Saturday, February 28, 2015

CFP: Michigan Innovative Users Group (MIUG) - Lansing, Michigan - July 17, 2015

The Michigan Innovative Users Group (MIUG) Steering Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2015 MIUG Conference, to be held at the Lansing Community College West Campus on Friday July 17, 2015.

We invite you to share your expertise, tips and tricks in any of the modules of Sierra or Millennium. The Steering Committee is looking for presentations that will last about 50 minutes, with a portion of that time set aside for Q&A.  We are also open to forum ideas where an expert, or panel of experts, discuss a topic with an audience.  Ideas for poster sessions are also welcome. In addition, if you are presenting at the IUG Conference in April, please consider presenting at the MIUG.

You may submit your proposals using the Proposal Submission Form found on the MIUG site. Deadline for proposals is Friday, April 17, 2015.  The Steering Committee will notify all submitters regarding the acceptance of their proposal(s) in early May.

We look forward to hearing from you and we thank you in advance for your support and commitment to MIUG.

Donna Olson, MIUG Chair

Visit us at

Friday, February 27, 2015

CFP: LITA Forum: Minneapolis, MN - November 2015 - Collaboration with LLAMA

For those of you who straddle the fence between management and technology, this might be of interest:

The LITA Forum is a highly regarded annual event for those involved in new and leading edge technologies in the library and information technology field. Please send your proposal submissions here by March 13, 2015, and join your colleagues in Minneapolis .

The 2015 LITA Forum Committee seeks proposals for excellent pre-conferences, concurrent sessions, and poster sessions for the 18th annual Forum of the Library Information and Technology Association, to be held in Minneapolis Minnesota, November 12-15, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. This year will feature additional programming in collaboration with LLAMA, the Library Leadership & Management Association.

The Forum Committee welcomes creative program proposals 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
• Management of technology in libraries
• 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 by March 13, 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, by the deadline of March 13, 2015

More information about LITA is available from the LITA website  Facebook and Twitter  Or contact Mark Beatty, LITA Programs and Marketing Specialist at

CFP: LabMan - University of North Texas, (Denton, Texas - June 2-4, 2015)

LabMan is seeking proposals for its 16th annual conference.
University of North Texas, (Denton, Texas - June 2-4, 2015)

LabMan history started with a group of Librarians wanting/seeking and then establishing a networking and best practices conference for individuals whom support public/academic computing service such as labs and other technology resources. Over the years the conference has grown and has a track dedicated to Library technology and support services. Sessions focus on a range of topics from technology support to resource management including your workforce.

The most impactful sessions come from you! There are so many new and exciting ways people are using various technologies to enhance education and library experiences. Help your peers make the most of their skills and tools by sharing your successes, lessons learned, and best practices!

We are looking for dynamic presentations that:
·         inform academic and/or library IT support personnel about proven practices
·         envision the leading edge of the profession
·         motivate the pursuit of excellence
·         share lessons learned and skills to bridge into the future

Although we are accepting presentation proposals on any topic, for this year’s conference we have selected a few general topics, or strands, which we hope to weave together into the overarching theme of Sustaining the Future:
·         Developing and Enhancing Your Career
·         The Future of Student Management
·         Technology Innovations and Implementation in Education
·         Technology Resources and Impact
If you don’t think you have enough material for a formal presentation, there are still opportunities available for you to share your knowledge and experiences:
·         Roundtable discussions
·         “Birds of a feather” discussions
·         Poster sessions
For more information on the different ways you can share your expertise, as well as how to submit a presentation proposal, visit our website at

Please share your knowledge and experience with your peers by submitting your presentation proposal today!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Call for Articles: SLA's Information Outlook issue on Digitizing Content (May-June 2015)

Digitizing Content: Join the Discussion


What are the costs and benefits of digitizing content, and how can the process be scaled and marketed so it’s a success? How does an organization measure success—by the amount of times a digitized asset or set of assets is viewed, or by some other metric? Has your library or archive expanded or scaled back a digitization effort after receiving feedback from users?

The theme of the May-June issue of Information Outlook is “Digitizing Content,” and you’re invited to join the discussion. If you’d like to contribute an article on this topic, please send a brief outline to Stuart Hales. He will forward it to the members of the Information Outlook Advisory Council, who will provide feedback for you to consider before writing the article.

Articles should run approximately 1,800-2,100 words and are due no later than Monday, April 27. For more information about writing for Information Outlook, see the writing guidelines. To learn about theme topics for the other 2015 issues, see the editorial calendar.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

CFP: Access (Toronto, Canada - September 2015)

Access is Canada’s premier library technology conference, bringing together librarians, technicians, developers, and programmers to discuss cutting-edge library technologies. This is the 22nd year of Access and we’re thrilled to bring the conference to Toronto, Ontario! AccessYYZ will be held at the beautiful Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library from September 8-11, 2015.

This year, we’re looking for the most innovative and creative ways that tech has been or could be implemented in your library – whether it’s big, small, or completely theoretical! Are you using a Raspberry Pi to build custom hardware? How might linked open data changing your day-to-day library services in the future? Have you been working to foster a renewed culture of tech exploration among your staff? We want to hear all about it! We would especially love to see proposals from public libraries, special libraries, and other places outside the ivory tower that are using library technologies in new and innovative ways.

In time-honoured Access tradition, we want to take advantage of the flexibility of single track conference planning by letting you propose your preferred session length and format. Let us know if you want to do a traditional talk, a poster presentation, a demo, Pecha Kucha, a lightning talk, a panel of experts or something completely different. Be creative!

To apply, please fill out the form here by March 20, 2015. If you need some extra inspiration, you can check out the 2014 conference program here. Make sure you take a gander at the Code of Conduct too, so you know what’ll fly.

If you have any questions, check out our site at or shoot us an email at

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Andrew Lockhart
On behalf of the Access 2015 Organizing Committee

Friday, February 20, 2015

CFP: 17th Distance Library Services Conference (Pittsburgh, PA - April 2016)

Contributed Paper proposal for the 17th Distance Library Services Conference

Pittsburgh, PA 
April 20-22, 2016


1.  Accepted papers will be published in the Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, a peer-reviewed journal;

2.  Authors will have the opportunity to present their work to an audience of their peers; and

3.  All conference presenters receive a discounted registration fee.

Papers accepted for the conference generally fall into one of four categories:
  *   Research
  *   Case study
  *   Hybrid/case study
  *   State-of-the-art & How-to

You can learn more about Contributed Paper requirements and standards at

Don’t wait too long - the deadline for proposals is April 7, 2015!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

CFP: Internet Librarian International 2015

Internet Librarian International 2015 Call For Speakers

October 20-21, 2015
London, United Kingdom

Dynamic disruption: transforming the library
Conference URL:

Information Today invites you to submit your presentation ideas for this year’s Internet Librarian International (ILI) – the fast-growing innovation and technology conference that attracts hundreds of global library and information professionals each year.

We are seeking innovative case studies and discussions on the ideas, strategies and practical implementations that are helping you make a difference to your organisations, clients and communities.

ILI is all about the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experience and this year we will also be exploring the ‘big questions’ which challenge libraries and information professionals – who are we, and what are we for?

Which new technologies, services and business models are the most appropriate now, and where should we focus our attentions next? What changes can we make to ensure our communities thrive? How do we deliver 'constant innovation'? How can we meet the often unexpressed needs of our customers?

We are also looking for your ideas for the X-Track - an informal space for hands-on interactive activities.

As always, we welcome contributions from all types of libraries and info pros - public, academic, government, national or commercial - as well as those working outside a 'traditional' library setting.
Click here to submit your ideas.

This year’s Call for Speakers has 6 main categories:
  • Innovative technologies, tools and apps 
  • Latest developments in search and discovery 
  • Cutting edge services – new structures, new roles, new ideas 
  • Transforming engagement - new ways to influence 
  • Innovations in content - creation, collaboration, copyright and co-operation 
  • X-Track experiences and ideas 
  • PLUS workshops 

We’re looking for a range of presentation formats, including:
  • 30-minute scene-setting themed papers 
  • 15-minute case study presentations 
  • X-Track experiences and volunteers 
  • Workshop leaders 
  • Panellists 
The submissions deadline is 10th April 2015, but don’t delay your submission until then. Now’s the time to share your expertise, and be a part of this influential and forward-thinking event - Submit today.

Call for Column Editors: Serials Review (Journal)


Serials Review is launching FOUR new columns for 2015, and we need new column editors! The following columns are currently seeking Editors:

1. Across the Pond: This column will appear twice a year and explore serials and scholarly publishing issues in the United Kingdom and Europe.

2. In Laymen's Terms: This column will appear four times a year and address a technology or technical concept and explain it for the masses. Sample topics could include linked data, BIBFRAME, etc. This column will have two co-editors, each of whom would be responsible for two issues a year.

3. Problem Solved: This column will appear twice a year and offer a practical "how we did it well" case study about a particular workflow challenge or other operational problem that many libraries and information centers face.

4. Sharpest Tool in the Shed: This column will appear four times a year and will introduce and explain new systems and tools relating to scholarly publishing, serials, electronic resources, etc. This column will have two co-editors, each of whom would be responsible for two issues a year.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and CV to Maria Collins, Editor, at or Jill Grogg, Associate Editor, at

For more information about the journal, please

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

CFP: Eastern New York Chapter of ACRL Spring Conference "Building Supportive Organizational Cultures in Libraries" Binghamton NY May 19, 2015

Please send your proposal to by February 20th.


The Eastern New York Chapter of ACRL (ENY/ACRL) is pleased to offer a new presentation opportunity for its upcoming Spring Conference, “Building Supportive Organizational Cultures in Libraries,” which will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY.

In addition to lightning rounds and poster sessions (the official call for which will come in March), this year we are also offering ENY/ACRL members a chance to submit proposals for our breakout sessions.  Breakout sessions should cover 45 minutes, can include 1-2 presenters, and should incorporate a combination of introduction/presentation and the facilitation of an interactive group discussion.  Possible topics could include, but are not limited to: personnel support, professional development and continuing education, staff training, work-life balance, mentoring, tenure, early/mid/late-career perspectives, etc.

Proposals should include:
  • Presenter’s name and position title (If there is more than one presenter, choose one person to be the contact)
  • Institution
  • Contact information, including phone number, e-mail, and mailing address
  • Title of presentation
  • Summary description of less than 250 words, including ways in which you plan to engage your audience.
  • Presentation needs (e.g. technology, electricity, space, etc.)

Submit breakout session proposals to:
Yu-Hui Chen

Deadline for proposals is February 20, 2015. Candidates will be notified of acceptance by March 6, 2015.

Thank you for your interest!  And be on the lookout also for our call for lightning round presentations and poster sessions later in March.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

CFP: Re-think it: Libraries for A New Age (Allendale, Michigan - August 10-12, 2015)

Re-think it: Libraries for a New Age
Hosted by the University Libraries at Grand Valley State University (Allendale, Michigan - near Grand Rapids)


The conference will be held at Grand Valley State University and the new Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons 
August 10-12, 2015.

Re-think it: Libraries for a New Age will bring together academic and public librarians, administrators, technologists, architects, designers, furniture manufacturers and educators from across the country to discuss, share, learn and collectively re-think the increasingly important role libraries play in the communities that they serve.

The conference is accepting submissions for twenty-minute presentations and brief eight-minute
lightning round talks that address best practices, case studies, projects, and creative ideas
supporting any of the following themes:

Design to:
· Transform physical library spaces and places
· Promote innovative services, programs, or technologies
· Assess and evaluate spaces, services, technologies and programs
· Reflect community values and needs
· Develop a forward-thinking organizational culture

For more information about the conference or to submit a proposal, go to the conference website at:

All proposals should include: proposed program title, name of speaker(s), contact information, and a description of the presentation. Descriptions should be limited to 500 words for presentations and 150 words for lightning round talks. Video descriptions will also be accepted. Submission will be accepted through Monday, April 13, 2015. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by April 30.

Monday, February 16, 2015

New Open Access Journal: Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review

Announcing a NEW Open Access Journal
Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review

We are very excited to announce the launch of a new open-access journal: Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review.

Published by the ABLD: The Academic Business Library Directors, Ticker is a forum for the exchange of the research, best practices, and innovative thinking in business librarianship and business library management.

The journal welcomes research articles, opinion pieces, member profiles, case studies, and conference reports reflecting all aspects of business librarianship.

Visit the Ticker website for author guidelines and more details.

Amber Lannon, McGill University
Jason Sokoloff, University of Washington

Editorial Board:
Michael Hemment, Harvard University
Angela Horne, University of California, Los Angeles
Laura Leavitt, Michigan State University
Corey Seeman, University of Michigan
Deb Wallace, Harvard University

Call for Submissions/ Book Reviewers 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.

Submissions are ongoing. 
For more information, visit:

Catholic Library World also publishes about 100 book reviews in each issue, and prospective reviewers should email me with their qualifications and interests for reviewing.

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

Saturday, February 14, 2015

CFP: Association for Rural & Small Libraries 2015 Conference (Little Rock, Arkansas - October 1-3, 2015)

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) invites proposals for break-out session presentations for the 2015 Conference to be held in Little Rock, Arkansas, October 1 - 3.

Conference URL:

Proposals for these 1-hour sessions can be submitted using our online form found here:  The deadline to submit the form is March 13, 2015

All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Programming Committee.  Those who submit a proposal will be notified whether or not their proposal was accepted by April 6, 2015.

This year’s conference theme is “Rockin’ in Little Rock.”  Themes we hope to see among your proposals include the following:
Libraries Rock ….
  • Building Community Partners
  • Solving Problems with New Approaches
  • Creative Management
  • Technology  Tools

We remind presenters that workshops must be geared toward the small and rural library audience, and those that are practical, hands-on, and how-to are preferred. This is not the proper venue for post-graduate dissertations or marketing products. Additional instructions are included on the form.  

Workshop presenters will receive ONE complimentary conference registration per workshop title selected. (i.e. a team of three presenters working on one workshop will receive one complimentary registration).   

The committee is looking forward to receiving your submissions.

Good Luck!

Becky Heil
Conference Programming Committee Chair

Friday, February 13, 2015

CFP: ALA Annual 2015 Presentation - Data-Driven Libraries: Capturing Users’ Behavior across Library Platforms (LITA Heads of Library Technology (HoLT))

The LITA Heads of Library Technology (HoLT)  Interest Group seeks 3 – 4 panelist to join the presentation at ALA Annual 2015

When: Saturday, June 27, 2015 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Where: San Francisco, Room TBD

Presentation TitleData-Driven Libraries: Capturing Users’ Behavior across Library Platforms

Presentation Description: Libraries are seeking solutions to track how patrons interact with libraries web resources to build data-driven services. The hard part is trying to capture users’ interaction across platforms (library discovery interface, library catalogs, subject databases, and others like social media). 

The LITA HoLT interest group will assemble a panel to discuss technologies and best practices to capture user’s interaction with web platforms, visualize the data in various ways.

Physical attendance is required for the presentation and/or attendance at ALA Annual 2015.

Deadline for proposal submission is March 30th, 2015.

Please submit proposals via the form

Feel free to email us off the list for any questions you might have.


Robert Nunez, LITA HoLT IG Vice-Chair
Hong Ma, LITA HoLT IG Chair

Thursday, February 12, 2015

CFP: 2015 Symposium on LIS Education - April 10-11, 2015 Champaign, IL

CFP: 2015 Symposium on LIS Education 

April 10-11, 2015 
Champaign, IL

** Submissions are currently being accepted through February 15th. **

Divisive pay gaps, limited pre-professional opportunities, lack of diversity, inadequate representation on curricular decisions, rising tuition and fees. This is a selection of issues in LIS education today. The 2015 Symposium on LIS Education invites students to collaboratively confront the changing power structures that impact our community and shape our profession.
The 2015 Symposium on LIS Education is a two day student-led event, facilitated by LIS students, for LIS students.
The Symposium will bring students together to develop solutions to current challenges facing LIS education today by providing a space for productive and collaborative discussion. This is a unique opportunity for LIS student voices to be heard regarding the changing landscape of LIS education across institutions. We encourage LIS students to collectively engage in this process by:
  • attending the *free* 2015 Symposium on LIS Education on April 10-11, 2015 in Champaign, IL
  • joining the discussion via social media, and this website, in the months leading up to the Symposium
  • submitting a symposium proposal (an in-person or virtual presentation) on your LIS education research
  • having these discussions at your institutions!
  • contacting the planning committee with ideas, suggestions, comments, and questions at

We hope that you will join us in this important discussion of the future of library and information science education and its professionals.

CFP Linked Data & RDF: New Frontiers in Metadata and Access (Amigos Online Conference - April 23, 2015)

"Linked Data & RDF: New Frontiers in Metadata and Access"
An Amigos Online Conference
April 23, 2015
Call for Presentations

Amigos Library Services is seeking presentations for its April 23 online conference, "Linked Data & RDF: New Frontiers in Metadata and Access" that will explore RDF, linked data and their applications in libraries.

RDF and the Semantic Web promise to change and enhance the way users are guided to information. Libraries are eager to enable access to their resources not only from within their catalogs but also from web searches. 

We are looking for presenters and presentations on the following topics:
  • RDF and linked data basics: explanations of what these are, how they work, and their potential for libraries and other cultural heritage institutions.
  • Innovative applications of RDF and linked data in libraries and archives
  • Searching RDF: SPARQL, the query language for RDF documents
  • Emerging standards for linked data and RDF in libraries
  • Systems for searching, displaying and inputting RDF
  • BibFrame, the LC replacement for MARC 21
  • Ontologies, OWL, RDFS

If you can speak on one of the topics or have another idea in mind, please submit your proposal to by March 5, 2015. Don't worry if you've never presented online. It's easy and we are happy to train you and will provide technical support during your presentation.

For more information about this conference, contact Bill Walker, or 800-843-8482, ext. 2853.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2015 LITA Forum - Call for Proposals (Minneapolis, November 12-15, 2015)

The 2015 LITA Forum Committee seeks proposals for excellent pre-conferences, concurrent sessions, and poster sessions for the 18th annual Forum of the Library Information and Technology Association, to be held in Minneapolis Minnesota, November. 12-15, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. This year will feature additional programming in collaboration with LLAMA, the Library Leadership & Management Association.

New Deadline - March 13, 2015

The Forum Committee welcomes creative program proposals 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
• Management of technology in libraries
• 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 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

Call for Workshop Proposals for Summer Library Management Conference

It is with great excitement that I announce that we are now accepting workshop proposals for the 2015 Summer Library Management Conference, formerly the Library Management Institute Summer Conference. I am honored to be the new executive director of the conference, succeeding Rayleen Rivera-Harbach, who guided LMI for over five years, and stepped down in December to focus on other projects. I know that you join me in thanking Rayleen for her amazing and skillful management of LMI, carrying on the legacy established by LMI founder Bob Kieserman.     

This year we will be returning to the beautiful campus of Arcadia University, near Philadelphia, and the conference is scheduled for Monday June 8th and Tuesday June 9th.

Now in its eighth year, The Summer Library Management Conference is a national conference focusing exclusively on current issues in library management and administration and is attended by library managers from across North America. There are two tracks each day; one in public library management and the other in academic and special library management. Year after year, library managers come together for two days of valuable networking and the sharing of new and innovative ideas in an intimate setting. The conference features over 20 excellent workshops on timely and relevant topics and three keynote speakers. Admission to all sessions and meal functions is included as part of the affordable registration fee. 

So, as of today, we are pleased to begin accepting workshop proposals.

How to Submit Your Workshop Proposal
We invite your proposals for 75 minute sessions on any topic related to library administration and management including the following areas:  
  • budget and financial management
  • employment law
  • employee recruitment and retention
  • management/staff relations
  • staff interpersonal relations
  • customer service
  • use of technology
  • customer service
  • organizational dynamics
  • library law (privacy, liability, and copyright)
  • strategic planning
  • marketing and promotion
  • use of social media
  • special event planning and programming
  • fundraising
  • renovations and new buildings
  • community outreach
  • motivation, leadership, and ethics
  • other management-related topics
The deadline to submit a proposal for consideration is Wednesday March 4th at 5:00 pm ET. The workshop proposal should include the name of the presenter(s), the title of the workshop, the track for which you feel your workshop is most appropriate, a brief description of the workshop, and a short bio of the presenter(s). All workshop presenters attend the entire conference at a special rate of only $75.00 which includes all meal functions.

Workshop presenters are responsible for their own transportation and lodging. However, LMI can provide courtesy roundtrip ground transportation from the airport and Amtrak station in Philadelphia.

A complete brochure on the entire conference with registration information will be forthcoming in early March.

All proposals and any questions should be directly to me, Karima Williams at

Thank you for your interest in this conference, and we look forward to your participation.  



Reference Reviews, an international, peer-reviewed Library and Information Studies journal, is seeking manuscript submissions for publication in the 2015 volume.

Manuscripts should focus on reference sources (as opposed to reference processes). Topic examples include, but are by no means limited to:
1. An overview survey or annotated bibliography of a particular format, type, or subject area of reference sources
2. A comparative review of two or more sources in a particular subject area
3. A viewpoint article about a range of resources or type of resource
4. Any other type of article which has as its primary focus a discussion of reference and information resources

Articles which are international in scope are particularly desirable. The word count is 2000 minimum, with 3000 being the average.

More information about the journal can be found at:

If you are interested in submitting a manuscript, have questions, or would like further information, you may contact me, Erin Cassidy, at, or contact editor Bethany Latham at If you submit a manuscript online in response to this call, please mention “Erin Cassidy” when asked where you heard about the Call for Submissions.

Please feel free to forward this call to any colleagues or peers who may also be interested.

Erin Cassidy
Member, Peer Review Board, Reference Reviews

Associate Professor, Web Services Librarian
History, Foreign Languages, & Military Science Subject Liaison
Newton Gresham Library
Sam Houston State University
SHSU Box 2179, Huntsville, TX 77341

CFP: 9th National Conference of African American Librarians St. Louis, Missouri - August 4-8, 2015

CFP: 9th National Conference of African American Librarians St. Louis, Missouri - August 4-8, 2015

*Call for Poster Session Proposals*
9th National Conference of African American Librarians
St. Louis, Missouri
August 4-8, 2015


Please submit a poster proposal for the 9th NCAAL Conference, “Meet at the Gateway: Reimagining Communities, Technologies, and Libraries.”

The poster session committee is particularly interested in proposals related to:
  • Advocacy/Marketing
  • Assessment
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Health Information
  • Information and Financial Literacy
  • Makerspaces

Proposals can be submitted online at:
Graduate students and early-career librarians are encouraged to apply!

Deadline for entries is April 1, 2015 at 5 pm CST.
For more information contact the poster session committee chair:

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Call for Book Chapters: “Critical literacy for information professionals” (Facet Publishing)

Call for Book Chapters: “Critical literacy for information professionals” (Facet Publishing)
This book, aimed at library professionals, students and researchers, will draw together contributors from across library and information sectors and regions to reflect on current critical literacy practices within the sector. It will explore how these are being implemented in various settings and the impact on information professionals and the communities they support.
A number of terms have been used to describe this approach, for example, New Literacies (Lankshear, 1997) or Critical Social Literacies (Walton, 1996) as well as critical literacy, but they share the fundamental notion that, in all media, texts are constructed and serve particular interests. The objective of critical literacy is not to discover and interpret the ‘correct’ information, but to challenge and question social and cultural assumptions. Thus, critical literacy involves a commitment to equity and social justice and supports the active involvement of educators (including librarians) in shaping the future of communities and societies.
Possible chapter topics include:
  • Critical literacy with different social groups e.g. English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners (or other non-native speakers), gender-specific groups, young children, learners with special educational needs
  • Critical literacy and new media (e.g. digital, visual, multiliteracies)
  • Critical literacy in different settings (e.g. public libraries, school libraries, higher and further education libraries, health information, workplaces, community settings, informal learning)
  • Critical literacy across different societies, communities and cultures
  • Fiction and critical literacy in the library
  • Libraries, critical literacy and community engagement and action
  • Using different models of critical literacy instruction eg critical literacy tool-kit (Morgan & Ramanathan, 2005), four resources model (Freebody & Luke, 1990)
  • Student/learner engagement and critical literacy
  • Critical literacy across the curriculum (e.g. working with science, arts, languages)
  • Practical methods of teaching critical literacy (e.g. juxtaposition of texts, producing counter-texts)
  • Potential conflicts between critical literacy and existing models of education and library and information provision.

If you are interested in submitting a chapter, please send a 200-300 word abstract to Sarah McNicol ( by Friday 27th March 2015 together with a brief biographical statement. If you want to discuss your idea prior to submitting an abstract, please do contact me on the above email or telephone +44 161 247 5104.
I am keen to encourage new authors as well as established writers so if you have a strong idea for a chapter but limited experience of academic writing, please get in touch and we can discuss additional support or co-authorship options.

Monday, February 09, 2015

CFP: Taxonomy Boot Camp 2015 (Washington, D.C. - November 2015)

CFP: Taxonomy Boot Camp 2015 (Washington, D.C. - November 2015)


Call for Speakers

Taxonomies are powerful tools used by a wide range of professionals, from marketers to data scientists, for solving diverse problems from navigation to product information management. This year’s Taxonomy Boot Camp is about highlighting taxonomy's many faces and sharing practical solutions in different real-world environments.
  • On the web team? Learn how taxonomies can help improve the user experience and dynamically publish web content.
  • Work in retail? Find out more about managing product information and creating good e-commerce experiences.
  • Fascinated by everything? Wade in and get immersed -- from enterprise taxonomies to ontologies, taxonomy tools, auto-classification, and everything in between.
The Taxonomy Boot Camp program is designed to provide something for everyone, from taxonomy newbies to seasoned experts (and everyone in between). Two parallel tracks on the first day provide those new to the field with the nuts and bolts they need to get up-to-speed and give seasoned practitioners insights into how others have honed their craft and made their organizations more successful through taxonomies. On the second day, hear case studies, practical sessions on taxonomy tools and methods, and cutting-edge developments in the field.
Taxonomy Boot Camp is the only conference dedicated to exploring the successes, challenges, methodologies and products for taxonomies. Share your experiences, knowledge and work with taxonomies, ontologies, folksonomies, tagging mechanisms and other techniques for organizing information at this one-of-a-kind boutique learning and networking event.
Last year’s attendees said: “The conference was great and really added a lot to my knowledge base and gave me great ideas for moving forward.”, “This was a very useful and interesting two days... Very very glad that I attended.”, “The speakers were all interesting, enthusiastic and provided useful insights into the development and maintenance of taxonomies. I made some useful contacts and came home with very helpful resources.”

Conference Chairs 

Stephanie Lemieux, Dovecot Studio 
Mike Crandall, University of Washington

Topics for Taxonomy Boot Camp include but are not limited to:

  • Taxonomy/ontology modeling and development best practices
  • Taxonomy governance & adoption
  • Techniques for maintaining taxonomies (analytics, testing, etc.)
  • Information architecture and user experience (navigation, content publishing, etc.)
  • Metadata modeling and management (role of taxonomy)
  • Auto-categorization and other tagging techniques
  • Taxonomy management/development software selection and use
  • Working collaboratively with stakeholders, content and IT teams
  • User research & usability
  • Implementation of taxonomies and metadata in specific content management applications (including DAM, CMS, SharePoint, etc.)
  • Getting buy-in and proving ROI of taxonomy
  • Big data & big taxonomies – dealing with volume
  • Linked data, ontologies, semantic technology
  • Managing multi-lingual vocabularies
We’re also looking for great case studies from the following verticals and applications:
  • Retail/e-commerce
  • Healthcare
  • Small organizations/non-profits
  • Intranets/portals
  • Master data management/BI