Friday, November 22, 2013

Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference 2014 - Call for Submissions

Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference 2014 - Call for Submissions 

The event will be held in Toledo, OH at the Hilton Garden Inn at Perrysburg on Friday, June 6, 2014, and James Neal from Columbia will be the keynote speaker. This conference is an opportunity for individuals working in resource sharing to gather information and communicate with other colleagues.

Program proposals are invited from September 16, 2013 to January 17, 2014.
Accepted program proposal submissions should be 45 minutes in length, including time for questions.  Proposals might focus on any of the following areas:
  • Resource Sharing Best Practices
  • Regional collection development projects
  • Statistics – local, regional, impact on collection development
  • Assessment
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Marketing Services
  • Managing Student Workers
  • Electronic Resources and Resource Sharing
  • Workflow improvements
  • Coordinated collection development
  • Training
  • Purchase on Demand
Please submit a 150-200 word proposal for your presentation on the website:
Program proposals will be reviewed by the program committee and those presenters who are selected will be notified by February 14, 2014.
Please direct any questions to Lorna Newman at

CFP: IFLA International Newspaper Conference 2014 (Salt Lake City, February 2014)

CFP: IFLA International Newspaper Conference 2014 (Salt Lake City, February 2014)

Theme: Start Spreading the News!
Date: 4-5 February 2014
Organized by: IFLA Newspapers Section and FamilySearch
Venue:  Joseph Smith Memorial Building
                15 E South Temple
                 Salt Lake City, Utah 84150, USA
The IFLA Newspapers Section is currently seeking proposals for papers ( and poster sessions  exploring themes related to outreach and marketing strategies for using or promoting online newspaper content, text mining, users of newspaper content, and use of news content for research purposes or as primary sources for historical or contemporary themes for its upcoming United States-hosted conference.  In addition to papers focused on the theme of Start Spreading the News!, sub-themes on, but not limited to, the following topics are being sought :  
  • Use of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, news blogs, Flickr, expose news and raise awareness of news content to users
  • Emerging research methodologies in using news and news content
  • Text mining newspapers and news content
  • Technologies used in text mining and in the presentation of mined data
  • Case studies of statistical and word patterns research planned or underway of mined news content
  • Traditional research underway in using digitized newspaper collections
  • Users’ experiences with digitized newspaper collections
  • Usability expectations
  • Innovative methods for design, use, and engagement of users in newspaper content systems.
  • Strategies for finding, or finding out about, newspapers in the semantic web.
  • Newspapers in genealogical or family history contexts.
  • Other paper topics relevant to the main conference theme will also be considered.
As shown by surveys conducted by the National Library of Australia, the California Digital Newspaper Collection, the Cambridge Public Library, and others, historical newspapers are an important source of information for genealogists.  Not coincidentally, the IFLA International Newspaper Conference will be held just prior to the 2014 RootsTech Family History and Technology Conference Feb 6-8(  We encourage authors and conference attendees to consider attending RootsTech as well as the International Newspaper Conference.
Important Dates & Other Information
    • Abstracts must be submitted by December 1, 2013
    • Authors of accepted papers will be notified by December 30, 2013
    • Completed paper and slide presentation or accepted poster session image submitted by January 30, 2014
    • Call for papers. Click here for further information & submission guidelines.
    • Call for poster session proposals. Click here for further information & submission form.
    Additional Information
    To discuss any matters relating to this Call for Papers and Poster Sessions, please contact any of the following
    conference planning committee members:
    Birdie MacLennan (Email:
    Sue Kellerman (Email:
    Frederick Zarndt (E-mail:

    Please note
    The IFLA Newspapers Section regrets that it has no funding to assist prospective authors. 
    Moreover, the submission of an abstract must be on the understanding that the costs of attending the conference including registration, travel, accommodation and other expenses are the responsibility of the presenters of the accepted papers or their institutions. No financial support can be provided by IFLA.

    We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City in February 2014 !

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

    CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS Proposal: Supporting Digital Humanities for Knowledge Acquisition in Modern Libraries

    Proposal Submission Deadline: February 28, 2014
    Supporting Digital Humanities for Knowledge Acquisition in Modern
    A book edited by
    Kathleen Sacco (State University of New
    York (SUNY) at Fredonia, USA);
    Scott Richmond (State University of New
    York (SUNY) at Fredonia, USA);
    Sara Parme (State University of New
    York (SUNY) at Fredonia, USA);
    Kerrie Fergen Wilkes (State University of New
    York (SUNY) at Fredonia, USA)

    To be published by IGI Global:

                    For release in the Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS) Book Series.

    The Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS) Book Series aims to expand the body of library science literature by covering a wide range of topics affecting the profession and field at large. The series also seeks to provide readers with an essential resource for uncovering the latest research in library and information science management, development, and technologies.

    The Digital Humanities is an area of research, teaching, and creation concerned with the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities. Digital humanities embrace a variety of topics, from curating online collections to data mining large cultural data sets. Digital humanities (also known as DH) currently incorporates both digitized and born-digital materials and combine the methodologies from traditional humanities disciplines and social sciences with tools provided by computing (such as data visualization, information retrieval, data mining, statistics, text mining) and digital publishing.

    Objective of the Book
    Research in the digital humanities relies on knowledge of data management and on collaboration across a range of disciplines. Libraries and Library Professionals are situated to be both supporters and participants in digital humanities research.

    This publication will bring together current research in the discipline of digital humanities, focusing on the role of libraries and library staff in the research, creation, and dissemination of the information.

    Target Audience
    The book will be an asset to librarians navigating the beginnings of a digital humanities project as well as a guide for researchers in the DH process exploring potential partnerships with libraries.

    Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
    Overview of DH and current scholarship
    Role of librarians in DH
    Role of libraries and research centers in the DH process
    Digital methods and modes of knowledge acquisition
    Research methodology
    Current pedagogy
    Role of libraries in supporting the DH instructor
    Future directions in the discipline

    Submission Procedure
    Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before February 28, 2014, 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 March 15, 2014 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by April 30, 2014. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

    This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.comThis publication is anticipated to be release in 2015.

    Important Dates
    February 28, 2014:       Proposal Submission Deadline
    March 15, 2014:              Notification of Acceptance
    April 30, 2014:                Full Chapter Submission
    June 30, 2014:                 Review Results Returned
    August 30, 2014:           Final Chapter Submission
    October 15, 2014:          Final Deadline

    Inquiries and submissions can be sent to:
    Sara Parme, M.L.I.S.
    Daniel A. Reed Library
    SUNY Fredonia
    280 Central Ave.
    Fredonia, NY 14063

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    Weave: Journal of Library User Experience Call for Papers

    Weave: Journal of Library User Experience Call for Papers

    Weave is a peer-reviewed, open access, web-based publication featuring articles on user experience design for librarians and professionals in related fields. Our editorial board consists of recognized experts in the field of library UX, and our editorial philosophy is to strive for a balance between theoretical and practical topics.

    As the importance of digital services begins to rival that of collections, library user experience is taking a more central role than ever. While new jobs are being created for User Experience librarians and some departments are being renamed 'User Experience'  teams, there is still no comprehensive, rigorous publication for library UX professionals to share with and learn from their colleagues. Weave is intended to fill that gap. Weave helps practitioners and theorists come together to make libraries better.

    We are looking for two kinds of work:

    1. Full length, scholarly articles of relevance to UX in libraries. We are interested in publishing innovative and cutting edge research, practical applications and their implications, and ideas and speculation about future directions for UX. Interested writers should review our instructions for authors ( before submitting articles online.

    2. The Dialog Box, a new kind of review section. Weave's Dialog Box aims to extend beyond the traditional book review section and feature critical dialog not only with books but with other media that set the boundaries of library user experience. Because we aim to encourage creativity, our submission requirements are flexible. But all Dialog Box features will start from and engage an existing "artifact" relevant to library UX. Interested writers should review our Dialog Box submission requirements ( before sending pitches to

    Submissions can be uploaded at:

    Unless otherwise noted, all content in Weave UX is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY: in order to allow for the greatest possible dissemination of our authors' work.  If this license would prevent you from publishing in Weave, then please contact us at

    Courtney Greene McDonald
    Head, Discovery & Research Services department
    Wells Library W501, Indiana University, 1320 E 10th St, Bloomington IN 47405 | 812.855.4217 | 812.855.4979 (fax)

    Call for proposals for the 2014 Library Assessment Conference

    Call for proposals for the 2014 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held in Seattle, Washington, August 4–6, 2014. The deadline for submissions is January 17, 2014.

    ARL, the University of Washington Libraries, and the conference planning committee invite proposals for the 2014 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held in Seattle, Washington, August 4–6, 2014. The deadline for submissions is January 17, 2014.
    The goal of the biennial Library Assessment Conference is to build and further a vibrant library assessment community by bringing together interested practitioners and researchers who have responsibility or interest in the broad field of library assessment. The conference provides a mix of invited speakers, contributed papers, posters, pre- and post-conference workshops, and—new this year—lightning talks and panels that stimulate discussion and provide workable ideas for effective, practical, and sustainable library assessment. The 2014 conference builds on the success of the first four conferences held in Charlottesville (2006, 2012), Seattle (2008), and Baltimore (2010).

    Proposal Topics

    Proposals are invited as (a) papers, (b) posters, (c) panels, and (d) lightning talks (short papers) that cover any aspect of library assessment. The conference planning committee especially encourages proposals in the following areas:
    • Collaborative assessment 
    • Digital libraries 
    • Information resources, collections, and e-metrics 
    • Learning outcomes 
    • Management information 
    • Methods and tools 
    • Organizational issues
    • Performance measurement and measures
    • Return on investment (ROI) 
    • Services
    • Space planning and use
    • Special collections 
    • Usability 
    • User needs 
    • Value and impact 

    Complete Information

    Full details on submitting a proposal are available on the Library Assessment Conference website.

    The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at

    Call for Abstracts: Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists 36th Annual Conference

    Looking Forward Looking Back:
    Reflections on the Past and Planning for the Future
    36th Annual SALIS Conference
    Spring 2014
    Center of Alcohol Studies
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA

    Call for Abstracts
    Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2014
    You are invited to submit an abstract for the forthcoming 36th Annual SALIS Conference hosted by the Center of Alcohol Studies (CAS ) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

    Our theme this year is "Looking forward looking back: Reflections on the past and planning for the future". The conference organizers would like to encourage SALIS members to share their expertise through formal presentations, posters, panel discussions, workshops, or any innovative formats that would promote dialog to find solutions based on the vast knowledge in disseminating information accumulated in the past. We strongly believe that by reviewing past achievements and best practices, we can explore opportunities to translate them into our information age and can address new challenges with more success.
    Please submit abstracts of 250 words or less no later than February 15, 2014 using the online form at:
    In your abstract, please be sure to:
         1. briefly describe your topic, issue or idea;
         2. indicate your preferred format for your session
         3. explain how your proposed session relates to the conference theme

    If you would like to discuss your idea with the conference host, Judit Ward (, or the Executive Director of SALIS, Andrea Mitchell (, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We will be glad to assist you in any way we can.

    Once you submit your abstract, you may return to the submission page at any time to edit your information.  You will receive an email confirmation within a few days of your final submission, and your information will be stored securely.

    If you encounter difficulties with the online submission form, please contact Nancy Sutherland (
    Contacts: Judit Ward, and Bill Bejarano,
    Click here to view information about previous SALIS conferences.

    Monday, November 18, 2013

    Call for Book Chapter Proposals: Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists

    Call for Book Chapter Proposals: Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists

    Proposal Submission Deadline: December 15th, 2013

    Editors: Arianne Hartsell-Gundy (Miami University), Laura Braunstein (Dartmouth College), Liorah Golomb (University of Oklahoma)

    Potential Publisher: Association of College & Research Libraries

    The ACRL Literatures in English Section is working on a proposal to sponsor an ACRL publication about digital humanities and subject specialists. Our section has sponsored other ACRL publications, including Literature in English: A Guide for Librarians in the Digital Age edited by Betty H. Day and William A. Wortman and Teaching Literary Research: Challenges in a Changing Environment edited by Kathleen A. Johnson and Steven R. Harris. We are looking for approximately 10-15 chapters that examine the role of the librarian subject specialist in digital humanities.

    Digital humanities is changing the way that humanities scholars research and teach, and libraries are in a great position to help support these efforts. Subject specialists who work with humanities faculty are in a unique position because they often have good relationships with these faculty and have a strong understanding of their needs, but many subject specialists may lack the training to provide support for digital humanities work. Some subject specialists are lucky enough to work in a library that has a digital scholarship center and has staff that are specially trained to help with metadata and digital projects, but this arrangement can still create challenges for subject specialists as they figure out how to navigate between their faculty and these specialists. This book aims to examine how subject specialists are meeting these challenges and making the most of the opportunities that come their way.

    Suggested topics include, but are not limited to the following: 
    • Examples of successful digital humanities projects.
    • Examples of less than successful digital humanities projects.
    • How a subject specialist trained to be a traditional bibliographer learns the skills necessary to do work in the digital humanities.
    • Examples of how subject specialists can collaborate with/support faculty, or collaborate with IT professionals, Special Collections librarians, Digital Resources librarians, etc.
    • Using digital humanities projects to answer reference questions.
    • How do librarians identify, evaluate, manage, and promote digital humanities projects?
    • How to teach undergraduates and graduate students to use and/or create digital humanities projects?
    • Thought pieces on the role of subject specialists in digital humanities. For example, should subject specialists be involved with digital humanities, or should that work be done by digital humanities librarians?
    Submission Procedure: Proposal Submission Deadline is December 15th, 2013.

    Academic library professionals are invited to submit their proposal of not more than 2 pages. Your proposal should include: 1) the names and contact information for all authors (identify a main contact); 2) a clear description of the topic you are proposing for a potential chapter; 3) reason why this topic would be of interest to subject specialists; 4) a brief description of your academic institution; and, 5) information about the author(s) showing his/her qualifications for writing the case study/chapter. Submissions should be in Microsoft Word. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by January 31st, 2014. If the book proposal is accepted, each chapter will be expected to be about 4,000-5,000 words.

    Inquiries and submissions can be sent to:

    Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Humanities Librarian
    Miami University
    208 King Library
    151 S. Campus Ave.
    Oxford, OH 45056

    Call for Book Chapters: The New Librarianship

    Call for Book Chapters: The New Librarianship

    This is a call for book chapters for The New Librarianship, a book that will focus on new roles and responsibilities for librarians in the digital environment, as well as new skill sets, new partnerships, and other exciting endeavors.  The book will be published by Scarecrow Press.
    Topical areas suggested include: 
    • information stewardship
    • research evaluation metrics
    • new skills and new roles
    • open access
    • scholarly publishing
    • the library as publisher
    • involvement, engagement, connection with patrons/customers
    • training
    • embedded librarianship
    • research data management and services
    • grant writing
    • virtual reference, instruction, etc.
    • e-science
    • innovative uses of technology
    • library mobile apps
    • information visualization
    • ILMS redefined
    • data literacy, media literacy, multi-literacy
    • institutional repositories
    • sustainable and effective assessment
    • exciting and innovative partnerships outside of and within the library
    • user-generated content
    • data curation
    • innovative uses of metadata standards and interoperability
    • new models for library services
    • mega-collaborations (shared print, shared services, etc.)
    • marketing/outreach services
    • "green" libraries
    • creating/reinventing new spaces in libraries
    • web-scale discovery tools
    • folksonomies
    These are only a few of the topics that will be explored in this book.  The editor is looking for case studies, thoughtful and insightful opinions, and innovative new services and models for moving libraries forward.   
    To submit book chapter proposals, please submit an abstract of approximately 100 words and a title for the chapter to Dr. Brad Eden at  Deadline for proposals is November 25, 2013.  Deadline for accepted chapters to be submitted to the editor would be May 1, 2014.  

    Bradford Lee Eden, Ph.D.
    Dean of Library Services
    Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources
    Valparaiso University
    Valparaiso, Indiana  46383

    Friday, November 15, 2013

    Call for Proposals: 2014 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries

    Call for Proposals: 2014 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries

    The TCDL 2014 planning committee invites you to share your proposals for participation at the 2014 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries.

    TCDL 2014 will take place April 28-29 in Austin, TX. The conference covers topics relevant to the creation, promotion and preservation of research, scholarship and cultural heritage digital materials. This year's conference theme, Engaging Outliers:  Context, Collections & Community, will explore the full range of projects, workflows, use cases and ideas-in-the-making related to digital library work with a special emphasis on those projects that lie outside of the ordinary.

    The conference will address such questions as:  How are you using digital collections or materials in ways that are outside of their original context?  What are you doing that no one else is doing?  What would you like seen done that no one else is doing?  Possible topics could include the following:

    ·         Transformative ventures beyond library contexts
    ·         Use and adaptation of systems in ways not originally intended
    ·         Innovative processes that are changing established library workflows
    ·         Use and reuse of digital materials in novel ways
    ·         Unique collections
    ·         Gaps in collecting areas or formats
    ·         Demographics not represented in typical digital library projects
    ·         Anticipating emerging needs for potential communities
    Proposals on other topics of interest to a digital libraries audience are welcome.

    TCDL 2014 has multiple avenues for participation, including individual presentations, panel sessions, posters, workshops and tutorials, "birds of a feather" sessions, and – new for 2014 – a 24x7 lightning round format. All completed presentations will be published on the conference website, and each presenters will have the option to submit a short paper to accompany the published presentation slides.

    Submission Guidelines

    Proposals will be accepted in the following categories. Please follow the links for more detailed information about proposal requirements.

    ·         PresentationsGeneral presentations on practical work, theoretical or speculative issues, or on-going or completed research.
    ·         Panels:  Panel sessions should address a single topic from multiple perspectives and should engage the audience for a full 80-minute session.
    ·         24x7 Presentations (24 slides in 7 minutes): 7-minute presentations comprising no more than 24 slides.
    ·         Posters: Posters will be featured at the conference reception and through a “Minute Madness” session, during which presenters will give a 60-second summary of each poster.
    ·         Workshops, Tutorials & Demos, Birds of a Feather SessionsThese sessions will take place on April 29th in the afternoon.
    Proposals of no more than 500 words can be submitted through the “Proposal Submission” link on the conference website.

    Key Dates
    ·         November 14:  Call for Proposals
    ·         January 31: Deadline for proposals for Workshops, Tutorials & Demos, and Birds of a Feather Sessions
    ·         February 7:  Deadline for all other Proposal Submissions
    ·         March 14 Notification of Acceptance
    ·         April 1:  Early Bird Conference Registration Deadline
    ·         June 2: Deadline for OPTIONAL papers (Presenters and panelists will have the option to produce a short paper to accompany their published presentations. The paper is not a requirement for participation. Papers will be published on the conference website under Presentations, along with the presentation slides.)
    Note: No individual shall participate as a speaker in more than one presentation/panel session; however, presenters and panel speakers are welcome to participate in the poster sessions.

    Also note: Accepted presenters, including co-presenters, panelists, and poster presenters, must register for the conference and pay applicable registration fees.

    Submission Instructions

    Proposals should be submitted through the “Proposal Submission” link on the conference website. Detailed instructions can be found in the Call for Proposals on the conference website.

    Need help? If you have questions about using the online submission system, please contact