Monday, August 30, 2004

Website: The Practicing Writer

New Website: The Practicing Writer

Writers, take note. There's a new Internet presence to support your craft and business, especially if you're writing novels, short stories, poetry, essays, or book-length nonfiction. You can now count on The Practicing Writer, a website featuring a free monthly newsletter, complimentary literary competition guide, and other resources.

"Websites can provide enormous assistance to writers," says Dreifus. "But writers want to spend their time writing. They seek quality content and they appreciate a site that allows them to access it easily." The Practicing Writer's "Resources" page, for example, offers a selection of links divided into sub-categories including "Writing Programs, Conferences, and Centers"; "Publications for Practicing Writers"; and "Teaching Resources."

The website's goal, Dreifus says, is to provide both inspiration and practical assistance. Visitors may subscribe to a free monthly electronic newsletter that includes up-to-date announcements about literary competitions, grants, fellowships, and residencies. The newsletter also features a "Submission Alerts!!!" section for literary journal theme issues and similar opportunities. A sample copy is available on the website.

Dreifus, who has recently published "The Practicing Writer's Primer on Low-Residency MFA Programs," is a Massachusetts-based writer and teacher who earned A.B., Ed.M., and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. "I've found that many people--classmates and students alike--are eager for information to help them as practicing writers," she says. "It's a tough road, and every bit of support is appreciated."

Erika Dreifus, Ed.M., M.F.A., Ph.D.
Editor, The Practicing Writer

Sunday, August 29, 2004

CFP: 'Versed': The Bulletin of the Office for Diversity (ALA)

Call for Papers: 'Versed': The Bulletin of the Office for Diversity (ALA)
Deadline: August 30, 2004 (though they are continually accepting documents)

The Office for Diversity has extended the deadline for submissions to the September - October issue of 'Versed': The Bulletin of the Office for Diversity ( Don't miss this opportunity to have your own writing featured in the forthcoming issue available online in September.

Guidelines for Submitting Manuscripts
True to its meaning: practiced, skilled, or knowledgeable; Versed will bring together the most progressive practitioners and the best practices in current library-based diversity work. To be published 5 times per
year, Versed will be based primarily online on the Office for Diversity's site with paper printings available twice yearly at Midwinter and Annual conferences.

Please consider submitting an article or editorial; sharing a successful program or initiative; reviewing and recommending diversity-related books and videos of interest to library service (whole biblio- and video-graphies are especially welcome); tackling pressing social or professional issues; and publicizing diversity related events or conferences.

Electronic submissions preferred. Submit items as both plain-text in the body of the email and as a Word attachment via email to

Review the Editorial Calendar online for deadlines for submitting manuscripts for publication in upcoming issues of Versed.

Informal, but informative and practice/praxis oriented. Factual article must be inviting and readable, with all statements backed by responsible research and interviews. The Chicago Manual of Style may be used in
styling articles for publication, but extensive footnoting is discouraged.

Versed will consider manuscripts sent by e-mail to When e-mailing a submission, be sure to include your full name, title, institutional affiliation, and contact information.

Manuscripts should be submitted by e-mail in both plain text format within the body of the e-mail and as a Word attachment. While Versed is capable of handling a wide range of word processing programs in both the PC and Mac formats, we prefer that manuscripts be in Word 6.X for Windows. When submitting a manuscript in any other format, indicate the word processing program used.

400-900 words, longer articles accepted by previous arrangement.

Versed does not currently offer honoraria for submissions.

It is assumed that no other publisher is or will be simultaneously considering a manuscript submitted to Versed until that manuscript is returned or written permission is provided by the Versed editors.

According to the contract provided to authors, exclusive North American rights are retained until three months after publication, unless another arrangement is made in writing. Versed retains rights to have the published material reproduced, distributed, and sold in print or electronic text. Versed should be credited as the point of original publication.

No reprints can be provided, but permission is usually granted for authors to reproduce their contributions as published in Versed. Others wishing to republish the text of an article are referred to the author for permission and fee information. A reasonable number of copies are sent to each author. Special arrangements may be necessary to
reproduce illustrations.

Unsolicited manuscripts are acknowledged when received.

The editors try to report on manuscripts within 4-8 weeks. Written reminders from the author after this period are welcome, and usually result in a prompt reply.

On acceptance, an estimated date of publication may be provided to the author. Usually manuscripts can be published no sooner than two months after receipt.

On accepted manuscripts, the editors reserve the right to make editorial revisions, deletions, or additions which, in their opinion, support the author's intent. When changes are substantial, every effort is made to work with the author.

Galleys are not provided to the author.

Color prints are preferred for use with manuscripts or as picture stories. If the manuscript is selected for publication in the online version of Versed, an electronic copy of the image in GIF or JPEG format will be requested.

Illustrations are commissioned for certain articles and features.

Wendy Prellwitz
Program Officer
Office for Diversity & Spectrum Initiative
American Library Association
1.800.545.2433 x. 5048
"New Faces, New Era @ Your Library"

CFP - Museums and the Web 2005

Conference Name: Museums and the Web 2005
Conference Date: April 13-16, 2005
Conference Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Deadline: September 30, 2004

You are invited to participate in Museums and the Web 2005, the international conference for culture and heritage on-line. Propose to deliver a paper, host an on-line activity, demonstrate a museum Web project, present a pre-conference workshop, lead a professional discussion forum, offer a mini-workshop, or craft a session with a distinctive presentation format suited to your subject.

Topics of special interest include:

Social Issues and Impact
* Community Development
* Uses of Museum Web Content
* Museum Web Applications
* Changes in Cultural Institutions
* Artistic Uses of the Web

Organizational Strategies
* Multi-Institutional Ventures
* E-commerce for Museums
* Content Management
* Metadata Management
* Building and Managing Web Teams
* Portals and Gateways

Technical Questions
* Multi-media and Webcasting
* Development Tools and Processes
* Standards and Protocols
* The Semantic Web
* Interfaces and Beyond

Evaluation and User Studies
* User Analysis and Audience Profiling
* Usability Studies and Qualitative Assessment
* Formative and Summative Evaluation
* Methodological Investigations
* Implementation Impact Studies

Call for Papers URL:
Conference URL: URL:

David Bearman and Jennifer Trant
Archives & Museum Informatics

CFP: Children’s and Teen Culture (Journal of American Culture)

Special Issue: Children’s and Teen Culture (Journal of American Culture)
Deadline: January 15, 2005

The Journal of American Culture is publishing an issue devoted entirely to the popular culture surrounding the world of childhood and young adults or adolescents. Articles are encouraged from all disciplines and dealing with all topics that fall under this broad-based definition of youth in popular culture.

Interdisciplinary approaches in theory and method are welcome, the idea being to make connections among the various theories and aspects of culture, and to offer a final product that demonstrates the multiplicity of possible perspectives rather than a particular focus.

Keep in mind that these submissions, 15-25 pages in length, need to be thoroughly researched and documented scholarly approaches to the subjects, formatted according to MLA style guidelines, with in-text citations of the author’s name and page number. With this in mind, please do not overload your submission with endnotes.

Submit three copies of the manuscript and a self-addressed envelope to: Dr. Harry Eiss, English Dept., Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. For informal exchanges, please send emails to

Saturday, August 28, 2004

neXt 2005: ALIA National Library and Information Technicians Conference

Conference Name: neXt 2005: ALIA National Library and Information Technicians Conference
Conference Date: September 6-9, 2005
Conference Location: Sydney, Australia
Deadline: October 31, 2004

The neXt Program Committee invites you to submit a proposal for presentation at neXt 2005: ALIA National Library and Information Technicians Conference being held in Sydney on September 6 - 9 2005 at Darling Harbour. The conference will eXplore the themes of eXperiences,eXcellence,eXpectations and we are actively seeking submissions that will:

-educate and inform delegates on current practice in the library & information sector
-showcase benchmarks of excellence in practice, procedure and individual performance challenge delegates to consider & debate changes in information management, resources and services
-identify technological innovations and their current and/or future benefits for the information sector
-encourage collaboration amongst organisations and individuals, thereby providing an opportunity to continue professional development beyond the conference

For more information, please visit:


CFP: Alternative Library Instruction (Academic Exchange Quarterly Special Issue)

CFP: Alternative Library Instruction (Academic Exchange Quarterly Special Issue)

Editor: Cynthia Tysick Senior Assistant Librarian, University at Buffalo

Focus: The goal of this issue will be to provide examples of alternative library instruction created by librarians or faculty members in all settings, K-12, public, academic, special, etc., that can be implemented by others. Alternative library instruction can be, but is not limited to:
-- Curriculum integrated instruction
-- Virtual instruction
-- Audio/video tours
-- Interactive instruction
-- Active learning experiences
-- Game oriented instruction

Who May Submit:
Manuscripts are sought from those librarians or faculty members who have produced
engaging and effective library instruction programs that move beyond the traditional
methods of instruction either through the use of technology or creativity.

Please identify your submission with keyword: ALTERNATIVE

Submission deadline: Regular deadline: any time until the end of February 2005. All accepted submissions will be published in this Summer issue, June 2005.

Short deadline: March or April 2005. All accepted submissions will be published in this Summer issue or in later issues. Submit early and have an opportunity to be considered for Editors' Choice and/or Monthly Exchange

Submission Procedure:

For more information and contact information, visit:

Thursday, August 26, 2004

CFP: Oprah Winfrey and Reading (10/1/04; collection)

CFP: Oprah Winfrey and Reading (great for the impact on library book groups and circulation).

Oprah Winfrey is arguably the most important influence on reading and literacy in the past fifty years. She devotes considerable time on her talk show to reading and talking about books, and every book she asks her TV audience to read immediately becomes a bestseller. Furthermore, Oprah's book club continues an ongoing literary debate in America. Its middle-class women's readership provokes critical anxiety about the state of American letters, and the ability of a commercialized American culture to sustain artistic production, that has been a recurring theme in American cultural debates since at least Van Wyck Brooks' "America's Coming of Age." Given Oprah's importance in this long-standing culture war, the paucity of critical work on Oprah's Book Club is surprising.

We think it's time to change that. We are seeking submissions to a collection of essays about Oprah's Book Club. We are interested in diverse analysis: gender and reading, the middlebrow novel, women and book clubs, consumerism and publishing, reception studies, investigations of publishers' interaction with the Oprah book club, implicit politics of Oprah's book club, sex and sexuality in the book club, the complex negotiation of race (and the appearance of racial harmony), corporate book clubs (as opposed to consciousness-raising personal ones in the Seventies), the book club and feminism, and specific analysis of germinal selections and their relationship to the larger book club.

Please send completed essays or one-page abstracts to Cecilia Konchar Farr ( and Jaime Harker ( by October 1, 2004. If you prefer to send a paper copy, mail one to
Jaime Harker atthe University of Mississippi, 214 Bondurant Hall,
University, MS, 38677, and Cecilia Konchar Farr at College of St.
Catherine, 2004 Randolph Ave. St. Paul MN 55105.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., & Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Editors

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS We are seeking contributors to write biographical entries for the African American National Biography, a joint project of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University and Oxford University Press. Thelargest African American Studies project ever undertaken, covering abroader range of African American lives than ever before, the AfricanAmerican National Biography will present history through a mosaic of thelives of 10,000 individuals, some known throughout the world and othersall but forgotten, illuminating the abiding influence of AfricanAmericans on the life of this nation through the immediacy of individualexperience. Our goal is to include not only great and famous AfricanAmericans, but a selection of lives that will be representative of thescope of African American experience.

For more information, contact:
Full Announcement

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

CFP: Biographies of American Dramatists

CFP: Biographies of American Dramatists

Alexander Street Press is seeking brief biographies of American Dramatists in exchange for publishing credits. Bios need to be 500-800 words and will be included in scholarly collections for electronic publication. Interested parties should contact Wendi Slagle at with the subject of the email as BIOGRAPHIES.

Wendi Slagle
Alexander Street Press
3212 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 305-489-3702

Saturday, August 14, 2004

CFP - North American University Presses

Deadline: (complete article): January 1, 2005

I am seeking contributors for a volume in the Dictionary of Literary Biography series with the working title "North American University Presses."

Entries will range in length from 3000-8000 words, and offer a chronological overview of the history of each press, discuss the press's significance, editorial emphases, and current publishing activities. Contributors receive a small honorarium and a copy of the volume.

The following presses, with essay lengths, are still available:

Cornell University Press (5,000)
McGill-Queen's University Press (3,000)
Michigan State University Press (3,000)
Ohio State University Press (3,000)
State University of New York Press (3,500)
Syracuse University Press (3,000)
University of British Columbia Press (3,000)
University of Hawai'i Press (3,000)
University of Iowa Press (3,000)
University of Nebraska Press (3,000)
University of Oklahoma Press (3,000)
University of South Carolina Press (3,000)
University of Tennessee Press (3,000)
University Press of Kentucky (3,000)
University Press of Mississippi (3,000)
University Press of New England (3,000)
Wayne State University Press (3,000)
Yale University Press (6,500)

See http://www.bcl-manly.comfor a sample entry and DLB style
guidelines, or consult your library's reference department for examples
of previous volumes in the series. (The volumes entitled "British
Literary Publishing Houses" and "American Literary Publishing Houses"
are relevant examples for this particular project.)

For a list of available publishers and essay lengths, or for general inquiries,
contact: Cecile Jagodzinski, Director of Collection Development and
Digital Scholarship, Indiana University Libraries, Main Library E651,
1320 E. 10th St., Bloomington, IN 47405 (e-mail,
Potential contributors should also include a current CV.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Conference Date: July 6-8, 2005
Conference Location: Barcelona, Spain
Deadline: October 25, 2004

7th ISKO-Spain Conference The human dimension of knowledge organisation.

The focus of the 7th ISKO-Spain Conference is on orienting users of systems and applications of information organisation and retrieval in companies, public administration, archives and document centres, portals or internet services, databases and digital libraries.

Knowledge organization has traditionally been centred on representational objects-texts, images and documents in general- or on computer systems that facilitate information retrieval. It is ever more apparent that there is a need to take into consideration the cognitive, physical, and
affective characteristics of different types of people when designing applications. Currently, with the availability of personalized systems that facilitate the interaction between persons and organisation systems.

Authors have to present an abstract of their work -either oral presentations or posters- that will be reviewed by an evaluation committee as to timeliness, interest and originality. Abstracts of presentations should be at least 700 words long. They should include: title, objectives and the premise of the work, methodology followed, conclusions arrived at and, if relevant, references to 3 works used as a bibliography. The length foreseen for the presentation, not to exceed 20 minutes, should also be indicated. Abstracts of posters should be 500 words long and include titles, objectives, conclusions and a formal description of the poster. In all cases the name and address (post and electronic) with the contact's telephone should be provided for each presenter. Abstracts should be sent by e-mail in MS Word or another compatible format to Acceptance of the abstract of a presentation requires the tacit commitment that at least one of the authors will be present to make the presentation during the congress.
The working languages of the conference will be Catalan, Spanish and the English although works may be submitted in other languages.

For more information visit:

Call for Papers (English):

Conference Main Page:

CFP - Encyclopedia of Ethic American Lit (Update)

Deadline for completed entries: November 2004
Encyclopedia of Ethnic American Literature

Editor Emmanuel S. Nelson
Department of English
Cortland, NY 13045
Ph: 607-753-2078
Fax: 607-753-5978
E-mail: or


Contributors are sought for the forthcoming multi-volume, fully illustrated Encyclopedia of Ethnic American Literature scheduled for publication by Greenwood Press in mid-2005. Over one million words in length, the work will be published simultaneously in five volumes. Nearly 90% of the project is already complete. However, a few dozen entries/topics remain unassigned. If you are interested in writing one or more entries, please contact the editor, Emmanuel Nelson. Remuneration will be based on the total number of words that you contribute to the Encyclopedia. Here are the guidelines:
500 words : $30
750 words : $50
1,000 words: $75
1,250 words: $100
1,500 words and above: A complimentary copy of the five-volume Encyclopedia (all five volumes) valued at about $500

The deadline for the completed entries is November 1, 2004. For additional information, please contactEmmanuel Nelson (

List of Entries

African American Literature
Belton, Don (750 words)
Bennet, Hal (500 words)
Brown, Cecil (500 words)
Clarke, Cheryl (750 words)
Colter, Cyrus (750 words)
Davis, Frank Marshall (500 words)
Dent, Tom (750 words)
Dunbar, Paul Laurence (1250 words)
Dunbar-Nelson, Alice Moore (750 words)
Duplechan, Larry (750 words)
Franklin, J. e. (500 words)
Foote, Julia A. J. (500 words)
Gaines, Patrice (500 words)
Hardy, James Earl (500 words)
Jacobs, Harriet (750 words)
Keckley, Elizabeth (750 words)
Knight, Etheridge (750 words)
Lee, Jarina (500 words)
Madgett,Naomi Long (500 words)
Marrant, John (500 words)
Mayes, Raymina (500 words)
McCall, Nathan (500 words)
McKnight, Reginald (750 words)
Miller, May (750 words)
Osbey, Brenda Marie (500 words)
Plumpp, Sterling (750 words)
Polite, Carlene Hatcher (750 words)
Rahman, Aisha (500 words)
Redmond, Eugene (500 words)
Spence, Eulalie (750 words)
Thurman, Wallace (750 words)
Walker, Joseph A. (750 words
Williams, John A. (1000 words)
Williams, Samm-Art (750 words)
Cereno, Virginia (500 words)
Bacho, Peter (500 words)
Brainard, Cecelia (750 words)
Chee, Alexander (500 words)
Chong, Ping (500 words)
Dizon, Louella (500 words)
Filipino American Drama (1500 words)
Filipino American Poetry (1500 words)
Gotanda, Philip Ken (500 words)
Houston, Velina (750 words
Kwong, Dan (500 words)
Lau, Alan Chong (500 words)
Lee, Cherylene (500 words)
Lim, Jimmy (500 words)
Lim, Jr., Paulino (500 words)
Lo, Steven (500 words)
Nair, Meera (500 words)
Nishikawa, Lane (500 words)
Ong, Han (500 words)
Poetry, Filipino American (1500 words)
Sakamoto, Edward (500 words)
Collins, Merle (750 words)
Dominican American Poetry (1500 words)
Hawai’i Literature
Hawai’i Autobiography (1500 words)
Hawai’i Drama (1500 words)
Hawai’i Poetry (1500 words)
Hawai’I Novel (2000 words)
Holt, John Dominis (1500 words)
Di Prima, Diane (500 words)
Ferro, Robert (500 words)
Gambone, Philip (750 words)
Anti-Semitism (1500 words)
Bersnstein, Charles (750 words)
Dahlberg, Edward (750 words)
Endore, Guy [Samuel Goldstein] (750 words)
Englander, Nathan (750 words)
Epstein, Leslie (750 words)
Epstein, Joseph (750 words)
Falk, Marcia (750 words)
Feiffer, Jules (750 words)
Fein, Leonard (750 words)
Fein, Richard (750 words)
Feinberg, David (750 words)
Fishman, Charles (750 words)
Freeman, Joseph (750 words)
Fried, Emanuel (750 words)
Funeroff, Sol (750 words)
Gerber, Merrill J. (500 words)
Ginsberg, Allen (1500 words)
Glickman, Gary (750 words)
Hershman, Marcie (500 words)
Jerome, V. J. [Isaac Jerome Romaine] (750 words)
Koch, Kenneth (750 words)
Malamud, Bernard (1500 words)
Mendelbaum, Allen (750 words)
Merkin, Daphne (750 words)
Meyers, Bert (500 words)
Mitchell, Steven (750 words
Poetry, Jewish American (3000 words)
Rakosi, Carl (500 words)
Ribman, Ronald (750 words)
Rolfe, Edwin [Solomon Fishman] (750 words)
Rosenberg, David (750)
Rothenberg, Jerome (750 words)
Rudman, Mark (750 words)
Schwartz, Howard (750 words)
Sherman, Martin (750 words)
Stein, Gertrude (1000 words)
Sterne, Steve (750 words)
Yankowitz, Susan (750 words)
Swados, Elizabeth (750 words)
Zukofsky, Louis (750 words)
Castillo, Rafael (500 words)
Cumpian, Carlos (500 words)
Fraxedas, Joaquin (500 words)
Munoz, Elias Miguel (500 words)
Torre, Omar (500 words)
Torregrosa, Luisita Lopez (500 words)

CFP - White Rose Book History Seminar

Conference Location: University of Sheffield (UK)
Conference Date: September 16, 2004
Deadline: August 30, 2004

The White Rose Book History Seminar invites proposals for papers to be given at its third seminar to be held on Thursday 16 September 2004. The White Rose Book History Seminar is a thrice-yearly interdisciplinary seminar series based, and run jointly, at the Universities of Leeds, York and Sheffield. Seminars cover all periods and all aspects of book history, encouraging dialogue and debate among specialists from a wide range of scholarly
disciplines, including English and other literatures, history, history of science, art history, social sciences, and education.

The seminar is devoted not only to exploring new directions in book history research, but also to considering the ways in which book history is bringing new perspectives to bear on existing research problems in a range of disciplines. Papers are therefore invited on any area of book history and relating to any period. Papers may adopt either a theoretical manner or utilise practical examples of book history research. Researchers from any period--Anglo-Saxon
to post-modern-- are welcome to contribute.

Proposals are invited for papers of 20 minutes in length. Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be sent by Monday 30 August to

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Call for Reviewers - Film Criticism (Quaterly Journal)

FILM CRITICISM, a quarterly journal devoted to scholarly investigations of film, is seeking reviews of recent scholarly and academic books about film. FILM CRITICISM publishes two to three book reviews per issue, devoted to informative and insightful critiques and analyses of
current books on all aspects of U.S. and World Cinema.Please send inquiries and/or submissions of 2000 to 2500 words as an email attachment to or by conventional mail to:

Film Criticism, Box D,
Allegheny College,
Meadville, PA 16335


Monday, August 09, 2004

Call for Participation - Special Interest Group on Information Needs, Seeking and Use (ASIST)

Conference Date: Saturday, November 13, 2004, 1-6 pm
Conference Location: Providence, RI
Deadline: September 15, 2004

4th Annual Research Symposium of the Special Interest Group on Information Needs, Seeking and Use (SIG USE) of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST)


Call for Participation

Researchers embarking on a research project in information behavior (IB) are often not aware of the grants available to them, while funding agencies may not know about the pertinent research in IB. The objective of this symposium is to bring both sides together to discuss the nature of IB research and relevant funding opportunities.

The symposium will begin with an introductory presentation about research areas and funding trends in IB by Gary Marchionini, Professor, School of Information and Library Science, UNC Chapel Hill. Representatives from major funding agencies, such as IMLS, NIH, NSF,
OCLC, and DLG, will then present their programs and learn from the participants about research conducted in IB. After introducing their agencies, the funding representatives will engage in an open discussion with the participants about the structure of funding institutions,
current grant policies, projected trends in funding, and will provide other highly useful but not readily available information about the funding process. Participants will also have a chance to discuss funding ideas for IB research with successful research grant recipients, who
will participate in a panel.

Formal papers are not expected; the symposium will focus on professional development in a seminar format designed for novice and experienced researchers alike. Those who wish to participate in the symposium need to submit a paragraph (100-150 words) to:

June Abbas ( no later than September 15, 2004, with description
of their IB research (topic, RQs, user population, theory, methodology) and the names of funding agencies of interest.

Important: Upon receiving an email confirmation from the symposium organizers the participants should register for the symposium via ASIST annual meeting registration
site ( Confirmed participants can register until the early-bird deadline of October 1, 2004, at a reduced rate: $40 SIG-USE members; $50 ASIS&T members; $65 non-members. Registration is limited to the first 40
participants. Space allowing, registration will continue until the final deadline of October 15 at regular rates: $50 SIG-USE members; $60 ASIS&T members; $75 non-members.

Call for Authors: Americans at War on the Home Front: A Biographical Encyclopedia

Deadline for submitted articles: June 30, 2005

Call for Authors: Americans at War on the Home Front: A Biographical Encyclopedia

Authors are sought to write 1, 3, and 5-page biographical entries for Americans At War on the Home Front. Entries include the scientists, engineers and inventors; journalists, poets, and novelists; protesters and social activists; religious, labor and civil rights leaders; artists, musicians, and photographers; financiers, industrialists, and manufacturers; and nurses and physicians who made a difference on the home front during American war efforts from the Revolutionary War to Gulf War II. Authors contributing a total of 25 pages will receive an honorarium and a free copy of the 3-volume set upon publication by Greenwood Press.

Benjamin F. Shearer, Ph.D.
Executive Editor
3700 Longchamp Circle
Tallahassee, FL 32309
Phone: (850)877-3409

CFP (Open) - Prologue (National Archives and Records Administration)

Prologue: Quarterly by the National Archives and Records Administration welcomes articles based in whole or in part upon the holdings and programs of of NARA, its regional archives, and the Presidential libraries.

If you are interested in contributing to Prologue, contact the editors to discuss your proposal. Prologue seeks both short features (600–1,000 words) and extended articles on historical subjects (up to 7,000 words). Articles should be directed at the general reader with an interest in history.

To discuss article proposals, send an e-mail to or call 301-837-2938.

Mary Ryan Prologue: Quarterly of the National Archives & Records Admin 301-837-2938

Visit the website at

Call for Reviewers: African Journal of Legal Studies

The African Journal of Legal Studies (AJLS) invites submissions of articles, notes, conference reports and book reviews related to human rights, governance, democracy and the rule of law in Africa. The focus of the AJLS is on the interplay between law, public policy and social change in


For more information, visit:


General Announcement:

Sunday, August 08, 2004

CFP - ALA RUSA History Section (2005 ALA Program)

Confernce Date: June 2005
Conference Location: Chicago, IL
Deadline: September 1, 2005

Call for Participant: One Librarian Presenter at ALA RUSA History Section 2005 ALA Program

The Instruction and Research Services Committee of the ALA RUSA History Section seeks a librarian to speak at our 2005 ALA program in Chicago entitled "Primary Sources in the Electronic Age: Challenges and Opportunities in Teaching Historical Research." The Committee invites submissions from librarians who teach or collaborate with faculty in teaching research methods in history. The program, scheduled for Sunday June 26, 2005 from 10:30 to noon, is co-sponsored by ACRL's Instruction Section.

The librarian will be part of a three-member panel composed of a historian and others involved in the teaching of history, who will address instructional issues related to the use of primary sources in electronic formats. Each panel member will present a 15-20 minute paper on some aspect of the program topic.

Requirements: All applicants should submit a 100-200 word abstract of the proposed presentation. Also, please include a vita, outlining your previous professional experiences, publications, and presentations. Because of ALA restrictions on funding presenters, applicants should be ALA members planning to attend the annual conference in Chicago.

Application Procedure: Please e-mail a brief cover letter with your abstract and vita to the Instruction and Research Services Committee chair Theresa Mudrock at:

Application Deadline: September 1, 2004 All applicants will be notified of
the Committee's decision by October 15, 2004.

CFP - Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters

Conference Date: March 4-5, 2005
Conference Location: Ypsilanti, Michigan
Deadline: November 11, 2004

The MICHIGAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE, ARTS, & LETTERS is dedicated to scholarly exchange through an annual conference and a quarterly journal, the Michigan Academician. The meetings of the Michigan Academy are held on the campus of an affiliated Michigan college or university each year. The meetings include papers, symposia, special sessions on featured topics, and several social events.

There are many sections including Library & Information Sciences. The officers for that section are:

Chair: Ruth M. Helwig, Central Michigan University, Park Library, 300 East Preston Street, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859; 989/774-2404;;

Vice-Chair: Michele Behr, Western Michigan University, Library, 2017 Waldo Library, Kalamazoo, MI 49008; 269/387-5611;

For full Call for Papers, visit:

For Academy Website, visit:

(NOTE Academy is moving in September to Alma College. The website might go with it.)

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Call for Subject Editors: Resources for College Libraries (RCL)

Call for Subject Editors: Resources for College Libraries (RCL)

Call for subject editors for Resources for College Libraries, a new core list of recommended titles for college libraries to be published by CHOICE and ALA Editions. We seek the names of scholars and bibliographers knowledgeable in their general subject areas, and with a wide range of personal and professional contacts among those working in that area. Preference will be given to those with experience in
teaching, bibliography, or collection development. Subject editors will assist in the revision and expansion of the subject classification taxonomy according to which the contents of RCL will be arranged. (Previous versions of this project, printed under the title Books for College Libraries, organized their content according to
Library of Congress subject headings; in RCL, we anticipate expanding the classification scheme to acknowledge the growth and importance of new, and especially interdisciplinary, fields of academic inquiry and teaching.) In addition, the subject editors will take the lead in recruiting contributors for the RCL project, and will work with me to refine their suggestions into a comprehensive list of essential print and electronic resources for a college library.

Please direct any inquiries, as well as nominations for potential subject editors, to the address below.

Description of subject editor responsibilities:
Each subject/disciplinary editor will assist the project editor in identifying areas where the subject taxonomy of BCL3 (which was based on the Library of Congress Subject Headings) needs to be expanded, or have terms added, to adequately reflect the rise of new areas of scholarship and teaching. In addition, the subject editor will recruit and oversee the work of a number of contributors, both librarians and scholars, who will contribute suggestions to a unified core list of essential titles
(print and electronic) for a college library. The subject editor will review these contributions and make suggestions as to additions or deletions to achieve adequate coverage of the subject area. Subject editors will each receive a honorarium and be prominently acknowledged in RCL for their contributions

Marcus Elmore
Project Editor, Resources for College Libraries
100 Riverview Center
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 347-6933 x140

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CFP: The College Writing Landscape:

Deadline: September 9, 2004
Conference Date: September 30-October 1, 2004
Conference Location:Minnesota State University, Mankato

The College Writing Landscape: Navigating Intersections Between Disciplines, Genres, Pedagogies and Styles
MnSCU Conference on Writing

Over the past thirty years, writing has distinctively changed the college landscape. Computer-assisted instruction, writing across the curriculum (WAC), writing-intensive courses, degree programs in professional writing, TESOL needs, creative writing offerings, and semester conversion are just some of the changes that have reshaped the teaching and nature of college-level writing, especially in the MnSCU system. An ever-increasing menu of pedagogies has also contributed to the variety and complexity of the landscape of writing in colleges and universities.

Conference organizers seek both individual and panel proposals from all faculty (full-time, adjunct, and teaching assistant) that address any aspect of college writing. Possible topics include the following:

* Writing in/between the MnSCU divisions (technical, community and 4-year institutions)
* Research on writing
* Creative writing (on craft or creative work)
* Writing about literature
* Translation of literature
* Technical writing
* Computers and writing
* Developmental writing
* Composition
* Teaching writing to non-native speakers
* Writing across the curriculum/writing-intensive courses
* Writing and service learning
* Teaching writing to non-traditional students
* Cross-institutional discussions
* Working conditions/teaching loads
* Writing program assessment
* Writing placement & entrance/exit procedures
* Writing competencies
* Diversity in the writing classroom
* Literacy programs
* Teaching grammar in writing courses

The conference registration fee is waived for members of MnSCU. However, the conference is open to anyone interested in the teaching and learning of writing at the college level.

To propose a session:
Please send a 500 word abstract with panel or paper proposal information including title of paper(s), and name, address, email, and affiliation of presenter(s) by September 9, 2004. Panels are scheduled for one hour
with reading times of 15 minutes per presenter.

Please send proposals via e-mail:
Dr. Randall McClure
Department of English
Minnesota State University

CFP: American Nature Writers before 1900

Deadline (for entries): November 15, 2004

DLB: American Nature Writers before 1900: editor Daniel Patterson.

This volume of the DLB (Dictionary of Literary Biography) is expanding and replacements for lost contributors are being recruited. DLB-style articles of approximately 4,000 words are needed for the following authors by November 15, 2004:

Lucy Isabella Bird (1831-1904)
William Byrd (1764-1744)
Neltje Blanchan Doubleday (1865-1918)
John Lawson (died 1711)
Graceanna Lewis (1821-1912)
Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps (1793-1884)
Mary Townsend (sister of John Kirk Townsend)
Louis Hennepin (1640-1701)
Francis Higginson (1586-1630)
Peter Kalm (1716-79)

Please contact the volume editor, Daniel Patterson, at for further information about compensation and guidelines.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

CFP: Americana: Journal for American Popular Culture

Deadline: October 15, 2004

Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture (1900-present) invitessubmissions for the fall 2004 edition.We publish analytical work in the fields of American studies, cultural studies, history, film and television studies, literary studies (of popular or bestselling fiction), sports, politics, music, in other words, all aspects of popular American culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Submitters are invited to visit the journal at

If you would like to submit to our peer-reviewed journal, send an explanatory email that includes your institutional affiliation to and attach the essay you would like to be considered to that email. Please make sure your article conforms to the following guidelines:

1. Articles must adhere to MLA format.
2. Articles must be analytical and focus on some element of American popular culture (1900-present).
3. Articles must be 3000-5000 words in length.
4. Because the Advisory Board of Americana practices blind review, articles must not contain the name of the author or any reference to the author.
5. Submitters to the journal must be members of Americana: The Institute forthe Study of American Popular Culture (1900-present).

Please visit thewebsite at for membership information.The deadline for the Fall 2004 edition of the journal is 15 October 2004.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

CFP - Encyclopedia of the 1960s

Deadline: Ongoing

Greenwood Press is looking for contributors to an encyclopedia of the 1960s. This comprehensive, two-volume, work will encompass all aspects of the decade from the arts to the Vietnam War.

Interested contributors are invited to send a c.v. to: [Micorsoft word format, please]. A full topical listing will be sent upon request.

Contact Information:
Gary Largo 717 West 17th Street Scottsbluff, NE 69361-2302 308-632-5802Email: