academic libraries:
· Collections,
· Staffing, and
· Services
Broad participation is encouraged from librarians, staff, LIS students, and administrators from all types of academic libraries (including but not limited to public universities, private colleges, and community colleges). 

Proposals for 45-minute long presentations can be submitted only through the online submission form and must be received by Friday, December 4, 2015. The primary contact for proposals will receive a message indicating receipt of the proposal when it is submitted and decisions on proposals will be communicated to the primary contact by Friday, January 15, 2016. Regardless of the decision on a proposal MI-ALA encourages you to attend the conference. Poster session proposals may also be submitted if your presentation proposal is not accepted.

Find out more information about the conference here:
Find out more information about this exciting new organization here:

Call for LITA Proposals for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference Programs and Preconferences

Call for Proposals for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference Programs and Preconferences!

The LITA Program Planning Committee (PPC) is now accepting innovative and creative proposals for the 2016 Annual American Library Association Conference.  We¹re looking for full day pre-conference ideas as well as 60- and 90-minute conference presentations. The focus should be on technology in libraries, whether that¹s use of, new ideas for, trends in,
or interesting/innovative projects being explored ­ it¹s all for you to propose.

When/Where is the Conference?
The 2016 Annual ALA Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, from June 23rd through 28th.

What kind of topics are we looking for?
We¹re looking for programs of interest to all library/information agency types that inspire technological change and adoption, or/and generally go above and beyond the everyday.

When are proposals due?
October 23rd, 2015

How I do submit a proposal?
Fill out this form -
Program descriptions should be 75 words or less.

When will I be informed?
The committee will be reviewing proposals after October 23rd; final decisions will be made by October 30th.

Do I have to be a member of ALA/LITA? or a LITA Interest Group (IG) or a committee?

We welcome proposals from anyone who feels they have something to offer regarding library technology. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide financial support for speakers. Because of the limited number of programs, LITA IGs and Committees will receive preference where two equally well-written programs are submitted. Presenters may be asked to combine programs or work with an IG/Committee where similar topics have been

Got another question?

Please feel free to email Evviva Weinraub (PPC chair)

CFP: Reference Research Forum (RUSA at ALA Annual 2016)


The Research & Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) invites the submission of reference service research project proposals for presentation at the 22nd Reference Research Forum at the 2016 American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. Researchers and practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal.

The Reference Research Forum is a popular and valuable ALA Annual Conference program. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about innovative research
projects conducted in reference services including user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel.

For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s

The Committee employs a blind review process to select three projects for 20-minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Selected submissions must be presented in person at the Forum..

Criteria for selection:
1.      Originality: Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies 
2.      Quality: Research design and methodologies
3.      Impact: Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service

NOTE: Research projects may be in-progress or completed. Previously published
research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted.

Important Dates:
Proposals are due by December 28th, 2015. Notification of acceptance will be
made by Monday, February 8th, 2016. The submission must not exceed two pages.
Please include:

Submission Details:
PAGE 1: Cover Sheet
Include your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), mailing address(es), and email address(es).

PAGE 2: Research Description
The second page must not show your name, any personal information, or the name
of your institution. Instead, it must include:

1.      Title of the project
2.      Explicit statement of the research problem
3.      Description of the research design and methodologies
4.       Findings or results if available
5.      Brief discussion of the originality, unique contribution, potential
impact, and significance of the research (if you use semi colons between items
in a list, you need to make sure the entire list is a complete sentence.)

Proposals that exceed the 2 pages described above or that do not follow the
format described above will be automatically rejected. Please submit your
proposal as a PDF document. Thank you for your cooperation in following
submission rules.

Please send submissions by email to:
Elizabeth Kocevar-Weidinger
Learning Services Librarian
Howard Community College

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

CFP: Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian

Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian is now accepting manuscript submissions for volume 35:2. The submission deadline is December 18, 2015.

B&SS Librarian is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal focusing on all aspects of behavioral and social sciences information with emphasis on librarians, libraries and users of social science information in libraries and information centers including the following subject areas:

  • Anthropology
  • Business
  • Communication Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies
And including the following areas of focus:
  • Assessment
  • Publishing trends
  • Technology
  • User behavior
  • Public service
  • Indexing and abstracting
  • Collection Development and evaluation
  • Library Administration/management
  • Reference and library instruction
  • Descriptive/critical analysis of information resources
Please consider Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian as the journal for your publication.

The journal's website includes Instructions to Authors at:

Please send all submissions and questions to the editor at:

Lisa Romero
Editor, Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian
Associate Professor University of Illinois
Head, Communications Library

Monday, September 28, 2015

Call for Chapters: Library Outreach to Writers and Poets: Case Studies of Cooperation

Library Outreach to Writers and Poets: Case Studies of Cooperation
Book Publisher: McFarland

Carol Smallwood: Library's Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016); Divining the Prime Meridian(WordTech Editions, 2015)

Vera Gubnitskaia: How to STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education in Libraries. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014);Continuing Education for Librarians (McFarland, 2013)

One or two chapters sought from U.S. writers, poets, academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS and Creative Writing faculty, sharing practical know-how about outreach, workshops, literary festivals, readings, librarian/author/poet visits to schools and other groups, spotlights-on-authors, book talks/clubs. Interview format chapters by librarians/writers/poets welcomed.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter/interview; each by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter/interview accepted no matter how many co-authors, or if one or two chapters: author discount on more copies.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapters, each described in a few sentences by November 18, 2015, brief bio on each author; place WRI, Last Name on subject line:

Call for Charleston Conference Reporters (Against the Grain)


"Against the Grain" is seeking short reports about conference sessions. The reports should be 100-200 words (preconferences and plenary session reports can run a bit longer, but not by too much).
  • The succinct reports should re-cap the highlights of the session. Minute details are NOT needed, since a number of speakers post their presentations in the conference website and many also submit papers to the Proceedings.
  • Reports should include any changes in titles or speakers that are revealed at the session and differ from what was presented in the listed program.
  • Note if, in your opinion, the session proceeded "as advertised", or were there some shortcomings.
  • See sample reports from 2014.
  • Session reports will be due to the compiler, Ramune Kubilius <> by Friday, December 11, 2015.
If you are interested in reporting on conference sessions that you will be attending, please sent the title of each session (and session date/time) to Ramune Kubilius byFriday, October 29th. Feel free to select one or more than one session on which to report. You will receive an acknowledgement if the sessions you select are available for coverage.

Thank you!

Ramune Kubilius
ATG "And They Were There" reports collator