Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Call for Proposals for NC Serials Conference 2012: Dec. 7 Deadline!

Call for Proposals for NC Serials Conference 2012: Dec. 7 Deadline!

Call for Proposals

21st Annual North Carolina Serials Conference Déjà vu all over again: familiar problems, new solutions March 16, 2012 The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education Chapel Hill, NC

The 2012 North Carolina Serials Conference Planning Committee invites proposals and suggestions for presentations on any aspect of the serials industry or serials management.   The Committee welcomes participation from all members of the serials profession including publishers, vendors, and systems developers, faculty and staff in all types of libraries, and Library and Information Science faculty.  Students seeking a forum to share findings from serials-related research or work experience are also encouraged to submit proposals.  The Committee hopes to continue previous successes by assembling a program that both shares and inspires creativity, collaboration, and new ways of thinking.

Submit proposals by e-mail in a document attachment to Beth Bernhardt at (or contact Beth with any questions regarding submitting a proposal).  Deadline for submission is December 7, 2011.

When submitting a proposal, please include the following information:

1.    Name(s)
2.    Mailing Address
3.    Telephone number, fax number, and email address(es)
4.    Short (50 words or less) biographical description about proposed speakers
5.    Proposed title 
6.    A 200-300 word abstract, which clearly states the proposal topic, its relationship to serials, and its relevance for conference attendees
7.    Estimate of time required to present topic (note: most sessions are 45-60 minutes)

Please note:  Travel and registration expenses will have to be paid by the presenter.  

The Planning Committee will review all submitted proposals for their content, timeliness, relevance to the current serials environment, and fit with the overall Conference content.  The Committee reserves the right to refocus or combine proposals as needed (with notice) to reach a diverse audience and to maximize use of program time slots.

Carroll Preston Baber research grant call for proposals

Carroll Preston Baber research grant call for proposals

Do you have a project that is just waiting for the right funding?  Are you thinking about ways that libraries can improve services to users?

The American Library Association (ALA) gives an annual grant for those conducting research that will lead to the improvement of services to users.  The Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct innovative research that could lead to an improvement in services to any specified group of people.

The grant, up to $3,000, will be given to a proposed project that aims to answer a question of vital importance to the library community that is national in scope. Among the review panel criteria are:

1) The research problem is clearly defined, with a specific question or questions that can be answered by collecting data.
2) The applicant(s) clearly describe a strategy for data collection whose methods are appropriate to the research question(s). A review of the literature, methodologies, etc. is not considered research (e.g., methodology review rather than application of a methodology) for purposes of the award, except where the literature review is the primary method of collecting data.
3) The research question focuses on benefits to library users and should be applied and have practical value as opposed to theoretical.
4) The applicant(s) demonstrate ability to undertake and successfully complete the project.
5) The application provides evidence that sufficient time and resources have been allocated to the effort. Appropriate institutional commitment to the project has been secured. 

Any ALA member may apply, and the Jury would welcome projects that involve both a practicing librarian and a researcher. Deadline is December 12, 2011.

Check out this web site to find procedures and an application form:

Questions?   Contact Randy Call,

J. Randolph Call
Assistant Director for Technical Services
Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
FAX: 313-832-0877

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

CALL FOR CASE STUDIES: Abandon all Fear: assessing, evaluating and letting go of legacy services (forthcoming 2013)

CALL FOR CASE STUDIES: Abandon all Fear: assessing, evaluating and letting go of legacy services (forthcoming 2013)


Abandon all Fear: assessing, evaluating and letting go of legacy services (forthcoming 2013)

 We invite proposals for case studies to be published in a forthcoming ALA Editions book Abandon all Fear: assessing, evaluating and letting go of legacy services,  an edited collection of case studies examining how librarians in all types of organizations are responding and adapting to cataclysmic budgetary and programming changes.

The book will be edited by Mary Evangeliste, owner of the consulting collaborative Fearless Future and Katherine Furlong, Director for Access and Technical Services for the libraries of Lafayette College

Have you had to change, adapt, even abandon services, spaces or programs in light of the recent economic conditions?  We’re looking for case studies focusing on how libraries of all types are changing and adapting service models to let go of obsolete or less useful programs. Given the current economic climate, libraries can no longer afford to maintain the status quo. But instead of reacting in a panicked fashion to budgetary and staffing challenges, librarians can choose a measured, proactive response.  If you think you’ve found a
new means of being relevant to your users, please share your story.

While our initial proposal has three sections, we’re open to other ideas:
  • Section One: Public Services Case Studies
  • Section Two: Technical Services & Collections Case Studies
  • Section Three: Facilities and Systems Case Studies
We welcome proposals from librarians, library administrators, trustees, 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. Please include in proposal the issue faced, the strategies and assessments used to examine the issue and the result. Case studies should run at least ten double-spaced pages

Call for panelists: ALA Midwinter Drupal Fail (LITA Drupal IG)

Call for panelists: ALA Midwinter Drupal Fail (LITA Drupal IG)

Did you suck at Drupal? Have you been responsible for a Drupal-related disaster? Or perhaps you’ve created a mess of another CMS? You are not alone!
Consider serving on the Drupal Fail Panel at the LITA Drupal Interest Group Meeting at ALA Midwinter in Dallas. The meeting takes place on Saturday, January 21st, from 1:30-3:30 in room A310 of the Dallas Convention Center. 
Drupal FAIL might include:
*Installation FAIL
*Migration FAIL
*Permissions FAIL
*Upgrade FAIL
*Taxonomy FAIL
*Module FAIL
*Theme FAIL
*Roll-out FAIL
*Marketing FAIL
Tell us what went wrong and, if and how you recovered, and what the long-term ramifications of the FAIL were. Comedy welcome!
We can then share a group hug and learn from each other's mistakes in a Q & A session.
Send a short proposal or any questions you may have to the LITA Drupal IG chairs Nina McHale ( or Christopher Evjy ( Please send proposals by Friday, December 16th.

Call for 'Virtual' Participation: LITA Mobile Computing IG meeting for ALA Midwinter 2012 Online

Call for 'Virtual' Participation: LITA Mobile Computing IG meeting for ALA Midwinter 2012 Online, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 at noon EST

The LITA Mobile Computing IG seeks 4-5 short presentations (10-15
minutes) on mobile computing for the upcoming 2012 ALA Midwinter.

The meeting will be held online. So no physical attendance for the ALA Midwinter is required for the presentation and/or attendance for this meeting.

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 ( and/or post your topic suggestions and any other comments at ALA Connect :

Monday, November 28, 2011

Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) 2012 - Proposals are due next week!

Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) 2012 - Proposals are due next week!

Deadline for proposal submissions is December 9, 2011.

The WILU Programming Committee invites proposals to be considered for presentation at WILU 2012. The conference will be held at Grant MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta on May 23-25, 2012.

The theme for WILU 2012 is Vigour, Thrift & Resourcefulness and builds upon the legacy of the university’s namesake, Dr. J.W. Grant MacEwan.  We encourage presenters to reflect on how librarians might ensure sustainable, accountable information literacy programming that builds on past success while embracing growth and change.

Possible topics include:

Sustainable Programs - Tell us about your information literacy program. Share games, activities and other pedagogical approaches you’ve used to promote student-centred learning.
Resourceful Classroom - Tell us about the tools and technologies you’ve used to promote student engagement.
Accountable You - Tell us how you make instruction accountable within your institution or how you assess student learning in the classroom.
New discoveries – Tell us about your research, recently published paper, or theoretical underpinning that informs your teaching.

Types of sessions:

Presentation Sessions
A forty-five (45) minute session grounded in formal research or applied practice, which includes a thirty-five (35) minute presentation and ten (10) minute discussion or question period.

Lightening Strike Sessions with a Display Poster
A ten (10) minute presentation on any topic related to information literacy or library instruction which enables presenters to share quick tips, small changes that make big improvements, effective techniques or provide a big picture overview of a new initiative. A poster must accompany the presentation as part of a lightning strike display.

Pre-conference Workshops
A two and a half (2.5) hour workshop delivered in one of the Library’s computer labs where participants can interact with various online or electronic tools. Two 40-seat computer labs equipped with state of the art instructor consoles are available.

Submission Information

All proposals should be submitted using the WILU 2012 proposal submission form, available on the WILU 2012 website: Please submit your proposal via email by December 9, 2011 to Include the statement, WILU Proposal in the subject line.

Potential presenters will be notified by January 31, 2012. 

The Programming Committee will employ a blind selection process where all identifying information including the presenter’s name and institution will be excluded.  Proposals will be evaluated based on originality, practicality and contribution to the field. Consideration will also be given to how well the proposal reflects the conference theme.
Questions? Please email,