Tuesday, November 21, 2023

CFP: 51st Annual Workshop on Instruction in Library Use (WILU2024) - May 15th-17th, 2024 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada



From May 15th – 17th, 2024, Kwantlen Polytechnic University Library will host the 51st annual Workshop on Instruction in Library Use (WILU) at our Richmond campus in Metro Vancouver, B.C.  WILU is devoted to teaching and learning in libraries and this year’s theme is Embracing Change.


The call for proposals for WILU2024 is open, and the submission form can be found here: https://wordpress.kpu.ca/wilu2024/proposals  Please submit your proposal by Monday, December 4, 2023


For any questions, please contact us at: WILU@kpu.ca


Warmest wishes,


Ulrike Kestler and Melissa Smith, WILU Co-Chairs, and the WILU Planning Committee.

Call for Chapters: AI in Academic Libraries: Navigating the Future

Call for Chapters: AI in Academic Libraries: Navigating the Future


  • Russell Michalak
  • Karim Boughida

About this Edited Collection

The edited book collection will delve into the evolving role of AI in academic libraries and its impact on library staff, services,  writing, and workflows. It will explore the ethical dimensions of adopting these technologies, considering aspects such as data privacy, bias mitigation, transparency, and the impact on library professionals and patrons. The collection will provide insights, strategies, and best practices for librarians, information professionals, library administrators, and stakeholders to navigate the future of work in an AI- and automation-driven library environment. We seek to demystify and demythologize AI.

Chapter Topics

Chapter topics may focus on, but are not limited to the following:

Foundational Concepts and Implications:

  • Ethical Frameworks for AI and Automation Adoption in Academic Libraries

  • Automation and its Implications for the Future of Work in Academic Libraries

  • Is AI going to replace us? Or what types of jobs are most likely to be replaced by AI?

  • The Impact of AI and Automation on Job Design and Resource Allocation in Libraries

  • AI is not an IT project or how do you build your own AI and leverage cloud offerings?

  • Critical AI in the library world

AI Literacies & Education:

  • The Role of AI Literacies or How to Build New AI Literacies

  • Building AI Literacies in Academic Libraries

  • When the library is the AI hub on campus or when the library is building the AI community

  • AI and Information Literacy

Functional Applications of AI in Libraries:

  • The Role of AI in Reference and Research Services

  • Transforming Collection Development and Management with AI and Automation

  • Automation and Innovation in Circulation, Resource Sharing, and Interlibrary Loan Services or AI and Automation in Digital Scholarship, Data Services, and Research Collaboration

  • Leveraging AI and Automation for Preservation, Digital Archives, and Access

  • Enhancing Discoverability and Accessibility through AI in Metadata and Cataloging

  • Personalization and User Experience: AI-Driven Services in Academic Libraries

  • AI-Enhanced Assessment, Analytics, and Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Libraries

  • Streamlining Workflows, Efficiency, and Operations with AI in Libraries

  • Virtual Assistants, Conversational Agents, Voice Assistants, and generative chatbots

  • Recommenders in the library world

  • Reinventing the library search engine: how generative AI is going to impact the future of search.

  • Robots and managing analog items (physical assets)

Workforce and Human Resources:

  • Workforce Development, Transition, and Human Resources Strategies in the AI Age

  • Hiring, Upskilling, and Reskilling Strategies for Library Staff in the AI Age

  • Navigating Human-AI Collaboration: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned in Libraries

Future Perspectives & Trends:

  • Future Perspectives: Emerging Technologies, Trends, and Paradigm Shifts in AI for Libraries

  • R&D in libraries or how libraries are experimenting with AI

Case Studies & Real-World Applications:

  • Case Studies, Real-World Examples, and Lessons Learned: AI and Automation in Libraries

Data, Security, and Ethics:

  • Data Protection, Security, Transparency, and Fairness in AI-Driven Library Environment

  • Data Analytics

  • Plagiarism detection in the age of AI, or concerns about data privacy in AI writing tools

  • The ethics of using AI in authorship 

  • Citing AI

Scholarly Communication:

  • AI and Automation in Academic Publishing: The Future of Scholarly Communication

  • Library vendors and AI implementations

  • AI and Standards

  • Automated Manuscript Screening: Leveraging AI to assess automatically and screen submissions for relevance, quality, or adherence to specific guidelines.

  • Plagiarism and Data Fabrication Detection: Using AI to detect instances of plagiarism or fabricated data more efficiently than traditional means.

  • Optimizing Peer Review

  • AI in Open Access and Repositories

  • Enhanced Content Accessibility

  • Preservation Standards

Other topics are welcome, and you are encouraged to submit your proposals.

We welcome proposals from academic libraries around the world and encourage authors to share their experiences and perspectives on using AI in academic librarianship. We particularly welcome proposals that address diversity, equity, and inclusion in the use of AI in libraries. We are looking for contributions from a broad spectrum of individuals working in higher education including vendors, associations, societies, publishers, and academic librarians. Each chapter should be written through the lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

Each chapter (4,000 to 8,000 words) should provide lessons learned and/or practical suggestions for readers to provide actionable advice for resolving institutional and organizational concerns related to toxic behaviors in the workplace.

Tentative Timeline: 

  • November 13,  2023 - CFP opens
  • December 12 , 2023 - CFP closes
  • January 8, 2023 - Notification of submission status (accepted or declined) sent
  • March 15, 2024 - Outline Due
  • June 15, 2024: 1st Draft Due*
  • July 12, 2024: 1st round revisions are sent by Editors to Contributors
  • August 30, 2023:  2nd round revisions* are due by Contributors to Editors
  • 3rd round revisions: As needed
  • December 30, 2024: Final Manuscript submitted to Publisher
  • * Please note that all chapters will be reviewed by potentially all editors for commenting and track changes. 

How to Submit Your Proposal

Please note that a 400-500 word abstract is required (and must be submitted via a shared Google doc in the submission form) and should include an overall outline of the proposed chapter with clearly labeled relevant headings that address the topic of the edited collection as described in this CfP. Please make sure to also address, even if only at a high level, what lessons learned / practical actionable next steps readers can take away from your chapter to hopefully help address similar concerns they may be facing. 

Please submit your proposal by completing the proposal submission form available by visiting 



Questions or concerns? Please submit let us know by emailing Russell (Rusty) Michalak michalr@gbc.edu

Call for Proposals: 2024 Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge (May 19-22, 2024) - Mt. Hood, Oregon

Call for Proposals: 2024  Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge

Applications due December 29, 2023

2024 Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge

(NEW IN 2024: Sunday thru Wednesday)

Sunday, May 19 - Wednesday, May 22, 2024 
Timberline Lodge
One hour east of Portland, Oregon on the slope of Mt. Hood



WHAT IS The Acquisitions Institute?

  • Since 2000, the pre-eminent conference located in Western North America on acquisitions and collection development, held at Timberline Lodge. 
  • A three-day conference focusing on the methods and innovation of building and managing library collections. 
  • A small (capped at 80 attendees), informal and stimulating gathering in a convivial and glorious Pacific Northwest setting.
  • WHAT TOPICS are we looking for?
The planning committee is seeking submissions on all aspects of library acquisitions and collection management. Presenters are encouraged to engage the audience in discussion, whether the presentation leans more toward the practical "here's what we did" sessions or toward the more abstract "here's what we think" sessions. The committee may also seek to achieve balance in the program by bringing individual proposals together to form panels, or by recommending that a proposal be converted to a table talk. We invite you to indicate whether or not you'd be interested in these opportunities on the submission proposal form.

Topics we and/or prior year's attendees are interested in include (in no particular order):

  • Assessment tools, methods, and projects (e.g., linking collections with learning outcomes; usage studies; GreenGlass, altmetrics)
  • Collection strategies including new models for selection and managing liaison programs 
  • Public library and/or small academic library perspectives in acquisitions and collection development 
  • Sustainable models for publishing/pricing 
  • Effective management of collections with constrained resources 
  • Vendor and publisher evaluation, including business skills to determine financial viability 
  • Diversity, inclusion, representation, and social justice in acquisitions and collections 
  • Negotiation skills and how to use them, including during library-vendor and library-publisher meetings 
  • Innovative vendor-librarian relationships and/or partnerships 
  • Staffing, training and development, and recruiting issues, challenges, successes (e.g., onboarding new acquisitions and/or collections staff) 
  • Using data visualization techniques to tell our stories (e.g., budget, collections, staff successes, etc.) 
  • Impacts of Open initiatives on acquisitions and collection development 
  • Data curation, including Big Data, and management and other new roles for subject and technical services librarians 
  • How Generative AI impacts our work

The DEADLINE for submitting a proposal is December 29, 2023. Proposals should identify three or fewer presenters.

Please use our 
2024 proposal submission form.

COVID-19 Policy

In the interest of keeping everyone safe, the Institute will adhere to local, state, and federal health and safety protocols related to COVID-19. More detailed information about these protocols will be shared as the event approaches.

Important Dates

Fri 12/29/23: Proposals due
Mon 1/22/24: Review of proposals complete, and presenters notified
Fri 1/29/24: Presenters confirm commitment to present
Early February: Registration scheduled to open


The 2024 Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge Planning Committee is:
Damon Campbell, University of Oregon
Selena Chau, University of California, Santa Barbara
Randyn Heisserer-Miller, Colorado State University
Elsa Loftis, Portland State University
Kasia Stasik, Harrassowitz


Friday, November 17, 2023

CFP: ATLA Annual - Long Beach, California (June 19-22, 2024 - Librarians in Religion and Theology)

CFP: ATLA Annual - 2024

Atla members have met annually since 1946 to develop our skills and connect with our colleagues in religion and theology. Each year Atla Annual is held as the official gathering of our Association. This event attracts over 300 members, exhibitors and international guests that take part in over 100 programs such as workshops, panels, exhibitor showcases, meetings and diverse worship services. Our long history and rich programming have allowed us to establish ourselves as one of the must-attend events for librarians in religion and theology.


Planning for Atla Annual 2024 is underway. We will gather in Long Beach, California, from June 19-22, 2024, for a hybrid event with multiple onsite and online options. But before that can happen, we need your help. The Conference Committee hopes that you will join us and consider submitting a proposal to enrich the experience of all attendees.


We welcome proposals from presenters that plan to join us in Long Beach and from those who plan to participate online from wherever they are located.


We welcome proposals from religious studies and theological librarians who are active with other associations and organizations in the profession, to share ideas, learn from others, and create connections. We all benefit from colleagues from every aspect of their careers, whether they are well established, in graduate school or new to the profession.


The timeline for proposal submission is as follows:

  • November 2023 – Call for proposals issued
  • January 7, 2024 – Deadline for conference proposal submissions
  • Late January/Early February 2024 – Conference Committee meets to review and select proposals
  • Mid- to Late February 2024 – Notification to proposal submitters


To submit your proposal(s) via the MyAtla web portal for Atla Annual 2024: click on this link.


If you have additional questions or comments regarding our call for proposals, please contact us. Thanks for your consideration and we look forward to reading your submission(s).


Jessica Boyer, Chair

Conference Committee


Tuesday, November 14, 2023

CFP: Biographies Area of the 2024 Popular Culture Association (PCA) Conference - Chicago, Illinois (March 27-30, 2024)

 CFP: Biographies Area of the 2024 Popular Culture Association (PCA) Conference

The Biographies Area of the Popular Culture Association (PCA)  is soliciting papers for the 2024 conference that examine the connections between biography and popular culture. Papers and full panel presentations regarding any aspect of popular culture and biography are encouraged. Potential topics might include:

– Biography and entertainment, art, music, theater
– Biography and film
– Biography and criminal justice
– Television programs about biography
– Biography and urban legends
– Biography and folklore
– Biography and literature
– Scholarly Biography
– Controversial Biography
– Psychoanalysis and Biography
– Historical Biography
– Political Biography
– Autobiography

The conference will be held March 27-30, 2024 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, typically with four papers or speakers per standard session.  Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. 

Below are some recent titles of presentations in the Biographies Area panels:
·Sex, Drugs, and Rock-n-Roll: Celebrity Biography through the Lens of Autopsy

·Will Rogers: American Folk Hero or Elitist Fraud

·Manufacturing “Soupy Sales:” Biographical Insights in the Emergence of a Comic Entertainer

Please see this link for details and guidelines on submitting to the conference:

If interested in submitting for the conference, please provide the title and abstract of your presentation.  

Deadline for Paper Proposals: November 30, 2023

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Biographies Chair:
Susie Skarl
Associate Professor/Urban Affairs Librarian

Call for Chapters: Designing Next-Gen Libraries: Tools and Technological Impact on Library Systems and Services

Call for Chapters: Designing Next-Gen Libraries: Tools and Technological Impact on Library Systems and Services

Editors: Dr. Bhojaraju Gunjal and Dr. Panorea Gaitanou

ISBN: 978-3-11-137093-4 
E-Mail: editor.nglbook@gmail.com 

Please find more details at:
About the Book:
Recent trends in technology, processes, and systems advancements have opened doors to various challenges in the realm of upgrading skills and information systems including library professionals. Swiftly comprehending these substantial changes and incorporating them into one's work environment is essential to meet the evolving demands of users and provide enhanced library services.

Thus, the book aims to explore Designing Next-Generation Libraries (NGL) to meet those recent trends, tools and technological implementation along with its adaptability to the library systems and services to help the library and knowledge management practitioners serve their clientele efficiently. This book intends to offer pertinent theoretical frameworks alongside the most recent empirical research discoveries, case studies and best practices adopted in the library and knowledge-generating fields. 

Keywords: Next-Gen Libraries, Future of Libraries, Library Spaces, Information Search and Retrieval, Knowledge Management, Research Data Management, Sustainable Development Goals, Library Standards and Metrics

Target Users:
The target users for this book comprise library professionals and researchers engaged in library and information science (LIS) and knowledge management (KM) domains across diverse disciplines.

Themes of the Book:
Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following. The invitation for book chapter submissions seeks original research articles, case studies, and best practices adopted on trending subjects within the Library and Information Science (LIS) field. These topics encompass the Knowledge Management and Information Technology domains exploring their impacts on library services. While the focus is on the themes listed below, contributions are not restricted to these alone.

Submission Guidelines:
All contributions must be original and not simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Professionals and researchers in LIS and KM domains are invited to submit a Book Chapter proposal of 1000 to 2000 words on or before December 10, 2023. Authors will be notified about the proposal's status by December 25, 2023. Full book chapters are expected to be submitted by February 15, 2024, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines here for manuscript submissions before submission.
All proposals should be submitted through this Submission link (send mail request for password)

Publication/processing fee:  No submission fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer-review editorial process.

1st Call for Announcement - November 08, 2023
Chapter Proposal Submission: (1000 to 2000 words) - December 10, 2023
Abstract Acceptance Notification to Authors:      December 25, 2023
Full chapters Submission (10 Pages): February 15, 2024
Review notification of Chapter: March 15, 2024
Revise and Final Chapter Submission: April 15, 2024

Friday, November 10, 2023

ACRL national - Library Marketing and Outreach Discussion -Artificial Intelligence in Marketing & Outreach (Register and Open Discussion Session) - November 30, 2023

Register Now! (Free!) 

ACRL National Library Marketing and Outreach Discussion Group (LMODG) (Greater NYC Meetup)

Fall 2023 Virtual Meeting: Artificial Intelligence in Marketing & Outreach 

Thurs Nov 30, 2023 via Zoom (3:30pm-4:30pm Eastern Time)

Pre-Register via Zoom --> https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtdO2gqTwsGdcvPPrn56McpZFMQJnGY2LC

For our Fall 2023 virtual meeting, we are hosting an open discussion on the ways that libraries can tap into the potential of artificial intelligence tools, including generative AI, for various library marketing and/or outreach purposes.

Artificial intelligence (AI) technology can be used to help compose marketing messages and assist in marketing strategies and planning. These tools include machine learning, marketing analytics, and predictive algorithms and can be used to automate and optimize various marketing tasks.  Academic libraries can harness these AI tools (such as ChatGPT) to improve their marketing activities.  At the same time, these tools may pose digital privacy concerns for students or community members so proposals can also help explore those concerns and consider what works best for our populations.

Our hosts will provide guiding questions to spark conversation. Join to discuss potential ideas, ways your library is approaching AI in marketing, or to hear from your peers! 

About the ACRL National Library Marketing and Outreach Discussion Group:

Launched at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, this group encourages regional meet ups around the U.S. as a central initiative. The ACRL National Library Marketing and Outreach Discussion Group has been created for Academic Librarians interested in Marketing and Outreach. This group is open to all.

For more information, please request to join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/acrl.lmao

Our meeting is open to all! ALA and/or ACRL membership is not necessary.

We look forward to seeing you at our virtual meeting!

Mark Aaron Polger and Jessica Kiebler, co-chairs

ACRL National -Library Marketing and Outreach Discussion Group of Greater NYC 



Thursday, November 09, 2023

CFP: 2024 SOUCABL (Southern University and College Academic Business Librarians Conference - Columbia, South Carolina - March 7th, 2024

The Southern University and College Academic Business Librarians Conference (SOUCABL) is now accepting proposals for our 2024 Conference. 

The conference will be held in March 7, 2024 at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. (Hold the date!)

- Proposals are due Friday December 8, 2023.
- Proposals confirmed no later than January 15, 2024.

For more info on the theme and formats, and to submit your proposal, please visit:

2024 SOUCABL: Proposal Submission Form
The theme of 2024 is “Taking stock”. It builds on last year’s theme of ‘Expanding Visions’ and how libraries are changing in the new era of pandemics. With sweeping change, it’s easy to lose the things we value most. This year we invite you to consider, how might our traditions serve as a rudder as we demonstrate adaptive leadership? How do we hold on to the core values of business librarians as we remake our profession to stay relevant to our students, faculty and staff?   

Suggested topics may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Incremental changes that have led to excellence over the long-term
  • Bi-directional mentoring or coaching experiences and programs that harness the value of both experienced wisdom and fresh thinking
  • Collection development approaches that leverage new data analytics, cooperative models
  • New service models that uses our core collections in new ways to deliver more value and impact
  • New ways of working with vendors of familiar products that open up more possibilities that help us live our values more fully as business librarians
  • Evolving staffing models that allow librarians to move up in the value chain as equal partners at the table
  • Community building models that extend our impact beyond the library
  • Relationship building with faculty by business librarians new and experienced
Abstracts from past SOUCABL conferences are available on the conference archive pages
Please send any questions about proposals or the conference to brittany.champion@furman.edu .

Friday, October 27, 2023

Call for Proposals (proposal deadline: November 29, 2023) TLGS (Transforming Libraries to Serve Graduate Students) Virtual Conference

TLGS (Transforming Libraries to Serve Graduate Students) Virtual Conference

March 12-13, 2024
Proposal Deadline - November 29, 2023

As universities continue to add and diversify their graduate programs, academic libraries have become increasingly responsive to the distinct need for specialized services, instruction programs, and spaces for graduate students. TLGS (Transforming Libraries for Graduate Students), the only conference dedicated specifically to graduate librarianship, provides the opportunity to share innovative approaches, best practices, research, and empirical initiatives by and for academic librarians serving graduate students and graduate faculty. This two-day, virtual conference will feature individual and small group presentations and poster sessions focused on student services, applied research, and professional development.  

Who should attend?

  • Librarians providing support to graduate students, faculty, and programs
  • Library administrators responsible for planning and assessing library impact on graduate programs
  • Library school students preparing for careers in academic libraries
  • Graduate school administrators and faculty interested in fostering collaboration with libraries in graduate education

Presentations on all aspects of graduate librarianship and professional development for graduate librarians are welcome. In addition to fundamental issues such as research workshops, systematic and literature reviews, instruction sessions, and methodology, suggestions for additional topics include collaborations with graduate students and faculty; ethics and academic integrity; students as researchers and instructors; scholarly communication; online instruction; supporting non-traditional, international, and under-served students; data services; professional development topics such as tenure and promotion; publishing; research teams; and the research life cycle. For Day Two, priority will be given to presentations which address the professional development of graduate librarians, with topics such as continuing education; tenure and promotion; and publishing.  Topics beyond those suggested here are encouraged, as long as they primarily focus on supporting graduate students, programs or faculty.  

Session types:
  • 25-minute individual presentations
  • 50-minute group presentations
  • poster sessions  

We welcome your ideas and look forward to continuing the dialogue and relationships built in previous TLGS Conferences.  

Submit proposals by November 29, 2023 at  https://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/gradlibconf/

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

RLUK24 Conference call for papers - The expanding scope of the modern research library (Research Libraries UK) - Virtual Meeting

#RLUK24 Virtual Conference :: 20-22 March 2024
Conference URL: https://rlukconference.com/

New Frontiers: The expanding scope of the modern research library

The call for papers for the RLUK24 Conference is now open. The deadline for submissions is Friday 1 December. Read the full call for papers on the RLUK Conference website (link above).

The role of the research library continues to expand as formats multiply, technology advances, and the expectations of the research community grow. As in many sectors, AI has the potential to significantly shift the research process, research dissemination, and workflows. All aspects of library activity could be impacted, from content creation, cataloguing and metadata, through to interactions with researchers. But with these exciting possibilities come ethical considerations and the need to consider the impact on both staff and users of libraries. RLUK24 seeks to consider the potential of AI but will give space to pause and consider the implications of such rapid and significant change.

Research libraries are placed within larger institutions and the wider communities – both local, national, and international. RLUK24 will investigate the ways in which libraries can align and support institutional strategies, build partnerships, and engage with wider (often new) communities.

As our libraries take on this expanding scope, the skills that library staff need also expand. RLUK24 will look at leadership in a post-pandemic blended world, as well as ways in which we can demonstrate the impact and value of new activities.

Conference themes
RLUK24 is an open, international conference. We welcome submissions from all colleagues who share our commitment to reshape scholarship and the role of the research library, and we look forward to hearing from a range of voices that will challenge, disrupt and inspire us.

The main conference themes will include, but are not limited to, the following:

Innovation and AI in the library
  • The changing skills required of both library staff and library users
  • Ethical considerations
  • The changing needs for information literacy
  • Implications for collections – how we collect and how we describe our collections
  • Libraries, Large Language Models and ChatGPT

The library’s role in strategic delivery
  • Role of the library in the delivery of institutional strategy
  • Civic role of universities and libraries
  • Partnerships, local and global
  • Decolonisation and diversification, creating inclusive libraries
  • Libraries in support of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Evolving digital transformations
  • Leadership in a post-pandemic, blended world
  • Development of equitable knowledge infrastructures
  • Expanding content types and services
  • Demonstrating the impact and value of new activities