Tuesday, January 31, 2006


Emerson College, Boston, USA, 20-22 October 2006

The conference will address a range of critically important themes relating to the book - including the past, present and future of publishing, libraries, literacy and learning in the information society.

Main speakers will include leading thinkers and innovators in the areas of publishing, editing, librarianship, printing, authorship and information technologies, as well as numerous presentations by researchers and practitioners. Publishers, librarians, academics,
teachers, authors and associated professionals are all welcome to attend.

I would particularly like to invite you to respond to the conference call for papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for consideration before or after the conference in the fully refereed International Journal of the Book. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in the journal, and give you access to the electronic version of the journal.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 28 February 2006. Proposals are reviewed within four weeks of submission. Full details of the conference, including an online call for papers form, are to be found at the conference
website - http://www.Book-Conference.com

CFP: Continuing Education and Library Network Exchange (CLENE) Round Table - ALA 2006

CFP: Continuing Education and Library Network Exchange (CLENE) Round Table - ALA 2006

The Continuing Education and Library Network Exchange (CLENE) Round Table would like to invite you to submit a proposal for the 2006 Training Showcase at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

This poster session celebrates innovative continuing education, staff development, and training initiatives and programs in libraries across the country. Use this opportunity to promote and share your hard work with other trainers, coordinators, and librarians.

Submit your proposal via the CLENE web site:


Application deadline: February 17, 2006

Conference Date: Sunday, June 25th, 2006
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Location: to be announced

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Alan Harkness, Training Showcase Chair at: aharkness@gwinnettpl.org

Call for Posters: ACRL University Libraries Section at ALA Annual 2006

Call for Posters: ACRL University Libraries Section at ALA Annual 2006

ACRL University Libraries Section has an exciting program for the 2006 Annual ALA meeting in New Orleans: Use What They Own- Go Where They Are: Plugging the Library into Student Gadgets and Habitats! Saturday, June 24th from 1:30-3:30PM

Featured speakers will be Nancy Davenport: President, Council on Library and Information Resources and Lynne O'Brien: Director, Academic Technology and Instructional Services, Duke University. Come hear these innovators and discuss their inspirations to reach the students where they live and play using new technology or new approaches.

As part of this dynamic program, ULS is sponsoring a poster session. We are seeking other innovative souls who want to share their success stories in the same area! We encourage you to apply for this opportunity to share your story. The poster session will be held immediately following the program during the ULS Social. Tables will be available for setup; posters should be self-standing.

To apply, please send the following information to Nancy Fleck fleckn@mail.lib.msu.edu by 2/17/2006. All applicants will be notified by March 15th whether their application was accepted.
All submissions must include:
Presenter's Name
Position Title
Phone Number
Poster Title
Poster Abstract (150-250 words)

Scott P Muir
Associate University Librarian
Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 200F
Eastern Michigan University
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197-2207
734.487.0020 x2222 (voice)
734.484.1151 (fax)

Call for NASIG 2006 poster session proposals

Call for NASIG 2006 poster session proposals

The NASIG Program Planning Committee (PPC) invites poster session proposals for the 21st NASIG conference in Denver, Colorado, May 4-7, 2006. The theme of the conference is "Mile High Views: Surveying the Serials Vista." Posters will be on display in the conference registration area of the Denver Marriott City Center at 9:30-5:30 on Friday, May 5th. Presenters should be available to discuss their topics during both break periods.

Poster sessions provide an opportunity to share innovative ideas and new applications of technology. Poster sessions may present a report of a research study, an analysis of a practical problem-solving effort, or a description of an innovative program that may be of interest to the
serials community. In keeping with NASIG's tradition of non-commercialism, poster sessions focusing solely on a commercial product will not be accepted.

To apply, complete the online application form at http://www.nasig.org/public/poster2006.htm.

Deadline for submission: Applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 28, 2006. Members of the PPC's Sub-committee on Poster Sessions will evaluate abstracts. Presenters will be notified by March 17, 2006.

For additional information and instructions contact PPC Co-Chair June Garner at jgarner@library.msstate.edu.

Application deadline: Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Call for Poster Proposals: ACRL Science and Technology Section (STS), ALA Annual Conference New Orleans, 2006.

Call for Poster Proposals: ACRL Science and Technology Section (STS), ALA Annual Conference New Orleans, 2006.

The deadline for Poster Proposals wanted for the ACRL Science and Technology Section (STS) program reception, ALA Annual Conference New Orleans, 2006 has been extended through Friday, February 24th. Review of submissions will begin immediately and successful submitters will be notified by March 6th.

The ACRL STS Research Committee and STS Program Planning Committee invite proposals for posters to be exhibited during the STS program reception at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Posters will be displayed from 11:30 am-12:30 pm on Monday, June 26, 2006, immediately following the STS Program, which starts at 8:30 am. Be part of our forward looking program to celebrate the 45th year of the Science and Technology Section of ACRL and submit your ideas by February 24th.

We encourage proposals for posters relating to the program theme, "Kaleidoscope of scientific literacy: fusing new connections." The speakers will highlight many facets of science literacy and focus on the opportunities for science librarians to make connections and contributions across campus and in their wider communities. Posters could describe examples of how partnerships with faculty, students, scientists, publishers, the media, or museums provide opportunities for
librarians to advocate for scientific literacy. Posters may outline a research project or analytical study, describe a new service or collection management initiative, or illustrate a collaborative project such as a digital library collection or an exhibit.

Program presenters:

Shirley Malcolm, Head of the Directorate for Education at the AAAS; James L. Mullins, Dean of Libraries, Purdue; LeRoy Lee, Coordinator of the Wisconsin National Teachers of Science Association; Thomas Moritz, Director of the Library, American Museum of Natural History; and Sidney Perkowitz, physics professor at Emory who writes and speaks about science and culture; his books include Digital People, Empire of Light, and Universal Foam.

Program Description:

Kaleidoscope of Scientific Literacy: Fusing New Connections

Partnerships with scientists, publishers, the media, and academic and informal education communities provide opportunities for librarians to advance scientific literacy. Science librarians can advocate for good scholarly communication practices, experiential teaching skills for
information literacy, new information resources, open access to research and curriculum materials, and adequate support for information resources for research and teaching. Leaders in a variety of science learning communities will share ideas about how to promote the role of librarians in enhancing scientific literacy.

The STS Research Committee will select posters for the New Orleans session through a blind review process on the basis of timeliness, thoughtfulness, and relevance to sci/tech librarianship.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: February 24, 2006. A brief description of the poster (250 words or less) should be submitted via e-mail to William Simpson, Co-Chair of the STS Research Committee, wsimpson@udel.edu. Be sure to include your name, institution, phone, fax, e-mail address, and poster title.

STS Research Committee and STS Program Planning Committee
Contacts for STS Research Committee questions:

William Simpson
Senior Assistant Librarian, Reference Department
University of Delaware

Karen Stanley Grigg
Head, Collection Development and Electronic Resources
Duke University Medical Center Library

Monday, January 30, 2006

Call for Contributed Papers and Posters: Western Chapters of the Medical Library Association 2006 Annual Conference

Call for Contributed Papers and Posters: Western Chapters of the Medical Library Association 2006 Annual Conference
Conference Date: October 15-18
Conference Location: Seattle Washington
Deadline: July 1, 2006.

The Western Chapters of the Medical Library Association welcome the submission of papers and posters for their joint annual meeting – Missions and Mountains: Believe and Achieve – to be held in Seattle, WA, October 15-18, 2006. This is your opportunity to share great ideas, research or other projects with colleagues and friends. Topics should relate to some aspect of medical librarianship or medical informatics, including local practices, study results, current trends, or development and/or use of innovative technologies. Eligible presenters will receive AHIP points for their participation. For complete submission information please see the full call for papers at:


IFLA Call for Poster Presentations

IFLA Call for Poster Presentations

The World Library and Information Congress: 72nd IFLA General Conference and Council will take place on August 20–24, 2006 in Seoul, Korea. An alternative approach for the presentation of projects/new work will be available for conference participants. An area on the conference premises has been designated for the presentation of information regarding projects or activities of interest to librarians.

Presentations may include posters, leaflets, and other materials in several of the IFLA working languages (English, French, Spanish, German, and Russian). The Professional Committee of IFLA will review all submissions.

To enter your presentation submit an application form, which should include a brief description (not more than 200 words) of the session in English, French, Spanish, German, or Russian. The deadline for receipt at IFLA Headquarters of the application form and a detailed description of the poster session is February 15, 2006.

URL: http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla72/call-poster-pr2006.htm

The actual proposal:



For more information, write to: ifla@ifla.org

Saturday, January 28, 2006

CFP: The Shanghai International Library Forum (SILF)
Deadline: February 20, 2006
Conference: August 17-19, 2006

Management Innovation and Library Services: The Third Shanghai International Library Forum

The Shanghai International Library Forum (SILF), an open forum for librarians from all over the world to share expertise and exchange ideas, will hold its third biennial gathering from August 17 to 19, 2006 at Shanghai Library.

Following the first event "Knowledge Navigation and Library Services" in August 2002, and the second "City Development and Library Services" in October 2004, librarians, researchers and scholars will meet again to review the up-to-date researches, expertise and the developing trends of the international library community.

The topic of the 2006 conference is "Management Innovation and Library Services". The sub-topics are as follows:

-Corporate Culture
-Marketing and Promotion
-Crisis Management
-Performance Measurement
-User Services

We have the great pleasure to invite practitioners, researchers and managers of libraries and information institutions from China and abroad to attend the conference either as a speaker or as a participant. Please submit the abstract of your paper to Shanghai Library by February 20, 2006. The deadline for submitting full papers is May 20, 2006.

Papers submitted shall be original research contributions or summaries of practical experience, which are not published in any other periodicals or proce-edings. The Format of the papers will be indicated on the SILF 2006 website http://www.libnet.sh.cn/silf2006. All the papers submitted will be peerreviewed by the Professional Committee of SILF 2006. The accepted papers will be collected in the print proceedings of the conference.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

CFP: Continuing Education & Network Exchange (CLENE) ALA Roundtable (New Orleans 2006)

CFP: Continuing Education & Network Exchange (CLENE) ALA Roundtable (New Orleans 2006)

Application deadline: February 6, 2006

The Continuing Education & Network Exchange (CLENE) ALA Roundtable is seeking proposals for presentations at the 3rd Annual Training Showcase at ALA this summer in New Orleans.

Consider presenting at CLENE's Training Showcase, a highlight of other libraries' Staff Development efforts. Academic, Public, Consortia, Special, School Libraries, whatever your library's focus, other libraries will be interested in what you do too.

This year, we're putting on this event again, and we'd like to invite you to submit a proposal.


Put it in your calendar, and plan on attending CLENE's Training Showcase in New Orleans. Location to be determined, but the time and date are: Sunday, June 25, 2006 from 1:30-3:30.

Feel free to forward this link along to colleagues who might also be interested in this event.

Thanks for your interest in CLENE!

- Alan Harkness, Training Showcase Chair

Alan Harkness, Staff Development Manager
Gwinnett County Public Library
1001 Lawrenceville Highway
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
770.822.5356 / 770.822.5379-fax

ForeWord Magazine: Looking for Book Award Judges

ForeWord Magazine: Looking for Book Award Judges

May we extend an invitation to become a judge? We have 53 categories to be considered by a jury reflecting our readership: booksellers and librarians. Judges will receive from 10-15 finalist books in a category of interest (yours to keep after judging). Our sorting began Monday, and will primarily finish in the next several weeks, with a few (easy) categories into March.

The Finalists are scheduled to be posted on our website April 15th, and winners announced May 19th at BookExpo America in Washington DC.

It is a time commitment, but we're hoping the opportunity to expand your personal library and aid in our mission of discovering good books from independent presses might give you a great excuse to fill these dog days of winter!

I'd also like to remind list members that we offer FREE subscriptions of ForeWord Magazine to booksellers and librarians (registration is top right-hand side of our home page) who would like to see more books on their shelves from indie presses but need a review to verify it's
merits. We normally include 75+, four hundred and fifty word reviews, as well as category spotlight feature stories on what we see as trends coming from small presses. Visit our website to see the quality of reviews and a full text version of the magazine.
www.forewordmagazine.com or http://www.forewordmagazine.com/online/

If any of the following categories appeal to you, please notify Whitney Hallberg immediately. whitney@forewordmagazin.net with your choices asap.

Family & Relationships
Graphic Novel
Political Science
True Crime


Victoria Sutherland, Publisher



June 22-25, 2006
Arcata, California

The 23rd Annual Conference of the Sport Literature Association will be held June 22 -25, 2006, at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. The Program Committee of the Sport Literature Association invites proposals for individual papers and complete sessions, including original fiction and poetry. All submissions should relate to the literature of sport in some

Scholarly and critical submissions for the conference should follow the general guidelines set forth in the association's publication, Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, which "celebrate[s] the intersection of literature with the world of play, games, and sport." Submissions "should
address treatments of sport in texts or textual media (print, film, performance, digital or other media). We invite essays on sport literature (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, or film) or on the rhetoric of sport. Cultural-studies approaches to sport texts are welcome." Sessions built
around sport-themed original creations, on either fiction or poetry, are also encouraged.

Those interested in presenting should send abstracts of individual papers and original work or proposals for complete sessions by March 31, 2006 to:

Professor John Slack
Department of Freshman Studies
Sarah Blocker Hall 224
Florida Memorial University
15800 N.W. 42nd Ave.
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
Email: jslack@fmuniv.edu

Phone: 305-430-1166
Fax: 305-626-3664

Submissions should include presenter's name, phone number, postal and email address, paper title, and a 250-word abstract (abstracts will be printed in post conference proceedings). Indicate the type of presentation as research, fiction, or poetry. Proposals should include the preceding information as well as suggestions for possible panel members.

Presenters will be notified of acceptance by April 21, 2006.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

CFP: "New Minds, New Approaches" - ALA Library Research Roundtable - Graduate Student Research Forum

CFP: "New Minds, New Approaches" - ALA Library Research Roundtable - Graduate Student Research Forum

American Library Association Annual Conference
New Orleans, Louisiana
June 25, 2006

Deadline: April 17, 2006

ALA's Library Research Round Table will host a paper presentation program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in June in New Orleans.

Masters and doctoral students are encouraged to submit presentation proposals. Presentations should be based on original research, either completed or in process, and should not have been published prior to the conference. All submissions will be evaluated by a panel of referees, who will select three papers for presentation at the ALA Annual Conference, LRRT Graduate Student Research Forum, to be held on Sunday, June 25, 2006, from 10:30-12:00. LRRT will reimburse each speaker for up to $300 in travel expenses.

Each presentation will be limited to no more than 15 minutes, with additional time for questions and discussion. Final papers of approximately 20 pages are appropriate.

The submission should include:

1. A cover page with the author's name, title of the paper, and author's contact information, including e-mail address.
2. A separate page that includes only the title of the paper and a 500-word abstract, summarizing the proposed presentation.

Submissions should be in the form of attachments in MS Word, rtf or pdf.

Submissions should be sent to:

Vicki L. Gregory. Coordinator
Graduate Student Research Forum
School of Library and Information Science
University of South Florida

Call: http://www.ala.org/ala/lrrt/lrrtgradforum.htm
Section Home: http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=lrrt

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Graphic Novels - Proposed Panel for the Midwest Modern Language Association

Graphic Novels - Proposed Panel for the Midwest Modern Language Association

Although I am particularly interested in the relationship of graphic novels and history, papers examining any aspect of comic books and culture are welcome.

Please send 250 word abstracts to Rick Iadonisi at iadonisr@gvsu.edu or mail to:

Rick Iadonisi
Department of Writing
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI 49401

The deadline for abstracts is March 17, 2006.

The M/MLA conference will be held November 9-12, 2006, in Chicago, IL, at the Palmer House Hilton. Please visit the M/MLA website http://www.uiowa.edu/~mmla/ for more information about the 2006 conference.

CFP: Pennsylvania Historical Association Annual Meeting

CFP: Pennsylvania Historical Association Annual Meeting

October 19-21, 2006
Philadelphia, PA

Call for Paper and Panel Proposals

The Pennsylvania Historical Association invites proposals for individual papers, complete panels, roundtable discussions, and special sessions to be given at its 75th annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 19-21, 2006. This meeting is open to all scholars, researchers, educators, public historians, and professionals who share an interest in the history of Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region from the founding years to the present. The PHA welcomes proposals on a wide range of themes and from numerous disciplines, including but not limited to history, material culture, educational strategies and theories, historic preservation, and museum studies. There is no overarching topic that will define this next conference, but given the focus of public and academic attention on the tercentenary of Benjamin Franklin's birth throughout the year, sessions relating to this topic are particularly welcome. Those whose proposals are accepted for the program must be members of the PHA.

Please submit 5 copies of all proposals to the program committee chair,
Cathy Matson
Department of History
University of Delaware
121 Munroe Hall
Newark, DE 19716.

Proposals should include title, description of paper or panel, a brief CV, and full contact

Questions may be directed to cmatson@udel.edu. Deadline for receipt of proposals is March 1, 2006; participants will be notified of the committee?s decision by May 1, 2006.

Children and Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children

Children and Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children

General Information:

Main URL:

Guidelines for Authors:

Call for Referees and Reviewers:

For more information, contact editor Sharon Verbeten at toylady@athenet.net

CFP: Special issue of CLUES: A Journal of Detection--Scottish crime fiction

CFP: Special issue of CLUES: A Journal of Detection--Scottish crime fiction

Call for Papers Date: October 31, 2006 (not 100% sure - you should confirm with editor)

Guest Editor: Gill Plain, Univ of St. Andrews (UK)

From Ian Rankin to Val McDermid to Alexander McCall Smith, Scottish writers have dominated the British crime fiction market for the past twenty years. The Scottish crime fiction issue of _Clues_ seeks to examine this phenomenon. Is the success of Scottish crime fiction attributable to a literary history stretching back to the nineteenth century and beyond, or is it the result of more recent cultural and political developments?

Submissions addressing any aspect of Scottish crime fiction are welcome, but the guest editor would be particularly interested in manuscripts examining the current state of Scottish crime writing and work that considers the scope and definition of a “national” crime genre.

Submission Details. Submissions should include a 50-word abstract and be between 15 to 20 double-spaced, typed pages (approximately 3,300 to 6,000 words) in Microsoft Word or WordPerfect with minimal formatting. Manuscripts should follow the _MLA Style Manual_ by Joseph Gibaldi (2nd ed., 1998), including parenthetical citations in text and an alphabetized list of Works Cited. Please confirm that manuscripts have been submitted solely to CLUES.

Submit online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/heldref/clues

Elizabeth Foxwell
Managing Editor, _CLUES: A Journal of Detection_
Heldref Publications
1319 Eighteenth St NW
Washington, DC 20036
Email: clu@heldref.org
Visit the website at http://www.heldref.org/clues.php

REVISED Call for Papers for ICOHTEC (International Committee for the History of Technology) 2006

REVISED Call for Papers for ICOHTEC (International Committee for the History of Technology) 2006

The International Committee for the History of Technology’s 33rd Symposium in Leicester, U.K., 15 - 20 August 2006

Deadline for proposals is 1 MARCH 2006.

Transforming Economies and Civilizations: The Role of Technology is the broad general theme of ICOHTEC’s 33rd symposium. Technology over “la longue durĂ©e” lends itself to a variety of topics. While open to all proposals, the program committee suggests the following themes to contributors:

-Energy, water, sanitary, and other utility systems
-Communication and media technologies, including cultural and social issues
-Transportation and its role in trans-local and “global” economies, cultural exchange, and cross-fertilization
-Long-term developments in materials and their uses (pigments, ceramics, dyes, metals)
-Comparative analysis of technologies and long-term changes
-Technological and modern cultural history topics (e.g., the body, youth, old age, birth, death, the senses, health, illness)
-Medicine, public health, and the evolution of medical technologies
-Developments in military technologies
-Survival of “old” technologies and revival of “obsolete” technologies
-Implicit knowledge, embodiment, and similar themes
-Technical “revolutions” (e.g., the Agricultural Revolution, the Technical Revolution of the Middle Ages, the Industrial Revolution, the Information Revolution)

Membership in ICOHTEC is not required to participate in the symposium.

PAPER proposals should include: (1) a 250-word (maximum) abstract in English; (2) a short CV (1-page maximum). Abstracts should describe the topic and address approaches, research questions, arguments or hypotheses employed by the author. In order to permit discussion, presentations should not exceed 20 minutes.

SESSION proposals should include: (1) an abstract of the session (250 words maximum); (2) a list of the proposed session papers; (3) abstracts for each paper (250 words maximum); (4) short CV (1 page maximum) for each author. ICOHTEC sessions customarily include a chairperson, but no separate commentator. Sessions should include a minimum of four speakers, and may include several parts extending for several days.

Please send all proposals by email to: James Williams, Program Committee Chair at techjunc@pacbell.net.

Other members of the committee include Ernst Homburg, The Netherlands; Sue Horning, U.S.A.; Alex Keller, U.K.; Wolfgang Koenig, Germany; and Timo Myllyntaus, Finland.

If Email is unavailable, proposals may be sent by fax to Dr. Williams: 650-960-8195. Otherwise they may be sent via regular mail, postmarked by 1 March 2006, to:

James Williams
790 Raymundo Avenue
Los Altos CA, 94024 USA

Saturday, January 21, 2006

CFP: DoubleTake/Points of Entry call for book reviews on narrative/literary journalism and documentary

CFP: DoubleTake/Points of Entry call for book reviews on narrative/literary journalism and documentary

The recently merged journal DoubleTake/Points of Entry seeks book reviews on an ongoing basis.

Submission guidelines:

We are interested in book reviews of and about narrative journalism (a.k.a., literary journalism, creative nonfiction, etc.). We are also interested in reviews of books in the documentary tradition, both narrative and photographic. The reviews should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words in length. The reviews may be on either contemporary or historical examples of the genre. If historical, the review should reflect at least a passing familiarity with the critical perspectives on the work, as well as contribute new insights. However, thoughtful reviews of existing scholarship and other critical perspectives on a historical work that will help critics and writers of the form to engage in further investigation will also be considered. For reviews of books that are not recent publications, consider in the review why the book is worth re-examining at this time (e.g., as a teacher's resource, as a writer's resource, and so on). Professional journalists' perspectives on the craft as reflected in contemporary or historical examples are welcome. Essays may be informal or formal, but should bear in mind in tone and style the journal's purpose as a meeting ground for different perspectives. Inquiries welcome. Reviews to be considered for the next issue should be received by March 5, 2006.

For book review submissions:
* Length: 1,000-1,500 words
* Mail one hard copy or e-mail a Microsoft Word attached file of the piece to:

John C. Hartsock, Ph.D.
Book Review Editor, DoubleTake /Points of Entry
Department of Communication Studies
SUNY Cortland
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045-0900

Friday, January 20, 2006



I am editing a book for Haworth Press entitled "MARKETING ELECTRONIC RESOURCES". This book is a volume in the series "Haworth Series on Serials and Continuing Resources". It will be a collection of essays by academic, public, and special library professionals such as yourself, exploring creative techniques being used to market electronic resources (e-serials, databases, e-books)to library patrons.

Many libraries are struggling with creating awareness among their patrons of all the resources available to them electronically. With the high cost of subscriptions, it is critical to insure that patrons are using these resources effectively. The goal of this book is to discuss the value of marketing and to provide examples of successful methods that libraries have developed to promote their electronic resources.

I would like to invite interested individuals to write a chapter for this collection. Possible topics may include (but are not limited to):

* Who develops and implements your marketing plan
* How do you market your library's electronic resources?
* Strategies used to inform patrons (students, faculty, public) of the resources available
* Introducing new resources
* Examples of successful promotional campaigns
* Balancing print and electronic promotions
* Using workshops to promote resources
* Using course management systems to access the library's electronic resources
* Targeted promotions to specific audiences (academic depts, teens...)
* Designing library websites for easy navigation of e-resources
* Incorporating electronic resources into your OPAC
* Effects of federated searching on e-resources usage
* Assessment of the effectiveness of promotional campaigns


Deadline for one page chapter proposals: 2/15/06
Notification of acceptance: 3/1/06
Accepted chapters are to be completed: 7/1/06
Manuscripts should be 15-25 pages in length, double-spaced with tables
and charts on individual pages.

Please email all inquiries and proposal submissions to edubicki@monmouth.edu

Eleonora Dubicki
Assistant Librarian
Monmouth University Library
West Long Branch, NJ 07764
732 571-4402

Thursday, January 19, 2006

6th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT 2006)

6th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT 2006)
July 5-7, 2006
Kerkrade, The Netherlands

* Important Dates

February 4, 2006 - Paper submission
March 17, 2006 - Notification of acceptance
April 7, 2006 - Copyright form submission
April 7, 2006 - Final camera-ready manuscript
April 14, 2006 - Author registration deadline

** Proceedings will be published by the IEEE Computer Society Press. **

Theme: "Advanced Technologies for Life-Long Learning"

Life-long learning becomes much more achievable as versatile infrastructures for mobile communication and portable Web access emerge. Supplementary to this, social software for supporting learners in sharing common views and actually build authentic understanding on relevant themes for learning needs to be conceptualized and experimented with.

The new roles for teachers, coaches, mentors, and fellow learners are attracting the increasing attention of researchers. Common efforts are being made to characterize learner profiles and to label portfolios on earlier learning. This conference opens its door for presenting and discussing vivid, creative solutions and experimental work at the point of collaborative LEARNING via advanced media.

The conference will bring together people who are working on the design, development, use and evaluation of technologies that will be the foundation of the advanced technologies for life-long Learning.

We invite submission of papers reporting original academic or industrial research in the area of Advanced Learning Technologies. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Complete papers will be required for review process; only abstracts will not be sufficient.

All authors of accepted submissions will be required to complete IEEE Copyright Form. Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions for a Special Issue of the SSCI indexed Journal of Educational Technology & Society (ISSN 1436-4522).

* Program Co-Chairs

Kinshuk, Massey University, New Zealand
Rob Koper, Open University of the Netherlands, The Netherlands

* Paper Submissions

Submissions are invited in the following categories:

- Full paper: 5 pages
- Short paper: 3 pages
- Posters: 2 pages
- Tutorial proposals: 2 pages
- Panel proposals: 2 pages
- Workshop proposals: 2 pages

Submission information is available at:

CFP: ASIS&T 2006

CFP: ASIS&T 2006

"Information Realities: Shaping the Digital Future for All"
November 3-9, 2006, Hilton Austin, Austin, Texas

February 13, 2006 Proposals due for contributed papers, technical sessions and panels, and pre-conference sessions
February 25, 2006 Proposals due for contributed posters/short papers

ASIS&T 2006 challenges us to explore this moment in the history of information science as people seamlessly move between their physical and digital worlds to create information realities for themselves and others. Submissions by researchers and practitioners are solicited on a wide range of topics.

Contributed papers
Contributed posters/short papers
Practitioner/Industry track
Symposia and panels
Pre-conference sessions

February 13, 2006 Proposals due for contributed papers, technical sessions and panels, and pre-conference sessions
February 25, 2006 Proposals due for contributed posters/short papers
April 28, 2006 Acceptance notices issued
May 27, 2006 Final versions due for conference proceedings

Full Call for Papers is at http://www.asis.org/Conferences/AM06/am06call.html

All submissions are made electronically via a link from the ASIS&T Web site

Dick Hill
Executive Director
American Society for Information Science and Technology
1320 Fenwick Lane, Suite 510
Silver Spring, MD 20910
FAX: (301) 495-0810
(301) 495-0900

CFP: Storytelling, Self and Society (3/1/06; journal issue)

CFP: Storytelling, Self and Society (3/1/06; journal issue)

Storytelling, Self, Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Storytelling Studies

Call for Submissions

Storytelling, Self, Society is a bi-annual, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that publishes scholarship on a wide variety of topics related to storytelling as interpersonal, performance,
or public discourse. Papers may represent disciplines including but not limited to storytelling, folklore, cultural studies, communication, English, education, library science, health care, business, peace studies, psychology, sociology, anthropology, pop culture, theater and performance studies.

In addition, a variety of items will be considered for review, including print publications, recordings and performances. Please indicate in your response if you are interested in reviewing a recently experienced storytelling performance. Contact Janice M. Del Negro, review editor, at jdelnegro@dom.edu to indicate interest and for additional information.

For more information on the journal, we invite submitters to visit our web site:

For consideration in the Fall 2006, issue, please e-mail a completed manuscript by March 1, 2006, to:

Caren S. Neile, MFA, Ph.D.
Managing Editor, Storytelling, Self, Society

Manuscripts (headings and in-text citations), abstracts, references/works cited, figures, and tables must conform either to: (a) the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2001, Fifth Edition) guidelines, or (b) to the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (2003, Sixth Edition, Modern Language Association of America). Contributors
are encouraged to follow the guidelines of these manuals for avoiding bias in language. Each submission should include a single-paragraph abstract of no more than 120 words on a separate page, preceding the manuscript. Submittors should indicate whether their submissions conform for MLA or APA style, and include in the letter to the Managing Editor the history of
the manuscript (conference paper, Master’s Thesis, Dissertation, part of a larger study, to name a few).

By submitting to SSS, authors warrant that (a) they will not submit their manuscript to any other publication while the manuscript is under review with SSS, (b) the work is original and not previously published in any form, and (c) appropriate credit has been given to other contributors, including students, to the project. Manuscripts should be no more than 20
double-spaced pages (excluding references, tables, figures, or appendixes; 12-pt. Times New Roman, 1-inch page margins all around). Manuscripts that do not conform to the mission of the journal, or do not comply with the submission guidelines, will not be reviewed. In submitting, authors agree to assign copyright of their manuscripts, if accepted, to SSS.

CFP: Community Literacy Journal Call for Reviews

CFP: Community Literacy Journal Call for Reviews

The peer-reviewed Community Literacy Journal seeks book and/or multimedia reviews for our inaugural, Fall 2006, issue. We are soliciting reviews of books and/or multimedia, along with book/ multimedia suggestions for review, that address any social, cultural, rhetorical, or institutional aspects of community literacy.

We invite you to submit reviews that you feel should be included in our budding conversation about literacy work that exists outside mainstream educational and work institutions. It can be found in institutionalized programs devoted to adult education or lifelong learning or work with marginalized populations, but it can also be found in more informal, ad hoc projects.

One goal of the journal, and of the review section in particular, is to extend and expand beyond conventional book reviews to include more visual and digital representations. By multimedia, we mean: digital film, DVD, website, or other visual representations of communities where literacy issues may be represented, discussed, displayed (just to name a few examples).

Reviewers should include in their e-mail the following contact
Reviewer's full name
Reviewer's title
Institutional address
Telephone number
Fax number
E-mail address
Book/Multimedia title
Author’s name
Publication information, including: date, location, and publisher

Book/Multimedia Review contributions should be 500-750 words in length, but longer submissions will be accepted for reviews that incorporate multiple titles.

Deadline: For Fall 2006 edition -- March 15, 2006
Format: MLA citation and endnote style

To submit reviews, suggestions for reviews, or request further
information, send a message to the Book/Multimedia Review Editor
Sarah A. Truax, Michigan Technological University

Please submit all reviews as either a Word document or .rtf file and
as the e-mail’s subject put “Community Literacy - Review submission”

Sarah A. Truax Book & Multimedia Review Editor
Community Literacy Journal
www.communityliteracy.org www.hu.mtu.edu/~satruax

Michigan Technological University satruax@mtu.edu

Calls for Participation From January D-Lib

Calls for Participation From January D-Lib
URL: http://www.dlib.org/dlib/january06/01clips.html#CALLS

5th International Workshop on Web Semantics (WebS 2006), (held in conjunction with DEXA 2006) 4 - 8 September 2006, Krakow, Poland. Call for papers. The submission date is 24 February and full papers are due 3 March 2006.

"The objective of the workshop Web Semantics (WebS) is to bring together researchers, developers and practitioners to discuss research issues and experience in developing and deploying Semantic Web concepts, applications, and solutions being an international forum for the presentation of both theoretical and applicative results. Papers describing Semantic Web application experiences are particularly encouraged."

For more information, please see http://www.dexa.org/drupal/?q=webs


Seventeenth International ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia: Tools for Supporting Social Structures (HT 2006), 23-25 August 2006, Odense, Denmark. Call for participation. The submission date is Workshop Proposals is 6 March.2006, and full Papers (8-12 pages) & hypertexts are due 10 March 2006.

"Hypertext and hypermedia are technologies for supporting structured knowledge work. The Seventeenth International ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia: Tools for Supporting Social Structures (HT 2006) will focus specifically on tools that help us represent, model and interact with social structures, including cultural, literary, linguistic, and other types of social structures. Recently, in fields ranging from anthropology to linguistics, there has been an increasing focus on representing complex social phenomena using networks or other structure-intensive models. HT 2006 will bring together social scientists with hypertext and hypermedia researchers who specialize in building tools to build, manipulate, and manage structure-intensive models."

For more information, please see http://www.ht06.org/


8th National Russian Research Conference - Digital Libraries Advanced Methods and Technologies Digital Collections, 17 - 19 October 2006, Vladimir, Russia. Call for workshop proposals. The submission date is 31 March 2006.

"The purpose of this conference series (previous seven conferences were held in St.Petersburg (1999), Protvino (2000), Petrozavodsk (2001), Dubna (2002), St. Petersburg (2003), Pushchino (2004), Yaroslavl (2005)) is to stimulate evolvement of the Russian digital libraries community and encourage research in this field. RCDL brings Russian scientific and application communities contributing to DL field together and provides an open forum for exchange of experience, ideas and results as well as stimulates communication and co-operation between experts in the field. We welcome contributions and participation from all interested in relevant aspects of digital libraries including researchers, developers, practitioners, students, postgraduates, policy makers and users. "

For more information, please see http://rcdl2006.vlsu.vladimir.ru/

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

CFP: Special Issue on Open-Source Software (Innovate)

CFP: Special Issue on Open-Source Software (Innovate)

Cost reductions and commoditization have figured largely in technology adoption. The PC revolution gained momentum when original equipment manufacturers began offering inexpensive hardware. Toll-free access and reasonable service provider fees prompted the rise of the Internet, and free browsers and access to an almost infinite number of sites have fueled the expansion of the World Wide Web.

Comprehensive, Web-based administrative/instructional software is on the same path. Expensive proprietary programs, available only to licensed users and limited in their functions, once were the only option. Now, a significant number of educational institutions have developed, independently or through institutional collaborations, open-source software that promises to transform the market. The result is a global open-source cooperative dedicated to sharing OSS with others and encouraging customized applications.

The "Open" movement that promotes open source software and an open architecture, based on open standards is catalyzing a reconsideration of the rules for software development and distribution.

We seek manuscripts that cover the following topics: (1) developments in open-source programs around the world, (2) challenges related to the development, deployment, and adoption of open source programs, including how specific software is being used, (3) the advantages and disadvantages of open source and proprietary systems, and (5) the future of the OSS movement. We expect authors to take full advantage of Innovate's multimedia capacity; supplementary files that illuminate the text are welcome, and we are especially interested in the possibility of hosting "Try it!" sites that would offer readers hands-on experience with particular OSS features.

If you would like to submit a manuscript on this topic, please review our submission guidelines at http://www.innovateonline.info/index.php?view=submit and send your manuscript to the guest editor of this issue, Vijay Kumar (vkumar@MIT.EDU), and to the editor-in-chief, James Morrison (morrison@unc.edu) no later than March 30, 2006.


James L. Morrison
Editor-in-Chief, Innovate
Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership
UNC-Chapel Hill

LITA Blog still needs volunteers for ALA Midwinter

LITA Blog still needs volunteers for ALA Midwinter

The LITA Blog is still looking for volunteers for Midwinter. I will be taking volunteers until Friday (and after if you can find me), but do not hesitate to snatch up the meeting from the list which you deem the most exciting.

There are a few meetings on the schedule that have not yet been covered. To see the full schedule list, please visit the following: http://litablog.org/?page_id=152

If you would like to volunteer, please email me and let me know which meeting you would like to blog. Please send any questions my way.

Have a great day.

LITA Blog, Scheduling Maven

Michelle Boule
Social Sciences Librarian
University of Houston


"Towards the European Digital Library"


The 10th ECDL will be held in Alicante (Spain) in September 2006. Papers are invited on substantial, original and completed research, applications and development that have not previously been presented elsewhere and that make new contributions to all aspects of Digital Libraries, including, but not limited to:
* Concepts of Digital Libraries and digital content.
* Collection building, management and integration.
* System architectures, integration and interoperability.
* Information organization, search and usage.
* Multilingual information access and multimedia content management.
* User interfaces for digital libraries.
* User studies and system evaluation.
* Digital archiving and preservation: methodological, technical and legal issues.
* Digital Library applications in e-science, e-learning, e-government, cultural heritage, etc.


Submissions (upto 12 pages) via the ECDL2005 Conference Management System
must follow the guidelines for the LNCS format provided by Springer
Posters and demos will undergo a simplified review process, based on the
submitted papers, and will be directly accepted or rejected.


Workshops: proposals are invited for one- or two-day workshops (Thursday
September 21s, Friday September 22nd).
Panels: proposal should address controversial subjects of interest to a
large community of ECDL participants.
Tutorials: tutorials are intended to present a topic in detail over either a
half-day or a full day (Sunday September 17th).
Doctoral consortium: doctoral students (based on an acceptance of a written
abstract) will have the opportunity to discuss their proposal with
experienced researchers on Sunday September 17th.


January 27, 2006 - Workshop proposal deadline
February 24, 2006 - Workshop acceptance notification
March 3, 2006 - Paper/Tutorial/Panel submission deadline
April 3, 2006 - Doctoral consortium submission deadline
April 22, 2006 - Acceptance notification for tutorials
May 15, 2006 - Acceptance notifications for papers/poster/demos/doctoral consortium
June 2, 2006 - Final version of papers/poster/demos/doctoral consortium
September 17-22, 2006 - Conference

e-mail: office@ecdl2006.org
URL: http://www.ecdl2006.org

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

CFP: International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Application

CFP: International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Application
Colima, Mexico
October 3-6, 2006
Deadline: April 15, 2006

Call for Papers: http://dc2006.ucol.mx/papers.htm
General Conference Page: http://dc2006.ucol.mx/index.htm

OVERVIEW One decade into its expansion, the World-Wide Web is reaching ever-broader circles of society, transforming how people learn about our rapidly-changing world. A window onto a wealth of cultural resources, the Web is emerging as the locus of our collective memory, with profound consequences for the future of "cultural memory" institutions.

Metadata based on standards such as Dublin Core are a key component in the construction of Web-based repositories and e-learning environments in institutions such as universities, museums, government agencies, and libraries.

DC-2006 -- the sixth in a series of conferences previously held in Tokyo (2001), Florence (2002), Seattle (2003), Shanghai (2004), and Madrid (2005) -- will be held this year in Colima, Mexico, 3-6 October 2006.DC-2006 will cover a full range of topics related to standards and technologies for metadata. This year, the conference theme is "Metadata for Knowledge and Learning". These theme promises to be of particular interest to several distinct communities of practice:
--Users of metadata standards relevant to e-learning, notably Dublin Core and Learning Object Metadata (LOM).
--Creators of institutional repositories in cultural memory institutions such as universities, museums, and libraries, especially with regard to the "open access" movement.
--Builders of intranet repositories and training environments in corporations and government agencies.
--Users of related knowledge organization systems, such as thesauri, subject classifications, and corporate taxonomies.

TOPICS Conference papers and workshop proposals are welcome on a wide range of topics, such as:
--Metadata profiles for e-learning applications
--Metadata for knowledge and cultural memory environments
--Controlled vocabularies for content description
--Corporate enterprise metadata and taxonomies
--Metadata for accessibility
--Moving thesauri to the Semantic Web
--Community-driven vocabulary development
--Impact of social bookmarking on the metadata landscape
--Business models for educational metadata
--Vocabulary registries and registry services
--Innovative metadata services
--Metadata quality evaluation and metrics
--Automatic generation of metadata

AUTHOR GUIDELINESThe Program Committee would like to solicit contributions of the following types:
--Regular Papers (8 to 10 pages) either describe innovative original work in detail or provide critical, well-referenced overviews of key developments or good practice in the areas outlined above.
--Short papers (2 to 4 pages) describe a specific model, application, or activity in a concise format.
--Workshop proposals (1 page) define the topic of workshop session, identify organizers, and describe a process for inviting and reviewing contributions Paper submissions will be peer-reviewed by the program committee and published both in print and electronically in the conference proceedings.

All accepted papers must be presented at the conference by at least one of their authors.
Paper submission process should regard the following:

All papers must be in English or in Spanish (see last news).
All papers must be original contributions, i.e., not have been previously published or currently under review for publication elsewhere.
All papers will be peer-reviewed by the program committee and published both in print and electronically in the conference proceedings.
All accepted papers must be presented at the conference by at least one of their authors, who has to be registered before 15 July.
Papers must be sent full-text in PDF or DOC format, conforming to this style template.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

CFP: ALIA New Librarians’ Symposium 2006: Pathways & Possibilities

ALIA New Librarians’ Symposium 2006: Pathways & Possibilities
Scientia, University of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia
Conference Dates: 1-2 December 2006
Deadline Date: 31 March 2006

The ALIA New Librarians’ Symposium is the premier event for new library and information professionals, and past events have been hugely successful. The symposium is expected to attract approximately 350 delegates from around Australia, New Zealand, and the South-East Asian region.

Symposium themes
Our theme for NLS2006 is Pathways and Possibilities. Pathways illustrate the practical steps we need to further our career and profession, while Possibilities is all about the big picture - the assumptions underpinning our profession, and what the future holds for us.

First-time presenters, early career LIS researchers and research students are particularly invited to submit a proposal. NLS2006 is an opportunity for you to inspire and speak to your peers about issues that affect you.

Abstracts are due by March 31 and should consist of no more than 300 words. Please note that acceptance of the abstract does not mean acceptance of the paper, which will be considered against other abstracts received.

All papers from the Symposium will be published on the ALIA New Librarians’ Symposium website.

For more information about the Symposium, please visit -

Submit your abstract

Abstracts should be submitted electronically using the form at –

Receipt of abstracts will be acknowledged within 48 hours. If you do not receive an acknowledgement for your submission you should assume that your abstract or paper has not been received. Please contact the programme committee if you have any inquiries about submitting abstracts:

Fiona Bradley
Programme Co-ordinator
+61 2 9514 5574
fiona.bradley@nospam.uts.edu.au (remove nospam to contact)

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Call for ALA Conference Reviewers (Library Hi Tech News)

Call for ALA Conference Reviewers (Library Hi Tech News)

Library Hi Tech News is seeking conference reviewers to write substantive in-depth conference reports for the upcoming ALA Midwinter meeting in San Antonio. The notes for contributors
are located at: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/info/journals/lhtn/notes.jsp

The following is a list of programs that would be of interest to our readers. There probably are other programs, which could be included too. Please send an email to jgelfand@uci.edu if you are interested in writing a conference report indicating which programs or meetings you
would like to cover. The deadline for coverage of ALA MW 2006 is February 17, 2006 to be included in the April 2006 issue.

Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to your submissions.
This is a good professional development opportunity.

Julia Gelfand
co-editor, Library Hi Tech News
University of California, Irvine Libraries

OCLC Sustainability for Digitization Programs
1/20/06 Friday
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Marriott Rivercenter, Conference Room 15

OCLC Extreme Makeover: Rebranding an Industry
1/20/06 Friday
1:30 - 4:30 pm
Marriott Rivercenter, Salon G-H

ALA VRT Digital Media Discussion Group
1/21/06 Saturday
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Conv Center room: Room 202B

RUSA MARS It's All Just Reference
1/21/06 Saturday
4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Conv Center room: Room 001

OCLC CONTENTdm: Success Stories for Complete Digital Collection Management
1/21/06 Saturday
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Convention Center, Room 212A

LITA Standards Interest Group
1/21/06 Saturday
4:00PM - 5:30PM
Convention Center - 088B

OCLC Digitization Standards: Issues and Updates
1/21/06 Saturday
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Convention Center, Room 208

ALCTS -PARS Digital Preservation Discussion Group
01/22/06 Sunday
8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Conv Center room: Room 008B

ALCTS Networked Resources and Metadata Interest Group
01/22/06 Sunday
8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Conv Center room: Room 207B

LITA RFID Interest Group
01/22/06 Sunday
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Marriott Plaza San Antonio - Cavalier

LITA Authority Control in the Online Environment Interest Group
01/22/06 Sunday
1:30-6:00 pm
Marriott Rivercenter, Salon L/M

OCLC Sound Preservation: First Steps
01/22/06 Sunday
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Convention Center, Room 208

ACRL LPSS Weblogs Disc. Group
01/23/06 Monday
8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Plaza Marriott room: Primavera
CFP: DLF (Digital Library Federation) Spring Forum 2006

Main Conference Page: http://www.diglib.org/forums/spring2006/

Call for Papers Page: http://www.diglib.org/forums/spring2006/spring2006call.htm

DLF Spring Forum 2006: Austin, Texas
The Driskill Hotel, Austin, Texas
Monday, April 10th-Wednesday, April 12th, 2006


Members of DLF institutions are invited to submit proposals for papers, panel discussions, posters, and BOFs dealing with any aspect of digital library development.

Presentations are taken on all topics but suggested areas of particular interest include the following:

-User communities -- partnerships with users to build content and context;
-Production -- challenges, workflow, scale, sustainability;
-Tools (both middleware and end-user tools) for the creation, delivery, and scholarly use of digital library content;
-Harvesting data and metadata for new services -- scale and interoperability challenges and solutions;
-Mass digitizing issues and our need to think and act strategically around them.

NOTE: We strongly encourage panels and presentations that pose problems for discussion and that make plain what others can learn from the experience of the presenter(s).

Proposals for papers should be brief (ca. 250 words) and supply a title, the name of the author or authors, and a short abstract. There are 2 or 3 presentations in a 90-minute session, typically.

Proposals for panel discussions should include a title for the panel, a brief outline of the panel's purpose, the panelists' names and titles, short descriptions of their respective contributions, and a statement of how the panelists' presentations fit together into a logical whole. Panels last 90 minutes.

"Birds-of-a-Feather" sessions can be made available if demand dictates. These provide for informal discussion between interested parties on a specific topic. Anyone attending the Forum is eligible to propose and organize a session. BOFs are typically 60-90 minutes, but can be longer if needed.

At this Forum, for the first time, we are also soliciting proposals for poster sessions. Posters provide opportunities to present work in progress, late-breaking results, best-practice reports, and accounts of projects, standards, workflows, digital collections, and so on.

Poster proposals should consist of a title, an abstract, and contact information for the authors. Accepted posters will be displayed at the conference and some dedicated time will be given to them on the program.

Proposals for papers, panels, posters, and Birds-of-a-Feather sessions should be submitted by email to dseaman@clir.org by MONDAY FEBRUARY 6th, 2006.

Please include the phrase "DLF Spring Forum 2006 Proposal" as the first part of the subject heading in your email.

David Seaman
Executive Director
Digital Library Federation
Council on Library and Information Resources
1755 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
tel: 202-939-4762; fax: 202-939-4765
e-mail: dseaman@clir.org
web: http://www.diglib.org/

Friday, January 13, 2006

Netspeed 2006 - proposals wanted

Netspeed 2006 - proposals wanted

The Alberta Library invites proposals for sessions at Netspeed 2006, to be held October 18-20, 2006, in Edmonton, AB. Netspeed is a conference organized by The Alberta Library for librarians, technical staff and trustees to explore new technologies in a highly connected world. This conference serves to highlight new technologies being developed in libraries today, and sessions cover a variety of topics including emerging trends and newly implemented technology. Please note that session proposals must be received by January 25, 2006. Proposals for pre-conference sessions are welcome, as are suggestions for speakers and topics

Full call for proposals

Information on last year's conference:

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

2006 Midwest Popular Culture Association and Midwest American Culture Association

2006 Midwest Popular Culture Association and Midwest American Culture Association

Indianapolis has been chosen for the 2006 Midwest Popular Culture / Midwest American Culture Association. The conference will be held Friday-Sunday, October 27-29, at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites.

Deadline for the 2006 conference is April 30, 2006

More information will be available here: http://www.mpcaaca.org/conference/

For a full list of area chairs, see this: http://www.mpcaaca.org/conference/areachairs.html

Here are some that might be appropriate (some may be last year's area chairs):

Adaptation (Literature-Film etc.)
Robert T. Self, English, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb IL 60115, rself@niu.edu

Children's Literature and Culture Angela Sorby, English, Marquette University, Milwaukee WI 53201, angela.sorby@mu.edu

Paul R. Kohl, Communication Arts, Loras College, 1450 Alta Vista St., Dubuque IA 52001, pkohl@loras.edu

Folklore and Popular Storytelling
Michael Marsden, Dean of the College and Academic Vice President, St. Norbert College, DePere WI 54115-2099, michael.marsden@snc.edu

Libraries, Museums, and Collecting
Tom Caw (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), 4317 N. Prospect Ave., Shorewood WI 53211, tscaw@uwm.edu

Magazines and Newspapers
Ayanna Gaines, A.C. Buehler Library, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst IL 60126, ayannag@elmhurst.edu

Midwestern Popular Literature
David D. Anderson (Michigan State University), 6555 Lansdown Dr., Dimondale MI 48821, ddandpat@aol.com

Mystery, Thrillers, and Detective and Crime Fiction
Tricia Jenkins; American Studies; Michigan State University; East Lansing MI 48824; jenki172@msu.edu

New Media
David Gunkel, Communication, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb IL 60115, dgunkel@niu.edu

Jim Sayer, Communication, Wright State University, Dayton OH 45435, james.sayer@wright.edu

Teaching Popular Culture
Angela M. Nelson, Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green OH 43403-0226, anelson@bgnet.bgsu.edu

Gary Hoppenstand; Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures; Michigan State University; East Lansing MI 48824; hoppens2@msu.edu

CFP: After the Disaster: Catastrophe Cities

CFP: After the Disaster: Catastrophe Cities

Call for Papers Deadline: January 31, 2006

After the Disaster: Catastrophe Cities
Rebuilding after the destruction of cities whether caused by natural disasters, the devastation of war, or through wilful annihilation(the city as synecdoche for horror), tests the limits of the spatial and temporal self-understandings of collective life.

In this session, we encourage interdisciplinary papers that examine how catastrophe both dissolves and renews the interpretative borders surrounding the identity of cities.

Please submit Abstracts no longer than 150 words to: cities@yorku.ca with the following email heading: Catastrophe Cities. All submissions will be accepted on the basis of a double-blind, peer review.

Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
75th Anniversary Congress (2006)
Special Theme on The City: A Festival of Knowledge
May 30-June 2nd 2006
York University, Toronto

Elke Grenzer,
Project Researcher
The Culture of Cities Centre,
York University
Email: cities@yorku.ca

Visit the website at http://www.fedcan.ca/congress2006/

CFP: Emporia State Research Studies

CFP: Emporia State Research Studies

Manuscripts are invited for the fall issue (vol. 43, 2006) of Emporia State Research Studies. ESRS is published twice annually as an electronic, peer-reviewed journal. Intended for faculty and students interested in research, ESRS is an eclectic journal that publishes scholarly and scientific works and original creative works accompanied by critical or scholarly analysis. Volumes 1-42 were published in traditional paper format, and the new online format will commence during the 2006-2007 academic year.

Articles in any area of the humanities and social sciences are welcomed.

Details regarding publication procedures, instructions to authors, and sample style formats can be found on our website: http://www.empoira.edu/esrs/.

Monica Kjellman-Chapin
Emporia State University
Email: kjellman@emporia.edu

CFP: ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) 13th National Conference, 2007

CFP: ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) 13th National Conference, 2007

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) National Conference Executive Committee encourages you to submit a proposal for ACRL’s 13th National Conference to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, from March 29 to April 1, 2007.

The ACRL National Conference offers a forum for an exciting and energizing exchange of ideas on research, practices, developments, and visions in the field of academic and research librarianship. The conference theme, “Sailing into the Future – Charting our Destiny,” recognizes that coming together with other bright minds during the national conference gives many of us a chance to discuss, think, and dream about the future for our libraries. We believe that—as in past conferences—this forum serves as the compass and map to sail beyond our major challenges and truly chart our own destinies.

The Executive Committee invites you to investigate the issues and topics described as part of the following six tracks for the Baltimore conference and to think about both the future for our field and the practices and plans that are helping us get there:

-Attracting and Thriving
-Content, Collections, and Access
-The Environment for Libraries
-Libraries and the Imagination
-Teaching and Learning

In addition to the tracks, which span a wide range of content areas, we are excited about themes and issues that academic and research librarians face daily. We encourage all programs to have goals that stimulate thought about the convergence of themes important to libraries. For example, some programs deal with challenges we face, some with our values, and some with effective practices. The following themes will be used as indicators to further distinguish programs within each track:

-Deep Waters (challenges)
-Getting your Sea Legs (early career issues)
-Hoisting the Sails (leadership)
-Lifelines (values)
-Passport to Success (effective practices)
-Rocking the Boat (innovations)
-Squalls (controversies)

Knowing that we are all engaged in the task of charting our course for the future, the mission of the conference is to help us all be thoughtful and informed, articulate about our issues, and creative in our efforts. We also want you to have fun, enjoy conversation with your colleagues, and explore Baltimore—our beautiful host city. We challenge you to think about our destinies and welcome you to join us at ACRL’s 13th National Conference.


Full Call for Presenters Page:

Session Formats & Contacts (see here for deadlines - Mostly, May 2006):

Instructions for submitting a proposal:

ALA: ALSC (Association of Library Service for Children) at ALA Annual 2007

ALA: ALSC (Association of Library Service for Children) at ALA Annual 2007

Information is now available at the ALSC website:


Two important documents:



The Deadline is February 15, 2006

ALA MidWinter: Volunteers, Creative Ideas in TS

ALA MidWinter: Volunteers, Creative Ideas in TS

The ALCTS Creative Ideas in Technical Services Discussion Group will hold its ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio, TX as follows: Sunday, January 22, 2006, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton Palacio Del Rio, Room Del Rey South. Participants can choose from the seven topics listed
below. The chair and vice-chair will also provide a list of sub-topics at the meeting to serve as discussion guide for each topic.

This year's chair is Kalyani Parthasarathy, University of New Orleans and vice-chair/chair-elect is Carla Davis Cunningham, Temple University.

VOLUNTEER FACILITATOR AND RECORDERS SOUGHT: We need volunteers to facilitate and record the discussions at each topic table. If you would like to facilitate or record, please send your information to Kalyani Parthasarathy at kparthas@uno.edu. Indicate all the topics
you would be willing to facilitate or record. We would appreciate flexibility on your part as we finalize the assignments.

topics at their tables, making sure everyone participates, and keeps it within the allotted time. RECORDERS take notes during discussions and send a written report to the chair soon after the conference is over. These reports form the basis for the report the chair sends to ALCTS. A
written summary report is also sent to the Technical Services Quarterly.

At the end of the discussion, each table will give a short oral report for the benefit of all attendees. The facilitator and the recorder can decide who would do the oral report.

The discussion topics are:
1. Acquisitions Functions
2. Authority Control in the Cataloging Workflow
3. Disaster Preparedness in Technical Services
4. MARC Records for E-Journals
5. Planning for System Downtime in Technical Services
6. Serials Check-in and Binding
7. Shifting Journal Subscriptions from Print to Electronic Format
Please send your volunteer interests to Kalyani Parthasarathy

Kalyani Parthasarathy
Serials Team Leader
Earl K.Long Library
University of New Orleans

CFP: Advances in Teaching and Learning (Texas Medical Center community)

CFP: Advances in Teaching and Learning (Texas Medical Center community)

May 18, 2006
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The University of Texas
Health Science Center at Houston
School of Nursing
Student Community Center
6901 Bertner
Houston, TX 77030

Advances in Teaching and Learning Day is a regional conference designed to showcase research and innovations in teaching, learning and technology by faculty in the Texas Medical Center community. This interdisciplinary meeting is a venue for faculty of higher education in the Health Sciences to come together and share ideas and network in this rapidly changing time in academia. Podium presentations and poster presentations will cover a variety of topics including: Technology in Education, Scholarship in Teaching, Educational Research, Clinical Education, Patient Education, and many other topics related to teaching and learning.

All abstracts will be peer reviewed for publication in the printed conference proceedings.
Abstract and author information will be printed "as is" in conference proceedings if your abstract is selected.
Abstracts must be submitted by 5:00 pm, April 3, 2006 to be considered for publication.

Abstract Submission Form: http://www.shis.uth.tmc.edu/TeachingDay/AbstractSubmit.cfm

Main Conference Page: http://www.shis.uth.tmc.edu/teachingday/

Sunday, January 08, 2006

General Information: The Christian Librarian

General Information: The Christian Librarian

The official publication of the ACL, The Christian Librarian serves to publish articles, provide a membership forum, and encourage writing. Issues include the Christian interpretation of librarianship, theory and practice of library science, bibliographic essays, reviews, and human interest articles relating to books and libraries. To subscribe, click here.

Issues of The Christian Librarian are released in January, April and September, and are available on microfilm from UMI. The publication is indexed in the Christian Periodical Index, Information Science Abstracts and Library Literature.

* Communicate official business of the ACL and news of the membership
* Publish information regarding ACL conferences, teams, meetings, and activities
* Publish articles on research, methods, trends, issues, theories, findings, and reviews of current books
* Provide a forum for the ACL and its members
* Print editorials and position statements of the ACL
* Encourage scholarly writing

Deadlines for Submission
November 15 for Number 1 issue
February 15 for Number 2 issue
July 15 for Number 3 issue

Periodical Home Page: http://www.acl.org/tcl.cfm

Guidelines for Authors: http://www.acl.org/tclguidelines.cfm

CFP: Children's Literature Society of the American Literature Association

CFP: Children's Literature Society of the American Literature Association

The Children's Literature Society of the ALA seeks abstracts for two panels on Children's literature for the American Literature Association Conference to be held May 25-28, 2006, at The Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, CA.

With the location of this year's conference in mind, The Children's Literature Society panels deal with exploring innovation and re-envisioning of narrative and gender in children's literature.

"Radical Change": Narrative Innovations in American Children's Literature

Innovation is at the heart of children's literature; the genre has a rich tradition of experimentation from reflecting radical social changes (such as the development of new family structures) to providing an arena for narrative innovation. In her groundbreaking book *Radical Change*, Eliza Dresang explores the ways that new digital technologies have influenced children's narrative, producing new forms. Narrative experimentation has also been strongly reflected in children's postmodern picture books and new digital texts for children. We are looking for papers that explore narrative innovation in children's literature ranging from traditional print to film and digital formats.

What kinds of narrative innovation do we find in children's literature texts? What do these changes have to tell us about children's literature as a genre? About narrative? About reading and storytelling? In what way(s) do these changes reflect on the future of children's storytelling? How do these changes reflect changes in subject matter, themes, character types and development? Why is it that children's literature has been a welcoming space for experimentation and innovation?

Please send panel proposals or paper abstracts (250-500 words) by January 15, 2006 to:

Dorothy G. Clark
Dept. of English
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330-8248

Frontiers of Change: Re-envisioning Gender in American Children's Literature

Although rigid and prescriptive stereotypes are common in children's literature, recent and not-so-recent texts have challenged such gender representations. In fact, these texts open up whole new domains, in which gender is re-envisioned and explored. Some of these texts are overtly feminist, some challenge both male and female stereotypes, deconstructing the
male/female binary (such as the fearful knight in *The Knight Who Was Afraid of the Dark* or transgendered protagonists like Dicey Tillerman in Cynthia Voigt's *Homecoming*). For this panel, we are looking for papers that explore the ways that children's literature serves as a site for exploring and re-forming gender.

How do we see gender reflected in children's literature? How have reflections and/or attitudes about gender changed or not in recent years? Are depictions of homosexuality or bisexuality becoming more prevalent? Are they still dealt with in limited ways? What kinds of treatments of females and/or males do we see breaking stereotypes, reinforcing stereotypes, or avoiding them by making androgynous or transgendered characters? In what ways do notions of gender reflect ethnic or cultural attitudes? Has children's literature become less dichotomous when it comes to gender or is it only a superficial improvement?

Please send panel proposals or paper abstracts (250-500 words) by January 15, 2006 to:

Michelle Pagni Stewart
Dept. of English
Mt. San Jacinto College
28237 La Piedra Rd
Menifee, CA 92584

Friday, January 06, 2006

CFP: OVGTSL (Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians) 2006

CFP: OVGTSL (Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians) 2006
THEME: Crossroads to the Future

The Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians (OVGTSL), serving Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio and the surrounding areas, will hold its annual conference at the Bloomington Convention Center, Bloomington, Indiana, May 10-12, 2006.

The Conference Program Committee invites you to submit a proposal for a 45 minute presentation which tells about the path you are taking to meet the changes, trends or
challenges for the future of technical services.

Each session will consist of a 30 minute presentation and 15 minute discussion session. The committee is interested in papers that discuss new visions and new approaches for technical services. Of special interest are papers that address, but are not limited to, the following areas:

integrating resources
automation issues in technical services
ERMS (Electronic Resources Management System)
electronic resources accessibility
innovative partnerships
digitization projects
government information
documenting procedures/manuals


Submissions: Abstracts should not exceed 200 words. Each abstract should be submitted as an electronic attachment (Microsoft Word is preferred) and e-mailed to: codispot@ipfw.edu

Format: Each abstract should contain the following information:

For all presenters: Name, Title, Institution, Address,
E-mail address, Telephone number
Contact (primary) presenter
Title of presentation
Format: e.g., individual presentation, panel discussion, etc.
Equipment Needs
Any other special needs of the presenter(s)

Deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2006


Conference Page: http://www.wku.edu/Library/ovgtsl/conf06.htm
Home Page: http://www.wku.edu/Library/ovgtsl/Home.html

CFP: HigherEd BlogCon 2006: Transforming Academic Communities with New Tools of the Social Web

CFP: HigherEd BlogCon 2006: Transforming Academic Communities with New Tools of the Social Web

Dates: April 3–28, 2006
An all-online event: http://www.higheredblogcon.com

Presented by Thomson Peterson's, PRNewswire, and The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)


Thomson Peterson's, PRNewswire, and CASE are proud to present HigherEd BlogCon - Transforming Academic Communities with New Tools of the Social Web. This brand-new, all-online event aims to bring together in a single Web space many of the leading players who are transforming academe with their use of the new tools of the Social Web. All presentations will be made available on the event Web site at no charge to participants (with the exception of the live, Web/audio CASE Online Speaker Series events). Modeled after Global PR Blog Week 2.0, Higher Ed BlogCon 2006 will focus on the use of blogs, wikis, RSS, podcasts, vblogs, and other digital tools in a range of areas in academe.

We are looking for informational and inspiring presentations on the use of these Web tools from practitioners in the following areas:

-Admissions, Alumni Relations, and Communications & Marketing
-Web sites and Web Development
-Library & Information Resources


This all-online conference will feature presentations published on the event Web site throughout the month of April 2006. Presentations will be offered asynchronously, and attendees will have the opportunity to dialogue online in blog style with presenters. In addition, during April, several live online seminars addressing key topics and issues will be offered through the CASE Online Speaker Series.

~The changing nature of in-class activity in the age of podcast lectures
~Impact of new media on attendance patterns
~Impact of new media on online learning
~New media and course platforms
~Challenges surrounding intellectual property
~What do new media mean for the so-called digital divide?
~Video versus screencast versus podcast
~Wikis and learning
~The RSS divide
~The role of games in education
~Open courseware
~Changing expectations of the student and teacher at the educational interface

Admissions, Alumni Relations, Communications & Marketing
~Effective integration of new media and conventional media in marketing campaigns
~Demographics of prospective students: Who's using what tools?
~Student blogging and podcasting in marketing campaigns
~Social networks and prospective students
~Consumer-generated media as a new source of marketing material
~Addition of syndicated communication channels to the marketing mix
~Measurement and evaluation of blogging and podcasting efforts
~Social network analysis applied to admissions and alumni relations
~Intersection of online alumni and donor communities with social and business networks
~RSS as a medium for student recruitment and alumni and donor communities
~Use of wikis in university relations

Web sites and Web Development
~The evolving role of the Webmaster in the age of social tools (including how these technologies will affect working relationships across areas and disciplines)
~Uses of and coordination of RSS and syndication across the institution
~Implementation and utilization of social software and other applications in higher education Web sites
~Web standards and accessibility in blogs, wikis, etc.
~Utilizing students in the development of Web sites, Web applications, and social applications
~Production and distribution methods for podcasting
~Choosing, installing, and maintaining a blogging system
~On the horizon: Next-generation Web 2.0 applications

Library and Information Resources
~Library 2.0: What does Web 2.0 mean for libraries?
~New media and the new librarian (What skills do librarians need to create the 2.0 library?)
~Impact of social software on learning in library and information science
~Using social software to communicate, educate, and build community online in libraries (blogs, wikis, RSS, IM, podcasting, photo sharing, screencasting, etc.)
~Improving Access to Resources (search engines, Federated Search, OpenURL, collaborative filtering, usability, accessibility, etc.)
~Web services and the library: seamless, interoperable, modular, reusable
~User-created content (folksonomies, wikis, wiki-like function in the catalog, etc.)
~Does or should technology affect the way we define and teach information literacy?
~Guidelines for evaluating and recommending tools
~Emerging technologies in libraries: Looking ahead


Proposals must relate to and be submitted under a specific track.
Proposals should be written (maximum 500 words). Please do not submit full presentations.
Proposals should be submitted online: http://higheredblogcon.editme.com/Proposals
Proposals should include the following elements:
~Presenter's name
~Presenter's e-mail address
~Presenter's blog or Web site address (optional)
~Presenter's institution or organization
~Intended format of presentation (text, audio, video, or screencast)
~Type of presentation: longer thought or research piece; shorter application-focused piece
~Presentation title
~Presentation description (250–500 words)
~Brief biography of the presenter


Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the appropriate subcommittee consisting of the section chair, section editor, and steering committee members. Each submission will be reviewed by a minimum of three reviewers. Once all submissions have been reviewed, the subcommittees will select those presentations that meet the evaluation criteria as outlined on the conference planning Web site and that support the goals of the track. All committee members and reviewers are listed on the conference planning Web site: http://higheredblogcon.editme.com.
Presenters will be notified of proposal acceptance by February 20, 2006.
Presenters whose proposals are selected for presentation at the event will be required to submit their final presentation material (or, in the case of an audio, screencast, or video presentation, a summary with links to it) via the conference blog, where it will be reviewed by the Section Chair and published on the blog at the appropriate time. All presentation materials must be submitted by March 15, 2006.

Presentations will be offered under the Creative Commons License.
Product pitches will not be considered.

Due Date for Proposals: January 31, 2006
Notification of Acceptance: February 20, 2006
Due Date for Presentations: March 15, 2006

Dan Karleen
Event Chair, HigherEd BlogCon
Thomson Peterson's
E-mail: dan.karleen@thomson.com
Phone: (+1) 1-609-896-5515

More information can be found at http://www.higheredblogcon.com or on the planning wiki http://higheredblogcon.editme.com/

Bloggers for ALA Midwinter Needed (LITA Sessions)

Bloggers for ALA Midwinter Needed (LITA Sessions)

ALA Midwinter will soon be upon us and the LITA Blog will be covering as many meetings as possible. LITA Blog is a great way to let members who can not travel to San Antonio know what your group is doing.

To see the current list of meetings and volunteer opportunities, please see the LITA Blog Midwinter Schedule: http://litablog.org/?page_id=152. Events and bloggers will be added as people volunteer and as chairs request coverage of their meetings. Please check back frequently for updates.

If you are attending a meeting you think would be of interest, please consider volunteering to write a brief summary of the meeting. Email me with the name of the meeting you would like to cover and your contact information.

If you are a IG or Section Chair and you would like your meeting covered, please email me and we will add it to the schedule.

Michelle Boule
Social Sciences Librarian
University of Houston

CFP, American Fiction of 1990s

CFP, American Fiction of 1990s

AMERICAN FICTION OF THE 1990S. Abstracts are invited for a collection of essays on American fiction of the 1990s, which has been commissioned by Routledge. Primary authors and texts should be mostly those taught, well known, award-winning, literary (the collection is designed for senior-level undergraduate courses). Essays may focus on a single text or author or may group texts or authors under a coherent, relevant topic. Essays will be assigned to one of the following themes, which form the organizing sections of the book: Geographies, Ethnicities, Memories, Sexualities, Technologies. What are the distinguishing features and exciting achievements of American fiction of the 1990s with regard to such categories? Contributors are
encouraged to set American fiction in its cultural, literary-historical, and/or theoretical context. Send abstracts (300-500 words in length), accompanied by the contributor's affiliation and a list of select publications, as a Word attachment by 5 February 2006 or write for further
information to Jay Prosser j.d.prosser@leeds.ac.uk.