Thursday, September 29, 2011

CFP: Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Popular Culture Area of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Annual Meeting (Boston 2012)

CFP: Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Popular Culture Area of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Annual Meeting (Boston 2012)

The Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association annual conference will be held April 11 - April 14, 2012 in the Copley Marriott Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Scholars from numerous disciplines will meet to share their Popular Culture research and interests.

The Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Popular Culture area is soliciting papers dealing with any aspect of Popular Culture as it pertains to libraries, archives, museums, or research. Possible topics include descriptions of research collections or exhibits, studies of popular images of libraries or librarians, analyses of social networking or web resources such as Wikipedia and YouTube, Popular Culture in library education, the future of libraries and librarians, or reports on developments in technical services for collecting Popular Culture materials.

Papers from graduate students are welcome.

Prospective presenters should email a one-page abstract with full contact information by December 20, 2011, to:

Allen Ellis
Professor of Library Services
W. Frank Steely Library
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY  41099-6101

For more information see the associations' website at:

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Call for Book Reviewers, Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL)

Call for Book Reviewers, Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL)

The Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship is initiating a new Book Review column. Please consider sharing your expertise with our readers. 
For a preview of JERL articles and features, visit the Website at:

If you are interested in joining our new group of book reviewers, please contact me with your qualifications so we can get started!
* Mary Mallery, Ph.D.
* Book Review Editor, Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship 
* Assoc. Dean for Technical Services 
* Harry A. Sprague Library
* Montclair State University
* Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
* Phone: 973-655-7150  
* Fax: 973-655-7780
* E-mail:  
Call for Papers: 17th International Oral History Association Conference (Buenos Aires, 4-7 September 2012)

The International Oral History Association, IOHA and the Asociación de Historia Oral de la República Argentina, AHORA, invited/s you to participate in the XVII International Oral History Conference: “The Challenges of Oral History in the 21st Century: Diversity, Inequality and Identity Construction.", to be held in Buenos Aires from 4 to 7 September 2012.

Rules for abstracts and papers:

Abstracts: The call will be open from 1 July to 15 October 2011
Abstract Acceptance: November 15, 2011
Final submission of papers: March 30, 2012

The organization of the conference enabled from the first of July 2011 a form for submitting abstracts / papers.

Guidelines for final versions of abtracts and papers:

1) Work extensión: not more than 20 pages. (or 50,000 characters with spaces) for researches. Abstracts must not exceed 2000 characters with spaces. Headings should follow the instructions above and must be sent by the form in the website of the Congress for that purpose.
2) Use WORD text processor RTF fotmat, Arial, 12pt. font.
3) Set margins left and do not cut words.
4) Use wide margins and 1.5 spacing.
5) Do not use tabs or indentation
6) Accent capital letters.
7) Do not write titles or text in all capital letters.
8) Do not underline to highlight text
9) Control footnote numbering
10) Bibliography: alphabetically ordered. Use commas to separate fields, do not write all capital letters, and use the following disposition:

- For books: author´s surmane and name, title of book (in italics), place of publication, name of publisher, date of publication.

    Graciela Browarnik
Member of the local commettee for the XVII Internacional Conference Buenos Aires 2012

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ALCTS Heads of Cataloging IG - call for speakers (ALA Midwinter, Dallas, Texas)

ALCTS Heads of Cataloging IG - call for speakers (ALA Midwinter, Dallas, Texas)

The ALCTS Heads of Cataloging Interest Group invites your proposal to participate in a discussion of developing service-oriented models for cataloging and metadata, to take place at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas on Monday, January  23, 2012 at 8:00AM.

Presentations focusing on broad ideas or trends for the future of cataloging, metadata, and technical services, as well as illustrative case studies/examples of applying service-oriented approaches to cataloging are welcome.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

*         Applying cataloger expertise to institutional operations outside of technical services (e.g., providing metadata outreach for other campus/partner communities)
*         Role of catalogers in developing catalog interfaces and functionality (e.g., faceted catalog browsers)
*         Managing re-organization/integration of non-MARC metadata into existing staff structures
*         Developing assessment programs for cataloging and metadata
*         Identifying and supporting emerging professional development needs for catalogers

Presentations should be 20-30 minutes in length.  To submit a proposal for presentation, please email a brief description of your proposed topic to the current chair of the Heads of Cataloging Interest Group, Christopher Cronin (, by Monday, October 24, 2011.

Jennifer O'Brien Roper
Head, Cataloging and Metadata Services
University of Virginia Library
434-982-2854 (v)
434-924-8357 (f)

CFP: Theme Issue on Library Services to Distance Learners - Urban Library Journal (ULJ)

CFP: Theme Issue on Library Services to Distance Learners - Urban Library Journal (ULJ)

The Urban Library Journal (ULJ), a publication of the Library Association of the City University of New York and a peer-reviewed, open access journal, welcomes article proposals for a special themed issue on library services to distance learners.

The editors invite proposals for articles reflecting original research, case studies, literature reviews and theoretical considerations of relevant topics.  Topics may include, but not be limited to:

     Urban distance learners: serving users when distance learning involves very little physical distance
     Welcoming outside distance learning students from other institutions
     Public library support of college students in distance learning programs
     Urban Students/Rural Students, Urban Studies/Rural Studies - library support when the collection is not built for the discipline
     Campus support for libraries serving distant learners
     International students working from a distance and what they need from libraries
     Inter-library relations for supporting distance learning students

All proposals should be submitted for consideration by November 14, 2011.  Send proposals to the editors listed below. 

Final articles should be submitted for peer review by January 16, 2012.  Publication is planned for spring 2012.

For access to previous issues of ULJ please visit
We look forward to your submissions.

Call for Presentations at ALA Annual 2012 in Anaheim, California - ALCTS Affiliate Relations Committee

Call for Presentations at ALA Annual 2012 in Anaheim, California - ALCTS Affiliate Relations Committee

The ALCTS Affiliate Relations Committee, formerly known as the ALCTS Council of Regional Groups, is hosting a program at ALA Annual featuring YOU, the members of our ALCTS Affiliate Groups from around the country.

Have you developed a technical services "best practice" at your local institution that you think others might find useful?  Is your institution involved in a new project which involves staff from technical services units?  Are there valuable local programs that you want your colleagues in other regions to know about?

If you answer yes (or even maybe) to any of these questions, we invite you to participate in our first annual Affiliates Showcase!  You may show a poster that describes your work or your project, you may make a short (15 minute) presentation, or perhaps highlight your accomplishments by giving a brief online demonstration.  Whatever your presentation style, we encourage you to come and share your activities with other technical services professionals.

Please contact Susan Mueller ( with your questions, ideas, or proposals.  All ideas will be considered.   We want to hear from you!  The deadline for sending a statement of interest is November 4, 2011.  

Call for Chapters: Tablet Computers in Academic Libraries

Call for Chapters: Tablet Computers in Academic Libraries

Do you use iPads (or other tablet computers) in your library?  Consider submitting a chapter to our book!  

This is a call for proposals for chapters to be included in a book entitled Tablet Computers in Academic Libraries.  This book will be edited by Rebecca K. Miller, Heather Moorefield-Lang, and Carolyn Meier of Virginia Tech and published by ALA Editions.   

In order to submit a proposal, please send a 1-2 paragraph summary of your idea for a chapter, along with a current CV highlighting relevant publication experience.  Proposals and accompanying material should be submitted by November 16, 2011 to:  Although the editors of this book hope to see many creative and interesting ideas relating to the use of tablet computers in academic libraries, we are specifically concerned with the following areas of discussion and exploration:
·  Use of tablet computers to enhance library and information literacy instruction
·  Use of tablet computers to enhance reference services
·  Use of tablet computers to enhance or contribute to collection management
·  Strategies for designing tutorials and websites for tablet computers
·  Understanding how students and faculty (the surrounding academic community) are using tablet computers
·  Exploring how librarians can use tablet computers for professional development and research   
View the full CFP (including project timeline):

We look forward to receiving your proposals!  

Rebecca K. Miller
Information Literacy Coordinator
College Librarian for Science, Life Sciences, and Engineering
University Libraries at Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

CFP: The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culture

CFP: The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culture

Call for Papers: for Spring 2012

Journal URL:

The Projector is a peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to the study of the intersections between media and culture. We are currently seeking essays for our Spring 2012 issue. We are particularly interested in scholarship that engages in interdisciplinary analyses of media texts, including those that examine media from a cultural studies, political economy, qualitative audience research, industry analysis, feminist, queer theory, or critical race theory perspective. We invite essays that engage with theoretical debates in media and cultural studies, as well as those that engage in critical examinations of aesthetic practices. We are also interested in essays that examine alternatives to corporate media.

    Cynthia Baron
Department of Theatre and Film
338 South Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

CFP: Generations of Oral History (Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR) Spring 2012 Conference)

CFP: Generations of Oral History (Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR) Spring 2012 Conference)

Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR) announces its Spring 2012 Conference to be held April 11-12 at the Reginald Lewis Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
The program committee invites participants to interpret the conference theme, “Generations of Oral History.” Topics might include the historiography of oral history practice and theory; how generations of technology have changed the practice and sharing of oral history; interviewing across generations in classrooms and community settings; the changing pedagogy of oral history methods; oral history and life review; the generation of oral history collections and their management, preservation and use; and the generation of popular enthusiasm for oral history at the grassroots level. OHMAR hopes to encourage a lively conversation among different generations of oral historians.

The mid-Atlantic region is home to generations of oral historians who have achieved national and international recognition for their work in academic and public sectors. The program committee invites entire panels and roundtables as well as individual papers. We also encourage presentations that include voices and images. OHMAR welcomes participants from a wide variety of fields—history, anthropology, sociology, folklore, literature, political science, and others. OHMAR also welcomes submissions from educators, archivists, librarians, web designers, museum curators, and other oral history practitioners engaged in work relevant to the 2012 conference theme.

For more information or questions about the call for papers, please contact the conference chair, Laura Marshallsay at Details about the call for papers, proposal submission guidelines, and the conference location are available at OHMAR's website, Proposals are due no later than January 15, 2012.

    Laura Marshallsay
Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR)
3106 Louise Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21214
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Call for proposals - IFLA satelite meeting 2012 - The Road to Information Literacy: Librarians as Facilitators of Learning

Call for proposals - IFLA satelite meeting 2012 - The Road to Information Literacy: Librarians as Facilitators of Learning

Sponsors:  IFLA’s Continuing Professional Education and Workplace Learning and Information Literacy Sections
The satellite conference will be held immediately prior to the World Library and Information Congress in Helsinki, Finland, August 2012. The theme of the satellite conference is: The Road to Information Literacy: Librarians as Facilitators of Learning.
The IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section (CPDWL) and the IFLA Information Literacy Section (IL) invite proposals for presentations – research reports, smaller scale interactive roundtable discussions, train-the-trainer sessions, workshops, and poster sessions. Some proposals will be considered for publication in the proceedings, which will be distributed at the Satellite Meeting.
 First-time presenters and new professionals are encouraged to apply.  Students in the final year of studies are also invited to participate.
All proposals must be submitted by November 9, 2011 to

Monday, September 26, 2011

Call for Authors: Chapters on the future of automation in academic libraries (IGI Publishers)

Call for Authors: Chapters on the future of automation in academic libraries (IGI Publishers)

I have been contracted to do a book on the future of automation in the academic library by IGI Publishers.  The working title is “Robots in Academic Libraries: Advancements in Library Automation,” and it will be  part of the book series, Advances in Library Information Science (ALIS).
The book will be 15+ chapters, with a total of at least 135,000 words.  I am looking for contributors to write individual chapters at around 10,000 words.  The specific subjects are the increasing and future automation of the following areas of the academic library.

    •    Acquisitions
    •    Collection Development
    •    Cataloging
    •    Circulation
    •    Inter-library loan
    •    The Future of the ILS
    •    Public Interface Design
    •    Library Management (especially hiring decisions)

Additionally I am looking for very high level chapters that look at automation in academic libraries in conjunction with changing University environments as well as the changing needs of students and faculty.  Other chapters dealing with this subject are also highly desirable.

Finally I would like to see some short case studies for any and all of these. 

Please contact me directly at

Edward Iglesias
Systems Librarian
Central Connecticut State University