Thursday, December 31, 2009

CFP: Elsevier Library Connect Newsletter

CFP: Elsevier Library Connect Newsletter

In 2010, the second Library Connect Newsletter issue (8:2; April 2010) will focus on the theme "International AND Interdisciplinary."

Do you have something compelling to say on that topic? Is your library or university or research institution supporting international/interdisciplinary teams or customers and struggling with concomitant issues? If so, what best practices can you share, to help other information managers or specialists succeed in similar situations?

To propose an article or interview to appear in the Library Connect Newsletter, 8:2 (April 2010), please send a brief abstract and your name/title/institutional affiliation to

CFP: Internet Reference Services Quarterly

CFP: Internet Reference Services Quarterly

seeks manuscripts for Volume 15 (2010). The journal covers all aspects of reference service provided via the Internet.

Why publish in IRSQ?
o Peer reviewed
o Four-week review process
o Editorial support for new authors
o Narrow scope focuses on web technologies as they relate to reference services
o Wide audience of all library types and disciplines – public, academic, special, humanities, science, etc.

More information for authors is available at the journal website -

Contact the editor with questions or to discuss your manuscript.

Manuscripts are accepted on a rolling basis. Manuscripts submitted by the following dates are likely to be included in the corresponding issue, assuming the manuscript clears the review process.

Vol 15 (2) February 4
Vol 15 (3) May 6
Vol 15 (4) August 17
Vol 16 (1) November 4

This journal is published by the Taylor & Francis Group, with offices in Philadelphia, London, and other countries. Request a free online issue at the journal website

Brenda Reeb
Editor, Internet Reference Services Quarterly
Director, Business & Government Information Library
River Campus – Rhees 210
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627
voice 585-275-8249
cell 585-414-0146
fax 585-273-5316

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Journal call for papers from The Electronic Library

Journal call for papers from The Electronic Library
New section in The Electronic Library

Section Co-editors: Dr Gillian Oliver and Professor G E Gorman Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Digital preservation management and technology are two inter-related issues confronting all memory institutions: libraries, archives, galleries and museums. Such institutions are addressing very similar questions regarding the management of preservation activities and of preserved artefacts, as well as the technologies required to preserve, disseminate and access these artefacts. For many, this has been the unexpected consequence of rushing to reformat existing collections to enable digital accessibility. Resourcing issues (shortage of expertise, limited availability of funding) are forcing collaborative activity to an unprecedented degree between the distinctly different collecting paradigms represented by these institution types. As the functionality of web technologies and social media software increasingly influence the ways in which these institutions operate, the focus on DPMT, on collaboration between technologists and managers, and on inter-institutional collaboration will increase. It is therefore timely to consider devoting a significant section of an existing journal (The Electronic Library) to capture interest and research in this sector.

In time, Digital Preservation Management and Technology may become a full journal, the focus of which will be research in the broad field of digital preservation management and related technologies in this cross-sectoral domain, which includes academic, corporate, government, scientific and commercial contexts. It will address issues relating to the continuity of digital information, including digital objects, metadata and the context of their creation, management and use. It will encompass all purposes for which information is managed by the different occupational groups: as evidence, for accountability, for knowledge and awareness and for pleasure and entertainment. Coverage is intentionally international. The emphasis will be on research and conceptual papers in these fields.

Articles should be either conceptual papers or research papers in the region of 3000-6000 words.

All submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed. by members of the Editorial Advisory Board.

There will be an international Editorial Advisory Board whose specific task will be to double blind peer review submissions. The 20-30 Board members will be from North America, the UK, Australasia, Asia and elsewhere.

Submissions please, to 'Digital Preservation Management and Technology' at Full information and guidance on using ScholarOne Manuscripts is available on The Electronic Library author guidelines page.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

CFP: 2010 Michigan Library Association Annual Conference

CFP: 2010 Michigan Library Association Annual Conference
November 10-12 - Traverse City, MI


Information and Guidelines
Submissions welcome through February 12, 2010
Michigan Library Association (MLA) is accepting program proposals for our 119th Annual Conference at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Traverse City - November 10, 11, and 12, 2010. Annual Conference is our premier programming and networking event with exceptional opportunities for library professionals to learn about trends and developments in the field, share experiences, exchange ideas with colleagues, and have a great time doing it.

The 2010 conference theme “Yes We Can!” is a reflection of the Michigan library community’s
determination to thrive in spite of the multi-faceted challenges we currently face. Yes we can innovate, collaborate, motivate, grow, diversify, succeed, and prosper! MLA seeks high quality programs to help libraries and library professionals succeed. The follow reflects Important Information along with a Submission Form for your reference and to guide the process. If
you need additional information, please contact Eva Davis, Chair or Denise Cook, MLA.

Call for Papers for Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve

Call for Papers for Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve

The Routledge/Taylor & Francis peer-reviewed Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve (JILDDER) has merged with Resource Sharing & Information Networks and is now accepting articles for Spring and Summer 2010 publication. Of particular interest to JILDDER are articles regarding resource sharing, unmediated borrowing, electronic reserve, cooperative collection development, shared virtual library services, digitization projects and other multi-library collaborative efforts including the following topics:

• cooperative purchasing and shared collections
• consortial delivery systems
• shared storage facilities
• administration and leadership of interlibrary loan departments, networks, cooperatives, and consortia
• training, consulting and continuing education provided by consortia
• use of interlibrary loan statistics for book and periodical acquisitions, weeding and collection management
• selection and use of cutting-edge technologies and services used for interlibrary loan and electronic reserve, such as Ariel, Illiad, BlackBoard, Relais and other proprietary and open-source software
• copyright and permission issues concerning interlibrary loan and electronic reserve
• aspects of quality assurance, efficiency studies, best practices, library 2.0, the impact of Open WorldCat and Google Scholar, buy instead of borrow and practical practices addressing special problems of international interlibrary loan, international currency, payment problems, IFLA, and shipping
• interlibrary loan of specialized library materials such as music, media, CDs, DVDs, items from electronic subscriptions and legal materials
• special problems of medical, music, law, government and other unique types of libraries
• new opportunities in interlibrary loan and the enhancement of interlibrary loan as a specialization and career growth position in library organizations

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before December 30, 2009 for Spring publication or February 8, 2010 for Summer publication. For further details, instructions for authors and submission procedures please visit: . Please send all submissions and questions to the Editor Rebecca Donlan at

Rebecca Donlan, Assistant Director, Collection Management
Florida Gulf Coast University

CFP: Open Repositories 2010 -- "The Grand Integration Challenge"

CFP: Open Repositories 2010 -- "The Grand Integration Challenge"

Repositories have been successfully established -- within and across institutions -- as a major source of digital information in a variety of environments such as research, education and cultural heritage. In a world of increasingly dispersed and
modularized digital services and content, it remains a grand challenge for the future to cross the borders between diverse poles:

- the web and the repository,
- knowledge and technology,
- wild and curated content,
- linked and isolated data,
- disciplinary and institutional systems,
- scholars and service providers,
- ad-hoc and long-term access,
- ubiquitous and personalized environments,
- the cloud and the desktop.

The Open Repositories Conference (6 to 9-JUL-2010 in Madrid, Spain) brings together individuals and organizations responsible for the conception, development, implementation, and management of digital repositories, as well as stakeholders who interact with them for achieving the widest possible integration in theoretical, practical, and strategic matters.

The program of papers, panel discussions, poster presentations, user groups, workshops, and tutorials will reflect the whole community of Open Repositories. Dedicated open source software community meetings for the major platforms (EPrints, DSpace and Fedora) will provide opportunities to advance and coordinate the
development of repository installations across the world.

Submission Process

* Conference papers *
We welcome two- to four-page proposals for presentations or panels that deal with theoretical, practical, or administrative issues of digital repositories. Abstracts of accepted papers will be made available through the conference's web site; all
presentations and related materials used in the program sessions will be deposited in the upcoming virtual conference proceeding of Open Repositories 2010.

* User Group Presentations *
Two- to four-page proposals for presentations or panels that focus on use of one of the major repository platforms (EPrints, DSpace and Fedora) are invited from developers, researchers, repository managers, administrators and practitioners describing novel experiences or developments in the construction and use of

* Posters *
We invite developers, researchers, repository managers, administrators and practitioners to submit one-page proposals for posters.

* Workshops and Tutorials *
Proposals for workshops require a submission as well and can be accommodated before or after the main conference. For preparatory inquiries about workshop facilities, please contact the local team at

PLEASE submit your paper through the conference system . The conference system will be linked from the conference web site and will be available for submissions as of January 15th, 2010.

The best-rated papers from the conference will be subsequently published in the Journal of Digital Information

Important Dates and Contact Info

- 01-MAR-2010: Submission deadline (papers, user groups, posters, workshops, tutorials)
- 15-APR-2010: Notification of acceptance for conference presentations, workshops/tutorials
- 01-MAY-2010: Notification of acceptance for user group presentations and posters
- 06-JUL-2010: Conference start

--DSpace User Group Meeting Contact: Valorie Hollister
--Fedora User Group Meeting Contact: Thorny Staples
--EPrints User Group Meeting Chair: Les Carr
--Program Committee Chair: Wolfram Horstmann
--Host Organizing Committee: Alicia Lopez Medina

Conference Topics

The committee will consider any submission of sufficient quality and originality that relates to the field of Open Repositories. In the general track, preference will be given to submissions that relate to the theme of "The Grand Integration Challenge" as described in the introduction.

Please regard the following list as a selection of topics that indicates relevant fields.

- Data Curation / Data Archives
- Interoperability with Scholarly and Scientific Applications
- Interactions with Learning Environments
- Generic Workflows and Services
- Integrating Open Repositories with the Grid / Cloud
- Applications in Libraries/Archives
- Disciplinary Requirements

Do you have ideas that relate to different topics? Then please go ahead and address them in your submission!


The Program Committee of Open Repositories 2010

CFP: special issue of Library Trends on Information Literacy

CFP: special issue of Library Trends on Information Literacy

CALL FOR PAPERS - LIBRARY TRENDS: International Journal of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Special Issue: Information literacy beyond the academy: towards policy formulation

Edited by Dr. John Crawford, Glasgow Caledonian University

Information literacy has not been chosen as a subject for an issue of Library Trends since 1991. The issue was heavily focused on the Higher Education sector. Since then research, development and practitioner activity has moved on and activity and research and development work around information literacy also takes place in career choice and management, employability training, skills development, workplace decision making, adult literacies training and community learning and development, public libraries, school and further education, lifelong learning and health and media literacies. Information literacy has matured sufficiently to have become a national and international policy issue as evidenced by President Obama’s proclamation and such international statements as the Prague Declaration of 2003.

Papers are invited from all information sectors and academia.

Proposals of no more than 300 words to be sent by 15 January 2010 to: John Crawford at In framing proposals intending authors may wish to be view author guidelines on the journal website at

Call for Proposals for March 5 & 6 2010 Virtual Worlds and Libraries Online Conference

Call for Proposals for March 5 & 6 2010 Virtual Worlds and Libraries Online Conference

Virtual Worlds and Libraries Online Conference (from Lori Bell)

The American Library Association Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Initiative Group (ALA VCL MIG) invites librarians, library staff, vendors, graduate students, and developers to submit proposals for programs related to the topic of libraries in virtual worlds. The conference will be held online using OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries) web conferencing software, with demonstrations and tours in virtual worlds such as Second Life. The conference dates are Friday and Saturday, March 5 and 6, 2010. Proposals are due Friday, January 15, 2010. Please send proposals to:

The Virtual Worlds and Libraries online conference will feature interactive, live online sessions using OPAL web conferencing, with demonstrations and tours in virtual worlds such as Second life. We are interested in a broad range of submissions that highlight current, evolving and future issues and opportunities involving virtual worlds and libraries. These include but are not limited to the following themes:
• Starting a Library in Virtual Worlds
• How to Build a Library Presence in Second Life
• Working with a Class in Second Life
• Virtual World platforms for libraries
• The future for virtual environments and libraries
• Information Literacy in Virtual worlds
• Health information service in virtual worlds
• Museum and library collaboration in virtual worlds
• Library collaboration in virtual worlds
• Working with other campus agencies on virtual worlds
• Handheld library applications of virtual worlds
• Reference services in virtual worlds

Proposal Submissions:
This conference accepts proposals for presentations delivered in several online formats:
• A featured 45 minute presentation
• Panel discussion with others (10 minutes of presentation)
• Poster sessions

Submit proposals by completing the form beneath by no later than Friday, January 15, 2010. You will be notified by Monday, February 1 if your proposal has been accepted.

Presenters Are Expected To:
• Conduct an online session using OPAL web conferencing system, or provide a demonstration in a virtual world, such as Second Life
• Provide a photo, bio and program description for the conference website by February 10, 2010
• Respond to questions from attendees
• Attend an online 30-60 minute training on OPAL web conferencing

Please fill out the following information for your proposal.
Title of Session:
Description of Session: (100 words or less):
Speakers: (Please include real name and institution):
Program platform: OPAL or specify the virtual world you will be using:
Program Contact Information: (Name, institution, address, email address, phone number):

Thank you for considering a submission for conference participation. If you have questions, please contact:
• Lori Bell, Alliance Library System,
• Tom Peters, TAP Information Services,
• Rhonda Trueman,

Monday, December 21, 2009

Call for Presenters: ACRL New Members Discussion Group

Call for Presenters: ACRL New Members Discussion Group

The ACRL New Members Discussion Group invites the submission of proposals for
presentation at its meeting at the 2010 ALA Midwinter Conference in Boston, MA
on Saturday, January 16, 2010.

Proposals are due by Monday 12/28/2009.

The ACRL New Members Discussion Group is for new (and aspiring) academic
librarians. We meet twice a year–at both ALA conferences–to chat about
whatever is on our minds. It’s an opportunity for networking and a friendly
place to ask any questions you have about succeeding in ACRL. Presenters at
this meeting have the opportunity to contribute to the professional development
of other academic librarians, gain conference presentation experience, and
build their CV. Students are welcome to submit proposals.

This Midwinter conference we want to hear from you on themes relating to
Incorporating Technology Tools in Library Instruction. How do you perceive the
role of technology in library instruction and how do you handle teaching about
technology? We are interested in presentations that share personal experiences
with incorporating technology tools, such as customized browser toolbars,
screencasting, citation management software, and podcasting into library
instruction. The goal of these presentations is to familiarize new and aspiring
academic librarians with effective uses of these tools and effective methods of
teaching about technology topics. We seek proposals for presentations that
address this topic from a variety of angles, including (but not limited to):

-Examples of effective uses of technology tools in library instruction, either
as a means for delivering instruction (for example, creating screencasts about
citation management software), or as the topic of instruction (for example,
delivering library instruction sessions that teach students how to use tools
such as podcasting or citation management software)
-How to use technology tools to meet specific learning outcomes
-Successful strategies for promoting library instruction sessions that focus on

The ACRL New Members Discussion Group meeting will take place on Saturday
January 16, 2010, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Westin Copley Place
Essex Center. Presenters should plan to speak for 10 minutes and allow 5
minutes for questions/discussion. There will be three presentations. Following
the presentations, we will open the floor for discussion on the topic, or we
can answer your questions about getting involved in national activities and/or
academic librarianship in general.

Proposals are due by Monday 12/28/2009. Notification of acceptance will be made
by Tuesday 01/05/2010. Please include the following information in your

1. A cover sheet with your name, title, institutional affiliation (or LIS
program), mailing address, phone number, and email address.
2. A second sheet that contains no identifying information and includes the
title and a 200-300 word description of your presentation. The description
should clearly identify the topic of your presentation, your personal
experience with this topic, and how your presentation will contribute to new
and aspiring librarians’ understanding of how to incorporate technology tools
in library instruction.
3. Keep in mind that there will be no use of technology for these
presentations. If your proposal is accepted, you should plan to provide
handouts that contain tips, further reading, etc.

Please submit proposal by email to Allie Flanary (ACRL NMDG convener) at

2010 LITA National Forum Call for Proposals

2010 LITA National Forum Call for Proposals

Due Date for proposals: February 19, 2010

The 2010 National Forum Committee seeks proposals for high quality concurrent sessions, preconferences and poster sessions for the 13th annual LITA National Forum to be held in Atlanta GA, September 30 - October 3, 2010.

Theme: The Cloud and the Crowd
The Forum Committee is interested in presentations about projects, plans, or discoveries in areas of library-related technology involving emerging cloud technologies, software-as-service, as well as social technologies of various kinds. We are interested in presentations from all types of libraries: public, government, school, academic, special, and corporate. Proposals on any aspect of library and information technology are welcome. Some possible ideas for proposals might include:

• Using virtualized or cloud resources for storage or computing in libraries

• Library-specific open source software (OSS) and other OSS "in" Libraries, technology on a budget

* Crowdsourcing and user groups for supporting technology projects
* Semantic Web
* Training via the crowd
* Social Computing: social tools, collaborative software, etc.
* Engaging your "crowd"
* User created content: Book reviews, tagging, etc.
* Virtual worlds
* Federated and Meta-Searching: design and management, integrated access to resources, search engines
* Digital Libraries/ Institutional Repositories: developments in resource linking, preservation, maintenance, web services
* Harnessing the crowd data to improve the user experience
* Security in the cloud: control vs flexibility, legal implications
* Authentication and Authorization: Digital Rights Management (DRM), authentication, privacy, services for remote patrons
* Web design: information architecture, activity-centered design, user-centered design, usability testing
* Technology Management: project management, geek management, budgeting, knowledge sharing applications
* Globalization and library services - does it matter where your staff or users are?

Presentations must have a technological focus and pertain to libraries and/or be of interest to librarians. Concurrent sessions are approximately 70 minutes in length and sessions of all varieties are welcomed from traditional single- or multi-speaker formats to panel discussions, case studies, and demonstrations of projects. Forum 2009 will also accept a limited number of poster session proposals. For projects that will still be in preliminary development in October 2010, we recommend presentations at a lightning talk or other "un-conference"-like activities for which time will be reserved at Forum. A call for these types of presentations and discussions will be issued after February 2010.

New this year:

1. In response to attendee feedback, this year we will be offering "half-session" slots as well as full sessions. This is designed for speakers who do not wish to use the full 75 minutes, but who do not have a partner in mind for sharing the time. The Committee will pair these half-sessions up so that the timing of the Forum remains organized. Please indicate in your proposal whether you are requesting a full or half session. Half sessions should plan on approximately 30 minutes speaking time to allow both speakers time to set up and for Q&A. If you are requesting a full session, you should be prepared to use most of the allotted time.

2. If you are interested in publishing a paper based on your talk in ITAL, you will have the opportunity to indicate that. These proposals will be shared with the ITAL editor.

Presenters are required to submit draft presentation slides and/or handouts in advance for inclusion on the ALA Connect site, and are required to submit final presentation slides or electronic content (video, audio, etc.) to be made available on the Web site after the event.

Your proposals are welcomed and much appreciated! To submit a proposal, enter the following information online at

* Title
* Summary (to be used in community feedback/voting: a one-sentence description of your presentation mentioning neither the name(s) or institution(s) of the presenter(s), max. 200 characters)
* Abstract and brief outline (max 400 words)
* Level indicator (basic, intermediate, or advanced)
* Brief biographical information. Include experience as a presenter and expertise in the topic
* Full contact information
* Is this proposal for a preconference? Concurrent session? Poster session?
* If this proposal is for a concurrent session, might it be considered for a poster session?
* If this proposal is for a concurrent session, might it be expanded into a half-day or full-day preconference?
* If this proposal is for a concurrent session, are you requesting a full or half session?
* How did you hear about the 2010 Forum call for proposals?

Submit proposals by February 19, 2010 online at:

The 2010 Forum Planning Committee will review proposals starting in February 2010. You will be contacted about the status of your proposal by the end of March.

Questions? Contact the LITA Office:
(312) 280-4268

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) members are information technology professionals dedicated to educating, serving, and reaching out to the entire library and information community. LITA is a division of the American Library Association.

Timberline Acquisitions--Call for Proposals

Call for Papers for the Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge, near Portland, Oregon

WHAT IS The Acquisitions Institute?

* The pre-eminent Western North America conference on acquisitions and collection development, entering its tenth year at Timberline Lodge.
* A small, informal and stimulating gathering in a convivial and glorious Northwestern setting.
* A three day conference focusing on the methods and madness of building and
managing library collections.
* See The Acquisitions Institute home page at for more information.

WHAT TOPICS are we looking for?
The planning committee is open to presentations on all aspects of library acquisitions and collection management. Presenters are encouraged to engage the audience in discussion. Panel discussions are well received. The planning committee may wish to bring individual proposals together to form panels. The committee is especially looking for submissions on the following topics:
• Operations management of acquisitions or collection development
• Acquisitions functions in open source catalogs
• Role of consortia in collection development
• How subject librarians use their time
• Recruiting for technical services and collection development
• Scholarly communication from the publisher perspective
• 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

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE for submitting a proposal? December 30, 2009

HOW do I submit a proposal? Send an abstract of 200 words or less to:

Faye A. Chadwell
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Voice: (541) 737-8528
Fax (541) 737-3453

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Primary Research Group seeks writers

Primary Research Group seeks writers

Primary Research Group, publisher of research reports and surveys about highereducation and libraires, is seeking freelance writers to summarize surveyresearch findings and edit interviews with academic librarians, collegeadmininstrators and faculty. Experience as an academic librarian or collegeadministrator a plus To apply send resume with list of writing credits to:

James Moses, Research Director
Primary Research Group Inc.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

CFP: "Entering SLA's Next Century: Let the Good Times Roll" Success stories in action!

CFP: "Entering SLA's Next Century: Let the Good Times Roll" Success stories in action!

SLA Contributed Papers: An opportunity to share your knowledge!
How are you putting your hard work into action? How are you using the long-planned, expertly-vetted, SME-approved technologies in your library? How are your users responding to these new services?

If you have a success story to tell your colleagues, we would love to hear it! SLA is now accepting proposals for papers to be presented at its 2010 Annual Conference in the "Southern and Soulful City" of New Orleans, Louisiana, with the theme "Entering SLA's Next Century: Let the Good Times Roll!" Accepted papers will also be published on the SLA Web site.

Every SLA member is eligible and encouraged to apply. Proposals will be evaluated by a panel of SLA members in a blind review, and the best will be selected for development into full papers, which are due 7 May 2010.

DeadlinesProposals due. Submit an abstract of your paper via e-mail to no later than 18 December 2009. Abstracts should be 250-300 words in length, which is roughly one page in 12-point text.

Papers selected. Between 12 and 15 proposals will be chosen for development into papers. All applicants will be notified of a decision on 29 January 2010.

Papers due. Authors submit their completed paper and copyright assignment to SLA no later than 7 May 2010.

Papers presented. Authors will deliver a 15-minute presentation of their papers (along with three to four other authors) during a 90-minute session at the SLA 2010 Annual Conference, 13-15 June 2010.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Call for Papers: WSQ (Women’s Studies Quarterly) - Special Issue: SAFE

Bit - off topic - but interesting

Call for Papers: WSQ (Women’s Studies Quarterly) - Special Issue: SAFE

Guest Editors: Alyson M. Cole & Kyoo Lee

Bubble wrap, sanitizer, helmets, knee pads, H1N1 vaccines, mammograms, protective goggles, preemptive strikes, the Patriot Act, car/fire/health/home/laptop/life/renters’/travel insurance, condoms, sunscreen, car seats, airbags, pensions, life vests, organic food, safe drinking water, safe streets... Our lives are filled with devices, organizations, and agreements to keep our bodies, loved ones, and belongings “safe.” These practices appease our fears, but what does it mean to be or to feel safe? Is safety synonymous with security, stability or stasis? Is it a condition, or the negation of threat, risk and danger? Can we ever be truly safe? If not, why does it endure as an ideal?

For some, safety is a condition of living, as in “better safe than sorry”; for others, safe signals the refusal of life itself, as in the Nietzschean revision of the Socratic ideal of examined life, “an unexplored life is not worth living.” What are the aesthetics, metaphysics and metaphorics of the dynamic multivalency of safe? Is safe a place (“safe house,” “safe box”), a moment (“safe and sound”), a practice/norm (“safe sex”), a feeling, a cognitive state, a number/figure (“savings”), a status (“sauf”: “save” as in “exception”) or a visible logos (“saved document”)? What sort of politics does the ambition to be safe entail? In what ways is safe imbricated with class, race, sexuality and gender? Can we feel safe without restricting ourselves to a prophylactic existence?

This special issue of WSQ invites work that will contribute to an exploration of safety and security, broadly conceived. We welcome academic papers from a variety of disciplinary approaches including theory, empirical research, literary and cultural studies, as well as creative prose, poetry, artwork, memoir and biography. Suggested topics may include but are not limited to:

Bioethics, biopolitics
Children, childhood, family and safety
Crisis and resolution, memory
Discipline; docility; drill; habit-formation
Domestic space, domestic violence, haven, home, shelter, retreat, refugees
The politics of food safety
Geography and mapping, enclosures/prisons, harbors and asylums
Security state, homeland security, environmental security, job security
Illnesses, epidemics, preventions, screenings, health risks, health care
Otherness, ethnicized and marginalized populations, borders and enclosures
Risk society, theories of risk, technology, prediction
Sex, pain, pleasure and risk
Terror and/of terrorism, war & trauma, treaty and alliance, recovery

If submitting academic work, please send articles by March 15, 2010 to the guest editors, Alyson M. Cole and Kyoo Lee at Submission should not exceed 20 double spaced, 12 point font pages.

Poetry submissions should be sent to WSQ's poetry editor, Kathleen Ossip, at by March 15, 2010. Please review previous issues of WSQ to see what type of submissions we prefer before submitting poems. Please note that poetry submissions may be held for six months or longer. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if the poetry editor is notified immediately of acceptance elsewhere. We do not accept work that has been previously published. Please paste poetry submissions into the body of the e-mail along with all contact information.

Fiction, essay, and memoir submissions should be sent to WSQ's fiction/nonfiction editor, Jocelyn Lieu, at by March 15, 2010. Please review previous issues of WSQ to see what type of submissions we prefer before submitting prose. Please note that prose submissions may be held for six months or longer. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if the prose editor is notified immediately of acceptance elsewhere. We do not accept work that has been previously published. Please provide all contact information in the body of the e-mail.

Art submissions should be sent to the guest editors, Alyson M. Cole and Kyoo Lee, at by March 15, 2010. After art is reviewed and accepted, accepted art must be sent to the journal's managing editor on a CD that includes all artwork of 300 DPI or greater, saved as 4.25 inches wide or larger. These files should be saved as individual JPEGS or TIFFS.
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CFP: ICNC'10-FSKD'10 Papers Due 15 January: EI Compendex & IEEE Xplore

CFP: ICNC'10-FSKD'10 Papers Due 15 January: EI Compendex & IEEE Xplore

We cordially invite you to submit a paper or invited session proposal to the upcoming 6th International Conference on Natural Computation (ICNC'10) and the 7th International Conference on Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery (FSKD'10), to be jointly held from 10-12 August 2010, in Yantai, China.

Yantai was listed as one of the world's most inhabitable places by the United Nations and was recognized as the "most charming city of China" by China Central Television. Undulating hills rise above the area's many rivers and are framed by beaches and neighboring islands. During summer, the breeze wafts from the sea, and the hills become ornamented with a sea of wildflowers. Famous tourist attractions include the Tashan Mountain, Kongdong Island, and Penglai Pavilion Scenic Area. Seafood and fruits are plentiful in Yantai.

Selected best papers will appear in SCI-indexed journal(s). All papers in conference proceedings will be indexed by both EI Compendex and ISTP, as well as the IEEE Xplore.

ICNC-FSKD is a premier international forum for scientists and researchers to present the state of the art of data mining and intelligent methods inspired from nature, particularly biological, linguistic, and physical systems, with applications to signal processing, design, and more. Previously, the joint conferences in 2005 through 2009 each attracted over 3000 submissions from around the world. ICNC'10-FSKD'10 is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. The registration fee of US*D 390 includes proceedings, lunches, dinners, banquet, coffee breaks, and all technical sessions.

To promote international participation of researchers from outside the country/region where the conference is held (i.e., China), foreign experts are encouraged to propose invited sessions. The first author of each paper in an invited session must not be affiliated with an organization in China’s mainland. All papers in the invited sessions can be marked as "Invited Paper". One organizer for each invited session with at least 6 registered papers will enjoy an honorarium of US*D 400. Invited session organizers will solicit submissions, conduct reviews and recommend accept/reject decisions on the submitted papers. Invited session organizers will be able to set their own submission and review schedules, as long as a list of recommended papers is determined by 30 March 2010. Each invited session proposal should include: (1) the name, bio, and contact information of each organizer of the invited session; (2) the title and a short synopsis of the invited session. Please send your proposal to

For more information, visit the conference web page:

If you have any questions after visiting the conference web page, please email the secretariat at

Call For Poster Session Proposals: IUG 2010 (Chicago, IL)

Call For Poster Session Proposals: IUG 2010 (Chicago, IL)

Just a reminder about our call for poster session proposals for the Annual Innovative Users Group 2010 Conference to be held in Chicago, Illinois from Sunday, April 18th through Wednesday, April 21, 2010. The deadline to submit poster proposals is Friday, January 22, 2010.

To submit a poster session proposal, go to the Conference webpage:

IUG 2010 Proposal Form:

When prompted, login with your own MyIUG login. If you don't already have one, go to to create your account.

A poster session is a great opportunity to share an idea in progress or show other IUG members how your library did something well. We are interested in poster sessions on a variety of topics. If you need some ideas for what might be of interest to colleagues from other Innovative libraries, take a look at the Suggested Topics Page ( that has been compiled over the past few years. If you have an idea of your own and don't see it listed, please submit a proposal anyway.

Again, deadline for submitting Poster Session proposals is Friday, January 22, 2010. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the poster session proposal process.

We received an overwhelming number of terrific program proposals and now look forward to receiving all of your great poster session proposals!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Call for Chapter Proposals: Computer Mediated Communication: Issues and Approaches in Education

Call for Chapter Proposals: Computer Mediated Communication: Issues and Approaches in Education
Proposal Submission Deadline: January 22, 2010
Computer Mediated Communication: Issues and Approaches in Education
A book edited by Sigrid Kelsey, Louisiana State University and
Kirk St.Amant, East Carolina University

To be published by IGI Global:


Technology has created a shift leading from traditional classrooms to environments unhindered by space or time. Online education has grown rapidly in recent years with nearly four million students taking online courses in the United States alone, and an expected further
demand for online education due to the global economic downturn (Staying the Course: Online Education in the United States, 2008, Those individuals teaching in traditional, online, and hybrid environments must therefore adapt their teaching approaches and communication methods to address the evolution of technology in education. Within this context, computer mediated communication brings about issues and opportunities in education such as new pedagogical approaches, teaching methods, the changing pace of instruction, opportunities for collaboration, and more.

This edited collection will examine the implications and effects computer mediated communication has had on instruction and education. The chapters in this collection will, in turn, provide perspectives that can help instructors/teachers, students, trainers, and other
professionals involved in education and training better understand and better address teaching, training, and learning in online environments.


The primary audience for this book would include:
• Professors, teachers, trainers, administrators, librarians, instructional technology staff, and other education decision makers who need to make informed choices about how their organizations can use online media to perform effectively
• Researchers studying online education and the use of online media in educational or instructional contexts (including the growth of international online education practices, or the effectiveness of international online education)
• Managers and decision makers who need to implement or oversee online educational/instructional models or practices or who need to make strategic decisions concerning if and how their organization should adopt or implement online educational/instructional approaches
• Policy makers who need to develop policies and procedures for regulating, accrediting, or assessing online educational practices and the uses of online media in teaching/instruction


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

• Online instructional modeling: Theoretical perspectives of teaching and learning
• New demands in open and distance education
• Best practices for developing and implementing online education/instruction
• Changing identities and branding for educational institutions
• Defining the role of online education in today’s world
• Accreditation and assessment of online programs
• Framework of online education and open and distance learning
• Open & distance learning
• Policies and procedures for developing or implementing online education
• Communication strategies in online education and open and distance learning
• Distance or distributed learning, open learning, as well as blended or hybrid
• International distance learning initiatives
• Distinctions between online and on-site learning environments
• Static vs. dynamic online learning environments
• Classroom experiences
• Discussion boards, group dynamics
• Online mentoring
• Online internships
• Service learning in online contexts
• Learning environments
• Supportive technology


Prospective authors are invited to submit chapter proposals of 200-500 words on or before January 22, 2010. In their proposal, prospective authors should clearly include:

• A 2-4 sentence overview of the general topic area they will address in the proposed chapter
• A thesis statement noting the objective, focus, or purpose of the chapter
• A brief outline of major topics/major sections covered in the proposed chapter
• A 2-4 sentence explanation of how the proposed chapter relates to the overall focus of this book project
• For chapters that will report original research, the author must also include the research question that guided the process and the methodology used to address this question

Authors will be notified of the status of their proposal and sent chapter organization guidelines by March 1, 2010. Drafts of chapters will be due by June 1, 2010.


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,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit


January 22, 2010: Proposal Submission Deadline
March 1, 2010: Notification of Acceptance
June 1, 2010: Full Chapter Submission
July 12, 2010: Review Results Returned
November 5, 2010: Final Chapter Submission
December 17, 2010: Final Deadline

Please send inquiries or submit material electronically (Rich Text Files) to the editor at:

CFP: OVGTSL 2010 (Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians)

CFP: OVGTSL 2010 (Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians)

THEME: Technical Services: Outthink, Outwork, Outlast

The Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians (OVGTSL), serving Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, will hold its annual conference at the Morehead State University Adron Doran University Center, Morehead, Kentucky, May 19-21, 2010.

Featured Speakers: Renee Register, Senior Product Manager, OCLC and Judy Luther, President, Informed Strategies.

The OVGTSL Program Planning Committee invites proposals for 50-minute presentations that explore the spectrum of library technical services. Presentations relating to academic, public, or special libraries from historical, theoretical, practical or visionary perspectives are welcome. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Acquisitions /cataloging /serials, including the management of electronic resources
* Database maintenance, including authority control
* Preservation and archival issues
* Digitization and metadata
* Collection management /gift items /challenged materials
* Changing relations with vendors and publishers
* Managing, educating, and retraining technical services staff
* New technologies /services /software /standards /systems
* Instructional roles for technical services librarians
* Management trends / marketing /funding opportunities
* Communication enhancement tools


OVGTSL invites all interested persons to submit proposals and suggested topics/speakers. Please include the following in your submission:

• Name, Title, Institution, Address, E-mail address, Telephone number of all presenter(s)
• Contact (primary) presenter
• Title of presentation
• Abstract (not to exceed 200 words)
• Format: Individual presentation, panel discussion, poster session, etc.
• Equipment Needs

Proposals should be sent electronically as an e-mail attachment in Word or text format to:

Mykie Howard, Serials & Government Documents Librarian, Morehead State University

CALL FOR AUTHORS: Encyclopedia of Social Networking

CALL FOR AUTHORS: Encyclopedia of Social Networking

We are inviting academic editorial contributors to the Encyclopedia of Social Networking, a new 2-volume reference to be published in 2011 by SAGE Publications.

This comprehensive work will be marketed and sold to college, public, and academic libraries and includes some 400 articles, covering all aspects of social networking from historical perspectives on social networks in ancient times to social networks in the Renaissance to the social networks of war to Twitter. While the term social networking evokes fast-moving technologies and services like weblogs, MySpace, or YouTube, the concept of a social network greatly predates these electronic technologies that have enabled just one aspect of it. Simply put, in these articles, a social network is a grouping or loosely connected web of individuals tied by one or more specific types of interests or interdependencies. These may include everything from similar likes and dislikes, friends and kin, disease transmission, or even a shared bus route to work, the “grapevine” around the water cooler, and the “old boy” network. Analysis of such groupings has spawned a whole area of theory and research within the social sciences,
with accompanying definitions, measures, and research techniques.

We are now making assignments with a deadline of March 1, 2010.

Each article, ranging from 800 to 4,000 words, is signed by the contributor. The General Editor for the encyclopedia is George Barnett, Ph.D. University of California – Davis, who will review all the articles for editorial content and academic consistency.

If you are interested in contributing to the encyclopedia, it can be a notable publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your publishing credits. Payments for the articles are honoraria that range from a $50 book credit at SAGE Publications for article submissions totaling up to 1,000 words to a free set of the finished encyclopedia (a $250 value) for contributions totaling 10,000 words. More than this, your involvement can help assure that credible and detailed data, descriptions, and analysis are available to students of social networking issues.

The list of available articles (Excel file) and Style Guidelines are prepared and will be sent to you in response to your inquiry. Please then select which unassigned articles may best suit your interests and expertise.

If you would like to contribute to building a truly outstanding reference with the Encyclopedia of Social Networking, please contact me by the e-mail information below. Please provide a brief summary of your background in social networking. Thanks for your time and interest.

Lisbeth Rogers
Author Manager
Golson Media

IFLA 2010 (Gothenburg, Sweden)

IFLA 2010 (Gothenburg, Sweden) URL:

CFP for main meeting:
(check back as they will be adding calls often)

Calls for Papers for Satellite Meetings

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Call for Proposals: Book Chapters for Embedded Librarians

Call for Proposals: Book Chapters for Embedded Librarians

Editors of the forthcoming ACRL publications book Embedded Librarians: Moving beyond one-shot instruction, to be published late 2010, seek proposals for chapters from skilled librarians who have researched and/or implemented an embedded librarian program. The book will provide an overview of embedded librarianship within higher education. Chapters are sought about strategies for and experiences of creating a long-term embedded presence in multiple non-library settings, both online and in-person.

Potential topics include:

Defining "embedded librarianship"
History and background of embedded librarianship
Embedding in the first year experience
Embedding within departments
Collaborating across departments to encourage embedded projects
Embedding in online course management systems
Embedding in the enterprise
Assessing the success of embedded projects
Future opportunities in embedded librarianship

Prospective authors should email a brief CV, a writing sample, and a one-page proposal for their chapter to or Proposals are due by January 30, 2010.

CFP: IFLA 2010: “Libraries Promoting Reading in a Multicultural, Multilingual Society”

CFP: IFLA 2010: “Libraries Promoting Reading in a Multicultural, Multilingual Society”

The Section on Literacy and Reading and the Section on Library Services to Multicultural Populations plan to hold a three-hour joint program at the 2010 Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, on the topic, “Libraries Promoting Reading in a Multicultural, Multilingual Society.” We expect to select four to six high quality papers for presentation and discussion.

Papers selected for presentation will reflect a variety of geographic settings. They should clearly document research and/or library practices that have been effective promoting reading that celebrates cultural diversity or that were designed as multicultural reading promotions. The role of the library in the reading promotion should be clearly stated.

Paper proposals should be no more than one page in length and should include an abstract of the final paper.
Please, provide as follows:
a) Title of proposed presentation
b) Abstract of the presentation (no more than one page)
c) Name(s) of presenter(s)
d) Position or title of presenter(s)
e) Presenter(s) employer or affiliated institution
f) Address & E-mail address
g) Short biographical statement regarding the presenter/s.

Proposals can be written in any of the official IFLA languages, but please, provide abstract in English too!

Proposals should be sent electronically no later than January 10, 2010: to Elena Corradini at or

Papers will be refereed by members of both sections. Decisions will be made by February 20, 2010.

Please note: All expenses incurred for attending the Gothenburg conference are the responsibility of the authors whose papers are accepted.
Authors/presenters are expected to attend the World Library and Information Congress and present their papers in person.
Accepted papers: Full papers must be from 3 to 20 single spaced pages and delivered by April 15, 2010.

Ivanka Stricevic, PhD
IFLA Literacy and Reading Section (Chair)
University of Zadar, LIS Department
Zadar, Croatia

CFP: IFLA Cataloguing Section

CFP: IFLA Cataloguing Section

Session Theme: Multilingual Bibliographic Access: Promoting Universal Access

The IFLA Cataloguing Section 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 Gothenburg, Sweden, August 10-15, 2010.

2010 will be yet another exciting year in the area of cataloguing and bibliographic control. The new Statement of International Cataloguing Principles will by then have been adopted by many countries and as a consequence universal bibliographic control should be working even more
smoothly; the new cataloguing code, RDA: Resource Description and Access, replacing the AACR 2, will be published during the year and implemented by four participating countries (U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia) and maybe more countries will follow soon after that; the
consolidated ISBD will be complete with full examples and a new preliminary area 0 for content form and media type.

The theme of next year's World Library and Information Congress is Open Access to Knowledge - Promoting Sustainable Progress. Connecting to this theme the IFLA Cataloguing Section has therefore chosen the session theme mentioned above: Multilingual Bibliographic Access: Promoting Universal Access. Presentations on this topic are now requested. Three 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) in English and relevant biographical information of author(s)/presenter(s) by 15 January 2010 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 15 February 2010.

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 Gothenburg conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

Call for Registration: Academic Librarian 2: Singing in the Rain Conference, 11-12 March 2010, Hong Kong

Call for Registration: Academic Librarian 2: Singing in the Rain Conference, 11-12 March 2010, Hong Kong

Registration for Academic Librarian 2: Singing in the Rain Conference ( is now open
Date: 11-12 March 2010
Venue: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Bio-sketches of the keynote speakers can be viewed at Other professionals with interest to the conference themes are also invited to share their views. The Conference Programme will be available soon.

Early registration on or before 8 January 2010 will enjoy a discounted price. Enjoy Pay 5 Get 1 free registration for 6 participants from the same institution attending the full conference. Details for registration can be found at

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

CFP: 38th Annual Conference Canadian Association for Information Science: Information Science: Synergy through Diversity

Call for Papers: 38th Annual Conference Information Science: Synergy through Diversity
Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada
June 2 - 4, 2010
Information Science: Synergy through Diversity


With focus on innovative research and on information science as an evolving field, the conference will provide information scientists with a forum for presentation on four areas that form the conference program theme:

We are seeking submissions that address any aspects of the following:

* Knowledge and Information Management (e.g. Knowledge Management, Competitive Intelligence, Economic Intelligence)
* Social networking and user participation in knowledge structure (e.g. Web 2.0, folksonomies, ontologies)
* Information Organization (e.g. cataloguing and classification, Informetrics, Records Management, metadata)
* Human-Information Interaction (HII) (e.g. information retrieval, interface design, information architecture, user studies, information behaviour, information literacy)

Proposals that address other aspects of information and library science or other aspects of the conference or congress themes are also warmly invited.

Call for Papers
Proposals for CAIS/ACSI 2010 are solicited. All submissions should include a title, the name(s) of the author(s) and a statement of how the content relates to the conference themes. Proposals may be submitted in English or French. Doctoral candidates are especially invited to submit proposals for the conference.

Call for Submissions: Embedded Librarianship

Call for Submissions: Embedded Librarianship

Public Services Quarterly (PSQ) invites submission of manuscripts for a special thematic issue (volume 6, issue 2/3) on "Embedded Librarianship."


One innovative trend in librarianship is the practice of embedding librarians, putting librarians where their users are. Modeled on the concept of the embedded journalist, an embedded librarian typically refers to a higher order of collaboration between librarians and teaching faculty, where librarians are more fully immersed and participatory in the academic experience. Embedded librarians spend significant time in the classroom/department, create course assignments and specific research guides, do research with teaching faculty, and may have a presence in course management software. The term "blended librarian" is sometimes used in lieu of embedded librarian.

In this special issue, we seek to explore the practice of embedded librarianship in an online environment and beyond. Some questions that may be addressed include, but not limited to:

* How do we define embedded librarianship?

* What are the best practices?

* What are effective strategies for embedding a librarian?

* What does it mean to be an embedded librarian in an online environment?

* How do we assess an embedded librarian program?

* What is the future of embedded librarianship?

Barbara Norelli, Social Sciences & Instructional Services Librarian at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, will edit this special issue of PSQ.


* Manuscript submissions are due March 10, 2010.

* Accepted authors will be notified on April 1, 2010.

* Author revisions are due May 1, 2010.

Please submit manuscripts and direct questions to the special issue editor, Barbara Norelli, at:

Public Services Quarterly, a Taylor & Francis Group/Routledge publication, is a peer reviewed journal that examines traditional and nontraditional areas of public service in academic libraries. This special issue of PSQ will NOT be refereed.

This special issue is scheduled for publication in June 2010 and it may be considered for publication as a monograph by Taylor & Francis.

For more information on Public Services Quarterly and the Instructions for Authors, please visit:

Call for papers: Connections 2010

Call for papers: Connections 2010

Message sent on behalf of Michael McNally from the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at The University of Western Ontario Apologies for cross-posting

Connections 2010 (May 15-16, 2010) is a conference for Library and Information Science doctoral students and candidates. It is one of the best venues for attendees to meet and discuss with their colleagues from not only the Great Lakes region but from across Canada and the United States. Furthermore, because the conference is run and organized by and for LIS doctoral students and candidates it serves as a forum for research at any stage in the process.

Call for Papers:
Connections 2010 will feature twenty-four 20 minute presentations over the course of the conference. Presentations may cover any Information or Library Science related subject including library or information behavior, policy, or systems. Students and candidates interested in presenting are required to submit a 500 word abstract for a double-blind peer review.

Details about the conference and call for papers are available at:

Adrian K. Ho
Scholarly Communication Librarian
The University of Western Ontario
(519) 661-2111 x87832

Monday, December 07, 2009

Call for Posters: Innovations & Best Practices in Business Librarianship (SLA Annual Conference)

Call for Posters: Innovations & Best Practices in Business Librarianship (SLA Annual Conference)

Theme: Innovations & Best Practices in Business Librarianship

Location: 2010 SLA Annual Conference – New Orleans

Date/Time: Monday, June 14, 2010 – 4:00pm – 5:30pm

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

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

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 New Orleans, June 2010.

This session is sponsored by the Business & Finance Division and the College & University Business Librarians Section.

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, 2010. 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 2, 2010 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 Librarian
PO Box 3967
University Library
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30303 USA
Ph. (404) 413-2856
Fax: (404) 413-2851

CFP: The Materiality of Texts

CFP: The Materiality of Texts
Location: Quebec, Canada

Papers are invited on any aspect of the materiality of texts, such as:

• The monied text and the players: Incentive, rewards, careers, publication, performance, exchange—what are the human motivations behind textual production?

• The mirror and the private reader: Far from critical hierarchies, individuals turn to texts of all sorts and discover themselves. What and how can we learn about the value of texts to specific readers other than ourselves?

• The fluid text and the scholarly editor: How do variants affect the significance of a work? How should one represent and organize the different incarnations of a text?

• Intersections in method: Bibliography and cultural studies both take the “materiality of texts” as a starting point but trace noticeably different trajectories. How might these different fields of contemporary scholarship fruitfully learn from one another?

Submissions, in English or French, should include the following: • A proposal (max. 700 words) or a complete paper (max. 8–10 pp. double-spaced)
• An information sheet including: name, professional designation (professor, doctoral candidate, etc.), institutional affiliation, email address, abstract (100 words), bio (50 words), A/V requirements (if any)
Eli MacLaren
Bibliographical Society of Canada

Visit the website at

Sunday, December 06, 2009

CFP: Annual Joint Conference of the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations: Biography & Popular Culture Section

CFP: Annual Joint Conference of the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations: Biography & Popular Culture Section

St. Louis, Missouri, March 31-April 3, 2010
Proposal Deadline: December 15, 2009

The annual joint conference of the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, March 31-April 3, 2010. The Biography and Popular Culture Area of the Popular Culture Association welcomes submissions from scholars of various disciplines.

The Biography and Popular Culture Area will examine the connections between biography and popular culture. Papers and full panel presentations regarding any aspect of popular culture and biography are encouraged.

Potential topic might include:

Biography and entertainment, art, music, theater
Biography and film
Biography and criminal justice
Television programs about biography
Biography and urban legends
Biography and folklore
Biography and literature
Scholarly Biography
Controversial Biography
Psychoanalysis and Biography
Historical Biography
Political Biography

Prospective presenters should send a one-page abstract and a one-page vitae to Susie Skarl via email: by December 15, 2009.

For more information on the PCA/ACA Conference, please visit the official website: For information on the conference, please visit:

If you have any questions regarding the submission of papers, please feel free to contact: Susie Skarl, Urban Affairs Librarian, UNLV Libraries