Tuesday, January 31, 2012

CFP: LLAMA MAES ALA Annual Program ("Let the data talk: Communicating assessment results to stakeholders.")

CFP: LLAMA MAES ALA Annual Program ("Let the data talk: Communicating assessment results to stakeholders.")

Call for proposals!

(Apologies for duplicate postings via other lists)

LLAMA MAES is soliciting proposals for presenters to participate in the ALA Annual program, "Let the data talk: Communicating assessment results to stakeholders."  

Mark H. Hansen, Professor of Statistics, UCLA, (http://www.stat.ucla.edu/~cocteau/) will provide an overview and discuss the importance and impact of data visualization to communicate a compelling message.

Following his keynote, presenters will discuss how they have effectively used data visualization to tell the library's story to various stakeholders. Presentations should be 8-10 minutes.

Please address the following questions in a proposal narrative of no longer than 250 words.
  • Who was your audience?
  • Why did you choose the specific data visualization tool?
  • How was the data visualization implemented?
  • What were the results and how were they evaluated?
  • Would you recommend this tool to other libraries?
Presentations will be judged on how well they demonstrate visualizations and how they can be used effectively across various institutions. Please provide examples of the visualization or links to your visualization project in the proposal.

Deadline for proposals is March 15, 2012. Proposals should be submitted electronically to Marianne Ryan, Associate University Librarian for Public Services, Northwestern University, at marianne-ryan@northwestern.edu

IFLA IT Section - Call for Papers on Disaster Planning and Recovery for Digital Libraries

IFLA IT Section - Call for Papers on Disaster Planning and Recovery for Digital Libraries

Please excuse cross-postings

Call for papers
“Libraries Now! - Inspiring, Surprising, Empowering"”
11-17 August 2012, Helsinki, Finland

Information Technology Section
Theme: Continuity in the face of digital disasters: Disaster planning and recovery for digital libraries

While much emphasis has been placed by libraries on developing digital collections and services, there have been few studies of how to keep these digital collections and services functioning in the case of a disaster or some other disruption to normal library operations. Whether due to natural or man-made events, advance planning for disruptions to services and collections is critical in our increasingly digital age.

In response to this critical need, the Information Technology section is seeking proposals for papers on best practices and tools that relate to the facilitation, implementation, or planning for disaster recovery and business continuity of digital libraries.

Areas of interest for papers include, but need not be restricted to, the following:
·         Developing effective disaster recovery and organizational continuity models
·         Implementing effective disaster recovery and continuity strategies for digital repositories
·         Minimizing risk in developing and implementing digital libraries
·         Solutions for promoting collaborative services to enable digital library continuity
·         New organizational models to support an emphasis on library organizational continuity
·         Case studies and lessons learned from successful efforts in recovering from a disaster

Proposals for papers should be no more than one page in length. If selected, speakers will have 15 minutes to present their results and 5 minutes for a question and answer period during the conference session.

Proposals should include the following information:

-      Name, title, and institution of speaker(s)
-      Title of proposed presentation
-      Address and email address of speaker(s)
-      Brief biographical statement about each speaker including information about the qualifications of the speaker to address the proposed topic
-      One or two paragraph discussion of the main points of the paper including an outline of the takeaways a conference attendee will obtain by having the topic presented at the conference 
-      Language of presentation
-      Contact information for response to the proposal

Proposals should be sent by 11 February, 2012 to Frank Cervone, secretary of the Information Technology Section at fcervone@purduecal.edu. The subject line of all submissions should be “IFLA ITS Proposal –“ followed by your last name. For example, “IFLA ITS Proposal – Cervone”

The contact person for each proposal will be informed by 10 March, 2012 whether their proposal has been accepted or not. Papers selected for inclusion in the program must be submitted in one the official languages of IFLA by 15 May, 2012.

Please note:
-      The committee is looking for papers that present real-world solutions. Papers that focus on solutions that are usable in multiple library contexts will receive higher consideration for inclusion in the conference program. Papers that are strictly theoretical or inapplicable to other environmental contexts are less likely to be accepted for inclusion in the program.
-      Every paper accepted must be presented in person by one of the authors at the WLIC in Helsinki.
-      Authors are required to permit non-exclusive publication of papers chosen for this session on the IFLA website and digital library. Papers that are accepted but not presented in person at the conference will not be made available on the official conference website nor will they be considered for nomination as a best paper of the conference.
-      Authors of papers not chosen for the conference may be invited to submit their paper for publication in the IFLA IT section journal.
-      All speaker expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation, etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA.
-      A special invitation can be issued to authors/presenters to facilitate attendance if required.

CFP: Mergers, Alliances, Collaborations, and Partnerships (Advances in Librarianship)

CFP: Mergers, Alliances, Collaborations, and Partnerships (Advances in Librarianship)
Dear Colleagues,
Dave Penniman and I, co-editors of Advances in Librarianship, and would like to receive chapter proposals for volume 36, to be published in 2013 on the theme of Mergers, Alliances, Collaborations, and Partnerships.

While corporate mergers make headlines, similar efforts in library and information science are less vociferously touted. They are occurring, however, amongst libraries, degree programs, and enterprises such as networks and consortia. Public libraries partner with community groups in order to strengthen the political clout of both. They are occurring as governments mandate consolidation of operations amongst agencies under their purview in order to reduce or curtail expenditures. Academic libraries are partnering with other internal units such as writing centers and externally with agencies such as research laboratories. They are also collaborating with peer institutions to develop resources in developing collections instead of competing and duplicating materials in their collections. North America has experienced increasing numbers of public library and museum collaborations as well as public library and school media centers partnerships. Regional networks have consolidated operations and become larger entities. This volume of Advances in Librarianship seeks to provide a comprehensive review of the factors that lead to mergers and other alliances, the methods used to ensure effective and successful collaborations, and descriptions of the factors which contributed to less successful efforts at consolidation. Original research, case studies, literature reviews and conceptual papers are sought as chapters for this volume.

Topics of interest for proposed chapters can include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Structural and operational mergers such as technical services and collection management in two or more library and information science environments;
• The impact and benefits of expanding electronic tools such as social networks, and shared digital spaces such as Dropbox and Google Docs on blended or joint initiatives;
• Experiences in higher education with combining programs and other educational experiences for students and faculty across disciplines and spanning two or more institutions;
• The fiscal results of mergers and multi-institutional operations amongst groups of libraries of all kinds;
• Policy, work reallocation and structural changes within merging operations;
• Research about corporate experiences and the lessons or guidance they can provide for the not for profit sector;
• Changes in workflow and organizational structures and other behavioral issues arising in merged organizations;
• The lessons, successes and failures in creating teams across previously separate organizations;
• Human resource implications and impact on unions in settings that have joint or merged services and operations;
• Studies of the factors that stimulated formation of merged entities, alliances amongst diverse groups/entities.

Proposals can be in the form of an abstract or an outline.
Please submit chapter proposals to the Editors at awoodsworth@emeraldinsight.com or alwoods10@gmail.com and dpenniman@emeraldinsight.com 
Questions and comments should be submitted via e-mail to us.
Many thanks, 
Anne Woodswoth, Co- Editor 

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Book Reviewers Sought for Catholic Library World (CLW)

Book Reviewers Sought for Catholic Library World (CLW)

I am seeking additional book reviewers for Catholic Library World (CLW). CLW reviews books and media, including children’s titles, young adult titles, and nonfiction for adults. We have very strong coverage of religious studies, theology, and spirituality titles, as well as library science, and selective coverage of other topics.

Book reviews in CLW are about 300 words long and serve the purpose of advising librarians about potential books and media to purchase.

Please email me ( skelsey@lsu.edu) with your qualifications, and areas of interest, if you would like to be considered as a reviewer for Catholic Library World.

Thank you,

Sigrid Kelsey
Electronic Reference Services and Web Development Coordinator
LSU Libraries, LSU
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
(225) 578-2720

Editor, Catholic Library World

Thursday, January 26, 2012

CFP: ALA Annual 2012 Metadata Interest Group Business Meeting (Changing Role of the Cataloger)

CFP: ALA Annual 2012 Metadata Interest Group Business Meeting (Changing Role of the Cataloger)

ALCTS' Metadata Interest Group seeks proposals for speakers to discuss address the "changing role of the cataloger" for the Metadata Interest Group's business meeting at the ALA Annual Meeting 2012 in Anaheim, CA.

We are seeking speakers to address the various ways that catalogers and their departments are experiencing change and innovation. Topics could include:

Changing priorities of cataloger's work
New responsibilities
Cross-functional expectations of the job Managing change New positions designed to update the cataloger's role New ways of coordinating with other departments

To submit a proposal, please complete the form available at:

The deadline for proposals is February 2, 2012.

If you have any difficulties with this form, please feel free to submit your proposals directly by email to meghan.finch@wayne.edu

ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Programming Chairs:
Amanda Harlan, Baylor University
Meghan Finch, Wayne State University

Meghan Finch
Metadata and Digital Media Librarian
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI