Friday, August 21, 2009

Call for Papers: Academic Librarian 2: Singing in the Rain Conference Towards Future Possibilities (11-12 March 2010), Hong Kong

Call for Papers: Academic Librarian 2: Singing in the Rain Conference Towards Future Possibilities (11-12 March 2010), Hong Kong
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 16 October 2009

Conference URL:

About the Conference
Academic Librarians face unprecedented challenges to their role, to how they manage their collections and how they interact professionally with their academic colleagues. They require different professional and personal skills as well as different ways of interacting with their communities, both in the academic, publishing and other vendor communities. In the current context of a global recession, without doubt, it is going to be a future full of challenges and opportunities. What has changed and what needs to change? As suggested by the Conference subtitle "Singing in the Rain", a new generation of academic librarians cannot survive without an optimistic, positive and thoughtful attitude towards the future.

In this, the second "Academic Librarian" conference in Hong Kong, it is intended that speakers should focus on the skills and positioning of the Academic Librarian, the impact of the library, its organizational patterns and the value delivered to its owners and clients.

Key Dates
Call for Papers
# Closing date for abstract submission: 16 October 2009
# Notification of acceptance: 16 November 2009
# Submission of accepted paper: 1 February 2010

# Opens: To be announced
# Early registration closes: 8 January 2010

Conference date
11-12 March 2010

Conference Organizers
Pao Yue-Kong Library ( of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University ( ) (PolyU) in conjunction with University Library System ( ) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong ( ) (CUHK)

Conference Venue
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Conference Language
The Conference will be conducted in English

Conference Correspondence
ALSR 2010
Pao Yue-kong Library
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2766-6854
Fax: (852) 2765-8274

Thursday, August 20, 2009

CFP: Collaborative Information Seeking and Sharing: An Annual Research

CFP: Collaborative Information Seeking and Sharing: An Annual Research

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION (Deadline: September 11, 2009)

Collaborative Information Seeking and Sharing: An Annual Research Symposium of the Special Interest Group on Information Needs, Seeking & Use (SIG USE) in celebration of SIG USE?s 10th Anniversary.

Saturday, November 7, 2008, 1:30pm-6pm. Hyatt Regency, Vancouver, BC. ASIS&T 2009's conference theme, ?Thriving on Diversity,? provides an important opportunity for our Annual Symposium in celebration of SIG USE?s 10th Anniversary. Building on our people-centered approach, the reflective moment to be offered by this year's Symposium will be used
to consider the particular challenges of Collaborative Information Seeking and Sharing. This symposium will offer guided reflection on essential questions around information behavior research and practice in social and collaborative information environments: Where is
collaborative information behavior research headed? How are we to communicate our insights to researchers and practitioners in related areas of study and design? How can and should our models, theories and findings inform the design and delivery of collaborative and innovative information products and services?

The symposium consists of two keynote speeches as well as intensive seminar discussions. Our speakers include:

* Dr. Diane H. Sonnenwald, Director, Center for Collaborative
Innovation, and Professor at the Swedish School of Information &
Library Science, University of Gothenburg & University of Bor?s,
Sweden. Diane will share insights gained from her research regarding
the challenges, opportunities and new ways of conducting
multidisciplinary research to facilitate information sharing and
knowledge transfer to better enable our models, theories and findings
to inform the design and implementation of collaboration technology.

* Dr. David McDonald, Associate Professor, the Information School,
University of Washington, and NSF Program Officer in the CISE/IIS
Human-Centered Computing program. Dave will discuss some of the
challenges inherent in conducting computer-supported cooperative work
(CSCW) and collaborative systems design, as well as the new trends
contemplated by NSF.

Submission: Attendees will be asked to submit a short Position Paper (not a formal paper). The Symposium will follow a seminar format focusing on rich and stimulating participant discussions. Researchers and professionals interested in participating should submit a 1-page position paper (about 300 words) reflecting upon critical questions for collaborative information behavior research to the Symposium Organizers not later than September 11, 2009. Please send your
position papers to Nadia Caidi and Soo Young Rieh (; Applicants are invited to
reflect on the four questions that will frame the symposium and
present ways that their research addresses them:
* How does our research address the transformative relationship
between people and information?
* What are the fundamental questions that we should be looking at in
our research?
* How are we to move towards making a greater impact on organizations
and designers?
* How can or should collaborative information behavior research be
presented to translate effectively into the language of other
information research communities?

Experienced researchers may share information about their current
research and insights from lessons learned through past projects,
while those new to the field may describe their research or
professional interests related to the Symposium themes. Upon
acceptance, position papers will be posted on a wiki accessible
through the SIG USE website ( prior to the Symposium.
Small discussion groups will be organized around symposium questions
and themes emerging from position papers. In keeping with the theme of
the Symposium, we will also maintain a Twitter stream for the
Symposium, thus encouraging people to exchange information and
contribute their musings before, during and after the Symposium.
Participants must register with ASIS&T at for the
Symposium. Symposium participants are invited to attend a SIG SI/USE
networking lunch during the time between the SIG SI and USE symposia.
Cost: Pay-on-your-own.
The SIG USE 10th Anniversary Reception will follow the Symposium at 6:30pm.

Fees: Before September 25, 2009, members: $95, non-members: $105.
After September 25, 2009 members $105, non-members: $115. SIG USE
members attending both SIG SI (Morning of Saturday, Nov. 7) and SIG
USE symposiums will receive a $10 discount.

Symposium Organizers:

Nadia Caidi, University of Toronto, Canada. Email:
Soo Young Rieh, University of Michigan. Email:
Guillermo Oyarce, University of North Texas. Email:

CALL FOR CHAPTERS: User Interface Design for Virtual Environments: Challenges and Advances

CALL FOR CHAPTERS: User Interface Design for Virtual Environments: Challenges and Advances

Full Chapter Submission Deadline: September 30, 2009
User Interface Design for Virtual Environments: Challenges and Advances
A book edited by Dr. Badrul H Khan, McWeadon Education, USA

To be published by IGI Global:

In the Information society, the advancement of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has created a digital society and broadened the scope sharing innovations globally. In this globally digital society, people use electronic devices in almost anything they do in their lives: from brushing teeth to driving a car. In the fast moving digital society, people are encountering newer features associated with emerging technologies including (but not limited to): computers,
appliances, machines, mobile communication devices, software applications, and websites. Advances in emerging technologies coupled with fast moving lifestyles, people are increasingly overwhelmed with various electronic devices and services. What do users of these various digital devices and services really need? They need useable and easy to adapt interfaces to operate in these virtual environments.

Linkage between a digital society and globalization has tremendous implications on the design of user-interfaces for various virtual environments. Reflecting on the global and cross cultural nature of today�s world, the user interface design of various virtual environments should be based on the needs of a cross culturally diverse population of users around the globe. The interface design should be user centric. User interface design should strive for making the user's interaction as simple, meaningful, and efficient as possible. This book focuses on challenges that designers face in designing interfaces for users of various virtual environments.

Objective of the Book
This book will aim to provide both a theoretical and practical knowledge base in user interface design. It will be written for professionals who want to improve their understanding of challenges associated with user interface design issues for various virtual environments for
globally-dispersed users.

Target Audience
The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and researchers working in various disciplines, including (but not limited to): information technology, computer science, educational technology, e leaning, distance education, corporate training, communication technology, medical technology, engineering, management information system, library
science and other relevant fields.

Several relevant topics are listed below; however, additional topics are welcome. Please feel free to propose a topic of your choice.
� Addressing the Challenges of Inquiry-Based Learning through Technology
and Curriculum Design
� Adaptation in Automated User-Interface Design
� Challenges for End-User Development in CE devices
� Voice User Interface Design for Automated Directory Assistance
� Challenges for Design: Seeing Learners as Knowledge Workers Acting in
Physical-Virtual Environments
� Challenges in Human/Computer Interfaces: Making the Technology Serve the
� Challenges for Brain-Computer Interface Research for Human-Computer
Interaction Applications
� Human-Computer Interaction Research and Development Challenges
� Psychological Aspects of the Human Use of Computing
� Designing the Human Computer Interaction: Trends and Challenges
� The Challenges And Opportunities Of Human Technology
� Interfaces including flowchart, intelligent zones and sensitivity approach.
� The Epistemology of Human Interface Design
� The Social Dimension of User Interface Design
� Challenges and solutions for user interface design on mobile devices
� Interface design challenges for Web2.0 designs
� The Impact of Design Interaction on Learner Success in Online Learning
� The Cross-Cultural Design of User Interfaces and Experiences
� Cultural Considerations in Interface Design
� Usable Accessibility: Making Web sites work well for people with
� Designing & Drawing Mobile Interactions
� Successful and available: interface design exemplars for older users
� Meta-User Interfaces for Ambient Spaces: Can Model-Driven-Engineering Help?
� An Intelligent User Interface for Browsing and Search MPEG-7 Images
using Concept Lattices (2008)
� Creativity Support Tools: A Grand Challenge
� Constraints on their efforts for User-centered Interface Design
� Interface design issues for virtual reality (such as Second Life)

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before September 30, 2009 an 8,000 to 10,000 word chapter on a topic relating to the subject of the book. Kindly include a title and contact information for each contributor (Name, Affiliation, and E-Mail) within the file. Each
chapter will undergo double-blind review and review results will be sent to the authors by November 15, 2009. Chapters should adhere to the IGI Global Full Chapter Submission Guidelines.

The Chapter Formatting Guidelines can be found here:

The Full Chapter Submission Guidelines can be found here:

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the �Information Science Reference� (formerly Idea Group Reference), �Medical Information Science Reference,� and �IGI Publishing� imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be
released in 2011.

Important Dates:
September 30, 2009: Full Chapter Submission Deadline
November 15, 2009: Review Result Returned
December 15, 2009: Revised Chapter Submission Deadline
January 15, 2010: Final Acceptance Notification
January 31, 2010: Final Chapter Submission Deadline

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document)
or by mail to:

Kindly upload your chapter using the following site:

Further questions or inquiries can be forwarded to:
Dr. Badrul H Khan
McWeadon Education, USA

Wednesday, August 19, 2009



For more information, visit:

The American Library Association, International Papers Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, June 24-29, 2010. Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers Session scheduled for Saturday, June 26, 2010.

The International Papers Program provides librarians with an opportunity to exchange information about library services, collections and projects throughout the world. The program also serves to stimulate the interest of U.S. librarians in international library matters. Through its International Papers Committee, ALA’s International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites librarians to submit a presentation proposal. The 2010 International Papers Program theme is

Libraries as Gateways to Local History around the World

Libraries and librarians often create collections, provide resources, and develop programs and services specific to the local history of the communities they serve. Libraries also reflect the local history of which they are a part. Exhibits and programs, special collections, and genealogy services help to preserve the memory of the community and to keep the local history alive. Libraries may also collaborate with other local cultural heritage organizations (e.g., archives, museums, historical societies, etc.) to create content. Deeply embedded in the local history, libraries increasingly seek to open up this history and cultural heritage to the global community. This year’s program will explore successful projects and initiatives implemented by libraries around the world to preserve local history and to open up their cultural heritage to the global community.

Digitization in the Real World: Lessons Learned from Small to Medium-Sized Digitization Projects

Digitization in the Real World: Lessons Learned from Small to Medium-Sized Digitization Projects

The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) is pleased to announce a call to participate in a forthcoming book, tentatively titled Digitization in the Real World: Lessons Learned from Small to Medium-Sized Digitization Projects. This book is intended to document experiences with digitization projects that fall outside the spectrum of mass digitization initiatives that have tended to be more thoroughly discussed and documented. Digitization in the Real World will be co-edited by Professor Kwong Bor Ng (Queens College, CUNY) and Jason Kucsma (METRO).

Your experiences will provide useful case studies on what works and what does not for libraries, archives, museums and other cultural heritage organizations managing small- to medium-sized collections. Librarians, archivists, and students stand to benefit from your experiences — learning about the how the key elements of digitization projects play out in diverse institutional contexts. How was your project started? How was it implemented? What organizational and technological obstacles were encountered, and how were they overcome? Were they overcome? What new solutions did your project implement, and were those experiments successful or not? What are some of the lessons learned from your project? Is your project still growing? If not, why?

The scope of these case studies will inherently diverge, and we encourage that diversity. A book that candidly discusses your projects will be of great value to other libraries, archives, museums, cultural institutions, and graduate school students in library science and archives programs.

If you’d like to participate, please submit the following information via email on or before August 31, 2009.
Chapter Abstract: 500-1000 words describing the scope of your project and key elements you intend to address in your chapter.

Should your proposal be accepted, you will be notified by September 21, 2009 with chapter guidelines and editorial suggestions. The final chapter would be due on December 14, 2009, upon which it will be sent for double-blind peer review. The book is scheduled to be published by METRO, and you will, of course, receive a copy of the book.

Jason Kucsma
Emerging Technologies Manager, METRO

Professor KB Ng
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Queens College, CUNY

The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) was chartered in 1964 by the New York Board of Regents to “promote and facilitate utilization of existing resources and to develop additional library services in the New York metropolitan area.” Today, with 250 member organizations throughout New York City and Westchester County, METRO is the largest of New York State’s nine reference and research library resource systems, and one of the largest library service organizations in the world. Since 2005, METRO has provided over $300k in digitization grants to fund over 30 small to medium-sized digitization projects as part of its Digital Library Services Plan.

Prof. Kwong Bor Ng is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, Queens College, CUNY. His most recent publication is Using XML, published by Neal Schuman in 2007. His other book (co-edited with S. Rummler), Collaborative Technologies and Applications for Interactive Information Design: Emerging Trends in User Experiences, will be published in Sept 2009 by IGI Global.

Jason Kucsma is the Emerging Technologies Manager at the Metropolitan New York Library Council where he manages METRO’s Digitization Grant Program and is the point person for member inquiries related to the resources, training and referral services associated with digitization, digital preservation and emerging technologies issues. Jason received his M.A. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University and an M.L.S. from the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science. He is currently working part-time on a certificate in Digital Information Management (University of Arizona), is part-time lecturer in Rutgers’s Library and Information Science graduate program, and is a recent graduate of ALA’s 2009 Emerging Leaders Program.

CFP: Third International Conference on Digital Libraries (ICDL)

CFP: Third International Conference on Digital Libraries (ICDL)

The rapid growth of information technology has thrown up enormous opportunities in the growth of digital libraries (DL). Seeing the potential of leveraging IT as a tool for learning and bridging the knowledge gap, we have already conducted two international conferences on digital libraries since the year 2004 with varied themes successfully with overwhelming response.

The Third International Conference on Digital Libraries (ICDL) is being organized during 23-26 February 2010 jointly by TERI and IGNOU. The theme of the Conference is “Shaping the Information Paradigm”. The conference will focus on creation, adoption, implementation and utilization of digital libraries, e-learning and a knowledge society. Special conference sessions
and tutorials shall be devoted on the theme related aspects to the digital library, the technologies applicable in open and distance education system. There are more that 50 International speakers will share their view. Please join there to share your experience.

In view of your experienced and valuable professional contribution, we invite you to submit a paper for conference session and tutorial proposal. We solicit your experienced and valuable contribution for the successful organization of this mega event. Further information Please visit

International Conference on Digital Libraries (ICDL)
Shaping the Information Paradigm
New Delhi * 23 – 26 February 2010

Venue: Conference at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi • 24–26 February 2010
Tutorial at IGNOU, Convention Centre, New Delhi • 23 February 2010

Important dates

Submission of full papers 15 September 2009
Notification of acceptance of paper with comments 30 October 2009
Submission of the final paper after incorporating comments 30 November 2009

Further details, please contact:

Organizing Secretary
ICDL Secretariat
TERI, Darbari Seth Block,
IHC Complex, Lodhi Road,
New Delhi – 110 003, India
Telephone 24682138, 24682100, 41504900
Fax 24682144, 24682145
India +91 • Delhi (0)11

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

CFP: Journal of Library and Information Service for Distance Learning

CFP: Journal of Library and Information Service for Distance Learning

The Journal of Library and Information Service for Distance Learning, a peer-reviewed journal published by Routledge/The Haworth Press, welcomes the submission of manuscripts.

The journal is devoted to the issues and concerns of librarians and information specialists involved with distance education and delivering library resources and services to this growing community of students.

Topics can include but are not limited to:
• Faculty/librarian cooperation and collaboration
• Information literacy
• Instructional service techniques
• Information delivery
• Reference services
• Document delivery
• Developing collections
If you are interested in submitting an article and ensuring that, if accepted, it will be published in the next issue, send the manuscript directly to the Editor, Jodi Poe at by October 1, 2009. Inquiries and questions are welcome.

Instructions for authors are available at or can be emailed to you directly.

CFP: MIUG (Michigan Innovative Users Group)

CFP: MIUG (Michigan Innovative Users Group)

The MIUG Board is still accepting program proposals for the October 1, 2009 fall MIUG meeting to be held at LCC, West Campus. Don't miss your opportunity to present a program or moderate a Forum (Birds of a Feather session) at MIUG!

We're looking for you to present your ideas, experiences and views on various modules of the Innovative system. We welcome programs and presentations that are geared to all experience levels and across all library types. This is an outstanding opportunity to share your experiences and insights, reprise an IUG 2009 presentation, or assess the potential for a possible IUG 2010 presentation.

Sessions can include presentations, demonstrations or panel discussions. Informal discussion forums (Birds of a Feather sessions) can also be proposed to discuss a particular topic, module or issue(s).

The deadline for program proposals is Friday, August 21, 2009.

To submit a program, fill out this form on the MIUG website:

Questions about proposals can be sent to the MIUG Board at:

CFP: NASIG 25th Annual Conference

CFP: NASIG 25th Annual Conference
An Oasis in Shifting Sands: NASIG at 25 June 3-6, 2010 Palm Springs, California

The 2010 Program Planning Committee (PPC) invites proposals and/or program ideas for pre-conference, vision, strategy, and tactics sessions. The Program Planners are interested in hearing from publishers, vendors, librarians, and others in the field of serials and electronic resources about issues relating to scholarly communication, publishing, licensing, and cataloging. Proposals based on both descriptive and experimental research findings are especially welcome. The Program Planning Committee will review all submitted proposals for their content and timeliness and may work with potential presenters to blend or refocus proposals to maximize their relevance to attendees and avoid duplication.

This Call for Proposals will close on September 25, 2009.
The Program Planning Committee hopes to notify applicants of the status of their proposals in December 2009.

Inquiries may be sent to the PPC co-chairs, Morag Boyd and Anne Mitchell at:

For additional details and to suggest a proposal or idea, please complete the online form []

(Apologies for Cross-Posting)

Morag Boyd
Acting Head, Special Collections Cataloging The Ohio State University Libraries
(614) 247-8622

Marilyn M. Carney
Publicist, NASIG, Inc.

CFP: Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian

CFP: Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian

Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian is now accepting manuscripts for volume 29(1). The submission deadline is September 18, 2009.

B&SS Librarian is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal focusing on all aspects of behavioral and social sciences information with emphasis on librarians, libraries and users of social science information in libraries and information centers including the following subject areas:
Communication Studies
Criminal Justice
Ethnic Studies
Political Science
Social Work
Women's Studies

And the following areas of focus:
publishing trends
User behavior
Public service
Indexing and abstracting
Collection Development and evaluation
Library Administration/management
Reference and library instruction
Descriptive/critical analysis of information resources

We will also advise on prospective research projects/articles and provide you with preliminary feedback.

Consider Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian as the journal for your publication and let us help improve your publication record and demystify the publication process.

Please send all submissions and questions to the editor at:

The following attachment includes additional information about the journal, the submission process, and relevant contact information.

Lisa Romero
Editor, Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

CFP: Microform & Imaging Review Theme Issue on Women's History Digital/Microform Collections

CFP: Microform & Imaging Review Theme Issue on Women's History Digital/Microform Collections

Although not peer-reviewed, the journal reaches an international audience, and articles are published soon after submission. Sample articles are available at:

Articles/reviews will be due October 15, 2009. Please contact the editor ( if you would like to contribute an article or review in one of the following areas:

1. Articles about creating and/or working with women's history/culture digital collections.
My goal is to have a good variety of articles that focus on unique formats (e.g., digital video, oral histories, scrapbooks, etc.), content, metadata approaches, etc. Articles about collections produced by institutions outside of North America are also needed. Articles could be general overviews or focus on specific aspects (technical, selection, end user studies, educational aspects, etc.).

2. Articles about microfilm/microfiche collections could focus on patron use, selecting collections to purchase in a digital age, marketing the collections, an overview of women's history collections over the past 5-10 years, etc.

3. Reviews of digital collections. Possible collections to review include (but are not limited to):

Defining gender, 1450-1910: Five centuries of advice literature online. Marlborough, Wiltshire, England : Adam Matthew Publications, 2003.

Everyday Life & Women in America, 1820-1900. Adam Matthew Publications

Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period. Alexandria, VA: Alexander Street Press, 2007.

Manuscript Women's Letters and Diaries from the American Antiquarian Society, 1750-1950
Alexander Street Press, 2009.

Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers, 1500-1700. Adam Matthew Digital

Travel Writing, Spectacle, and World History: Women's Travel Diaries and Correspondence from the Schlesinger Library. Adam Matthew Digital, autumn 2009.

Women, War, and Society, 1914-1918: From the Imperial War Museum, London. Gale, 2005.

4. Reviews of microform collections, including (but not limited to) the following collections. Preference will be given to reviewers who have access to the complete collection at their institution.

Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance Archives, ca. 1972-1994. Primary Source Microfilm, [2002]- .

The Diaries & Papers of Elizabeth Inchbald from the Folger Shakespeare Library and the London Library. Marlborough: Adam Matthew, 2006.

Grassroots Feminist Organizations. Woodbridge, CT : Primary Source Media, an imprint of Gale Group, 2007-2008.

Irish Women Writers of the Romantic Era Papers of Mary Tighe and Lady Sydney Morgan from the National Library of Ireland. Marlborough, Wiiltshire: Adam Matthews Publications, 2005.

Records of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 1918-1974. Primary Source Microfilm, [2009- ].

Sex and Gender: Manuscript Sources rom the Public Record Office. Adam Matthew Publications, 2004.

Women in the U.S. military correspondence of the Director of the Women's Army Corps, 1942-1946. Bethesda, MD : UPA collection from LexisNexis, 2008.

CFP: Administration, management and strategic planning of cataloging and metadata departments (Cataloging and Classification Quaterly)

CFP: Administration, management and strategic planning of cataloging and metadata departments (Cataloging and Classification Quaterly)

Cataloging & Classification Quarterly will be publishing a special issue on 21st-century challenges for library administrators in the management and strategic planning of operations and personnel in cataloging and metadata departments. The guest editor is looking for articles that articulate new directions and opinions, as well as case studies, related to re-visioning, repurposing, establishing efficiencies, and/or redirecting both workflows and personnel within cataloging and metadata departments. Articles that examine how to justify and/or defend what are commonly known as “behind-the-scenes” or “back-end” library operations and personnel in the current budget crisis are especially timely. The guest editor is looking for a wide range of international participation, so proposals from authors outside of the United States are encouraged. Articles can be of any length, and figures and screen shots are encouraged.

If you are interested in contributing, please send the guest editor your name, a short proposal of the topic, and a tentative title for the article. Deadline for proposals is September 1, 2009. Articles would be due to the guest editor by January 1, 2010. Any questions can be directed to the guest editor. Thank you.

Dr. Brad Eden
Guest editor, _Cataloging & Classification Quarterly_
Associate University Librarian for Technical Services and Scholarly Communication
University of California, Santa Barbara

Monday, August 10, 2009

CFP: Print on Demand (Against the Grain)

CFP: Print on Demand (Against the Grain)

The November 2009 Issue of “Against the Grain” will carry a special section of articles on the topic “Is Anything Still Out of Print?” The writers will explore the themes of Print on Demand (POD), Digitization on Demand (DOD), the out of print marketplace, free and priced ebooks on
the internet and in databases. Will we see a future where books never go out of print, or are we already there? We are looking for a few more articles, especially regarding digitized rare books and archives and another article on the topic of purchasing used books as a primary acquisitions tool. Articles should run 1500-1800 words with a mid September deadline

Please contact John Riley (ATG Editorial Board Member, currently unaffiliated) at 413-586-6272 or or Robert Holley, Professor, School of Library & Information Science, Wayne State University

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Call for Chapters: 'Global English: Issues of Language, Culture, and Identity in the Arab World'

Call for Chapters: 'Global English: Issues of Language, Culture, and Identity in the Arab World'

Global English today is touted as the lingua franca of the world. English can now profess to be the language with the most non-native speakers and learners, and as such its current role on the world’s stage cannot be overlooked.

Globalization, linguistic imperialism, language rights, language and power, cultural, political, and economic hegemony, and language planning and policy are at the forefront of the debate on global English. There are many scholars and lay people today who are concerned with the subtractive spread of English worldwide. As languages are pushed aside and made to run second
to global English, people may be at risk of linguistic loss. Furthermore, cultures and identities could be in similar danger. Unfortunately, little attention has been given to this issue in the Arab world.

In many, if not most, Arab countries (in the Middle East and Arabian Gulf), the second language is English. In several of these Arabic-speaking nations, English has become a pervasive language, especially in the economic and business sectors. Additionally, children in these countries often begin learning English during their formative years, and English is increasingly becoming the medium of instruction in many schools, colleges, and universities where Arabic is relegated to a secondary status. Although formal Arabic, foos’ha, is taught throughout the Arab world, there is
rarely any excitement involved in learning Arabic. Students find it more trying to learn Arabic especially when it is compared to the colorful, entertaining textbooks and materials of English in addition to English’s creative and constantly updated pedagogical approaches and methods.

Although we cannot be certain that Arabic, Arab identity, or culture can or will be lost or lessened through the continual focus on global English, it is a concern. As more and more Arabs communicate in English, even with other Arabs, we may discover that the place of Arab identity is no longer held entirely in the language of Arabic, if it ever was. Most of us today are aware that global English comes with some positive and negative attachments in terms of its effects on other languages and speakers of those languages. With all these attachments to the language, it is probable that those Arabs who use English as a global language have in some way been touched by more than just the language in terms of their identities, their cultures, and their native language. It is time a voice is given to the Arabs compelled to survive in a world of English and often at the expense of their Arabic language, culture, and identity.

'Global English: Issues of Language, Culture, and Identity in the Arab World' seeks to gain an understanding of how global English is affecting Arabs who reside in various geographic locations within the region. Contributions that cover any country in the the Arab Middle East and in the
Arabian Gulf will be considered. Each chapter will examine the effect of global English on self and or on the people of a specific country in one or more contexts (e.g., educational, business, social-cultural, political, etc.). Specifically, this book will seek to answer the question how has and
how does global English impact Arabs in terms of their native language, identity, and culture?

Chapters sought could be empirical (i.e., research-based), theoretical, or narratives (i.e., personal encounters/experiences). The chapters should be 20-30 pages double-spaced (Times New Roman, font 12). The volume will only include papers in English.

The idea of 'Global English: Issues of Language, Culture, and Identity in the Arab World' grew out of our experiences teaching graduate and undergraduate students at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. It also came about as a result of witnessing the increasing use of the English language in all sectors of society in the last decade, in this country and others in the region. Our interest was further piqued by studies we carried out with our students regarding their feelings about global English and their perceptions and concerns about the status of Arabic. As such, this book is intended for students, graduate and undergraduates, language teachers, teacher trainers, educational administrators, educational policy makers, and others concerned with language education in schools and universities globally and the Arab world specifically. The book also has as its intended audience scholars in relevant fields in order to promote further research on issues of language, culture, and identity in the Arab world.

If you are interested in contributing a chapter, please send in an abstract, clearly delineate the country you are writing about, the type of chapter you are proposing (empirical, theoretical, or narrative), and issue(s) you will be addressing in the chapter. Please include with your
abstract a one-page bio or a current CV.

- The deadline for receiving abstracts is September 25, 2009.
- Abstracts and bios/CVs should be emailed as a word document attachment to: Dr. Ahmad Al-Issa:
- Notification of acceptance will be sent out by October 31, 2009.
- Completed chapters are due on March 1, 2010.

For any inquiries or further information, please contact Dr. Ahmad Al-Issa ( or Laila Dahan (

- Ahmad Al-Issa is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL in the English Department at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. He has published many journal articles and book chapters in the areas of cross-cultural communication, global English, intercultural pragmatics, and teaching effectiveness. His most recent publications include: 'Globalization, English Language, and Muslim Students in the United Arab Emirates' in Educational Awakening: Journal of the Educational Sciences (co-authored with L. Dahan, 2009), 'Prior Knowledge and Writing in the College EFL Composition Classroom' in Coombe, C., Jendli, A., & Davidson, P. (Eds.). 'Teaching writing skills in English: Theory, Research and Pedagody' (2008), 'Deciphering the Secret Code. A New Methodology for the Cross-Cultural Analysis of Nonverbal Behavior' in Behavior Research Methods (co-authored with Bente et al. 2008), 'A Journey of Belonging: A Global(ized) Self Finds Peace' (co-authored with N. Golley)
in N. Golley (Ed.) Exploring Identity: Contemporary Arab Women’s Autobiographical Writings (2007), 'Schema Theory and L2 Reading Comprehension: Implications for Teaching' in College Teaching and Learning (2006), 'When the West Teaches the East: Analyzing Intercultural Conflict in the Classroom' in Intercultural Communication Studies (2005), 'Global Nomads and the Search for Cultural Identity: Tips from the Classroom' in College Teaching (2004), and 'Socio-cultural Transfer in L2 Speech Behaviors: Evidence and Motivating Factors' in International Journal of Intercultural Relations (2003).

- Laila S. Dahan teaches in the Department of Writing Studies at the American University of Sharjah. She holds MAs in TESOL and Political Science, her undergraduate degree is in languages and linguistics from Georgetown University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Exeter (UK). Her book, 'Keep Your Feet Hidden: A Southern Belle on the
Shores of Tripoli,' will be published in September 2009. Some of her recent publications include: 'Globalization, English language, and Muslim students in the United Arab Emirates' (co-authored with A. Al-Issa), and 'English as an International Language in the Arabian Gulf: Student and Teacher Views on the Role of Culture.' In Midraj, S., Jendli, A., & Sellami, A. (Eds.). Research in ELT Contexts. Dubai: TESOL Arabia Publications (2007).

CFP: American Association of Law Libraries 2010 Annual Meeting (Denver, CO)

CFP: American Association of Law Libraries 2010 Annual Meeting (Denver, CO)

The American Association of Law Libraries is currently accepting proposals for their 2010 Annual Meeting (Denver, CO).

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Summit 2010: Mapping Our Future will be an occasion for building, inspiring, renewing and planning. We will examine each other's strengths, through case studies of services offered by individual libraries and other programs. We will discover "best practices" and fresh insights from speakers outside our profession, who offer us their knowledge and wisdom. We will remind ourselves of our commitment and dedication to our institutions and our customers. We will reconnect with each other and share these newfound aspirations and goals—our map for the future. The AALL Annual Meeting is an opportunity to connect face-to-face, to explore, and to consider opportunities for implementing new ideas.

Attendees of Summit 2010 will learn practical insights from colleagues who share similar experiences and situations and explore creative new ways of envisioning libraries and information services. We may ask challenging questions and empower ourselves to seek viable and imaginative solutions:

How do we build relationships that bridge divisions?
How do we sustain the networks we create?
Are information resources becoming "places?"
How will libraries' services transform as libraries themselves become more "virtual?"
What can we do to enhance the creation, design and flow of information?

All of you plan for the future. Every day, law librarians implement new ideas for building collections and improving information services. Law librarians have goals and dreams for a better tomorrow. We know that you will share these creative ideas, successful case studies, and perceptive visions with your colleagues.