Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Call for papers: The journal Library and Information Research (LIR) is seeking papers for a special issue on research methodology in library and information studies (LIS)

Call for papers: The journal Library and Information Research (LIR) is seeking papers for a special issue on research methodology in library and information studies (LIS), to be published January/February 2012. All papers will be peer-reviewed and submission details are given below. Final date for submission of papers is Friday 14 October. Please address any queries and expressions of interest to the Guest editor for this issue, Judith Broady-Preston, Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University (jbp@aber.ac.uk)

This special issue is an opportunity to share contemporary ideas in research methodologies, models and methods originating from, or of relevance to any branch of the LIS discipline, sub-discipline and wider
information profession.

Theoretical papers relating to research methodologies, models and methods are especially welcomed, as are philosophical papers, and papers presenting a fully developed process ready for wider use. In all cases
concepts and underlying principles should be emphasised, with enough background information to orient any reader who is not a specialist in the particular subject area. The work should not have been published
elsewhere nor submitted to another journal or conference.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Action research
Case study research method (single and multiple)
Computer modelling and simulation
Critical theory research
Delphi method
Design-oriented research
Evaluative and performance research, including conjoint analysis
Evidence-based and reflective professional practice research
Grounded theory
Positivist paradigm
Relativist approaches to qualitative research.
Reflexivity and subjectivity
Research design and triangulation
Research ethics and protocols
Theory development
Information for authors

To find out about writing for Library and Information Research please see the 'Information for Authors', available from the right hand menu bar on the journal home page: http://www.cilipjournals.org.uk/lir.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Call for proposals, Drupal IG at ALA Annual

Call for proposals, Drupal IG at ALA Annual
Hey, Drupal folks!

Have you just launched, or are you working on, a killer site, project, or module? Are you going to Annual? Consider giving a presentation on your latest masterpiece at the Drupal Interest Group meeting! The meeting will be on Saturday, June 25th from 1:30-3:30 in Room 242 of the Convention Center.

Drupal IG co-chair Chris Evjy and I are looking for presenters to give short (15-20 minute) presentations on recent library-related Drupal projects. If you’re NOT going to be at ALA, we can consider virtual presentations as well (i.e., synchronous with Skype or prerecorded presentations).

Please forward proposals to nina.mchale@ucdenver.edu and chris.evjy@jeffcolibrary.org.


Nina McHale, MA/MSLS
2010-11 LITA Drupal Interest Group Chair
Assistant Professor, Web Librarian
University of Colorado Denver, Auraria Library
Facebook & Twitter: ninermac

Call for proposals for Handheld LIbrarian 5 online conference

Call for proposals for Handheld LIbrarian 5 online conference
TAP Information Services and LearningTimes invite librarians, library staff, vendors, graduate students, and developers to submit program proposals related to the topic of mobile library services for the online Handheld Librarian 4 conference to be held July 27 and 28, 2011.
Proposals are due June 3, 2011.    Go to http://www.handheldlibrarian.org/proposal-submissions to submit a proposal

The Handheld Librarian 4 conference will feature interactive, live online sessions and links to recorded events following the conference. We are interested in a broad range of submissions that highlight current, evolving and future issues in mobile library services. This year, we will feature a program track with presentations by graduate library students.  These include but are not limited to the following program tracks:
 *   ebooks
 *   location-based social networking
 *   augmented reality
 *   twitter
 *   apps
 *   device and OS trends
 *   QR codes
 *   reference
 *   mobile trend spotting
 *   mobile technologies impacting society
 *   web/app development best practices
Proposal Submissions:
Submit your proposal by completing the webform at http://www.handheldlibrarian.org/submissions-form . The Deadline is being extended to June 3.
Online presentations may be conducted in one of four formats:
 *   a 45-minute live online session (i.e. synchronous webcast)
 *   a 15 minute student presentation ***
 *   a 10 minute live online session or
 *   a pre-recorded presentation (i.e. narrated web tour or slides).
Conference registration fees are waived for speakers.
Presenters Are Expected To:
Conduct your session using Adobe Connect (computer, Internet, mic required)
Provide a digital photo of yourself for the conference website
Respond to questions from attendees
Attend an online 30-60 minute training on Adobe Connect prior to the conference
Lori Bell
School of Library and Information Science
San Jose State University

CFP: Presentations for LITA Mobile Computing IG meeting at ALA Annual 2011

CFP: Presentations for LITA Mobile Computing IG meeting at ALA Annual 2011

Call for Participation: LITA Mobile Computing IG meeting
June 23, Sunday, 10:30 am – 12pm.

The LITA Mobile Computing IG seeks 4-5 short presentations (15 minutes) on mobile computing for the upcoming ALA Annual Conference at New Orleans. Some of the possible topics include but not limited to: QR code promotion,What mobile services students want the library to provide, etc.

The LITA MCIG is also seeking the suggestions for discussion topics, things you have been working on, plan to work, or want to work on in terms of mobile computing. All suggestions and presentation topics are welcome and will be given consideration for presentation and discussion.

Feel free to email me off-the-list (kimb@fiu.edu) and/or post your topic at ALA Connect :  http://connect.ala.org/node/139935

Thank you!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

CFP: Special Issue of Journal of Library Metadata “The Functional Future of Bibliographic Control”

CFP: Special Issue of Journal of Library Metadata “The Functional Future of Bibliographic Control”

Special Issue of Journal of Library Metadata “The Functional Future of Bibliographic Control”
Guest Editor: Dr. Shawne D. Miksa, Associate Professor, Dept. of Library and Information The year 2010 was designated as the Year of Cataloging Research and we made progress on studying the challenges facing metadata and information organization practices.  However, one year of research is merely a drop in the bucket. This special issue of the Journal of Library Metadata intends to address the research and issues as it concerns the functional future of metadata and information organization.

Topics will vary across a range of issues, including historical, practical, conceptual, educational

·Re-conceptualization of bibliographic control, past and future; historical analysis of the implementation of AACR1 and AACR2

·Entity-relationship models and visualizing new cataloging workflows, both conceptual and practical

·How functional requirement models impact information behavior (both user and information professional) and resource discovery across information environments

·Bibliographic relationships, bibliographic families; how successfully are these relationships represented using RDA, etc.

·Re-defining the library catalog system—what are the boundaries of the catalog, objectives of the catalog;  pros and cons of viewing the library catalog as a catalog or as new entity altogether

·How do user tasks (find, identify, select, obtain, contextualize, justify, explore/navigate) drive description and encoding of bibliographic data? How are they supported in the library catalog? What does it actually mean to support these tasks?

·Authority control in a FRBR-based system; find, identify, contextualize, and justify; both renewed and new authority control training

·Social tagging and control: the impact on subject analysis, determination, and representation

·Addition of non-traditional data to bibliographic records (e.g., citation data, reviews, tag clouds, etc) whether embedded or linked

·“mark it and park it” vs. functional requirements as outlined in FRBR, FRAD, and FRSAD

·Interoperability between library systems, copy cataloging, outsourcing of records as impacted by choice of type of description (comprehensive, analytical, or hierarchical) in RDA

·transitioning out of MARC or transitioning MARC? (e.g., see recent announcement by LC entitled “Transforming our Bibliographic Framework”)

·Diffusion of new tools and resources and concepts (e.g., new metadata schema, rules, frameworks, and models), within the cataloging community;  methods of diffusion, rate of adoption and understanding by information organizational professionals

·RDA Implementation issues, feasibility studies, training issues, usability studies involving catalogers, reference librarians, and the end-user as they work on creating and using RDA-based records, etc., across all types of libraries.

·Increased complexity of cataloging and catalog systems, including increases in authority control work, subject representation, etc., and its impact on library administration and operation costs

·Appropriate methodologies for analysis of functionality success or failure

·Functional future and the school library, public library, etc.

·Education of information professionals for the functional future

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit electronically a 1-2 page proposal with names of authors, affiliation, and emails addresses.  Final revised manuscripts (3000-7000 words) are expected to be submitted by December 30, 2011. All submitted manuscripts will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.

Important Dates:

Proposal submission date: June 30, 2011

Notification of acceptance: July 30, 2011

Completed papers due: December 30, 2011
Publication: June 2012

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to the guest editor at following addresses: Shawne.Miksa@unt.edu

“The Journal of Library Metadata is the exclusive forum for the latest research, innovations, news, and expert views about all aspects of metadata applications in libraries and about the role of metadata in information retrieval. This focused journal comprehensively discusses practical, applicable information that libraries can effectively use in their own information discovery environments. Specialized knowledge, the latest technology, and top research are presented pertaining specifically to evolving metadata use in libraries.” More information about Journal of Library Metadata can be found online: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t792306902~link=cover

The Journal of Web Librarianship is pleased to announce an upcoming special issue on the topic of data curation

The Journal of Web Librarianship is pleased to announce an upcoming special issue on the topic of data curation, edited by Susan Sharpless Smith.

Data curation, “the active and on-going management of data through its lifecycle of interest and usefulness to scholarly and educational activities across the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities,” is an emerging field that brings new opportunities and challenges for libraries. The growing movement to effectively manage, archive, preserve, retrieve and reuse research data is one that compliments traditional library missions to preserve and access information. This special issue will explore issues surrounding this new arena. The issue’s scope includes but is not limited to:
  • Data curation theory and practice
  • Roles for research libraries and librarians
  • Data storage infrastructures
  • Libraries as partners in data curation strategies
  • Data stewardship
  • Sustainability of long term data management programs
  • Ontologies for data integration
  • Realizing goals for reuse and combination of datasets
  • Education and skills required for data curators
  • Discovery and retrieval systems
  • Data repositories
  • Looking to the future
Susan Smith is  Director of Research, Instruction & Technology Services / Senior Librarian at Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University.  She recently completed the third edition of Web-based instruction: A guide for libraries (Chicago: American Library Association) and has published numerous articles and book chapters.

Query letters and preliminary proposals are welcome any time if potential authors would like to discuss their ideas with the issue editor. Please submit queries and manuscripts to guest editor Susan Smith at jwl.curation@gmail.com. Please refer to the JWL web site, http://www.lib.jmu.edu/org/jwl for Instructions for Authors.

Issue Timeline:
Initial Manuscript Submission deadline: January 1, 2012
Notices to authors: April, 2012
Final Acceptance: June, 2012
Issue Publication: October, 2012

The Journal of Web Librarianship
Susan Smith, Special Issue Editor
Jody Condit Fagan, Editor
Email:     jwl.curation@gmail.com

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Informed Librarian Online seeks article writers

The Informed Librarian Online seeks article writers
URL: http://www.informedlibrarian.com/

The Informed Librarian Online is a monthly compilation of the most recent tables of contents from over 320 titles - valuable domestic and foreign library and information-related journals, e-journals, magazines, e-magazines, newsletters and e-newsletters. This current awareness service helps keep you informed and abreast of all library trends. It is an easy, timesaving way to tame your professional reading tiger, and is very popular among all types of library and information professionals.

The Informed Librarian Online ( http://www.informedlibrarian.com/) is seeking librarians with something to say to author a one-time "Guest Forum" article for our service. We are looking for practical, helpful articles on an issue of interest to YOU (and our readers). Would you like to write a short article (about 1,000 words) for us? Librarians from all around the world read the articles in The Informed Librarian Online. Writers will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to the service.

If you are interested in writing for The Informed Librarian Online, email aeis@optonline.net a brief description of your proposed subject matter.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

CFP: Fifteenth Distance Library Services (DLS) Conference (Memphis, TN April 18-20, 2012)

CFP: Fifteenth Distance Library Services (DLS) Conference (Memphis, TN April 18-20, 2012)

Inspire and challenge those who provide library services at a distance by sharing your ideas and best practices at the Distance Library Services Conference!

Central Michigan University’s Off-Campus Library Services welcomes proposal submissions for the Fifteenth Distance Library Services (DLS) Conference to be held in Memphis, TN, April 18-20, 2012.   The DLS Conference is an opportunity to present your research, knowledge and experience on issues related to providing library services to those who are teaching and learning at a distance. 

As practices that are effective in distance learning become increasingly applicable to any library environment, the information and networking opportunities offered by the DLS Conference can benefit all librarians, educators and administrators who are interested in expanding their reach beyond the physical campus. 

To submit a proposal, please complete the online form:

The deadline for proposal submissions is September 16, 2011.

Thad Dickinson
Off-Campus Librarian
DLS Conference Coordinator
Off-Campus Library Services
Central Michigan University

Call for Reviewers: Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship

Call for Reviewers: Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship

The Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship is looking for book reviewers for future issues.  Books reviewed are related to subject areas within business. 
Although there is a major focus on reference materials, review also address significant academic business books that have recently been published.  Each review analyzes the purpose of the book and the success of the author or publisher in fulfilling that purpose, along with information on the scope, content and organization of the source.

If you are interested in reviewing a book for the JBFL, please contact:

Douglas Southard
Book Review Editor, Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship Dsouthard@crai.com

In your message, please indicate your areas of expertise or interest (such as finance, marketing, or specific industries, etc.) and include your mailing address.

About the Journal
The Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship is an innovative quarterly journal that provides you with useful articles about the creation, organization, dissemination, retrieval, and use of business information. This refereed journal covers the business information needs of special libraries, academic libraries, and public libraries, as well as information services and centers outside of the traditional library setting. You'll find that the journal is international in scope, reflecting the multinational and international scope of the business community today.

The immediate focus of the journal is practice-oriented articles, but it also provides an outlet for new empirical studies on business librarianship and business information. Aside from articles, this journal offers valuable statistical and meeting reports, literature and media reviews, Web site reviews, and interviews.

Recent issues of the Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship have covered topics such as:
      political risk and country risk, some of the factors and methods used in foreign country risk analysis, and a variety of political risk sources
      the structure of the National Trade Data Bank, a comparison of the three versions of it currently on the market, and detailed descriptions of many of the database's most useful programs
      how and why intranets developed and how they can be used as strategic business tools that empower an organization to meet its corporate vision
      an analysis of the public rankings of in Canadian business periodicals and a retrieval tool for such information
      an effective and practical way to get business students familiar with various library resources
      a selective review of some of the business dictionaries in print

Special thematic issues of the journal have covered:
      Marketing Information
      The Core Business Web
      Distance Learning Librarianship

Product Details:
ISSN: 0896-3568 Electronic - ISSN: 1547-0644

Current Volume:
Volume 16, No. 2, April-June 2011.


CFP: Charleston Conference on Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition

CFP: Charleston Conference on Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition

Submit your paper idea for the 31st Charleston Conference on Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition!  
Sign up is now open at www.katina.info.conference.
Please fill out the form on the website by July 15th, 2011.
PLEASE NOTE: Companies are only allowed to be represented in two presentations during the Conference.  All proposals should include at least one speaker from a libraryWe are looking for proposals for the following session types:

1) Lively Lunch Discussions: Thurs or Fri, 75 minutes, focused on discussion and audience participation;

2) Concurrent Sessions: Thurs or Fri, 45 minutes, standard presentation with 5-10 min for Q&A;

3) Innovation Sessions: Sat, 45 min, focus on new technology, innovative thinking, etc.

4) Poster Sessions: new for 2011!

The 31st  Charleston Conference – Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
November 2 (Preconferences and Vendor Showcase)
November 3-5 (Main Conference), 2011
2011 Theme – Somethings Gotta Give! 
Begun in 1980, the Charleston Conference has grown from 20 participants in 1980 to over 1,100 in 2010.
The Charleston Conference is “the best library conference in the world.”

See you in November!
Beth Bernhardt
Program Chair - Charleston Conference 2011

Beth R. Bernhardt
Electronic Resources Librarian
Jackson Library
University of North Carolina Greensboro
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402