Thursday, December 19, 2013

College Libraries Section ALA 2014 (Las Vegas) Program - Call for Panel Participation

CLS ALA 2014 (Las Vegas) Program - Call for Panel Participation

The College Libraries Section of ACRL is planning a program (co-sponsored by LLAMA's Buildings for College & University Libraries Committee) for ALA 2014 in Las Vegas that will examine the new field of architecture and neuroscience and how recent research can be applied to library space. The planning committee is seeking a librarian to join its panel of speakers that will include an architect and a neuroscientist. The librarian contributor should be able to offer ideas and speak to the practical application of this new research in library building and design (particularly as related to academic libraries). The tentative title and program description are:

Science + Form = Function (Applying Scientific Principle to Form & Function)

What can the new interdisciplinary field of neuroscience and architecture tell us about the connection between physical space and personal well-being? Join us as we explore this topic and examine how this research can be applied to library building design and overall use of space.

As the “library as place” debate continues, libraries are feeling mounting pressure to justify use of institutional resources to support brick-and-mortar facilities. Does this research speak to the value of physical library spaces?

Our deadline for identifying our librarian panelist iDecember 31. If you are interested in this presentation opportunity or would like further information, please contact:

Elizabeth Lightfoot
Johns Hopkins University

The Committee looks forward to hearing from you.

Eric A. Kidwell
CLS 2014 Program Planning Committee, chair

Call for Proposals for 2014 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries

Call for Proposals for 2014 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries

The TCDL 2014 planning committee once again invites you to share your proposals for participation at the 2014 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries.

TCDL 2014 will take place April 28-29 in Austin, TX. The conference covers topics relevant to the creation, promotion and preservation of research, scholarship and cultural heritage digital materials. This year's conference theme, Engaging Outliers:  Context, Collections & Community, will explore the full range of projects, workflows, use cases and ideas-in-the-making related to digital library work with a special emphasis on those projects that lie outside of the ordinary.

The conference will address such questions as:  How are you using digital collections or materials in ways that are outside of their original context?  What are you doing that no one else is doing?  What would you like seen done that no one else is doing?  Possible topics could include the following:

·         Transformative ventures beyond library contexts
·         Use and adaptation of systems in ways not originally intended
·         Innovative processes that are changing established library workflows
·         Use and reuse of digital materials in novel ways
·         Unique collections
·         Gaps in collecting areas or formats
·         Demographics not represented in typical digital library projects
·         Anticipating emerging needs for potential communities
Proposals on other topics of interest to a digital libraries audience are welcome.

TCDL 2014 has multiple avenues for participation, including individual presentations, panel sessions, posters, workshops and tutorials, "birds of a feather" sessions, and – new for 2014 – a 24x7 lightning round format. All completed presentations will be published on the conference website, and each presenters will have the option to submit a short paper to accompany the published presentation slides.

Submission Guidelines

Proposals will be accepted in the following categories. Please follow the links for more detailed information about proposal requirements.

·         PresentationsGeneral presentations on practical work, theoretical or speculative issues, or on-going or completed research.
·         Panels:  Panel sessions should address a single topic from multiple perspectives and should engage the audience for a full 80-minute session.
·         24x7 Presentations (24 slides in 7 minutes): 7-minute presentations comprising no more than 24 slides.
·         Posters: Posters will be featured at the conference reception and through a “Minute Madness” session, during which presenters will give a 60-second summary of each poster.
·         Workshops, Tutorials & Demos, Birds of a Feather SessionsThese sessions will take place on April 29th in the afternoon.
Proposals of no more than 500 words can be submitted through the “Proposal Submission” link on the conference website.

Key Dates
·         November 14 Call for Proposals
·         January 31: Deadline for proposals for Workshops, Tutorials & Demos, and Birds of a Feather Sessions
·         February 7:  Deadline for all other Proposal Submissions
·         March 14 Notification of Acceptance
·         April 1:  Early Bird Conference Registration Deadline
·         June 2: Deadline for OPTIONAL papers (Presenters and panelists will have the option to produce a short paper to accompany their published presentations. The paper is not a requirement for participation. Papers will be published on the conference website under Presentations, along with the presentation slides.)
Note: No individual shall participate as a speaker in more than one presentation/panel session; however, presenters and panel speakers are welcome to participate in the poster sessions.

Also note: Accepted presenters, including co-presenters, panelists, and poster presenters, must register for the conference and pay applicable registration fees.

Submission Instructions

Proposals should be submitted through the “Proposal Submission” link on the conference website. Detailed instructions can be found in the Call for Proposals on the conference website.

Need help? If you have questions about using the online submission system, please contact

Monday, December 16, 2013

CALL FOR RESEARCH PAPERS AND POSTERS: Science and Technology Section of ACRL at ALA Annual, Las Vegas 2014

CALL FOR RESEARCH PAPERS AND POSTERS: Science and Technology Section of ACRL at ALA Annual, Las Vegas 2014

The Research Committee of the ACRL Science and Technology Section is hosting its Annual Research Forum and its Poster Session at the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV, June 26 - July 1, 2014.

The Research Forum and Poster Session provide an excellent opportunity to share a wide range of research endeavors and methodologies relevant to science and technology librarianship. The Committee adheres to mentoring principles and utilizes a “blind” review process to select proposals.

Submissions for the paper and poster presentations are selected based on the abstract and significant progress by June 2014. Writing style is critical and should be clear, concise, and organized. Abstracts should include some aspects of the research process.  Some examples are:
·         Hypothesis
·         Problem or purpose – research question or thesis – stated in one sentence.
·         Literature review in its simplest form – where your project fits with scholarly community.
·         Target group: people, animals, things etc. and relevant characteristics.
·         Methodology with essential components
·         Basic findings, including statistical limitations such as confidence intervals
·         Conclusions, implications, or applications
·         Contribute to the advancement of science and technology librarianship.
·         Demonstrate innovative and original research.
·         Contribute ideas for positioning librarians to be leaders both on and off campus.

Abstracts.  Abstracts should total no more than 250 words while addressing the aforementioned criteria.  Abstracts should indicate presentation category: Featured, Short Paper, or Poster Session.  Be sure to include your name, institution, phone, and e-mail address of all participants (not part of word count).  Please indicate whether or not the project was submitted to other conferences, for publication in a journal, published or presented before.

Featured Paper Presentations.    Our Featured Paper Presentation will be 20 minutes in length and followed by a thoughtful 10 minute critique from a guest commentator, who offers suggestions on how to prepare the paper for publication.  Proposals should reflect research that has been completed or initiatives that have already been implemented. At a minimum, significant progress should have been made toward completion or implementation.

Short Paper Presentations.  Short Papers are 10 minutes in length and may reflect research or initiatives that have been completed or are currently in progress. Short papers may also solicit feedback (5 minutes) on research ideas that are being formulated, outlining possible approaches and asking attendees and the guest commentator for their response.

Poster Presentations.  Submissions for the poster session are selected from two categories – STS Theme and Open Session.  The STS Theme for 2014 is "How can librarians assist with student diversity and retention in the STEM and health science fields at their institutions?"  The Open category is for research endeavors or practitioner projects outside the Theme that enhance science and technology librarianship.  Proposals should provide useful and practical findings, and opportunities for discussion.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: Galileo's 450th Birthday, Saturday, February 15, 2014.  Submissions are selected by the STS Research Committee. Acceptance of proposals reflects a commitment by the author(s) to present at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.  Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail to Jack Maness,, and Greg Nelson,, Co-Chairs of the STS Research Committee.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Michigan Virtual Reference Conference: Call for Proposals

Michigan Virtual Reference Conference
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Research Help Now VR CooperativeApril 25, 2014
Eastern Michigan University Library 
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Proposals dueThursday, January 9, 2013
The Michigan Virtual Reference Conference is a one-time, one-day conference exploring all aspects of virtual reference services in libraries. The conference is being held in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Michigan Research Help Now Collaborative, and is co-sponsored by Research Help Now and the Eastern Michigan University Library.
Share your ideas about or expertise in virtual reference by submitting session proposals to be considered for presentation. Proposals should be on a topic related to virtual reference, including chat, email, SMS, or other ways to provide research advice to remote students.
Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
  • techniques for successful VR interactions
  • assessment of VR effectiveness or user satisfaction
  • exploration of VR technologies
  • outreach and marketing of VR
  • comparison of different VR modes 
  • VR best practices and service quality
  • usability and user perspectives on VR
  • instruction and student learning in VR
  • using VR to connect with specific student populations
  • VR staffing and training
  • VR innovations and solutions to common problems
  • other topics related to providing research advice to students remotely

Proposal Details
Proposals are submitted online and will be judged in a blind review process by a committee composed of librarians from universities, four-year colleges, and community colleges. Conference slides, papers, and/or supplementary materials will be published on Eastern Michigan University’s Digital Commons online repository. Authors retain copyright and may also publish in other venues. Two types of proposals are solicited: presentations and lightning talks.
Presentations: Presentations on virtual reference topics may be lecture format, interactive discussion, speaker panels (up to 4 speakers), or hands-on sessions in computer labs. The time frame for presentations is 50 minutes, including time for questions. 
Lightning Talks: Short presentations on innovative virtual reference topics that can be quickly shared within 10 minutes. These may be slide presentations or very brief interactive discussions. Conference organizers may group lightning talks together to form a session.

Submission: More details on submitting a proposal can be found at:

Call for Proposals: Digital Initiatives Symposium

Call for Proposals: Digital Initiatives Symposium

When: April 9, 2014
Where: University of San Diego

Proposals are now being accepted for the first annual Digital Initiatives Symposium, a day-long event focused on digital elements of library ecosystems and featuring a bepress Digital Commons user group meeting, hosted by Copley Library at the University of San Diego.

The symposium's inaugural year will focus on digital initiatives and institutional repositories. With the growing popularity of institutional repositories, libraries are looking for new and increasingly diverse ways to integrate them more fully into library and university systems: as platforms for library publishing, as components of research data management plans, and as part of long-term preservation solutions.

We are accepting proposals for 45-minute concurrent sessions and 1½-hour panel discussions. We welcome proposals on innovative uses and sites for repositories throughout the library and the university, and on practical, theoretical, organizational or administrative topics related to institutional repositories. We are particularly interested in sessions that consider

·         Innovative, “non-traditional,” or expanded repository services 
·         Integrating repositories into other library initiatives, digital or otherwise
·         Integrating repositories into university initiatives outside the library (e.g., managing ETD workflows through repositories)
·         Liaison librarians, disciplines, and institutional repositories
·         Repositories as tools for research and pedagogy
·         Repositories in public, special, or other non-academic libraries
·         Institutional repositories and the scholarly communication lifecycle
·         Digital initiatives and copyright

Submission Guidelines and Selection Criteria

Panel discussions: 90 minutes
Concurrent sessions (case studies, white papers, demonstrations, or panels): 45 minutes
Please plan to leave 10-15 minutes for questions.

Submissions must include:
·         Session title
·         Presenters’ names, titles, and affiliations
·         A brief abstract, no more than 300 words (If accepted, the abstract will be used as part of the program and published along with conference proceedings.)
·         A longer description of the session, approximately 500 words
·         A brief statement on learning outcomes for the session
·         Technology or other requirements

Submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance thinking about digital initiatives and institutional repositories. Acceptance is competitive. Registration will be waived for accepted presenters.

More about the Program

·         The day will feature two panel discussions and a number of concurrent sessions to explore these and other questions about institutional repositories. We welcome participants from all sizes and types of institutions and at all stages of IR development, from those running robust programs to those just exploring the idea of repositories.

·         The symposium will feature two keynote addresses:
Lorraine Haricombe, Dean of the University of Kansas Libraries
Lee Van Orsdel, Dean of University Libraries at Grand Valley State University

·         The day will end with a bepress Digital Commons user group session. This session will be led by bepress and is intended for people already working with Digital Commons and those interested in learning more.

Submit proposals and questions to Kelly Riddle, Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of San Diego, at or 619-260-6850.

Important Dates

January 27, 2014: Proposal submission deadline
February 15, 2014: Notification of acceptance
February 20, 2014: Selected presenters must confirm presentations
March 15, 2014: Registration deadline

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Call for Speakers: Data Mining/Big Data SLA 2014

Call for Speakers: Data Mining/Big Data SLA 2014 

Call for Speakers for SLA 2014 Vancouver

We are looking for knowledgeable and dynamic speakers for an exciting opportunity to share their experience and expertise at SLA’s Annual Conference in Vancouver in June of 2014.  The Division of Food, Agriculture and Nutrition will be hosting a session on data mining and issues in big data as they pertain to the food and agriculture industry.  If you or someone you know has something to share on this topic to this diverse community of information professionals, please contact Sarah Young, chair-elect of the Division of Food, Agriculture and Nutrition at

Sarah Young
Health Science and Policy Librarian
Albert R. Mann Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference Call for Proposals

Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference Call for Proposals

On behalf of the Conference Program Committee, we would like to invite you to submit a proposal for the Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference.  The event will be held in Toledo, OH at the Hilton Garden Inn at Perrysburg  on Friday, June 6, 2014.

This conference is an opportunity for individuals working in resource sharing to gather information and communicate with other colleagues.

We invite program proposals from September 16, 2013 to January 17, 2014.

Accepted program proposal submissions should be 45 minutes in length including time for questions.  Proposals might focus on any of the following areas:
·        Resource Sharing Best Practices
·        Regional collection development projects
·        Statistics – local, regional, impact on collection development
·        Assessment
·        Tips and Tricks
·        Marketing Services
·        Managing Student Workers
·        Electronic Resources and Resource Sharing
·        Workflow improvements
·        Coordinated collection development
·        Training        
·        Purchase on Demand

Please submit a 150-200 word proposal for your presentation at

Program proposals will be reviewed by the program committee and those presenters who are selected will be notified by February 14, 2014.

Please direct any questions to Lorna Newman at .

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Call for Proposals: Code4Lib Journal

Call for Proposals: Code4Lib Journal

The Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ) exists to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future.

We are now accepting proposals for publication in our 24th issue. Don't miss out on this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences. To be included in the 24th issue, which is scheduled for publication in mid April 2014, please submit articles, abstracts, or proposals at or to by Friday, January 10, 2014.  When submitting, please include the title or subject of the proposal in the subject line of the email message.

C4LJ encourages creativity and flexibility, and the editors welcome submissions across a broad variety of topics that support the mission of the journal.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

* Practical applications of library technology (both actual and hypothetical)
* Technology projects (failed, successful, or proposed), including how they were done and challenges faced
* Case studies
* Best practices
* Reviews
* Comparisons of third party software or libraries
* Analyses of library metadata for use with technology
* Project management and communication within the library environment
* Assessment and user studies

C4LJ strives to promote professional communication by minimizing the barriers to publication.  While articles should be of a high quality, they need not follow any formal structure.  Writers should aim for the middle ground between blog posts and articles in traditional refereed journals.  Where appropriate, we encourage authors to submit code samples, algorithms, and pseudo-code.  For more information, visit C4LJ's Article Guidelines or browse articles from the first 23 issues published on our website:

Remember, for consideration for the 24th issue, please send proposals, abstracts, or draft articles to no later than Friday, January 10, 2014.

Send in a submission.  Your peers would like to hear what you are doing.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Call for Applications, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice - (Evidence Summaries Writers)

Call for Applications, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice

Evidence Summaries Writers

*EBLIP* seeks to add six writers to the Evidence Summaries Team. Evidence Summaries provide critical appraisal syntheses for specific research articles. These research synopses provide readers with information regarding the original research article's validity and reliability, thus providing information on the presence or absence of evidence with which to make informed decisions. Evidence Summaries Team members are required to write two evidence summaries per year, with a two year commitment to the
journal. Evidence Summaries cover all areas of library and information studies and we encourage applications from information professionals in areas such as school, public, and special libraries, as well as academic settings.

Interested persons should send a statement of interest, indicating areas of strength they would bring to the role, as well as a brief resume to Heather Pretty (Associate Editor, Evidence Summaries) by January 13, 2014. Applicants who are shortlisted will be asked to submit a sample
evidence summary.

**Please note that *Evidence Based Library and Information Practice* is a non-profit, open access journal and all positions are voluntary and unpaid. The positions are an excellent opportunity for continuing professional development and gaining experience in reviewing or critically appraising library-related research.

**Only those applicants who are selected or shortlisted will be contacted by the Editors.

About the journal:

Published quarterly by the University of Alberta, this peer reviewed, open access journal is targeted at all library and information professionals interested in an evidence based model of practice. By facilitating access to library and information studies research via original research articles and evidence summaries of relevant research from the library literature, *Evidence Based Library and Information Practice* enables information professionals to practice their profession in an evidence-based manner.

Please visit the *Evidence Based Library and Information Practice* website:

CFP: Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science - Title: Data, Records, and Archives in the Cloud

CFP: Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science - Title: Data, Records, and Archives in the Cloud

Aims and Scope
The cloud — on-demand access to a network of a shared pool of configurable computing resources — heralds unprecedented challenges for archivists as well as records and information managers. Data, records and archives are increasingly entrusted to Internet Providers who offer a large amount of on-demand online storage at a low cost, protected by a level of security that no single organization can afford, and in formats compatible with any user’s system. However, the cloud environment is neither transparent nor regulated. Those who manage, appraise, control and preserve the material it stores, encounter problems related to ownership, provenance, and jurisdiction, among others, as they remain responsible without control, and accountable without knowledge.

The aim of this proposed Special Issue is to explore the challenges presented by keeping data, records and archives in the cloud, report on research into possible solutions, examine existing and proposed policies, procedures, regulations and legislation, and describe cases of adoption of cloud models, case law, contractual agreements, and technological infrastructure.
The goal would be to publish 8 to 10 articles which would constitute a double issue of CJILS.
Possible topics focusing on issues presented by the cloud include but are not limited to:
·         Location independence, server sharing, and jurisdiction
·         Metadata control and ownership
·         Big data, open data, and open access
·         Encryption, security and transparency
·         Confidentiality and privacy policies
·         Retention and disposition
·         Storage costs
·         Chain of custody and chain of evidence
·         Audit, traceability and admissibility
·         Terms of service and contractual agreements
·         Records portability, continuity and sustainability
·         Data and records reliability, accuracy and authenticity
·         Authentication and certification
·         Data, records and archives integrity
·         Data, records and archives long term preservation
·         Technology and mechanisms
·         Reliability of infrastructure (e.g. obsolescence)
·         Data provenance issues when dealing with mobile sensors
·         Breaches, cybercrime, and information assurance
·         Information governance
·         Standards of trust
·         Users control
·         Accessibility, searchability, and usability
·         Intellectual rights
·         Use and misuse of social media
·         Data leaks
·         Individual behaviour in an Internet environment

Managing the Special Issue:
Lead Guest EditorDr. Luciana Duranti, University of British Columbia
Editorial Board:
Dr. Fiorella Foscarini, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
Dr. Ken Thibodeau, US National Institute for Standards and Technology
Dr. Karen Anderson, Department of Archives and Computer Science, Mid-Sweden University
Dr. Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, Information School, University of Washington
Dr. Yale Li, Cloud Security Alliance, Seattle Chapter
Timeline and schedule:
Deadline for submission of proposals: March 31st 2014, with a decision by May 1st 2014
Deadline for submission of complete articles: September 30th 2014
Deadline for external reviewers for submission of their reviews: December 31st 2014
Deadline for submission of the revisions to accepted articles: March 31st 2015
·         Publication date: June 2015
Authors are invited to visit the journal's website for presentation guidelines and send their submissions in electronic format - an e-mail attachment in Word is preferred -to the following address: Dr. Luciana Duranti

CFP: ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Preconference - Training the Trainer: keeping up and staying ahead of new trends, standards, services and technologies

CFP: ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Preconference - Training the Trainer: keeping up and staying ahead of new trends, standards, services and technologies

Deadline: January 30, 2014

Training the Trainer: keeping up and staying ahead of new trends, standards, services and technologies

The American Library Association IRRT Preconference Committee invites proposals for presentations at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas on June 27, 2014. The IRRT Preconference provides a forum for librarians interested in international librarianship to discuss the current and future state of librarianship.

The library profession is constantly adjusting to new technical developments, standards and innovative new services. Yet the current fiscal climate can make it difficult for librarians and libraries to invest in continuing training and professional development. 

This year the IRRT Preconference is inviting presentation proposals that address professional development and continuing education initiatives and strategies conducted by librarians for their coworkers, organizations or the profession at large. Of particular interest for this year’s preconference are case studies of institutional/organizational support and/or staff buy-in, overcoming budgetary constraints, and other successes or educational failures. The following topics are suggested for presenters to consider, but other topics pertaining to the theme are also welcome:
·       RDA: training cataloging and technical service department
·       E-book: workshops, support and training for Librarians
·       Initiating mobile services (Roving reference, etc.)
·       New Librarianship
·       Open Access Initiatives/Digital Repository
·       Education of future librarians/changes in library school programs
·       Marketing
·       Fund Raising
·       Introducing new standards/services/programs
·       International librarian exchanges programs
·       Mentor programs

In the proposal, please provide:
1.     Title of the presentation
2.     Abstract of the presentation (no more than one page or 300 words)
3.     Name, title of position, and affiliation of the presenter(s)
4.     Contact information (e-mail address and phone number)
5.     Brief biographical statement of the presenter(s)’ credentials

Please submit your proposal to and no later than January 30, 2014. All proponents will be notified by February 28, 2014.

The IRRT Preconference will be held on Friday, June 27, 2014 in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference (June 27– July 2, 2013) in Las Vegas.  It will be a half-day program from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. Up to six presenters will be selected and grouped into panels. Each presenter is expected to give 15 minutes of presentation ;  there will be a Q&A session at the end of each panel..  All presenters are encouraged to submit a copy of PowerPoint slides or full-length paper by May 1, 2014, to be included in the preconference packets and published on the IRRT web site after the conference.

Stefanie Havelka
Assistant Professor
Electronic Resources – Web Services Librarian
Leonard Lief Library, Lehman College, CUNY