Thursday, December 13, 2018

Panelists needed! Accessibility and Creation of Online Library Materials: Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) - ALA Annual 2019

We're still accepting applications through Dec. 21!

Are you a librarian with experience with accessibility, creation of online learning objects, and applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL)? Then we want to hear from you! The ACRL Distance Learning Section (DLS) has teamed up with the ACRL Instruction Section (IS) and are looking for panelists with accessibility, online library materials, and UDL experience to participate in our panel at 2019 ALA Annual in Washington D.C., entitled Accessibility and Creation of Online Library Materials: Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

If you have questions, please email Mike Courtney ( or Samantha (Sam) Harlow (, DLS Conference Program Planning Committee co-chairs

Applications due Friday, December 21st at 5pm, selected panelists will be notified in early January 2019.


Chapter Proposal Submission Deadline: 15th January, 2019
Final Full Chapters Due: April 1, 2019
Target Book Release: April 2, 2020

Submissions should be submitted electronically to:

Tentative Volume Titles (topic areas):
Note: The series editors expect to receive enough chapter proposals across the range of subtopics in Civil Society and Social Responsibility in Higher Education to publish more than one volume. At present, the editors are looking at least three potential volumes under the subheadings of: 

1) Civil Society and Social Responsibility in Higher Education: International Perspectives on Curriculum and Teaching Development (e.g., integrating social responsibility into the curriculum: corporate social responsibility, global citizenship, social engagement, social justice, human rights education, peace education, civil and community service, public service, outreach, socially responsible teaching and learning strategies and activities, etc.

2) Civil Society and Social Responsibility in Higher Education: International Perspectives on University-Community Partnerships (e.g., integrating social responsibility into university-community partnerships: partnering and collaborating with local, regional, national, and international organizations to maximize its social impact, government partnerships, primary and secondary school partnerships, non-profit organization partnerships, etc.

3) Civil Society and Social Responsibility in Higher Education: International Perspectives on Leadership and Strategies (e.g., integrating social responsibility into leadership practices: inclusive leadership, reconciliation strategies for transforming educational institutions toward equity and inclusion, integrating social and restorative justice into institutional leadership, governance, management, and policy and strategy development.

An edited volume by

  • Dr. Enakshi Sengupta, The American University of Kurdistan
  • Dr. Patrick Blessinger, St. John’s University and Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association
  • Dr. Craig Mahoney, The University of West Scotland

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Call for Writers: The Informed Librarian Online

The Informed Librarian Online seeks article writers --
                      The Informed Librarian Online < > is seeking librarians with something to say to author a one-time "Guest Forum" article for our service. We are looking for practical, helpful articles on an issue of interest to YOU (and our readers). Would you like to write a short article (about 1,000 words) for us?  Librarians from all around the world read the articles in The Informed Librarian Online. 

                 The Informed Librarian Online is a monthly compilation of the most recent tables of contents from over 300 titles - valuable domestic and foreign library and information-related journals, e-journals, magazines, e-magazines, newsletters and e-newsletters. This current awareness service helps keep you informed and abreast of all library trends. It is an easy, timesaving way to tame your professional reading tiger, and is very popular among all types of library and information professionals.
As a small token of our appreciation, the article author would receive a complimentary one year Premium Membership in The Informed Librarian Online.  If you are interested in writing for The Informed Librarian Online, email a brief description of your proposed subject matter.


Chapter Proposal Submission Deadline: 25th January, 2019
Final Full Chapters Due: April 1, 2019
Target Book Release: April 2, 2020


Submissions should be submitted electronically to:

Tentative Volume Titles (topic areas): Note: The series editors expect to receive enough chapter proposals across the range of subtopics in Library Practices in Higher Education to publish more than one volume. At present, the editors are looking at three potential volumes.

1. Advances in Library Practices in Higher Education: International Perspectives on Improving Student Engagement (e.g., library-based learner/learning-centered pedagogies, creating engaging classroom experiences using library resources, library as an extension of the classroom, integrating library resources into the curriculum, etc.

2. Advances in Library Practices in Higher Education: International Perspectives on Designing Effective Library Learning Spaces (e.g., personalized library learning spaces, flexible library learning environments, electronic and virtual library learning spaces, designing effective online library experiences, etc.

3. Advances in Library Practices in Higher Education: International Perspectives on Improving CampusCommunity Engagement (e.g., university libraries as a community resource, community engagement and outreach, campus-community partnerships, international joint research partnerships using library resources, library resources for service learning, civic engagement, public service, citizenship development, and community engagement programs for improving lifelong learning, health, education/literacy, economic, environmental, and human development.

An edited volume by

  • Dr. Enakshi Sengupta, The American University of Kurdistan and the HETL Association 
  • Dr. Patrick Blessinger, St. John’s University and the HETL Association 
  • Dr. Milton Cox, Miami University and the HETL Association

CFP: ALCTS Collection Development Issues for the Practitioner IG Lightning Talks - ALA Midwinter (Seattle January 26, 2019)

The ALCTS Collection Development Issues for the Practitioner IG is planning a session for lighting talks/discussions for the upcoming ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle. The topic is ILS record and data cleanup projects, which have helped to make collection assessment projects easier and more accurate.  This topic can include data cleanup projects pre and pre/post ILS migration.

We are seeking 2 or 3 presenters to share their experience in a brief and informal presentation followed by a short Q and A session.  The short presentation should take about 3-5 minutes. (No slides are required.)  It would be an added plus if presenters are willing to share their project documentation with attendees.

If you are interested please email me a brief summary of your topic (50-75 words) and your name, position held, and ILS system. 

We anticipate meeting on Saturday, January 26th from 1:00 – 2:30 pm.

Thanks in advance,

Kevin R. Garewal
Associate Director

Harvard Law School Library

CFP: "Neutrality. Libraries between plurality and propaganda" LIBREAS (Open Access Journal in German) @LIBREAS


"Neutrality. Libraries between plurality and propaganda"
LIBREAS (Open Access Journal in German)
Journal URL:

The journal, LIBREAS. Libary Ideas (, is an Open Access Journal about librarianship and library science, based in Berlin and some other Cities in Germany and Switzerland. The journal is focused on the German-speaking part of the world (Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein), so most of the articles are published in German. They have published in other languages, but are primarily in German.

Their current CFP is on "Neutralität. Bibliotheken zwischen Pluralität und Propaganda." This is translated as "Neutrality. Libraries between plurality and propaganda" and concerns the tension between the right-wing wave in politics and the aspiration of libraries to be open institutions with balanced collection development.

Original Call for Papers (in German):

Bibliotheken als öffentliche Einrichtungen sehen sich aktuell verstärkt in einer besonders widersprüchlichen Lage: Es scheinen sich einerseits ein “Neutralitätsgebot” und eine Verpflichtung zur “Informationsfreiheit” gegenüberzustehen mit einem bewusst eingeforderten Bekenntnis zu einer aktiv pluralistisch-demokratischen Rolle, die sich auch offen gegen alle Tendenzen aufstellt, die diese Grundausrichtung des politischen Systems der Bundesrepublik gefährden. In diesem Spannungsfeld bewegen sich die Akteure, wenn es gilt Handlungsmaximen für die Praxis, also eine Art Ethik der Bibliothek, abzuleiten.

Dass diese Polarisierung jetzt so akut spürbar wirkt, liegt einerseits in der Luft. Es gibt zugleich aber auch konkrete Ereignisse, die uns als Redaktion motivieren, hier eine intensivere Auseinandersetzung zu suchen.

Auf dem 107. Bibliothekstag im Juni diesen Jahres in Berlin kam die Frage nach dem Umgang mit ‘neuer’ rechter[1] Literatur mit doch größerer Wucht in der deutschsprachigen Bibliotheksgemeinschaft an. Bei einer Podiumsdiskussion diskutierte man sehr kontrovers über den Umgang mit rechter Literatur in Bibliotheken. Jörg Sundermeier vom Verbrecher Verlag bezog klar Stellung gegen eine Aufnahme von rechter Literatur in das Sortiment des Buchhandels oder in den Bestand von Bibliotheken und begründete dies einmal formal mit der Unprofessionalität der rechten Verlage, sowie aber vor allem mit deren zweifelhaften, oft ins verschwörungstheoretische oder esoterische abdriftenden Inhalten, die nicht selten diskriminierend, rassistisch, homophob und die Menschenwürde verletzend sind.

In den letzten Jahren kann man jedoch teilweise einen Professionalisierungsgrad in diesem Literatursegment beobachten, der etablierte Buchhändler wie Michael Lemling zumindest Respekt abzunötigen scheint. Auch die Existenz der Bibliothek des Konservatismus in der Berliner Fasanenstraße sowie der politische Erfolg rechtskonservativer Positionen zwischen CSU und AfD, FPÖ und SVP sind Anzeichen für eine weitere Etablierung und Dauerpräsenz entsprechender Denkrichtungen im öffentlichen Diskurs und damit auch im Publikationswesen. Zudem gab es ‒- Stichwort Thilo Sarrazin ‒ schon immer Texte, die sich auf dieser Seite der Debatte positionieren und auch in größeren Publikumsverlagen ihre Heimat fanden.

Abgesehen von der Erwerbungspolitik der Bibliotheken, erhalten diese Stimmen freilich auch die Möglichkeit, sich anderweitig über Bibliotheken am politischen Diskurs zu beteiligen oder dazu zu informieren, zum Beispiel mit Veranstaltungsformaten. Einen Ansatz hierzu präsentiert der DBV-Verband Niedersachsen, der die AfD aufs Podium des Niedersächsischen Bibliothekstags, neben Vertreter*innen anderer Parteien aus dem Landtag, einlädt. (siehe auch) Diese Aktion ist gleichzusetzen mit der Abbildung des gesamten politischen Spektrums im Bestand, die unter anderem die SLB Potsdam bei der oben genannten Podiumsdiskussion vertreten hat. Jedoch tritt hier auch der Nebeneffekt ein, dass hier Rechtskonservativen nicht nur sprichwörtlich ein Podium geboten wird.

Es finden sich zugleich andere Positionierungen von Bibliotheken im Spannungsfeld zwischen Pluralität und Propaganda. Die Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin organisiert im November ein Werkstattgespräch zum Thema “Rechte lesen. Theorien und Ästhetiken der ‘Neuen’ Rechten”, welche im Weiteren eine fundierte wissenschaftliche Auseinandersetzung mit dem Thema erhoffen lässt. Die Wissenschaft schweigt natürlich nicht zu diesem Thema, beispielsweise organisierte die Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin im September eine Feministische Sommeruniversität und subsumiert: “Der Feminismus muss gegen Rechts zusammenhalten„.

Erwartungsgemäß haben wir zu diesem Komplex einige Fragen. In der LIBREAS-Ausgabe #35 möchten wir diese sortieren, durchdringen und diskutieren. Der Ausgangspunkt liegt im aktuell verstärkten Sichtbarwerden sogenannter neurechter Literatur. Öffentliche Debatten kreisen häufiger um die Frage, welche Rolle diese Bücher auf Buchmessen und in den Buchhandlungen spielen sollen. Aber selbstverständlich sind auch, und aus ethischer Sicht fast noch herausgeforderter, die Bibliotheken betroffen. Neurechte Titel im Bestand? Neurechte Autor*innen auf die Diskussions- und Lesebühnen? Wenn ja, in welcher Aufstellung, Präsentation, in welchem Umfang, in welchem Kontext? Das treibt mindestens diejenigen Bibliothekar*innen um, die Veranstaltungen organisieren, konkret Erwerbungsentscheidungen treffen oder die per Standing Order eingegangenen Exemplare in die Aufstellung integrieren sollen.

Da aber eine Bestandsaufnahme zur Situation fehlt, wollen wir zunächst allgemein fragen, wie sich diese Konfliktlinie überhaupt im aktuellen Tagesgeschehen und der Erwerbungspolitik der Bibliotheken manifestiert? Eine Rolle kommt dabei auch den externen Erwartungshaltungen an die Bibliotheken durch Träger und mehr noch durch die Nutzer*innen zu.

Die Achse dieser Debatten läuft erstaunlich häufig über die Vorstellung, Bibliotheken seien ein durch und durch neutraler Vermittlungsort für Information und gegebenenfalls Diskurse und Debatten. Die inhaltliche Ausgestaltung hätte sich vor allem an den Bedarfen und Ansprüchen einer Kundschaft auszurichten. Sie wären also radikal als Dienstleister*innen auf einem Markt sich verändernder Nachfragen zu verstehen, die vor dem Hintergrund des jeweiligen Publikationsaufkommens zu bedienen seien. Konsequent gedacht müssten sie daher alles anbieten und abbilden, was legal ist, solange es nur nachgefragt wird. Eine inhaltliche Bewertung und Sichtung findet nur sehr eingeschränkt statt. Wie Hermann Rösch zuletzt im Bibliotheksdienst (52 (2018) 10-11) postulierte, wäre es nur das Gesetz, das durch Verbote einen Rahmen setzt.

Man kann also fragen: Inwiefern und auf welcher Grundlage sind öffentliche (kommunale und wissenschaftliche) Bibliotheken tatsächlich zur sogenannten weltanschaulichen Neutralität verpflichtet? Und wie weit müssen sie gehen, um diese “Neutralität” umzusetzen? Prinzipiell unterliegen Bibliotheken, bei entsprechender Trägerschaft, als öffentliche beziehungsweise staatlich geförderte Einrichtungen, selbstverständlich dem Neutralitätsgebot, welches sich unter anderem von dem im Grundgesetz (Art. 3 I GG) formulierten allgemeinen Gleichheitsgrundrecht ableitet. Aber wie lässt sich dies auf den geschilderten Sachverhalt hin konkretisieren? Ebenso im Grundrecht verankert ist auch die Informationsfreiheit (Art. 5 I 1 2. Var. GG), wonach „jeder“ das Recht hat, „sich aus allgemein zugänglichen Quellen ungehindert zu unterrichten“. Und auch hier stellt sich die Herausforderung der Umsetzung in der Bibliothekspraxis.

Denkt man Bibliotheken aus der benannten Richtung eines betont neutralen und streng an der Nachfrage ausgerichteten Informationsdienstleisters, stellt sich notwendigerweise die Frage, wie dieser Bedarf, wie diese Nachfrage ermittelt wird, wie repräsentativ dies tatsächlich ist und wie widerstreitende Bedarfe zu gewichten sind? Die oft geäußerte allgemeine Ausrichtung am Grundgesetz, die darauf abzielt, dass Bibliotheken eine umfassende Meinungsbildung im Sinne der Informationsfreiheit unterstützen sollen, impliziert zugleich, dass gerade auch die Positionen von Minderheiten erfasst werden müssten, da die umfassende Meinungsbildung eben nur über die Zurkenntnisnahme solcher Positionen möglich ist. Genau dies ist ja die Besonderheit einer pluralistischen Demokratie: Gerade nicht die Herrschaft der Mehrheit sondern eine Repräsentanz und gegebenenfalls auch ein aktiver Schutz von Minderheiten. Nur: Wer bestimmt, wer Mehrheit und wer Minderheit ist, wer besonderen Schutz und wer eine spezielle Repräsentanz benötigt? Ein rhetorischer Schachzug vieler neurechter Vertreter*innen ist es, diesen Ausgleich auszuhebeln, indem sie sich als diskriminierte Minderheitenposition einer vermeintlichen (schweigenden) Mehrheit ausgeben. Dies ermöglicht ihnen, Grundlagen und Institutionen eines demokratischen Systems zu instrumentalisieren, um genau diese Grundlagen und Institutionen nach ihren Interessen umzugestalten. Das alles ist bekannt und leicht durchschaubar und trotzdem teils sehr wirkungsvoll. Ihre – vorübergehende – Stärke liegt darin, dass das System der demokratischen Öffentlichkeit, wozu auch die Bibliotheken zählen, bisher kaum Strategien besitzt, die dadurch hervorgerufenen Verunsicherungseffekte ab- und aufzufangen.

Und entsprechend müssen sich auch Bibliotheken fragen, wie sie mit Positionen umgehen, die implizit oder explizit die Zulässigkeit anderer Positionen aktiv in Frage stellen, die jedoch zugleich in der Logik einer pluralistischen und Meinungsvielfalt fördernden Basis von Öffentlichkeit entstanden sind und die institutionalisierten Kanäle nutzen, um genau diese Basis aufzubrechen? Karl Poppers berühmtes Toleranz-Paradoxon wird plötzlich Zentralkonzept öffentlicher Debatten und eine Herausforderung für bibliothekarische Fachdiskussionen.

Daher lässt sich zwangsläufig im Kontrast zum (vermeintlichen) Neutralitätsanspruch auch zumindest fragen, ob Bibliotheken nicht parallel die Grundlagen von Öffentlichkeit mitvermitteln müssten, also ein übergreifendes Verständnis für die Struktur von Debatten und Diskursen, die Rolle und die Entstehungsbedingungen von Publikationen und die damit verbundenen Ideen und möglichen Folgen? Stehen Bibliotheken in der Verantwortung, Metakompetenzen zur Teilhabe an der Öffentlichkeit in ihrem Vermittlungsauftrag zu berücksichtigen? Zu diesen würde notwendig auch die Kommunikation ihres Selbstverständnisses zählen, die transparent werden lässt, weshalb bestimmte Titel und Positionen in den Angeboten auftauchen und weshalb andere möglicherweise fehlen. Also genereller: Sollen, wollen oder können Bibliotheken Institutionen der politischen Bildung sein?

So wird ein Gegenmodell zur reinen Dienstleistungsposition denkbar, nach dem sich Bibliotheken dezidiert als normative Institution mehr mit einem politischen bzw. Bildungs- denn einem Informations- und Dienstleistungsauftrag verstehen. Aber wie würde, könnte, sollte dies konkret aussehen? Ist solch eine Rolle in den Rahmenbedingungen und besonders auch in der Berufsausbildung überhaupt angelegt oder anlegbar? Und darüber hinaus ist zu fragen, ob Bibliotheken selbst als Akteure in den Debatten auftreten und Position beziehen sollten? (Viele tun dies nachweislich bereits.)

Wir möchten die Grenzen normativer Praxis im Bibliotheks- und Informationsbereich thematisieren. Dass ein Bibliotheksgesetz fehlt, welches einheitlich verbindliche Regelungen für Entwicklungen im Bibliothekswesen formulieren könnte, lässt Spielräume und überträgt die Aufgabe, sich hier aufzustellen, den einzelnen Einrichtungen. Ob dies eine Schwäche (mangelnde Verbindlichkeit) oder eine Stärke (im Sinne des Pluralismus) darstellt, wäre ebenfalls ein interessanter Diskussionspunkt. In jedem Fall wäre gerade der Bibliothekspraxis geholfen, überhaupt eine systematische Grundlage für mögliche normative Leitlinien zu haben – ein Auftrag auch an die Bibliothekswissenschaft. LIBREAS ruft entsprechend auch dazu auf, dafür relevante Quellen zu identifizieren, zu erläutern und nachzuweisen.

Im Prinzip erstaunt es, dass das Thema nach der normativen Ausrichtung von Bibliotheken nicht öfter Gegenstand von Bibliothekstagen, Themenheften der Fachzeitschriften oder auch bei LIBREAS ist. In den Ausgaben #19 Zensur und Ethik und in der #22 Recht und Gesetz beschäftigten wir uns immerhin bereits mit verwandten Themenkomplexen. In der kommenden Ausgabe wollen wir konkret den aktuellen Diskurs zum Umgang mit neuer rechter Literatur und der Positionierung von Bibliotheken in der aktuellen politischen Lage adressieren.

Wir wollen also erfahren: Wie positionieren Sie sich, wie positioniert ihr euch in dieser Debatte und welchen Umgang mit diesem Thema haben Sie/habt ihr mit Ihrer/eurer Einrichtung gefunden? Auf welche (historischen) Narrative und Paradigmen kann in diesem Kontext Bezug genommen werden? Gibt es internationale Parallelen?

Wir rufen dazu auf, Beiträge zu diesem Themenkomplex einzureichen, wobei wie immer sowohl Berichte aus der Praxis als auch theoretische Auseinandersetzungen in jedem Format (Essays, künstlerische Auseinandersetzungen, Abschlussarbeiten et cetera) willkommen sind. Wir freuen uns auch über Einreichungen aus Institutionen, die sich per Funktion mit diesem Themenkomplex befassen wie Gedenkstätten- oder politisch/historisch ausgerichtete (Forschungs-)Bibliotheken. Gerne unterstützen wir Sie/euch beim Verfassen der Texte oder diskutieren Ideen für Beiträge. Einreichungsschluss ist der 31.03.2019. Beitragsvorschläge und Beiträge bitte an Wir freuen uns und sind sehr gespannt.

Eure / Ihre Redaktion LIBREAS. Library Ideas
(Berlin, Chur, Dresden, Hannover, München im November 2018)

CFP: Lightning Talks at ACRL 2019 (Cleveland, Ohio - April 2019)

Lightning Talks
ACRL 2019
Cleveland, Ohio - April 10th-13th, 2019

Inspire others with quick glimpses at your latest innovations, interesting ideas, and new technologies or services. The sky is the limit! Each five-minute Lightning Talk will require you to create a maximum of 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. Submit your 150-word proposal by Wednesday, January 16, 2019. It’s that quick and easy!
The top proposals will be chosen by the ACRL 2019 Innovations Committee. Winners will be determined by popular vote.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

CFP: Small Libraries, Big Impact: A Conference for Small and Rural Libraries (Gaylord, Michigan - April 29-30, 2019)

Small Libraries, Big Impact: A Conference for Small and Rural Libraries, is looking for program proposals for breakout sessions during the conference: April 29 & 30, 2019, Treetops Resort, Gaylord MI.

Small Libraries Big Impact is a conference geared to front line staff of small / rural public libraries. Many staff at these libraries are one or two people staffs and do everything from payroll to cleaning the bathrooms! Each session runs about an hour and should keep in mind the audience.

Questions? – Contact Val Meyerson, or 231.758.3120.

Please complete the Google survey by December 21.

Monday, December 10, 2018

2nd Call for Papers: New Research in Collection Management ALA Annual 2019

Call for Papers: New Research in Collection Management and Development ALA Annual 2019
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 2019 American Library Association Annual Conference held in Washington, D.C., from June 20-25, 2019.
This is an opportunity to present and discuss your research. Completed research as well as 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 practice 
  • Potential for research to fill a gap in collections scholarship or to build on previous studies
  • Quality and creativity of the methodology
  • Research published or accepted for publication after December 13, 2017 will be considered. Previously published research or research accepted for publication prior to December 13, 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

The deadline for proposals is December 18, 2018.
Notification of acceptance will be made by February 28, 2019.  
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 Co-Chairs:
Paul Kelsey, Co-Chair, ALCTS CMS Publications Committee
Nancy Poehlmann, Co-Chair, ALCTS CMS Publications Committee

Friday, December 07, 2018

CFP: LITA Open Source Systems Interest Group, ALA Midwinter 2019

The LITA Open Source Systems Interest Group seeks proposals for its meeting on
Saturday, January 26th at 4:00-5:30 PM during the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting
in Seattle, Washington.

The Open Source Systems IG encourages active participation in the open source
community, promotes the use of open source software in libraries, and
advocates for the development of open standards and policies. We invite you to
share your experience implementing and using open source systems in your

Presentation topics might include, but are certainly not limited to:
- the new website you built with an open source CMS like WordPress, Drupal, or
- your recent ILS move to Koha or Evergreen
- a digital repository you set up with Omeka or Islandora
- your switch from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice
- the brand new software you just created and want to share with the community

Presenters will be allotted 15 minutes with a short time afterwards for questions.

Please email proposals to Jake Ineichen (
or Rob Nunez ( by Friday, December 14th.

Your proposal should include:
- Proposal title
- Proposal description (up to 150 words)
- Name and position of presenter

We will notify you by Friday, December 21st if your proposal has been
accepted. We look forward to hearing from you!

Jake Ineichen (Co-chair) and Rob Nunez (Co-chair)

Thursday, December 06, 2018

CFP: Practical Assessment: From Beginner to Expert (ALAO MiALA Spring Workshop) - Toledo March 2019 @MIALAorg @ALAOorg

Save the date for this joint ALAO/MiALA Spring Workshop from the Assessment Interest Groups of ALAO/MiALA! Registration will open January 2019.
Practical Assessment: From Beginner to Expert will be held in Toledo, Ohio on March 8, 2019 and is co-hosted by the University of Toledo Libraries.
Description: This workshop will bring together library staff who wish to learn and share knowledge about assessment practices and projects.  Do you have a project or assessment strategy that you would like to share with Ohio and Michigan colleagues? Please consider a proposal for a presentation that describes how you: designed assessments, developed methods, used measures and tools, implemented assessment, communicated with stakeholders, or achieved outcomes.
Assessment topics include but are not limited to
  • Accessibility
  • Collections
  • Data management and visualization
  • Digital libraries and repositories
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Instruction, teaching and learning
  • Increase funding, resource allocation
  • Marketing, social media, or web design
  • Methods
  • Programs and services
  • Research and scholarship
  • Space and facilities planning and use
  • User experience, user needs and usability

Proposal Format, Submission, Evaluation, Notification
Proposals are invited for 45 minute presentations or interactive workshops. Please submit a Word document or PDF with title and abstract of your proposal (limit abstract to 250 words). Include brief descriptions of your primary target audience, format, and objectives.
Proposals are due by January 18, 2019.
Please submit proposals to Applicants will be notified of their status in early February 2019.
Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria
  • Topic is of practical value to librarians who work on assessment
  • Methods / program addresses an identified need or novel concept
  • Results / conclusion / outcome demonstrate impact
  • Abstract is clear and well-written
Registration costs for the workshop will be waived for presenters.
The purpose of the ALAO Assessment Interest Group is to provide a vehicle to discuss and share issues and developments pertinent to assessment in Ohio academic libraries. Topics of interest would include assessment of library impact and value, organizational performance, collections, student learning outcomes, rubrics, user attitudes and behaviors, as well as effective research methodologies, techniques for data analysis, and data visualization.
The MiALA Assessment Interest Group exists to serve the needs of academic librarians in the state of Michigan by communicating to its membership and to the membership of MiALA at large the research and practice of many aspects of assessment within the library. The interest group is also an organizing body to help facilitate opportunities for learning and professional growth within this topic area.
About University of Toledo Libraries
The University of Toledo Libraries strives to be the intellectual center of the university by enriching the student learning experience, facilitating research at all levels and engaging the community through innovative educational services, resources and technologies, all within a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment. The Libraries purpose is to drive excellence in life-long learning, discovery, and engagement by fully integrating services, state-of-the-art technologies, and unique collections into all aspects of the institution.
Please direct questions to ALAO Assessment Interest Group Co-chairs Jen Starkey and Anna Liss Jacobsen

CFP: DPLAfest 2019 (Digital Public Library of America) @dpla - Chicago, April 17-18, 2019

DPLAfest 2019
Chicago, Illinois
April 17-18, 2019

We are pleased to announce that the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is seeking proposals for DPLAfest 2019, a gathering that will explore how libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural organizations across the country leverage technology to serve, inform, and empower communities. We invite proposals that showcase projects, ideas, and solutions designed to help the field meet the technological, social, and civic demands of the 21st century and that highlight the critical role of libraries—and the DPLA network—in shaping the future of access to digital knowledge.

In line with the DPLAfest 2019 theme of Future Shapers, Culture Makers, we invite proposals for presentations, roundtable discussions, and lightning talks related to:
  • Assessment and impact
  • Collaboration with non-traditional partners
  • Collections as data
  • Community Voices
    • Inclusive collection development and practice
    • Building and sustaining community-based collections
  • Ebooks, audiobooks and digital storytelling platforms
  • Innovations in e-content delivery services 
  • Library Simplified/SimplyE
  • Reuse of content and/or data
  • Self-publishing models and platforms
  • Sharing cultural heritage
  • Sustainability
  • Technology innovation in areas including, but not limited to:
    • Content delivery platforms
    • Aggregation technology
    • Machine learning
    • Virtual reality
    • Blockchain
View the full Call for Proposals and submit by Friday, January 11, 2019.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Call for Panelists - 2019 ALA Annual Diversity, Equity, and Justice Panel

LITA is seeking proposals for panelists for our 2019 ALA Annual “Diversity, Equity, and Justice Talks: In and Beyond the Library” program in Washington, DC! The submission deadline is Sunday December 9, 2018.

Submit your proposal

The program will consist of presentations from three panelists interested in approaching the topic of Diversity, Equity, and Justice from their own personal and/or institutional perspective. We invite potential panelists to submit brief proposals around any topic that relates to diversity and equity work at large: employing anti-racist praxis in libraries/your library work, navigating microagressions, allyship, cultural competency–to name a few. However, any and all topics are welcome, and don’t necessarily need to speak directly to technology.

LITA encourages participation from underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, and LGBTQA+. We also value diverse perspectives from different types and sizes of libraries and individuals who can bring a fresh voice.

Panelists will be selected based on their proposals, experience, and overall balance to the panel.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Call for Articles - Library Leadership & Management (LL&M)

Library Leadership & Management (LL&M) 

Information for Authors:

New Issue Available

The latest issue of Library Leadership & Management (LL&M) has been posted and is available to members at the LL&M website.


Call for Articles


LL&M focuses on assisting library administrators and managers at all levels as they deal with day-to-day challenges. In-depth articles address a wide variety of management issues and highlight examples of successful management methods used in libraries. Features include interviews with prominent practitioners in libraries and related fields, and columns with practical advice on managing libraries.


Authors are invited to submit original articles on topics that would be of interest to library leaders in all types of libraries. Topics of special interest would be those that address one or more of the 14 Foundational Competencies for Library Leaders and Managers that were identified by the LLAMA Competencies Committee. Each competency has been defined and includes citations to additional information as well as an example case study to demonstrate real world application.


Please see the information for authors page for more details regarding format and submission of articles.


Friday, November 30, 2018

CFP: ELPUB2019 (Marseille, France - June 2019) #ELPUB2019

23rd edition of the International Conference on Electronic Publishing (ElPub) 2019 
June 2-4, 2019
Marseille, France.

Academic publishing and digital bibliodiversity

Welcome to the 23rd edition of the International Conference on Electronic Publishing (ElPub) 2019 which will celebrate the cultural diversity in all aspects of the transmission and perception of the written, spoken and illustrated word!

The conference will take place between the 2nd and the 4th of June of 2019 at the Palais du Pharo, Marseille, France.

In 2019, the Electronic Publishing conference will expand your horizons and perceptions! Taking as an inspirational starting point the concept of bibliodiversity, a term coined by Chilean publishers in the 1990s, the forum will revisit its definition and explore what it means today. Being organised five years after the adoption of the International Declaration of Independent Publishers to Promote and Strengthen Bibliodiversity Together, supported in 2014 by 400 publishers from 45 countries, the conference aims to bring together the enquiring academic, professional and publishing industry minds keen to explore the ever evolving nature of the knowledge transmission within human societies.

According to the International Declaration of Independent Publishers:Bibliodiversity is cultural diversity applied to the world of books. Echoing biodiversity, it refers to the critical diversity of products (books, scripts, eBooks, apps and oral literature) made available to readers. Bibliodiversity is a complex self-sustaining system of storytelling, writing, publishing and other kinds of production of oral and written literature. The writers and producers are comparable to the inhabitants of an ecosystem. Bibliodiversity contributes to a thriving life of culture and a healthy eco-social system.

The field of academic publishing at large, encompassing all forms of scholarly communication, can be considered as a comprehensive intellectual eco-system where the relevance of the concept can be assessed at many interconnected levels. Bibliodiversity can be considered in relation to the diversity of disciplines, stakeholders, languages, academic cultures and policies, but also content, formats, data and metadata standards, platforms and tools. For a full understanding of the publishing ecosystem, it is essential to gain a better understanding of the incentives that drive it to stronger bibliodiversity or, on the contrary to global uniformization.

Bibliodiversity also plays an important role in the interaction between science and society, particularly when considering innovation and education, and more generally the social impact of research.

Therefore the conference invites submissions which address any aspect of bibliodiversity in the academic publishing system, including but not restricted to the list below:

We invite submissions in the form of an extended abstract (see formats below). All submissions will be refereed. Authors whose abstracts have passed the first round of peer review will be invited to submit full papers.

For each accepted paper, at least one author must register for the conference to present the paper. The same requirement applies for inclusion in the proceedings. Moreover, all those with accepted workshop or demonstration proposals must commit to supporting the event (speakers, lecturers, panel members, etc.) by physically attending and coordinating their activity.

Papers accepted will be published in indexed full open access proceedings by OpenEdition Press on the Episciences platform with an option for immediate publication of the preprint on the HAL platform. Best papers will be selected to be published in a freemium open access edited volume on the OpenEdition Books platform, and made available in print format through print on demand. All accepted papers and posters will be archived at the ELPUB Digital Library. All contents published in the ELPUB proceedings are open access via the conference archive under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited.

Papers submitted to this conference must not have been accepted or be under review by another conference. All full papers, short papers and posters should be written in English as a lingua franca (ELF), though other languages would also be considered, provided that an ELF translation of the abstract is also made available. All proposed presentations should be submitted via ScienceConf platform.
Formats for submission

The conference is inviting the following types of submissions:
  • Full papers (manuscript up to 5,600 words)
  • Short papers (manuscript up to 3,300 words)
  • Practitioner and Developer papers (manuscript of any length for presentation only)
  • Posters (abstract up to 1500 words)
  • Proposals for workshops and tutorials

Extended abstracts must be between 1,000 – 1,500 words and contain:
  1. Title of the paper
  2. Author name(s) and affiliation(s)
  3. Email
  4. Type of paper you plan to submit (e.g. Full paper, short paper, practitioner’s paper, poster, workshop)
  5. Key objectives of the study and significance
  6. Design and Methodology
  7. An overview of the state of the art in the field
  8. Outcomes thus far or expected outcomes
  9. A bibliography
  10. Keywords (maximum five)

Accepted proposals should ensure that final papers are formatted according to our recommended template.

Download templates

Submit your abstract
Important dates
  • Call for papers posted: October 26, 2018
  • Submission site open: November 10, 2018
  • Submission deadline for extended abstracts: January 10, 2019
  • Author decision notification: February 7, 2019
  • Submission of full paper for final review: March 16, 2019
  • Return of final review: April 6, 2019
  • Submission of final papers: May 15, 2019
  • Proceedings uploaded: June 1, 2019

Thursday, November 29, 2018

CFP: ALADN 2019 (Academic Library Advancement and Development Network) - Louisville, Kentucky May, 2019

ALADN 2019 Call for Proposals
 (Academic Library Advancement and Development Network) 
Louisville, Kentucky May 19-22, 2019

The ALADN 2019 Program Committee is excited to invite submissions for presentations at the 24th Annual ALADN Conference, to be held at the beautiful Brown Hotel in Louisville Kentucky, on May 19-22, 2019.  We are looking for engaging, original presentations that illuminate library advancement and development. If you are passionate about libraries, please consider presenting at ALADN. This conference is the perfect venue for sharing information on trends in library advancement, best practices, practical tips, and emerging research in the field of academic library advancement and development.  We encourage creative approaches, so proposals may include presentations, panels, and interactive workshops. Speakers are responsible for their registration and travel expenses.

About the conference:  Formed in 1995, the Academic Library Advancement and Development Network (ALADN) explores issues of interest, offers networking opportunities, and assists in mutual problem-solving for professionals involved in advancement and development for academic and research libraries through an annual conference, an electronic listserv (LIBDEV), and personal contacts.

  • Submission deadline: January 21, 2019
  • Notification: Monday, February 11, 2019

Proposal Submission Requirements.  Please submit your proposal here. (Please note: you will be required to create an account to submit a proposal. Use the “submit presentation” link in the author corner.)

Proposals will be evaluated based on relevance to ALADN attendees, clearly defined audience and outcomes, and presenters’ experience.  The following topic areas were specifically requested after the 2018 ALADN conference, but all proposals are welcome:
  • The basics of libraries for development professionals AND development for librarians (how does it work, unique vocabulary, timelines for workflows, etc.)
  • Partnerships with others in the college or university, in the community, or with corporations
  • Stewardship ideas
  • Director of Development for the library-how the case is made, reporting structure, performance evaluation, etc.
  • Building affinity: Strategies for working with faculty emeriti, former student employees, distance library users, parents, etc.
  • Turning in-kind gifts into cash gifts—making the case, stewarding the gifts
  • Open Access—fundraising opportunities, storytelling, impact
  • Branding, storytelling, communications, narrative, etc.