Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Call for Participation: ACRL IS/AS Conference Program Virtual Poster Sessions (ALA Annual)

Call for Participation: ACRL IS/AS Conference Program Virtual Poster Sessions (ALA Annual)

Together with the Arts Section, the Instruction Section of ACRL invites proposal submissions for Virtual Poster Sessions being offered in connection with the Conference Program at ALA 2007 in Washington, D.C. The conference program, titled Eye to I: Visual Literacy Meets Information Literacy, will explore the relationship between these two sets of abilities.

More information, including the official call for proposals, is available at: http://www.indiana.edu/~libinstr/eye2i/index.html

Meghan Sitar
Instruction and Outreach Librarian
Library Instruction Services
University of Texas Libraries
The University of Texas at Austin

PCL 1.342E Mail Code S5475
Phone: 512-495-4449 Fax: 512-495-4296

CFP: Second Annual Postal History Symposium Transportation Technology and the Mail

CFP: Second Annual Postal History Symposium Transportation Technology and the Mail Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Call for Papers Date: June 1, 2007

The Second Annual Postal History Symposium --- Transportation Technology and the Mail
Sponsored by the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, American Philatelic Society and the American Philatelic Research Library
October 21 22, 2007

American Philatelic Center Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Through the application of new technologies, the postal service and transportation industries have encouraged mutual growth and development. The Postal History Symposium provides a forum in which philatelists, academic scholars, public historians and the public discuss and present research integrating philately and postal history in the broader context of American history.

The conference will open Sunday evening October 21, with a reception and plenary panel titled Further, Farther, Faster: Transporting the Mail. Fifteen miles from State College, Pennsylvania, the American Philatelic Center is home to the 43,000-member American Philatelic Society and the American Philatelic Research Library.

Proposals for symposium papers may be submitted either as individual papers or in panels. Papers outside the transportation theme will be considered. Posters should emphasize using visual elements to tell a story, and will be displayed throughout the conference. Deadline for proposals is June 1, 2007.

One-page proposals for papers and posters should be accompanied by a one-page curriculum vita with contact information (e-mail, phone, and address). For possible themes and technical specifications, please visit http://www.stamps.org/news/P1525.htm

Please e-mail complete proposals to symposium@stamps.org.
Notification of accepted papers will be issued in mid July.
Conference papers will be posted on the American Philatelic Society website and will be considered for possible publication.

David Straight
West Campus Librarian
Washington University
Campus Box 1061
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
Phone: (314)935-5465
Email: dls@wustl.edu
Visit the website at http://www.stamps.org/news/P1525.htm

Call for Contributors: Encyclopedia of American Disability History

Call for Contributors: Encyclopedia of American Disability History

Facts On File and the advisors for the Encyclopedia of American Disability History are looking for contributors.

• This three-volume reference work will cover basic information on important events, issues, developments, laws, biographies, and related topics in American Disability History. Entries on significant historical themes and concepts—including civil rights, war, public policy, citizenship, media, institutions, education, and technology—will examine both practical and theoretical factors, as well as demonstrate the deeper meaning of the lived experience of disability. Each entry will illustrate the subject within an historical context, and show that while disability has existed throughout American History, disability is neither a fixed nor static concept but one whose definition and understanding have changed markedly from era to era.

• Because accessibility is a major issue in Disability History, the entries in this reference will accommodate a broad, diverse audience, from high school students to general readers, to individuals who assist people with disabilities. Clear language, accessible prose, and coherent, balanced, jargon-free interpretations are essential for every article.

The editors of this encyclopedia are currently seeking contributors for a wide range of entries.

The following is a sample list of available entries:
Aesthetic surgery
Brown, Mordecai "Three-finger"
Gilbreth, Frank and Lillian
Gulf War
Little People of America
National Paraplegia Foundation
Optical Recognition Scanner
Poster art
Public welfare
Rare Disorders
Snake Pit, The
Visibility [vs. invisibility]

• Authors interested in contributing to this important project should contact Dr. Susan Burch for further information and details regarding the full list of entries: s.burch@abdn.ac.uk

CFP: Out of the Ordinary: Urban Humdrum, Everyday Stuff, Public Things

CFP: Out of the Ordinary: Urban Humdrum, Everyday Stuff, Public Things
Location: Ontario, Canada
Call for Papers Date: February 28, 2007

Panels are part of the annual meetings of the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA), in conjunction with the Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences, in 2007 hosted by the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. The conference will take place between May 29 and June 1, 2007.

Out of the Ordinary: Urban Humdrum, Everyday Stuff, Public Things
Oblivious to grand theories, city dwellers go about their lives simply. They gamble and pray, drive and shop, work and rest: each routine taken for granted. Out of the ordinary emerges a study of urban culture. We are seeking Sociologies of Ordinary Culture that stop to consider humdrum habits as public acts, proposing that collective life is produced through everyday things that at first seem uninteresting. Done week-in-week-out: society is built upon the leisurely plod of the workaday. The collective rites of public life are, perhaps, precariously reliant on the mundane. Directly or indirectly, papers will rescue these routines from obscurity, transforming them instead into the tools city dwellers use to craft sense out of their milieu.

Papers may include but are not limited to the following topics:
- Driving and traffic
- Shopping and consumption
- Scanning, browsing, reading
- Fun and free time
- Cleaning, grooming, clothing
- Neighbors and strangers
- Watches, clocks and being on time
- Policing, inspecting, enforcing
- Maintenance and repair
- Garbage and recycling
- Lotteries and Prayers
- Coffee, Alcohol, and Cigarettes

Please submit your name, affiliation, paper title and a 300 word abstract to Paul Moore (psmoore@ryerson.ca) or Diego Llovet (dllovet@yorku.ca) by February 28th, 2007. Confirmations will be given by March 5th, 2007.

Panels are part of the annual meetings of the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA), in conjunction with the Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences, in 2007 hosted by the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. The conference will take place between May 29 and June 1, 2007.

Diego Llovet
Department of Sociology / York University

Paul S. Moore
Department of Sociology / Ryerson University

Sunday, January 28, 2007

CFP: Past Pleasures: Nostalgia and Children's Literature

CFP: Past Pleasures: Nostalgia and Children's Literature
Deadline: March 13, 2007

Children's Literature Discussion Circle Call For Papers
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Conference
November 2007
Atlanta, Georgia

In order to examine children's literature through the lens of nostalgia, possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following options:

*Updating comics, cartoons, or toys for a new generation of children
*Children's literature and/or cultural objects as souvenirs
*Nostalgic longing for aspects of childhood
*Recapturing or re-imagining childhood
*Historical toys/books translated into new mediums
*Selective cultural memory and amnesia
*Ascribing value to collected objects, children's museums, the role of the collector

Please submit questions, one-page abstracts, or eight-page papers by March 13, 2007 to Julie A. Sinn at julie.sinn@gmail.com.


Session at the Modern Language Association’s annual meeting in
Chicago, December 27-30, 2007.
Sponsored by the MLA’s Children's Literature Division.
Deadline: March 1, 2007

The Cat in the Hat (1957) turns 50 in 2007. Seuss wrote the book in response to the "Why Johnny Can’t Read" crisis of the 1950s: within two years of its publication, The Cat was already being hailed as “the most influential first-grade reader since McGuffey.” The book inaugurated Random House’s Beginner Books series, which included Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham (1960), P.D. Eastman’s Go, Dog. Go! (1961), and Stan and Jan Berenstain’s The Big Honey Hunt (1962) — the first in their long-running Berenstain Bears series. More importantly, the success of The Cat enabled Seuss to write for children full-time. (Though The Cat was Seuss’s twelfth children’s book, his primary source of income was advertising.)

Over the past 50 years, the Cat has starred in two animated cartoons, one feature film, a Broadway musical, and Robert Coover’s satirical novella “The Cat in the Hat for President” (1968). He has appeared in political cartoons and on two U.S. postage stamps, has
marched in parades, and serves as the mascot for the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day. The Cat has sold over seven million copies in English, and has been published in over a dozen other languages. Along with the Grinch, the Cat is the
character most closely associated with Dr. Seuss.

This panel invites submissions related to any aspect of The Cat in the Hat and its legacy. Topics may include but are not limited to: influence, adaptations, translations, reception, historical and
cultural contexts, childhood, education, reading primers (including other Beginner Books), and Seuss as editor (he served as President of Beginner Books, and until the early 1970s remained actively involved as an editor).

By 1 March 2007, please send a one-page abstract to: Philip Nel, English Department, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-6501 (philnel@ksu.edu). Panelists will need to be members of the MLA by 1 April 2007.

Call for Book Reviews: OTHER VOICES -- The eJournal of Cultural Criticism

Call for Book Reviews: OTHER VOICES -- The eJournal of Cultural Criticism


ISSN 1094-2254

Other Voices is currently soliciting reviews of scholarly texts in the arts
and humanities.

Please feel free to consult our current list of books received
(http://www.othervoices.org/books.html), or suggest alternative volumes for review.

Authors interested in reviewing a volume should contact us at reviews@othervoices.org with the book's title and a brief statement describing your qualifications as a reviewer.

Reviews should be between 1500 and 3000 words.

Please see our notes for contributors (http://www.othervoices.org/sub.html) for style sheet details.

We prefer to receive contributions as email attachments in either MS Word, .rtf or WordPerfect formats.

*** About the Journal***

Other Voices is an award-winning, open-access, electronic journal of cultural criticism published at the University of Pennsylvania. Founded in March 1997, Other Voices regularly publishes provocative essays, interviews, roundtable discussions, lecture transcriptions, audio lectures, multimedia projects, translations and reviews in the arts and humanities. Other Voices
is dedicated to fostering interdisciplinary dialogues while simultaneously maintaining respect for the strengths of traditional academic disciplines.

*** Contact Information ***

Regular Mail:

Other Voices
Attn: Book Review Editor
P.O. Box 31907
Philadelphia, PA 19104-1907 USA



To subscribe to the Other Voices announcements list, please send an email to
the above address with the subject line "subscribe" and you will be promptly

Best Regards,

Vance Bell, Editor-in-Chief
Joshua Schuster, Editor

CFP: Internet Histories

CFP: Internet Histories
Location: Canada
Call for Papers Deadline: April 16, 2007
Workshop Date: October 16, 2007

Internet Histories
a pre-AoIR 8.0 workshop
October 16, 2007
Vancouver, Canada

Despite the fact that the Internet is entering its fifth decade, the understanding and writing of its histories is very much in its infancy. In this one-day workshop, to be held 16 October 2007 directly before the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) 8.0 conference (http://conferences.aoir.org), we aim to explore the questions, assumptions, investments, frameworks, concepts, methods, biases, opportunities, archives, narratives, tropes, and logics that underlie the Internet’s diverse histories.

In particular, in the spirit of our 2006 ‘Internationalising Internet Studies’ workshop, http://www.capstrans.edu.au/resources/conferences/2006/conferences-2006-inet-studies.html, we start from the notion that the history of Internet uptake has been widely divergent across cultures and regions. In Asia, in particular, the initial PC-based phase of connectivity typical of the US and Europe, has not been replicated. Instead, Internet penetration was achieved via a variety of mobile devices, including Internet-enabled cell phones resulting in very different cultures of use and practice.

Accordingly, we call for papers on Internet histories, including, but certainly not limited to the following issues:

* what sorts of Internet histories are currently available, or in progress — whether national, country-specific, local, subcultural, community, or transnational and translocal?
* what are the histories and trajectories currently missing and why do these particular lacunae exist? What histories of the Internet are being foreclosed, overlooked, or not yet imagined, and what are the implications of this?
* who is currently writing, reading, collecting, valorising, or even enshrining Internet histories?
* what are the dominant accounts of Internet history, or dominant assumptions regarding these?
* what histories do we have of Latin American, African, Oceanic, or Asian Internet, for instance, compared to European or North American Internet?
* what challenges does doing Internet history pose? what is specific about Internet history compared to histories of media, communications, or other technologies, or broad social or cultural histories?
* how do our understandings of Internet and mobile technologies and cultures vary depending on the kinds of quite specific histories that condition these?
* how do a researcher’s own culture and patterns of use determine the kinds of questions s/he may raise concerning the history of ‘the Internet’?

This project brings together researchers working on country-specific and regional histories of the Internet as well as those researching Internet use by local and transnational subcultures and communities. This will be the first of what is anticipated to be a series of workshops, leading to an edited collection aimed at understanding the different historical patterns of Internet deployment and cultural and technological development.
We welcome abstracts of no more than 500 words by Monday 16 April 2007.

Please send your abstract to both organisers: Gerard Goggin (gerard.goggin@arts.usyd.edu.au) and Mark McLelland (markmc@uow.edu.au).

Acceptance will be advised by the end of April 2007. Subsequent to acceptance, presenters will need to register for the workshop and the AoIR conference via the AoIR online conference registration system. Please note that acceptance of your paper at the pre-conference workshop does not preclude you from also submitting a different paper to the main conference.

For those selected, papers of 5,000 words will be due by mid-September 2007. Following the workshop, papers will be considered for inclusion in an edited collection on Internet Histories.

The project website is: http://www.capstrans.edu.au/resources/events/2007/inet-histories/

About the organisers:

Gerard Goggin is an ARC Australian Research Fellow in the Dept of Media and Communications, University of Sydney, Australia. His books include Cell Phone Culture (Routledge, 2006), Virtual Nation: The Internet in Australia (2004), and Digital Disability (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), and he is currently working on a study of global mobile media.

Mark McLelland lectures in Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, Media and Communications at the University of Wollongong. His publications include Japanese Cybercultures (2000) and Queer Japan from the Pacific War to the Internet Age (2005).

Gerard and Mark are editors of Internationalizing Internet Studies (Routledge, 2007).

Mark McLelland,
Lecturer in Sociology
School of Social Sciences, Media and Communication
Arts Faculty
University of Wollongong
NSW 2522

Email: markmc@uow.edu.au, gerard.goggin@arts.usyd.edu.au
Visit the website at http://www.capstrans.edu.au/resources/events/2007/inet-histories/

CFP: International Comic Arts Forum 2007

CFP: International Comic Arts Forum 2007
Location: Washington, D.C.
Deadline: March 15, 2007
Conference Dates: October 18-20, 2007

Visit the website at http://go.to/icaf

The International Comic Arts Forum (formerly International Comic Arts Festival) invites scholarly paper presentations for its twelfth annual meeting, to be held at the Madison Building of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., from Thursday, October 18, through Saturday, October 20, 2007. We welcome original proposals from a variety of disciplines and theoretical perspectives on any aspect of comics (including comic strips, comic books, albums, manga, graphic novels, political cartoons, other panel cartoons, caricature, or comics in electronic media), with a special interest in international comics. Proposals will be refereed via blind review.

For its scholarly presentations, ICAF prefers argumentative, thesis-driven papers, clearly linked to larger critical, artistic, or cultural issues; we strive to avoid presentations that are merely summative or survey-like in character. We can only accept original papers that have not been presented or accepted for publication elsewhere. Presenters should assume an audience versed in comics and the fundamentals of comics studies. Where possible, papers should be illustrated by relevant images. In all cases, presentations should be timed to finish within the strict limit of TWENTY (20) MINUTES (roughly eight to nine typed, double-spaced pages).

Proposals should not exceed 300 WORDS. At the bottom of the proposal, the author should precisely state her/his audiovisual equipment needs.

AUDIOVISUAL EQUIPMENT: Our preferred format for the display of images is MS PowerPoint. Regretfully we cannot accommodate non-digital media such as transparencies, slides, or VHS tapes. Presenters should bring their PowerPoint or other electronic files on a CD or a USB key, not just on the hard drive of a portable computer. We cannot guarantee the compatibility of our equipment with presenters' individual laptops.

REVIEW PROCESS: All proposals will be subject to blind review by the ICAF Executive Committee, with preference given to proposals that observe the above standards. The final number of papers accepted will depend on the needs of the conference program. Due to increasing interest in the conference, in recent years ICAF has typically accepted only one third to one half of the proposals it has received.

SEND ABSTRACTS (with COMPLETE contact information) by March 15, 2007, to Prof. Cécile Danehy, ICAF Academic Coordinator, via email at cdanehy@wheatoncollege.edu.

Receipt of proposals is acknowledged immediately; if you do not receive acknowledgement within a few days of sending your proposal, please resubmit. Applicants should expect to receive confirmation of acceptance or rejection by May 15, 2007.

Prof. Cécile Danehy
ICAF Academic Coordinator
Email: cdanehy@wheatoncollege.edu
Visit the website at http://go.to/icaf

CFP: Ohio Genealogical Society For OGS 2008 in Cincinnati

CFP: Ohio Genealogical Society For OGS 2008 in Cincinnati
Navigating the Past: Charting a Course for Your Family Tree
CFP:Deadline June 30, 2007
Conference Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Dates: April 14-16, 2008

URL: http://www.ogs.org/

The Ohio Genealogical Society is accepting proposals for their annual conference, April 14-16, 2008 at the Sheraton Hotel/Conference Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. Sessions will be one hour long, which includes a ten-minute question and answer period. Topics suitable for two-hour workshops will also be considered.

Possible lecture topics include beginning genealogy, records, methodology, technology, migration, immigration, military, preservation, writing and publishing. Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana resources are of interest, along with ethnic topics for, but not limited to, German, Irish, English, African American and Jewish research.

Proposals should include the following information:
- Title of presentation and brief but concise outline
- Short summary of presentation for program brochure [50 word maximum]
- Audience level - beginner, intermediate, advanced, all
- Audio-visual requirements for each lecture
- Speaker’s full name, postal and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers
- Brief speaker biography
- Resume of speakers recent lecture experience

Speakers will receive an honorarium, hotel accommodations and per diem based on the number of presentations, plus travel expenses and conference registration.

Any number of proposals may be submitted. Mail two copies of each proposal, or send electronically to:

Jean Nathan
OGS 2008 Program Chair
7813 Gail Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45236-2331

Saturday, January 27, 2007

CFP: 5th International Indigenous Librarians’ Forum 2007

CFP: 5th International Indigenous Librarians’ Forum 2007
4-7 June,2007
State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane, Australia

CFP Deadline: February 5, 2007

CFP URL: http://www.5iilf.org/home/call

Call for papers
Abstracts should address the broad issues of:
-Developing knowledge places
-Developing Indigenous library workers
-Success stories
-Hurdles and blockages
-Myths and legends

The theme for the 2007 Forum is 'Culture, Knowledge, Future’, with each day reflecting a part of the theme:

Day one will cover Knowledge, with sessions on ways of knowledge, including protocols, ethics, copyright, repatriation and developing knowledge places.

Day two will centre on Culture, which will include history, heritage, as well as visiting an Aboriginal community/group in south east Queensland.

Day three will be a day of sharing by inviting non-Indigenous people to attend the forum to discuss different perspectives.

Day four will focus on Future and will be an opportunity to workshop the future directions for the Forum.

Join us for presentations and discussions of the current issues that impact Indigenous librarianship and the opportunity to learn more about the cultures of Australian Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders, as well as Indigenous people from across the globe.

The Forum vision
“We, as unified Indigenous peoples who work with libraries and information, will ensure the appropriate care, development and management of the Indigenous knowledge of generations past, present and future.”

The Forum objectives
To identify ways to improve library services for Indigenous peoples

To discuss best practices for library services for diverse Indigenous populations

To affirm the history, knowledge and values of Indigenous populations

To promote partnerships to create a global network for sharing information, ideas and practices

To promote Aboriginal culture and heritage as an important foundation for promoting and protecting cultural lifestyles and values

To incorporate strategies to encourage participation for the Aboriginal community in their libraries

Dates: Abstracts to be lodged by 5 February 2007
Notice to successful abstracts 14 February 2007

Final papers close on 11 May 2007

Abstracts to be lodged via email to ils@slq.qld.gov.au

Write for Information Outlook (Special Libraries Association)

Write for Information Outlook (Special Libraries Association)


We're always looking for new authors and new topics for SLA's monthly magazine. If you, or a colleague, have done something out of the ordinary that you'd like to share with our members, or if you want to give something back to the profession by sharing your experiences with others…we want to hear from you.

Information Outlook is SLA?s monthly professional magazine. It is written primarily by and for information professionals. The editorial objective is to provide timely coverage of information management issues relevant to special librarians in a global environment. Information Outlook interprets the news and covers trends and issues that affect information professionals.

If you know of something interesting that has been done to improve a special library, solve a problem, prevent trouble? If you or a colleague have done something out of the ordinary that you?d like to share with SLA?s members? If you want to give something back to the profession by sharing your experiences with others? We want to hear from you.

NOTE: Please visit the page above for guidelines and contact information.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Project Briefing Proposals: CNI (Spring 2007 Task Force Meeting)

Project Briefing Proposals: CNI (Spring 2007 Task Force Meeting)

Coalition for Networked Information
Phoenix Arizona
April 16-17,2007

Proposal submission deadline is FEBRUARY 26
Proposals may be submitted via our online form, or by email to joan@cni.org

Deadline for Submitting Handouts: MONDAY, MARCH 16


Twice each year representatives of CNI's member organizations gather for Task Force Meetings. The meetings are designed to explore new technologies, content, and applications; to further collaboration; to analyze technology policy issues; and to catalyze the development and deployment of new projects.

Project Briefings are the heart of every Task Force Meeting. These briefings address state-of-the-art developments and issues of interest to the membership, as outlined in each year's Program Plan. Interoperability and standards, developing and managing networked information content, and innovations in teaching and learning are topics that consistently engage CNI members' interests.

About the Briefings:
Project Briefings are one-hour breakouts that allow participants to interact informally about projects, initiatives, and ideas of their own choosing. The Briefings are usually attended by 25-75 people. Attendees include senior IT and library administrators, publishing executives, government officials, and others with a high level of interest in and understanding of networking information issues. The Briefings are intended to provide information about a project's goals, progress, and lessons learned, but they may also involve demonstrations. Issue-oriented briefings include presentation of background information on a "hot topic" and more time for general discussion with the audience. Each Briefing should include at least twenty minutes for general discussion.

CNI will distribute one-page (two-sided) handouts for briefings in the registration packets for the Task Force Meeting and these materials will also be made available on our Web site. Handouts are generally NOT PowerPoint presentations. You may provide your own handout (in Word or PDF format), or you may supply the URL of a Web site for your project, from which the CNI staff will create a one-page handout. The deadline for submitting handouts or Web sites is March 16, 2007.

For more information, take a look at the Project Briefings for past Task Force Meetings.

Submitting a Proposal:
CLICK HERE to submit your proposal via an online form, or you may email the requested information to joan@cni.org.

Note: Only a limited number of sessions are available. Applicants will be notified whether or not their proposal has been selected. All presenters will be invited to attend the full Task Force Meeting.

CALL FOR BOOK PROPOSALS - Practical Guides for Librarians (Haworth)

CALL FOR BOOK PROPOSALS - Practical Guides for Librarians (Haworth)

Call for Book Proposals
New Book Series by The Haworth Press:
Practical Guides for Librarians


The Haworth Press announces a new series of books, Practical Guides for Librarians, which are intended to serve as guides to plan, organize, implement, and evaluate new and existing services and programs. This series will describe practical solutions and give step-by-step guidance for creating and maintaining a wide range of services and programs in all types of libraries, from academic and public libraries, to special, medical, and law libraries, to archives and media centers. These essential books will provide basic “how to do it” advice based on the author’s experience, experiences gained from colleagues, and reviews of supporting research in the literature.

Authors are expected to write in clear and concise language, and to define any specialized terms or concepts so that librarians in different settings and with different responsibilities can learn from each other.

Haworth Press will market the Guides through its network of over 30 professional journals for libraries. Haworth’s librarianship journals cover the gamut of the library world, ranging from administration, reference, technical services, and acquisitions, to specialized subject areas including business, medicine, science, social science, and religion. The Press also mails out over 120,000 catalogs a year to all major and international library organizations.

Topics of particular interest are listed below. Prospective authors interested in any of these topics, or who have ideas for other Practical Guides, are encouraged to contact the series editor, M. Sandra Wood, at msw1@psu.edu

Selected Topics of Interest for Practical Guides for Librarians:

Marketing services
Re-training/re-purposing staff
Strategic planning
Vendor negotiation
Web site usability studies
E-Serials collection development
Measurement & evaluation of electronic journal use
Consortia purchasing
Chat/electronic reference
ILL in the electronic age
Lending laptop computers
Weeding library collections (de-selection)
Handling gifts and exchanges
Evaluating approval plans
Selecting items for preservation
Remote authentication
Wireless networks
User education for generations (x, z, baby boomers, etc.)
Newspapers in libraries and archives
Oral history projects
Photographic collections in libraries and archives
Teaching lab layouts
Writing for publication

Editor name and contact information

M. Sandra Wood, MLS, MBA, AHIP, FMLA
PO Box 1296
Camp Hill, PA 17001-1296
Email: msw1@psu.edu


The Haworth Press, Inc.
10 Alice St. Binghamton, NY 13904-1580, USA

U.S. & Canada: 1-800-429-6784
Outside U.S.and Canada: 607-722-5857
U.S. & Canada: 1-800-895-0852
Outside U.S.and Canada: 607-774-0012

CFP: 5th Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication (OAI5)

CFP: 5th Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication (OAI5)

The OAI5 Organising Committee is welcoming poster submissions for the 5th Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, which will take place from Wednesday 18th - Friday 20th April 2007. The deadline for submissions is 31st January 2007.

Please consult the conference website for more information: http://cern.ch/oai5

Posters are invited on projects directly related to the themes of the workshop and decisions on acceptance will be communicated during February. Further information is found under the call for abstracts link on the webpage: http://indico.cern.ch/conferenceCFA.py?confId=5710

The agenda for the workshop is also now available:

The OAI series of workshops is one of the biggest international meetings of technical repository-developers, library Open Access policy formulators, and the funders and researchers that they
serve. The programme contains a mix of practical tutorials given by experts in the field, presentations from cutting-edge projects and research, posters from the community, breakout discussion groups, and an intense social programme which has helped to build a strong network amongst previous participants. The event is almost unique in bringing together these scholarly communication communities and is proud to continue this tradition with the OAI5 workshop in 2007.

CFP: Library Research Seminar IV

CFP: Library Research Seminar IV
London, Ontario
October 10-12, 2007

Theme: The Library in Its Socio-Cultural Context: Issues for Research and Practice

Abstracts of 600-800 words, including references, are due by February 15, 2007 to the Conference Chair, Dr. Gloria Leckie (address noted below). (NEW DATE)

It is a longstanding truism that for too long, too much library research has been focused inward, on practices, means, and ends articulated in our own logic and language. Research which accounts for the social and cultural contexts of libraries is much needed and will expand this horizon by more fully integrating the insights and methods of other fields to inform library
practices and research, with a view to improving service to users. Libraries do not stand outside of their communities, schools, universities or organizations - and those institutional contexts are themselves powerfully affected by the social and cultural contexts of the societies they inhabit.

The goal of Library Research Seminar IV is to stimulate and share research on libraries and the people who might benefit from them, utilizing many disciplinary perspectives which allow for analysis and insights into libraries in their various contexts. For example, the context of school
reform efforts like No Child Left Behind powerfully affects the direction, funding, relationship to curricula of school libraries, and library research should address the fiscal, ethical, or educational implications of this context.

We invite papers that critically explore:

- the intellectual contexts that inform library research and practice
- the local, community contexts that shape the development and implementation of library programs and services
- the policy issues and general social forces shaping libraries
- the broad cultural trends affecting libraries
- multi- or interdisciplinary perspectives on the everyday contexts of libraries affecting their collections, services, budgets, user groups, external relations etc.

Conference Chair
Dr. Gloria Leckie
Faculty of Information and Media Studies
The University of Western Ontario
North Campus Building, Room 240
London, ON N6A 5B7

E-Mail: leckie@uwo.ca
Fax: 519-661-3506
Web: http://lrs4.fims.uwo.ca

CFP: Library Review journal Special issue - "Voices of the new library professionals"

CFP: Library Review journal Special issue - "Voices of the new library professionals"


Special issue call - "Voices of the new library professionals":

Deadline 30 April 2007

Special issue call for papers

2007 sees Library Review celebrate its 80th anniversary. Part of the celebrations will encompass publications from the archives of the journal discussing different aspects of librarianship through the years the journal has been published. In the final issue of the anniversary year it is our intention to publish a selection of papers from students of library and information science from around the world. The topics of the articles can be on any aspect of modern librarianship, but what we are looking for is writing that discusses librarianship and your views on its future as the professionals who will be the backbone of the profession for the coming decades. Topics can include, but are not limited to:

Libraries, information and society
Developing information services
Hybrid and digital libraries
Information literacy and e-learning
Metadata and distributed searching
Library collaboration and resource sharing
Library history
Training and professional development
Academic and public libraries
Special libraries and collections
Information strategy and knowledge management
National and international policy.

The deadline for submission of papers is Monday the 30th April 2007, and successful submissions will be informed by Friday the 15th June 2007 for publication in late 2007. Submissions should be between 2500-4000 words, and can be emailed directly to the editor:

CFP: Internet Librarian International 2007

CFP: Internet Librarian International 2007
8-9 October 2007 •
Deadline 30 March 2007
Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, UK
New Realities, Roles and Resources

Information Today Inc. invites proposals for presentations at this conference. We are looking for a mix of papers for the sessions, workshops and short tutorials. Our emphasis is on the practical rather than theoretical. We are seeking case studies and proposals about initiatives in your organisation, not product pitches or overviews.

To be considered as a speaker, please submit your ideas at

Submission Form:

Nine years after the first Internet Librarian International, it’s clear that internet technologies have vastly altered our professional and personal lives. The amount and types of information available in digitised form has increased exponentially, presenting information professionals with challenges in finding, analysing, managing, customising and sharing information. The new realities of electronic research affect everything we do. New roles mean we may not call ourselves librarians and new resources change our approach to research.

It's an exciting, exhilarating, sometimes exhausting world for internet librarians. What has worked in your work environments and what has not? Share your experiences and thoughts with your colleagues during Internet Librarian International this autumn.

Possible topics (but don't let this limit your imagination):

Web search
Federated search
Digital libraries/collections
Social software and social networking
Blogs, wikis, podcasts
Libraries as publishers
Taxonomies, folksonomies
Evidence-based librarianship
Gaming in the library
Information policy
Web site usability
Needs assessment
Collaborative working Text mining
Internet resources
Communicating value
Managing e-resources
Mobile technology
Library 2.0
Open access; open source
Distance learning, e-learning
Multimedia searching
Innovative projects
Incorporating new technologies Web design
Content management
Training and teaching

The Advisory Committee will review all submissions and notification regarding acceptance will be made this summer. If your proposal is selected, the primary speaker will receive a free registration to the full conference, which includes lunches and a reception. The organisers are not responsible for speakers’ travel and accommodation costs. October is a perfect time to visit London, and the Copthorne Tara Hotel is centrally located and reasonably priced.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Call for Chapters: Library 2.0 Initiatives in Academic Libraries

Call for Chapters: Library 2.0 Initiatives in Academic Libraries

Call for Chapters
Hybrid Book/Wiki Publication
"Library 2.0 Initiatives in Academic Libraries"
An ACRL Monograph
Editor: Laura B. Cohen

Library 2.0 is a response to the revolution in the way library users create, edit, seek, use, organize and share information. Many observers agree on several guiding principles of Library 2.0. These include the use of social information tools favored by users; building personalized,
participatory library services driven by user needs; an embrace of radical trust; taking the library to users; and rapid change mobilized by assessment.

Academic libraries are spearheading Library 2.0 innovations, but many libraries remain out of the loop. "Library 2.0 Initiatives in Academic Libraries" will be a hybrid book and post-publication wiki presenting case studies of Library 2.0 initiatives and will serve as a guide to
action. It is the first professional library publication of its type. "Library 2.0 Initiatives in Academic Libraries" will consist of case study chapters on a range of significant Library 2.0 initiatives taking place in academic libraries throughout the world. Following its publication, the authors will maintain follow-up reports on a wiki that will track the subsequent evolution of their initiatives. These reports can be tracked on the wiki site or by RSS feed.

The book and wiki will be published by the Association of College & Research Libraries.

Recommended topics: Acceptable topics cover a range of significant initiatives that embody the guiding principles of Library 2.0. Topics may cover functional beta initiatives.

Chapter topics, and any combinations of these topics, may include but are not limited to the following:

2.0-enhanced Web sites
Assessment of Library 2.0 initiatives
Delivering customizable content
Engaging staff in Library 2.0 principles and practices
Engaging students in library planning and assessment
IM communication
Innovative user-centered services in physical spaces
Library Web sites as community spaces
Mobile computing-enhanced online spaces
OPAC innovations
Podcasting, videocasting, Web conferencing
Privacy and 2.0
RSS content delivery
Social bookmarking
Social networking tools used for outreach, community conversations,
teaching, research, etc.
Student collaboration in developing library services
Taking the library to users in both physical and online spaces
Wiki publishing

Submissions: Individuals interested in contributing to this publication are invited to e-mail a proposal to the editor. Significant writings about the initiative should not have appeared elsewhere. The proposal should be approximately 500 words and consist of your name, affiliation, working title of the chapter, abstract, description of the initiative and plans for its future development. Proposals should include a statement that the author(s) agree to maintain periodic project updates on the post-publication wiki for a period of at least two years following publication of the book.

Please e-mail your proposal in an attached document to Laura B. Cohen, editor, at lcohen@uamail.albany.edu by March 1, 2007. You will be notified about the status of your submission by April 1, 2007. Following acceptance of proposals, authors will have three months to prepare chapters of 5,000-7,000 words. The book has an estimated publication
date of fall 2007.

Laura B. Cohen
Web Support Librarian
LI-140 University at Albany, SUNY
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Voice: 518-442-3492
Fax: 518-442-3088

Sunday, January 21, 2007

CFP:"Libraries for the future: Progress, Development and Partnerships" (IFLA 2007)

CFP:"Libraries for the future: Progress, Development and Partnerships" (IFLA 2007)

Call for Papers:
World Library and Information Congress: 73rd IFLA General Conference and
Council, Durban, South Africa, 19-23 August 2007

"Libraries for the future: Progress, Development and Partnerships"


The IFLA Social Science Libraries Section Standing Committee invites Library
and Information Science professionals to submit paper proposals on the

Evidence Based Practice in Social Science Libraries: Using research and empirical data to improve service

Proposals should focus on one or more of the following areas within Social Science Library settings:

. Case Studies that demonstrate the use of Evidence Based Practice to improve or create new library services

. Case Studies that focus on the use of Evidence Based Practice to guide professional development of librarians

. Essays that provide theoretical or practical approaches to Evidence Based Practice for social science libraries (this may include the application of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methodologies such as Fieldwork and Observation, Interviewing, Qualitative Inquiry, Meta-analysis, Evaluation Studies etc.)


Please e-mail abstracts (maximum 500 words) by 1 FEBRUARY, 2007 to:

Steve Witt, Standing Committee Chair


Accompanied by the following information:

* Abstract

* Names of presenter(s)

* Position or title of presenter (s)

* Employer or affiliated institution

* Mailing address

* Telephone/fax numbers

* E-mail address

* Short biographical statement and resume

Notifications of abstracts acceptance will be issued by 1 March, 2006

The deadline for submission of full papers is 1 May, 2006


Regrettably, no financial support can be provided, but a special invitation
can be sent to authors of accepted papers.

Abstracts and papers must be submitted in one of the official IFLA languages
(Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish).

CFP: IATUL 2007 (Submission term prolonged until February 15, 2007)

CFP: IATUL 2007 (Submission term prolonged until February 15, 2007)

Global Access to Science - Scientific Publishing for the Future

The Program Committee invites proposals for papers and posters for the 2007 Annual IATUL Conference, which will be held in Stockholm from 11-14 June.

Science publishing is rapidly changing due to the introduction of
advanced electronic media which give new dimensions to the
world-wide access to scientific results. How research is
undertaken, is also changing, with the rapid development of newly
established areas such as E-science. The scholarly communication
of the future will be heavily influenced by the initiatives taken
by universities and information providers of today. Scholars all
over the world are engaged in this process and traditional
peer-reviewed publishing is being transformed in the light of
different forms of Open Access. National programs are being set
up to support initiatives and actions to find ways of
facilitating free online access to government funded research.

The conference will discuss Global Access to Science - Scientific
Publishing for the Futute. The theme is subdivided into five
topics. We try to give examples of the subjects we expect your
contributions to cover:

A. The emergence/development of new tools and services for
employing and managing the ever increasing Sci Tech Information
(Semantic web, E-science, Data-/Textmining)

B. Public access to publicly-funded research (National
Programmes for Open Access, Place of Repositories in the New Sci
Tech Information Infrastructure, Long Term Access and Digital

C. (The need for) New metrics for assessing the
importance/impact of research findings/results/publications

D. The Economics of Scholarly Journals in the new Journal
Environment. (New Open Access models; Hybrid Journals; Impact on
Big Deal Pricing; Handling of Publication Charges; Experiences of
Open Access/Hybrid Journal Publishers; Investigation of Author

E. Bridging the gap in dissemination of and access to
information (initiatives to overcome obstacles in promoting and
disseminating Sci Tech Information from outside Europe and North
America, initiatives to promote free access to Sci Tech
Information for the developing world)

Important Dates

* February 15, 2007 Abstracts of papers and posters due to
Program Committee.
* March 1, 2007 Notification of acceptance.
* April 25, 2007 Completed papers due to Program Committee.

Contributed Papers

Papers may report the results of completed research, describe
research in progress, or present a position on an issue related
to the conference themes.

Paper proposals should consist of the following:
* Title;
* Main topic/key term;
* Author name;
* Affiliation;
* Contacts (including e-mail and/or web address).
* Abstract that should be about 300 words

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of these abstracts.

The deadline for submission is February 15, 2007; authors will be
notified of acceptance in March 2007.

Authors of accepted papers are expected to attend the conference
and will be given 20 minutes to present their papers within a
30-minute time slot. Papers will be published on the IATUL web
site and in the IATUL Conference Proceedings on CD-ROM.

The deadline for submission of completed papers is April 25, 2007.

Poster Sessions

Poster sessions are informal presentations featuring successful
solutions to problems and innovative library-based projects with
important lessons for the academic and research library
community. Posters may use graphics, tables, or charts, but must
not exceed the space of 1200x840 mm.

Lap top computers and visual display devices may be used if the
presenter provides them. These interactive sessions will be
scheduled in a single time block during which the presenter
should be prepared to repeat the presentation several times. Each
presentation should last about ten minutes including time for
questions from the audience. Abstracts of poster sessions may be
published on the IATUL web site. Authors should submit a Proposal
for Papers or Poster, including an abstract not exceeding an A4
page. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of these

The deadline for submission is February 15, 2007 ; authors will
be notified of acceptance in March 2007.

Selection Criteria

The Program Committee will evaluate the content of abstracts for
relevance to the conference themes, clarity, originality, and

Please submit your proposal for paper/poster by filling the
registration form at IATUL 2007 web site


or send it by e-mail to: annakarin.forsberg@lib.kth.se

or by post to:

Anna-Karin Forsberg
Royal Insitute of Technology Library
Osquars backe 25

Networked Resources and Metadata Interest Group (NRMIG) Blog

Networked Resources and Metadata Interest Group (NRMIG) Blog

The Networked Resources and Metadata Interest Group (NRMIG), an interest group of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), is launching a blog. We are looking for volunteers to contribute to the blog by reporting on events of interest to metadata
and information organization professionals at ALA Midwinter in Seattle.

This is an excellent opportunity to become involved with NRMIG as well as the broader community of metadata and information organization professionals.

If you are interested in contributing to the Metadata Blog for Midwinter 2007, please email Jennifer Wolfe at jennifer-wolfe@uiowa.edu . In your email, please indicate if
you are interested in blogging for a specific event.


Jennifer O'Brien Roper
Metadata/Electronic Resources Librarian
University of Maryland Libraries


Outreach Panel Session on Classics and Comics at the American Philological Association

Outreach Panel Session on Classics and Comics at the American Philological Association
January 3-6, 2008; Chicago, Illinois

Proposals are invited for a special outreach panel on the topic of “Classics and Comics,” to be held at the annual meeting of the American Philological Association (APA) in January 2008. There are many examples of comics appropriating the classics for serious or comic purposes,
including Frank Miller's /300/, Neil Gaiman's /Sandman/, Messner-Loebs' /Epicurus the Sage/, van Lente's /Action Philosophers/, Shanower's /Age of Bronze/, Goscinny and derzo's /Asterix/ series. Since Classics Illustrated Comics' /The Last Days of Pompeii /in 1947, comics have been
drawing (on) material from Greek and Roman myth, literature and history. At times the connection was cosmetic—as perhaps with Wonder Woman’s Amazonian heritage—and at times it was almost irrelevant—as with Hercules’ starfaring adventures in the 1982 Marvel miniseries. But all of these make implicit or explicit claims about the place of Classics in modern literary culture.

The APA's committee on Outreach is dedicated to promoting a wider understanding and appreciation of Classics – Greek and Roman culture of the ancient world. Each year the Outreach Committee hosts one panel on a topic designed to attract an audience from outside the APA's traditional audience (students and faculty of Classics Departments in North America). This panel is open both to members of the APA and the general public and will be advertised in the Chicago area.

The comic book has been a major element of North American popular culture for over a century and has been increasingly regarded as a legitimate artistic and literary medium. This legitimization has happened on at least two fronts: through the emergence of the 'graphic
novel' and through scholar/practitioners such as Scott McCloud and Will Eisner attempting to define the relationship of the comic book to audience, artist and other artistic media. Yet to date there has been very little work attempting to integrate the medium into a larger understanding of Western artistic and literary culture.

The following is a list of possible topics that contributors might explore, though the organizers invite proposals for exciting and engaged papers that will reveal aspects of comics and their Classical sources from any disciplinary perspective that might be relevant to the overall
- the depiction of myth or ancient history in comics
- visual representations of myth or history in ancient sources and in the comics format
- discussions of any specific use of the Classics in the comics medium
- the transformation of narrative structure between ancient source material and comics
- the appropriation of motif or character typology from Classical literature
- the synthesis of visual art and text in the ancient and modern worlds
- the effect of comics on modern perceptions of Greek and Roman material
- the influence of comics on other artistic media depicting Greek and Roman material
- the legitimization of comics as literature through the use of Classical material
- Classical narratives in Manga
- comparison of comics with other forms of 'low' culture in the ancient world

The organizers are also welcoming the participation of comics writers and artists.

Contingent to the success of the panel, the organizers may wish further to develop and publish the proceedings.

Papers will be 20 minutes in length; use of visuals (through power
point) is expected.

Please forward a 400-word abstract, along with a brief biographical
statement or CV, as email attachments in Word or Rich Text Format to
both of the organizers:

George Kovacs (george.kovacs_at_utoronto.ca)
C.W. Marshall (toph_at_interchange.ubc.ca)

Further questions may also be addressed to either of the organizers.

Abstracts will be considered beginning February 5, 2007, until the panel
is filled. Submissions are encouraged before that date.

Call for Proposed Book (Librarians Publishing for Professional and Personal Development)

Call for Proposed Book (Librarians Publishing for Professional and Personal Development)

As a published librarian, please consider contributing to Librarians Publishing for Professional and Personal Development aimed at helping librarians succeed as writers.

Word total for one or two articles based on your experience is
2,000: one article may be 1,000 words, another 1,000 words, to total 2,000--minimum 2,000 words; max is 2050.

Practical, concise, how-to articles with bullets/headings have proven the most helpful. No previously published or simultaneously submitted material. Deadline for e-mailing articles is March 15, 2007; contributors receive a complimentary copy and contributor's discount on additional copies.

Please send your topics first before writing to avoid any duplication with a 50-55 word bio including your present position, relevant publications, and awards for the contributor page.

To view Carol's most recent book

To check Ann's published books

Poetry, YA, book reviews, newspaper columns, essays, journal articles, textbooks, profiles, children's books, biographies, short stories, are some of the areas that librarians are interested in getting help for publication.

Thank you for your consideration--and do ask questions!

email Carol Smallwood: smallwood@tm.net

Wednesday, January 17, 2007



"Application Profiles: Theory and Practice"

27-31 August 2007, Singapore

CALL FOR PAPERS http://dublincore.org/workshops/dc2007/cfp/

The annual Dublin Core conferences bring together leading metadata researchers and professionals from around the world. The 2006 conference in Manzanillo, Mexico attracted 234 participants from 25 countries. DC-2007 in Singapore will be the seventh in a series of conferences previously held in Tokyo (2001), Florence (2002), Seattle (2003), Shanghai (2004), Madrid (2005), and Manzanillo, Mexico (2006).

Conference Theme:
The DC-2007 theme focuses on the theory and practice of developing application profiles. Application profiles provide the means to document the use of metadata terms within specific contexts and to combine terms from disparate namespaces. Application profiles may apply to communities of practice (e.g. cooperation projects) as well as to organizations in the public and private sectors. Emerging experience in the creation of application profiles reveals layers of complexity involved in combining terms from mixed abstract models. DC-2007 seeks to explore the conceptual and practical issues in the development and deployment of application profiles to meet the needs of specific communities of practice.

In addition to contributions focusing on the DC-2007 conference theme, papers and workshop proposals are welcome on a wide range of metadata topics, such as:

Business Models for Metadata
Conceptual Models
Cross-domain Processes (e.g., Recordkeeping, Preservation, Institutional Repositories)
Domain Metadata (e.g., Commerce, Corporate/Enterprise, Cultural Heritage Institutions (Museums, Libaries, and Archives), Education, Geo-Spatial, Government, Social Spaces)
Metadata Generation Processes (e.g., Human, Automatic, and Hybrid)
Metadata Harvesting
Multilingual Issues
Knowledge Organization Systems (e.g., Ontologies, Taxonomies, and Thesauri)
Localization and Internationalization
Normalization and Crosswalks
Quality and Evaluation
Registries and Registry Services
Search Engines and Metadata
Social Tagging

Paper Categories:
All paper submissions to the Conference Proceedings are peer reviewed by the International Program Committee. The Committee is soliciting paper contributions of the following two types:

Full Papers (8 to 10 pages). Full papers either describe innovative original work in detail or provide critical, well-referenced overviews of key developments or good practice in the areas outlined above. Full papers will be assessed using the following criteria:
Originality of the approach to implementation
Generalizability of the methods and results described
Quality of the contribution to the implementation community
Significance of the results presented
Clarity of presentation

Project Reports (3 to 5 pages). Project reports describe a specific model, application, or activity in a concise, prescribed format. Project reports will be assessed using the following criteria:
Conciseness and completeness of technical description
Usability of the technical description by other potential implementers
Clarity of presentation

Paper submissions in both categories must be in English and will be published in both the print and the official electronic versions of the conference proceedings. Accepted papers must be presented in Singapore by at least one of their authors.

Workshop Proposals:

Workshop Proposals (1 page). Workshop proposals define the topic of a workshop session at the conference, identify session organizers, and describe a process for inviting and reviewing contributions.

Online Submission:
Authors wishing to submit papers or workshop proposals may do so through the DCMI Peer Review System. Author registration and links to the submission process appear under the "Information for Authors" link.


Submission of papers: 2 April 2007

Acceptance notification: 1 June 2007

Camera-ready copy due: 2 July 2007

ALA Midwinter - Meet the Editor Session for Emerald Group Publishing

ALA Midwinter - Meet the Editor Session for Emerald Group Publishing

Emerald Group Publishing Limited, will once again be running its
successful "Meet the Editor" sessions throughout the ALA Winter Conference

The sessions will all take place at Booth #1154. If you have already
written an article that you would like to discuss, or simply have an idea
for a prospective paper, our specialist journal editors; all experts in
their field, will be on hand for an informal chat. The times are listed

Michael Seadle; Journal Editor for Library Hi Tech- 11-11:30 am Saturday
Kay Cassell; Journal Editor for Collection Building- 3-4pm Saturday Sarah
Watstein and Eleanor Mitchell; Journal Editor's for Reference Services
Review- 2-3pm Sunday

All of the editors would be delighted to talk with you about any research
you are currently undertaking or to discuss possibilities for future
articles. If you have any further queries or questions please do not
hesitate to contact me.

If you would like to collect reprints of your article from them to
distribute at the conference, please let me know and I will arrange for
them to have a stock

For your reference, I have enclosed the following brief biographical
information regarding the editors who will be attending this event:

Eleanor Mitchell
Eleanor Mitchell became Director of Library Services at Dickinson College
in August, 2005. Prior to that, she was Head of the Undergraduate Library
at UCLA since 1995, and Director of the Information Literacy Initiative
there from its founding in 2001 through 2004. She served on the editorial
board of Reference Services Review since 1998, becoming co-editor in 2005.

Sarah Watstein
Associate University Librarian Sarah Barbara Watstein has worked in
academic libraries for nearly 27 years with a concentration in public
services. Her leadership is distinguished by a creative approach to
library and information service planning and problem solving, a strong
commitment to customer service; knowledge of library trends and
technology; and the ability to articulate vision and follow up with action
plans and deliverables. Scholarly contributions include a variety of
articles and monographs on topics as diverse as administration, HIV/AIDS,
information technology, reference service and sources and women's studies.
She currently serves as co-editor of RSR/Reference Services Review.

Kay Cassell
Kay achieved an MLS from Rutgers, an MA in comparative literature from
Brooklyn College and a PhD in library science from the International
University for Graduate Studies. She began teaching full time in the
School of Communication, Information and Library Studies of Rutgers
University in the fall of 2006. Prior to this, she had been the Associate
Director for Collections and Services in the Branch Libraries of the New
York Public Library. Kay has also been a public library director and the
director of a small academic library.

Michael Seadle
Michael Seadle has written over 80 articles, chapters, and books on a wide
range of subjects which include copyright, computing management,
digitization, and German history. He has a PhD in history from the
University of Chicago, a library degree from the University of Michigan,
and over two decades of experience as a computer professional. At present
he is editor of the peer-reviewed academic journal Library Hi Tech, and he
is a member of the Technical Policy Committee of the LOCKSS Alliance. He
has also served as: Principal Investigator for a Library of
Congress/Ameritech award for text digitization; Principal Investigator for
two Institute of Museum and Library Services grants; co-PI for an NSF
award; and Co-PI for a Digital Library Initiative award for sound

Kind Regards,

Rachel Wood
External Relations Assistant
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Tel +44 (0) 1274 785046
Fax +44 (0) 1274 785200

Conference Reports from ALA Midwinter for Library Hi-Tech News

Conference Reports from ALA Midwinter for Library Hi-Tech News

We are seeking conference reports from the ALA Midwinter Conference on topics dealing with library technology for inclusion in our coverage of this meeting in Library Hi-Tech News (LHTN). We welcome multiple impressions of the same meeting, and would like responses to what you hear as well as descriptive content. We depend on this wonderfully gifted LITA membership to contribute to this report and welcome all contributions. Due date is February 16, 2007 for the April 2007 issue. Thank you for your consideration. Please send us which meetings you plan to attend and report on.Julia Gelfand (jgelfand@uci.edu)Mitchell Brown (mcbrown@uci.edu)co-editors, LHTN

Main Page: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/info/journals/lhtn/lhtn.jsp

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

CFP: Information: Interactions and Impact (i3)

CFP: Information: Interactions and Impact (i3)
25 - 28 June 2007, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland

i3 is concerned with the quality and effectiveness of the interaction between people and information and how this interaction can bring about change in individuals, organisations, communities and society. The conference will look beyond the issues of use and accessibility of
technology to questions about the way people interact with the information and knowledge content of today's systems and services, and how this might ultimately affect the impact of that information on individuals, organisations and communities.

We invite the submission of high quality papers that report original research or critically discuss underlying methodological issues associated with the main themes of the conference: the quality and effectiveness of user/information interactions (e.g. information literacy); patterns of information behaviour in different contexts; impact of information or information services on people, organisations, communities and society (e.g. social, learning, cultural and economic
outcomes of engagement with information).

Submission of abstracts are invited for Full Papers, Short Papers,
Posters and round table discussions. Full details of the submission
requirements are available at http://www.i3conference.org.uk/call.htm .

Contributors should submit abstracts electronically by downloading the
online submissions form, located at:
http://www.i3conference.org.uk/AbstractSubmissionForm.doc . This should
then be emailed (as an attachment) to i3submissions@rgu.ac.uk . The
conference language will be English.

All abstracts should be submitted by 22nd January 2007. Notification of
acceptance will be emailed in early March.

Authors who are accepted to give Full Papers at i3 are also invited to
submit their paper for publication in a special issue for Libri
(http://www.librijournal.org). The final copy of full papers for Libri
should be received by 1st August 2007. Acceptance of a paper for the
conference does not necessarily mean acceptance of the full paper for

Further details about the conference are available from
http://www.i3conference.org.uk .

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Call for Participation: ACRL IS/AS Conference Program Virtual Poster Sessions (ALA Annual, Washington, D.C.)

Call for Participation: ACRL IS/AS Conference Program Virtual Poster Sessions (ALA Annual, Washington, D.C.)

Together with the Arts Section, the Instruction Section of ACRL invites proposal submissions for Virtual Poster Sessions being offered in connection with the Conference Program at ALA 2007 in Washington, D.C. The conference program, titled Eye to I: Visual Literacy Meets Information Literacy, will explore the relationship between these two sets of abilities.

More information, including the official call for proposals, is available at: http://www.indiana.edu/~libinstr/eye2i/index.html.

Meghan Sitar
Instruction and Outreach Librarian
Library Instruction Services
University of Texas Libraries
The University of Texas at Austin

PCL 1.342E Mail Code S5475
Phone: 512-495-4449 Fax: 512-495-4296
msitar@austin.utexas.edu www.lib.utexas.edu

CFP: "Libraries for the future: Progress, Development and Partnerships" (IFLA)

World Library and Information Congress
73rd IFLA General Conference and Council
"Libraries for the future: Progress, Development and Partnerships" (IFLA)
Durban, South Africa, 19-23 August 2007

Call for Papers – Satellite Event 17 August 2007, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban

The Academic and Research Libraries Section http://www.ifla.org/VII/s2/index.htm
and Makerere University Library and Collaborative Partners invite submissions for a one-day conference in Durban “Information Technology and Research in African University Libraries: Present and Future Trends”

Outline of Event:
There is a growing need to share the experiences of automating African University libraries with limited human and financial resources, but amidst a growing number of users. In June 2005, Makerere University Library hosted a three-day Sub-Regional conference on the theme “Library automation to reduce the digital divide: present and future trends for University libraries in East and Southern Africa”. Fifty eight participants attended the conference from various Universities in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as participants from the University of Bergen (Norway), Universities of Iowa and Tennessee (USA).

To be able to take stock of ICT developments in the region and to continue sharing and learning from each other, it was recommended that a similar conference be held after two years. This conference will focus on the major issues, which emerged from the 2005 conference. These include: sustainability of ICTs in libraries, ICT policy, library systems and digital collection software, training of Librarians/information professionals, and addressing the bandwidth issue nationally and/or regionally.

As the conference is a follow up of what was reported in 2005, University Librarians/Directors of University Library Services (those who did not attend the 2005 conference are welcome to share their experiences) will be expected to give an update on the progress/developments in their library automation activities in the past two years and operational/ implementation challenges. The presentations will focus on the major issues identified:

(a) Sustainability of ICTs in libraries – most of the ICT facilities are donor funded – what plans are in place to sustain the activities?
(b) Policy and practice – is there a policy, is it a Library ICT policy or a University one; is the policy supportive? What is the computer-student ratio and how does it compare with the international ratio?
(c) Library systems and digital collection software – What system is used and how does it meet the needs of the University community? Is the Library system interfaced with administrative systems e.g. Academic records, Human resource, Finance? Are there digitisation activities; what software is used and how does it meet the needs of users?
(d) Training of Librarians/information professionals to face the challenges of providing information services in the new era – what special and/or additional skills are needed and why?
(e) Bandwidth – what is being done to address the high cost bandwidth problem nationally and/or regionally?
(f) The critical need for libraries in developing countries to understand how research practices are changing and what is required (infrastructure and skills) to improve and strengthen library support for research.

Each presentation may last 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for questions.

Proposals (up to one page or at least 300 words) for up to seven (7) papers must be submitted in English no later than 16 February 2007 to:
Sue McKnight
Chair, Academic & Research Libraries Section Standing Committee, IFLA
c/- Nottingham Trent University
Goldsmith Street
Nottingham NG1 5AP
United Kingdom
Fax: +44 115 848 2286

Submissions will be acknowledged by return email.

1. Written papers must be original and have never been published before
2. Papers should be of 20 pages maximum, two-double space
3. They should be in English with and abstract of one page in the same language
4. 20 minutes will be allowed for the delivery of the paper
5. Papers may be submitted by email (preferred), fax or post
6. The author should indicate his/her personal full contact and a summary of the curriculum vitae.

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel and authors of successful submissions will be informed of the outcome of the review panel by 15 March 2007.

Written papers are required to meet the IFLA guidelines posted at

Please note that there will be no registration fee for this satellite conference. However, any fees, including registration for the IFLA World Congress, travel, accommodation, etc. are the responsibility of the authors of accepted papers. For additional information, please contact:
Sue McKnight (sue.mcknight@ntu.ac.uk) or
Nora Buchanan (buchanan@ukzn.ac.za) or
Dr. Maria Musoke (universitylibrarian@mulib.mak.ac.ug)

Monday, January 08, 2007

CFP: First International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference

CFP: First International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference

The final deadline for the call for papers has been extended to Wednesday, February 7th. Preliminary review of abstracts will begin on January 15th. Those who are intended to take advantage of the extra time for developing a proposal may wish to submit a preliminary proposal by January 15th. The Open Conference Systems abstract submission process makes it very easy for the author to modify an initial proposal. If you are submitting a preliminary proposal, please include a note to this effect with the abstract.

First International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference
Vancouver, July 11-13, 2007
WEBSITE: http://pkp.sfu.ca/node/493

The Public Knowledge Project at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University is pleased to announce that the first international PKP conference will be held from July 11-13, 2007 in Vancouver. The conference will provide opportunities for those involved in the organization, promotion, and study of scholarly communication to share and discuss
innovative work in scholarly publishing, with a focus on the contribution that open source publishing technologies (such as Open Journal Systems) can make to improving access to research and scholarship on a global and public scale. The conference will appeal to all those with an interest in the future of scholarly publishing community: software developers and technical support specialists; journal publishers, editors, and staff; librarians; and researchers in scholarly publishing.


Abstract Deadline (required): January 15, 2007
Paper and PowerPoint Submission (desired but not required for public
posting): July 1, 2007
This conference, which uses Open Conference Systems developed by the Public Knowledge Project, enables participants to submit abstracts
online at http://ocs.sfu.ca/pkp2007/submit.php.

Presentations can include:
* Single papers (abstract max of 500 words)
* Multiple paper sessions (overview max of 500 words)

Call for Papers Announcement
The conference stream for those involved in the practices and study of journal publishing will focus on the following themes and topics:
* Scholarly publishing in developing countries;
* Open access and the academy: reforming and opening the peer review process, implications for academic freedom;
* New journals, new models: the how and why of starting a new journal, new economic models for old journals, encouraging open data and related practices;
* Promotion and growth: building readership, authorship, and reviewership; open access is public access - challenges and benefits;
* Improving the features and design of publishing software

The conference stream for librarians and information specialists will focus on the following themes and topics:
* The role of libraries in supporting and developing emerging or alternate forms of scholarly communication, e.g., the library as publisher, implications for collections budgets and policies;
* Incorporating and supporting open access publications as part of current collections and related services;
* Using PKP software and related open source tools in libraries, e.g., "best practices" or case studies.

The conference stream for open source software developers and other technical experts working with PKP software will address the following:
* Understanding and working with PKP software and its "plug-in" architecture;
* Building a PKP developers' community including software contributions and collaborative projects;
* PKP software development priorities and plans.

Heather G. Morrison
First International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference &
Project Coordinator
BC Electronic Library Network
Phone: 604-268-7001
Fax: 604-291-3023
Email: heatherm@eln.bc.ca
Web: http://www.eln.bc.ca

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Call for Papers: IPCC 2007 in Seattle (IEEE Professional Communication Society - ENGINEERING THE FUTURE OF HUMAN COMMUNICATION)

Call for Papers: IPCC 2007 in Seattle (IEEE Professional Communication Society - ENGINEERING THE FUTURE OF HUMAN COMMUNICATION)
October 1-3, 2007

Join a distinguished group of researchers and industry practitioners for an energetic and friendly conference that encompasses all aspects of professional and technical communication in a world of rapidly changing information and communication technology. Help us look back on 50 years of human communication and look ahead to the next 50!

The keynote speaker will be Ray Kurzweil, famed inventor and futurist (and, among many other achievements, winner of the 1999 National Medal of Technology, will be a keynote speaker at the conference in Seattle. (See Kurzweil's bio.)

Send 1-2 page proposals by January 24, 2007 to: Professor David K. Farkas at farkas@u.washington.edu.

Suggested topic areas:
-Information design
-Tools/Techniques for collaboration
-Content management/Document technologies
-Software user assistance
-Managing information & communication systems
-Cross-cultural communication
-Engineering management
-Teaching & training
-Visual/Multimedia communication
-Health/Environmental communication
-Information & communication security

For more information visit:

Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research

Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research

URL: http://journal.lib.uoguelph.ca/index.php/perj/index
Information for Authors: http://journal.lib.uoguelph.ca/index.php/perj/information/authors
Current Issue: http://journal.lib.uoguelph.ca/index.php/perj/issue/current

The electronic journal is a practitioner’s journal of The Partnership published twice a year. Articles may be contributed at any time for publication consideration. Potential articles are reviewed by members of an editorial review committee. Articles fall into several categories. Feature articles on theory & research and on innovations in practice are in-depth, peer-reviewed articles and fall in the range of 1,000 to 5,000 words. Other types of articles include viewpoints, conference presentations, profiles, news& announcements, professional development and reviews.

The deadline for submissions to Innovations in Practice, Theory and Research and Conference Spotlight for the Spring 2007 issue is February 28, 2007.

Innovations in Practice

This section will publish articles of 1000-4000 words that describe new initiatives and analyze their outcomes. Articles in this section will undergo a double blind peer review process before publication. Let others know how you put your best ideas into practice, and what lessons can be learned from the experience. Articles should include enough background to create a context for the general reader, and local acronyms and specialized terminology should be kept to a minimum or clearly explained. For more information please contact Lorie Kloda at lorie.kloda@mcgill.ca.

Theory and Research
May include, but are not limited to, theoretical issues surrounding philosophies, policies and trends in all types of library and information environments. Research articles can be either quantitative or qualitative in nature. Empirical models (evidence-based or experimental techniques) and exploratory models of investigation are welcome. Articles should be 1500-5000 words and will be subject to a double blind peer review process. For more information please contact Heather Morrison at heatherm@eln.bc.ca.

Conference Spotlight
These contributions, based on presentations at Canadian library or library-related conferences, may be nominated by anyone in the library community at large. Submissions could also be recommended by members of the Editorial Board. Presenters will be contacted and invited to prepare and send a submission. Up to three items will ultimately be selected by the section editor for peer review for any issue of the journal. Topics may range from theoretical to technological highlights to view points to new practices. The format may also range widely including but not limited to videorecordings, online posters and formal papers. The length of the article will be guided by the format. Text-based submissions should be 1,000 to 4,000 words. Videorecordings would normally be 15 to 60 minutes. International presenters are welcome. For more information please contact Catherine Baird at c.baird@yahoo.ca.

CFP: Digital Archiving at (dis)junctions 2007 (University of California Riverside’s 14th Annual Humanities Graduate Conference)

CFP: Digital Archiving at (dis)junctions 2007 (University of California Riverside’s 14th Annual Humanities Graduate Conference)

This call for papers is for a proposed panel to be held at (dis)junctions 2007: Malappropriation Nation at the University of California Riverside’s 14th Annual Humanities Graduate Conference on April 6-7, 2007.

Contributors are invited to submit critical works on digital archiving. These papers can examine the roles new media and new technologies play in the archiving of literary texts. How does the translation of a text from print culture into the digital realm effect its reading and reception? How does it allow for a re-imagining of the text? How does digital archiving create a new mode of access to texts? What are the tensions around the creation of such archives?

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be e-mailed to helen.lovejoy@sbcglobal.net by January 5, 2007 (text in the body of the message; please no attachments).

For more information, please visit the website at

CFP: 7th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Science

CFP: 7th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Science


Title: Measuring Library Performance and Organisational Effectiveness: From Research to Practice

An IFLA Satellite Preconference sponsored by the IFLA Statistics and Evaluation Section

Website: http://www.lib.sun.ac.za/Northumbria7/

When/Where: 13th to 16th August 2007/Spier Hotel and Conference Centre, between Cape Town and Stellenbosch, South Africa

Deadline February 28, 2007

Call for Papers URL: http://www.lib.sun.ac.za/Northumbria7/Callforpapers.htm

http://www.lib.sun.ac.za/Northumbria7/ or contact Karin de Jager at kdejager@ched.uct.ac.za or Margaret Graham at margaret.graham@northumbria.ac.uk


Audience: Library and information professionals in ALL sectors of library and information services; research students and staff; and teaching staff.

Conference Topics: Conference presentations are sought in, but not limited to the following areas:
* Measuring library performance
* Organisational effectiveness
* Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement
* Leadership, quality and management development
* Effectiveness of staff development and training
* Outcomes and value of library and information services
* Management of change
* Meeting the changing needs of users
* Evaluation of the Digital Library
* Evaluating Performance Measurement
* Role of research in library and information services
* Research into practice
* Methodologies
* Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis
* Research Projects
* Benchmarking studies

Presentation Formats: Proposals are invited for presentations in a variety of formats that may include, but are not limited to:
* Papers
* Posters
* Panel Discussions
* Workshops**

New for this conference: Conference organisers would particularly welcome proposals for Developmental Workshops - for training library personnel in performance measurement and evaluation.

Pre-Conference Workshop: There will be a LibQUAL Exchange of Experience Workshop on the morning of 13 August prior to the start of the main conference.

Language: The language of the Conference is English

Guidelines for Submissions: For guidelines for proposal submissions and details about the evaluation procedure, please see the Conference website: http://www.lib.sun.ac.za/Northumbria7/

Friday, January 05, 2007

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

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

The ALCTS Creative Ideas in Technical Services Discussion Group will meet at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington on Sunday, January 21, 2007, from 4:00pm - 6:00pm, in Room 303 of the Washington State Convention & Trade Center. Participants can join breakout discussions on the topics listed below. At the end of the discussion period, each group will give a short summary for the benefit of all attendees.

The discussion topics are:
1. Using Marc records from U.S. vendors and non-U.S. bibliographic agencies
2. Using genre terms in MARC records
3. Employing temporary librarians and other staff in technical services
4. Making the last five years of your career before retirement the best/most productive
5. Planning work space for technical services
6. Outsourcing journal check-in
7. Ordering on vendor websites/using vendor order records
8. Creating a catalog "front end" that integrates well in the Amazoogle environment
9. Creating a "virtual periodicals room" for browsing online journals

This year's chair is Carla Davis Cunningham, Temple University and the
vice-chair/chair-elect is Linda Lomker, University of Minnesota.

facilitate and record the discussions at each topic table. If you would like to facilitate or record, please send your information to Carla Davis Cunningham at ccunni01@temple.edu (that's ccunni zero one). Indicate all the topics you would be willing to facilitate or record.

topics at their tables, making sure everyone participates, and keeps it within the allotted time. The chair and vice-chair will provide facilitators with suggestions to serve as a discussion guide.

RECORDERS take notes during discussions and send a written report to the vice-chair
soon after the conference is over. These reports form the basis for the report the chair sends to ALCTS and Technical Services Quarterly.

Please send your volunteer interests to Carla Davis Cunningham (ccunni01@temple.edu) by January 16.

Thanks in advance!

Carla Davis Cunningham & Linda Lomker

Carla Davis Cunningham
Cataloger/Copy Cataloging Coordinator, Monographs
Paley Library (017-00)
Temple University
1210 W. Berks St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Call for Contributors: LITA Blog for ALA Midwinter

Call for Contributors: LITA Blog for ALA Midwinter

Worn out from the Holiday Season? Tired from too much travel and/or too much Egg Nog? Not ready to go back to work?

You know what that means . . . . time for ALA Midwinter!!

This is Jonathan Blackburn -- new volunteer wrangler for the LITA blog ( http://litablog.org/ ) -- introducing myself and asking for your help in reporting on the some of the exciting things happening at this year's Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

There are going to be many interesting sessions at this year's meeting, and we would like your help in making sure we have covered the most significant of these.

If you are interested in . . .
1. Volunteering to cover a session on the LITA Blog.
2. Nominating a session to be covered.
. . . please e-mail me at jblackbu@mailer.fsu.edu.

For those interested in volunteering to report on a session, just send me your name and contact information (and the specific session you want to cover, if applicable). "Reporting" simply involves writing up a brief summary of the session along with your experiences
and any "take aways" you found.

To nominate a session for blog coverage, just send me the time and title of the session. I will be posting these on the LITA Blog Schedule for ALA Midwinter 2007:
http://litablog.org/blog-schedule-ala-midwinter-07/ .

As always, your help will greatly benefit both those who can and cannot make it out to "sunny" Seattle this year.

Again, you can reach me at jblackbu@mailer.fsu.edu if you have any questions or suggestions.

Helpful links:

LITA Blog: http://litablog.org/
Current LITA Blog schedule for ALA Midwinter:
Policies and Procedures for Blogging on LITA Blog:

Thanks again,

Jonathan Blackburn
Web Development Librarian
Florida State University Libraries
105 Dogwood Way
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2047
(850) 645-6986
E-mail/AIM: jblackbu@mailer.fsu.edu