Wednesday, June 30, 2004

CFP -- Popular Culture Assn - Libraries, Archives, and Popular Culture Research Area

Deadline: December 1, 2004
Conference Date: March 23-26, 2005
Conference Location: San Diego, CA

The Popular Culture Association will be holding its annual joint meeting with the American Culture Association March 23-26, 2005 at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina. Scholars from numerous disciplines will meet to share their Popular Culture research and interests.

The Libraries, Archives, and Popular Culture Research Area is soliciting papers dealing with any aspect of Popular Culture as it pertains to libraries, librarians, archives, museums, or research. In the past this has included descriptions of research collections, studies of popular images of libraries or librarians, or reports on developments in technical services for collecting popular culture materials.

Prospective presenters should send a one page abstract with full contact information, preferably by e-mail, to:

Roger Adams
Associate Professor / Rare Books Librarian
Hale Library
Kansas State University
Manhattan KS 66506-1200
FAX: 785-532-7415

For more information on the conference, see the PCA/ACA conference web site

Friday, June 25, 2004

Call for Contributors - Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora

The Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora will be international in reach, covering the five continents with documented African Diaspora communities. The Encyclopedia will provide a well-documented and readily accessible body of information about the most important historical, political, economic and cultural relations between people of African descent in the world community. Information on such a diverse group of people and wide ranging locations, across time and space, how they have impacted and been impacted by their environments, created and re-created cultural forms, movements is the focus of these two volumes.

We invite contributions to The Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora. This will be an excellent opportunity for Faculty and Graduate Students to share their research interests on this subject.

We are requesting short entries ranging from a paragraph (minimum 250 words) to more extensive (2,000 – 4,000) word subject essays.

For more inforation, visit:

H-net Accouncement:

Encyclopedia Home page:


Dr. Carole Boyce Davies, General Editor -
Mr. Babacar M'Bow, Managing Editor -
Sabrina Collins, Editorial Assistant

Book Reviewers Needed - Library Journal

Library Journal is looking for librarians interested in reviewing child
rearing and pop psychology books. Please send a resume and a sample review
to Heather McCormack, Managing Editor,
[from Beyond the Job blog]

CFP - Central New York Conference on Language and Literature

Deadline: July 20, 2004
Conference Date: October 29-31, 2004
Conference Location: Cortland, New York, USA

The 14th Central New York Conference on Language and Literature seeks abstracts for its panel on Children¹s Language and Literature. (AND OTHER PANELS, See link below)

Papers or panels are welcome and can address any facet of Children¹s Language and Literature, including but not limited to the following:

-Children¹s Literature and Language in the 21st century
-Children¹s Language and Literature theory
-Multiethnic children¹s literature
-Children¹s literature and its readers
-Children¹s literature and popular culture
-Censorship in children¹s literature
-The business of children¹s literature
-Language in children¹s literature
-Children¹s literature ­ that was then, this is now
-Language and children¹s literature and different media

Please send panel proposals or paper abstracts (250 ­ 500 words) to:

Nancy Gomez, Ph.D.
Department of English
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
349 Griffin Hall
Lafayette, LA 70504

For more information:
Central New York Conference on Language and Literature Home Page:

Call for Proposals:

Thursday, June 24, 2004

CFP - NW Innovative Users Group

Deadline: Not provided.
Meeting Dates: October 19-20, 2004
Meeting Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

The Northwest Innovative Users Group welcomes your proposal for a one hour (60 minute) program presentation at the Tenth Annual NWIUG Users Group meeting on Tuesday, October 19 and Wednesday, October 20, 2004 at the University of Portland. This is your chance to share III expertise/issues with your colleagues.

Your ideas on programs you would like to see presented are also welcome. Just e-mail these ideas to any steering committee member, listed at the bottom of this announcement, with a description of what you would like covered.

Proposals for presentations may be submitted in an e-mail with the following information, or use the form on the NWIUG Web site (link below)

Your e-mailed proposal should include program title; audience level (beginner, intermediate, advanced, all users); presenter(s) name(s); presenter(s) address(es), e-mail(s), phone(s) (fax and voice); contact person if more than one presenter; program description. Also include an indication of which area it should belong to based on those listed below.

Main program areas are: Circulation, Public Services, Acquisitions, Serials, Cataloging, System Maintenance, Web Maintenance

For more information, visit:

Main web site:
Proposal submission form:

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Call for Participation - Library Technology Now (new website)

The North Texas Regional Library System, Inc., and the Automation and Technology Round Table of the Texas Library Association have announced the development of Library Technology Now, a one-stop resource for library technology news and product reviews written by library people for library people.

The website, located at, will include product reviews that will outline features and functionality of library technology products. The reviews will also summarize the reviewers' own personal experiences with the products.

In addition to the reviews, library technology news will be gathered from around the world and disseminated on a daily basis.

The site's target launch date is April 2005.

The web producers of the site are seeking volunteers to write product reviews for the site. They also need people to join both the web development team and the marketing team. Please email for more information.

To see what they have so far, you can visit the site at:,

Call for Book Chapters -- E-learning and Business Plans

Submission Deadline: August 20th 2004

Call for Book Chapters

E-learning and Business Plans: National and International Case Studies
Edited by Elaina Norlin and Tiffini Travis (MLIS),

The Overall Objective of the Book: The proposed book aims to provide a comprehensive view on how to develop non-profit business plans for both small and large scale e-learning projects. The national and international case studies will cover many facets of a typical non profit business plan and relevant experiences while developing the project.

The Target Audience: This book will be useful to professionals, non-profit organizations and academic researchers who are currently considering working on large scale e-learning or high cost/high risk projects. Moreover, it will serve as a resource for students working on relevant projects.

Topics of E-learning may focus on, but are not restricted to:
-Business Plan 101: Steps for Non Profit Organizations
-Vision/Planning: Planning for technology: challenges and pitfalls
-Personnel: Managing personnel in an e-learning environment
-Positioning/Marketing: Developing an unique selling point
-Collaboration: National and international partnerships for e-learning
-Evaluation: Design, usability and navigation of e-learning products
-Financial Feasibility: How to determine if your large scale project will produce results

Saturday, June 19, 2004

Open Call - LOEX Quarterly

Deadline: Ongoing

LOEX (Library Orientation Exchange) is a self-supporting, non-profit educational clearinghouse library instruction information. It is based at Eastern Michigan University. LOEX Quarterly (formerly LOEX News), published four times per year, contains practical articles on library instruction and information literacy, conference reports, and regular features such as "TechMatters", "Ross' Rave", "News from the LOEX Office," and our "Featured Web Site."

From their site: two defined opportunities-

Would you like to write a brief article for an upcoming issue of LOEX Quarterly? We are looking for guest columnists. Send us your name and your proposed topic.

LOEX is looking for exemplary instruction Web sites to feature in LOEX Quarterly. To nominate a Web site, send us your name and the URL of the site.

Send queries to:

For more information, visit:

CFP - MPLA Academic Section Professional Forum (Mountain Plains Library Association)

Deadline: August 1, 2004
Meeting Date: October 21-24, 2004
Meeting Location: Denver, Co, USA

The Academic Section of the Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA), in co-sponsorship with the Colorado Association of Libraries, announces a call for papers to be presented at the: CAL/MPLA Joint Conference. The MPLA Academic Section sponsors the Professional Forum, which presents new ideas, innovations, and case studies in librarianship that benefit the profession. Research methodology is encouraged, but not essential. Academic, school, and public librarians are all invited to participate. The papers are peer reviewed for an award of a $300 prize to the winning paper presentation.

For more information, visit:

Friday, June 18, 2004

CFP: Info Career Trends -'s Professional Development Newsletter

Deadline - Ongoing

Welcome to Info Career Trends,'s professional development e-mail newsletter (ISSN 1532-0839). ICT addresses career development topics relevant to practicing information professionals. The newsletter is currently disseminated bi-monthly via e-mail, and is also available in full on the web or via RSS. The web and RSS versions are generally posted within one week after the e-mail version is published.

The themes for 2004 issues are available online at:

They are still taking proposals for:

September 2004: Presenting Yourself Professionally
Ideas here include: advice on interviewing successfully, marketing yourself both on- and offline, participating professionally on discussion lists and other online forums, cultivating a professional image, and being taken seriously as a manager.

November 2004: Leadership
How do you take a leadership role within your organization, whether or not you are in a formal management position? How do you become known as a leader within the larger library community? What defines a good leader, and how do you develop your own leadership qualities? How can organizations nurture new leaders?

January 2005: Next Generation Librarianship
How can "nextgen" librarians help transform their profession, their organizations, and their institutions? What unique qualities do nextgens have to offer, and how can they capitalize on them? How do you build bridges between generations? How do you advance your career as a younger librarian?

CFP: Michigan College English Association Conference

Deadline: August 15, 2004
Conference Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Conference Date: Friday October 1, 2004

Call for Papers: MCEA 2004

Conference Theme: Considering College English-- Making Choices, Coping with Conflicts, Fostering Leadership

Featured Speakers: Gerald Graff & Cathy Birkenstein-Graff: "Teaching Argument Literacy"

In an election year and during a time of warfare, we teachers need to empower students to think critically so that they can make wise choices, to cope with many different kinds of conflicts inside and outside the classroom, and to take leadership positions in the future. How do works of fiction, poetry, and memoir reflect conflict and tension, discuss
decision-making, and analyze leadership? What conflicts do we face within the classroom and the department and also between the English department and other college departments? How does the collaborative classroom handle choices, conflicts, and leadership? What conflicts and choices do we face with new technology and on-line classes?

The Michigan College English Association seeks proposals for individual papers and for complete or open panels for our Fall 2004 meeting. We look forward to receiving proposals on diverse topics from experienced academics as well as from young scholars and graduate students. We also welcome poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction from creative writers.

Although we are calling for papers and panels that reflect the conference theme, we welcome a variety of proposals in any of the areas English and Writing departments encompass: e.g., composition and rhetoric; computers and writing; creative writing; critical pedagogy; critical studies in the teaching of English; cultural studies; film studies; film and composition; film and literature; developmental education; English as
a second language; linguistics; literary studies; multicultural literature; on-line English courses and the virtual university; popular culture; race, class, and gender studies; progressive education; reading and writing across the curriculum; student demographics; student/instructor accountability and assessment; student placement; study
skills; technical writing.

Early submissions are welcome and appreciated. Please submit proposals to Janet Heller, MCEA Program Chair, via email

CFP - Currents in Electronic Literacy (7/31/04; e-journal issue)

DEADLINE: July 31, 2004

Call for papers on special journal topic "Intersections or Reflections: What Do
Technology and Literature Have to Say to One Another?"

The upcoming issue of Currents in Electronic Literacy http://currents.cwrl.utexas.eduwill provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of technologically-informed work in literary studies. If literature mirrors (and implicitly critiques) society, how has its academic study come to reflect technological developments? Alternatively, where do literature and
technology intersect? Submissions might fit one of the following categories:

--explorations of pedagogical uses of technology in the teaching of literature: either practical (how to use a particular application to teach a certain text) or theoretical (what are the implications of incorporating technology into the teaching of literature?)

--studies of the intersections of literary and technological forms: for example,
new developments in hypertext fiction or blogs as an emerging genre. How has old content appeared in new forms, or new content in old forms? (Or how are the boundaries blurred?)

--investigations into how literature and technology reflect each other: how can the disciplinary concerns of literary studies help us approach technology? What can the paradigms of information technology offer to the study of literature?

Send queries or papers as doc, rtf, or html attachments to by July 31, 2004.


Deadline: November 30, 2004
Conference Date: July 22-24, 2005
Conference Location: Edinburgh, Scotland


A three-day conference at The University of Edinburgh (July 22-24, 2005)


Topics will include:


Proposals of 200-300 words are invited on these and related topics, to be sent no later than NOVEMBER 30, 2004, to Material Cultures, OLL, University of Edinburgh,
11 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9LW or by email to

The conference is organised by The Centre for the History of the Book

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Eastern Great Lakes Innovative Users Group Conference

Conference Date: September 24, 2004
Conference Location: Cleveland, OH (Cuyahoga County)

The Eastern Great Lakes Innovative Users Group (EGL-IUG) is back in business and planning an exciting conference for September 24, 2004, in Cleveland--mark your calendars!
This conference is geared toward all Innovative users in the Eastern Great Lakes area--public and academic libraries, users of all III modules, users at all levels.

The program planning committee would like to get some feedback as to what programs you would like to see. Following is a list of ideas--do you see anything interesting? Can you think of anything to add? Please e-mail me at leigh.french@wright.eduand let us know what programs you like from our list and any new ones you'd like to add.

Introduction to MilAcq
YBP/Promptcat and III
Electronic Ordering
Fiscal Close

Telnet vs MilCat
Authorities - Overview

PCIRC (Ohiolink Borrowing/Lending)
MORE (Public Library Resource Sharing)
Holds Management
Circulation Notices
Circulation Parameters Overview
Telephone Notice System (TNS)
Telephone Renewals
Circulation Statistics

Introduction to MilSer
MARC Holdings Statements

Load Table Training Overview
System Tune Up
Web Interface for III Codes
Data Exchange (formerly Read/Write MARC Records)

Custom search interfaces - WebOPAC
WebOPAC Design Options
WebOPAC Cascading Style Sheets
My Millennium
WebOPAC Staging/Live Directories

Millennium - General
Automating Millennium
Create Lists
Implementing Millennium
Training for Millennium

The Manual - A How To
Introduction to CSDirect
Millennium Media
New Book Lists
IUG Clearinghouse

Whew! Now that you've read through the list and picked your favorites . . . are you interested in being a presenter? Please e-mail me at the above address and let me know if you would like to present a program.

Visit our website for additional information about the conference.

We appreciate your input and assistance in planning this conference!

2004 Program Planning Committee:
Kelly Shook, Chair, Kent State University
Barb Anderson, Case Western Reserve University
Lynn Baird, Clermont County Public Library
Elizabeth Flood, Kent State University
Leigh French, Wright State University
Kevin Furniss, Denison University
Jessica Gardner, University of Akron
Brian Kern, Muskingum College
Deborah Malecha, Delaware County District Library

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

CFP: Encyclopedia of Modern Drama: England, Scotland, Wales, 1940-2004

Deadline: August 31, 2004

An Invitation to Students and Scholars of the British Theatre from Kerry Moore, Editorial Advisor

Grolier is in the midst of producing the publication of the Encyclopedia of Modern Drama, edited by Gabrielle H. Cody and Evert Sprinchorn of Vassar College. This four-volume set will offer a total of one million words on a variety of topics ranging from
Ibsen to the present, and the target audience consists of college students, high school students and general readers. Following is an elaboration from the general editors:

International, comprehensive, and interdisciplinary in scope, the encyclopedia will be structured as a compendium of substantive articles, and will differ conceptually from previous and existing works of reference by positioning crucial playwrights directly
into political, cultural, and philosophical contexts. Experts in the fields of theater history, dramatic literature and criticism, and theater studies will engage conventional as well as experimental, established as well as emerging, authors. Much emphasis will be placed on the multiplicity of aesthetic genres, viewpoints, and voices that animate
the modern and contemporary dramatic landscape.

As a member of the Advisory Board, I have responsibility for the sections on the drama of
England, Scotland, and Wales extending from 1860 to 2004. Most of the essays required for this section are either biographical profiles of playwrights or brief analyses of selected plays.

I seek scholars to write 500 word contributions on the following remaining topics:

Biographical Entries:
Yasmina Reeza
Peter Nichols
Mark Ravenhill
Micheline Wandor
Neil LaBute
Richard Bean
Alan Bennett
Maria Oshodi


Each entry will bear the author's name, and contributors will be compensated at the rate of twelve cents per word, so a 500-word essay would pay $60. Each contributor may commit to as many or as few essays as s/he wishes and each topic is available until I assign it to someone.

Sample essays and guidelines for submission will accompany your contract from Grolier.

If you would like to contribute, please contact me via email at and let me know which topics interest you. Please do not submit finished essays until I have confirmed your assignments.

CFP - Sports and Film History (Special Issue of Film & History)

Deadline: March 2005

Special Issue of "Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and TV Studies"

Film and Sport

The interdisciplinary journal Film & History seeks submissions for a special issue focused on discussions of sport in film and television. The topic will be approached broadly, with submissions sought on American and international sport featured in both documentaries and feature films. Sport scholars who have been engaged in filmmaking or
worked with filmmakers are invited to share their insights. In addition, papers discussing how sport in film may be incorporated into the classroom are encouraged. Both film and sport offer insights into culture and history, and in combining these topics this edition should make for some exciting reading and scholarship. Film & History has been published since the establishment of the Historians Film Committee by John E. O’Conner and Martin A. Jackson in 1970. This affiliated committee of the American Historical Association encourages the use of film sources in teaching and research through the publication of this journal and related scholarly activities. Peter
Rollins of Oklahoma State University has edited the journal since 1994.

(All authors must be subscribers at the time of acceptance for publication—if they are not so previous to that time.) Questions about this special issue may be directed to the Sport on Film special issue editor Ron Briley ( or to the
General Editor, Peter Rollins, ( Deadline for
submissions is March 1, 2005. Please format manuscripts in Chicago
Manual of Style.

Monday, June 14, 2004

Invitation for Contributors to the Encyclopedia of American Federalism

Deadline for entries: August 1, 2004

The editors of the Encyclopedia of American Federalism seek contributors for this two volume reference publication. A list of available entries and the author's guidelines is available at the following site:

Stipends are available for some entries.

Contact Joseph Marbach at (973)761-9384 or Troy Smith at (417) 873-7226.


Friday, June 11, 2004

CFP - Internet Culture: Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture/American Culture Association

Deadline: June 15, 2004
Conference Date: November 5-7, 2004
Location: Buffalo, New York, USA

The Internet Culture area of MPCA/ACA seeks panelists who examine various aspects of Internet culture.

This area is an eclectic category which invites submissions in the areas of identity construction via the Internet, art forms and social forms on the Internet, convergent media and new media creations on the Internet, Internet symbolism, and examinations of the ways in which the Internet is used artistically, commercially, socially, and politically.

For further information, please contact the address below.

Dr. Mary Lou Nemanic
Penn State Altoona
101B Cypress Hall
Altoona, PA 16601
fax: 814-949-5774

CFP - Women of Appalachia - Call for Papers & Abstract Information

Deadline: August 13, 2004
Conference: October 28 & 29, 2004
Location: Zanesville, Ohio, USA

The Women of Appalachia: Their Heritage and Accomplishments, will give recognition to the generations of women with traditions deeply rooted in the past. Quality proposals are invited on topics exploring the factors that have influenced the thinking and molded the lives of women who have called the Appalachian region home.

Concurrent session presentations can take the form of paper presentations, round table discussions, slide/video shows, or any similar form appropriate for a conference setting. Written papers will be published as Conference Proceedings, and will be given to all registrants. Suggested topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

For more information, visit:

Call for Reviewers: Women and Social Movements in the United States

Beginning in early 2005, the online journal/website/database, _Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000_, will begin publishing book and website reviews of likely interest to our readers. We are developing lists of potential reviewers and would appreciate hearing from you if you are interested in writing a review.

For book reviews, please contact Professor Victoria Brown at Grinnell College at and for website reviews, write to the contact address below.

Dr. Melanie Shell-Weiss
Dept. of History
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218

Visit the website at

CFP: Star Wars edited volume for 2005

NOTE: Bit off topic -- but it might be good for public library collection development/use

Call For Papers (CFP)

Subject: The Star Wars film franchise and associated cultural phenomena A volume to be edited by Matthew Kapell & John Shelton Lawrence

Having received promising preliminary interest from an international publisher, this CFP solicits chapter ideas for an edited volume on the Star Wars film franchise and related cultural phenomena, including games, novels, toys, fan groups, religious inspirations, political resonances, etc.. It would be a volume in a proposed series entitled “Cultural Reception and Interpretation.” Information on the first book of that series, Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise: Cultural Reception and Interpretation (2004), will aid potential contributors in understanding our aims and style. Details of that volume can be found at the web address listed at the bottom of this CFP.

Scope: Intended as a broadly interdisciplinary volume on the films of the Star
Wars franchise, this book aims at a wide audience including undergraduates, graduate students, academics and interested "civilians" in the areas of anthropology, sociology, American studies, communications, English, history, philosophy, cultural studies, and
related disciplines. This work seeks accessibility to a broad readership while maintaining intellectual rigor. As essays for the general reader, contributor essays must be written in language that does not presuppose reader familiarity with academic jargon. As a compilation of interdisciplinary perspectives addressing the full range of Star Wars cultural production, this work will not resemble any Star Wars volumes
currently in the marketplace. Because films are the principal avenue of dissemination, we prefer those contributions that reflect familiarity with the entire series of films released through the expected date of publication. The timing of the volume is designed to mesh with the final film of the franchise, but references to non-filmic aspects of the
franchise are expected where appropriate.


Proposal submission: The editors require a one-paragraph proposal (100-150 words) with abbreviated C.V. or resume by July 15, 2004.

Publisher’s Decision: We anticipate a decision about the project by the end of the summer 2004.

Your notification: If the publisher decides to underwrite this project, you will be informed about the fit of your proposal for this volume by October 15, 2004

Contributor’s Timetable: The final film of the franchise is to be released in May 2005. Finished papers would need to be in the editors’ hands no later than June 30, 2005. Prior to the release of the final film the editors would need to see drafts of papers. We realize that contributors would need to make changes in light of the narrative events
of the final film. However, to edit a coherent volume we would require a preliminary draft by March 2005.

Page Length: 20-30 pages, including Works Cited and notes. This is approximately 6,000 words. The style is MLA with parenthetical citations for all but explanatory notes. 6th edition of 2003, commonly called “The Gold Edition.” Should your proposal be accepted the editors will offer a more specific style guide.

The Editors: Matthew Kapell, (The University of Michigan-Dearborn, anthropology, Women’s studies, American studies and at Wayne State University, history) and John Shelton Lawrence (Emeritus, Morningside College, philosophy).

Please indicate interest by e-mailing editors at:

With your submission, please provide the following contact information.

Physical address at office:
Physical address at home:
Departmental affiliation, if any:
Preferred telephone:
Secondary telephone:
Fax #
Primary email:
Secondary email

Please note, in the previous volume every effort was made to include
graduate students, junior faculty, independent scholars and
non-academics. We intend the same here.

Many thanks and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Matthew Kapell & John Shelton Lawrence

Previous Volume Information can be found here:

CFP - Beyond the Building: Taking the Library to Our Users (New Hampshire, October 2004)

Deadline - July 21, 2004
Conference -- October 28, 2004
Location: Hanover, New Hampshire, USA


We are seeking speakers and posters for the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries' eighth annual October Conference for New England Librarians! The topic this year is "Beyond the Building: Taking the Library to Our Users." The Conference is scheduled for Thursday, October 28, 2004. The day-long event will be held at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire (an easy two-hour drive from Boston, Springfield MA, and many other New England locations).

We are seeking speakers and posters to describe how they have gotten out of the library and into clients' spaces. For example, do you offer workshops in student dormitories--or on buses with the basketball team? Do you have a successful appointment-based research assistance service? Have you developed a unique or creative outreach program for faculty, staff, and students? Would you like to give an informal, brief presentation (30-45 minutes, including question/discussion time)? Would you like to display a poster?

You only need to contact the planners (see link below) by June 21st with your idea. The final proposals would be done later.
For more information, see:

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Call for Posters - OnLine Audiovisual Catalogers Conference (Montreal, 2004)

Deadline - July 15, 2004
Conference -- September 30 - October 3, 2004
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

CALL FOR POSTERS -- Have you developed creative methods to deal with special format materials? Completed some research studies? Found an imaginative solution to a special format materials problem in your library? If so, why not consider sharing your expertise through a poster presentation at the upcoming OLAC conference to be held 30 September-3 October in Montreal, Quebec.

For more information, visit:

Main Conference Page:

For more information, please contact: Liz Icenhower

Monday, June 07, 2004

Panelists Needed -- Midwest American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

NOTE: They need a panelist for the Book Trade in the 19th Century America - Great topic for librarians.

Midwest American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting (October 7-10, 2004, Drury Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri)

Although 33 panels are already complete (more than 100 papers), we still need one or two panelists for the six panels listed below, and so we will continue to accept paper proposals for these panels for an indefinite period or until each session is full (three panelists). Please send proposals to the respective chairs.

To view a complete list of panels, panelists, and titles of their papers, as well as other meeting information, please consult the meeting web pages at: (The site can also be reached through a Google search on: mwasecs 2004.)

"Architecture and Landscape Gardening in the Eighteenth Century"
Chair: To be announced. In the meantime, send paper proposals to James E. Tierney, English Department, University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63121

"The Book Trade in Early North America"
Chair: Calvin Winton, Department of English, University of Maryland, Susquehanna Hall, College Park, MD 20742

"Gaming and Class in the Eighteenth Century"
Chair: Rex Batson, Department of English, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30303

"Science and Travel in the Eighteenth Century"
Chair: J. Edmund White (Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville), 110 N. Newstead Ave., #202, St. Louis, MO 63108

"Critical Reflections on the 250th Anniversary of Henry Fielding's Death
(October 8)"
Chair: To be announced. In the meantime, send paper proposals to James E. Tierney, English Department, University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63121

"New Views on Restoration Drama"
Chair: To be announced. In the meantime, send paper proposals to James E. Tierney, English Department, University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63121

James E. Tierney
University of Missouri-St. Louis
President, MWASECS 2004

Sunday, June 06, 2004

CFP - CALL FOR PAPERS: Technology and the Home Sessions Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Annual Conference

Bit OT, but the library has a huge role in technology in the home.

CALL FOR PAPERS - DEADLINE 6-15-04: Technology and the Home Sessions, a permanent area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Annual Conference. Technology and the Home seeks papers that explore various interactions between the technology and the domestic environment. The discussion may focus on real or imagined or speculative homes and technology. There is no limit on the time frame nor upon the methodology.

Previous papers include: “Wired Houses”; “Technical Innovation and Domestic Display in Late Republican Rome”; “‘Humor’ in Home Technology”; “The Yeoman Oven Mitt”; “Burn, Baby Burn (Kitchen Inferno): New Images of Domesticity in Contemporary Art”: “The Air-Conditioned Life”; “The Most Expensive Popcorn Popper: A History of the Microwave Oven”: “Happiness Minutes: Technology and the Psychology of the Home”; “TV Houses”; “Technology: A Social Placebo”; and “Tools for the Making of a Happy Home”.

Appropriate topics include but are not limited to: appliances, automobiles, building materials, communications, computers, construction, entertaining, flooring, furniture, health, hearth, hvac systems, insulation, kitchens, laundries, lighting, mobility, pets, preservation, recreation, sanitation, security, television, and wall/window/floor treatments.

The 2004 conference is from November 5-7 in beautiful Buffalo, NY. Registration fees apply. For more information, please go to

Deadline for proposals: June 15, 2004

Send 1-page proposal, CV & AV needs via snail mail to:
Loretta Lorance
School of Visual Arts
P.O. Box 461
Inwood Station
New York, NY 10034-046161

Loretta Lorance

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

ALAO - Poster Sessions (Dayton, Ohio, Deadline June 20, 2004)

Academic Library Association of Ohio

The dealine for poster session proposals for the 2004 ALAO Annual Conference, "ALAO at 30: Positioning Our Libraries, Positioning Ourselves," has been extended until June 20, 2004. An online proposal submission form is available at:

Conference Main Page: