Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Call for Papers for IFLA Milan 2009 - Onsite Session

Call for Papers for IFLA Milan 2009 - Onsite Session
CFP: Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and New Professionals Discussion Group

Creating a Positive Work Environment for a Multi-generational Library and Information Workforce.

The IFLA Continuing Professional Development & Workplace Learning Section (CPDWL) and the New Professionals Discussion Group (NPDG) are facilitating this program session at the next IFLA World Library & Information Congress (23-27 August 2009, Milan, Italy)

This program session will focus on the generational challenges facing the library and information profession. These include attracting and retaining new professionals, developing leaders, managing across the generations, knowledge sharing and succession planning.

The session will include reports from the IFLA satellite conference organised by CPDWL and NPDG: “Moving In, Moving Up, and Moving On: Strategies for Regenerating the Library and Information Profession” (18-20 August 2009, Bologna, Italy)

The IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section and New Professionals Discussion Group is now seeking proposals from others to present as part of the program.

We are particularly interested in proposals which explore these topics:

What are the challenges involved in creating a positive work environment for a multi-generational workforce, and how best can we meet those challenges?

Do our organizational structures provide the best development opportunities for both new and existing professionals? If not, can we change them - and how?

Those interested in contributing to this program session should not be limited by those questions. Any proposal which addresses the broad themes of this program session is of interest and will be considered.

Important Dates and Timelines

Please e-mail proposals by December 15, 2008 to and

Proposals should include:
a) Title of proposed presentation
b) Outline of the proposed presentation (no more than 300 words)
c) Name(s) of presenter(s)
d) Position or title of presenter(s)
e) Presenter(s) employer or affiliated institution
f) E-mail address
g) Telephone/fax numbers
h) Short biographical statement regarding the presenter/s

All proposers will be advised at the end of February 2009 of the outcome of the review and selection of proposals.

The presenters selected for the program at the Milan conference will be asked to submit a formal paper (for inclusion on the IFLA conference website) no later than May 1, 2009. Papers can be submitted in one of the official IFLA working languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, Spanish.

The language of the session is English however presenters may also give their talk in any of the IFLA working languages. Simultaneous translation is not guaranteed.

(Note: All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors/presenters if that is required.)

Susan Schnuer
Associate Director
Mortenson Center for International Library Programs
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
address: 1402 W. Gregory Drive, Room 142
Urbana, Illinois 61801 USA
phone 1-217-333-0031
fax 1-217-265-0990

Monday, October 27, 2008

CFP: "New Principles, New Rules for New Catalogues" (IFLA Cataloging Section 2009)

CFP: "New Principles, New Rules for New Catalogues" (IFLA Cataloging Section 2009)

World Library and Information Congress: 75th IFLA General Conference and Council
"Libraries create futures: Building on cultural heritage"
23-27 August 2009, Milan, Italy

Call for Papers
Cataloguing Section
Theme: "New Principles, New Rules for New Catalogues"


The IFLA Cataloguing Section (IFLA CATS) invites cataloguers and others involved in the following to express their interest in making presentations at the section's programme during the World Library and Information Congress in Milan, Italy, 23-27 August 2009.

2009 will be a very interesting year in the area of cataloguing and bibliographic control. IFLA will publish a new statement of international cataloguing principles; a new cataloguing code, RDA: Resource Description and Access, replacing AACR2, will be published in 2009 and implemented by four participating countries (U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia) and maybe more countries will follow soon after that; and in Italy, the host country of the World Library and Information Congress 2009, new cataloguing rules will be published.

The Standing Committee of the Cataloguing Section has therefore decided to dedicate the open session of 2009 to the subject of rule-making.

Presentations on the topic "New Principles, New Rules for New Catalogues" are requested. Two successful proposals on the topic will be identified.

Send a detailed abstract (1 page or at least 300 words) of the proposed paper (must not have been published elsewhere) and relevant biographical information of author(s)/presenter(s) by 15 December 2008 via email to:

Anders Cato
Chair, Cataloguing Section

The abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Cataloguing Section's Standing Committee. Successful proposals will be identified by 31 January 2009.

Full papers will be due by 15 April 2009 to allow time for review of papers and preparation of translations; papers should be no longer than 20 pages. 15-20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper during the Cataloguing Section's programme.

Please note that the expenses of attending the Milan conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

ACRL/LAMA Spring Virtual Institute Proposals

ACRL/LAMA Spring Virtual Institute Proposals

December 10, 2008 Deadline

Don’t miss the opportunity to play an active part in the 2008 ACRL/LAMA Joint Virtual Institute, “Leading from the Middle: Managing in All Directions”. Submit a proposal now for an interactive webcast or online poster session. Submissions will be accepted through Monday, December 10, 2007.

The ACRL/LAMA Joint Virtual Institute, to be offered April 29-30, 2008, will offer a forum for the exploration of issues and challenges facing middle managers and leaders. The institute will take place in an online conference community, which will provide an environment in which groups of participants, both small and large, can gather electronically to learn, collaborate, and network. The institute will offer both synchronous and asynchronous sessions and program sessions will be archived after the institute for viewing on-demand. Proposals are invited for session formats including:

Interactive Webcast (Synchronous)
An interactive Webcast allows you to give a presentation in real-time, while also showing visuals, such as PowerPoint slides and desktop applications. Participants can also interact by talking with live audio or typing in questions and comments.

Online Poster Session (Asynchronous)
The online poster session is a PowerPoint presentation that includes your voice recorded along with each slide. The poster session is posted in the online conference community area, where participants may review it at any time during the conference.

Submissions will be accepted through December 10, 2007. Full text of the Call for Proposals is available online at Questions about the Call for Proposals or the Joint Spring Virtual Institute should be directed to, 312-280-2522.

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.

The mission of the Library Administration and Management Association ( is to encourage and nurture current and future library leaders, and to develop and promote outstanding leadership and management practices. LAMA is a division of the American Library Association and has a membership of more than 5,000.

Margot S. Conahan
Manager, Professional Development
50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611
312-280-2522; fax: 312-280-2520

Saturday, October 18, 2008

CFP: Libraries, Archives, and Museums (Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Meeting 2009)

CFP: Libraries, Archives, and Museums (Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Meeting 2009)

Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Popular Culture Area

The Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association annual conference will be held April 8-11, 2009, at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, Louisiana. Scholars from numerous disciplines will meet to share their Popular Culture research and interests.

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

Papers from graduate students are welcome.

Prospective presenters should send a one-page abstract with full contact information (electronic preferred) by November 30 2008, 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 conference website at



2009 National Conference to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, Wednesday, April 8 through Saturday April 11.

The Biography section of the Popular Culture Association announces a call for papers on Biography and Popular Culture. Please submit a proposal for a panel of four presenters or individual panelist proposals on any themes concerning political biography, historical biography, film or theater and biography, art or literature and biography, memoir or autobiography and popular culture. Panels run 90 minutes, each panelist has 20 minutes for presentation with questions and answers. Proposals must not be more than one page, include a one page curriculum vitae, make sure to include name, mailing address, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address. Do not send proposals via electronic mail.

Send a paper copy of proposals to

Susie Skarl
Urban Studies Librarian
LLB 1174
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
(702) 895-2141
Fax: (702) 895-2147

Deadline for proposal submissions is 30 November 2008.

Thank you so much in advance!
Susie Skarl

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Informed Librarian Online seeks article writers

The Informed Librarian Online seeks article writers

The Informed Librarian Online is a monthly compilation of the most recent tables of contents from over 320 titles - valuable domestic and foreign library and information-related journals, e-journals, magazines, e-magazines, newsletters and e-newsletters. This current awareness service helps keep you informed and abreast of all library trends. It is an easy, timesaving way to tame your professional reading tiger, and is very popular among all types of library and information professionals.

The Informed Librarian Online ( is seeking librarians with something to say to author a one-time "Guest Forum" article for our service. We are looking for practical, helpful articles on an issue of interest to YOU (and our readers). Would you like to write a short article (about 1,000 words) for us? Librarians from all around the world read the articles in The Informed Librarian Online. Writers will receive the equivalent of a small honorarium for their contributions.

If you are interested in writing for The Informed Librarian Online, email a brief description of your proposed subject matter.

Arlene Eis
The Informed Librarian Online

Monday, October 13, 2008

CFP: IUG 2009 (Innovative Users Group)

CFP: IUG 2009 (Innovative Users Group)

Greetings, Everyone!

I am very pleased to announce the availability of the Program Proposal Form for the Innovative Users* Group (IUG) 2009 Conference to be held in Anaheim, California from Sunday, May 17 to Wednesday, May 20, 2008.

The deadline for submitting program proposals is Monday, November 3, 2008.


Conference Management System
We are in the process of migrating all the conference forms and materials from previous and current conferences to a Conference Management System. The conference system is very much still *under construction* but we have the Program Proposal Form ready.

We welcome ALL feedback about the form. At the bottom of every Conference page there is a "Contact Us" link - Use it for all questions, comments and

To submit a program proposal, you will need to create your own IUG login. Go to to read more about MyIUG and create your account.


Important URLs:

IUG 2009 Conference main page:

IUG 2009 Suggested Topics Page:
For now, go to and click on Suggested Topics link

IUG 2009 Proposal Form:

If you would like to present a program or two, but do not know what might be of interest to colleagues from other Innovative libraries, take a look at the Suggested Topics Page that have been compiled over the past few years and from the responses to the IUG 2008 Conference survey in Washington, D.C. You may find that you have the experience and ideas to share.

Remember, we aim for a variety of programs - basic to advanced, every library type, how you use various Innovative modules, and how you use other programs in conjunction with Innovative software. The topics list is not meant to be exhaustive. Some topics have been duplicated (as appropriate) under separate categories for your convenience. If you have
an idea of your own and don't see it listed, please submit a proposal anyway. You may also be interested in coordinating a panel discussion, but don't have all of the presenters lined up. It's perfectly fine to have some TBA's at this stage. The Program Committee can work with you
to help identify potential co-presenters.

If you have presented or coordinated at past IUG programs, please consider resubmitting a proposal for this year. Many comments from recent IUG conferences attest to the fact that it is impossible to attend every program that our users would like to hear, so it is always appreciated in having another chance to see popular programs. There are also a large number of regional user group meetings taking place this fall that offer an excellent variety of program offerings. If you are presenting in one of the regional conferences, please consider repeating your program at the annual meeting, so many more colleagues can learn from your experiences.

Again, deadline for submitting program proposals is Monday, November 3, 2008. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the program proposal process.

The Program Committee and I look forward to getting all of your great proposals!

Thank you,

Carol Gyger
Chair, IUG 2009 Program Committee
Vice Chair, IUG Steering Committee

Carol Gyger
III Systems Administrator
Fort Collins Regional Library District
201 Peterson St.
Fort Collins CO 80524

Call for Presentations - 15th Reference Research Forum, 2009

Call for Presentations - 15th Reference Research Forum, 2009
ALA Annual - Chicago, 2009

The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 15th Reference Research Forum at the 2009 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.

The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable research projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness, and organizational structure and personnel. All researchers, including reference practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.

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

The Committee employs a "blind" review process to select two projects for 25 minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Winning submissions must be presented in person at the Forum in Chicago.

Criteria for selection:
• Quality and creativity of the research design and methodologies;
• Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service;
• Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies;
• Research projects may be in-progress or completed;
• Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted

Proposals are due by Monday, January 5, 2009. Notification of acceptance will be made by Friday, March 20, 2009. The submission must not exceed two pages. Please include:

1. A cover sheet including your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), mailing address(es), fax number(s) and email address(es).
2. The second page should NOT show your name, any personal information, or the name of your institution. Instead, it must include:
a. Title of the project;
b. Explicit statement of the research problem;
c. Description of the research design and methodologies used;
d. Brief discussion of the unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research.

Please send submissions by email to:

Liane Luckman
Chair, RUSA RSS Research and Statistics Committee
312.745.3858 (phone)

CFP: 2009 World Congress on Computer Science and Information Engineering (CSIE 2009)

CFP: 2009 World Congress on Computer Science and Information Engineering (CSIE 2009)

(We are pleased to announce Keynote Speakers: Bir Bhanu, IEEE Fellow; Lixia Zhang, IEEE & ACM Fellow)

(Due to many requests, the submission deadline is now extended to October 21, 2008)

2009 World Congress on Computer Science and Information Engineering (CSIE 2009)

March 31 - April 2, 2009
Los Angeles/Anaheim, USA



The Los Angeles/Anaheim area is known for its many renowned attractions, such as Disneyland, Universal Studios and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Very few cities in the world offer
as much entertainment, excitement and diversity as Los Angeles/Anaheim does.

CSIE 2009 conference proceedings will be published by the IEEE Computer Society and all papers in the proceedings will be included in IEEE Xplore.

CSIE 2009 intends to be a global forum for researchers and engineers to present and discuss recent advances and new techniques in computer science and information engineering.
CSIE 2009 consists of the following Technical Symposiums:

* Computer Applications Symposium
* Communications & Mobile Computing Symposium
* Computer Design & VLSI Symposium
* Data Mining & Data Engineering Symposium
* Intelligent Systems Symposium
* Multimedia & Signal Processing Symposium
* Software Engineering Symposium

Invited sessions offer focused discussions on specialized topics. A prospective invited session organizer should send a proposal, including a session title, a short synopsis, bio-sketch of the
organizer with a publication list, to the appropriate Symposium Chair (visit the conference website for more details).

In addition to research papers, CSIE 2009 also seeks exhibitions of modern products and equipment for computer science and information engineering.

Keynote Speakers:

Bir Bhanu, IEEE Fellow, University of California at Riverside
Lixia Zhang, ACM & IEEE Fellow, University of California at Los Angeles

Important Dates (Extended):

Paper/Abstract Submission Deadline: October 21, 2008
Review Notification: December 7, 2008
Final Papers and Author Registration Deadline: January 7, 2009

Thursday, October 09, 2008

CFP: Timberline Acquisitions Institute

CFP: Timberline Acquisitions Institute

Hello all, please consider joining us for the Timberline Acquisitions Institute if you aren’t up to submitting a proposal. It is a fun institute–a much smaller scale than Charleston.

If you are interested in presenting, the Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge is seeking proposals for presentations as part of the Institute’s ninth year as the pre-eminent Western North America conference on acquisitions and collection development. This three-day conference focuses on the methods and madness of building and managing library collections and information content and provides a small, informal and stimulating gathering in a convivial and glorious Northwestern setting. Institute planners are open to presentations on all aspects of library acquisitions and collection management. For the 2009 Institute, we are keen to see submissions that address:

• Operations management of acquisitions or collection development
• Acquisitions functions in open source catalogs
• Web 2.0 for acquisitions work
• Role of consortia in collection development
• How subject librarians use their time
• Feral professionals: non-MLS professionals in libraries
• Recruiting for technical services and collection development
• Scholarly communication from the publisher perspective
• Opening day collections: process and problems
• Data curation: new roles for subject and technical services specialists
• E-books, streaming audio, streaming video: content, access, cataloging
• External forces driving a library’s collection management decisions
• Collection assessment: library and vendor perspectives
• Linking collections with learning outcomes
• Return on investment studies
• Acquisitions and collection development: the small library perspective

See The Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge for more information at
. The 2009 Timberline Acquisitions Institute will be held Saturday, May 16 through Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at the Timberline Lodge. The Lodge is located approximately one hour east of Portland, Oregon on the slope of Mt. Hood. The deadline for submitting proposals is December 30, 2008. To submit a proposal, send an abstract of 200 words or less to:

Faye A. Chadwell
Associate University Librarian
for Collections & Content Mgmt
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
phone: 541-737-8528 fax: 541-737-3453

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

CFP: Electronic Resources & Libraries 2009

CFP: Electronic Resources & Libraries 2009

February 10-11, 2009

Pre-Conferences February 9, 2009

UCLA - Covel Commons

Los Angeles, CA

Reminder: Call for Proposals


ER&L Conference Program Planning Committee encourages you to submit a
proposal for the Electronic Resources & Libraries 2009 Conference to be
held February 10-12, 2009 with pre-conferences on February 9th. The
conference location will be the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles, CA.

View Track Descriptions:

Proposal Deadline: Proposals will be evaluated as they are received, and priority may be given to those who submit early. The proposal deadline is October 15, 2008.

Proposal Evaluation: The committee will evaluate each proposal on the basis of subject matter (including, but not limited to, the issues listed in the topic descriptions), clarity, and timeliness. We will also hold a period of open voting to allow potential attendees to help shape the program. Proposals should be for original work that has not been published. We may request that some presenters combine sessions with complementary subject matter.

Compensation: Presenters receive 50% off the cost of registration.

More information about the Call for Proposals is available at:

Questions: Please direct questions about the Call for Proposals to
Bonnie Tijerina ( or Elizabeth Winter

ER&L '09 conference details are online at:

Call for Posters: “Business Information Literacy” (SLA Annual Conference)

Call for Posters: “Business Information Literacy” (SLA Annual Conference)

Location: SLA Annual Conference – Washington, 2009

Date/Time: Monday, June 15, 2009 – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Business is everywhere. As a result, business information literacy is crucial to success in almost every aspect of daily life in academic, corporate or public library environments.

In this call for posters, the Business and Finance Division of SLA is providing an opportunity for business librarians to share ideas on this important topic. We are looking for case studies or practical applications on a wide range of issues including:

• Standards and competencies for business information literacy
• Pedagogic approaches to business information literacy education
• Assessment of learning outcomes
• Integrating business information literacy in the curriculum
• Librarian / faculty collaboration
• New technologies for teaching business information literacy
• Business information literacy in multi-disciplinary contexts
• Professional development for business information literacy
• Promoting business information literacy in the corporate environment

Help your colleagues learn from your work, both successful and unsuccessful.
Share the results of your efforts at the upcoming poster session at SLA in Washington, June 2009.

This session is sponsored by the Business & Finance Division.
Guidelines for materials and layout of poster presentations are available on the SLA Business & Finance Division website at

The deadline for abstract submissions is March 1, 2009. Please submit your name, institution, fax, email address, poster title, and description (250 words or less) by email, fax, or surface mail to Karen MacDonald at the address given below.

Any SLA Member is welcome to submit an abstract for consideration. In the event that a greater number of submissions are received than can be accommodated, members of the Business & Finance Division will be given preference. Not a member of the SLA Business & Finance Division?
Click here to join:

All applicants will be notified no later than April 1, 2009 as to whether or not their proposal has been accepted.
If you have any questions about this session, contact

Karen I. MacDonald, MBA, MLIS
Assistant Professor / Business Liaison Librarian
PO Box 3967
University Library
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30303 USA
Ph. (404) 413-2856
Fax: (404) 413-2851

Monday, October 06, 2008

Call for Reviewers: The Tech Static

Call for Reviewers: The Tech Static

The Tech Static, a new technology book review outlet for librarians launching this November, is seeking regular reviewers for ebooks and prepublication ebooks. Please be comfortable with technology and with the prospect of reviewing guides to programming languages and other technology-related topics, as well as with reviewing materials in electronic format. Experience with collection development in this area a plus.

Interested? Email with the following information:
1) Your name, job title, and employer
2) A paragraph or two about your relevant background
3) A short (~100-word) sample review of any technology-related title.
4) Whether you’re comfortable reviewing unfinished prepublication ebook versions of upcoming titles, or only full ebooks.

Visit The Tech Static at

CFP: ALCTS CCS Catalog Management Discussion Group (ALA Midwinter, Denver)

CFP: ALCTS CCS Catalog Management Discussion Group (ALA Midwinter, Denver)

The ALCTS CCS Catalog Management Discussion Group invites proposals for presentations for our meeting at Midwinter in Denver. The group will be meeting on Saturday, January 24th, from 1:30-3:30. Our theme is Cataloging Born-Digital Materials.

We are particularly interested in local policies for cataloging printouts from PDF files and other internet sources. As more and more publications are released online instead of in print, many public service librarians find themselves "printing the web." How are catalogers providing access to these materials?

The charge of the Catalog Management Discussion Group is as follows: to discuss the various issues involved with cataloging, classification, and authority control after the initial cataloging has been performed. In this respect, catalog management is defined as the continuous upgrading and updating of a catalog, regardless of its format, be it card, microform, book or on-line. The group will provide a forum for exchanging information and discussing techniques, new developments, and problems in managing the bibliographic integrity of library catalogs.

Proposals are due by October 31, 2008.

For questions, contact:

Melissa De Fino
Chair, ALCTS CCS Catalog Management Discussion Group, 2009
Special Collections Catalog Librarian
and Acting Coordinator of Gift Cataloging
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
47 Davidson Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854