Wednesday, September 26, 2012

CFP: Contributed Papers at SLA 2013 (San Diego, CA)

CFP: Contributed Papers at SLA 2013 (San Diego, CA)

Got Research? Share It at SLA 2013!

The best-kept secrets at SLA Annual Conferences are the contributed paper sessions, which feature SLA members sharing their research and scholarship with their colleagues and peers. This year, approximately a dozen papers were presented, with Dee Baldwin's "Don't Touch that String! There Went the Databases" honored as the best of the group.
SLA is now accepting proposals for papers to be presented at the 2013 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO, to be held 9-11 June in San Diego, California. Paper topics should be related to library science, information management, or other issues pertaining to client service, technology, or administration in special libraries. Paper topics should also be relevant to the conference theme, "Connect, Collaborate, Strategize."
A panel of SLA members will conduct a blind review of the proposals, and the strongest proposals will be selected for development into papers. Proposals will be evaluated on the strength of the ideas, quality of the writing, potential member interest, and relevancy to the conference theme.
Proposed papers must also meet these requirements:
  • One least one author must be a member of SLA.
  • At least one author must commit to presenting the paper at the 2013 Annual Conference.
  • The proposal must be submitted by the deadline (10 December 2012).
  • The paper must not have been published in, or submitted to, any other publication or conference planning group.
  • The author (and any co-authors) must sign a copyright assignment form that permits SLA to use the paper in various formats.
Deadlines are as follows:
10 December 2012: Applicants submit their proposals in abstract form. Abstracts should be single-spaced Word documents (or plain text) between 250 and 300 words in length, or roughly one page in 12-point type.
14 January 2013: Applicants are notified of the review panel's decisions, and those with the strongest proposals are invited to develop them into full papers.
3 May 2013: Authors submit their papers and signed copyright assignment forms.
9-11 June 2013: Authors deliver 15-minute presentations of their papers during 90-minute sessions.
To learn more, read contributed papers presented at past SLA conferences or contact Ruth Kneale at

CFP: Internet@Schools track at Computers in Libraries 2013 April 8 and 9, 2013 (Washington, DC)

CFP: Internet@Schools track at Computers in Libraries 2013 April 8 and 9, 2013 (Washington, DC)

Deadline: October 12, 2012

from David Hoffman

The Internet@Schools track at Computers in Libraries 2013 is a two-day track created especially for library media and technology specialists and other educators who are using the internet and technology in K-12 schools. Sponsored by Internet@Schools magazine, the track covers technology, tools, trends, and practical topics, and takes place during the first two days of Computers in Libraries in Washington, DC. That's April 8 and 9, 2013.

You Are Invited.
If you are running an innovative program through your school library or media/technology center that is helping your students learn or your colleagues teach, or if you are willing to share your practical tips, tools, or techniques about using technology and the internet in schools, we want you! Please volunteer to speak at the  Internet@Schools track at Computers in Libraries.

Topics could include . but certainly aren't limited to . mobile learning, ther flipped classroom, web-based professional development, implementing Common Core standards, social media in K-12, digital textbooks, virtual
education, cloud computing and its impact on education, and more.

All speakers receive a full, complimentary registration to Computers in Libraries 2013 conference, plus great recognition from their peers. So think over your latest success stories or technology ventures, go to and submit your proposal today.

Thanks! We look forward to hearing from you. The deadline for proposals is October 12, so think quickly and send in your ideas! And tell your professional colleagues friends, too!

Internet@Schools Track Organizers
David Hoffman
Editor, Internet@Schools magazine

Carolyn Foote
Librarian, Westlake High School
Austin, Texas

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

CFP: Reference Reviews

CFP: Reference Reviews

Reference Reviews (an Emerald journal) is seeking articles for publication in 2013. These articles should have as a focus information sources (as opposed to reference processes), and examples of article topics include, but are not limited to:

1.       An overview or annotated bibliography of particular types of reference sources (eg, bibliographies, databases, etc.) or a particular niche in reference sources (eg, election resources)
2.       A comparative review of two or more sources in a particular subject area  
3.       A viewpoint article about a range of sources or type of source
4.       Current developments which affect a particular reference resource or class of resources
5.       Any other type of article which has as its focus a discussion of information sources

Articles which are international in scope are particularly desirable. The word count is 1000 minimum, 1500 average, but can be significantly longer.

If you are interested in writing one of these articles for publication in 2013, have questions about a possible topic, or would like further information, please contact Bethany Latham at

More information about the journal can be found here:

Friday, September 21, 2012

Call for Proposals - Texas Social Media Research Institute's 2nd Annual Conference

Call for Proposals - Texas Social Media Research Institute's 2nd Annual Conference

The Texas Social Media Research Institute invites proposals for the2012 TSMRI Social MediaConference to be held in Stephenville, Texas on November 30th.The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, October 12, 2012.

The conference will bring together social media experts, scholars and professionals to share perspectives on technical, ethical, cultural, economic, political, and legal implications of the permeation of social media use in society. A research presentation track as well as a training and development track will be offered for participants.

The conference planning committee is actively seeking papers, panels, and training workshops focused on, but not limited to the following topics:
·    Facebook, Twitter, Linked In (How to Use the Technologies)
·    Social Media in Business (Ideas for Entrepreneurs and Large Organizations)
·    Social Media in Education
·    Social Media in the Non-Profit Sector
·    Social Media in Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
·    Practical Solutions for Social Media Problems
·    Benefits and Disadvantages of Social Media in K-12 and Higher Education
·    Social Media and Generational Communication
·    Social Media and Information Sciences/Library Sciences
·    Social Media and Mobile Applications and Devices

Possible presentation formats can include panels (including roundtables and discussions), papers/abstracts, and training workshops.

Complete the conference submission form AND e-mail papers/panels to TSMRI ( no later than Friday, October 12, 2012. Participants will have an opportunity to publish their papers in the conference proceedings book, which will be published on the Texas Social Media Research Institute's website.

If you have any questions, please contact the Texas Social Media Research Institute via e-mail ( via e-mail or telephone (254-307-8211).

Best regards,

Texas Social Media Research Institute
Tarleton State University
Box T-0230

2013 MLA Spring Institute Call for Proposals

2013 MLA Spring Institute Call for Proposals, Due November 15, 2012
The Michigan Library Association (MLA) invites proposals to present at “Spring Institute 2013: Growing, Networking, and Inspiring” the association’s annual 2-day event, which focuses on those serving youth in libraries, to be held on April 11-12, in Lansing Michigan. The Spring Institute 2013 workgroup seeks a variety of proposals that will represent the wide range of needs and responsibilities of those in youth services.  We encourage participation from all types of libraries (including but not limited to large libraries or library systems, small or rural libraries, and school libraries) and job responsibilities (including but not limited to children’s or teen services, librarians, staff, and administrators). Proposals will be accepted through November 15, 2012.
If you are interested in speaking please fill out the Call for Proposals application form today.

Call for Proposals: PRACTICAL GUIDES FOR LIBRARIANS (A major new series from the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group)

Call for Proposals:  PRACTICAL GUIDES FOR LIBRARIANS (A major new series from the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group)

Call for Proposals

The Practical Guides for Librarians series is a brand-new series from Rowman & Littlefield intended to become the profession’s #1 source of practical information on the whole spectrum of library processes and operations.  The first books in the series are slated for publication in September of 2013.

To ensure each book is a hallmark of professional practice, each book in the series will:

  • describe from start to finish how to develop, maintain, manage, and evaluate a new or revised program or service;
  • be an exemplary easy-to-read, understand, and implement professional resource featuring multiple checklists, forms, and other usable features; 
  • be written and edited by librarians for librarians; and,
  • meet and exceed the highest standards of professional content and publishing.

Examples of topics of interest for the series include: cloud computing, e-resource licensing, information/learning commons, mobile devices, online tutorials, patron driven acquisition, photographic collections, and more

The series will be edited by M. Sandra Wood, MLS, MBA, AHIP, FMLA, Librarian Emerita, Penn State University Libraries.  She was a librarian at the George T. Harrell Library, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, College of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, PA, for over 35 years, specializing in reference, educational, and database services.  Ms. Wood has also worked for several years as a Development Editor for Neal-Schuman Publishers.

Proposals for the Practical Guides for Librarians series should be single or co-authored (not collections with multi-authored chapters) and written at the practical level.  Prospective authors with questions about the series, ideas for book topics or proposal development, or who wish to obtain a proposal form should contact the Series Editor, M. Sandra Wood at

Thursday, September 20, 2012

EBLIP (Evidence Based Library and Information Practice) Seeks New Production Editor

EBLIP (Evidence Based Library and Information Practice) Seeks New Production Editor

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice* (EBLIP) is a peer reviewed, open access journal, which provides a forum for librarians and other information professionals to discover research that may contribute to
decision making in professional practice. EBLIP is published quarterly by the University of Alberta Learning Services <>. EBLIP publishes original research and commentary on the topic of evidence based library and information practice, as well as reviews of previously published research (evidence summaries) on a wide number of topics.

EBLIP seeks a new Production Editor, for a three year term commencing December 2012.

As with all other EBLIP Editorial Positions, the Production Editor is a voluntary appointment.

The Production Editor role is one of the final steps of the journal production process. Responsibilities include laying out the PDF and HTML of all journal content and working with section editors to make the final
publication look professional, attractive and in the house style.

Advanced experience with Microsoft Word, good knowledge of HTML, strong attention to detail and the ability to meet tight deadlines are essential. Knowledge of the OJS system would also be beneficial.

The role involves a time commitment of approximately 10 hours per month, with the bulk of the work occurring on a quarterly basis prior to journal publication. The production editor should also be available to attend
monthly editorial meetings via Skype.

The new Editor should be in a position to commence working with the outgoing Production Editor by mid November to ensure an effective handover of responsibilities and training.

For informal enquiries and more information about the role, please contact Katrine Mallan,

For more information about the journal, please visit the *Evidence Based Library and Information Practice *web site

To apply, please submit a brief statement of interest and resume including all relevant experience to Alison Brettle, Editor-in-Chief, by 15 October 2012.

CFP: Caribbean Library Journal's inaugural issue (deadline October 15, 2012)

CFP: Caribbean Library Journal's inaugural issue (deadline October 15, 2012)

Caribbean Library Journal (CLJ) welcomes the submission of manuscripts for the publication of its inaugural issue in April 2013. CLJ is an open access peer-reviewed online journal which focuses on the practice and research of Caribbean librarianship and the information management of Caribbean resources globally. It publishes original research written by Caribbean librarians, information scientists and library school faculty and students, as well as by information professionals from outside the Caribbean region who work with, or conduct research on Caribbean materials. Currently, CLJ is only able to accept publications in English.

The CLJ team will work with new authors and persons with innovative ways of presenting scholarship in the Web 2.0 environment. A section of the journal is assigned to pushing the boundaries of Caribbean scholarship and publications. CLJ will accept visual essays, video presentations, technical coding with explanations on library and information, illustrated guides on how to solve library and archival issues.
The key areas under which the submissions will be classified are:
  • Articles
  • Visual/Web 2.0/Technical presentations
  • Book Reviews
All submissions will undergo a process of peer review before publication.
The CLJ is published and maintained by The University of the West Indies using the Open Journal System.
Interested persons should submit an abstract of no more than 400 words to by 15th October 2012. Authors will be informed of their acceptance by 30th November 2012 . The final version of the paper is to be submitted by 1st February 2013. Further manuscript guidelines will be given upon the acceptance of proposals.

The Journal of Learning Spaces is now accepting submissions for Volume 2, issue 1.

The Journal of Learning Spaces is now accepting submissions for Volume 2, issue 1. 

The Journal of Learning Spaces provides 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.  Submissions should focus primarily on learning spaces and their impact on or relationship to teaching and learning.  Please visit our Focus and Scope page for more information.

All submissions are due on or before November 4, 2012.

All  submissions must be:
·         Original, unpublished works not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
·         Written in English.
·         Formatted and referenced using the most current APA Style.
·         Submitted as MS Word, RTF, or Acrobat PDF documents.
·         Submitted through the Journal home page. To submit, you must first login or register as an Author with the Journal, then follow the link and steps to Start A New Submission.

Types of submissions sought:

Research manuscripts. Peer-reviewed.
4,000-7,000 words, including bibliography.
Research manuscripts present and describe original, primary research (broadly defined) on topics of current importance that may impact learning space research and practice in higher education. Manuscripts provide clear and complete methodology and include all necessary figures, tables, and illustrations. See additional formatting requirements below. Registered Journal of Learning Spaces readers are free to post comments and questions to these submissions. 

Case studies. Peer-reviewed.
3,000-5,000 words.
Case studies describe mature projects and programs that describe or demonstrate innovative, instructive learning space designs, programs, or practices in higher education. Case studies dealing with pedagogy, assessment, or unique partnerships and collaborations will receive greatest preference. Registered Journal of Learning Spaces readers are free to post comments and questions to these submissions.

Position pieces. Peer-reviewed.
2,000-4,000 words, including bibliography.
Position pieces are essays intended to inform readers of, or to stimulate discussion about, significant issues in current learning space research and practices in higher education. Position pieces may be primary or secondary research and will provide complete references. Registered Journal of Learning Spaces readers are free to post comments and questions to these submissions. 

Field Reports.
1,000-2,000 words.
Field Reports are thoughtful summaries of recent conferences, meetings, colloquium, etc. on topics relevant to learning space research and design. Submissions should present the ideas and insights generated during the event being reported, rather than simply detailing the topics covered. Field Reports should underscore the value or importance of the ideas being summarized to the readership. Registered Journal of Learning Spaces readers are free to post comments and questions to these submissions.

Book reviews.
300-500 words.
Book reviews provide concise summaries and evaluations of current (published within the last 12 months) books related to learning space research or practices in higher education. Book review authors select and procure books to review, based on their professional view of the book's real or potential impact and relevance to current research and practice. Authors are encouraged to cite other notable books related to the one being reviewed. Registered Journal of Learning Spaces readers are free to post comments and questions to these submissions.

Learning Space Spotlight.
300-500 words.
Spotlight submissions highlight innovative learning spaces in higher education -- formal or informal, physical or virtual. These brief profiles describe a space's vision, key features, technologies, staffing, and innovative features or uses.  Photos, floor plans, and links to related media are highly encouraged. Registered Journal of Learning Spaces readers are free to post comments and questions to these submissions.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Call for Chapters: Revolutionizing the Development of Library and Information Professionals: Planning for the Future

Call for Chapters: Revolutionizing the Development of Library and Information Professionals: Planning for the Future


Samantha Schmehl Hines (University of Montana, USA)

Call for Chapters
Proposals Submission Deadline: October 30, 2012
Full Chapters Due: February 28, 2013

As more associations and event planners compete for limited professional development funding, we must examine how to produce conferences, continuing education, and other events in a more cost-effective and learning-effective manner.  Why do library workers attend the events that they do? What is changing for library workers with regard to professional development due to technological innovations, cost barriers, and so on?  How can associations produce quality events that people will attend, and how can they do so effectively and efficiently?  This book will focus on thoughtful analysis, backed up by data, of why library workers attend professional development events and what types or aspects of events make the experience worthwhile.

This book will impact those who put together professional development opportunities for librarians--associations, publishers, educational institutions, and so on.  It will also be useful for those in management and human resources positions in libraries.  It has the potential to make library professional development more effective and cost-efficient, and provide library workers with more worthwhile opportunities for training.

Objective of the Book
There has been no recent or thorough examination of why library workers attend professional development events and what types or aspects of events make the experience worthwhile.  There is very little published information on how to best provide professional development experiences for library workers from a generalized perspective as opposed to case studies.  There is a need for factual and informative writing about what the future of library professional development can, will, and should look like.  That is what this book will provide.

Target Audience
The audience for this monograph will be those in the library profession who are planning professional development opportunities.  This includes library association personnel, educational institutions, management personnel in large libraries or library systems, private organizations who produce professional development opportunities, and so on.  It will be used by management and/or human resources personnel to determine future trends in professional development for their staff and by those who create and offer professional development opportunities to maximize usefulness and profit.

Recommended topics
Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following areas within the context of professional development programming, funding, and opportunities for library employees:
* Professional development outside librarianship: what lessons can we learn?
* Funding for professional development within organizations
* External funding for professional development: grants, sponsors, etc.
* What does the traditional library association conference provide for associations?
     o Financial benefits, increased membership, positive PR
* How to best achieve the rejuvenating effects of professional development
* The importance of the intensive institute
* The impact of location on events’ success
* Networking opportunities for library professionals in the virtual age
* Trends in skills development for library workers
* Local to global: what these association types offer for providing development opportunities
* The role of subject-specific/topical associations in professional development
* Future of vendors and exhibits in conferences
* Virtual professional development: is it really the future?

Submission Procedure
Potential authors are invited to submit on or before October 30, 2012, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by November 15, 2012 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by February 28, 2012.

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 book is anticipated to be released in early 2014.

Important Dates
October 30, 2012:          Proposal Submission Deadline
November 15, 2012:      Notification of Acceptance
February 28, 2013:         Full Chapter Submission
April 30, 2013:                 Review Results Returned
June 30, 2013:                Final Chapter Submission
July 31, 2013:                  Final Deadline

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document):

Samantha Schmehl Hines
Head, Missoula College Library
909 South Ave W
Missoula, MT 59801
Tel.: 406.243.7818 • Fax: 406.243.7881

CFP: Cyber Zed Shed at ACRL 2013 in Indianapolis

CFP: Cyber Zed Shed at ACRL 2013 in Indianapolis

Are you a tech savvy librarian using new technologies in innovative ways to help your students and faculty? Adapting existing technologies to reach user needs? Here is an opportunity to share your innovations with your colleagues, library administrators, and others at ACRL 2013 in Indianapolis. The Cyber Zed Shed Committee is looking for proposals that document technology-related innovations in every area of the library. Cyber Zed Shed presentations provide an opportunity to share ideas that can inspire your colleagues to incorporate a new technology in their library or find a new application for an existing technology to address new and old problems in various library environments:

·         teaching in a classroom
·         providing answers to questions from patrons
·         acquiring, cataloging, processing or preserving materials
·         providing other library services
Cyber Zed Shed presentations are 20 minutes, with 15 minutes to present a demonstration, and five additional minutes for audience questions. Presentations should document technology-related innovations in academic and research libraries. A computer, data projector, screen, microphone, and stage will be provided. You will be responsible for bringing all other equipment required for your demonstration, except as agreed to in advance. 

We invite you to submit your most innovative proposals. Submissions are due by November 9, 2013 and may be submitted via the online form available in the Call for Participation

Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at or call (312) 280-2522.

2013 ACRL CyberZed Shed Committee:
Lynn Sutton, Wake Forest University, (Co-Chair)
Arlene Salazar, Texas State University, (Co-Chair)
Meg Atwater-Singer, University of Evansville
Roy Degler, Oklahoma State University
Courtney Hoffner, UCLA
Sue McFadden, Indiana University East
Kathy Ray, University of Nevada Reno
Jacqueline Sipes, George Mason University
Danielle Skaggs, Danielle, CSU Northridge
Tedford, Rosalind, Wake Forest University
Rhianna Williams, Michigan Technological University

Sunday, September 16, 2012

CFP: Wayne State University Colloquium - "Converge and Ingest: Learning About Digital Preservation” (October 23, 2012 - Detroit, Michigan)

CFP: Wayne State University Colloquium - "Converge and Ingest: Learning About Digital Preservation” (October 23, 2012 - Detroit, Michigan)

for Wayne State University National Digital Stewardship Alliance Student Chapter’s 1st Colloquium
"Converge and Ingest: Learning About Digital Preservation”
October 23, 2012, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Purdy Kresge Library 5265 Cass Ave Detroit, MI 48202

TARGETED PRESENTERS | We are looking for students, alumni, and professionals to speak or present a poster about any topic related to digital preservation.

Speakers – We are looking for speakers to present research, case studies or processes about digital preservation. Each speaker will be given a 15-25 minute time frame to speak, as well as a question and answer period.

Poster Submissions – We want to showcase your projects, ideas and research related to digital preservation. Students are strongly encouraged to participate. Poster submissions are an excellent way to showcase your research interests, interact with students and professionals in your field, and build your resume. Provisions will be in place for poster sessions from distance students who cannot attend the colloquium.

RESEARCH FOCUS | Topics of interest include new tools in digital preservation, creative problem-solving for digital preservation, identifying preservation issues on an individual institutional level, and digital preservation case

DEADLINE | The deadline for submissions is September 19th.

SUBMISSION PROCESS | Submit to the following information: Your name, email, and phone number Brief background/bio relevant to your presentation Title of your presentation. Indicate if it is for a talk or poster.  Description of your presentation (250 words) or for posters (150 words) *Accepted presenters will be notified after September 25, 2012.*

COLLOQUIUM DETAILS | The tentative format includes a professional panel session, research presentations and a poster session with informal conversations to close.

If you have other topics that you may want to introduce or other research questions please contact our faculty advisor, Kim Schroeder at

Wayne State University National Digital Stewardship Alliance Student Chapter
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Call for submissions: webinar proposals for RUSA’s 2013 online learning offerings

Call for submissions: webinar proposals for RUSA’s 2013 online learning offerings

E-books, library programming and outreach, reference services, collection marketing and leading a book group are just some of the webinar topics sought by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) for spring 2013; proposals can be submitted via online form through December 1, 2012.
RUSA webinars are an opportunity for librarians to infuse their year with professional development they can conveniently—and affordably—pursue from the comfort of their home or office. Webinars will take place throughout the 2013 calendar year and will cover topics relevant to a broad range of librarians, library staff and library advocates.
Successful proposals will:
  • Show plans for presentations that are 60-75 minutes in length;
  • Identify clear learning outcomes for the session;
  • Show how the presentation addresses a topic either of interest to RUSA members, or represents an area of RUSA’s expertise that benefits other types of librarians.
The following potential webinar topics are of great value and interest, though RUSAwelcomes submissions presenting on other topics, as well: reference basics; reference for specialized audiences; research, trends and hot topics in readers advisory; information literacy; community partnerships; library programs; outreach; partnerships among different types of libraries; government data and related resources; library spaces and assessing future needs; copyright in the digital age; collection development; special collections; tips and tutorials for relevant tech tools; standards and guidelines; genealogy; advocating for reference; resource development; fundraising; marketing; job searching and related resources; book reviewing; interlibrary loan; creating a single service point (vs. multiple service points in a single facility); embedded librarians; e-books; writing annotations; leading a book group; collection marketing; and library marketing and display ideas.
Presenters for accepted proposals will receive compensation for their time and will also receive training for Blackboard Collaborate, RUSA’s online presentation software. Questions about RUSA’s webinar offerings and proposals can be sent to Andrea Hill, RUSA web manager at
The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need. Learn more about the association at

CFP: 19th Reference Research Forum at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference (Research & Statistics Ctte)

CFP: 19th Reference Research Forum at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference (Research & Statistics Ctte)

The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 19th Reference Research Forum at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.

The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable research projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. All researchers, including reference practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.

For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website:

The Committee employs a blind review process to select three projects for 20-minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Selected submissions must be presented in person at the Forum in Chicago, IL.
Criteria for selection:
• Quality and creativity of the research design and methodologies;
• Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service;
• Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies;
• Research projects may be in-progress or completed;
• Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted.
Proposals are due by Monday, December 31, 2012. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 11, 2013. The submission must not exceed two pages. Please include:
1. A cover sheet including your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), mailing address(es), fax number(s) and email address(es).
2. The second page should NOT show your name, any personal information, or the name of your institution. Instead, it must include:
a. Title of the project;
b. Explicit statement of the research problem;
c. Description of the research design and methodologies used, and preliminary findings if any;
d. Brief discussion of the unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research.
Please send submissions by email to:
Lynda Duke
Chair, RUSA RSS Research and Statistics Committee

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

CFP: Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ)

CFP: Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ)

The Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ) exists to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future.

We are now accepting proposals for publication in our 19th issue. Don't miss out on this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences. To be included in the 19th issue, which is scheduled for publication in mid January 2013, please submit articles, abstracts, or proposals at or to by Friday, October 12th.  When submitting, please include the title or subject of the proposal in the subject line of the email message. 

C4LJ encourages creativity and flexibility, and the editors welcome submissions across a broad variety of topics that support the mission of the journal.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
* Practical applications of library technology (both actual and  hypothetical)
* Technology projects (failed, successful, or proposed), including  how they were done and challenges faced
* Case studies
* Best practices
* Reviews
* Comparisons of third party software or libraries
* Analyses of library metadata for use with technology
* Project management and communication within the library environment
* Assessment and user studies

C4LJ strives to promote professional communication by minimizing the barriers to publication.  While articles should be of a high quality, they need not follow any formal structure.  Writers should aim for the middle ground between blog posts and articles in traditional refereed journals.  Where appropriate, we encourage authors to submit code samples, algorithms, and pseudo-code.  For more information, visit C4LJ's Article Guidelines or browse articles from the first 18 issues published on our website:

Remember, for consideration for the 19th issue, please send proposals, abstracts, or draft articles to no later than Friday, October 12th.