Thursday, May 28, 2015

Call for Reviewers: ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews

ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Needs You!
ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Co-editors are seeking volunteers to author reviews for the August 2015 issue. ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews connects readers with new technologies and the multimedia landscape. Reviews will target projects, products, events, and issues within the broad realm of multimedia and technology related to arts scholarship, research, and librarianship.

To volunteer, choose your review topic from the list below and complete our review form by Friday, June 12, 2015.

Contributing to ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews is a great opportunity to get involved with the Society, learn about interesting new resources, and help shape the publication. Please feel free to read the complete review guidelines and direct comments and questions about the reviews to

Submitted by ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Co-editors:
Hannah Bennett
Emilee Mathews
Elizabeth Schaub

Topics for Review
We seek reviewers for the following resources. 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 ( The submission deadline for reviews is Friday, July 3, 2015.

"Six acclaimed filmmakers bring their own visual style and artistic approach to the exploration of six different landmark buildings, showing us how they reflect our culture and guard our collective memory. The buildings featured are the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the National Library of Russia, Halden Prison, the Salk Institute, the Oslo Opera House, the Centre Pompidou." NB: Free access will be provided to the reviewer.

2) Cy Ark
"CyArk was founded in 2003 to ensure heritage sites are available to future generations, while making them uniquely accessible today...with the mission of using new technologies to create a free, 3D online library of the world's cultural heritage sites before they are lost to natural disasters, destroyed by human aggression or ravaged by the passage of time."

"Premier marketplace for the exchange of landscape services, products, resources, & connections."

4) Meerkat
"Meerkat allows you to live stream video from your phone to all of your Twitter followers at once. Press 'Stream', and instantly your live video stream shows up in your follower's Twitter feeds." (free app)

"This unprecedented in its functionality, providing virtual access to the objects in exceptional depth, along with wide-ranging scholarship on the photographs’ historical context and significance."

6) Parlour
"A space to speak–bringing together research, informed opinion and resources; generating debate and discussion; expanding the spaces for women in Australian architecture.”

"UnderConsideration has launched six sites—Speak Up, Brand New, Quipsologies, The Design Encyclopedia, Word It, and FPO—that have been part of the growing dialog in design and the broad appreciation of the practice made possible by the reach of the web." 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian now accepting reviews

I am the current editor of Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian and am pleased to announce that beginning with volume 34#3, B&SSL will include a “Reviews” section in each issue. The section will provide reviews of recent books (including reference sources) and databases of interest to scholars and
practitioners in behavioral and social science librarianship. Reviews of textbooks will not be included. If you know of a resource you would like to see reviewed, if you would like to review a resource, or if you have any other suggestions or comments regarding the Reviews, please contact the Editor, Lisa
Romero by email:

Lisa Romero
Editor, Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian
Head, Communications Library
Associate Professor
University of Illinois

Call for Reviewers: Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship

The Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship is looking for book reviewers for future issues.  Books reviewed are related to subject areas within business. 

Although there is a major focus on reference materials, review also address significant academic business books that have recently been published.  Each review analyzes the purpose of the book and the success of the author or publisher in fulfilling that purpose, along with information on the scope, content and organization of the source.

If you are interested in reviewing a book for the JBFL, please contact:

Douglas Southard
Book Review Editor, Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship

In your message, please indicate your areas of expertise or interest (such as finance, marketing, or specific industries, etc.) and include your mailing address.
About the Journal

The Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship is an innovative quarterly journal that provides you with useful articles about the creation, organization, dissemination, retrieval, and use of business information. This refereed journal covers the business information needs of special libraries, academic libraries, and public libraries, as well as information services and centers outside of the traditional library setting. You'll find that the journal is international in scope, reflecting the multinational and international scope of the business community today.

The immediate focus of the journal is practice-oriented articles, but it also provides an outlet for new empirical studies on business librarianship and business information. Aside from articles, this journal offers valuable statistical and meeting reports, literature and media reviews, Web site reviews, and interviews.

Recent issues of the Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship have covered topics such as:
  • political risk and country risk, some of the factors and methods used in foreign country risk analysis, and a variety of political risk sources
  • the structure of the National Trade Data Bank, a comparison of the three versions of it currently on the market, and detailed descriptions of many of the database's most useful programs
  • how and why intranets developed and how they can be used as strategic business tools that empower an organization to meet its corporate vision
  • an analysis of the public rankings of in Canadian business periodicals and a retrieval tool for such information
  • an effective and practical way to get business students familiar with various library resources
  • a selective review of some of the business dictionaries in print
  • Special thematic issues of the journal have covered:
  • Marketing Information
  • The Core Business Web
  • Distance Learning Librarianship

 Product Details:  ISSN: 0896-3568 Electronic - ISSN: 1547-0644

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Call for Proposals - Building a Teaching Communit (Santa Ana, CA - July 23, 2015)

Call for Proposals
Building a Teaching Community
5th Annual Summer Retreat for Librarians
Santa Ana College
Santa Ana, California
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Join us as a presenter at the upcoming retreat! Proposals are now being accepted for break-out sessions. Please see the specific proposal guidelines and retreat theme below.

About the Retreat
The summer teaching retreat was created to build community amongst instruction librarians and library school students. The retreat provides unique and practical presentations. Participants have opportunities to share teaching experiences, ideas, and resources during lively break-out sessions as the practices and innovative ideas of librarians are discovered. Ideally, participants leave the retreat with a larger network of resources and contacts, as well as inspiration to creatively expand their library instruction repertoire.

Retreat Participants
Attendees of past retreats included librarians from academic, public, school, and special libraries. Approximately one-third of the attendees were MLIS students.

2015 Retreat Theme
Our 2015 theme is creativity. The following questions may help you generate ideas for a proposal: How do you bring creativity to the library and teaching? What creative strategies do you use in the classroom? What aspects of creativity in your personal life do you bring into your role as an educator? If you are a writer, musician, painter, or other type of artist, what aspects of your creative life influence your teaching?

Break-out Session Proposal Guidelines
Break-out sessions are intimate small-group discussions of approximately 15 or less individuals. Proposals should be related in some aspect to teaching and tied to the 2015 theme of creativity. Proposals must be 250 words or less.

Proposal Deadline
Proposals are due Monday, June 15, 2015, by 11:59 p.m. Applicants will be notified by Friday, June 19, 2015.

Submit Your Proposal
Please visit to be directed to our online submission form.

Please contact or with any questions.

Friday, May 22, 2015

CFP: LITA UX IG Meeting at ALA 2015 - Mon. 6/29 3PM

Call for Participation: LITA UX IG Meeting at ALA 2015

The LITA User Experience IG seeks 2-3 short presentations (10-15 minutes) on UX and Web usability for the upcoming 2015 ALA Annual Conference. This will be a physical meeting, and so the physical attendance for the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco is required for the presentation and/or attendance for this meeting. (Sorry, all travel expenses are the responsibility of the attendee.) 

The LITA UX IG is also seeking the suggestions for discussion topics, things you have been working on, plan to work, or want to work on in terms of UX/Usability. All suggestions and presentation topics are welcome and will be given consideration for presentation and discussion. 

At the meeting, we will also take volunteers who will moderate the UX Twitter Chat by the LITA UX IG and Weave and/or who are interested in participating into organizing more meetings for the UX IG.

Please submit your topic below in the comments section of the CFP post in ALA Connect ( and also e-mail us off-the-list.
Please add your thoughts and ideas in the comments!

Meeting Details
Title: LITA User Experience IG Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, June 29, 2015 - 3-4 PM
Location: Hotel NIkko Golden Gate

Bohyun Kim, LITA UX IG chair
Rachel Clark, LITA UX IG vice-chair

CFP: The Feminist Reference Desk: Concepts, Critiques, and Conversations

The Feminist Reference Desk: Concepts, Critiques, and Conversations
Call for Proposals (

Editor: Maria T. Accardi
Price: $28.00
Expected: Winter/Spring 2017
ISBN: 978-1-63400-018-5
Publisher: Library Juice Press

Feminist pedagogy employs strategies such as collaborative learning, valuing experiential knowledge, employing consciousness-raising about sexism and other forms of oppression, and destabilizing the power hierarchies of the traditional classroom. Ultimately, feminist library instruction seeks to empower learners to be both critical thinkers and critical actors who are motivated and prepared to bring about social change. The concept of feminist pedagogy has recently energized current conversations on library instruction, so it is fitting and timely to consider how feminism might intersect with another vital student-centered service the academic library provides: the reference desk. Inspired by the ideas, possibilities, and discussions set in motion by Maria T. Accardi’s Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction (2013), this edited collection continues these conversations by considering how feminist strategies and philosophies might reshape, invigorate, and critique approaches to reference services. In short, this collection will provide critical and thought-provoking explorations of how academic librarians might rethink central reference concepts and services, from the reference interview, to the reference collection, to the staffing of the reference desk itself, from a feminist perspective.

Proposals that consider feminist perspectives in the context of reference might consider questions such as:
  • In what ways can a feminist ethic of care revitalize or transform the reference interview? 
  • How might a feminist critique challenge the language we use to describe reference work, such as the “interview” and the "transaction"? 
  • How might a feminist approach guide policies for developing, weeding, or completely discarding reference collections? 
  • Can a feminist lens help influence principles for reference staffing, from the tiered Brandeis model to the librarians-only staffed desk to complete disintermediation—no desk at all? 
  • How might feminist approaches help us reconsider the delivery methods of reference services—face to face, virtual, and telephone? 
  • What about the notion of the neutral reference librarian—is such a thing even possible from a feminist perspective? 
  • Can intersectional feminist strategies in LIS programs help influence a new generation of librarians who incorporate anti-racist and queer approaches in their reference practices? 
  • Can a feminist reference desk help thwart the insidious encroachment of neoliberalism in the academic library? 
These guiding questions propose to stimulate a series of conversations about the possibilities of a feminist reference desk—the literal desk, and the multifarious metaphors it represents.

This volume will contain essays (~1500-5000 words) that examine the ways in which feminism might critique and reshape academic library reference work. Essays that are straightforward scholarship are invited and welcome, as are more hybrid approaches that incorporate scholarly writing with personal narrative or other strategies consistent with feminist methodologies.

Proposals should contain 1) an abstract of no more than 500 words describing the proposed contribution and 2) a short biographical statement about the author(s). Submit proposals to

Submission of proposals deadline: August 3, 2015
Notification regarding proposals: September 1, 2015
First drafts of manuscripts due: March 30, 2016
Editing and revision: April-September 2016
Final manuscript due to publisher: October 2016

About the Editor: Maria T. Accardi is the author of Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction (2013), for which she received the 2014 ACRL WGSS Significant Achievement Award, and a co-editor of Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods (2010). She is Associate Librarian and Coordinator of Instruction and Reference at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CFP: New Review of Academic Librarianship - Special issue on "Academic Librarians as Communicators"

Call for Papers: New Review of Academic Librarianship - Special issue on "Academic Librarians as Communicators" 

The New Review of Academic Librarianship is an international journal that publishes reviews, research, critiques and exemplar case studies on substantive topics relevant to those providing library and information services to academic communities. 

The themed issue for 2016 will be Academic Librarians as Communicators, and will cover the broad topic of communications both within academic libraries and beyond. The Guest Editor will be Helen Fallon, Deputy Librarian at Maynooth University, the National University of Ireland. Abstracts are requested that focus on new/changing communication methods and communication patterns and their impact on the 21st Century academic library. Topics may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Librarians as strategic communicators within organizations and within a changing higher education environment including communicating change and measuring the effectiveness
  • Social media and communication
  • User behavior and communication: including marketing, customer service, student experience and engagement, surveys, feedback and consultation, networking, measuring impact
  • Communication and legal framework including copyright, intellectual property, data protection, privacy issues, information governance, information security, and data standards
For a full list of possible topics, please visit:

Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words describing what your paper will include to Guest Editor, Helen Fallon ( no later than 19 June 2015.

For all proposed authors include name, institutional address, telephone number, and email address. People will be notified by the 14th July 2015as to whether their abstract has been accepted or not to be taken forward as a full paper. 

For more information about the journal, please

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Call for Writers - LITA Blog

Call for Writers - LITA Blog

blogger meme
meme courtesy of Michael Rodriguez
The LITA blog is seeking regular contributors interested in writing easily digestible, thought-provoking blog posts that are fun to read (and hopefully to write!). The blog showcases innovative ideas and projects happening in the library technology world, so there is a lot of room for contributor creativity. Possible post formats could include interviews, how-tos, hacks, and beyond.

Any LITA member is welcome to apply. Library students and members of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Contributors will be expected to write one post per month. Writers will also participate in peer editing and conversation with other writers – nothing too serious, just be ready to share your ideas and give feedback on others’ ideas. Writers should expect a time commitment of 1-3 hours per month.

Not ready to become a regular writer but you’d like to contribute at some point? Just indicate in your message to me that you’d like to be considered as a guest contributor instead.

To apply, send an email to briannahmarshall at gmail dot com by Friday, May 29. Please include the following information:
  • A brief bio
  • Your professional interests, including 2-3 example topics you would be interested in writing about
  • If possible, links to writing samples, professional or personal, to get a feel for your writing style
Send any and all questions my way!
Brianna Marshall, LITA blog editor

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Call for Disscussion Topics: ALCTS Collection Development Issues for Practitioners IG at the ALA Annual

You are invited to send me the topics you would like to discuss at the ALCTS Collection Development Issues for Practitioners IG meeting at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference.  Collection Development Issues for Practitioners IG is formed to make sure that the issues you are concerned about being addressed. 

Please send me a short description of the topics you’d like to discuss during the meeting.  Also let me know whether you are interested in being one of the facilitators.  If you would like to learn more about this interest group, feel free to contact me or visit:

Sherri and I will select and consolidate three primary topics to be discussed at the meeting. This IG meeting is going to be heldon Saturday, June 2015 from 1 to 2:30 PM at Hilton San Francisco Union Square room 19 &20.

Irene Ke, IG Chair and Sherri Michaels, IG Vice-Chair
ALCTS Collection Development Issues for Practitioners IG

Irene Ke, MLS, MS
Associate Librarian, Psychology & Social Work
M.D. Anderson Library
University of Houston

CFP: Small or rural academic library chapters (ACRL Publications)

Call for Book Chapter Proposals: The small or rural academic library: Leveraging resources, overcoming limitations

Editors of the forthcoming ACRL publications book The small or rural academic library: Leveraging resources, overcoming limitations, to be published mid-2016, seek proposals for chapters from librarians who have identified and met the challenges unique to the small and/or rural academic library. The book will provide a practical overview of academic library programs, policies, managerial, technological, and professional engagement concerns within small academic libraries (FTE <500 - 2,999) or academic libraries in ural environments (population of 50,000 or less). Chapters are sought about tactics for and experiences of identifying and remedying these challenges.

Topics may include:

  • The knowledge/skills/abilities needed for small and rural academic librarianship;
  • Collaborations with institutional offices, academic departments, the community, or other libraries;
  • Creating or  augmenting professional development opportunities or resources;
  • Marketing and outreach initiatives;
  • Working with specific user groups (e.g., international students, students with disabilities, first-generation college students, etc.);
  • Creation, expansion, or revamping of programs or services;
  • Policy creation and/or implementation;
  • Strategic planning;
  • Information literacy instruction and integration;
  • Ethical decision-making or ethical challenges in the workplace;
  • Leadership (formal and informal);
  • Hiring and recruitment;
  • Succession planning;
  • Working with paraprofessionals;
  • Fiscal challenges and responsibilities;
  • Access to/usage of/barriers to technology and infrastructure; and
  • Promotion and tenure/research opportunities or barriers;
Submission Procedure: Proposal Submission Deadline is June 15th, 2015.

Academic library professionals working in small or rural libraries are invited to submit their proposal of not more than 3 pages, double-spaced. Your proposal should include: 1) the names and contact information for all authors (please identify a main contact); 2) a clear, concise description of the topic you are proposing for a potential chapter; 3) why the topic may be of interest to small/rural academic librarians; 4) information about the author(s) showing his/her qualifications for writing the chapter, and 5) a brief biographical sketch of each contributing author. Submissions should be in Microsoft Word. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by July 1, 2015. If the book proposal is accepted, each chapter will be expected to be about 4,000 - 5,000 words.

Inquiries and submissions can be sent to:

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, Assistant Librarian
University of South Carolina Lancaster Medford Library
476 Hubbard Drive
Lancaster, SC 29720

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S.
Deborah Tritt, M.L.I.S., M.S.I.T.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Call for Contributions to the 7th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP)

The 7th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP) will be held this year in the Trippenhuis at The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam, September 15th-17th, 2015.

The Program Committee have set aside one of the sessions within the conference program as a Show & Tell opportunity for showcasing exciting new products, projects, ideas or initiatives relating to open access publishing as this proved to be such a success last year. Six slots are available and organisations are invited to submit a proposal to us for a 10 minute presentation.

All proposals should be submitted by 31 May 2015 at the latest to:  The Program Committee will then review the suggestions and make a final decision by the end of June.  If you aren’t selected for a Show and Tell then there may be an opportunity for you to present a poster on your topic at the conference.

Please note that while we will be able to cover the registration costs for the authors of successful proposals, we are not able to cover any of the travel expenses that may be incurred in attending the conference.

Further announcements will be made shortly when registrations for the event are open and the preliminary program is available.  Keep up to date via our blog or sign up for announcements by email at

Claire Redhead
Membership & Communications Manager
Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, OASPA

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Call for topics and speakers: UKSG Forum 2015 and UKSG Annual Conference 2016

UKSG is running a joint call for papers for (a) the 2016 Annual Conference (11-13 April, Bournemouth, UK) and (b) the 2015 Forum (18 November, London, UK; this is the day after the UKSG One-Day Conference, although please note that the programme for the latter event is separately planned and there is no call for papers). 


The UKSG committee invites you to suggest topics and speakers for:

(a) our 2015 Forum, to be held in London, UK on Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Now entering its third year, the Forum attracts approximately 350 delegates from across the knowledge community of librarians, publishers and related agents, suppliers and  intermediaries. The Forum is the place for ideas, debate, provocations and short briefings on best practice and interesting projects - the programme consists of 7-10 minute lightning talks. The overall subject focus for 2015 is “design, simplicity and user experience”. (Note that although the Forum is the day after the UKSG One-Day Conference (mark your diaries 
17-18 November), the programme for the latter event is separately planned and is not part of this call for topics / speakers.)

(b) our 2016 Annual Conference, to be held in Bournemouth, UK from Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 April 2016

The conference attracts almost 1,000 delegates of a similarly wide-ranging global provenance. It provides a much respected forum for discussing trends, showcasing initiatives, finding out about current practice across sectors, and connecting with other professionals.

Suggestions for speakers / topics for both events are invited, and must be submitted via the UKSG website:

The deadline for suggestions is Friday 5 June 2015.

We look forward to your suggestions!

Best wishes,


Charlie Rapple
Honorary Secretary, UKSG

Friday, May 08, 2015

Call for Submissions: Journal of Library and Information Services in Distance Learning

The Journal of Library and Information Services in Distance Learning, a peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor & Francis, welcomes the submission of manuscripts.  The journal is devoted to the issues and concerns of librarians and information specialists involved with distance education and delivering library resources and services to this growing community of students. Topics can include but are not limited to:
  • Faculty/librarian cooperation and collaboration
  • Information literacy
  • Instructional service techniques
  • Information delivery
  • Reference services
  • Document delivery
  • Developing collections
If you are interested in submitting an article, this journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts to peer review manuscript submissions. Please read the “Guide for ScholarOne Authors” at before making a submission. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided at receives all manuscript submissions electronically via their ScholarOne Manuscripts website located at: ScholarOne Manuscripts allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, as well as facilitating the review process and internal communication between authors, editors and reviewers via a web-based platform. ScholarOne Manuscripts technical support can be accessed via

Inquiries and questions are welcome and can be sent directly to the editor, Jodi Poe, at

Please note: We accept manuscript submissions through the year; however, the deadline to have your article appear in our next issue, if accepted, is August 3, 2015. Accepted and approved manuscripts received after this date have no guarantee of being included in the next published issue.

CFP: ACRL Technical Services Interest Group lightning rounds at ALA Annual (San Francisco 2015)

The ACRL Technical Services Interest Group focuses on the special needs and interests of all technical services workers in academic libraries. 

We are looking for speakers to present in a lightning round format at the ALA Conference in San Francisco on Saturday, June 27,2015 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm. Presentations should be no more than 5 minutes long. 

We are especially interested in technical services in the academic library setting (electronic resources management, acquisitions, serials, cataloging, or other functional areas.) 

Possible topics include:
·        An idea you implemented successfully
·        How you collaborate with colleagues
·        Your technical services research project
·        How you stay engaged in the business of the library as a whole 

Please email proposals to Gwen Gregory at by Friday, May 22, 2015. Include the following: 

• Presentation title
• Brief (150 words or less) summary of the proposed presentation
• Name and position of presenter
• Email address of presenter

We will notify you by Monday, June 1, if your presentation has been selected.
We look forward to hearing from you!

CFP: Storytelling: Constructing Oral and Written Narratives (Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) Meeting) - New Hampshire October 2015

CFP: Storytelling: Constructing Oral and Written Narratives (Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) Meeting)

Storytelling: Constructing Oral and Written Narratives

The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) is seeking paper proposals on the topic of Storytelling: Constructing Oral and Written Narratives for its fall conference to be held at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH the weekend of October 30-31.

Please send 250-word electronic versions of your proposal to Adam Crowley at and to Kraig Larkin at

Include a two or three sentence description of yourself, your background, and your qualifications. Please use the official form found on the NEPCA website under the “Fall Conference” tab. Send your proposal to  Adam Crowley at and to Kraig Larkin at

NEPCA presentations are generally 15-20 minutes in length and may be delivered either formally or informally.  NEPCA prides itself on holding conferences which emphasize sharing ideas in a non-competitive and supportive environment involving graduate students, junior faculty, and senior scholars.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Call for Articles: Academic BRASS Newsletter (Business Librarianship)

Interested in seeing your name in print? Want to add another line to your c.v.?
Have something to share with other business librarians?

The Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee of BRASS is seeking articles for the next issue of its online publication Academic BRASS. Academic BRASS is a newsletter--not a journal--that publishes issue-based articles and information for the general and educational interest of BRASS members and academic business librarians.

Topics of interest to the editors are pedagogy and business librarians, teaching business literacy in the wake of the financial crisis and resources for entrepreneurship. Book and database reviews are always welcome as well.

Maybe you have another cool idea – that’s fine too – get those submissions in!

You may want to see previous editions of BRASS.

For the full text of these articles and access to past issues of Academic BRASS, see

The typical length of an Academic BRASS article is 500-800 words, but past articles have been as long as 1,000 words or more. Authors should be guided by what they have to say rather than an arbitrary word length. All articles are subject to editing for length, style, and content. The newsletter follows the Modern Language Association Handbook, seventh edition for all matters of style and citation. Authors whose articles include references to print or internet resources should observe the conventions set forth in the handbook or on the
MLA web site (

Please send Article proposals to Charles Allan, chair of the Committee, at

Charles Allan Academic BRASS editor

Call for Papers - The Foundation Review

NOTE: its a bit off topic - but a good call to share.

Abstracts of up to 250 words are being solicited for Vol. 8, Issue 1 of The Foundation Review. This issue will be an open (unthemed) issue. Papers on any topic relevant to organized philanthropy are invited. 

Submit abstracts to by May 15, 2015. If a full paper is invited, it will be due Sept. 30, 2015 for consideration for publication in March 2016. For more information please go to the Call for Papers on our website.

The recently released issue on Philanthropy Consulting was developed in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers. We invite you to read this open access issue, courtesy of the authors and their organizations, and view the article introductory videos.

Pat Nanzer
Associate Editor The Foundation Review
Johnson Center for Philanthropy
Grand Valley State University

Monday, May 04, 2015

Call for Chapters: Librarian-Teacher Partnerships in Project-Based Learning

Librarian-Teacher Partnerships in Project-Based Learning

Publisher: IGI Global
Rhonda Huisman (Wichita State University, USA)

Call for Chapters
Proposals Submission Deadline: May 15, 2015
Full Chapters Due: September 15, 2015
Librarians can be a driving force in implementing Project-Based Learning through guided inquiry in secondary (9-12) classrooms. This book would appeal to librarians wanting to engage with teachers, curriculum directors, or administrators, or develop their own curriculum, and the chapter contributions will help to define and describe Project-Based Learning, identify research and resources that support Project-Based Learning across disciplines through a guided-inquiry model. Additionally, librarians and educators will discover methods and methods for project and time managements, resources, and collaborations that are needed to implement a Project-Based Learning unit.
Project-Based Learning is most successful when it employs inquiry-based strategies and use resources to help students stay engaged in the learning process through authentic tasks, making community connections, and recognizing and rewarding their strengths, through information literacy, metaliteracy, and critical inquiry skills to meet the needs for the 21st century learner. Readers will also discover resources to plan, strategize, implement, and assess PBL in secondary and higher education, including multidisciplinary, STEM, advanced placement or honors-level, learning communities, capstone, and portfolio examples of projects.

Target Audience

  • K-12 Educators, Curriculum Directors, Librarians, School Media-Technology Specialists
  • Pre-Service Teachers, Education Faculty
  • Library Science Faculty and Pre-service Librarians
  • Academic Librarians and Faculty
  • State or District Curriculum Directors
  • Public Librarians focused on community partnerships
  • Public or State Library boards, librarians or staff cultivating grants for local districts

Recommended Topics

Topics related to Project-Based Learning and Librarianship, including but not limited to:
  • Making the Case for Project-Based Learning
  • Information Literacy (k-12 or higher education)
  • Metaliteracy
  • Librarian-Teacher/Faculty Collaborations
  • Online or Distance Education
  • Standards and Benchmarks (e.g. Common Core, 21st Century Learner)
  • Time Management and Project Planning
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Creating an Authentic Audience
  • Instructional Design and Pedagogy
  • Group Dynamics and Rules
  • Service Learning and Community-Based Projects
  • Honors or Advanced Placement
  • Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Resources
  • Portfolios
  • Displaying Projects in Physical and Virtual Environments
  • Professional Development
  • Student Motivation
  • Guided or Critical Inquiry
  • Examples of Project-Based Learning Units:
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Multi-grade level
  • Learning Communities
  • First-Year Experience
  • STEM
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Lower or Middle Level (k-8)
  • High School (9-12)
  • Special Needs
  • Diversity Issues
  • First Year Experience
  • Capstone
  • Graduate Studies
For more information about submission guidelines, procedures, and deadlines, please go to:
Please feel free to share with your colleagues.


Rhonda Huisman, Associate Dean
Wichita State University Libraries
1845 Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260

Wanted: Bloggers - Office for Intellectual Freedom (ALA)

The Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), of the American Library Association (ALA), is seeking bloggers!

The OIF Blog is undergoing a few updates and we are taking this opportunity to increase the quality, quantity, and variety of the content we share. We are composing a volunteer group that will consist of several members that alternate responsibility for creating blog content.  Responsibilities include:
  • Each person will submit original content for one week every other month for a total of 6 weeks a year.
  • Guest bloggers can be recruited for your assigned week.
  • Minimum of 3-5 posts during your assigned week but there is no maximum. The sky’s the limit.
  • Each post will be vetted by OIF staff.
  • The editorial board will be composed of ALA members but guest bloggers can be recruited from other relevant connections.
  • We’d like to be creative with the variety of post ideas. Priority is given to TIMELY CURRENT RELEVANT news. Our goal is to inform in an engaging yet amusing way. Think “shareable”.
  • We’ll compose a one-year schedule. Weeks can be traded by individuals. Posts can be written and submitted in advance. We’re asking for a one-year commitment.

Ideas: interviews, infographics, historical essays, book reviews, celebration weeks, international reach, anniversaries, programming ideas, tips, policies, frontline experiences,  , skill development, question and answers, technology, state chapters, community engagement, trends, best practices, etc. 

We are striving for volunteers from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions. Interested parties should email an original sample blog post to be considered. Please include your name, contact information, and brief bio. Send emails to Nanette at


Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director
Office for Intellectual Freedom