Thursday, November 29, 2007

CFP: 24th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning

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

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

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

Submit online by January 15, 2008 at

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

Conference contact: Kimary Peterson,

Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

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

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


2008 International Conference Call for Papers

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit:


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Call for Papers Baseball and Politics

Call for Papers Baseball and Politics

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

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

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

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

Call for paper proposal on comic books and superheroes

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, November 26, 2007

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newspapers Section
Theme: "The North American Ethnic Press"

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

CFP: ‘Memory in a Memory-Less Age’

CFP: ‘Memory in a Memory-Less Age’

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

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

The Theme
‘Memory in a Memory-Less Age’

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

Topics that might be covered include:

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

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

Visit the website at

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

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

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

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

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

Sari Edelstein
Brandeis University

Michelle Orihel
Syracuse University

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, November 19, 2007


Southampton, UK
April 1-4, 2008

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

(see link for all topics)

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

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

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

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

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


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











Call for Contributors: Leadership Among Early Career Librarians

Call for Contributors: Leadership Among Early Career Librarians

Would you like to see your name in print?

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

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

Friday, November 16, 2007

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

CFP: 2009 Cleveland Conference (Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International)

CFP: 2009 Cleveland Conference (Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International)

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Call for Contributors: Seas and Waterways of the World encyclopedia

Call for Contributors: Seas and Waterways of the World encyclopedia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Among the topics suggested are the following:

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

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

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

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

Monday, November 12, 2007

CFP: LOEX 2008 (Poster Sessions)

CFP: LOEX 2008 (Poster Sessions)

Call for Poster Sessions for LOEX 2008

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

CFP: LOEX 2008 (Programs)

CFP: LOEX 2008 (Programs)

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

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

Deadline to submit proposals: Friday, November 16, 2007


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

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

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

Sunday, November 11, 2007

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

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

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

WHAT IS The Acquisitions Institute?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards, Richard Wayne (

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

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

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

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

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

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

CFP: Encyclopedia of Global Business

CFP: Encyclopedia of Global Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

Susan Moskowitz
Author Manager
Golson Books, Ltd.

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

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

Location: Louisville, Kentucky
October 1-4, 2008

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

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

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

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

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

Debbe Oberhausen

Monday, November 05, 2007

Call for Contributed Papers: Special Libraries Association Annual Meeting (Seattle, June 2008)

Call for Contributed Papers: Special Libraries Association Annual Meeting (Seattle, June 2008)

Have you broken the rules of the status quo in order to make improvements in your workplace? Have you reached out and "built bridges" to another organization to improve your service? Have you learned valuable lessons that could help other information professionals? If so,
here is your opportunity to engage in scholarship and share that knowledge with your peers.

SLA is now accepting proposals for papers to be presented at its Annual Conference June 15-18, 2008 in Seattle, with the theme "Breaking Rules - Building Bridges." Proposals are due December 15, 2007.

Learn more about submitting a proposal.

Call for abstracts - Announcements will begin appearing in the September
Information Outlook and other SLA media.

15 December - Abstracts due

31 January 2008 - Notification of selected authors

1 May 2008 - Final papers due

15-18 June 2008 in Seattle - Presentation of papers

2007 Papers:

CALL FOR PAPERS-For "Supplement" to The Serials Librarian

CALL FOR PAPERS-For "Supplement" to The Serials Librarian

The Serials Librarian, the peer-reviewed journal published by Haworth Press (now part of the Taylor & Francis Group) announces a Call for Papers for a special supplement to be published in
late 2008.

The supplement topic will be "Bundling & Unbundling of E-Serials."

This supplement will examine the current state of e-journal bundling, how libraries and vendors are strategizing and coping with rising costs, and the implications of "The Big Deal." This
will focus on how libraries initially purchased groups of titles in bundles for convenience and cost savings, and how they later were often forced to break those bundles down into smaller
groups, or into individual title purchases, in order to deal with ever-rising costs and the desire to get more local control over what libraries collect.

Proposed topics that potential authors are encouraged to select from are:

1) Advantages of bundling journals together
2) Financial pressures to unbundle existing packages
3) Collection development pressure on bundled packages
4) Consortial perspectives on bundling and unbundling titles
5) Acquisitions and cataloging issues on bundled titles
6) Acquisitions and cataloging issues on unbundling previously received packages
7) Is "The Big Deal" dead?
8) The Big Deal vs. disciplinary packaging of e-serials
9) Other pressures to unhook from these deals
10) Purchasing electronic back volumes in groups
11) Trial subscriptions in groups

Other relevant topics will be considered.

Submissions should be approximately 20-30 double-spaced pages in length. A maximum of fifteen manuscripts are desired, and the submission deadline will be the end of February 2008.

Prospective authors should submit proposals to:

David Fowler, guest editor:

Arleen J. Dallachiesa, MLS
Assistant Editor, LIS Journals
The Haworth Press / Taylor & Francis Group
37 West Broad Street
West Hazleton, PA 18202-3821
Phone: (570) 459-5933 x335
Fax: (570) 459-5934



A special international conference jointly sponsored by the Middle Atlantic
American Studies Association ( and the Great Lakes American Studies Association ( in Rochester, New York,
USA, in cooperation with the Strong National Museum of Play.

Date of Conference: April 4-5, 2008
Deadline for Submission of Proposals: December 14, 2007
Electronic Submission:
Location: Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester, New York
( USA.
Conference Hotel: Hyatt Regency Rochester
Contact: Professor Simon J. Bronner, American Studies Program, The Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg, 777 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057-4898 USA, 717-948-6039 (o), 717-948-6724 (fax),

Proposals for papers and presentations are invited for a special conference addressing the theme of American Play: Sports, Games, Entertainment, and Fantasy in American Culture to be held at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, April 4-5, 2008. Play is conceived broadly in this call and proposals are invited that explore and expand the definition and application of play in American Studies. The organizers are especially interested in interdisciplinary perspectives on play across the life span, including adulthood and old age; cultural meaning of play and entertainment in theme parks, film, literature, television, advertising, and political protest; uses of fantasy in new media and technology,
including video gaming and the Internet; material and visual culture of play, including toys, furniture, dress and the body, costuming, sports, and board games, for adults as well as children; the topography of play, including parks, stadiums, playgrounds, and gyms; play in consumer
culture, including intertextual connections between merchandise and film, music, advertising, and television; relationships between play and work, and the idea of leisure and recreational industries as they have historically emerged in the United States and its border regions,
especially in Canada; verbal play, including humor, speech, jokelore, and legendry; intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and age in sports and recreation; the ethnography of play behavior, especially controversial traditions such as pranks, hazing, gestures, and extreme
sports; comparative cultural analyses of games, sports, and entertainment in the United States and other countries.

Proposals for individual papers and presentations (15-30 minutes for each presentation, depending on the number of presenters in a session) should include one sheet with title, name and affiliation of author, and 150-300 word abstract. Another sheet should include a brief CV
or biographical statement with full contact information of the presenter, including email.
Proposals for panels, roundtables, and workshops should include a summary of the panel's concept and a list of participants and special roles (chair, discussant, respondent). Send materials by email BEFORE DECEMBER 14, 2007 to Proposals will be evaluated by a program committee composed of representatives from the sponsoring
organizations of the Middle Atlantic American Studies Association and the Great Lakes American Studies Association, and notices will be sent to presenters in February 2008.

Publication of papers from the conference will be encouraged. Presenters will be invited to submit papers for a special issue subject to peer review in the American Journal of Play, edited by Dr. Jon-Paul Dyson. The American Journal of Play is intended to increase national awareness and understanding of the critical role of play in learning and human development and the way in which play illuminates the cultural history of the United States.

The setting of the Strong National Museum of Play is significant for this conference because it is the first and only major museum in the world devoted to the study and interpretation of play. The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York (already home to the National Toy Hall of Fame and the world's most comprehensive collection of toys, dolls, and other play-related artifacts) nearly doubled in size in 2006 to 282,000 square feet after a $37 million expansion.
Attendees at the conference will have an opportunity to tour the collections of the museum
in addition to having the benefit of free admission to the exhibitions. To encourage family participation, the Strong National Museum of Play will extend a 50 percent discount to family members accompanying attendees (an adult needs to accompany visitors under 17). Rochester
is also an attractive destination for American Studies students and scholars because
of famed material and visual cultural institutions, such as the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Genesee Country Village and Museum, Susan B. Anthony House, Mount Hope Cemetery, and the Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester. Significant nearby attractions include the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, Corning Museum of Glass, Hill Cumorah-Mormon Historical Site, Sonnenberg Gardens Mansion State Historic Park, and the Jell-O Gallery. The setting of the Strong National Museum of Play is also significant in its representation of the collaboration of public heritage professionals, academic institutions, and community scholars that has been a priority of the sponsoring organizations. The organizers especially want to encourage opportunities for exchanges among
public and academic sectors and lively discussions among participants on the theme of play. It
is a theme, the organizers want to emphasize, that merits interpretive work characteristic of American Studies as play affects significant aspects of American life and letters, including public
policy, education, family and human development, environment, and media.

For more information, contact Simon J. Bronner at
Simon J. Bronner, Ph.D.
Distinguished University Professor of American Studies
and Folklore
Coordinator, American Studies Program
Director, Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies
The Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
777 West Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057-4898
717-948-6039 (o)
717-948-6724 (fax)

CFP: Australian Library Journal - Special Issue on COMMUNITY and WORKPLACE INFORMATION LITERACY

CFP: Australian Library Journal - Special Issue on COMMUNITY and WORKPLACE INFORMATION LITERACY

ALIA Information Literacy Forum - CALL FOR PAPERS


The Australian Library Journal - Special Issue on COMMUNITY and WORKPLACE INFORMATION LITERACY

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Information Literacy Forum
Contact: Helen Partridge Email:

Full papers due: February 15 2008
Authors receive reviews: February 29 2008
Final papers due: April 4 2008
Anticipated publication: May/June 2008

The Australian Library Journal has been published since 1951. Published quarterly, it contains a wide coverage of Australian library issues. It is the acknowledged flagship publication of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). The journal is available through subscription.

This special issue is seeking papers on any aspect of information literacy within community and workplace contexts. Information literacy refers to the ability to access, evaluate and use information from a variety of sources. Whilst information literacy has rapidly become an object of scholarly interest in the education and the library and information science disciplines, the majority of this interest has been confined to educational settings. Little research has been conducted exploring information literacy within the community or workplace setting. According to ALIA, information literacy can contribute to learning for life, personal and professional empowerment, social inclusion, participative citizenship and innovation and enterprise. The Alexandria Proclamation on information literacy and lifelong learning argues that information literacy is a basic human right. This special issue of ALJ will provide a forum to identify, share and develop the issues relevant to information literacy within workplace and community settings. Contributors to the special issue may like to consider the following questions to guide the development of their submissions:

Submissions of 3000-5000 words should be emailed in Word format to the special issue editor, Helen Partridge at

The AGPS Style Manual is used. For further information see -

Helen Partridge Senior Lecturer Course Coordinator Master of Information Management (Acting)
Faculty of Information Technology QUT 2 George St. Brisbane Q. 4000 07 3138 9047 07 3138 1969 (fax) S840
Gardens Point Campus
CRICOS No 00213J

Sunday, November 04, 2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please send submissions preferably by email to:

Anne C. Moore, Ph.D.
Associate Director for User Services
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
154 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9275
Voice: (413)-545-0148
FAX: (413)-545-6494

Friday, November 02, 2007

CFP: 2008 LITA National Forum

CFP: 2008 LITA National Forum

Due Date for proposals: December 15, 2007

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

Theme: Technology and Community: Building the Techno Community Library

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

Some possible ideas for proposals might include:

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

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

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

Abstract and brief outline
Level indicator (basic, intermediate, or advanced)
Brief biographical information. Include experience as a presenter and expertise in the topic
Full contact information
Is this proposal for a concurrent session?
Is this proposal for a poster session?
If this proposal is for a concurrent session, might it be considered for a poster session?
How did you hear about the 2007 Forum call for proposals?

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

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

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Call for 2008 ALA Annual Poster Session Proposals

Call for 2008 ALA Annual Poster Session Proposals

Applications for presenting poster sessions at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference are now being accepted. An application form is available on the poster session website at for both US and international submissions.

The 2008 ALA Annual Poster Sessions will be held at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, June 28, 29, and 30, 2008.

Please contact Candace Benefiel, Chair of the ALA Poster Session Review Panel, with any questions concerning the review process. Her email address is; if you need to call, her number is (979) 862-1044.

The deadline for submitting an application is January 31, 2008. Applicants will be notified by March 31, 2008 whether their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference.
Jody Condit Fagan, Chair, ALA Poster Session Committee
Candace Benefiel, Review Panel Chair, (540) 568-4265, (979) 862-1044

CFP: 4th Annual Teaching with Technology Idea Exchange (Orem, Utah)

CFP: 4th Annual Teaching with Technology Idea Exchange (Orem, Utah)

Proposals are now being accepted through February 1, 2008 for the 4th Annual Teaching with Technology Idea Exchange to be held June 5-6, 2008 in Orem, Utah.

Submit your proposal online through our conference website:

We encourage session proposals on any topic related to teaching with technology. Possible topics include:
* Course development & instructional design
* New and emerging technologies and innovations
* Course management strategies
* Best practices in teaching
* Support and services
* Faculty development and training
* Administration
* Evaluation and quality assurance
* Collaboration
* Open-access education
...and more!

We hope you will join us this year for the "openconference" focused on teaching with technology. Registration for this conference is and always will be free.

NEW! This year our website features a unique public proposal review system, where prospective attendees such as YOU can view the current list of pre-screened proposals and rate them according to your own interest.

For further information, please see our website

Jared Stein
Director of Instructional Design Services
Utah Valley State College, MS 149

Teaching w/ Technology Idea Exchange 2008: The Open Conference
Submit your presentation proposal now!