Sunday, February 29, 2004

Call for Book Chapters: Film and Comic Books (15 March 2004)

Call for Book Chapters: Film and Comic Books.
Edited by Ian Gordon, Mark Jancovich, and Matthew P. McAllister

Comic book characters such as Superman and Batman appeared in B movies
and film serials long before the blockbuster adaptations of the 1970s
and 1980s. Likewise Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, and the Hulk featured
in low production value television series from the 1950s to the 1970s.
In recent years film makers have adapted a plethora of comic books for
the screen including Marvel's the X-Men, Spider-Man, Blade, and the
Hulk, Alan Moore's From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentleman,
and Road to Perdition and Ghost World. Production deals for comic book
character-based movies have multiplied rapidly. Beyond Hollywood, Asian
film makers have joined the trend with Jet Li appearing in Black Mask
and Michelle Yeoh in the self-described "comic book style" Silver Hawk.
It seems that more is at stake than a shift from low budget/status
productions to blockbusters. Critical acclaim has flowed for many of the
recent efforts and respected directors such as Sam Mendes and Ang Lee have
lent their talents to films based on comic books. At the same time,
particularly since the success of Maus, comic books have gained
increased critical respectability even attaining the dizzy heights of
favourable reviews in the New York Times and the New York Review of
Books, albeit accompanied by discussions of what constitutes a comic

We are looking for articles of between 6,000 and 8,000 words that
address the changing and interrelated dynamics of film and comic book
production and reception. Possible subjects might include, but are not
limited to:

Shifting notions of legitimacy
Changing nature of popular heroes/mythology
Role of film in popularizing/promoting small indie comics and the
transformation of such texts that may occur
Impact of films on the comic book industry
Role of corporate synergy (such as the DC/Warner Bros connection)
Economics of production
CGI and the blurring of the "real"
Semiological and semiotic comparison of the texts.
Fan cultures
Genres and formats
Specific films: Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, X-Men, Blade, From Hell,
Ghost World, Black Mask etc

Please address chapters/proposals by March 15, 2004 to:

Ian Gordon, Email:
Department of History,
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
11 Arts Link, AS1 05 - 27
Singapore 117570
Tel: (65) 6874 3838
Fax: (65) 6774-2528

Notification of acceptance of chapters will be made by May 1, 2004.

Friday, February 27, 2004

Call for Contributors: Encyclopedia of North American Colonial Warfare to 1775

Dr. Spencer C. Tucker, retired professor, holder of the John Biggs Chair of
Military History at the Virginia Military Institute, and editor of numerous
award-winning, multi-volume encyclopedias of military and naval history,
seeks contributors for The Encyclopedia of North American Colonial Warfare
to 1775. The three-volume work is under contract with ABC-CLIO Publishers.

All entries must be turned in no later than the end of January 2005.
Contributors writing 4,000 or more words will receive a free set of the

For a copy of the entry list and the contributor guidelines, please send an
email to Dr. Tucker at

Kyle F. Zelner
Department of History
College of William & Mary

Member--Editorial Board
The Encyclopedia of North American Colonial Warfare to 1775

Sunday, February 22, 2004

Book Reviewers -- Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture

Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture

Editors: Stuart Hall, Doreen Massey, Michael Rustin

Soundings is looking to expand its base of book reviewers.

If you are interested in reviewing a book, please send a few sentences
outlining your main areas of interest to

About Soundings:
Soundings combines political argument with a broad spectrum of cultural
content. It analyses key issues that are shaping society, surveys the
current political and cultural scene and explores the possibilities for
convincing new radical visions. Recent highlights have included Stuart
Hall on the significance of Windrush; Victoria Brittain and Basil
Davidson on Africa; Angela McRobbie on the culture industries; Bill
Schwarz on the Tories in Britain; and Chantal Mouffe on the third way.

For more information, and details of how to subscribe, see

Books for review can be sent to:
Jo Littler
Reviews Editor, Soundings
Middlesex University
White Hart Lane
London N17 8HR,

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Library as Place -- Special Issue of Library Quarterly (University of Chicago Press)

For a special issue of Library Quarterly (University of Chicago Press)
that we are editing, we are seeking papers on the theme of the "Library as
Place." The journal is interested in publishing papers that relate to the
historical and/or contemporary place of the library within its community
of interest, the role of the library as an important locus within the
public sphere, the influence of the library as a public or civic space
within contemporary urban or rural landscapes, and the uses made of
library spaces by various clienteles and the public in general. In
particular, we would encourage submission of papers that discuss the
meaning(s) of the library in the lives of its users and user groups, and
the ways in which library places and spaces are socially, culturally,
politically and economically constructed and understood. All types of
library places are of interest, including those in the public, academic,
school, and organizational realms. A variety of theoretical and
methodological approaches are welcomed.

Papers should be prepared in accordance with the Library Quarterly
Instructions to Authors and submitted to Gloria Leckie, (Faculty of
Information and Media Studies, Middlesex College, Room 255, University of
Western Ontario, London, Ont. N6A 5B7, email or John
Buschman (Moore Library 234, Rider University, 2083 Lawrence Road,
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648, email no later than Feb. 1,

Teaching Bibliography, Textual Criticism, and Book History

Teaching Bibliography, Textual Criticism, and Book History

400-word proposals due by April 1st.

Teaching Bibliography, Textual Criticism, and Book History will offer a variety of approaches to incorporating discussions of book history or print culture into graduate and undergraduate classrooms. TBH will consider the book as a literary, historical, cultural, and aesthetic object.

TBH will offer discussions on book history pedagogy by a variety of scholars who teach bibliography, textual criticism, or book history in a range of courses, departments, and settings.

The volume will address the following questions:
-What strategies (and materials) do teachers use to bring book history or textual criticism into the classroom?
-How do teachers define book history in their classrooms?
-How do teachers incorporate issues of authorship, reading, and publishing into the curriculum?
-What values does teaching book history bring to the classroom?
-What purposes do teachers hope to fulfill by raising such issues in their curriculum?
-Does teaching book history require teachers to reconceptualize existing courses or can it be added into existing classes effectively?
-What issues and questions do such courses raise for bibliography in particular and for the curriculum in general?
-What purpose does teaching book history in the undergraduate curriculum serve?
-What purpose does teaching book history in the graduate curriculum serve?

Subjects of essays may include, but are not limited to, the following:
-Book history and print culture
-Bibliographic theory, textual criticism, and editing
-The role of critical theory in the methods course
-The role of technology in the research process
-The limitations and advantages of technological tools
-Teaching descriptive bibliography
-Teaching analytical bibliography
-Outlines or surveys of course organization with rationales
-Establishing cooperative relationships with libraries, booksellers, publishers, and printers

Proposals of 400 words due by April 1st by email or post.
Completed essays will run between 2000-3000 words.

Inquiries welcomed.

Ann R. Hawkins
Bibliography and Research Methods
Department of English
Texas Tech University
Lubbock TX 79409
806 742 2500 x296


Paul G. Haschak, Executive Editor, SLU 10896, Hammond, LA 70402


E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship
(formerly the Journal of Southern Academic and Special Librarianship), an
independent, professional, refereed electronic journal dedicated to
advancing knowledge and research in the areas of academic and special
librarianship, is accepting journal articles on all subjects. Our
guidelines are posted at our web site:

E-JASL is permanently archived by the National Library of Canada in
their Electronic Collection It is
distributed and published by the International Consortium for the
Advancement of Academic Publication (ICAAP) in Athabasca, Alberta, Canada ICAAP is a research and development laboratory
and standards organization devoted to the advancement of electronic
scholarly communication. We look forward to seeing your manuscript.

ISSN 1525-321X

E-JASL is Distributed and Published by the International Consortium for
the Advancement of Academic Publication

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

TER (Technology Electronic Reviews)

TER is produced by LITA (Library and Information Technology Association - part of American Library Association). They are always looking for reviewers for library and technical books and websites. Here is information from there website:

Getting Involved with TER


We are always looking for new contributions. Most common among these are:

Book reviewers
Technical Web site reviewers
Publishers/producers that are willing to have materials reviewed that are within the scope of TER.
For more information.... We remain open to suggestions. Contact us with your ideas!


The TER Editor is always looking for a few good people to serve on the Editorial Board. Terms are for two years. Requirements:

Member of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)
Familiar with the publication (perhaps having published a review in it)
Interest in writing and editing or dealing with publishers/creators of resources
Attendance at the twice annual meetings (usually in January and June)
Willingness to be creative and hard working
Participation in Board email discussions between meetings
If interested, contact the current TER Editor, Sharon Rankin (


About TER
Technology Electronic Reviews (TER) is an irregular electronic serial publication of the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. The primary function of TER is to provide reviews of and pointers to a variety of print and electronic resources about information technology. Resources include books, articles, serials, discussion lists, training materials, bibliographies, and other items of interest to librarians and information technology professionals. The topics covered may include, but are not limited to, networking technologies and standards; hardware and software; operating systems; databases; specific programming languages; management tools and utilities; technical project management; training and personnel issues; library perspectives; and research and development.

Encyclopedia of World War I: Contributors Needed

From H-Net (

Encyclopedia of World War I: Contributors Needed
Location: Virginia, United States
Publication Deadline: 2004-05-01
Date Submitted: 2004-02-15
Announcement ID: 137062

The editors of the Encyclopedia of World War I, to be published in 5 volumes by ABC-CLIO in 2005, seek contributors for a number of unassigned articles. For list of articles and style sheet, please contact Prof. Spencer Tucker by e-mail.

Prof. Spencer Tucker
Department of History
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA

Saturday, February 14, 2004

ALAO (Academic Library Association of Ohio) Call for proposals - ALAO 30th Annual Conference,

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) invites proposals for presentations and poster sessions for its 30th Annual Conference to be held Friday, Nov. 12th, 2004 at the David H. Ponitz Sinclair Center in Dayton, OH. The conference theme is "ALAO at 30: Positioning Our Libraries, Positioning Ourselves." Proposals are due by April 30, 2004. For more information, and for the online proposal submission form, see:

Call for Papers Link:

For questions, contact:

Anne M. Fields, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Collection Manager for Education
Education, Human Ecology, Psychology and Social Work Library
The Ohio State University
110 Sullivant Hall
1813 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43210

PHONE: 614-292-2762
FAX: 614-292-8012

Call for papers -- OCLC Systems & Services: Digital Library Perspectives International

This is a call for articles for the journal OCLC Systems & Services. A new
editor has just taken over the helm of this journal, and the mission
statement, journal overview, and coverage of the journal has taken a new
direction (Please see below). A new title for the journal is also under
consideration, based on the focus listed below, and will hopefully be
unveiled in mid-2004.

I am looking for articles related to the mission statement and coverage
listed below for the 2004 journal issues. OCLC Systems & Services:
Digital Library Perspectives International is a peer-reviewed journal, with
an international editorial board. Please send all inquiries, expressions
of interest, and/or articles directly to the editor. Thanks.

Brad Eden, Ph.D.
Editor, OCLC Systems & Services

Head, Web and Digitization Services
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries

OCLC Systems & Services is a refereed journal which aims to provide
wide-ranging coverage of developments in digital libraries and digital
repositories, and the Web-based delivery of cultural content. The journal
is intended for information professionals, librarians, educators, students,
and researchers around the world to share and exchange their ideas,
initiatives, and research results.

Journal Overview
OCLC Systems & Services covers a broad range of subject areas relating to
the Web-based delivery of digital cultural content. The journal aims to
keep readers informed about current trends in research, and to report on
new initiatives and developments. Digital libraries and digital
repositories are a particular focus, together with relevant standards and

Digital libraries
Digital repositories
Digital cultural content services
Web metadata standards
Web markup languages
Digital preservation
Imaging and digitization techniques
Usability studies

ACRL’s 12th National Conference Call for Contributed Papers

The Contributed Papers Committee invites research and position papers to be
presented at the 12th National Conference in Minneapolis. Papers may report
the results of completed research, describe research in progress, or present
a position on a compelling problem or issue in one or more of the following
conference tracks:
Changing Environments and Cultures
Changing Political Realities
Converging and Collaborating
Evolving Modes of Scholarly Communication
Managing Electronic and Digital Information
Redefining Traditions
Teaching and Learning

Research papers should present the problem, methodology, and conclusions.
Position papers may propose theoretical models, present reviews, or describe
strategies and innovations applicable to several libraries. Case studies of
significant work at a single institution may also be submitted but may be
better suited for a poster session.

Papers must be delivered in about 20 minutes, allowing approximately 10
minutes for questions. Completed papers should be 1,800-2,500 words and
should be scholarly, well organized, clearly written, and rigorously argued.
Completed papers must be provided no later than January 10, 2005. All
accepted papers will be published both on the Web and as part of the printed
conference proceedings.

Submit your proposal via the Program Proposal Form, available online from (click on “Call For Participation”).

The deadline for submission is May 28, 2004.

Questions about contributed paper submissions should be directed to:

Glenda Thornton
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Ave. RT 501
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

Voice 216-687-2475

Call For Articles – Implementing electronic reserves special issue of the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserves.

The Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserves is planning a special issue on implementing electronic reserves. (NOTE: This journal is currently called the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Information Supply and will change names next year). As more libraries embrace electronic reserves, an issue devoted to the aspects of implementing a new system would be very useful for those who have not made the change yet as well as those who have not fully implemented their system.

I have been asked to serve as guest editor for this issue and am soliciting articles on every possible subject associated with implementing this service on a campus. I am looking for a mix of case studies, ‘how-to’ articles, theoretical articles, and research reports that will help people looking to implement at their own library. Also, this would be a great resource for people who wish to review their own system and see what others are doing. Articles should be between 10-20 pages in length.

Topics might include (these are just some suggestions…I would be very happy to discuss any possible topics with you):
· Implementation case studies
· Changing internal workflow and new demands on staff
· Cooperative workflow between different departments
· Copyright concerns
· Vendor training and user group support
· Vendor selection (ILS vendor vs. ECR specific vendor vs. locally developed system)
· Marketing service to students, faculty and staff
· Connecting with WebCT or Blackboard
· Assessment tools
· Training tools for staff
· Access issues and remote users
· Bibliographic review of existing publications

Schedule (tentative)
· January 2004 – Call for Articles
· March 30, 2004 – Proposal Deadline
· September 30, 2004 – Articles Due to Guest Editor
· November 30, 2004 – Issue pieced together & ready for publications
· Early 2005 – Special Issue Published!

If you are interested in participating, please contact me with a brief description of your topic. All correspondence on this issue should be directed to:

Corey Seeman
Assistant Dean for Resource and Systems Management
University of Toledo

About the Journal: Under the editorship of Leslie Morris, Director of Libraries at Niagara University in New York, this is the first North American journal devoted to interlibrary loan, document delivery and electronic reserves. It is a peer-reviewed journal published by Haworth Press of Binghamton, New York.

Journal Home Page:
Les Morris’ Journal Page: