Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CFP: Innovations in library services to poor and homeless people, ALA Annual 2015 San Francisco

The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services invites library professionals from all kinds of institutions to submit proposals to participate in the 2015 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 27 at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in San Francisco. Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 15, 2015.
Generously sponsored by DEMCO, the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair is an opportunity for libraries and member groups to share their successful diversity and outreach initiatives with ALA Annual Conference attendees, celebrate diversity in America’s libraries and exhibit “diversity in action” ideas. The theme of this year’s Fair will be library services for poor and homeless people.
The 2015 Diversity and Outreach Fair will feature innovative and successful library-based programs geared towards poor and homeless people. Libraries offer many services to poor and homeless people, from programming and outreach, to reference services, often referred to as “preventative librarianship,” where these patrons can be connected to essential resources, including food and housing, healthcare and education, as well as services to those who are in transition. Additionally, many libraries collaborate with community organizations to help connect librarians with vital services.
Also considered for participation are proposals that highlight library services to underserved or underrepresented communities, including people with disabilities; poor and homeless populations; people of color; English-language learners; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people; new Americans, new and non-readers; older adults; people living in rural areas; incarcerated people and ex-offenders and mobile library services and bookmobiles.
Selected presenters will develop and facilitate a poster session to be held during the ALA 2015 Annual Conference in the exhibits hall.  In addition, the participants are encouraged to submit, in digital format, information and resources from their program.
For more information, and to apply, please visit www.ala.org/divfair.

CFP: Memory and Migration: CAMOC’s 10th anniversary conference 2-4 September, 2015 (Moscow, Russia)

Memory and Migration: CAMOC’s 10th anniversary conference
2-4 September, 2015

URL: http://network.icom.museum/camoc/conferences/moscow-2015/

We are now accepting proposals for presentations. The deadline is 30 April 2015. Approved proposals will be announced on 30 May 2015.

Details of accommodation, travel grants that may be available and information about our venue, the Museum of Moscow, are on the preliminary conference web site drawn up by our colleagues in Moscow: http://camoc2015moscow.wix.com/camoc2015moscow

CAMOC, ICOM’s International Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities was born in Moscow in April 2005 and it is to Moscow we are returning for our anniversary conference hosted by our colleagues at the Museum of Moscow.

From the 12th century onwards the capital of Russia has united people of different cultures and histories to create a vast, dynamic and diverse world city, and it is thus an ideal location for an international conference on city museums, migrant memory and migrant identity.

Memory and Migration
Migrants created cities and they continue to give cities shape and meaning. We, and our parents, may have been born and brought up in the city, but we are all in one way or another the children of migrants, migrants from the rural hinterland or from another country, who found the lure of the city irresistible.

Migrants bring memories of their past, their culture and their habits with them. How do they preserve them in another environment, how do they maintain their identity? They may prefer to be absorbed into their new home, but they still bring a former life with them, and diversity and difference give a city its own unique character.

Migration continually redefines a city’s heritage and narrative, and social media now have the power to create new ‘places’ for discussion on the city and its people, their histories, their human rights, their lives.  No city museum therefore can be indifferent to the impact of migration. These then are the sessions and themes we propose:

Migration and city museums 
In this session the focus will be on the role of migrants from the hinterland or from another country in giving shape to the unique characteristics of the city throughout its history.

City museums as places of debate and social involvement in the changing city
How are city museums dealing with migration and memory? What are the issues and the challenges for city museums? What is the role of migration in the creation, history, culture and development of a city? How does the museum involve the migrant?

The City museum as a Memory Centre and a Place of Inclusion
What is memory? Whose memory does a city museum represent? Every place in our cities has both collective and individual memory and each develops different narratives. What is cultural exclusion and who is excluded? Is it possible to escape exclusion and what is to be done? This session will focus on different ways of working with memory.

City Museums – 10 years together
A number of presentations on exciting and original projects in city museums.
 Does your museum have a project that it is really proud of? Do you think it can be inspiring and interesting for the CAMOC community? Is the topic something many museums around the world are faced with? It is time to present this project to us, sharing efforts, challenges, weaknesses and strengths with colleagues.

The Programme
Our detailed programme, including a full range of receptions and excursions in the city, is now being drawn up, but in the meantime we are inviting you to take an active part in the work of our conference.

To submit a proposal for a presentation:
Please send us an abstract of no more than 350 words, as well as a short biography, to camoc2015conference@gmail.com (contact person Layla Betti, member of the CAMOC’s Executive Board)
Abstracts should include the following:

  • Paper title
  • Name and institution of the author (with ICOM membership number for ICOM members)
  • Email address
  • Any special technical requirements (for example a Mac or PC for accompanying images, video)

As the majority of participants will not be native English speakers, we encourage the use of visual material wherever possible. A short 2-5 minute film or video about a museum in relation to migration would also be welcome.

Deadline for submission of proposals: 30 April 2015
Announcement of approved proposals: 30 May 2015
Further details about registration and payment methods will be available from 1st April 2015.
Conference fee
For ICOM members: EUR 150
For non-ICOM members: EUR 180
For students: EUR 80
For accompanying person: EUR 40
Contact persons at the Museum of Moscow:
Irina Smagina, member of CAMOC’s Executive Board and Deputy Director for international and regional relations, Museum of Moscow i.smagina@mosmuseum.ru
Polina Zhurakovskaya, Senior Researcher, International Department Museum of Moscow for information about visa requirements and all practical matters. p.zhurakovskaya@mosmuseum.ru

CFP: International Conference Series in Games and Literary Theory Third Annual Conference (New Orleans, Louisiana - November 2015)

CFP: International Conference Series in Games and Literary Theory
Third Annual Conference
Hosted by Loyola University New Orleans, Department of English & School of Mass Communication
New Orleans, Louisiana USA
November 20-22, 2015

**Please note, we are EXTENDING the proposal due date to April 17th.**
The Games and Literary Theory Conference Series addresses the scope and appeal of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of games and games’ impact on other fields in the Humanities. It began in 2012 as a PhD seminar and workshop arranged by the Department of English at the University of Malta in collaboration with IT University of Copenhagen and subsequently expanded into an annual conference. The inaugural Games and Literary Theory conference convened at the University of Malta in 2013 (https://gamesandliterarytheory.wordpress.com/); the 2nd annual conference was held at the University of Amsterdam in 2014 (http://www.uva.nl/en/about-the-uva/organisation/faculties/content/faculteit-der-geesteswetenschappen/shared-content/events/conferences/2014/11/games-and-literary-theory.html). The 3rd annual Games and Literary Theory conference is scheduled to meet in the USA at Loyola University New Orleans during November 2015. 
We are particularly interested in digital game modalities and how these might be seen as reconfiguring and questioning concepts, practices and orthodoxies integral to literary theory (i.e. textuality, subjectivity, authorship, the linguistic turn, the ludic, and the nature of fiction). The conference will also explore the ways in which theoretical discourses in the area of game studies can benefit from critical concerns and concepts developed within the fields of literary and cultural  theory, such as undecidability, the trace, the political unconscious, the allegorical, and the autopoietic. Likewise the conversation about narrative and games continues to raise questions concerning the nature of concepts such as fiction and the virtual, or indeterminacies across characters, avatars and players.
The Games and Literary Theory conference has adopted a single-track format allowing all attendees to attend all presentations and discussions. The organizers of the Third Annual International Conference invite proposals that focus on issues related, but not limited to, any (or a combination of) the following:
- Textuality in literature and games
- Rethinking fiction after with digital games
- Characters, avatars, players, subjects
- New forms of narrative and games
- Games and the rethinking of culture
- Genre study and criticism
- Digital games, literariness, and intermediality
- Digital games and authorship and/or focalization
- Reception theory, reader experience, player experience: New phenomenologies for critique
- Gender in games, literature, and theory
- Digital games, literary theory, and posthumanism
- Representations of disability in interactive media
- Possible Worlds Theory and games
- Digital games in literature
For earliest consideration, please submit abstracts of 250-300 words as the body of an email with a subject line "GamesLit15" to Timothy Welsh (twelsh@loyno.edu) by April 17, 2015. The organizers will review proposals and confirm acceptances beginning May 1, 2015. 
For information and updates, please refer to the conference website (gameslit15.wordpress.com) and twitter feed (@gameslit15).

Monday, March 30, 2015

CFP: Scholars Series by Rowan & Littlefield (Library and Information Science)

CFP: Scholars Series by Rowan & Littlefield

The Beta Phi Mu Scholars Series, published by Rowan & Littlefield, welcomes proposals that advance knowledge in the discipline and profession of library and information science.  The following broad topics suggest projects future authors may wish to undertake, but is by no means an exhaustive list:

  • The economics of information and libraries
  • Innovative service options in different environments
  • Technologies that facilitate librarians’ and information specialists’ work
  • Examination of the dynamics of communities
  • Complexities of decision making
  • Developing professionals to make differences in organizations
  • Research into communication challenges
  • Serving ethnically, culturally, and/or linguistically diverse populations
  • Creating models for the sustenance of leadership in organizations

More information about the series can be found here.

Authors are asked to submit proposals that include the following:
  1. Working title
  2. Expected publication date and anticipated timeline
  3. Estimated length of manuscript
  4. Summary
  5. Outline of chapters
  6. Drafted chapter (if possible)
  7. Explanation of the significance of the manuscript
  8. Resume or vita addressing author’s qualifications

Inquiries, questions, and proposals should be sent directly to the editor, Andrea Falcone, at andrea.falcone@ucdenver.edu

Andrea M. Falcone, Editor
Beta Phi Mu Scholars Series
Head of Education & Outreach Services
Auraria Library
University of Colorado, Denver

Thursday, March 26, 2015

CFP: CMERIG at ALA Annual 2015 – Case Studies in Electronic Resource Sharing

The Collection Management and Electronic Resources Interest Group (CMERIG) is seeking proposals for our meeting to be held on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 3:00pm during the ALA Annual 2015 Conference in San Francisco, California.

We are interested in efforts to improve electronic resource sharing in academic libraries, preferably case studies that demonstrate how libraries have reorganized, altered workflows or otherwise made substantial changes to their resource sharing and/or interlibrary loan
operations to improve access to electronic resources.

The meeting is scheduled to last one hour with time for two twenty-five minute presentations (including Q&A). The remaining time will be reserved for administrative business and further discussion.

We request that the following information be included in each proposal:

• Name, job title, contact information and affiliation of presenter(s)

• Title of presentation

• Abstract (150 -200 words)

Please send your proposal to gstachok@purdue.edu by April 24, 2015.

Thank you,

George Stachokas
Chair, Collection Management and Electronic Resources Interest Group

Jennifer Bazeley,
Vice-Chair/Chair Elect, Collection Management and Electronic Resources
Interest Group

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CFP: 4rd Annual Indiana University Libraries Information Literacy Colloquium (IU Kokomo - August 2015)

What Does It All Mean?: Unpacking the Information Literacy Framework 
Location: Indiana University Kokomo, Kokomo, Indiana
Date: Friday, August 7, 2015
The discussions around the development of an Information Literacy Framework have enlivened the library instruction community and challenged us to consider new possibilities for defining, teaching, and assessing information literacy on college and university campuses. With our horizons broadened and our perspectives enlightened, we are beginning to ask “Now What?” of a framework that may exist alongside the Information Literacy Standards, may stand on its own, or may become the theoretical and inspirational driving force for librarians in our role as educators for the foreseeable future. In addition to questioning its viability for being the guiding force that drives information literacy in higher education, librarians are developing and adopting new modes and practices regarding its implementation. The planning committee for this event would like to provide a forum for open discussions and working sessions related to the practical application of the framework. We also welcome critical investigations into the usefulness of the framework within particular institutional contexts. Instead of formal presentations and a keynote speech, the IU Libraries Information Literacy Colloquium will feature workshops designed to engage participants in question-raising, solution-proposing, and idea-generating around one (or more) of the six frames of the Information Literacy Framework and its application to librarians’ approaches to instruction, assessment, and leadership in higher education. 

The planning committee is currently seeking proposals for 60-minute workshops featuring a variety of perspectives, approaches, and possibilities related to the application of the Information Literacy Framework. Rather than formal presentations, we are seeking proposals for interactive workshops that would engage participants in understanding, sharing, and developing their own professional practice. Please submit the proposals to https://iu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8cQexzoMQI44qtT by Friday, May 15th. Workshop facilitators will be notified of the status of their proposal by Monday, June 1st.

Maria T. Accardi
Associate Librarian
Coordinator of Instruction
Indiana University Southeast

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CFP: CaVraCon (Northern and Southern California chapters of the Visual Resources Association) - June 2015

Proposals for CaVraCon sessions, workshops, case studies and other program formats are being accepted through March 31, 2015

CaVraCon is a joint conference organized by the Northern and Southern California chapters of the Visual Resources Association (VRA) to be held June 18 & 19 at UC Santa Barbara. https://sites.google.com/site/cavracon2015/
Although not limited, possible presentation topics could include:

Analog/Digital Collections
Teaching with Images: New Developments
Professional Issues
Copyright Issues
Digital Imaging Tools
Digital Humanities
Visual Literacy

Please submit your completed CaVraCon 2015 Proposal Form via email to Teodora Bozhilova at teddieb@ucr.edu by March 31, 2015.

Proposals will be reviewed and presenters will be notified of their selection no later than April 15, 2015

Feel free to contact Jason Hosford (jbhosford@berkeley.edu) or Greg Reser (greser@ucsd.edu) with any questions!

Call for Preconferences: Charleston Conference 2015

Call for Preconferences: Charleston Conference 2015

Deadline for proposals is Wednesday, April 30, 2015.

Call URL: http://www.katina.info/conference/participate/call-preconferences/

Preconference Guidelines:

1) The main focus of the Charleston Conference is the acquisition and leasing of library materials of all types, budget issues, licensing, personnel, marketing, publicity, providing access. As well, we encourage sessions on digital scholarship, end users, entrepreneurship, innovation and professional development. We like new ideas or approaches and especially those that accentuate the practical However, sessions that are product-oriented or that are presented by a single company/publisher/vendor will not be accepted.

2) The preconferences will be scheduled on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. Full day sessions run from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Morning sessions are 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, and afternoon sessions are 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. We provide a refreshment break at 10:30 am, lunch at the Vendor Showcase from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, and another break at 2:30 pm. Please schedule your agendas accordingly.

3) For most preconferences, the Charleston Conference covers the cost of the meeting room rental, A/V equipment, and refreshments for attendees. To cover those costs, full day preconference registration fees are generally $150, and halfday preconference fees are generally $110. If you would like to make arrangements for a different registration amount due to sponsorships or other alternatives, please contact Leah Hinds at leah@katina.info.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Call for Chapters: Data Visualization: A Guide to Visual Storytelling for Librarians (LITA Guides)

Call for Chapters: Data Visualization: A Guide to Visual Storytelling for Librarians
Proposals Submission Deadline: April 30, 2015
Full Chapters Due: August 1, 2015
Editor:  Lauren Magnuson (California State University, Northridge, Los Angeles, United States)
Series:  LITA Guides
Publisher:  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Skills in data visualization are increasingly crucial for librarians and information professionals who work in libraries.  Data and information visualization involves expressing information to tell meaningful stories with datasets.  It is critical for libraries to communicate their value to their stakeholders, and data visualization tools and technologies can enable libraries to tell the story of their value in a way that is dynamic, engaging, and easy for viewers to understand.  Libraries can also utilize data visualization technologies to assist researchers in interpreting public open data sets.

This book will include three sections:  1) Choosing and interpreting datasets for visualization, 2) Tools and technologies for creating meaningful visualizations, and 3) Case studies of information visualization projects or applications in libraries.  While many resources exist that focus on the tools and technologies of information visualization, this book’s emphasis on visualizing the unique data points important to libraries, such as electronic resource usage metrics, will be of direct use to library professionals and will be a distinctive feature of this book.

Target Audience
This book is of interest to public, academic, and special libraries, as many types of educational and information agencies seek to document and relate their value to their communities.  Moreover, creating and interpreting data visualizations is an essential skill for library and information professionals seeking to make informed decisions based upon large and complex datasets about user behavior.

Recommended Topics
Recommended topics include, but are not limited to:

Choosing, interpreting, and designing visualizations from datasets, such as:
  • How to identify data for use in visualizations
  • Data presentation architecture
  • Principles/best practices of visual storytelling with library data
  • Visualizing data from a variety of sources, such as:
    • Electronic resource (journal, database, e-book) usage
    • Discovery and user behavior metrics and analytics
    • Integrated Library System (ILS) / Library Services Platform (LSP) data
    • Physical space utilization visualization
    • Learning outcomes / instructional effectiveness metrics
    • Institutional repository usage and inventory metrics
    • Geographic and/or demographic data about library users or collections
    • Visualizing workflows and processes
    • Data mashups (combining data from multiple sources)

Tools, technologies, and architecture for creating meaningful visualizations, such as:
  • JavaScript visualization libraries such as D3, Highcharts, Leaflet, Tabletop, or others
  • Google Visualization API / Google Charts
  • Creating visualizations with data from Business Intelligence (BI) tools such as Pentaho, Jaspersoft, or Tableau
  • GIS tools for visualizing spatial or geographic data
  • Tools for visualizing workflows and processes

Case studies of information visualization projects or applications in libraries, such as:
  • Creating library usage and analytics dashboards
  • Visualizing library collection usage
  • Visualizations for data-driven decision making
  • Visualizing processes or workflows for training and identifying efficiencies
  • Using data visualizations in discovery interfaces
  • Using data mashups (data combined from multiple sources) for visualizations
  • Integrating data and spatial literacy into information literacy instruction
  • Data visualization challenges and emerging trends in libraries
Submission Procedure
Please send a proposed title, 500-word abstract, and 100-word author bio to lauren.magnuson[at]csun.edu on or before April 30, 2015. Authors will be notified by May 5, 2015 about the status of their proposals.

Full chapters, 7,000-10,000 words each, are expected to be submitted by August 1, 2015.  Full chapters can contain up to 8 color graphics/images.  Chapters collaboratively written by multiple authors are welcome and encouraged.  No previously published or simultaneously submitted material, please.
Full chapters should generally be organized with the following sections, with a maximum number of 8 color images per chapter:

  • Introduction (500 words)
  • Background (1000 words)
    • History of your topic or visualization technology
    • Explanation of unfamiliar terms
    • The problem data visualization addresses
  • Example Project or Case Study (4000-5000 words)
    • Use case(s)
    • Design
    • Resources and tools used (e.g., server, development environment, software)
    • Development
    • Implementation
  • Discussion, Outcomes and/or Assessment (1000 words)
    • Assessing the impact of your data visualization project / case study
    • Challenges and limitations
    • Report case study outcomes (if applicable)
  • Conclusions and Future Directions (500 words)
Important Dates
April 30, 2015: Proposal Submission Deadline
May 5, 2015: Notification of Acceptance
August 1, 2015: Full Chapter Submission Deadline
September 1, 2015: Required Revisions Deadline
September 15, 2015: Final Acceptance Notification
Inquiries can be sent to:
Lauren Magnuson
Systems & Emerging Technologies Librarian
Oviatt Library
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8328
TEL: 818-677-2281
Twitter: @lpmagnuson
Email: lauren.magnuson[at]csun.edu

CFP: ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging Norms Interest Group (ALA Annual 2015 - San Francisco)

ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging Norms Interest Group seeks speakers to present at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at 10:30-11:30
Cataloging Norms Interest Group offers a forum for the exploration, communication, and exchange of ideas and best practices on the dynamics of cataloging/metadata norms and workflows in the hybrid environment.
Presentation topics should be of current interest to catalogers, cataloging managers and administrators, and be approximately 15-20 minutes in length. Additional time will be allowed for questions and discussion. Past topics have included:                
  • Evolution, definition, and functions of the catalog and cataloging norms
  • Emerging concepts and implementations of "next generation catalogs"
  • Cataloging and metadata in hybrid and digital libraries
  • Changes in catalogers' workflows
  • Quality control and benchmarking
  • How end users' expectations and behaviors affect cataloging norms
  • Metadata records and elements in different contexts
  • Impact of web norms on cataloging norms
  • Cataloging education/continuing education
  • Cataloging department collaboration with other library units
  • Catalogers sharing public service responsibilities
  • RDA: integration of records, training
  • Non-MARC cataloging, including BIBFRAME
  • Updating existing records to new standards
  • Utilizing software tools or apps in metadata workflow

Please email proposal abstracts (300 words or less) to co-chairs by Friday, April 24, 2015. If you have questions, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Cataloging Norms IG Co-Chairs,

Jessica Hayden
Technical Services Manager/Assistant Professor
University of Northern Colorado

Dr. Harold Thiele
Assistant Professor
Department of Library and Information Studies
Valdosta State University

Monday, March 16, 2015

CFP: Distance Library Services Conference (Pittsburgh, April 2016)

Proposals are being accepted for the 17th Distance Library Services Conference to be held April 20-22, 2016, in Pittsburgh, PA. The DLS Conference is the perfect opportunity to showcase your research, knowledge and experience in providing library services to those who are teaching and learning at a distance or online.

Proposals will be accepted for contributed papers, posters and workshops in the following subject tracks:
  • Administration & Management
  • Assessment
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Marketing
  • Teaching & Learning
To learn more about the conference and submitting a proposal, please visit http://libguides.cmich.edu/dls2016. The deadline for proposal submissions is April 7, 2015.

If you serve online or remote users, then you don’t want to miss this opportunity!

Thad Dickinson
Conference Coordinator
17th Distance Library Services Conference
Global Campus Library Services
Central Michigan University

Call for Reviewers: ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews (Art Libraries Society of North America)

Please see below link for items to be reviewed in the next issue of ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews. The snippets are taken from the resource’s web page and are not necessarily the opinions of the M&T Reviews Co-Editors.
The editors of the M&T Reviews are happy to answer questions about any of these selections so feel free to contact them (arlisna.mtr@gmail.com). The submission deadline for reviews is Wednesday, *April 1, 2015*.
To view the list of online resources - and to express interest in reviewing them, please complete our reviewer volunteer form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iPn_3DHIbQo2j3I9cekh7AglQkZf87E6r9EjEuF5VpM/viewform?usp=send_form

To see prior issues, visit here:

Art Libraries Society of North America

Sunday, March 15, 2015

CFP: Conference of the Library and Information Community of Quebec 2015

CFP: Conference of the Library and Information Community of Quebec 2015

Express yourself!
Conference of the Library Information Community of Quebec (CLIC) invites you to EXPRESS YOURSELF for our 7th annual conferenceat the Palais des congrès de MontrĂ©al from 18-20 November 2015.

The program committee suggests three themes for you to consider:
    Freedom of expression: An unavoidable subject at the beginning of this year, what is our professional role facing this 21st century challenge? How and why do we need to assume this responsibility?
      Universal access to information and to education: What are the factors (sexual orientation, gender, religion, age, socioeconomic factors, living environment, etc.) that limit access and opportunity? What solutions do you have that can help us contribute to a more open, equal and just society?

      In addition, some would challenge our role as information professionals due to the seeming ease of access provided by technology. How do we position ourselves in today's information environment? How can we be proactive?

      The professional as an activist – community engagement: Vigilance, citizen interest, the community, the society ... What are the tools we have as professionals? What is our contribution to our society? How can we effectively support both our organizations and our peers?

      Note: Relevant proposals that fall outside of these three themes will be equally considered

      New evaluation model: All proposals will undergo an anonymous peer review by the members of the program committee. This process ensures that submissions are evaluated solely on the quality of the proposal and the ideas put forward.

      Presentation formats: Conference proposals may be submitted and presented in both French and English. There should be a maximum of two speakers for each presentation.