Friday, April 29, 2016

Call For BRASS Newsletter Submissions

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.

Please query me anytime you would like. I am trailing a new system of
accepting submissions at any time – we'll see how this goes.

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, editor, at

Charles Allan Academic BRASS editor

Monday, April 25, 2016

Call for Lightning Round Presentations: METRO Outreach and Advocacy SIG- Thurs May 26, 2016

Call for Lightning Round Presentations : METRO Outreach and Advocacy SIG
Faculty Outreach Strategies - Success Stories and Uphill Battles
Thursday May 26, 2016, 12:00pm-2:00pm

METRO Training Center, 57 East 11
th street, Fourth Floor, New York, NY 10003

Our Spring 2016 meeting will address how we connect with faculty through various outreach strategies and partnerships. Have you connected with classroom faculty to promote various library services and resources?  We're hosting up to five short lightning round presentations (15 minutes each). We are looking for short presentations on some of your strategies that you have developed at your libraries that connect with faculty.

Submit your proposals online at   

Our meeting will be at the METRO Training Center on Thursday May 26, 2016 from 12:00pm-2:00pm.

The address is  57 East 11th Street, Fourth Floor, New York, NY 10003

RSVP to attend here:

All events held at METRO follow a set of Community Expectations. Please read more about it here :

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

For more information, please email the co-conveners:
Mark Aaron Polger and Carl Andrews, METRO Outreach & Advocacy SIG

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

RUSQ seeks column editors - Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ)

RUSQ seeks column editors - Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ)

Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ), the peer-reviewed journal of the Reference and User Services Association, is seeking editors for two columns, “The Alert Collector” and “Information Literacy and Instruction.” RUSQ is an online journal, and issues are available immediately on publication to RUSA members and subscribers at The current four issues are limited access and then open access after that.

“The Alert Collector” offers readers titles appropriate for building and maintaining collections in specific subject areas. The columns can focus on fiction or non-fiction areas, and cover print and online resources, with short annotations. Topics covered recently include hip-hop, autism spectrum disorder, art pricing and evaluation, and dance with a focus on flamenco.

“Information Literacy and Instruction” covers any topic in this area in public and academic libraries. Recent columns have explored MOOCs, preparing LIS students for atypical jobs, working with students with autism spectrum disorders, and using specific tools for improving information literacy.

The column editor is responsible for recruiting authors, editing copy, and submitting columns to the editor of RUSQ on schedule. Columns run 2500-3500 words and are published quarterly. RUSQ seeks to provide columns that will be of interest to librarians working in the areas of reference and user services, in academic, public, school, and special libraries.

If you are interested in applying for a column editor position, please send a copy of your resume and a one-page letter outlining your thoughts on how you would shape the column to meet the needs of RUSQ readers to Barry Trott, Editor, RUSQ,, by May 15, 2016.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions that you have about the journal or the positions.

Barry Trott
Editor, RUSQ

CFP: Charleston Conference (Roll with the Times, or the Times Will Roll Over You) - November 2016

We are excited to announce that the 2016 Call for Papers, Ideas, Panels, Debates, Diatribes, Speakers, Poster Sessions, etc. is now open at:

The proposal deadline is Friday, July 15.

Do you have ideas, challenges, solutions, or information to share? 

We’re seeking proposals on topics related to collection development and acquisitions, including, but not limited to:

analysis and assessment, budgeting, discovery, digital scholarship, end users/use statistics, management/leadership, library entrepreneurship, professional development, scholarly communication, and technology and trends.

The Charleston Conference wishes to provide opportunities for everyone to be heard. We encourage proposals that include representation from the different viewpoints and stakeholders in the scholarly
communications process, so please consider the diversity of your panel. Also, please note that conference sessions are meant for librarians, publishers, and vendors to discuss issues of interest to
them all. They are not an opportunity for marketing products or services.

2016 Conference Info:

Proposed Theme: Roll with the Times, or the Times Will Roll Over You
Preconferences/Seminars: Monday, October 31 – Wednesday, November 2
Charleston Vendor Showcase: Wednesday, November 2
Main Conference: Thursday, November 3 – Saturday, November 5

About the Conference:

The Charleston Conference is an informal annual gathering of librarians, publishers, electronic resource managers, consultants, and vendors of library materials in Charleston, SC, in November, to
discuss issues of importance to them all. It is designed to be a collegial gathering of individuals from different areas who discuss the same issues in a non-threatening, friendly, and highly informal
environment. Presidents of companies discuss and debate with library directors, acquisitions librarians, reference librarians, serials librarians, collection development librarians, and many, many others. Begun in 1980, the Charleston Conference has grown from 20 participants in 1980 to over 1,700 in 2015.

For questions or more information, please contact Leah Hinds at

Tom Gilson
Associate Editor, Against the Grain
Head of Reference Emeritus,
Addlestone Library, College of Charleston

Friday, April 15, 2016

Call for Chapters: The Library Outreach Cookbook

Call for Chapter Proposals: The Library Outreach Cookbook

Editors – Ryan L. Sittler, Ph.D. & Terra Rogerson
Send Proposals to

Ryan and Terra have a contract with the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) to produce a new cookbook on library outreach and marketing. This is a true follow-up to the highly popular The Library Instruction Cookbook (2009) developed by Ryan and Dr. Douglas Cook. It is also the first ACRL cookbook, since the original, to have one of the original editors involved in the process.

We are looking for authors. 
We hope to receive a lot of of great recipe proposals for this book--and that is going to require a lot of great authors! If you are interested in writing on one of the ideas suggested below OR want to suggest something that we have simply just not thought of yet, please send a proposal to Proposal guidelines are at the end of this document.

What do we want?
We welcome recipe proposals on the following topics related to library outreach, marketing, and public relations. We will also consider things not listed here so long as they fit with the spirit of the book. Creativity is welcome. Authors with complimentary proposals may be asked to work together if we see a natural connection. Tone and style will be friendly, fun, and unassuming in keeping with other cookbooks in the series (particularly The Library Instruction Cookbook). You need not be an academic librarian to submit. Due to the wide application for these strategies, we hope to see proposals from all library types.

Suggested topic areas.
    Getting Started:
        1. Environmental scans
        2. Identity, image, and reputation
        3. Outreach vs marketing vs public relations
        4. Obtaining information about your users

    Marketing Strategies:
        1. Marketing
        2. Communication plans
        3. Communication objectives
        4. Logos
        5. Slogans
        6. Public relations
        7. Posters
        8. Newsletters
        9. Swag / prizes
        10. Animals in the library

    Social Media & Communications Technologies:
        1. Facebook
        2. Twitter
        3. Instagram
        4. Youtube
        5. Flickr
        6. Website
        7. LibGuides
        8. Mobile
        9. Augmented Reality / VR
        10. Games
        11. Skype
        12. Google Hangouts

   Outreach to Broad Populations:
        1. Campus community
        2. Local community

    Outreach to Select Populations:
        1. Instruction / Information literacy
        2. Liaison programs
        3. Athletics
        4. Other campus clubs / subgroups
        5. Older Adults 
        6. Visually or Hearing Impaired 

    Programming / Event Planning
        1. Events
        2. Workshops

Other ideas and suggestions: We are highly receptive to your suggestions for something not listed here. If you have a great idea that you think would fit within the scope of this book, please submit a proposal. We like new ideas and perspectives. Every idea will be given thorough consideration.  

Proposal Guidelines
Proposals are due by June 17, 2016 at 5:00pm EST
Final accepted chapters will be due to us by August 12, 2016 at 5:00pm EST
Publication is anticipated in early 2016. 

Please use APA style for references. 12 pt Time New Roman. Double spaced. 1 inch margins. Send as .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachments only.

Proposals should address as much of the following as is possible:
        1. Your name and contact information (email and affiliation)
        2. Selected list of past publications (if any)
        3. Recipe Title
        4. Topic area/category you think your proposal falls under
        5. Purpose
        6. Target audience
        7. Ingredients (what do you need to do this? Includes supplies, human resources, etc)
        8. Step by step instructions
        9. Cautions / Things to be aware of / advice
        10. Assessment (if applicable)
        11. Reaction/reflection (if applicable)
        11. Sample pictures / handouts / documents
        12. References

Send Proposals to:

Email either or both of us with questions.
-Ryan L. Sittler, Instructional Technology / Information Literacy Librarian, California University of Pennsylvania,

-Terra Rogerson, Research and Instruction Librarian, California University of Pennsylvania,

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Call for Submissions and Nominations for PRIMO

The Peer Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) Committee of the ACRL Instruction Section invites you to submit your online information literacy tutorial, virtual tour, or other online library instruction project for review and possible inclusion in PRIMO: Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online.

***Deadlines for Spring 2016***
Nominations: April 25, 2016
Submissions: May 9, 2016

Additional information about PRIMO, as well as the submission and nomination forms, is available from the following link:

Site submissions for PRIMO are accepted continually, but are reviewed for possible inclusion twice per year.  If you would like to submit your own project for consideration, please use the Submission form rather than the Nomination form. For further information, please contact committee co-chairs Jodie Borgerding at or Bill Marino

**Important note**
All submissions will be acknowledged shortly after the submission deadline. If you submit a project for review and do not receive an acknowledgment after the submission deadline, please contact the PRIMO co-chairs with a request for verification that your submission was transmitted successfully.

Jodie Borgerding and Bill Marino
Co-chairs, ACRL IS PRIMO Committee
Jodie Borgerding
Webster University – Emerson Library
470 E Lockwood Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63119-3194

Bill Marino
Eastern Michigan University
955 W. Circle Dr.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

CFP: Celebrating Communities of Practice in Digital Humanities - Digital Frontiers 2016 (9/22-24/2016 Rice University)

In celebration of its Fifth Anniversary, Digital Frontiers [] invites members of the digital humanities community to submit proposals sharing their passions as they engage in digital endeavors.  Proposals that discuss how digital researchers situate themselves within this community of practice will be especially welcomed.

Digital Frontiers 2016 is September 22-24, 2016 at Rice University in Houston, hosted by Rice University's Fondren Library and the Humanities Research Center, with sponsorship from the Association for Computers and the Humanities.

We encourage contributions from anyone who creates or uses digital collections or tools for humanities work, including scholars, educators, genealogists, archivists, technologists, librarians, and students. We welcome submissions from local and regional historical and genealogical societies, and anyone working in the public humanities to help us serve the community of practice with which Digital Frontiers identifies.

Deadline: April 15, 2016

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

CFP: 2016 Library Marketing and Communications Conference (Dallas, Texas - November 16-17, 2016)

2016 Library Marketing and Communications Conference
Dallas, TX, Nov 1617, 2016
Crowne Plaza Dallas Near Galleria–Addison

Organized by the Library Marketing and Communications Group

Facilitated by Amigos Library Services

About the Call for Proposals
The 2016 Planning Committee of the Library Marketing and Communications Conference (LMCC) is interested in receiving proposals for presentations that showcase the tried and true, the latest trends, and the best practices while providing practical tips and takeaways that can be immediately applied to any library's communication and marketing efforts. We're looking for speakers who have done this work long enough to have experiences and lessons to share.

You should have enough content to fill at least 45 minutes, not counting Q&A. You'll be able to share handouts and slides with attendees electronically.

To learn about our first conference in 2015, go to

To see the program from that 2015 event, go to

Potential Presentation Topics
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, these concepts:
  1. Communications campaigns / Media relations
  2. Social media plans / Tips / Analytics
  3. Marketing / Communication plans
  4. User Experience / Customer service
  5. Collaborations / Partnerships
  6. Community engagement projects
  7. Planning and promoting programs
  8. Market research / Surveys / Focus groups
  9. Branding strategies / Projects
  10. Technology / Apps / Websites / Software
  11. Graphic design / Production
  12. Communications / Support / Management of internal staff
  13. Political strategy / Bond issues / Budgets
  14. Effective PR / Messages / Value statements
  15. Promoting electronic resources
  16. Pop-up libraries / Services outside of buildings

Criteria for Acceptance
Presentations will be evaluated in a blind review process according to the following criteria:

Speakers' knowledge and experience
Useful / practical learning objectives
Topics' broad appeal
Clarity of description
Interactive elements

Guidelines for Submitting Presentation Proposals
Submission Deadline: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on April 29 
Notification of Presentation Approval: May 27

Every lead presenter (listed on the form as Presenter #1) will get an email confirming the receipt of the submission form.

Please Note: Speakers will be responsible for registering for the conference, and for arranging their own travel and lodging. Accepted speakers must register by July 13 and pay the Early Bird Registration rate of $299. Please also book your hotel room, via this link, by July 13:
2016 Library Marketing and Communications Conference, sponsored by Amigos Library Services

However: Do not book any travel until the Planning Committee has assured everyone that we've met our hotel contract requirements. This should happen by July 15. It's safe to register for the conference and to book the hotel before then, because if we need to cancel the whole event, your registration and room bookings will be automatically cancelled without any penalties.

A/V Info:
Speakers will need to bring their own laptops to present from. LMCC will provide projectors, screens, podiums, and mics. Wi-Fi will be available, but not necessarily stable, so download everything you can so you don't have to depend on Internet access during your session.

Ready to fill out the Presentation Proposal Form? Click here:

For any additional questions, send email with the subject line "LMC Speaker Questions" to:

General Questions About Speaking:  
Joan Barnes:
Community Engagement Librarian
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Questions About the Proposal Form: 
Emily Glimco:
Marketing and Communications Associate
Northbrook (Ill.) Public Library

Monday, April 11, 2016

CFP: Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review (Open Access Journal)

Call for Articles and Reports: Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review

ISSN: 2369-9779

The Academic Business Library Directors (ABLD) sponsors Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review, a refereed, open-access journal. Ticker is a forum for the exchange of research, best practices, and innovative thinking in business librarianship and business library management.

All are invited to contribute to Ticker -- ABLD membership is not a requirement. Ticker seeks articles and reports from academic business librarians that

To submit an article, you will need to register for an account (available to all) on the site (

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work

The first issue was published in 2015. We expect to publish two issues a year.

Journal Focus and Scope Statement
Ticker publishes original research, commentary, conference reports,member profiles, case studies, renovation profiles, stories of innovation, articles on library management best practices, and evidence-based pieces. In addition, the journal features examples of translational research -- instances where academic business libraries have implemented faculty research findings on management best practices (i.e., collaboration, work-around techniques, staff motivation, space redesign, vendor negotiations, etc.)

Journal Section Policies

Research - Peer Reviewed Research Papers
1. Generally not more than 20 manuscript pages, single spaced.
2. APA Style
3. Complete bibliography
4. Abstract of not more than 300 words and at least three keywords (not more than 10)
5. Peer review requires the cover page with name and affiliation of the author(s) and the paper be submitted as separate documents.

Opinions & Thought Pieces
These are not blind peer reviewed; however, they are screened by a member of the editorial board.
1. 3-15 manuscript pages, single spaced
2. APA Style
3. Abstract of not more than 300 words and three keywords

Conference Reports
The Conference Reports section seeks informal articles capturing the themes, key speakers, vendor exhibits, resources and other information about library conferences. In particular, the articles sought out for this section focus on the needs of business librarians. Reports for any business librarian meetings (such as with ABLD, EBSLG, APBSLG, CLADEA, etc.) are relevant, as are reports focused on business-related sessions are larger conferences such as SLA, ALA, ACRL, Charleston Conference, etc. The conference reports should include links as needed and should be in English.

Other sections include
  • Case Studies and Renovation Profiles
  • Member Profiles

Jason Sokoloff, University of Washington (

Editorial Board:
Angela Horne, University of California, Los Angeles
Laura Leavitt, Michigan State University
Corey Seeman, University of Michigan

Deb Wallace, Harvard University

Friday, April 08, 2016

CFP: 3rd Annual LILi Conference: “What Would it Look Like If…?”

3rd Annual LILi Conference: “What Would it Look Like If…?”
Monday, August 8, 2016, 9:00am – 1:30pm
Pierce College, Woodland Hills, CA

Imagine having unlimited resources for developing information literacy and lifelong learning opportunities in your library or in partnership with others. That’s right…just imagine! Oftentimes, librarians protest that the primary obstacle to developing that great idea, program, or service is a lack of funding, staff or some other needed resource. While this is certainly a genuine concern, what if those barriers were removed and the only things required for success were a bit of
ingenuity, motivation, and collaboration?

The purpose of this year’s conference is to encourage librarians to explore innovative ideas, creative solutions, and imaginative applications for cultivating information literacy competencies across a lifetime. How can libraries of all types join forces to better share resources, produce engaging programming, foster skill development and support student success? Is there something you have always wanted to do, but simply didn’t have the means to make it a reality? Bring your
ideas to share as there may be a future partnership just waiting to be discovered. Let’s have fun and pretend the sky is the limit!

Dr. Lesley Farmer, Librarianship Program & Department Chair of Advanced Studies in Education & Counseling at CSU, Long Beach will be the keynoter at the third annual LILi conference. Dr. Farmer has worked as a library media teacher in K-12 school settings as well as in public, special and academic libraries. This conference offers opportunities for creative thinking, cooperation and collaboration among different types of libraries for a common goal: supportive, sequential information literacy instruction for all levels and in all types of libraries. Dr. Farmer will offer her ideas and vision for partnership in support of this goal.

The LILi (Lifelong Information Literacy) group invites you to submit proposals related to information literacy and collaborati
on for lifelong learning for 20-minute presentations and 10-minute lightning talks. 

Proposals will be blind-reviewed, so please do not include identifying information in the text of your abstract. Topic ideas include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborative or creative ILI partnerships among academic,K-12, public and special libraries
  • Creative fundraising and ways to obtain needed resources
  • Marketing, publicity & promotion for collaborative ILI
  • Establishing ILI connections and partnerships
  • Assessment of ILI partnership efforts
  • New, innovative ILI pedagogical approaches
  • Sequential ILI across two or more institutions or organizations
  • ILI co-teaching
  • Common Core Standards and/or California State Standards
  • ACRL Framework for Information Literacy and/or ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards
  • AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner
  • (PLA site) and/or (US government site)
  • Effective uses of new technology to support ILI
  • Outreach for successful transfer and transitions from high school to college
  • Working with classroom teachers in developing ILI

Deadline for submissions: May 1, 2016

Link to submit proposals

Notification of acceptance by: May 25, 2016

Conference Proposal Questions: Angela Boyd:
Conference Location Questions (Pierce College): Esther Grassian
For more information about LILi: