Monday, September 29, 2014

2015 IUG Conference Minneapolis Call for Program Proposals

2015 IUG Conference Minneapolis Call for Program Proposals
Innovative Users Group Conference
Minneapolis, Minnesota

April 13–16 (Monday–Thursday) 2015

On behalf the IUG 2015 Program Committee, I would like to invite you to submit a proposal for the annual Innovative Users Group Conference to be held in:

Minneapolis, Minnesota
April 13–16 (MondayThursday) 2015

We are now accepting proposals for Programs, Posters, Forums and Lightening Rounds.

Deadline for Proposals: Friday, November 7, 2014.

Here’s your chance to share with your IUG peers what new features, creations, and workflows you’ve implemented in your library; your advertising, training and metrics solutions; the fundamentals of the system and any other great ideas you have. It's a wonderful way to give back to the IUG community!

Presenters receive a $50 discount on the registration fee (excluding Lightning Round presenters).

If you're not sure about a topic, email a member of the Program Committee and we'll help you.

Instructions for submissions are below.
NOTE:  also have a look at the Conference Guidelines (

To Begin
 - To submit a proposal, hover over Conference and Get Involved and click on "Submit a Program Idea" (or one of the other options) OR go directly to Get Involved (

 - When prompted, login with your MyIUG Login.

 -  If you don't have a MyIUG Login, sign up for one here: (your library must be a current IUG member).  If you have trouble getting a MyIUG Login, send an email to They will be able to help you.

Submitting a Program Idea
 - In the Get Involved section, choose "Submit a Program Idea"

-  Select an IUG Member by typing the name in the Member box.  Once a member name is selected, the    name and address should be automatically filled in under the Coordinators and Presenters section. Double check to make sure all the information is filled in correctly.

-  Use the Add Another Presenter button to add presenters. Start typing the name, and the form will begin searching the database. Select the name and it will fill in the information we have on file for that person.

-  Fill out information about your program in the Program Information section. If you don't see the fields, click on Program Information and follow the prompts.

-  Enter the program title and description in the Title and Description section. If you don't see the fields, click on Titles and Descriptions to follow the prompts.

-  Program materials can be uploaded at a later date in the Program Materials section.

-  When you are finished, click on the Add Submission button.

-  You will receive an email confirmation to confirm your submission.

Are you a little nervous to present alone? Propose a panel discussion so you and others you've worked with can each share your experiences. You can even ask for an Innovative staff to co-present with you. The Program Committee can also work with you to help identify potential co-presenters.

You might also want to consider a Lightning Round session. A 5-minute session is a great way to get your feet wet presenting something if you don't think you have enough material for an hour.

We are also accepting poster and forum submissions at this time. Forum and poster session coordinators also receive the $50 discount on registration. Submit a Poster or Forum session in the Conference Get Involved section. Click on the link and you’ll follow the same steps outlined for program submissions above.

There are a large number of regional user group meetings taking place this fall that offer an excellent variety of programs. If you are presenting at one of these regional conferences, please consider repeating your program at the annual meeting, so many more colleagues
can learn from your experiences.

We’re gearing up for a great IUG conference in 2015!  Last year, we hosted a one day Polaris “mini conference” at IUG in Detroit. That proved to be a success and we’ve been working closely with Steering Committees of the Polaris Users Group (PUG) and the VTLS Users Group (VUG) towards offering programs at IUG 2015 pertinent to their platforms.  We are welcoming their members to attend IUG 2015!

We are very fortunate with the Minneapolis Hilton venue to have the space for Polaris (PUG) and VTLS (VUG) Users Groups sessions and we will be setting up special program ‘tracts’ for their sessions. They will also be submitting proposals for the IUG 2015 Conference!

We’ll provide you with more specifics as we move forward with this, so hold your questions for now!

Remember the deadline for submitting program proposals is November 7, 2014. Please contact me if you have any questions or comments.

We are looking forward to seeing all of your fantastic proposals!

Eeva Stierwalt and your IUG 2015 Program Committee
Eeva Stierwalt, IUG Vice-Chair, Program Committee Chair

Kristen Costello, IUG Chair

Sheryl Bissen
Rhonda Glazier
Richard Guajardo   Guajardo@UH.EDU
Colby Riggs  

We offer a warm welcome to Program Committee Members from the Polaris
and VTLS Users Groups who will focus on submissions relating to the
Polaris and VTLS platforms:

Jill Henriksen (Polaris Users Group)
Emily Guthrie (VTLS North American Users Group)

Call for Authors for LITA Guides

LITA is looking to expand its popular LITA Guide series. Topics for consideration include
  • Tools for big data
  • Mobile technologies
  • Linked data and the semantic web
  • Cloud computing
  • Building digital collections
  • Open education
  • The user experience
  • Security for library systems

Please get in touch with me if you are interested in authoring one of these guides or have a proposal of your own. We are always glad to learn of ways new technologies can improve services for library users.

You can email me directly at

Marta Deyrup, Acquisitions Editor

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Call for Against The Grain Reporters (Charleston Conference 2014)

Call for Against The Grain Reporters (Charleston Conference 2014)
Hello 2014 Charleston Conference registrants,

We are seeking conference attendee reporters who would write short synopsis reports on 2014 Charleston Conference sessions. The reports are due in early December and will be published in "Against the Grain" (ATG) over a series of issues beginning soon after the conference concludes.

Interested? Check the preliminary program and send me your contact information and the title (and the day/time) of each session on which you are willing to write a report. I will confirm that a reporter is actually needed for the session(s) for which you volunteer.

Here are some basic guidelines for reporters:
  • The reports should be 100-200 words (preconferences and plenary session reports can run a bit longer, but not by too much).
  • The succinct reports should re-cap the highlights of the session. Minute details are NOT needed, since a number of speakers post their presentations in the conference website and many also submit papers to the Proceedings.
  • Reports should include any changes in titles or speakers that are revealed at the session and differ from what was presented in the listed program.
  • Note if, in your opinion, the session proceeded "as advertised", or were there some shortcomings.
  • See sample reports from 2013.
The reports should be sent to me by Monday, December 8, 2014. I will collate them and forward them to the ATG editors who decide on the publishing cycle-the reports are published in chronologic conference session order over a number of ATG issues.

Prior to the conference, I will stay in touch with and confirm with all persons who sign on as reporters. A print "ATG reporters' notebook" will be kept at the conference information desk should anyone want to sign up on-site to report on any yet unclaimed sessions.

Thank you!

Ramune Kubilius
ATG "And They Were There" reports collator

Code4Lib 2015 Call for Proposal

Call for Proposal: Code4Lib 2015

Code4Lib 2015 is a loosely-structured conference that provides people working at the intersection of libraries/archives/museums/cultural heritage and technology with a chance to share ideas, be inspired, and forge collaborations. For more information about the Code4Lib community, please visit
The conference will be held at the Portland Hilton & Executive Tower in Portland, Oregon, from February 9-12, 2015.

Proposals for Prepared Talks:
We encourage everyone to propose a talk.
Prepared talks are 20 minutes (including setup and questions), and should focus on one or more of the following areas:
  • Projects you've worked on which incorporate innovative implementation of existing technologies and/or development of new software
  • Tools and technologies – How to get the most out of existing tools, standards and protocols (and ideas on how to make them better)
  • Technical issues - Big issues in library technology that should be addressed or better understood
  • Relevant non-technical issues – Concerns of interest to the Code4Lib community which are not strictly technical in nature, e.g. collaboration, diversity, organizational challenges, etc.
To Propose a Talk
  • Log in to the Code4Lib wiki and edit the Prepared Talk wiki page using the prescribed format. If you are not already registered, follow the instructions to do so.
  • Provide a title and brief (500 words or fewer) description of your proposed talk.
  • If you so choose, you may also indicate when, if ever, you have presented at a prior Code4Lib conference. This information is completely optional, but it may assist voters in opening the conference to new presenters.
As in past years, the Code4Lib community will vote on proposals that they would like to see included in the program. The top 10 proposals are guaranteed a slot at the conference. The Program Committee will curate the remainder of the program in an effort to ensure diversity in program content and presenters. Community votes will, of course, still weigh heavily in these decisions.
Presenters whose proposals are selected for inclusion in the program will be guaranteed an opportunity to register for the conference. The standard conference registration fee will still apply.
Proposals can be submitted through Friday, November 7, 2014 at 5pm PST (GMT−8). Voting will start on November 11, 2014 and continue through November 25, 2014. The URL to submit votes will be announced on the Code4Lib website and mailing list and will require an active account to participate.
The final list of presentations will be announced in early- to mid-December.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Reference & User Services Quarterly RUSQ call for columns submissions

Reference & User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) is seeking guest columnists with an interest in writing about issues and practice in Information Literacy & Instruction.  We consider submissions that address traditional perspectives as well as those that explore novel or specialized aspects of the field.  Librarians, teachers, students, and professionals welcome to apply.  Contact column editor, Kelly Myer Polacek,, for more information or to discuss column ideas.

CFP: Michigan Library Association 2015 Tech and Trends Workshop

CFP: Michigan Library Association 2015 Tech and Trends Workshop
The MLA Technologies and Trends work group is seeking proposals for presentations at the Michigan Library Association's 2015 Technologies and Trends workshop, June 5, 2015.

This one-day event at Grand Valley State University in Allendale will attract a wide variety of library practitioners. The work group is seeking proposals for sessions from public, academic, special and school-library professionals and staff that will share new library technologies or introduce innovative ways libraries can use technology to be more effective and efficient.  

Possible topics could include but are not limited to  
  • Updates on discovery systems
  • The library staff - IT relationship
  • Technology for improving accessibility for people with disabilities
  • Copyright
  • Responsive web design
  • Other technology-related ideas also are welcome

To submit a proposal, fill out the submission form at 
The deadline is Friday, November 14, 2014

Questions? Contact Malcolm McBryde at 585-9291, or Patrick Roth at 331-2615.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

CFP: Library History Seminar XIII: Libraries: Traditions and Innovations

CFP: Library History Seminar XIII: Libraries: Traditions and Innovations

July 31 - August 2, 2015
Pre-Conference Trips, July 30-31, 2015
School of Library & Information Science
Simmons College
Boston, MA 02115

Boston, Massachusetts, the site of the Library History Seminar XIII, provides an apt setting to explore traditions and innovations in libraries. The Boston area is home to many important library innovations in North America, including the first university library and the first large, free municipal library. At the same time, new information institutions continue to be created here, of which the Digital Public Library of America and the Digital Commonwealth of online heritage materials are two recent examples.

With Boston as the backdrop, this conference seeks to delve into the enduring and evolving aspects of libraries and librarianship. The convergence and divergence of the physical and the digital may result in opportunities and challenges that we do not yet realize. Traditionally libraries have made their collections available to defined audiences, but today it is increasingly difficult to define and delineate user communities. At the same time, so-called “disruptive technologies” in publishing are resulting in new approaches to the collection and dissemination of information. The Library History Seminar XIII will provide a lively forum for such scholarly debate.

We encourage the submission of papers and panels that explore the notion of the library, from brick-and-mortar to digital. Topics include, but are not limited to, the history of library services and types, library architecture, the library as place, library users (digital and virtual), library communities, challenges and opportunities of cyberspace, disruptive technologies, social media and networking, pop-up libraries, online learning, and social reading.

Proposals should include a 200-250 word abstract of the paper, along with the name, title, affiliation, and email address of the author.  Panels should include an abstract for each paper, as well as an abstract for the panel.  All proposals should be submitted to with the paper and panel proposals attached in a word or pdf document. Any queries regarding the conference should also be submitted to


CFP: Science Fiction and Fantasy: Game of Thrones (11/1/14; 2/11-14/2015)

CFP: Science Fiction and Fantasy: Game of Thrones (11/1/14; 2/11-14/2015)
Join us for the 36th Annual Southwest Popular / American Culture Association Conference: “Many Faces, Many Voices:
Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture,” February 11-14, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Area Chairs of the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Associations ( invite paper or panel proposals about the HBO series A Game of Thrones and/or the Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin.

Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2014.
All topics related to the HBO series A Game of Thrones, the novel by that name, Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire book series as a whole, and any combination thereof will be considered.

Submit 250-word paper or 500-word panel proposals to the 2015 SWPACA Presenter Database at Choose the area “Science Fiction & Fantasy: Game of Thrones.” This online submission database will be available after July 1. If you are experiencing difficulties with the website, please follow the help prompts on the database page.

Direct questions to: Brian Cowlishaw,

For more details on the conference, please visit the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association:

Follow us on Facebook & Twitter: and @swtxsffchairs

More about the SF&F Area:
With an average of 70+ presenters annually, The Science Fiction and Fantasy Area of the Southwest and Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association is one of the most dynamic and well attended areas at the conference. Numerous book and article publications have originated from our panels.

The Area was founded in 1995 by Prof. Richard Tuerk of the Texas A&M University-Commerce (formerly East Texas State University) and author of Oz in Perspective (McFarland, 2007). The Area is currently chaired by Ximena Gallardo C. of the City University of New York-LaGuardia and co-author of Alien Woman: The Making of Lt. Ellen Ripley (Continuum: 2004); Rikk Mulligan of Longwood University, author of “Zombie Apocalypse: Plague and the End of the World in Popular Culture” (End of Days, McFarland 2009); Tamy Burnett of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, co-editor of The Literary Angel(McFarland, 2010); Brian Cowlishaw, Associate Professor at Northeastern State University, author of "No Future Shock Here: The Jetsons, Happy Tech, and the Patriarchy" (The Galaxy is Rated G, McFarland: 2011); Erin Giannini, independent scholar, who has presented and published work on series such as DollhouseSupernatural, and Mystery Science Theater 3000; and Susan Fanetti, Associate Professor at California State University Sacramento.

Friday, September 19, 2014

CFP: Hard Times? Digital Library Economics and the Future Financing of Libraries (The Bottom Line)

CFP: Hard Times? Digital Library Economics and the Future Financing of Libraries (The Bottom Line)

Papers are invited for a special issue of The Bottom Line to be edited by Professor David Baker.

Special issue scope -
Within the overall theme of digital library economics and financing, areas and issues to be covered will include:

  • The Economics of Information and the Internet
  • Funding Digital Libraries – Where will the money come from?
  • Asset Management and Valuation
  • Intellectual Capital – Value and Economic Aspects
  • Income Streams and Funding Models 
  • Business Plans 
  • Sustainability
  • Return on Investment
  • Costing and Budgeting
  • Resource Allocation
  • Developments in Financial Modelling
  • Efficiency and Effectiveness in a Digital World; what and where are the new metrics?

Please submit manuscripts for consideration using our online submission platform by 30th November 2014.

Full author guidelines can be found here.

This issue is scheduled for Volume 28, Issue 1 of 2015.

- See more at:

CFP: Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice

CFP: Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice

Data and data support in academic libraries has gained prominence over the years, and many libraries are recruiting individuals with data skills and knowledge. Academic researchers are dealing with a flood of data and navigating new requirements for managing and archiving their research data. Moreover, with the advent of open data, big data, and data-driven research, faculty are also incorporating more data into their courses and quantitative literacy is becoming increasingly necessary. Librarians are recognizing their role in promoting research data management, quantitative literacy, and other aspects of data support.

This edited volume, tentatively titled Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice, will explore the emerging issues and responsibilities within data librarianship, drawing on a community of experts to create a volume with a mix of practical case studies and theoretical explorations of the future in the field. It will be unique in incorporating perspectives from a variety of areas within data librarianship from teaching and research support to research data management to research practices within specific disciplines. While our focus is primarily academic data support, we welcome chapter proposals that cross institutional divides.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Data support services for researchers and learners
  • Embedded data librarianship
  • Data in the classroom
  • Perspectives on teaching quantitative literacy
  • Statistical literacy: Core competencies for students
  • From digital maps to data miners: Data in the disciplines
  • Data and the digital humanities
  • Big data
  • Management and preservation
  • Data citation and scholarly communication practices (e.g., data sharing, open data)
  • Data services and research data management
  • Preserving and archiving data
  • Metadata and cataloging practices for data
  • Data Librarianship as a specialization
  • Teaching data librarianship in LIS programs
  • Teaching data librarianship on the job
  • Future directions for data librarianship
  • Data connections outside of the academic library

Submission procedure:
Please submit abstracts of up to 500 words and a brief author bio to by October 31, 2014, with notification by November. Final manuscripts of 2500-5000 words are due April 30, 2015.

Kristi Thompson, Data Librarian, University of Windsor,
Lynda Kellam, Data Services Librarian, University of North Carolina at Greensboro,

Call for Chapter Proposals - Advances in Library Administration & Organization

Call for Chapter Proposals - Advances in Library Administration & Organization

Emerald Publishing has put together a call for proposals on the topic of library staffing for the future for the next volume of Advances in Library Administration and Organization.

Call for proposals can be found here and below:

Libraries are dealing with unprecedented changes on several fronts: technological developments, funding difficulties, and an increasing need to prove themselves to a demanding population.  These factors understandably impact library staffing.  Looking toward the future, what changes can we expect to see in how libraries are staffed, how staff are trained and continue to learn, and how we will recruit and maintain staff.

The 2015 volume of Advances in Library Administration and Organization will focus on the future of library staffing.

 ALAO offers long-form research, comprehensive discussions of theoretical developments, and in-depth accounts of evidence-based practice in library administration and organization.  The series aims to answer the questions, “How have libraries been managed, and how should they be managed?”

It goes beyond a platform for the sharing of research to provide a venue for dialogue across issues, in a way that traditional peer reviewed journals cannot.  Through this series, practitioners can glean new approaches in challenging times and collaborate on the exploration of scholarly solutions to professional quandaries.

We are currently seeking proposals for the 2015 volume on staffing for the future.  If you are interested in being part of this volume, please send a proposal including author details and estimated length of final submission to<> by October 17, 2014.

Advances in Library Administration and Organization 2015 Volume:  Staffing for the Future Series Editor: Samantha Hines, Missoula College at the University of Montana

Submission deadlines:

Submission deadline for proposals: October 17, 2014 Notification of acceptance sent by November 11, 2014 Submission deadline for full chapters: January 31, 2015 Submission deadline for chapter revisions: March 30, 2015

Thank you!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

CFP: Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference 2015 (Kalamazoo, Michigan - June 5, 2015)

On behalf of the Conference Program Committee, we would like to invite you to submit a proposal for the Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference.  The event will be held in Kalamazoo, Michigan at the Radisson on Friday, June 5, 2015.

This conference is an opportunity for individuals working in resource sharing to gather information and communicate with other colleagues.

We invite program proposals from September 15, 2014 to January 16, 2015.

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
·        Marketing Services
·        Electronic Resources and Resource Sharing
·        Workflow improvements
·        Cooperative collection development
·        Consortial or Group Purchasing
·        Purchase on Demand
·        Reciprocal Borrowing
·        Shared Staffing and Training
·        Shared Discover Layers
·        E-Books

Please submit a 150-200 word proposal for your presentation via the GLRSC website.

Program proposals will be reviewed by the program committee, and those presenters who are selected will be notified by February 13, 2015.

Please direct any questions to Lorna Newman at .

For current news and updates on the Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference, please like us on Facebook at or visit our website at


David Votta
Community Engagement Librarian
Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS)                    
Lansing, MI & Indianapolis, IN                
Phone:  (800) 530-9019 ext 122

Phone:  (517) 492-3822
Fax:    (517) 492-3886

CFP -- CAPAL15: Academic Librarianship and Critical Practice / ACBAP15: Bibliothéconomie académique et la démarche critique

*La version française suit*
*Please circulate widely*/*Excuse cross-posting*

We are pleased to announce the Call for Proposals (CFP) for CAPAL15: Academic Librarianship and Critical Practice , the second annual conference of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL), which will be held May 31- June 2, 2015 as part of Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario, which lies in unceded Algonquin territory.

The conference theme, critical practice , speaks to the intersection of academic librarianship with purposeful critical reflection on the dominant ways of thinking, speaking, and acting that characterize our profession. We envision elaboration of this theme through conversations about professional issues, civic engagement, theory, and day-to-day practice, and invite broad participation from all those with an interest in fostering critical inquiry in all aspects of academic librarianship. For a full description of the theme and list of potential topics, please see the CFP attached to this email or online at .

The deadline for proposals is December 8, 2014 .

Dave Hudson, Program Chair,
On behalf of the CAPAL15 Program Committee

*Prière de faire circuler à vos réseaux*
*S-v-p excusez les envois multiples*

Nous sommes heureux d’annoncer l’appel de propositions pour la conférence ACBAP15: Bibliothéconomie académique et la démarche critique , la deuxième conférence de l’Association canadienne des bibliothécaires académiques professionnels (CAPAL/ACBAP) qui se tiendra du 31 mai au 2 juin 2015 lors du Congrès des sciences humaines 2015 à Ottawa, Ontario, qui se trouve sur le territoire Algonquin.

Le thème de la conférence mettra l'accent sur la démarche critique : le croisement de notre travail en tant que bibliothécaire avec la réflexion critique concernant les approches, les pensées, les actions et les paroles dominantes dans le domaine de la bibliothéconomie académique. Nous envisageons l’élaboration de ce thème à travers l’échange des idées sur les sujets professionnels tels que la pratique, la théorie et l’engagement professionnel et civique, et nous invitons tous ceux et celles qui ont intérêt à favoriser la recherche critique dans tous les aspects de la bibliothéconomie académique. Pour de plus amples renseignements et une liste de sujets potentiels, veuillez trouvez ci-joint l'appel aux propositions ou suivre le lien

La date limite pour les propositions est le 8 décembre 2014.

Dave Hudson, Président du Comité du programme,
Au nom du Comité du programme

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CFP: Living without Borders: 2015 International HETL – PsTL Conference (Minneapolis Minnesota)

CFP: Living without Borders: 2015 International HETL – PsTL Conference (Minneapolis Minnesota)

The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) and the Department of Postsecondary Teaching
and Learning at the University of Minnesota
invite you to attend the 2015 International HETL – PsTL Conference, to be
held in *Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, from September 22nd - 24th, 2015*.
HETL and PsTL invite you to submit your conference presentation proposal at

Our conference theme, *Learning without Borders*, invites a wide range of
research and perspectives on learning-centered teaching practices,
curricular activities, and assessment methods related to global learning
and engagement. Possible topics include: global citizenship, diversity and
equity, intercultural pedagogy, internationalization of the curriculum, and
mobile learning technologies.

*Proposals are due by October 27, 2014.  *

Conference website:

We look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis next year!

*Patrick Blessinger*, Convener and Program Co-chair, USA, International
HETL Association
*Rhiannon Williams*, Program Co-chair, USA, University of Minnesota
*Amy Lee*, Program Co-chair, USA, University of Minnesota

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CFP: Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section RUSA (21st Reference Research Forum at the 2015 ALA Annual)

The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 21st Reference Research Forum at the 2015 American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA.
The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable research projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. All researchers, including reference practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.

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

The Committee employs a blind review process to select three projects for 20-minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Selected submissions must be presented in person at the Forum in San Francisco, CA.

Criteria for selection:
• Quality and creativity of the research design and methodologies;
• Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service;
• Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies;
• Research projects may be in-progress or completed;
• Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted.

Proposals are due by Monday, December 29, 2014. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 9, 2015. The submission must not exceed two pages. Please include:

1. A cover sheet including your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), mailing address(es), and email address(es).  Word Documents are preferred over PDFs.

2. The second page should NOT show your name, any personal information, or the name of your institution. Instead, it must include:
a. Title of the project;
b. Explicit statement of the research problem;
c. Description of the research design and methodologies used, and preliminary findings if any;
d. Brief discussion of the unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research.

Please send submissions by email to:
Ava Iuliano Brillat
Chair, RUSA RSS Research and Statistics Committee
Florida International University
Green Library 236C
11200 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33199

Monday, September 15, 2014

CFP - Special Issue - Social Media and Nonprofits - International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA)

Call for Proposals

Paper Proposal Submission Deadline: December 1, 2014
Special Issue on: Social Media Adoption, Utilization, and Consequences in the Nonprofit Sector
International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA)
Guest Editors: Dr. Hugo Asencio and Dr. Rui Sun (California State University, Dominguez Hills, USA)

As a group of internet-based applications, social media (Web 2.0 technologies) allow individuals to create, update, and exchange content. They also help facilitate the development of social networks in an interactive way. Compared to traditional websites (Web 1.0 technologies), given their stakeholder engagement, community building, and mobilization potential, social media can better help nonprofits accomplish their goals and fulfill their missions. Given the dearth of empirical evidence available, systematic investigations are needed to better understand social media adoption, utilization, and consequences in the nonprofit sector.

Objectives of the Special Issue:
This special issue seeks to contribute to the discourse among researchers and practitioners on the antecedents and consequences of social media adoption and utilization in the nonprofit sector. That is, what are the internal and external environmental factors that affect social media adoption and utilization in nonprofits? What are the impacts of social media adoption and implementation both within and outside nonprofit organizations? Quantitative cross-sectional or longitudinal studies using secondary data or original surveys are preferred. Qualitative multi-case or mixed-methods studies are also welcomed.  

The editors invite systematic investigations on social media adoption and utilization in nonprofits providing services in areas, such as: education, healthcare, social services, environmental protection, advocacy, public awareness, human and civil rights, and so forth. Cross-country comparative studies are also welcomed.

Recommended Topics:
Topics to be discussed in this special issue include, but are not limited to the following:

- Internal, external environmental factors and social media adoption
- Internal, external environmental factors and social media use
- Social media use and marketing
- Social media use and communications
- Social media use and fundraising
- Social media use and volunteering
- Social media use and advocacy
- Social media use and civic engagement
- Social media use and organizational learning
- Social media use and organizational capacity
- Social media use and collaboration
- Social media use and performance evaluation
- Social media use and collaborative governance

Submission Procedure:
Interested authors are invited to submit paper proposals (500 words) for this special issue by December 1, 2014. All paper submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

About the International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA):
Created in 2014, IJPADA is an international journal that examines the impact of public administration and information technology (IT) in developed and developing countries. Original research papers published in IJPADA focus on the impact of new and innovative technologies on improving public service delivery in public and nonprofit organizations. This journal will also provide case studies examining technology innovations in specific countries. The editor invites author(s) to submit original research papers that examine important issues in public administration and information technology.
This journal is an official publication of the Information Resources Management Association

Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Christopher G. Reddick (The University of Texas at San Antonio, USA)
Published: Quarterly (both in Print and Electronic form)

IJPADA is published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference”, “Business Science Reference”, and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit

Important Dates:

December 1, 2014Paper Proposal Submission Deadline (500 words)
December 15, 2014Proposal Acceptance Notification
May 1, 2015Full Paper Submission
July 1, 2015Peer Review Results
September 1, 2015Final Chapter Submission
September 15, 2015Final Acceptance Notification

Inquiries and paper proposals should be forwarded electronically to Dr. Hugo Asencio ( Dr. Rui Sun (