Thursday, October 31, 2013

CFP: The Innovative Library Classroom, May 13, 2014 (Radford, VA)

CFP: The Innovative Library Classroom, May 13, 2014 (Radford, VA)

Call for Proposals
The Innovative Library Classroom
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Radford University, Radford, VA

We are excited to announce the first-ever meeting of The Innovative Library Classroom, a day-long conference dedicated to the exploration of innovative practices related to teaching and learning in libraries.  The Innovative Library Classroom is supported by the Virginia Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries (VLACRL) and a number of Virginia institutions, including Radford University, Virginia Tech, Hollins University, and Longwood University.  The conference will be held at Radford University in Radford, Virginia, on May 13, 2014.

We are now accepting proposals for two different session types: a longer (45 minute) presentation session and a shorter (7 minute) lighting talk.  We invite proposals on any topic related to teaching and learning in libraries. If you are doing something innovative, we want to hear about it!

Full details and a link to the proposal form are available at:

Submission deadline: November 30, 2013
Notification: December 15, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Code4Lib 2014 Call for Proposals

Code4Lib 2014 Call for Proposals

Code4lib 2014 is a loosely-structured conference that provides people working at the intersection of libraries/archives/museums and technology with a chance to share ideas, be inspired, and forge collaborations. 

The conference will be held at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel in downtown Raleigh, NC from March 24 - 27, 2014.  For more information about the hotel, visit 

We are currently accepting proposals for prepared talks and pre-conferences. While only a limited number of these can be selected, multiple lightning talk and breakout sessions will provide additional opportunities for you to make your voice heard at the conference.
Proposals for Prepared Talks:
Prepared talks are 20 minutes (including setup and questions), and should focus on one or more of the following areas:
- Projects you've worked on which incorporate innovative implementation of existing technologies and/or development of new software
- Tools and technologies – How to get the most out of existing tools, standards and protocols (and ideas on how to make them better)
- Technical issues – Big issues in library technology that should be addressed or better understood
- Relevant non-technical issues – Concerns of interest to the Code4Lib community which are not strictly technical in nature, e.g. collaboration, diversity, organizational challenges, etc. 

To submit a proposal:
- Log in to the wiki in order to submit a proposal. If you are not already registered, follow the instructions to do so.
- Provide a title and brief (500 words or fewer) description of your proposed talk.
- If you so choose, you may also indicate when, if ever, you have presented at a prior Code4Lib conference. This information is completely optional, but it may assist us in opening the conference to new presenters.

As in past years, the Code4Lib community will vote on proposals that they would like to see included in the program. This year, however, only the top 10 proposals will be guaranteed a slot at the conference. Additional presentations will be selected by the Program Committee in an effort to ensure diversity in program content. Community votes will, of course, still weigh heavily in these decisions.

Presenters whose proposals are selected for inclusion in the program will be guaranteed an opportunity to register for the conference. The standard conference registration fee will still apply.

Proposals can be submitted through Friday, November 8, 2013, at 5pm PST. Voting will commence on November 18, 2013 and continue throughDecember 6, 2013. The final line-up of presentations will be announced in early January, 2014.
Pre-Conference Proposals:
Pre-conferences are full- or half-day sessions that will be held on Monday, March 24th, 2014 and can cover just about any topic you can think of.
If you are interested in hosting a pre-conference session, please create a pitch at
Pitches should be added to the wiki by December 6.
Please indicate the topic of your session and your preference for full-day or half-day.  This is expected to be a fluid process, as our venue provides some flexibility in determining space.

Pre-Conference Attendance:
If you are interested in attending a pre-conference, please list your name underneath the pre-conference description on the wiki; this does not incur any obligation on your part, but will help planners. You might want to visit the page occasionally as new session pitches are added.  Actual, less-revocable registration for pre-conferences will be handled as part of the overall conference registration, and will involve a very small fee.
We look forward to reading your proposals, and seeing you at the conference!
Code4Lib 2014 Program Committee

Call for proposals for ILL Discussion Group at ALA Midwinter (Philadelphia)

Call for proposals for ILL Discussion Group at ALA Midwinter (Philadelphia)

The ILL Discussion Group of the “Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section” (STARS) of RUSA invites the submission of presentation topics for the 2014 American Library Association Mid-Winter Conference in Philadelphia.

The ILL Discussion Group is a popular and valuable forum during the ALA Annual Mid-Winter Conference, where attendees learn about emerging services, technologies, trends, and notable research projects conducted in the area of Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery.

ILL practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a presentation proposal.
Please include in the submission:
1. Your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information.
2. A proposed presentation title.
3. A brief discussion of the unique contribution, potential impact, or significance of the topic to the practice or scholarship of interlibrary loan/document delivery.

For examples of projects presented at past forums, please see the ILL Discussion Group’s website:

Two topics or projects will be selected for 15-minute presentations, followed by open discussion.
Proposals are due by Sunday, November 30, 2013.  Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, December 9th, 2013.

The ILL Discussion Group is scheduled for 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2014.

Please send submissions by email to:
Dallas Long ( or to Jan Sung (
Chair and Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, ILL Discussion Group

CFP: LITA Heads of Library Technology (HoLT) IG meeting (ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia)

CFP: LITA Heads of Library Technology (HoLT) IG meeting (ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia)

CFP: LITA Heads of Library Technology (HoLT) IG meeting

The LITA Heads of Library Technology Interest Group (HoLT) seeks 4-5 short presentations (10-15 minutes) on issues relating to Leadership and Library Technology for the upcoming 2014 ALA Midwinter conference in Philadelphia.  All topics will be considered.

Physical attendance is required for the presentation and/or attendance at this meeting.

Deadline for proposal submission is January 15th.

Please submit proposals to Hong Ma or Meg Brown-Sica

Margaret (Meg) Brown-Sica

Associate Director for Technology and Digital Initiatives
Auraria Library
1100 Lawrence Street
Denver, CO. 80204

Monday, October 28, 2013

ALA Annual Poster Session Call for Proposals (Las Vegas, June 2014)

ALA Annual Poster Session Call for Proposals (Las Vegas, June 2014)

Share your best ideas and work with the national library community by presenting a poster session at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas!

Start your application process now at You must create a username and password for the site before you submit your application, you must choose to submit a poster session proposal after you log-in, and you will receive a confirmation e-mail after you have completed your submission.

The deadline for submission of 2014 ALA Annual Conference poster session proposals is January 18, 2014.

The poster session committee encourages submissions from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship. Submissions may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community.

Poster session participants place materials such as pictures, data, graphs, diagrams and narrative text on boards that are usually 4 x 8 feet. During their assigned 1½ hour time periods, participants informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees. Titles/abstracts from previous years are available on ALA Connect: (note that this site is only serving as an archive for previous Annual Conference poster sessions – for information on this year's posters, go to:

The deadline for submitting an application is January 17, 2014. Applicants will be notified in March, prior to the early bird registration deadline and after a double blind peer review process, whether their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference. The 2014 ALA Annual Poster Sessions will be held June 28 and 29, 2014 (theSaturday and Sunday of the conference), at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Questions about poster session presentations and submissions may be directed to:

Melanie Griffin, chair of the ALA poster session committee,
Candace Benefiel, chair of the ALA poster session review panel,

Melanie Griffin, Chair, ALA Poster Session Committee

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Call for speakers for the BRASS Forum at the ALA 2014 Conference (Las Vegas, NV: June 26-July 1, 2014)

Call for speakers for the BRASS Forum at the ALA 2014 Conference (Las Vegas, NV: June 26-July 1, 2014)

The theme for this year is business library instruction.  Got an idea about what makes a business instruction session work? Share your experiences or research with one shot sessions, collaboration with faculty, course embeds, liaison, roving reference, or other innovative techniques. Special attention given to proposals that focus on assessment or other measurable results.

We are looking for 3-4 panelists. Each panelist will speak for approximately 20 minutes.  We are looking for librarians from any type of library setting, including academic, public, or special. While we are not able to offer any type of financial compensation, this is a great addition to any librarian’s CV.

Please send nominations (self-nominations welcome) and a proposal/sample work to Charles Allan,

DEADLINE 12/20/13

Thursday, October 24, 2013

CFP: Going All In: Library Instruction for Students in Online Education Programs (2014 LIRT Conference)

CFP: Going All In: Library Instruction for Students in Online Education Programs (2014 LIRT Conference)

2014 LIRT Conference Program
ALA Annual Conference
Las Vegas, NV

Going All In: Library Instruction for Students in Online Education Programs

The 2014 LIRT conference program planning committee is issuing an open call for proposals for presentations that focus on strategies that libraries of all types have used to provide instruction to students in wholly online courses or programs. Presentations should be approximately 20 minutes in length. An increasing amount of coursework, both at the secondary and postsecondary level, is being conducted online. This shift in the delivery method of education which began at the college level is now occurring throughout the K-16 continuum. Because many of the students in these classes and programs will never set foot into the host institution, this transformation has necessitated a great deal of change in all aspects of library services, including information literacy instruction. This conference program will spotlight some innovative ways that libraries are conducting and delivering instruction to this new cohort. Please submit a title and brief description of your proposed presentation to by December 6th 2013.

Ava M. Iuliano, MLIS
International Relations Librarian
Florida International University
Green Library 236C
11200 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33199

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

CFP: 2014 Annual Joint Conference of the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations: Biographies Area

CFP: 2014 Annual Joint Conference of the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations: Biographies Area * (Submission Deadline: 11/1/13)
2014 Conference – April 16-19, Chicago, IL

The Biographies Area of the PCA/ACA invites paper submissions on any topic involving biographies for the 2014Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, to be held April 16-19 at the Marriott Chicago Downtown Miracle Mile.
The Biography and Popular 
Culture Area will examine the connections between biography and popular culture. Papers and full panel presentations regarding any aspect of popular culture and biography are encouraged.

Potential topic might include:

   - Biography and entertainment, art, music, theater
   - Biography and film
   - Biography and criminal justice
   - Television programs about biography
   - Biography and urban legends
   - Biography and folklore
   - Biography and literature
   - Scholarly Biography
   - Controversial Biography
   - Psychoanalysis and Biography
   - Historical Biography
   - Political Biography
   - Autobiography

All proposals should be submitted online via the PCA/ACA website. Please
point your web browser to:
and follow the instructions there to submit your 100-250-word abstract.

For more information on the PCA/ACA Conference, please visit the official

Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by November 30, 2013.

Thank you in advance for your interest in this opportunity.  If you have
questions or need more information, please feel free to contact:

Susie Skarl, PCA/ACA Biographies Area Chair
Associate Professor/Urban Affairs Librarian
UNLV Libraries

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Call for Lightning Talk Proposals for the 2013 LITA National Forum (November 2013 Louisville, Kentucky)

Call for Lightning Talk Proposals for the 2013 LITA National Forum (November 2013 Louisville, Kentucky)

Do you have a new idea or project that you're dying to share with your fellow LITA Forum attendees? The 2013 LITA National Forum (November 7-10 in Louisville, Kentucky) will once again host Lightning Talks, and we're looking for speakers.

Lightning Talks are short 5-minute presentations on a topic of your choosing. The Lightning Talk session is on Saturday, November 9, from 2:00 until 2:50 pm (during concurrent session 5). We will have no more than 9 Lightning Talks in the session. Each talk must be concise -- the time limit will be strictly enforced -- and contain no more than 10 slides (if used at all).

Six of the 9 sessions will be allotted through a first-come, first-serve basis. We will accept proposals from the first 6 people who reply, and once these slots are full, the other names will go on a waiting list. We assume you’re registered for LITA Forum!

The remaining 3 slots will be selected at 5 PM on Friday, November 8, through a lottery of people expressing interest at the conference. Details will be announced at the opening session.

  1. Submit your proposal via the Lightning Talk Signup form (
  2. We will begin notifying the lightning-talkers and the first few runners-up as soon as we have six participants, so get your submission in quickly.
  3. If your plans change, please let us know so we can reassign your slot!
    1. Current presenters or poster-session givers are requested to give others a chance (unless they are burning with a completely different idea they are absolutely dying to share).
    2. These are quick, fun, low-barrier talks. Extensive slides and handouts are not required or expected. Remember, when the bell rings and your five minutes are up you are outta there!
    3. If your talk is selected, plan to be in the Seneca/Iroquois room by 1:45 pm to load your slides (if you use them) onto the presentation computer. Bring a thumb drive or be ready to download them from the cloud. Microsoft PowerPoint will be available on the presentation computer, along with an Internet connection. We will ensure that they are forwarded to the LITA office for inclusion on the Forum website.
    4. Please -- no product pitches!

More information on the LITA Forum is available on the LITA website (, Facebook ( and Twitter (

CFP: Academic Libraries and Service Learning

CFP: Academic Libraries and Service Learning

Join us for Extending Our Reach: The Inaugural Colloquium on Academic Libraries & Service Learning. The colloquium invites all who are interested in current and potential partnerships between academic librarians, faculty who teach service learning courses and service learning partners. The conference is designed to facilitate the sharing of research, ideas, perspectives and best practices in library engagement with/in academic service learning.  The colloquium will feature a keynote speaker, 30-minute presentations, round table discussions, and poster sessions. The conference will be limited to 75 attendees to facilitate opportunities to network and connect with colleagues in this emerging focus area of librarianship. The deadline for submissions is January 31.

Conference Focus:

The intended community for this conference includes all who are interested in current and potential partnerships between academic librarians, faculty who teach service learning courses and service learning partners. The conference is designed to facilitate the sharing of research, ideas, perspectives and best practices in library engagement with/in academic service learning. There will be a keynote speaker, 30-minute presentations, round table discussions, and poster sessions. The conference will be limited to 75 attendees to facilitate opportunities to network and connect with colleagues in this emerging focus area of academic librarianship.
The steering committee welcomes proposals on any aspect of libraries and service learning. Session topics may include, but are not limited to:
  • Accreditation
  • Retention
  • Assessment
  • Added value
  • Case studies
  • Institutional priorities
  • Student engagement
  • Student learning outcomes
Session formats include
  • Session length: 30 minutes.
  • Requirements: Written paper or designed activity to report the results of research, present case studies, or facilitate an active learning session related to libraries and service learning. Presentation sessions are limited to 30 minutes and should include time for questions. Presenters are encouraged to supply virtual handouts or other materials as appropriate.
  • Presentation proposals should include the name of the presenter(s), the title of the session, a brief presentation abstract (75-100 words), and a short bio of the presenter(s).
Poster sessions.
  • Session length: 45 min.
  • Requirements: Posters should include a creative visual representation of a topic and provide an informal way to convey research, projects, services or ideas of interest to libraries and service learning. Due to physical space limitations, a maximum number of two presenters are allowed at each poster at any one time. Presenters will be expected to set-up and host their poster display for 45 min.
  • Poster session proposals should include the name of the presenter(s), the title of the poster, a brief description of the poster (50-75 words), and a short bio of the presenter(s).
Round Table discussions
  • Session length: 60 minutes.
  • Requirements: Hosts of directed conversations will serve as host and facilitator for an informal group to discuss a pre-selected topic of common interest over lunch.
  • Applicants to host a directed conversation should submit the name of the host, three potential discussion questions, and a short bio of the host.


Join us Monday evening for an all-colloquium reception at (venue TBD)

Submissions for proposals are due by Friday, January 31, 2014 at 5:00PST. The online proposal submission form will be live in November on this site.

CFP: IUG@Midwinter (ALA Midwinter - Philadelphia, January 2014)

CFP: IUG@Midwinter (ALA Midwinter - Philadelphia, January 2014)

As usual, the Innovative Users Group will have an afternoon-long session leading into ALA MidWinter.  This January's session will be onFriday, January 24, 2-5pm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   (I will send out another message when I have a room confirmed.)
We are looking for a few speakers who might be willing to give short presentations to the attendees there, usually about 30 minutes.  If you are interested in presenting at IUG@Midwinter, please contact me off-list and let me know what you are thinking about.    Presenting at IUG@Midwinter is a great way to test-drive a possible topic for the annual IUG conference, of course, and the good news is that we are still accepting submissions for the 2014 annual conference in Detroit.
To submit a proposal for IUG@Midwinter in Philadelphia:   contact Rice Majors off-list (
To submit a proposal for the IUG Annual Conference in Detroit:   (when prompted, login with your MyIUG Login)
If you don't have a MyIUG Login, sign up for one here:  (and note that your library must be a current IUG member library)

Many thanks!

Rice Majors, IUG Chair
Assistant Professor & Director of Libraries Information Technology
184 UCB
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder CO 80309
Office:  303-492-3965
Google Voice:  720-515-7423

CFP: The New Librarianship (book chapters)

CFP: The New Librarianship (book chapters)

This is a call for book chapters for The New Librarianship, a book that will focus on new roles and responsibilities for librarians in the digital environment, as well as new skill sets, new partnerships, and other exciting endeavors.  The book will be published by Scarecrow Press.
Topical areas suggested include: 

  • information stewardship
  • research evaluation metrics
  • new skills and new roles
  • open access
  • scholarly publishing
  • the library as publisher
  • involvement, engagement, connection with patrons/customers
  • training
  • embedded librarianship
  • research data management and services
  • grant writing
  • virtual reference, instruction, etc.
  • e-science
  • innovative uses of technology
  • library mobile apps
  • information visualization
  • ILMS redefined
  • data literacy, media literacy, multi-literacy
  • institutional repositories
  • sustainable and effective assessment
  • exciting and innovative partnerships outside of and within the library
  • user-generated content
  • data curation
  • innovative uses of metadata standards and interoperability
  • new models for library services
  • mega-collaborations (shared print, shared services, etc.)
  • marketing/outreach services
  • "green" libraries
  • creating/reinventing new spaces in libraries
  • web-scale discovery tools
  • folksonomies

These are only a few of the topics that will be explored in this book.  The editor is looking for case studies, thoughtful and insightful opinions, and innovative new services and models for moving libraries forward.   

To submit book chapter proposals, please submit an abstract of approximately 100 words and a title for the chapter to Dr. Brad Eden at  Deadline for proposals is November 25, 2013.  Deadline for accepted chapters to be submitted to the editor would be May 1, 2014.  

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

Monday, October 14, 2013

Call for Papers on Semantic Search in ASLIB Proceedings

Call for Papers on Semantic Search in ASLIB Proceedings

Journal call for papers from Aslib Proceedings

Semantic Search and Linked Open Data Special Issue
This special issue aims to explore the possibilities and limitations of Semantic Search. This issue will be jointly guest edited by Professor  Dr. Ulrike Spree, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany  and Fran AlexanderBCA Research, Inc, Montreal, Canada. We are looking for articles on: 

The opportunities and challenges of Semantic Search from theoretical and practical, conceptual and empirical perspectives. We are particularly interested in papers that place carefully conducted studies into the wider framework of current Semantic Search research in the broader context of Linked Open Data. Topics of interest include but are not restricted to:
  • The history of semantic search -  the latest techniques and technology developments in the last 1000 years
  • Technical approaches to semantic search : linguistic/NLP, probabilistic, artificial intelligence, conceptual/ontological
  • Current trends in Semantic Search, including best practice, early adopters, and cultural heritage
  • Usability and user experience; Visualisation; and techniques and technologies in the practice for Semantic Search
  • Quality criteria and Impact of norms and standardisation similar to ISO 25964 “Thesauri for information retrieval“
  • Cross-industry collaboration and standardisation
  • Practical problems in brokering consensus and agreement - defining concepts, terms and classes, etc
  • Curation and management of ontologies
  • Differences between web-scale, enterprise scale, and collection-specific scale techniques
  • Evaluation of Semantic Search solutions, including comparison of data collection approaches
  • User behaviour including evolution of norms and conventions; Information behaviour; and Information literacy
  • User surveys; usage scenarios and case studies
Papers should clearly connect their studies to the wider body of Semantic Search scholarship, and spell out the implications of their findings for future research. In general, only research-based submissions including case studies and best practice will be considered. Viewpoints, literature reviews or general reviews are generally not acceptable.

Schedule and submissions

Paper submission: 15 December 2013Notice of review results: 15 February 2014Revisions due: 31 March 2014Publication: Aslib Proceedings, issue 5, 2014.
When submitting please ensure to complete the box "How did you hear about this journal?" and quote reference:APJCALL10

More about  the special issue topic

Research into Semantic Search and its applications has gained momentum over the last few years, with an increasing number of studies on general principles, proof of concept and prototypical applications. The market for Semantic Search applications and its role within the general development of (internet) technologies and its impact on different areas of private and public life have attracted attention. Simultaneously, many publicly funded projects in the field of cultural heritage were initialised. Researchers in many disciplines have been making progress in the establishment of both theories and methods for Semantic Search. However, there still is a lack of comparison across individual studies as well as a need for standardisation regarding the dissociation of Semantic Search of other search solutions, agreed upon definitions as well as technologies and interfaces.

Semantic Search research is often based on large and rich data sets and a combination of techniques ranging from statistical bag of words approaches and natural-language-processing enriched via a subtle utilisation of metadata over classificatory approaches right up to ontological reasoning. Over the last 10 years a lot of initial technical and conceptual obstacles in the field of Semantic Search have been overcome. After the initial euphoria for Semantic Search that resulted in a technically driven supply of search solutions, appraisal of successful and less successful approaches is needed. Amongst other things the limitations of working with open world solutions on – only apparently comprehensive – linked open data sets compared to small domain specific solutions need to be determined.

One ongoing challenge for semantic search solutions is their usability and user acceptance, as only highly usable walk-up-and-use-approaches stand a chance in the field of general search.

CFP: Michigan Library Association Technologies & Trends Meeting (May 16, 2014)

CFP: Michigan Library Association Technologies & Trends Meeting (May 16, 2014)

The MLA Technologies & Trends work group is seeking proposals for presentations at their 2014 event. This one day event on May 16, 2014 anticipates attracting a wide variety of library practitioners. Potential presentations are requested from public, academic, special and school library professionals and staff. Please see the link to the call below for more information or contact the work group chair, Beth Johns, MLIS at

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Additional opportunity to contribute to the Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, (3rd Ed)

Additional opportunity to contribute to the Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, (3rd Ed)

We are pleased to announce an additional opportunity to contribute to the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, (3rd Ed) Edited by Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, DBA and to be published in the Spring of 2014.

To propose an article, please access IGI Global Online Submission System here to submit a 100-150 word abstract detailing your proposed article. (Please note that you will need to create a profile to do so if you do not already have one in the system). You can also visit for more information regarding a range of topics which you can consider as they match your research areas. Feel free to propose an article on a topic which you do not see listed. Preference will be given to proposed articles related to areas, including but not limited to, Engineering, Medicine, Health, and Life Sciences, Security and Forensics, and Public Policy.

We are welcoming proposals for new articles through October 21, 2013. You will receive a notification of the acceptance of your proposal upon receipt. The full article of approximately 5,000 words will be due on Friday, November 22nd, 2013.  If you would like to enhance your previously published article in the 2nd edition of Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, please let us know as well so that we can determine if it is a candidate for inclusion in this edition after updating.

Please feel free to circulate this announcement among your peers and colleagues.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Encyclopedia of IS&T Editorial Team at

All the best,

Christine Smith
Development Editor
Book Development & Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology Editorial Team
IGI Global
On behalf of:
Dr. Mehdi Khosrow-Pour
Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Third Edition

Friday, October 04, 2013

Call for speakers at ALA Midwinter - Cataloging Norms Interest Group (Philadelphia January 25, 2014)

Call for speakers at ALA Midwinter - Cataloging Norms Interest Group (Philadelphia January 25, 2014)

ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging Norms Interest Group seeks speakers to present at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia on Saturday, Jan. 25th, 2014 at 10:30-11:30.

Cataloging Norms Interest Group offers a forum for the exploration, communication, and exchange of ideas and best practices on the dynamics of cataloging/metadata norms and workflows in the hybrid environment.
Presentation topics should be of current interest to catalogers, cataloging managers and administrators, and be approximately 15-20 minutes in length. Additional time will be allowed for questions and discussion. Topic possibilities include:

*         Evolution, definition, and functions of the catalog and cataloging norms
*         Emerging concepts and implementations of "next generation catalogs"
*         Cataloging and metadata in hybrid and digital libraries
*         Changes in catalogers' workflows
*         Quality control and benchmarking
*         How end users' expectations and behaviors affect cataloging norms
*         Metadata records and elements in different contexts
*         Impact of web norms on cataloging norms
*         Cataloging education/continuing education
*         RDA: integration of records, training

Please email proposal abstracts to co-chairs by Friday October 11th, 2013. If you have questions, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Cataloging Norms Co-Chairs,

Janet Ahrberg
Associate Professor/Catalog Librarian
Oklahoma State University<>

Emily Flynn
Wooster, OH<mailto:>

Thursday, October 03, 2013

CFP: Serving Youth in Libraries - 2014 Spring Institute Program Proposals (Michigan Library Association)

CFP: Serving Youth in Libraries - 2014 Spring Institute Program Proposals (Michigan Library Association)

The Michigan Library Association (MLA) is looking for people to present at the 2014 Spring Institute: Growing, Networking, Inspiring , the association’s annual 2 day event, which focuses on those serving youth in libraries, to be held on March 27-28, in Battle Creek, Michigan. The Spring Institute 2014 workgroup seeks a variety of proposals that will represent the wide range of needs and responsibilities of those in youth services. We encourage participation from all types of libraries (including but not limited to large libraries or library systems, small or rural libraries, and school libraries) and job responsibilities (including but not limited to children’s or teen services, librarians, staff, and administrators). Proposals will be accepted through October 23, 2013.
If you are interested in speaking, or know someone who might be, please fill out the online call for proposals applicationform today.
If you have any questions please contact the work group chair, Robert

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

CFP: Fifth International m-libraries conference: from devices to people

CFP: Fifth International m-libraries conference: from devices to people

Call for papers is now open for this much anticipated 5th international conference, focusing on the use of mobile technologies to deliver resources and support users in libraries around the world.

We are seeking papers on the following themes:
·        Best practice for the use of mobile technologies in libraries
·        Challenges and strategies involved in embracing mobile innovation for libraries
·        Mobile technologies and OER
·        The impact of ubiquitous and wearable technologies on the future of libraries
·        Harnessing the future for teaching and learning with mobile technologies
·        Mobile technologies enhancing Information Access for All and pursuing the millennium development goals

For more information about deadlines and how to submit abstracts please visit the m-libraries website at

On behalf of the M-libraries 5 Conference Committee
-- The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302).