Sunday, November 30, 2008

Series on Gender and Sexuality in Librarianship (Monographs from Library Juice Press)

Series on Gender and Sexuality in Librarianship (Monographs from Library Juice Press)

Emily Drabinski, Series Editor

Library Juice Press seeks book proposals and manuscripts for a new series, Gender and Sexuality in Librarianship, edited by Emily Drabinski. This series will publish works from both practical and theoretical perspectives that critically engage issues in the LIS field related to gender and sexual difference. Potential subjects include:

-Queer and feminist approaches to traditional library topics including classification, pedagogy, collection development
-Works that address gender and sexuality issues in conjunction with other articulations of difference including race, class, nationality, etc.
-Practical approaches to developing community-based GLBTQ collections
-Materials addressing library needs of specific populations, e.g., GLBTQ youth, elders, etc.
-Workplace issues, e.g., 'coming out' at work
-Historical perspectives on GLBTQ and women's issues in the library
-Works that bring library issues into conversation with contemporary theoretical debates in feminist, queer, and gender studies

Please submit queries, proposals, and manuscripts to Emily Drabinski,

CFP: Agricultural Libraries Discussion Group (IFLA 2009)

CFP: Agricultural Libraries Discussion Group (IFLA 2009)

World Library and Information Congress: 75th IFLA General Conference and Assembly
"Libraries create futures: Building on cultural heritage"
23-27 August 2009, Milan, Italy

Call for Papers
Agricultural Libraries Discussion Group
Theme: "Worldwide Trends in Open Access to Agricultural Information"

The IFLA Agricultural Libraries Discussion Group in association with IAALD (International association of agricultural information specialists) invites papers to be presented at a two-hour session to be held at the World Library and Information Congress: 75th IFLA General Conference in Milan, Italy, 23-27 August 2009.

Papers should be based on facts rather than theoretical aspects focusing on any of the facets of the theme. Issues to be addressed include:

-Barriers to Open Access to agricultural information in the country/region
-Efforts of universities and research institutes in the country providing Open Access to agricultural information and literature
-International agricultural research institutes and Open Access
-Obstacles in accessing agricultural information generated by private agencies
-Efforts of national agricultural research funding bodies in facilitating Open Access
-Role of international organizations such as IDRC, FAO, CGIAR in accelerating Open Access.
-National agricultural libraries/information centers in support of Open Access
-Emerging policies and mandates governing Open Access in the country/region

Potential authors may submit their proposal on any of these aspects for consideration.

The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (max 500 words) along with full author details is 31 December 2008. Upon review of the abstracts, selected presenters will be notified by mid February 2009.

Full paper is due on 30 April 2008 and must be original not published elsewhere
Abstracts and full papers should be submitted by email
Papers should be of 10 pages maximum, single spaced
Papers should be in English with a one-page abstract
Each presenter would be allowed 20 minutes for a summary delivery of the paper
The presenter should not read the paper
The author(s) should indicate personal full contact details and include summary curriculum vitae with the paper
Please note that all fees, including registration to the conference, travel, accommodation etc. are the responsibility of the authors.

Please submit your proposal by 31 December 2008 to:

Deva Eswara Reddy, PhD
Associate Professor of Library Science
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX, USA
Tel. +(1)(979)8621062
Fax +(1)(979)4580112

Thursday, November 20, 2008

CFP: Grassroots Programs at ALA Annual (2009, Chicago)

CFP: Grassroots Programs at ALA Annual (2009, Chicago)

Proposals Sought for Grassroots Programs at 2009 ALA Annual Conference
Do you have a great idea for an Annual Conference program but don’t belong to a committee or other group that can plan and produce a program? As part of ALA President Jim Rettig’s “Creating Connections” initiatives, you are invited to submit a proposal for a program to take place at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference July 9-15 in Chicago.

The purpose of a Grassroots Program is:

To expand opportunity for participation in ALA by giving members who do not belong to committees or boards within ALA an opportunity to plan and produce a program at the Annual Conference

To provide programs at the Annual Conference that address very current issues by compressing to the greatest degree possible the program planning schedule

To enrich the variety and quality of programs at the Annual Conference.

Proposals can be submitted by a single ALA personal member or by any group of ALA members who do not serve together on a committee or board within ALA. Proposals can address any topic of interest to ALA members. Proposals must be original; they cannot replicate a program previously presented at an ALA Annual Conference, Midwinter Meeting or national divisional conference. Proposals previously submitted to a committee, board or task force in ALA, one of its divisions or one of its round tables, cannot be resubmitted

Proposals will be judged on:

Relevance of the program’s topic to ALA members and the profession at large
Knowledge of proposed speaker(s) on the topic
Originality – i.e., the degree to which the proposed program looks at a topic in a new and fresh way or treats a topic that has not received as much attention as it deserves, either because it is very new or due to some other factor
Proposals can address ALA’s key action areas:

Equitable Access to Information and Library Services
Education and Lifelong Learning
Intellectual Freedom
Advocacy for Libraries and the Profession
Organizational Excellence or other areas.
A jury will select up to 10 programs to take place during the conference. The jury will be made up of members of the student ALA chapters at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UCLA as well as several members of Jim Rettig’s presidential initiatives advisory committee.

Each selected program will be listed in the program book for the 2009 ALA Annual Conference and will be noted as being part of the Grassroots Program Track as a juried program. You are also welcome to publicize your program by whatever means you would like, but please indicate that it is part of the “Grassroots Program Track.”

Each program will be allotted a $500 budget to cover speaker costs or other expenditures.

Additional information and a submission form can be found at

Deadline for submission is Feb. 6, 2009.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

CFP: Education Libraries (SLA's Education Division)

CFP: Education Libraries (SLA's Education Division)

Please consider this call for articles for the next issue of Education
Libraries, a peer-reviewed journal of SLA's Education Division. To
commemorate SLA's centennial in 2009, and the Education Division's 35th
anniversary, we have chosen the theme Identities: Education Libraries,
Past, Present, and Future. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2009

Instructions for contributors can be found at

Previous issues are available at

Send submissions and questions to Jacqueline Snider at

Thank you.
Jacqueline Snider
Education Libraries , Editor

Call for Papers/Abstracts and Invited Sessions Proposals for The 3rd International Conference on Knowledge Generation, Communication and Management

Call for Papers/Abstracts and Invited Sessions Proposals for The 3rd International Conference on Knowledge Generation, Communication and Management: KGCM 2009 ( It will take place in Orlando, Florida, USA, on July 10th - 13th, 2009.

Papers/Abstracts Submissions and Invited Sessions Proposals: December 19th, 2008
Authors Notifications: January 14th, 2009
Camera-ready, full papers: February 11th, 2009


Knowledge Communication
Knowledge Generation
Knowledge Management
Knowledge Engineering
Knowledge Representation
Knowledge Communication and Conferences
Knowledge Verification and Validation
Peer Reviewing
Scientific and Technical Publishing
Electronic Publishing
Electronic Libraries

All Submitted papers/abstracts will go through three reviewing processes: (1) double-blind (at least three reviewers), (2) non-blind, and (3) participative peer reviews. All accepted papers of registered authors will be included in both the printed and the CD versions of the proceedings.

Awards will be granted to the best paper of those presented at each session. From these session's best papers, the best 10%-20% of the papers presented at the conference will be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, with no additional cost for their authors.

For Invited Sessions Proposals, please go to the conference web site or, directly, to

AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers

AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers

The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee is soliciting articles in three categories:

Open Division: For active and retired AALL members and law librarians with five or more years of professional experience. Papers are due by March 2, 2009;

New Members Division: For recent graduates and AALL members who have been in the profession for less than five years. Papers are due by March 2, 2009

Student Division: For students in library, information management or law school. Participants in this division need not be members of AALL. To submit in this category, you must have been enrolled in law school, or in a library school, information management, or an equivalent program, either in the Fall 2008 or Spring 2009 semester. Papers in the Student Division are due by April 15, 2009.

The winner in each division receives $750 donated by LexisNexis, plus the opportunity to present the winning paper at a program at the 2009 AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Winning papers are also considered for publication in Law Library Journal.

For more information, a list of previous winners, an application and instructions on how to submit your article, visit the AALL website:

Friday, November 14, 2008

CFP: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2009)

CFP: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2009)

You are kindly invited to participate in the Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2009), Chania, Crete, Greece, 26-29 of May, 2009.

The conference expands the main theme and presentations given 10 years earlier in the successful IATUL 1999 conference, organizer Dr. Anthi Katsirikou then director of the library of Technical University of Crete.

The theme of the 20th IATUL 1999 conference in Chania was the "The Future of Libraries in Human Communication". The forthcoming QQML 2009 Conference will focus in an expanded theme covering Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries.
QQML2009 is organized under the umbrella of ASMDA International Society organizing conferences on data analysis from 1981

Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (QQM) are proved more and more popular tools for Librarians, because of their usefulness to the everyday professional life. QQM aim to the assessment and improvement of the services, to the measurement of the functional effectiveness and efficiency. QQM are the mean to make decisions on fund allocation and financial alternatives. Librarians use also QQM in order to determine why and when their users appreciate their services. This is the start point of the innovation involvement and the ongoing procedure of the excellent performance. Systematic development of quality management in libraries requires a detailed framework, including the quality management standards, the measurement indicators, the self-appraisal schedules and the operational rules. These standards are practice-oriented tools and a benchmarking result. Their basic function is to express responsibly the customer (library user) -supplier (library services) relationship and provide a systematic approach to the continuous change onto excellence. The indoor and outdoor relationships of libraries are dependent of their communication and marketing capabilities, challenges, opportunities and implementation programmes.

The Conference will attend library professionals: professors, administrators, technologists, museum scientists, archivists, decision makers and managers.
As the conference papers will be included in a Book titled:
"Advances in Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries"
please follow precisely the given Template following the format and instructions from World Scientific Publishing Co.

If you propose a Special Session including 4-5 papers, the papers will be included into the book as a Specific Chapter under the title of the special session.
Special Session proposals should have the session title, the name and affiliation of the organizer and a brief description (5-10 lines).

You may upload the Abstract/Paper Template and formulate your paper according to the instructions:
Please submit your paper in MS Word format as an email attachment to

You can also submit your Abstract electronically by using the facilities of the conference website.
For more information and submission details visit the Conference Website at:

CFP: NRMIG ALA Annual 09 Program on Workflow Tools for Automating Metadata Creation and Maintenance

CFP: NRMIG ALA Annual 09 Program on Workflow Tools for Automating Metadata Creation and Maintenance

ALCTS NRMIG (Networked Resources and Metadata Interest Group) invites your proposal to participate in a program on workflow tools for digital libraries, to take place at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, July 9-15, 2009.

With the increasing volume of digital content that libraries are creating and maintaining, long-term data curation is emerging as a key consideration for the profession. In order to support data preservation and re-use on a local level, as well as facilitate resource sharing, library professionals need practical tools to help them efficiently manage large volumes of data over time. What types of tools and techniques do you utilize to automate the creation and maintenance of metadata?

Presentations should focus on current practices and new technologies, and include concrete demonstrations and/or examples of automated workflow tools and techniques employed at a local level or in collaborative endeavors. Specific implementations may cover a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:
-Digital preservation of assets and collections
-Data production, or validation of metadata, to comply with a particular schema or protocol
-Data migration / interoperability across systems or applications
-Interoperability, data harvesting, e.g., for resource sharing
-Data production in distributed environments
-Open source or proprietary software tools
-Tips or techniques for working with particular standards and protocols

The program forum will be a panel, in which each participant has from 20-30 minutes to present, followed by a Q & A period at the end of the program. To submit a proposal for presentation, please email a brief description of your proposed topic to Joanna Burgess at by November 21, 2008.

Thank you,

Joanna Burgess, NRMIG Program Planning Co-chair
Jennifer Roper, NRMIG Program Planning Co-chair

Jennifer O'Brien Roper
Head, Cataloging and Metadata Services
University of Virginia Library

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Call for a Column Co-Editor - Serials Review

Call for a Column Co-Editor - Serials Review

Serials Review is looking for a co-editor of the "Balance Point" column. The "Balance Point" has traditionally served as a forum for multiple authors who work in areas related to serials and who present different viewpoints about current issues and controversial topics related to serials.

The Balance Point co-editor is charged with editing the column for two issues of Serials Review per year. Responsibilities include determining column topics, recruiting contributors, communicating with the journal and columns editors, editing and incorporating the writing of
contributors to the issue, preparing introductions, and seeing that publication deadlines are met.

The person should be linked to the serials profession, either in librarianship, publishing or some area of serials content provision. This person should be curious about exploring issues related to serials and want to make a contribution to the literature of serials. Though this is an unpaid, voluntary position, the rewards include publication, involvement in a major scholarly/professional journal publication, and the intellectual satisfaction of contributing to the professional and scholarly discussion of serials.

Interested parties should send a description of their interests and qualifications by November 15, 2008 to:

Beverley Geer, or Connie Foster,

CFP: IFLA Satellite Meeting - Classification and Indexing Section

CFP: IFLA Satellite Meeting - Classification and Indexing Section

Florence, Italy
20-21 August 2009

Theme: "Looking at the Past and Preparing for the Future"

The IFLA Classification and Indexing Section is pleased to announce a satellite pre-conference which will explore the theoretical and methodological aspects of rethinking semantic access to information and knowledge and will offer a general survey of innovative projects
deployed to cope with the challenges of the future, offering a unique opportunity for librarians, academics and other information professionals to be informed about the state of the art in subject indexing.

Librarians, academics and other information professionals around the world are invited to submit paper proposals for the satellite meeting, focusing on:

- Systems, tools and standards in subject indexing
- Retrieval in multilingual, multicultural environments
- Web indexing and social indexing

If you are interested in contributing, please send:

An abstract of 300-500 words in English including a title.
An outline of the presentation.
Brief biographical information of the author(s)/presenter(s) with current employment information.
Your mailing address.

All this by December 15, 2008 to: Patrice Landry at:

e-mail :

fax: +41 31 322 84 63

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

CFP: Code4lib 2009 (Providence, Rhode Island)

CFP: Code4lib 2009 (Providence, Rhode Island)

We are now accepting proposals for prepared talks for Code4lib 2009. Code4lib 2009 is a loosely structured conference for library technologists to commune, gather/create/share ideas and software, be inspired, and forge collaborations.

The conference will be held Monday, February 23 (pre-conference day) through Thursday, February 26, 2009 in Providence, Rhode Island. More information can be found at

Prepared talks are 20 minutes, and must focus on one or more of the following areas:
- "tools" (some cool new software, software library or integration platform)
- "specs" (how to get the most out of some protocols, or proposals for new ones)
- "challenges" (one or more big problems we should collectively address)

The community will vote on proposals using the criteria of:
- usefulness
- newness
- geekiness
- diversity of topics

We cannot accept every prepared talk proposal, but multiple lightning talk sessions will provide everyone who wishes to present with an opportunity to do so.

Submit your proposal (in 75 words or less) at:

Proposals for prepared talks will be accepted through Sunday, November 23, 2008. Voting on proposals will occur the week of Monday, November 24, 2008, and presenters will be notified the week of Monday, December 1, 2008.