Friday, August 29, 2014

ALA Midwinter Mobile Interest Group Call for Virtual Presentations

Call for Virtual Participation: American Library Association LITA Mobile Computing Interest Group Presentations

Date & Time:  1 week prior to ALA Mid-Winter Meeting (January)
Location: Virtual/Online 

***This “meeting" is virtual and held one week prior to Mid-Winter -Physical attendance IS NOT required.***

The LITA Mobile Computing Interest Group seeks 4-5 short presentations (15 minutes each) on “Enhancing Library Instruction with Mobile Devices” for the upcoming ALA Mid-Winter Conference .  This conference is virtual and held one week prior to Mid-Winter - physical attendance IS NOT required.

We are looking for presentations about what you’ve done, what you plan to do, best practices, or other topics related to instruction and mobile devices. All presentations suggestions will be considered.

To submit your presentation topic for consideration, please fill out the online form before October 1, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Strategic Planning and Assessment Column (Journal of Library Administration)

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Strategic Planning and Assessment Column (Journal of Library Administration)

The Journal of Library Administration is currently seeking articles and proposals for the journal’s “Strategic Planning and Assessment” column.

The “Strategic Planning and Assessment” column focuses on all aspects of planning and assessment including (but not limited to) components, methods, approaches, trends, tools and training in all types of libraries.

FOLLOW THIS LINK for the complete call for contributions and instructions for submission.

The Journal of Library Administration is the primary source of information on the effective management of libraries. Stressing the practical, this forward-looking journal provides information that library administrators need to efficiently and effectively manage their organizations.

For more information about this journal, please visit the journal’s webpage:

Thursday, August 21, 2014

CFP: Discovery Tools Now and in the Future: An Online Conference

CFP: Discovery Tools Now and in the Future: An Online Conference

When:             November 18, 2014
Where:            Online
Admission:      Free for Amigos members, but all are welcome!

Amigos is currently looking for speakers for our Tuesday, November 18th online conference focusing on the impact of discovery tools on the user experience.

Libraries have long been a bridge to connecting their communities to information resources. One of the promises of discovery tools is heightened visibility of library resources and ease of use on the part of the user.

Public and academic libraries continue to maintain diverse and specialized collections to meet their user's demands. This conference will look at how the experience of adopting a discovery tool has affected specific libraries, e.g., lessons learned, and will provide insight on where discovery is headed.

Has your library implemented a discovery tool? Are you assessing the user's experience with discovery tools? Have you worked through any implementation issues that would be helpful to others? Have you developed an evaluation criteria for selecting a discovery tool? If you can speak on one of these topics or if you have another idea, complete the following form  by September 10th.

Online events eliminate your travel time by allowing you to present from the comfort of your office. Don’t worry if you’ve never presented online; it's easy and we are happy to help you.
If you have any questions about the conference topic or presenting at an online conference, please contact Arta Kabashi at or 800-843-8482, ext.2857.

Monday, August 18, 2014



College & Undergraduate Libraries, a Taylor & Francis peer-reviewed publication, invites proposals for articles to be published in a special issue addressing:
The Business of Libraries
The issue will be edited by Melinda Dermody ( at Syracuse University Libraries.

Authors may focus on any “business” trend, initiative or aspect of academic libraries.  P
ossible article topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Branding; marketing ; PR
  • Use of human and fiscal resources
  • Impact of the global economy
  • Diversification; mergers
  • Organizational change; change leadership
  • Growing leaders; succession planning
  • Business modeling; strategic positioning; leveraging
  • Development; fundraising; advancement
  • Innovation; entrepreneurship; value-added services
  • Understanding, reaching  and serving our customers
  • Business literacy for library leaders
  • Return on investment; business principles
  • Managing and using data

Articles may be theoretical or ideological discussions; case studies; best practices; research studies; opinion pieces or position papers.
Proposal should include an abstract of 500 words; up to six keywords describing the article; author contact information. 
Articles should be in the range of 20 double-spaced pages in length. Please consult the following link that contains instructions for authors:
Submit proposals to Melinda Dermody ( by September 30, 2014. Please do not submit proposals using Scholar One.  First drafts of accepted proposals will be due by March 16, 2015. The issue will be published in the fall of 2015. Feel free to contact Melinda Dermody with any questions you may have.

Melinda Dermody
Head, Access & Resource Sharing
Syracuse University Libraries

Thursday, August 14, 2014

CFP: Catholic Library World

Submissions are being accepted on an ongoing basis for upcoming issues of Catholic Library World. 

Catholic Library World is the official journal of the Catholic Library Association.  Established in 1929, CLW is an international refereed quarterly journal. CLW publishes articles that focus on all aspects of librarianship, especially as it relates to Catholicism and Catholic Studies.  CLW articles are intended for an audience that is interested in the broad role and impact of various types of libraries, including, but not limited to academic, public, theological, parish and church libraries, and school libraries.  CLW respects diverse Christian traditions as well as non-Christian and welcomes relevant articles from a variety of religious traditions.  

The preferred method for submitting manuscripts is as a word-processed attachment in e-mail.  Author’s full name, affiliation, and e-mail address must accompany any manuscript submission.  

Articles should provide something new to the existing literature.  The word count should be 3500- 5000 words and should adhere to The Chicago Manual of Style (humanities is preferred).  The style should be accessible and well-documented.    

Submission deadline: Submissions are ongoing. 

For more information, visit this website:

Send submissions and queries to: Sigrid Kelsey, General Editor,

Call for Poster Session Proposals: The Academic Librarian in the Open Access Future

Call for Poster Session Proposals: The Academic Librarian in the Open Access Future

The Greater New York Chapter of the
Association of College and Research Libraries 2014 Symposium
Friday, December 5, 2014

The 2014 ACRL/NY Annual Symposium “The Academic Librarian in the Open Access Future” will consider new opportunities and real challenges for academic librarians as the movement toward open access (OA) begins to impact our users and our institutions in increasingly complex ways. Through case studies grounded in a range of institutional contexts, we will explore the role of librarians in the open access debate and projects. During small-group debriefing sessions, participants will have an opportunity to strategize with peers about how to support their users and find potential collaborators. For further information about the symposium, visit:

ACRL/NY invites you to submit a poster session proposal for the 2014 Symposium.  Your poster session can address academic librarians’ roles vis-à-vis any issue related to this theme.  Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Open Access Collaborations
  • Open Access Literacy
  • Scholarly Publishing
  • Author’s Rights
  • Support for Faculty Researchers
  • Institutional Repositories
  • Students as Content Producers
  • Open Access Workflows
  • Copyright, Fair Use and Public Domain
  • Libraries and Licensing
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Orphan Works
  • Discoverability
  • Digital Rights Management
  • OA Policy Initiatives

Please submit your proposal using the online form at

The deadline for submission is Friday, September 12, 2014
Accepted posters will be notified by Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
For some helpful poster pointers, check the “poster presentations” tab on the LibGuide at
The Symposium will take place on Friday, December 5, 2014 in New York City at:
The William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus Conference Center, Baruch College, 55 Lexington Avenue (at 24th Street) Room 14-220 (14th floor)
We look forward to your submissions!

The 2014 ACRL/NY Symposium Committee

Linda Miles
Public Services Librarian
Pollack Library
Yeshiva University

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

CFP: Academic Library Assessment: An International Perspective (International Information and Library Review journal)

Academic Library Assessment: An International Perspective

International Information and Library Review
 is currently seeking manuscript submissions for a special issue entitled "Academic Library Assessment: An International Perspective." It is becoming important for institutions of higher education around the world to conduct assessments to show that they are committed to student learning. Consequently, their libraries must provide evidence that they are committed to supporting their parent institution’s mission and student-learning goals, as well as the interests of their stakeholders.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
  • The value of the academic library to its stakeholders
  • Implementing a culture of assessment
  • Performance assessment models for academic libraries, proposed or implemented
  • Developing an academic library assessment plan
  • Statistics used in assessment
  • Usability testing of an academic library Website
  • Measuring service quality in academic libraries
  • Space assessment in an academic library
  • Usability assessment of an academic digital library
  • Assessing the success of library instruction
  • The library’s role in the institution’s accreditation

International Information & Library Review receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its Editorial Manager site located at:

For more information, please visit:

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

CFP: Southern California Innovative Users Group 2014 Conference (Los Angeles, CA - October 14, 2014)

Southern California Innovative Users Group 2014 Conference
Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Southern California Innovative Users Group (SCIUG) conference will convene on October 14, 2014, at Occidental College, and the Steering Committee is seeking program content from you. Have you recently completed an interesting project, reconfigured a workflow, or experienced an “ah ha” moment? We want your contribution!

In addition to the popular presentations by III staff and one-hour concurrent breakout sessions, we will have a poster session. This is a wonderful opportunity for presenters to showcase late-breaking ideas, trends, and achievements so we can all learn and share within the Southern California III community.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):
•       An innovative use of a Sierra or Millennium tool to tackle a new problem
•       Using third party tools in conjunction with III systems to achieve an outcome
•       Migration to a III product
•       Meeting challenges and changes in acquisitions, technical services, systems, access/circulation, reference, etc.
•       VTLS or Polaris tools to manage library functions and tasks

We welcome proposals related to all types of libraries: public, school, academic, government, special and corporate. Please use the online form at to submit proposals by September 12, 2014.   Presenters will be notified of proposal acceptance by September 19.  Inquiries may be sent to

We hope to see you in October 2014 as a presenter at SCIUG!

CFP: Library Technology Reports Issue on Tablets & Mobile Devices

This is a call for proposals of case studies to be included in an issue of Library Technology Reports (published by ALA TechSource) focusing on the strategic and intentional integration of tablets and mobile devices into library services.  This issue will be edited by Rebecca K. Miller, Heather Moorefield-Lang, and Carolyn Meier, and will be published in Summer 2015. 

In past publications (available here:, we have explored how libraries are integrating tablets and other mobile devices into library services, highlighting best practices and effective methods.  However, now that libraries have had a few years to experiment with these technologies, we are interested in exploring the question of how libraries strategically integrate these technologies into their services.  Case studies selected for inclusion in this report will demonstrate effective practices for intentionally integrating technologies in any areas of library services.  These practices may include, but are not limited to:  front-end or need assessments, cost-benefit analyses, user experience research, and summative and formative evaluations.  We will accept 4-6 case studies, and expect that each case study will total around 3,000 words. 

In order to submit a proposal, please send a 1-2 paragraph summary of your case study--which should include a description of your project, the methods you used to gather data about the project, and the decision that your library made based on the data--along with a current CV highlighting relevant experience and publications.  Proposals and accompanying material should be submitted by August 15, 2014 to:  We will notify authors of the editors’ decision regarding their proposal(s) by September 1, 2014. 

Ultimately, we hope that this issue of Library Technology Reports will help readers be able to
  • Think more critically about the technologies that they want to integrate into their libraries
  • Identify and use new methods for gathering and analyzing data related to integrating technologies into their libraries
  • Make sound investments in and decisions about the time and resources spent on integrating technologies into their libraries
Anticipated timeline of project:
  • August 15, 2014:  Deadline for submitting proposals for contributed chapters to editors
  • September 1, 2014:  All contributors notified of acceptance or rejection of chapter proposal
  • November 1, 2014:  Full contributions (around 3,000 words) due to editors
  • December 1, 2014:  Editors send revisions to authors
  • January 15, 2015:  Revised chapters due back to editors
  • February 1, 2015:  Authors receive final suggested revisions from editors
  • March 1, 2015:  Final manuscripts due to editors
  • March 2015:  Editors assemble manuscript and finalize entire report
  • April 1, 2015:  Editors deliver final manuscript to ALA for publication
Questions can be directed to all editors via email: 

CFP: Asian / Pacific American Librarians Association 35th Anniversary and Symposium (San Francisco, June 25, 2015)

CFP: Asian / Pacific American Librarians Association 35th Anniversary and Symposium (San Francisco, June 25, 2015)

Anniversary & Symposium
San Francisco • June 25, 2015
Building Bridges: Connecting Communities Through Librarianship & Advocacy

Embracing the Past, Engaging the Present, Empowering the Future

The Asian / Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) turns 35 in 2015! To commemorate this milestone, APALA is holding a one-day symposium on Thursday, June 25 at McLaren Hall on the University of San Francisco campus. Additional programs and cultural events will be organized during the American Library Association Annual Conference.

Founded in 1980 by librarians of diverse Asian and Pacific ancestries, APALA has long been committed to supporting and providing greater visibility for Asian / Pacific American (APA) professionals in the areas of
libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) and advancing services to APA communities. The 35th Anniversary & Symposium is an opportune time to reflect upon and continue to execute its mission by providing information and/or training on: library programs and resources for APA communities; becoming successful library leaders and advocates; and creating linkages with other library associations and APA organizations.

APALA has always aimed to serve as a bridge between LAM professionals and APA communities; LAM professionals of diverse backgrounds; and libraries and APA communities. The symposium continues this theme, bringing in the idea of building bridges in all its connotations — physical, temporal, historical, virtual, individual, organizational, local, and global.

*Building Bridges: Connecting Communities Through Librarianship & Advocacy*
   - *Embracing the Past **— Build on APALA’s vision and learn about proven tools and practices for serving APA communities*
   - *Engaging the Present **— Find out how to make a difference here and now for our organizations and beyond through leadership and community building*
   - *Empowering the Future **— Pave the way to success through lessons and tips on advocacy and professional development*

*The event is intended to foster discussion address questions such as:*

   - How have libraries and cultural institutions served APA communities?
   How can APALA create and ensure more programs and tools for APA
   communities, both physical and virtual, local and global?
   - What kinds of bridges have APALA, and libraries in general, built with
   APA communities? How can APALA and APA information professionals continue
   to make alliances and build communities?
   - How have APALA and library leaders advocated for information services
   to APA communities? What lessons and advice do they have to share?
   - What are the challenges facing APA librarians and communities? What
   are the new information and technology trends? How can information
   professionals improve their knowledge and skills for the benefit of APA
   - How can APALA maintain its active role in creating a culturally
   diverse and inclusive society? How can libraries ensure that APA
   communities have the information they need to participate fully in society?

With its iconic bridges, San Francisco provides an ideal backdrop for these  discussions. The fact that it is also the site of several key landmarks and significant historical events for APAs, such as Angel Island, the I-Hotel, the first Ethnic Studies Department, makes it an even more appropriate place to connect past with the present and future.


APALA invites you to submit a proposal that addresses the symposium’s theme of building bridges that highlight the vital links between libraries and communities; librarians and library users; ideas and successful outcomes. The ideal presentation would fall under one of these tracks and focus on diverse communities, particularly Asian / Pacific Americans.

*Program Tracks*

*a. Community Building and Outreach*
   - Designing effective outreach programs that engage and reflect local community needs
   - Developing best practices and models with respect to issues affecting APA and pan-ethnic communities
   - Building successful collaborations on programming for all ages with different communities and library organizations

*b. Cultural Heritage and Educational Materials*
   - Developing resources and building library collections related to APAs
   - Creating and preserving APA archival materials (e.g., oral history, community papers, musical recordings, films, etc.) and developing institutional and digital repositories
   - Creating materials that provide APA visibility and representation in a range of formats, such as films, websites, exhibitions, digital storytelling, music, and print literature
   - Developing programs through collaborations with government, non-profit organizations, and local community groups that preserve, maintain, and promote APA cultures and histories

*c. Leadership and Advocacy*
   - Training and mentoring individuals to acquire essential skills and understanding in working with a diverse staff and clientele
 - Developing essential skills to be effective advocates and change agents.
   - Developing ways to encourage engagement and participation toward making a positivechange in the workplace and society
   - Exploring different leadership models that address issues such as, empowerment, micro-aggression, changing organizational culture, consensus building, and mentoring

*d. Interpersonal and Career Growth*
   - Addressing issues related to workplace dynamics and structure (e.g., cultural competence, conflict resolution and mediation, mentoring, re-organization, staff and professional issues, institutional change)
   - Acquiring or providing training for skills for career change or growth (e.g., technology, public relations, social media, fundraising, grant writing, assessment, management, and planning)
   - Creating a culture that encourages learning and growth as well as trust and respect


*Workshop Session (75 minutes)*
A group session with facilitator(s) who provide an interactive workshop on a project or topic. The session could be on music, research, video/film making, music, archiving, oral history, outreach programming, advocacy training, or related topics.

*Roundtable Session (75 minutes)*
A facilitated a discussion amongst presenters and audience participants on a particular topic or broader issue. Submissions should include multiple viewpoints and diverse voices. The majority of the allotted time should be devoted to discussion involving audience members.

*Paper/Panel Presentation (75 minutes)*
Presentations may cover a specialized topic from different perspectives or a general topic in- depth. Presenters should provide sufficient time for audience discussion. The proposal should specify a moderator who will organize the panel and regulate time. Individual paper submissions could be added in a panel program.

*Poster Session (60 minutes)*
A creative visual representation of a topic that provides an informal way to convey research, projects, services or ideas of interest to attendees. Presenters will be expected to set-up and host their poster during the allotted time.


To encourage greater participation, we require that each applicant submit only ONE proposal to the symposium.

*Please include the following information in your proposal:*

Primary Contact: Name, title, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, phone number Participants: name, title, affiliation, email address, and phone number

Proposal information:
   - Program Title
   - Descriptive Abstract for the program booklet (80 word maximum)
   - Program Abstract to include up to three learning outcomes (300 word maximum)

Program Track (select one of the following):
   - Community Building and Outreach
   - Cultural Heritage and Educational Materials
   - Leadership and Advocacy
   - Interpersonal and Career Growth

Program Format (select one of the following):
   - Workshop Session
   - Roundtable Session
   - Paper/Panel Presentation
   - Poster Session

*Audio-visual needs**:*
Data projector and screen will be provided.


All proposals must be received by midnight PST on *October 1, 2014 *as a
Word document
Notifications of proposal selection will be made beginning *November 15, 2014.*


Questions may be sent to the APALA 35 Program Committee at

*Non-Commercial Policy*

APALA programs are non-commercial educational learning experiences. Under
no circumstances should a workshop, session or poster presentation be used
for direct promotion of a speaker’s product, service, or other

*Additional Requirements*

All selected program presenters must be registered for the APALA 35th
Anniversary & Symposium in order to present.

Presenters are responsible for paying the conference registration fee,
travel, and lodging.

Presenters may be invited to use a format other than the one(s) selected or
might be invited to co- present with others who have proposed similar

Melissa I. Cardenas-Dow, MLIS
APALA Web Content Subcommittee Chair, 2012-Present
APALA Member-at-Large, 2014-2016

Thursday, August 07, 2014

CFP: 2015 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA—Biographies Area

CFP: 2015 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA—Biographies Area

The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference will be held April 1-4, 2015, at the New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, Louisiana. Scholars from a wide variety of disciplines will meet to share their Popular Culture research and interests.

The Biographies Area is soliciting papers that examine the connections between biography and popular culture. Papers and full panel presentations regarding any aspect of popular culture and biography are encouraged. Potential topics 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

Prospective presenters should enter their proposals in the PCA/ACA 2015 Event Management database at

The deadline is November 1, 2014.

Please direct any queries to the Biographies Area chair:
Susie Skarl
Associate Professor/Urban Affairs Librarian
UNLV Libraries
Las Vegas, NV 89154

For more information, visit the Associations’ website:

PCA/ACA on Facebook:

PCA/ACA on Twitter:

Friday, August 01, 2014

CFP: Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Meeting (Ne Orleans 2015) - Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Popular Culture area

CFP: Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Meeting (Ne Orleans 2015) - Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Popular Culture area

The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference will be held April 1-4, 2015, at the New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, Louisiana. Scholars from a wide variety of 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, relevant analyses of social networking or web resources, Popular Culture in library education, the future of libraries and librarians, or reports on developments in technical services for collecting/preserving Popular Culture materials. Papers from graduate students are welcome.

Prospective presenters should enter their proposals in the PCA/ACA 2015 Event Management database at

The deadline is November 1, 2014.

Please direct any queries to the area chair for Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Popular Culture:

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:

PCA/ACA on Facebook:

PCA/ACA on Twitter: