Wednesday, August 31, 2011

CFP: 2012 Association of Jewish Libraries Annual Convention (Los Angeles, CA)

CFP: 2012 Association of Jewish Libraries Annual Convention (Los Angeles, CA)

AJL Website:

The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) will hold the 47th Annual Convention in Los Angeles, California June 17-20, 2012. Librarians, archivists, scholars, educators, authors and others will meet to share their interest in Judaica librarianship and related topics. AJL is soliciting proposals for papers and presentations on aspects of Judaica librarianship as it pertains to libraries, archives, museums, schools, synagogues and related institutions. Past topics have included literature and other resources, collection management, programming, reader advisory services, special and rare collections, cataloging and classification, digital and electronic resources, technology and local Jewish history.

Submissions should include the following:

Presenter's name, address, affiliation, telephone and email contacts.
Brief biography
Title of proposed presentation
Summary of proposal
Specific technology or equipment requirements, if any

All submissions must be received by November 30, 2011.

Please submit proposals by email to:

or by mail to:

Sharon Benamou
UCLA Library Cataloging & Metadata Center
11020 Kinross Ave. Box 957230
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7230

Proposals will be reviewed by the Program Planning Committee, which is composed of national and local AJL members. Notification will be made in January, 2012.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

CFP: 2012 Applied Technology and Trends Workshop - topic: Amp It Up: Patron Engagement Tech

CFP: 2012 Applied Technology and Trends Workshop - topic: Amp It Up: Patron Engagement Tech
Friday, May 18, 2012

NOTE: The site for this workshop is yet to be determined - but will be in Michigan.

Call for Program Proposals
Proposals Accepted through September 30, 2011

Michigan Library Association 2012 Applied Technology and Trends Work Group invites you to submit program proposals for participation in the May 18, 2012 Applied Technology and Trends workshop.

The 2012 event will focus on technologies that libraries can use to engage with their communities.

The theme for this workshop is Amp It Up: Patron Engagement Tech.

The target audience for this workshop is library and information professionals interested in patron outreach technology.

Proposals should cover either
New and current library technologies, orIntroduce innovative ways libraries can leverage technology to connect with their patrons

For example:
·         Using survey software to gather patron opinions and shape programming
·         Developing patron-oriented mobile applications
·         Implementing patron-driven acquisitions

When submitting your program proposal, please be prepared to include
Session Title
1 goal of your session
2 quantifiable outcomes with which attendees may expect to take back to their own library system
Full Description of the session (200 words maximum)

Proposals may be for either

Presentations of 45 minutes (including time for questions) or
The Technology Showcase, which includes poster sessions and/or hands-on demonstrations of technology

Proposals should be submitted by September 30, 2011 via

Please contact Megan McGlynn at with any questions.

Monday, August 29, 2011

CFP: EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative 2012 Annual Meeting

CFP: EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative 2012 Annual Meeting URL:

Taking the Pulse: Connecting, Assessing, and Innovating
Hilton Austin, February 13–15, 2012
Austin, Texas, and Online
Join us at the ELI 2012 Annual Meeting February 13–15, in Austin, Texas. Or if you can’t attend in person, join this year's expanded online program.

The 2012 Annual Meeting will explore a rich matrix of themes that capture the key opportunities and challenges facing the teaching and learning community. Just within the space of the past year, open educational content and the ubiquity of smart mobile devices have shifted the teaching and learning landscape and the way we think about what constitutes learning environments. Increased reliance on cloud-based resources has created new opportunities for innovation but also presented us with important policy and privacy issues. There is new emphasis on evaluation, learning effectiveness, and accountability. Some of the questions confronting us include:
  • What are the new challenges and opportunities associated with digital literacy, especially in light of the arrival of mobile computing?
  • What are the methods and ways we have to assess the effectiveness of our innovations, practices, and programs?
  • What are best practices in the emerging field of learning analytics?
  • Are social media and social networking living up to their potential to accelerate our progress toward active learning engagements?
Through a highly interactive and engaging program, you will have the chance to discuss these and other issues and to explore solutions with like-minded colleagues and friends.

Call for Classic Research Studies nominations and submissions - Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP)

Call for Classic Research Studies nominations and submissions - Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP)

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP), a peer-reviewed, open access journal seeks nominations and contributors for its “Classic Research” section.  EBLIP aims to highlight significant research, and to bring that research to the attention of new readers.  Contributions to the EBLIP “Classics” section follow a structured format designed to highlight, summarize, and critically appraise research studies that stood the test of time and continue to have an impact on library and information practice.

Previously featured research articles that were summarized and appraised in the Classics section include:

Patricia Knapp.  (1966). The Monteith College library experiment. New York, NY: Scarecrow Press. (EBLIP Vol. 6 No. 1)

Peter Hernon and Charles McClure. (1986). Unobtrusive reference    testing: The 55 percent rule. Library Journal, 111(7): 37-41. (EBLIP Vol. 5    No. 4)

Elfreda Chatman. (1991). Life in a small world: Applicability of gratification theory to information-seeking behavior. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 42(6): 438-449. (EBLIP Vol. 5 No. 2)

William Dosité Postell . “Further Comments on the Mathematical Analysis of Evaluating Scientific Journals.” Bulletin of the Medical Library Association 34.2 (1946): 107-9. (EBLIP Vol. 3 No. 4)

Joanne Gard Marshall and Victor R. Neufeld. “A Randomized Controlled Trial of Librarian Educational Participation in Clinical Settings.” Journal of Medical Education 56.5 (1981): 409-16. (EBLIP Vol. 2 No. 4)

Carol C. Kuhlthau. “Inside the Search Process: Information Seeking from the User's Perspective.” Journal of the American Society for Information   Science 42.5 (1991): 361-71. (EBLIP Vol. 2 No. 4)

Constance Mellon. “Library Anxiety: A Grounded Theory and Its Development.” College & Research Libraries 47 (1986): 160-65. (EBLIP Vol. 3 No. 3)

To view previously published Classic summaries, please visit the journal website at and click on “Archives” to view previous issues.

Nominations should be accompanied by a full bibliographic citation.  For more information, or to nominate a classic research article, please contact Jonathan Eldredge, Associate Editor (Classics) at

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Call for Papers - Special Issue for Organization on NARRATIVES AND MEMORY IN ORGANIZATIONS

Call for Papers - Special Issue for Organization on NARRATIVES AND MEMORY IN ORGANIZATIONS

Deadline: June 1, 2012

Guest Editors:
Andrea Casey, George Washington University (United States)
Per H. Hansen, Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)
Albert J. Mills, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary's University (Canada)
Michael Rowlinson, Queen Mary University of London (United Kingdom)

Knowingly or unknowingly, organizations use memory and history every day in branding and in constructing their culture and identity. Through this process, organizations make sense of the present, creating new knowledge but also oblivion through the narratives of their past. The process of remembering and forgetting is inevitably selective, whether conscious or unconscious, as organizations continually make and remake their history, lest others create it for them. Organizations are enabled and constrained by these critical narratives of their past, with potentially profound implications for the identity projects of those who engage or are engaged with those narratives, i.e., from the individual employee level through to the consumers of the grand narratives of capitalist value and worth.

Narratives may become official histories constructed through mnemonic practices such as commemorative memorabilia, naming buildings and institutions after prominent organization members (e.g., the John F. Welch Learning Center), or names that give an aura of longevity, constructing 'places of identity,' such as company museums (e.g., Hormel Corporation's SPAM Museum or The Henry Ford museum complex), commissioning monumental commemorative corporate histories, centenary celebrations, and so on:
activities that may ultimately serve to soften or constrain the harsher face of corporate operations. Narratives may also be constructed and reconstructed through ongoing commemorative processes in organizations occurring as part of orientations of new members, strategic planning sessions, and organizational change endeavors. For their part, organization members often remember very different versions of the past, with mnemonic practices that are less likely to be recorded, such as retirement or leaving parties. Narratives are also used to 'store' organizational knowledge, and while counternarratives will always exist in organizations, an understanding of the dominant narrative can be used to trace, analyze, and understand the distribution of power in organizations and its contribution to grand narratives of capitalism.

The field of social memory studies has expanded rapidly, with its own specialist journals and edited collections, but the study of remembering and forgetting in organizations can still be expanded and drawn into organization studies. For its part, social memory studies focuses on the family, ethnicity, and nation as mnemonic communities, with little regard for the way in which corporations have increasingly appropriated social memory. In relation to management and organizational learning, the functional managerialist perspective has received increasing critical attention, especially with regard to organizational memory being seen as a repository of knowledge that can be drawn on by managers in order to aid decision making and improve performance. As David Boje argued in Storytelling Organizations, the knowledge management and story consulting fads treat stories, memory, and history instrumentally, as "knowledge assets" to be tapped as and when required. But collective memory isn't like a book or a computer. The mechanical or storage bin model of memory has been widely criticized, and it is generally accepted in psychology that experiences are recreated or reconstructed rather than retrieved through memory. Following Barry Schwartz, sociological theories of collective memory differentiate between commemoration and history.

In this special issue, the performativity of narratives-and repositories of narratives such as architecture, design, artifacts, and texts-will be explicitly addressed. Narratives have long claimed attention in the humanities, and over the last 10 to 20 years the social sciences have picked up on the topic, thus taking a critical position towards the ontological and epistemological positions of realist ideas of the role of narratives as presentations of social reality. Scholars such as David Boje, Barbara Czarniawska, and Karl Weick have addressed the role of narratives in organizational culture, knowledge, and change, and in this special issue of Organization we invite contributions that apply theoretical insights from the humanities and social sciences with empirical evidence from public and private organizations. We consider organizational narratives as essentially historic, and to a large degree memory is stored and circulated by narratives but also by artifacts. We particularly invite contributions that consider the performativity of memory, history, and narratives in organizational learning, knowledge, culture, power, and change. The relationship between organizational narratives and the materiality of organizational design and architecture is also of interest.

We aim to publish primarily theoretically informed empirical studies, and we are open to diverse methodological approaches. The following themes should suggest our interests but are not intended to restrict imaginative

* Imagination and representation of the past by and for organizations, in literature, buildings, and landscapes
 * Heritage and the corporate appropriation of the past, through corporate sponsorship and collections, as well as company museums
 * Mnemonic practices in the construction of organizational identity, e.g., the socialization of new members, events to celebrate longstanding or leaving members, as well as organization members who are forgotten
 * The uses of history and narratives in organizations-with respect to power, learning, knowledge management, culture, and change, as well as resistance to change
 * The role of organizations' historical narratives (who they are and where they come from) in empowering and constraining strategic and organizational changes, including mergers and acquisitions
 * The role of narratives in organizational learning and knowledge transfer
 * Narrative and semantic struggles in organizations-including topics such as how management and subcultures within and outside of organizations compete for power through narratives
 * The interplay of organizational narratives with larger societal narratives or discourses
 * The relationship between material artifacts and organizational history and narratives
 * The interplay between contextual changes and the need for re-storying organizational narratives
 * The dynamic tension between commemoration and history and organizational identity and identification processes in organizations

Andrea Casey is associate professor of human and organizational learning at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, George Washington University, in Washington, DC. She has written widely on organizational learning and memory in such journals as Management Learning and she first drew attention to the limitations of the storage bin model of memory in a coauthored paper for the British Journal of Management. She has presented papers on the relationship between collective memory and identity at conferences such as the Academy of Management. In addition, she has published work on the role of individual memory and identification processes in organizations.

Per H. Hansen is professor at the Centre for Business History, Copenhagen Business School. His research and teaching interests are in financial history, organizational culture and change, cultural branding, and modern design. Examples of his analysis of historical narratives have been published in Business History Review and Enterprise and Society. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, Stockholm School of Economics, Rutgers University, Harvard Business School, and Stern School of Business. He is currently working on an analysis of central bank cooperation during the international financial crisis in 1931.

Albert J. Mills is professor of management and director of the Sobey doctoral program in management at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. His main research interests include gender and organizations, management and organizational history, historiography, and, more recently, the interface between gender, business, and history. He is the coauthor and coeditor of over 20 books, including Sex, Strategy and the
Stratosphere: The Gendering of Airline Cultures Over Time (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2006) and ANTi-History: Theorizing the Past, History, and Historiography in Management and Organizational Studies (with Gabrielle Durepos, Information Age Publishing, 2012).

Michael Rowlinson is professor of organization studies at the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London. He has written widely on the relationship between organization theory, history, and memory in journals such as Business History, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Enterprises et Histoire, Human Relations, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Management & Organizational History, Organization, and Organization Studies.

Submission: Papers must be sent electronically by June 1, 2012 via the Organization manuscript submission website:

Papers should be between 5000 and 8000 words and will be blind reviewed following the journal's standard peer review process. Accepted papers will be published in January 2014.

For further information contact the special issue guest editors.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Call for Proposals: OK-ACRL & OKSLA's Fall 2011 Conference (due September 9th!)

Call for Proposals: OK-ACRL & OKSLA's Fall 2011 Conference (due September 9th!)

OK-ACRL and OKSLA are now accepting conference proposals for their Fall 2011 Create.OK.Lead: Ignore Barriers to Your Creativity, Start Leading Your Library conference at Oklahoma State University's Advanced Technology Research Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma on Friday, November 4, 2011.

Are you an innovative educator?
Are you known for your creative class assignments or structures?
Do you do a lot of work on team leadership or collaboration?
Are you an advocacy champion?

This year the Oklahoma Association of College and Research Libraries (OK-ACRL) and the Oklahoma chapter of the Special Libraries Association (OKSLA) are combining forces to bring you a conference on the theme of creativity and leadership.

Submit a 200 word abstract along with contact information of presenters by September 9, 2011 to Word document attachments or plain text emails are acceptable; please put "Create.OK.Lead presentation proposal" in subject line.

Final selection of presenters will be made by October 14, 2011.

Presentation topics may include: Creativity in the classroom, team leadership and/or collaboration and advocacy strategies.

Questions? Just email us at

Conference details--
Title: Create.OK.Lead: Ignore Barriers to Your Creativity, Start Leading Your Library
Where: Oklahoma State University's Advanced Technology Research Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma
When: Friday, November 4, 2011.

Amanda Elizabeth Lemon
2011 OK-ACRL Chapter President
(405) 682-1611 ext. 7416


Kevin Drees
2011 OKSLA Chapter President
(405) 744-9751

*Chosen presenters will receive free registration and lunch to the Oklahoma ACRL & SLA Fall 2011 Conference.*

Call for Chapter Proposals: The Library 2025

Call for Chapter Proposals: The Library 2025

Are you an innovative librarian with administrative ambitions? Or are you already a dynamic new library dean or director? We want to hear your vision of the future of libraries: where you think things are -- or better yet, should be -- going. New and aspiring library leaders with a long view are invited to contribute to this upcoming edited volume of visionary essays from ALA Editions, The Library 2025,  that will help to guide the profession into the future.

--Book Abstract--

In an information environment where the only constant is change, many wonder where libraries are headed, if not into oblivion. This edited collection brings together the brightest new minds in the profession to share their fresh vision of the future of libraries. These promising current and future library administrators will have a significant impact in shaping this future. Drawing from their personal experiences, they bring their barrier-breaking perspectives to the task of reinventing the library. Through their essays, they answer the question: What should libraries look like in the future, what barriers exist, and how can we overcome them to realize the library of the future? 


Library 2025 will gather together essays focusing on envisioned futures for all types of libraries.  We seek chapter proposals from new library leaders – both those who occupy positions of authority and those who would like to lead a library later in their career. Chapters that focus on one aspect of libraries are welcomed, as are chapters that take a broad perspective.  Chapter topics may include, but are not limited to:

  * Leadership & Management (i.e., leadership theories, new staffing models)
  * Services (i.e., next-generation reference services, liaison roles)
  * Library as Place (i.e., information/learning commons, shared spaces)
  * Collections & Access (i.e., new formats, purchasing models, resource sharing)
  * Instruction & Literacy (i.e., Information, Functional, Transliteracy, Media, Visual)
  * Outreach (i.e., marketing, non-legislative Advocacy)
  * External Relations (i.e., collaborating with non-library organizations, community partnerships, donor cultivation)
  * The Profession (i.e., LIS education, state/regional/national associations, DIY movements, professional expectations)
  * The Political & Economic Environment (i.e., intellectual freedom, Legislative advocacy, our financial future)
  * Publishing and Scholarly Communications (i.e., future of publishing, digital repositories, open access)

Inspired by the guiding questions of Evans and O’Connor’s The Future By Us: Young Leaders Imagine Australia Beyond 2020, each chapter should address:

  * A notable experience that shaped the author’s perspective on the future of libraries;
  * The current challenge(s) and/or future opportunity(ies) in the world of libraries related to the topic of the chapter;
  * An idea and/or strategy to effect change;
  * The potential hurdles, costs, and competing interests involved in this strategy, and how they can be negotiated; and
  * The author’s vision of an ideal future library.

--Propose a Chapter--

The proposal deadline is November 1, 2011. To propose a chapter, submit a one-page chapter abstract with a brief CV or resume and writing sample (in Word format) to Authors will be notified of acceptance on or before December 16, 2011, and will be expected to submit completed chapters by May 1, 2012. 


Inquiries can be made to either of the editors:

Eric Frierson, Library Digital Services Manager, St. Edward’s University and Ph.D. student in Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions at Simmons College.

Kim Leeder, Director of Library Services, College of Western Idaho, 2008 ALA Emerging Leader, Library Journal 2011 Mover & Shaker.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Call for Cases on Higher Education Spaces: Innovation, Collaboration, and Technology

Call for Cases on Higher Education Spaces: Innovation, Collaboration, and Technology


Dr. Russell G. Carpenter, Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity, Eastern Kentucky University, USA
Call for Chapters:
Proposals Submission Deadline: November 15, 2011 Full Chapters Due: January 15, 2012
University Business magazine, in its recent “Collaboration Station” issue published in May, 2011, documented the recent flurry of reinvented spaces and new construction that caters to students and university populations. In it, they recall the uninviting environments of yesterday and look toward the future of designing higher education learning spaces. Higher education spaces are undergoing radical transformation in an attempt to respond to the needs of 21st-century learners and a renewed interest in collaboration that spans beyond the walls of departments, colleges, and libraries. Meanwhile, libraries, media labs, and other central higher education initiatives are reinventing their spaces through remodeled centers and full-scale renovation projects. Likewise, some involve new, collaborative practices that respond to the ways that students, faculty, and staff communicate, research, and learn in the 21st century. Universities are drawing from successful reinvented corporate environments as they design their new spaces, libraries are becoming centralized hubs for collaboration and information design, and the information commons concept has taken on a new meaning for higher education leaders. 

This collection invites representatives from higher education, K-12 education, a range of industries, and the corporate sector to ask questions about the future of higher education spaces, collaborative partnerships, and technologies that serve to develop new environments or reinvent previously unused or underused ones. The editor invites single authored and collaboratively written articles from a diverse range of innovative higher education and corporate partners to offer perspectives on ways in which technology, collaborative efforts, and creative thinking can be leveraged to envision new and redesigned higher education spaces.

Follow link for more information.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Public Services Quarterly opportunities

Public Services Quarterly opportunities

Public Services Quarterly is recruiting for several volunteer positions.

*** Column Editor for “Best of the Literature” – this person will write columns and/or recruit others and edit columns that provide an annotated bibliography of 5-8 recent publications on a topic of interest to public services librarians.

*** Column Editor for “Internet Resources” - this person will write and/or recruit others and edit columns that review web resources that would be useful to public services librarians. 

*** Members of the Editorial Board – we need two to four people to serve as peer reviewers for manuscripts submitted to the journal. 

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please send me a note expressing interest and providing information about your experience or qualifications.

See for more details about the journal.  If you don’t have access to the journal and would like to see samples of the columns, just let me know.

Thanks for considering, and please get in touch if you have any questions.

Beth Blakesley
Incoming Editor, Public Services Quarterly

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Collection Management on Shared Print Repositories

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Collection Management on Shared Print Repositories

Collection Management seeks well-researched, refereed articles on the topic of shared or collaborative print repositories.  The special issue will include 10-12 original papers and be published in v. 37 no. 3/4 (July 2012).

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
·         Planning and development of shared print repositories
·         Procedures and staffing of shared print repositories
·         Selection of materials (including weeding) for archiving
·         Coordination of archiving and preservation of print resources among libraries
·         Business models that the support of coordination of shared repositories
·         Establishment of funding for regional shared repositories
·         Implications of the reliance on electronic resources and microfilm for humanities scholars
·         Technological considerations and protocols to support a shared repository
·         Implications of a shared regional repository on interlibrary loan, space availability, or staff relocation
·         A history of shared print repositories and/or a comprehensive literature review

Manuscripts should be (20-40) typed pages, double-spaced (including references and abstract).  The references and format should follow the Chicago style (as outlined in the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style). Electronic submission is preferred. The journal is published quarterly in both print and electronic formats.  Additional information about submission requirements is at

October 15, 2011: Submit an abstract (maximum of one page) with the title and your proposed article idea.  Your full contact information may appear on a separate page, but please include your name, institution, and email address on the abstract page.
November 15, 2011: The editors will notify authors whether their proposals have been accepted.
February 15, 2012: Submit completed article.
March 15, 2012:  Final versions of completed article are due.
Please submit abstracts and address correspondence to Karen Fischer with this subject line: CM special issue article proposal.  We will be glad to answer any questions and look forward to your article proposals.

Karen Fischer
Collections Analysis Librarian
University of Iowa
100 Main Library
Iowa City, IA 52245-1420

Faye A. Chadwell
Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian & OSU Press Director
Oregon State University
121 The Valley Library
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501