Friday, July 27, 2007

CFP: Collection Management (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

CFP: Collection Management (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

Librarians working to manage and develop collections need a resource to keep pace with the constantly changing landscape of library collections and their management. The peer-reviewed journal, Collection Management , published by Haworth Press, serves as that resource for librarians and information specialists working in collection development and management, acquisitions, access services, and interlibrary loan, as well as special collections and archives.

If you want to have an impact on shaping this dynamic field of librarianship, Collection Management is currently accepting manuscripts for publication consideration. Collection Management seeks well-researched, refereed articles and reviews that cover an extensive range of pragmatic and theoretical topics. Collection Management typically seeks to address recent developments related to creating and managing collections; sharing and providing access to resources; preserving both traditional and digital library resources; training and developing collections staff; managing and analyzing administrative data associated with building today's library collections; and usage, licensing, rights, access, and financial issues. Other topics regularly examined are:

-digital collection management
-management for special collections and archives
-data management concerns (i.e, ERM, GIS, metadata)
-risk and financial issues and strategies
-consortial and cooperative collections
-assessment tools and methods
-decision making in the face of access vs. ownership
-collection development focused on international and area studies
-the latest collection management tools

Manuscripts should be 20–50 typed pages, double-spaced (including references and abstract). Lengthier manuscripts may be considered if they can be divided across multiple journal issues. The references and format should follow the Chicago style (as outlined in the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style). Electronic submission is preferred. The journal is published quarterly in both print and electronic formats.

To be published in the next available issue (volume 33, no. 3), submissions should be received no later than October 15, 2007. Notice of acceptance for this issue will be communicated by December 3, 2007.

Additional information about submission requirements is available at:

Information about the journal is available at

Please also feel free to contact the Editor:

Faye A. Chadwell
Associate University Librarian
Oregon State University
121 The Valley Library
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501

Call for Articles: Casebook on Gaming in Academic Libraries (An ACRL Monograph)

Call for Articles: Casebook on Gaming in Academic Libraries (An ACRL Monograph)

Amy Harris, University of North Carolina at Greensboro,
Scott Rice, University of North Carolina at Greensboro,

Deadline for proposals: August 31, 2007
Expected publication: Summer 2008

Gaming in all its forms is making its way into academia. “Casebook on Gaming in Academic Libraries” will provide case studies and reports of best practices and experiences in the many ways in which academic libraries have chosen to become part of this trend.

“Casebook on Gaming in Academic Libraries” will include three sections to encompass the variety of ways gaming has been incorporated into academic libraries.

Section 1: “Gaming as Marketing” - How is gaming used to bring students into the library and make students aware of other library services?

Section 2: “Gaming and Collections” - How have academic libraries started augmenting their collections with hardware and software?

Section 3: “Gaming and Teaching” - How is gaming used for teaching information literacy skills in academic libraries? How does gaming fit into the academic classroom?

Possible topics may include but are not limited to the following:
-Information literacy games
-Game night hosting
-Student orientation games
-Games in information commons
-Game software and hardware collections
-Games to train staff

Individuals interested in contributing a chapter are invited to e-mail a proposal to the editors on or before August 31, 2007. Proposals should be from 400-600 words and include information about your name, affiliation, a working title, and abstract. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified of acceptance by September 14, 2007. Full chapters will be expected by January 15, 2008.
Amy Harris
First-Year Instruction Coordinator and Reference Librarian
Liaison to Religious Studies and Broadcasting and Cinema
Reference and Instructional Services
Jackson Library, UNCG

Friday, July 20, 2007

General Information: Information Outlook (Special Libraries)

General Information: Information Outlook (Special Libraries)

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.

For more information, follow the above link.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

CFP: Texas Computer Education Association's Educational Technology Research Symposium

CFP: Texas Computer Education Association's Educational Technology Research Symposium
Dates: Feburary 4-5, 2008
Location: Austin, Texas
Call Deadline: September 17, 2007

You are invited to take part in the Texas Computer Education Association’s (TCEA) second annual Educational Technology Research Symposium, Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 4-5, 2008. This two-day event will be held at the Austin Convention Center in conjunction with the first two days of the TCEA annual convention.

The Symposium will provide a venue for educational technology researchers to present their work as formal Papers on any educational technology area. Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend the TCEA Annual Convention and Exposition, “Discover Your Destination,” Feb. 4-8, 2008.

The Call for Papers is now open. Please go to for full information on submitting a paper for consideration. Accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings book and on an accompanying CD. Selected papers may be invited to be published in the TechEdge, TCEA’s quarterly journal. Authors of accepted papers are expected to register for the symposium and present their work in order to have their paper published in the conference proceedings. The deadline for submitting papers is Sept. 17, 2007.
Please forward this announcement to your friends and colleagues who might be interested in submitting a paper.

Want to help? If you are willing to volunteer to be a reviewer for conference paper submissions, please send one of us an e-mail. Full details will be sent to you.
We hope to see you at TCEA’s Educational Technology Research Symposium.

John T. Thompson, Ph.D.

Stephen B. Rainwater, Ed.D

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

CFP: ISKO (International Society for Knowledge Organization) 2008

CFP: ISKO (International Society for Knowledge Organization) 2008

10th biennial ISKO Conference
Culture and Identity in Knowledge Organization

The 10th biennial International Conference of the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO) is organised and hosted by the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information, Université de Montréal.

Time and Place of ISKO 2008: Tuesday 5 to Friday 8 of August 2008, at
the Université de Montréal (Québec, Canada).



Conference Theme: Culture and Identity in Knowledge Organization.
The proposed research topics for this edition include:
– Epistemological Foundations in KO
– Models and Methods
– Systems and Tools – Ethics
– KO for Libraries, Archives, and Museums
– Non-Textual Materials
– KO in Multilingual Environments
– Users and Social Context
– Discourse Communities and KO
– KO for Information Management and Retrieval
– Evaluation

Types of Contributions Accepted to ISKO 2008
Research papers, posters, and workshop proposals are accepted for
this conference.

The authors should clearly outline the central objective or
hypothesis of the research, and present preliminary or intermediary
results. If authors intend to present their most recent findings (not
yet available at the submission date) at the conference, they should
clearly indicate their potential significance. Research-in-progress
papers may also be submitted but may not be retained if underdeveloped.

Research Papers
Professionals and researchers are invited to submit abstracts with a
maximum of 1500 words for full and research-in-progress papers by
November 9th, 2007. Full papers that are not accepted might be
retained as posters.

Professionals and researchers are invited to submit abstracts with a
maximum of 500 words for posters by November 9th, 2007.

Workshop Proposals
Submission for workshops are also invited.

Review of Contributions
The international programme committee will review the abstracts, and
authors will be notified of decisions by December 14th 2007. The
deadlines for submission of papers for the printed conference
proceedings are below. All abstracts should be submitted through
email ( by November 9th 2007. Late submission will
not be eligible for consideration.

Guidelines for Submission of Abstract
First page should include the following information (copy&paste in
your document):
Tenth International ISKO Conference
Montréal, August 5–8, 2008

Author name(s): {fill in}
Affiliation(s): {fill in}
Full contact information: {fill in}
Title: {fill in}
Conference topic: {fill in}
Type of submission: {Paper / Poster / Workshop}
Number of words: {fill in}
The abstract should follow on the second page (no name should appear
on this page).

Format: Word or RTF.

Conference Chair
Dr. Clément Arsenault, Associate Professor,
École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information.
Université de Montréal, Canada. E-mail:

Programme Chair
Dr. Joseph T. Tennis, Assistant Professor,
The Information School of the University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

Poster Session Chair
Dr. Michèle Hudon, Associate Professor,
École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information.
Université de Montréal, Canada. E-mail:

Programme Committee
To be announced soon (please check the website).

Authors will be requested to submit their final accepted
contributions using the ISKO 2008 formatting guidelines.

Valid Document Formats: Microsoft Word (.doc) and Rich Text Format

Submission for Accepted Papers and Posters
– Papers — max. 7 pages (~3500 word). Papers will be published in
the printed proceedings.
– Posters — max. 2 pages (~1000 words). Posters will be published
on the website.
– To prepare your camera ready manuscript you must use and conform
to the ISKO 2008 paper template or to the ISKO 2008 poster template.
The templates and guidelines will be posted on the website at a later
– Failure to conform to templates will lead to paper rejection from
Proceedings and Conference.
– The working language of the conference is English.

Important Dates
– Abstract submission, deadline: November 9th 2007.
– Notification of acceptance of paper submissions: December 14th 2007.
– Notification of acceptance of posters: January 18th 2008.
– Camera ready papers due in MS Word/RTF format: 1st March 2008.


CFP: Navigating with youth: In this technological era, how can public libraries attract and keep their young clientele? (IFLA Satellite Meeting)

CFP: Navigating with youth: In this technological era, how can public libraries attract and keep their young clientele? (IFLA Satellite Meeting)

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
5-7 August 2008

Public Libraries, Children and Young Adult Libraries, and Management and Marketing Sections of IFLA in collaboration with Les Bibliothèques Publiques du Québec


Important Dates
September 30th, 2007: Deadline for submissions
December 2007: Notification of acceptance/rejection
February 2008: Final program and registration information released
May 2008: Deadline for submission of text

Public Libraries, Children and Young Adult Libraries, and Management and Marketing Sections in collaboration with Les Bibliothèques Publiques du Québec are currently organizing a satellite meeting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from August 5-7, 2008. This event will precede the 74th Annual IFLA conference in Quebec city (August 10-14, 2008.)

Themes and Objectives
The general theme of the conference is to conduct a survey of children and young adult services offered in public libraries around the world.

The objectives of the satellite meeting are:
-To bring together library personnel and other participants working with a young clientele in order to facilitate the sharing and exchange of information and ideas.
-To benefit from the experience of innovators in the field of youth library services (see the list of subjects below)
-To present speakers from around the world

Subject of Papers:
-The library's impact and social role in the community: professional ethics, homework help, library teen board, etc.
-How to effectively market youth services to their target audience
-Innovative practices in integrating cultural materials, literacy programs, school visits
-Technology: trends, on-site users, distance users, developing new services, impact on reading
-Physical place: lay-out and desegregation of youth library services
-Reading programs inside and outside library walls: innovative practices

Submission Guidelines
Interested parties are invited to submit a proposal before September 30th, 2007. The presentations will each last approximately 15 minutes and thirty proposals will be selected.

The proposals must be submitted in an electronic format and must contain:
Title of paper
Summary of paper (maximum 300 words- ½ page)
The speaker's name, address, telephone and fax numbers, professional affiliation, email address and biographical note (40 words)
Language of submission
French and English are the two official languages of the satellite meeting. Proposals may be submitted in either language.

Send submissions to:
Patricia Lemieux, responsable du comité scientifique (
Coordonnatrice Espace Jeunes
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
475, boulevard de Maisonneuve Est
Montréal (Québec)

The call for papers will be evaluated by the members of the selection committee and by a member of each IFLA section involved in the satellite meeting.
The committee may revise the time alotted to the submitted presentations in accordance with their relevance and complimentarity.

Registration fees for the satellite meeting will be waived for the speakers. However, they will have to assume their own travel and room and board expenses.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

CFP: Fun and Games: The Principle of Pleasure in Art and Architecture

CFP: Fun and Games: The Principle of Pleasure in Art and Architecture
Location: Iowa, United States
Call for Papers Date: December 7, 2007
Conference Date: March 7-8, 2008

Fun and Games: The Principle of Pleasure in Art and Architecture 23rd Annual Graduate Art History Symposium, 7-8 March 2008
The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, Iowa City, Iowa
Keynote address: Professor Margaretta M. Lovell (The University of California at Berkeley), “Winslow Homer, the Adirondack Mountains, and the Great Camps: Scenes of Instruction, Predation, and Play”

Art and architecture are serious stuff. We have no time for fun and games. Or do we? References to play, entertainment, and leisure abound in the discipline—from an Athenian amphora adorned with dice players and signed by Exekias to enigmatic Maya “ballcourts”; from Judith Leyster’s paintings of comic figures to woodblock views of festivals by Utagawa Hiroshige; from Marcel Duchamp’s “malic” chessmen to much of Claes Oldenberg’s entire oeuvre. In the last half a century or so, an interest in the subject has permeated the scholarly literature and become integral to a range of methodological approaches. Robert Venturi offered lessons on the forms of the Las Vegas Strip, while T.J. Clark drank in the leisure activities of modern life. And Jacques Derrida took pleasure in jouissance, while Henry Louis Gates “signified” a provocative reading of African American trickster figures.

The graduate students of The University of Iowa Art History Society have decided that it is high time we made time to consider this zenith of “lowbrow” subject matter. AHS hereby solicits applications for participation in our 2008 graduate student symposium on Fun and Games: The Principle of Pleasure in Art. Papers may treat works of any genre, historical period, or geographical designation. Proposals must take the form detailed below. Final papers must be 20-25 minutes in length. Proposals must be postmarked by December 7, 2007.

Topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:
●Art that treats, or relates to, pleasure, play, leisure, and entertainment (subjects might include tourism, sports, reading, shopping, games, dancing, music, gardening, or humor)
● “Entertainment architecture”—spaces and places created for amusement, sport, or leisure activities (for example, museums, opera houses, festivals, world fairs, tourist attractions, and gardens)
●Artists/architects as entertainers

Proposals must include the following components:

●A 1-2 page, double-spaced abstract following The Chicago Manual of Style guidelines
●A copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae
●A brief letter of support from the applicant’s graduate advisor Proposals should be sent, as hard copies, to the following address:

● Attn: Megan Masana
The University of Iowa
School of Art and Art History
150 Art Building West
Iowa City, Iowa 52245-7000

With the authors’ permission, a selection of participants’ papers will be published in Montage, the online journal of The University of Iowa Art History Society ( AHS will provide a small honorarium to accepted participants, as our final budget permits; further information will be provided upon acceptance. Participants will be required to submit their papers, in full, four weeks prior to the event. For more information, contact Symposium Chair Megan Masana, at

Attn: Megan Masana
The University of Iowa
School of Art and Art History
150 Art Building West
Iowa City, Iowa 52245-7000

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

CFP: Michigan Library Association Poster or Showcase Sessions

CFP: Michigan Library Association Poster or Showcase Sessions

Michigan Library Association Annual Conference
Lansing Center
November 6 – 9 2007
Deadline: August 15, 2007

Conference URL:

All types of libraries and all librarians, staff members and Library Science students are invited to participate

Do you have something interesting to show your colleagues? Or perhaps you solved a unique or sticky problem? If so then a poster session or showcase is for you. The Academic and Research Library Division will sponsor poster sessions at the annual conference in Lansing. Below are the
guidelines for the poster session.

• Poster sessions can introduce unique collections or services, discuss a problem and the research, action, or methodology used to solve that problem, or outline findings of research or study
• Displays should be visually appealing (charts, photographs, diagrams, graphics, illustrations, etc.) and should clearly state the purpose of the display. Displays should also be large enough to be seen from several feet distant
• Presenters should also bring handouts or other supplementary materials (no duplication services will be provided) and a sign up sheet to record names and addresses of attendees who would like further information. An ample supply of business cards are also encouraged
• A tack board panel measuring 4 x 6 feet mounted on a freestanding easel or tabletop will be provided. No electricity is provided and laptops are discouraged
• There will also be table space for participants to place handouts or other supplementary material
• One author must be present at all times to answer questions from conference attendees
• Displays must be set up 15 minutes prior to the assigned time and taken down within 15 minutes after the session. Once assigned, your time will not change

Send a 250-word abstract of your session with your name, institution contact information and any other colleagues by August 15 to:

David Scott ( If chosen, you will be notified by
August 30, 2007.
David A. Scott
Access Services Librarian
Ferris Library for Information Technology & Education
Office: FLITE 140-D
1010 Campus Drive, Big Rapids, MI 49307-2279
ph: (231) 591-3540 fax: (231) 591-2662

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS: "Web 2.0-Based E-Learning: Applying Social Informatics for Tertiary Teaching"

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS: "Web 2.0-Based E-Learning: Applying Social Informatics for Tertiary Teaching"
Submission Deadline: October 5, 2007

A book edited by:
Mark J. W. Lee, Charles Sturt University, Australia and
Catherine McLoughlin, Australian Catholic University


“Web 2.0” (O’Reilly, 2005) is a term used to describe an apparent second
generation or improved form of the World Wide Web that emphasizes collaboration
and sharing of knowledge and content among users. There has been a burgeoning
interest in Web 2.0, both in mainstream society as well as in education, with
tools such as blogs, wikis, RSS, social networking sites, tag-based
folksonomies, and peer-to-peer (P2P) media sharing applications gaining much
popularity and traction in all sectors of the education industry. In
particular, Web 2.0 is seen to hold tremendous potential for addressing the
needs of large numbers of students typical in college and university classes,
enhancing their learning experiences through customization, personalization,
and rich opportunities for networking and collaboration. However, a number of
questions need to be answered, such as the following, which the book will
attempt to address:

- Does Web 2.0 represent a major conceptual or paradigm shift in how we
conceive and make use of the Internet as a means of delivering teaching and
- Do the new technologies actually have anything new to offer us in the way of
improving our pedagogy? How to avoid falling prey to a “technology-driven
pedagogy” (Salaberry, 2001)?
- Is the emergence of Web 2.0 changing the culture of, and/or redefining the
competencies that are needed by, teachers and learners?
- What are existing examples of “best practice” and “good principles” in this
area, if any, and how can we learn from them?

Mission and Objectives of the Book

The mission of the book is to disseminate knowledge on both the theory and
practice of Web 2.0 based teaching and learning, and to promote scholarly
inquiry and the development/adoption of best practice in this area. Its main
objectives are as follows:

1. To provide novice readers with an introduction to the major issues
surrounding both the theory and practice of Web 2.0-based tertiary teaching and
2. To supply an avenue for the publication of cutting-edge research that will
inform both novice and expert readers about leading and emerging Web
technologies and their applications to tertiary teaching and learning;
3. To showcase examples of current and emerging practice in innovative
pedagogy, and demonstrate models of the integration of Web 2.0 technologies in
tertiary teaching, learning and assessment;
4. To contribute to the development of best practice through the evaluation and
documentation of the successes and pitfalls of various techniques, approaches,
and strategies;
5. To analyze and critique recent trends and nascent technologies, in order to
propose an agenda or “roadmap” for future research and development in the area
of e-learning scenarios and tools (Web 2.0 and beyond) for tertiary teaching
and learning.

Target Audience

The prospective readership of the proposed book is broad, ranging from
university/college teachers and administrators to social and educational
researchers interested in the use of Web 2.0 for enhancing teaching and
learning at a tertiary level. The book may also be adopted to support
educational technology and e-learning courses at a postgraduate level.

Through a combination of theoretical pieces as well as practical cases or
examples of “best practice” in the field, the novice reader will benefit from
expert knowledge and learn from the experiences of both researchers and
practitioners. Experts will stand to gain from reading the book to stay abreast
with the latest developments and trends in this still nascent area, and to
obtain exposure to diverse perspectives and approaches to Web 2.0 based
tertiary teaching and learning.

Organization of the Book

The book will be divided into three parts, each consisting of between 5 and 7
chapters, for a total of approximately 20 chapters.

- Part 1: Pedagogy 2.0? Emerging paradigms and innovative theories in web-based
tertiary teaching and learning (6-7 chapters)
- Part 2: Towards best practice: Case studies and exemplars of Web 2.0-based
tertiary teaching and learning (8-9 chapters)
- Part 3: Web 2.0 and beyond: Current implications and future directions for
web-based tertiary teaching and learning (5-6 chapters)

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Web 2.0 and social informatics in the tertiary classroom
Web 2.0 and social informatics in distance and blended learning environments
New/emerging paradigms and theoretical/pedagogical models for e-learning
research and practice
Instructional uses of blogs, wikis, RSS, podcasting, P2P media sharing in
tertiary education settings
Pedagogical implications of social software and social network environments
Student-generated content in tertiary teaching and learning
Web 2.0 and mobile technologies / mobile collaborative learning
Massively-Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs) and networked learning
E-moderation in Web 2.0-based tertiary teaching and learning
Implications of Web 2.0-based e-learning for tertiary teachers and learners
Institutional issues related to Web 2.0 and social informatics (e.g. strategy,
policy, infrastructure)
Web 2.0 and learning management systems
Case studies using Web 2.0 and social informatics in tertiary teaching and
Success factors and pitfalls in the implementation of Web 2.0-based tertiary
teaching and learning
Beyond Web 2.0: Future directions for web-based tertiary teaching and learning

IMPORTANT: Potential contributors should note that successful
proposals/chapters will not focus merely on the technical aspects of Web 2.0
and social informatics, but rather will engage deeply with pertinent questions
and issues from a pedagogical, social, cultural, philosophical/epistemological
and/or moral/ethical perspective. Chapters that simply use rhetoric as the
basis for making arguments, or which rely solely on anecdotal evidence to draw
conclusions, are not likely to be accepted.


Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before October 5,
2007, a 2-5 page manuscript proposal clearly explaining the mission and
concerns of the proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be
notified by November 5, 2007 about the status of their proposals and sent
chapter organizational guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted
by February 15, 2008.

All chapters will be subject to a double-blind peer review process. Authors
will also be asked to peer-review another chapter submitted for the book and
will have one month for the review process, which is anticipated to take place
in February/March 2008.

The book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.),, in 2009.

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to or by mail to:

Mark J. W. Lee
1802/281 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, N.S.W. 2000, Australia
Tel.: +61-417 841188
Fax: +61-2-9283 9719

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Edited book on Ethnography of Material Culture, Technology, and Everyday Life

Edited book on Ethnography of Material Culture, Technology, and Everyday Life
Deadline: September 1, 2007

I am seeking proposals of original writings for a forthcoming edited book tentatively titled: “Mundane Stuff: Ethnographic Approaches to Technology as Material Culture.” The deadline for proposal submission is September 1, 2007. Completed chapters would be due some time in the spring of 2008. Serious publisher interest in this book has already been expressed. The writing is intended to be classroom friendly, though the intended audience is comprised mainly of graduate students and scholars.

Studying technology as everyday life material culture means demystifying technology and approaching technics (i.e. material objects) and techniques (i.e. tactics, strategies) as pragmatic ways of attributing meaning to the world while simultaneously shaping it. Such as an approach calls for reflexive, creative, situated ethnographic research strategies which employ both abstract knowledge and mundane practices of meaning-making while attempting to understand both users and material objects.

I am seeking three types of proposed chapters.

1. Theoretical chapters which provide both an overview and reflection on one of the following analytical perspectives on technology as everyday life material culture: symbolic interactionism, actor-network theory, cultural studies, and phenomenology. Required length: 5,500 words.

2. Methodological chapters which offer both overview and reflection on the ethnographic study and representation of technology as material culture from the angle of one of the following approaches: performance ethnography, visual ethnography, narrative ethnography, analytical ethnography. Required length: 5,500 words.

3. Empirical chapters which focus on the reporting of original ethnographic research on technology as material culture. Possible topics are limitless. For example, they may include the study of domestic objects, means of transportation, clothing and other body-modifying/adorning objects, workplace objects, toys, etc. Approximate required length: 7,500 words.

If you are interested please submit a tentative title, 100/150 word abstract, and author bio to Phillip Vannini: or simply contact me to discuss ideas or ask for more information.

Phillip Vannini, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Communication and Culture
2005 Sooke Road
Royal Roads University
Victoria BC V9B 5Y2
Phone: (250) 391-2600 ext. 4477 (no voice mail)
Fax: (250) 391-2694

Call for Papers: 2008 Virginia Forum

Call for Papers: 2008 Virginia Forum
Location: Fresericksburg, Virginia, United States
Conference Date: April 11-12, 2008
Deadline: September 28, 2007

The third Virginia Forum will convene at the University of Mary Washington, in Fredericksburg, on April 11-12, 2008. The Virginia Forum offers an opportunity for exchanges of ideas among scholars, teachers, archivists, librarians, museum curators, and all those interested in Virginia history, environment, and culture. The Virginia Forum welcomes proposals for presentations on all topics in Virginia history, but the centennial of the founding of UMW in 1908 offers a special opportunity for reconsidering themes related to the history of education and learning in Virginia. [To be clear, submissions on all aspects of Virginia history are encouraged.] The committee welcomes proposals for individual papers or complete panel sessions, panel discussions, workshops, poster sessions, or electronic/multimedia presentations.

Send a one-page proposal, along with a one-page vita of the presenter(s) to the chair of the program committee, Dr. Anthony Parent, Department of History, Wake Forest University at

Proposal Deadline: September 28, 2007.

Dr. Anthony Parent
Department of History
Wake Forest University

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Call for Authors: Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research

Call for Authors: Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research
Deadline: November 1, 2007

We are inviting academic editorial contributors to the Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research, a new reference for undergraduate students and the general public addressing all aspects of stem cell research. We are starting the assignment process for articles that will be due November 1, 2007.
The list of available topics can be sent on request. Additional details are included in the announcement below as well. Please feel free to forward this announcement to colleagues who might also be interested.


Maria Siano, Ph.D.
Author Manager
Golson Books, Ltd.

CALL FOR AUTHORS: Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research

We are inviting academic editorial contributors to the Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research, a new reference for undergraduate students and the general public addressing all aspects of stem cell research, including research and clinical procedures, definitions of terms, biographies of major researchers and their work, profiles of research institutions, organizations, and corporations, descriptions of therapies, and thematic topics on ethics, religion and government regulation.

We are starting the assignment process for articles that will be due November 1, 2007.

This comprehensive project is a two-volume encyclopedia for college, public, and health libraries to be published by Sage Reference in 2008. The work is made up of some 350 articles.

Each article, ranging from 900 to 3500 words, is signed by the contributor.

The General Editors for the encyclopedia are: Clive Niels Svendsen, Ph.D., Director, NIH T32 Stem Cell Training Program, University of Wisconsin–Madison and Allison D. Ebert, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Stem Cell Research Program, University of Wisconsin–Madison. Drs. Svendsen and Ebert will review all the articles for academic consistency.

If you are interested in contributing to the encyclopedia, it can be a notable publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your publishing credits. Sage Publications offers an honorarium ranging from Sage book credits for smaller articles up to a free set of the encyclopedia (approximately a $300 value) for contributions totaling 10,000 words or more.

If you would like to contribute to building a truly outstanding reference with the Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research, please contact me by the e-mail information below.

Please provide a brief summary of your academic/publishing credentials. A background in health writing is preferred. Please remember this is a non-technical resource that can be understood by the layman.

Thanks very much.

Maria Siano, Ph.D.
Author Manager
Golson Books, Ltd.

CALL FOR AUTHORS: Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate

CALL FOR AUTHORS: Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate
Deadline: September 1, 2007

We are inviting contributors to the Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change, a new 3-volume reference to be published in 2008 by Sage Publications.

The General Editor for the encyclopedia is S. George Philander, Ph.D., Princeton University, who will review all the articles for editorial content and academic consistency.

We are now making final assignments with a deadline of September 1, 2007. The list of available articles, style guidelines, and a sample article are attached.

The list of available topics will be sent on request. Additional details are included below.

Thanks for your time and interest. Please feel free to forward this announcement to colleagues who might be interested as well.

Maria Siano, Ph.D.
Author Manager
Golson Books, Ltd.


CALL FOR AUTHORS: Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change

This comprehensive work will be marketed and sold to college, public, and academic libraries and includes some 700 articles, covering all aspects of the world environment and related disciplines in the social sciences, including terms and practices, profiles of climate change by country, biographies, and descriptions of environmental organizations. Each article, ranging from 550 to 5,000 words, is signed by the contributor.

If you are interested in contributing to the encyclopedia, it can be a notable publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your publishing credits. Payment for the articles are honoraria that range from a $50 book credit at Sage Publications for article submissions totaling 500 to 1,000 words up to a free set of the finished encyclopedia (a $400 value) for contributions totaling 10,000 words. More than this, your involvement can help assure that credible and detailed data, description, and analysis are available to students of climate issues.

If you would like to contribute to building a truly outstanding reference with the Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change, please contact Maria Siano, Ph.D., by e-mail at Please provide a very brief summary of your background in environmental and geographic issues.

Maria Siano, Ph.D.
Author Manager
Golson Books, Ltd.

CFP: The Business of Entertainment (Collection)

CFP: The Business of Entertainment (Collection)
Deadline: July 31, 2007

We are seeking additional contributions for the articles that will ultimately make-up the chapters of The Business of Entertainment (Movies, Music, & Television), a 3 volume series under contract with Praeger Press. We will accept abstracts and/or papers for all volumes but we are especially interested in articles for Volumes 2 & 3. Please pass this call on to any colleagues you think might be interested.

Accepted articles will be between 5,000 to 10,000 words, including works cited, and will adhere to the Chicago style. We welcome contributions from professors, grad students and non-academic experts as well. Please e-mail completed articles or abstracts of no more than 300 words to by July 31, 2007. Also, please e-mail with any questions or requests for further information.

This series will detail the ways in which the media conglomerates that control the contemporary entertainment industry exploit the synergies between their companies. What does all this mean to us, the consumers, the end users who just want to be entertained and want to have a wide selection of options from which to choose? How and why are choices affected and for the sake of what or whom? In investigating the answers to these questions and many more, these texts will collectively illuminate the business of contemporary entertainment in a way that will appeal not only to academics and students, but to general readers as well. While each of the books will be about a specific industry, there will be great analytical overlap, which is by design as the industries themselves desire as much overlap as possible so as to maximize control and profitability.

The following are prompts for the kind of things we’re looking for. Please be advised that we’re not wedded to any one topic and are quite open to suggestions.

Volume 1: The Business of Entertainment—The Movies
Chapter may topics include:

• Labor relations (salaries, contracts, etc.)
• Runaway production
• Piracy
• Digital production and delivery
• The contemporary Studio System
• Independent production within the contemporary system
• Festival culture and the marketplace
• The rise of Withoutabox
• Tom Cruise’s move from Paramount to Wall Street (and other big money hedge fund production deals)
• Genre films
• TV Series and other “franchise” sources
• Globalization
• Government oversight of the movies
• Collusion between the majors
• The contemporary star system
• Contemporary movie reviews
• Advertising in the digital age, especially to create internet buzz (via etc.)
• Ancillary products and product placement
• Media manipulation (Oscar campaigns, etc)

Volume 2: The Business of Entertainment—The Music Industry

Chapter topics might include:

• Labor-management relations in music (salaries, unions, etc.)
• Globalization
• Radio (traditional, satellite, internet, etc)
• Major labels
• Advertising
• Music featured in movies and on TV shows
• Home production and independents (labels and individuals)
• Sampling and copyright issues
• “Created music” (boy & girl bands, American Idol, etc.)
• Media coverage of music
• Alt music (No Depression, etc)
• Underground music (DJ Danger Mouse’s The Gray Album, etc)
• iTunes and other digital downloading services
• The mainstreaming suburbanization of hip hop

Volume 3: The Business of Entertainment—Television
Chapter topics might include:

• Labor-management relations in TV (salaries, unions, etc., etc.)
• Globalization
• The coming of HD
• Digital product placement
• Tivo/On-Demand
• Subscription networks
• Cable vs. satellite
• The dynamics of broadcast and advertising revenue
• Advertising and multi-media promotion
• Reality TV
• Teen Networks (WB, CW, Disney, Noggin)
• Children’s Networks (Nick, Noggin, Etc)
• The Major Networks
• Genres
• Sports on TV (ESPN, NFL Network, etc.)
• DVDs and series TV (new and old)
• Developing and retaining fan loyalty (series zealots—Veronica Mars, Buffy, etc.)

Robert Sickels
Whitman College
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Sunday, July 08, 2007

CFP: AERA Conference Special Interest Group Meeting of the Research, Education, Information, and School Libraries

CFP: AERA Conference Special Interest Group Meeting of the Research, Education, Information, and School Libraries

Stepping Outside the Desk: New Ways of Supporting Literacy, Self-Directed Learning, and Social Responsibility through the School Library

Call for Participation: 2008 AERA conference
Annual Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting of the
Research, Education, Information, and School Libraries (REISL) SIG
March 24 - 28 New York, NY
SIG Program Chair: Kafi Kumasi-Johnson, Indiana University at Bloomington
Deadline: August 2, 2007

American Education Research Association URL:
SIG Website:

Do you have new and innovative ideas that advance research or practice in the areas of literacy, self-directed learning, and social responsibility through the school library? If so, REISL has several opportunities for to researchers, practitioners and doctoral students to share this work at the 2008 Annual Meeting REISL SIG of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

The presence of school librarians is much needed in the larger education community. One way to accomplish this is by becoming a member of AERA. If you have a vested interest in school libraries, and are not currently a member of AERA, please help increase the voice of school library scholars by joining AERA. Regular membership dues are $120/year and Graduate Student Membership is $35/year. Also REISL SIG membership dues are $5 for one-year and $15 for three years. For more information about REISL, please visit the official website of the REISL SIG

Call for Juried Papers
This call for papers seeks original contributions of proposals on any topic relevant to school libraries with special emphasis on papers related to the SIG theme. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Please follow the format required by the AERA for submitting proposals (see below).

Call for Posters (Practitioners and Doctoral Students Wanted!)

Do you have interesting work in progress you would like to share? Poster sessions are for you! Poster sessions introduce new or ongoing work, and the REISL audience provides valuable discussion and feedback. We are particularly interested in presentations of practitioner and doctoral student work. Separate sessions will be held for practitioners and doctoral students provided that enough proposals are submitted through the format required by the AERA (see below)

Submission Information:

DEADLINE: August 2, 2007

To submit your paper or poster proposal, please access AERA's website.

Text length may not exceed more than 2000 words for individuals or 2,600 words for multiple presentation proposals. All proposals must be submitted electronically at the website and may not be submitted via email. Submission questions may be directed to

For additional information:
Please consult the AERA website or contact Kafi Kumasi-Johnson, REISL SIG Program Chair, 2007-08, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, ; or SIG Chair, Jenny Robins, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO

Call for Reviewers:
The REISL SIG of AERA is seeking experienced researchers to review proposals for the annual meeting. To indicate your interest in reviewing proposals please signup at the AERA website.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

CFP: Association of Jewish Libraries - Jewish Libraries: Tradition, Text & Technology

CFP: Association of Jewish Libraries - Jewish Libraries: Tradition, Text & Technology

Conference Dates: June 22-25, 2008
Conference Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Call Deadline: November 1, 2007

Association of Jewish Libraries
Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

The Association of Jewish Libraries, Inc. will hold its 43rd annual convention at the Cleveland

Marriott East in suburban Cleveland on June 22-25, 2008. Librarians, archivists, and scholars from numerous disciplines will meet to share their interest in Judaica librarianship and related areas.

AJL is soliciting papers dealing with any aspect of Judaica librarianship or scholarship as it pertains to libraries, archives, museums, schools, synagogues, and related institutions. Typically, this has included workshops, panel discussions, and presentations about literature and other resources, programming, reader advisory services, special collections, technical services, library administration, materials selection, collection development, cataloging and classification of Judaic materials, digital and electronic resources, and local Jewish history. Papers should be both educational and interesting.

Those wishing to participate in poster sessions are also invited to submit proposals.

Prospective presenters should submit an abstract by Nov. 1, 2007. The abstract should include the title of the presentation, a one-paragraph summary, the presenter's name, address, phone number, email address, institution, and a 25 word bio. If the presentation requires audio-visual equipment, please indicate the type of equipment that will be needed.

Send abstracts to Linda Silver:

3729 Meadowbrook Blvd.
University Heights, OH 44118

Friday, July 06, 2007

CFP: Analogous Spaces: Architecture and the space of information, intellect and action (Ghent University)

CFP: Analogous Spaces: Architecture and the space of information, intellect and action (Ghent University)

May 15-17 2008 Ghent University
International Conference
Deadline: July 31, 2007

Call for Papers URL (with much more information):


Call for Papers

The International Conference on Analogous Spaces interrogates the analogy between spaces in which knowledge is preserved, organized, transferred or activated. Although these spaces may differ in material, virtual, or operational ways, there are resemblances if one examines their 'structure,' 'form' and 'architecture'. How do these spaces co-exist and interrelate?

The conference seeks papers on the following types of spaces:
• architecture and elements of the built environment (museums, libraries and archives, warehouses, ministries, administrative towns, world capitals, physical infrastructure, functionalist urbanism, etc.);
• information storage and data processing (databases, information retrieval, data mining, conceptual maps, scholarly communication, search engines, etc.);
• the architecture of "the book" (contents and layout of atlases, scientific and scholarly treatises, encyclopedias, guides, manuals, children's books etc.);
• organizational schemes and diagrams (organigrams, functional diagrams, visual language, interfaces, artificial intelligence, taxonomies, classification systems, itineraries, etc.).

Conference papers should examine analogical relationships between these types of spaces by investigating how they produce, accumulate, order, conserve, distribute, classify, and use knowledge.

The conference will be organized around three main themes:

1. The first theme explores spatial analogies in terms of social and intellectual networks. What are the geographic relationships and/or technological affordances that support or inhibit the
development of such networks? What constrains their development and effectiveness and how do different kinds of network models help in understanding their formation, evolution and dissolution.
2. The second theme deals with the space of knowledge and memory. How can we compare the encyclopedia and the museum, the book and the library, the diagram and the database? How do they use architecture to structure knowledge and how is architecture used as a metaphor of
3. The third theme explores the space required for speed, action and decision making. In modernity, fast and effective action generates its own space of organization, intelligence and feedback. What does this space look like, and what are the different ways in which it can
be represented?


• 31 July 2007 Deadline submission of abstracts
• 31 October 2007 Selection of papers
• 31 March 2008 Submission of final papers and other contributions
• 15-17 May 2008 Conference Analogous Spaces

Practical Information

• Conference language: English
• Conference venue: Ghent (Belgium)
• Publication: A selection of conference papers will be published
• Information:
• E-mail:

Call for Submissions: Code4Lib Journal

Call for Submissions: Code4Lib Journal

The Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ) will provide a forum to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future.

Submissions are currently being accepted for the first issue of this promising new journal. Please submit articles, abstracts, or proposals for articles to (a private list read only by C4LJ editors) by Friday, August 31, 2007. Publication of the first issue is planned for late December 2007.

Possible topics for articles include, but are not limited to:
* Practical applications of library technology. Both actual and hypothetical applications invited.
* Technology projects (failed, successful, proposed, or in-progress), how they were done, and challenges faced
* Case studies
* Best practices
* Reviews
* Comparisons of third party software or libraries
* Analyses of library metadata for use with technology
* Project management and communication within the library environment
* Assessment and user studies

Above all, C4LJ encourages creativity and flexibility, and the editors welcome submissions across a broad variety of topics. Anything that supports the mission of C4LJ is welcome.

The goal of the journal is to promote professional communication by minimizing the barriers to publication. While articles in the journal should be of a high quality, they need not follow any formal structure or guidelines. Writers should aim for the middle ground between, on the
one hand, blog or mailing-list posts, and, on the other hand, articles in traditional journals. We want publishing in the journal to be easy and painless, helping the community to share timely, relevant information that is currently shared all too rarely.

Articles need not include comprehensive literature reviews and bibliographies, although pointing the reader to useful work that has gone before can certainly be helpful. Authors are encouraged to include code samples, algorithms, and pseudo-code where appropriate.

The Journal will be electronic only, and at least initially, edited rather than refereed.

Please contact us with proposals or queries, as well as draft articles, at (a private list read only by C4LJ editors) no later than Friday, August 31, 2007. Earlier contact is appreciated.

For more information, you can find information on our mission, processes and structures, and guidelines for authors at:

We look forward to hearing from interested people,

Code4Lib Journal Editorial Committee

Carol Bean
Jonathan Brinley
Edward Corrado
Tom Keays
Emily Lynema
Eric Lease Morgan
Ron Peterson
Jonathan Rochkind
Jodi Schneider
Dan Scott
Ken Varnum

Ron Peterson
Senior Assistant Librarian
Library Systems Support Department
University of Delaware Library
Newark, DE 19717-5267
Phone: 302-831-0869
Fax: 302-831-1046

CFP: Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (special issue on cataloging education)

CFP: Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (special issue on cataloging education)
Deadline October 15, 2007

Because the education and training of catalogers concerns all types and sizes of libraries and information organizations, this call is for papers for a special issue of the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS), the official scholarly publication of the Association for
Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), Papers should focus on education and continuing education in an age of Google, electronic resources, digital libraries, shifting standards, and metadata developments.

This issue of JELIS will supplement and extend the presentations at “What They Don’t Teach in Library School: Competencies, Education and Employer Expectations for a Career in Cataloging," a preconference during the American Library Association Annual Conference. This preconference at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. on Friday, June 22, 2007 is sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, ALISE, and the Library of Congress. Nationally known librarians, bibliographic access services administrators, technical services managers, and educators have been invited to address the theme. The papers scheduled for presentation at the preconference are:

-Core competencies required for a cataloging career in public libraries (J. Randolph Call, Detroit Public Library)
-Managing a shortage of catalogers: a research library perspective (Beacher Wiggins, Library of Congress)
-Integration of “old” and “new” cataloging competencies in academic libraries: bridging the gap (Karen Calhoun, Cornell University)
-Methods and materials for recruitment to a career in cataloging (Janet Swan Hill, University of Colorado – Boulder)
-Employers’ expectations for cataloging recruits (Brian E.C. Schottlaender, University of California at San Diego)
-Training issues managers face: increasing awareness of employer and educator needs (Matthew Beacom, Yale University)
-Improving education across the U.S. for catalogers: placing emphasis on the library and information science curriculum (Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis, University of Denver)

Additional manuscripts for the JELIS issue should be double-spaced, with ample margins, and follow JELIS manuscript guidelines The deadline for submission is October 15, 2007. A committee of experts will referee all of the submitted papers. Contributors will be notified of the referees’ decision by December 1, 2007.

For further information, contact: Dr. Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis
Library and Information Science Program
University of Denver
Denver, Colorado 80208
303-871-7881 – voice
303-871-2709 – FAX

CFP: Charleston Conference 2007 (Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition)

CFP: Charleston Conference 2007 (Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition)
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Conference Dates: November 7-10, 2007
Call for Papers Deadline: July 31, 2007

The Charleston Conference is an informal annual gathering of librarians, publishers, electronic resource managers, consultants, and vendors of library materials in Charleston, SC, in November, to discuss issues of importance to them all. It is designed to be a collegial gathering of individuals from different areas who discuss the same issues in a non-threatening, friendly, and highly informal environment. Presidents of companies discuss and debate with library directors, acquisitions librarians, reference librarians, serials librarians, collection development librarians, and many, many others.Begun in 1980, the Charleston Conference has grown from 20 participants in 1980 to over 1,000 in 2005. Due to the amount of growth we have experienced, the Conference was held in two hotels for the first time in 2005: the Francis Marion and the Embassy Suites, both in downtown Charleston.

Call for Papers, Ideas, Themes, Panels, Debates, etc…
If you are interested in leading a discussion, acting as a moderator, coordinating a lively lunch, or would like to make sure we discuss a particular topic, please let us know. Send ideas by July 31, 2007, by completing our online form (below) or contacting any of the Conference Directors.

General Information about the conference:

Call for Papers Form:

Conference Directors:

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Call for Columnists: "The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances"

Call for Columnists: "The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances"

"The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances" is looking for regular columnists who can speak to the issues and background of the journal indicated below. I am especially interested in senior management in public, private, academic, and special libraries writing columns that address issues related to budgeting, management, human resources, development, and outsourcing (among others) in libraries. Columns are needed on a quarterly basis. Please contact the editor directly if you are interested in contributing. Thank you.

Dr. Brad Eden
Editor, _The Bottom Line_
Associate University Librarian for Technical Services and Scholarly
University of California, Santa Barbara

*Key Journal Audiences *

* senior librarians in academic, public and company libraries
* library personnel
* library schools
* consultants

*Coverage *

* Quality editorial on fundraising
* Economics affecting libraries
* Brief notes about grants, taxes and levies
* Internet connections
* Business trends
* Outsourcing library functions

*The Bottom Line is Indexed and Abstracted in*:

* Current Awareness Abstracts
* Emerald Management Reviews
* Information Management & Technology Abstracts
* The Informed Librarian
* Library & Information Science Abstracts (LISA)
* Library Literature and Information Science

CFP: NASIG 23rd Annual Conference "Taking the Sting Out of Serials"

CFP: NASIG 23rd Annual Conference "Taking the Sting Out of Serials"
June 5-8, 2008
Tapatio Cliffs Hilton Resort, Phoenix, Arizona
Deadline: August 20, 2007

The 2008 Program Planning Committee (PPC) invites proposals and/or program ideas for pre-conference, vision, strategy, and tactics sessions. The Program Planners are specifically
interested in hearing from publishers, vendors, librarians, and others about issues relating to scholarly communication, licensing, and publishing.

Please keep in mind the following:

* The Program Planning Committee will review all submitted proposals for their content, timeliness, and relevance to the conference theme and reserves the right to combine, blend, or
refocus proposals to maximize their relevance and to avoid duplication.

* The Program Planning Committee will treat all submissions as suggestions and guideposts.

* Time management issues and reimbursement guidelines generally limit each session to two speakers.

* Proposals may be suggested as one type of session and/or format and ultimately be accepted as any one of the other types of sessions or formats; this decision is the purview of the Program
Planning Committee.

* Vision and Strategy speakers are required to produce a written paper for the conference proceedings. Because NASIG publishes its conference proceedings, content needs to be unique for copyright purposes.

* ALL presentations must be original and not previously presented at other conferences.

The conference will be held at Tapatio Cliffs Hilton Resort, nestled in between Phoenix and Scottsdale in the midst of the Sonora Desert:

NASIG has a reimbursement policy for conference speakers whose organizations do not cover expenses. For more information about this policy, please see:

Sessions Types:

Pre-conferences are in-depth programs that focus on practical aspects of the work and skills we perform on a daily basis. In general, these programs are several hours in duration, have limited attendance, and may include hands-on training.

Vision sessions are offered at no-conflict times to allow all conference attendees to participate. These programs generally deal with the larger universe of ideas and issues that may influence the serials world.

Strategy sessions generally deal with all or, at least, several segments of the serials world including, but not limited to publishers, vendors, service providers, and librarians. These
sessions are 90 minutes; please allow 10 minutes for questions from the audience.

Tactics Sessions are designed to address day-to-day issues and generally deal with one or two practical aspects of the serials world. These sessions are 60 minutes; please allow 10
minutes for questions from the audience.

To suggest a proposal or an idea, please fill out the submission form available at:

The deadline for this call for proposals and ideas is August 20, 2007.

For more information about the North American Serials Interest Group, please see:

Inquiries may be sent to the PPC co-chairs, Sarah Wessel and
Erika Ripley at:

CFP Extended: Special Issue of the Journal of Web Librarianship on library websites

CFP Extended: Special Issue of the Journal of Web Librarianship on library websites

The deadline for a Special Issue of the Journal of Web Librarianship dedicated to Library Websites: Evaluation and Usability Studies has been EXTENDED to August 1, 2007. This issue will be edited by Professor Amanda Spink and Dr. Helen Partridge; all queries and submissions should be sent to them (see below).

Details: As more library services are delivered via library Websites, evaluating and measuring Website effectiveness, usability and success is critical for all libraries. Such studies are crucial for improving library Websites, enabling user-centered design and improving the quality, value and impact of library online services.

This special issue of The Journal of Web Librarianship seeks papers reporting empirical studies evaluating library Websites in any type of library environment. The methodologies used are not limited and may include quantitative or qualitative techniques, case studies, longitudinal studies, experiments, focus groups, surveys, questionnaires, interviews, or other research
designs. Papers may include the evaluation and testing of new user-centered measures.

Submission of Manuscripts
All submissions must be in English, should represent original work done by the authors, and must NOT have been published, accepted for publication, or be presently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts should be prepared according to The Journal of Web Librarianship for Authors:

Reviews of the submitted manuscripts will proceed in accordance with The Journal of Web Librarianship editorial policy. Submissions should be by electronic transmission ONLY (using a Word file attachment) and must be sent to the guest editors.

Please direct any questions about the special issue and your submissions to the Special Issue Guest Editors:

Professor Amanda Spink
Faculty of Information Technology
Queensland University of Technology
Gardens Point Campus, GPO Box 2434
Brisbane QLD 4000 Australia

Dr. Helen Partridge
Faculty of Information Technology
Queensland University of Technology
Gardens Point Campus, GPO Box 2434
Brisbane QLD 4000 Australia

Important Dates

August 1, 2007 Deadline for submission - EXTENDED
September 1, 2007 Preliminary notices to authors
October 1, 2007 Notices to accepted review comments
January 1, 2008 Final acceptance following revisions

CFP: Conference on Public Memory and Ethnicity

CFP: Conference on Public Memory and Ethnicity
Conference Location: Portland, Oregon
Conferene Date: October 26-28, 2007
CFP Deadline: August 1, 2007

The York Center for Public Memory Studies will sponsor a conference on Public Memory and Ethnicity this October 26-28, 2007 at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. The conference will feature presentations by scholars in rhetorical studies, history, Jewish studies, communication studies, African American studies, and other disciplines. We are happy to announce the following featured speakers:

* Erna Paris, author of several books including the award winning Long Shadows: Truth, Lies, and History

* Stephen H. Browne, eminent scholar of rhetoric and public memory

* Mark McPhail, author of several books on African American history and racial discourse

* Dexter Gordon, prolific scholar and director of African American Studies at the University of Puget Sound

Scholars who wish to be included in the concurrent sessions are invited to submit abstracts by August 1, 2007. Those selected for presentation will be notified by August 15th. Applications for presentation, including a one-page, single-spaced abstract, should be sent to G. Mitchell Reyes at The conference will be held on the campus of Lewis and Clark College.

The study of public memory and ethnicity is increasingly an inter-disciplinary phenomenon. This conference seeks to capitalize on that interdisciplinarity, bringing scholars together from various fields to share and test ideas regarding the connections between public memory and ethnicity. At minimum, public memory assumes that memory is not only an individual phenomenon, it is also a collective and public one. Individuals do not simply remember individually, they get remembered in strategic and stylized ways. These practices of remembrance serve several important social and ontological functions: they mark what is and what is not worthy of memory; they reveal cultural values; they instruct and order our social world; and, taken together, they tell a narrative out of which a sense of collective identity emerges. This conference seeks to connect with and extend our understanding of public memory by considering its relationship with race and ethnicity. How does public memory carve up race and ethnicity? How do race and ethnicity constrain public memory? These questions only begin a long list of interesting problems found at the nexus of public memory and ethnicity. The conference will explore these issues and related problems regarding the influence of remembrance on the order of things.

The conference is organized in connection with the conference series on public memory developed at Syracuse University, and will lead to publication of a university press book to be edited by the conference organizer. All papers presented will be eligible for consideration for publication.

G. Mitchell Reyes, Ph.D.
Department of Communication, MSC 35
Lewis and Clark College
0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd
Portland, OR 97219


Tuesday, July 03, 2007

CFP: ECDL 2007 (11th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries)

CFP: ECDL 2007 (11th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries)

September 16-21, 2007, Budapest, Hungary


This unique and well-established series brings together researchers,
developers and practitioners working in various disciplines and related
areas of digital libraries all over the world, providing a meeting point for
the library, Web and DL communities. The conference will consist of a three
days technical programme, preceded by a tutorial day and followed by
workshops. The technical program will include refereed paper presentations,
plenary sessions, panels and poster sessions.

ECDL 2007 will be devoted to discussions about hot issues and applications
and will primarily provide a forum to reinforce the collaboration of
researchers and practitioners in the following topics: Ontologies, Digital libraries and
the Web, Models, Multimedia and Multilingual Digital Libraries, Grid and
Peer-to-Peer, Preservation, User Interfaces, Document Linking, Information
Retrieval, Personal Information Management, New DL Applications, and User

The keynote talk by Prof. Seamus Ross (Humanities Computing & Information
Management (HATII), University of Glasgow) will address the questions of
preservation, while the keynote talk by Prof. Arne Solvgerg (Dept. of
Computer and Information Science (IDI), Norwegian University of Science and
Technology (NTNU)) will focus on WiFi-Trondheim - an experiment in providing Broadband
Everywhere for All.

Panels will address timely and important topics, namely, experiences of DL
projects in panel „On the move towards the European Digital Library: BRICKS,
TEL, MICHAEL and DELOS converging experiences” in synergy with the European
Commission`s initiatives and the special challenges of digital library
research and development in the host region of the conference in panel
„Digital Libraries in Central and Eastern Europe: Infrastructure Challenges
for the New Europe”

The corresponding tutorials will provide further in-depth looks at areas of
current interest, including Thesauri and Ontologies, DL Education, Large
Scale Digital Library Infrastructures, Sharing Content, Services and
Computing Resources.

The Workshops, covering wide areas of interest, to be held in conjunction
with ECDL2007, on September 20-21, are still open for contributions.

* CLEF 2007 - Cross language Evaluation Forum

* Workshop on “Foundations of Digital Libraries”

* DLSci 2007 - Digital Library Goes e-Science

* LADL 2007 - Cross-Media and Personalized Learning Applications on top of
Digital Libraries

* Curriculum Development in Digital Libraries: An Exercise in Developing
Lesson Plans

* Towards an European repository ecology: conceptualising interactions
between networks of repositories and services

* Networked Knowledge Organization Systems and Services

* Libraries in the Digital Age: What If …?

Registration and program details are available at

Budapest, one of the most beautiful historical capitals in Europe, is
situated on the banks of the Danube. Buda lies in the hills on the western
bank, famous for its historic Castle Hill and beautiful residential area,
and bustling Pest with its shopping, government and commercial districts
lies on the flat plain of the east bank.

The architectural beauty with its monuments from neo-classic through baroque
to eclectic art nouveau is prevalent in the city. Budapest is also world
famous for its artistic abundance of concerts, operas, recitals, galas and

The Europa Congress Center, the conference site, providing a modern plenary
room and several session rooms with state-of-the-art technology, will be a
unique venue to organize the event.

Organization Committee

General Chair: Dr. Laszlo Kovacs, Department of Distributed Systems,
Computer and Automation Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences,

Programme Co-Chair: Prof. Dr. Norbert Fuhr, Information Systems Faculty
of Engineering Sciences, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Programme Co-Chair: Dr. Carlo Meghini, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione, Italy

Local Arrangements Chair: Dr. Gusztav Hencsey, Computer and Automation
Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary

Workshops Chairs:
Maristella Agosti, University of Padua, Italy
Birte Christensen-Dalsgaard, State and University Library, Denmark

Poster & Demo Chairs:
Dr. Ulrike Steffens, OFFIS, Germany
José Borbinha, DEI/IST/UTL and INESC-ID, Portugal

Tutorials Chair:
Rudi Schmiede, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany

Publicity and Exhibit Chairs:
Yuzuru Tanaka for Asia, Meme Media Laboratory, Hokkaido University, Japan
Jane Hunter for Australia, School of ITEE, Australia
Hussein Suleman for Africa, University of Cape Town, South-Africa

Panel Chairs:
Seamus Ross, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Edward Fox, Virginia Tech / Dept of Computer Science, USA

Doctoral Consortium Chairs:
Tiziana Catarci, University of Roma 1, Italy
Nicolas Spyratos, University de Paris-Sud, France


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Articles on Rural Librarianship

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Articles on Rural Librarianship

The Center for the Study of Rural Librarianship at Clarion University of Pennsylvania is seeking scholarly articles for the publication of its two journals:

1) Rural Libraries, focusing on current trends and issues affecting small and rural libraries

2) Bookmobile and Outreach Services, concentrating on current trends and issues in library outreach.

Each journal is published twice a year. Articles may take the form of scholarly papers or essays and may reflect librarianship from any part of the world. Submissions must conform to APA style and should be 10-25 pages in length. (Exceptional work that falls outside these parameters may be considered.)

Submissions in Microsoft Word format may be:

1) mailed to the address below in hard copy accompanied by an electronic version on floppy disc or CD-ROM or

2) e-mailed as an attached to

Include the following information with your submission:

1) Name
2) Title/Position
3) Institution
4) Address
5) Phone Number
6) E-mail Address

Notification of receipt of your submission will be sent via e-mail, as will notification if your article is selected for publication.

The deadline for fall issue submissions is: September 8, 2007

Thank you and we look forward to reviewing your work.

Center for the Study of Rural Librarianship
Department of Library Science
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
840 Wood Street
Clarion, PA 16214

CFP: Eastern Great Lakes Innovative Users Group (EGL-IUG)

CFP: Eastern Great Lakes Innovative Users Group (EGL-IUG)
Conference Location: Akron, Ohio
Conference Date: September 28, 2007
Call for Presentations Deadline: July 20, 2007

Eastern Great Lakes-IUG invites you to present your ideas, experiences and views on the various modules of the Innovative system at our annual fall meeting, Friday, September 28, 2007, at the University of Akron.

• Sessions may take the form of contributed papers, demonstrations, or panel discussions.
• Birds of a feather sessions may take the form of discussions on a particular topic, module or issue(s).

Presentations for all levels across all library types and Millennium modules are encouraged and welcomed. This is an outstanding opportunity to share the insights you've gained in the system with others or to test the waters for a possible IUG 16 presentation. Possible areas of focus

-Millennium basics
-Create Lists
-Global Update
-Circulation administration, such as holds management or the loan rule determiner table

Please use the EGL proposal submission form posted on the EGL website

Feel free to direct any questions to either myself or to Program
Committee coordinator David Lodwick (

Monday, July 02, 2007


February 27-29, 2008
St. Petersburg, Florida


CONFERENCE THEME: “The Surreal Landscape: Information professionals mastering the challenges of time and space”

Participate in the South Atlantic Regional Conference (SARC IV), a division of SLA, by proposing a presentation for the Conference. In addition to topics generated by the conference theme, we are interested in receiving presentation proposals in the following areas:

-Emerging technologies
-Interdisciplinary research between information centers of varying types
-Unstructured data and the digital universe
-Scholarly research and publication alternatives and solutions
-Collaboration between business, science, profit/non-profit and information professionals-breaking the barriers
-Emerging special libraries and information centers-where are they needed or disappearing to, what’s needed in the future.
-Digital only “libraries” and the services to support them

Please send an abstract (not exceeding 250 words) of your proposed presentation by August 1, 2007 to the Program Chair. All accepted presentations will receive a speaker’s honorarium of $350. We will notify you by September 1, 2007 if your presentation has been accepted. Send all proposal abstracts via email to: Pam Doffek, Program Chair Please put “SARC Proposal” in your subject line.

The SARC IV Conference will be attended by approximately 300 special librarians from the South Atlantic Region (VA, NC, SC, GA, FL).

CFP: Special issue of Library Review (Digital libraries and the Semantic Web: context, applications and research)

CFP: Special issue of Library Review (Digital libraries and the Semantic Web: context, applications and research)


Important dates are as follows:
Friday 5th October 2007: deadline for submission of papers
Monday 5th November 2007: acceptance notification
Friday 7th December 2007: submission of 'camera ready' version (complete with reviewers' revisions/changes)
Spring 2008: publication of special issue


Submissions are sought for a special issue of Library Review on the topic of 'Digital libraries and the Semantic Web: context, applications and research'.

For many digital libraries or cultural institutions, the Semantic Web offers an opportunity to better expose valuable digital resources pertaining to research, culture or history, using common standards and technologies in a collaborative and 'joined up' way. Semantic Web technologies are capable of enhancing digital libraries or repositories by facilitating improved user interfaces and human-computer interaction, improved navigation and retrieval within heterogeneous document environments, user profiling, personalisation and contextualisation, etc. Such technologies also have the potential to solve or aid the management of problems relevant to the LIS community, such as semantic interoperability, advanced metadata and information integration, the management of large corpora of heterogeneous digital resources, and so forth.

This special themed issue of Library Review consolidates similarly themed conferences (e.g. the International Conference on Semantic Web and Digital Libraries (ICSD-2007)) and aims to demonstrate the relevance and application of Semantic Web technologies to digital libraries, repositories, and the LIS community generally.

Submissions are welcome from all interested parties and communities. Submissions may comprise research papers, evaluation, case studies, and descriptions of innovative projects, theoretical expositions, or reviews. Topics for submission could include, but are by no means limited to:

- Digital library and Semantic Web project case studies, best practice examples, etc.
- Innovative uses of RDF applications such as Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS), Web Ontology Language (OWL), Friend-of-a-Friend (FOAF), etc. within digital libraries or similar environments
- Use of Semantic Web techniques in the deployment of Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS), including terminology services
- Large scale metadata integration
- Knowledge organization and ontologies (including the application of knowledge organization systems or ontologies in interfaces to digital libraries)
- Reviews of Semantic Web techniques and their actual (and potential) application within digital libraries
- Ontological navigation and inferencing/reasoning techniques
- Methodologies for ontology management, evaluation, mapping, merging, integration, etc.
- Semantically rich interfaces to digital libraries
- Management, use and navigation of bibliographic data using Semantic Web technologies
- Semantic Web approaches to information retrieval within digital libraries
- Storage, manipulation, querying of RDF data
- Technology and Semantic Web modelling tools
- Knowledge organization systems and user interfaces at the crossroads

Owing to the aim of this special issue, submissions on the above noted topics are encouraged to:

* Emphasise the practical implications of Semantic Web research or developments for digital libraries and repositories;
* Where possible, endeavour to note the relevance of research findings for future digital library management or service provision;
* Comment on areas of useful overlap between the digital library and Semantic Web developments and how the aims of each community can be furthered by increased collaboration.

Important dates are as follows:

Friday 5th October 2007: deadline for submission of papers
Monday 5th November 2007: acceptance notification
Friday 7th December 2007: submission of 'camera ready' version (complete with reviewers' revisions/changes)
Spring 2008: publication of special issue

For further submission details see:

George Macgregor,
Centre for Digital Library Research (CDLR),
Department of Computer & Information Sciences,
University of Strathclyde, Livingstone Tower,
26 Richmond Street, Glasgow, UK, G1 1XH
tel: +44 (0)141 548 4752
fax: +44 (0)141 548 4523

CFP: Online Learning Article for Academic Exchange Quarterly

CFP: Online Learning Article for Academic Exchange Quarterly

The summer issue of _Academic Exchange Quarterly_ is nearly ready for publication:

If you have an article of approximately 3,000 words focusing on "Online Learning," please consider placing it with our journal:

If you have any questions, feel free to send them to Ben Varner
Feature Editor
Academic Exchange Quarterly

Sunday, July 01, 2007

CFP: Computers in Libraries 2008

CFP: Computers in Libraries 2008
Conference Dates: April 7 - 9, 2008
Conference Location: Hyatt Regency Crystal City; Arlington, VA

Call for Papers URL:
Submission URL:

Libraries are at the forefront of experimenting with and adopting new technology, but are they as focused on their clients as they are on technology? New tools and processes have ignited creative content mashups, specialized and personalized services for community segments, and exciting new techniques for dealing with voluminous information flows. Now user generated content in conjunction with new tools is shaping the new information world. What new horizons will we find with the integration of “high tech and high touch”? What innovation and change will 2008 bring?

Our conference theme, Innovative Change: Integrating High Tech with High Touch, focuses on how libraries excel when technology advancements match the people capabilities. It highlights leading edge online initiatives and innovations in all types of information enterprises, tools and techniques for enhancing user-friendly digital information flows, information discovery and visualization methods for dealing with today’s information overload, building new communities and supporting online connections in engaging ways, and more. Join us at the most comprehensive conference for library and information professionals interested in technology to discover insights, strategies and practices that will allow us to manage computers, libraries, digital information, and people in a cohesive, exciting, and productive way.

Information Today, Inc., a key provider of technology conferences for more than 20 years with Internet Librarian and KMWorld & Intranets, is pleased to announce the 23rd annual Computers in Libraries—the most comprehensive North American conference and exhibition concentrating on all aspects of library technology. The conference offers a multifaceted program designed to meet the needs of librarians, information managers, systems professionals, Webmasters and Web managers, content evaluators, intranet strategists, portal creators, and information specialists. The focus of the conference is on leading edge technology that is transforming library operations, products and services, and roles within all types and sizes of library and information services.

Computers in Libraries caters to all interests and all levels of knowledge, offering four simultaneous tracks plus many workshops, networking opportunities, and an extensive exhibit hall. This year’s tracks and themes encompass: People (skills, organizations, roles); Places (virtual & physical); Digital/Virtual Library Services; Research Implementation and Implications; Social Media; Building Communities; Integrating Systems & Strategies; Information Discovery & Search; Technology Planning; Managing Content & E-Resources; Web Tools & Leading Edge Technology; Intranets & Portals; Search Engines, Case Studies of Internet & Intranet Librarians, Library Automation & Infrastructure, Managing Information and Knowledge Assets, E-Learning & Training, Web Design & Development, Streaming Multimedia, Managing Digitally, and more. Speakers are knowledgeable, authoritative, and focus on practical applications, “how to” solutions, and case studies as well as technical and managerial issues. Please consider sharing your knowledge and sending us a proposal to speak. Below are some of the topics we hope to cover, but don’t let this list limit your imagination! We look forward to hearing from you.

For more information and sample topics, visit the call for papers URL: