Saturday, June 26, 2010

Seeking Submissions for Proposed Anthologies from Practicing Librarians

Seeking Submissions for Proposed Anthologies from Practicing Librarians

Publisher: Routledge Books

Articles: 3000-5000 words; 1 author or 2, 3 co-authors

Compensation: complimentary copy, discount on more

Librarians outside the U.S. encouraged to contribute

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: Essays for Innovative Librarians, McFarland, 2008

others by ALA, Peter Lang, Linworth, Scarecrow, Libraries Unlimited

1. Library Collaborations with Writers, Artists, Musicians and Other Creative Community Members

How local writers, artists, musicians and other creative people and libraries help each other and their community. These creative members (who are also voters) appreciate the resources and stimulus libraries provide the creative process and like making their work known. Librarians are asked to share successful activities and collaborations with these patrons.

2. Library Services for Multi-Cultural Patrons to Encourage Library Use

How to make the multi-cultured community members regular library users. A how-to for librarians restricted by time, money, and staffing: creative librarians using various outreach methods to overcome language and cultural barriers to serve all those in their communities and turn them into regular patrons.

3. Publicity Methods to Keep Libraries in the News

An anthology by and for librarians striving to spread the word what their libraries offer, what they do, their service role. Changing economics and life styles presents challenges to librarians often restricted by cutbacks in staff, hours, and money: how creative librarians using many publicity methods to promote their libraries and make them recognized as an essential resource for all ages.

Please e-mail in a Word .doc (older version) attachment 4 topics/titles each described in 2-3 sentences by July 28, 2010 and a 75-85 word 3rd person bio: your name, library of employment, city/state location, employment title, where you got your degree, awards, publications, and career highlights. Please include publisher/date for books. If co-authored, a separate 75-85 word bio on each contributor. Please: no long resumes or abstracts-your selected title/abstract/bio composes a tentative table of contents for Routledge. You will be contacted which of your topics are not duplications, inviting you to e-mail your submission if Routledge decides to publish; your bio's will appear in the anthology. Please place COLLABORATION; MULTI-CULTURAL; or PUBLICITY/your name on the subject line:

Thursday, June 24, 2010

CFP: Online Northwest 2011

CFP: Online Northwest 2011

Online Northwest
February 11, 2011

Call For Proposals
Online Northwest is a one-day conference focusing on topics that intersect libraries, technology and culture. The conference is sponsored by the Oregon University System Library Council.

The 2011 conference will be held at CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Corvallis, Oregon (on the Oregon State University campus) on Friday, February 11, 2011.

The conference explores how technology is being applied within library settings and how technology is affecting library patrons and services. Academic, public, school, and special librarians are strongly encouraged to submit proposals. Online Northwest is seeking 60 minute presentations or 5 minute lightning talks on all topics relating to technology and libraries including:

Cloud computing
Institutional repositories
Augmented reality
Semantic web
Virtual research environments
Information discovery
Web 3.0
Library apps
Mobile computing
Technology competencies
Electronic books
Other topics related to technology in libraries are welcome
Submit Proposal Here
Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, October 1st, 2010

For examples of past presentations or more information, see:

Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association 2010 – Call for Contributed Papers

Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association 2010 – Call for Contributed Papers

We are soliciting applications for contributed papers at the PNC/MLA 2010 Annual Meeting in Portland OR, from Oct. 9-12, 2010.

We are specifically interested in Library-related Research. Have you recently finished and analyzed a survey? Are you involved in any research on collections, services, or education? Tell us about it!

Some ideas include:
Research – surveys, assessments, statistics Teaching & learning – methods, strategies, in-person, online Administration & collections – trends in acquisitions, services, staff supervision

Submission Requirements
Please follow the format of the structured abstract. An explanation of a structured abstract is available at Abstract length is 500 words.

We are also interested in stat talks of 5 minutes or less on any topic.

All abstracts must be submitted electronically to Carla Pealer:

Deadline for submission of proposals is July 9, 2010.

CFP: Childhoods Conference: Mapping the Landscapes of Childhood

CFP: Childhoods Conference: Mapping the Landscapes of Childhood

Childhoods Conference: Mapping the Landscapes of Childhood
Venue: University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Date: Thursday, May 5 – Saturday, May 7, 2011

This multidisciplinary conference will engage scholars and practitioners from a wide variety of academic disciplines (including the sciences, arts, humanities, social sciences, policy studies, and education) in a consideration of the state of child studies, which has changed significantly in recent decades. Disciplines long dedicated to the study of the child, and childhood, have been recently revitalized and are engaged with the central problematic of what the child and childhood represent, including how these categories relate to others such as infant and youth. Figured in the plural, childhoods pose a significant crossroads for theoretical and empirical work on the nature of being human and development broadly construed. Various disciplines consider childhood as an experience, as a biological fact, as a social category, as an artistic and literary construct, as a category for historical and demographic analysis, as a category of personhood, and as a locus for human rights and policy interventions. Participating scholars will examine childhoods of the past, present, and future from around the world, and will present research results, policy approaches, and theoretical paradigms that are emergent in this re-engagement with the child and childhood. Bringing together divergent networks of expertise, this conference offers the opportunity for new research collaborations and the scholarly dissemination of innovative research.

Conference Format: three days of multidisciplinary panels with scholarly presentations on conference themes; poster sessions; several keynote events; practitioner sessions; and a film night.

Conference Themes and Questions: definitions and boundaries of childhood: invented or discovered?; indigenous theories and experiences of childhood; the importance of gender; the impact of globalization; the impact of changing technologies on children and childhood, and on the study of children and childhood; concepts of adolescence; vulnerability and empowerment; and health, development, disability, and risk. Proposals for papers on additional themes will also be considered.
Keynote Speakers:
• Dr. Patrizia Albanese (Co-director of the Centre for Children, Youth and Families, Ryerson University)
• Dr. Mona Gleason (Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia)
• Dr. Allison James (Professor of Sociology and Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences, University of Sheffield)
• Dr. Perry Nodelman (Professor Emeritus, Department of English, University of Winnipeg)
• Dr. Mavis Reimer (Canada Research Chair in the Culture of Childhood and Director of the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures, University of Winnipeg)
• Dr. Richard Tremblay (Director, Research Unit on Children’s Psychosocial Maladjustment, University of Montreal)
Submission Guidelines: For presentations, and for posters, please submit a 300 to 500 word proposal/abstract by October 1, 2010 on the conference website: Proposals for organized panels that are multidisciplinary are also welcome. Please note that presentations should be a maximum of 20 minutes in length. We would especially like to encourage graduate students to contribute posters on their current research and will offer a prize for best student poster.

For more information and to submit abstracts, please see the conference website For general inquiries, please contact

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

CFP: Medical Reference Services Quarterly's Hospital Information Column

CFP: Medical Reference Services Quarterly's Hospital Information Column

Call for Papers: Volume 30 Issue #2 Medical Reference Services Quarterly Hospital Information column. The deadline for getting the column to editor Sandy Wood will be about January 13, 2011. Therefore, I would need the article by Thanksgiving or early December of 2010.

The Medical Reference Services Quarterly Hospital Information Services column deals with issues and topics related to hospital libraries, covering everything from technology to simple things (e.g., one column was on physically moving a hospital library).

Please contact me if you are interested. This is a good opportunity to reach a wide readership (not just hospital librarians but the whole health librarianship world) in our field.

There is no payment for articles, but it never hurts to showcase projects undertaken by your library, to add a published article to your CV and to display your writing skills in a notable journal.

Thank you for your trouble.

Hope Leman, MLIS
Research Information Technologist
Center for Health Research and Quality
Samaritan Health Services
815 NW 9th Street Suite 203A
Corvallis, OR 97330
(541) 768-5712

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Call for Manuscripts: Journal of Hospital Librarianship Specialty of the House

Call for Manuscripts: Journal of Hospital Librarianship Specialty of the House

The Journal of Hospital Librarianship seeks original contributions to the column, Specialty of the House with the editorial deadline of September 1st, 2010, in order to be considered for the Volume 11 (1) Jan 2011 issue. This peer-reviwed journal is published quarterly in print and online formats at

"Specialty" articles can apply to almost anything - a special service or product, specialization in information services to medical personnel, special library settings, special people, etc. Manuscripts should be 8 to 10 pages in length, double spaced, with a brief abstract and keywords. Citations, if any, should follow the ICMJE style. Photographs and illustrations are welcome for consideration. Submissions from first-time authors are especially welcomed.

If you are interested and for detailed information, please contact the corresponding editor for this issue, Professor Paul Blobaum, Governors State University Library, @

Conference on grey literatury - Call for papers

Conference on grey literatury - Call for papers
Twelfth international Conference on grey literatury will be held in the National Technical Library in Prague on December 6. – 7., 2010.

• Peer Review? Quality Control - Enriched Publication
• Redefining Grey Literature - Proof of Concept - Research Process
• New Stakeholders - Subject and Community based approaches? Geographic Perspectives
• Copyright? Licensing - Authors Rights - Open Access? Open Source
• Standardization - Interoperability - Metadata? Repositories
• Economics of Grey - Management and Sustained Resources? Value Added Services

More information:


National Technical Library (hereafter referred to as “NTL”) is central professional library open to public, which offers unique collection of 250 thousand publications freely accessible in open circulation. Its holdings form the largest collection of Czech and foreign documents from technology and applied natural sciences as well as associated social sciences. It contains total of 1,2 Mil. volumes of books, journals and newspapers, theses, reports, standards, and trade literature in both printed and electronic forms. Besides its own collection, parts of Central Library of CTU in Prague and Central Library of ICT holdings are accessible in NTL.

As corresponds to its statutes the NTL runs – among others – the project of building the National Repository of Grey Literature. The project aims at gathering metadata and possibly full texts of grey documents in the field of education, science and research. The NTL supports an education in the field of grey literature through annual seminars in the Czech Republic. For the latest news on GL12 or National Repository of Grey Literature, visit our Web site at

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

CFP: Open Access to Science Information: Trends, Models and Strategies for Libraries

CFP: Open Access to Science Information: Trends, Models and Strategies for Libraries

IFLA Satellite pre-conference,
Sections: Science and Technology Libraries, Health and Biosciences Libraries

Chania, Crete, Greece, 6-8 August 2010
Call for papers

We are pleased to announce a Satellite Meeting in conjunction with the World Library and Information Congress: 76th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, "Open access to knowledge - promoting sustainable progress", 10-15 August 2010, Gothenburg, Sweden. The pre-conference Satellite Meeting “Open Access to Science Information: Trends, Models and Strategies for Libraries” will take place in the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh) Conference Centre, Chania, Crete, Greece at 6-8 August 2010.

Call for papers
The Satellite Meeting is organized under the umbrella of the Applied Stochastic Models and Data Analysis International Society - ASMDA ( and it is aimed to all those in the Library and Information community interested in improving access to science information including life and physical sciences as well as medical and technical information.

We invite people to submit papers on the following topics:
1. Libraries, Open access and heritage,
2. Organizational changes,
3. Open resources management and quality,
4. Users and services,
5. Staff contribution and staff enrolment,
6. Copyright and licenses,
7. Technological support: preservation, migration, sustainability and interoperability,
8. Institutional Repositories enhancement,
9. Academic authors’ contribution,
10. Open Access Journals and libraries journal subscription policies.

Proposal submissions
The language of the session is English. Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in duration. There will be additional time for questions and discussion.
Interested colleagues are invited to submit a proposal for a paper, a workshop or a session on the topics listed above which should not be more that 500 words long. Also, a short curriculum vitae of the author(s) is considered important.

Proposals should be said to:
Satellite Meeting Chair: Dr. Anthi Katsirikou, University of Piraeus Library, Greece (email or
Satellite Meeting secretary: Ageliki Oikonomou, MSc, University of Piraeus Library, Greece (email
Important dates:
June 30, 2010: Abstracts for papers and workshops to the Programme Committee.
July 15, 2010: Notification of acceptance of papers and posters.
July 20, 2010: Speakers Registration in order to be included in the Conference Program.
Conference Halls and the Conference Location at:

Monday, June 14, 2010

CFP: Distance Education SIG of Association for Library and Information Science Education

CFP: Distance Education SIG of Association for Library and Information Science Education

ALISE Distance Education SIG
abstracts due: July 11, 2010

Distance Education SIG of Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) calls for papers to be presented at the ALISE conference in San Diego, California, January 4-8 2011. The 2011 conference theme is Competition, Competitiveness, and Innovation as a venue for discussing various approaches to remaining competitive and innovative. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

* Ethical considerations of competition and innovation
* Race, gender, social class equity issues
* Changing modes of curricular delivery
* Approaches to preparing for the unforeseen innovations on the horizon
* Expanding student populations and competing for talent
* Competitiveness and innovation as research and scholarship expectations
* Innovative administrative structures and responses
* Developing and nurturing a successful culture of competitiveness and innovation
* Political aspects of competition and innovation
* Unions and unionization
* From radical, fringe, queer to mainstream—inclusion, competing for representation
* Critical approaches to conventional thought regarding library and information science education
* Accreditations, certifications, licensures
* Historical perspectives on competition and innovation in library and information science/ education for the LIS-archival studies-museum studies
* Competition and innovation—challenges and opportunities for access to information
* Globalization, internationalism, cross-nationalism, multilingualism, multicultural concerns
* Open source/closed source/managed services
* Responses to technological advances that have brought challenges, increased globalization, competition, and forced innovation

Submit abstracts of 500 to 750 words via email to ALISE Distance SIG Convenor Lorri Mon ( by July 11, 2010. Notice regarding acceptance will be sent by August 15. Also see the ALISE site for more information on the 2011 Conference:

Lorri Mon, Assistant Professor
College of Communication and Information
Florida State University
268 Louis Shores Building, 142 Collegiate Loop
Tallahassee, FL 32306
email: lmon@

Call for Papers: The Private Library

Call for Papers: The Private Library

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 42nd Annual Meeting Vancouver, BC March 17 – 20, 2011

Proposals for papers should be sent directly to the seminar chairs no later than 15 September 2010. Please include your telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address. You should also let the session chair know of any audio-visual needs and special scheduling requests. We actively encourage presentations by younger and untenured scholars.

“The Private Library” Stephen H. Gregg, Dept. of English and Cultural Studies, Bath Spa U., Bath, BA2 9BN

This session aims to examine the meaning and function of the private library in the long eighteenth century. Themes will revolve around the two poles of the private library: its significance in the wider cultural history of learning and books, and its inward-facing function as a private space of the individual; indeed, we may also find how it functions across the public and private spheres. Possible topics of discussion on the private library therefore might include: its relationship to what Stefan Collini has identified as the long gestation of the intellectual; the transformation of attitudes towards history and its preservation; the cultural, political or ideological functions of collecting books or the display of learning; the material reading and study practices of the readers in the private library (see James Raven; and in early modern studies, William Sherman and Nicolas Keissling); design and layout – how people moved within, or identified with, these spaces; the representation of the private library in literature or in letters of the period; what drove the study and hoarding of books (see Carolyn Steedman’s Dust). Finally, the session might also reveal how the private library forces us move between a whole host of disciplines.

CFP: Second International Conference on Education Research

CFP: Second International Conference on Education Research

Second Internat'l Conference on Education Research
New Orleans, LA · Hilton Riverside · Sept. 26-28, 2010
Proposal Deadline is July 1st · Submit a proposal here

About New OrleansConference Info
This conference will draw together faculty members, researchers and education professionals and provides them with the opportunity to interact with colleagues from the same field as well as other, related fields. Participants are welcome to submit a paper proposal to present either a 30-minute paper presentation, or to jointly present a 90-minumte colloquium session. Types of papers presented include: research presented (qualitative or quantitative), theoretical articles, papers prepared by practitioners that deal with application, best practices, and case studies.
It is a presenter’s conference, and we strongly encourage people to attend the various sessions throughout the three day conference. The conference registration fee includes a plated lunch each day of the conference, as well as an opening night reception, providing attendees an opportunity to meet and get to know each other. Student registration rates are $300, and faculty registration rates are $375.

Speakers at previous education conferences include: Peter Levine, CIRCLE, Richard Niemi, University of Rochester, Carolyn Pereira, Constitutional Rights Foundation, Trey Grayson, Kentucky Secretary of State.

Hotel rates at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside are only $149 for a single or double room. Our group code is "CPP" and you can make reservations directly here.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

CFP: Great Plains IUG

CFP: Great Plains IUG

Good morning everyone,

We have begun preparations for the fall GPR-IUG meeting. We're looking for presenters and other agenda items. If you want to present on a subject, please contact me and/or Deb Pearson and let us know what you'll be talking about. We're especially looking for people to summarize the content they saw at the national IUG meeting this spring.

You have plenty of time to get these presentations in order, so don't be shy! Volunteer today!

Sam Rogers
Serials and Electronic Resources Librarian
Emporia State University
(620) 341-5032

Call for Content: Library Management Today

Call for Content: Library Management Today

Bob Kieserman, Director of The Library Management Institute, has asked me to introduce myself to you. My name is Colette Meehan and I have recently been appointed Executive Editor of a new online journal, Library Management Today. The journal, an extension of LMI, will focus exclusively on the issues of library management and administration, and we hope to deliver the online publication to library managers throughout the country on a bi-weekly basis.

We plan to explore timely issues in the following subject areas:

• Library Human Resources Management (employee relations, training, compensation, employment law, etc.)
• Library Financial Management
• Library Marketing and Promotion
• Library Law
• Renovations and New Buildings
• Strategic Planning
• Management Trends in Libraries Today

Each issue will also feature book reviews, information about new products, a job site, featured profiles on key library leaders, general news affecting library managers, and commentaries on the current issues of the moment.

Bob will serve as publisher of the online journal. Since my background is in publishing and business, I recognize the importance of details and deadlines as drivers of any successful endeavor.

Currently, I am in the process of compiling articles to include in the inaugural issue which we plan on releasing on July 1st, and I would be very interested in receiving any articles you wish to contribute. The format of the publication is practical, best practices types of articles. Since we are just beginning this venture, we can offer no formal compensation at this time, but your published articles will be seen and read by a large network of professionals.

The deadline to submit articles for the first issue is June 18. Please submit your questions and/or articles to me via email at

I look forward to working with you on this new and exciting project.


Colette Meehan
Executive Editor, Library Management Today

CFP: Information Literacy Network (ILN) - Professional Development Conference 2010

CFP: Information Literacy Network (ILN) - Professional Development Conference 2010

The ILN is pleased to invite proposals for participation in our 3rd professional development conference, to be held at Dubai Women’s College on October 30 – 31, 2010.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Information Literacy Assessment & Competency Standards”. The aim of the conference is to provide a regional forum for the discussion of practical approaches to the design, delivery and measurement of Information Literacy programs at academic institutions in our region.

At this time we are calling for proposals for the following:
Poster Presentations
Paper Presentations
Workshops & Forums
Poster Presentations

For the first time ever, ILN 2010 invites participation for poster sessions. The goal of the poster sessions is to provide participants with the opportunity to share the work they are doing at their institutions and to engage in discussions which might lead to new insights and ideas.

Paper Presentations
We are also calling for proposals for papers, which will include a presentation of 15 minutes with 5 minutes question time. There will also be a prize for “Arabian Advanced Systems Award for Best Paper” of 2000 AED.

Both afternoons of the ILN conference will provide participants with the opportunity to attend workshops/forums in which participants can discuss issues and share practical information on topics relevant to information literacy assessment & competency standards. Participants may present on any topic or project related to information literacy assessment & competency standards. Please see the instructions below for the cover page of your proposal to ensure all the required information is submitted for review. Full proposals should be emailed to as a Microsoft Word

attachment - Closing date: Thursday 10th June, 2010.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Professional Development Working Group of the ILN

Guidelines for Presentations

The conference will be conducted in English. All papers and presentations will be required to be in English

Poster Presentations
Please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words
• Type of presentation: Poster
• Title of poster presentation
• Author(s), including institutional or corporate identity
• Summary of content to be included in the poster presentation
Presenters should prepare a 3’ X 4’ poster. Easels will be available at the conference
site. There will be an opportunity to present your poster during one of the breaks
Paper Presentations
Please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words
• Type of presentation: Paper
• Title of paper presentation
• Author(s), including institutional or corporate identity
• Summary of content to be included in the15 minutes presentation
Workshops and Forums
Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words
• Title of forum or workshop
• Names of workshop leaders
• Type of forum or workshop (see list below)
• Description of forum or workshop, including purpose, proposed agenda, and
intended audience, (NB: workshops/forums should be 2 hours in length with time
for a break.)

Types of forums and workshops:
Groupthink– These sessions could bring together groups with similar interests, and
provide attendees with an opportunity to discuss challenges in a specific areas, share
solutions, and collaboratively problem solving.
Best Practices – These sessions allow expert users to share procedures, guidelines,
competencies, and tips that ensure quality outcomes in information literacy.
How-To – These sessions offer step-by-step training on topics and technologies related
to information literacy, assessment, and competencies.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010



The New Normal: leveraging library resources in a brave new world of fiscal reality and institutional change

College & Undergraduate Libraries, a Taylor & Francis peer-reviewed publication, invites proposals for articles to be published in a special issue addressing how libraries are finding creative solutions to maximize resources and provide services in a challenging economy.

The issue will be co-edited by Kevin Gunn of the Catholic University of America ( and Elizabeth Hammond of Mercer University (

In their pieces, authors should focus on how libraries are finding opportunities for new services, partnerships, roles, and initiatives amid fiscal constraints at the same time colleges and universities are rethinking their institutional priorities. Authors are invited to submit articles/proposals for pieces such as:

1. theoretical, philosophical, or ideological discussions on re-engineering services and operations
2. opinion or position papers on the impact on libraries and their users
3. case studies of library projects and initiatives
4. new opportunities for consortial partnerships or library collaboratives
5. collaboration or partnerships between librarians and other campus units
6. research studies
7. annotated reviews of the literature.

We welcome proposals from librarians and faculty or other partners both individually and as teams. The proposal should consist of an abstract of 500 words together with all author contact information. Articles should run at least 20 double-spaced pages in length.

For additional information, please contact either editor. Please submit proposals to Kevin Gunn ( by August 15, 2010. First drafts of accepted proposals will be due by November 15, 2010. Feel free to contact either of us with any questions you may have.

Kevin Gunn
Beth Hammond

Kevin B. Gunn, MA, MLIS
Coordinator of Religious Studies and Humanities Services
Lecturer, LSC 704 Humanities Information
Research Advisory Tool:
314 Mullen Library
The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC 20064
Phone:(202)-319-5088 Fax:(202)-319-4735

Sunday, June 06, 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 July 23, 2010. Inquiries and questions are welcome.

Please note: We accept manuscript submissions through the year. The deadline mentioned above is the date we need your manuscript for possible inclusion in our next published issue. Accepted and approved manuscripts received after this date have no guarantee of being included in the next published issue.

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

Call for Bloggers at ALA: Metadata Interest Group's Blog

Call for Bloggers at ALA: Metadata Interest Group's Blog

Going to ALA Annual? Interested in metadata and digital library development? 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. 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!



Kristin E. Martin
Metadata Librarian
Catalog Department (MC 234)
2-390 Richard J. Daley Library
University of Illinois at Chicago
801 S. Morgan
Chicago, IL 60607
312-413-0424 (Fax)

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Call for Chapters: Library Automation and OPAC 2.0: Information Access and Services in the 2.0 Landscape

Call for Chapters: Library Automation and OPAC 2.0: Information Access and Services in the 2.0 Landscape
Proposal Submission Deadline: June 25, 2010

Library Automation and OPAC 2.0: Information Access and Services in the 2.0 Landscape
A book edited by Dr. Jesús Tramullas and Dr. Piedad Garrido
University of Zaragoza (Spain)


Library automation was an interesting research topic and a classical development in the eighties and nineties. However, during the last decade, big research effort was centered in digital libraries, leaving library automation in the background. Nevertheless, the beginning of web 2.0 and social networks favored the resurgence of library automation, since available methods and techniques made possible the design and implementation of novel ways of managing, accessing and dissemination of the information throughout libraries and information services. The combination of different technologies previously used in digital libraries, the integration of social network tools, and the popularization of digital information access through specialized devices have made possible that the research community, professionals and users of librarian systems and networks take up interest in library automation again, and user interaction, by means of OPACs 2.0.

As a result, a new research trend is being carried out. It includes the basis, techniques and tools for library automation, specially centered in information access from the end-users’ perspective, as service receivers, as well as active participants in the enrichment, participation and dissemination process of the digital information products. In this field of knowledge, the research and development has focused on information standards, data treatment and labeling, semantic web, information visualization, user interfaces, information literacy, e-books, social networks, etc. The interaction between digital world and social world has created the library 2.0 concept, an expression which integrates them. In order for library 2.0 to be possible, it is necessary for the research, development and smart integration of technological solutions, which assist users to satisfy their information access requirements.


The objective of this book is to provide a reference source about theoretical and technical foundations of library automation in library 2.0 context. This publication will compile both the state of the art, and the key innovative projects about the matter.

Intended audience

This edited book will be an ideal reference book at university levels to bachelors, masters, research students and faculties in several areas spanning from library science, information science and knowledge management, and computer science Also, it is a must read source for librarians and information managers and experts who want to develop innovation information products based on 2.0 services.

Topic Areas

This book will invite submissions describing ongoing innovative work and applications on these interdisciplinary areas coving library automation, library 2.0 technologies and services, innovative OPACs, library data visualization, social networks on libraries, theory and best practices, metadata, etc. Specifically, book chapters include, but are not limited to:

New and innovative library systems
OPAC 2.0 products
User interfaces for libraries and library systems.
Library 2.0 services and products
Library 2.0 user information behavior
Social networks on libraries 2.0
Library data visualization.
Collaborative technologies on libraries
Semantic libraries and open data
Theory and reflection about library 2.0

Submission Guidelines
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before June 15, 2010, a 2 to 3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the missions and concerns of his proposed chapter, as a PDF or DOC file attachment to the editors ( or The proposal should contain the following information:

1. Name of the book chapter
2. Name of author(s), email address and affiliation
3. Technical area covered in the chapter
4. Main contributions which will be made by author(s)
5. Technical novelty of the contribution
6. Detailed table of contents of the chapter

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by July 15, 2010 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by September 15, 2010. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference”, (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit The publication of this edited book is anticipated to be released in 2011.

Important Dates:
June 25, 2010: Proposal Submission Deadline
July 15, 2010: Notification of acceptance/rejection
November 5, 2010: Full chapter submission
December 5, 2010: Reviews Results Returned
January 20, 2011: Revised Chapter Submission
January 30, 2011: Final Deadline

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded to:
Dr. Jesús Tramullas ( or Dr. Piedad Garrido (

Call for book chapters: Crisis Information Management: Communication and Technologies

Call for book chapters: Crisis Information Management: Communication and Technologies

Editor: Chris Hagar, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Dominican University, River Forest, IL, USA

Publisher: Chandos Publishing, Oxford, UK (part of Woodhead Publishing Ltd.)

Proposal Submission Deadline: June 30, 2010

Accepted Full Chapters Due: December 31, 2010


Crisis situations have been studied from a risk communication perspective, from a management perspective, systems perspective, and more recently from an information perspective. Crises usually present complex information environments, and as events such as Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, the Haiti earthquake have demonstrated that there is a great need to understand how individuals, government, and non-government agencies organize, manage, access, and disseminate information during crisis situations. Information management problems and information technology failures have been cited as significant factors in the failed responses to many crises. This book will explore the management and communication of information in crises, particularly the interconnectedness of information, people, and technologies during crises. It will bring together chapters written by researchers, academics, and practitioners from a variety of information perspectives in crisis response and management.

Book chapters are sought, but are not limited to the following:

The role of ICTs during crisis response, the role of social media tools in crisis response, citizen communication in crises, information system models, role of community and community networks during crises, integration and co-ordination of information in crises, information needs and information seeking behaviours during crises, the role of sense-making in crises, trust and information in crises, government response to crises, disaster response and the role of libraries and archives in crises, and information lessons learned from crises.


This book will be of interest to a variety of practitioners, researchers and academics in information science, information management, knowledge management, libraries, and information systems, but also to other fields e.g. government, state, local emergency management and planning; non government organizations; risk management; communications; community planners, and public health.


Potential contributors are invited to submit on or before June 30 2010, a 1-2 page proposal including background, structure, and an indication of outcomes. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by July 14th, 2010 and sent chapter organizational guidelines. Please send submissions to Dr Chris Hagar