Thursday, July 27, 2006

CFP: Carolina Innovative Users Group Meeting (October 2006)

CFP: Carolina Innovative Users Group Meeting (October 2006)

The Carolina Innovative Users Group is looking for Millennium users who would like to present at the October 19-20 CIUG workshop/meeting, which will be held at Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina. There are a variety of needs including Circulation notices in Millennium, WebBridge, Electronic Resource Management and several others.

In addition to the above, we will have breakout sessions to help spawn discussion on the different modules. If you would like to lead/host one of these, please let us know. These modules are:

Database Management

If you are interested please email me at
by August 15, 2006. More information on this conference/workshop can be found at

Thank you.

Michael Winecoff
Atkins Library - Systems
UNC Charlotte
Charlotte, NC 28213

CFP: Library Philosophy and Practice Special Issue, "Shape Shifters: Librarians Evolve Yet Again in the Age of Google."

CFP: Library Philosophy and Practice Special Issue, "Shape Shifters: Librarians
Evolve Yet Again in the Age of Google."

You are invited to submit proposals and manuscripts for a special issue of _Library Philosophy and Practice_ entitled: "Shape Shifters: Librarians Evolve Yet Again in the Age of Google." The issue, which will appear in Winter 2007, will be guest edited by Jill Cirasella and Mariana Regalado of Brooklyn College, City University of New York.

Librarians have a long history of responding professionally and creatively to changes in information dissemination technology. It is no surprise, therefore, that they are adapting themselves and their work to Google, its many modules, and its many competitors. Articles in "Shape Shifters" will explore how library services, resources, and job activities are changing
in response to these tools and the paradigm shift they herald.

Manuscripts are sought that examine concrete changes in a specific area or issue of public, school, academic, or special librarianship. Possible areas or issues include, but are not limited to:

- Reference
- Instruction
- Collection development
- Technical services
- Access services
- Rare books and/or preservation
- Privacy
- Website and interface design
- Space planning
- Administration and personnel
- Marketing

Whatever area or issue is examined, authors should discuss how changes in services, resources, and/or job activities are being facilitated or even necessitated by one or more of three critical aspects of these tools:
1) Ease of access
2) Proliferation of content
3) Independence from traditional library staff and spaces

Articles should be concise, well-reasoned, and focused on the practice and philosophy of librarianship. While some professional speculation is welcome, authors are discouraged from writing diatribes, manifestos, or calls-to-arms about Google or its competitors.

The submission deadline for completed manuscripts is October 20, 2006. Authors are strongly encouraged to contact the guest editors with proposals or drafts. Manuscript length is flexible but should normally fall between 1,500 and 4,000 words. Please email word-processed
manuscripts in MLA format to Mariana Regalado (
and Jill Cirasella (

_Library Philosophy and Practice_ is a peer-reviewed electronic journal that explores the connection between library practice and the philosophy and theory behind it. To learn more about _Library Philosophy and Practice_, visit:

Mariana Regalado

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

CFP: Online Northwest 2007

A one-day conference focusing on the use of technology within libraries, attracting librarians from the Pacific Northwest and around the country. It is sponsored by the Oregon University System Library

February 16, 2007

The coordinating committee seeks presentations that discuss how technology is being applied within library settings and how technology is affecting library patrons and services. We strongly encourage academic, public, school, and special librarians to submit proposals. All topics relating to technology and libraries are welcome, including:

*Resource sharing (e.g. ILL, document delivery)
*Collection development and assessment
*Assessing the impact of technology on patrons or services
*User interface design and evaluation
*Information literacy and instruction
*Metadata design, application, or evaluation
*Management of electronic resources or digital repositories
*Computer programming and development of computer applications to support delivery of library services

Use the online submission form available at:

For examples of past presentations or more information, see:

Monday, October 10, 2006

CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Corvallis, Oregon (on the Oregon State
University campus)

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Outside The Wire: Call for papers, emails, letters, and blogs from soldiers who have served in Iraq

Outside The Wire: Call for papers, emails, letters, and blogs from soldiers who have served in Iraq

Global Security Press is supporting the publication of a new book, “Outside The Wire: True Stories of American Soldiers in Iraq.” This volume will contain letters, emails, blog excerpts, and other forms of communication from military personnel who have deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Eligible contributors include active duty Army, National Guard and Reservists.
We are looking for heartwarming stories about American soldiers who did “good” things while in theater. Civil Affairs related missions are of particular interest. If you helped save children, build schools, feed the hungry, secure villages, turn on electricity, then we want to know about it.

Interested military personnel should send an email to Please include in an email or cover letter your full legal name, rank and grade, permanent mailing address, dates of service, location of service, the type of communications (emails, letters, blog excerpts) proposed for the collection, and the submissions, of no more than fifty pages. There are no restrictions on the form of the written material – poetry, personal letters, war diaries, or journals. Do not send classified material. Photographs are welcome.

Deadline for all submissions is January 31, 2007. Submissions cannot be returned.

The editor of this book is James L. Clark, a prolific author and historian who is currently serving with the US Army's Civil Affairs.

James L. Clark
PO Box 722412
Norman, OK 73070
Visit the website at

Call for Proposals: NASIG Continuing Education Committee

Call for Proposals: NASIG Continuing Education Committee

NASIG Continuing Education Committee
Call for Ideas and Proposals for 2007

The NASIG Continuing Education Committee (CEC) needs your ideas and
proposals for the continuing education programming for 2007. The CEC
is charged to provide high quality programs that can be offered on a
regional basis to NASIG members and potential members in all parts of
North America. Our goal is to provide a range and variety of
programming to meet the needs of as many segments of the serials
community as possible.

In this ever-more digital and networked environment, we are
particularly interested in the areas of electronic resources. We are
especially interested in:

- Bibliographic control, strategies, and practices

- Collection development for digital resources

- Communication and collaboration between librarians, publishers,
content providers, subscription agents, etc.

- Emerging standards for electronic resource management

- Institutional repositories

- License negotiation skills (for librarians and content providers)

- Mapping license language for electronic resource management

- Serials acquisitions

- Serials management in public and/or special libraries

- Statistics and assessment

- Technology trends

- User-centered services, such as integration with course management

In addition to these suggested topics, the committee welcomes
proposals on any issue that would be beneficial to the serials
community. Your creative ideas for program development are

Please include the following information with all proposals:

1. Topic of the program
2. Description of the program. What are the objectives?
3. Intended audience; who will benefit from this program?
4. Location(s) of the program (physical or virtual)
6. Proposed speaker(s)
7. Target date (month or season)
8. Duration of the program (half-day, full-day, etc.)
9. Local coordinator(s) of the program
10. Co-sponsors, if any
11. Preliminary budget request
12. Complete contact information for all individuals submitting the
proposal (name, organization, phone number, and email address)

Please send your proposals or ideas to the NASIG Continuing Education
Committee Co-Chair Paoshan Yue ( by August 31, 2006.

Thank you in advance for your assistance. With your help NASIG's
Continuing Education Committee is looking forward to presenting a
series of outstanding programs for the serials community.

Seeking contributors for a new _Against the Grain_ column: "How We Done It Bad"

Seeking contributors for a new _Against the Grain_ column: "How We Done It Bad"

All of us are familiar with the "How We Done It Good" article, a piece in which a librarian writes about a project that he or she has recently completed successfully. Sometimes the successful projects involve refinements of old practices and workflows, and sometimes they are
experimental new practices that have proved effective. In both cases, the point of the article is to share the good news and the details with colleagues, who might be inspired to try something similar in their own institutions.

For a new column, to be published irregularly in _Against the Grain_, I would like to invite submissions with an opposite orientation: the column will be called "How We Done It Bad," and it will feature stories of projects and experiments that went wrong -- maybe even horribly,
tragically wrong. The point of these articles won't be so much to provide amusement and/or provoke sympathy, but rather to share lessons learned. How can _AtG_'s readers benefit from mistakes that all of us have made? Can we save each other some wasted time and embarrassment (or worse) by sharing our own stories of wasted time and embarrassment?

Please send ideas and proposals to me at the email address below. I look forward to hearing from you!

(And yes, if you'd prefer to publish your experience anonymously, that's a definite possibility. However, please volunteer only your own stories -- not those of others who you feel have failed in some way.)

Rick Anderson
Dir. of Resource Acquisition
University of Nevada, Reno Libraries
(775) 784-6500 x273

Monday, July 24, 2006

Call for Proposals and Program Ideas: NASIG 2007 Annual Conference

Call for Proposals and Program Ideas: NASIG 2007 Annual Conference

22nd Annual Conference
"Place Your Bet in Kentucky: The Serials Gamble"
May 31 - June 3, 2007
Louisville, Kentucky

The President of the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) will open the first session of the 22nd annual conference on May 31, 2007 in Louisville, Kentucky. The 2007 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: The conference will be held at Galt House, along Louisville's waterfront:

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

Sessions Types:

Pre-conferences are in-depth programs that focus on practical aspects of

the work and skills we perform on a daily basis. In general, these
programs are several hours in duration, have limited attendance, and may

include hands-on training.

Vision sessions are offered at no-conflict times to allow all conference

attendees to participate. These programs generally deal with the larger

universe of ideas and issues that may influence the serials world.

Strategy sessions generally deal with all or, at least, several segments

of the serials world including, but not limited to publishers, vendors,
service providers, and librarians. These sessions are 90 minutes; please

allow 10 minutes for questions from the audience.

Tactics Sessions are designed to address day-to-day issues and generally
deal with one or two practical aspects of the serials world. These
sessions are 60 minutes; please allow 10 minutes for questions from the

To suggest a proposal or an idea, please fill out the submission form
available at: The deadline
for this call for proposals and ideas is August 1, 2006.

Inquiries may be sent to the PPC co-chairs, Rachel Frick or Sarah George


Wednesday, July 19, 2006

DLF (Digital Library Forum) Fall Forum 2006: Boston, Massachusetts

DLF (Digital Library Forum) Fall Forum 2006: Boston, Massachusetts
1:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 8th, 2006 –
1:00 p.m., Friday, November 10th, 2006

(you can see previous meetings from that link)

The Fairmont Copley Plaza
138 St. James Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(617) 267-5300

Call for Papers


Members of DLF institutions are invited to submit proposals for papers, panel discussions, posters, and BOFs dealing with any aspect of digital library development.

Presentations are taken on all topics but suggested areas of particular interest include the following:

User communities -- partnerships with users to build content and context;
Production -- challenges, workflow, scale, sustainability;
Tools (both middleware and end-user tools) for the creation, delivery, and scholarly use of digital library content;
Harvesting data and metadata for new services -- scale and interoperability challenges and solutions;
Mass digitizing issues and our need to think and act strategically around them.
NOTE: We strongly encourage panels and presentations that pose problems for discussion and that make plain what others can learn from the experience of the presenter(s).

Proposals for papers should be brief (ca. 250 words) and supply a title, the name of the author or authors, and a short abstract. There are 2 or 3 presentations in a 90-minute session, typically.

Proposals for panel discussions should include a title for the panel, a brief outline of the panel's purpose, the panelists' names and titles, short descriptions of their respective contributions, and a statement of how the panelists' presentations fit together into a logical whole. Panels last for 90 minutes.

"Birds-of-a-Feather" sessions can be made available if demand dictates. These provide for informal discussion between interested parties on a specific topic. Anyone attending the Forum is eligible to propose and organize a session. BOFs are typically 60-90 minutes, but can be longer if needed.

Posters provide opportunities to present work in progress, late-breaking results, best-practice reports, and accounts of projects, standards, workflows, digital collections, and so on.

Poster proposals should consist of a title, an abstract (ca. 250 words), and contact information for the authors. Accepted posters will be displayed at the conference and dedicated time will be given to them on the program. The maximum size is 36"x48".

Proposals for papers, panels, posters, and Birds-of-a-Feather sessions should be submitted by email to by WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 6th, 2006.

Audio/visual requirements (e.g. LCD projector) should be included in all proposals.

Please include the phrase "DLF Fall Forum 2006 Proposal" as the first part of the subject heading in your email.

Applications/nominations invited for PIL (ACRL Publications in Librarianship) editor

Applications/nominations invited for PIL editor

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) now is accepting applications for the position of editor of ACRL Publications in Librarianship (PIL), a series of monographic and edited volumes that reports research and scholarly thinking in academic and research librarianship. The editor is appointed for a non-renewable five-year term.

Applicants must be a member of the American Library Association (ALA) and ACRL. Candidates should have experience in research and writing, the ability to evaluate submissions and edit manuscripts, skills in working with authors and an understanding of publishing. The editor is expected to chair two editorial board meetings a year at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference.

Together with a four- to seven-member editorial board, the editor is charged with encouraging research and writing that is appropriate for the series, identifying topics and authors for new books, refereeing submissions and editing manuscripts for publication. The current editorial board is developing a number of promising proposals, and the new editor will oversee some of these to publication as well as develop others.

A number of noteworthy works has been produced for the series ranging from single-authored monographs to edited collections. Recent publications include: Centers for Learning: Writing Centers and Academic Libraries in Collaboration, Publications in Librarianship no. 58, James K. Elmborg and Sheril Hook (2005); Colleges, Code, and Copyright: The Impact of Digital Networks and Technological Controls on Copyright and the Dissemination of Information in Higher Education, Publications in Librarianship no. 57, Center for Intellectual Property and Copyright (2005); The Changing Academic Library: Operations, Cultures, Environments, Publications in Librarianship, no. 56, John M. Budd (2005).

The new editor will serve on a volunteer basis and succeed Charles A. (Tony) Schwartz, whose term ends in July 2008. Interviews of candidates will take place at the 2007 Midwinter Meeting and, following approval by the ACRL Publications Committee and ACRL Board, the successful candidate will serve as associate editor from July 2007 to July 2008, before assuming the editorship.

Persons wishing to be considered for the five-year term of editor should communicate their interest by submitting a resume along with a statement of qualifications and names of three references by December 1, 2006 to: Dawn Mueller, Production Editor, ACRL, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611, 312-280-251, E-mail: Additional information about the Publications in Librarianship series is available from: Charles A. (Tony) Schwartz, Florida International University, Green Library, University Park Campus, 11200 SW 8th St., Miami, FL 33174-2516, (305) 348-2982, E-mail: Finalists will be interviewed at the Midwinter Meeting in January 2007.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

Call for Presentation: Michigan Electronic Library Users Day (2007)

Call for Presentation: Michigan Electronic Library Users Day (2007)

MLC is issuing a Call for Presentations to invite MeL users to submit proposals for programs at the 2007 MeL Users Day. The 2007 MeL Users Day will be held in Lansing, Michigan, at the Holiday Inn South, on Wednesday, April 25, 2007.

MLC encourages library staff from MeL libraries to submit proposals for presentations that highlight how their libraries use MeLCat, MeL Delivery, or MeL Databases to serve their patrons.

The Call For Presentations proposal form (Word doc) is located on MLC's web site at:

Word Doc:

If you are interested in presenting a program at the 2007 MeL Users Day, please complete the proposal form in Word and submit via email, fax or mail no later than
September 13, 2006, 3:00pm, to:
Evette Atkin
fax: 517-394-2096
Michigan Library Consortium
1407 Rensen Street Suite 1
Lansing, MI 48910

MeL staff will review the proposals and will select those programs to be included in the final agenda by mid-October.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact me, Randy Dykhuis, or any of MLC's MeL Team staff: Louise Bugg, Anne Donohue, Debbi Schaubman, Kelly Bayee, and Suzanne Robinson. For staff contact information, please

Ruth Dukelow, Associate Director
Michigan Library Consortium
1407 Rensen Street, Suite 1
Lansing, MI 48910
800-530-9019 x121 fax 517-394-2096

Monday, July 17, 2006

Call for Reviewers: Journal of Web Librarianship

Call for Reviewers: Journal of Web Librarianship

The Journal of Web Librarianship, a quarterly journal from Haworth Press beginning publication in Spring 2007, is currently seeking volunteers to serve as reviewers of books and other media. Individuals who are relatively new to the profession (e.g., recent MLIS/MLS graduates, current
students) are strongly encouraged to volunteer as reviewers; for more information, see:

The Journal of Web Librarianship publishes material related to all aspects of librarianship as practiced on the World Wide Web, including both existing and emerging roles and activities of information professionals in the Web environment. JWL strives to find a balance between original, scholarly research, and practical communications about relevant topics in web librarianship.

Examples of topics appropriate for JWL include but are not limited to:
web page design, usability testing of library or library-related sites, cataloging or classification of Web information, international issues in web librarianship, scholars' use of the web, information architecture, library departmental web pages, RSS feeds, podcasting, library services via the web, search engines, history of libraries and the web, and future aspects of web librarianship.

The Review Section is designed to present readers with brief evaluations of published materials on emerging technologies and topics related to professional practice. Materials selected for review are consistent with the above scope of JWL.

In 500-1000 words, reviewers are expected to include descriptive and evaluative statements on the merits of the reviewed material and the recommended audience. For items that are not specific to libraries and library-related applications or not explicitly linked to the discipline of Library and Information Science, the reviewers are also expected to consider the hypothetical or emerging applications of the technology in libraries along with the anticipated impact that adoption of those technologies or perspectives may bring to professional practice.

Those interested in writing reviews for the Journal of Web Librarianship should submit the following as email attachments to the Review Editor, Phillip M. Edwards, via

1. A reasonably current curriculum vitae or resume;

2. A writing sample; a review of a book or resource, published or unpublished, is preferred;

3. One or more titles from the Books Awaiting Reviewers list that he or she feels qualified to review.

Questions about the Review Section may also be submitted via email to the above address. For more information about the Journal of Web Librarianship and guidelines for authors making submissions to the general sections, please refer to:

Best regards,

Phil Edwards

Phillip M. Edwards -
University of Washington
Doctoral Candidate (Ph.C.), The Information School
Review Editor, Journal of Web Librarianship

Friday, July 14, 2006

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Race, Gender, Disability and Employment in Higher Education: Real Employment Experiences by Real People

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Race, Gender, Disability and Employment in Higher Education: Real Employment Experiences by Real People
I am soliciting submissions for an anthology tentatively titled Race,Gender, Disability and Employment in Higher Education: Real Employment Experiences by Real People, with the intention of having it published and distributed by the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) in 2007. I am specifically seeking personal stories and/or scholarly works written by and about employees with disabilities, and their employment-related experiences in higher education. Writers are requested to identify their racial/cultural backgrounds, gender, and description of their impairments when submitting works (will be included in any published bio statements), as well as their status as either current or past higher educationemployees. Tentative topics may include works addressing: Challenges; Passing (experiences related to invisibility, and/or shielding ones'identity);Coming Out (experiences related to becoming comfortable and "open"about any combination of identities); Relationships (may involve sexual orientation andother sexual experiences); Accommodations, Consequences, and Other (I am open to "other" possibilities and experiences contributors might offer). This publication has great potential to be appealing to those interested in disability studies, diversity studies, psychology, sociology and otheracademic departments as well as AHEAD Members, and the students served. To be considered for the anthology, writers are invited to submit a draft manuscript outline or proposal to the editor by May 5, 2007. Final original, unpublished manuscripts of up to 8,000 words (approximately 10 to 25 typed pages in 12-point type), double-spaced, and printed on one side of the paper are due to the editor December 1, 2007. Earlier completed submissions encouraged. Target publication date is expected to be summer 2007. Submissions must be typed as a Microsoft word document and sent electronically to the editor, along with a cover sheet with the writer's name, address, telephone number, email address, and brief biographical paragraph which includes racial/cultural identification, gender and disability diagnosis. Submissions will not be returned. Submissions and questions are to be directed to the editor, Dr. Mary Lee Vance at

Thursday, July 13, 2006


Deadline extended to July 31st ...
Arizona, October 26-29, 2006

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 those ideas that worked! Think about doing a poster presentation at the OLAC conference to be held October 26-29, 2006 in Mesa, Arizona.

All applicants should complete the Poster Session Application form [contact
for a copy], and submit the completed form via e-mail, fax or postal mail to the Poster Session Coordinator. Applications will be reviewed by committee. Ten will be selected. Applicants will be notified by August 15, 2006 whether or not their posters have been selected.

An addition to yesterday's message. Your poster application should includea title and a 150 word abstract. Given the July 31st deadline, it mightbe wise to use fax or email; regular mail can be slow. We're lookingforward to learning about your ideas and projects!The deadline for receipt of applications: July 31, 2006.

OLAC provides the easels and tables; you provide the posters, graphics and handouts for your presentation. Presenters should plan to bring at least 50 copies of their handouts. Please make sure your contact information is on the handout. No network applications will be available, however, you may bring a laptop computer for your presentation. Presenters should plan
to be present for the entire time period.

The deadline for receipt of applications: July 31, 2006.

Liz Icenhower
Memorial University of Newfoundland
QE II Library
St. John's, NL A1B 3Y1
Fax: (709) 737-2153

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Call for Chapters - casebook on online information literacy programs

Call for Chapters - casebook on online information literacy programs

You are invited to submit proposals for chapters for a forthcoming casebook on online information literacy [IL] programs. The book, to be published by ACRL, will be edited by Michael F. Russo and Alice L. Daugherty, librarians who have taught information literacy online.

The goal of the book is to identify and present significant and innovative online instruction programs in a straightforward, narrative way, focusing on the development, implementation, and assessment of each institution’s online information literacy instruction effort. We are not looking for research papers. We are looking for your experience. By pooling the experiences of numerous institutions and programs, large and small, we hope to provide a bank of knowledge that would serve as a resource to other institutions currently teaching IL online, as well as to those contemplating it.

Prospective authors are invited to submit chapter proposals of 250-500 words, by e-mail (Word document or plain text), to Alice L. Daugherty on or before Sept. 30, 2006. In their proposal, prospective authors should conceive a chapter of approximately 15 pages that will touch on the following:

• Rationale: What prompted your institution to begin online IL instruction?
• Content: What did you want your students to learn and to what depth?
• Development: What problems did you encounter in creating the structure of your instruction program, and how did you solve them? What form did your program ultimately take?
• Instruction: What do you actually do in the virtual classroom? How do you communicate with students? How do you create a sense of community? How do you teach? How do you assess your students?
• Program Assessment: Is the program working? How do you know? Was online instruction more or less effective than classroom instruction in any way? How do you know whether the students are using the IL skills you’re teaching them?
• Lessons Learned: As you developed and implemented your program, what worked and what didn’t? What glitches did you encounter? How did you solve the problems that popped up? What changes in the program did you or would you make, based on what you’ve learned?

We would like to delve into the range of online IL instruction, from tutorials concerning specific aspects of IL to fully-developed credit courses.

Please include some information about yourself, including your experience developing or implementing IL instruction and information about your institution, such as its size and type or Carnegie classification as well as any other information you may think relevant.

Authors will be notified of the status of their proposals and sent chapter organization guidelines by October 31, 2006. Deadlines for accepted manuscripts will be February 28, 2007.

Please use “Casebook” in the subject line of all correspondence.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Michael F. Russo

Alice L. Daugherty

Call for Chapters for the Handbook of Research on Computer Mediated Communication

Call for Chapters for the Handbook of Research on Computer Mediated Communication
Editor: Sigrid Kelsey, MLIS
Louisiana State University

Introduction: Technology has changed communication drastically in recent years. Podcasts, Email, the World Wide Web, Blackberries, cell phones, text messaging, wireless connections, and other forms of computer mediated communication (CMC) have transformed communication in numerous ways, not only facilitating the speed and sometimes ease of communicating, but redefining and shaping today's communication norms. The Handbook of Research on Computer Mediated Communication will provide comprehensive coverage of the most important current issues, trends, and technologies related to professional computer mediated communication.

Coverage: The Handbook of Research on Computer Mediated Communication will feature chapters (5000-7000 words) of a scholarly nature, written by experts offering in-depth descriptions of concepts, issues, and trends in various areas of CMC. The purpose of this handbook is to provide academic articles written in a more non-academic style, in the sense that each article should focus on a specific topic -- rather than a general treatment of CMC -- keeping in mind a readership with a varied background. This will allow scholarly ideas to be accessible to a wide range of readers. This book will explore various forms of CMC chapter by chapter and discuss the broad implications that each medium is having on communication.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to:
- Email
- Web Sites, web pages
- Blackberries
- Podcasts, RSS
- Chatrooms
- Instant messaging
- Text messaging
- Cell phones
- Corporate blogging (may mention implications of personal blogging in the workplace)
- Digital divide
- File sharing, peer to peer networking
- Online forums
- Computer mediated collaboration
- Wikis
- Historical aspects of CMC
- Effects of CMC on research participation
- Web Design and visual CMC

Submission Procedure: Individuals interested in submitting chapters should submit a chapter proposal of one single-spaced page on or before September 30, 2006 to Sigrid Kelsey at (Rich Text Format or Microsoft Word is acceptable). The proposal should include the purpose and content of the proposed chapter and how the proposed chapter relates to the overall objectives of the book. Upon acceptance of their proposals, authors will have until December 31, 2006, to prepare their chapters of 5000-7000 words. Guidelines for preparing chapters will be sent upon acceptance of proposals. This book is tentatively scheduled for publishing by Idea Group Reference (an imprint of Idea Group Inc.),, in 2008.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Applications/nominations invited for C&RL editor

Contact: Dawn Mueller
ACRL Production Editor

For Immediate Release
July 10, 2006

Applications/nominations invited for C&RL editor

CHICAGO - Applications and nominations are invited for the position of editor of College & Research Libraries (C&RL), the bimonthly, scholarly research journal of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The editor is appointed for a three-year term, which may be renewed for an additional three years. Applicants must be a member of the American Library Association (ALA) and ACRL.

Qualifications include professional experience in academic libraries, a record of scholarly publication, editing experience, an ability to meet publication deadlines, an understanding of the scholarly communication process and a broad knowledge of the issues confronting academic libraries.

Some funding for editorial assistance and travel to relevant conferences is available, and there is a small honorarium for the editor. The ACRL Board of Directors will make the appointment at the 2007 Annual Conference upon the recommendation of the search committee and of the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee. The incoming editor will serve for at least one year as editor-designate, working with the current editor, before assuming full responsibility for C&RL in July 2008.

Nominations or resumes and letters of application, including the names of three references, should be sent to: C&RL Search Committee, c/o Dawn Mueller, ACRL, Production Editor, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611, e-mail: The deadline for receipt of applications is December 4, 2006. Finalists will be interviewed at the Midwinter Meeting in January 2007.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

Monday, July 10, 2006

CFP: Internet Reference Services Quarterly special issue on social software

CFP: Internet Reference Services Quarterly special issue on social software

Internet Reference Services Quarterly, a refereed journal published by The Haworth Press Inc., invites proposals for a special issue focusing on social software and libraries. The issue (12/3) will tentatively be published in Winter 2007, edited by Michael Stephens, Instructor, Dominican University and blogger at

We hope the issue will cover a wide range of topics pertaining to implementations and uses of various Web 2.0 tools in library settings of all types. For the purposes of this issue, social software or Web 2.0 will be defined as the next incarnation of the World Wide Web, where digital tools allow users to create, change, and publish dynamic content of all kinds. Other Web 2.0 tools syndicate and aggregate this content. Some of these Web applications include RSS, Weblogs, wikis, tagging, bookmarking, IM, social networking sites, etc.

-Implementations of the various tools in libraries
-Issues related to implementation or use of the tools
-Information literacy issues related to Web 2.0
-Instruction of these tools to various groups
-Utilization of Web 2.0 at the Reference Desk
-Usability studies
-Assessment of the technologies
-Studies of how widespread the phenomenon is, etc.

Theory-based manuscripts and case studies are acceptable. While the editors expect the issue to center around social software in academic libraries, manuscripts are also welcomed from other libraries (public, state, special) or consortia which have implemented such technologies. Additional manuscripts may be independently solicited.

Proposals of no more than two (2) pages should be submitted to Michael Stephens at no later than August 1, 2006. Other dates:

First drafts by November 1, 2006

Final drafts by Feb 1, 2007

For more information about Internet Reference Services Quarterly, please visit . For any questions related to this announcement please contact the editor of this issue, Michael Stephens, via e-mail or at:

Michael Stephens
Dominican University GSLIS
7900 W. Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305

CFP: Librarians Publishing for Professional and Personal Development (Essays for Monograph)

CFP: Librarians Publishing for Professional and Personal Development (Essays for Monograph)

As a successfully published librarian, please consider contributing to Librarians Publishing for Professional and Personal Development aimed at helping U.S. librarians become published.

Since publishers only give contracts/royalties to authors or co-authors, I will do the sending of royalty checks myself based on paperwork I receive. Only the first year's royalties will be divided among the 18 contributors; subsequent royalties remaining with me as editor. Contributors receive a complimentary book.

Word total for 3 articles based on the writer's experience is 4,000: one article may be 1500 words, another 1500 words, the last 1,000 to total 4,000. Deadline for e-mailing articles is September 1, 2006.

Please e-mail a 50-55 word bio with your present position, relevant publications, awards, and highlights as a librarian for the contributor page.

One of the books I co-authored is The most recent one for Peter Lang Publishing is forthcoming.

To check my background, enter Smallwood

Librarians as poets, YA authors, book reviewers, columnists, essayists, magazine contributors, textbook writers, children's books, are just a few ways librarians are interested in knowing how to get published.

Thank you for your consideration and do ask questions!

Carol Smallwood

Sunday, July 09, 2006

CFP: CULTURES OF NOISE: Communicating Error in an Information Age (Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference)

CFP: CULTURES OF NOISE: Communicating Error in an Information Age (Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference)

Boston, MA
April 4-7, 2007
Deadline for Submissions: November 1, 2006

The Electronic Communication and Culture Area of the Popular Culture Association is soliciting proposals for panels and individual papers on the theme of error/noise in a cybernetic society.

In a culture of information, “noise” marks a rupture of signification that lays bare the dispersive and dissipative features of digital networks. In what ways are “error” and “noise” structured in popular culture as a threat to social and cultural forms? How might “aberrant” communicative
practices suggest a poetics of noise?

Possible topics include:
--“Web Junk” & “Viral Videos”
--Denial of Service Attacks
--Online Jihadists
--YTMND & Other Web Fads
--Flash Mobbing
--Blog Hoaxes
--“Something Awful”

Submit a 250 word maximum proposal to:

Mark Nunes, Chair
Department of English, Technical Communication, and Media Arts
Southern Polytechnic State University
1100 South Marietta Parkway
Marietta, GA 30060-2896

CFP: "Art in the Age of Technological Seduction"

CFP: "Art in the Age of Technological Seduction"


"Art in the Age of Technological Seduction" Fall 2006 issue of NMC media-N: journal of the new media caucus Guest Editors: Legier Biederman and Joshua Callaghan

The fall 2006 issue of Media-N, “Art in the Age of Technological Seduction,” is a collaborative platform, a diverse questioning, re-considering and re-imaging of what, when and how new media arts practice is viewed by artists, practitioners, theorists, critics and historians working in the field today. We seek a broad range of contributions discussing the scope, values, and definitions of diverse new media arts practices and hope that this issue of Media-N
will be a departure as much as much as an arrival. Four general questions have been posed by the members of the new media caucus as points of entry for an engaging, vibrant discussion.

The issue will be divided into two sections: The first section invites brief personal accounts and anecdotal responses addressing and/or expanding one of the four questions, and we encourage everyone to respond to this section, as we’d like to include as many responses as possible. The second section invites papers that address these questions in a more lengthy and detailed form.

Four Questions:
1. Defining and Re-imagining
What are new media arts? Is it necessary that we define new media arts? How do we begin to discuss or teach new media arts? What sets new media arts apart from other disciplines or practices, or what connects them? What's (still) new about new media or what was, if
anything ever was? What defines your work as new media art and why? How do you explain new media arts to your students and colleagues? What did or currently does attract you to new media arts practices?

2. Discourses on New Media Arts: What do the discourses do to the practice? How might one describe or define the discourse/s on new media arts? How does new media arts discourse relate to new media practices? In other words, what does the discourse/s do or attempt to do to new media arts? Are theory and practice being brought together in new media arts discourse, and if not, how might we begin to do so? What do you find interesting or problematic about new media arts discourses? Do you think there is a disjuncture between new media arts practice and the discourses on it? As a new media artist, do new media arts discourses affect your practice?

3. Authorship, Relationships & Relationality
Does your work maintain a traditional relationship between the artist/ author/producer and the spectator/viewer? If not, how does it transgress these boundaries? Do you feel it necessary to challenge these boundaries? Do you consider relationality, the non-hierarchical intertwining of data, artwork, artists, and viewers etc., an important aspect of your work? In what context/s is your work shown and how does effect it. How do recombinatory practices commonly
found in new media such as sampling, appropriation, and mash-ups, challenge traditional author/viewer conventions? While autonomy and relationality have long lineages in art history, how do they function within new media arts practices and discourses?

4. E-litism: Technospheres and the Everyday
How do notions of location, language, identity, and cultural understandings of communication inform or effect new media practices? Who is left out of, disproportionately under-represented, in the world of new media art practices? Is, as some have argued, the openness often associated with information technologies and new media practices, paradoxically, replacing the national politics of a past with the global connectivity of cosmopolitan tourism? How does your
particular specificity (sexual, gender, ethnic, racial, class) affect your practice, your work or its reception?

Event reviews:
The editorial board also invites proposals for reviews of exhibitions/ events/festivals/conferences, etc.

For more information:
[] Send manuscripts via email to: Legier Biederman
( by July 30, 2006
[] Paper format and media format are in the 'Submission Guidelines' link
[] Media-N author's agreement is available from the 'Copyright
Statement' link
[] [] Questions: contact guest editors Legier Biederman
( and Joshua Callaghan (

Friday, July 07, 2006

CFP: Beyond the Book: Contemporary Cultures of Reading

CFP: Beyond the Book: Contemporary Cultures of Reading
September 1-2, 2007
Location: United Kingdom
Deadline: January 15, 2007

First Call for Papers
Beyond the Book: Contemporary Cultures of Reading
A conference at the University of Birmingham, UK

1 & 2 September 2007

Keynote Speakers:
Janice Radway (Duke University) & Elizabeth Long (Rice University)

Book groups, Lit Blogs, on-line bookstores, book festivals, reader magazines, ‘One Book, One Community,’ Reader’s Guides, ‘Richard & Judy’s Book Club,’ Book TV, ‘Canada Reads,’ the ‘Nancy Pearl Action Figure,’ ‘Tuesday Night Book Club,’… reading is hot!

This conference will explore the diverse formations, mediations, practices and representations of reading and readers in the contemporary moment. Cultures of reading are dynamic and complex: they involve not only readers reading, but also multiple agencies including publishers, booksellers, broadcast networks, national, regional and municipal governments, and educational institutions. The aim of the conference is to interrogate the relations among these agents and their investment in the meanings of reading. The study of readers and reading encourages, maybe demands, multi- and interdisciplinary analysis. We therefore invite scholars from across the humanities and social sciences to consider the contemporary meanings and experiences of reading in any culture or location. Selected papers will be included in an edited collection on contemporary cultures of reading/book cultures.

Possible topics for consideration:

• Reading as a form of popular culture
• Books & reading as cultural events
• Investigating reading and reader response: methodological problems & strategies
• The production of readers and/or reading
• Books/Reading and/in/through the mass media
• Reading spaces
• Reading together: shared reading
• Reading as a medium of/for social change
• Reading practices
• Reading and the state

Please send proposals for 20-minute papers (abstracts of 200-300 words) or complete three-person panel sessions (including abstracts for each paper) by 15 January 2007 to:, using “BTB proposal” as the subject line in your email. Proposals may also be sent to:

Beyond the Book Conference
Department of American & Canadian Studies
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT

Beyond the Book is a three-year collaborative interdisciplinary AHRC-funded research project investigating contemporary cultures of reading. The transatlantic BTB team are: DeNel Rehberg Sedo (Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada), Danielle Fuller, Anouk Lang & Anna Burrells (University of Birmingham, UK).

Find out more about our research at:

Beyond the Book Conference
Department of American & Canadian Studies
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, UK
Visit the website at

Thursday, July 06, 2006

CFP: Imagining Transatlantic Slavery And Abolition (Chawton House Library in Hampshire, England)

CFP: Imagining Transatlantic Slavery And Abolition (Chawton House Library in Hampshire, England)

16-17 MARCH 2007
Chawton House Library in Hampshire, England
Deadline: Spetember 15, 2006

2007 will be the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British transatlantic slave trade. To mark this event, Dr John Oldfield (University of Southampton) and Professor Cora Kaplan (Southampton and Queen Mary, University of London) are organizing a 2 day international conference on 16 and 17 March, 2007 that will explore cultural and historical representations of slavery and abolition from the eighteenth century through the present. The conference will focus on the relationship between history, cultural memory and transatlantic slavery. It will highlight both historical and contemporary examples, and welcomes papers on all those geographical areas involved in transatlantic slavery, including Africa and the United States, which in 2008 will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the American transatlantic slave trade.

Plenary speakers/panels include: Professor Beth Kowaleski-Wallace, Professor Moira Ferguson, and Professor Catherine Hall.

The conference, co-sponsored by Chawton House Library and the University of Southampton, will be held at Chawton House Library in Hampshire, an Elizabethan manor house that once belonged to Jane Austen’s brother. An independent research library and study centre, it focuses on women’s writing in English from 1600 to 1830 and houses a magnificent collection of early editions.

We are particularly interested in contributions on the following topics:

• Cultural representations of slavery and anti-slavery-- literature, visual art, theatre, performance, film.
• Women’s writing on anti-slavery—18th/19th century and its 20th and 21st century legacies.
• Women’s participation in anti-slavery campaigns.
• Slave narrative.
• Teaching the history and representation of slavery and abolition.
• Critical and historiographical debates on slavery and abolition.
• Contemporary debates over reparations and/or apologies for transatlantic slavery.
• Contemporary debates over the representation of slavery in museums and other public spaces, particularly with 2007 in mind.
• The treatment and interpretation of historical sites associated with slavery in Africa, the Caribbean and the United States.
• Historical examples of how transatlantic slavery has been commemorated in the past; and contemporary debates surrounding how it might be commemorated in the present and the future.

Abstracts should be no more than one page. Papers should be no more than 15-20 minutes long. Please send abstracts to Ms. Sandy White, e-mail: by 15 September 2006.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

CFP: Canada and the League of Hockey Nations: Critical Perspectives on Hockey in Canada and Beyond

CFP: Canada and the League of Hockey Nations: Critical Perspectives on Hockey in Canada and Beyond

(NOTE: OK, this has really little to do with libraries, but it would be interesting to address the issue of the literature of hockey. For example, what kind of collection does a Southern city need for hockey in the public library when they get a franchise in the NHL or in the minor leagues)

An interdisciplinary conference will be held in Victoria, British Columbia, April 20-22, 2007 to explore significant aspects of hockey in Canada and elsewhere in the world. The conference will attempt to give some special attention to international issues in relation to hockey, but proposals are welcomed on all hockey-related topics. Some possible topics might include (but are not limited to):

hockey’s place on the world stage
the significance of the internationalization of hockey on Canadian hockey
hockey and national identities
hockey and gender
the hockey memoire
literary portrayals of hockey
spectacle and spectatorship
hockey and spirituality
the business of hockey
hockey and the possibilities and limits of sport in modern life
the significance of “other” hockeys: old timers’hockey, ball hockey, and so on
hockey in history
500 word proposals for papers 15-20 minutes long should be sent by email to Jamie Dopp, Department of English, University of Victoria, Proposals are due by December 15, 2006.

Jamie Dopp
Dept of English
University of Victoria
ph: 250) 721-7278


Murcia, Spain, 5 to 8 October 2006
Deadline for submissions (second call): 28 July 2006

* co-organised by University of Murcia

* Keynote Speakers (confirmed):
Professor Katia Sycara, Director of the Intelligent Software Agents Lab, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Professor Fausto Giunchiglia, Head of the Department of Information and Communication Technology, University of Trento, Italy

* Conference background and goals
The IADIS WWW/Internet 2006 conference aims to address the main issues of concern within WWW/Internet. WWW and Internet had a huge development in recent years. Aspects of concern are no longer just technical anymore but other aspects have aroused. This conference aims to cover both technological as well as non-technological issues related to these developments. Main tracks have been identified (see below). However innovative contributes that don’t fit into these areas will also be considered since they might be of benefit to conference attendees.

* Format of the Conference
The conference will comprise of invited talks and oral presentations. The proceedings of the conference will be published in the form of a book and CD-ROM with ISBN, and will be available also in the IADIS Digital Library ( The best paper authors will be invited to publish extended versions of their papers in the IADIS International Journal on WWW/Internet (ISSN: 1645-7641) and also in other selected Journals.

* Types of submissions
Full and Short Papers, Posters/Demonstrations, Tutorials, Panels and Doctoral Consortium. All submissions are subject to a blind refereeing process.

* Topics related to WWW/Internet are of interest. These include, but are not limited to the following areas:
- Accessibility
- Adaptive Web Systems
- Collaboration
- Computer-Mediated Communication
- Data Mining
- Database Planning and Development
- Digital Economy
- Digital Libraries and E-Publishing
- Distributed and Parallel Applications
- E-Business and E-Commerce
- E-Government
- E-Learning
- Electronic Data Interchange
- Quality, Evaluation and Assessment
- Extensible Languages
- Global Tendencies in WWW/Internet
- Groupware
- Human Computer Interaction
- Hypermedia
- Information Architectures
- Information Visualization
- Intelligent Agents
- Interfaces
- Internet & Customer Relationship Management
- Internet Payment Systems
- Internet Services
- Languages
- Metadata
- Multimedia
- Performance Issues
- Personalized Web Sites and Services
- Portal strategies
- Protocols and Standards
- Searching and Browsing
- Security Issues
- Semantic Web
- Social & Legal Issues
- Storage Issues
- System Integration
- Teaching and Learning Strategies
- Technology Innovation and Competitiveness
- Technology Management
- Technology Strategies
- Tele-Work
- WWW/Internet Applications
- WWW/Internet Case studies
- WWW/Internet Impacts
- Web Engineering
- Web Personalization
- Web Software
- Wireless Applications
- Ubiquitous Computing
- Usability
- User Modelling
- Virtual Communities
- Virtual Reality

* Important Dates:
- Submission Deadline (second call) - 28 July 2006
- Notification to Authors (second call) - 4 September 2006
- Final Camera-Ready Submission and Early Registration (first call)
- Until 26 June 2006
- Late Registration (first call) - After 26 June 2006
- Conference: Murcia, Spain, 5 to 8 October 2006

* Conference Location
The conference will be held in Murcia, Spain.
* Program Committee

Conference Co-Chairs
Pedro Isaias, Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University), Portugal
Inmaculada J. Martínez, Universidad de Murcia, Spain

Program Chair
Miguel Baptista Nunes, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Committee Members: *
* for committee list please refer to

* Conference Workshops
The conference will host several specialised workshops (information available at
- W1 - IADIS International Workshop in Understanding Social Aspects of Internet Computing 2006 (USAIC 2006)
- W2 - IADIS International Workshop on Risk Management of Internet Computing 2006 (RMIC2006)
- W3 - IADIS International Workshop on Web Services and the Future of Internet Computing 2006 (WSFIC 2006)
- W4 - IADIS International Workshop on Educational Internet Computing 2006 (EIC 2006)

Rua Sao Sebastiao da Pedreira, 100, 3
1050-209 Lisbon, Portugal

Visit the website at

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Call for Chapters: Student Plagiarism in an Online World: Cases and Solutions

Call for Chapters: Student Plagiarism in an Online World: Cases and Solutions

Edited by Tim S Roberts, Faculty of Business and Informatics, Central Queensland University

Call for Chapters - deadline for submission of proposals: July 15, 2006

Overall objectives of the book
Twenty years ago, plagiarism was seen as an isolated misdemeanour, restricted to a small group of dishonest students. Today, it is widely recognised as a ubiquitous, systemic problem. Some 90% of students admit to cheating of some form during their academic careers. Some 70% admit to copying material directly from the Internet.

This is a major concern to educators in all fields and at all levels. How can students be assessed fairly, when the problem of plagiarism is so widespread? This book will address the issue of student plagiarism directly. What is the scale of the problem? Why should it be taken seriously? What tools and techniques can be used to combat the problem?

These questions will be answered using as exemplars cases and solutions from real-life situations.

Target audience
Professionals working in the area of online teaching and learning; researchers from a wide variety of backgrounds including educationalists, psychologists, sociologists, cognitive theorists, computer scientists, etc, teachers, particularly those in colleges and universities, instructional designers, web developers, and undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The editor
The editor has previously edited three books in related areas, Online Collaborative Learning: Theory and Practice (2003), Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning in Higher Education (2004), and Self, Peer, and Group Assessment in E-Learning (2006), all available through, and maintains the Online Collaborative Learning website at
, and the Assessment in Higher Education web site at

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before July 15, 2006, a 2 to 5 page proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of their proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by August 8, 2006 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter organizational guidelines. Full chapters will be expected to be submitted by October 15, 2006. All submitted chapters will be reviewed by at least three reviewers on a double- blind review basis. Authors of accepted chapters will then have a further opportunity to refine their work, based upon the comments of the reviewers and the editor. The book is scheduled to be published by Idea Group, Inc.,, publisher of the Idea Group Publishing, Information Science Publishing, IRM Press, CyberTech Publishing and Idea Group Reference imprints, in 2007.

Inquiries and submissions should be forwarded electronically (Word document preferred) to:

Tim S Roberts
Faculty of Business and Informatics
Central Queensland University
Bundaberg Queensland 4670
phone +61 7 4150 7057 fax +61 7 4150 7090


CFP: Picture Books and Children's Comics: Semiotics of Text and Image

CFP: Picture Books and Children's Comics: Semiotics of Text and Image

38th Annual NeMLA Convention, 1-4 Mar. 2007, Baltimore, MD
Panel: Picture Books and Children's Comics: Semiotics of Text and Image
Chair: Vanessa Raney, Michigan State University

If we follow the argument that comics are for children, then what
distinguishes them from picture books? In the last decade, a newer focus on
the semiotics of picture books has begun to inform scholarship on comics.

Yet, for comics specifically written for children, do these reflect similar
patterns as found in picture books? If not, where do children's comics
diverge to be grouped along with comics intended for adults?

Regarding picture books, one of its distinguishing characteristics is voice.
Also, picture books depend primarily on illustrative art where comics employ
diverse arts, especially evident in works like Lynda Barry's
100 Demons!.

So, then, do children's picture books appear "childish" because of the
textures of artistic contribution against the oversized properties of text?
If so, do the bolder colors in children's comics, like Art Spiegelman's
Little Lit series, point to reflexes of adult imaginations possible in

You are welcome to contribute other ideas you think are pertinent to this
discussion. The idea, though, is to connect, challenge and comment on
opposing mediums that nonetheless depend on image and text to tell the
stories children love.

Ideally, I would like to have two papers that focus on picture books, and
two papers on children's comics. I will accept abstracts through Sept. 15,
2006. Please include your name, affiliation, e-mail, complete mailing
address, telephone number, and any A/V needs. Thanks!

Vanessa Raney, Graduate Caucus Director

CFP: for [working title] The Story of O: an edited volume on Oprah Winfrey

CFP: for [working title] The Story of O: an edited volume on Oprah Winfrey
by Kimberly Springer and Angela Cotten

Few public figures traverse the cultural, political, economic, and media boundaries with such savvy and success as Oprah Winfrey. Her story is one of rags-to-billion, and she has achieved international fame through her media productions, philanthropy, and global networking. There is probably no one in America who hasn't heard of Oprah, and her word carries more weight in most households than the President's (CNN's Anderson Cooper). Oprah's influence is felt
throughout the world and everyone has an opinion about her. But not everyone can articulate their passion for or reservations about her.

The Story of O initiates this long overdue conversation by assembling thoughtful critical and reflective papers that explore aspects of Oprah Winfrey life and work, and its impact on the world. Topics include but are not limited to the following:

--Oprah's widespread appeal, including her inter/national fame and influence;
--Philanthropy (perhaps a case can be made for radicalism in that her attention to social issues is sustained and active);
--Race/gender/class politics of audience relation and captivation;
--Her impact on the talk-show industry in the last 25 years;
--Oprah, money & politics; Tropes of the self-made billionaire;
--Oprah's role in increasing social awareness of child abuse;
--Oprah as self-help promoter: as svengali to self-help gurus who build their own empires based on affiliation with her (e.g. her personal trainer Bob Green, chefs Rosie Daley & Art Smith, bootcamp psychologist Dr. Phil, spiritualist Iyanla Vanzant);
--Oprah's "love/hate" relationship with African-Americans;
--Oprah and African-American men; Oprah and African-American women
--Oprah as a culture industry including: O (her magazine); Oxygen (television network); HARPO film productions; Make-A-Wish Foundation; Book Club; her restaurants
--Oprah as actress; Reading/positioning Oprah's body in the Hollywood typology of black female body
--Public obsession with Oprah's body;
--Oprah’s impact on increased reading, literacy and community;
--Oprah’s relationship to genre and form; --Oprah as status arbiter;
--Oprah’s relationship to international communities (e.g. South Africa)

One-page abstracts addressing any of these or other topics regarding Oprah Winfrey's life and work are due 30 September 2006. Completed papers will be due 15 February 2007.

Please send abstracts (one-side 8½? x 11?/A4) and a 300-word bio (via email or post) to:

In the US: Angela Cotten, Ethnic and Gender Studies Program, California
State University (Stanislaus), Turlock, CA 95382,,

Outside the U.S.: Kimberly Springer, American Studies Department,
King’s College London, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS,

Panel: Fan Cultures in the Palm of Your Hand: Cult TV in the Age of Podcasts

Panel: Fan Cultures in the Palm of Your Hand: Cult TV in the Age of Podcasts

Society for Cinema And Media Studies Conference (SCMS)

Chicago Hilton, Chicago, IL
March 8-11, 2007
Deadline: August 10, 2006

Proposals are being sought for a panel entitled "Fan Cultures in the Palm of Your Hand: Cult TV in the Age of Podcasts." Besides exploring the subject of cult television from a variety of thematic perspectives, this panel will examine the ways in which consumption patterns and fan cultures have changed over the past three years due to the increased viability of podcasts as both method and content of multimedia delivery. How have mobile viewing technologies (or vodcasts) transformed fans' relationships to televisual texts that can now be downloaded from the Internet onto personal video players and consumed in public spaces? What role has the Internet played in strengthening and diversifying "interpretative communities" made up of fans who communicate daily, share files, and actively contribute to the cultivation of particular television shows? How have producers of cult TV series such as DOCTOR WHO, LOST, and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA utilized the digital podcasting platform to expand the textual universe of their programs? And how might the audio commentaries being authored by participatory audience
members filter into and inform that universe in a meaningful, interactive way?

I welcome submissions that explore any of the above questions. Panelists might also consider any of the following topics:

** Particular cult programs that began online and have since gone on to
broadcast television (HAPPY TREE FRIENDS, QUEER DUCK, etc.)

** Adult Swim programing (ROBOT CHICKEN, SEALAB 2021, etc.)

** Podcasting and "textual poaching"

** Podcasting and "subcultural" sensibilities

** Podcast forms and aesthetics

** The cult of I-Pod

** Fan podcasts for particular TV series (including but not limited to):

***** GILMORE GIRLS (Stars Hollow)
***** ALIAS (Previously on Alias)
***** VERONICA MARS (V for Veronica Mars)
***** DOCTOR WHO (Podshock; The WhoCast)
***** LOST (The Lost Experience)
***** ANGEL (Angel Investigations)
***** FIREFLY (The Signal)
***** STAR TREK (Starship Exeter)
***** BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (Galactica Actual)
***** BABYLON 5 (The Babylon Podcast)
***** FARSCAPE (The ScapeCast)

Information about the conference can be found at

Send proposals of 250-350 words and a short bio via email to David Scott
Diffrient ( by August 10, 2006 for consideration.

David Scott Diffrient
University of Washington in St. Louis
Mallinckrodt Center
Room 310
Campus Box 1174
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130

CFP: Writing the Midwest: A Symposium of Scholars, Poets, Writers, and Filmmakers.

CFP: Writing the Midwest: A Symposium of Scholars, Poets, Writers, and Filmmakers.

The 37th Annual Symposium of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature will be held at Michigan State University May 10-12, 2007.

The submission deadline is December 1, 2006.

The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature is devoted to the study and production of Midwestern literature in whatever directions the insight, imagination, and curiosity of its members may lead. Proposals of criticism, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, films on Midwestern literature for individual papers, panels, roundtables, and reading of creative work-and screening of films with Midwestern subject matter. Filmmakers are encouraged to propose the screening of films with Midwestern subject matter.

Please include the following information in the proposal: The title of the proposed paper or reading; your name; university or other affiliation; mailing address and e-mail address; audio-visual needs; and times during the conference that it would be impossible for you to present. If a student, please let us know if you would like to be considered for a scholarship. If you are a new
participant, please provide an abstract, or if you are proposing to read creative work, please submit a short sample of recent work.

All presenters must be members (or must become members) of the Society. The Society offers prizes of $250.00 for the best creative work and literary criticism read at the conference. Writing presented at the conference is eligible for inclusion in MidAmerica or Midwest
Misceollany. Scholarships to fund conference attendance are available to graduate and undergraduate students; there is a prize for student work.

Please submit proposals (and queries) to the program chair, Mary
Obuchowski at, or to SSML Program Committee,
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, & American Cultures, Michigan State
University, E. Lansing, MI 48824.

Further information about membership, conference registration, travel
and lodging are available at

CFP: Against the Grain Special Issues on “Collections Assessment in the Digital Age”

CFP: Against the Grain Special Issues on “Collections Assessment in the Digital Age”
Deadline July 7, 2006

Possible Article Topics Could Include:
-Development of new technologies/systems/tools for assessing electronic collections
-future of collections assessment
-impact of the internet as a tool for collection assessment
-Redesigning collection assessment procedures to reflect digital/electronic collections.
-Challenges unique to assessing electronic collections
- methods used for assessment of print materials vs. methods used to assess electronic collections
-collections assessment in digital/virtual libraries
-achieving effective assessment of electronic collections
-increased data available for use in collection assessment

Articles on other aspects of collections assessment are also welcome.

Against the Grain is a partially refereed publication, and articles are usually 2000 -- 2500 words in length. Article proposals and / or abstracts of articles should be submitted by Friday, July 7, 2006.

The deadline for submission of the articles themselves is Friday, August 25, 2006.

If you are interested in submitting an article, please let me know by return email. (

If you need more information or have further questions, please do not hesitate to ask. My contact information is below.

Thanks so much for your time and attention.


Kristen DeVoe

Guest Editor of the November 2006 Issue of Against the Grain.

Kristen E. DeVoe
Electronic Resources Librarian
Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library
College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29424
Phone: (843) 953-6671

CFP: Library Research Seminar IV (London, Ontario)

CFP: Library Research Seminar IV
London, Ontario
October 10-12, 2007

Theme: The Library in its Socio-Cultural Context: Issues for Research and Practice

Abstracts of 600-800 words, including references, are due by February 1, 2007 to the Conference Chair, Dr. Gloria Leckie (address noted below).

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It is a longstanding truism that for too long, too much library research has been focused inward, on practices, means, and ends articulated in our own logic and language. Research which accounts for the social and cultural contexts of libraries is much needed and will expand this horizon by more fully integrating the insights and methods of other fields to inform library practices and research, with a view to improving service to users. Libraries do not stand outside of their communities, schools, universities or organizations - and those institutional contexts are themselves powerfully affected by the social and cultural contexts of the societies they inhabit.

The goal of Library Research Seminar IV is to stimulate and share research on libraries and the people who might benefit from them, utilizing many disciplinary perspectives which allow for analysis and insights into libraries in their various contexts. For example, the context of school reform efforts like No Child Left Behind powerfully affects the direction, funding, relationship to curricula of school libraries, and library research should address the fiscal, ethical, or educational implications of this context.

We invite papers that critically explore:

-the intellectual contexts that inform library research and practice
-the local, community contexts that shape the development and implementation of library programs and services
-the policy issues and general social forces shaping libraries
-the broad cultural trends affecting libraries
-multi- or interdisciplinary perspectives on the everyday contexts of libraries affecting their collections, services, budgets, user groups, external relations etc.

Abstracts of 600-800 words, including references, are due by February 1, 2007 to the Conference Chair:

Dr. Gloria Leckie
Faculty of Information and Media Studies
The University of Western Ontario
North Campus Building, Room 240
London, ON N6A 5B7

Fax: 519-661-3506

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS for the Handbook of Research on Global Information Technology

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS for the Handbook of Research on Global Information Technology

Editor: Dr. Mahesh S. Raisinghani, Texas Woman's University, School of Management, USA


Global Information Technology Management encompasses multiple levels of analysis:

1. the nation(s), or international policy-making body.
2. the firm(s), the MultiNational Enterprise (MNE) or the IT vendors
3. the group(s) or team(s)
4. the individual
5. the technology overlay

Referent Disciplines: Clearly, these five levels of analysis look to numerous referent disciplines: Political Science, Economics, Law, Management, International Business, Human-computer interface, Cross-cultural studies, Sociology, Psychology, Telecommunications, Computer Science.

The Handbook of Research on Global Information Technology will provide comprehensive coverage and definitions of the most important issues, concepts, trends and technologies in the field of the emerging sub-discipline of Global Information Technology Management (also referred to within the Information Systems (IS) discipline as Global Information Technology Management, as International Information Systems, and as Global Management Information Systems). The volume will feature entries of between 8,500-12,000 words covering a wide range of topics related to the subject of Global Information Technology Management. Successful contributions will provide definitions, explanations, and applications of various pertinent topics and issues rather than in-depth discussions of narrow subjects. The publication will help in providing researchers, scholars, students and professionals access to the latest knowledge related to this field and solving related problems and challenges.

* Global executives, managers, and other business decision makers who need to make informed choices about how their organizations can use global information technology/systems effectively

* Researchers (both academic and corporate) studying global information technology/systems and global information technology/systems business models for industry and/or academic purposes

* Educators and trainers who increasingly find themselves using/teaching global information technology/systems

* Administrators of global/international/multi-domestic/transnational organizations who wish to leverage global information technology/systems for competitive advantage

Prospective subject areas and specific topics for this publication include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Aligning global information systems (IS) strategy to global business strategy

* Issues involving the technical platform for global IS applications

* Issues involved in international sharing of data

* Issues of IS projects spanning cultures

* Key GIT issues such as: (1) managerial/strategic, (2) technological/application, (3) host country social/cultural, (4) host country economic, (5) host country technological, and (6) host country political/legal

* Issues and trends in global information technology education

* Managing information technology in multi-domestic/international/global/transnational corporations

* Global information technology/systems and socio-economic development in under-developed/ developing/developed countries

Prospective authors are invited to submit chapter proposals of 200-500 words on or before July 31, 2006. In their proposal, prospective authors should clearly explain:

*The purpose and the contents of their proposed chapter

* How their proposed chapter relates to the overall objectives of the book

Authors will be notified of the status of their proposal and sent chapter organization guidelines by August 15, 2006. Drafts of chapters will be due by October 15, 2006.

Please send inquiries or submit material electronically (Microsoft Word, or Rich Text files) to
Dr. Mahesh S. Raisinghani at

The book is scheduled to be published by Idea Group Inc.,, publisher of the Idea Group Publishing, Information Science Publishing, IRM Press, CyberTech Publishing, and Idea Group Reference imprints, in the fall of 2007.

CFP: 8th Conference of the ISKO Spanish Chapter - Interdisciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity in the Organization of Scientific Knowledge

CFP: 8th Conference of the ISKO Spanish Chapter - Interdisciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity in the Organization of Scientific Knowledge

Organized by the University of Leon
Leon, Spain, 18 to 20 April 2007

Deadline: July 31, 2006

Interdisciplinarity draws its strength from the ontological view that reality may be explained from various different angles that permit interpretation of phenomena in a more complete way without becoming mere eclecticism. From an epistemological point of view, interdisciplinarity
attempts to unify the field of action of the disciplines that study social facts and phenomena. It has no intention of achieving a priori integration of the paradigms of knowledge. Rather, its efforts are aimed at the enrichment and rational exchanging of the methods of various
disciplines, to some extent independently of the categories specific to each science, in order to improve study of reality.

Transdisciplinarity, for its part, simultaneously covers what lies between disciplines, cuts across various disciplines or goes beyond any discipline. Its aim is to understand the present world, one essential feature of which is the unity of knowledge. Transdisciplinary research is in no way antagonistic to multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research, but rather is complementary to it.

As Basarab Nicolescu has pointed out, disciplinarity, multidisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity are four arrows for one and the same bow: the bow of knowledge.

Our objective is to make the Eighth Isko Spain Congress a meeting devoted to reflection and applications in the area of transdisciplinary organization of knowledge.

Interdisciplinarity and/or transdisciplinarity of Science in the Knowledge
Paradigms of modern science
Scientific maps
Social networks
Distributed scientific resources, Grid computing
Scientific communication

Epistemological foundations of the organization of knowledge.
Trends in interdisciplinary and/or transdisciplinary research into the
organization of knowledge
Linguistic foundations
Mathematical foundations
Social and cultural foundations
Developments in the organization of interdisciplinary knowledge

Representation and characterization of knowledge in a computerized
Automatic information processing
Bibliographic catalogues and databases. FRBR (functional requirements for
bibliographic records), FRAR (functional requirements for authority
records), FRSAR (functional requirements for subject authority records).
Metadata and identifiers in a computer environment: Dublin Core, DOI
(digital object identifiers), Crossref, and similar.
Vocabularies, thesauri and classifications
Ontologies, language and ontology, ontological domains

Recovery of transdisciplinary information
Semantic information recovery
Integration of semantic tools
Interfaces and user interaction
Expert systems
User-centred systems

Dr. Basarab Nicolescu
Theoretical physicist, CRNS, Universiti Paris 6
Chair of the International Centre for Transdisciplinary Research and
Studies (CIRET) Fellow of the Rumanian Academy

Dr. Nicola Guarino
Chair of the Laboratory for Applied Ontologies (LOA) at the Institute for
Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council
(ISTC-CNR), Trent, Italy. Editor of the journal Applied Ontology (IOS

Call for abstracts (500 to 1000 words)
Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 31 July 2006
Deadline for confirmation of acceptance of papers: 30 September 2006
Deadline for submission of complete text of papers: 15 December 2006

Dra. Blanca Rodriguez Bravo
Biblioteconomia y Documentacion
Universidad de Leon
24071 Leon

Dra. Blanca Rodriguez Bravo / Dra. Maria Luisa Alvite Diez
Biblioteconomia y Documentacion
Universidad de Leon
24071 Leon
Telephone: +34 987291469

Jose Antonio Frias
Universidad de Salamanca
Departamento de Biblioteconomia y Documentacion
Francisco Vitoria, 6-16
E-37008 Salamanca
Tlf. 34-923-294-580
Fax 34-923-294-582

Library Student Journal is ready to accept submissions

Library Student Journal is ready to accept submissions.

Library Student Journal is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal that will publish papers in which STUDENTS are the primary authors. With editors chosen, review is set to begin. If you are a Library or Information Studies student with a great paper, this may be an opportunity to get published.

For more information, please visit these links:

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This journal is a peer-reviewed student publicationof the University at Buffalo Department of Library and Information Studies.

Call for Local History Authors in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut

Call for Local History Authors in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut

The History Press is searching for historians, archivists, and historical societies who are interested in publishing books about towns and regions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

History Press books focus on a particular town or region. We have developed a variety of series that 1) provide authors with guidance on how to present their work and 2) attract readers and encourage sales. We also accept books for publication on history subjects not captured by the series we have established.

The History Press publishes a wide range of books. Examples include the following: brief or comprehensive histories of towns, the history of significant buildings and sites, natural history, oral history, historical walking and driving tours, collections of essays on historical events and people, folklore, crime history, architectural history, Native American history and the historical role of a town industry. I invite you to visit our website at, where you will find our catalogue and information about publishing with The History Press.

The History Press is a traditional trade publisher, meaning that we handle all stages of publishing including financing, sales, marketing, and distribution and compensate in the form of royalties. We are not a vanity press. For more information and to view our catalogue, see or e-mail Commissioning Editor, Maureen Benes.

Maureen Benes
Commissioning Editor
The History Press
PO Box 7111
Gloucester, MA 01930
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CFP: Special issue of MELUS on Multi-Ethnic American Graphic Narrative

CFP: Special issue of MELUS on Multi-Ethnic American Graphic Narrative
Revised deadline for final submissions is July 15, 2006

The journal MELUS has recently placed a moratorium on submissions. However, this moratorium DOES NOT apply to the special graphic narrative issue of MELUS already in progress. In order to account for any misunderstanding and confusion concerning this matter, the deadline for essay submissions for this special issue has been pushed back to July 15, 2006. For more details, go to the special issue website:, or see below:

MELUS Special Issue - Multi-Ethnic American Graphic Narrative

In his book REINVENTING COMICS, Scott McCloud explores some of the problems concerning ethnicity and comics. Not only does he argue for an increased awareness of ethnic and gender representation in contemporary comics, but he also highlights many of the ethnoracial concerns underlying the history of comics in the United States. Using McCloud's arguments as a springboard, MELUS plans on publishing a special issue devoted to multi-ethnic American graphic narrative. The scope of this issue could include the theoretical, literary, and historical sweep of graphic narrative and its links to multi-ethnic discourse. Possible topics could include, but are certainly not limited to:

* The evolution of ethnic representation in comics since the 1980s (presented through the work of such artists as Gilbert and Jamie Hernandez, Adrian Tomine, Art Spiegelman, Ben Katchor, Kyle Baker, Ho Che Anderson, Howard Cruise, and R. Kikuo Johnson)
* The coinage of "graphic novel" (by Will Eisner) as a literary form and its links to multi-ethnic expression
* The growth of graphic novels as a vehicle of American ethnic expression in the wake of Art Spiegleman's groundbreaking MAUS
* The ways in which recent films have adapted comic-inspired figures to explore the ethnic other
* The impact of Japanese Magna on American comics and culture Problems of ethnoracial representation in the underground comix of the 1960s
* The uses of classic superheroes, historic and contemporary, as images of the ethnic outsider
* Comic journalism, such as that found in the work of Joe Sacco, as a medium to explore ethnoracial conflicts
* Tropes of the monster, mutant, or zombie as a figuration of "the alien"
* Graphic narratives of the U.S. border, both in south (e.g., the work of Los Bros Hernandez) and in the Canadian north (e.g, the comic art of Seth, Julie Douchet, Ho Che Anderson, and Chester Brown)
* The cross-fertilization of comics and more traditional fictional narrative (such as that surrounding Michael Chabon's character, The Escapist)

All essay submissions should be between 5,000 and 7,500 words, including notes and works cited. Contributors should format submissions based on the MLA Style Manual, 2nd edition. Manuscripts emailed as attached MS Word files are strongly encouraged. If mailed, please send along a SASE if requesting return of copies.

Please address all manuscripts for and queries about this special issue to:
Derek P. Royal
Department of Literature and Languages
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

Fax: 903-886-5980