Friday, March 30, 2012

CFP: MSU (Mississippi State University) Libraries eResource and Emerging Technologies Summit (LEETS)

CFP: MSU (Mississippi State University) Libraries eResource and Emerging Technologies Summit (LEETS)

Mississippi State University
Friday and Saturday, August 3-4, 2012

Mississippi State University Libraries is dedicated to hosting top quality conference opportunities for Academic Libraries. For more than a decade the MSU Libraries has hosted the Mid-South eResource Symposium, as well as pioneering discussions about technology in libraries with the Emerging Technologies Summit. Both conferences have experienced growing popularity and attracted a national following.  Building on that success and finding common ground between the two conferences, the MSU Libraries are relaunching them this year as the MSU Libraries eResource and Emerging Technologies Summit (MSU-LEETS).

 Call for Proposals

The 2012 MSU LEETS programming committee is accepting proposals for Steal-this-Idea speakers and poster sessions. The Steal-this-Idea talks will be 45 minutes to one hour in length, including time for discussion. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that share their own experiences in working with eResources and/or applying social media and emerging technologies in academic libraries. Potential topics include, but are not restricted to:
--the impact of eResources on technical services
--managing eResources (P vs E)
--ERMS implementation and use
--institutional repositories
--managing multiple URLs in an OPAC
--licensing and access issues in a consortium
--eBook acquisition and workflow

Emerging Technologies:
--tablets and/or mobile applications in an academic environment
--eBooks and e-readers
--social media applications
--cloud computing
--campus outreach
--augmented reality
--assessment strategies

Please submit 150-200 word proposals for Steal-this-Idea or poster sessions (Emerging Technologies only) by filling out the application located here: Proposals must be received by May 11th in order to be considered.

Registration begins June 4, 2011.  The cost for the two-day conference will be $80, or $50 for a single day.  Library School students will pay $50 for both days, and NASIG members will receive a 20% discount. MSU LEETS is proud to be a NASIG sponsored continuing education symposium.

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The MSU LEETS Programming Committee

Contact information for MSU LEETS Co-Chairs:  Amanda Clay Powers (

Monday, March 26, 2012

Call for Chapters: Emerging Roles in Academic Librarianship

Call for Chapters: Emerging Roles in Academic Librarianship
Publisher: McFarland & Company
Co-editors: Rebeca Befus, Michigan State University and Jill Wurm, Wayne State University


Chapter Proposals (250-500 words) due by: April 30, 2012
If selected, full-length chapters will be due by: August 30, 2012

Book Concept:

Do you play a unique role in your library? Have you met only a handful of librarians who do the same work you do? Do you see the need for new skills in the profession? Are you tired of people thinking that all you do is buy books?

Chapters are sought for an anthology written by academic, special librarians or LIS faculty sharing information on a unique job or role in librarianship. Our profession has changed a great deal with the proliferation of technology and we want to capture how librarians are dealing with changes in reference, collection development, and technical services. Topics of specific interest are in areas of: copyright, web services, teaching and learning, systems, and assessment. Optimal chapters might include (but are not limited to) information about your role, position, or skill, helpful educational backgrounds, why this role/position was created, and how this role/skill is changing the profession. Chapters that take a data or research driven look at the changes in the profession over the last 20 years or the future of position in academic libraries are also sought.

Chapter Information:

Chapters, written in English, will be between 3000-5000 words in length and should be written in language that would be helpful for students, librarians, LIS faculty, and library administrators wanting to know more about the skill or job being discussed. We would like to request that no previously published work be submitted. Chapters may have multiple authors however we would ask that there be no more than 3 co-authors per chapter.

Proposal Submission Instructions:

Please e-mail a topic proposal of 250-500 words describing your idea and qualifications by April 30 to Please use the phrase EMERGING ROLES in the subject line. Aftercareful review of chapter abstracts we will contact individuals to request full-length chapters.

We look forward to hearing about all the fascinating work you do at your library and hope to create a helpful resource for future students, librarians, and administrators.

Friday, March 23, 2012

CFP: 2012 Library Assessment Conference - Deadline extended through Monday, April 2, 2012

CFP: 2012 Library Assessment Conference - Deadline extended through Monday, April 2, 2012

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the University of Virginia Library, the University of Washington Libraries, and the Conference Planning Committee are pleased to issue this call for proposals for the 2012 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held in Charlottesville, Virginia, October 29-31, 2012.

The conference goal is to build and further a vibrant library assessment community by bringing together interested practitioners and researchers who have responsibility or interest in the broad field of library assessment. The conference provides a mix of invited speakers, contributed papers and posters, and workshops that stimulate discussion and provide workable ideas for effective, practical and sustainable library assessment. This biennial conference builds on the success of the first three conferences held in Charlottesville (2006), Seattle (2008), and Baltimore (2010).

Proposal Topics

Proposals are invited as either papers or posters that cover any aspect of library assessment. The Conference Planning Committee especially encourages proposals in the following areas:
·  Collaborative assessment
·  Digital libraries
·  Information resources, collections, and e-metrics
·  Learning outcomes
·  Management information
·  Methods and tools
·  Organizational issues
·  Performance measurement and measures
·  Return on investment (ROI)
·  Services
·  Space planning and use
·  Special collections
·  Usability
·  User needs
·  Value and impact
Proposals accepted through Monday, April 2, 2012.

Complete Information

The Library Assessment Conference website ( provides complete information on proposal submission and the conference.


The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 126 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

CLIPP Call for Proposals (ACRL College Libraries Section (CLS))

CLIPP Call for Proposals (ACRL College Libraries Section (CLS))
The ACRL College Libraries Section (CLS) is seeking proposals for CLIPP: College Library Information on Policy and Practice, a reconceptualization of ACRL's CLIPNotes publication series. Any librarian at a college or small university can submit a publication proposal to the CLIPP committee. Any trend or subject of interest to college and small university libraries is a potential topic. Proposal ideas could include:
  • The changing nature of collections (e-books, remote storage, weeding policies, etc.)
  • Mobile access
  • Grant writing
  • Staff development
  • The place of the library in campus organizational structures 
For a full description of the submission and publication process, visit the CLIPP website. To be considered for the inaugural volume of the new CLIPP series, proposals must be received by April 30, 2012, but proposals will be accepted continually for future volumes. Proposals can be emailed directly to the CLIPP Chair, Erin Smith at

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

ACRL 2013 Panel Sessions: Call for Proposals

ACRL 2013 Panel Sessions: Call for Proposals

When it comes to the selection process for panel sessions at the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference, you've all heard the rumors -- "they only accept proposals about information literacy" or "they are just looking for the BIG name presenters" or "they just look for presentations based on original data and research." Now it's time for the truth: all varieties of topics are welcome, procedures for blind review are followed, and presenters at any level of experience are encouraged to submit a proposal. As with most worthwhile endeavors in life, the standards for acceptance are high and the application process is challenging and competitive. But, really, would you have it any other way? We didn't think so. 

For the ambitious, creative, and innovative academic librarians out there, we extend the warmest of invitations for panel session proposals [due May 11, 2012]. Our values and expectations, outlined below, will provide guidance to potential panelists. 

Panel sessions bring together the perspectives of 2-3 presenters into a cohesive conversation of innovative ideas, current topics, and salient issues regarding the evolving and transformative nature of academic and research libraries. Lasting one hour, these sessions are intended to engage audience members in thinking about or participating in discussions surrounding the multiple perspectives presented and their potential impact on current and future professional practice. Sessions will be selected based on their relevance to academic libraries and librarianship; clarity of purpose and intended outcomes for the audience; and the overall contribution to the conference as a mechanism for moving the profession forward.

See the official ACRL 2013 Call for Participation ( for proposal submission guidelines.  

More information about the ACRL 2013 Conference, including details regarding location, registration, housing, and scholarships, is available at:  

Monday, March 19, 2012

Call for proposals: Focused research on leadership in libraries

Call for proposals: Focused research on leadership in libraries

Dr. Brad Eden, Dean of Library Services at Valparaiso University, and Ms. Fagan, Director of Scholarly Content Systems & Associate Professor at James Madison University, are working to advance research in the area of academic library leadership. As one step toward this goal, we are seeking your proposals for chapters in an edited book. We are especially interested in connecting library leadership research to the larger body of leadership theory.  (See Fagan, J.C. "The effectiveness of academic library deans and
directors: a literature review" *Library Leadership & Management*, v. 26, no. 1, 2012, pp. 1-19).

Topical areas could include:
  • Developing a research agenda in library leadership.
  • Methodologies for studying library leadership.
  • Connections between various leadership models and library-focused research: engaging with business, psychology, and educational administration literature (Fagan 2012, p. 9). 
  • An examination of path-goal theory and leader-member exchange theory, in combination with library leadership effectiveness.
  • Examining leadership styles and academic library leadership effectiveness. 
  • ROI analyses based on a library's contribution to effective teaching and learning, and how leaders can use these effectively.
  • Women are making more significant progress in entering academic library leadership roles than in higher education administration generally: can lessons be learned from this? Do libraries have something to offer higher education in this area?
  • Research into gendered leadership behaviors and leader effectiveness in libraries.Connecting research on academic deans with leadership studies both within librarianship and beyond it (p. 9), research on academic deans needs to be connected. 
  • Testing of  various leadership models and frameworks with library leadership and university administration.
  • Examination of various factors in library leadership:  size of library as determinant, union vs non-union, student vs research-centered,state vs private.

Although we are initially focused on collecting and editing content for a book on the topic of library leadership, we are also interested in talking  with any individuals engaged in such research or interested in engaging in such research, for possible conference workshops, symposia, etc.

 To submit book chapter proposals, please submit an abstract of approximately 200 words and a brief outline to Dr. Eden at or Ms. Fagan at  Deadline for
discussion and/or proposals is May 20, 2012.

Bradford Lee Eden, Ph.D.
Dean of Library Services
Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources
Valparaiso University
Valparaiso, Indiana  46383