Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Call for Participation: Beyond the Numbers Planning Committee

 Help us plan another successful Beyond the Numbers conference in St. Louis!

This fall, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will once again host its free conference on economic data and information,

Beyond the Numbers
The conference brings together information professionals to improve their understanding of how to find, use, and share economic resources with colleagues, students, and patrons.

Historically, the conference was held every other ‘even’ year (i.e. 2022) but starting in 2023 we plan to hold it in the ‘odd’ years going forward.

Serving on the planning committee is a chance to work with colleagues outside your own institution, building your network and learning from others diverse perspectives. The estimated time commitment is 1-2 hours per month until fall of 2023, plus attendance for the full span of the conference. All planning will be done remotely.

Committee members review and provide feedback on conference submissions; help promote the conference to diverse economics, business, and data science communities; assist St. Louis Fed staff with keynote speaker selection, catering, and other key conference planning decisions; and serve as on-site hosts and moderators during the conference.  If selected, committee members who are unable to obtain funding from other sources will be reimbursed for usual and customary hotel and airfare expenses.

We invite interested librarians and professionals to send a brief email to conference coordinator Scott St. Louis, at Scott.StLouis@stls.frb.org with a brief bio and 1-2 sentences expressing your interest in participating.

Deadline: February 17, 2023

Warm regards,
Adrienne Brennecke
Library and Data Services Coordinator
Research Division
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Monday, January 30, 2023

CFP: Academic Libraries Creating Global Community: Operating Outside of Traditional Roles and Spaces

The Humboldt Journal of Social Relations Editorial Team is seeking article proposals for a special issue related to libraries. See below for the details. Contact press@humboldt.edu if you have any questions!

Academic Libraries Creating Global Community:
Operating Outside of Traditional Roles and Spaces

To support our students and faculty as global citizens, academic libraries are increasingly engaging with broader community efforts to affect positive change. We want to hear about your approaches to addressing inequality, censorship, climate change, misinformation, low civic engagement, and other stressors that impact our students and the world. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Responses to censorship, anti-intellectualism, or misinformation

  • Collection development in coordination with public or school libraries

  • Community-inclusive service or events

  • Collaborations with non-profits or local businesses

  • Involvement in community sustainability or literacy projects 

  • Social justice collaborations 

  • Indigenous science collaborations

  • Efforts to foster civic engagement

  • Community development in special collections and archives

  • Expanding access to graduates and/or community members

The Humboldt Journal of Social Relations is a historic peer-reviewed, open-access, interdisciplinary journal dedicated to academic discussions of the major issues of our age. We are honored that the editorial board has chosen academic libraries as the topic of their 46th volume and we hope this volume will share our library efforts to outside audiences. We are accepting case studies, research articles, book reviews, and opinion pieces. Only case studies and research articles will be processed through peer review.

Send an abstract* of your proposed article to press@humboldt.edu. The abstract deadline is April 7, 2023. Abstracts should include::

  • Article title

  • Abstract 200-400 words

  • Author information:

    • Name

    • Title

    • Affiliation (ex. University name)

    • Email

If your abstract is accepted, the article deadline will be September 1, 2023. Word count for final article submissions are:

  • Case studies and research articles: 3,000-6,000 words

  • Book reviews: 500-2,000

  • Opinion pieces: 1000-3,000 words

ASA or APA citation styles are recommended.

*The abstracts are for our editorial team review only.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

CFP: How to Work with Academic Faculty: Partnerships, Collaborations, and Services in the Academic Library (ACRL Book Proposal)

Call for Proposals: How to Work with Academic Faculty: Partnerships, Collaborations, and Services in the Academic Library.


  • Amy Dye-Reeves, Associate Education and History Librarian, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA
  • Erica Watson, Electronic and Technical Services Librarian, Contra Costa College, California, USA
  • Published: Association of College & Research Libraries


We are excited to invite chapter proposals for our forthcoming ACRL book, How to Work with Academic Faculty ), with an anticipated publication date of summer 2025. This edited volume aims to help readers provide support and innovation when working with academic faculty in physical and online spaces. The book will focus on case studies that support collegiality and collaboration. Each section will contain case studies the reader can incorporate based on the size of one’s campus. We welcome creativity and innovative approaches to library collaboration. 

We seek case studies representing all types of institutions and focusing on implications for the future of academic libraries as agenda for change. Case studies featuring empirical research and alternative ways of knowing would be particularly welcome. 

Target Audience:

The editors seek submissions from new to veteran library professionals currently working (or who previously worked) at all-size institutions. We also welcome suggestions from other higher education disciplines and departments.

Objective and Focus:

This volume aims to share narratives from all-size institutions, from varied library staff perspectives (librarians, para-professionals, library techs) that work directly with academic faculty, on campus, and virtually. Chapters should include planning for change and effective communication with faculty; some questions for inspiration might consist of:

  • Have you ever experienced telling your faculty about discontinuing services due to budgetary restrictions? How would you approach it now?
  • Are you stirring the boat when it comes to technology? How can we work with faculty members to map out a plan to meet their needs?
  • Have you ever experienced crickets when it comes time to collaborate on a workshop or instructional session with a faculty member? What are your next steps? 

Book Sections - We invite proposals on non-exclusive topics, focusing on faculty and librarian collaboration. 

Chapter Layout: 

  • Introduction: Literature Review- Overview of the current landscapes of academic librarian collaboration with faculty members
  • Section 1: Instruction
  • Section 2: Collection Development
  • Section 3: Outreach and Engagement Programming Efforts
  • Section 4: Technology 
  • Section 5: Professional Development/Trainings/Workshops

Each submission will contain background information, goals and objectives, collaboration outcomes, program assessment, and takeaways to give readers practical application steps and generate new ideas for their programs.

Submit your proposal: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc7aNxTIWPus38__m5xprbxVajBmIMBEqe5YGshMz8XCgRtdw/viewform?usp=sharing


The form will require the following:

  • Author names, job titles, emails, and institutional affiliations
  • A working chapter title
  • An abstract of up to 500 words
  • Link to a current CV or list of publication


  • February 28, 2023: Chapter proposals due
  • April 6, 2023: Authors notified of acceptance of chapter proposals
  • July 10, 2023: Chapter drafts due
  • Late September 2023: Chapter drafts returned to authors for revisions

For all inquiries and submissions, please contact the editors at acrlfacultycollaborationbook@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

CFP: Creative Ideas in Technical Services IG - ALA Core Virtual IG Week (March 10, 2023)

Call for Presenters!

ALA CORE Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group (CITSIG) invites speakers to present as part of the ALA CORE Virtual Interest Group Week on Friday, March 10, 2023 from 10-11 Central / 11-Noon Eastern. 

We welcome presentation proposals from any technical services setting and from any level of experience or position. We seek new presentations as well as those previously presented in non-Core settings. 

To submit your presentation proposal, email CITSIG chair Laura Sill (lsill@uchicago.edu) and vice-chair Kelli Getz (kgetz@nd.eduby end of day, Monday, February 6, 2023. Selections will be communicated by Monday, February 13, 2023.

Your proposal email should include:

  • Presentation title
  • A short summary of your topic (less than 150 words) for your 20 minute presentation
  • Name, affiliation and email addresses of each speaker

More about the CITSIG Virtual Session!

We have one hour in total for the CITSIG to present, and we seek to offer space for 2-3 engaging presentations (20 minutes maximum), scheduled in tight succession with a brief Q&A session to follow! 

Assistance with technical concerns and session facilitation is available! . 

Since the ALA Core CITSIG is here to provide a place for you to share your everyday technical services experiences or thoughts for the future, a wide range of topics will be of interest to us! Here are some topics shared recently by members:

Acquisitions and Collections

  • Integration of collection strategy with acquisitions strategy
  • Policy and practice management
  • Communication and building relations with vendors and library partners/colleagues
  • Budget or cost saving measures and creative workflow approaches

Cataloging and Metadata Services

  • Integration of new metadata approaches with traditional cataloging
  • Local policy and practice documentation management
  • Impact of new ILS or discovery tools on cataloging approaches and workflows


  • Collection approaches and evaluation to diversify content and supplier partnerships
  • Reparative metadata and cataloging practices
  • Approaches to ensure a patron-focused and inclusive collection

Training and professional development

  • Reskilling and upskilling and retooling experiences
  • The application of core competencies for technical service areas
  • Conducting research as a technical services librarian
  • Staff mentorship and leadership development


  • Current trends in hiring
  • Cross-unit or department management or collaboration
  • Service development and team building 

If you have questions, please contact either one of us! We look forward to hearing from you and to the sessions in March!

Laura and Kelli


Laura Sill (she/her)

Head of Acquisitions / Chair ALA Core CITSIG

The University of Chicago Library

1100 East 57th Street, Room 172

Chicago, IL 60637 USA

T: 773.702.0357


Monday, January 09, 2023

CFP: Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of ALA/ACRL - RBMS 2023: A New Kind of Professional (June 2023, Bloomington, Indiana)

Invitation to Submit Proposals for RBMS 2023: A New Kind of Professional
Location: Bloomington, IN (University of Indiana)
Dates: June 27-30
Deadline for submission: January 20
Submission Form

We invite proposals for in-person or virtual individual papers, panels, discussion sessions, lightning talks (including the Power of New Voices session), posters, seminars and workshops. For over two decades, calls for increased diversity, equity, and inclusion across the profession and our broader cultural heritage networks have sparked passionate discussions about how we educate, whose talent we are (or are not) retaining, labor practices and how they shape our work, chronic lack of funds and unfilled vacancies, and the continued dominance of wealthy, white, cisgendered people in the few positions of power that offer adequate resources for living. We commit to continuous improvement in accessibility and transparency in the proposal process, and to providing clarity and openness in finalizing the program.

How do we become the workers, colleagues, and thinkers we want to be? How do we encourage, teach, and provide opportunities for others to do the same? What does the future of cultural heritage work look like, and how do we prepare ourselves, as well as guide new practitioners?

Eight session formats are available and potential topics might include but are not limited to:

Educational Preparation

  • Expectations for special collections librarians
  • Degree programs, continuing education, and levels of qualification
  • Gaps, such as curatorial education, administrative skills, management, foreign languages, and subject expertise
  • Bibliography, archival theory, and other academic ventures
  • Allied disciplines and adjacent professions
  • Skill sets and emerging digital environments

Economics and Funding

  • Internships, hiring, pay, career paths, career development
  • Tenure and non-tenure library roles
  • Diversity and equitable opportunities
  • Recruitment, retention, promotion, empowerment--and how these processes can be changed
  • The increasingly complex demands of GLAMS (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Special Collections) professions

Employment and Workplaces

  • Affective education, building emotionally supportive professional environments
  • New approaches to collections and collecting
  • New scholarly directions focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Career changes
  • Peer education, and how we engage with and support one other
  • Advocating with administration
  • Organizing around labor issues and social justice
  • Critiques of professionalism

Seeing inspiration/collaboration? Check out this spreadsheet and jamboard.

Statement of Values
The Conference Program Planning Committee for RBMS 2023 is committed to building a challenging, safe, and fun conference for all. We value a variety of perspectives on special collections work, and seek to challenge the limiting binaries through which it is often framed, such as scholarly vs. logistical; rare books vs. archives; paraprofessional vs. professional; technical vs. user/public services; bookseller vs. information professional. We see social justice as integral to all aspects of our shared cultural heritage work and preparing people for that work. Through this social justice lens, we strive to enable collaboration and communication in ways that are relevant and accessible to all, regardless of career stage or trajectory.

RBMS 2023 presenters will be required to 1) register and pay to attend the conference (or attend by scholarship), either in-person or virtually, depending on session modality; 2) grant permission for recording and broadcast of presentation as part of the conference; 3) participate in online speaker orientation.

Selection Criteria
The RBMS 2023 Conference committees will evaluate proposal content on the following criteria:

  • Point of view/Perspective
  • Impact/Creativity
  • Applicability/Timeliness
  • Relevance to Conference Theme
  • Clarity of Proposal
  • Educational component (for Seminars)

CFP: Journal of Graduate Librarianship #OpenAccess

The Journal of Graduate Librarianship is now accepting submissions! 


Authors may submit manuscripts on any aspect or type of graduate librarianship to either of these two sections: Articles (i.e., peer-reviewed scholarly articles) or Sharing Our Stories (i.e., editor-reviewed reports on practice). See below for details on these sections, and please consult the submission guidelines before submitting. Submit by March 17, 2023 to be considered for inclusion in the first issue.


We especially seek manuscripts that exemplify the qualities contained in the acronym SHOP: Shared Honest Open Practice. Authors are encouraged to share their discoveries and/or experiences in a relatable way and are not required to refer to themselves in the third person. While JGL provides a podium for the dissemination of research, it also offers a large, welcoming kitchen table, where the graduate librarian community can gather, share, and learn. 


JGL Sections:


  • Articles (peer-reviewed): Scholarly articles about graduate librarianship that report on empirical research, present case studies, report on professional practice, or engage deeply with theory and/or existing scholarly literature. All manuscripts must provide an introduction and conclusion, and must address the relevant literature. Manuscripts reporting on empirical research (quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods) should generally also include the following sections: Literature Review, Methods, Results, and Discussion. Practice and theory manuscripts may be divided into whatever sections suit the manuscript’s topic and arguments. As a rule, manuscripts submitted to the Articles section should be 3,000–6,000 words, though exceptions will be considered. An abstract of up to 250 words must also be provided. Submissions go through double-anonymous peer review.


  • Sharing Our Stories (editor-reviewed): Brief reports on personal experiences in graduate librarianship, including (but not limited to) initiatives, successes, lessons learned, reflections, epiphanies, and professional development. Manuscripts submitted to the Sharing Our Stories section should be 1,500–3,000 words, though exceptions will be considered. A brief abstract of up to 100 words must also be provided. Submissions are reviewed by JGL editors and do not undergo a full peer-review process.


About JGL:


First announced in August 2022, the Journal of Graduate Librarianship is the first scholarly journal dedicated exclusively to matters pertaining to graduate librarianship. Published by East Tennessee State University, JGL is open access and charges no author-facing fees. Full information about JGL and its goals and policies are available on the journal website.

CFP for new ACRL book, Teaching Information Literacy by Discipline

We are seeking chapter proposals for a new edited collection on adapting the Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education to specific disciplines. Scott Libson and Malia Willey will edit the volume, tentatively titled Teaching Information Literacy by Discipline: Using and Creating Adaptations of the Framework, which is under contract with the Association of College & Research Libraries.

The Framework offers broad applicability that can be customized for different areas of study. How a particular frame applies when drafting learning outcomes, building a research guide, crafting an assignment, or designing curricula often requires adaptation to a particular discipline. Consequently, librarians have created companion documents that point to the ways that the Framework applies to their various fields, or they have created subject-specific information literacy applications. This book is premised on the view that everyone benefits by knowing the great diversity in how librarians understand, adapt, and apply the Framework to an area of study. Proposals can reference uses of the ACRL's official Framework companion documents or other disciplinary adaptations created and used by the author(s). 

Proposals between 250 and 500 words, as well as brief CVs, should be submitted to Scott Libson (scott.libson@yale.edu) and Malia Willey (willeyme@jmu.edu) by February 13, 2023. Proposals should make connections between the Framework and applications to a discipline. The editors will then review all submitted proposals and notify applicants by March 13, 2023. Chapters should be approximately 2,500 words and first drafts of completed manuscripts will be due July 10, 2023. The expected publication date is in 2024.

Book Structure
The book will be divided into sections based on broad subject areas. Within each section, chapters will focus on a particular discipline.

The tentative outline is as follows:


Section 1: Arts

Section 2: Humanities

Section 3: Professional Studies

  • Chapter 8: Social Work- Can include work based on the  Social Work companion document
  • Chapter 9: Business
  • Chapter 10: Education
  • Chapter 11: Health
  • Proposals on other professional disciplines are encouraged!

Section 4: Social Sciences

  • Chapter 12: Political Science- Can include work based on the Politics, Policy, and International Relations companion document
  • Chapter 13: Sociology- Can include work based on the Sociology companion document
  • Chapter 14: Psychology- Can include work based on the Psychology companion document
  • Proposals on other social science disciplines are encouraged!

Section 5: Sciences- Can include work based on the STEM companion document

  • Chapter 15: Biology
  • Chapter 16: Engineering
  • Chapter 17: Environmental Science
  • Chapter 18: Geology
  • Proposals on other science disciplines are encouraged!

Call for Chapters: Critical Information Literacy Applications in Libraries, published by ALA Editions

Call for Chapters 

Working Title: Critical Information Literacy Applications in Libraries, published by ALA Editions

Edited by: Lauren S. Kehoe, Accessibility & Accommodations Librarian, New York University, and Julie N. Hornick, Senior Instructional Services Librarian, Florida Southern College

Please send questions to CILApplicationsInLibraries@gmail.com

Link to Form: https://forms.gle/94RCjN58hHoSCb7A8 

Critical information literacy asks that librarians work with learners to question and challenge the oppressive systems behind the creation, production, and dissemination of information. This difficult work is happening across all types of libraries, and encompasses (among other topics) questions of neutrality in the resources libraries provide, the algorithms that provide search results, the voices that are absent or present from our collections, and the accessibility of those resources. 

This edited book will focus on Critical Information Literacy applications for academic, public, school, and special libraries and was inspired by the LIRT President’s Program of the same name at ALA Annual in June, 2022.  

The target audience for this work includes academic, public, school, and special librarians, especially those responsible for instruction and professional development.  However, it will have a wider application amongst those interested in the topic of critical information literacy (including library school students).

This work will:

  • include perspectives on critical information literacy that is not specific to academic libraries

  • offer library instruction practitioners resources and lesson plans related to critical information literacy strategies

  • include information on professional development initiatives for library workers

  • take critical information literacy out of traditional silos

  • benefit instruction librarians and practitioners by providing a theoretical framework for examples of diverse approaches to, and practical applications of, critical information literacy across a variety of library types

  • offer practitioners from across a spectrum of library types an opportunity to learn from others in the diverse field of librarianship engaging with critical information literacy concepts in the classroom.  

Chapter sections will include: Theoretical Frameworks of Critical Information Literacy, Critical Information Literacy Programs, Professional Development Programs, Partnerships Across and Between Library Types, and Lesson Plans That Can Be Adapted For Different Types of Libraries.

We invite chapters for the following sections and categories (please do not feel limited by suggested topics):

Section I: Theoretical Frameworks of Critical Information Literacy (approximately 3,000-4,000 words/chapter)

  • Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed

  • Universal Design for Learning

  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

  • Critical Race Theory

  • Threshold Concepts by Townsend, Brunetti, & Hofer

  • Critical theory, decolonization, critical library theory, critical race theory, feminist pedagogy, and critical library instruction

Section II: Practical Applications

  • Critical Information Literacy Programs (approx. 2,000-3,000 words)

    • Events/Activities

    • Courses

  • Professional Development Programs (approx. 2,000-3,000 words)

  • Partnerships across library types (approx. 2,000-3,000 words)

  • Lesson Plans for Critical Information Literacy instruction that can be adapted for different types of libraries (approx. 500-1,000 words)

Proposal Instructions

Complete proposals of no more than 300 words, a tentative title for the chapter, and a short bio should be submitted via this form. Deadline for proposals is March 10, 2023 at 5:00 PM ET (9:00 PM GMT). See below for the publication schedule.

Schedule for Publication

  • Proposals close by March 10, 2023 with notification of acceptance by end of June 2023

  • Chapter outlines sent to editors for review by end of August, 2023

  • First drafts due second week of November, 2023

  • Draft review completed by end of February, 2024

  • Second drafts due end of May, 2024

  • Editor reviews completed by end of July, 2024 and contributors informed of any outstanding issues

  • Final draft of book to ALA by early September 2024

Thanks for considering!

Lauren Kehoe
Accessibility and Accommodations Librarian
Division of Libraries - New York University
preferred pronouns: she/her/hers

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

CFP: 2023 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference—Biographies Area: April 5-8, 2023 San Antonio, TX-Deadline Extension

Call for Papers: 2023 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference—Biographies Area: San Antonio, Texas (April 5-8, 2023)

Submission Deadline Extension: 1/10/2023

The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference will be held on April 5-8, 2023 at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas. Scholars from a wide variety of disciplines will meet to share their Popular Culture research and interests.

The Biographies Area is soliciting papers that examine the connections between biography and popular culture. Papers and full panel presentations regarding any aspect of popular culture and biography are encouraged. Potential topics might include:
– Biography and entertainment, art, music, theater
– Biography and film
– Biography and criminal justice
– Television programs about biography
– Biography and urban legends
– Biography and folklore
– Biography and literature
– Scholarly Biography
– Controversial Biography
– Psychoanalysis and Biography
– Historical Biography
– Political Biography
– Autobiography
Prospective presenters should enter their proposals in the PCA/ACA 2017 Event Management database at https://conference.pcaaca.org/.

Questions about proposals can be sent to Susie Skarl: susie.skarl@unlv.edu.

The deadline is January 10, 2023.

Thank you for your interest!