Saturday, March 31, 2007

Library Student Journal (general information)

Library Student Journal (general information)

Library and Information Science students and educators,

Library Student Journal is once again accepting student papers for review and publication in our next issue. Please visit for more information about having your work published.

LSJ was founded at the University of Buffalo in New York state but seeks international readers and authors. We’ve also expanded our services to the LIS community with recent additions of a discussion board and blog. We’re pleased to offer students such an accessible forum for discussion as well as the opportunity to be published alongside peers. Educators are encouraged to share this opportunity with students.
Thank you

- Shannon Smith -
Library Student Journal staff

Friday, March 30, 2007

CFP: MARS Hot Topics at ALA Annual in Washington, D.C.

CFP: MARS Hot Topics at ALA Annual in Washington, D.C.

Saturday, June 23th from 10:30 to 12:30 at ALA Annual, the RUSA-MARS Hot Topics in Electronic Reference Discussion Group will host a session entitled: "Libraries2Go: Library Services for Handhelds." The session will feature 3 presentations followed by a question and answer and group discussion period. We are looking for speakers from all types of libraries to showcase their innovative delivery of services using handheld devices such as cell phones, PDAs, iPods, etc.

Interested speakers should contact members of the MARS Hot Topics Discussion Group:
Mark Dehmlow,
Nancy Cunningham,
Leah Dodd,

Thursday, March 29, 2007

CFP: Best Practices in Collection Development (Against the Grain)

CFP: Best Practices in Collection Development (Against the Grain)

Against the Grain is now accepting submissions of articles for the June 2007 issue. This issue will look at the topic of "Best Practices in Collection Development"

Possible Article Topics Could Include:

-cooperative collection development and/or library consortiums
-licensing electronic resources
-Working with foreign vendors
-Collection assessment
-Virtual Approval Plans
-Moving from print to electronic
-library/departmental liaison programs
-weeding a collection

The above are only suggestions. This topic is broad and articles on other
aspects of collections development are certainly welcome!

Against the Grain is a partially refereed publication, and articles are usually 2000 -- 2500 words in length. Article proposals and / or abstracts of articles should be submitted by Monday, April 9, 2007. The deadline for submission of the articles themselves is Monday, April
30, 2007.

If you are interested in submitting an article, please let me know by return email (

If you need more information or have further questions, please do not hesitate to ask. My contact information is below.

Thanks so much for your time and attention.


Kristen DeVoe
Guest Editor of the June 2007 Issue of Against the Grain.

Kristen E. DeVoe
Electronic Resources Librarian
College of Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina 29424
Phone: (843) 953-6671

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

CFP: How To Do Things with Letters (Modernist Studies Association)

CFP: How To Do Things with Letters (Modernist Studies Association)

Modernist Studies Association, 9th Annual Conference
1-4 November 2007 / Long Beach CA

“How To Do Things with Letters”

This panel seeks proposals on Modernist letter writing. Possible subjects include the personal correspondence of writers, how it enabled careers, travel and relocation, as well as community
formation; travel writing in epistolary form; letters and imperialism; the little magazines’ dependence on epistolary networks for subscriptions and submissions both solicited and not; “London” and “Paris” letters in American literary magazines; letters-to-editors; letters between writers and their publishers; letters between writers who met infrequently or not at all; epistolary novels; epistolarity and impressionism; temporality and letters; correspondence recycled into poems, novels, memoirs, biographies; and the editing and reception of published letters. A wide net is cast here because this field of study remains quite unorganized.

Please send proposals of 250-500 words and brief (no more than one page) CVs to Logan Esdale (, Assistant Professor at Chapman University (Orange CA), by 22 April 2007.

CFP: Blogs & Wikis MPCA/MACA - Region Conference

CFP: Blogs & Wikis MPCA/MACA - Region Conference
October 12-14, 2007
Radisson Hotel and Suites, Kansas City, Missouri

Abstract Submission Deadline: April 30, 2007

The Midwest Popular Culture Association / Midwest American Culture Association is seeking papers on the use of blogs, wikis, or other collaborative online technologies in higher education.

Possible topics include:
• case studies of blogs or wikis in the classroom
• the wiki in academic research
• the blogging professorate
• digital publishing and the tenure dossier

Please send a brief abstract (250 words) and a note about your field and institutional affiliation by April 30, 2007. Email submissions and inquiries to Molly at this address:

For more information on the conference, see

Molly Moran
Graduate student, Program in Communication, Culture, and Technology,
Georgetown University
New Media Advisor, U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC

ACRL Conference Coverage Needed for Library Hi-Tech News

ACRL Conference Coverage Needed for Library Hi-Tech News

If you are going to the ACRL National Conference in Baltimore, March 29-April 1, 2007 we hope that you will please consider contributing to a conference report to be published in Library Hi-Tech News (LHTN) in the June 2007 issue. We are seeking coverage of specialized sessions,
keynote addresses, poster sessions, the conference culture, and especially how libraries are introducing and employing new technologies and trying new things with different technology applications. We plan to stream different opinions and contributions and welcome different
viewpoints on a theme or program that is already covered. We invite your participation and ask that you let us know if you plan to contribute a submission. The deadline is April 27, 2007. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your consideration. This is a particularly good way for new librarians to get a byline!

Julia Gelfand
co-editor, LHTN

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Seeking Submissions for Proposed Anthology: Belonging in Word and Picture

Seeking Submissions for Proposed Anthology: Belonging in Word and Picture

Belonging in Word and Picture. We are looking for contributions that address legacies, generations (especially that of grandparents and grandchildren), family, a sense of home and identity (i.e. the pull between home and work, leaving your childhood home to start your own home or a sense of place within oneself). Reflections may be poems, short stories, songs, diary entries, essays, letters, creative nonfiction, or other forms as well as artwork. Combinations of forms are encouraged, up to approximately 4,000 words per contributor.

If accepted, contributors will receive a complimentary copy upon publication and a contributor's discount on additional copies. Publishers are being queried and the best will see the completed manuscript.

Cynthia Brackett-Vincent is publisher/editor of the esteemed Aurorean poetry journal; poetry instructor; award-winning poet; author of The 95 Poems chapbook (2005) and contributor to Educators as Writers: Publishing for Personal and Professional Development.

View Cynthia's background

Carol Smallwood has written, co-authored, and edited 17 books such as Michigan Authors; an award-winning fiction writer; her work has appeared in English Journal, Iris, Main Street Rag, The Detroit News, and several others including anthologies.

View Carol's last book

No previously published or simultaneously submitted material.

Please send work in an attachment; use 12-point Courier. Include a 50-60 word bio to appear in contributor's notes section of BELONGING if your work is accepted. (Writing credits/current position/where you're from and personal highlights are invited.) Please e-mail by April 30, 2007 with BELONGING as the subject line.

For artwork, use BELONGING as the subject line; send in PDF by e-mail. If you would like to send artwork by regular mail, send B&W or color PHOTOCOPIES ONLY (ABSOLUTELY NO ORIGINALS) to: Cynthia Brackett-Vincent, P. O. Box 187, Farmington, ME 04938 ATTN: BELONGING. If your artwork is accepted AND ONCE WE HAVE SECURED A PUBLISHER, we will request originals if necessary. If you'd like photocopies returned, include an SASE. If you would like to know your photocopies have been received, include a self-addressed stamped postcard.

Please include all your contact information (including e-mail address) in submissions. Send e-mail to Cynthia at, or to Carol at

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

CFP: Collections 2007: Reinvigorating Collection Development and Management

CFP: Collections 2007: Reinvigorating Collection Development and Management

INCO Centre
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John*s, Newfoundland
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Collection Development & Management Interest Group of the Canadian Library Association seeks proposals for papers and presentations for the fifth Collections Pre-conference session. These can deal with almost any collections-related topic or topics and should result in a presentation of about 30 minutes in length. Each presentation should feature one or two speakers. Papers with broad applications or with applications to more than one library sector or community of users will be given preference. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of three collections librarians. Five papers will be accepted. Deadline for submission of proposals: March 16, 2007 (deadline extended!)

Send proposals, including a short abstract, to:

Andrew Waller
MLB 402B
University of Calgary Library
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB
T3K 2C3
(403) 220-8133 voice
(403) 284-2109 fax

Friday, March 02, 2007

Call for Contributors: Librarians Beyond the Circ Desk: Innovative Librarianship Today

Call for Contributors: Librarians Beyond the Circ Desk: Innovative Librarianship Today

Please consider contributing to Librarians Beyond the Circ Desk: Innovative Librarianship Today on children's programs, hosting exhibitions, and other complimentary activities furthering librarianship; McFarland is the publisher.

Contributions from public, school, academic, special librarians - one 1250 word article or two articles each 1250 words, are invited. Please stick to about 1250 words. Each "how-to" article will showcase the creativity of contemporary U.S. librarians. Those having two articles accepted receive a complimentary book.

For example, if you design software and are an experienced grants writer, each could be a topic for an article; another combination could be setting up a new library, innovative story hours. Co-authoring is invited. Please e-mail some topics as soon as possible and a 50-55 word bio with your present position, highlights as a librarian to receive feedback.

Article(s) deadline is April 15, 2007. Bullets, headings are encouraged for clarity, conciseness a basic.

Educators as Writers: Publishing for Personal and Professional Development, Carol Smallwood's 17th book, is just out from Peter Lang:

Dr. Ann Riedling, the author of several library books, is co-editor:

Contact Carol Smallwood at

CFP: 16th symposium BOBCATSSS 2008 (Providing access to information for everyone)

CFP: 16th symposium BOBCATSSS 2008 (Providing access to information for everyone)

Dates: January 28th to 30th 2008
Location: University of Zadar (Croatia)
Conference URL:
Deadline: May 15, 2007

Access to information is vital for the personal and social growth of every individual. However, many people are facing barriers in accessing information, whether they are technical issues - like infrastructure, standards or the usability of services; political and legal issues – like copyright or censorship; social issues – like information literacy or information behaviour of different user groups; or economical issues – like cost of information. The goal of the BOBCATSSS 2008 symposium is to explore access to information for everybody from the technical, political and legal, social and economical point of view. The symposium would like to identify the existing barriers in accessing information and to offer an overview of new concepts, ideas and examples of good practice in order to raise awareness and achieve possible solutions. Invited are contributions in a form of a paper, workshop or a poster covering the following topics:

Technical aspects:
-Infrastructures, standards and interoperability for universal access to information
-Open access supported by open source
-Digital repositories and document server (long term preservation and access)
-Usability, service and interface design

Political aspects:
-Repression via information - withdrawal/censorship
-Bills and laws for LIS - an international composition
-Copyright aspect of open access and open source initiative
-Role of national/regional/local government in the development of information institutions

Social aspects:
-Digital divide
-Information professionals in the information society
-Information literacy (a holistic approach)
-Information ethics
-Information behavior of different users groups

Economical aspects:
-Cost of information
-Cost of electronic resources
-Licensing agreements
-Digital library costs

The target group are students. We are especially inviting workshop contributions. Please send your proposal abstract in any format (maximum 400 words in English including a short curriculum vitae, theme area and presentation type) by 15th of May 2007 to the following address:

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Position Available: Acquisitions Editor, LITA Guides and Monographs

Position Available: Acquisitions Editor, LITA Guides and Monographs

The Acquisitions Editor is charged with developing topics for LITA Guides and Monographs, soliciting suggested publications from LITA members and others, interacting with authors to produce the publications in manuscript format, and coordinating the editorial review of manuscripts by members of the LITA Publications Committee.


1. Is responsible for staying abreast of current and emerging library and information technologies to garner ideas for topical publications.

2. Actively solicits authors.

3. Determines the most suitable publishing format for the content.

4. Works with the Chair of the Publications Committee to coordinate editorial review among committee members, including delivery of manuscripts to individual committee members and determination of deadlines for the editorial review process. Non committee reviewers may be appointed by the committee Chair whenever necessary and appropriate.

5. Sets and coordinates schedules with authors and the LITA office.

6. Ensures that at least two publications are produced each year.

7. Evaluates new technologies with a goal of maximizing exposure and distribution of time sensitive content, and works with the Publications Committee and LITA to implement publishing formats and methodologies that meet the needs of our readership.


* Must have a publication record or background, which demonstrates excellent writing skills, recognized scholarship in the field and editing experience.

* Must have a broad knowledge of current and emerging information and library technologies.

* Must be skilled in working closely and effectively with authors to turn an idea into a useful technology guide.

* Must attend the LITA Publications Committee meetings at Midwinter and ALA Annual Conferences, and reports on status of and strategies for new publications.

* Must be a member of LITA.


Although there is no pay associated with the position, the person will receive a stipend of $1500/year or will be reimbursed for travel and lodging expenses up to $1500/year, and receive free press registration for attending the ALA Midwinter meeting and Annual Conference.

Submit applications by Monday, March 19, 2007 to: Dan Marmion, Chair, LITA Publications Committee

Associate Director for Information Systems and Digital Access
University Libraries of Notre Dame
221 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: 574/631 3811
Fax: 574/631 6772