Wednesday, September 16, 2020

CFP: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Libraries: Progress and Promise? (December 2nd, 2020 - Online)

Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) initiatives and practices have been at the forefront of library services for several years. However, now we need to ask ourselves, are we not only talking the talk, but walking the walk when it comes to EDI. Are the EDI initiatives and plans we developed years ago actually working? Are we seeing an impact from these efforts in our communities and among our staff?


Join Amigos Library Services on December 2, 2020 for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Libraries: Progress and Promise? We will take a closer look at EDI and explore what initiatives in your library have worked, ones that have not.

We are now accepting presentation proposals for this online conference. Suggested topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Diversity audits and assessments of your library's collection
  • Implementation of universal design best practices in your library’s digital and physical spaces
  • Successful strategies on engaging your library’s staff, community, and/or campus with EDI education and training
  • Lessons learned in managing controversial EDI issues within your library’s workplace, community, and/or campus
  • Archival and special collections management of materials from underrepresented and/or historically marginalized groups
  • Ways to reduce biases in cataloging
  • Proven best practices for inclusive library instruction and critical information literacy
  • Next steps in recruiting, retaining, and leading a diverse library workplace


Please submit your proposal by September 29, 2020. Tell us your story and share what attendees can expect to learn from your presentation. Amigos staff will provide all the training for our platform and full technical support during your presentation. All sessions are 45 minutes with time for questions and answers.

For more information about this conference, contact Jodie Borgerding, or (972) 340-2897.

Call for Chapter Proposals: Teaching Critical Reading Skills: Strategies for Academic Librarians Published by ACRL Press

Call for Chapter Proposals: Teaching Critical Reading Skills: Strategies for Academic Librarians Published by ACRL Press – Due October 1


Have you created library instructional or outreach activities focused on student reading? If you have case studies, lesson plans, stories, or programmatic approaches aimed at developing active, engaged, mindful, and critical readers, we want to hear from you.


Focus of the Book:

Librarians engage with student reading in a variety of ways: We work with students as they learn to become part of their disciplinary communities and practice reading scholarly articles, interpreting historical information from archival materials, and drawing conclusions based on information from unfamiliar source types like government documents, patents, figures, data, or works of criticism. This book will offer strategies for librarians working across a range of disciplinary areas so they can engage students who need to learn how to read in order to work, understand, and create new knowledge in their field.


We also work with students as they become critical, engaged citizens. We interact with students as they learn to make sense of information in web-based environments where authorship is often uncertain, take active steps to triangulate the information they find, and make decisions based on social media sources where bias and filter bubbles are inherent. We also work with student readers who come from a variety of backgrounds (e.g., non-native English speakers) and who are at different stages in their academic journey (e.g., transfer students or graduate students). This book will offer strategies that take into account librarians’ unique instructional opportunities to encourage students who read in order to understand, empathize, and create change.


Potential Chapter Topics May Include But Are Not Limited To:

·  Critical Reading - Defined and Examples in Practice 

·  Primary Source Literacy (i.e., Special Collections and Archives) and Critical Reading 

·  Reading for different student audiences - examples could include expert vs. novice approaches, reading instruction for first-year students, transfer students, or graduate students’ reading practices 

·  Programmatic Approaches to Reading Programs 

·  Community College Librarians and Critical Reading 

·  Reading Scholarly Articles

·  Reading Beyond Scholarly Articles

·  Reading Emotionally Difficult Material

·  Reading in the Disciplines (i.e., sciences, social sciences, humanities)

·  Reading for Non-native English Speakers

·  Strategies for comprehending data or health resources

·  Reading strategies for different source types (e.g., opinion pieces, government documents, books…)


Submission Procedure:

Please submit an initial chapter proposal description of up to 500 words and a tentative chapter title. As part of your proposal description, please include a brief description of the practical content you will include in your chapter (e.g., lesson plan, instructional activity, assignment, outreach plan, or model for creating a campus program). Please also include the author(s)’ names, titles, and institutional affiliations, along with a link to current CV (or copy relevant info from your CV, which may be abbreviated to focus on information relevant to your experiences either with instruction and outreach or relevant publishing history). 


Please submit proposals to:


Proposals are due by October 1, 2020.** Authors will be notified of their status (accept or decline) by November 15, 2020. A first draft of approximately 2000-5000 words (excluding endnotes and bibliography) will be due on February 15, 2021, and after receiving editorial feedback, a final draft will be due on July 31, 2021. Chapters must not be previously published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere.


**Special note - we very much understand that these are extremely strange and difficult times. If you have an idea but aren’t sure what your schedule looks like for fall/winter, please still contact us to express interest and share your idea. We’ll see what we can figure out together.**


Anticipated book publication date will be early 2022. Chapter authors will be able to make their chapters open access by posting final copies of their chapter in their institutional repositories.


For additional information, contact:


Hannah Gascho Rempel, Professor and Science Librarian, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR  -


Rachel Hamelers, Teaching and Learning Librarian, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA -

CFP: Open Science Conference 2021 (17-19 February 2021, online conference)

Open Science Conference 2021 (17-19 February 2021, online conference)

Call for Speakers and Poster Presentations

Please note: The Open Science Conference 2021 will be held entirely online and has been extended to three days due to the digital format.

The Open Science Conference 2021 is the 8th international conference of the Leibniz Research Alliance Open Science. The annual conference is dedicated to the Open Science movement and provides a unique forum for researchers, librarians, practitioners, infrastructure providers, policy makers, and other important stakeholders to discuss the latest and future developments in Open Science.

This year’s conference will especially focus on the effects and impact of (global) crises and associated societal challenges, such as the Corona pandemic or the climate change, to open research practices and science communication in the context of the digitisation of science. And vice versa, how open practices help to cope with crises. Overall, the conference addresses topics around Open Science such as:

  • Effects and impact of current crises on open research practices and science communication
  • Learnings from crises to sustainably ensure the opening of science in the future
  • Innovations to support Open Science practices and their application and acceptance in scientific communities
  • Scientific benefit of Open Science practices and their impact in society such as coping with crises
  • Open Science education and science communication to different target groups in the broad public

This call invites the research community as well as further important stakeholders of the Open Science movement to submit an abstract for one of the following calls.


As the Open Science Conference 2021 will be an entirely online event, all poster presentations and talks will be given in a digital environment.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact osc2021@conftool.comThe submission system will open soon.





Call for Speakers

Carefully selected talks given by international experts are an essential part of the conference programme. Speakers are invited by the programme committee. With this call we invite you to apply for a talk at the conference. Talks should address Open Science aspects on a broader level and cover topics including (but not limited to):

·         Reflections on effects and impact of current crises on open research practices and science communication

·         Lessons learned from crises and approaches to sustainably ensure the opening of science in future

·         Resume on Open Science practices and their application and acceptance in scientific communities

·         Overview on existing research on the scientific benefit of Open Science practices and their impact in society such as coping with crises

·         Overview on Open Science education and science communication to different target groups in the broad public

Please submit your application as PDF including an outline of your talk and the benefit for the conference (not more than 500 words) as well as title, CV (including talks as invited speaker), affiliation, and contact details. Please  note that a submission with more than one speaker is not possible.


All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the members of the programme committee. Authors of accepted applications will be invited to give an online talk at the conference. Talks can be pre-recorded, but speakers are expected to be available for questions. The application and talk must be in English. The presentation must be licensed at least as CC-BY 4.0 and will be published on Zenodo.


The submission system will open soon.


Important dates:

·         Abstract submission deadline: 9 October 2020

·         Notification of acceptance / rejection: 30 November 2020

·         Conference date: 17-19 February 2021, online conference


Call for Poster Presentations

We invite you to submit project presentations and other contributions covering topics including (but not limited to):

·         Empirical studies on the effects and impact of crises on open research practices and science communication

·         Recent innovations to support Open Science practices and their application and acceptance in scientific communities

·         Empirical studies and use cases about the scientific benefit of Open Science practices and their impact in society such as coping with crises

·         Best practices dealing with Open Science education and science communication to the broad public

Please submit your abstract as PDF which describes the main idea, the practical relevance, and its innovative, scientific, and/or societal impact. The abstract may not be longer than 500 words. To enable blind review the abstract must be submitted in a fully anonymous format so that the respective PDF (including metadata) does not contain any information that might reveal the  author´s identity, e.g., author name, project name, links to project websites, own publications. Submissions that are not in line with these conditions of anonymity will be rejected and excluded from the review.


All contributing authors should be added in the metadata of the submission system. There is a limit of two submissions per corresponding/first author.


All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the members of the programme committee and the review board. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to present a poster at the conference. The poster session will take place in an appropriate digital environment. The abstract and poster must be submitted and presented in English.


To also contribute to the Open Science movement, the programme committee will publish the scientific justification for acceptance on the conference website. All accepted abstracts as well as corresponding posters will be displayed on the conference website and also be published on Zenodo. All materials must be licensed at least as CC-BY 4.0.


The submission system will open soon.


Important dates:

·         Abstract submission deadline: 9 October 2020

·         Notification of acceptance / rejection:  30 November 2020

·         Final submission of abstract: 11 December 2020

·         Final submission of poster: 12 February 2021

·         Conference date: 17-19 February 2021, online conference

We are looking forward to your submissions.


Yours sincerely

Romy Rimpler & Guido Scherp




Event Management
ZBW – 
Leibniz Information Centre for Economics




Coordinator Leibniz Research Alliance Open Science

ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics


Sunday, September 13, 2020

CFP: The Emergency Home Learning (and More) Summit

 Today we're announcing the call for proposals for a two-month online event, The Emergency Home Learning (& More) Summit . The Summit opens on September 25th and will run for two months.

Parents, teachers, students, librarians, administrators, and others are facing dramatic challenges right now. A significant aspect of which is that learning at home, whether by circumstance or choice, is now the reality for a large number of students and their families.

The Summit will be a “how-to” event populated with 30-minute presentations, interviews, and bonus materials, and centered around supporting learning, especially when it is home-based. The audience will be parents, teachers, students, librarians, administrators, and anyone interested in helping students to learn. We will advertise the summit to my email list of 150,000. There will also be Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube promotions.

The Summit will be free to watch “live,” with each talk or presentation available for five days, then  placed, along with bonus materials, in a library that can be purchased with an inexpensive “all-access” pass. Presenters are able to use their presentation recording in any way they would like independent of the Summit, and will also receive an affiliate link for advertising the event if they would like to promote it and share in the all-access pass revenue. 

We will also host “free replay” days where the full library of recordings will be available to watch without purchase, and we will have a generous scholarship program so that anyone who would benefit from this content but cannot afford it will be able to access it.

We encourage all who would like to present to submit at

A potential list of topics is below my signature. Priority will be given to presentations that focus on “how-to” solutions to student learning needs, and with particular emphasis on the immediate demands on students, parents, teachers, and librarians in this difficult moment. A guiding question for potential presenters might be: “What do you know about learning that could dramatically help or change the lives of students, parents, teachers, or librarians at this moment?” 

Presentations will not, for the most part, be live--we will record them in Zoom and then release them the following day. Presenters can submit to present more than once. Presenters who would consider recording a series of short (under 5 minute) tips and tricks for parents, students, and teachers can contact me directly. Presenters with accepted proposals will receive more detailed information.

I have run online conferences in the education and library worlds for ten years, and have hosted over 100 specific events. I do not think it is an exaggeration to say that I believe this will be the most important event I’ve undertaken so far. In order for this event to be sustainable, both organizationally and for the speakers, there has to be a stable financial component. I am open to having organizational sponsorship (contact me directly), but the last few years have shown me the importance of producing an event that pays for itself and supports presenters. I sincerely hope the structure and approach of this event will be seen favorably. 

If you do not want to participate by presenting, I encourage you to provide feedback on the event topics using the Google Form here

Thank you. And see you “online!”


Steve Hargadon

ADHD and Learning ∙ Alternative Education ∙ Balancing Home and School ∙ Brain-based Learning ∙ Classroom 2.0 ∙ College Admissions ∙ Defining Success ∙ Digital Citizenship ∙ Educational Technology ∙ Elementary Years ∙ ESL ∙ Family & Parenting ∙ Gap Years & Family Sabbaticals ∙ Global Collaborations ∙ Grades and the Game of School ∙ High School ∙ Higher Education ∙ Homeschooling ∙ Homework ∙ Hope and Healing ∙ Handling Homework ∙ Learning Coaching and Mentoring ∙ Libraries and Librarians ∙ Managing Stress ∙ Math Education ∙ Microschools ∙ Mindful Classrooms ∙ Pandemic Pods ∙ Play ∙ Positive Education ∙ Practical Student Tools (Email / Calendars / Organizers) ∙ Remote Teaching and Learning ∙ Self-Directed Learning ∙ Sleep and Rest ∙ Social and Emotional Learning ∙ Special Needs ∙ Student 2.0 ∙ Student Entrepreneurship ∙ Teacher 2.0 ∙ Teaching Online ∙ Temperament and Learning ∙ Test Taking ∙ Unschooling ∙ Virtual Schooling ∙ World Schooling

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Call for Book Chapters: Academic Librarian Burnout

Researchers Holm, Guimaraes, and Wood welcome chapter proposals on topics related to burnout in academic libraries. We have outlined several suggested chapter topics. However, we also welcome proposals for topics that we have not identified. You need not be an academic librarian to submit a proposal.


This book will be published by the Association of College & Research Libraries. The anticipated publication date is 2022.

Overview of Book
The nature of library work and academia have been transformed by forces such as the pace of technological change, reduced budgets, a global pandemic, and shifting understandings of what it means to be a librarian. While these changes have transformed the work of the library, librarians have rushed to adopt, correct, and even challenge changes to tradition. This work has been fueled by a professional mindset that situates librarianship as a vocation and its maintenance requires increasing levels of passion and commitment from everyday librarians. It is, therefore, not surprising that a 2018 survey found that academic librarians in the United States have a work-related Copenhagen Burnout Inventory score of 49.6. In fact, the burnout score of academic librarians in the United States is higher than the burnout score reported by similar helping professions whose members have participated in the Copenhagen Burnout Inventory. Having established a baseline assessment of academic librarian burnout, the authors of that study have returned to examine the nature of academic librarian burnout.


Christina E. Holm, MLIS
• Instruction Coordinator
• Kennesaw State University Library System

Ana B. Guimaraes, MSLIS
• Director of Collection Development
• Kennesaw State University Library System

Barbara Wood
• Associate Director of Education and Engagement
• Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Georgia

Proposal Timeline
• Proposals are due October 15, 2020 by 5:00 pm (Pacific Time)
• Authors will be notified of acceptance January 2021
• Full chapters will be due March 2021
• Final chapters will be due September 2021
• Publication is anticipated to take place in either 2022 or 2023

Suggested Topic Areas

Section 1: Burnout typified in librarians
• What causes burnout in the academic librarian?
• Depression vs. burnout
• Generational differences in burnout
• Ethnic differences in burnout
• Burnout-Driven career changes

Section 2: Conditions that cause burnout
• History of librarianship and a shift towards “vocational awe”
• Dysfunctional organizational cultures
• Role of leadership styles
• Institutional inequalities driving burnout
• Precarious position of librarians in academia

Section 3: Individual Responses to Burnout
• Burnout prevention and self-care action plans
• Retirement with a plan
• Working with you is killing me

Section 4: Organizational Responses to Burnout
• What can a manager do?
• Positive leadership in action
• Ethical continuing education for library administrators
• Survey of ethics in MLIS programs

Proposal Guidelines

Chapter proposal submissions will be accepted via Digital Commons:

Proposal instructions, important deadlines, the submission template, and other 
information may be found by following the link above. Proposed chapters 
should be based on unpublished work, unique to this publication, and not 
submitted or intended to be simultaneously submitted elsewhere.   

Please send inquiries to:

Thursday, September 03, 2020

CFP: 9th International Summit of the Book 2020 & WBIMLC 2020 December 9th-11th Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina & Online

 9th International Summit of the Book 2020.

~beautiful soul weeps deep~  Ivo Andric (1892-1975),  Bosnia, Nobel Prize in Literature 1961


Western Balkan Information and Media Literacy Conference 2020.

Theme: information literacy: know it, teach it, live it.

Dates: December 9th-11th 2020 , Hotel Opal, Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Summit & WBIMLC Conference website 

To book places, please use our online booking form

The Registration fee covers participation in both Conferences.

Abstract Submission deadline: 16th October 2020.

Booking arrangements

This is a full-scale conference event incorporating two major international library conferences taking place online*** 

If you would like to attend the Conference in person please contact Mr Ratko Knezevic, University of Bihać  prior to travel   email:   

  • full, three day programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders in the Library and Information Science field
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using professional online conference platform (convenient for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, can be made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
  • video recordings - including slides - are also available to purchase

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference.

Conference main themes and topics

The 9th International Summit of the Book 2020 welcome papers on any of the topics listed here: 

WBIMLC 2020 welcome papers on any of the topics listed here :


Paper submission

Papers for both the International Summit of the Book and WBIMLC should be prepared using the WBIMLC template available here: and submitted electronically to this email address   

After the second cycle of Peer-Review, selected papers will be published in the International Summit of the Book and the WBIMLC Proceedings Book and in the Peer Reviewed Education for Information (indexed by SCOPUS) ISSN print: 0167-8329; ISSN online: 1875-8649.


Submissions in any of the following forms are accepted:

  • Full paper to be published in conference proceedings
  • Presentation
  • Roundtable discussion
  • Poster session
  • Workshops
  • Symposia
  • PechaKucha


Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline: 16th October 2020 

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection:  28th October 2020 

Full Paper Submission Deadline 11th November 2020 

Dissemination of Final Programme by 30th November 2020 

Conference dates: 9th-11th December 2020

Abstracts and Papers are to be sent to:


Please note: all expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by the Conference Committee, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.

About the International Summit of the Book

The “International Summit of the Book” is a US Library of Congress initiative. The Summit discusses the development of books into electronic formats and its impact on reading; the challenges facing books and the publishing industry and the role of books and reading in societies. The Summit also discusses key issues on technology and manuscripts, including the role of translation in the preservation and transmission of culture, and books as an important tool in cultural exchange.  In previous years, the Summit has been held across a number of continents in cities that have a global cultural impact in countries such as the United States, Singapore, France, Egypt, Ireland, Romania and Azerbaijan.

Amalgamation of International Summit of the Book with WBIMLC 2020.

This year, the International Summit of the Book will be held in conjunction with the Western Balkan Information and Media Literacy Conference (WBIMLC). Owing to unprecedented challenges encountered with Covid 19,  we have decided to amalgamate these two important conferences for just this one year. 

We want to ensure that these two important and far- reaching events take place in 2020  despite this dreadful worldwide pandemic.  We are fighting to keep the International Summit of the Book, now in its 9th year, alive and thriving despite recent trials and tribulations in Beirut, Lebanon last year when the Summit unfortunately could not take place owing to the political situation in Lebanon at that time.  

We also want to continue the momentum and tradition of holding our fantastic Information and Media Literacy conference in Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the few International Library or Information Literacy conferences that will take place in 2020.  As we all know 2020 is different, unprecedented many would say. 

So we are going to do it differently, Online will be the main expression of these conferences and both the Summit and WBIMLC 2020 will be held virtually for the first time. But we invite also people who would like to travel to Bihać (if safe to do so) to join host guests and speakers in Bihać, on the banks of the beautiful River Una.

We hope you can join us in Bihać, for these momentous and historic events in what will be an unforgettable year for the library community and all humanity.

Padraig Kirby MSc (LIS)  BA (Hons) HdipLIS
Research, Development and Innovation Project Officer
ERASMUS+ Coordinator
The Library
Limerick Institute of Technology,
Moylish park
00353 61 293516