Sunday, July 31, 2011

CFP: Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis (An Edited Collection)

CFP: Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis (An Edited Collection)

Shana Higgins and Lua Gregory are instruction and reference librarians at University of Redlands.  They recently co-taught a first-year seminar titled, “Bleep! Censorship and Free Speech in the U.S.”

In her award winning essay “Information Literacy and Reflective Pedagogical Praxis,” Heidi L.M. Jacobs draws out the inherent democratizing and social justice elements of information literacy as defined in the “Alexandria Proclamation On Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning.”  She suggests that because of these underlying social justice elements, information literacy “is not only educational but also inherently political, cultural, and social” (258).  We propose to extend the discussion of information literacy and its social justice aspects that James Elmborg, Cushla Kapitzke, Maria T. Accardi, Emily Drabinski, and Alana Kumbier, and Maura Seale have begun.  If we consider the democratizing values implicit in librarianship’s professional ethics (such as intellectual freedom, social responsibility, diversity, democracy and privacy, among others) in relation to the sociopolitical context of information literacy, we will begin to make intentional connections between professional advocacy and curriculum and pedagogy.  We hope this book will encourage a renewal of professional discourse about libraries in their social context, through a re-activation of the “neutrality debate,” as well as through an investigation of what it means for a global citizen to be information literate in late capitalism.

Objective of book:
This edited collection, to be published by Library Juice Press in Fall 2012, poses the following questions: What are the limits of standards and outcomes, such as ACRL’s [i.e. Standard 1.2 The information literate student identifies a variety of types and formats of potential sources for information. ], in fitting information literacy instruction to the complex contexts of information in the real world?  Would the teaching of social justice and the democratizing values of the library profession strengthen critical information literacy in the classroom?  And how do we balance the need to teach search skills and critical information literacy in our instructional efforts? 

Target audience:
The target audience for this book includes instruction librarians, library instruction program coordinators, faculty and instructors interested in information literacy, and all librarians interested in the political, economic, social, and cultural contexts of the production, dissemination, suppression, and consumption of information.

Possible topics:
We encourage proposals on the intersections of information literacy instruction with the democratizing values of the library profession. 

·         Possible topics may include information literacy aspects of media coverage of war and embedded journalism, renewal of the Patriot Act, market-based censorship, for-profit libraries (Library Systems & Services), EPA library closures and access to environmental information, immigrants and library access, Wikileaks and government censorship, corporate censorship, anti-communism and anti-socialism in the media, classification of government documents, international and comparative studies on censorship, First Amendment protection to whistleblowers and the press, British Petroleum and oil spill research, global warming censorship, and library database mergers.  

·         Examples of information literacy sessions focusing on the above topics and/or framed by democratizing and social justice values of the library profession. Examples can also be aimed at specific disciplines.

·         Discussions of theories/theorists (e.g. Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman, C. Wright Mills, Paulo Friere, Peter McClaren, etc.) and their usefulness in illuminating sociopolitical contexts of information within the classroom.

·         Discussions on the “neutrality debate” in light of the sociopolitical and cultural context of information.

Submission Guidelines:
Please submit abstracts and proposals of up to 500 words to by September 15, 2011.  Notifications will be sent by November 1 and manuscripts from 1,500-7,000 words will be due by March 1, 2012.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Call for Chapter Proposals for Edited Book on Volunteers

Call for Chapter Proposals for Edited Book on Volunteers

Working Title: Communication and the Volunteer Experience: Exploring the Organizational Dynamics of Volunteering in Multiple Contexts

Volunteers serve a multitude of organizations worldwide in a vast array of roles.  In 2009, 63.4 million Americans volunteered in their communities providing 8.1 billion hours of service that has an estimated dollar value of $169 billion.  Volunteering occurs for a wide variety of motivations and in a vast array of contexts including social service nonprofits; membership organizations; advocacy and political organizations; non-governmental organizations; government and for-profit organizations and communities.

Volunteers are those who give time, effort, and talent to a need or cause without profiting monetarily. This includes board members, pro-bono professional work; member activity in all-volunteer associations; advocacy organization workers; grassroots activism; faith-based service and lay ministry; therapy group leaders and participants; community arts performers; youth league and adult league coaches and organizers; workplace-related volunteering such as loaned executives; citizen journalists; e-volunteering; episodic or event-based volunteering; stipended national service (such as the Peace Corp); and mandated (but unpaid) service such as court-ordered volunteering, service-learning, and welfare-to-work programs.

Objective of the Book
The purpose of this book is to problematize the nature of volunteering and how this organizational member type challenges many of our assumptions about existing organizational theory.  Few of our current resources (books, texts, handbooks) address the micro-level, data-based analysis of volunteering and volunteer management.  This book will combine literature review chapters authored by the book's editors with data-based contributed chapters that provide in-depth analysis of a particular issue, topic, type of
volunteer.  Each chapter will be followed by a field report by a practitioner who has experience with the volunteer type or situation explored in the chapter.

 Michael Kramer, University Oklahoma, Department of Communication
Loril Gossett, UNC Charlotte, Department of Communication Studies
Laurie Lewis, Rutgers University, Department of Communication


This book proposal has been accepted by Peter Lang Publisher. For additional information about the publisher please visit

Please Submit

This edited book will present contributed chapters focusing on one or more types of volunteering.  We seek contributed chapters that are data-based, and focused on the management and experience of volunteering. All
methodologies are welcome including quantitative, qualitative, or textual/rhetorical analysis.  We invite interdisciplinary work that seeks to combine communication perspectives with other disciplinary knowledge.

To submit, authors should forward a 1-2 page abstract of the chapter including a description of the study conducted and a summary of results (if available) by August 25, 2011. 

Submissions will be peer reviewed and decisions about inclusion in the book will be made by September 30, 2011.  Selected authors will be expected to produce the full draft of their chapters by January 1, 2011. These will be reviewed by the book editors and revised by June 1, 2012.

Inquiries may be addressed to any of the editors. Submissions should be forwarded electronically (word document) to:

Michael W. Kramer

Department of Communication
610 Elm Avenue, Room 101
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK 73019

Thursday, July 28, 2011

2011 Charleston Conference: Call for Posters and “Shotgun Sessions”

2011 Charleston Conference: Call for Posters and “Shotgun Sessions”


The 2011 Charleston Conference (November 2-5, Historic Downtown Charleston) is accepting proposals for Poster Sessions and ”Shotgun” sessions through August 15, 2011.   Please complete our online form to submit your proposals. (

Poster Sessions will be held on Thurday and Friday, November 3 and 4, during one or more of the concurrent session time slots.

Shotgun Sessions will also be held throughout the Conference during concurrent time slots. This year the Charleston Conference would like to try out a new presentation system. We are proposing that presenters do a 6 minute and 40 second “Shotgun Session” and allow another 9 minutes for discussion.

If you like these ideas, please make a proposal for the 2011 Charleston Conference. If you have any questions, email Leah at Thanks!

CFP: Collaborat​ive Librarians​hip

Collaborative Librarianship – Publication of Vol. 3, no. 2 (Summer 2011) -July 7, 2011 – (Denver CO) – The open access journal, Collaborative Librarianship, (eISSN: 1943-7528) has published the 2nd issue of Volume 3.  Scholarly articles cover: the role of interns in academic libraries; an innovative approach to library partnerships with literary organizations; library collaboration with high schools; and a new mode of peer mentoring in libraries.  This issue also offers a tribute to Alan Charnes, CEO of the Colorado Alliance of Research libraries, who retires later this summer.  Continue to consult the News section, updated several times each week.

Collaborative Librarianship – Statistics, July 7, 2011 –  As of June 30th, 2011, the views/downloads total count for all items published to date tops 83,000.

Collaborative Librarianship: Call for Participation – July 7, 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.  Reader responses to articles and opinion pieces also are welcomed. Submissions can be made directly through the CL website. Issues will be published in March, June, September and December each year.

Collaborative Librarianship – on facebook and twitter- Participate in the conversation.  Join the over 500 facebook “fans” of Collaborative Librarianship (, and follow CL on twitter.      

Ivan Gaetz, General Editor, Collaborative Librarianship
Regis University, 3333 Regis Blvd. Mail Code D-20
Denver CO 80221-1099                                                               

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Call for Papers:3rd International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World

Call for Papers:3rd International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World

3rd International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World,
September 19-21,2012,Ankara,Turkey
Symposium web

E-Science and Information Management Scope
The “3rd International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World”(or IMCW2012),organized by the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University,will take place in Ankara,Turkey,from 19-21 September 2012.
“E-Science and Information Management” being the main theme,IMCW2012 aims to bring together both researchers and information professionals to discuss the implications of e-science for information management. “E-Science” is defined as collaborative,networked and data-driven science.  Researchers have to get access to large,distributed data sets on,say,global warming or gene sequences,and use a set of tools and technologies for data processing and information visualization. Vast amounts of data need to be collected,curated,stored,managed,and preserved to ensure perpetual access to them over the Internet.
E-Science has implications for both researchers and information professionals such as librarians and data archivists.  Both groups need information management and computational skills to deal with massive data sets along with some understanding of intellectual property rights,open access and data literacy issues,among others.  Few schools in the US and elsewhere are already offering graduate degrees in “E-Science Librarianship” and one is likely to come across ads of job descriptions for “cloud librarians”.
As organizers,we thought this is an opportune time for IMCW2012 to review the challenges for research libraries and information professionals in the the collaborative,networked,and data intensive e-science environment.  Such challenges range from developing data repositories for e-science to using digital tools for data processing and visualization,and from collection development and management to reference services and information literacy.  Because IMCW2012 coincides with the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University,to commemorate this event we organized an international ex libris competition with the theme “information management”.  The winning art works of ex libris will be exhibited during the symposium.

I was very impressed with the researchers,scholars and information professionals I met in Turkey this year. I am happy to post this announcement –Download the complete Call for Papers here: BY2012

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Web Analytics: Call for Chapter Proposals

Web Analytic Strategies for Information Professionals: A LITA Guide (Call for Book Chapter Proposals)

We are seeking authors to contribute chapters to a LITA Guide called Web Analytic Strategies for Information Professionals. This book will be published by Neal-Schuman Publishers in early 2012.

Chapter topics could include, but are not limited to:

• Using Web Analytics in a Web Site Redesign
• Web Analytics for Web Assessment
• Innovative Uses of Web Analytics Data
• Mobile Analytics
• Case Studies on Specific Tools (open source, log file analysis tools, or other under-recognized tools, i.e., NOT Google Analytics)

Please submit proposals using the following form. Form must include a proposed title, an abstract of about 250 words, and tentative outline.  Proposals are due by Friday, July 29th. First authors will be notified by email of acceptance by August 12th. Book chapters for accepted proposals will be due by November 4, 2011. Final book chapters will be due December 30, 2011. Chapters should be approximately 2500-3000 words in length. For any questions contact the authors, Tabatha Farney ( and Nina McHale (

Online form for proposal submission:

Nina & Tabatha

Nina McHale, MA/MSLS
Assistant Professor, Web Librarian
University of Colorado Denver, Auraria Library
Facebook & Twitter: ninermac

CFP: Many Faces of Information Competence (Academic Exchange Quarterly)

CFP: Many Faces of Information Competence (Academic Exchange Quarterly)

Academic Exchange Quarterly
Summer 2012, Volume 16, Issue 2
Expanded issue up to 400+ pages.
Articles on various topics plus the following special sections

The Many Faces of Information Competence
Feature Editor
Rhonda Huisman, Assistant Librarian
Liaison to the School of Education and Center for Teaching and Learning
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Academic librarians are increasingly instructing targeted groups within the academic environment. Such groups include freshman learning communities, international students, graduate students, and faculty. Each of these groups is far from homogenous because of the diversity of their expectations of libraries and their information-seeking experiences. Even into the twenty-first century, many faculty members, for example, are reluctant to use electronic resources. How can we develop instruction programs that will address the shared needs of such groups and the diverse needs of individuals? What assessment tools are available to measure the success of such programs? How can we identify constituencies being underserved? Manuscripts are sought that describe successful (and even unsuccessful) approaches to information literacy for targeted groups and/or diverse populations in higher education. Manuscripts are also sought that report on quantitative or qualitative evaluations of the impact of information literacy programs, courses, and components of courses.

Who May Submit:
Manuscripts are sought from academic librarians, teaching faculty, and administrators in higher education who work with information literacy competencies. Please identify your submission with keyword: INFOLIT-2

Submission deadline:
Article submission deadline: February 29, 2012

Submission Procedure:

Call for Proposals: Create.OK.Lead: Ignore Barriers to Your Creativity, Start Leading Your Library conference

Call for Proposals: Create.OK.Lead: Ignore Barriers to Your Creativity, Start Leading Your Library conference

The Oklahoma chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (OK-ACRL) and the Oklahoma chapter of the Special Libraries Association (OKSLA) are now accepting conference proposals for their Fall 2011 Create.OK.Lead: Ignore Barriers to Your Creativity, Start Leading Your Library conference at Oklahoma State University's Advanced Technology Research Center on Friday, November 4, 2011.

Are you an innovative educator?
Are you known for your creative class assignments or structures?
Do you do a lot of work on team leadership or collaboration?
Are you an advocacy champion?

This year OK-ACRL and OKSLA are combining forces to bring you a conference on the theme of creativity and leadership. Submit a 200 word abstract along with contact information of presenters by September 9, 2011 to Word document attachments or plain text emails are acceptable; please put "Create.OK.Lead presentation proposal" in subject line.

Final selection of presenters will be made by October 14, 2011. Presentation topics may include: Creativity in the classroom, team leadership and/or collaboration and advocacy strategies.

Questions? Just email us at

Amanda Elizabeth Lemon
2011 OK-ACRL Chapter President
(405) 682-1611 ext. 7416


Kevin Drees
2011 OKSLA Chapter President
(405) 744-9751

*Chosen presenters will receive free registration and lunch to the Oklahoma ACRL & SLA Fall 2011 Conference.*