Thursday, January 29, 2015

CFP: MLA Academic Libraries Conference Poster Proposals (Bay City, Michigan May 2015)

Have a successful program, event or idea that you'd like to share with academic colleagues from across the state? Interested individuals have until Monday, February 9 to submit a poster proposal for Academic Libraries 2015 conference, to be held May 28th and 29th, 2015, in Bay City. But don't delay, you won't want to miss out on this opportunity. 

Academic Libraries 2015 Conference
Call for Poster Proposals

We're interested in thoughtful poster proposals on topics in every area of librarianship, addressing the range of issues of critical concern to academic libraries. We'd like representation across the spectrum of academic librarianship: from the development of BibFrame to the expansion of PDA/DDA, from new methods of electronic resource management to the integration of MOOCS, to ARL's 'New Roles for New Times' liaison model. Broad participation is encouraged from librarians, staff and administrators from all types of academic libraries (including but not limited to public universities, private colleges and community colleges).

Proposals should include a description of no more than 300 words and an abstract of no more than 75 words, along with at least one learning outcome. Proposals will be evaluated on relevance to academic library profession, originality and creativity, and clarity/applicability of content and outcomes. 

The deadline for poster proposals is February 9, 2015 

For more information about the conference, visit the MLA website:

Feel free to post and forward this call for proposals to colleagues who are doing work that Michigan Librarians should know about! We're looking forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Call for contributions to column in the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship

The latest "E-Resource Round Up" column for volume 27, issue 2 of the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL) is currently in preparation and the column editors are looking for contributions. If you've attended a conference or program recently or plan to attend upcoming professional meetings related to electronic resources in libraries, please consider submitting a report for the column.

The "E-Resource Round Up" column is dedicated to helping JERL readers better understand topics related to the ever-changing world of electronic resources and their roles in libraries. It covers developments in the areas of new and emerging technologies and systems related to electronic resources and the digital environment; reports from professional discussion groups, meetings, presentations, and conferences; news and trends related to electronic resource librarianship; tips and suggestions on various aspects of working with electronic resources; opinion pieces; vendor activities; and upcoming events of potential interest to JERL readers.

Your contribution to the column does not have to be lengthy, and could be on any of the topics listed above. This could be an ideal opportunity for you to report on programs that may benefit others in our profession.

The editors would like to receive contributions to the column by Friday, February 20, 2015. Contributions should not be published elsewhere.

If you have a submission or questions, please contact the column editors:

Bob Wolverton
Mississippi State University Libraries

Karen Davidson
Mississippi State University Libraries
(662) 325-3018                         

Monday, January 26, 2015

Call for Chapters: Teaching Reference Today: New Directions and Approaches

Proposal Submission Deadline:  March 6, 2015
Teaching Reference Today: New Directions and Approaches

A book edited by
Lisa A. Ellis, Newman Library, Baruch College and Nicolette Warisse Sosulski, Portage District Library, Michigan
To be published by Rowman & Littlefield
Reference is an evolving outreach service in today’s libraries.  Some of its changes are technological, as users are afforded the means to gain remote access to librarians as well as a plethora of online content, free and proprietary.  However, there have been shifts in reference attributed to economic pressures, as well as new self-directed and discoverable content for users. In many ways, this evolution could be best understood as a revolution in that there has been a call in the profession to demand libraries devise innovative initiatives and programs which may require the consideration of new skills and methods of approach.  In developing these new skills and methods of approach, library students and librarians as change agents, may be required to delve into disciplines outside the field of library and information science in order to be highly effective. 

Undoubtedly, the (r)evolution of reference services has prompted library schools to seek greater alignment with practitioners and libraries on the forefront of these changes, where there may be shifts in the theories and practices (especially, core functions and values) of reference  services.  As library schools and practitioners work together to educate library students and librarians on how reference  services are being “reimagined” or “repositioned” in this new era, they are rethinking their curriculum, assignments and training sessions to incorporate real-world challenges responsive to user communities and their needs. 
How may we better educate a new and current generation of reference service professionals, given the challenges they will likely encounter?  What new tools and resources should library students learn to fully contribute to the new directions of reference services? What kinds of assignments could be devised to better promote active learning?  What new approaches or theories could be applied to assist library professionals in meeting the information-seeking needs of users?

Target Audience
Library school faculty, library students, professional development instructors, trainers, and current reference librarians, all will find this text useful in addressing the theories, applications, and practices of (r)evolving reference services in a variety of libraries and new information settings. 

Submission of Chapter Proposal
Contributors are welcome to submit chapter proposals (in the form of an abstract, 300-500 words) which have not been previously published, to both editors at the email addresses noted below.  Please be sure to include a suggested title, brief bio of 75 words or less, and complete contact information (name, job title, mailing address, email address, telephone and fax number). 
Some recommended topics related to teaching and learning about the changing nature of reference include, but are not limited to, the following:
·         Planning and management of changes in library school curriculum and/or professional development opportunities
·         Collaborations between library school faculty and library professionals to ensure what is taught is closely aligned with what is current practice
·         Impetus for change in library school accreditation standards or expectations
·         New ways to define or name reference services and professionals which makes sense to users, and considers new directions and approaches
·         New approaches to teaching various aspects of reference (ethics, fostering information literacy, knowledge of reference sources or reader’s advisory, working with specific user-groups, promoting community, etc.)
·         What are the core functions and values of reference and how are these changing
·         Understanding current or emerging changes in information seeking behavior and library use by user groups to determine best practices in reference interaction
·         Theories and practices outside the discipline of library and information science (i.e. management or technology support) to apply and why
·         Developing skills and abilities demanded of today’s reference professionals given their need to be change agents or assume non-traditional reference responsibilities
·         Incorporating new and emerging tools, technologies and information sources in assignments
·         Establishing practicums or designing assignments for real-world experience within reference courses
·         Creating learning opportunities using the case studies of reference service initiative successes and failures
·         Developing instruction to reflect how traditional reference services may be increasingly offered by paraprofessionals
·         Identifying challenges and unique approaches to using different modes of reference from the perspective of users and/or librarians

Submission Procedure
Contributors are invited to email on or before March 6, 2015, a chapter proposal in the form of an abstract, 300 -500 words.  Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by March 23, 2015 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines, including submission details.  Completed chapters in the range of 20 to 30 pages double-spaced in length, are expected to be submitted by June 30, 2015.  All submitted chapters will be reviewed and returned by August 30, 2015.   Final chapters will need to be submitted by October 30, 2015.  Publication is expected in late 2015 – early 2016.

Chapter Proposal Submission:  March 6, 2015
Notification of Proposal Acceptance:  March 23, 2015
Deadline for Completed Manuscripts:  June 30, 2015
Reviewed Manuscript Returned:  August 30, 2015
Final Chapter Submission:  October 30, 2015

All Chapter Proposals and Further Questions about Submissions can be sent via email to both:
Lisa A. Ellis
Nicolette Warisse Sosulski

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CFP: Small Archival Projects Conference ( Dubuque, IA - April 2015)

Small Archival Projects Conference!
Friday, April 17, 2015
Hosted at Loras College, Dubuque, IA.
Sponsored by DALINC (Dubuque Area Library Information Consortium)

Call for Proposals

If you're looking for an opportunity to share what you've digitized in your collection or how you've accomplished it, please share your knowledge with others! The Small Archival Projects Conference Committee is seeking proposals for 50 minute presentations (40-45 minutes for the presentation with 5-10 minutes for questions). The presentations can be about any aspect of small archival projects including:

  • Equipment selection
  • Project management - budget, workflow, etc.
  • Project selection - how do you decide what to digitize?
  • Best practices
  • Freeware, software choices, hosting options, etc.
  • Grants
  • Publicizing collections once they have been digitized
  • People who have worked on a project and would be willing to tell us what went well, what they'd do differently, etc.
  • Small, practical, limited projects

Information about the conference including specific information for presenters is available at:

Fill out the proposal form at:  and submit it by Friday, February 6, 2015 for consideration. The proposals will be blind-peer reviewed and you will be notified of your status by February 13, 2015.

For additional information, check out the conference web site at

This conference is for staff at all types of libraries in the Midwest.

Attending SXSW 2015 or the Library Technology Conference? Volunteers Needed!

Attending SXSW 2015 or the Library Technology Conference? Volunteers Needed!

Spring Conference Round-Up!

A free webinar presented by the ACRL University Libraries Section (ULS) Technology & Libraries Committee. This post-conference online session will provide attendees with an overview of some of the best presentations from spring conferences. We plan to feature SXSW 2015, and the Library Technology 

Conference, If you have attended another tech conference you think we should feature, let us know. We’re open to ideas. We hope that speakers from a variety of university libraries will present overviews of what they learned at the conferences in a lightning-round fashion.

Wednesday, March 31st, 1pm-2pm CDT /  2-3pm EDT.

We need volunteers to present as part of this webinar! If you are attending SXSW, the Library Technology Conference or another tech conference and would like to share what you learned in 10 minutes or less, please reply to Nicole Sump-Crethar at with your title and institution. We hope to hear from you!

On behalf of the ACRL-ULS Technology and Libraries Committee,
Barb Mann, Georgia Regents University
Britt Fagerheim, Utah State University
Nicole Sump-Crethar, Oklahoma State University
Emily Thompson, University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Annie Pho, University of Illinois at Chicago
Marwin Britto, University of Saskatchewan

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

RSS Management of Reference Committee Call for Moderators

The RSS Management of Reference Committee is seeking volunteers to moderate the discussion for our upcoming spring e-forum on the topic of reference as outreach! Moderator duties include:
  • Being present for a 2 day email discussion on a specific topic
  • Coming up with a list of questions on the topic to stimulate discussion
  • Guiding discussion and responding to queries
  • Providing a brief summary at the end of the discussion
  • Provide a final summary of the e-forum for posting
If you are interested or have questions, please respond to Cinthya directly at by January 30th. Thank you, Cinthya Ippoliti

CFP on Open Access and the Future of Academic Libraries

Beginning in early 2015, Rowman & Littlefield will begin publishing a series of volumes on the future of academic libraries.  Nine volumes in the series are currently in the works with Dr. Brad Eden, Dean of Library Services at Valparaiso University, serving as the series editor.

A tenth volume is now being planned, which will focus on open access and how the movement toward open access is impacting and will continue to impact library services.  The editor of this volume will be Kevin Smith of the Duke University Libraries.

Proposals for essays to be included in this volume are now welcome.  Proposals regarding any topics related to open access and the future of research libraries are welcome; the following is a non-exclusive list of areas that papers could address:

  • Library services and open data
  • Libraries as publishers
  • ETDs and the anxiety of openness
  • The impact of open access on journal publication
  • Metrics for measuring the impact of OA
  • Disciplinary approaches to open access
  • MOOCs and OERs
  • Openness and library literature
  • The mechanics and politics of library-published OA journals

A title and proposal of no longer than 300 words should be sent to Kevin Smith at by February 15, 2015; final manuscripts of accepted papers will be due by October 1, 2015.  Rowman & Littlefield will only ask for 1st publication rights for these chapters; the author will retain all other rights, including deposit into an IR.

CFP: SUNYLA 2015: The Art of Librarianship (Purchase College, SUNY June 3-5, 2015)

SUNYLA 2015: The Art of Librarianship
Purchase College, SUNY

June 3-5, 2015


State University of New York Librarians Association 
NOTE: This is not to be confused with Sunny LA

Call for Proposals

Deadline for workshops and presentation proposals: March 6, 2015

Anyone who is engaged in librarianship, or who works and collaborates with librarians, knows that it's not just a profession -- it's an art. Successful librarianship combines professional knowledge, skills, and experience with creativity, curiosity, passion, imagination, and vision. Each library, and each librarian, blends these elements in unique and different ways. Join us for the 2015 SUNYLA Conference at Purchase College in Purchase, NY, from June 3-5, 2015, when we will come together to express our creativity, present our ideas and projects, share methods and experiences, stimulate our imagination and
curiosity and, most importantly, to celebrate the art that is librarianship. 

We welcome your creative and enlightening interpretations of “The Art of Librarianship” for pre-conference workshops and conference presentations for the following program tracks:

  • Reference and Instruction
  • Cataloging and Technical Services
  • Archives and Special Collections
  • Systems and Technology
  • Collection Development
  • Public Services and Interlibrary Loan
  • Professional Development
  • Management and Leadership
If you are not sure which track your presentation would fit into, submit your proposal anyway and we will determine which track would best suit your idea. Please submit proposals here: Call for Proposals.  If you are submitting proposals for multiple workshops or presentations, please fill out a separate form for each.

Deadline for workshops and presentation proposals: 
March 6, 2015

Pre-conference Workshops
               When?  Wednesday, June 3rd
               Length of Time?  90 minutes or 2 hours
               Questions?  Contact:  Laura Evans,

Conference Presentations
               When? Thursday, June 4th and Friday, June 5th
               Length of Time?  45 minutes
               Questions?  Contact:  Fantasia Thorne-Ortiz,

For information on expense reimbursement, please refer to the Guidelines for
the SUNYLA Annual Conference Expenses.

-> Mark your calendars and plan to meet up at the 2015 SUNYLA Conference <-

Saturday, January 17, 2015

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS: Handbook of Research on Academic Library Partnerships and Collaborations

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS: Handbook of Research on Academic Library Partnerships and Collaborations

Proposal Submission Deadline: January 30, 2015
Handbook of Research on Academic Library Partnerships and Collaborations

A book edited by
Dr. Brian Doherty (New College of Florida, USA)

To be published by IGI Global:

For release in the Advances in Library and Information Science Book Series
ISSN: 23264136

Series Description
The Advances in Library and Information Science Book Series aims to expand the body of library science literature by covering a wide range of topics affecting the profession and field at large. The series also seeks to provide readers with an essential resource for uncovering the latest research in library and information science management, development, and technologies.

This publication will seek to document, through well researched chapters, examples of how partnerships and collaborations have enabled academic libraries to provide users with the services and materials that are needed at 21st century colleges and universities.

Approaching the subject matter from the perspective of the libraries themselves, the types of collaborations documented in the book will vary widely from large, consortial level resource sharing
libraries, to smaller, internal and external collaborations.

Objective of the Book
Collaboration is an imperative for today's academic library. This volume will focus on examples of how collaboration enables academic libraries to offer services, build collections, and provide access to resources outside of the traditional library sphere things that libraries may not be able to offer if left to their own resources. Chapters will cover various kinds of partnerships and collaborations, and will focus on academic libraries of all sizes. This handbook aims to serve as an invaluable resource for librarians developing their own collaborative relationships, as well as researchers studying how libraries partner with various entities to achieve their academic missions.

Target Audience
Librarians, researchers, academic administrators, advanced level students, and information technology
professionals will find this handbook useful, not only in understanding collaborative efforts in academic libraries, but in researching such institutional relationships, and in forging their own.
Contributors are welcome to submit chapters on the following topics relating to academic library collaborations, partnerships, consortia, shared use, and large projects:

  • Consortial/Shared Demand Driven Acquisition
  • Group Digitization Projects
  • Shared Collection Management and Storage
  • Collaborative Open Source Technology Projects
  • Interlibrary Lending
  • Collaborative Integrated Library Systems
  • Group Interlibrary Lending and Unmediated Borrowing
  • Shared Library Facilities
  • Academic Libraries and Public, Special and Other Library Types
  • Academic Library and Corporate Partnerships

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before January 30, 2015, a
chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of
his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by February 15, 2015 about the
status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be
submitted by May 15, 2015. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double blind
review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.
Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this
book publication, Trust in Knowledge Management and Systems in Organizations. All
manuscripts are accepted based on a double blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the "Propose a Chapter" link at the bottom of
this page.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an
international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea
Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science
Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in
publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring
academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to,
education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management,
information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and
information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For
additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igiglobal.
com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2016.

Important Dates

  • Proposal Submission Deadline: January 30, 2015
  • Full Chapter Submission: May 15, 2015
  • Review Results to Authors: July 10, 2015
  • Revised Chapter Submission: August 7, 2015
  • Final Acceptance Notifications: September 21, 2015
  • Submission of Final Chapters to Editor: October 1, 2015

Inquiries may be directed to
Dr. Brian Doherty
New College of Florida,
5800 Bay Shore Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34243
Phone: (941) 4874401


Thursday, January 15, 2015

CFP: Library, Archives, Museums and Collections Area - Northeast Popular/American Culture Association 2015 Fall Conference (New London, NH)

Northeast Popular/American Culture Association Call for Papers:
Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Collections area

The Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Collections area of the Northeast Popular/American Culture Association welcomes paper submissions from librarians, archivists, curators, graduate students, faculty, collectors, writers, patrons, and researchers of popular culture and information settings of all types.
We encourage panel proposals, as well as, individual submissions.  
NEPCA’s 2015 fall conference will be held on the campus of Colby-Sawyer College (New London, NH) the weekend of October 30-31, 2015
The deadline for proposals is June 15, 2015.
 Some suggested topics:
  • Histories and profiles of museums, archives, libraries, and other popular culture resources.
  • Intellectual freedom or cultural sensitivity issues related to popular culture resources.
  • Book clubs and reading groups, city- or campus-wide reading programs.
  • Collection building and popular culture resources.
  • Organization and description of popular culture resources.
  • New media formats and popular culture in libraries, archives, or museums.
  • New media, digital literacies, databases, content management systems, access and discovery systems, websites (such as wikis, YouTube, Google, Amazon, eBay, etc.) and their impact on libraries and popular culture collections.
  • Public libraries and librarians supporting programming and outreach around popular culture resources (graphic novels, streaming video, etc.)
  • Other topics welcome!!!
Area Chair: Julie A. DeCesare, Providence College     
E-mail: Area: Libraries, Archives, Museums and Collections
Paper Proposal Submission Form (email form and 1 page CV to area chair by June 15, 2015):
For information about the Fall 2015 Conference:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

CFP: 2015 LACUNY Institute (Privacy and Surveillance: Library Advocacy for the 21st Century)

The Library Association of the City University of New York (LACUNY) seeks
proposals for the 2015 LACUNY Institute.

Call for Proposals
Privacy and Surveillance: Library Advocacy for the 21st Century LACUNY Institute 2015

Date: May 8, 2015
Location: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Keynote Speaker: Rainey Reitman (Activism Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation; Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, Freedom of the Press Foundation)

Deadline Extended: January 23, 2015

Historically, librarians have defended patron privacy on the grounds that it is crucial to free speech, freedom of thought, and equal access to information. These core values, which occasionally have led librarians to confrontation with law enforcement, are embedded in our professional ethics. The American Library Association’s Privacy Toolkit demarcates a broad territory for the profession to safeguard: “In libraries, the right to privacy is the right to open
inquiry without having the subject of one’s interest examined or scrutinized by others” (Privacy and Confidentiality: Library Core Values).

Nevertheless, patron data can now be scrutinized not just by FBI agents with secret warrants, but also by database and e-book vendors, social media companies, and Internet marketers. The digital nature of today’s information sources has allowed for mass collection of patron data--as demonstrated by the NSA’s covert collection of telephone and Internet records. Our profession has been slow to respond. In this new technological and political landscape, which privacy violations pose a threat to our mission of promoting free speech and free thought? How can librarians convince those in power that patron privacy is crucial to our institutions and our communities? Can we negotiate contracts with vendors that protect reader privacy? How should we talk to our students about these issues, and what can we learn from them about the future of privacy?

The LACUNY Institute seeks proposals that explore all aspects of privacy in libraries, with a special emphasis on academic settings. We welcome proposals from those inside and outside the profession. This year, we will feature two kinds of presentations:

*Paper Presentations* (20 minutes)
The Institute will include several moderated panel presentations, which may be historical, theoretical, legal, or practical in nature. Please include time for questions and discussion.

A few examples include:
•         Library Code of Ethics and its relevance today
•         Current laws and precedents relating to privacy
•         The information economy and user data
•         Predictive analytics
•         Assessment and student privacy
•         The Dark Web

*Lightning Presentations* (10 minutes)
At the close of the Institute, attendees will disperse to a number of simultaneous lightning presentations. These should be highly practical in nature and focused on a single, specific issue. The goal is to provide attendees with concrete steps for action. Please build in substantial time for questions and discussion, and plan to bring handouts or other takeaways.

A few examples include:
•         Lesson plans for teaching students about privacy
•         How to read vendor contracts and negotiate for privacy rights
•         Privacy-protecting alternatives to common tools and websites (e.g., ownCloud, DuckDuckGo)
•         Setting up a Tor relay
•         Proven steps for promoting privacy initiatives among faculty and administrators

Please submit proposals for paper and lightning presentations, including a 300-500 word abstract, to by January 23, 2015.

Questions may be directed to For more information, visit the Institute website:

Texas Digital Humanities Conference CFP - Deadline extended to 1/27/15

The second annual Texas Digital Humanities Conference, cosponsored by the UT Arlington College of Liberal Arts; the UTA Libraries; and the UTA Departments of English, History, Linguistics, and Art and Art History, welcomes submissions for twenty-minute individual papers and poster presentations for a conference on work in the Digital Humanities. This conference encourages submissions from a broad spectrum of communities: university and K-12 educators, graduate students, and undergrads; museum and archives professionals; library professionals; and independent scholars.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to Jan. 27, 2015

The conference will begin with a keynote address on the evening of Thursday, April 9, and will conclude with a hackfest on the afternoon ofSaturday, April 11.

Keynote Speakers:
Alan Liu, Professor of English, University of California, Santa Barbara
Adeline Koh, Director, DH@Stockton, Associate Professor of Literature, Richard Stockton College

We welcome oral presentation and poster session submissions on any topic relevant to digital humanities. Possible topics include (but are not limited to)

* Digital humanities in the classroom: K-12 or higher ed
* Funding digital humanities at your institution
* Sourcing DH projects: how & where to find what/whom you need to do your DH project
* GIS and humanities
* Starting and sustaining a DH lab space
* Locating the edge of digital in broaders ways that impact humanities
* Current DH projects in different humanities disciplines
* Interdisciplinary DH: pitfall or career boost?

Proposal Submissions:
The conference will include oral presentation and poster session opportunities. The twenty-minute presentations slots will include fifteen minutes for presentation and five minutes for questions. Submissions for twenty-minute presentations should include a maximum 500-word abstract. Submission of themed panel presentations (with an anticipated panel time of forty minutes) are also encouraged. Graduate students should also indicate whether they would like to be considered for a travel bursary (see below). We will also accept poster-only submissions, and submissions for twenty-minute presentations will automatically be considered for poster presentations. Posters should be ready for display by the conference, which will include a dedicated poster session in which poster presenters can interact with other participants, as well as a “minute madness” session, for which the presenter should prepare 1 slide and be prepared to explain it in sixty seconds.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to Jan. 27, 2015

Jody Bailey, MA, MLIS
Director of Grants and Research and Liaison Librarian to Linguistics & TESOL
Central Library Room 214A
University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

CFP: LITA Forum 2015 (Minneapolis MN - November 12-15, 2015)

LITA Forum 2015 Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals for the 2015 LITA Forum is out and proposals are due February 28, 2015. The 18th annual Forum of the Library Information and Technology Association will be held in Minneapolis Minnesota, November 12-15, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

The Forum Committee welcomes proposals for full-day pre-conferences, 50-minute concurrent sessions, or poster sessions related to all types of libraries: public, school, academic, government, special, and corporate.
Proposals could relate to any of the following topics:
  • Cooperation & collaboration
  • Scalability and sustainability of library services and tools
  • Researcher information networks
  • Practical applications of linked data
  • Large- and small-scale resource sharing
  • User experience & users
  • Library spaces (virtual or physical)
  • “Big Data” — work in discovery, preservation, or documentation
  • Data driven libraries or related assessment projects
  • Anything else that relates to library information technology
Proposals may cover projects, plans, ideas, or recent discoveries. We accept proposals on any aspect of library and information technology, even if not covered by the above list. The committee particularly invites submissions from first time presenters, library school students, and individuals from diverse backgrounds. Submit your proposal through this link by February 28, 2015.

Presentations must have a technological focus and pertain to libraries. Presentations that incorporate audience participation are encouraged. The format of the presentations may include single- or multi-speaker formats, panel discussions, moderated discussions, case studies and/or demonstrations of projects.

Vendors wishing to submit a proposal should partner with a library representative who is testing/using the product.

Presenters will submit draft presentation slides and/or handouts on ALA Connect in advance of the Forum and will submit final presentation slides or electronic content (video, audio, etc.) to be made available on the web site following the event. Presenters are expected to register and participate in the Forum as attendees; discounted registration will be offered.

Please submit your proposal through

ALA-LLAMA Call for Mentors and Mentees

The LLAMA Mentoring Committee has begun recruiting for both mentors and mentees for our July 2015-June 2016 year. The mentoring program pairs librarians who are currently in leadership positions with librarians who are interested in becoming leaders.
For mentors, it is a chance to pass on your experience and knowledge by working one-on-one with an enthusiastic  colleague who is ready to learn and benefit  from your experience.
For mentees, it is a great opportunity to learn from an accomplished leader how to:
• explore your leadership potential
• demonstrate leadership in your current position
• acquire the skills, attitudes and relationships that you will need to move into leadership roles.
Participants must be ALA and LLAMA members as of the start of the program, and must either attend the Mentor/Mentee orientation at ALA Annual or be able to participate in a virtual orientation at a time to be determined.
The deadline to apply to become a mentor or a mentee is February 20th, 2015.
To apply to become a mentor, go to:
To apply to become a mentee, go to:

For more information on the program, contact Debbie Tenofsky at
Thank you!
Joyce Wright
Melissa Laning
Julene Jones
LLAMA Mentoring Committee members

Monday, January 12, 2015

CFP: SEMLOL (Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries) Spring Meeting - "Libraries as Service) - April 10, 2015 in Detroit

CFP: SEMLOL (Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries) Spring Meeting - "Libraries as Service) - April 10, 2015 in Detroit

SEMLOL [] is preparing a program for the Spring meeting on “Libraries as Service” and you are invited to submit a proposal! 

Libraries’ focus on service as a main guiding philosophy is being re-affirmed as libraries re-envision themselves to meet the 21st century needs of their patrons. We invite you to submit proposals on topics such as innovative service models, space redesigns implemented to offer library spaces as service, technology or other planning processes that are guided by a vision of libraries as service – just to name a few. Best practices, case studies, projects, and creative ideas are all welcome.

The Spring SEMLOL meeting will take place on April 10, 2015, 1:00pm - 4:00pm at the College for Creative Studies. Presentations should be 40 minutes long, including time for questions.

To submit a presentation proposal, please send a title, name of speaker(s), and an abstract of no more than 250 words to by February 2nd, 2015. Accepted proposals will be notified by the end of February. 

Julia Eisenstein
Univ. of Detroit Mercy

CFP: EBSS RESEARCH FORUM - ALA Annual 2015 (Education and Behavioral Sciences Section Research Committee)

CFP: EBSS RESEARCH FORUM - ALA Annual 2015 (Education and Behavioral Sciences Section Research Committee)
The Education and Behavioral Sciences Section Research Committee is holding its 9th Annual Research Poster Forum during the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, California.  The Research Forum and reception follows the announcement and speech of the 2015 award winner for APA Excellence in Librarianship, and will take place on the afternoon of Saturday June 27, 2015.
The Forum seeks to provide beginning and established researchers an opportunity to present research in progress, receive collaborative feedback on their work and recommendations for future publishing.  Research / Posters will be simultaneously presented and discussed in small informal groups.   Attendees at the forum will find an arena for discussion and networking with their colleagues interested in research related issues and trends in the profession.  The committee will use a blind review process. 
Proposals are due February 13, 2015.
Proposals will be evaluated based on the extent to which they:
1.       Measure and/or investigate library and information aspects in the fields of communication, psychology, social work and/or education.
2.       Represent the current interests of the membership of EBSS. 
3.       Represent an original research project. 
4.       Show evidence of carefully planned research design and thoughtful analysis.
5.       Clearly identify what stage of the project has been completed and estimate a timeline for the remainder of the project.
Note:  Research that has been previously published or accepted for publication by December 1, 2014 will not be considered.
1.       Format: Proposals should be 250-350 words, double spaced, 12 pt. font, one inch margins.
2.       The first page should include:
-          Date of Submission
-          Name of applicant(s) institution(s)
-          Applicant address(es)
-          Phone number(s)
-          E-mail address(es)
-          Title of the proposal
3.       Subsequent page(s) should include:  
-          Title of the proposal
-          Statement of the research question(s)
-          Research goals and objectives
-          Description of the methodology
-          Discussion and/or conclusions
Please email submissions to Benjamin Andrus at by Friday, February 13, 2015
Jill Morningstar, Co-chair
Education, Psychology & Children’s Literature Librarian
Michigan State University Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing, MI 48824
Yu-Hui Chen, Co-chair
Bibliographer and Outreach Librarian for Education 
University Libraries - LI 304
University at Albany, SUNY
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12222