Monday, January 31, 2011

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS: Planning and Implementing Resource Discovery Tools in Academic Libraries

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS: Planning and Implementing Resource Discovery Tools in Academic Libraries

Proposal Submission Deadline: February 28, 2011
Planning and Implementing Resource Discovery Tools in Academic Libraries
A book edited by Mary Popp and Diane Dallis
Indiana University Libraries Bloomington, IN U.S.A.

To be published by IGI Global:

The concept of “resource discovery” has many meanings. Only now is it beginning to be defined as a description for library research software that allows a library user to search multiple Web-based resources simultaneously and bring back usable search results beginning to be refined. The mission of this book is to provide librarians and administrators with information they can use to evaluate and implement a resource discovery product—to determine how well such software can meet the needs of their users, to make a product choice based on their local needs, to develop plans for implementation, to implement the software and integrate it into the research lives of users, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the software in their own environments.

Resource discovery tools have become more mainstream resources. As librarians work to find, purchase and implement such products as EBSCO Discovery Service, Encore, Primo, and Summon as well as open source tools they need to develop structured procedures for review and implementation that ensure they are using funds wisely. To date, very little has been published on this topic and only a small number of conference programs and presentations have been scheduled or given. There is an immediate need for information and shared ideas.

Objective of the Book:
We have the following objectives for this book:
• Propose a working definition of “resource discovery” that can be used in professional discussions about resource discovery products.
• Identify user behaviors based on empirical research that lead to a need for “resource discovery.”
• Identify best practices for selecting a discovery tool.
• Identify best practices for setting up a discovery tool and making it available to users.
• Locate and share usability test results for resource discovery and related tools and their implementation into library products and services.
• Present representative examples of the implementation of discovery tools.
• Identify areas of concern in use of a resource discovery tool and suggest future enhancements.

Target Audience:
The primary audience for this book is composed of librarians and library administrators in academic libraries, both large and small. Librarians who are interested in providing resources for users to find the information they need, who maintain library Web sites and catalogs, or provide library instruction to students, faculty and staff in colleges and universities will find the overview information useful. Library administrators who must set priorities and find funding for new resources will be able to use the book to help them plan their review of the marketplace, selection of an appropriate tool, and implementation of that tool.
Recommended topics include but are not limited to, the following:
-User behavior and expectations for library web sites and finding tools
-How the digital consumer experience influences online research
-What libraries have learned from federated search
-How college students, faculty members, or other researchers find information
-Selecting a discovery tool
-Integrating local digital collections and non-mainstream resources into discovery tools
-User testing and user-centered design in implementing discovery solutions
-Issues in implementing a discovery tool
-Representative examples of discovery tools in use including product choice, user input, setting up the discovery tool, and lessons learned
-Areas of concern in use of the discovery tool

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before February 28, 2011, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. The proposal should summarize the proposed contents of the paper and provide a draft outline of major points to be included.

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by March 28, 2011 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by June 30, 2011. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

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 This publication is anticipated to be released in 2012.

Important Dates
February 28, 2011: Proposal Submission Deadline
March 28, 2011: Notification of Acceptance
June 30, 2011: Full Chapter Submission
August 30, 2011: Review Results Returned
September 30, 2011: Final Chapter Submission
October 30, 2011: Final Deadline

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document or PDF):
Diane Dallis and Mary Popp
Indiana University Libraries
1320 East 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

CFP: Italian Journal of Library and Information Science

CFP: Italian Journal of Library and Information Science

URL:, the Italian Journal of Library and Information Science, is an academic journal of international scope that aims to valorize the Italian research in the LIS field, and it welcomes contributions from young students and scholars. The journal board encourages authors (students, researchers, librarians, archivists) to contribute with interdisciplinary or innovative papers, hoping that they can use as a virtual space for theoretical elaboration on the radical transformations happening to cognitive processes of knowledge fruition, and to professional practices due to digital culture innovations. publishes one volume in two six-monthly issues, in June and December. The deadline for the submission for the next issue is the March 31th, 2011.

About the Journal: is published by the University of Florence - Department of studies on the Antiquities, Middle Age, the Renaissance and Linguistics; maintenance for this OJS Installation, software development and maintenance is provided by the AePIC team at CILEA.Submitted papers will be checked by one of the editors: if it will pass this first step, then the paper should be sent to 2 reviewers for the review process, after which the author will be notified of the acceptance or should be given suggestions to improve his paper. secures:
- open access to contributions (authors retain copyright)
- peer-review by Italian and international experts
- wide dissemination of published contributions both in the national and international area, with the help of specific tools. is indexed and repertoired by:

- ACNP - Italian union catalogue of serials
- BASE - Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
- Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Educational Technology and Library Science
- DOAJ - Directory of open access journals
- EZB - Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek - Universitätsbibliothek Regensburg
- Google Scholar
- JournalTOCs - JISC
- The Informed Librarian Online
- Italian Library Association - Italian Professional Literature
- LibLit - Library Literature & Information Science Full Text
- LISA - Library and Information Science Abstracts
- LISTA - Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
- NewJour - Electronic Journals & Newsletters, University of Georgetown
- ticTOCs
- Ulrich's
- Worldcat, analytics, too. has been received the SPARC seal for Open Access, that marks the compliance to the following conditions for open access publishing:
- the choice of a CC-BY licence
- the supply of the metadata of published articles to DOAJ

For further details, see at
or send a message to

Andrea Marchitelli associate editor

CFP: Library Research Round Table (LRRT) - Graduate Students

CFP: Library Research Round Table (LRRT) - Graduate Students

The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) will sponsor a Research Forum at the 2011 American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans (June 23-28) specifically for graduate students.

New Minds, New Approaches

This session will present three graduate students research papers discussing library-related research projects. Students in the library and information science graduate programs are invited to submit papers.

The LRRT Forums are a set of programs at the ALA Annual Conference featuring presentations of LIS research, in progress or completed, followed by discussion. This is an opportunity to present and discuss your research project conducted in the broad area of library and information science or in a more specialized area of the field. LRRT welcomes papers emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS. Topics can include, but are not limited to, user studies and user behavior, electronic services, service effectiveness, organizational structure and personnel, library value determination, and evaluation of library and information services. Both completed research and research in progress will be considered. The Committee will use a blind review process to select a maximum of three projects.

The selected researchers will be required to present their papers in person at the forums and to register for the conference. Criteria for selection are:

1. Significance of the study to library and information science research;
2. Quality and creativity of the methodology;
3. Potential to fill a research gap or to build on previous LIS studies;
4. Adherence to submission requirements (see below).

Please submit a two-page proposal by Monday February 21. Late submissions will not be considered, and submissions must be limited to two pages in length. On the first page, please list your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information (telephone number, mailing address, and email address). The second page should NOT show your name or any other identifying information.

Instead, it must include: 1) The title of your project, and 2) A 500-word or less abstract. The abstract must include a problem statement, problem significance, project objectives, methodology, and conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress), and an indication of whether the research is in-progress or completed.

Previously published research or research accepted for publication by February 21, 2011, will not be considered.

Notification of acceptance will be made by March 1, 2011

Please send submissions (via email or snail mail) to:
Linda L. Lillard, Ph.D.
Library Research Round Table Chair
Associate Professor
205 Carlson Library
Department of Library Science
Clarion University
Clarion, PA 16214
Phone: 814-393-2383

Thursday, January 27, 2011

New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship. Call for Papers

New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship. Call for Papers

Call for Papers
New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship
Editor: Dr Sally Maynard, Lecturer, Department of Information Science, Loughborough University.

The editor is currently seeking articles for the next edition of the New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship.

This is an international journal designed to explore the range of issues of current concern to those working in the field of children’s literature and librarianship around the world, including:

* critical assessments of children’s and adolescent literature
* the management of library services to children and adolescents
* education issues affecting library services
* Information Technology
* user education and the promotion of services
* staff education and training
* collection development and management
* book and media selection
* research in literature and library services for children and adolescents

The editor will be pleased to consider for publication original manuscripts which deal with any of this broad range of themes. Papers should not have been published previously, or been submitted elsewhere simultaneously. Papers presented at conferences may be considered if they are unlikely to be published in a conference proceedings volume.

Further details of the journal and instructions for authors can be accessed here

The journal is refereed by members of the editorial board – a group of internationally distinguished academics and professionals working in the areas of children’s literature and children’s and schools librarianship.

The deadline for papers is Friday 4th March 2011 (this is negotiable, however).

Manuscripts should be sent electronically to Sally Maynard at:

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

CFP: WikiSym 2011 (Mountain View, CA)

CFP: WikiSym 2011 (Mountain View, CA)


Wikisym is the International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, the premier conference on open collaboration and related technologies for researchers, industry, entrepreneurs and practitioners worldwide.

WikiSym 2011 celebrates its 7th year of scholarly, technical and community innovation on October 3-5, 2011 at the Microsoft Research Campus in Silicon Valley (Mountain View, California). Established on October 4, 1999, the Silicon Valley Campus (SVC) has become Microsoft's largest and most interdisciplinary center in USA outside Redmond, with more than 1,300 employees. Silicon Valley continues to be the leading hub for high-tech innovation and development, still being considered as one of the top research and development centers in the world. According to the 2010 Q1 MoneyTree report from PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Silicon Valley accounts for 1/3 of the total venture capital investment in the United States.

WikiSym 2011 will feature a packed research track, including peer-reviewed papers, workshops, panels, a doctoral consortium and invited speakers. We will also have important presence from a number of sponsors, companies and non-profit organizations presenting avant-garde work around open collaboration technologies and culture. We believe this balance between academia and industry is a powerful way to foster innovation, to create disruptive contributions as well as to confront the exciting challenges in this field.

Call for Contributions

Submissions are invited for the following categories:
* Research Papers, Panels, Workshop: April 1, 2011
* Posters, Demos: May 13, 2011
* Notification of Acceptance: June 17, 2011

Topics appropriate for research submissions include all aspects of the people, tools, contexts, and content that comprise open collaboration systems. Please check the WikiSym 2011 - Call for Participation page for additional details:

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Call for Editors and Peer Reviewers (Journal of Learning Spaces)

Call for Editors and Peer Reviewers (Journal of Learning Spaces)

The Journal of Learning Spaces is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that will begin publishing issues biannually in September 2011. We will provide a scholarly, multidisciplinary forum for research articles, case studies, book reviews, and position pieces related to all aspects of learning space design, operation, pedagogy, and assessment in higher education. We invite works from a wide range of subject disciplines and organizational backgrounds, including (but not limited to) Architecture, Interior & Product Design, Education, Information & Library Science, Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, Sociology, and Student and Residential Life. See our About the Journal section for more details.

Applications for journal Editors and Peer Reviewers are currently sought from experienced practitioners and academics in higher education institutions. Applications will be accepted through February 28, 2011. Please note that the Journal of Learning Spaces is a free open-access journal and all positions are voluntary and unpaid. The Journal of Learning Spaces is hosted by the University Libraries, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Responsibilities and Qualifications
Editors: We welcome applications from experienced higher education practitioners and academics across a wide range of subject disciplines and organizational backgrounds. Editorial Board terms are 2 years, beginning in March 2011. Responsibilities. Duties will include recruiting and editing manuscripts, overseeing peer-review processes within journal sections, and promoting the journal to colleagues. Interested editors may contribute to the development of journal columns and content ideas as the publication grows. All work will be done online or by phone. Qualifications. Applicants should possess: project management skills and the ability to meet deadlines; previous publishing and editorial experience; the ability to recruit quality manuscripts; excellent organizational, networking, and communication skills; and the ability to work as part of a creative, dynamic, and multidisciplinary editorial team.

Peer Reviewers: We welcome applications from experienced higher education practitioners and academics across a wide range of subject disciplines and organizational backgrounds. Peer Reviewer terms are 2 years, beginning in March 2011. Responsibilities. Duties will include providing timely, professional, objective reviews of manuscripts (approximately 3-5 per year), communicating with editorial board members, and promoting the journal to colleagues. Qualifications. Applicants should possess: previous publishing experience; reviewing or editorial experience; the ability to meet deadlines; strong oral and written communication skills.

How To Apply
To apply as either an editor or peer reviewer, please:
1. Register with the Journal as an Author.
2. Once registered, please login to the Journal and select Author > "Start a New Submission." Follow the five step process and upload the following materials to complete your submission:
o Step 1. Choose the Journal Section that corresponds with the position you are applying for: Editor Application or Peer Reviewer Application.
o Step 2. Title your submission your full name.
o Step 3. Upload your current curriculum vita.
o Step 4. Upload a brief (1 page max.) letter of introduction that describes your interests and work in learning spaces and your experience editing or reviewing. Title this submission your full name.
o Step 5. Click Finish Submission to complete the application process.
3. All applicants will be notified no later than March 14, 2011 of the Editorial Board's decision.

Beth Filar Williams
Coordinator of Library Services for Distance & Online Learning
Electronic Resources & Information Technology
University of North Carolina Greensboro
AIM : filarwilliams | MSN: | 336.256.1232

Position: Editor of the ALCTS Newsletter Online (ANO)

Position: Editor of the ALCTS Newsletter Online (ANO)

The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) invites applications and nominations for the position of Editor of the ALCTS Newsletter Online (ANO), the association’s official newsletter.

The Editor is expected to take a leading role in the delivery of news that ALCTS members need to know from the association and the library community beyond. Details about the position are available at:

The application deadline is March 4, 2011. Applications should be submitted to Mary Case at:

STS CALL FOR RESEARCH PAPERS (Research Committee of the ACRL Science and Technology Section)

STS CALL FOR RESEARCH PAPERS (Research Committee of the ACRL Science and Technology Section)

The Research Committee of the ACRL Science and Technology Section is hosting its Annual Research Forum at the 2011 American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.

The Research Forum provides an excellent opportunity to share recent research or research ideas addressing issues in science and technology librarianship. The Committee will utilize a “blind” review process to select proposals from the following two categories:

1. Featured Paper Presentation. The Featured Paper Presentation is 30 minutes in length and is followed by a thoughtful critique from a guest commentator who offers suggestions on how to prepare the paper for publication. Proposals should reflect research that has been completed or initiatives that have already been implemented. At a minimum, significant progress should have been made toward completion or implementation.
2. Short Paper Presentations. Short Papers are 10 minutes in length and may reflect research or initiatives that have been completed or are currently in progress. Short papers may also solicit feedback on research ideas that are being formulated, outlining possible approaches and asking attendees and the guest commentator for their response.

We encourage proposals for papers relating to the following program theme:”Innovation in an age of Limits” While the tendency in hard economic times is to be conservative and avoid risks, this environment creates the need, and opportunities, to innovate. STS began 50 years ago in an era of seemingly unlimited possibilities, with the Cold War driving investment in scientific research, big technology, and higher education. Now we face grand challenges in science, engineering and library services. Current economic conditions are limiting, but our only real limit is our ability to innovate.

One Featured Paper proposal and two Short Paper proposals will be selected. Criteria for proposal selections are as follows:

For an empirical study, an abstract should include:

- The problem stated in one sentence if possible
- The objects, people, or behavior being studied (Manual says “participants” and relevant characteristics)
- Essential features of the methodology
- Basic findings, including statistical limitations such as confidence intervals
- Conclusions, implications, or applications

For a case study, an abstract should include:

- The subject or characteristics of the objects studied
- The nature of the problem and solution illustrated by the case
- Questions for additional study

(from APA Style Manual, 6th Edition, pp. 26-27.)

In addition, the proposal should:

- Present ideas in a manner that is well written, clear, logical and well organized.
- Develops a topic that is original, timely and relevant to science/technology librarianship.
- Contribute to the advancement of science librarianship.
- Demonstrate innovative thinking.
- Contribute ideas for positioning librarians to be leaders both on and off campus.
- Define strategies for effectively implementing new ideas and technology.

An abstract not exceeding 250 words should indicate presentation category (Featured or Short Paper) and convey the title and purpose of the project. Please outline the following elements; its scope, methodology, conclusions, and relevance to science and technology librarianship. Be sure to include your name, institution, phone, and e-mail address. Please indicate at the end of your abstract if the project has been submitted to other conferences, for publication in a journal, or has been published or presented before.

Acceptance of proposals reflects a commitment by the author(s) to provide presentations of 10 minutes (Short Paper) or 30 minutes (Feature Paper) at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: Extended to: Tuesday, February 15. Review of submissions will begin immediately by the STS Research Committee. Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail to Diana D. Shonrock, , Co-Chair of the STS Research Committee.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Call for Chapters: Library Collection Development for Professional Programs: Trends and Best Practices

Call for Chapters: Library Collection Development for Professional Programs: Trends and Best Practices

Sara Holder, MLIS
Head Librarian
Education Library & Curriculum Resources Centre
McGill University
Montréal, Quebec

Call for Chapters:
Proposals Submission Deadline: February 28, 2011
Full Chapters Due: July 30, 2011


Collection development (also known as collection management) is the term used to describe the evaluative process used by librarians to choose the items to be included in a particular library or sub-section thereof. There are many factors and variables that a librarian must take into account in this process (e.g. budget/pricing, accessibility, audience, popularity/reliability, trends, etc.) and it can be one of the most time-consuming and difficult aspects of the job. This will be a collection of previously unpublished essays in which the authors describe approaches to collection development carried out in support of professional and/or applied academic programs (e.g., law, teacher education, medicine, business, architecture, library science etc.).

Objective of the Book

Collection development is a challenging part of a librarian's job and one that tends to be very situation-specific, making it difficult to teach it effectively (most, if not all, practical skills in this area are learned on the job). This type of publication would be extremely valuable to the profession, since it will contain practical advice and strategies as well as investigations and comparisons across geographies and disciplines. The volume would be used both by practicing librarians in a wide range of research libraries as well as by professors in Library Science programs as a course text for classes on collection development and academic librarianship.

Target Audience

The intended audience for the book would be practicing librarians in academic settings who have collection development responsibilities in one or more of the applied disciplines. The book would provide this group with practical advice from fellow practitioners as well as a comparative overview of collection development policies and practices in use at peer institutions. The book would also be of use in library science programs offering courses on collection development and academic librarianship to supplement the general text.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Collection Development in Support of ...
Teacher Education Curriculum
Law School Curriculum
Architecture Curriculum
Engineering Curriculum
Business/Commerce/Management Curriculum
Dentistry Curriculum
Medical Curriculum
Nursing Curriculum
Pharmacy Curriculum
Social Work/Counseling Curriculum
Library Science Curriculum

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before February 28, 2011, a 2-3 page document clearly outlining the content of his or her proposed. The document should summarize the proposed contents of the chapter and provide a draft outline of major points to be included.

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by March 28, 2011 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by July 30, 2011. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Chapters should be unique to this publication - no previously published or simultaneously submitted material should be included. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global, Hershey, PA and New York, NY, and publisher of the ongoing series Advances in Library Information Studies, as well as numerous other imprints. For additional information concerning the publisher, please visit . This title is scheduled to be released in 2012.

Important Dates


February 28: Deadline for proposals
March 28: Notification of proposal status
July 30: Full chapter submission
October 30: Review results returned
November 15: Final chapter submission


January 3: Final deadline

Editorial Advisory Board Members

Mary K. Chelton, Queens College/CUNY, USA
Nancy Mactague, Research and Electronic Resources Librarian Aurora University, USA
Paul Glassman, Felician College, USA
Brian Coutts, Western Kentucky University, USA
Kathryn Bartelt, University of Evansville, USA
Sue Polanka, Wright State University Libraries, USA
Eloise Hitchcock, Cumberland University, USA
Robert T. Ivey, University of Memphis Libraries, USA
Margaret Heilbrun, Library Journal, USA

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:
Sara Holder
McGill University Education Library
3700 McTavish Street
Montréal, QC H3A 1Y2
Phone: 514-398-4687
Fax: 514-398-2165

CFP: Mobile Technologies (in Serials: The Journal for the International Serials Community)

CFP: Mobile Technologies (in Serials: The Journal for the International Serials Community)

UKSG ( will publish a special supplement on mobile technologies to run alongside the November 2011 issue of Serials: the journal for the international serials community. This is a call out for innovative papers on all aspects of the subject of mobile technologies in scholarly communication.

Coverage includes, but is not limited to:
-business opportunities, business development and business models
-copyright, licensing and authentication issues
-technical challenges
-case studies: use by library, use in teaching and curriculum development, or use by researchers in the field

Please contact Ally Souster ( for a copy of the Notes for Contributors or see

In the first instance the editors (Lorraine Estelle and Steve Sharp) invite you to submit an abstract of 150 words by Monday 28th February 2011. Please email this, along with the author details, to Abstracts will be reviewed by the international Serials editorial board and authors whose abstracts are accepted will be invited to write up articles in April with final manuscripts of between 2,000 and 3,000 words due on 18th July 2011. Please note all submissions will be subject to blind peer review and may be rejected if they are deemed unsuitable or too close in subject matter to another accepted article.

Authors should note that Serials may seek commercial sponsorship to enable as many papers as possible to be made open access.

Should authors not wish to have their articles sponsored by a commercial organisation, please tell the Editors on submission of your abstract.

Sent on behalf of:
Lorraine Estelle, JISC Collections
Steve Sharp, University of Leeds

CFP: Academic Library Association of Ohio’s Distance Learning Interest Group (DLIG) 2011 Spring Workshop

CFP: Academic Library Association of Ohio’s Distance Learning Interest Group (DLIG) 2011 Spring Workshop

The Academic Library Association of Ohio’s Distance Learning Interest Group (DLIG) is pleased to announce that the 2011 Spring Workshop, INOV8: Revitalizing Distance Learning, is scheduled for Friday, May 13, 2011, at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio. The workshop will focus on ways to revitalize your approach to distance learning by looking at current practices, emerging technologies and trends, and possibilities for the future.

We are accepting proposals for presentations that will motivate and inspire our distance learning colleagues. We especially welcome submissions that feature innovative use of freely available technologies, successful strategies for connecting to our students and faculty, or tips for librarianship in learning management systems or online courses.

Proposals should be 250-400 words in length and include a very brief bio of the presenter(s), as well as links to any publicly viewable electronic materials referenced. The DLIG Planning Committee will select from the proposals submitted. The deadline for submitting proposals is January 31, 2011. More details are on the ALAO website (

To submit a proposal, please email:
Christina Bonner at and Kathleen Pickens-French at

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Call for Authors for LITA Guides (Neal-Schuman)

Call for Authors for LITA Guides (Neal-Schuman)

LITA is looking for authors for the following LITA Guides to be published by Neal-Schuman Publishing.

1. Web analytics (Web tools and Website analysis)
2. Search engine optimization for libraries
3. Implementing a virtual reference program
4. Quick improvements for library web pages
5. Using mobile technologies to better serve users
6. 50 Best Free Apps for Library Services (Web aps and mobile devices)
7. Start your career as a digital technology librarian
8. Virtualization
9. Security for library systems

Authors receive a royalty for their work. The turnaround time for publication is relatively short.

Please get in touch with me if you are interested in authoring one of these guides or have a proposal of your own.

You can email me directly at


Marta Mestrovic Deyrup, Ph.D.
LITA Acquisitions Editor
Professor, University Libraries
Seton Hall University

CFP: Innovation on the ATOD Frontier: Now's the Time 33rd Annual SALIS Conference

CFP: Innovation on the ATOD Frontier: Now's the Time 33rd Annual SALIS Conference
May 3-6, 2011
Kansas City, Missouri


Submit online:
Deadline: February 14, 2011

The Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists (SALIS) association is soliciting abstracts for the 33rd Annual SALIS Conference, “Innovation on the ATOD Frontier: Now’s the Time.” The conference will be held May 3-6, 2011, in Kansas City, Missouri. The audience will be comprised primarily of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug librarians, information specialists, and communication specialists.

As suggested by the conference theme, “Innovation on the ATOD Frontier,” the 2011 conference will focus on exploring current trends and strategies for developing, disseminating, and implementing innovations in librarianship, knowledge management, and behavioral health care, including technological advances and changes in substance abuse prevention and treatment driven by health care reform.

The 2011 conference planning committee is seeking sessions that stimulate ideas and discussion, promote acquisition of knowledge and skills, and energize attendees. In a time of rapid change it's easy to stick to the security of that which is familiar and comfortable. The goal of this year’s conference is to create a space for dialog about NEW ideas and practices that offer possibilities for growth, expand attendees’ capacity to deliver services, and strengthen the ATOD information profession overall.

Call for Proposals

We invite you to share your expertise through workshops, facilitated discussions, panels, formal presentations and posters that will introduce new ideas, explore concepts, and promote dialog around current trends and strategies for developing, disseminating, and implementing innovations in librarianship, knowledge management, and behavioral health care. We especially encourage proposals that address:

* Innovations that influence access to and distribution of information (e.g. practical examples of social networking as a marketing tool and other purposes; user-contributed content, etc.).

* Challenges we face as information professionals as the result of these advances, including questions related to digital vs. print formats; e-books and e-journals; copyright vs. fair use; preservation of important archival materials in the ATOD field; open access; new ways of defining our scope to broaden our roles; responses to library closures and loss of resources and staff.

* Current thinking around the diffusion of innovations, including promising practices in disseminating and promoting the implementation of innovations.

* Changes in behavioral health care driven by health care reform, including the integration of addiction and mental health services, the integration of behavioral and primary health care, and recovery-oriented systems of care.

Please submit your abstracts (250 words or less) by February 14, 2011 using the online form at:

In your abstract, please be sure to:
* Briefly describe your topic, issue or idea;
* Indicate your preferred format for your session (workshop, facilitated discussion, panel, formal presentation, or poster; if you would like help recruiting someone to assist you in a facilitated discussion or panel session, contact Laurie Krom (;
* Explain how your proposed session relates to the conference theme and contributes to the dialog we hope to foster through this conference.
If you'd like to discuss your idea, contact conference host, Laurie Krom (, or the Executive Director of SALIS, Andrea Mitchell ( They will be glad to assist you.

Once you submit your abstract, you may return to the submission page at any time to edit your information. You will receive an email confirmation within a few days of your final submission.

If you have difficulties with the online submission form, please contact Nancy Sutherland (

Call for Chapter Proposals: LibGuides: Making Dynamic Web Design and Management Simple for Non Web-designers

Call for Chapter Proposals: LibGuides: Making Dynamic Web Design and Management Simple for Non Web-designers - A LITA Guide

Editors – Aaron Dobbs, Ryan Sittler, and Doug Cook

Send Doug a proposal – dr.library.guy at
Proposal details are at:

Aaron, Ryan, and Doug have a contract with LITA and Neal-Schuman to edit a LITA Guide on using software, such as LibGuides, to enhance library services. This timely book will provide the new user of such software as LibGuides with tips and techniques to get the most use out of the product. The book will also have interest to the seasoned creator of guides as we will be including chapters providing a theoretical basis for the best use of the web, particularly in conjunction with instruction and design. We are also planning a Guides Showcase of outstanding examples of Research Guides, which should provide readers with numerous ideas.

We would like proposals from potential authors for the following chapters. (more details at website)
1. Introduction to Online Research Guides
2. Building a Collection of Research Guides
3. The Tenets of Good Web Design/Layout
4. Creating Pages from a Pedagogical Perspective
5. Administering a Web Page Development Platform
6. LibGuides - How to Get Started Creating Guides
7. LibGuides - Advanced strategies and techniques
8. LibGuides - LibAnswers and Community Guides
9. Assessment and Web Guides
10. Other Library Guide Software
11. Other Ideas??
12. Research Guides Showcase – chapter or possible companion web site

PROPOSALS (more details at web site)
We would like proposals by February 15, 2011. Final accepted chapters will be due to us by August 1, 2011. The publication date is currently set for Spring 2012. Chapters must be unique to this book, if you have published an article about LibGuides, your chapter cannot be a rehash of the same topic. Workshops
and presentations are fine as a basis for a chapter.

Proposal details are at:

Email any of us with questions.
-Aaron Dobbs, Systems & Electronic Resources Librarian, Shippensburg University
of PA, awdobbs at
-Ryan Sittler, Instructional Technology / Information Literacy Librarian,
California University of PA, sittler at
-Doug Cook, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Shippensburg University of PA.
dr.library.guy at

5 CFP From Carol Smallwood

5 CFP From Carol Smallwood

Bringing the Arts into the Library

Book Publisher: American Library Association
Editor: Carol Smallwood, MLS
Writing and Publishing: The Librarian's Handbook, American Library Association, 2010  The Frugal Librarian: Thriving in Tough Economic Times, American Library Association, 2011

Chapters sought from U.S. and Canadian librarians who’ve worked with visual and performing artists to bring the arts into libraries to keep them vibrant community cultural centers. Innovative public, academic, school, special librarians who have encouraged painters, photographers, musicians, writers, and
other creative talent of various ages.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material; 3,000-4,000 words written by one or up to three co-authors. Concise, how-to chapters, using bullets, headings. Compensation: a complimentary book, discount on additional copies.

Possible topics: community programs and outreach, working with students, security and legal concerns, using the media,  open houses, readings and book launches, displays, collaborations with community groups, workshops, grants.

To avoid duplication, please e-mail 2-3 topics described separately in 2-3 sentences by February 15, 2011 with a brief bio. You will be contacted which of your topics will work as well as including images if you wish. Kindly place, ARTS/Your Name, on the subject line to:

Marketing Methods for Libraries

Book Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc.

Co-editor: Carol Smallwood, MLS

Co-editor: Roxanne Myers Spencer, MSLS, MAEd; Associate Professor and Coordinator, Western Kentucky University Libraries’ Educational Resources Center. Spencer also teaches in WKU’s Library Media Education, reviews for School Library Journal, and belongs to several professional organizations.

Chapters sought from U.S. practicing librarians for an anthology by practicing academic, public, school, special librarians sharing practical know-how about alerting the public what libraries contribute, why they deserve support even in tight economic times.

Possible topics: working with the media; National Library Week Activities; library newsletters; community outreach; service organization participation; holding political office; online promotion; working with elected local/state officials; holding open house.

Concise, how-to chapters using bullets, headings, based on experience to help colleagues promote their library. No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. Up to three co-authors/one complimentary copy per chapter as compensation; 3,000-4,000 words.

To receive a Go Ahead, please e-mail 2-3 topics each described in 2-3 sentences by February 15, 2011 with biography sketch(s). You will be contacted which of your topics are not duplications, inviting you to e-mail your submission. Please place MARKETING/your name on the subject line:

Librarians as Mentors in Librarianship for Adults and Students

Book Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc.

Co-Editor: Carol Smallwood, MLS

Co-Editor: Rebecca Tolley-Stokes, Faculty Outreach Librarian, East Tennessee State University.

Chapters sought for an anthology by practicing U.S. academic, public, school, special librarians sharing their librarianship know-how by mentoring adults or students: personal, one-on-one contact to further librarianship. Concise, how-to chapters using bullets, headings, based on experience to help colleagues
further the profession.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material, up to 3 co-authors/one complimentary copy per chapter as compensation; 3,000-4,000 words.

Possible topics: mentoring adults with/without a library degree; mentoring grade school, high school, undergrad, grad, doctoral students; mentoring long distance; lesson plans; technology tools; networking; classroom teaching; career workshops and conferences; time investment; job marketing; academic.

For a Go Ahead, please e-mail 2 topics each described in 2-3 sentences by February 15, 2011 and a brief bio. You will be contacted which of your topics are not duplications, inviting you to e-mail your submission. Please place MENTORS/Your Name on the subject line:

Preserving Local Writers, Genealogy, Photographs, Newspapers and Related Materials

Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press

Co-Editor: Carol Smallwood, MLS

Co-Editor: Elaine Williams, MLS, Highland County District Library in Lynchburg, Ohio. In her library's partnership with the Lynchburg Historical Society, she has conducted interviews for oral history projects, coordinated contributions to the Ohio Memory Project, and co-chaired the local chapter of the Ohio
Bicentennial Commission.

Foreword: Bruce R. Schueneman, Head of Systems at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Afterword: Jan Siebold, recipient of the New York Library Association’s School Library Media Section Cultural Media Award.

Chapters sought for an anthology by librarians who’ve worked with historical societies in preserving local history, newspaper preservation, managed manuscript/book collections of local authors, photography collections, kept student oral and written interviews, and have done/are doing related activities. Tips needed on overcoming liability and invasion of privacy issues, what to save, ways to preserve local material for current and future generations. Librarians are often the last chance important aspects of local
culture have of being conserved.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material; 3,000-3,500 words. Concise, how-to chapters, using bullets, headings, written by one author. Compensation: a complimentary book, discount on additional copies.

Please e-mail 2-3 topics described separately in 2-3 sentences by February 15, 2011 with a short bio. You will be contacted which topics will fit. Kindly place, PRESERVING/Your Name, on the subject line to:

Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing

Book Publisher: The Key Publishing House Inc., publisher of academic and
non-academic books, Toronto, Ontario

Submissions are being sought for an anthology about writing and publishing by women with experience in writing and publishing about family. Possible subjects: using life experience; networking; unique issues women must overcome; formal education; queries and proposals; conference participation; self-publishing; teaching tips. Tips on writing about family: creative nonfiction, poetry, short stories, nonfiction, novels.

Practical, concise, how-to articles with bullets/headings have proven the most helpful to readers. Please avoid writing too much about "me" and concentrate on what will help the reader. No previously published, co-written, or simultaneously submitted material.

Foreword by Supriya Bhatnagar, Director of Publications, Editor of The Writer's Chronicle, Association of Writers & Writing Programs, George Mason University.  Author of the memoir: and then there were three… (Serving House Books, 2010)

Afterword by Dr. Amy Hudock, co-editor of Literary Mama chosen by Writers Digest as one of the 101 Best Web Sites for Writers. She teaches creative writing and co-edited American Prose Writers (Seal Press, 2006)

Co-Editor Carol Smallwood

Co-Editor Suzann Holland, 2010 Winner of Public Libraries Feature Award. Her masters degrees include history, library science: she taught English at William Penn University, was a librarian at Milwaukee Public Library, a consultant in Davenport, Iowa. Her anthology contributions appear in: Greenwood
Press, Neal-Schuman, the American Library Association

Please send 2-3 possible topics you would like to contribute each described in a few sentences and a 65-75 word bio using the format like the bio's above. Please send in a .doc Word file by February 15, 2011 using FAMILY/Your Name on the subject line to You'll receive a Go-Ahead and guidelines
if your topics haven't been taken. Contributors will be asked to contribute a total of 1900-2100 words. Those included in the anthology will receive a complimentary copy as compensation.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Collaborative Librarianship: Call for Papers

Collaborative Librarianship: Call for Papers

Collaborative Librarianship: Call for Participation – January 11, 2011 – (Denver CO) – Consider joining the groundswell of support for library collaboration: volunteer to become a peer reviewer for the scholarly, open access, online journal, Collaborative Librarianship. All related subject/interest areas are welcomed. To register as a peer reviewer, please go to the home page, click “Register” tab, and provide the information. (Email address and other information given are strictly confidential and for use only by Collaborative Librarianship.) You can also contact directly the General Editor, Ivan Gaetz:

Collaborative Librarianship: Call for Papers – Are you involved in some interesting, innovative or experimental aspect of library collaboration? Is your library exploring or implementing resources or services that build on, promote, or expand the scope of library collaboration? Are you critically reflecting on the methodology, theory or philosophy of why and how librarians, libraries or library consortia work together? If so, we would like to hear from you! Please consider submitting articles for “peer review” or “From the Field” sections of Collaborative Librarianship. Submissions can be made directly through the CL website. Issues will be published in March, June, September and December, 2011.

Inquiries about submissions could be made by contacting Ivan Gaetz, or by contacting the section editors listed on the journal’s website.

Innovative Users Group 2011 (San Francisco) - Registration Open

Innovative Users Group 2011 (San Francisco) - Registration Open

Hello Everyone -

Registration for the IUG 2011 Conference in San Francisco, California is NOW OPEN. Aimee Fifarek, our IUG Vice-Chair and IUG 2011 Program Committee Chair, and the Program Committee have put together a spectacular line-up of programs for this year's conference. There will be 125 sessions at the conference including 71 presented by IUG members, 15 forums, and 39 Innovative presentations.

Our conference attendees rate the IUG Conference as one of the most important professional development events of their year. This year's program will not disappoint! We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco! Visit our conference website for details ~

Early bird registration will run TODAY, January 14 through Monday, February 28. The early bird registration rate is $275 per attendee. We encourage you to register by February 28 to take advantage of this special rate. The registration rate will be $350 for those who register between March 1 and March 31. Onsite registration (April 1 - through conference) is $475.

This year our pre-conference is track-themed and offers something for new users, seasoned veterans and management-level personnel alike! The pre-conference will be held Wednesday, April 13, 2011. You pay only for those sessions you wish to attend. Innovative is also offering 2 seminars (priced individually) on the pre-conference day. We hope this pricing structure makes it possible for you to attend the pre-conference sessions you are most interested in.

The Main Conference starts on Thursday, April 14 and runs through Saturday, April 16. The opening session will start at 9:00 am on Thursday, April 14 and features Thomas Frey, Executive Director of the DaVinci Institute, as our keynote speaker. His bio is highlighted on our conference website.

We are continuing the popular last-day registration option for Saturday, April 16. The registration fee of $80 is valid through Wednesday, April 6. The fee for all registrations received between April 7 and April 16 is $100. The single-day registration is only available for Saturday, the last day of the conference.

As previously announced, the Hilton San Francisco Union Square is the host hotel and the site for all conference events. Visit the IUG 2011 Conference page for complete details on hotel registration. Look for the Local Arrangements Committee's page which outlines and offers many details about San Francisco.

Because it supports IUG and the conference. We know times continue to be tough and the IUG (and all organizations like us) signs contracts several years in advance to guarantee appropriate space. IUG has contracted with the Hilton for hotel rooms, meeting space, food, audio visual, etc. for IUG 2011. It's a packaged deal. As such, IUG is contractually committed to fill our hotel block. Please support the conference by staying at the conference hotel. The Steering Committee greatly appreciates the support of the IUG membership.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the IUG 2011 Conference arrangements. We look forward to seeing everyone in San Francisco in April!

Best - Pat
Chair, IUG Steering Committee
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Call for Contributions: The Library Radio Network (TLRN)

Call for Contributions: The Library Radio Network (TLRN)

We are pleased to announce a new online news source for librarians called The Library Radio Network (TLRN) which will debut on February 15th. TLRN will feature library news you can use as well as fascinating interviews with library leaders from throughout the world. TLRN will also feature a monthly radio magazine called Library Perspectives, which will be a hosted hour-long downloadable program using the NPR format featuring interviews and segments on libraries and librarians.

We are seeking contributions from your library organization. We can accept MP3 formatted audio files that run no more than 5 minutes in length. Your segment can feature a member of your staff commenting on an issue in librarianship, or a feature interview with a library manager, or anything else that you want to contribute to this new online network. To air on our first program in February, we must receive your MP3 file no later than January 31st at 5pm ET. If you have any questions, please direct them to All files can be sent to that email address, as well. We hope that your library organization will become part of the excitement of TLRN.

Robert H. Kieserman, MBA, MLIS
The Library Radio Network (TLRN)

Monday, January 10, 2011

CALL FOR CHAPTERS: Handbook of Research on Information Science, Information Systems and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

CALL FOR CHAPTERS: Handbook of Research on Information Science, Information Systems and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Chapter Proposal Submission Deadline: 30 March, 2011
Full Chapter Submission Deadline: 31 July 2011
Handbook of Research on Information Science, Information Systems and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

A book edited by Drs. Wole Olatokun & Rosemary Agbonlahor
Africa Regional Centre for Information Science (ARCIS)
No. 6, Benue Road, P. O. Box 22133, Nigeria

Contributions are invited towards the publication of a Handbook of Research in Information Science, Information Systems and ICT.

Objective of the Book
The book, which will be published under the auspices of the Africa Regional Centre for Information Science (ARCIS), University of Ibadan, Nigeria, aims to provide the most current, comprehensive and reliable source of information on latest trends and developments in the field of information science, information systems and information and communication technology. It will serve as a guide to students, researchers and scholars and furnish teachers of information science, information systems and ICT with the necessary knowledge they can impart to their students/trainees. This book will also provide teachers, students, scholars and researchers in the field of information science, systems and technology with useful materials on curricular offering.

Target Audience
The book will be essential reading for all categories of information professionals, governmental and non-governmental officials involved in information science, systems and ICT issues and matters; students, teachers/academics/scholars, researchers in the field of information science, information systems and ICT; ICT users; library and information services providers and users, etc. It will attract information professionals, scholars, researchers, etc., from different parts of the world.

Contributions could come from issues relating to, but not limited to the following areas:

• Emerging issues in Information science,
• Information needs, uses and seeking behavior,
• Infometrics,
• Internet Technologies,
• Human factors,
• Issues in Information systems design and implementation,
• Information Retrieval,
• Records management,
• Institutional Repositories,
• Indigenous Knowledge systems,
• Language engineering,
• Webology/Webometrics,
• Digital divide,
• Web 2.0,
• Gender Issues in Technology,
• Electronic commerce, electronic business and mobile commerce,
• Electronic government,
• ICT applications in public and private sectors,
• Information management,
• Development communication,
• Adoption and implementation of Information and Communication Technology,
• Information policy,
• Information ethics,
• Emerging Technologies,
• Open access movements, issues and initiatives,
• Electronic Records management,
• Cyber crime and digital forensics,
• Community Informatics,
• Ethical and legal issues,
• National information policies,
• Knowledge management,
• Knoowledge sharing,
• Research in information science, information systems and ICT,
• Electronic and multimedia publishing, etc.

Presentation of manuscripts
Contributors are encouraged to submit original empirical or conceptual papers. Manuscripts should be submitted as e-mail attachments to any of the Editors. The preferred format is MS Word. Articles should be accompanied by abstracts of up to 150 words, and 5-6 keywords. The text of the manuscript should be structured as follows: Title, Abstract, Introduction/Background, Body (main thrust of t he paper), Conclusions and Recommendations, References. Manuscript should preferably be prepared in Times New Roman style, font size 12, and in single-line spacing.

Referencing Style
References should be indicated in the text by names of authors and date of publication in brackets. The list of references should be listed in an alphabetical order at the end of the text.

References to journal articles should be in the following order: Author(s), date, title, journal’s name, volume number, issue number and pagination, inclusive e.g.

Lucey, B. T. (2007) Gender and ICT. Information Development, 18 (2) 16-30.

References to books should be in the following order: Author(s), date, title, place of publication, publisher, pagination, e. g.
Kabindi, F. Y. (2005) Issues in Electronic commerce, Electronic government and Mobile Commerce in Africa. Gaborone: Excellent services Publications, 104 p.

References to contributors in collected works should be in the following order; authors(s), date, title of contribution, name of the editor, title of the collected works, place of publication, publisher and pagination, inclusive e.g.

David, C., Andrew K. & Michael, O. M. (2008) National Information and Communication Technology Policy Implementation in Botswana. In: Ibanga, Timothy (ed.) Readings in Library and information science, Gaborone: NIR, pp. 24 – 46.

References to Electronic journals: Adegoke, S. K. & Anthony, B. (2008). Tips for new librarians: what to know in the first year of a tenure-track position. Research Libraries News, 40(2):26-39. Available at: 59-2.htm. Accessed on 17 September 2007.

References to Conferences papers: Mopelola, M. (2008). Indigenous Knowledge use by Women in a Nigerian rural Community. In: Wormel, I (ed.). Proceedings of the 2nd ProLISSA conference, 24-25 October 2000. Pretoria: Center for Information Development, 205-219.

References to unpublished conferences papers: David. M. (2008). Strategies for Effective Management of Electronic records in Africa. Paper presented at the 10th ProLISSA conference, 15-17 August 2008.

Reviewing policy
All submitted papers will undergo rigorous double-blind review.

Important Dates
Paper Submission deadline: 31st July 2011
Notification of acceptance/rejection: 16 October 2011
Submission of Camera-ready version: 15 November 2011

Contributors are required to submit on or before March 31, 2011, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of their proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by April 30, 2011 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by July 31, 2011. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers. All proposals/contributions should be submitted directly to the Editor: Dr. Wole Olatokun (

CFP: Green Libraries and Librarians

CFP: Green Libraries and Librarians

Calling all Green Librarians!  We know you're out there. We've heard through the grapevine about some of the inspiring, entrepreneurial initiatives you've taken on:
• partnering with with local organic farmers to provide Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) to their communities
• pursuing related professional development opportunities, such as attending the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference or achieving LEED accreditation
• raising awareness about climate change by hosting an ongoing film and discussion series on that topic at your library
• advocating for LEED-certified libraries
Do you know a librarian that fits this description: "sustainability advocate, educator or entrepreneur"? In that case, please pass this note along.

Or, maybe that person is you? We want to hear your story! Our team is in the process of collecting stories about librarians who are sustainability advocates for an upcoming book. Please fill out this form to let us know how we can get in touch:

If you have questions, ask away! We're very excited about this project and look forward to hearing from you.

Anne Less
Mary Davidge Associates @ Google, Inc.

Beth Filar Williams
UNC-Greensboro Libraries

Sarah Dorsey
UNC-Greensboro Libraries

Friday, January 07, 2011

CFP: 11th Annual Brick and Click Libraries

CFP: 11th Annual Brick and Click Libraries
Friday, November 4, 2011

Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri "Brick and Click" is a one-day symposium of practical relevance to directors, librarians and paraprofessionals supporting traditional and online resources/services for academic library users. The annual symposium has been hosted by Northwest Missouri State University since its inception in 2001.

Presenter Benefits:
Presenters receive a reduced registration fee ($100) to the symposium and an opportunity to publish a paper in the symposium proceedings.

Presentation opportunities include a 50 minute session, and/or a 10-minute “Lightning Round” presentation. For more information, visit:

Topics suggested from the 2010 evaluation forms include: consortial purchasing, budget, embedded librarianship, RDA nuts & bolts, learning commons, mobile web, iPad applications, and reference trends. Sample topics are available at

Submit your proposal(s) by March 7, 2011 using the following link(s):
50-minute presentation:
10-minute presentation:

If you have questions about presentation proposals, please e-mail Kathy Hart at:

We look forward to receiving your proposal!

Kathy Hart & Carolyn Johnson
Symposium Co-Coordinators

Symposium Web site:
Symposium Blog:
Facebook: Brick and Click Libraries

Thursday, January 06, 2011

CFP: Journal of Library Innovation

CFP: Journal of Library Innovation

The Editors of Journal of Library Innovation (JOLI) are accepting submissions of research articles and articles about innovative practices in libraries on an ongoing basis. Information about the focus and scope of JOLI, along with the first issue, can be found at the journal's website:

If you have tried out a new program, changed a work flow, connected with patrons in a way different from the way you have done so in the past, please consider sharing your experience by writing about it. If you aren't sure if it was innovative, consider the following:

•What was eye-opening?
•What was unexpected?
•What were the benefits?
•What failed?
•What risk did you take in trying something innovative?
•You may have tried something done by many other libraries already, but your results are different from those documented in library literature.
•You have tried something never done in a library setting before.

Thank you for your interest in the Journal of Library Innovation. Please share this email with colleagues who might be interested as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Jones, Managing Editor, at

Journal of Library Innovation is a publication of the Western New York Library Resources Council, Buffalo, NY.

CALL FOR PAPERS e-Cornucopia.2011: The Open Digital University

CALL FOR PAPERS e-Cornucopia.2011: The Open Digital University

Call for Papers
The topic for the annual e-Learning and Instructional Support conference at Oakland University is openness in education. At this year’s conference the break-out sessions will be divided into three tracks: Open Education, Open Access (journals), and Open Source (computer code). Date: Thursday May 26, 2011 in the Oakland Center at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.

The e-Cornucopia OPEN Digital University conference will have three tracks: Open Source, Open Access and Open Education.

Track One--Open Education
Possible Topics: (Any other topics relevant to Open Education also will be welcome.)

• The use of specific platforms for globally accessible educational content such as iTunes U or YouTube or homegrown webpages.
• Non-traditional learning spaces such as Hackerspaces.
• Implications for the economic future of the university under the open education model
• What are the legal and intellectual property implications of open education for faculty?
• Global sharing of open digital learning objects and easily accessible resources for teaching.

Track Two--Open Access Possible Topics: (Any other topics relevant to Open Access also will be welcome.)

• Open Access Journals – Benefits and challenges of publishing open access journals, from the publisher’s perspective.
• Open Access Publishing – Why faculty should care – tenure and impact factor
• Institutional Repositories – Development and current trends, role in OA.. Role of librarians in promoting OA and digital preservation..
• Open Access Research – Scientific and medical research – government mandates, Public library of science, OA data sets.
• Open Access - Intellectual Property/Copyright & Creative Commons

Track Three--Open Source
Possible Topics: (Any other topics relevant to Open Source also will be welcome.)

• Linux - the most popular open source operating system. An intro to what Linux is, what uses it (you may be using it and not know it), how it's made, and how it may be useful to you.
• Open Source Media Editing - an introduction to the Kdenlive video editor, Audacity audio editor, and GIMP Image editor.
• Open Social Networking - Run your own "Facebook" with
• Open Hardware - the benefits of using Open Hardware like the Arduino micro-controller and 3D printers like the Reprap or Makerbot.
• Open Conferencing Software - Big Blue Button is a emerging Open Source competitor to dimdim, WizIQ, and Elluminate.
• Open Learning Management System - Moodle... "How we deployed it and why" or "Moodle 2.0".
• Open Mobile - Android and Meego vs. iOS and Windows Mobile. Open vs. Closed. The pros and cons for the companies, the developers and the users.

Proposal Submission Deadline: Please submit a 200 word abstract of your presentation proposal by Feb. 15, 2011. A presentation session will last 40 minutes with an additional 10 minutes for questions. A projector and laptop will be available.

Apply to the Call for Proposals at:

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

CFP: IFLA Cataloguing Section - Session Theme: Cataloguing: Breaking Barriers!

CFP: IFLA Cataloguing Section - Session Theme: Cataloguing: Breaking Barriers!

The IFLA Cataloguing Section (IFLA CATS) invites cataloguers and others to express their interest in making presentations at the section's programme during the World Library and Information Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 13-18 August 2011.

2011 will be an exciting year in the area of cataloguing and bibliographic control. The new cataloguing code, RDA: Resource Description and Access, replacing the AACR 2, will by then have been tested and evaluated. The development of an RDF/XML representation of ISBD will be completed. All over the world the issues of metadata and their relevance for the semantic web are becoming more and more important.

The Standing Committee of the Cataloguing Section has therefore decided to dedicate its open session of 2011 to the subject of how cataloguing is breaking barriers. Through well-defined cataloguing rules we open up the information world via the semantic web to everyone and break barriers!

Presentations on the theme "Cataloguing: Breaking barriers" are requested. Four successful proposals on the topic will be identified.

Send a detailed abstract (1 page or at least 300 words) of the proposed paper (must not have been published elsewhere) and relevant biographical information of author(s)/presenter(s) by 31 January 2011 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 1 March 2011.

Full papers will be due by 1 May 2011 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 Puerto Rico conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

Anders Cato
Chair, IFLA Cataloguing Section