Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Call for Chapters: Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers

Call for Chapters: Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers
Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press

Carol Smallwood co-edited Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012), on Poets & Writers Magazine's "List of Best Books for Writers"; edited Pre- & Post-Retirement Tips for Librarians (American Library Association, 2012).

Dr. Christine Redman-Waldeyer, Assistant Professor, Coordinator of the Journalism Option Program, Passaic County Community College, Paterson, New Jersey; Editor/Founder, Adanna Literary Journal; Author, Eve Asks (Muse-Pie Press, 2011).

An anthology of unpublished 3,000-4,000 word chapters by successful, retired writers (up to 3 co-authors) previously following other careers than writing.  Looking for topics as: Business Aspects of Writing, Writing as a New Career, Networking, Using Life Experience, Surveys/Interviews on Retired Writers, Finding Your Niche, Getting Published, Following Dreams Put on Hold, Privacy and Legal Issues, Working With Editors, Time Management .

With living longer, early retirement, popularity of memoir writing, this is a how-to for baby boomers who now have time to write. Compensation: one complimentary copy per chapter, discount on additional copies.

Please e-mail two chapter topics each described in two sentences by November 30, 2012 with brief pasted bio to placing RETIREMENT/Last Name on the subject line. If co-authored, pasted bios for each.

Call for Chapters: Women, Work, and the Web: How the Web Creates Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Call for Chapters: Women, Work, and the Web: How the Web Creates Entrepreneurial Opportunities
Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press

Co-editor: Carol Smallwood
Co-ed., Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012) on Poets & Writers Magazine "List of Best Books for Writers."Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers forthcoming from Scarecrow Press.

Co-editor: Joan Gelfand
Development Chair for the Women's National Book Association, member of the National Book Critics Circle, Joan blogs regularly for the Huffington Post, teaches writing, and is an award winning author. 

Seeking chapters of unpublished work from writers in the United States and Canada for an anthology. We are interested in such topics as: Women Founding Companies Existing Only on the Web; Women Working on the Web With Young Children or Physical Disabilities; Woman's Studies Resources and Curriculum Development Webmasters; Women as Founding Editors of Webzines and Blogs; Surveys/Interviews of Women on the Web.

Chapters of 3,000-4,000 words (up to 3 co-authors) on how the Internet has opened doors, leveled the playing field and provided new opportunities for women, are all welcome. Practical, how-to-do-it, anecdotal and innovative writing based on experience. We are interested in communicating how women make money on the Web, further their careers and the status of women. One complimentary copy per chapter, discount on additional orders.

Please e-mail two chapter topics each described in two sentences by November 30, 2012, along with a brief bio to  Please place INTERNET/Last Name on the subject line; if co-authored, paste bio sketches for each author.

2013 MLA Spring Institute Call for Proposals, Due November 15, 2012

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.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Call for 'Virtual' Participation: LITA Mobile Computing IG meeting (2013 ALA Midwinter)

Call for 'Virtual' Participation: LITA Mobile Computing IG meeting (2013 ALA Midwinter)

Location: Virtual
The LITA Mobile Computing IG seeks 4-5 short presentations (15 minutes) on mobile computing for the upcoming ALA Mid-Winter Conference in Seattle, WA.  This conference is virtual and held one week prior to Mid-Winter - physical attendance IS NOT required. 

The LITA MCIG is also seeking the suggestions for discussion topics, things you have been working on, plan to work, or want to work on in terms of mobile computing. All suggestions and presentation topics are welcome and will be given consideration for presentation and discussion.

Please add your thoughts and ideas in the comments!
Feel free to email off-list at (evviva.wei​nraub@oreg​onstate.ed​u) or (klau@gsd.h​

CFP: 17th International Conference on Electronic Publishing Mining the Digital Information Networks

CFP: 17th International Conference on Electronic Publishing Mining the Digital Information Networks
June 13-14, 2013, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden
The main theme of the 17th International Conference on Electronic Publishing (ELPUB) will be extracting and processing data from the vast wealth of digital publishing and the ways to use and reuse this information in innovative social contexts in a sustainable way. We will bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss data mining, digital publishing and social networks along with their implications for scholarly communication, information services, e-learning, e-businesses, the cultural heritage sector and other areas where electronic publishing is imperative.

Electronic publishing is continuously changing, inviting new actors and challenging traditional players. New technologies open new ways for individuals, scholars, communities and networks to establish contacts, exchange data, produce information, and share knowledge in a large variety of devices, from personal computers to mobile media.

There is an urgent need to rethink electronic publishing, in order to develop and use new communication paradigms and technologies. It is a matter of transforming and transmitting information not just into an equivalent of paper but to develop a truly digital format, to allow machine processing and new services, and to face the future of mobile life. The ELPUB 2013 conference will focus on key issues concerning the development of methods for gathering and processing information and on the means for making these data useful and accessible for the digital community.

We are open to contributors with competence and knowledge from many different fields and we welcome submissions from members of various communities whose research is transforming the nature of electronic publishing and scholarly communication. Suggested topics include, but are not restricted to:

Data Mining and Intelligent Computing
• Text Mining (natural language processing, text harvesting, dynamic formatting)
• Open Data, Open Linked Data (solutions, methods, tools)
• Web Mining (knowledge discovery in web documents)
• Association Mining (knowledge linking, discovery, presentation)
• Information Retrieval (content search, analysis and retrieval)
• Visualization (clustering, graphs, augmented reality)
• Stream Mining (video tagging, audiobook tagging)
Publishing and Access
• New publishing models (business models, tools, services and roles)
• Open access (publishing solutions, mandates, recommendations)
• Mobile information services (e-contents, e-books, etc.)
• Interoperability (scalability and middleware infrastructure)
• Legal issues (security, privacy and copyright issues)
• Digital preservation (cultural heritage, content authentication)
• Semantic web (metadata, information granularity, digital objects)
• Digital library (repositories, services, future)
• Digital heritage (genealogy)
Social Computing and Practices
• New digital media (user studies, innovative publishing, emergent publication forms)
• User interfaces (multilingual and multimodal interfaces, user generated contents)
• Specific user communities (services and technology, media and content)
• Personalization technologies (e.g. social tagging, folksonomies, RSS)
• Social interaction analysis (author collaboration trends, publication trends)
• Security, Privacy and Integrity (online ethics, privacy policies, online censorship)
• Network analysis (modelling and visualization of science networks)
• Ubiquitous computing (mobile and social network interactions, RFID book tagging, augmented and mixed reality)
Contributions are Invited for the Following Categories:
• Full Research Papers (max: 10 pages)
• Full Professional Papers (max: 10 pages)
• Extended Abstracts (max: 1,500 words)
Important Dates
October 1, 2012 Submission Site Open
January 10, 2013 Submission Deadline (Time: 11:59 PM, PST)
February 14, 2013 Author Decision Notification
March 21, 2013 Submission of Camera Ready
March 30, 2013 Early Bird Registration Deadline
June 13-14, 2013 Conference Date
Paper Submission
All submissions are subject to blind peer review. For each accepted paper, at least one author is expected to register for the conference to present the paper. Papers can be rejected, accepted for oral presentation, or accepted for poster presentation. Authors must mark their Conflict of Interests with the program committee during submission. Please review the submission details.
Papers submitted to this conference must not have been accepted or be under review by another conference or by a journal. The accepted Full Research Papers will be published by IOS Press in a digital format open access conference proceedings book. Full papers will be indexed in DBLP and Scopus, and are also expected to be indexed by ISI and INSPEC (application pending). Accepted Professional Full Papers and Extended Abstracts will be published online only. Final versions of all the works will be available online and archived at:
For Full Research Papers, the work may be either theoretical or applied but needs to demonstrate a significant contribution. A selection of the best accepted research papers of ELPUB 2013 will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Information Services & Use (IOS Press). The selection will be carried out during the review process. Selected papers need to be extended to journal articles. More information about the rules for extension will be posted later.
Paper submission will be conducted via EasyChair. To submit a paper, please use the appropriate template and follow the specific instructions available at the conference website ( The Vancouver system (“author-number”) must be used for writing references. References must be numbered consecutively in order of appearance in the text and must be identified by Arabic numerals in square brackets (e.g., [1]). Authors of Full Research Papers and Full Professional Papers will use the IOS Press Word or Latex manuscript templates:
Authors of Extended Abstracts will use the template above but should remove the Abstract and Keywords sections from the template and prefix the title with “Extended Abstract:”.
All contents published in the ELPUB proceedings are distributed open access via the conference archive ( under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited. For content published in IOS Press channels, different copyright arrangements might apply.
Conference Venue
Conference Location: Karlskrona, Sweden
(World Heritage site, Visit Karlskrona)
Conference Venue: Blekinge Institute of Technology,
Karlskrona, Sweden
Organization and Program Committees
General Chair: Dr. Niklas Lavesson, Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden)
Organising Chair: Peter Linde, Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden)
Program Chair: Dr. Panayiota Polydoratou, Alexander Technological Educational Institute (Greece)
Conference Secretary: Michaela Linge, Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Call for International Papers and Projects Session (ALA Annual 2013)

Call for International Papers and Projects Session (ALA Annual 2013)

The American Library Association, International Papers and Projects Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.  Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers and Projects Session scheduled for June 29, 2013. 
The International Papers and Projects Program provides librarians with an opportunity to exchange information about library services, collections and projects throughout the world.  The program also serves to stimulate the interest of U.S. librarians in international library matters. Through its International Papers Committee, ALA’s International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites librarians to submit a presentation proposal. 
The 2013 International Papers and Projects theme is: Emerging Technologies, Emerging Economies: Transforming International Libraries.
This program will feature various projects, trends and issues related to the use of emerging technologies in libraries around the world. Particular attention will be given to presentations which highlight the transformation that has occurred in different areas of library service due to technological change. Specific limitations, restrictions and/or creative solutions implemented by librarians are also of interest. 
Presenters are encouraged to consider the theme from diverse angles. Possible topics may include—but are not limited to:
  •  E-books and other forms of e-content for mobile devices;
  • Digital libraries (including institutional repositories);
  • Creative use of social media and/or gaming technologies.

Proposals, presentations, and papers must be written and delivered in English, which is the working language of the program.
Proposals should include:
  1. Title of the presentation;
  2. Name, title, institutional affiliation and full contact information (including a valid e-mail address) for each presenter;
  3. Abstract (300-500 words);
  4. A short biographical profile of each presenter.

Proposals should be submitted electronically (as a single Microsoft Word or PDF attachment) to International Relations Office via email to with a copy to and
Deadline for submitting proposals is December 21, 2012. 
Three official and three (3) alternate proposals will be selected. Alternate proposals will be ranked and considered in place of official ones, in case substitutions are necessary. All proponents will be notified of the selection results by Jan. 27, 2012.

The International Papers & Projects Program is 1.5 hours total.  Presentations should run about 20 minutes each, followed by a Q & A session.  Presenters are encouraged to prepare a dynamic and interactive presentation, incorporating visual prompts, technologies, games, questions for the audience, etc. PowerPoints are common, but speakers who want to read a paper or refer to it are welcome to do so.  Optionally,presenters may submit a formal paper (5,000-10,000 words), to be published on the International Papers Committee website.
We would like to invite you to view previous presentations listed on IRRT's International Papers and Projects Session Committee site.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Call for Proposals: 2013 ACRL/NEC Annual Conference

Call for Proposals: 2013 ACRL/NEC Annual Conference

The Association of College and Research Libraries, New England Chapter ( invites you to submit a proposal to present at our 2013 Annual Conference. This event entitled "Communities in the Cloud, the Commons, and the College" will be held Friday, May 10, 2013 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Whether you call it engagement, outreach, or 'adding value,' academic libraries connect with their users in meaningful ways that build community. They create collections, services, and spaces that bring people together and encourage creative inquiry, discourse, and collaboration. At their best, academic libraries are sites for developing the shared sense of purpose and place that is at the heart of academic life. Collaborative collection building with faculty and students, embedded librarianship, support for research and collaboration, first-year experience programs, and development of the academic commons are just a few ways that librarians connect users with the library and with one another. How does your library build community?

We are seeking innovative thinkers and doers to offer presentations, panel discussions, interactive sessions, posters, and "show-and-tell" booths to share creative ideas and initiatives on how our libraries can build communities in higher education.

For suggested topics and instructions for submitting a proposal, follow this link:

The deadline for proposal submission is midnight on Friday, November 30, 2012. Questions should be directed to Karin Heffernan (, Lisa Palmer (, Alan Witt (, or Carol Will (

Jenny Fielding
Instruction & Outreach Librarian
Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library
Fitchburg State University


Call for Speaker(s) for the OLAC Membership Meeting at ALA Midwinter (Seattle)

Call for Speaker(s) for the OLAC Membership Meeting at ALA Midwinter (Seattle)

OnLine Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc. (OLAC) is an international organization for catalogers concerned with all types of nonprint materials. Through conferences, workshops, publications, and e-mail lists, catalogers exchange information and enjoy expert & practical advice on cataloging audiovisual materials.

The OLAC Executive Board is sending a call for a speaker or panel of speakers to present a brief discussion on a current hot topic in the cataloging and metadata communities as it affects audiovisual and nonprint media cataloging.  Possible topics might include: RDA, FRBR, library linked data, non-MARC metadata, or other, but with a focus on the AV/nonprint formats.

The 30-45 minute presentation or discussion would be held during the OLAC Membership Meeting at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle, Washington, on Sunday, January 27th, 2013,4:00pm - 5:30pm.

The presentation will directly follow the general membership meeting agenda.

If you are interested in presenting a discussion, please submit your topic proposal in an abstract not more than 200 words, by Friday, November 16, 2012, to:

Liz Miller

ACRL 2013 Conference Call for Poster Proposals

ACRL 2013 Conference Call for Poster Proposals
Got an innovative library-based project, best practices to solve a problem, or unique research findings? Consider sharing them in a poster session! Posters should be an eye-catching visual representation of a topic, including graphics, tables, charts, text, and images. Presenters can communicate additional details via online handouts. Presenters share their ideas with colleagues as attendees circulate during one hour time blocks in the poster session area, located in the exhibits hall. Since space is limited at a poster session, a maximum of two presenters per poster at any one time is recommended. The Poster Session Committee looks for topics that will engage attendees during repeated presentations.
Potential topics can be seen in the program tags that are included on the proposal instructions page (link below). Poster topics from underrepresented categories are of particular interest.  Here are some examples:
* cataloging & technical services
* collections projects 
* preservation projects
* digitization
* data management and services 
Use the application form to sell your idea in a short, dynamic summary and provide a more complete discussion of the contents for the reviewers.  Please plan to submit an electronic version of your poster so that it can be posted online with conference handouts. Submissions are due by November 9, 2012.
Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at or call (312) 280-2522.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

LLAMA webinar proposal forms available

LLAMA webinar proposal forms available

Share your expertise and reach a wider audience by presenting a LLAMA webinar. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting proposals for its hugely popular webinar programs. All interested presenters or program organizers are encouraged to submit proposals. Additional information and webinar proposal forms can be found online at

Webinar presenters will receive honorariums.

For more information contact Fred Reuland at

Fred Reuland
LLAMA Program Officer
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
ph. 312-280-5032
fx. 312-280-2169

Call for Manuscripts: Journal of Web Librarianship, Special Issue on Data

 Call for Manuscripts: Journal of Web Librarianship, Special Issue on Data

The Journal of Web Librarianship is pleased to announce an upcoming special issue on the topic of data-driven decision making for the library web, edited by Meris A Mandernach.

Data-driven decision-making in the realm of library web sites is an emerging and ever-evolving goal for libraries of all types and sizes. As data becomes more available and easily accessible, the use of that data for decision making to support the user experience in online systems, discovery tools and websites is of the utmost importance.  Though both qualitative and quantitative data should be used for informing decisions in libraries, this  issue's scope will focus on quantitative data sources such as:

  • Web analytics, including Google Analytics
  • Log reports (search logs, system logs)
  • Heat maps
  • Vendor usage reports
  • Third-party statistics and logs
  • Public data from Twitter and other social sites

Additionally, this issue will focus on how data from the above sources is used to support decisions about all aspects of the library’s virtual presence, including

  • Discovery tools
  • Library websites
  • Library systems
  • Mobile sites and interfaces

Submissions should clearly state one or more research questions or, for more practical articles, a decision that was or will be supported by the data, and explain the type of data sources used.

Query letters and preliminary proposals are welcome any time if potential authors would like to discuss their ideas with the issue editor. Please submit queries and manuscripts to guest editor Meris Mandernach at Please refer to the JWL web site, for Instructions for Authors.

Meris Mandernach is Head of Research Services at The Ohio State University Libraries.  She has published numerous articles and book chapters on topics related to reference, usability testing, discovery systems, and chemistry information literacy.

Issue Timeline:
Initial Manuscript Submission deadline: January 31, 2013
Notices to authors: April, 2013
Final Acceptance: June, 2013
Issue Publication: October, 2013

The Journal of Web Librarianship
Meris Mandernach, Special Issue Editor
Jody Condit Fagan, Editor
Website: jwl/

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

CFP: ALCTS PARS Digital Preservation Interest Group at 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CFP: ALCTS PARS Digital Preservation Interest Group at 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting

The ALCTS PARS Digital Preservation Interest Group invites speakers to participate at the Digital Preservation Interest Group session at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 from 8:30-10:00 AM.

The mission of the ALCTS PARS Digital Preservation Interest Group is to serve as a venue for discussing the preservation management of digital assets whether commercial, born-digital or converted from analog formats.

Presentation topics should be of current interest to technical services librarians, preservation librarians, digital librarians, and archivists.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
-Digital preservation planning
-Digital preservation of special formats such as social media, digital humanities projects, websites, research data, email, etc.
-Digital preservation tools and systems
-Collaborative digital preservation efforts
-Digital preservation strategies such as format migration, replication, or emulation
-Digital preservation best practices
-Trusted Digital Repository certification
-The economics of digital preservation
-Training for digital preservation job responsibilities
-Digital preservation challenges
-Digital preservation success or failure stories

Presentations should be approximately 15-20 minutes in length.  Additional time will be allowed for questions and discussion.

Please send abstracts of proposals to co-chairs by Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.  If you have questions, please contact us.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Digital Preservation Interest Group Co-Chairs:

Sibyl Schaefer
Assistant Director, Head of Digital Programs, Rockefeller Archive Center

Meghan Banach Bergin
Coordinator, Bibliographic Access and Metadata Unit, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Call for Articles: Acquisitions and Transformation (Against the Grain)

Call for Articles: Acquisitions and Transformation (Against the Grain)

In an environment of rapidly changing technology, evolving user expectations, and ongoing budgetary pressure, both practical and strategic approaches to acquisitions are being constantly challenged. Now more than ever, adaptive and innovative ideas applied to the acquisition of library content are impacting how (and sometimes what) we collect.

If you are interested in contributing an article on the topic of "Acquisitions and Transformation" to the February 2013 issue of Against the Grain, please contact guest editor Jesse Holden ( A variety of perspectives  — including those from libraries, publishers, and vendors — on the topic of "transformation" are welcome and encouraged!

Call for contributions to column in the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship

Call for contributions to column in the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship

The latest "E-Resource Round Up" column for volume 25, number 1 of the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL) is currently in preparation and the column editors are looking for contributions. If you've attended a conference or program recently or plan to attend upcoming conferences/programs related to electronic resources in libraries, please consider submitting a report for the column.

The "E-Resource Round Up" column is dedicated to helping JERL readers better understand topics related to the ever-changing world of electronic resources and their roles in libraries. It covers developments in the areas of new and emerging technologies and systems related to electronic resources and the digital environment; reports from professional discussion groups, meetings, presentations, and conferences; news and trends related to electronic resource librarianship; tips and suggestions on various aspects of working with electronic resources; opinion pieces; vendor activities; and upcoming events of potential interest to JERL readers.

Your contribution to the column does not have to be lengthy, and could be on any of the topics listed above. This could be an ideal opportunity for you to report on programs that may benefit others in our profession.

The editors would like to receive contributions to the column by Friday, November 16, 2012. Contributions should not be published elsewhere.

If you have a submission or questions, please contact the column editors:

Bob Wolverton

Mississippi State University Libraries
(662) 325-4618

Karen Davidson

Mississippi State University Libraries
(662) 325-3018

CFP: Proposals for Lib Tech Conference 2013 due Friday

CFP: Proposals for Lib Tech Conference 2013 due Friday

Library Technology Conference 2013
Macalester College - St. Paul, MN

Call For Proposals – Deadline October 26, 2012

The 6th Annual Library Technology Conference will be held March 20-21, 2013 on the campus of Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, and the planning committee invites you to submit your session proposal ideas. We're looking for session ideas about technology use in libraries that challenge, entertain, and inspire discussion. We encourage proposal submissions from public, school, or special libraries in addition to academic libraries.
The Library Technology Conference is a conference that mixes keynotes, traditional lecture-style presentations, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and poster sessions highlighting many of the technologies affecting how users interact with libraries, as well as how libraries are using technology to create new and better ways to manage their resources. The focus is on sessions that are interactive and which provide practical information that will allow participants to apply what they've learned at their own library.
Some possible session topic ideas might include:
  • Surviving in an increasingly mobile world
  • Cloud computing in libraries
  • Augmented reality
  • Working with vendors in a digital age
  • Digital Preservation
  • Institutional repositories
  • Impact of technology on copyright and intellectual property rights
  • Social networking for outreach and service promotion
  • Virtual research environments
  • Search engines / Information discovery
  • Web 3.0
  • Creating Library-specific apps
  • Technology and Information literacy
  • Electronic books
Please do not let this list of suggestions limit your imagination on session proposal topics. We are interested in hearing about how changes to established technologies are being made to meet the evolving needs of libraries and also about cutting edge projects that libraries are doing with technology. We want to hear about your successes as well as what you learned with your failures. Proposal Submission Deadline: October 26, 2012

Brian Austin  |  Marketing & Member Services
Midwest Collaborative for Library Services  |  800-530-9019 ext 139

Monday, October 22, 2012

CFP: "Back in the Stacks: Bringing Professional Organizations into Professional Life" (ALA Midwinter 2013)

Call for Presenters: "Back in the Stacks: Bringing Professional Organizations into Professional Life"

ALA Midwinter Conference
Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 10:30am-11:30am
Room Location TBA

Where is the common ground between our roles in organizations like ACRL and our day-to-day work as academic librarians? How can we translate our professional service into practical skills during the 9 to 5? 

ACRL’s New Members Discussion Group is seeking panelists for our upcoming moderated conversation at ALA Midwinter 2013, which will discuss the relationship between our professional careers and our day jobs. 

Topics may include leveraging organizational experience at work (or vice versa), balancing one's job and one's professional involvement, getting involved on a small budget, publishing or presenting about the workplace at conferences, maintaining a professional network to improve one's work performance, and more. Be creative! The dynamics of the discussion will be driven by the unique experiences of the panelists.

If you are interested in speaking on this panel, please complete the submission form available at:

Submissions will be accepted until November 2, 2012 and all candidates will be notified whether they were selected by November 9, 2012.

ACRL New Members Discussion Group
---Tyler Dzuba,   University of Rochester
---John M. Jackson,   University of Southern California
---Elizabeth Psyck,   Grand Valley State University

Call for Editor: The Electronic Library: The international journal for the application of technology in information environments

An exciting opportunity – The Electronic Library Call for Editor

The Electronic Library: The international journal for the application of technology in information environments

Emerald Group Publishing Limited is inviting applications for the position of Editor of The Electronic LibraryThis is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious and focused individual with solid editorial experience to edit an exciting journal in Emerald's Library and Information Science portfolio.  

About The Electronic Library
The Electronic Library is devoted to the applications and implications of new technology, automation, digitisation, the Internet, user interfaces, and networks in all types of libraries, information centres and museums throughout the world as well as the development of software and hardware for such applications. It provides a vehicle for the latest research and ongoing developments in today's digital library and information environments in different countries, and offers practical advice, useful information and descriptions of specific applications around the globe. Papers submitted to the journal are subject to double blind peer review to ensure academic rigor and integrity and the journal is Thomson Reuters ISI ranked.

The role of the journal Editor

Emerald is seeking to recruit an engaged and enthusiastic Editor or Editors to develop the journal. The journal Editor/s will be responsible for the following:

  • Managing the journal’s double blind peer review process with the assistance of the Editorial Advisory Board
  • Selecting and maintaining a pool of competent reviewers
  • Delivering appropriate content for six journal issues per volume to an agreed schedule
  • Upholding and developing editorial standards on the journal, through the good management of the peer review process
  • Engaging the Editorial Advisory Board in the work of the journal
  • Developing and maintaining a network of contacts to act as advocates for the journal or sources of content as appropriate
  • Attending conferences or similar events to promote the journal and generate submissions
  • Working with the journal Publisher (at Emerald) to achieve agreed development objectives for the journal and to raise its international profile and standing

The journal Editor receives an honorarium in lieu of his/her work on the journal. Additional budget is also made available to the Editor to part-fund attendance at conferences or other events of relevance to the journal.

Emerald is looking for the new Editor to outline a position for the journal in terms of scope and coverage to further distinguish it from competitor journals, both Emerald and non-Emerald journals, to create a unique outlet in the field of LIS journals for authors and readers.
Qualifications and requirements of candidates
Some of the key qualities sought for the position of Editor are:
  • An established record of scholarship in the field of library, information science or digital technology
  • Managerial skills to oversee the editorial cycle and to meet deadlines
  • The ability to inspire an active Editorial Advisory Board
  • Energy, enthusiasm and networking skills to promote the journal and to encourage submissions
  • A willingness to chase reviewers when necessary and to demand the highest standards in review and revision
  • A willingness to develop the journal in line with the changing nature of the subject area, to ensure the journal continues to publish the best, most relevant and cutting-edge research in the field
  • Previous editorial experience, such as Editor, Guest Editor or Editorial Advisory Board Member on an academic journal
  • Experience of using online submission and peer review systems such as ScholarOne Manuscripts is desirable
Next steps

Interested individuals are invited to submit a CV and a proposal outlining how they would seek to develop the journal over the course of their editorship. Proposals from individuals or a team of two candidates will be considered.

Your application should include:
  • A covering letter describing:
    • your goals and plans for the content of The Electronic Library. This may include an assessment of the current strengths, weaknesses, or gaps that you plan to address;
    • a description of how you would position the journal in terms of scope and coverage to distinguish the journal from others in the field and to identify a unique outlet for prospective authors and readers
    • previous editorial experience;
    • attendance at library and information science conferences during the last five years;
    • a clear description of the structure of the editorial team and responsibilities, where it is a team application;
    • support, if any, offered by your institution.
  • A current CV

Applications for this position should be submitted by e-mail, to:

Ruth Glasspool
Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Please also direct any queries you may have to Ruth Glasspool, Publisher:

CFP: KLA/SLA 2013 Joint Spring Conference-Call for Mini-Sessions and Posters

CFP: KLA/SLA 2013 Joint Spring Conference-Call for Mini-Sessions and Posters

Proposals for mini-sessions and poster sessions are now being accepted for the KLA (Kentucky Library Association) Academic and Special Library Sections and SLA (Special Libraries Association) Kentucky Chapter's 2013 Joint Spring Conference.  The Conference will take place March 20-22, 2013 at the Barren River Lake State Resort Park in Lucas, Kentucky.  In order to enhance the educational offerings of the 2013 JSC, programming will begin at 1pm (Central Time) on Wednesday March 20 and end at Noon on Friday March 22, giving you two full days of sessions and networking opportunities.

The theme for this year's conference is "Can You Hear Me Now?  Communicating With Our Users." Proposals addressing the theme in some fashion will receive preference from the committee. The mini-sessions will be 45 minutes long.

The JSC Planning Committee will also accept poster session submissions. The Committee believes this addition to the program will provide an opportunity for all members, including those who may be new to the profession, to become involved by sharing ideas, interesting topics, research in progress, and new areas of technology in a more informal setting. The poster session will take place Wednesday evening, March 20, during the Welcoming Social beginning at 5:30pm.

The deadline to submit a proposal is October 31, 2012.  Notification of accepted proposals will take place by November 30, 2012. Please share this information with colleagues and other interested parties who may not otherwise see this announcement.
Conference registration will open on Monday January 7.  Early registration will end on February 28 and late registration will end on March 15.  No onsite registrations will be accepted.  More information will be posted to the conference website ( soon.
Reservations for lodge rooms and cabins need to be made by phone call (1- 800-325-0057), not online, to the park.  Please mention “KLA” or “Kentucky Library Association” to get the conference rate ($64.95/night for lodge rooms, $129.95 or $139.95/ for cabins/villas).

We look forward to reviewing your proposal!  Please let me know if you have any questions! 
--2013 Joint Spring Conference Planning Committee
James E. Manasco, Conference Chair, President-Elect, Kentucky Chapter of SLA
Terry Buckner, President-Elect-Elect, Kentucky Chapter of SLA
Valerie Perry, President, Kentucky Chapter of SLA
Sean Kinder, Chair, KLA Academic Section
Leoma Dunn, Chair-Elect, KLA Academic Section
Melissa Brooks, Chair, KLA Special Section
Sara Brown, Chair-Elect, KLA Special Section
Susan Finley, Vendor Relations Chair
Alex Grigg, Financial Manager

James E. Manasco, MSLS, FSLA
Associate Professor
Head, Collection Development
University of Louisville
LL38 Ekstrom Library
Louisville, KY 40292

Friday, October 19, 2012

CFP: ALCTS Metadata Interest Group at 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CFP: ALCTS Metadata Interest Group at 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting

The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group invites proposals for presentations at its meeting at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington, on Sunday, January 27th from 8:30 to 10:00 am.

Presentations focusing on current topics and practices that relate to the role of preservation metadata in digital preservation are preferred. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

* Tools and workflows for capturing preservation metadata
* Tools and strategies for implementing preservation metadata
* Systems or process modifications to support preservation metadata

Presentations should be 20 minutes in length. To submit a proposal for presentation, please email a brief description of your proposed topic to Maureen Walsh ( by Friday, November 9, 2012.

Maureen P. Walsh
Vice-Chair, ALCTS Metadata Interest Group
Associate Professor / Institutional Repository Services Librarian
The Ohio State University Libraries