Friday, January 29, 2010

CFP: The Paradigm Shift in Scholarly Communication: Will Publications Perish?

CFP: The Paradigm Shift in Scholarly Communication: Will Publications Perish?

A Collaborative Session Proposed by the CELJ (Council of Editors of Learned Journals) and the American Library Association Los Angeles - MLA Convention- Jan. 6-9, 2011.

The scholarly essay, once the coin of the realm in academia, is being transformed by digital technologies, which have enabled instant and open access through electronic publishing. This
revolution has changed the landscape of every aspect of scholarly publishing. The transformation has been so rapid and so dramatic, that there has been very little opportunity to assess,
adjust, and respond to the impact on scholarly communication. The very question about the future viability of learned journals, to say nothing of practices such as peer review, confronts us all as professionals who rely on the integrity of discourse. This session is an effort to deal with those questions directly and initiate a dialogue about how various branches of the scholarly
community (editors, authors, publishers, and librarians) can respond to ongoing and inevitable challenges.

Submit - 1 page proposal for a roundtable exchange to Alan Rauch ( by March 15, 2010.

(Participants MUST be members of the MLA.)

President - Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
Department of English
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28223

Thursday, January 28, 2010

CFP: Access 2010 Winnipeg (the premier library technology conference in Canada)

CFP: Access 2010 Winnipeg (the premier library technology conference in Canada)

About Access
The Access conferences are sponsored by the ETIG (Emerging Technology Interest Group) of the Canadian Library Association. To find out about Access and a list of past conferences visit the ETIG blog.


Submissions are due February 15, 2010

Access 2010 Winnipeg
October 13 to 16, 2010

LISNews Librarian Essay Contest

LISNews Librarian Essay Contest

The first ever LISNews Librarian Essay Contest invites librarians to write an original essay about issues that impact librarianship. The contest will run for the entire month of February, 2010, with the fabulous prizes awarded sometime in March. Winning essayists will receive one of several prizes including Amazon or Borders gift cards, and a year of hosting from
All Essays Must Be Submitted Here!
You can view only essay entries at
Subscribe to the Essay Contest Entries RSS Feed Here:

Below the break you'll see answers to your questions.
What did you mean "issues", what should I write about? ANYTHING that ties into libraries, librarianship or librarians and all those that we deal with. There are over 10 years of stories we've posted here, take a look in the archives to see what interests us. Personally, I'm looking forward to reading about everything and anything that people decide to write about, as long as it comes back to libraries somehow. I'm looking to be surprised, challenged, I want to learn a thing or two, and maybe have good laugh.
What about format? You're writing for librarians, on the web. HTML is welcome, links, short paragraphs, images, and so on… There are a million sites out there that will tell you about the best way to write for the web.
How many words? I'm hesitant to set a hard limit, so let's just say "essay length."
How will judging be done? Well, judging writing isn't exactly easy is it? It's very subjective, that's why there will be somewhere between 5 and 10 judges. We'll all pick our favorites and base the winners on that.
What are the prizes? $25 from Amazon, $50 from Borders, and a year of hosting from LISHost.
What about deadlines? Anything entered in the month of February. You'll need to put it in the submissions queue and tag it with "essay". Don't email anything to me, use the queue.
No, you don't need to be a librarian.
Yes, you can co-author an article.
Yes, this essay should not be available elsewhere.
No, if you're a judge you're not eligible to win.
Yes, if you've written for LISNews before you can still win, you just can't be a judge.
How many essays do you expect to receive? Not many.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Call for Contributions: 100 Elite Chinese Returnees in Entrepreneurship

Call for Contributions: 100 Elite Chinese Returnees in Entrepreneurship

Since 1978, in a hope to revitalize its ancient civilization, China began sending a large number of students and scholars overseas. Usually graduated from top universities at home, thousands of students have gone abroad each year to acquire advanced knowledge and skills, and those returned to China have already had a profound impact on the unprecedented transformation of the PRC over the past thirty years. Scheduled to be published by the Emerald Group Publishing in 2011-12, 100 Elite Chinese Returnees in Entrepreneurship will provide up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of top overseas returnees who have made noteworthy contributions
to the Chinese economy since the reform era began. Edited by Wenxian Zhang, Huiyao Wang and Ilan Alon, this research guide will focus exclusively on those elite entrepreneurs of new China. For the purpose of this book, a returnee is defined as a Chinese native who was born in
China, left to study overseas as a student, visiting scholar or guest researcher for over one year, and who has returned to China to work on a permanent or long-term basis.

Potential contributors may view the list of available entries at: Each contributor is expected to write three profiles and 3,500 words or more; and in return, will receive contributor acknowledgment in each entry and a copy of the book when it is published. Each profile will be roughly 1,000-1,500 words in length, briefly summarizing an individuals life and careers, with a central focus on his or her accomplishments and the key roles played in the new Chinese economy, and references in Harvard style should be provided at the end of each entry. Interested individuals should briefly summarize their subject expertise and qualifications when applying for entries, and all
assignments are due June 30, 2010 in Microsoft Word format. For additional information and entry assignments, please contact the editors listed on the project web site.

Professor Wenxian Zhang
Rollins College Box 2768
Winter Park, FL 32789
United States of America

Visit the website at

Monday, January 25, 2010

CFP: Journal of Library and Information Service for Distance Learning

CFP: Journal of Library and Information Service for Distance Learning

The Journal of Library and Information Service for Distance Learning, a peer-reviewed journal published by Routledge, welcomes the submission of manuscripts.

The journal is devoted to the issues and concerns of librarians and information specialists involved with distance education and delivering library resources and services to this growing community of students.

Topics can include but are not limited to:
• Faculty/librarian cooperation and collaboration
• Information literacy
• Instructional service techniques
• Information delivery
• Reference services
• Document delivery
• Developing collections
If you are interested in submitting an article, send the manuscript directly to the Editor, Jodi Poe at by February 19, 2010. Inquiries and questions are welcome.

Instructions for authors are available at or can be emailed to you directly.

Jodi W. Poe, Editor
Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning
Associate Professor, Head of Technical Services
Houston Cole Library
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL 36265-1602
TEL: (256) 782-8103
FAX: (256) 782-5872

CFP: KMworld 2010

CFP: KMworld 2010
November 16-18
Marriott Renaissance, Washington DC

Conference Theme: KnowHow: The Knowledge Driven Enterprise

This note is to let you know that KMWorld is moving in 2010 to the east coast. We hope many of you will be able to participate as speakers and attendees. The call for speakers is now up online and we hope you will pass it along to your colleagues too!

The conference will include Enterprise Search Summit, Taxonomy Bootcamp & SharePoint Symposium. Check out for more.

Jane Dysart, Program Director

Sunday, January 24, 2010

CFP: ETD 2010 Call for Papers, Posters, Presentations and Tutorials

CFP: ETD 2010 Call for Papers, Posters, Presentations and Tutorials


On behalf of The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), and the University of Texas Libraries, we would like to invite you to submit a paper, poster or presentation for "ETD 2010: Collaboration, Innovation, Sustainability" - the 13th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations to be held June 16 – 18, 2010 at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, U.S.A. ETD 2010 will explore the issues of collaboration, innovation, and sustainability in promoting ETDs, Institutional repositories and Open Access in the realm of scholarly communications.

The NDLTD initiative consists of hundreds of contributing member universities, libraries, information organizations, consortia and individuals. Membership details are available on the NDLTD website and dues-paying members are offered a discount on the conference registration fee. The NDLTD's activities are focused on those who produce, manage, store and use electronic theses and dissertations in order to support the authoring, indexing, archiving, dissemination and retrieval of ETDs worldwide. Conference attendees typically include librarians, graduate school administrators, information technology professionals and graduate faculty, staff and students.

"ETD 2010: Collaboration, Innovation, and Sustainability" is organized by the NDLTD, The University of Libraries, and the Texas Digital Library, with generous sponsorship provided by non-profit interest groups and corporations that produce hardware, software, and knowledge management solutions for digital archives and repositories.

Authors will be able to use an online portal to view abstract approval status and to upload revised versions of the abstract. Details on this portal will be announced in a subsequent communication; please check here again for more information. Completed, final versions of abstracts for papers are due by Friday, March 5, 2010. Notification of paper/poster acceptances will be announced to authors on March 22, 2010. Final versions of research papers for conference proceedings must be deposited in the ETD2010 paper repository by May 26, 2010. Print poster presenters must also deposit a PDF version of the final poster or e-presentation by May 26, 2010 or bring the poster with them to the conference. Electronic poster presenters may submit a multimedia version of their "poster", approximately two minutes in length, with narrative.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Call for Essays: Patron Challenges to Remove Materials from Library Collections

Call for Essays: Patron Challenges to Remove Materials from Library Collections

Seeking essays by and about librarians in public, school, and academic libraries who have experienced challenges to remove material from library collections.
These essays should be no more than 2500 words in length, and should provide details of a full challenge experience, from initial contact through ultimate resolution. Essays can be a first person narrative or a case study description. We will also welcome short descriptions of interactions that may not have ended in a formal challenge or request for reconsideration. These anecdotes should reflect the concerns of either the patron or the librarian or both. Sad, funny, scary, confusing, misunderstood, groundless, highly-charged, low-key – somehow, the reader should be able to identify with the event.

Tips on writing: Explain the situation and how you were involved. How was the issue resolved? What lessons were learned? If you experienced this situation again, what would you do differently? What resources did you draw upon (don’t list resources; tell us about the resources and why they were helpful)? Had you received any training on handling challenges prior to the situation you describe? Have you received any since? Did your library have a procedure in place? If not, does it have one now?

Writers should include the facts of the challenge. If this is information based on a personal experience, please share your thoughts and feelings about the confrontation, dealing with administrators, and dealing with the public.

Email submissions to:

Your submissions should be submitted with the following information:

1. Title your essay.

2. Include a 100 word biographical statement.

Your submissions should follow these formatting rules:

1. Text should be attached as a .doc or .rtf (please do not send .docx documents).

2. Your Name should be the document label (example JaneSmith.doc)

3. If you have questions about style, please consult The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, as your general guide to punctuation, capitalization, quotation, abbreviation, source citation, use of italic, etc.

Submitting an essay does not guarantee publication. If you have questions about your essay and/or topic, please contact us.

Contributors will be asked to sign an ALA Writer Agreement before publication. Compensation: a complimentary copy of the final publication and a discount on additional copies.

Deadline for submissions: March 31, 2010.

Val Nye & Kathy Barco

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

CFP: ASIST 2010, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 22-27, 2010

CFP: ASIST 2010, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 22-27, 2010
American Society for Inforamtion Science and Technology

Navigating Streams in an Information Ecosystem

Complete Call at:

1. Papers (short and long), Panels, Workshops and Tutorials: May 31, 2010
2. Posters, Demos and Videos: July 16, 2010

The ASIST Annual Meeting is the main venue for disseminating research centred on
advances in the information sciences and related applications of information technology.
This year's conference is stepping away from tradition and re-inventing our premier
conference in the guise of an innovative "ASIST 2.0."

ASIST 2010 will consist of six tracks, each with its own program and reviewing committee
to ensure that the conference meets your high expectations for standards and quality.

Please note the important changes in format and content, and plan your submissions accordingly.

Track 1 - Information Behaviour
Track 2 - Knowledge Organization
Track 3 - Information Systems, Interactivity and Design
Track 4 - Information and Knowledge Management
Track 5 - Information Use
Track 6 - Information and Society: Economic, Political, Social Issues

Because each of these tracks represents a generic aspect of information science,
each may be focused by additional elements.

Types of Submissions:
1) Papers
2) Panels
3) Interactive Showcase
a) Posters
b) Demos
c) Videos
4) Workshops - A Day of Special Themes Workshops will be held on the last day of the conference.

For more information, please see

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

CFP: The Library Management Institute @ Arcadia University

CFP: The Library Management Institute @ Arcadia University

This is a reminder that The Library Management Institute @ Arcadia University is seeking interested workshop leaders for a special two-day conference being held on the Arcadia campus near Philadelphia, March 15-16, 2010, and that the deadline for submitting your proposal is this Friday January 22nd. The theme of the conference will be “Managing the Business Library”, and will focus exclusively on the issues in business library administration. We invite your proposals for 75 minute sessions on any topic related to the administration and management of the business library including the following areas:
• budget and financial management
• the challenges of running a solo library
• employment law
• staff recruitment and retention
• management/staff relations
• staff interpersonal relations
• customer service
• collection management
• the business librarian’s role in relation to the organization
• library law (privacy, liability, and copyright)
• strategic planning
• marketing and promotion of business library services
• renovations and new buildings
• user outreach
• motivation, leadership, and ethics
• other management-related issues
The proposal should include the name of the presenter(s), the title of the workshop, a brief description of the workshop, and a short bio of the presenter(s). A complete brochure on the entire conference with registration information will be forthcoming in February. Workshop presenters will attend the conference at no cost. All proposals and any questions should be sent to Thank you for your interest in this conference.

CFP: British Library Symposium: Maps in Context

CFP: British Library Symposium: Maps in Context

14th June, 2010

Call for papers

Recent study of maps has attempted to understand the contexts in which they were produced, and the functions they fulfilled. In particular, the qualities of display maps have not received sufficient attention in the wider context of wall decoration of both interior and exterior spaces
from early modern to twenty-first century Europe, nor has their relationship to other forms of decoration such as paintings, sculptures, tapestries and murals been adequately studied.

The symposium will be held in conjunction with the British Library exhibition 'Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art,' which will focus on the artistic, political, social and symbolic qualities of maps as opposed to their scientific properties. The exhibition will be arranged as a series of spaces, such as a school, the rooms of a palace, a board room and an open space, which will reflect their original audiences and functions.

Suggested themes papers may address but are not limited to:

The symbolic and iconic qualities of cartography
The iconography of the Renaissance palace
Artistic influences in mapping, and cross-fertilisation with fine art
Artists who also made maps
Maps in the wider context of art history
The propaganda use of maps
The map as an instrument of government
Maps for the masses - the function of maps in public spaces
The manipulation of the cartographic image for non-geographical purposes

If you wish to present a paper please send an abstract of not more than 250 words, along with a brief biography, by 30th January 2010 to Tom Harper (Tom.harper at

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Call for Chapters: Surviving and Thriving in the Recession: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians

Call for Chapters: Surviving and Thriving in the Recession: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians

Book publisher: Neal-Schuman

Editor: Carol Smallwood, MLS. Writing and Publishing: The Librarian's Handbook, American Library Association 2010
Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook, American Library Association, 2010
Thinking Outside the Book, McFarland 2008

Afterword: Dr. Loriene Roy, Professor in the School of Information, the University of Texas at Austin, Past President of the American Library Association.

Chapters sought for an anthology by practicing academic, public, school, special librarians sharing their experiences on handling the recession. Concise, how-to case studies, using bullets, headings. A sample will be supplied illustrating desired style.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. One chapter 2100-2300 words; or two chapters divided into 2100-2300 words. Only 2100-2300 words (include sidebars in word count) from each contributor. Chapters welcomed by one librarian, or if co-authored by the same two librarians.

Possible topics: creative staffing, financial planning, sharing facilities, cooperative buying, maximizing the media, innovative technology, creative public relations.

To receive a "go-ahead" before completing writing, please e-mail in an attached Word File, 1-3 topics each clearly proposed in 2-4 sentences by February 1, 2010 along with a 80-90 word bio beginning with: your name, library of employment, city/state location, employment title, where you got your degree, awards, publications, and career highlights. If co-authored, each of the two librarian-writers will need to send a separate bio. You will be contacted as soon as possible telling you which (if any) of your topics will work, inviting you to e-mail your submission; an invitation doesn't guarantee acceptance. Please place RECESSION/your name on the subject line to:

Call for Chapters: Library Management Tips That Work

Call for Chapters: Library Management Tips That Work

Book publisher: American Library Association

Editor: Carol Smallwood, MLS. Writing and Publishing: The Librarian's Handbook, American Library Association 2010
Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook, American Library Association, 2010

Afterword: James Lund, Director, Red Wing Public Library,
Red Wing Minnesota

Chapters sought for an anthology by practicing academic, public, school, special librarians sharing their experiences about librarians as managers. Concise, how-to case studies, using bullets, headings, sidebars by librarians based on successful management employing innovation.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. One chapter 2400-2500 words; or two chapters (preferred) divided to total 2400-2500 words. Chapters welcomed by one librarian, or if co-authored by the same two librarians.

Possible topics: staff flex hours, financial planning, administration skills, public relations, time management, library boards, partnering, library manuals, professional ethics, innovative technology, handling employees, volunteers.

To receive a "go-ahead", please e-mail 1-4 topics each described in 2-4 sentences by February 7, 2010 along with a 85-90 word bio with: your name, library of employment, city/state location, employment title, where you got your degree, awards, publications, and career highlights. If co-authored, each of the two librarian-writers will need a separate bio. You will be contacted as soon as possible telling you which (if any) of your topics are not duplications, inviting you to e-mail your submission; an invitation doesn't guarantee acceptance. Please place MANAGEMENT/your name on the subject line to:

Thursday, January 14, 2010

CFP: Collaborate Like You Mean It Conference. (Denver, Colorado)

CFP: Collaborate Like You Mean It Conference. (Denver, Colorado)

Papers Due date: February 12, 2010

The Colorado Academic Library Consortium Summit planning committee seeks proposals for presentation and poster sessions for the fourth CALC Summit. The Summit will be held at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel (6th Ave & Union) on May 20-21, 2010.

We’ve all heard that collaboration is important, but how can academic libraries forge lasting, effective partnerships both within and outside their institutions? What makes some partnerships succeed, and others fail? Come share your successes, failures, research, and innovative ideas related to academic library collaboration. We’re particularly interested in proposals that address:
* Collaboration to expand library services or improve student success
* Collaboration to develop Web 2.0 applications
* Strategies for building and maintaining partnerships
* Inter-institutional collaboration
* Institutional barriers to collaborative efforts, and how to overcome them
* Assessing the success of collaborative efforts
* Collaboration with non-library partners

Presentation Options:

1. Concurrent Presentations:
A speaker or team of speakers presents for 45 or 75 minutes, with a 15-minute Q&A session after the presentation. Presentations that involve discussion, audience participation, or activities are strongly encouraged.

2. Poster Sessions:
A graphical presentation (paper or digital) of research results, case studies, projects, or ideas. Poster presenters will discuss their work with attendees during the poster session time slot (likely to be 1 hour long.)

Details: Presentation and poster proposals will be reviewed and competitively selected by a committee of academic librarians.

Proposal Requirements:
* Names and full contact information of presenter(s)
* Title of presentation or digital poster session
* Abstract and brief outline (200 words max)
* Desired presentation length (45 or 75 minutes) or poster session

Submit proposals using this online form:

Proposals are due by February 12, 2010. You’ll be notified about the status of your proposal by March 12, 2010.

For more information visit or email

Sponsored by: CALC – Colorado Academic Library Consortium CLiC – Colorado Library Consortium CoALA – Association of Colorado Libraries – Academic Division

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

CFP: Special issue: Cataloging Grey Literature (Cataloging & Classification Quarterly)

CFP: Special issue: Cataloging Grey Literature (Cataloging & Classification Quarterly)

This forthcoming special issue of Cataloging & Classification Quaterly will focus on cataloging of grey literature as defined by the New York International Conference on Grey Literature 2004: "information produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing, i.e. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body."

Despite the advantages offered by new information technologies and, in particular by the ability of search engines to retrieve documents on the web, grey literature still lacks bibliographic control. In other words, grey documents are often inadequately referenced in catalogues, databases and digital archives. This does not mean that there are no cataloging standards or recommendations for reports, conference proceedings, theses, and so on. However, unlike journals and books, the absence of commercial stakes has contributed to a situation where the way in which the different types of grey literature are referenced still depends more on choices made by the bodies that produce, collect, or distribute these documents than on any national or international standard.

This special issue of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly will provide an international perspective of cataloging practices and challenges of different types of documents (theses, reports, conferences…) in print and digital format, in different parts of the world and different kinds of scientific information centres and libraries, with special attention to standards and normative initiatives.

The special issue will address the following topics:
Part 1: Standards and rules
A history of cataloguing rules related to print and digital GL
Standards and descriptive initiatives for scientific reports

Metadata for electronic theses and dissertations
Part 2: Experiences and techniques
Cataloging GL in a national library
Cataloging GL in a research organisation settings
Cataloging GL in international settings
Cataloging GL in humanities and social sciences

Part 3: Perspectives
GL metadata in the context of current research information systems
GL metadata quality in institutional repositories
Tagging GL: cataloging in the Web 2.0 environment
Cataloging GL and datasets in emerging e-science infrastructure

The papers should be between 15-20 double spaced pages (average 11 pt. type) and be compliant with the CCQ Instructions for Authors (cf. with bibliographical endnotes following the Chicago Manual of Style.
Manuscripts should be submitted by email (attached text file) before June 30, 2010, to the two guest editors of the special issue, and will undergo a peer review procedure. The special issue is expected to be published in 2011.
Paola De Castro is head of the publishing unit of the Italian National Institute of Health.
Joachim Schöpfel is head of the department of information sciences at the Charles de Gaulle University of Lille 3 (France).

Friday, January 08, 2010

CFP: 10th Year Anniversary Brick and Click Libraries

CFP: 10th Year Anniversary Brick and Click Libraries

Friday, November 5, 2010

Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri
"Brick and Click" is a one-day symposium of practical relevance to directors, librarians and paraprofessionals supporting traditional and online resources/services for academic library users. The annual symposium has been hosted by Northwest Missouri State University since its inception in 2001.

Presenter Benefits:
Presenters receive a reduced registration fee ($100) to the symposium and an opportunity to publish a paper in the symposium proceedings.

Presentation opportunities include a 50 minute session, and/or a 10-minute “Lightning Round” presentation. For more information, visit:

Sample topics are available at

Submit your proposal(s) by March 1, 2010 using the following link(s):
50-minute presentation:

10-minute presentation:

If you have questions about presentation proposals, please e-mail Kathy Ferguson at:

We look forward to receiving your proposal!

Cordially Yours,

Kathy Ferguson & Carolyn Johnson
Symposium Co-Coordinators

Symposium Web site:
Symposium Blog:

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Call for Bloggers: Metadata Interest Group (ALA Midwinter)

Call for Bloggers: Metadata Interest Group (ALA Midwinter)

The Metadata Interest Group is searching for bloggers to report on selected sessions on the Metadata Interest Group's Blog. Planning to attend a session or already reporting on a session? Think about blogging it here too or let me know and I'll link to your report. This year we
have the possibility for live blogging with free wi-fi at the Convention Center. If you would like to blog any of the sessions, please contact Kristin Martin at with your name, e-mail address, and preferred session. A list of recommended sessions is available at:

Interested in a section not listed that you think would be of interest?
Suggest it!



Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Call for Posters: Innovations & Best Practices in Business Librarianship (SLA 2010)

Call for Posters: Innovations & Best Practices in Business Librarianship (SLA 2010)

Location: 2010 SLA Annual Conference – New Orleans

Date/Time: Monday, June 14, 2010 – 4:00pm – 5:30pm

In this call for posters, the Business and Finance Division of SLA is providing an opportunity for business librarians to share ideas and develop research collaborations. We are looking for case studies or practical applications on a wide range of issues including:

• Standards and competencies for business information librarians
• Pedagogic approaches to business information education
• Assessment of learning outcomes
• Integrating business information with the curriculum
• Librarian / faculty collaboration
• New technologies for teaching business information topics
• Business information education in multi-disciplinary contexts
• Professional development for business librarians
• Promoting business information research services

Help your colleagues learn from your work, both successful and unsuccessful.
Share the results of your efforts at the upcoming poster session at SLA in New Orleans, June 2010.

This session is sponsored by the Business & Finance Division and the College & University Business Librarians Section.

Guidelines for materials and layout of poster presentations are available on the SLA Business & Finance Division website at

The deadline for abstract submissions is March 1, 2010. Please submit your name, institution, fax, email address, poster title, and description (250 words or less) by email, fax, or surface mail to Karen MacDonald at the address given below.

Any SLA Member is welcome to submit an abstract for consideration. In the event that a greater number of submissions are received than can be accommodated, members of the Business & Finance Division will be given preference. Not a member of the SLA Business & Finance Division? Click here to join:

All applicants will be notified no later than April 2, 2010 as to whether or not their proposal has been accepted. If you have any questions about this session, contact

Karen I. MacDonald, MBA, MLIS
Assistant Professor / Business Librarian
PO Box 3967
University Library
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30303 USA
Ph. (404) 413-2856
Fax: (404) 413-2851

CFP: IUG 2010 Poster Sessions

CFP: IUG 2010 Poster Sessions

Just a reminder about our call for poster session proposals for the Annual Innovative Users Group 2010 Conference to be held in Chicago, Illinois from Sunday, April 18th through Wednesday, April 21, 2010. The deadline to submit poster proposals is Friday, January 22, 2010.

To submit a poster session proposal, go to the Conference webpage:

IUG 2010 Proposal Form:

When prompted, login with your own MyIUG login. If you don't already have one, go to to create your account.

A poster session is a great opportunity to share an idea in progress or show other IUG members how your library did something well. We are interested in poster sessions on a variety of topics. If you need some ideas for what might be of interest to colleagues from other Innovative libraries, take a look at the Suggested Topics Page ( that has been compiled over the past few years. If you have an idea of your own and don't see it listed, please submit a proposal anyway.

Again, deadline for submitting Poster Session proposals is Friday, January 22, 2010. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the poster session proposal process.

We received an overwhelming number of terrific program proposals and now look forward to receiving all of your great poster session proposals!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

CFP: HIM 15 “History at Play: Sport, Leisure, and Games, Old and New”

CFP: HIM 15 “History at Play: Sport, Leisure, and Games, Old and New”
Location: Quebec, Canada
Call for Papers Deadline: 2010-01-15

History in the Making 15
“History at Play: Sport, Leisure, and Games, Old and New”
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
March 5 & 6, 2010

Call for Papers:

The study of sport, leisure, and games is a broad, multi-faceted, interdisciplinary field of inquiry that contributes meaningfully to our understanding of the past and the present...

The games people play, the organization of leisure, and the social role that sports occupy, allow scholars to explore questions of individual and collective identities such as gender and sexuality; class, race and ethnicity; nationalism and national identities; and colonial and post-colonial experiences. The study of sport, leisure, and games contributes to our knowledge of historical processes such as globalization, cultural diffusion, and patterns of commerce and consumption. Practices of participation, commemoration, and spectatorship provide insight into the construction of communities from the local to the global. Also of interest is the important role played by the various media and communications systems, oral, written, visual, and digital, that transmit and transform the cultural meanings of games, leisure, and sport. Whether approached as mirror or lens, process or performance, sport, leisure, and games have given us productive ways with which to better understand the varied experiences of people at play from ancient to postmodern societies.

HIM 15 proposes to bring together graduate students, professional historians, and members of the broader academic and sporting communities to discuss current research and activities on the subject of sport, leisure, and games in history and society. Proposals on a wide variety of topics, time-periods, and geographic regions are welcome and we gladly invite papers from scholars representing disciplines other than History.

Proposals for fifteen-minute presentations should not exceed 250 words and should be accompanied by a brief biography. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 15, 2010. Please send email attachments to For further information, feel free to contact us at the same address, or visit
Jessica J. Mills and Lindsay Pattison, Co-Chairs
Concordia University
Visit the website at

CFP: Book Collection: Identity Technologies: producing online selves 

CFP: Book Collection: Identity Technologies: producing online selves 

Deadline: June 15, 2010

The popularity of social networking sites, user-generated content, wireless technologies and games has engendered a rapid proliferation of identities and ways to imagine, produce and consume them. As a result, the internet has become central to how many of its users understand intimacy, communication and community. We contend that this phenomenon is nothing new. Online and offline forms of identity have the potential to act genealogically, challenging our ideas about utopian approaches to the internet as a place without history, bodies or politics.

How then can we understand what identity means online and why it is so important to so many internet users that they have a digital existence? For us, answers to this question do not have to take the form of utopian ideas about internet identities, time and space, but should admit that issues about internet identity are inevitably embedded in concerns about the production of discourse and about the material conditions of internet access, surveillance and use.

In this essay collection, we hope to gather together investigations into a whole host of questions raised by the popularity and power of identity technologies. What kinds of selves are generated online? How do memory and narrative, key elements of autobiography, exist and persist in various forms of online subjectivity? How is identity related to virtual time and space? How do we account for the role of recreation and entertainment in communicating an online self? How do we describe and analyze the relationship between hardware and software design and the identities they occasion and transmit? Is it possible to resist the hail of ITs (internet technologies)? What is the relationship between identity politics and ITs? We aim to bring together emerging ideas about identity and online life from the fields of cultural studies, new media studies and auto/biography studies in order to explore what online identity is and what it might mean.

Please submit a completed essay by June 15, 2010. Essays must be 4000-6000 words in Chicago B style with 12-point font. Essays must be written in English, but they do not have to be about the anglophone, western version of the internet. The collection will be published in digital and paper form with a university press.

We welcome submissions which include--but are not limited to--the following topics:

theorizing online identity
questions of pedagogy
research methods
youth cultures and emerging identities
social networking
virtual lives
online desires
biography and technology
hardware and software
publicity and privacy
identity theft
personal video
cyberbodies and cyberspaces
internet surveillance
viruses and "going viral"
deception and authenticity

Send one copy each of your submission as an electronic attachment to:
Anna Poletti, Charles Sturt University (
Julie Rak, University of Alberta (

Call for Papers: IL and web 2.0: a paradox? A stream @ ALIA Access 2010

Call for Papers: IL and web 2.0: a paradox? A stream @ ALIA Access 2010

Web 2.0 is changing the way people live, work and play. It is changing the way people experience their information worlds. What impact is web 2.0 having on the people’s information needs and information practices? How does web 2.0 affect the way in which libraries support and deliver information literacy resources and programs? How does web 2.0 affect the way in which libraries support and deliver information literacy resources and programs?

You are invited to make a submission to the Information literacy and web 2.0: a paradox? seminar being held as part of ALIA Access 2010 Conference.

This one day seminar will be to provide the opportunity for the Australian Library and Information profession to critically consider and discuss the impact web 2.0 is having on the information needs and practices of the communities they serve. The session will provide the opportunity for the LIS professionals to exchange ideas and best practice examples in the way they use web 2.0 to provide information literacy resources and programs.

Submit your abstract by February 11 2010 at

All submissions will be assessed against the following criteria:
• Relevance to session theme
• Clarity, coherence, organization of writing
• Academic or professional merit
• Originality and innovation of the work

The one day seminar is hosted by ALIA Pathways, visit

If you would like to know more please contact Mark Jones at Mark.Jones at or Helen Partridge at h.partridge at

Monday, January 04, 2010

CFP: Assessment for the Rest of Us: Informal Techniques You Can Use (LLAMA Session at ALA Annual 2010)

CFP: Assessment for the Rest of Us: Informal Techniques You Can Use (LLAMA Session at ALA Annual 2010)

The LLAMA MAES Data Collection for Library Managers (DCLM) committee is planning a program at the 2010 ALA Conference in D.C. called:

Assessment for the Rest of Us: Informal Techniques You Can Use

The fast-paced program will feature presenters from 8 to 10 libraries who will share ways informal assessment can lead to service improvements throughout the library. We are starting to identify possible presenters, and want to offer the opportunity first to DCLM members. Each presenter will talk for 5-7 minutes, using a standard format that will include:

· Type and size of the population/audience assessed
· Assessment approach (survey, interviews, web comments, etc.)
· Time commitment
· How the results were used

There will be time for audience participation and questions following the presentations. If you are interested in being a presenter, please e-mail a proposal to Jeanne Brown,, and Jan Lewis,, by February 1, 2010. The proposal should include the name, position, and e-mail address of the presenter, the type and size of the library, and a brief description of the assessment technique (type and size of population, assessment approach, time required, and how the results were used).

Call for Contributors: Mid-career library and information professionals: a leadership primer

Call for Contributors: Mid-career library and information professionals: a leadership primer

You are invited to propose a chapter for a new book, Mid-career library and information professionals: a leadership primer to be edited by Linda Crook and Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen. This book is intended to explore leadership issues for those find themselves in the grey area between being new librarians and being in established leadership positions.

Some suggested chapter subjects are listed here, though other ideas are very welcome as well.

* Stuck in the middle: leading from above and below
* Aiming for the top: planning the future of your career
* But we've always done it this way! Dealing with the "old guard" of all ages - even when it's you! * Mentoring, succession planning, recruitment
* Dealing with the sophomore slump
* Continuing education and career development
* Leadership when this isn't your first career
* Promotion: becoming a leader as an internal promotion
* New in town: coming in at a leadership level
* What to do when you have evaded the leadership pixie
* Leading without being an administrator or manager

Proposals should be 300-500 words and include a chapter title and short author biography. Please send these to Dawn and Linda at and by Jan 30, 2010. We will select proposals by February 28th, and completed chapters will be due
by May 1st.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

CFP: 2010 Library Assessment Conference:Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment

CFP: 2010 Library Assessment Conference:Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment

October 25-27, 2010
Baltimore, Maryland

All proposals due by February 15, 2010

Washington DC­: The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the University of Virginia Library, the University of Washington Libraries, and the Conference Planning Committee are pleased to issue this call for proposals for the 2010 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, October 25-27, 2010. The conference goal is to support and nurture the library assessment community through a mix of invited speakers, contributed papers and posters, workshops, and engaging discussion. The conference is geared toward library and information professionals and researchers with responsibility for or an interest in the broad field of library assessment. This biennial conference builds on the success of the first two conferences held in Charlottesville (2006) and Seattle (2008).

We are pleased to announce that the conference's five keynote speakers are confirmed:

Fred Heath: Library Service Quality
Joe Matthews: Performance Measures and Balanced Scorecard
Danuta Nitecki: Assessment of Library Spaces
Megan Oakleaf: Learning Outcomes and the Library
Stephen Town: Value and Impact

Conference Topics

The Conference Planning Committee especially encourages topics along the themes of the keynote speakers and other areas of library assessment including:
Digital libraries
Information resources and collections
Learning and teaching
Management information
Methods and tools
Organizational issues
Performance measurement and measures
Return on investment (ROI)
Space planning and utililization
Usage and e-metrics
User needs
Value and impact

Presentation Formats

Proposals are invited as either papers or posters. Presentation time for papers should be no more than 25 minutes. Poster sessions are particularly welcome from attendees and specific time will be set aside for attendees to discuss posters with the presenters. The language of the conference is English (bilingual French/English or Spanish/English posters will also be accepted). Accepted proposals will be published in the conference proceedings and PowerPoint presentations and poster materials will be posted on the conference Web site.

Proposal Submission Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures

Proposals will include a title, author(s), format, and abstract (maximum 500 words) describing the proposal. The abstract should follow the structure of: Purpose, Design/Methodology/Approach, Findings, Practical Implications/Value
Authors each will provide separate biographical statements (50 words).
The Conference Planning Committee will evaluate all proposals based on:
their relevance to effective, sustainable, and practical library assessment;
the significance of their contribution to the body of work associated with library assessment; and clarity of expression.
Proposals must be submitted by February 15, 2010.
Those submitting proposals will be notified of their status by April 15, 2010.
Presenters will be guaranteed a registration place and will be expected to pay registration fees.
To submit your proposal, please visit

Conference Planning Committee

Conference Co-Chairs:
Steve Hiller, University of Washington Libraries
Martha Kyrillidou, Association of Research Libraries
Jim Self, University of Virginia Library

John Bertot, University of Maryland
Sam Kalb, Queen's University
Liz Mengel, Johns Hopkins University
Megan Oakleaf, Syracuse University
Kathy Perry, VIVA Consortium
Bill Potter, University of Georgia
Roberta Shaffer, Library of Congress
Agnes Tatarka, University of Chicago
Stephen Town, University of York (UK)

Additional Information

The conference Web site will provide complete information about the conference, including plenary and keynote speakers, workshops, registration, and accommodations.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

CFP: Oral History Association

CFP: Oral History Association

The Oral History Association invites submissions for "Times of Crisis, Times of Change: Human Stories on the Edge of Transformation," our Annual Meeting to be held October 27-31, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Times of great crisis may offer the prospect and promise of great change. The economic, political and environmental tensions of the present moment are powerfully reshaping our world. People find themselves trapped within global forces, whether economic collapse, war and genocide, forced displacement and relocation, or the threat of environmental disaster. These forces often appear to act upon people in ways beyond their control. At the same time, moments of great crisis engender powerful new visions of change and transformation. Whether as involuntary subjects or active agents, leaders or witnesses, people live and embody these changes. Their memories are critical windows on human struggles, resilience, myth-making, and the political power of stories, forcing a reckoning with the past as well as a reconsideration of the future. Such stories speak to both collective and contested understandings of life on the edge of transformation.

The theme of the 2010 annual meeting of the Oral History Association is inspired by the times in which we are living and the setting for our conference. Atlanta, Georgia is an historic city, one defined by a vibrant and sometimes contested history of activism for civil and human rights. Moreover, it is also a city which has been transformed by waves of rural to urban migration, immigration, urbanization, and changes in the global economy, all of which have produced crisis, real or imagined, in Atlanta's complex network of local communities. Taking a cue from this dynamic setting, and focusing on the use of oral history to reconstruct stories of/in crisis and change, we ask: How have people struggled and survived in times of crisis? How do people create change and bear witness to it? How do they construct their stories of these moments? In what ways have stories of crisis and change shaped public memories of pivotal historical eras? How do we reconcile contradictory stories of crisis and change?

The Program Committee welcomes broad and diverse interpretations of the conference theme as reflected in proposals for panels, individual papers, performances, exhibits and roundtables. We especially encourage presenters to think about non-traditional delivery models, such as interactive sessions, dialogic formats that engage audience, and use of digital media. Presenters are reminded to incorporate voice and image in their presentations. OHA is open to proposals from the variety of fields traditionally represented in our meetings, including history, folklore, literature, sociology, anthropology, American & ethnic studies, cultural studies, political science, information science and technology, communications, and urban studies. In recognition of the important work taking place outside the United States, we also hope to have a significant international presence at the meeting. And, as always, OHA welcomes proposals from independent scholars, community activists and organizers, archivists, librarians, museum curators, web designers, documentary producers, media artists, ethnographers, public historians, and all practitioners whose work is relevant to this meeting's interest in narratives of crisis and change.

Proposal format: For full sessions, submit a title, a session abstract of not more than two pages, and a one-page vita or resume for each participant. For individual proposals, submit a one-page abstract and a one-page vita or resume of the presenter. Each submission must be accompanied by a cover sheet, which can be downloaded.

The deadline for submission of all proposals is Friday, January 15, 2010. All proposals should be submitted via email to, or if available, through the online submission page on the OHA website, at The Cover Sheet and all proposal documents must be combined into one attachment in Microsoft WORD format. Please do not send the documents as separate attachments. If you do not receive email confirmation by January 29, 2010, please contact the OHA office to make sure your submission has been received.

David A. Reichard
2010 Program Co-Chair
CSU Monterey Bay

Tomás F. Summers Sandoval
2010 Program Co-Chair
Pomona College

Rina Benmayor
2010-11 OHA President
CSU Monterey Bay

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CFP: Libraries, Information, Books: Interdisciplinary Research and Practice 16th International Conference of the Institute of Information and Library

CFP: Libraries, Information, Books: Interdisciplinary Research and Practice 16th International Conference of the Institute of Information and Library Science Jagiellonian University, Poland Location: Poland

Conference purpose:
To enhance the interest for the library and information science (LIS) research area among scholars coming from other scientific horizons, to provide incentives for joint research projects and to fortify the prestige of modern research on libraries, information and book The Conference aims at emphasizing the social significance of interdisciplinary studies and practices performed by librarians and information professionals in collaboration with specialists from other disciplines. The matter is also to assess the pertinence, usefulness and quality of such joint projects by means of:
- discussing the theoretical and methodological basis and opportunities for launching and developing interdisciplinary research on libraries, information and book culture,
- demonstrating the social significance and inner variety of the interdisciplinary studies in the field of library, information and book science,
- carrying out a review and assessing pragmatic activities undertaken by librarians and information professionals in collaboration with representatives of various professions.
Conference secretary
Agnieszka Korycinska-Huras
Instytut Informacji Naukowej i Bibliotekoznawstwa
Uniwersytet Jagielloñski
ul. £ojasiewicza 4
Kraków 30-348, POLAND
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