Thursday, December 27, 2007

CFP: Academic Exchange Quarterly Issue on "Online Learning"

CFP: Academic Exchange Quarterly Issue on "Online Learning"

The Winter 2007 issue of Academic Exchange Quarterly is completed, and the expected month of publication is January:

If you have an article consisting of 2,000-3,000 words focusing on "Online Learning," see the following:

To submit your article, see the following:

Click on "Try Six Simple Submission Steps" for the most expeditious way of submission. Submissions for the Spring and Summer issues are welcome.

Previous issues of _AEQ_ are now online for free:

If you have any questions, feel free to send them to me.

Ben Varner
Feature Editor
Academic Exchange Quarterly

CFP: Upcoming issues of Education Libraries (peer reviewed journal)

CFP: Upcoming issues of Education Libraries (peer reviewed journal)

We are accepting papers for the next two issues of Education Libraries, a peer-reviewed journal published by SLA's Education Division. This journal is indexed in ERIC, and Wilson Library Literature and Information Science. For information about the journal, instructions for authors, and full-text copies of selected back issues, please go to You do not have to be a member of SLA or the Education Division to publish in Education Libraries. We welcome additional book reviewers.

Call for papers, Spring 2008:
The next issue will focus on children's resources.
Deadline: February 1, 2008

Call for papers, Fall 2008:
Topics could include archives and digitization; historical collections; digital libraries.
Deadline: August 1, 2008

Email queries and manuscripts to co-editor, Jacqueline Snider at

Thank you.

Jacqueline Snider

Friday, December 21, 2007

Articles requested for book on gender and museums

Articles requested for book on gender and museums

Deadline: April 15, 2008

I am collecting articles for a reader on gender in museums. Topics to be covered include (but are not limited to): representations of gays and lesbians in historic sites; careers for women in museums; gender and collecting; museum definitions of sex and gender; women’s museums; museums’ representations of rape and other forms of gendered violence; exhibits on sexuality; women in museum education; gender and museum audiences; museum exhibits on human reproduction. Preference will be given to articles combining a theoretical perspective with examples from US institutions. Articles focusing solely on representations of women in art works will not be accepted because of the abundance of published scholarship on this topic.
The history of women and museums is long and complex, beginning with the opening of the great European museums in the nineteenth century. As described in visitors’ accounts, novels, and other texts, museums offered some of the few public sites where respectable women could appear. Even as women engaged in spectatorship in the early museums, they found themselves objects of contemplation as the subjects of paintings and sculptures. In the twentieth-century, women became active in museum work, but remained under-represented in the ranks of curators and museum administrators. In contrast, while individuals who are gay, lesbian, or bisexual have gained prominence as museum employees, their lives and experiences have generally been invisible in history and art museum exhibits.

While a number of published articles and several books focus on women in museums, there has been no recent anthology on this topic, so current research remains scattered. Moreover, no book has concentrated on issues of sexual orientation in museums. I therefore plan to gather outstanding articles published in the past ten years as well as new essays focusing on these topics. Articles should be written for an audience of scholars and advanced students.

Amy Levin
Reavis 103
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115

eSharp Call for Papers- In Action: Social Engagement, Empowerment, and Change.

eSharp Call for Papers- In Action: Social Engagement, Empowerment, and Change.

Deadline Feburary 15, 2008

In Action: Social Engagement, Empowerment and Change.
The eleventh issue of eSharp will consider themes of social engagement, empowerment, and change. We welcome articles which examine the social implications and practical applications of various theories, as well as how these may empower marginalised social groups or promote social change. In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of the journal, the ideas of engagement and empowerment within society can be interpreted broadly. We encourage submissions from postgraduates in any area of the arts, humanities, social sciences or education.

Articles should engage with the main themes and may include, but are not limited to, topics such as

• social history
• revolution
• social ethics
• grassroots movements or projects
• global/local community involvement
• Utopic theories or movements
• practical applications of theory
• political activism
• disenfranchised/marginalised groups
• art and social engagement
• media representations of marginalised groups.

Submissions must be based on original research and should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words in length. Please ensure that you accompany your article with an abstract of 200 to 250 words and a list of three to five keywords to indicate the subject area of your article. For more information, a full list of guidelines and our style sheet, visit Submissions and enquiries should be sent to .

The final deadline for submission of articles is Friday 15th February 2008. Issue publication will occur in June.
Visit the website at

CFP: 2008 Oral History Association Meeting, "A Convergence of Interests: Oral History in the Digital Age"

CFP: 2008 Oral History Association Meeting, "A Convergence of Interests: Oral History in the Digital Age"
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
October 15 - 19, 2008
Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania

Deadline: January 15, 2008

The Oral History Association invites proposals for papers and presentations for its 2008 annual meeting to be held October 15 - 19, 2008 at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania.

As always, the Program Committee of the OHA welcomes proposals for presentations on a variety of topics. In keeping with this year's theme, "A Convergence of Interests: Oral History in the Digital Age," the 2008 Annual Meeting will focus special attention on oral history and digital technologies.

Emerging digital technologies continue to expand options for the recording, preservation, and use of oral history interviews and other historically significant sights and sounds, to expand audiences, and to draw together once separate communities of practitioners. In doing so, they raise perplexing practical, legal, ethical, and theoretical questions.

For its 2008 meeting, the Oral History Association extends an invitation to teachers and students, archivists and librarians, Luddites and media theorists, web and exhibit designers, documentary producers and media artists, ethnographers, family and public historians, program officers and curators, scholars from a broad and growing range of disciplines, social and political activists, and others interested in sharing their experiences, projects, concerns, ideas, and questions about oral history. We encourage researchers studying the Ohio Valley , technology, industrialization and deindustrialization, and labor history to submit proposals. In recognition of the important work taking place outside the United States , we also hope to see a significant international presence at the meeting.

In the spirit of this meeting, the OHA Program Committee encourages presenters to consider a variety of formats and presentation methods, including traditional panels with chair and discussant, roundtables, performances, listening and viewing sessions, workshops, and poster sessions.

Once one of the United States ' great industrial metropolises, Pittsburgh has been a national and international center of technological innovations-including the home of the nation's first radio station- industrial processes, and intense struggles between capital and labor. Battered by deindustrialization in the late 1900s, the city has undergone an urban renaissance and today offers a rich concentration of museums, historic sites, universities and colleges, and an active arts scene. The Oral History Association is fortunate to be meeting in Pittsburgh during celebrations of the 250 th anniversary of the city's founding.

Proposal format: submit four copies of the proposal. For full sessions, submit a title, a session abstract of not more than two pages, and a one-page vita or resume for each participant. For individual proposals, submit a one-page abstract and a one-page vita or resume of the presenter. Each submission must be accompanied by a cover sheet, which can be printed from the OHA Web site: . Click here for COVER SHEET.

Proposals may be submitted by mail, or email, and should be postmarked or sent by January 15, 2008. Submit proposals directly to the OHA office at the address below.

E-mail attachments must include the "cover sheet" in electronic form and must be one complete document in Microsoft WORD format. Please do not send separate attachements. Attachments should be sent to Should you not receive email confirmation by February 5th, please contact the OHA office to make sure your submission has been received.

Queries may be directed to:
Charles Hardy III, First Vice President
(610) 436-3329

Marjorie McLellan
(937) 775-2162 Donna DeBlasio (330) 941-3158 Proposals should be sent by January 15, 2008, to: Madelyn Campbell Oral History Association Dickinson College P. O. Box 1773 Carlisle , PA 17013 Telephone (717) 245-1036 Fax: (717) 245-1046 Email: For courier service add: Holland Union Building , College and Louther Streets

Queries may be directed to:
Charles Hardy III, First Vice President
(610) 436-3329

Marjorie McLellan
(937) 775-2162

Donna DeBlasio
(330) 941-3158

Proposals should be sent by January 15, 2008, to:

Madelyn Campbell
Oral History Association
Dickinson College
P. O. Box 1773
Carlisle , PA 17013
Telephone (717) 245-1036
Fax: (717) 245-1046
Visit the website at

Friday, December 14, 2007

LITA Blogger at ALA Midwinter (Philadelphia)

LITA Blogger at ALA Midwinter (Philadelphia)

Do you plan to attend ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia? We need your help! Take this opportunity to become a LITA Blogger. The LITA Blog ( will again be on hand to report what is happening and share the terrific Midwinter experience with those who
cannot attend this year.

If you like to write and are looking for new ways to get involved (or have blogged in the past and would like to blog again), please email me at and let me know what sessions you would like to cover. The blog schedule for Midwinter ( has been posted and will be updated as we receive volunteers.

We will be taking volunteers up to and during the conference. Thanks very much in advance!


CFP: People Transforming Information - Information Transforming People (ASIS)

CFP: People Transforming Information - Information Transforming People (ASIS)
Date: October 24-29, 2008
Location: Hyatt Regency, Columbus, OH

Submission Deadlines
Jan.21, 2008 Proposals due for contributed papers, technical sessions panels, and pre- or Post-conferences
Feb. 25, 2008 Proposals due for contributed posters/short papers
March 31, 2008 Authors/proposers notified of acceptance
May 27, 2008 Final versions due for conference proceedings

Complete Call: HTTP://WWW.ASIS.ORG/Conferences/am08/AM08cfp.HTML

ASIS&T 2008 will focus on how people transform information as well as how information transforms people. Submissions by researchers and practitioners are solicited on a wide range of human-centered approaches to topics.

Contributed papers
The submission of original, recent, formally conducted research and projects, theoretical developments, or innovative practical applications is encouraged. Accepted papers will be published in the digital conference proceedings.

Contributed posters/short papers
Two types of posters/short papers are encouraged. Contributed research posters present new and promising work or preliminary results of research projects. Contributed “best practices” posters present the results of design projects, practical implementations or industry innovations. The final version of these short papers will be published in the digital conference proceedings. During the conference, presenters are expected to display their work as a poster, incorporating text and illustrations as appropriate.

Technical sessions and panels
Technical sessions and panels present topics for discussion such as cutting-edge research and design, analyses of emerging trends, opinions on controversial issues, reports by practitioners on current information science and technology projects, and contrasting viewpoints from experts in complementary professional areas. The final versions of these submissions will be published in the digital conference proceedings.

Pre- and Post-conference sessions
Pre- and Post-conference sessions present topics such as theoretical research, management strategies, and new and innovative systems or products, typically for purposes of concept development or continuing education. Purely promotional programs are excluded. Formats may include seminars, courses, workshops, and symposia. Sessions are scheduled for half to a full day and require a registration fee beyond the regular conference fee.

Submission Deadlines
Jan.21, 2008 Proposals due for contributed papers, technical sessions panels, and pre- or Post-conferences
Feb. 25, 2008 Proposals due for contributed posters/short papers
March 31, 2008 Authors/proposers notified of acceptance
May 27, 2008 Final versions due for conference proceedings

Any problems with electronic submissions should be directed to:
Richard Hill (

Thursday, December 13, 2007

CFP: SELA University and College Library Section 2008 New Voices

CFP: SELA University and College Library Section 2008 New Voices

Are you looking for the perfect venue to present and publish? If you answered
yes, then New Voices wants to hear from you. This is a great opportunity
for new librarians with less than 5 years of experience! New Voices is an opportunity for new librarians to present their ideas and
perspectives on current library issues.

This program is sponsored by the University and College Library Section of the Southeastern Library Association. What: Papers to be presented at the 2008 KLA/KSMA/SELA/ARL National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC), “Spectrum of the Future.” The selected paper will also be considered for publication in the Southeastern Librarian.

Theme: Papers should focus on diversity.
Who: Professionally employed librarians with less than 5 years of experience.
Recipients must be able to attend and present paper at the 2008 SELA
When: October 1-4, 2008
Where: Louisville, Kentucky at the Louisville Marriott Downtown
Deadline for submission: May 1, 2008

Please submit your paper and/or questions to Rose Davis at Mark your Calendars. 2008 is right around the corner! See you in Kentucky! Rose Davis
SELA University and College Library Section, Vice Chair
Department of Library Technical Services
Western Kentucky University

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

CFP: 12th International Conference on Electronic Publishing

CFP: 12th International Conference on Electronic Publishing
25 to 27 June 2008, Toronto, Canada

Key Dates:
January 20th 2008: Deadline for submission of abstracts (in all categories):

February 28, 2008: Authors will be notified of the acceptance of submitted papers and workshop proposals.

April 11th, 2008: Final papers must be received. See website for detailed author instructions.



Open Scholarship: Authority, Community and Sustainability in the Age of Web 2.0

Scholarly communications, in particular scholarly publications, are undergoing tremendous changes. Researchers, universities, funding bodies, research libraries and publishers are responding in different ways, from active experimentation, adaptation, to strong resistance. The ELPUB2008 conference will focus on key issues on the future of scholarly communications resulting from the intersection of semantic web technologies, the development of cyberinfrastructure for humanities and the sciences, and new dissemination channels and business models. We welcome a wide variety of papers from members of these communities whose research and experiments are transforming the nature of scholarly communications. Topics include but are not restricted to:

* New Publishing models, tools, services and roles
* New scholarly constructs and discourse methods
* Innovative business models for scholarly publishing
* Multilingual and multimodal interfaces
* Services and technology for specific user communities, media, and content
* Content search, analysis and retrieval
* Interoperability, scalability and middleware infrastructure to facilitate awareness and discovery
* Personalisation technologies (e.g. social tagging, folksonomies, RSS, microformats)
* Metadata creation, usage and interoperability
* Semantic web issues
* Data mining, text harvesting, and dynamic formatting
* User generated content and its relation to publisher's content
* Usage and citation impact
* Security, privacy and copyright issues
* Digital preservation, content authentication
* Recommendations, guidelines, interoperability standards

Author Guidelines (see Call for Papers Link) or write

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Authors Wanted: Disney Films on Sport, British History

Authors Wanted: Disney Films on Sport, British History

Authors are sought for two essays (2,500 words each) dealing with based-on-fact films released by Walt Disney Studios. The essays will complete an edited collection tentatively titled:
Beyond the Mouse: Disney's Documentaries and Docudramas. A publisher has expressed
interest in the project. The book is intended to appeal to a broad audience: historians, film scholars, and non-academic Disney fans. The essays should be interpretive (rather than simply
cataloging and describing the films), but written in an accessible, engaging style
without heavy jargon or theoretical apparatus.

Essay #1 will deal with Disney's based-on-a-true-story sports dramas of the 1990s and 2000s, including Miracle (about the 1980 US Olympic hockey team), The Rookie, Remember the Titans, Glory Road, and Invincible.

Essay #2 will deal with Disney's European-history adventures of the 1950s and 1960s: The Story of Robin Hood, The Sword and the Rose, Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue, and The Fighting Prince of Donegal.

Deadline for delivery of the manuscripts is negotiable, but will need to be in early 2008.

Inquiries from scholars in any relevant discipline (history, literature, American studies, film studies, etc.) and at any stage of their career are welcome. If interested, please email a brief
statement of interest (which essay?) and qualifications to:

Dr. A. Bowdoin Van Riper
Department of Social and International Studies
Southern Polytechnic State University or

CFP: Education Libraries (from SLA's Education Division)

CFP: Education Libraries (from SLA's Education Division)

We are accepting papers for the next two issues of Education Libraries, a peer-reviewed journal published by SLA's Education Division. This journal is indexed in ERIC, and Wilson Library Literature and Information Science. For information about the journal, instructions for authors, and full-text copies of selected back issues, please go to You do not have to be a member of SLA or the Education Division to publish in Education Libraries. We welcome additional book reviewers.

Call for papers, Spring 2008:
The next issue will focus on children's resources.
Deadline: February 1, 2008

Call for papers, Fall 2008:
Topics could include archives and digitization; historical collections;
digital libraries; workforce development and information literacy.
Deadline: August 1, 2008

Email queries and manuscripts to co-editor, Jacqueline Snider at



We're in need of the following:

NONFICTION articles for ages 3-6 (no more than 400 words)
NONFICTION articles for ages 7-9 (400 to 800 words)

POETRY - see new Guidelines

We're in particular need for FEBRUARY and MARCH 2008 issues. Please read the Submission Guidelines page before submitting.

SFC is not a themed magazine but if you need a kickstart, check out our Monthly Idea Calendar.
We're always short on crafts, recipes, games and puzzles so if you have any tucked away, send them in.

SFC welcomes new writers. This would be a great time for you to submit.

Good Luck and Happy Writing!

Wendy Dickson
Assistant Submissions Editor
Stories for Children

VS Grenier
Stories for Children Magazine and Newsletter Editor
Stories for Children My Space Page

Children's and Teen Author

CFP: 5th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

CFP: 5th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

Washington, DC, USA
May 4-7, 2008

Deadline: December 21, 2007


Information Coordination between Heterogeneous Emergency and Relief Agencies

Session ID: ORG-01


In times of emergency organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, operate in conditions of extreme uncertainty. The uncertainty has many sources, including the sporadic nature of emergencies, the lack of warning associated with emergencies, and the wide array of actors who may or may not respond to any one emergency. This uncertainty increases the need for information, but at the same time research has shown that the amount of operational information flowing through an organization during an emergency can be overwhelming. In these circumstances appropriate ICTs could make substantial improvements in the relief process.

Research Area

While improved coordination is a noble goal itself, the real aim is to improve emergency and relief services. To date it is unclear just how much improvement in relief services result from improved coordination in the ICT realm. While anecdotal evidence of benefits exists to ignite efforts, a more systematic analysis of the ICT coordination benefits (or lack thereof) is called for. Successful ICT coordination in emergency relief will require that organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, to both overcome the challenges and take advantage of the benefits presented by their environment. These inter-organizational challenges are of both a general and relief-context nature as well as relating specifically to coordination ICTs. While the environment can pose many challenges to coordination, the inherent interdependencies can also facilitate coordination. Empirical studies on inter-organizational coordination have found that informal contacts, good historical relations with other organizations, common commitment, existence of common language, accessibility to other organizations, professionalism, standardization, structural similarities, scarce resources and frequent external communications all serve to enhance coordination efforts.


Some non-exhaustive examples of topics that could contribute to this session are

• Models of organizational structures leading to improved coordination and collaboration between agencies
• Models of how collaboration and coordination might impact the emergency response supply chain
• Models of 3rd party coordination bodies between organizations
• Models of shared organizational and technological infrastructure
• Coordination and Collaboration intra-agency and inter-agencies
• Tools for the cooperation in normality and emergency situations
• Information Interoperability among agencies
• Sharing of ICT infrastructures in the emergency area
• Cooperation among agencies
• Coordination of supplies for the emergency relief
• Coordination and collaboration between operative centres and operative teams
• Leadership of multi-organizational response teams
• Open source ICT solutions

Type of contribution:
• Academic Session: we invite researchers from academia or research labs to present their research or research-in-progress papers. Prospective presenters submit a regular research (or research-in-progress) paper.
Important Notice:
• All submissions must be formatted according to the ISCRAM 2008 formatting guidelines. Templates and instructions are published on
• All submissions must be submitted through the ISCRAM 2008 conference paper submission web page at Instructions for the ConfTool system can be found on
• All papers and presentations will go through a double-blind review process, leading to a decision of (conditional) acceptance or rejection.
• Accepted papers will be included in the ISCRAM 2008 program and published in the official proceedings if and only if
(1) the paper is formatted according to the instructions,
(2) the authors sign the copyright transfer form and
(3) one of the authors registers for the conference and pays the registration fee before the cut-off date for early registration.
• Authors who have multiple papers accepted can only register for and present one paper at the conference; co-authors need to register separately.

Session Chairs:

Andrea H. Tapia, Ph.D.
College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State University

Carleen Maitland, Ph.D.
College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State University

Important ISCRAM 2008 Dates:
 December 21, 2007: Paper submission deadline
 February 10, 2008: Notification of (conditional) acceptance
 February 22, 2008: Early registration deadline
 March 1, 2008: Final camera-ready paper submission deadline
 May 4-7, 2008: ISCRAM 2008

The ISCRAM Community is a worldwide community of researchers, scholars, teachers, students, practitioners and policy makers interested or actively involved in the subject of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management. At its annual international conference alternating between the US and Europe, the ISCRAM Community gathers to present and discuss the latest research and developments in this growing area during an interactive and stimulating 3 day program. The ISCRAM Community also organizes an International Summer School for PhD students and ISCRAM-CHINA, an annual conference for ISCRAM research in China. All information on ISCRAM can be found at
ISCRAM 2008 will be held from 4-7 May at the George Washington University (GWU) located in Washington, DC, USA. The conference will be hosted by GWU’s Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management (ICDRM). All details on this conference will be made available via the ISCRAM website mentioned above.

Friday, December 07, 2007

CFP: 37th IASL Conference is: World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries

CFP: 37th IASL Conference is: World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries

Location: University of California at Berkeley
Dates: August 4, 2008 – August 8, 2008
Call for Papers Deadline: January 15, 2008

The conference coordinator is Dr. Blanche Woolls,



1. Digital Literacy — For example, digital libraries, digital resources related to reading, specialized strategies and techniques for “reading” online text, images and multimedia.

2. Building a Community of Readers — For example, book clubs, literature circles, collaborative reading projects.

3. Strategies for Building Literacy Skills in School Libraries — For example, How can the school librarian use his/her library curriculum and instruction to develop reading and literacy skills among students? What reading and literacy skills can be”taught” in school libraries by school librarians? What are best practices for teaching these skills?

4. Support Reading Instruction — For example, how school libraries can provide resources for classroom teachers and staff support for literacy initiatives throughout the school, including collection development, literacy libraries, reader’s advisory, reading incentive programs.

5. Research Forum — For example, scholarly research about school libraries. Researchers are encouraged to discuss their research methodologies as well as the results.

Four types of presentations will be offered in this conference:

-Professional papers: Papers that describe and discuss the presenter’s work in relation to theory and/or practice.
-International Research Forum Presentations: Papers that describe the presenter’s research, either completed or on-going, in relation to the conference theme.
-Workshops/Demonstrations: Presentations that feature one or more persons working with a group to help them develop skills in a specific teaching or research technique.
-Poster Sessions: Description of practice or theory presented visually. Presenters are required to be present for a specific period of time in order to answer questions.

All proposals will be independently reviewed before acceptance. The Review Panel for the International Research Forum will be drawn from IASL members worldwide.

Criteria for Selection:
-Relevance to conference themes
-Clarity of description
-Intellectual significance
-Relevance to audience

All proposals must be in English and submitted by 15 January 2008.

For information - please follow the links above.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

CFP: 2008 LITA National Forum

CFP: 2008 LITA National Forum

Due Date for proposals: December 15, 2007

The 2008 National Forum Committee seeks proposals for high quality
concurrent sessions and poster sessions for the 11th annual LITA
National Forum to be held at the Hilton Netherland Plaza hotel in
Cincinnati, Ohio from October 16-19, 2008

Theme: Technology and Community: Building the Techno Community Library

The Forum Committee is interested in presentations that highlight
specific technology implementations; just over-the-horizon
technologies that aren't quite ready for implementation; or
information technology research. We are interested in all types of
libraries: public, government, school, academic, special, and
corporate. Proposals on any aspect of library and information technology are welcome.

Some possible ideas for proposals might include:

1. Social Computing: social tools, collaborative software, etc.
2. User created content: Book reviews, tagging, etc.
3. Mobile connectivity: iPhones, iPods, handhelds
4. Virtual worlds
5. Multiplayer Gaming in Education and Libraries
6. Open Source Software: creative uses of OSS, technology on a
7. Federated and Meta-Searching: design and management, integrated
access to resources, search engines
8. Digital Libraries/ Institutional Repositories: developments in
resource linking, preservation, maintenance, web services
9. Authentication and Authorization: Digital Rights Management
(DRM), authentication, privacy, services for remote patrons
10. Web design: information architecture, activity-centered design,
user-centered design, usability testing
11. Technology Management: project management, geek management,
budgeting, knowledge sharing applications
12. Internet Law: privacy, copyright, filtering
13. RFID in libraries

Presentations must have a technological focus and pertain to libraries
and/or be of interest to librarians. Concurrent sessions are
approximately 75 minutes in length. Forum 2008 will also accept a
limited number of poster session proposals. Presenters are required to
submit handouts one month in advance for the Forum notebook, and
handouts will be made available on the Web site after the event.

Your proposals are welcome and much appreciated! To submit a proposal,
send the following information via email (in ASCII, PDF, or RTF format):


Abstract and brief outline

Level indicator (basic, intermediate, or advanced)

Brief biographical information. Include experience as a
presenter and expertise in the topic

Full contact information

Is this proposal for a concurrent session?

Is this proposal for a poster session?

If this proposal is for a concurrent session, might it be
considered for a poster session?

How did you hear about the 2007 Forum call for proposals?

The 2008 Forum Planning Committee will review proposals at the ALA
Midwinter Conference in January 2008. You will be contacted about the
status of your proposal by the end of February 2008.

Submit proposals (in ASCII, PDF, or RTF) by December 15, 2007 to:
Mary Taylor
Executive Director
Library and Information Technology Association

We look forward to hearing from you!

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) members are
information technology professionals dedicated to educating, serving,
and reaching out to the entire library and information community. LITA
is a division of the American Library Association.

Mary Taylor, Executive Director
Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)
50 E. Huron, Chicago, IL 60611
800-545-2433 x4267
312-280-4267 (direct line)
312-280-3257 (fax)

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

CFP: DC-2008 (International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications)

CFP: DC-2008 (International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications)

“Metadata for Semantic and Social Applications”

22-26 September 2008
in Berlin, Germany

Deadlines and Important Dates
Papers/reports/posters submission: 30 March 2008
Acceptance notification: 15 May 2008
Camera-ready copy due: 15 June 2008


The annual Dublin Core conferences bring together leading metadata researchers and professionals from around the world. DC-2008 in Berlin will be the eighth in a series of conferences held previously in Tokyo, Florence, Seattle, Shanghai, Madrid, Manzanillo, and Singapore.

The DC-2008 conference is organized jointly by the Competence Centre for Interoperable Metadata (KIM), Max Planck Digital Library, Göttingen State and University Library, the German National Library, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and Dublin Core Metadata Initiative with sponsorship from Wikimedia Deutschland.

Conference Theme
Metadata is a key aspect of our evolving infrastructure for information management, social computing, and scientific collaboration.

DC-2008 will focus on metadata challenges, solutions, and innovation in initiatives and activities underlying semantic and social applications. Metadata is part of the fabric of social computing, which includes the use of wikis, blogs, and tagging for collaboration and participation. Metadata also underlies the development of semantic applications, and the Semantic Web — the representation and integration of multimedia knowledge structures on the basis of semantic models. These two trends flow together in applications such as Wikipedia, where authors collectively create structured information that can be extracted and used to enhance access to and use of information sources.

Recent discussion has focused on how existing bibliographic standards can be expressed as Semantic Web vocabularies to facilitate the ingration of library and cultural heritage data with other types of data. Harnessing the efforts of content providers and end-users to link, tag, edit, and describe their information in interoperable ways (”participatory metadata”) is a key step towards providing knowledge environments that are scalable, self-correcting, and evolvable.

DC-2008 will explore conceptual and practical issues in the development and deployment of semantic and social applications to meet the needs of specific communities of practice.

Papers, reports, and poster submissions are welcome on a wide range of metadata topics, such as:

-Metadata generation (methods, tools, and practices)
-Semantic Web metadata and applications
-Conceptual models and frameworks (e.g., RDF, DCAM, OAIS)
-Social tagging
-Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS) and Simple Knowledge Organization Systems (SKOS) (e.g., ontologies, taxonomies, authority files, folksonomies, and thesauri)
-Metadata in e-Science and grid applications
-Metadata interoperability and internationalization
-Metadata quality, normalization, and mapping
-Cross-domain metadata uses (e.g., recordkeeping, preservation, institutional repositories)
-Vocabulary registries and registry services
-Domain metadata (e.g., for corporations, cultural memory institutions, education, government, and scientific fields)
-Application profiles
-Accessibility metadata
-Search engines and metadata
-Metadata principles, guidelines, and best practices
-Bibliographic standards (e.g., Resource Description and Access (RDA), Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR), subject headings) as Semantic Web vocabularies

See the CFP Link for more information

CFP: New Reference Research: 14th Reference Research Forum, 2008

A reminder of the January 7th deadline for submitting proposals for the
Reference Research Forum at ALA Annual 2008 in Anaheim.

CFP: New Reference Research: 14th Reference Research Forum, 2008

The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA is sponsoring its Fourteenth Reference Research Forum, "New Reference Research," at the 2008 American Library Association Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA.

This is an opportunity to present and discuss your research project conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness, and organizational structure and personnel.

Both completed research and research in progress will be considered. All researchers, including reference practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.

The Committee employs a "blind" review process to select a maximum of three (3) projects for 25 minute presentations, followed by open discussion. The selected researchers are required to present their papers in person at the forum. Criteria for selection are:

..Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service;
..Quality and creativity of the research design and methodologies;
..Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies;
..Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted.

Please submit a one-page proposal by Monday, January 7, 2008. Notification of acceptance will be made by Friday, March 21, 2008. The submission must consist of no more than two pages. On the first page, please list your name(s), title (s), institutional affiliation(s), and address(es)
(including your mailing address, fax number and email address).

The second page should NOT show your name or any personal information.
Instead, it must include:

..Title of the project;
..Explicit statement of the research problem;
..Description of the research design and methodologies used;
..Brief discussion of the unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research.

Please send submissions preferably by email to:

Anne C. Moore, Ph.D.
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
154 Hicks Way
UMass Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003
FAX: 413-545-6494

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

LAMA Seeks New LA&M Associate Editor

LAMA Seeks New LA&M Associate Editor

The Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) seeks an experienced writer or editor to assist in the production and eventually take charge of LAMA’s quarterly magazine, Library Administration & Management (LA&M). As the flagship publication of LAMA, LA&M serves as an outlet for publishing and news information disseminated from LAMA committees and working groups, as well as for best practices in the field of library administration. The print magazine is transitioning into a full-feature web publication, expected to be complete in 2009, and will continue to serve the membership in vital new ways by providing more timely information, multi-media features, and high quality graphics.

The associate editor will be responsible for working closely with the editor in the production of each issue of LA&M, establishing close working relationships with and serving as liaison to the LAMA section and committee chairs in reporting section news, and performing other duties as determined by the editor. After serving two years, the incumbent will assume the duties of editor. The associate editor serves as an ex-officio member of the LAMA Board of Directors and the LA&M Editorial Advisory Board. The first issue for which the newly appointed associate editor will share responsibility will be volume 23, no. 1, with a copy due date in late September 2008.

Applicants must be LAMA members and have a strong overall knowledge of the association and its goals, have an interest in and knowledge of management issues relevant to libraries, and a familiarity with management literature in general. Applicants must have written and published articles and/or have demonstrated editorial experience. Preferred applicants will have experience or familiarity with the technical and editorial issues associated with electronic and Web publishing, and knowledge of emerging technologies in this publishing format.

Applicants must make a four-year commitment to attend American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meetings and Annual Conferences, with emphasis on attending LAMA section and committee meetings, and other events. Compensation up to $1,500 annually will be provided to cover documented travel and/or editorial expenses. Applicants should send a resume and cover letter summarizing their editorial philosophy, two to four samples of written work or editorial activities, and three letters of reference addressing qualifications to:

Kerry Ward, Executive Director, LAMA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611, or e-mail materials to Kerry Ward

The deadline for application is May 1, 2008. Finalists will be interviewed at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.

Eric C. Shoaf
LA&M Associate Editor

ACRL/LAMA call for proposals (Spring Virtual Institute Proposals)

ACRL/LAMA call for proposals (Spring Virtual Institute Proposals)

Subject: Dec. 10 deadline for ACRL/LAMA Spring Virtual Institute Proposals

Don't miss the opportunity to play an active part in the 2008 ACRL/LAMA Joint Virtual Institute, "Leading from the Middle: Managing in All Directions". Submit a proposal now for an interactive webcast or online poster session. Submissions will be accepted through Monday, December 10, 2007.

The ACRL/LAMA Joint Virtual Institute, to be offered April 29-30, 2008, will offer a forum for the exploration of issues and challenges facing middle managers and leaders. The institute will take place in an online conference community, which will provide an environment in which groups of participants, both small and large, can gather electronically to learn, collaborate, and network. The institute will offer both synchronous and asynchronous sessions and program sessions will be archived after the institute for viewing on-demand. Proposals are invited for session formats including:

Interactive Webcast (Synchronous)
An interactive Webcast allows you to give a presentation in real-time, while also showing visuals, such as PowerPoint slides and desktop applications. Participants can also interact by talking with live audio or typing in questions and comments.

Online Poster Session (Asynchronous)
The online poster session is a PowerPoint presentation that includes your voice recorded along with each slide. The poster session is posted in the online conference community area, where participants may review it at any time during the conference.

Submissions will be accepted through December 10, 2007. Full text of the Call for Proposals is available online at Questions about the Call for Proposals or the Joint Spring Virtual Institute should be directed to, 312-280-2522.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

The mission of the Library Administration and Management Association ( is to encourage and nurture current and future library leaders, and to develop and promote outstanding leadership and management practices. LAMA is a division of the American Library Association and has a membership of more than 5,000.

Margot S. Conahan
Manager, Professional Development
50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611
312-280-2522; fax: 312-280-2520

Monday, December 03, 2007

CFP: EBSS Research Forum (ALA Annual 2008)

CFP: EBSS Research Forum (ALA Annual 2008)

The Education and Behavioral Sciences Section Research Committee is holding its second annual Research Poster Session and Discussion Forum during the second ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, Saturday, June 28, 2008. The forum seeks to provide beginning and established researchers an opportunity to present research in progress, and receive collaborative feedback on their work and recommendations for future publishing. Research/posters will be simultaneously presented and discussed in small informal groups.

Attendees at the forum will find an arena for discussion and networking with their colleagues interested in research-related issues and trends in the profession.

The committee will use a blind review process.

Selection criteria
Proposals will be evaluated based on the extent to which they:

1. Measure and/or investigate library and information aspects in the fields of communication, psychology, social work and education.

2. Represent an original research project.

3. Clearly identify what stage in the research project has been completed and estimate a timeline for the remainder of the project.

4. Represent the current interest to the membership of EBSS.

Note: Research that has been previously published or accepted for publication by December 1, 2007 will not be considered.

Proposal submission instructions

1. Proposals should be no more than three pages.

2. The first page should include:
Date of submission
Name of applicant(s)
Applicant address(es)
Phone number(s)
Email address(es)
Title of the proposal

3. The second page should include:
Title of the proposal
Statement of the research question
Research goals and objectives
Description of the methodology
12 pt. font
One inch margins

4. Email or mail your submissions by December 7, 2007 to

Melissa Cast-Brede
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha, NE 68182



June 26-29, 2008
Johnson City , TN

Deadline: March 14, 2008

The 25th Annual Conference of the Sport Literature Association will be held June 26-29, 2008, at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City , Tennessee. The Program Committee of the Sport Literature Association invites proposals for individual papers and complete sessions. All submissions should relate to the literature of sport in some way.

Scholarly and critical submissions for the conference should follow 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." We also encourage sessions focused on presenters' original creations, including fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry.

Those interested in presenting should send abstracts of individual papers or original work or proposals for complete sessions by March 14, 2008 to:

Dr. Shelly Sanders
Department of English
Abilene Christian University
ACU BOX 28252
Abilene , TX 79601
Phone: 325.674.4855
Fax: 325.674.2408

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

Thursday, November 29, 2007

CFP: 24th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning

CFP: 24th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning
August 5-8, 2008
Madison, Wisconsin

CALL FOR PROPOSALS Teach.........Learn.........Connect
We encourage you to submit a proposal contributing to the ongoing quality of
distance education development, delivery, support, assessment, and management.

* Share your expertise in the application of technology to the teaching and learning process
* Lead sessions on the planning and management of distance education/training programs
* Demonstrate your successful course and/or training materials
* Guide discussions among colleagues

Submit online by January 15, 2008 at

The Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning is recognized as one of
the premier events on distance education. The conference gathers approximately
1,000 educators, trainers, managers, and designers from throughout the world
who are involved in distance teaching/training programs.

Conference contact: Kimary Peterson,

Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

CFP: Manitoba Association for Distributed Learning and Training (MADLaT)

CFP: Manitoba Association for Distributed Learning and Training (MADLaT)


2008 International Conference Call for Papers

"E-Learning Comes Together," the MADLaT 2008 conference will address the blend of information and communication technology with the wisdom of educators in learning environments. Our audience, a diverse community of practitioners, reflects this coming together--teachers, professors, instructors, designers and those involved in student support, planning and administrative issues, all sharing their knowledge and experience.

We are inviting you to Manitoba, May 8-9, 2008.

The Conference Program Planning Committee is accepting submissions for presentations, panel discussions, facilitated discussions, and poster sessions. These will enable participants to investigate, evaluate, rethink, and connect with contemporary trends in information and
communication technology, new media, and distance and distributed learning. We invite you to submit proposals for conference sessions that creatively address the theme “E-Learning Comes Together”

Who Should Submit?
This is an international conference. Submissions are strongly encouraged from individuals and groups working in education, training, business, industry, government, and military at all levels, including K-12, post-secondary, and adult education and/or training. Graduate students’ submissions in all formats are very welcome.

For more information, visit:


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Call for Papers Baseball and Politics

Call for Papers Baseball and Politics

Editor Ron Briley is seeking manuscripts for an anthology on Baseball and Politics to be published by McFarland & Company. The recent front page newspaper coverage of the Barry Bonds indictment for perjury indicates that the interest in and impact of baseball extends well beyond the playing field. This collection will focus upon the intersection between baseball and the political arena—nationally as well as locally. A diverse range of political opinion will be encouraged in the volume. Possible topics for investigation include:

1. Racial integration and discrimination in the sport
2. The politics of stadium construction and financing
3. Baseball and the women’s question
4. Gays in baseball
5. Baseball and religion
6. Baseball and imperialism
7. Baseball and war (Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Iraq War)
8. Political opinions and activities of baseball players and management
9. Youth baseball
10. Baseball and anti-trust legislation
11. The merchandising of baseball both nationally and internationally
12. Baseball academies in Latin America
13. The response of baseball to national emergencies such as 9/11 or the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy
14. Baseball and the World Classic

Inquiries should be addressed to Ron Briley (Sandia Preparatory School, Albuquerque, New Mexico) at Manuscripts should be approximately 15 to 20 pages double-spaced. Documentation should be in Chicago style (although exceptions may be made for academic disciplines for which MLA is the accepted mode of citation). Manuscripts should be sent electronically in Microsoft Word format to Ron Briley by July 1, 2008.

Ron Briley
Assistant Headmaster
532 Osuna Road, NE
Albuquerque,NM 87113
505-338-3099 (fax)

Call for paper proposal on comic books and superheroes

Call for paper proposal on comic books and superheroes
47th Annual Meeting Florida Conference of Historians in Jacksonville, FL February 27 through March 1, 2008

From the debut of Superman in 1938 through Marvel’s Comics’ Civil War storyline this year, superhero comic books have made an indelible mark on American culture. The current popularity of stories and characters originating in comic books has expanded interest in the medium and in the superhero genre which itself incorporates a variety of other genres. Moreover, recent scholarship has striven to define the superhero’s unique relationship to American culture. Submissions that address the ways the comic book superhero represents, constructs, and distorts American culture are welcomed.

For consideration, please send the following information:
1. Paper title and abstract/proposal (300-500 words)
2. Brief vita or one-paragraph biography.
3. Complete personal information: name, department, academic affiliation, mailing address, and e-mail address. Worthwhile topics include (but are not limited to):

Race and the Superhero
Gender and the Superhero
Superheroes and Nationalism
Religion and the Superhero
The Superhero in the Media
The Superhero and Identity

Bill Svitavsky, Electronic Resources Librarian
Olin Library, Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue - 2744
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 646-2679


Monday, November 26, 2007

World Library and Information Congress: 74th IFLA General Conference and Council

World Library and Information Congress: 74th IFLA General Conference and Council

"Libraries without borders: Navigating towards global understanding"
10-14 August 2008, Québec, Canada


The content of the IFLA Conference Programme is organised by different professional groups (Sections and Core Programmes).

Call for papers will be submitted through these groups and made available on this web page as soon as delivered.

See the above links for the specific sections call for papers. Here is a list:

Acquisition and Collection Development Section
Theme: "In and Out (of Copyright): Contrasting Perspectives on Digitization of Library Collections"

Audiovisual and Multimedia Section, with the Committee on Copyright and Other Legal Matters, the National Libraries Section, and the Section on Bibliography
Theme: "The Legal Deposit of Audiovisual and Multimedia materials: practice around the world"

Asia and Oceania Section
Theme: "From me, to you, to us: how libraries in the Asia and Oceania region contribute to global understanding"

Theme: "National Bibliography Agencies without borders - experiences on collaboration with other producers of bibliographic data"

Cataloguing Section
Theme: "Sharing standards: cooperation with other actors"

Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section
Theme: "Global resource sharing across borders: crossing geographical, language and conceptual boundaries in interlibrary loan and document delivery services"

Government Information and Official Publications Section
Theme: "Globalization of government information: creating digital archives for increased access"

Health and Biosciences Libraries Section
Theme: "The Role of Humanities in Medical Education and Patient Care"

Information Technology Section
Theme: "Enabling access to the global library - Small is Beautiful: Distributed deployment of library services for small and special libraries"

Latin America and the Caribbean Section
Theme: "Cultural Identity and Technology in Latin America and the Caribbean libraries"

Library Theory and Research Section
Theme: "Theoretical Approaches to Research on Libraries as Space and Place"

Management of Library Associations Section with Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section and Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP)
Theme: "Leadership skills and advocacy for libraries: best practices in library association management"

Management & Marketing Section;Statistics & Evaluation Section; andLibrary Theory & Research Section
Theme: "Managing Libraries in a Changing Environment - Legal, Technical, and Organizational Aspects"

Newspapers Section
Theme: "The North American Ethnic Press"

Rare Books and Manuscripts Section
Theme: "Expanding Frontiers of Knowledge: Documents of Exploration, Discovery, and Travel"

Reading Section in co-operation with the Public Libraries and Multicultural Sections
Theme: The Global Literacy and Reading Fair: sharing good library practices in support of the United Nations Literacy Decade 2003-2012

Reference and Information Services Section
Theme: "Have we have blown up the reference desk? Reference Services in virtual worlds"

Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section
Theme: "Navigating the world of serials: New initiatives in management and cataloguing"

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

CFP: ‘Memory in a Memory-Less Age’

CFP: ‘Memory in a Memory-Less Age’

Sunday 7th to Tuesday 9th Sept 2008
Peterhouse, University of Cambridge

Proposals for papers (30 minutes duration) are invited on the theme, for a conference organised by the Centre for the Study of Jewish–Christian relations to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Centre. Papers may be presented from a variety of disciplinary approaches that illustrate the theme with reference to the study of Jewish – Christian relations. Proposals, containing a title and an abstract of no more than 250 words, should be submitted by December 1st 2007 to Dr James Aitken (, CJCR, Wesley House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BJ UK. In conjunction with the conference, artistic events will be held, both throughout the year and at the time of the conference.

The Theme
‘Memory in a Memory-Less Age’

Remembrance has been a central theme in Jewish–Christian relations, and a major justification for teaching the issue. However, how do we respond to this imperative to remember when instantaneous is preferred to long-lasting information, and when remembrance has become such a sensitive issue between generations? It is often said that 'today’s news is tomorrow’s chip paper’, but the birth of the MTV generation and its finite, channel-hopping attention span has heralded a new style of reporting and recording. With the need for instantaneous gratification and an ever-increasing information overload, where and how much history is actually being recorded, preserved, remembered?

Topics that might be covered include:

Memorial days and memorialisation
Interfaith Education and the internet
The internet as a means or an obstacle to remembrance
Education and the teaching of History
The psychology of remembrance
Memory in film and the Arts
Virtual Judaism

Dr James Aitken
Academic Director
Centre for the Study of Jewish–Christian Relations
Wesley House
Jesus Lane
Cambridge CB5 8BJ
Phone: (0044 1223) 742 157

Visit the website at

CFP: Print Culture in 1790s (Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Conference)

CFP: Print Culture in 1790s (Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Conference)

Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Conference(SHEAR),Philadelphia, PA, July 17-20, 2008

We are organizing a panel that deals with print culture, broadly defined, in the 1790s. Papers might deal with novels, newspapers, pamphlets, broadsides, or printing networks. Proposals that engage with the political aspects of print culture are particularly welcome.

Please submit a brief statement of interest to Michelle Orihel ( or Sari Edelstein ( by November 18.

Sari Edelstein
Brandeis University

Michelle Orihel
Syracuse University

CFP: New book on Popular Culture and 9/11 (Greenwood Publishing, forthcoming)

CFP: New book on Popular Culture and 9/11 (Greenwood Publishing, forthcoming)

Essays sought (750-1000 words each) for a forthcoming volume on popular culture since September 11th. Essays must be written from a critical or cultural studies approach. Planned book chapters will cover a wide range of topics including Everyday Life; Advertising; Architecture; Literature; Music; Television; Movies; Sports; News; American Icons. Essays should discuss specific elements of popular culture within these chapter categories and will function as case studies that illustrate the connection between September 11th and popular culture. For example, an essay in the Architecture chapter could be a semiotic example of Ground Zero memorials. An essay in the Movies chapter could be critical look at the role 9/11 has played in films (or one specific film) since 2001.

For more information and to discuss possible submissions, please contact Drs. Sara Quay and Amy Damico at by January 15, 2008.

Sara Quay and Amy Damico
Endicott College
376 Hale Street
Beverly, MA 01915

Monday, November 19, 2007


Southampton, UK
April 1-4, 2008

Deadline 9th Dec 2007 for Papers & Panels
(Calls for Posters and User Group Participation to follow later)

(see link for all topics)

We invite developers, researchers and practitioners to submit papers describing novel experiences or developments in the construction and use of digital repositories. Submissions of UP TO 4 pages in length are requested for review. See the CFP page at the conference site for submission instructions. Submissions for panel discussions are also requested.

Repositories are being deployed in a variety of settings (research, scholarship, learning, science, cultural heritage) and across a range of scales (subject, national, regional, institutional, project, lab, personal). The aim of this conference is to address the technical, managerial, practical and
theoretical issues that arise from diverse applications of repositories in the increasingly pervasive information environment.

A programme of papers, panel discussions, poster presentations, workshops, tutorials and developer coding sessions will bring together all the key stakeholders in the field. Open source
software community meetings for the major platforms (EPrints, DSpace and Fedora) will also provide opportunities to advance and co-ordinate the development of repository installations across the world.

Paper Submission Deadline: Friday 7th December 2007
Notification of Acceptance: Monday January 21st 2008
Submission of DSpace/EPrints/Fedora User Group Presentations: TBA
Submission of Posters: Monday 4th February 2008
Conference: April 1-4, 2008. University of Southampton, UK.

Enquiries to: Program Committee Chair (e.lyon AT or General
Chair (lac AT


The themes of the conference include (but are not limited to) the following:











Call for Contributors: Leadership Among Early Career Librarians

Call for Contributors: Leadership Among Early Career Librarians

Would you like to see your name in print?

Suzanne Byke and I are writing a book about leadership among early career librarians (less than 10 years). We would like to include your experiences as leaders, and how you have helped shape librarianship for the next generation. We are looking for 200-500 words sections about your experiences as a leader or how you have developed leadership skills. Please send a 100 word or less abstract to Include your full name, title and institution. We will let you know if your submission is selected. Please send these no later than 12/10/2007. If you have any questions contact Dawn at

Thank you,
Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen and Suzanne Byke
co-authors, A Leadership Primer for New Librarians: Tools for
Helping Today's Early-career Librarians Become Tomorrow's Library Leaders

Friday, November 16, 2007

Call for Participation: Digital Library Technologies Interest Group (DLTIG) at ALA Midwinter 2008

Call for Participation: Digital Library Technologies Interest Group (DLTIG) at ALA Midwinter 2008

The Digital Library Technologies Interest Group (DLTIG) will meet in Philadelphia on Sunday, January 13, 2008 from 10:30AM to 1:00 PM. The meeting will provide discussion on the upcoming DLTIG annual meeting program in Anaheim, CA titled Institutional Repositories, Mass Digitization, and Preservation; a regular business meeting; and a Share Online Stuff (SOS) open forum for participants to demonstrate innovative projects and programs.

The SOS part of the meeting, will provide an open forum for participants to share short demonstrations (5/10 minutes) of innovative digital library projects and programs with attendees. In addition to sharing new digital initiatives, it is hoped this will spark discussion on program ideas for 2009 ALA annual conference in Chicago.

While an open forum, I’m asking LITA members who want to present at the DLTIG meeting in to send to me by email descriptions and titles of demonstrations. I would like to get a feel of the number of you who are willing to share the merits of your library staff’s digital services with other ALA members.


National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped’s Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) program. With over 18,000 digital audio books and 100 magazines available for download in 2008.NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) Enrollment
10 minutes
NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) Enrollment

Wolfner Library’s Recommended Readings Lists. Over 350 bibliographies with human voice audio mp3 file enhancements.
5 minutes

You Say It How?
An audio pronunciation guide to over 9,000 hard to pronounce names of public figures. 5 minutes
Look forward to hearing from you and thanks in advance,

Richard J. Smith, Director
Wolfner Library
Co-Chair DLTIG
Web Site:

CFP: 2009 Cleveland Conference (Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International)

CFP: 2009 Cleveland Conference (Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International)

Conference: October 14-17, 2009
CFP Deadline: April 1, 2008


The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International will hold its 12th Genealogical/Cultural Conference at the Holiday Inn Cleveland South – Independence. The dates are Wednesday October 14 through Saturday October 17. Ethnic area and research tours will be offered on Wednesday and Thursday. The next step in conference planning is seeking speaker candidates.

Beginning Genealogy and possibly a few “local interest” sessions will be offered on Thursday afternoon October 15th along with use of the Traveling Library and Vendor area. A total of 32 proposals will be chosen by our Selection Team for Friday and Saturday, with 4 simultaneous sessions offered over 4 time slots each day. The goal of the team will be to provide a balanced program based upon ethnicity and genre. All sessions will be 75 minutes in length.

The Cleveland area has one of the highest concentrations of persons of Slovak, Czech and Carpatho-Rusyn ancestry in the country. They still have a large number of ethnic organizations, including the Slovak Institute, First Slovak Catholic Union (Jednota), Cleveland-Bratislava Sister Cities, Sokol Greater Cleveland, Czech Catholic’s Karlin Hall, Carpatho-Rusyn Society – Cleveland Chapter, as well as Czech and Slovak radio programs. The city has definitely done a very good job maintaining its rich ethnic heritage.

Topics appropriate to this conference are numerous. Shown below is a list of potential subject matter:

-Computers in Genealogy (family tree programs, family web sites, etc.)
-Genealogy (ethnic specific, US, European, traditional, on-line)
-History of ethnic settlements, religious groups, churches, fraternal organizations
-Immigration history, Emigration history (push-pull factors), Military history
-Austro-Hungarian Empire history, 20th century history, prehistoric history
-Language (conversational, meanings / origins of surnames and place names, transcription)
-Folk art, Folk music, Folklore, Folk dance
-Modes of Transportation (in homeland, passenger ships, trains, steam boats, etc.)
-Ethnic press, newspapers, periodicals, newsletters
-Research institutions, Collections, museums
-DNA studies
-Traditions (holidays, life-cycle, etc.)
-Cooking / baking

The information we require from speaker candidates includes: a title and one page summary for each presentation, and a speaker bio of no more than one page. We encourage speaker candidates located outside of the Greater Cleveland metropolitan area to submit more than one paper, because of the costs of travel and lodging to bring in speakers.

Speakers selected for the conference will receive a complimentary admission, that includes the Friday and Saturday lunches, and a free vendor table. A travel allowance and lodging will be provided to out of area speakers based on their individual situation.

If you require a speaking honorarium, please clearly state your requirements. Honorarium requests could lessen an applicant’s chance of being selected. The CGSI puts on a very high quality program, while attempting to maintain a reasonable registration rate for the public.

If you have an interest in speaking or know someone who would be an appropriate speaker in Cleveland, please forward this information to them or contact Paul Makousky, Conference Chair at: or by US mail at 8582 Timberwood Road, Woodbury, MN 55125-7620.

Papers are due by April 1, 2008 and shall be mailed to Paul Makousky at the address above.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Call for Contributors: Seas and Waterways of the World encyclopedia

Call for Contributors: Seas and Waterways of the World encyclopedia

ABC-CLIO is currently producing, under the editorship of John Zumerchik, an encyclopedia entitled Seas and Waterways of the World: A Historical Encyclopedia of Transportation and Trade. There are a number of entries still to be written, and we are looking for qualified individuals to write on a variety of topics.

The entries will take a multidisciplinary historical approach to sea-dependent commerce, covering the aquarium, cruise, energy, fishing, insurance, mining, trade, transportation, recreation, and sport industries. Included will be significant coverage of bodies of water,
harbors, ports and coastal development since access to the waterfront has always had a significant influence on local and national economies. There also will be coverage of the more macro themes such as the rise and fall of the Erie Canal as the gateway to the Midwest, and the rise and recent problems faced by the Panama Canal.

If you are interested in finding out more information and/or receiving the list of entries available, please e-mail a copy of your c.v. to Dr. Steven Danver at

CFP: Acqusitions Issues in Serials Management (for Serials Librarian)

CFP: Acqusitions Issues in Serials Management (for Serials Librarian)

In my role as editor of a new column in The Serials Librarian entitled "Acquisitions Issues in Serials Management," I would like extend an invitation to any who might be interested in

The inaugural column, which explains its scope and offers many ideas for topics, can be read here:,2055

Among the topics suggested are the following:

* Price inflation
* Exponentially increasing complexity in the marketplace
* Open Access
* Big Deals
* Collection development in an online environment
* Serials work as public service
* The subscription model itself
* Vendor relations

From the Haworth Press catalog: "_The Serials Librarian_ is a peer-reviewed and widely subscribed-to, international journal devoted to the management of continuing resources that has been published by The Haworth Press, Inc. since 1976. The journal today is still a leader in the field, covering the many aspects of the management of serials and other types of continuing
resources in all formats, with emphasis upon electronic publications."

I look forward to hearing from any who would be interested in contributing to this new column. Please note that my contact information has changed since the column was published; my
correct contact info is below.

Rick Anderson
Assoc. Dir. for Scholarly Resources & Collections
Marriott Library
University of Utah

Monday, November 12, 2007

CFP: LOEX 2008 (Poster Sessions)

CFP: LOEX 2008 (Poster Sessions)

Call for Poster Sessions for LOEX 2008

May 1-3, 2008
Doubletree Chicago-Oakbrook Hotel
Oak Brook, Illinois
(In Chicago’s western suburbs)

Deadline for proposal submission is Friday, January 25, 2008.



This year's theme explores the instruction librarian's multiple roles in planning, building, and renewing instruction and information literacy programs. Instruction librarians are designers in the process of continuously drafting structural programs for information literacy. Successful programs are built based upon the work flow of information in the planning stages, the project team’s ability to collaborate, technical expertise and cohesiveness. Project completion centers on the reflection of both the practical and aesthetic structures to meet the needs of target audiences. Often, it is necessary to restructure based on technology and demands. This conference will provide innovative and unique sketches to build or renew your program.

The Illinois LOEX Committee invites graduate students in library and information science programs to submit proposals to host a poster session at the 36th Annual LOEX Conference. The 2008 conference theme, Librarian as Architect: Planning, Building & Renewing, explores the meaningful building of supportive information literacy learning environments and experiences in instruction.

Poster sessions visually convey research in the areas of instruction and information literacy. They take the form of an exhibit and should include brief narratives, data, and graphics that quickly summarize the student’s research. Computer displays, handouts, directions to websites and other materials can also be incorporated into the exhibit. Presenters will be expected to informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees by making brief remarks, sharing information, and answering questions about the topic. Proposals for poster sessions will be limited to graduate students currently enrolled in library and information science programs.

A poster session for the 2008 LOEX Conference should address one (or more) of the following themes (details):

* Assessing Needs & Outcomes
* Breaking Ground
* Building Relationships
* Laying the Foundation
* Creating Learning Spaces
* Cutting the Ribbon

CFP: LOEX 2008 (Programs)

CFP: LOEX 2008 (Programs)

The Illinois LOEX Committee invites you to the 36th Annual LOEX Conference.

May 1-3, 2008
Doubletree Chicago-Oakbrook Hotel
Oak Brook, Illinois
(In Chicago’s western suburbs)

Deadline to submit proposals: Friday, November 16, 2007


This year's theme explores the instruction librarian's multiple roles in planning, building, and renewing instruction and information literacy programs. Instruction librarians are designers in the process of continuously drafting structural programs for information literacy. Successful programs are built based upon the work flow of information in the planning stages, the project team’s ability to collaborate, technical expertise and cohesiveness. Project completion centers on the reflection of both the practical and aesthetic structures to meet the needs of target audiences. Often, it is necessary to restructure based on technology and demands. This conference will provide innovative and unique sketches to build or renew your program.

Presenters are encouraged to think creatively about the theme. Proposals should provide active engagement of participants, model best practice, provide useful information, skills, or ideas or include effective and innovative practices and collaborative approaches. Successful proposals reflect elements of the six themes.

* Assessing Needs & Outcomes includes assessing user needs, assessing student learning, assessing information literacy initiatives, peer assessment, and evaluating teaching or instructional tools.
* Breaking Ground includes comprehensive planning or implementation of cutting edge innovation, technology, or emerging trends in all aspects of information literacy and instruction.
* Building Relationships focuses on innovative approaches to collaboration on or off campus and the development of new communities or increased diversity.
* Laying the Foundation refreshes thinking about fundamental aspects of information literacy and instruction, including the pedagogy of teaching, the instructional design process, core curriculum initiatives, ethics, and the relationship between information literacy and intellectual property.
* Creating Learning Spaces stresses new uses for old spaces, showcases new spaces and explores using virtual spaces.
* Cutting the Ribbon includes creative ways to deploy new technologies, promote new programs, integrate new initiatives with existing programs, and renew ongoing programs.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

CFP: Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge (May 17-20, 2008)

CFP: Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge (May 17-20, 2008)

Saturday, May 17 through Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Timberline Lodge
One hour east of Portland, Oregon on the slope of Mt. Hood
Call for Papers

WHAT IS The Acquisitions Institute?

* The pre-eminent Western North America conference on acquisitions and collection development, now in its eighth year at Timberline Lodge.

* A small, informal and stimulating gathering in a convivial and glorious Northwestern setting.
* A three day conference focusing on the methods and madness of building and managing library collections and information content.

* See The Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge for more information at

WHAT TOPICS are we looking for?
* The planning committee is open to presentations on all aspects of library acquisitions and collection management. Presenters are encouraged to engage the audience in discussion. Panel discussions are well received. The planning committee may wish to bring individual proposals together to form panels. The committee is especially looking for submissions on the following topics:

Operations management of acquisitions or collection development
The culture of acquisitions
Organization for collection development
Role of consortia in collection development
Financial management, accounting practices, and audits
Integrated library systems as management information systems
Personnel issues and strategies for change
Recruiting and retaining technical services and collection development librarians
Changing roles of book vendors and subscription agents
Vendor selection and assessment
Economics of scholarly publishing
Publishing, pricing and distributing electronic journals
Electronic books: content, access, cataloging
External forces driving a library's collection management decisions
Problems of (and solutions for) managing electronic resources
Linking collections with learning outcomes

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE for submitting a proposal?
* December 30, 2007

HOW do I submit a proposal?
* Send an abstract of 200 words or less to:
Richard Brumley
Oregon State University Libraries, retired
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Voice: (541) 725 - 6635
The Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge planning committee consists of Richard Brumley, Oregon State University; Nancy Slight-Gibney, University of Oregon; Faye Chadwell, Oregon State University, and Scott Alan Smith, Blackwell’s Book Services.

CFP: Heads of Library Technology Interest Group (LITA) at ALA Annual (2008 Anaheim)

CFP: Heads of Library Technology Interest Group (LITA) at ALA Annual (2008 Anaheim)

On Saturday, June 28th 2008 at 4:00 PM, HoLT (Heads of Library Technology Interest Group of LITA) plans a presentation on “Transformational Change: The Evolving Role of Library IT
Departments.” The description of this program is as follows:

“Technology continues to shape and transform library organizations. Library Systems and Technology departments and personnel are increasingly moving more from a traditional support role to active partners in developing new services as well as implementing organizational change. A panel of speakers will share different perspectives on how Library IT departments need to adapt and change to address new opportunities and roles within the library and their parent organization. A question and answer session encouraging audience
participation will follow each speaker presentation.”

If you think that you might be interested in being a speaker [we need 3] at this session, please send me an email separate from this list. You might summarize your experience with the presentation topic in your email to me.

Regards, Richard Wayne (

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

CFP: Forbidden Fruit: The censorship of literature and information for young people

CFP: Forbidden Fruit: The censorship of literature and information for young people

Conference URL:
Call for Papers information at the bottom of that page.

This two-day conference offers an opportunity for practitioners from libraries, information services and education, researchers from a range of disciples, publishers, authors and policymakers from all sectors interested in to meet, network and share experiences. Forbidden Fruit will focus on the censorship of print, electronic and other literary and information resources for young people - 19-20 June 2008 - Southport, UK

You are invited to present an abstract for a presentation in either of the following formats:
-Reflective paper (approx 30 minutes plus discussion)
-A case study (approximately 20 minutes plus discussion): a short report of an research of an activity or project
-A poster (a visual presentation of a case study or issue, with opportunities for informal discussion)

Suggested themes include:
-Young people, the Internet and censorship
-Access to citizenship, health and other information for young people
-Pressure groups and censorship
-The role of information literacy
-Publishers and censorship
-Media literacy
-Authors for young people and censorship
-Media reaction to censorship
-Graphic novels and manga and ‘crossover’ novels
-Library selection policies
-The history of censorship

Please complete and return the form below together with an abstract of up to 200 words to return by email to or by fax to 08717 145 900. The closing date for submission of abstracts is 7th January 2008.
For more information, please contact

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

CFP:Spectacular Diversity: Theatrical Entertainment in Small-Town America

CFP:Spectacular Diversity: Theatrical Entertainment in Small-Town America

Location: Iowa, United States
Call for Papers Date: 2008-02-15

The Theatre Museum of Repertoire Americana invites submissions for papers, performances, or panel discussions pertaining to any aspect of popular rural entertainment. The conference will place at the Theatre Museum in Mt. Pleasant, IA from April 18-20, 2008. We particularly encourage submissions relating to Uncle Tom’s Cabin Shows, minstrelsy, and freak shows, but also welcome submissions about such topics as tent shows, circus, Chautauqua, repertoire, vaudeville, and showboats. The conference is open to anyone interested in theatre history, performance, popular culture, or any other aspect of rural entertainment. It features theatre historians, popular culturalists, former troupers, intriguing research, lively discussion, and performances. A $100 scholarship will be awarded to the best paper presented by a college student or a graduate student.

Theatre Museum
Midwest Old Threshers
405 East Threshers Rd.
Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641

CFP: Encyclopedia of Global Business

CFP: Encyclopedia of Global Business

We are inviting academic editorial contributors to the Encyclopedia of Global Business, a new 4-volume reference to be published in 2008 by Sage Publications.

This comprehensive work will be marketed and sold to college, public, and academic libraries and includes some 1,200 articles, covering all aspects of the world of business and related disciplines in the social sciences, including terms and practices, profiles of countries and companies, and international business organizations. We are now making assignments with a deadline of May 15, 2008.

Each article, ranging from 500 to 5,000 words, is signed by the contributor. The General Editor for the encyclopedia is Jan Katz, Ph.D., Cornell University, who will review all the articles for editorial content and academic consistency.

If you are interested in contributing to the encyclopedia, it can be a notable publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your publishing credits. Payment for the articles are honoraria that range from a $50 book credit at Sage Publications for article submissions totaling 500 to 1,000 words up to a free set of the finished encyclopedia (a $600 value) for contributions totaling 10,000 words. More than this, your involvement can help assure that credible and detailed data, descriptions, and analysis are available to students of business issues.

The list of available articles (Excel file) and Style Guidelines are prepared and will be sent to you in response to your inquiry. Please then select which unassigned articles may best suit your interests and expertise.

If you would like to contribute to building a truly outstanding reference with the Encyclopedia of Global Business, please contact me by the e-mail information below. Please provide a very brief summary of your background in business and international issues. Thanks for your time and interest.

Susan Moskowitz
Author Manager
Golson Books, Ltd.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR KLA/KSMA, SELA, ARL National Diversity in Libraries Conference

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR KLA/KSMA, SELA, ARL National Diversity in Libraries Conference

Location: Louisville, Kentucky
October 1-4, 2008

Proposals are now being accepted for the 2008 KLA/KSMA conference SPECTRUM OF THE FUTURE. This is a joint conference with the Southeastern Library Association and the Association of Research Libraries National Diversity in Libraries Conference. All proposals must be submitted electronically.

The link is up on the KLA site. It is under "Conferences" then "Upcoming Conferences" then "Call for Proposals" or the direct link is

All of the websites will have links to the proposal submission form, but you can access it directly from the following link

So that there is no confusion this is a call for mini-sessions and poster sessions. Mini-sessions will last 50 minutes as in the past.

The deadline to submit a proposal is January 31, 2008. Notification of accepted proposals will take place February 29, 2008.

Debbe Oberhausen