Tuesday, January 31, 2017


The Research Committee of the ACRL Science and Technology Section is hosting its Annual Research Forum (Sunday, June 25, 2017) and Poster Session (Monday, June 26, 2017) at the 2017 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago.

The Research Forum and Poster Session provide an excellent opportunity to share a wide range of research projects relevant to science and technology librarianship.

Submissions for the paper and poster presentations are selected based on the quality of the abstract and the demonstration of significant progress toward completing the research project by June 2017.  Your submission should include:
  • brief background information about your project,
  • the research question or problem that drove your project,
  • the methods used,
  • your findings and a brief discussion that includes the impact of your project.

Your proposal should total no more than 250 words. Because this is a blind review process, be sure to include your name, institution, phone, and email addresses of all participants (not part of word count) separate from your abstract.  

Submission Categories:

Research Forum Featured Paper Presentation.  The Featured Paper Presentation is 20 minutes in length and will be followed by a thoughtful 10-minute critique from a guest commentator, who will offer suggestions on how to prepare the paper for publication.  Proposals should reflect research that has been completed or initiatives that have already been implemented. At a minimum, significant progress should have been made toward completion or implementation.

Research Forum Short Paper Presentations.  Short Papers are 10 minutes in length and will be followed by a thoughtful 5-minute critique from a guest commentator, who will offer suggestions on how to prepare the paper for publication or generate additional ideas that will move the paper forward. Proposals should reflect research or initiatives that have been completed or are currently in progress.

Poster Presentations.  Posters should cover research endeavors or practitioner projects that enhance science and technology librarianship.  Proposals should provide useful and practical findings, and describe opportunities for discussion with participants.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: Friday, February 13, 2017.  Submissions are selected by the STS Research Committee. The Committee adheres to mentoring principles and a “blind” review process to select proposals. We strongly encourage you to remove any identifying information in your proposal prior to submission; otherwise, the STS Research Committee co-chairs will take responsibility for removing identifying information, which may unintentionally alter the text of your submission.
Acceptance of proposals reflects a commitment by the author(s) to present at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Specific logistical details will follow upon acceptance. 
 Please submit your proposal via this form: https://goo.gl/forms/P2MYgCCk1TQBLmS33
If you have any questions, please ask the STS Research Committee co-chairs:
Elizabeth Berman, elizabeth.berman@uvm.edu
Hannah Gascho Rempel, hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

CFP 2017 ALA Annual Poster session Deadline is Friday, February 3


Share your best ideas and work with the national library community by presenting a poster session at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago!

The poster session committee encourages submissions from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship. Submissions may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community.
Poster session participants place materials such as pictures, data, graphs, diagrams and narrative text on boards that are usually 4 x 8 feet. During their assigned 1½ hour time periods, participants informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees.

Titles/abstracts from previous years are available on ALA Connect [1]: (note that this site is only serving as an archive for previous Annual Conference poster sessions - for information on this year's poster session, go to the 2017 ALA poster session website).

The deadline for submitting an application is February 3, 2017.

Applicants will be notified in the first half of March, after a double blind peer review process, whether their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference. The 2017 ALA Annual Poster Sessions will be held June 24 and 25, 2017 in the exhibits hall.

Start the application process now: https://idp.ala.org/idp/Authn/UserPassword
You must login to the site using your ALA username and password, or you can create a username and password for the site before you submit your application.

Questions about poster session presentations and submissions may be directed to: Blake Doherty, chair of the ALA poster session committee, bdoherty@amherst.edu
Candace Benefiel, chair of the ALA poster session review panel, c-benefiel@tamu.edu

Leighann Wood, MSLIS
Sr. Program Officer
American Library Association
Email: lwood@ala.org

Monday, January 30, 2017

Call for Reviewers: Reference Reviews (Emerald Group)

Reference Reviews is an international journal reviewing new and updated print and electronic resources of value in a library reference setting, is seeking new review contributors. Published by Emerald Group Publishing in print and electronically 8 times per annum, the journal carries 40+ reviews an issue.

Reviewers are sought across all subject areas and for all types of reference related material, especially gratis websites and subscription electronic resources. Previous reviewing experience is not a pre-requisite, but those who have not published reviews may be asked to write a trial review which will be used in the journal if of the required standard. 

Reviewers are not remunerated but receive complimentary access to Emerald journals on publication of a review, can retain most print items reviewed, may receive extended access to subscription electronic sources form publishers/vendors and have the benefit of publication in a recognized international journal used in libraries in North America, the UK and worldwide.   

If you are interested please send your CV to Vibiana Cvetkovic, North American Editor (information below).

Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic
Reference Librarian/Head of Access and Collection Services
Paul Robeson Library
300 North 4th Street
Rutgers the State University of New Jersey
Camden, New Jersey 08102

FINAL CFP: Library Go: Augmented Reality in Libraries - Upcoming LITA Title (2017)

FINAL CALL FOR CHAPTERS: Library Go: Augmented Reality in Libraries - Upcoming LITA Title (2017)
Edited by Christine Elliott, Marie Rose, and Jolanda-Pieta van Arnhem
Proposal Deadline:January 31, 2017
Chapter Deadline:February 17, 2017

Many libraries face the problem of wanting to integrate new technologies into their services, but lack the information to help them get started. With the widespread use and popularity of Pokemon Go, and devices like the Oculus Rift, augmented and virtual reality are fantastic technological concepts that libraries can easily use for enhancing existing services.

Chapters are being accepted on real-life applications of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in academic and public libraries that show librarians how they can easily augment materials, displays, lesson plans, and more to incorporate a new level of interactivity to existing services and activities.

·         Virtual Reality and/or Augmented Reality Usage Theory
·         Assessment of VR and/or AR programs or tools
·         Case studies of VR and/or AR integration within libraries
·         The Future of VR and/or AR in libraries

This LITA guide aims to provide librarians with and without AR/VR experience with the tools, knowledge and real world examples to incorporate a new level of interactivity into existing Library services and activities.
The book is currently drafted to be divided into the following chapters:
·         Introduction
·         Chapter 1: About AR and VR
o    History of AR & It’s Uses
o    History of VR & It’s Uses
o    Differences & Similarities ****Chapters Needed
o    Theory ****Chapters Needed
·         Chapter 2: Library Case Studies
o    Research/Lit Reviews
o    Instruction
o    Learning Materials & Curriculums
o    Services/Outreach/Collections/Displays
o    Events/Activities
o    Patron Interaction
·         Chapter 3: Assessing AR/VR ****Chapters Needed
o    Assessment efforts ****Chapters Needed
o    How to assess ****Chapters Needed
·         The Future of AR and VR in Libraries ****Chapters Needed
Submission Process Authors interested in submitting chapters should complete this form <https://goo.gl/forms/tlAC1fFaaStbp63b2on or before January 31, 2017.
Proposal Format:
·         Proposed chapter title
·         150-300 words
·         Author(s) name, professional title, & contact information
·         Short 100 word bio for author(s)
Please send questions, or inquiries to LITAlibraryAR@gmail.com.
Chapter Format:
·         2500-5000 words
·         Submit chapters in Microsoft Word format
·         Use Times New Roman 12-point font
·         Double-space entire chapter
·         Do not insert hyperlinks
·         Do not import figures or other artwork into your document; use placement callouts instead (e.g., <Insert Figure 1.1>).
·         Use the latest Chicago citation style for any references used
If submitting supplemental images (screenshots, graphs, etc.):
·         Minimum image resolution: 300 dpi (at least 1500 pixels)
  • Maximum image size: 7.5 inches wide x 9.5 inches high

Thank you,
Christine Elliott, MLIS, The Citadel
Marie Rose, MLIS, The Citadel
Jolanda-Pieta van Arnhem, MFA, MLIS, The College of Charleston

Friday, January 27, 2017

Call for Essays: We Can Do I.T. : Women in Library Information Technology

Call for Essays

Working Title: We Can Do I.T. : Women in Library Information Technology
Editors: Jenny Brandon, Sharon Ladenson, Kelly Sattler
Submission Deadline: March 27, 2017
Publisher: Library Juice Press

Description of book:
What roles are women playing in information technology (I.T.) in libraries? What are rewards that women experience, as well as challenges they face in library I.T.? What are future visions for women in library I.T.?

This edited collection will provide a voice for people to share insights into the culture, challenges, and rewards of being a woman working in library I.T.  We are soliciting personal narratives from anyone who works in a library about what it is like to be a woman, or working with women, in library I.T. We also seek essays on visions for the future of women within library I.T. and how such visions could be achieved. This collection should be useful not only for those pursuing a career in library I.T., but also for library managers seeking to facilitate a more inclusive environment for the future. Through publishing a collection of personal narratives, we also seek to bring experiences of women in library I.T. from the margins to the center.
For the purposes of this collection, we consider library I.T. to include responsibilities in computer networks, hardware, and software support; computer programming (e.g. coding in python, php, java...); web development (e.g. admins, coders, front/back end developers,...); and/or the management of such areas.

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

  *   How you started in library I.T.
  *   Stories related to being a woman in library I.T.
  *   Experiences of acceptance or resistance within the library I.T. community
  *   Tips and advice for other women seeking a career in library I.T.
  *   Changes in your career path because of entering library I.T.
  *   Changes you'd like to see happen within the library I.T. culture
  *   Advice for library management on how to improve library I.T. culture
  *   A vision for the future about/for women in library I.T.

Submission deadline: March 27, 2017
Notification/Feedback regarding submission: May 12, 2017
Editing and revision: June - July 2017
Final manuscript due to publisher: September 2017

This volume will contain commentary, stories, and essays (from 140 characters to 1,500 words).
If your submission is tentatively accepted, we may request modifications.
Material cannot be previously published.
To submit your essay, please fill out this Google form: https://goo.gl/forms/6oE82aFe7atFlP6j1

For questions, email womenlibit@googlegroups.com

About the Editors:
Jenny Brandon earned a BA in interdisciplinary humanities at Michigan State University, and an MLIS from Wayne State University.  She is a self-taught web designer/front end developer, and is currently employed in Web Services at Michigan State University.  She is also a reference librarian.

Sharon Ladenson is Gender and Communication Studies Librarian at Michigan State University.  Her writing on feminist pedagogy and critical information literacy is included in works such as Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods (from Library Juice Press) and the Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook (from the Association of College and Research Libraries). She is an active member of the Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries, and has presented with WGSS colleagues at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference.

Kelly Sattler has a degree in computer engineering and spent 12 years in corporate I.T. before earning her MLIS degree from University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. Currently, she is the Head of Web Services at Michigan State University Libraries. She is an active member in LITA.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

CFP: Cloudy with a Chance of Technology - IOLUG Spring Conference (Indiana - May 19, 2017)

CFP: Cloudy with a Chance of Technology - IOLUG Spring Conference

The Call for Proposals is now open for our Spring 2017 Conference: Cloudy with a Chance of Technology. The Spring Conference will be on May 19th at Indiana Wesleyan University–Indianapolis North, 3777 Priority Way S Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46240.
The forecast for the future of libraries is constantly changing, just as it does in our day-to-day work. The IOLUG Program Committee is sending out this call for proposals to hear about your technology projects. We know that not every project ends up being a sunny day and here is your opportunity to share with others how you weathered the storm.
We encourage presentations that are practical, hands-on, and include take-awayable tools, techniques, and/or strategies that librarians can implement to improve their resources and services for students, patrons, faculty, etc. Consider the following topics:
  • Digital media implementation
  • Analytics and metrics
  • Coding
  • Gaming or gamification
  • Augmented and/or virtual reality
  • Social media and marketing
  • Apps – creating, curating, evaluating
  • Responsive Design

Please specify in your proposal what the forecast for your project was: sunny, partly cloudy, rainy, or thunderstorm. Also include whether you would like participants to have their own computers or devices and any special needs you have for the presentation.
Please submit your proposals here.

CFP: 2017 ARSL Annual Conference (Association for Rural and Small Libraries - Utah September 2017)

The Call for Proposals for the 2017 Association for Rural & Small Libraries Conference is now open!  The conference will be in St. George, Utah (September 6th through 9th).

Do you know of a great program or innovative project that will help take libraries to the next level? Our theme for this year’s conference is Libraries Elevated and we would love to see topics that take libraries from ordinary to extraordinary.

Proposals should be on topics relevant to small and/or rural libraries and workshops designed for ease of application.  Topics presented in a practical, hands-on style will be preferred.  Breakout sessions are 1-hour workshops while Pre-Conference sessions can be either half-day or full day events.  Workshop presenters will receive ONE complimentary conference registration per workshop title selected (i.e. a team of three presenters working on one workshop will receive one complimentary registration).  No additional funding or expense contributions will be available for this conference.  

Submissions for both 1-hour programs and Full/Half Day Preconference workshops are being accepted.

The deadline to submit this proposal is midnight on March 15, 2016. Please be sure to keep a copy of your proposal.  

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Call for Authors: Developing a Curriculum to Advance Library-Based Publishing

The “DEVELOPING A CURRICULUM TO ADVANCE LIBRARY-BASED PUBLISHING” project (IMLS, 2016-2018) invites proposals to create a curriculum to support library-based publishers. This invitation extends to professionals in library publishing (past or present), LPC members/practitioners, LIS/iSchool professors, PhD candidates, and others with an interest and/or experience in this growing area of activity. Each proposal may be authored by an individual or a team. Proposals are invited between January 9 and February 28, 2017.

Each proposal should focus on ONE of the following four course topics: Policy, Content, Impact, or Sustainability. See the Library Publishing Curriculum Framework for more details on what each of these course topics might include.

Each selected author will develop a self-paced online course covering approximately 5-7 subtopics and providing approximately 15 hours of instruction and materials.

Selected proposal authors will:
  • Attend an in-person retreat with the project team and fellow authors to review program goals, discuss formats and learning styles, and refine the learning objectives and methods we will use for each course and its subtopics (April-May, 2017).
  • Assemble the following learning materials for each course subtopic: learning objectives, readings, a narrative core for the course, a brief annotated bibliography, case studies, and exercises (May-August, 2017).
  • Refine the materials according to guidance from an Instructional Designer (August-September, 2017).
  • Create a course guide to support those who may use the materials (October 2017).
  • Assist in the creation of evaluation instruments tied to the learning objectives and competencies covered in your course (November-December, 2017).
  • Be invited to participate as a panelist at the 2018 Library Publishing Forum to talk about the project and the course materials (March-April, 2018).

The curriculum is expected to reach more than 100 students in the first year of pilot experiences (2018) through LIS programs, professional development workshops, and online courses.

We are pleased to be able to offer an honorarium of $4,000 for each of the four course topics (Policy, Content, Impact, and Sustainability). This honorarium will be provided to each of the four authors (or author teams) as they complete their work on the four course topics in December 2017, in recognition of the time and energy course development requires. Travel expenses will be covered for each of the four authors (or, in the case of a team, the lead author) to attend the in-person retreat. In addition, each author will have an opportunity to present at the 2018 Library Publishing Forum.

Proposals are due by 5pm PT on February 28, 2017. Authors will be notified by March 31, 2017.

Proposals should consist of:
  • A 1-2 page summary of your proposed approach to designing and developing the self-paced online course on one of the four named topics (Policy, Content, Impact, or Sustainability) and its range of potential subtopics (please see the Framework for more information).
  • A current author CV. For team proposals, a CV should be included for each team member, along with brief contribution statements, and a lead author for correspondence should be identified.
  • A brief (one paragraph) statement of purpose, explaining why you are interested in being an author in this project.

Proposals will be reviewed and authors selected by the Advisory Board, with the following criteria in mind:
  • Successful proposals will demonstrate knowledge of the relevant topics, effective written communication skills, understanding of diverse learning styles, and will cover the topics and objectives laid out in the framework.
  • The field of library publishing includes a broad range of publication types and activities (e.g., journals, monographs, ETDs, and textbooks, in both restricted and open access formats), and proposals that reflect this range will be prioritized.
  • Care will be taken to assemble a group of authors with diverse voices in terms of gender, sexuality, race, and cultural backgrounds.

Please submit your proposals to: Melanie@educopia.org, Courtney@educopia.org

Call for Book Chapters: Case studies of reading for health and wellbeing in libraries and information services

Case studies of reading for health and wellbeing in libraries and information services

I am in the early stages of developing a proposal for a book for Facet Publishing (http://facetpublishing.co.uk/) exploring the impacts of reading for health and wellbeing. It will be aimed at library/information studies professionals, students and researchers and will draw together contributors from across library sectors and regions to reflect on current practices.

The book will encompass all aspects of ‘bibliotherapy’ in its widest sense, defined as: “The therapeutic use of books and other materials with individuals or with groups of people” (Howie, 1988). This includes activities:
  • Involving people of different ages (e.g. children/teenagers, adults or older people)
  • Focused on people with a particular condition (e.g. depression) or concerned with promoting wellbeing more generally
  • Working with individuals (e.g. Books on Prescription) or groups (e.g. shared reading)
  • Focused on specific groups (e.g. ethnic minority groups, LGBT communities, people with specific disabilities) or a more general audience
  • Making use of self-help books or imaginative literature or other media (e.g. images) 
  • Taking place in a traditional library setting (e.g. public library, health information service) or in other locations (e.g. community venues)
  • Run as short term projects or as embedded services.
If you are interested in submitting a chapter (3,000-4,000 words), please send a 200-300 word abstract to Sarah McNicol (s.mcnicol@mmu.ac.uk) by Friday 3rd March 2017 together with a brief biographical statement. The following is a suggested format for the abstract (but feel free to alter it to suit your case study):
  • Brief description of the project: What are you doing? Are you following a particular ‘model’ of bibliotherapy? Who is the audience?
  • Aims: What do you hope people will gain from participating? 
  • Outcomes: What have people actually gained from participating?
  • Reflections: What are you most proud of? What would you do differently?
If you want to discuss your idea prior to submitting an abstract, please contact me on s.mcnicol@mmu.ac.uk or telephone +44 161 247 5104. (Please note, I am out of the office from 27th Jan-13th Feb, so if you get in touch during that time, I’ll get back to you as soon as I can once I’m back).

If you are involved in an interesting case study, but are unsure about writing a chapter, please get in touch; I’m happy to discuss co-authorship or other ways of contributing.

Friday, January 20, 2017

CFP: New insights at the intersection of genealogy and other professional communities - IFLA 2017 (Poland) Genealogy and Local History Section

The Genealogy and Local History Section (GENLOC) joint with Asia and Oceania Section and Information Technology Section invite proposals for papers to be presented at the joint open session at the 2017 IFLA World Library and Information Congress:

“New insights at the intersection of genealogy and other professional communities”

Monday 21 August
Lower Silesian Public library - (Dolnoslaska Biblioteka Publiczna im. Tadeusza Mikulskiego) - Wroclaw, ul Rynek 58 (The Old City).
Wroclaw, Poland

The session welcomes papers that discuss:
  • Innovative programming and use of historical and genealogical collections
  • Intergenerational approaches to programming and outreach
  • Integration of genealogical materials and research into school curricula
  • Collaborative work with historical and genealogical societies
  • Harnessing the energy of volunteers
  • Genetic genealogy and the promise of DNA

We encourage discussion of evidence based practice and invite presentations and analysis of projects which can be of practical value to others. Submissions in other formats than academic papers (such as reports and essays) are welcome.

The full call for papers, see WLIC 2017 website


Proposals are due by March 18, 2017.

Contact information: Kate Cordes: katherinecordes@nypl.org

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Call for Column Editor: Managing Technology (Journal of Academic Librarianship)

The Journal of Academic Librarianship seeks a column editor for the “Managing Technology” feature. The column editor may write the columns him/herself, work with others to create content, or do a combination.

The frequency of the column and compensation are negotiable.

Samples of the previous column by Ray Henry are available in Volumes 41 and 42, including:
  • JAL 42.3 (2016) 284-285.
  • JAL 42.2 (2016): 181-183.
  • JAL 41.6 (2015): 847-849.

If you are interested in applying for the column editor position, please submit a letter/memo of interest and an applicable writing sample to me by February 6, 2017.

Please let me know if you have questions. Please feel free to share this with others who may be interested. Thank you!

Beth Blakesley
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Academic Librarianship
Associate Dean of Libraries
Washington State University – Pullman
509.335.6134 (v) beth.blakesley@wsu.edu

CFP: 2017 Comics & Medicine Conference: Access Points (June 15th – 17th, 2017 - Seattle, WA)

2017 Comics & Medicine Conference: Access Points 
(June 15th – 17th, 2017 - Seattle, WA)
Seattle Public Library Central Branch

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
  • Rupert Kinnard created the first LGBTQ-identified African American comic strip characters in his groundbreaking series Cathartic Comics. His comics work—including his much anticipated memoir-in-progress LifeCapsule Project—spans all facets of his personal identity, from race, gender, and sexuality to classism, ageism, and disability. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Arts Foundation in 2013.
  • Georgia Webber is a comics artist, craniosacral therapist, meditation facilitator, and radio producer living in the cities of Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario. Her most notable comics series, Dumb, chronicles her severe vocal injury and ongoing (sometimes silent) recovery.
  • Hillary Chute is the author of Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics (Columbia UP, 2010), Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists (University of Chicago Press, 2014), and Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form (Harvard University Press, 2016). She has also co-edited two journal special issues: Mfs: Modern Fiction Studies on “Graphic Narrative” (2006) and Critical Inquiry on “Comics & Media” (2014), and she is Associate Editor of Art Spiegelman’s MetaMaus (Pantheon, 2011).

This year’s Comics & Medicine theme is Access Points. We invite participants to consider accessibility as a crucial aspect linking comics and health. Comics—a medium broadly characterized as “accessible” because of its ability to reach diverse audiences and to provide a platform for marginalized voices—can make visible and reflect upon the urgent subject of health access. Comics can explore the issue of accessibility in past and current practices of health care and can point to imaginative solutions for extending and expanding health care. We invite the submission of a wide variety of abstracts focusing on health, medicine, and comics in any form (e.g. graphic novels and memoir, comic strips, manga, web comics) that examine or showcase topics including, but not limited to:

  • Comics depictions of disability
  • Visual depictions of systemic and structural inequities in health care and social determinants of health
  • Use of comics to provide health education for or about under-served communities
  • Comics representations of physical or geographical spaces related to the delivery of medical care
  • Collaborative comics projects that create access points between patients, healthcare providers, community organizations, and/or institutional stakeholders
  • Use of comics to access new understandings of bodily/mental states
  • Therapeutic uses of comics and cartooning
  • Use of comics to encourage conversations about accessible spaces/events
  • Innovative uses of comics to access diverse health experiences
  • Use of comics to visualize ideological and/or political boundaries and access to medical therapies
  • Comics and environmental health
  • Ethical implications of creating comics for patients, physicians, or institutions
  • Trends in, histories of, or the use of comics in health care and public health

Presentation Formats

• Lightning talks: 5-minute presentations with up to 15 slides. This concise format is meant to encourage submission of short presentations to share your work (e.g. comics, new research projects, new ideas).

• Oral presentations: 15- to 20-minute presentations.

• Panel discussions: 90-minute interviews or presentations by a panel of speakers

• Working Groups: 90-minute sessions to discuss short or long term collaborative projects in graphic medicine or to lead focused discussion of books and/or issues related to the conference theme. If accepted, the planning committee can work with the proposer to establish an audience. Suggested topics include:

  • community outreach and comics
  • sexual health/violence prevention and comics
  • health education and comics
  • teaching and learning with graphic medicine

• Workshops: 90-minute sessions intended to be “hands-on” interactive, creative workshops for participants who wish to obtain particular skills with regard to comics. Suggested topics include:

  • drawing for health 101
  • accessing personal stories
  • comics and storytelling
  • mini-comic tutorial

Submission Process

Proposal abstracts should not exceed 300 words and may be submitted in Word or PDF formats. Please include the following information in this order:

  • author(s)
  • affiliation
  • email address
  • phone number
  • title of abstract
  • body of abstract
  • sample images or web links to work being discussed
  • presentation format preference (see options above)
  • equipment needed (e.g. AV projection, whiteboard, easel, etc.)
Proposals should be submitted by January 30th to: graphic.medicine.conference@gmail.com

Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by an interdisciplinary selection committee. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be completed by the week of March 1st, 2017.

While we cannot guarantee that presenters will receive their first choice of presentation format, we will attempt to honor preferences, and we will acknowledge the receipt of all proposals.

Please note: Presenters are responsible for session expenses (e.g. handouts and supplies) and personal expenses (travel, hotel, and registration fees). All presenters must register for the conference. Discounted rates and some limited scholarships will be available for students, artists, and others in need.

Submit proposals by January 30th, 2017.

Monday, January 16, 2017

CFP: The Eight Annual Collection Management & Development Research Forum (ALA Annual 2017)

CFP: The Eight Annual Collection Management & Development Research Forum (ALA Annual 2017)

The Publications Committee of the Collection Management Section of ALCTS is sponsoring the Seventh Annual Collection Management & Development Research Forum at the 2017 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago.

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

Criteria for selection are:
  • 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 February 14, 2017, 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

Examples of research presented at previous forums have included: 

  • Comparison of demand driven e-book packages for Humanities university press books
  • Comparison of Biographical Information in Commercial Literary
  • Databases and on the Open Web
  • Assessment of a Fully Integrated Patron Driven Access (PDA) Model
  • Comparison of Citation Use Patterns to Link Resolver and Vendor
  • Statistics in Journals in the Health Sciences Fields
  • Development of a holistic approach to collection development and assessment
  • Development of a data-driven weeding project
  • Development of a sustainable, permanent assessment process to maintain shelf capacity equilibrium without an adverse effect on librarian time management

The deadline for proposals is February 17, 2017.

Notification of acceptance will be made by March 17, 2017.

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 to:

Geoffrey Morse
Chair, CMS Publications Committee
E-mail: gmorse@northwestern.edu
TEL:   847 467-1866