Saturday, March 30, 2019

CFP: ACRL Technical Services Interest Group (TSIG) - ALA Annual (Washington DC - June 23, 2019)

The ACRL Technical Services Interest Group (TSIG) invites presentation proposals for its ALA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, June 23rd from 4:00-5:00 p.m. 

We are looking for 15-20 minute presentations or facilitated conversations.  

Areas of interest include (but are not limited to):
  • collection development
  • collection management 
  • acquisitions
  • metadata services
  • resource discovery and delivery in academic libraries

Please complete the online form by Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
We will select and notify presenters during the first week of May.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Erin Finnerty - Convener
Cynthia Romanowski - Incoming Convener

Erin Finnerty (she / her)
Temple University Libraries

CFP: ACRL/NY 2019 Annual Symposium - Outside of the Box: Redefining Ethical Innovation in the Academic Library (NYC December 2019)

Call for Presentations

ACRL/NY 2019 Annual Symposium
Outside of the Box: Redefining Ethical Innovation in the Academic Library

Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY) (Baruch Vertical Campus)

For this year's ACRL/NY Symposium, we are seeking presentations and panels about new and ethically informed practices in the academic library.

Submission form: 

Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

● Diverse voices in our profession: enhancing diversity and advocating for underrepresented groups at all levels in the academic library, including staff, professionals, students and administration
● Ethically Innovative Leadership: for example,challenging traditional hierarchies, incorporating different perspectives, navigating organizational structures, labor relations, facilitative management and support for professional growth and development
● Public Services and Instruction: new and creative types of reference and instruction initiatives (e.g. incorporating critical pedagogy, environmentally responsible maker spaces, culturally responsive instruction)

● Acquisitions/Collection Development: outreach and curating of collections (e.g. community based collections, OER Open Education Resources, responsible purchasing, ownership models

● Technical Services: transforming technical services; accommodating new forms of technology, data, and strategic planning (e.g. weeding ethically, critical cataloging, accessibility)

As academic libraries continue to evolve in the 21st century, ACRL continues to be dedicated in discovering new approaches that enhance and foster our scholarly community. 

In what ways can libraries redefine instruction, services and collection development in a manner that is thought-provoking, ethical and innovative? This ongoing shift calls for change agents to curate, acquire, and build upon competencies, while establishing fresh and transparent benchmarks.

Proposals should be 250-500 words in length, submitted by May 3, 2019

Abstracts of presentations can be submitted using this form:  

The ACRL/NY 2019 Symposium will be held on December 6, 2019 at the Vertical Campus at Baruch College, City University of New York. 

Questions regarding submitting or about the Symposium in general can be sent to

Thursday, March 28, 2019

CFP: VALA2020: Focus on the Future (Melbourne Australia) - February 2020

The Call for Abstracts for the 20th Biennial Conference, VALA2020 – Focus on the Future (11-13 February 2020, Melbourne, Australia) is open; abstracts will be accepted up to and including Tuesday 30 April 2019. VALA2020 has a focus on the future of technology in libraries and the information community. Abstracts with a strong technology, R&D or future focus will be favourably considered. Accepted abstracts will go to full peer review paper and presentation. Full details can be found on the VALA2020 website -

Welcome to VALA2020 – Focus on the Future
VALA2020 – Focus on the Future – is the 20th VALA Biennial Conference.


To be held in Melbourne from 11-13 February 2020, VALA 2020 will be the year’s must-attend event for everyone who works or aspires to work in the information and technology environment of the GLAM Sector.

Once an event for library IT practitioners, the increasing common ground that exists within all collections management agencies sees VALA’s doors open to colleagues and collaborators across libraries, galleries, archives and museums. This “coming together” is reflected in our Conference Organising Committee, our Keynote line-up (announcements coming soon) and our program.

Focus on the Future

Our call to action and our challenge to ourselves, our exhibitors, sponsors, speakers and delegates is to be visionaries, to see through the lens of the future and to bring our best, most creative, contemporary and controversial selves to VALA2020.

To support us, the new MCEC Conference and Exhibition spaces provide a fully-integrated experience, with the Plenary, Exhibition Hall and session rooms on a single level and immediately adjacent to one another. The more intimate environment supports a real sense of community and collaboration, and we are excited by the new opportunities that it creates.

New program elements, including Critical Conversations, Speakers’ Corner and Vendor Presentations maximise new spaces, and sit comfortably beside VALA’s prized and peer reviewed Concurrent Sessions, international Keynote Presentations, and EPosters.

The VALA Conference environment offers inspiration and collaboration. We welcome the diverse community that contributes to our industry, our students, practitioners, academics and vendors, colleagues and competitors. It is a safe and respectful place where you can take risks, challenge yourself, ask questions and invite feedback, and where we can all learn from our shared experiences.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

CFP: Library 2.019 mini-conference on Open Data - Online June 5th, 2019

Our second Library 2.019 mini-conference, "Open Data," will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, June 5th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). The call for proposals is now open. 

Local, state and federal governments are releasing data - the public's data - in new ways. Property maps, 311 data, school quality information and census statistics - all of these are examples of open data that give people the tools they need to learn and advocate for their causes. This web conference will explore how librarians are using open data, teaching others about it, and even creating it. You’ll learn about tools you can implement in your own library and hear stories from libraries that have partnered with their local and state governments. Armed with practical tools and experiences, you’ll be ready to start diving into open data to help your library and community! 

This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Please also join this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events.

We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to participate in this event. The call for proposals can be found at 

Participants are encouraged to use #library2019 and #libraryopendata on their social media posts leading up to and during the event. 

Library 2.019: Open Data
This online and participatory conference presents a unique opportunity to showcase research, work, and/or thinking on open data.
Sessions slots are 30 minutes long, and the suggested presentation time is 20 minutes maximum, with 5 minutes of Q&A, and then 5 minutes for attendees to switch session rooms to attend the next session. Please plan on not exceeding 25 minutes total presentation including Q+A time.
The Call for Proposals Is Open Now
Everyone is welcome to submit a presentation proposal. 
Proposals will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis starting March 1st, 2019. The number of sessions will be limited, so you are encouraged to get your proposal in early! If your proposal is accepted, you will be provided with the ability to schedule a presentation time that is convenient to your time zone and work schedule. Early proposal submission and acceptance will give you the most flexibility for scheduling your presentation.
The deadline to submit presentation proposals is May 10th, 2019, but sessions slots may fill before that time.
The Process:
Your presentation proposal, once submitted, will be listed on the Library 2.0 website, with the opportunity for members of this network to view, comment on, and/or "like" your presentation proposal. This will give you and the other members of this site the chance to share ideas and to make connections before, during, and after the conference. Additionally, it will allow us to gauge the popularity of your topic or approach. It is our intention that all serious proposals be given the opportunity to be presented.

Presentation Guidelines:

Presentations should be at least 15 minutes in length, and all sessions must be completed (including Q&A) within 25 minutes. All sessions will be held in Blackboard Collaborate. There is training information available for you at is mandatory, and presenters are responsible for attending the training and being prepared to present in the conference platform. 

All presentations will be recorded and released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License. For more information, please visit: By submitting to present, you are agreeing to these terms.

Presentations must be non-commercial. Interest in commercial sponsorship or presentations should be directed to Steve Hargadon at

How to Submit Your Proposal:

Please follow these instructions carefully. It is your responsibility to make sure your presentation proposal is submitted correctly. You must be signed up on the Library 2.0 network and logged in to submit your proposal.

1. Copy the following text (highlight and ctrl-c on your computer):
Your Name and Title:
Library, School, or Organization Name:
Co-Presenter Name(s):
Area of the World from Which You Will Present:
Language in Which You Will Present:
Target Audience(s):
Short Session Description (one line):
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:
2. Click here to open a new forum discussion post. You must use this link or your proposal will not be in the correct place and will not be visible to conference administrators.

3. Title your discussion post with the title of your proposed session.

4. Paste the template text (ctrl-v) into the body of the forum discussion post.

5. Fill in the session information according to the template. If you separate your answers with a blank line and bold the questions, it will make your proposal easier to read.
6. In the Category drop-down field, make sure it indicates Library 2.019: Open Data - Proposal Submission. If it does not, please select this value.

7. Click the Add Discussion button to submit your proposal.
You are able to modify your proposal after it has been saved and up until the time of the close of submissions, which is May 10th. If you do modify your proposal after it has been accepted, that will place it back into the "submission" category and you will need to email to place it back in the "accepted" category.

Proposal acceptances will be communicated on a first-come, first-served basis starting April 1st and ending May 15th, or when the sessions are full. If your proposal is accepted, you will be provided with the ability to schedule a presentation time that is convenient to your time zone and work schedule. Early submission and acceptance will give you the most flexibility for scheduling your presentation. 

CFP: OER and the Academic Library (Special Issue of Library Trends)

Special issue information
  • Title: OER and the Academic Library
  • Editors: Elizabeth Dill, Mary Ann Cullen, and Christopher Shaffer
  • Abstract submission deadline: May 1, 2019
  • Publication date: November, 2020

Nature and scope of the issue

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials that reside in the public domain, or that have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation, and/or redistribution by others. Free-to-students materials that are not openly licensed, such as library resources, are often included in these programs. Academic libraries are able to function at the center and heart of OER initiatives (Young, 2018). These libraries are ideally positioned to support and lead implementation of the OER effort on college and university campuses.

The necessity for low-cost educational materials has reached a critical level. Textbook prices have increased at greater than three times the rate of inflation (Gaines, 2018; Perry, 2012) and the financial impact on students has been a driving force in the OER movement (Gaines, 2018; Senak, 2014, 2015, 2016). This financial impact is revealed in the lower rates at which different ethnicities earn college degrees (Colvard, Watson, & Park, 2018).

In advocating for OER, the NAACP states, “For too many years, too many children, particularly African American, other minorities, and underprivileged people from all groups have been subjected to lesser educational opportunities, leading to lesser opportunities for success in their personal and professional lives. A major contributing factor to the disparities continues to be the lack of appropriate instructional materials.”

The 2018 New Media Consortium Horizon Report references “proliferation of Open Educational Resources” as a midterm key trend. EDUCAUSE names OER as a 2019 top strategic technology. EdSurge declares 2017 OER’s breakthrough year as an essential teaching tool. SPARC reports that nearly one in 10 faculty across the nation are using OER. OER facilitate cost savings and have been demonstrated to increase students’ engagement and improve their learning (Weller et al., 2015). Colvard, Watson, & Park (2018) found that students are likely to have better performance when OER are used versus traditional texts.

This issue of Library Trends invites authors to explore and advance a broad range of topics and positions relevant to the creation, dissemination, use, and impact by critically addressing questions surrounding the advancing trend of OER.

Special note
Library Trends is a gold embargoed journal published by Johns Hopkins University Press. After two years the content is freely available in IDEALS, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s institutional repository. During those two years, authors are free to put a copy of the final version of the record PDF in their own repository and make it openly available. The author agreement is available for review upon request.

List of potential topics
  • What role does advocacy play in OER?
  • How has information literacy been embedded within OER initiatives?
  • Describe the role of community in OER success. How can librarians successfully lead initiatives among  manage initiative-leading amongst numerous, significant stakeholders?
  • Characterize the role of labor and funding in OER creation. Is OER knowledge-production sustainable?
  • What innovative approaches have been used to involve students in OER creation?
  • How does one contend with corporatization/commercialization of OER? Can these the profit and nonprofit interests coexist? Can they commingle?
  • What is the value of OER information? How are assumptions of inferior quality overcome?
  • What discoverability issues exist in retrieving OER materials? How do you catalog OER effectively, so they can be overcome?
  • How does one effectively paint a picture of OER’s efficacy in terms of adoption rate, cost-savings, and student performance?
  • How is OER engagement measured and learning assessed?
  • What is OER's role in privilege, equity, inclusion, representation or diversity? How can OER transcend a white male content bias?
  • How do OER transcend open textbooks to open pedagogy?

Instructions for submission
The  editors for this special issue of Library Trends request that interested authors submit an abstract of 500 words, following Chicago format for parenthetical and reference list citations, by May 1, 2019. Abstracts should be sent to with the subject of “Library Trends: Abstract Submission - <author last name>.”
All submissions should follow the formatting requirements of the journal. Abstracts should include the author’s name, affiliation, and e-mail address. If more than one author is listed on the abstract, the editors will communicate with the first author only. The editors also request that the author(s) includes an informal biography explaining how her/his past and present research and/or professional experience informs her/his submission.
After review of the proposed abstracts, we will invite authors to submit full papers in early June, 2019. If you are not selected, you will also be notified at the same time. Full papers will be due to the editors by December 1, 2019; they will undergo a double-blind peer review.

The editors are also seeking qualified peer reviewers with expertise in the topic area (e.g., OER, open access, open pedagogy). If you are interested in reviewing for the special issue, please contact
The journal expects to publish the issue in November, 2020.

  • May 1, 2019 Abstract submissions due
  • June 2019 Editors will notify author(s) whether  abstract is accepted
  • December 1, 2019 Manuscript drafts due
  • November 1, 2019 Rolling peer review begins
  • February 1, 2020 Rolling peer review ends
  • February 15, 2020 Manuscript decisions announced
  • March-April 15, 2020 Manuscript revision period
  • May 1, 2020 Final manuscripts due to editor for publication preparation
  • November 2020 Special issue published


Elizabeth Dill (MFA, MLIS) is an assistant professor and Director of Library Services at Troy University’s Dothan campus. A member of Troy’s Textbook Initiative Committee, she leads efforts to bring OER to the Dothan campus. The low-cost digital textbooks have saved Troy students over $294,200 University-wide. She is also an adjunct professor of theater, experienced in teaching with OER resources and incorporating open pedagogy in instruction. She can be reached at

Mary Ann Cullen (MS Library Studies, MS Psychology) is an assistant professor and Associate Department Head at Georgia State University’s Alpharetta Campus. She has been involved in the open and affordable educational resources movement since 2013, when she participated in the adaptation of an OER text for Freshman Composition. Since then, she has assisted faculty with OER adoption and grants, presented on the Librarians’ roles in OERs at ACRL, the Distance Library Services Conference, and a Carterette Series webinar. She has been recognized as an Affordable Learning Georgia Featured Advocate. She can be reached at

Christopher Shaffer (MLIS, EdD) is a professor and Dean of Troy University Libraries. He is a member of Troy’s Textbook Initiative Committee, whose efforts to bring OER to the University’s students have saved over $294,200 University-wide. He has published in several peer reviewed journals and has considerable experience writing and implementing grants. In 2015 the Carnegie Corporation, American Library Association, New York Times, and the New York Public Library presented him the I Love My Librarian Award for his work in public outreach. He can be reached at


2018 NMC Horizon Report. (n.d.). Retrieved from

Brooks, D.C., and McCormack, M. (2019, January 28). Higher Education’s 2019 Trend Watch & Top Strategic Technologies. EDUCAUSE. Retrieved from

Can OER Save Students $1 Billion? (2018, August 21). Retrieved from

Colvard, N. B., Watson, C. E., & Park, H. (2018). The impact of open educational resources on various student success metrics. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 30(2), 262-276.

Gaines, A. (2018). Capitalism and the cost of textbooks: The possibilities of open source materials. In K. Haltinner and L. Hormel (Eds.), Teaching economic inequality and capitalism in contemporary America (pp. 257-266). Retrieved from

NAACP: On Open Educational Resources. Retrieved from

Perry, M. J. (2012). The college textbook bubble and how the “open educational resources” movement is going up against the textbook cartel. Retrieved from -college-textbook-bubble-and-how-the-open-educational-resources-movment-is-going-up-agianst-the-textbook-cartel/.

Senak, E. (2014). Fixing the broken textbook market: How students respond to high textbook costs and demand alternatives. Washington, DC: Student PIRGS. Retrieved from

Senak, E. (2015). Open textbooks: The billion dollar solution. Washington, DC: Student PIRGS. Retrieved from

Senak, E. (2016). Covering the cost: Why we can no longer afford to ignore high textbook prices. Washington, DC: Student PIRGS. Retrieved from

Silagadze, M. (2018, March 13). OER Had Its Breakthrough in 2017. Next Year, It Will Become an Essential Teaching Tool - EdSurge News. Retrieved from

Weller, M., de los Arcos, B., Farrow, R., Pitt, B., & McAndrew, P. (2015). The impact of OER on teaching and learning practice. Open Praxis, 7(4), 351-361.

Young, J. R. (2018). As campuses mover to embrace OER, college libraries become key players. Retrieved from

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

CFP: Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table (ALA)

The NMRT Endnotes Committee seeks contributors for the Spring 2019 issue of Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table. Endnotes is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal that publishes articles of interest to early career librarians (including LIS students, recent graduates and newer members of the Association).

Current LIS students and recent graduates are particularly encouraged to submit manuscripts for consideration.

Why should I publish?
Publishing with Endnotes is an accessible way for any early career librarian (including LIS students, recent graduates, and newer members of the Association) to gain experience publishing in a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal.

  • [W]hile seeking my MLIS… [a] professor offered to take a class paper and co-author with myself and my group partner. This experience has not only informed my professional and publishing career as an Academic Librarian but gave me confidence to apply for jobs with scholarly research expectations. – Tina Budzise-Weaver, published in Endnotes 2016
  • This has been such a great experience for me. You have all been extremely helpful and encouraging. I appreciate all the time you have taken to read my work and all the feedback you have given. I am sure it will help me throughout my professional career. I will definitely recommend this to everyone I meet looking for a way to begin pursuing publication in the LIS field! - Brady Lund, published in Endnotes 2017
  • [B]eing able to publish my first article while still in graduate school was an unbelievable confidence booster. To go through the process of peer review, and to feel so supported by the editorial staff, makes me want to continue to publish for the rest of my career.. - Kim Myers, published in Endnotes 2016

Should I submit my article to Endnotes?
Articles should range from 2,000 – 4,000 words and be relevant to LIS students and new library professionals. Endnotes welcomes research papers, technical papers, conceptual papers, case studies, and literature reviews (more information on these types is available in our complete submission guidelines).

Those interested in discussing an article idea are encouraged to contact the Editors at to determine if the proposal fits the publication’s scope. Topics that might be appropriate for Endnotes include, but are not limited to:
• Training and mentoring
• Job searching or hiring
• Developing leadership and management skills
• Library instruction and assessment
• Librarian responsibilities: hiring, promotion, and tenure
• Developing new collections or services

Current LIS students and recent graduates may find inspiration by reading “Upcycling MSLS Coursework into Publishable Content”, a 2014 Endnotes article. The Endnote Editors are also glad to provide mentorship and support for your article development process.

How do I submit my article to Endnotes?
You simply send your submission to the Endnote Editors at Submissions are accepted throughout the year, but articles received by April 5, 2019 will receive guaranteed consideration for the Spring 2019 issue.

Is there something shorter than an article I can write?
Endnotes also publishes reviews for books or websites. Interested reviewers can submit a book or
website review to the Endnote Editors at no later than April 5,

For more information about Endnotes, including complete submission guidelines & previous issues,
please visit Please feel free to contact Endnotes Editors with any questions.

Megan P. Smith & Kim Looby
Chairs, NMRT Endnotes Committee

Thursday, March 21, 2019

CFP: CONTENTdm User Group Meeting (August 2019, Indianapolis, Indiana)

Call for proposals: CONTENTdm User Group Meeting

The CONTENTdm User Group Program Committee is soliciting proposals for presentations at the 13th annual CONTENTdm User Group Meeting on August 7-8, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN. Users are encouraged to submit session, workshop, panel, and poster proposals.

The theme of this year’s meeting is “User Experience in Online Cultural Heritage Collections.” This theme is broad, so we welcome proposals from:
  • institutions that use CONTENTdm,
  • researchers who use digital collections in their work,
  • accessibility experts,
  • UX and online exhibit design experts,
  • and others with projects or insights of interest to the community.

This is your chance to share your experiences with the community! Last year, many attendees said their favorite part was the variety of sessions, so be creative and send in those proposals.

Please fill out the proposal submission form by April 13, 2019.

For more information and registration visit the meeting website.