Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Resource -- Chapter Topics (Newsletter of the ACRL Chapters Council)

Chapter Topics: The Newsletter of the ACRL Chapters Council

Chapter Topics is published two times a year by the Chapters Council of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. It has lots of information from ACRL Chapters in the US including conference/workshop/call for papers information.


Chapter Topics:

List of Chapters:

List of Meetings by date:

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

CFP: American Periodicals

CALL FOR PAPERS: American Periodicals

The editors of American Periodicals invite contributions on all issues related to periodical studies, including theoretical interventions in the field, studies of specific publications or historical figures, and pedagogical approaches to working with periodicals. We are eager for essays addressing everything from the earliest colonial newspapers and nineteenth-century literary magazines to contemporary periodicals, 'zines, and electronic serials. In 2005 we will be publishing a special guest-edited issue on the Modernist Little Magazine, and we are also beginning work on a special issue for 2006-07 on comics and cartoons. Recent topics addressed in American Periodicals include Norwegian-American Christmas Annuals, the erotics of Oriental tales in the early republican magazine, and the intersections between surrealism and the fashion magazine.

Further information about the journal can be found at our website: American
Periodicals is also published electronically at ProjectMuse:

American Periodicals is published twice a year, and it is the organ of the Research Society for American Periodicals. Information about the Society can be found at:

Please direct all contributions and inquiries to

American Periodicals
Department of English
The Ohio State University
164 W. 17th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210

or via email to

The deadline to be considered for publication in 2005-06 is March 31st,
but we of course accept submissions at any time for future issues.

CFP: Joint Conference on Digital Libraries

CFP: Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
Conference Location: Denver, Colorado
Conference Dates:
CFP Deadlines
January 27, 2005: Full articles, panel, and tutorial proposals due
February 10, 2005: Short articles, posters, demonstrations, and proposals for workshops due
April 5, 2005: Revision deadline for accepted articles and abstracts


Call for Papers:
Conference URL:

The Joint Conference on Digital Libraries is a major international forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues. The theme of JCDL 2005 highlights the powerful role of digital libraries as cyberinfrastructure. This cyberinfrastructure has the potential to engender the creation of new tools, research methodologies, and processes that will enable scientists and learners to investigate the natural world, the social world, and the human-built environment in new and previously unimaginable ways. As global interests in computation, information management, networking, and intelligent sensing converge, the conduct of research and education will be transformed.

Call for Authors: The Encyclopedia of World Poverty

CALL FOR AUTHORS: The Encyclopedia of World Poverty

We are inviting academic editorial contributors to the Encyclopedia of World Poverty, a new reference addressing the causes, effects, and ramifications of poverty worldwide.

This comprehensive project is a three-volume encyclopedia for college, public, and high-school libraries to be published by Sage Reference in 2006. The work is made up of some 800 articles, covering all aspects of world poverty and related disciplines in the social sciences, including terms and practices, profiles of poverty by country, biographies, and descriptions of poverty-relief organizations.

Each article, ranging from 400 to 5,000 words, is signed by the contributor. The General Editor for the encyclopedia is Mehmet Odekon, Ph.D., Professor of Economics at Skidmore College. Dr. Odekon will review all the articles for academic consistency.

If you are interested in contributing to the encyclopedia, it can be a notable publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your publishing credits. We are offering a free set of the 3-volume work (a $300 value) as compensation to contributors. To earn the free set, contributors need to select and write articles that total 3,000 words. This amounts to a selection of 3 to 6 articles as a minimum. The deadline for article submission is August 15, 2005.

The list of available articles is already prepared, and as a next step we will e-mail you the Article List (Word file) from which you can select topics that best fit your expertise and interests. Additionally, the list includes Style Guidelines that detail article specifications.

If you would like to contribute to building a truly outstanding reference with the Encyclopedia of World Poverty, please contact me by the e-mail information below. Please provide a brief summary of your academic/publishing credentials. Thanks very much.

Geoff Golson
35 Wolf Road
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
(914) 271-6390

CFP: Originality, Imitation, and Plagiarism

Call for Papers: Originality, Imitation, and Plagiarism
ocation: Michigan, United States
Call for Papers Deadline: March 15, 2005

Originality, Imitation, and Plagiarism: A Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Writing
September 23-25, 2005

The Gayle Morris Sweetland Writing Center invites proposals for papers or panels exploring the inter-related issues of originality, imitation, and plagiarism for students, scholars, professional writers, and readers. Papers may address such issues as theories of invention; intellectual property; plagiarism and professional ethics; imitation and replication in science writing; the history of patents, trademarks and copyright; originality/imitation and authorship; cultural differences in regard to authority and invention; the ownership of texts and free textual use; academic plagiarism policies and student honor codes; peer tutoring and writing; cultural norms and differences; internet usage and publication; and other relevant issues. Speakers will include Anis Bawarshi, Charles Bazerman, Mario Biagioli, Nicholas Delbanco, Michael Grossberg, N. Katherine Hayles, Lawrence Lessig, Daniel Okrent, Jacqueline Jones Royster, Siva Vaidhyanathan, and Martha Woodmansee.

Applicants should submit a one-page (300-word) proposal and one-page C.V.

Materials should be sent by mail to Conference 2005, Sweetland Writing Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003, or as attachments to:

Visit the website at

Call for Papers : Symposium on Book Culture Studies

Call for Papers : Symposium on Book Culture Studies, sponsored by the
Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture / Association Canadienne
pour l'étude de l'histoire du livre

Place: University of Western Ontario, at the annual Congress of the
Humanities and Social Sciences

Date: 31 May and 1 June, 2005.

Theme: Inside & Outside: the material book in cultural and literary contexts

The Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture seeks paper
proposals for its conference at the Congress of the Humanities and Social
Sciences. We define book culture broadly to refer to studies in the
history of the book, literary and cultural history, historical
bibliography, etc. The Conference will offer scholars working in a broad
range of humanities and social science disciplines in Canadian universities
to meet on the common ground of studies of book and print cultures. The
conference organizers will consider papers on all periods and places, and
are looking for works that contribute to the study of written communication
by any writer, in any medium, language or genre.

Proposals should be a maximum of [250 words] and include a title and
abstract, indicating the research basis of the study as well as the
argument of the paper.

Papers may be in French or English and should not exceed 20
minutes. Please forward proposals by February 1st. Presenters must belong
to the Association.

Papers in English should be forwarded to:

Prof. Robert Brazeau
Dept. of English and Film Studies
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2E5

Papers in French should be forwarded to:

Josée Vincent
Département des lettres et communications
Université de Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke, Québec J1K 2R1

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

CFP: Hagley Fellows Conference, "The Spectacle of Technology"

CFP: Hagley Fellows Conference, "The Spectacle of Technology"
Location: Delaware, United States
Call for Papers Deadline: December 15, 2004 (short notice by if anyone has something in the bag).

The Spectacle of Technology
Hagley Fellows Conference, March 19, 2005
Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware

The Hagley Fellows at the University of Delaware invite paper proposals for “The Spectacle of Technology,” the 2005 Hagley Fellows Conference. Stuart W. Leslie of the Johns Hopkins University will give the keynote address at this one-day conference.

The conference will explore technology as a spectacle from an historical perspective. We conceive the topic broadly to incorporate all aspects of the human relationship with large-scale, remarkable, complex, highly technical, or otherwise extraordinary technological systems. What technologies are perceived to be spectacular, as opposed to everyday, hidden, or unremarkable technologies? Which technologies have been viewed as popular, interesting, or accessible; and which technologies are considered arcane, difficult, or complex; and to whom? And how do these perceptions of technologies’ spectacle affect their development, marketing, use, and transmission? Examples of topics would include (but are not limited to): the “technological sublime;” tourism; expert subcultures (“geekery”); amusement parks; anatomical theatres; entertainment technologies (both public and private); and the public perception or reception of new technologies. Papers covering all historical periods and on regional, American, and international subjects are welcomed.

The deadline for proposals, including an 800-word abstract and a one-page CV, is December 15, 2004. We will accept some late papers, but final decisions will be made by December 17, 2004.

Hagley Fellows,
University of Delaware,
236 John Munroe Hall,
Newark, Delaware 19716


CFP-Comics And Fotonovelas - Second International Vernacular Colloquium

CFP-Comics And Fotonovelas - Second International Vernacular Colloquium
Conference Location: University of the Americas-Puebla, Mexico
Conference Date: October 26-29 2005
Deadline: March 15, 2005
Conference URL:

The Comics and Fotonovela area will accept submissions for panel and paper proposals related to the study and analysis of comics and fotonovelas. The term comics for the purpose of this conference refers to comic strips, single panel cartoons, political/editorial comics, comic books, fotonovelas/photo-comics, comic albums/graphic novel/drawn novel. Proposals related to illustrated texts and animation will also be considered.

Papers and/or panels can focus on such aspects as the war on terrorism, historical development, globalization, post-colonialism, gender issues, censorship, publication and distribution, fans and popularity, and differing attitudes towards comics. Additional topics include educational comics, approaches to using/discussing comics in an educational setting and varying theoretical approaches to analyzing comics.

Papers in English and Spanish will be accepted.

Send a brief CV.
For paper submissions, send a 300 word abstract.
For panel submissions, send a 150 word abstract describing the panel
plus a 200 word abstract for each paper (keep panels to three or
four participants).

Include requests for any audio-visual equipment needed or desired.

Send abstracts and proposals to:

Jeff Williams,
Area Chair for Comics and Fotonovelas
Second International Vernacular Colloquium
Achával Rodríguez 1146
5000 Cordoba, Argentina

email submissions preferred: (make sure you put
\"Puebla Conf Submission\" in the subject line).

Call for Reviewers - Modern Language Studies

Call for Reviewers - Modern Language Studies

Modern Language Studies (MLS) would like to solicit reviews of significant, intriguing, or unusual primary source materials for its upcoming issues.

Reviews should assess and underscore those materials' importance either for various research profiles or for curricula and classroom syllabi. Reviews of scholarly editions, hypertext/internet literatures, visual culture, popular culture, and, of course, novels, short stories, poetry, plays, films, and creative non-fiction are all welcome. Interdisciplinary work is also welcome. Please send inquiries and submissions by February 1, 2005.
Inquiries and submissions should be sent to

CFP -- College English Association of Ohio

CFP -- College English Association of Ohio
Conference Location: Columbus, Ohio
Conference Date: April 8, 2005
Deadline: February 14, 2005

The College English Association of Ohio invites panels, papers, and roundtables for our conference theme of "Partnerships in the Profession." Topics might include: articulation, licensure, two- and four- year institutions, cohorts, pedagogy, technology, composition, rhetoric, literature, secondary and post-secondary institutions, collaboration, writing centers, or other related topics. Proposals on
other topics will also be considered.

CEAO welcomes proposals from graduate students, adjunct and part-time instructors, full-time faculty, as well as individuals living/working both inside Ohio and outside Ohio.

Send proposals of 300 words or less and a 1-page C.V. by February 14, 2005 to: Juliette Schaefer at . All proposals submitted by the deadline will be considered.

The conference will be held on Friday, April 8, 2005 at the Jessing
Center, Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio. Watch this
website for further details, registration form, driving directions, and
hotel information:

Program Co-Chairs: Juliette Schaefer (Ohio Dominican University) andCarolyn Scott (Pontifical College Josephinum)

Monday, December 13, 2004

Symposium -- From Content to Play: Family-Oriented Interactive Spaces in Art and History Museums

Symposium -- From Content to Play: Family-Oriented Interactive Spaces in Art and History Museums
Location: California, United States
Deadline: January 18, 2005

The J. Paul Getty Museum invites you to submit an abstract for presentation in conjunction with a symposium to be held on June 3-5, 2005 at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California.

The purpose of this symposium is to bring together professionals whose work focuses on or informs interactive spaces designed specifically for family audiences in art and history museums. In particular, the symposium will interest museum professionals, researchers, child development specialists, architects, and designers. The symposium will create an in-depth opportunity for professionals to share information, dialogue about the fundamental issues and philosophical underpinnings of our approaches, and recognize and document multiple perspectives on the key issues in this area of museum work.

For a complete Call for Abstracts and Abstract Submission Guidelines, please contact:

Rebecca Edwards
J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Tel. (310) 440-7074

CFP: Technical Communication and Culture (Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Associations Conference)

CFP: Technical Communication and Culture (Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Associations Conference)
Conference Location: New Mexico, United States
Deadline: December 10th, 2004 (Possibly not that firm)
Conference Date: February 9-12, 2005

Proposals for papers and panels on the intersection of technical communication and popular culture are welcome in areas such as the following:

* Genres: websites, television, flyers, reports
* Ideology, power, and ethics
* Pedagogical implications: how do we *teach* these new methods and genres?
* Collaboration, structure, and culture: how does the workplace affect these?
* Philosophies and research methods
* Visual theory, design, usability, especially of online environments

Please send a 200-word proposal to Lacy Landrum for consideration.

Share your ideas and join us for the 26th meeting of the in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
February 9-12, 2005
Hyatt Regency, Albuquerque

See the web address shown below for more details.

Lacy Landrum
Oklahoma State University
205 Morrill Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Call For Speaker ALCTS Catalog Management Discussion Group (ALA Midwinter)

Call For Speaker ALCTS Catalog Management Discussion Group (ALA Midwinter)
Conference: ALA Midwinter
Session Date and Time: Saturday January 15, 2005, 2:00-4:00 pm
Conference Location: Boston, Massachusetts

The topic is "Duplicate Record Detection and Resolution". Presentations should be approximately 20 minutes, with additional time for questions and answers.

If you are interested, please send an email message including a brief summary of your presentation to

Sharon S. An
Vice-Chair, ALA, ALCTS Catalog Management DG
Rowan University Library, NJ.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Call for Participation: ALCTS Creative Ideas in Technical Services Discussion Group (ALA Midwinter)

Call for Participation: ALCTS Creative Ideas in Technical Services Discussion Group (ALA Midwinter)

The ALCTS Creative Ideas in Technical Services Discussion Group will hold its ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston as follows:

Sunday, January 16, 2005, 4:30-5:30 p.m. HCC (Hynes Convention Center) 103

Participants can choose from the eight table topics listed below. The co-chairs will provide a sheet of sub-topics to serve as a discussion guide for each topic.

The co-chairs for this year are: Kalyani Parthasarathy, University of New Orleans, and Jack Hall, University of Houston

VOLUNTEER FACILITATOR AND RECORDERS SOUGHT: We are seeking volunteers to facilitate and record the discussions at the individual topic tables. If you would like to facilitate or record, please send your information to Jack Hall at Indicate all the table topics you would be willing to work on (see list below) and whether you would rather facilitate or record. The co-chairs will appreciate flexibility on your part as we assign topics and roles.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF VOLUNTEERS: FACILITATORS guide the discussions on the topics at their tables, making sure that everybody is encouraged to participate, and seeing to it that the discussion ends in time for brief summary reports to be made to the group at large. RECORDERS take notes during the discussion and send a written report to the discussion group co-chairs soon after the conference is over. Those reports will form the basis of the report the co-chairs make to ALCTS, and the deadline is always very soon after the conference.

At individual tables, the facilitator and the recorder can come to an agreement over which of them will stand up for a couple of minutes at the end of the meeting and give a brief report on their table's discussion to all the attendees.

Individual table topics for discussions, which will last about 30 minutes:
1. Technical Services Organizational Structure
2. Technical Services Workflow
3. Relationship Between Technical Services and Public Services
4. Relationship Between Technical Services and the Systems Department
5. Gathering Collection and Usage Statistics
6. Electronic Resources
7. Acquisitions Workflow
8. Managing Authority Control

Discussion group co-chairs for 2005: Please send your volunteer interests to Jack Hall, and thanks in advance!

Jack Hall, University of Houston
Kalyani Parthasarathy

Call for Submissions for Book on Usage Statistics for E-Serials

Call for Submissions for Book on Usage Statistics for E-Serials (Haworth Press Book)

This book is a volume in the series "Haworth Series on Serials Librarianship and Continuing Resources". It will be a collection of essays by various library and publishing professionals such as yourself, concerning the current environment in libraries for the acquisition, development and utilization of usage statistics for e-serials. This will look at both the benefits and problems associated with the current and future state of usage statistics.

I would like to invite interested people to write a paper for this collection. If you have a relevant topic in mind, please feel free to share your idea with me; Otherwise, I have prepared a list of several topics that could be relevant to this book that you may want to consider; please find this listing at the bottom of this message.

We are projecting to have all manuscripts completed by the end of April 2004, so that editing and publishing tasks can be accomplished.

I would be pleased and honored to have some of you contribute your thoughts to this project. Please contact me about your interest at and also let me know if I can answer any
questions for you.


Dave Fowler



Edited by David C. Fowler

Topic Ideas:

How are e-serials usage statistics actually utilized?

Evaluating the costs of paid e-journals with statistics (acquisitions, cataloging time, etc.)

Evaluating the actual costs of "Free" e-journals with statistics (acquisitions, cataloging time, etc.)

Strategies when confronted with usage statistics problems by vendors.

How do libraries allot staff for e-serials statistics management (a survey?)

Current and future trends in electronic journal statistics.

Consortial arrangements for e-serials: When to use

Problems and solutions in promoting e-serial usage to customers

Issues with standardization of usage statistics.

What are the different methods of evaluating the quality and usefulness of e-serials statistics?

Interlibrary loan statistics and collection development.

What is the next step in developing usage statistics?

How do libraries disseminate usage statistics?

Licensing and usage statistics.

Deriving usage statistics from local library management software.

CFP: IFLA Session on Library Quality

CFP: IFLA Session on Library Quality
Conference Date: August 14-18, 2005
Conference Location: Oslo, Norway
Deadline: January 15, 2005

Call for papers: Library quality in the institutional environment, Open Program sponsored jointly by the IFLA sections for University and Research Libraries and for Statistics and Evaluation at the World Library and Information Congress / 71st IFLA Conference, Oslo, 14-18 August 2005.

What is quality for a university library - for a public library - for a national library?

This is the first call for papers on the pursuit, identification and measurement of quality in all types of libraries. Papers may be in English, French, German, Russian or Spanish. Papers should be no more than
30 minutes in duration.

Proposals for papers (giving title and abstract) should be submitted to Sue McKnight (IFLA University and Research Libraries Section), or Michael Heaney (IFLA Statistics and Evaluation
Section), by 15 January 2005. Successful proposers will be notified by 31 January 2005 and must supply the full text of papers by 1 April.

See the congress website at for further details of the congress, including conference fees, accommodation and travel.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

CFP: Illinois Library Association Annual Conference

CFP: Illinois Library Association Annual Conference
Conference Date: October 11-14, 2005
Conference Location: Peoria, Illinois
Deadline: January 10, 2005

The 2005 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference theme will be "Service in the Fast Lane." The conference is scheduled for October 11-14, 2005 in Peoria. Stephen Abrams, the Canadian Library Association President and Vice President of Innovation for Sirsi Corporation, will be the keynote speaker. Conference program proposals are due by January 10, 2005; the form in available at and in the ILA Handbook of Organization and Membership Directory, pp. 58-61. [From Beyond the Job]
Open Government: A Journal On Freedom of Information

Launching early 2005.....A new open access peer reviewed journal on Open Government and Freedom of Information Editor: Steve Wood, Senior Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University

Journal Aim: To publish research and communications related to Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation from the perspective of academics, practioners and FOI users.

-Freedom of Information legislation and information provision for citizens
-Comparative views of international freedom of information legislation
-Freedom of information legislation and the open government debate
-The impact of Freedom of Information on public administration
-Case studies from public authorities by FOI practioners
-Information Systems for managing records and FOI requests
-The relationship of Freedom of Information legislation and other access to information legislation

For more information and to receive notification of the launch issue send an email to The Editor Contributions wanted: If you want to write to write for the journal please see the notes for contributors

Notes for Contributors:
Email Editor:

Friday, December 03, 2004

Topics Needed (ALA) -- ALCTS CCS Heads of Cataloging

Topics Needed (ALA) -- ALCTS CCS Heads of Cataloging
The Heads of Cataloging Discussion Group will be meeting:
Monday, January 17, 9:30-11:00
Sheraton Boston, Independence West meeting room
Topic(s): TBD!

Sorry for the short notice, but we're looking for discussion topics for
this meeting. Everything is fair game (in the past, we've discussed all
sorts of issues, including staffing, training, trends, standards, policies,
procedures, workflow, etc.) Always open to sharing successes and warning
about failures!
Timothy H. Gatti
Head of Technical Services
University of Michigan Law Library