Sunday, November 19, 2017

CFP: Failing Forward: Experimentation and Creativity in Libraries (2018 ACRL New England Chapter Annual Conference - Plymouth Mass May 2018)

Failing Forward: Experimentation
and Creativity in Libraries
2018 ACRL New England Chapter Annual Conference
Friday, May 4, 2018
Plymouth, Massachusetts
We often talk at conferences about projects that went well. In contrast, we rarely discuss initiatives that failed, or unexpected obstacles that forced us to find another route to success. In our 2018 Annual Conference, the ACRL New England chapter is highlighting experimentation and creativity in college and research libraries by acknowledging that missteps and roadblocks are all part of the process. Join us in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in May 2018 to talk about “failing forward.”

We want to hear about your innovative ideas that went bust; your project development blunders; your event planning faux pas! Tell us how failure has helped you and your library to learn and grow. Give us insight into the missteps that have led you to unanticipated success. How has expanding your capacity for failure helped you to take risks and experience breakthroughs?

Staff, faculty, administrators, and students in all areas of librarianship are encouraged to submit proposals by January 19, 2018.

See the full call for proposals, including session formats, submission requirements, and the link to submit a proposal, on the conference website:

Questions? Email the 2018 Conference Planning Committee at

Saturday, November 18, 2017

CFP: ALA Annual Panelists: Open Educational Resources (OER): Where libraries are and where we are going? (ALA Annual 2018)

Are you a distance or online librarian with experience in OER projects? Then we want to hear from you! The Distance Learning Section has teamed up with the CMS Collection Development Librarians of Academic Libraries Interest Group and are looking for panelists with OER experience to participate in our co-sponsored panel at 2018 ALA Annual in New Orleans, entitled Open Educational Resources (OER): Where Libraries Are and Where We Are Going.

Applications due December 22nd, 2017, selected panelists will be notified in early January, 2018.

If you have questions, please email Mike Courtney ( or Natalie Haber (, DLS Conference Program Planning Committee co-chairs.

Friday, November 17, 2017

CFP: ULS Future of University Libraries Discussion Group (Virtual Session - February or March 2018)

ULS Future of University Libraries Discussion Group
Call for Proposals for ALA Midwinter 2018

***Deadline for proposals has been extended.***

The ULS Future of University Libraries Discussion Group organizes informal discussions that explore new directions in university libraries. Discussion ideas are drawn primarily from outside the library and information science literature in order to better support emerging practices and research. The Discussion Group also supports the ULS Executive Committee by brainstorming means through which ULS might better support university librarians in the future.

The Discussion Group welcomes proposals for the ALA Midwinter 2018 virtual discussion forum. The Midwinter discussion forum will be held online in February or March 2018 (date to be determined in consultation with chosen discussion convener(s)). 

Proposals for the ULS Future of University Libraries Discussion Group virtual forum should be between 300-500 words and include the following elements:

Topic Selection and Relevance:
The topic may be related to any aspect of university libraries resources, services, collections, technology, or spaces, but must be an area of future-oriented practice or emerging practice for libraries. Discussion conveners should include rationale for why they feel the topic is an area of future interest for academic libraries.   

Background on Topic:
Proposal should include background on the topic and its importance to libraries.  The Discussion Group strongly suggests drawing on literature from outside the library and information science field.   

Learning Outcomes and Discussion Questions:
Please list the learning outcomes for the discussion forum proposed.  The convener(s) may also wish to list a few questions that will be the focus of the virtual forum.

Structure of Discussion Forum:
Please describe how you will structure the discussion forum and how you will engage participants. You may describe this in narrative form or provide an outline.  Conveners should make sure to allow ample time for both presentation and discussion.

Proposals will be selected based on the following criteria:

-- The importance and impact of the proposed topic to the future of university libraries
-- Relevancy for academic librarians
-- How well the topic lends itself to a virtual discussion
-- Innovation
-- Clear focus
-- Evidence of the applicant’s knowledge of the subject matter

The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2017. Please submit proposals as a Word document via email to Carrie Forbes at

Applicants will be notified about the status of their proposal submission by January 8, 2017. The virtual discussion will be convened in February or March 2018 based on the availability of the selected convener(s).

For questions about the proposal process, please contact the ULS Future of University Libraries Discussion Group Co-Chairs: Carrie Forbes ( or Doreen Bradley ( ).


Carrie Forbes
ULS Future of University Libraries Discussion Group Co-Chair
Associate Dean for Student and Scholar Services
University of Denver Libraries
2150 E. Evans Ave, Anderson Academic Commons, Denver, CO, 80208

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Call for Chapters: Homeschooling and Libraries

Homeschooling and Libraries

Book Publisher: McFarland 

Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor, Library Partnerships with Writers and Poets (McFarland, 2017); public, academic librarian, indexer.

Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Library's Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016); public library administrator, special, school librarian. 

One or two chapters (3,000-5,000 words) sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, library administrators, and board members. Successful proposals will address creative, practical, how-to chapters and case studies depicting a variety of aspects and angles of the library role and impact on homeschooling process, families, and students, within the library walls and beyond. We are also looking for ideas (whether implemented or not) that can serve as a basis, a foundation, to incorporate into an MLIS course; a Human Resources’ or an organizational plan, as well as a kick-start to personal career goals planning. A tentative Table of Contents can be provided per request.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter. Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000- 5,000- word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters by the same author(s); author discount. Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapter(s) with a concise clear summary or brief outline of the main talking points by December 15, 2017, with brief bio on each author; place HOM, Your Name, on subject line to

CFP: CAPAL 18 - Community, Diversity, and Education: Academic Librarianship in Challenging Times (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada May 2018)

Community, Diversity, and Education:  Academic Librarianship in Challenging Times
will be held in conjunction with Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2018 at University of Regina, Saskatchewan, 29-31 May, 2018 (Preconference 28 May, 2018)

CAPAL18 provides an opportunity for academic librarians to critically examine and discuss the ways in which collaboration, respect for differences, and professionalism empower us at a time when the values of our profession are in danger of being eroded, both within our universities and within the wider world.  It is time to consider the role of academic librarianship in a changing world and the ways in which academic librarians can challenge the corporatization of our universities and libraries, institutional inequities, and the attempts to deprofessionalize academic librarians.

Papers presented might relate to aspects of the following themes (though they
need not be limited to them):

  • Challenges to academic status for librarians
  • The identity of academic librarians in uncertain times
  • Challenging racism in Canadian universities
  • The role of academic librarians in the changing academic library environment and culture
  • The ways in which professionalism intersects with race and gender, and how it may reinforce institutional power dynamics
  • Challenges to academic freedom and intellectual freedom
  • Challenges to academic integrity in a “fake news” and anti-science world
  • The roles and responsibilities of academic librarians in Reconciliation
  • Resisting the corporatization of universities and academic libraries
  • Confronting barriers to diversity in academic libraries

The Program Committee invites proposals for individual papers as well as
proposals for panel submissions of three papers. Proposed papers must be
original and not have been published elsewhere.

•       Individual papers are typically 20 minutes in length. For individual
papers, please submit an abstract of no more than 400 words and a presentation
title, with a brief biographical statement and your contact information.

•       For complete panels, please submit a panel abstract of no more than
400 words as well as a list of all participants and brief biographical
statements, and a separate abstract of no more than 400 words for each
presenter. Please provide contact information for all participants.

•       Incomplete proposals or proposals that exceed the requested word count
will not be considered.

Please feel free to contact the Program Committee to discuss a topic for a
paper, panel, or other session format. Proposals should be emailed as an
attachment as a .doc or .docx file, using the following filename conventions:
•       Lastname_Keywordoftopic.docx

Proposals and questions should be directed to the Program Chairs, Lorna Rourke
and Laura Koltutsky, at

Deadline for Proposals is: 22 December, 2017
Further information about CAPAL 2018 and Congress 2018 are available at:  &

Please note:  The University of Regina is pleased to offer the Congress 2018
Graduate Student Travel Awards (,
funded by the President’s Planning Committee for Congress 2018. Fully-
qualified graduate students and recent PhD graduates will be able to apply for
a subsidy of up to $500 towards accommodation, meal, & bookstore credits to
facilitate participation at Congress 2018.


Communauté, diversité et éducation :
 la bibliothéconomie académique traverse une période difficile
aura lieu lors du Congrès des sciences humaines 2018 à l’Université de Régina
en Saskatchewan, du 29 au 31 mai 2018.
(Préconférence le 28 mai 2018)

ACBAP18 propose aux bibliothécaires universitaires une occasion de faire
l’examen critique et de discuter des façons dont la collaboration, le respect
des différences et le professionnalisme nous fortifient au moment où les
valeurs de notre profession sont en proie à l’érosion, à l’intérieur de nos
universités comme dans le reste du monde. Le temps est venu de considérer le
rôle de la bibliothéconomie académique dans un monde en évolution et les
moyens dont disposent les bibliothécaires universitaires pour contester la
privatisation des universités et des bibliothèques, les inégalités au sein des
établissements et les tentatives de déprofessionnalisation des bibliothécaires

Les communications présentées peuvent porter sur certains aspects des thèmes
suivants (sans devoir s’y limiter) :

-- Les défis reliés au statut académique des bibliothécaires
--L’identité des bibliothécaires universitaires dans un contexte d’incertitude
-- Dénoncer le racisme dans les universités canadiennes
--Le rôle des bibliothécaires académiques face à leur milieu et à leur culture
en mutation
--Les façons dont le professionnalisme rejoint l’appartenance raciale et
sexuelle et peut renforcer la dynamique du pouvoir institutionnel
--Les défis en matière de liberté universitaire et de liberté intellectuelle
--Les défis en matière d’intégrité universitaire dans un monde de « nouvelles
bidon » et de tendances antiscientifiques.
--Les rôles et les responsabilités des bibliothécaires universitaires dans la
--Contester la privatisation des universités et des bibliothèques académiques
--Faire face aux obstacles à la diversité dans les bibliothèques

Le comité du programme sollicite des propositions de communication
individuelle, ainsi que de présentation en groupe de trois communications. Les
communications proposées doivent être originales et n’avoir jamais été
publiées ailleurs.
•       Les communications individuelles durent normalement 20 minutes. Pour
les communications individuelles, veuillez fournir un résumé de moins de 400
mots, le titre de la présentation, une courte description biographique et vos

•       Pour les groupes, veuillez fournir un résumé de groupe de moins de 400
mots, la liste des participants et leur courte description biographique
respective, ainsi qu’un résumé de moins de 400 mots pour chacun des
présentateurs. Veuillez fournir les coordonnées de tous les participants.
•       Les propositions incomplètes ou dont le nombre de mots excède la
limite indiquée seront rejetées.
N’hésitez pas à contacter le comité du programme afin de discuter d’un sujet
de communication, d’un groupe ou d’un format de séance spécifique. Veuillez
envoyer vos propositions par courriel, en pièce jointe. Nommez votre
fichier .doc ou .docx selon le format suivant :
•       Nomdefamille_Motclédusujet.docx
Veuillez adresser vos propositions et questions aux directrices du programme,
Lorna Rourke et Laura Koltutsky, à
Date limite d’envoi des propositions : 22 décembre 2017
Obtenez de plus amples informations sur l’ACBAP18 et le Congrès 2018 en
ligne : et

Remarque : L’Université de Régina est heureuse d’offrir des bourses de voyage
aux étudiants diplômés du Congrès 2018
(, financées par le comité de
planification du recteur. Les étudiants des cycles supérieurs admissibles et
les nouveaux titulaires de doctorat pourront demander une subvention de voyage
pouvant aller jusqu’à 500 $ pour les aider à couvrir les coûts de
l’hébergement, des repas et des achats en librairie et permettre leur
participation au Congrès 2018.

Thank you,

Helen Power, MLIS
CAPAL18 Communications Coordinator
Information Services Librarian, Leddy Library
University of Windsor

Monday, November 13, 2017

CFP: ALA Annual Video Round Table Chair's Program

The deadline for submitting a proposal for the VRT Chair’s Program has been extended! You can now submit up  to November 22.

Have you heard about the President’s/Chair’s programs that are happening at ALA Annual this year? As part of this series, each round table and division can sponsor a one-hour program on a topic of interest to members.

The ALA Video Round Table Program Committee (VRT) needs your good ideas and input! We are seeking proposals, ideas and suggestions on just about anything related to video and libraries.

One program will be selected by the VRT Program Committee and the VRT Executive Board for inclusion in the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans (June 21-26, 2018).

ALA is especially looking for program ideas that encourage collaboration and support diversity and submissions from all types of libraries (public, school, academic, special) are welcome.  

Past programs have included topics such as copyright, streaming media (both public and university models), ADA compliancy in media, working with community partners to raise awareness, effective PR in promoting film series or film events. Check out some of past VRT presentations for more ideas here(  

The deadline for submissions is ­­­November 22, 2017. (New Deadline)

Send questions to the Chair of the VRT Program Committee, Erin DeWitt Miller at

Thank you,
Erin DeWitt Miller
University of North Texas
Head, Media Library
Chair, Video Round Table Program Committee

CFP: 2018 Library Instruction West (LIW, formerly LOEX of the West) - Colorado, July 2018

July 19-20, 2018 – Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado will host the 2018 Library Instruction West (LIW, formerly LOEX of the West) conference. We are very excited to be the site and the organizers of such a great, small conference focused on library instruction.

Conference Theme: The Confluence of Inspiration and Adventure!​

Keynoter / Pre-Conference: Maria Konnikova ( will be our LIW 2018 keynoter and pre-conference (Wednesday, July 18) leader! Maria is a science blogger for The New Yorker (, author of The Confidence Game, and author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes (bio:

>We are now inviting conference session proposals: (Ideally by/around Nov. 30, 2017)

Connect with us on social media: 

Facebook -
Twitter -

Additional Information: For information regarding past instances of this conference, see: 2014 (Portland State), 2016 (Utah State), and pre-2014 host archives

Questions? Email us at

CFP: Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA) 2018 Annual Conference (East Lansing, May 2018)

Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA) 2018 Annual Conference: Call for Presentation Proposals

May 17-18, 2018
Kellogg Center at Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

MiALA invites you and your colleagues to submit presentation proposals for the 3rd annual conference to be held May 17-18, 2018 in East Lansing. Please consider sharing your innovations, creative endeavors, and practical solutions forSustainability in Academic Librarianship. How do we sustain ourselves within the profession? How do we sustain our libraries and institutions? How do we work (or what is our obligation) environmentally and socially? How do we sustain our community?

We welcome proposals in any topic related to the conference theme, including, but not limited to:

  • Accessibility
  • Administration
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Budgets
  • Cataloging and Metadata
  • Collections
  • Distance or Online Learning
  • Critical Librarianship
  • Education and Curriculum
  • Electronic Resources
  • Instruction and Information Literacy
  • Leadership
  • Mid-Level Management
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Outreach
  • Research Services or Reference
  • Resource Sharing
  • Technical Services
  • Technology
  • User Experience
  • Web Development and Design

Participation from librarians, library staff, LIS students, and administrators from all types of academic libraries is encouraged.

Proposals for presentations, panels, workshops, or facilitated discussions (40 minutes), mini-presentations (20 minutes), or lightning talks (10 minutes) can be submitted using the online submission form and must be received by Friday, December 15, 2017. The primary contact listed on each proposal will receive a message indicating receipt of the proposal when it is submitted and decisions on all proposals will be communicated to the primary contact by Friday, January 26, 2018.

Questions about proposals can be sent to the Programming Coordinator, Christine Tobias ( Questions about the conference in general can be sent to

Saturday, November 11, 2017

CFP: Makerspaces for Innovation and Research in Academics Conference (La Verne, CA -mJuly 12, 2018)

 Submit proposals here:
The Makerspaces for Innovation and Research in Academics (MIRA) conference planning Committee seeks proposals for its first inaugural annual conference at University of La Verne, La Verne, CA on July 12, 2018. The MIRA Conference seeks to bring together a group of makers, librarians, educators and practitioners for a day of presentations, workshops, discussions and networking. Sessions will include, but not limited to, the following areas:
  • How to set up a makerspace (costs, safety, staffing, training, location, value and buy-in, etc.)
  • How universities and schools are facilitating learning by making
  • Role of makerspaces in libraries and museums
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship through makerspaces
  • Hands-on training using maker tools
  • The future of makerspaces in education.

Session Types:
  • Workshop (45 mins): This is a hands on training session. Presenter needs to bring their own equipment and supplies.
  • Lightning Talk (5 mins): These are 5 minute sessions to share a quick overview of your ideas, experience, and programs.
  • Presentation (20/45 mins): These sessions can include ideas, experiences, original research, engaging discussion questions or activities.
  • Roundtable discussion (45 mins): These sessions will offer conversation in a casual, round table setting.
  • Panel discussion (45 mins) : These sessions bring together 2-5 presenters into a cohesive conversation intended to engage audience members in a 45-minute session.

Proposal Submission Deadline: Feb 15, 2018
Notification of Acceptance: April 15 2018
Conference Registration Opens: Mar 15, 2018
If you have any questions, contact Vinaya Tripuraneni, Planning Committee Chair, at

CFP: New Research in Collection Management and Development (ALCTS at 2018 ALA Annual Conference)

The Publications Committee of the Collection Management Section of ALCTS is sponsoring the program “New Research in Collection Management and Development” (previously known as the Annual Collection Management & Development Research Forum) at the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference held in New Orleans, LA from June 21-26, 2018.
This is an opportunity to present and discuss your research. Both completed research and research in progress will be considered. All researchers, including collection practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.
The Committee will use a blind review process to select two projects. The selected researchers are required to present their papers in person at the forum. Each researcher should plan for a 20 minute presentation, with a 10 minute open discussion following each presentation.

Criteria for selection:
  • Significance of the study for improving collection management and development practices
  • Potential for research to fill a gap in collections scholarship or to build on previous studies
  • Quality and creativity of the methodology
  • Previously published research or research accepted for publication prior to December 13, 2016, will not be accepted.

The submission must consist of no more than two pages. On the first page, please list your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information (including your mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and email address). The second page should be a one-page proposal, and it should NOT show your name or any personal information. Instead, it must include only:
  • The title of your project
  • A clear statement of the research problem
  • A description of the research methodology used
  • Results of the project, if any
The deadline for proposals is December 18, 2017.

Notification of acceptance will be made by February 28, 2018.  

ALCTS, in its bylaws, claims the right of first refusal for publication of any work emanating from an ALCTS body or program.
Please send submissions by email to:
Jennifer Bazeley, Co-Chair, CMS Publications Committee