Wednesday, December 28, 2011

CFP: Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adult Issue on Twenty-First Century Literacies.

CFP: Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adult Issue on Twenty-First Century Literacies.

Call for Papers Spring 2012
JRLYA seeks papers for its Spring 2012 issue on the theme of Twenty-First Century Literacies.


The issue will feature articles focusing on different twenty-first century literacies. Possibilities include information literacy, traditional literacy, multicultural literacy, transliteracy, visual literacy, media literacy, civic literacy, or economic literacy, to name a few.

Contributors are invited to submit articles that focus on literacies from different theoretical, pedagogical, practical, policy and research perspectives. Guidance can also be found in YALSA’s National Research Agenda.

Please contact Sandra Hughes-Hassell, editor, at to discuss submissions and use the author guidelines.

Submission Deadline: February 13, 2012

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

CFP: Timberline Acquisitions Institute (2012)

CFP: Timberline Acquisitions Institute (2012)

WHAT IS The Acquisitions Institute?
* Since 2000, the pre-eminent Western North America conference on acquisitions and collection development held at Timberline Lodge.

* A small, informal and stimulating gathering in a convivial and glorious Northwestern setting.

* A three-day conference focusing on the methods and madness of building and
managing library collections to be held May 19-22, 2012.
Please visit the Acquisitions Institute home page at: for more information
WHAT TOPICS are we looking for?
The planning committee is open to presentations on all aspects of library acquisitions and collection management.  Presenters are encouraged to engage the audience in discussion. Panel discussions are well received.  The planning committee may wish to bring individual proposals together to form panels.
The committee is especially looking for submissions on the following topics:
  • All aspects of managing and directing acquisitions and/or collection development operations
  • Acquisitions functions in open source catalogs, networked integrated library systems, etc.
  • Evolving consortial roles in collection development and acquisitions
  • Staffing, training and development, and recruiting issues, challenges, successes
  • The future of scholarly communication--its impact on acquisitions and collection development
  • Data curation and management and other new roles for subject librarians and technical services specialists
  • Web 2.0 applications and implementation in collection services
  • Patron-driven acquisitions, purchase on demand, streaming content, and other user-centered collection services
  • The development and management of digital collections, electronic resources
  • The impact of discovery services on collection and content access and usage
  • External and internal factors driving a library's collection management decisions
  • Assessment tools, methods, and projects-- (i.e., linking collections with learning outcomes; usage studies)
  • Return on investment studies—how do we demonstrate our impact?
  • Acquisitions and collection development: the small academic library or public library perspective
  • The future of print:  what are the collection management issues?
The DEADLINE for submitting a proposal is December 30, 2011. 
To submit a proposal, send an abstract of 200 words or less to: 

CFP: Journal of Learning Spaces

CFP: Journal of Learning Spaces

The Journal of Learning Spaces is now accepting submissions for Volume 1, issue 2.

The Journal of Learning Spaces provides a scholarly, multidisciplinary forum for research articles, case studies, book reviews, and position pieces related to all aspects of learning space design, operation, pedagogy, and assessment. Submissions should focus primarily on learning spaces and their impact on or relationship to teaching and learning.  Please visit our Focus and Scope page for more information.

All submissions are due on or before April 2, 2012.

All  submissions must be:
·  Original, unpublished works not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
·  Written in English.
·  Formatted and referenced using the most current APA Style.
·  Submitted as MS Word, RTF, or Acrobat PDF documents.
·  Submitted through the Journal home page. To submit, you must first login or register as an Author with the Journal, then follow the link and steps to Start A New Submission.

Types of submissions sought:

Research manuscripts. Peer-reviewed.
4,000-7,000 words, including bibliography.
Research manuscripts present and describe original, primary research (broadly defined) on topics of current importance that may impact learning space research and practice in higher education. Manuscripts provide clear and complete methodology and include all necessary figures, tables, and illustrations. See additional formatting requirements below. Registered Journal of Learning Spaces readers are free to post comments and questions to these submissions.

Case studies. Peer-reviewed.
3,000-5,000 words.
Case studies describe mature projects and programs that describe or demonstrate innovative, instructive learning space designs, programs, or practices in higher education. Case studies dealing with pedagogy, assessment, or unique partnerships and collaborations will receive greatest preference. Registered Journal of Learning Spaces readers are free to post comments and questions to these submissions.

Position pieces. Peer-reviewed.
2,000-4,000 words, including bibliography.
Position pieces are essays intended to inform readers of, or to stimulate discussion about, significant issues in current learning space research and practices in higher education. Position pieces may be primary or secondary research and will provide complete references. Registered Journal of Learning Spaces readers are free to post comments and questions to these submissions.

Field Reports.
1,000-2,000 words.
Field Reports are thoughtful summaries of recent conferences, meetings, colloquium, etc. on topics relevant to learning space research and design. Submissions should present the ideas and insights generated during the event being reported, rather than simply detailing the topics covered. Field Reports should underscore the value or importance of the ideas being summarized to the readership. Registered Journal of Learning Spaces readers are free to post comments and questions to these submissions.

Book reviews.
300-500 words.
Book reviews provide concise summaries and evaluations of current (published within the last 12 months) books related to learning space research or practices in higher education. Book review authors select and procure books to review, based on their professional view of the book's real or potential impact and relevance to current research and practice. Authors are encouraged to cite other notable books related to the one being reviewed. Registered Journal of Learning Spaces readers are free to post comments and questions to these submissions.

Learning Space Spotlight.
300-500 words.
Spotlight submissions highlight innovative learning spaces in higher education -- formal or informal, physical or virtual. These brief profiles describe a space's vision, key features, technologies, staffing, and innovative features or uses.  Photos, floor plans, and links to related media are highly encouraged. Registered Journal of Learning Spaces readers are free to post comments and questions to these submissions.

Please visit the Journal home page page for more details.

CFP: IFLA's Library Services to People with Special Needs Satellite Program (2012)

CFP: IFLA's Library Services to People with Special Needs Satellite Program (2012)

World Library and Information Congress: 78th IFLA General Conference and Assembly
In Helsinki, Finland from 11-17 August 2012
IFLA's Library Services to People with Special Needs Satellite Program
Tallinn Central Library
Tallinn, Estonia, 10 August 2012
Call for papers:"The Homeless and the Libraries - the Right to Information and Knowledge For All"
Tallinn Central Library
Tallinn, Estonia, 10 August 2012
Colleagues from around the world are invited to submit an abstract for consideration for the Satellite Program sponsored by IFLA's Library Services to People with Special Needs (LSN) Section and Tallinn Central Library; Tallinn, Estonia.
In 1990 the American Library Association approved Policy #61, Library Services to the Poor. This policy was created based on the belief that it is crucial that libraries recognize their role in enabling poor people to articipate fully in a democratic society, by utilizing a wide variety of available resources and strategies.” The policy, overseen by ALA’s Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, includes sixteen objectives to accomplish this goal, from promoting food drives to eliminating fees for those who can’t afford to pay them, as well as creating low-income programs and services.
The “Poor People’s Policy,” as Policy #61 is called, is a statement of belief and a list of general tenets that all libraries are encouraged to adopt, similar to the Library Bill of Rights. However, as Sanford Berman described in a 2006 article in "Street Spirit," the Poor People’s Policy has not been accepted as widely as that older document. Berman’s observations on the tension between library ideals and reality are an insightful and passionate reflection of our profession’s unintentional hypocrisy. Library services, in general, serve the haves and exclude the have-nots, a circumstance he labels “classism.” Examples of classism include the small number of libraries carrying major serials on homeless issues; the fact that libraries in the lowest income areas are often open the fewest hours; and policies and laws banning “offensive body odor,” bathing, or sleeping.
How do librarians measure the impact of what they do?  What have we learned about evaluation and assessing impact the homeless may gain through active participation at their local public library. Libraries, especially public libraries, can play a major role in initiating, partnering and/or seeking out new ways to support the homeless in their community. Libraries can
actively experiment with a variety of approaches and adjusting services and programs based on the feedback they receive. Libraries can take the lead within communities in building an environment of sensitivity and accommodation, to embraced the Poor People’s Policy and serve as model examples of a library-community agency partnership created for the benefit
of the homeless in their areas.
Topics for suggested papers include, but not limited to, the following:
•   Measuring the impact of homelessness on libraries:  what models should we be using?
•   What should we be assessing?  We all gather data on usage but what does it actually demonstrate?
.   Developing partnerships between the library and community agencies.
.   Papers on successful partnerships are most welcome.
•   How can libraries develop qualitative methods to measure impact and demonstrate value?
•   Why should libraries/city governments/management the poorest of their city's residents?  How aware are we of the needs of the poor and the underserved and the issues that currently
   concern them?
•   We know what we do is valuable but how do we get it across? How do we communicate the findings of research and evaluation needs to be tailored to the audience needing the
It is anticipated that presentations will range between 20 and 25 minutes, with time for questions at the end of the session.
Important dates:
Friday March  17th 2012: Deadline for submission of abstract
Friday March  30th 2012: Notification of acceptance/rejection
Friday June      1st 2012: Deadline for submission of text
Submission Guidelines:
The proposals must be submitted in an electronic format and must contain:
•    Title of paper
•    Summary of paper (250 - 350 words maximum)
•    Speaker's name, address, telephone and fax numbers, professional affiliation, email address and biographical note (40 word maximum)
•    The final paper should preferably be presented as a paper (that may be published on the IFLA website and as an option in the IFLA Journal).
•    If the final presentation will be in the format of a power point, a substantial abstract will be required, including references such as URLs and bibliographies
Submissions should be sent by email to: by 05:00 PM (Pacific Coast Time)  Friday 17th March 2012
Veronica L. C. Stevenson-Moudamane; MSLS, MA
Chair, IFLA Library Services to People with Special Needs Section,2011-2013

CFP: IFLA volume on Marketing Library & Information Services

CFP: IFLA volume on Marketing Library & Information Services

To be published in:
‘Green-Back’ IFLA publication Series, by De Gruyter Saur, Munich (Germany)

IFLA’s role in bringing marketing closer to libraries is of
significance in many ways. Its formation of a new Section on
Management and Marketing in 1996 was an important step in this direction. This section has taken up many initiatives to bring marketing into the heart of libraries and librarians. It has organized many workshops/ conferences and made the marketing theme popular; brought out many useful publications putting marketing jargon in simple ways; promoted the marketing theme for inclusion in the course curricula; and worked for identifying best practices through instituting international award on marketing.

In 2006, the publication ‘Marketing Library and Information Services:
International Perspectives’, edited by Dinesh K. Gupta, Christie Koontz, Angels Massisimo and Rejean Savard was brought out under the auspicious of IFLA.  The publication was well received in the library community world over and was reviewed in many international journals
in English and other languages.

To continue the efforts, new publication ‘Marketing Library and
  Information Services: A Global Outlook’ is being planned and which will be published by IFLA’s official publisher De Gruyter Saur under the ‘Green-Back’ Publication Series, in the last quarter of 2012.

Library and information professionals (practitioners, researchers,
faculty members, consultants, and others) who have put exemplary marketing efforts are encouraged to share their experiences by way of contributing papers for the volume broadly related with the following areas:
1.      Changing marketing concepts
2.      Marketing library and information services (MLIS) in different countries
3.      Marketing library and information services in different kind of libraries
4.      Education, training and research
5.      Web based marketing

We would also request contributors to focus on recent developments in the
  field like: marketing of e-resources, digital library marketing, consortia based library marketing, marketing of e-products/ services, marketing through training/ information literacy, marketing library services to global community, and other such aspects which are contemporarily significant on the theme and which they would like to share with the library community worldwide.

Select papers will be put together in the volume to bring the global
outlook of marketing library and information services.

The Editorial Team: The team consists  present & past members of IFLA
Management and Marketing Section:

Dinesh K. Gupta, Dept. of Library and Infromation Sc., Vardhaman

Mahaveer Open University, Kota, India

Christie Koontz, School of Information Studies, Florida State

University, Florida, USA

Angels Massisimo, University of Barcelone, Spain


Submission of expression of interest with proposal- 31st January. 2012
Confirmation to authors for the contribution: 15th March 2012
Submission of full papers-31st May 2012

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Call for Speakers--CUBL Breakfast 2012 (SLA in Chicago)

Call for Speakers--CUBL Breakfast 2012 (SLA in Chicago)

We are currently planning the annual College and University Business Libraries (CUBL) Section breakfast for the 2012 SLA Annual Conference in Chicago and are looking for three people interested in sharing their experiences or research with their colleagues.

This year's breakfast theme will be "Organizational Agility in Academic Business Libraries."

In what ways has your organization demonstrated its agility over the past few years?  Have you transformed your reference services, instruction, or your library's physical space?  Has agility become part of your organization's culture?  Is it embedded in your strategic planning?  How has your organization integrated agility into its operations, and what lessons have been learned along the way?

If you are interested in speaking for approximately 15 minutes on this topic, please send me a brief description of your proposed talk no later than Monday, January 30, 2012.  Presenters will be notified by February 20.  Presentations will be due in final form by July 2.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Carissa Holler Phillips
Chair, College and University Business Libraries Section

Share your best work in an ALA Annual Conference Poster Session

Share your best work in an ALA Annual Conference Poster Session

As another year comes to a close, and you reflect on all you accomplished over the past twelve months, the ALA Poster Session Committee hopes that you will consider sharing your best work and ideas with the library community at the ALA Annual Conference.

Proposals for poster sessions to be presented at the 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim are now being accepted. An application form is available on the poster session website, at, and the deadline for submission is January 6.

The poster session committee encourages submissions from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship. Submissions may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community.

Poster session participants place materials such as pictures, data, graphs, diagrams and narrative text on boards that are usually 4 x 8 feet. During their assigned 1½ hour time periods, participants informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees. Titles/abstracts from previous years, and pictures of sample posters, are available at the poster session website:

The deadline for submitting an application is January 6, 2012. Applicants will be notified by Feb. 29, 2012, whether their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference, prior to the ALA Early Bird Registration deadline. The 2012 ALA Annual Poster Sessions will be held June 23 and 24, 2012 (the Saturday and Sunday of the conference) at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Questions about poster session presentations and submissions may be directed to:

Luke Vilelle, chair of the ALA poster session committee,
Candace Benefiel, chair of the ALA poster session review panel,