Wednesday, May 25, 2005

CFP: Indiana Academic Library Association

CFP: Indiana Academic Library Association

The Program Committee of the Indiana Academic Library Association is accepting program proposals and ideas for programs for the 2006 Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference.

If you have a program you would like to present at the 2006 ILF conference, please e-mail a short abstract (50 to 150 words) of that program.

Additionally, if you have a suggestion for a program topic that you would like to see presented at ILF 2006, please e-mail a brief description.

The deadline for program proposals and program suggestions is 5 pm on Friday, July 1, 2005.

Steve Duecker
Chair, IALA program committee
Information Services Librarian 765-285-3324 Office
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Publishing Opportunity: The Cultural History of Reading

Publishing Opportunity: The Cultural History of Reading

Project Overview
The Cultural History of Reading (forthcoming from Greenwood Press, 2007) examines written documents (books, pamphlets, treatises, plays, poems, essays etc.) that shaped, and were shaped by, crucial cultural events throughout the world and in the United States. Each volume explores the relationship between the historical moments that shaped a nation or region, and the texts that challenged, incited, enforced, or subverted those events. A list of recent references and other sources will also be included.

The Editor seeks contributors to write chapters in the following areas for the American Literature volume.

1. Pre-colonial (prior to 1700)
2. Settlement and Colonization (1700-1776)
3. Revolution and the New Republic (1776-1820)
4. The Civil War (1861-1865)
5. Growth of a Nation (1865-1913)
6. Rebellions and Countercultures (1960-1979)
7. (Sub)cultures of the late twentieth-century (1980-2000)
8. The 21st Century (2000-present)

Chapters will be approximately 50-60 pages and include: 1) an introduction to the region or time period; 2) a timeline of important cultural events; 3) information about the specific texts that stand in relation to the era, including author, date of first publication, overview of content; and 4) discussion of cultural significance.

Sara Quay
Endicott College
376 Hale Street
Beverly, MA 01915

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Call for Particiaption from D-Lib (May 2005)

Call for Particiaption from D-Lib (May 2005)

Calls for Participation (full section)

2005 International Symposium on Wikis, 17 - 18 October 2005, San Diego, California, USA. Call for demonstrations. The submission date is 1 July 2005.

HDL 2005: Healthcare Digital Libraries Workshop 2005, 22 September 2005 (in conjunction with the European Conference on Digital Libraries), Vienna, Austria. Call for papers. The submission date is 10 July 2005.

First on-Line conference on Metadata and Semantics Research (MTSR'05), 21 - 30 November 2005. Call for papers. The submission date is 25 July 2005.

ICADL2005: The 8th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries, 12 - 15 December 2005, Bangkok, Thailand. Call for panel/tutorial/workshop proposals. The submission date is 31 July 2005.

Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS). Call for papers. The submission date is open.

2nd Call for Papers: Best Practices in Electronic Reserves

The (peer reviewed) Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery, and E-reserves is seeking articles for a special issue on E-Reserves.

Submitted papers should focus on best practices in Electronic Reserves and may include the following topics:

- Issues and obstacles you face in marketing this service to faculty (especially if as a new service), and how you were able to overcome them to bring this service to your campus community.

- Integration of E-Reserves with Course Management Software; security/authentication and other issues involved.

- Best practices in E-reserves. Process description. Benefits (cost and others) of who retrieves material (faculty or library staff?) Who seeks and pays for copyright permission? (Please limit discussion on copyright

- Other topics may be suggested.

Interested authors should submit a brief (1 - 2 paragraphs) description of their topic to me at by Friday, 27 May 2005 (deadline extended!) Full paper will be due shortly afterwards.

Final submissions need to be at least five pages in length but no more than fifty, double spaced. Papers are welcome. For more instructions please go to or, and review the instructions for authors.

Thank you,


Trevor A. Dawes
Circulation Services Director
Princeton University Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544
609.258.3231 - voice
609.258.0441 - fax

Call for Contributors: The Encyclopedia of Africa and the Americas (ABC-Clio)

Call for Contributors: The Encyclopedia of Africa and the Americas (ABC-Clio)

Deadline for receipt of all entries: July 1, 2005
Please request specific entries by May 30, 2005

ABC-Clio, Incorporated seeks contributors for its latest installment in a series of encyclopedias treating Africa and the African diaspora. ABC-Clio is a well-known and authoritative publisher of educational and reference products that focus on history and social studies resources for the student, teacher and librarian in universities and secondary schools.

The Encyclopedia of Africa and the Americas will provide information concerning the important historical, political and cultural links between the African continent and North America, South America, and the Caribbean. The Encyclopedia will be an important resource tool primarily focusing on the needs of secondary school students. Consequently, contributors should be aware of their target audience and write their entries accordingly. Overall, we are requesting relatively short entries of 250-500 words; word count is included in parenthesis following the listed entry. Each contributor will receive full author credit. Graduate students are strongly encouraged to contribute.

Entries must include:
Documentation of cited works
List of recommended readings (brief)

Contact information:

Dr. Noelle Morrissette Searcy

For a full list of entries to be assigned, click here:

Call for Research Articles for Journal Titled "Serials"

Call for Research Articles for Journal Titled "Serials"

The UK Serials Group Editorial Board has recently carried out a review of the content of its highly successful journal "Serials". It is now looking for more research-based articles covering, for example, e-journal acquisition and usage, print and electronic publishing, continuing resources, and e-content management systems. All articles will go through a rigorous peer review process.

To find out more about "Serials click on:

Potential authors are invited to submit their papers to the editors of the journal whose contact details are given below.

Dr Hazel Woodward

University Librarian & Director of Cranfield University Press
Kings Norton Library
Cranfield University
Tel: +44 (0) 1234 754446
Fax: +44 (0) 1234 752391


Helen Henderson
Information Power
32 Balliol Court
Tel: +44 (0) 1865 552261

ALA 2005: Speakers needed: ALCTS CCS Heads of Cataloging

ALA 2005: Speakers needed: ALCTS CCS Heads of Cataloging

We're looking for speakers at the Heads of Cataloging Discussion Group for Chicago. If you are interested, please let me know, or if you have discussion topics you're interested in, that too. Also, we are looking
for candidates for Vice-Chair/Chair Elect.

Heads of Cataloging Discussion Group
Monday, June 27 2005
9:30 am-11:00 am
Palmer House Hilton, Empire Room
Timothy H. Gatti
Head of Technical Services
University of Michigan Law Library
S-110E Legal Research Building
801 Monroe St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1210
Phone 734-764-4200; Fax 734-615-0179

Thursday, May 19, 2005

CFP: Eastern Great Lakes Innovative Users Group (Annual Meeting, September 2005)

CFP: Eastern Great Lakes Innovative Users Group (Annual Meeting, September 2005)

We would like to invite interested presenters to submit program proposals for the: Eastern Great Lakes Innovative Users Group
2005 Annual Conference
September 16, 2005
Wright State University
Dayton, Ohio

Did you just learn a new/better way to use the III system?
Is your library being creative in using III?
Would you like to help others learn basic or advanced functionality?

This is an excellent way to share your expertise with other libraries in the Great Lakes region!

If you are interested in presenting, please contact with a brief description of your program.

Please visit the EGL-IUG website in the near future for more details about the conference! The URL is

Leigh French
Chair, EGL-IUG Program Planning Committee
Wright State University
Dayton, Ohio 45435

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Call for Posters: Michigan Library Association Meeting (October 2005)

Call for Posters: Michigan Library Association Meeting (October 2005)
Conference Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Conference Date: October 25, 2005
Deadline: June 30, 2005

Once again, ARLD will be sponsoring poster sessions at the Annual Conference in Grand Rapids. This year, the sessions will be held in the exhibit hall during a no conflict time, so we expect a good amount of traffic for the sessions. Depending on the number of proposals accepted, we will have two sessions on Wednesday, Oct. 26 starting around noon. Please see the flyer for more information as well as the submission site which contains the guidelines. If you have questions, please let me know. Deadline for submission is June 30.

Submission link:

Flyer Link:

David A. Scott
Reference/Inter Library Loan Librarian
Ferris Library for Information Technology & Education

Monday, May 09, 2005

CFP: Building a Case for the Teaching Library: Approaches to the Assessment of Information Literacy Instruction

CFP: Building a Case for the Teaching Library: Approaches to the Assessment of Information Literacy Instruction

20 years ago, Carla Stoffle, Alan Guskin, and Joseph Boisse opened a landmark collection of essays appearing in New Directions for Teaching and Learning (no. 18, 1984) by describing the services and programs that defined the "teaching library." Over the past two decades, academic librarians have embraced the instructional role at the heart of their service in a teaching library by articulating standards for student learning in the area of information literacy; identifying a research agenda focused on moving theory and practice of information literacy instruction forward; and developing active partnerships with a variety of instructional programs across the college campus.

Many of us are committed to our role as teachers and to the idea that the academic library is an active participant in the development and delivery of instructional programs on campus, but how do we tell the story of the teaching library to our colleagues on campus and to our colleagues within the library profession?

Assessment of instructional services and of library-based instruction programs is critical to telling the story of the teaching library. Whether we are looking at student learning, instructional effectiveness, program development, or contribution to broadly-defined campus programs (e.g., First-Year-Experience), we can build no case for the teaching library without evidence, and we can gather no evidence without a well-defined plan for assessment.

Building on a forthcoming issue focused on assessment of reference services, Public Services Quarterly invites proposals for a special issue focused on the assessment of information literacy instruction. Essays may address:
assessment of student learning;
assessment of instructional performance by librarians (or library staff);
assessment of instruction programs or program development; or
other issues related to the assessment of instructional services programs in libraries.
An excellent set of suggestions for possible research in this area can be found in Section IV (“Assessment”) of the Association of College & Research Libraries’ “Research Agenda for Library Instruction and Information Literacy,” available at

While the editors expect the issue to center around information literacy instruction in academic libraries, essays are also welcomed on assessment of instruction in other venues (e.g., assessment of how instructional services provided in a special library helped to advance organizational goals). Any library may be a teaching library and we welcome a diverse collection of proposals.

This special issue of Public Services Quarterly will be edited by Scott Walter, Assistant Dean of Libraries for Information & Instructional Services at the University of Kansas. Proposals of no more than two (2) pages should be submitted to no later than September 1, 2005. First drafts of completed essays will be due no later than March 1, 2006. Final drafts (following peer review) will be due no later than July 15, 2006. This issue is scheduled for publication in Spring 2007 and will also be issued as a monograph by Haworth Press.

For more information on Public Services Quarterly, please visit:

Please direct any questions regarding the special issue or about ideas for proposals to Scott Walter at

Friday, May 06, 2005

Second Annual Best Practices in Higher Education Conference: Today's Legal Challenges in Academia

Second Annual Best Practices in Higher Education Conference: Today's Legal Challenges in Academia
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Call for Papers Deadline: 2005-05-31

Legal issues in hihger education arise with greater frequency than ever as regulation continues to evolve and issues of civil liberties emerge in educational contexts. This conference will provide attendees with both practical knowledge on essential issues of legal concern in the higher education environment and with an understanding of the current and future evolution of these ideas.
Topics include but are not limited to:
-Academic Freedom
-Academic Integrity
-Cheating and Plagiarism
-Cases studies on legal issues affecting the classroom
-The impact of privacy laws on higher education
-Legal requirements in the student appeals process
-Developments in anti-discrimination law in higher education
-Legal and ethical uses of email communication

Kathy Smith
Chair, Dept. of Social Sciences and Director, Center for Law and Society
Community College of Philadelphia
1700 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130


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CFP: Re-Thinking Ephemera in the Classroom and Beyond

CFP: Re-Thinking Ephemera in the Classroom and Beyond

Seeking proposals for a volume of essays tentatively entitled Re-Thinking Ephemera in the Classroom and Beyond. The editors are looking for 5-6,000 word manuscripts to fill the roughly ten-essay volume. By presenting a wide range of definitions and theoretical perspectives as well as a variety of pedagogical strategies and approaches for teaching and exploring notions of early modern ephemera, contributors will seek to address the following kinds of questions.

· What do we mean by ephemera? (non-extant, performative/gestural/anecdotal, non-canonical, produced or circulated for singular or temporary use, other meanings)
· How can ephemeral matters/texts complicate discussions of plays/performance/cultural contexts?
· How can we problematize binaries between ephemera and canonical works?
· To what extent can ephemeral traces and remnants serve pedagogical ends? What kinds of justifications are there for incorporating ephemera in the classroom?
· What kinds of teaching strategies and lesson plans work and what kinds are less effective in the exploration of ephemeral matters?

The aim of Re-Thinking Ephemera is two-fold: (1) to work toward defining ephemera as a complex and multi-faceted critical category in terms of its literary, cultural, and historical significance and (2) to serve as a
handbook to provide pedagogical strategies and teaching tools for exploring ephemeral matters in the undergraduate and graduate level classroom.

Please submit proposals (preferably by email) of no more than 500 words by
June 30th, 2005 to:

Joshua B. Fisher
Campus Box 3052
Department of English
Wingate University
Wingate, NC 28174

CFP: Popular Entertainment and American Theater prior to 1900

CFP: Popular Entertainment and American Theater prior to 1900
A Special Issue of Comparative Drama

Living as we do in an age dominated by such mechanically reproducible media as television, cinema, and photography, we are often hard-pressed to recall that for most Americans prior to 1900, the most widely available and accessible medium of visual entertainment was theater (and theater-like productions). From Royall Tyler to Augustin Daly, from Uncle Tom?s Cabin to P. T. Barnum and Buffalo Bill, the late 18th- and 19th- centuries offered a stunning array of staged performances that not only offered idle amusement
but also crafted and reflected the very frameworks within which knowledge of the world could be organized or produced.

This special issue of Comparative Drama seeks to illuminate and explore the wide range of theatrical productions in the United States before 1900. Topics may include (but need not be limited to): popular melodrama; minstrelsy; touring performers and performances; Wild West shows, historical reenactments, and Indian plays; museums and traveling circuses; the rise of the Broadway impresario; the development of stage realism; technological innovation and stagecraft; race and gender as factors in popularity and/or
appeals to specific audience(s); humbugs and hoaxes; regionalism and theater; the relationship of theater with other arts (i.e., the contributions and/or representations crafted by painters, photographers, and novelists); social and cultural performance beyond the formal stage. Send completed essays (25 pages max., double-spaced) to:

Nicolas S Witschi
Dept. of English
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5331.

Any queries may be directed to Nicolas Witschi at

For manuscript preparation guidelines, please see:

Deadline: July 31, 2005

CFP: DaVinci to Derrida: Breaking Codes Across Disciplines

CFP: DaVinci to Derrida: Breaking Codes Across Disciplines

***Open to faculty, graduates, and undergraduates***
EGAD (English Graduates for Academic Development)
15th Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium
Texas A&M University-Commerce
October 14, 2005

Now accepting proposals for papers and panels dealing with contemporary issues in academia. We welcome submissions from all areas of academic discourse including, but not limited to: English, History, Journalism, Political Science, Education, Psychology, and Sociology. Suggestions of possible areas of interest:

--Critical Theory
--Academia/Professional Issues
--Graduate Student Issues
--Technology in the Classroom
--Foreign Language Studies
--Composition & Rhetoric
--Pop Culture
--Creative Writing
--Film Studies
--Science Fiction
--Writing Center Theory & Practice
--Literary Studies

Deadline for Submission of 250-Word Abstract: August 1, 2005
Electronic Submissions Encouraged -- Panel proposals and Workshops Welcome Notification of acceptance and conference registration materials will be mailed electronically by August 15, 2005
Please send inquiries and abstracts to:

c/o Stella Williams
Department of Literature and Languages
PO Box 3011
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Commerce, TX 75429-3011

Collaborations on Campus: Opportunities for New Partnerships

Collaborations on Campus: Opportunities for New Partnerships

WHEN: Friday, October 7, 2005 -- save the date!

The ninth annual October Conference for all New England academic librarians, sponsored by the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries.


We are seeking presenters for the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries' ninth annual October Conference for New England Librarians! The topic this year is "Collaborations on Campus: Opportunities for New Partnerships." The Conference is scheduled for Friday, October 7, 2005. 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).

Working with others can bring fresh perspectives and new ideas--the whole really can be greater than the sum of its parts. Various units on our campuses also support faculty and students; when we share experience and insight, we are all enriched and enlivened.

We are seeking speakers to describe innovative collaborations they've developed with other campus entities. For example, have you and your IT department worked together to enhance your course management system? Do you plan your orientations with the first-year students office? Have you and a faculty member worked together to creatively incorporate library content into courses or the curriculum? Do you, with the international student office, provide special programs or training for international students? Do you work with your writing center to provide research training for the tutors?

Would you like to give an informal, brief presentation (30-45 minutes, including question/discussion time)? If so, please contact one of us (by telephone or email) by Friday, April 22. You don't have to have your presentation finished by then; you just need to be able to describe your presentation to us.

If you wouldn't give a presentation, yourself, but know of someone who might, we'd like to know that, too.

If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Bagley (, phone: 603-650-1894) or Karen Odato (, phone: 603-650-8562).

We have had between 70 and 120 participants at each of our eight previous October Conferences; we expect similar attendance this year.

Previous Presentations: