Friday, January 29, 2016

CFP: Special journal issue on digital preservation tools and partnerships

Digital Library Perspectives (DLP)(formerly known as OCLC Systems & Services:  International Digital Library Perspectives) is looking for articles for a special issue on digital preservation tools and partnerships. Articles can be of any length, and figures and screen shots are encouraged. DLP is a peer-reviewed journal.
Inquiries can be sent directly to the editor's email listed below (please do not reply to the list).  Please send a title and short proposal, along with contact information, to the editor no later than February 15, 2016.  Accepted proposals will be due by August 1, 2016, and can be submitted directly to the Emerald ScholarOne system at

If you have any questions, please contact the editor directly.  Thanks.  Brad

Bradford Lee Eden, Ph.D.
Editor, Digital Library Perspectives
Dean of Library Services
Valparaiso University

Digital Library Perspectives (DLP)

Previously published as OCLC Systems & Services:  International Digital Library Perspectives

Aims & Scope
Digital Library Perspectives (DLP) is a peer-reviewed journal concerned with digital content collections.  It publishes research  related to the curation and web-based delivery of digital objects collected for the advancement of scholarship, teaching and learning.  And which advance the digital information environment as it relates to global knowledge, communication and world memory.

The journal aims to keep readers informed about current trends, initiatives, and developments.  Including those in digital libraries and digital repositories,  along with their standards and technologies.

The editor invites contributions on the following, as well as other related topics:
  • Digitization
  • Data as information
  • Archives and manuscripts
  • Digital preservation and digital archiving
  • Digital cultural memory initiatives
  • Usability studies
  • K-12 and higher education uses of digital collections

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Call for Lightning Round Presentations: Spring 2016 meeting of the ACRL National Library Marketing & Outreach Interest Group -Greater NYC Area

Call for Lightning Round Presentations: Spring 2016 Meeting of the ACRL National Library Marketing & Outreach Interest Group-Greater NYC Area

ACRL National Library Marketing & Outreach Interest Group - Greater NYC Area - is looking for lightning round presentations for our Spring 2016 meeting! 

Do you have an interesting marketing project to share from your academic library? Did you create a great giveaway, social media campaign, or contest? We want to hear from you! 

The lightning round talks will be a series of short (5-7 minute) presentations designed to maximize your opportunity to learn about outreach & marketing activities of your ACRL colleagues. 

Where: Berkeley College, Manhattan Campus, 3 East 43rd Street, 6th floor, room 603, New York, NY (2 minute walk from Grand Central Terminal)

To submit a lightning round presentation, please submit this form by February 26, 2016

About the ACRL LMaO Interest Group:
Launched at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, this interest group encourages regional meet ups around the U.S. as a central initiative. The ACRL National Library Marketing and Outreach Interest Group has been created for Academic Librarians interested in Marketing and Outreach. This group is open to ACRL National members & non-members. For more information, please see our Facebook presence at
Open to all members & non-members of ACRL national.

Please RSVP by March 4, 2016 (RSVP at your names can be given to security at the entrance of the building.

Refreshments will be served!! We look forward to seeing you!

Mark Aaron Polger, Co-Chair
First Year Experience Librarian
College of Staten Island, City University of New York

Robin O'Hanlon, Co-Chair
Public Services Manager
The Levy Library, Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Maria Deptula, Co-Chair
Library Director, Berkeley College (Paramus Campus)

CFP: Concordia University Libraries' 14th Annual Research Forum

Proposals are now being accepted for Concordia University Libraries' 14th Annual Research Forum, in the beautiful city of Montreal.  This year's Research Forum will be held on Friday, April 29th, 2016, at the Loyola Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre. 

The Research Forum provides an opportunity for librarians, archivists, graduate students, teaching faculty, and information professionals to describe and promote their completed or in-progress research, practical case studies or projects. The Forum also provides a venue for researchers to seek suggestions for enhancing their research interests, to identify potential new partners for projects, to test the effectiveness of their undertakings, and to promote research in academic libraries.
This year’s keynote speaker is Steven High, Professor of history at Concordia University, Canada Research Chair in oral history, co-director of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling and author of the award winning book, Oral History at the Crossroads.

Call for Proposals
Proposals are invited for presentations and / or posters on research or a case study in any area of Library and Information Science including literacy instruction, social media, library history, citation analysis methods, scholarly publishing, services to users with disabilities, new library technologies, resource sharing, research data management, reference service models and innovations, library space and design.
  • Presentations and posters may be in English or French.
  • At least one of the presenters of the poster and/or presentation should be the primary researcher involved with the original project.
  • Presentations should be between 15 and 20 minutes, followed by a question period.
  • Posters may also be submitted. These will be on view for the entire day. Poster presenters will have an opportunity to describe their posters during the day.

Submission deadline: Monday, February 8, 2016, 9 a.m.
For more information, please visit:
To submit a proposal, please click here.
For more information about the Concordia University Libraries' 14th Annual Research Forum please contact Katharine Hall, Chair of the Research Forum Steering Committee at .


Vous êtes invités à soumettre une proposition de communication ou d'affiche pour le 14e Forum annuel de recherche en bibliothéconomie et sciences de l’information des Bibliothèques de l'Université Concordia, à Montréal. Le Forum de recherche de cette année aura lieu le vendredi 29 avril 2016, au Centre des congrès des Jésuites de Loyola.

Le Forum de recherche donne l'occasion aux bibliothécaires, aux archivistes, aux étudiants des cycles supérieurs, aux professeurs des cégeps et des universités ainsi qu'aux praticiens des milieux documentaires de présenter leur projet de recherche ou un retour d'expérience, qu'ils soient en cours ou complétés. Le Forum est également un lieu pour les chercheurs qui souhaitent recevoir des suggestions et des commentaires sur leur projet de recherche, rencontrer de nouveaux partenaires, tester l'intérêt de leur approche ou promouvoir la recherche dans les bibliothèques universitaires.

Le conférencier principal est Steven Hightitulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en histoire orale à Université Concordia, co-directeur du Centre d'histoire orale et de récits numérisés et auteur de Oral History at the Crossroads.

Appel à propositions
Vous êtes invités à proposer des communications et des affiches sur des sujets de recherche ou des retours d'expérience de les domaines de la bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, y compris le développement des compétences informationnelles, les médias sociaux, l'histoire des bibliothèques, la bibliométrie, l'édition savante, les services aux utilisateurs handicapés, les technologies de la bibliothèque, le partage des ressources, la gestion des données de recherche, les modèles de services de référence et les innovations en matière de conception d'espaces de bibliothèque.
  • Les communications et les affiches peuvent être présentées en anglais ou en français.
  • Au moins un des auteurs d’une communication ou d’une affiche doit être impliqué dans la recherche présentée.
  • Chaque communication doit durer entre 15 et 20 minutes et est suivie d'une période de questions.
  • Vous êtes également invités à proposer des affiches. Celles-ci seront accessibles tout au long de la journée, et les auteurs des affiches auront la possibilité de les présenter.

La date limite pour les soumissions est le lundi 8 février 2016, 9h.
Pour soumettre, cliquez ici.
Pour plus d'informations sur 14e Forum annuel de recherche des Bibliothèques de l'Université Concordia, veuillez communiquer avec Katharine Hall, présidente du comité organisateur du Forum de recherche (

Monday, January 25, 2016

Call for Reviewers: 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 April 2016 issue. To volunteer, choose your review topic from the list below and complete our review form (  by Monday, February 1, 2015. 

Initial draft submissions are due Friday, March 4, 2016

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 
Gabriella Karl-Johnson 
Emilee Mathews 

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. 
Africa Vernacular Architecture
A crowd-sourced database of vernacular architecture from the African continent.

De Chirico Game
"Enter the surrealist world of Giorgio de Chirico. The game is a tribute to the great Italian painter.Tackle puzzles and platform challenges inside a mysterious dimension."
*game needs to be downloaded

Jan Brueghal Complete Catalog
"The purpose of this website is first, to be a place where information about the painter Jan Brueghel can be gathered, shared, and debated among scholars; second, to provide ways of furthering our understanding of how Brueghel and his studio produced this vast, complex body of work; and third, to be a resource for any visitor who is interested in the artist’s works."

Kurzgesagt (German for "in a nutshell") is a Munich-based YouTube channel and design studio that beautifully blends animation, illustration, interactives, and well-themed music to help explain a variety of educational and popular topics."

“The impetus for Mediapolis began with a simple observation: that to live in our particular historical moment is to grapple with, on the one hand, the ever more inextricable role that media play in our everyday lives, while on the other, the seemingly inexorable urbanization of the world around us. …our goals for  Mediapolis are as simple as the impetus that inspired it. We aspire to create a venue for discussion at the intersection of these two phenomena, placing urban studies and media studies into conversation with one another.”

CFP: Global Learn 2016 (Limerick, Ireland - April 28-29, 2016)

Global Learn 2016 – Global Conference on Learning and Technology is an international conference, organized by Limerick Institute of Technology, University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College Limerick and the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).


CFP Posters URL:

The mission of Global Learn conferences and events is to further the advancement and innovation in learning and technology. As the educational world becomes increasingly global, new ways to explore, learn, and share knowledge are needed. Global Learn serves as a means to connect and engage creative educators, researchers, consultants, training managers, curriculum developers, and
others in the topics and fields in which they are passionate about. Many individuals are transforming learning environments in local as well as more global ways. Global Learn offers them an opportunity to meet and discuss their ideas, findings, and next steps. Among the other primary aims of Global Learn is to attract new people to the field of education and learning technologies and, hopefully, help inspire a new generation of global learning leaders in countries around the world.

Global Learn conferences are worldwide conferences that are regionally organized by local renowned universities at their campus. Global Learn 2016 is the fourth in this series of internationally respected conferences.

Global Learn : An International Forum for Researchers, Developers, and Practitioners to Learn about the Best Practices/Technology in Higher Education. Organized by leading universities from all around the world.

Information for Presenters
Details of presentation formats are given on the following pages.General principles applying to all are:
• All communication will be with the contact presenter who is responsible for communicating with all co-presenters of that session.
• All presenters must register and pay the registration fee ($265 On-Location Participation $US), ($165 Virtual Participation $US).
• The conference organizers will secure basic equipment needed for presenters.

Friday, January 22, 2016

CFP: Engaging the Digital Humanities: Collaborating throughout the Research Lifecycle (ACRL E-Learning Webcast)

ACRL E-Learning Webcast CFP

Engaging the Digital Humanities: Collaborating throughout the Research Lifecycle
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Central time
Proposal Deadline: Friday, February 12, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

The ACRL Digital Humanities Interest Group and the ACRL Digital Curation Interest Group invite presentation proposals that speak to the theme of “Engaging the Digital Humanities: Collaborating throughout the Research Lifecycle.” The selected presentations will be featured during our ACRL E-Learning Webcast on March 23.

Librarians are playing ever more integral roles in the Digital Humanities research lifecycle. Librarians contribute concretely to the conception, development, dissemination, preservation, and curation of digital humanities research. These activities often require collaborations between librarians working in a diverse range of roles including but not limited to subject liaisons, digital humanities and digital scholarship librarians, metadata librarians, and digital curation librarians.

We invite presentation proposals based on first-hand experiences dealing with a wide array of data formats, tools, methods, and digital platforms utilized in Digital Humanities research, and placed in the context of the latest research literature.  By focusing discussion on practical challenges and solutions, it is our hope that your presentations will provide the library community with strategies that can be cross-purposed to a wide range of institutional contexts.

When crafting your proposal, please consider focusing on one or more of these learning outcomes:

  1.  Participants will learn how to identify the stages of a Digital Humanities research project in order to better collaborate with researchers.
  2.  Participants will learn about the use of data in Digital Humanities research in order to identify data curation needs.
  3.  Participants will learn how to identify the skills they need to engage in Digital Humanities research.
  4.  Participants will learn how to identify Digital Humanities research collaborators in the library.

Proposals should be no longer than 400 words, and can be submitted here:
Proposal submission form:
Proposals are due on February 12, 2016.
Notice of acceptance will be sent by February 17, 2016.

If you have questions, please contact Thomas Padilla at

  • Thomas Padilla, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Michigan State University
  • Harriett Green, English and Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Suzanna Conrad, Head of Digital Services & Technology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Brianna Marshall, Digital Curation Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Madison

CFP: Advances in Library Administration and Organization 2016 Volume: Student Retention and the Academic Library (Deadline Extended)

Call for proposals EXTENDED

Advances in Library Administration and Organization 2016 Volume:  Student Retention and the Academic Library

Series Editor: Samantha Hines, Missoula College at the University of Montana
Volume Editor: Kellian Clink, Minnesota State University, Mankato

As the costs of education continue to rise and competition increases, colleges and universities must find strategies to increase student retention. Do libraries have a role in student retention? Are the ways we deploy finances, personnel and other resources making a difference? What about the relationship between library staff and students, or the availability of study spaces and social spaces on campus or elsewhere—do they help create a sense of community that helps students stay in college?   What about specialized collections such as self-help books for wellness or dictionaries to address our immigrant students’ needs?  What does your library do, or ought to do, to intentionally support student retention, and how can it inform the future of libraries in student retention? 

The second 2016 volume of Advances in Library Administration and Organization will focus on the role of the academic library in student retention.  ALAO offers long-form research, comprehensive discussions of theoretical developments, and in-depth accounts of evidence-based practice in library administration and organization.  The series aims to answer the questions, “How have libraries been managed, and how should they be managed?” It goes beyond a platform for the sharing of research to provide a venue for dialogue across issues, in a way that traditional peer reviewed journals cannot.  Through this series, practitioners can glean new approaches in challenging times and collaborate on the exploration of scholarly solutions to professional quandaries.  

We are currently seeking proposals for the 2016 volume on the role of the academic library in student retention. The place, the people, or the collections might be your focus.  If you are interested in being part of this volume, please send a proposal including author details and estimated length of final submission to by February 29, 2016.  

Submission deadlines:

  • Submission deadline for proposals: February 29, 2016
  • Notification of acceptance sent by:  March 31, 2016
  • Submission deadline for full chapters:  May 15, 2016
  • Comments returned to authors:  June 24, 2016
  • Submission deadline for chapter revisions:  July 15, 2016

CFP: IFLA Satellite Meeting - Libraries as Publishers: Building a Global Community

Call for Papers: IFLA Satellite Meeting

Theme:  Libraries as Publishers: Building a Global Community

Sponsored by the IFLA Section on Acquisition and Collection Development
Co-sponsored by the IFLA Section on Serials and Other Continuing Resources
Collaborators:  Library Publishing Coalition and the University of Michigan Library

Conference Website:

Date:  August 10 (5 p.m.) -August 12, 2016 (concluding 2 p.m.)

Venue: University of Michigan; 190 miles from Columbus, Ohio.  This is an easy drive, and various forms of transport are available, including the Detroit airport, 30 minutes away.  Additional information provided on request.

Call for Proposals and Papers:

Libraries are engaging, with increasing success, in the dissemination of original scholarly and literary materials. Both public and academic libraries are becoming publishers for their communities.  Over the last few years, the number of libraries with a commitment to
publishing has grown substantially, with both academic and public libraries finding a strong demand for their services.  The latest Library Publishing Directory profiles more than 115 libraries with active publishing programs, most in North America but an increasing number in other continents.  A global community of library publishers is forming, and this meeting provides the ideal opportunity to meet with colleagues from around the world to identify common themes, brainstorm about shared challenges, and identify future opportunities
for information exchange and collaboration.

The program will comprise three half-day sessions titled "Understanding the Vision," "Implementing the Vision," and "Sustaining and Growing the Vision."

We invite proposals in English (up to 300 words) for 10-15 minute presentations addressing topics that align with one of the three session themes. Examples of such topics might include (but are by no means limited to):

●      Reflecting on the outcomes of a specific library publishing program or project
●      The emerging impact/role of library-published work in collection development
●      Launching a small, open-access journal from within a library
●      How a library publishing program or individual publication can achieve financial sustainability
●      The role of the library in meeting scholars’ obligations to freely disseminate their work
●      The role of the library in supporting innovation in digital scholarship/publishing
●      Opportunities for collaboration between university libraries and university presses
●      Case studies of existing projects

We welcome submissions from around the globe and particularly those
from outside of North America.

Important Dates:

●      4 March 2016: Deadline to submit paper proposals to:

●      31 March 2016: Notification to submitters

●      1 June April 2016: Deadline for authors to submit completed papers

Satellite Planning & Programme Committee:

  • Ann Okerson, Chair, IFLA Section on Acquisition and Collection Development
  • Sharon Dyas-Correia, Chair, IFLA Section on Serials and Other ontinuing Resources
  • Maria Bonn, Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences, University of Illinois
  • Sarah Lippincott, Program Director, Library Publishing Coalition
  • Charles Watkinson, Associate University Librarian for Publishing, University of Michigan
  • Rebecca Welzenbach, Director of Strategic Integration and Partnerships, Michigan Publishing

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Call for Proposals- Lightning Talks at ALA Annual - ACRL National - Library Marketing & Outreach Interest Group

Are you interested in presenting on Library Marketing & Outreach at the ALA Annual Conference?

Submit a proposal to the Library Marketing & Outreach Interest Group!

We are looking for three 15 minute lightning presentations for our annual meeting.

Topics should include Library Marketing and/or Outreach in Academics.

Follow the link to submit:

Proposals should be submitted no later than March 15th. After this time, the ACRL Library Marketing & Outreach IG members will have a chance to review your proposal and vote for their favorites. The three selected presentations will be announced by the end of March.

ACRL National- Library Marketing & Outreach Interest Group Team

  • Virginia Alexander Cononie and Adam Haigh, founders and 2014-2015 co-conveners
  • Amy Wainwright and Mark Aaron Polger, 2015-2016 co-conveners
  • Bonnie Lafazan and Christopher Davidson, 2016-2017 co-conveners

CFP: The Seventh Annual Collection Management & Development Research Forum ALA Annual 2016

Call for Papers
The Seventh Annual Collection Management & Development Research Forum
ALA Annual 2016

The Publications Committee of the Collection Management Section of ALCTS is sponsoring the Seventh Annual Collection Management & Development Research Forum at the 2016 American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando.

This is an opportunity to present and discuss your research.  Both completed research and research in progress will be considered.  All researchers, including collection practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.

The Committee will use a "blind review” process to select two projects.  The selected researchers are required to present their papers in person at the forum.  Each researcher should plan for a 20 minute presentation, with a 10 minute open discussion following each presentation.    Criteria for selection are:
     Significance of the study for improving collection management and development practices
     Potential for research to fill a gap in collections scholarship or to build on previous studies
     Quality and creativity of the methodology
     Previously published research or research accepted for publication prior to December 14, 2015, will not be accepted.

The submission must consist of no more than two pages.  On the first page, please list your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information (including your mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and email address).  The second page should be a one-page proposal, and it should NOT show your name or any personal information.  Instead, it must include only:
     The title of your project
     A clear statement of the research problem
     A description of the research methodology used
     Results of the project, if any

Examples of research presented at previous forums have included
·        Comparison of Biographical Information in Commercial Literary Databases and on the Open Web
·        Assessment of a Fully Integrated Patron Driven Access (PDA) Model
·        Comparison of Citation Use Patterns to Link Resolver and Vendor Statistics in Journals in the Health Sciences Fields
·        Development of a holistic approach to collection development and assessment
·        Development of a data-driven weeding project
·        Development of a sustainable, permanent assessment process to maintain shelf capacity equilibrium without an adverse effect on librarian time management

The deadline for proposals is February 15, 2015.

Notification of acceptance will be made by March 15, 2016.  

ALCTS, in its bylaws, claims the right of first refusal for publication of any work emanating from an ALCTS body or program.

Please send submissions to:
Geoffrey Morse
Chair, CMS Publications Committee
TEL:   847 467-1866

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Call for Content: CORA, the Community of Online Research Assignments

The librarians at Loyola Marymount University are excited to announce the launch of CORA, the Community of Online Research Assignments: 


CORA is on online, open-access platform of librarian and faculty contributed assignments, lesson plans, and activities that engage with information literacy concepts and practices. The site is currently in beta and our goal is to develop CORA into an online platform that extends information literacy pedagogy beyond the one-shot and opens a space to cultivate a virtual community of practice surrounding information literacy pedagogy among librarians and faculty.

We are inviting librarians and faculty who may be interested in sharing their information literacy assignments, activities, and or lesson plans under a creative commons license ( to become a contributor on the CORA platform. Becoming a CORA contributor also gives you the ability to respectfully comment on and generate discussions with other CORA contributors surrounding individual contributions. 

If you are interested in becoming a contributor, you can do so here:

If you are interested in joining the CORA Development Group to give useful feedback to help improve the site functionality and assess its viability, you can do so here:

CFP: 8th Int. Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, London (24-27 May 2016)

Call for Proposals

8th Int. Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, London (24-27 May 2016)

Exploring Trends and Challenges on Building Future Libraries
30 January 2016 Abstract submissions  (New)  
Deadline Paper Submission: 30th of March 2016
Deadline Presentation Submission: 1st of May 2016
Early bird Registration: up to 30th of March 2016

Notification of acceptance two weeks after submission.
Conference presentations would be Theoretical and Technical papers, Case studies, Applications, Collaborative projects targeted at a wide range of audiences:
Librarians, archivists, library technologists, library administrators, and library and information science students.

Also we encourage session proposals. The coordinator of a special session will be responsible for the selection of the papers (4-6 speeches) and will chair the session.

Submitting a Proposal or a session to

Proposals must include the following information:
– Proposed session title
– One-to two-paragraphs abstract
– Name(s) and contact information for all presenters
Type of session being proposed (presentation or poster)

(N.B. There will be a special session:  "Reimagining the Academic Library: Building a New and Renovating the Old" Call for papers for this open now)

SEMLOL Call for Proposals for Spring Meeting - Deadline Approaching (Troy, Michigan - April 15, 2015)

Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries Spring Meeting
Friday April 15, 2016
IIT Technical Institute - Troy, Michigan

There is still time to submit presentation proposals for the SEMLOL Spring meeting on the topic of library collaborations.

We invite proposals on topics such as consortial projects, innovative faculty/student collaborations, community engagement initiatives, and other examples of library partnerships. Best practices, case studies, and creative ideas are all welcome. 

The SEMLOL Spring meeting will take place on Friday, April 15, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Troy campus of ITT Technical Institute. Presentations should be 40 minutes long, including time for questions. 

To submit a presentation proposal, please send the title, name of speaker(s), and an abstract of no more than 250 words to by February 1, 2016. Accepted proposals will be notified by the end of February. 

We look forward to your submissions!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

CFP: Race Matters: Libraries, Racism, and Antiracism LACUNY Institute 2016 (Brooklyn NY, May 2016)

Call for Proposals
Race Matters: Libraries, Racism, and Antiracism
LACUNY Institute 2016
Date: May 20, 2016
Location: Brooklyn College, City University of New York
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jelani Cobb
Associate Professor of History and Director, Africana Studies Institute, University of Connecticut; staff writer, The New Yorker; winner of the 2015 Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism and author of several books, including The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress

Opening Talk: April Hathcock, JD, LLM, MLIS, Scholarly Communications Librarian, NYU; recent scholarship includes “White Librarianship in Blackface: Diversity Initiatives in LIS”

Submission Deadline Extended: February 1, 2016
Critical Race Theory holds “that race is central, not peripheral, to American thought and life” and “that racism is common and ordinary rather than rare and episodic” (The Oxford Companion to American Law). From hashtags (#BlackLivesMatter, #CharlestonSyllabus, #BlackOnCampus) to podcasts (About Race, Intersection with Jamil Smith, Real Talk with Nekima Levy-Pounds), from city streets to college campuses, these are some of the spaces and places where dialogues about race and racism are happening. This is where the theme for the 2016 LACUNY Institute begins, where it seeks to join the national conversation on race.
In addressing this theme, we are interested in amplifying and extending recent important conversations and scholarship in the library profession which have interrogated the role of libraries in systemic racism, the collusion of library neutrality in oppression, and white privilege and fragility in the profession, among other issues. Libraries attract professionals with “good” and “noble” intentions, but as Ta-Nehisi Coates writes in Between the World and Me, “‘Good intention’ is a hall pass through history.”

How can we move the dialogue beyond good intention, where it has been mired in well-meaning diversity and multiculturalism initiatives? How do we move the profession from racial liberalism, as articulated by Lani Guinier, to racial literacy, which “requires us to rethink race as an instrument of social, geographic, and economic control of both whites and blacks”? How can and do libraries contribute to the national conversation on race, racism, and anti-racism? What are the foundations that librarianship can use to address racism both within the profession and society at large?

The LACUNY Institute Committee seeks proposals that address race in libraries, archives, and the information studies, across myriad roles (staff, faculty, students, patrons, etc.) and functions (technical services, public services, instruction, etc.).

Example topics include but are not limited to:
  • Counter-narratives
  • Race and critical information literacy and pedagogy
  • Race and racism in information organization
  • Intersectionality
  • Microaggressions
  • Libraries, race, and access
  • What is and is not collected
The Institute will have three tracks: panel presentations, facilitated dialogues, and alt-sessions.
  • Panel papers (15 minutes/presenter): Moderated panel presentations with time for questions and discussion.
  • Facilitated dialogues (45 minutes): Teams of two lead a discussion on topic of their choice related to the theme, with one person presenting context and the other facilitating conversation.
  • Alt-sessions (15-30 minutes): An opportunity for exploring topics through multiple ways of knowing (e.g., short documentary, spoken word, performance art).
Please submit proposals, including a 300-500 word abstract, through by February 1, 2016 (extended deadline).
The goal of this event is to create a space for respectful dialogue and debate about these critical issues. We will be publishing a formal code of conduct, but the event organizers will actively strive to create a public space in which multiple perspectives can be heard and no one voice dominates.    

Questions may be directed to Jean Amaral,
For more information, visit the 2016 Institute website: