Wednesday, August 31, 2005

CFP: Webology

CFP: Webology

Webology, an international online journal, is a scholarly journal in English devoted to the various fields of Library and Information Science and the World Wide Web. It serves as a forum for discussion and experimentation. Webology publishes scholarly articles, essays and reviews, and encourages the participation of academics and practitioners alike.

Volume 2, Number 3 will publish papers focus on the following topics, but not limited to:

World Wide Web:
Web information retrieval; Web crawling and indexing; Web cataloging; Web searching; Search engines and directories; Search behavior; Metadata; Link analysis; Semantic Web; Web ontology; Web Thesaurus; Webometrics; Cybermetrics; Invisible Web; Web Intelligence (WI), Web Competitive Intelligence (WCI), Web mining; New technologies of Web services; Web impacts; Web users and usage studies; International issues of the Web; Social studies of the Web; Evaluating Web resources; Web Visibility, popularity and diversity; Web accessibility; Validity of information; Information mining; Information extraction; Information management and organization; Information or resource discovery; Knowledge management; Knowledge organization; The role of the Web and ICTs in research, education, economy, development, customer services, marketing, productivity improvement, and etc.

Library and Information Science:
Information retrieval systems; Indexing; Abstracting; Information and communication technology; Information Evaluation and measurement; Information representation, organization, and classification; Library classification theories; Data processing; Information systems design; Electronic document management; Digital libraries; Libraries and the Web; Information and communication theories; Information transferring; Information economics; Information policy; Information seeking behavior; Social and cultural impacts of information; Information marketing; Management information systems (MIS); Informetric; Scientometric; Bibliometric; ...

We welcome and encourage all contributions on these or other aspects of the World Wide Web before the deadline on September 30, 2005.

For further information, please visit our web site, or contact one of our Editors.


Main page:
Call for Papers Page:
Author Guidelines:

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Articles needed: Book on content management systems (CMSs)

Articles needed: Book on content management systems (CMSs)

I have a contract to deliver a book on opinions and case studies on the topic of content management systems (CMSs) to Scarecrow Press by December 2006. Most of the content is already done and written as a special issue for the journal _Library Hi Tech_. I am, however, looking for more chapters to add to this book. If you are currently implementing, experimenting with, and/or doing user assessment regarding CMSs, or consider yourself an expert on CMSs and would like to submit an opinion or futures chapter, I would be most willing to see a proposal. I don't need anything fancy; just your contact information, along with a paragraph or two about what your chapter would be about. Deadline for chapters is June 1, 2006. Please address all inquiries and proposals to the email indicated below. Thanks.

Brad Eden, Ph.D.
Head, Web and Digitization Services
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries

CALL FOR PAPERS - New Review of Information Networking

CALL FOR PAPERS - New Review of Information Networking

Editor: Michael Breaks, Heriot-Watt University, UK

New Review of Information Networking presents groundbreaking research and discussion on the potential of computer networks to integrate and transform information provision, communication and learning. It is essential reading for all within the library and information science community who wish to keep abreast of the benefits computer networks can bring to information provision.

The journal is currently seeking contributions from both library and information science researchers and practitioners on the following topics:

-the needs and behaviour of the network user;
-the role of networks in teaching, learning, research and scholarly communication;
-the implications of networks for service development and delivery in both academic and public libraries;
-the development of campus learning and information strategies;
-the interface between libraries and new learning and research environments;
-the challenges of information literacy in the digital environment;
-the new and changing role of information publishers;
-the role of networks in archives and records management;
-the development of standards and protocols for network applications.

For further details on submitting a paper to New Review of Information Networking, please visit:

If you would like to discuss ideas for a paper with the journal’s editor, please contact Michael Breaks

Call for articles: Caribbean Libraries in the 21st Century.

Call for articles: Caribbean Libraries in the 21st Century.

What has been the response of Caribbean libraries to the changes, challenges and choices in the 21st century information environment? Changes as evidenced by the unprecedented growth of information and communication technologies and the myriad of formats now available for storing and retrieving information. Challenges in the form of budget cuts; shrinking resources; re-training of staff and the need to deliver traditional and innovative services to a technology savvy consumer.

Have Caribbean libraries made the right and sometime obvious choices in this complex information environment? Have they opted to harness and integrate new technologies into library services thus ensuring their viability and continued existence? Have they become complacent, creating a vacuum to be filled by new and aggressive competitors in the information arena such as online search engines? Caribbean Libraries in the 21st Century: Changes,
Challenges and Choices is a unique collection of essays, which will provide answers to these questions and much more.

Cheryl Peltier-Davis (Librarian, Western Washington University, USA) and I are collaborating (as editors) on publishing a book on Caribbean Libraries entitled "Caribbean Libraries in the 21st Century: Changes, Challenges and Choices - a Collection of Selected Articles". The book will be published by Information Today. Publication date is tentatively set as Aug 2007. It will
be peer-reviewed by a panel of regional and international reviewers.

A call for articles is posted at URL: .

Please have a look at the web page and note deadlines, especially the one for submission of a 1-2 page proposal by October 15, 2005. Selection of articles for inclusion in the book will be based on these proposals.

Shamin Renwick (Mrs)
Librarian III
Multimedia and Information Technology Unit
Medical Sciences Library
The University of the West Indies
Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex
Champs Fleurs
Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: 868-645-4673 ext 5253
Fax: 868-662-1392

To be published by Information Today by Aug 2007

Sunday, August 14, 2005



thresholds, the bi-annual critical journal of architecture, art and media culture of the department of architecture at MIT invites submissions for issue 31 'ephemera'

DUE: 31 October 2005 (please see details for submissions below)


We have accelerated into an age in which information is as fleeting as our response to it, and the capacity for its processing the new world currency. The relevance of the moment has become eclipsed by that of its own passage, and absolute position has become an easy sacrifice for the velocity on offer. We have been at last swept by the flux of our times into a time defined by its own flux. Time has become both the axis and the function.

thresholds 31 seeks to explore this condition through identifying, suggesting, tracing and questioning the notion of ephemera* through time and cultural relevance. What role does ephemera play within current cultural practice and thought? What are its historical traces and its cultural import? What are the projects in which it has become manifest – deliberately, or not – and why? Are we longing for a future or a past, or neither?

Contributions from all fields including, but not limited to, scholarly works are welcome. thresholds 31 will be the first issue to accept both text and time-based media submissions. Time-based media submissions might include but are not limited to, video, sound, animation, etc. and will be published in digital format.

* ephemera, n., transf. and fig. One who or something which has a transitory existence. [Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition 1989]


thresholds invites submissions, including but not limited to scholarly works, from all fields. thresholds attempts to publish only original material. Materials should be postmarked by October 31, 2005.

TEXT: Manuscripts for review should be no more than 2,500 words. Text must be formatted in accordance with The Chicago Manual of Style. Spelling should follow American convention and quotations must be translated into English.

All submissions must be submitted electronically, via e-mail or disk, and accompanied by hard copies of text and images. Text should be saved as Microsoft Word or RTF format, while any accompanying images should be sent as TIFF files with a resolution of at least 300 dpi at 8" x 9" print size.

Figures should be numbered clearly in the text. Image captions and credits must be included with submissions. It is the responsibility of the author to secure permissions for image use and pay any reproduction fees. A brief author bio must accompany the text.

MEDIA: Media submissions below 8MB can be submitted via e-mail to : and by disk. Submissions above 8MB must be sent on disk and/or posted on a server for download. Most common file formats will be accepted. Thresholds reserves the right to request reformatting of works for final publication. It is the responsibility of the author to secure
permissions for proprietary media use and pay any reproduction fees. A brief author bio must accompany the work.

submissions due: 31 October 2005

Please send materials or correspondence to:

Talia Dorsey, Editor
MIT Department of Architecture
Room 7-337
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
text/image submissions:
media submissions (below 8MB):

Call for Papers: The Wild, Wild Wiki: Unsettling the Frontiers of Cyberspace

Call for Papers: The Wild, Wild Wiki: Unsettling the Frontiers of Cyberspace

*The Wild, Wild Wiki: Unsettling the Frontiers of Cyberspace, *edited by Matt Barton and Robert Cummings

Wikis are without a doubt one of the most interesting and radical of the new writing media available to the wired society, yet they also one of the most misunderstood. Many of us know of them only by encounters with "that wacky website anybody in the world can edit," the (in)famous Wikipedia, that is showing up more and more in our students' works cited lists. For others, wikis represent the incarnation of the openness, decentralization, and collaboration dreamt of by the Internet's founders. For those of us in the computers and writing community, wikis represent a fertile field for rhetorical analysis and one of the richest opportunities for teaching writing in the classroom.

The time has come for an edited collection of essays on wikis entitled *The Wild, Wild Wiki: Unsettling the Frontiers of Cyberspace.* Editors Matt Barton and Robert Cummings would like to invite you to submit your thoughts for a volume on the theory, politics, future, and application of wikis for teachers of college composition (and beyond). These essays will be organized into the following three categories:

* Theory and Politics: 12-25 page essays that discuss wiki issues from theoretical perspectives. Such essays might examine how knowledge gets constructed and legitimated in wikis, or how wiki users negotiate authorship. Do wikis liberate or erase identities? What roles, if any, should copyright laws play in the regulation of wiki discourse? Why is that the most famous wiki happens to be encyclopedic; could other types of discourse flourish in wikis? How do wikis remediate other media, old or new? What can you do with a wiki that you can't do with any other media? Should we think of wikis as related to the open source phenomenon through Commons-Based? Peer Production and, if so, does this predict how and where wikis will expand? Do wikis fundamentally alter the practice of revision? The concept of collaboration?

* Applications: 8-12 page essays that examine how teachers can use wikis in the classroom. This includes assignments involving Wikipedia, but also creating new wikis specifically for classroom use. The essays here will look at practical applications as well as limitations and technological matters (How hard is it to install a wiki? What kind of support is needed? What are the differences among the many wiki servers now available? Can a classroom wiki achieve critical mass or low cost content integration? What are the ethical implications of asking students to write in a wiki where writers, other than their teachers, make editorial decisions about their text? Do contributions by student writers, as part of a class assignment, differ substantially from those offered freely by self-selecting wiki contributors?)

* Lore: 6-12 page narratives that describe teachers' experience using (or reacting) to wikis in their classrooms. How have you been using wikis in your writing or teaching? What went right and what went wrong? What would you do differently next time? How have you assessed writing in wikis?

We also plan to "eat our dogfood" during this project--in other words, we will be using wikis extensively to plan, draft, review, and revise the essays in our collection. All authors will share in the reviewing and editing process. We also hope to secure a publisher who will allow us to publish under a Creative Commons license rather than traditional, full-blown copyright. Our goal is to produce a volume of accessible and engaging works that will help secure wikis a prominent place in composition.

Tentative Timeline:

Abstracts: October 10, 2005
Abstract acceptances: October 17, 2005
Submissions Deadline: May 1, 2006

No simultaneous submissions. We also cannot accept previously published essays. Send your enquiries, queries, or abstracts to either of the co-editors:

Matt Barton
(320) 308-3061 (phone)
(320) 308-5524 (fax)
Dept of English
720 Fourth Avenute South
St. Cloud, MN 56301-3061


Robert Cummings

(706) 542-2103 (vox)
(706) 542-2128 (fax)
Dept of English
University of Georgia
254 Park Hall
Athens, Georgia 30602-6205

Call for Manuscripts - Journal of Internet in Technical Services

Call for Manuscripts - Journal of Internet in Technical Services

The Journal of Internet in Technical Services (JITS), a new peer-reviewed journal published by The Haworth Press, Inc., welcomes the submission of manuscripts for its first issue. The journal offers aims to offer readers examples of innovative applications of technologies in library technical services operations. And at this point in time, the nature of what is included in technical services is a very dynamic topic.

Research-based studies, case studies of successful services or programs, and authoritative articles highlighting best practices are welcome. Topics of interest to us include: the integration of ERM's and Knowledge Bases with integrated library systems, metadata integration with cataloging operations, licensing and archival issues, digital libraries and the preservation of Internet resources, authority control/integration, outsourcing and other work on vendor web sites, the use of online training/tutorials and blogs and RDF Site Summaries (RSS) in technical
library operations.

Submissions should follow the Haworth guidelines for manuscript format and preparation available at .

All submissions should be accompanied by a Manuscript Submission and
Copyright Transfer form, available at

All accepted manuscripts will be published in the journal's first issue, Volume 1, No. 1. The due date for submission of manuscripts is Sept. 30, 2005. For more information or manuscript submission questions, please contact Martha Hruska at or at the address below. We look forward to reading your work and having the opportunity to share it with other librarians.

Martha Hruska Editor, Journal of Internet in Technical Services
Director for Technology Services
George A. Smathers Libraries
POB 117001
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352 392-0342

CFP: Pottermania 2005: A Harry Potter Conference

CFP: Pottermania 2005: A Harry Potter Conference
Friday October 14, 2005
Co-sponsored by UC Riverside's English Department and the Center for Ideas and Society

Pottermania 2005 will be a one day conference for scholars and fans of the Harry Potter novels. Given the broad interest in all things Potter, our aim is to hold a conference open to the general public and the press, creating a forum for scholarly analysis of the books as well as a forum for open discussion between scholars and fans of these works. Our hope is that we will be able to provide a space for scholarly discussion that is at the same time welcoming to a more general reading audience. In order to accomplish this goal, we are asking for shorter presentations, of approximately 10 minutes, and are encouraging the use of more creative and interesting presentational methods. We are also building in more time for open discussion than that found at many conferences.

Proposals are sought for papers on any topic relating to the Harry Potter novels, the films, the general Harry Potter phenomenon, or the fan community. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

-Harry Potter and Issues of Translation and Adaptation
Philosophical, Political, and Ethical Issues: May include the depiction of evil or the issues of slavery, sexism, and racism
-Harry Potter seen through the lens of ethnic or gender studies,
anthropology, sociology, psychology, folklore, etc.
-Harry Potter and Its Influences
-Harry Potter and Genre Considerations
-Harry Potter and Audience Expectations
-Harry Potter and Educational Theory
-Harry Potter in the Context of Young Adult or Children's Literature
-Harry Potter and Fanfiction
-Harry Potter and Its Reception: May explore the varied responses and political controversies surrounding the books

Proposals should take the form of an approximately 500-word abstract, as well as a 50-100 word summary for the program book and a 50-100 word biography. All proposals must be received by email by September 1, 2005. Please send all abstracts and questions to Craig Svonkin at