Friday, August 17, 2018

CFP: CARLI Resource Sharing Committee Fall Forum on October 25th, 2018 (deadline 8/31)

The Resource Sharing Committee is seeking people to share their expertise at the upcoming forum at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library on Thursday, October 25, 2018.

We are seeking additional proposals for either portions of, or entire, 50-minute afternoon breakout sessions.

* If you have experience in one of the areas described below, but would prefer to be a part of a small panel discussion/shared presentation on the topic rather than present the full breakout session on your own, please indicate that in your proposal and the Committee can pair similar presenters together for a shared session.

* We are also seeking moderators to help lead guided discussions of selected topics; please let us know if you are interested in participating in this way.

Please submit your proposal here before Friday, August 31st:

Thank you. Your knowledge and willingness to share with colleagues is important to the life of the consortium.

Some questions that the CARLI Resource Sharing Community is interested in hearing more about are listed below. If you could answer yes to any of them (or related questions), please consider submitting a proposal.

-Are you responsible for compiling statistics and reports for your ILL services? Do you have any hints, tricks, or best practices you could share with others to aid them in this task? If you write a report, could you share information about it: what statistics you include, who you share your report with, what happens with the data from you report?

-Do your users know what Interlibrary Loan can do for them? How do you tell them?

-Are you in communication with your Collection development department so they know what kind of requests are coming through the library? Do you have a method or regular reporting system to keep them informed?

-How do you educate your student workers & staff to keep an eye out for damaged items & know what to do if they find them?

-Are there other topics related to resource sharing that you would be interested in presenting on?

Eric A. Edwards
Interlibrary Loan Librarian
Illinois State Library
Gwendolyn Brooks Building
300 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, Illinois 62701-1796
(217) 558-1928
(217) 782-4446--Fax

Thursday, August 16, 2018

CFP: The Ideabook of Positive Change in the Library Workplace

Call for papers and essays

Working Title: The Ideabook of Positive Change in the Library Workplace
Editors: Heather Seibert, Amanda Vinogradov, Amanda H. McLellan - East Carolina University, Joyner Library.
Deadline for drafts: September 5, 2018
Publisher: American Library Association Press (ALA Press)
Submission Form:

We are soliciting a diverse range of essays and narratives from practicing U.S. academic, public and special libraries staff, for inclusion in a curated anthology that empowers library employees to change real-world issues pertaining to library staff. Submissions may include any phase of project development, but we are especially seeking: perspectives and advice on how to make and implement change, how to talk to administration about needs, the specific steps taken in the process, solutions to roadblocks and recognition of the future needs of staff. We also seek narratives, steps and ideas from administrators on how to implement and create a positive work environment and the challenges faced in this process.  Paraprofessional staff and first-time authors are encouraged to apply.

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

·        Lactation accommodation
·        Flexible scheduling
·        Development of policies and procedures allowing remote work (i.e. weather related absences for employees with leave time deficits)
·        Childcare accommodations
·        Changing tables in restrooms
·        Parental leave policies
·        Space and time for dialysis or other medical needs
·        Standing desks
·        Promotion of exercise at work
·        Inclusive ideas for work outings, gatherings or meetings
·        Veterans on active duty or return from duty
·        Race and ethnicity inclusion and sensitivity
·        Gender neutral bathrooms
·        Dealing with bias
·        Providing space for prayer and/or meditation
·        Inclusive recruitment practices
·        Updating policies to be more inclusive
·        Development of policies and space for employees with varying sensory needs (Autism spectrum, PTSD, etc)
·        Case studies of libraries that have successfully handled difficult situations regarding discrimination or harassment.
·        Employees returning to school for further education

Deadline for Draft Submission: September 5, 2018
Notification/Feedback regarding submission: October 10, 2018
Final submission for accepted drafts: Jan. 12, 2019


*This anthology will contain commentary, narratives and experiences.  Drafts accepted must be between four to six pages double spaced (about 350 words per page).  A suggested template will be provided for all accepted submissions to the anthology.

*Materials cannot be previously published or simultaneously submitted.

*All photos, illustrations, graphs etc. must have a Creative Commons License or be in the public domain. The submission’s author is responsible for verifying that these materials fall under the respected licenses. Each will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and will be at the discretion of the editors for inclusion.
*If your submission is tentatively accepted, we may request modifications.
*Accepted contributors should expect to sign a release form in order to be published, and will agree to follow submission guidelines.

We STRONGLY encourage submission from all regardless of classification of positions within academic and public libraries. We are seeking input from administrators, faculty, as well as staff employees.

Thank you
Heather Seibert, Amanda Vinogradov & Amanda H. McLellan

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

CFP: Computers in Libraries 2019 (Arlington, Virginia - March 2019)

Call for Speakers
User Engagement In The Digital Age
Computers in Libraries 2019
Arlington, Virginia
March 26-2, 2019

Deadline is September 14, 2018

Libraries are leading the way in engaging users, and not just with games & gadgets, makerspaces, web sites, search interfaces, and digital literacy. They are achieving community goals with technology, developing real partnerships with other community leaders, applying technology for the common good and to meet the UN’s sustainable development goals for the world, collaborating with diverse groups and people, expanding learning roles and programs and so much more. Computers in Libraries 2019 shares library successes and strategies with User Engagement in the Digital Age. It looks at our models, transformational technologies, creative processes, innovative practices and customer-delighting programs that are having strong and long-lasting impacts on our communities, the world, and the people in them.

Hear from excellent and innovative libraries, network and learn from leaders in the field, and definitely be an active participant in the 34th Computers in Libraries -- the most comprehensive North American conference and exhibition concentrating on all aspects of library technology. The conference offers a multifaceted program designed to meet the needs of librarians, community and information managers, systems professionals, eresource managers, researchers, webmasters and web managers, content curators, digital strategists, and information specialists. The focus of the conference is on emerging and leading edge technology that allows us to engage with, and bring strategic value to, our user communities. It provides the latest information and practices for you to make informed choices for your community -- whether it is an academic, corporate, non-profit, public, or school library community.

Conference Tracks & Topics

Computers in Libraries caters to all interests and all levels of knowledge, offering five simultaneous tracks plus many workshops, networking opportunities, and an extensive exhibit hall. This year’s tracks and themes encompass: Innovative Libraries & Practices; Internet @Schools; Killer Strategies & Community Attention Grabbers; Partnerships & Collaboration; User Design & Experience; Creative Making & Makerspaces; Digital Transformation & Engagement; Information Discovery & Search; Content Management; Artificial Intelligence & Leading Edge Technology; Web Design, Tools & Development, and more. Speakers are knowledgeable, authoritative and focus on practical applications, “how to” solutions, and case studies as well as technical and managerial issues. Please consider sharing your knowledge and ideas; send us a proposal to speak. Below are some of the topics we hope to cover, but don’t let this list limit your imagination!  We look forward to hearing from you.

To submit a proposal for the dedicated Internet@Schools track at Computers in Libraries 2019 click here. Especially for library media and technology specialists and other educators who are using the internet and technology in K–12 schools, this two-day track covers technology, tools, trends, and practical topics.    

Please go to CFP website for topics and additional information

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

CFP: ACRL DVC (Delaware Valley) Fall 2018 Program - October 26, 2018 (Philadelphia, PA)

ACRL DVC Fall 2018 Program
When: October 26, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Where: Drexel University’s Learning Terrace
Theme: Librarians as Advocates: Leading Activism on Your Campus and Beyond


This program seeks to provide insight into the activism and advocacy work being done in libraries in higher education across the Delaware Valley region. In times of inequity, discrimination, and social injustice, libraries have the opportunity to be institutions of resistance, understanding, and hope. We are bringing together librarians who would like to share how they have incorporated democracy, equity, intellectual freedom, and privacy into their projects and collaborations to advocate for their communities. Successful proposals will demonstrate an analysis of the underlying power structures that motivate their efforts. Whether your advocacy work takes the form of outreach projects, pedagogical techniques, systems or application development, cataloging practice, or collaborative projects, we would like to give you the opportunity to share your work and its impact with colleagues.

Topics should be related to library leadership in social change including:

  • Services for students with marginalized identities, including documentation status
  • Poverty, food insecurity, or homelessness
  • Voter registration and electoral issues
  • Social, mental, and health-related services
  • Access and textbook-related services
  • Library-related legislation
  • Privacy
  • Diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • Workplace fairness and rights issues

The deadline to submit is September 10 with notification by September 15, 2018.
Submission Information

  • Proposals must include the following information:
  • Proposal title
  • Names, affiliations, positions, and email addresses of the presenters
  • Preferred presentation format
  • Option A – 10-minute lightning round presentation only
  • Option B – 10-minute lightning round presentation and roundtable facilitation.
  • A 250-word summary of the topic you wish to present including the points you intend to make and the way(s) you intend to engage the audience, if applicable

To propose a session please visit:

Questions? E-mail Jess Denke at

Thursday, August 09, 2018

CFP: What are we Paying For? ACRL NEC Electronic Resources Interest Group (ERMIG) Fall Program - Cambridge MA November 30, 2018

The ACRL NEC Electronic Resources Interest Group (ERMIG) is seeking proposals for our 2018 Fall Program to be held on Friday, November 30th, from 10am to 1pm at Lesley University’s Brattle Campus in Cambridge, MA.


This year’s theme is “What are we Paying for?”


Libraries strive to offer users an extensive array of content and services, often in the face of diminishing budgets and limited staff resources.  When growing expectations meet limited resources, we need to make tough decisions. As you manage and evaluate your electronic collections you may find yourself asking, ‘What are we paying for?’ Does the value of that content or service justify the outright and hidden costs of providing it?  The 2018 fall program aims to explore assessment strategies and share how libraries are meeting the challenges of determining, and conveying, not only return on investment, but value on investment.

Submission Instructions

We are accepting proposals for breakout sessions (45 minutes) and lightning talks (5-7 minutes)
Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
·        Using data to create a narrative
·        Going beyond cost per use decisions
·        Communicating budget and collection data to administrators
·        Providing Open Access collections
·        Tracking post-cancellation access rights
·        Using patron-driven acquisitions and services
·        Developing consortia and collaborative collections
·        (Re)Negotiating licenses
·        Creating requests for proposals
Please use the submission form to submit your proposal. The deadline for proposal submission is 5:00 p.m. EST on September 17, 2018.

Your proposal should include:
·         Title
·         Abstract (250 - 500 words)
·         Type of program (presentation or lightning talk)
·         Names, job titles and affiliations of all presenters
·         E-mail contact information for the primary presenter

For questions or more information, contact one of the event coordinators:


Focusing on Electronic Resources Management, ERMIG is a special interest group of the New England Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries.  Access past program information.

Code of Conduct

Everyone is welcome to submit proposals. We also hope to see you at the program! This event will follow ACRL NEC’s Code of Conduct.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

CFP: Journal of New Librarianship (peer-reviewed OA Journal)

Call for Papers: Journal of New Librarianship

The Journal of New Librarianship ( invites submissions from library scholars, practitioners, and students for its next issue. JNL welcomes traditional and unestablished forms of scholarly and professional communication related to any aspect of librarianship. We hope to see a wide variety of content in terms of scope, length, and format, from lengthy treatises on intersectionality and library practice, to video projects on the transformation of a library's physical space and the perceived impact.

Submissions may include but are not limited to:

- Solicited articles
- Scholarly articles
- Datasets
- Media (podcasts, video, etc)
- Book reviews
- Technology reviews
- Digital project reviews
- Extended scholarly articles (15,000+ words)
- Column pieces (e.g. see our Innovation Column)
- Essays
- Opinion pieces
- Conference reviews and reports
- Letters to the editor
- Manifestos
- Interviews

JNL is a peer-reviewed, diamond Open Access publication whereby it is free to read and free to publish. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

The journal is listed as a refereed academic journal is Ulrich Serials Directory, and is indexed in HeinOnline and Serial Solutions' Freely Accessible Arts & Humanities Journals.

International and non-English content is welcome, with translation costs of accepted works covered by the journal.

To submit, see JNL’s author guidelines ( General inquiries may be sent to

CFP: 2019 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference—Biographies Area: Washington, DC (April 17-20, 2019)

Call for Papers: 2019 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference—Biographies Area: Washington, DC (April 17-20, 2019)

Submission Deadline: 10/1/18

The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference will be held on Wednesday April 17 through Saturday April 20, 2019 at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, DC. 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
Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, typically with four papers or speakers per standard session.  Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. The deadline is October 1, 2018.
Proposals may be submitted on the conference website.

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

CFP: Chapter Proposals for Academic Library Services for Graduate Students

We would like to invite you to consider submitting a chapter proposal for Academic Library Services for Graduate Students: Supporting Future Academics and Professionals, to be published by Libraries Unlimited.

Editors: Carrie Forbes and Peggy Keeran, University of Denver Libraries
Proposal Submission Deadline:  Monday, September 17, 2018
Book Overview:
As more and more students attend graduate programs, either at the master’s or doctoral level, many higher education institutions have established professional development programs to help ensure that graduate students learn the wide range of skills needed to be successful as both students and as future professionals or academics. The editors of this volume invite contributors to propose case studies and theoretical essays on academic library services for graduate students that support their multiple roles and identities as students, and as future faculty members or professionals, as well as addressing the complex social and emotional issues related to their other roles as parents, working adults, caretakers, and more.

For more details on how to submit a proposal, please see:
We hope you will consider this opportunity!

Carrie Forbes
Associate Dean for Student and Scholar Services
University of Denver Libraries
2150 E. Evans Ave, Anderson Academic Commons, Denver, CO, 80208
(303) 871-3407 |

CFP: Video & Libraries Program Proposals for ALA Annual 2019 (ALA Video Round Table)

Thinking about attending the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC (June 20-25, 2019)?

Have you worked on any projects or activities involving film or video at your institution?

The ALA Video Round Table Program Committee (VRT) would like to encourage you to submit program proposals for one-hour informational sessions at ALA Annual on just about anything related to video and libraries! Please note that you will not be submitting directly to the VRT Program Committee but through the ALA Program Proposal Submission Site (login or create a new account to enter).

The deadline to submit a proposal is August 31, 2018! Instructions are available online.

Sample ideas include but are not limited to:
  • Are you finding new ways to promote films to your community?
  • Are you doing anything interesting in curating your film collections?
  • Have you made library promotional videos?
  • Have you created video tutorials?
  • Are you using film clips (or gifs) in instruction?
  • Have you created a media center for your patrons?
  • Do you work with your patrons in video creation?
  • Are you involved with film or video preservation?
  • Have you offered special film programming/events at your library?

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.   

Thank you, 
Laine Thielstrom
ALA VRT Program Committee

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

CFP: Louisiana Academic Library Virtual Conference

The LLA Academic Section and ACRL-LA are partnering to host an engaging, affordable, and accessible virtual conference on Thursday, November 15. No travel budget required!  

Submit your proposal relating to library archives, instruction, public services, technical services, leadership, management, and more. All proposals of keen interest to academic librarians are welcome, although preference may be given to Louisiana-based institutions, individuals, and themes.

Most sessions will last 50 minutes and time for discussion should be factored into planning. Welcome formats include workshops, panel and group discussions of key issues, academic paper presentations, and 10 minute lightning talks.  

Be an information pioneer and submit your proposal at by midnight on Sept. 7, 2018.  The conference committee will review all submissions and contact those accepted to be part of the conference by September 21st.

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Hamilton, Academic Section Chair (, or Heather Plaisance, Academic Section Vice Chair (

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Call for Posters: ACRL/NY 2018 Symposium: Libraries in Direct Action (December 7th, 2018 - NYC)

ACRL/NY 2018 Symposium: Libraries in Direct Action - Call for Posters

ACRL/NY is seeking poster proposals for our upcoming symposium: Libraries in Direct Action. We are specifically looking for poster proposals that showcase micro-actions libraries are taking to mitigate and alleviate barriers to patron success.  

Sample themes and topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Student wellness and mental health resources in the library 
  • Collaboration with student support services for student success
  • Navigating changes in immigration and education policies for students
  • Food security/food issues for campus communities
  • Housing issues for campus communities
  • Environmental impact and sustainability  
  • Outreach to under served populations 
  • Other practices for helping patrons through service 

Selection will be done by a blind review; please do not include any identifying information in your abstract.  Proposals can be submitted using this form.

Proposals for posters must be received by September 4th 2018

The symposium will be held on Friday, December 7 at the Baruch College Vertical Campus. Selected candidates will be notified by October. 

Posters can be displayed on the provided 5'x 2' tables or on standing easels. Posters cannot be displayed on walls. 

If you have any questions about the poster selection process, please contact Maureen Clements at

We also encourage all collaborators to come to the symposium and present their work (including students, support offices, paraprofessionals etc.).