Sunday, October 26, 2014

CFP: NC Serials Conference 2015

We are pleased to announce that the 24th Annual North Carolina Serials Conference will be held on March 6, 2015 at The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill:

The Conference Planning Committee is currently accepting proposals for presentations that reflect the 2015 conference theme - Serials (R)evolution: The Future is Now!  The landscape of serials management has evolved drastically over the life of the North Carolina Serials Conference, and we have been marching ahead at an ever-increasing pace.  How have we armed ourselves for this ongoing transformation? What strategies are we employing to avoid chaos?  We are bombarded with options, yet our budgets are often under fire.  What innovations are we exploring?  Is peace on the horizon?  Rise up and share your stories from the front!

Proposals may address any aspect of the serials industry or serials management and may be submitted by any member of the serials profession including publishers, vendors, librarians, staff, and students.

Proposals should be submitted by e-mail in an attachment to Kim Steinle and Patrick Carr at and The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2014.

When submitting a proposal, please include the following information:

1. Contact details (including your name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address)
2. A short (50 words or less) biographical description for each speaker
3. Presentation title
4. An abstract (approximately 100 words)
5. Type of Program
·         Presentation
·         Panel Discussion
·         Hands-on Workshop
·         Lightning Talk
·         Other (please provide details)
6. Estimate of time required to present topic

Please note: Presenters’ registration expenses will be waived.

The Planning Committee will review all proposals for their content, timeliness, relevance, and fit with the overall Conference content. The Committee reserves the right to refocus or combine proposals as needed (with notice) to reach a diverse audience and to maximize use of program time slots.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Call for Articles - New Open Access Journal - Weave: Journal of Library User Experience

Call for Articles - New Open Access Journal - Weave: Journal of Library User Experience

Michigan Publishing is pleased to announce the availability of the first issue of Weave: Journal of Library User Experience (

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

Please share widely--and let us know if you have questions or feedback. 


Rebecca Welzenbach
Journals Coordinator
Text Creation Partnership Project Outreach Librarian
Michigan Publishing
University of Michigan Library

Monday, October 20, 2014

Call for proposals - ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging Norms Interest Group (ALA Midwinter 2015)

ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging Norms Interest Group seeks speakers to present at ALA Midwinter in Chicago on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at 10:30-11:30
Cataloging Norms Interest Group offers a forum for the exploration, communication, and exchange of ideas and best practices on the dynamics of cataloging/metadata norms and workflows in the hybrid environment.
Presentation topics should be of current interest to catalogers, cataloging managers and administrators, and be approximately 15-20 minutes in length. Additional time will be allowed for questions and discussion. Past topics have included:                
· Evolution, definition, and functions of the catalog and cataloging norms
· Emerging concepts and implementations of "next generation catalogs"
· Cataloging and metadata in hybrid and digital libraries
· Changes in catalogers' workflows
· Quality control and benchmarking
· How end users' expectations and behaviors affect cataloging norms
· Metadata records and elements in different contexts
· Impact of web norms on cataloging norms
· Cataloging education/continuing education
· Cataloging department collaboration with other library units
· Catalogers sharing public service responsibilities
· RDA: integration of records, training
Please email proposal abstracts to co-chairs by Friday, October 31st, 2014. If you have questions, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Cataloging Norms IG Co-Chairs,

Jessica Hayden
Technical Services Manager/Assistant Professor
University of Northern Colorado

Dr. Harold Thiele
Assistant Professor
Department of Library and Information Studies
Valdosta State University

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Call for Proposals Urban Library Journal

The editors of Urban Library Journal (ULJ) announce a call for proposals for the Winter 2015 issue.

Urban Library Journal, an open access, refereed journal of research and discussion dealing with all aspects of urban libraries and librarianship, welcomes articles dealing with academic, research, public, school, and special libraries in an urban setting. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

* Identifying needs and providing services in diverse populations
* Collaborations between institutions and outside groups
* Physical and/or virtual accessibility issues
* Open education resources

Completed manuscript length should fall between 2,500 and 5,000 words. Proposal submissions and full author guidelines can be found on the ULJ website: Proposals are due by November 30, 2014. Full manuscripts are due by January 15, 2015.

For more information about ULJ and to see the latest issue:  Proposals should be one page or less and include an overview of the topic as well as its relevance to urban libraries.

Junior Tidal
Assistant Professor
Web Services and Multimedia Librarian
New York City College of Technology, CUNY
300 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Call for Proposals: Digital Initiatives Symposium

2015 University of San Diego Digital Initiatives Symposium Call for Proposals

When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Where: University of San Diego

Proposals are now being accepted for the second annual Digital Initiatives Symposium, a day-long event focused on all types and platforms of institutional repositories and digital initiatives.

This year’s symposium will focus on the intersections of libraries and the broader educational community: open educational resources, library partnerships with faculty for digital initiatives, digital humanities, and other topics, in a variety of institutional contexts.

We are accepting proposals for 45-minute concurrent sessions and 90-minute panel presentations. We welcome proposals from all types of organizations, including colleges and universities of all sizes, community colleges, public libraries, special libraries, museums, and other cultural memory institutions.

We are especially interested in proposals that consider:
·         roles for deans and directors in digital and institutional repository initiatives
·         roles for disciplinary faculty in digital and institutional repository initiatives
·         diverse repository platforms and functions
·         open access policies
·         repositories and distance learning
·         repositories and information literacy
·         digital humanities
·         copyright
·         open educational resources
·         instruction and scholarly communication
·         archives and special collections

Submission Guidelines and Selection Criteria

Panel discussions: 90 minutes
Concurrent sessions (case studies, white papers, demonstrations, or panels): 45 minutes
Please plan to leave 10-15 minutes for questions. 

Submissions must include:
·         Session title
·         Presenters’ names, titles, and affiliations
·         A brief abstract, no more than 300 words (If accepted, the abstract will be used as part of the program and published along with conference proceedings.)
·         A longer description of the session, approximately 500 words
·         A brief statement on learning outcomes for the session
·         Specific technology or other presentation requirements

Submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance thinking about digital initiatives and institutional repositories. Acceptance is competitive. Registration fees will be waived for accepted presenters.

Submit proposals and questions to Kelly Riddle, Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of San Diego, at

For more information on the day’s events, please visit

Important Dates

December 15, 2014: Proposal submission deadline
January 23, 2015: Notification of acceptance
February 16, 2015: Selected presenters must confirm presentations
March 23, 2015: Registration deadline

Dr. Theresa S. Byrd
Dean of the University Library
Helen K. and James S. Copley Library
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492

Monday, October 13, 2014

Call for Content: Peer Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO)

The Peer Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) Committee of the ACRL Instruction Section invites you to submit your online information literacy tutorial, virtual tour, or other online library instruction project for review and possible inclusion in PRIMO: Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online.

***Deadlines for Fall 2014***
Nominations: October 31, 2014
Submissions: November 14, 2014

Additional information about PRIMO, as well as the submission and nomination forms, is available from the following link:

Site submissions for PRIMO are accepted continually, but are reviewed for possible inclusion twice per year.  If you would like to submit your own project for consideration, please use the Submission form rather than the Nomination form. For further information, please contact committee co-chairs Alec Sonsteby at and Jodie Borgerding at

**Important note**
All submissions will be acknowledged shortly after the submission deadline. If you submit a project for review and do not receive an acknowledgment after the submission deadline, please contact the PRIMO co-chairs with a request for verification that your submission was transmitted successfully.

Alec Sonsteby & Jodie Borgerding
Co-chairs, ACRL IS PRIMO Committee

Call for contributions to "E-Resource Round Up" column in the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarians

The latest "E-Resource Round Up" column for volume 27, issue 1 of the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL) is currently in preparation and the column editors are looking for contributions. If you've attended a conference or program recently or plan to attend upcoming 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 Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Contributions should not be published elsewhere.

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

Bob Wolverton
Mississippi State University Libraries
(662) 325-0548

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

Sunday, October 12, 2014

CFP: 2015 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA—Biographies Area

CFP: 2015 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA—Biographies Area

The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference will be held April 1-4, 2015, at the New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, Louisiana. Scholars from a wide variety of disciplines will meet to share their Popular Culture research and interests.

The Biographies Area is soliciting papers that examine the connections between biography and popular culture. Papers and full panel presentations regarding any aspect of popular culture and biography are encouraged. Potential topics might include:
   - Biography and entertainment, art, music, theater
   - Biography and film
   - Biography and criminal justice
   - Television programs about biography
   - Biography and urban legends
   - Biography and folklore
   - Biography and literature
   - Scholarly Biography
   - Controversial Biography
   - Psychoanalysis and Biography
   - Historical Biography
   - Political Biography
   - Autobiography

Prospective presenters should enter their proposals in the PCA/ACA 2015 Event Management database at

The deadline is November 1, 2014.

Please direct any queries to the Biographies Area chair:
Susie Skarl
Associate Professor/Urban Affairs Librarian
UNLV Libraries
Las Vegas, NV 89154

For more information, visit the Associations’ website:

PCA/ACA on Facebook:

PCA/ACA on Twitter:

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Submit your proposal for North Carolina Library Association's "Academic Libraries: Present and Future" conference!

The College and University Section (CUS) of the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA) invites you to present at the 2014  CUS one-day conference, “Academic Libraries: Present and Future,” which will be held on Friday, December 5, 2014  at the UNC-Charlotte City Center Campus. NC.

Submissions for presentations (including poster presentations) addressing any of the following themes are encouraged:

    The professional marketplace – includes careers in academic libraries
    The virtual library – includes distance education, and online instruction and services
    The physical library – includes the changing nature of the physical library

We need your experience and knowledge to make this conference a success! This is a great opportunity to showcase a special project accomplished at your institution or to share an innovative idea with your colleagues.

Proposal Deadline: October 18, 2014

To submit your proposal, go to:

More information on the conference can be found at:

We look forward to receiving your proposal.

Best Regards,
The CUS Conference Planning Committee

Call for Reviewers: ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews

ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Needs You!
ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Co-editors are seeking volunteers to author reviews for the December 2014 issue of the Society’s newest online publication. ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews connects readers with new technologies and the multimedia landscape. Reviews will target projects, products, events, and issues within the broad realm of multimedia and technology related to arts scholarship, research, and librarianship.
To volunteer, choose your review topic from the list below and complete our review form by Friday, October 17, 2014.
Contributing to ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews is a great opportunity to get involved with the Society, learn about interesting new resources, and help shape the publication. Please feel free to read the complete review guidelines and direct comments and questions about the reviews to
Submitted by ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Co-editors:
Hannah Bennett
Emilee Mathews
Elizabeth Schaub
Topics for Review
We seek reviewers for the following resources. The snippets are taken from the resource’s web page and are not necessarily the opinions of the M&T Reviews Co-Editors. The sections in italics denote considerations for access to the resource, or prompts that the co-editors will want the potential reviewer to focus on when reviewing the resource.
The editors of the M&T Reviews are happy to answer questions about any of these selections so feel free to contact them ( The submission deadline for reviews is Friday, November 7, 2014.
List of resources to be reviewed for December 2014 publication may be found here:


Thursday, October 02, 2014

OVGTSL: Call for Proposals - Emerging Technologies & Reinventing Services: Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians 2015 Conference

OVGTSL: Call for Proposals

Emerging Technologies & Reinventing Services: Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians 2015 Conference

Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
May 18-20, 2015

Description: Library technologies evolve at a rapid rate, and require continual assessment and adaptation of services. Yet, technical services librarians meet these challenges and develop innovative ways to recreate services for the information needs of library users. You are cordially invited to come and share with others how you are using emerging technologies to reinvent services at your library.

Proposal Information: The Conference Program Committee invites forward thinking submissions in all areas related to technical services librarianship: acquisitions, cataloging, serials, electronic resources, and preservation in academic, public, and special libraries. Participants are strongly encouraged to think about emerging technologies and how technical services librarians are reinventing services, within technical services and in the library as a whole. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

§ Leadership in technical services
§ Collaboration within and outside the library
§ Emerging roles for technical services/technical services librarians
§ New staffing models in technical services
§ Metadata: creation, reuse, and interoperability
§ Integration of metadata with traditional cataloging workflow
§ Authority control
§ The catalog: what is its future?
§ Meeting the challenges of RDA implementation
§ Special formats cataloging
§ Increasing costs and shrinking budgets: meeting financial challenges
§ Patron-driven acquisitions and services
§ Vendor relations with technical services
§ Managing the collections: de-selection and inventory
§ Linked data publishing and applications
§ Local documentation practices
§ Managing government documents: access and de-selection issues
§ Cloud-based solutions in technical services
§ Digital library projects
§ Digital object curation and preservation
§ Network level data management
§ Role of technical services in open access and scholarly communication
§ Open source tools and platforms in technical services

Participants are invited to submit proposals that address emerging trends, report on recent research, or demonstrate new services, projects, and tools. Time slots for all sessions are 50 minutes in length; this time includes the presentation itself and questions from the audience. Submissions will also be accepted for lightning rounds and round tables.

Submit the following information to by Friday, December 15, 2014:

§ Title of presentation
§ Abstract (no longer than 250 words)
§ Names, affiliations, and contact information of all presenters
§ Primary contact for presenters
§ Format (presentation, lightning round, round tables)
§ Equipment and other special needs

Presenters will be notified of proposal acceptance by February 1, 2015.

For more information contact Natalie Bulick, vice-chair, Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians.


The Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians (OVGSTL) was founded in 1924 and draws its members from the states of Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. The annual conference rotates among these three states on a regular basis. Membership is open to anyone interested in library technical services.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Call for Book Proposals: Purdue Information Literacy Handbooks

Call for Book Proposals:  Purdue Information Literacy Handbooks

Please consider submitting a proposal for a Purdue Information Literacy Handbook!  These books promote evidence-based practice in teaching information literacy competencies through the lens of the different academic disciplines.  We are looking for proposals that:

  • Explore the integration of information literacy in one college discipline
  • Include the perspective of disciplinary experts as well as library or information science professionals
  • Apply library and information science theories, pedagogies, or models to information literacy in the context of an academic discipline
  • Are written for librarians engaged in instruction as well as faculty in a discipline who are including information literacy in undergraduate and graduate learning.

Current publications in this series are:

The series editor is Sharon A. Weiner, W. Wayne Booker Chair in Information Literacy and Professor of Library Science at Purdue University, and Vice-President of the National Forum on Information Literacy.  Inquiries about the series and ideas for new books can be sent to Professor Weiner (  If invited, formal proposals should follow the guidelines laid out by the Press's Editorial Board.  More information is available at

C4L Journal Issue #27 Call for Papers

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

We are now accepting proposals for publication in our 27 issue. Don't miss out on this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences. To be included in the 27 issue, which is scheduled for publication In mid Jan. 2015, please submit articles, abstracts, or proposals at or to by Friday, Oct. 24 2014.  When submitting, please include the title  or subject of the proposal in the subject line of the email message.

C4LJ encourages creativity and flexibility, and the editors welcome submissions across a broad variety of topics that support the mission of the journal.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

* Practical applications of library technology (both actual and hypothetical)
* Technology projects (failed, successful, or proposed), including how they were done and challenges faced
* Case studies
* Best practices
* Reviews
* Comparisons of third party software or libraries
* Analyses of library metadata for use with technology
* Project management and communication within the library environment 
* Assessment and user studies

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

Remember, for consideration for the 27th issue, please send proposals, abstracts, or draft articles to no later than Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.

Send in a submission.  Your peers would like to hear what you are doing.

Code4Lib Journal Editorial Committee

Terry Reese
Head, Digital Initiatives
Associate Professor
The Ohio State University
320B 18th Avenue Library
Columbus, OH  43210
Phone: 614.292.8263

ALCTS Metadata Interest Group - Call for Proposals at ALA Midwinter 2015

The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group invites speakers to present at the ALA Midwinter meeting in Chicago on Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 8:30 to 10am.  Presentations will be approximately 30 minutes, including Q&A.

Our charge is to provide a broad framework for information exchange on current research developments, tools, and activities affecting networked information resources and metadata; coordinate and actively participate in the development and review of standards concerning networked resources and metadata in conjunction with the divisions, committees and sections, other units within ALA, and relevant outside agencies; and develop programs and foster and sponsor education and training opportunities that contribute to and enhance an understanding of networked resources and metadata, their identity, content, technology, access, control, and use.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Methods for normalizing and crosswalking to different schema
  • Tools for metadata librarians, including those for creation and/or transformation
  • Implementing linked data locally
  • Managing authority data for special collections
  • Improving metadata for web standards and search engine optimization

Please email proposal abstracts to program co-chairs by Friday, October 31st, 2014.  

Please contact us with questions.  

Thank you!

Program co-chairs,

Santi Thompson
Head of Digital Repository Services, University of Houston Libraries

Liz Woolcott
Digital Discovery Librarian, Utah State University