Wednesday, July 31, 2013

2013 ASIS&T SIG-USE Symposium: Call for Participants

2013 ASIS&T SIG-USE Symposium: Call for Participants

Theme: Information Behavior on the Move: Information Needs, Seeking, and Use in the Era of Mobile Technologies

Date: November 2, 2013 (Saturday)

Time: 1:30 to 6:30 pm

Location: Centre Sheraton, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Caroline Haythornthwaite, Director and Professor of the School of Library, Archival & Information Studies, University of British Columbia


We live in a time when mobile technologies are becoming more ubiquitous within people’s everyday lives, facilitating new forms of information seeking, sharing, creation, and re-use of information and data. Personal computer ownership has been far surpassed by mobile phone ownership and nearly equaled by smartphone ownership. In many developing countries, mobile computing has leapfrogged over personal computing in order to provide online access where none existed. Such prevalent use of cellphone and mobile technologies to access information has a significant impact on the study of information needs, seeking and use. These dramatic changes in technology preferences and use can be seen as altering the very ecology for the study of information behavior, and indeed, blur the contexts of systems and users. It can be argued that even those interactions that do not involve mobile technologies are influenced by the increasing mobility of information use.

The 13th Annual SIG-USE Research Symposium at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) will explore the ways in which information “on the move” is transforming or changing the nature of people’s information behaviors and the ways in which people’s information behaviors are, in turn, shaping technologies, services, work and leisure. We will also consider the impact of this transformation on the general assumptions and premises informing the research domain of information behavior. In this Symposium, we will explore the above themes through a keynote speech, short presentations, and small and large-group discussions.


1:30-1:45 Welcome and introduction

1:45-2:30 Keynote presentation

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:20 Small group discussions

3:20-4:10 First round of Ignite talks

4:10-4:20 Break

4:20-5:10 Second round of Ignite talks

5:10-5:45 Small group discussions

5:45-6:15 Chatman Award research presentations by 2013 winner(s) (5 minutes), and 2012 winners, Joung Hwa “Joy” Koo, Yong Wan Cho, and Melissa Gross of Florida State University (20 minutes). Joy and her colleagues will present their research regarding the information seeking practices of North Korean refugees in South Korea, with a focus on the relationship between the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms of this population and their information needs and information-seeking behaviors. Their award-winning research project is entitled “Is Ignorance Really Bliss?: Understanding the Role of Information-Seeking in Coping with Severe Traumatic Stress among Refugees.” This portion of the Symposium will conclude with a presentation of this year’s SIG USE awards (5 minutes).

6:15-6:30 Wrap-up: Large group discussion and evaluations


For the short presentations, we invite researchers, graduate students, and practitioners to submit a ONE page proposal (no more than 500 words) in which they outline the topic and themes they would like to address during their Ignite talk. Each presenter will have 5 minutes to deliver his/her Ignite talk - 15 seconds to address each of the 20 slides they will have prepared for their talk, and will have an additional 3 minutes to take any questions that SIG-USE attendees may have. For an example of an Ignite talk, see:

Proposed themes for submissions include:

* Theoretical perspectives/frameworks that constitute the social, cultural and technological underpinnings of information behavior “on the move”;

* The extent to which new information and communication technologies (e.g., social media, mobile technologies) are revolutionary vs. evolutionary within various information behavior contexts;

* How environments in which information is literally “on the move” are providing a technological platform that facilitates the kinds of informal, social information sharing practices desired by users;

* How a better understanding of people’s changing information behaviors might be used to inform the future development of information and communication technologies, services, practices, management and education;

* What innovative strategies of inquiry and methods of data collection might be used to systematically investigate and fully capture and map “information behavior on the move”?;

* Any other themes that relate to the Symposium topic of “information behavior on the move”

Submission guidelines for Ignite talk proposals:

- Include your name, title, and institutional affiliation at the top of your proposal

- Proposal text must not exceed 1 page (max. 500 words)

- Submit proposal in pdf format

- Name your file according to the following convention: ‘2013_SIGUSESymposium_Lastname.pdf’

- E-mail your proposal to Beth St. Jean ( by midnight EST on September 13, 2013. Please use “SIGUSE Ignite Talk Proposal” as the subject line of your e-mail.

- When you e-mail your submission, please be sure to indicate in the text of your e-mail whether or not we may post your proposal to the public SIG-USE website both before and after the Symposium is conducted.


September 13, 2013: Ignite talk proposals are due

October 4, 2013: Notification of acceptance of Ignite talk proposals

October 25, 2013: E-mail your slides for your Ignite talk for uploading

REGISTRATION FEES (Early bird/Regular):

* SIG-USE Members: $110/$125

* ASIS&T (but not SIG-USE) Members: $120/$135

* Non-Members: $135/$150

The registration fee will cover workshop costs, wireless Internet access, and coffee breaks.

Please forward any questions that you have to Mega Subramaniam ( or Beth St. Jean (


Mega Subramaniam (Co-Chair), University of Maryland;

Beth St. Jean (Co-Chair), University of Maryland;

Isto Huvila, Åbo Akademi University, Finland;

Eric Meyers, University of British Columbia, Canada;

Pei Lei, Nanjing University, China;

Michael Olsson, University of Technology Sydney;

Maria Souden, University College Dublin, Ireland;

Xiaojun (Jenny) Yuan, University at Albany, State University of New York.

To register for the 2013 ASIS&T Annual Meeting: (early bird registration deadline: September 20, 2013)

For more information about SIG-USE:

CFP: Ex Libris Northeast Users Group (October 10-11, 2013 - Connecticut)

CFP: Ex Libris Northeast Users Group (October 10-11, 2013 - Connecticut)

Call for Presentations
The Ex Libris Northeast Users Group  (ENUG ) will meet October 10 – 11th in Connecticut (just east of Hartford).  This will be the Thursday & Friday before Columbus Day.
We have a tradition of providing an excellent program to our participants along with an opportunity to network with your Ex Libris colleagues. We will, again, have Ex Libris representatives present to give product updates and answer questions.  
Conference information will be updated over time at

Presentations at this meeting are given by users like you!  Please consider contributing to the community of Ex Libris users in this way. Our strength is in our many different voices! We hope to see proposals covering a wide variety of the Ex Libris products, as well as broader topics relating to libraries and information systems.

There will be a Presenter’s discount on registration costs.
If you would like to discuss your ideas before submitting your proposal, please don't hesitate to contact Kevin Collins. the chair (see contact info below).  If you *think* you have a good idea, you probably do! It need not be flashy; if you worked on anything you found tricky or complicated, others may well also want to hear about those details. The conference's success depends on the efforts of its participants. We need volunteers to share their experiences and expertise and help everyone become a more enlightened and effective Ex Libris product user.                                   
NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE BY:           August 14, 2013             
Topics:   Proposals may cover any of the Ex Libris products, the interactions between them, and their interoperation with other systems.  We are interested in users’ experiences of Alma, Aleph and ARC, Voyager, SFX, MetaLib, Verde, DigiTool, Rosetta (digital preservation system) and Primo.  Proposals may also cover topics that relate to the wider development of library and information systems. For example:  
  • Innovative use of products
  • Integration of products with each other or with external systems
  • Experiences of latest releases of products
  • Experiences with new products,  e.g., Alma, Primo, Rosetta
  • Authentication and authorization, e.g., PDS, Single Sign On, Shibboleth
  • Follow up to sessions from last year’s meeting
  • Next-generation systems
  • Optimizing systems and maximizing resources
  • Usability/accessibility of interfaces
  • Consortia issues
  • Alma, Aleph, Voyager, Metalib, SFX, Digitool, Verde, Primo specific sessions
  • Improved workflows for cataloging, acquisitions, circulation or other areas
  • OPAC customization
  • Data mining and data warehousing
  • Creating RSS feeds with Ex Libris data
  • Complex publication patterns (or basic publication patterns training)
  • Access or SQL report writing
  • ILL module
  • Media Scheduling
  • Incorporation of open-source applications
  • System administration tips and tricks
  • Digitization
  • Non product-specific, general topics
  • Cataloging, Acquisitions, Circulation, SysAdmin roundtables
Please include the following information :
  1. Proposed presentation topic/title
  2. Proposed presenter's name
  3. Presenter's email address
  4. Presenter's institution affiliation
  5. Presenter's telephone
  6. Description of the presentation
  7. Length or Presentation (30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 60 minutes)
  8. Presentation special requirements (e.g. beyond a computer/projector with Powerpoint)
Proposals may be submitted via  :    

Proposals submitted via email must be received no later than August 11th, 2013.

ENUG Site:

Kevin J Collins, Aleph Systems Librarian

Office of Library Services
City University of New York, Suite 1325
555 W. 57th Street, 13th floor
New York, NY 10019

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

2013 EGL-IUG meeting program proposals needed (Eastern Great Lakes Innovative Users Group)

 2013 EGL-IUG meeting program proposals needed

The 2013 EGL-IUG meeting will be held on Friday, September 13 at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, Ohio (
We are looking for proposals to help us put on an informative program to help you use your Innovative Millennium/Sierra systems better and more efficiently. So, put your thinking caps on and head on over to our website at and fill out the form.

Here are some random topics to get your ideas going:
  • Anything Sierra
  • Load profiling
  • How to tackle headings reports
  • Patron APIs
  • ERM
  • Migration tips - from Millennium to Sierra, from another system, etc.
  • Create Lists made easy
  • Statistical reports
  • WebPAC facelifts and patron add-ons like LibraryThing, Syndetics, or QR
  • codes

If you have any questions, please let one of the program committee
members know:
Karen Perone -
Cheryl Engle -
Susan Banoun - banounsm@UCMAIL.UC.EDU

Thank you and we look forward to seeing your proposals.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Call for proposals: RUSA online courses and webinars

Call for proposals: RUSA online courses and webinars

If you’ve been considering submitting a proposal to present a RUSA online course or webinar, now’s your chance!
The submission period is open Aug. 1 – Sept. 1. Proposals will be reviewed by the RUSA Professional Development Committee in early September. Approved webinars will be presented Oct. 22-Dec. 1, 2013. Approved online courses will launch in February or March of 2014.

All the details, including links to the proposal forms, are here:

You can also find information in the Online Learning section of the RUSA website:

Here are some of the topics we’re interested in:
reference basics; reference for specialized audiences; research, trends and hot topics in readers advisory; technology 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.

QUESTIONS? Contact RUSA Professional Development Chair Jeannette Pierce (piercejea -at- or RUSA Web Manager Andrea Hill (ahill -at-

**PLEASE SHARE this message with any colleagues, members or online communities who may find it of interest.

Liz F. Markel, M.A.
Marketing & Programs Manager
Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)
Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)

The American Library Association // 50 E. Huron Street // Chicago, IL  60611

CFP: ALCTS Sessions at ALA Annual 2014 conference (Las Vegas, Nevada)

CFP: ALCTS Sessions at ALA Annual 2014 conference (Las Vegas, Nevada)

The ALCTS Program Committee invites program and in-person and virtual pre-conference proposals for the ALA Annual 2014 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The dates of the conference are June 26-July 1, 2014.

If you're interested in planning an in-person pre-conference for ALA Annual in 2014, please complete the appropriate web form (see below) by August 26, 2013, for first consideration.  Proposals will be accepted after that up through September 20, 2013.  Enter as much information as possible about the topic(s), the speakers, the intended audience. Please also include the preconference title. The committee and ALCTS staff will review your proposal, help refine your ideas and coordinate logistics.

ALCTS offers both in-person and virtual pre-conferences for its annual conferences.  A virtual pre-conference consists of a series of 2-4 webinars in the weeks leading up to the Annual Conference.  The proposal deadline for virtual pre-conferences is February 7, 2014.

To submit a proposal please visit the following web pages:

In-person pre-conference proposal form:

Virtual preconference proposal form:

More information about the preconference planning process can be found at:

Please contact the ALCTS Office or the co-chairs for the ALCTS Program Planning Committee with any questions.

Julie Reese
ALCTS Office – Continuing Education & Programs


Susan Davis

Reeta Sinha

CFP: Special Issue of Internet Reference Services Quarterly: “Digital Reference and the User Experience”

CFP: Special Issue of Internet Reference Services Quarterly: “Digital Reference and the User Experience”

Internet Reference Services Quarterly seeks well-researched articles on the topic of user experience (UX), usability, and user-centered design (UCD) as related to public-services librarianship, including reference, research consultation, and instruction, reference materials, online guides and tutorials, and library search and discovery tools.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
   - Merging physical and digital library UX
   - Use of technology in planning of library service points
   - Models for library UCD website development
   - Analysis of reference-source material online interfaces
   - Assessing library user experience
   - Library user interfaces and usability studies
   - Case studies of library UX and UCD projects
   - Innovative digital reference services
   - Digital tools for planning UX

Submit completed manuscripts by September 15, 2013.

See the journal website for author instructions and submission guidelines:

Please address all questions to the editor, Jason Sokoloff, at

Jason Sokoloff
Editor, Internet Reference Services Quarterly

Friday, July 26, 2013

Call for Posters: Western New York & Ontario ACRL Fall Conference 10/18/13

Call for Posters: Western New York & Ontario ACRL Fall Conference 10/18/13


The Western New York/Ontario chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries invites poster session proposals for our 2013 Fall Conference.  This year's theme is "Publishing and Advancing Research," and the conference will be held Friday, Oct. 18th, from 8:30am-4:00pm at the RIT Conference Center in West Henrietta, New York.  Poster presenters will receive a discounted conference registration rate of $60.

Poster sessions provide opportunities to share new and innovative ideas, strategies and technologies.  Any topic, demonstration or device that may be of interest to college and research librarians is welcome for presentation. We ask, however, that this venue not be used to promote or sell specific products and services.  More information on the conference can be found here:

Proposals for the posters and any questions regarding the poster session should be submitted to Vice Programs Chair Amy Vilz at

The deadline for proposal submission is September 16, 2013.  Presenters will be notified of acceptance by September 23.

Conference registration rates:
WNY/O ACRL Members: $100
Join WNY/O ACRL Now and Save: $110 (if already an ACRL member) or $115 (if
not an ACRL member)
Non-members: $120
Students: $50
Poster Presenters: $60

We look forward to seeing you this fall!

Lucy Bungo
Secretary, WNY/O ACRL

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

CALL: International Journal of Digital Libraries Special Issue on Digital Scholarship

CALL: International Journal of Digital Libraries Special Issue on Digital Scholarship
From Stephen M. Griffin, University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA  Digital scholarship, or "cyberscholarship"–that based on data and computation–is radically reshaping knowledge discovery, creation, analysis, presentation and dissemination in many topical areas.  Scientists are using vast amounts of data to explore galaxies, measure stresses on earth systems, create genetic profiles of living things and study the changing behaviors and mores of societies and individuals in a an increasing populated and fragile physical world steeped in networked digital technologies.  Similarly, humanists are using new types of information objects, methodologies and tools to transform and expand their scholarly endeavors.  Examples include the creation and use of digital representations of material culture by historians, introducing spatial and temporal indexed data into the study of literature and information visualizations to communicate the outcomes of traditional humanistic inquiry.
The enabling environment for digital scholarship is a rapidly expanding global digital ecology composed of large and diverse datasets; richly annotated, globally linked and accessible to all using open source tools.  Accompanying technology changes have been trends within scholarly communities toward rich informal dialogues, cross-disciplinary collaborations and equable sharing of research findings.
Data-centered approaches to inquiry have now become a staple of research and scholarship in almost every disciplinary domain.  Accompanying this have been cultural shifts in the scholarly community that challenge long-standing assumptions that underpin the structure of academic institutions and beg new models of scholarly communication.  Network-centric models of scientific communication that capture a comprehensive record of scholarly workflows are now seen by many as a necessary condition for accurate and complete reporting of scholarly work.
Much of the seminal work in developing the information environments and resources that support digital scholarship can be linked directly to digital libraries research – past and present.  Pioneering digital libraries research illuminated essential core information architectures and environments and inspired a generation of researchers to look beyond the confines of their own discipline and often partner with others to pursue interdisciplinary projects – many of which captured national attention and captivated the general public with their brilliance.
This special issue will solicit high quality papers that demonstrate exceptional achievements in digital scholarship, including but not limited to:
• scholarly work that demonstrates innovation in the creation and use of complex information objects and tools to advance domain scholarship
• domain research that exemplifies creative and innovative data-intensive research in the formal, natural, social sciences and the humanities and arts
• new applications, tools and services that expand the scope and means for interdisciplinary digital scholarship
• data repositories and infrastructure projects of exceptional quality and value that illustrate how community-based efforts can serve global constituencies
• models for leveraging and expanding web-based infrastructure for scholars
• document models that support multiple information types, update, annotation, executable objects, linkages, rapid integration and staged release of document components
• scholarly communication environments that capture a comprehensive record of research and provide new means of presentation, dissemination and reuse of digital assets
Important Dates
November 30, 2013–Paper Submission deadline
March 1, 2014–First notification
May 1, 2014–Revision submission
July 1, 2014–Second notification
September 1, 2014–Final version submission
Guest Editors:
Stephen M. Griffin, University of Pittsburgh (contact person)
Stefan Gradmann, University of Leuven
Editorial Board:
Michael Lesk, Rutgers University
Elizabeth Lyon, University of Bath, UKOLN
William Arms, Cornell
Christine Borgman, University of California, Los Angeles
(tentative yes)
Tom Moritz, Consultant
Michael Buckland, University of California, Berkeley
Paper Submission
Papers submitted to this special issue for possible publication must be original and must not be under consideration for publication in any other journal or conference. Previously published or accepted conference papers must contain at least 30% new material to be considered for the special issue. All papers are to be submitted by referring to Please select “Special Issue” under Manuscript Category of your submission. All manuscripts must be prepared according to the journal publication guidelines which can also be found on its website provided above. Papers will be reviewed following the journal standard review process.
Please address inquiries to

CFP: Cathedral Libraries and Archives of Britain and Ireland

CFP: Cathedral Libraries and Archives of Britain and Ireland 

University of York, York, July 3 - 05, 2014
Deadline: Aug 15, 2013
Cathedral Libraries and Archives of Britain and Ireland
Organised by Brian Cummings, Linne Mooney, Bill Sherman and Hanna Vorholt.
Hosted by the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at the University of York, in association with the York Manuscripts Conference and the Cathedral Libraries and Archives Network.
The York Manuscripts Conference has been held biennially or triennially since 1986 and, with about 50 papers, is amongst the largest conferences in Europe dedicated to manuscript studies. The Thirteenth York Manuscripts Conference, to be held from 3-5 July 2014 will have as its topic the Cathedral Libraries and Archives of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
The Cathedral Libraries and Archives of Britain and Ireland comprise some of the most remarkable and least explored collections of medieval and early modern books. While predictably focused on theological, liturgical, and devotional texts, they also contain many medical, scientific, and literary sources, as well as legal and administrative documents. In addition to the many collections that are still in situ, others are now being looked after elsewhere, or have been dispersed.
The conference will include papers on medieval and early modern materials which are or were once held by the cathedrals of Britain and Ireland, considering their varied contents, illumination, use, and provenance; paper topics might also explore the formation, development, and dissolution of the libraries themselves; connections between different collections; their location and cataloguing within the cathedrals; or the distinction between cathedral libraries and cathedral archives in a historical perspective. Papers which shed light on lesser known treasures and collections will be especially welcome. We invite papers from researchers in the fields of religion, history, art history, musicology, history of science, literature, codicology, conservation, and other cognate disciplines. Papers delivered at the conference may be considered for inclusion in a volume of selected essays.
The conference is organised in association with the Cathedrals Libraries and Archives Network, a newly created group which seeks to engender, co-ordinate, facilitate and promote research on the Cathedral collections, and to act as an interface between academic communities, church bodies, and the wider public.
Plenary lectures will be given by Nigel Morgan (Cambridge), Christopher Norton (York), Rodney Thomson (Tasmania), and Magnus Williamson (Newcastle).
Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to Deadline for submission of proposals is 15 August 2013.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Call for Reviewers: Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship

Call for Reviewers: Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship

The Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship is looking for book reviewers for future issues.  Books reviewed are related to subject areas within business. 

Although there is a major focus on reference materials, review also address significant academic business books that have recently been published.  Each review analyzes the purpose of the book and the success of the author or publisher in fulfilling that purpose, along with information on the scope, content and organization of the source.

If you are interested in reviewing a book for the JBFL, please contact:

Douglas Southard
Book Review Editor, Journal of Business and Finance librarianship

In your message, please indicate your areas of expertise or interest (such as finance, marketing, or specific industries, etc.) and include your mailing address.

About the Journal

The Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship is an innovative quarterly journal that provides you with useful articles about the creation, organization, dissemination, retrieval, and use of business information. This refereed journal covers the business information needs of special libraries, academic libraries, and public libraries, as well as information services and centers outside of the traditional library setting. You'll find that the journal is international in scope, reflecting the multinational and international scope of the business community today.

The immediate focus of the journal is practice-oriented articles, but it also provides an outlet for new empirical studies on business librarianship and business information. Aside from articles, this journal offers valuable statistical and meeting reports, literature and media reviews, Web site reviews, and interviews.

Recent issues of the Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship have covered topics such as:
       political risk and country risk, some of the factors and methods used in foreign country risk analysis, and a variety of political risk sources
       the structure of the National Trade Data Bank, a comparison of the three versions of it currently on the market, and detailed descriptions of many of the database's most useful programs
       how and why intranets developed and how they can be used as strategic business tools that empower an organization to meet its corporate vision
       an analysis of the public rankings of in Canadian business periodicals and a retrieval tool for such information
       an effective and practical way to get business students familiar with various library resources
       a selective review of some of the business dictionaries in print

Special thematic issues of the journal have covered:
       Marketing Information
       The Core Business Web
       Distance Learning Librarianship

Product Details:
 ISSN: 0896-3568 Electronic - ISSN: 1547-0644

Friday, July 19, 2013

SLA-SD 2013 Fall Seminar Call For Speakers

SLA-SD 2013 Fall Seminar Call For Speakers

Call for Speakers: SLA-SD 2013 Fall Seminar

The San Diego Chapter of the Special Libraries Association is seeking speakers for our annual fall professional development seminar to be held Friday, October 4, 2013 at Marina Village Conference Center, San Diego, CA.

The 2013 theme is:

Connecting the Dots of Creative Innovations…..

As an information professional, you are an integral member of your organization, and we want to know how your creative innovations are making an impact. We are looking for presentations that exemplify how you utilize your expertise and skills to ensure organizational success, and in particular how you leverage specific tools, competencies, methods, and characteristics to deliver results that go above and beyond. Presentations should be approximately 45 minutes in length and should cover the topic both conceptually and with demonstrations/discussions of real-world applications. Proposals may address, but are not limited to, the following suggested topics as specifically focused on information and organizational readiness:

· New technology strategies
· Collaborative information sharing
· Research methods
· Data curation
· Competitive intelligence
· Mobile technology
· Distance reference
· Strategic planning
· Procuring funding
· Diversity awareness
· Volunteer recruitment
· Disaster preparedness

Proposals are welcomed from information professionals working in all types of environments and at all professional levels. Membership in SLA is not required. Many of you have expertise in one or more of the areas listed above, or know someone who does, and we encourage you to send us a proposal soon. If you have colleagues or others in your network who might be interested, please let them know about this opportunity. All proposals welcome!

Proposals should include:

· Speaker Information: name, position title, affiliation, and all contact information for all speakers
· Presentation description: a title and brief summary of proposed presentation (500 words or less)
· Format: individual speaker, team presentation, panel discussion, interactive exercise, etc.

Please submit your proposal to by Monday, August 5, 2013. The seminar committee plans to select presentations by August 19, 2013 and will notify all speaker candidates of their proposal status.

Be sure to mark Friday, October 4th on your calendar now! Further details and registration information will be posted in August on the SLA-SD website, .

Amy Jankowski and Helene Idels
2013 Directors, SLA San Diego Chapter<>

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Call for Papers: Archival Practice (new open-access, peer-reviewed journal)

Call for Papers: Archival Practice (new open-access, peer-reviewed journal)

Archival Practice, a peer-reviewed, open-access biannual journal, is now accepting research articles, case studies, position pieces, and other entries for its inaugural issue (to be published in January 2014). Submissions should focus on discussion of real-world application of archival theories and practices in the modern archival repository, and may discuss archival acquisitions, processing, reference, outreach, instruction, preservation, or management in any archival setting (special collections library, government archives, university archives, corporate archives, etc.).

Archival Practice will feature peer-reviewed research articles, case studies, and position pieces related to all aspects of modern archival work. The non-reviewed "From the Field" section allows archivists to share newly-developed policies, procedures, web resources, documentation, or other tools which contribute to the development of archival practice. The journal will promote conversations among readers through commenting features. Publication will be on a rolling basis with submissions made available immediately after passing through the peer review and editing process, allowing for timely distribution of information.

Types of submissions accepted include:
·         Research articles (peer-reviewed)
3,000-7,000 words, including bibliography
Research articles present and describe original research (broadly defined) on topics of current importance that impact modern archival practice. Manuscripts provide clear and complete methodology and may include all necessary figures, tables, and illustrations.
·         Case studies (peer-reviewed)
2,000-5,000 words
Case studies describe mature projects and programs that highlight innovative archival practices, partnerships, programs, spaces, etc., in any archival setting. Case studies should clearly describe the project or program and address the impact of the work.
·         Position pieces (peer-reviewed)
2,000-5,000 words, including bibliography
Position pieces are essays intended to inform readers of, or to stimulate discussion about, significant issues in current archival practice. Position pieces may be primary or secondary research and will provide complete references.
·         From the Field (*not* peer-reviewed)
300-1,000 words
From the Field submissions allow archivists to share newly-developed policies, procedures, web resources, documentation, programming, or other tools which contribute to archival practice. The text of the submission will serve to provide context for the linked or attached resources that were developed, but this section is primarily intended to publicize resources, not provide case studies of processes or practices. Photographs, links to related files or media, or other visual supplements are highly encouraged.

As an open-access journal, Archival Practice will be online, free of charge, and free of copyright and licensing restrictions. Authors will retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. The journal will be hosted by the University Libraries at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro using its installation of Open Journal Systems (OJS). This installation will allow the journal to be produced and distributed free of cost to any author or reader.

Additional information about the journal and additional information for authors may be found at: Additionally, you may subscribe to the journal at this site and receive email updates with each publication.

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 4 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 professional meetings 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, August 23, 2013. Contributions should not be published elsewhere.

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

Bob Wolverton
Mississippi State University Libraries

Karen Davidson
Mississippi State University Libraries
(662) 325-3018          

Friday, July 12, 2013

2013 EGL-IUG meeting program proposals needed (Eastern Great Lakes Innovative Users Group)

2013 EGL-IUG meeting program proposals needed (Eastern Great Lakes Innovative Users Group)

The 2013 EGL-IUG meeting will be held on Friday September 13, 2013. Although the exact location has not been decided yet, it will be held at either the Roberts Centre or the Cincinnati Marriott. Details will be announced as soon as the decision is made.

We do, however, know that we need program proposals so that there is a reason to attend the meeting! So, put your thinking caps on and head on over to our website at and fill out the form.

Here are some random ideas to get your ideas going:
Anything Sierra
Load profiling
How to tackle headings reports
Patron APIs
Migration tips - from Millennium to Sierra, from another system, etc.
Create Lists made easy
Statistical reports
WebPAC facelifts and patron add-ons like LibraryThing, Syndetics, or QR codes

If you have any questions, please let one of the program committee members know:
Karen Perone -
Cheryl Engle -
Susan Banoun - banounsm@UCMAIL.UC.EDU

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Academic BRASS Articles Call for Submissions (Business libraries)

Academic BRASS Articles Call for Submissions (Business libraries)


Fired up by ALA? Mind racing with new ideas?

Interested in seeing your name in print? Have something to share with other business librarians?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, Academic Brass wants you!

The Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee of BRASS is seeking articles for the next issue of its online publication Academic BRASS. Academic BRASS is a newsletter--not a journal--that publishes issue-based articles and information for the general and educational interest of BRASS members and academic business librarians.

You may want to see previous editions of BRASS.

For the full text of these articles and access to past issues of Academic BRASS, see

The typical length of an Academic BRASS article is 500-800 words, but past articles have been as long as 1,000 words or more. Authors should be guided by what they have to say rather than an arbitrary word length. All articles are subject to editing for length, style, and content. The newsletter follows the Modern Language Association Handbook, seventh edition for all matters of style and citation. Authors whose articles include references to print or internet resources should observe the conventions set forth in the handbook or on the
MLA web site (

Article proposals are due Friday, August 30, 2013 Please send them to Charles
Allan, chair of the Committee, at

Completed articles will be due Monday, September 30, 2013.

Charles Allan Academic BRASS editor

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Call for Papers on Community Libraries in the Atlantic World, 1650-1850

Call for Papers on Community Libraries in the Atlantic World, 1650-1850

From the project: 
We are delighted to announce the launch of a new AHRC-funded international research network on Community Libraries, which aims to establish a dynamic, interdisciplinary research forum to investigate the role of libraries in shaping communities in the long eighteenth century. Developed by Dr Mark Towsey (University of Liverpool) together with partners at Loyola University Chicago, the Newberry Library, and Dr Williams’s Library (London), the Network will explain the emergence of libraries in the ‘public sphere’ between 1650 and 1850. We will assess the contribution made by libraries to the circulation and reception of print of all kinds, and to the forging of collective identities amongst local, national, and international communities of readers. In addition, the network aims to explore the emergence of libraries in comparative perspective, asking how far models of library provision and administration were disseminated, discussed, imitated, and challenged as they travelled between different social environments and political regimes.
The antebellum college library catalogs and also the college literary society borrowing records have a lot to contribute to the history of the book project.
The image is of Washington Hall on the Washington and Lee campus.  As I recall the Washington Literary Society's offices were on the upper floor of the building.  Their library records and debate minutes are a terrific source of information on what the students were reading and thinking, which should be used in conjunction with the addresses given to literary societies.  Together those will allow us to reconstruct the world of ideas of constitutionalismutility, and slavery so central to the old South.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Surviving on a tight budget? Please share your experience! (Mid-Atlantic Innovative Users Group Conference 2013)

CFP: Surviving on a tight budget? Please share your experience! (Mid-Atlantic Innovative Users Group Conference 2013)

The Mid-Atlantic Innovative Users Group (MAIUG) Conference will be held at the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware, on October 18, 2013.  We would like to have a panel of librarians who have been surviving (and even thriving?) on a tight budget share their experiences.  All types of libraries are welcome-public, academic, special, school- to provide a diverse panel.

We are still looking for speakers to present on other topics also.  We welcome any interested speakers to submit their ideas.  Presentations of 30-60 minutes, with a portion of that time set aside for Q&A, will be considered. Other ideas for forums or panels to discuss a topic are also invited.

Please email Tracie Frederick, MAIUG Chair, at  by Friday, July 12, 2013 to be included on the budget panel or to submit your idea.

And save the date to plan to attend the 2013 MAIUG Conference on October 18, 2013.

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