Friday, July 29, 2005

CFP: Academic Blogging and Workplace Politics (ongoing; e-journal)

CFP: Academic Blogging and Workplace Politics (ongoing; e-journal)
Sobriquet Magazine

In recent weeks, a heated debate over the dangers academic bloggers may face when applying for jobs has emerged as a result of a recent essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education ( ). The author, writing under the pseudonym Ivan Tribble, claims, among other things, that often the simple practice of maintaining a “blog was a negative” for applicants seeking employment in his department. “The content of the blog,” Tribble continues, “may be less worrisome than the fact of the blog itself. Several committee members expressed concern that a blogger who joined our staff might air departmental dirty laundry (real or imagined) on the cyber clothesline for the world to see. Past good behavior is no guarantee against future lapses of professional decorum.”

Elsewhere, the author warns “[y]ou may think your blog is a harmless outlet. You may use the faulty logic of the blogger, ‘Oh, no one will see it anyway.’ Don't count on it. Even if you take your blog offline while job applications are active, Google and other search engines store cached data of their prior contents. So that cranky rant might still turn up.”

He concludes the essay with “[w]e've seen the hapless job seekers who destroy the good thing they've got going on paper by being so irritating in person that we can't wait to put them back on a plane. Our blogger applicants came off reasonably well at the initial interview, but once we hung up the phone and called up their blogs, we got to know ‘the real them’ -- better than we wanted, enough to conclude we didn't want to know more.”

Not surprisingly, a large number of blog postings addressing Tribble’s essay appeared around the web in the days following the essay’s appearance on the Chronicle’s website. While many bloggers criticized Tribble’s essay as hypocritical, close-minded, bigoted, or unrealistic, others reluctantly agreed that blogging, for academics, can be a very risky practice.

Sobriquet Magazine, a non-profit online publication, seeks intelligent, scholarly consideration of the impact blogging has had on the academic job market, the potential benefits and risks of academic blogging, and speculation on the future role academic blogs may have both in and out of the classroom.

Essays must follow the MLA style sheet.

All essays accepted for publication remain the property of the author.

Questions, queries, and submissions may be sent to: editor_at_sobriquetmagazine_dot_com

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Call for Papers (Copyright, a new open-access peer-reviewed journal)

Call for Papers (Copyright, a new open-access peer-reviewed journal)


URL for submissions:

Copyright, a new open-access, peer-reviewed journal led by a renowned editorial team, seeks papers on all aspects of copyright in the Internet age. The journal features an extremely rapid review and publication time while maintaining rigorous standards on the quality of work. Every effort will be made to have the initial reviewers' decision within two weeks of submission. The journal focuses on detailed research and case studies vetted by peer-review; opinion pieces and shorter communications are also invited and will be accepted at the editors' discression. Because the journal is open-access, the author retains the copyright to his or her works.

Copyright is structured to be a new type of journal, not just a place to publish ideas but a locus to generate them--vital in an area of academic interest largely composed of subdisciplines of other fields. For instance, while the majority of articles will still be published in the traditional fashion, a novel, collaborative approach has been implemented as well. Potential authors can simply begin contributing to such an article while the system tracks the individuals' contributions. The article is then submitted through the normal review process and, if accepted, authorship is assigned based on the tracked contributions as the last step of the review process.

Copyright is particularly interested in publishing interdisciplinary works and works not normally considered within the purview of such a journal, such as those covering social and political impact of copyright. The journal also encourages lay participation through community projects.

Copyright seeks articles on all topics related to copyright, including:

-Digital Rights Management
-Quantitative studies of the effects of legislation
-Scholarly communication and Open Access
-Peer-to-peer networks
-International copyright
-Collaborative authorship
-Blogs and other new media
-Collaborative filtering
-Copyright in developing nations
-Social implications of copyright

This list is not intended to be exhaustive. Indeed, high-quality papers relating to any aspect of copyright are welcome.

For guidelines on submissions, or to submit a paper, see the submissions page. The editors of Copyright invite you to submit papers, case studies, and opinion pieces. Registration to be notified of new issues is also available, as is guidance in using the collaborative systems in place.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Call for Papers: New Reference Research: 12th Reference Researech Forum, 2006

Call for Papers: New Reference Research: 12th Reference Researech Forum, 2006

The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services sSection of RUSA (ALA) is have their 12th Reference Research Forum at ALA in New Orleans (June 2006).

Information is not up on the website, but past meeting information is available here:

For information on the 2006 Forum, please contact Sarah Hammill ( The deadline for submission of a one page proposal is 12-2, 2005 and notifications will be made by March 13, 2006.

They are looking for up to three projects to be presented during the forum.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

CFP: Computers in Libraries 2006

CFP: Computers in Libraries 2006
March 22-24, 2006,
Washington, DC, USA.
The submission deadline is 15 August 2005.

We now live, work and play digitally. Some of our key resources are created digitally while others, including physical libraries, books and, most importantly, people are not digital. Others are born digital. How do we reconcile, and manage, the digital and non-digital so that our work flows cohesively? How do we keep a personal touch in a virtual world? How do we plan for a successful, productive, future with many complex challenges and opportunities? Our conference theme, Managing Digital, focuses on digital initiatives and innovations in all types of information enterprises, tools and techniques for enhancing user-friendly digital work flows, mining and archiving "born digital" data, information discovery and visualization methods for dealing with large digital databases, supporting digital communities, and more. Join us at the most comprehensive conference for library and information professionals interested in technology to discover the insights, strategies and practices that will allow us to manage computers, libraries, digital information, and people in a cohesive and productive way.

Information Today Inc., a key provider of technology conferences for more than twenty years with Internet Librarian, and KMWorld & Intranets, is pleased to announce the 21st annual Computers in Libraries – the most comprehensive North American conference and exhibition concentrating on all aspects of library technology. The conference offers a multifaceted program designed to meet the needs of librarians, information managers, systems professionals, Webmasters and Web managers, content evaluators, intranet strategists, portal creators, and information specialists. The focus of the conference is on leading edge technology that is transforming library operations, products and services, and roles within all types and sizes of library and information services.

Computers in Libraries caters to all interests and all levels of knowledge, offering four simultaneous tracks plus many workshops, networking opportunities, and an extensive exhibit hall. This year’s tracks and themes encompass: Building Communities; Integrating Systems & Strategies; Information Discovery & Search; Technology Planning; Managing Content & eResrouces; Web Tools & Leading Edge Technology; Intranets & Portals; Search Engines, Case Studies of Internet & Intranet Librarians, Digital/Virtual Library Services, Library Automation & Infrastructure, Managing Knowledge Assets, eLearning & Training, Web Design & Development, Streaming Multimedia, Managing Digitally, and more. Speakers are knowledgeable, authoritative and focus on practical applications, "how to" solutions, and case studies as well as technical and managerial issues. Please consider sharing your knowledge and sending us a proposal to speak. Below are some of the topics we hope to cover, but don’t let this list limit your imagination! We look forward to hearing from you.

For more information, please see


CFP: Docs, Blogs, Zines, Online Media (Society for Cinema and Media Studies)

CFP: Docs, Blogs, Zines, Online Media (Society for Cinema and Media Studies)
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
March 2-5, 2006
Vancouver, Canada

The SCMS Caucus on Class ( is sponsoring the following call for papers. Please send 150-word proposal, plus brief bibliography and bio statement, by August 20, 2005.

"Filling the Void: How Docs, Blogs, Zines, and Other Online Media Are Redefining Journalism"

While mainstream media grows more economically consolidated and politically conservative, social issue documentaries like Fahrenheit 9/11 and Supersize Me have achieved surprising box office success and received extensive critical attention. Other critical documentaries (e.g. Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War) have reached audiences through links to
progressive political organizations. This panel seeks papers exploring the ways in which contemporary documentaries-as well as other forms of alternative, online distribution (websites, blogs, online journals, etc.) and exhibition venues-are explicitly engaging political discourse. How has the "new journalism" influenced documentary technique and challenged that of corporate and mainstream media? How are online distribution and alternative exhibition venues related to the politics of such films/videos? Are there significant differences from political documentary strategies of the 1930s and 1960s?

CONTACT: Christopher Sharrett -

CFP from D-Lib Magazine (July/August 2005)

CFP from D-Lib Magazine (July/August 2005)

NOTE: Links go to D-Lib with links then to the resources

Calls for Participation

Computers in Libraries 2006, 22 - 24 March 2006, Washington, DC, USA. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 15 August 2005.

SIGCSE 2006 Symposium, 1 - 5 March 2006, Houston, Texas, USA. Call for papers. The submission date is 9 September 2005.

The IASTED International Conference on Advances in Computer Science and Technology - ACST 2006, 23 - 25 January 2006, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Call for papers. The submission date is 15 September 2005.

The Fifth IASTED International Conference on Web-based Education - WBE 2006, 23 - 25 January 2006, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Call for papers. The submission date is 15 September 2005.

IUI '06: Tenth International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces 2006, 29 January - 1 February 2006, Sydney, Australia. Call for papers. The submission date is 19 September 2005.

CHI 2006: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 22 - 27 2006, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Call for papers. The submission date is 23 September 2005.

The 14th International Conference in Central Europe on Computer Graphics, Visualization and Computer Vision'2006, 30 January - 3 February 2006, Plzen, Czech Republic. Call for papers. The submission date is 27 September 2005.

10th Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, 9 - 12 April 2006, Singapore. Call for papers. The submission date is 30 September 2005.

OpenURL Registry , NISO Request for Proposal (RFP). The submission date for submitting a propsal is 15 October 2005.

ICEIS 2006 - 8th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, 23 - 27 May 2006 in Paphos. Cyprus. Call for papers. The submission date is 18 October 2005.

Main D-Lib page:

General Information: Information Research: an international electronic journal

General Information: Information Research: an international electronic journal

Information Research: an international electronic journal attracts high usage - currently averaging more than 3,000 hits a month on the top page and, more than 200,000 hits a year on the site as a whole. Most papers attract several hundred hits a month and average more than 1,300 hits a year. Items appearing in the journal are now being cited in other, print publications and the journal is indexed in ISI's Social Science Citation Index, LISA and Information Science Abstracts.

Information Research is a fully refereed journal, although we also publish Working Papers, and we have an Editorial Board representative of all areas covered by the journal.

These Instructions to Authors are published so that submissions may be prepared to a standard format and style. A .pdf file is available for downloading and printing.

In addition, all authors should remember that the journal has an international readership - local acronyms or organizations, for example, need to be explained.


Information for Authors Page:

Journal Home Page:

Sunday, July 17, 2005


Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Date: April 12-15, 2005
Deadline: November 1, 2005

The Popular Culture Association will be holding its annual joint meeting with the American Culture Association April 12-15, 2006 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia. 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:

Allen Ellis
Professor of Library Services
W. Frank Steely Library
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY 41099-6101
FAX: 859-572-5390


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

Saturday, July 16, 2005

CFP: 2006 Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Annual Conference

CFP: 2006 Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Annual Conference

May 17-20, 2006 - Seattle, Washington

ARSC invites submissions of program proposals for its 40th annual conference, to be held May 17–20, 2006 in Seattle. ARSC is dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings—in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods—and welcomes proposals on all aspects of recorded sound which would be of interest to our community of collectors, historians, musicians, preservationists, and archivists. Presentations on recording activities in the Seattle area are especially encouraged. In general, we seek demonstrations, papers, and panels that are informative and well organized, display a passion about the subject, and include compelling audio and/or visual content. The deadline for submissions is November 5, 2005. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by January 2006. Following ARSC policy, presenters will be expected to register for the conference.

For more information, please visit:


Main Conference Page:

NASIG 21st Annual Conference - Call for Proposals and Program Ideas

NASIG (North American Serials Interest Group) 21st Annual Conference - Call for Proposals and Program Ideas

"Mile High Views: Surveying the Serials Vista"
May 4-7, 2006
The Denver Marriott City Center
Denver, CO

The President of the North American Serials Interest Group will open the first session of the 21st annual conference on May 4, 2006 in Denver, Colorado. The Rocky Mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to a bustling metropolitan area that enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year. Denver has a lively downtown area as the city is overflowing with colleges, parks, museums, sporting events and more. Denver attracted people to its frontier atmosphere, starting off as a rowdy frontier and mining town. Today it still attracts individuals of the same spirit and they have helped it grow into a modern and sophisticated city. Denver's magnetism will be the perfect environment as we survey the serials vista.

To this end, the 2006 Program Planning Committee (PPC) invites proposals and/or program ideas for pre-conference, vision, strategy and tactics sessions. Please keep in mind the following:

The PPC will review all submitted proposals for their content, timeliness, and relevance to the conference theme and reserves the right to combine, blend, or refocus proposals to maximize their relevance and to avoid duplication.

PPC will treat all submissions as suggestions and guideposts.

Time management issues and reimbursement guidelines generally limit each session to two speakers.

Proposals may be suggested as one type of session and/or format and ultimately be accepted as any one of the other types of sessions or formats; this decision is the purview of the PPC.

Vision and Strategy speakers are required to produce a written paper for the conference proceedings. Because NASIG publishes its conference proceedings, content needs to be unique for copyright purposes.

ALL presentations must be original and not previously presented at other conferences.
For more information about the North American Serials Interest Group, please see:

NASIG has a reimbursement policy for conference speakers whose organizations do not cover expenses. For more information about this policy, please see:

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Call for Papers: HLG (Health Libraries Group) Conference 2006

Call for Papers: HLG (Health Libraries Group) Conference 2006
10th-12th July 2006
Devonshire Park Conference Centre, Eastbourne, East Sussex

Informed and Interactive - Health Knowledge for all

Call for papers
The 2006 Conference Programme aims to reflect the innovative and multi-faceted nature of health information across all sectors and the contribution of information to patient care, medical research and training. We hope that there will be something to attract everyone as delegates and that the themes of the Conference will provide plenty of opportunities for you to participate as a presenter.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts.

We are very keen to hear from first time conference speakers and can promise a very supportive environment for that first step into the public arena.

We are looking for abstracts across 5 broad interlinking themes:

1. Expanding Roles
2. Information Literacy
3. Collaboration
4. Harnessing Information Technology
5. Evidence Based Librarianship

You can find more information below on the themes, with examples. However, these are just examples, so please do not hesitate to contribute with other subjects.

We are looking for THREE types of contribution (and please feel free to enter for more than one) so, hopefully something for everyone!

-Oral Presentations
-Workshops. A chance to impart your specialist knowledge by leading small groups through discussions and activities. When submitting an abstract for this category please give a description of the subject and a short summary of content.

The closing date for abstract submission is Wednesday 30th November 2005.

For more information, follow the link above.