Thursday, October 27, 2016

CFP: Twelfth International Conference on Open Repositories - June 2017 in Brisbane, Australia

The Twelfth International Conference on Open Repositories, OR2017, will be held on June 26th-30th, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. The organisers are pleased to issue this call for contributions to the program, with submissions due by 20 November 2016.

In 2017 the Open Repositories conference returns to Australia, where the Open Repositories journey started in Sydney 2006. Repositories have come a long way in the intervening years, having emerged as critical systems for managing, preserving and sharing intellectual, artistic and scientific output. As such, repositories have found a firm placing within scholarly processes and are becoming an integral vehicle to moving towards true Open Science. The OR community has established itself as an important contributor in this space, something we would like to emphasise in Brisbane by promoting the community’s ability to always stay at the forefront of development of both infrastructure and good practice.
For OR2017 the theme is Open : Innovation | Knowledge | Repositories, aiming to reflect how the Open Repository community continues to be at the forefront of developments, sharing knowledge, and working as an enabler of scholarship and open science. OR2017 will provide an opportunity to:
  • showcase innovative repository services as well as innovations in functionality and user experience of repository software;
  • introduce innovative uses of repositories, for example to accommodate new types of content, serve new groups of users, or achieve new goals;
  • analyse drivers for repository innovation, including evolving technologies, changes in scholarly communication processes, as well as policies around open access to research outputs at institutional, national and international levels; and
  • explore and highlight innovation in the wider ecosystem around repositories.
We welcome proposals on these ideas, but also on other theoretical, practical, technical, organisational or administrative topics related to repositories. Submissions that demonstrate original and repository-related work outside of these themes will be considered, but preference will be given to submissions which address them. We are particularly interested in the following themes.


Readers of this call for proposals who are familiar with the OR conference series will notice that it is issued somewhat earlier than in previous years. This is done to benefit international participants, aiming to provide earlier feedback on submissions in order to leave enough time in advance of the conference to make travel arrangements for a journey to Australia.
  • By 30 September 2016: Submission system opens
  • 20 November 2016: Deadline for submissions
  • 14 December 2016: Deadline for Scholarship Programme applications
  • 03 February 2017: Submitters notified of acceptance (except Interest Groups)
  • 03 February 2017: Registration opens
  • 10 February 2017: Submitters notified of acceptance to Interest Groups
  • 10 February 2017: Scholarship Programme winners notified
  • 21 April 2017: All presenters are encouraged to register by the close of Early Bird, 21 April 2017
  • 26-30 June 2017: OR2017 conference


Accepted proposals in all categories will be made available through the conference’s web site, and later they and associated materials will be made available in an open repository. Some conference sessions may be live streamed or recorded, then made publicly available.

Monday, October 24, 2016

CFP: 2017 University of San Diego Digital Initiatives Symposium (May 2017)

2017 University of San Diego Digital Initiatives Symposium Call for Proposals          

Proposals are now being accepted for the Fourth Annual Digital Initiatives Symposium, May 1-2, 2017.  

Join University of San Diego's Copley Library for the Fourth Annual Digital Initiative Symposium. 
This day and a half conference features workshops and user group meetings for a variety of institutional repository platforms, focusing on the digital elements of library ecosystems and institutional repositories. Registration opens December 5, 2016
$85 registration includes both the preconference and full-day conference
$75 registration includes full-day conference
$40 registration includes preconference workshops

Call for Proposals are being accepted for Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – Full Day Conference 

We are accepting proposals for 45-minute concurrent sessions, 90-minute panel discussions, and poster presentations. We welcome proposals from organizations, including colleges and universities of all sizes, community colleges, public libraries, special libraries, museums, and other cultural memory institutions.

This year, we are especially interested in proposals that consider:
  • data management and sharing, open data
  • open educational resources
  • digital initiatives in instruction and undergraduate research
  • roles for deans and directors in digital and institutional repository initiatives
  • roles for disciplinary faculty in digital and institutional repository initiatives
  • diverse repository platforms and functions
  • digital humanities
  • copyright and licensing
  • collaboration: interdisciplinary initiatives and collaboration within and between campuses
  • scholarly communication
  • technical applications related to platforms or tools
  • web archiving
Full-Day Conference Sessions

Panel discussions: 90 minutes
Concurrent sessions (case studies, white papers, demonstrations, or panels): 45 minutes
Poster sessions on digital project topics will take place in the afternoon.
Please plan on 10-15 minutes for questions, with panel and concurrent sessions.

All submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance thinking about digital initiatives, institutional repositories, and scholarly communication. Acceptance is competitive. Registration fees will be waived for accepted presenters.

For more information or questions contact Diane Maher at 

Important Dates
  • Proposal Submission Deadline: January 16, 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance: February 6, 2017
  • Selected presenters must confirm presentations: February 17, 2017
  • Conference Registration: Deadline: April 17, 2017

Announcing Keynote Speakers for 2017
       Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information
       Maura Marx, Deputy Director for Library Services at the Institute of Museum and Library Services

       More extensive biographies and abstracts will be available shortly on the USD website, as well as information about workshops.

Call for Workshops - Association of Christian Librarians (June 2017 - Grand Rapids, Michigan)

The Association of Christian Librarians is holding their 61st annual conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, next June. We are seeking workshop proposals from the greater library community. Share your library knowledge and experiences with colleagues from all over the United States. We are looking for presentations that discuss innovative or new ways of thinking about a topic related to libraries. Some topics of interest from the ACL membership include:
Open educational resources (OER) and affordable learning materials
Information literacy/Bibliographic Instruction
User Experience/UX Design
Marketing & Outreach: engaging students & faculty
Online Instruction and/or distance learners
Leadership skills/Management Issues
            …and more

The submission deadline is November 1st. We look forward to seeing what’s new & exciting in your libraries. Please click on the following link for more information:

You do not have to be a member to present, but there is a special new member rate if you are interested: 

Jaime Pitt 
ACL Presentation Coordinator

Call for panelists for ALA Annual Chicago--Technologies for the First-Year

How does your institution determine and serve the technology needs of first year students? What types of innovative tools are you using to get students excited about the library, while also helping them transition from the high school environment?

We are looking for librarians interested in sharing their experiences and approaches to emerging technologies for first-year students. These could include (but are not limited to) mobile apps, digital collaboration tools, research suite services and tutorials, innovative discovery tool technologies, and ways to transform physical spaces with technology. Please email a brief (100 word or so) description of your potential presentation to Lily Todorinova, Chair of ETS Systems for Services and Discovery by November 1.

Full description:
Technologies for the Future of the First Year Experience

The first years of college present many opportunities for libraries to make an impact on students’ development. Creative librarians in small and large academic institutions are employing technologies, such as library tours via mobile apps, digital collaboration tools, research suite services and tutorials, and innovative discovery tool technologies, among others. In this panel presentation, we will highlight three examples of ways libraries are using emerging technologies to enhance the first year experience of students.

Learning outcomes:
  • Take-away ideas about how to employ technologies to enhance the first year experience
  • Connect with other librarians working in the intersection between the first year experience and emerging technologies
  • Be familiar with trends, best practices, and emerging research about the first year experience
  • Generate actionable ideas to bring back to their institution
  • Energize their institution with new initiatives

This session will take place on Saturday, June 24, 2017, 1-2:30pm.

CFP: ALCTS/LITA Library Linked Data Interest Group (ALA Midwinter 2017)

The ALCTS/LITA Library Linked Data Interest Group (LLD-IG) seeks proposals for its meeting on Saturday, January 21st at 8:30-10:00 AM during the 2017 ALA Midwinter Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. LLD-IG facilitates active conversation among librarians and information professionals to discuss projects, ideas, and practical use cases related to library linked data. We welcome proposals that offer practical applications of library linked data and encourage audience participation and discussion.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
•       Linked data projects in libraries, museums, archives, and other information communities.
•       Developing tools to support cataloging, organizing, browsing, and discovering resources using linked data.
•       Developing ontologies or linked data applications.
•       Collaborative linked data projects among diverse communities.

Please email proposals to Jee Davis ( and Anne
Washington ( by November 14th, 2016. Your proposal should
•       Proposal title
•       Proposal description (up to 150 words)
•       Name and position of presenter

We will notify you by Wednesday, November 23rd, if your proposal has been accepted. We look forward to hearing from you!

Best regards,
Jee Davis (Co-chair) and Anne Washington (Co-chair)

CFP: CALA Occasional Paper Series (Chinese American Librarians Association) - Spring 2017

Call for Papers: CALA Occasional Paper Series (OPS), 2017 Spring Issue

Occasional Paper Series (OPS) is one of the official publications (ISSN 1941-2037) of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA). It is an open access publication which provides an opportunity for authors to publish article(s) on a peer-reviewed, official, and professional platform. It is a professional opportunity for you to publish your essays and will benefit many fields in library and information science.

    We now welcome submissions to the 2017 Spring issue of CALA OPS. Manuscripts can address any aspects of librarianship. It can be a paper delivered at a conference related to library and information science; a bibliography, index, guide, handbook, research manual, or directory; a report of a survey or study of interest to librarians of all types of libraries; a compilation of existing documents such as library policies or procedures; or a full­-length research paper.

    Manuscripts are usually between 3000-5000 words in length. Longer and shorter articles can also be accepted if considered to be relevant and of high quality. All manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font throughout. References, citations, and general style of manuscripts should follow the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition. For detailed submission guidelines, please check the CALA website:

    The deadline for submission to the 2017 Spring issue of CALA OPS is Friday, March 31, 2017. Late submissions will be considered for the following issues. Please submit your manuscript via the
interface: Manuscripts submitted to CALA OPS should not have been published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

    Previously published articles are available at

    Should you have any questions, please contact the CALA OPS editorial board:

Michael Huang (Co-Chair), Stony Brook University,
Suzhen Chen (Co-Chair), University of Hawaii at Manoa,
Liangyu Fu, University of Michigan,
Jennifer (Cong Yan) Zhao, McGill University,
Yingqi Tang, Jacksonville State University,
Minhao Jiang, Wayne State University,
Xiaojie Duan, University of Southern Mississippi,
Daisy Nip, Drexel University,

Sunday, October 23, 2016

CFP: Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services (ALA Midwinter - ALCTS Interest Group)

The ALCTS Interest Group, Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services (RPLTS-IG) is seeking proposals for presentations at ALA Midwinter 2017 in Atlanta. RPLTS-IG will meet on January 21st, from 10:30am -- 11:30am.

This year’s Midwinter tagline is “The Conversation Starts Here”, and to capitalize on that concept, we are particularly interested in proposals that can start conversations and elicit positive changes in library technical services. Presenters will be allotted approximately 20 minutes, with a short time for questions after the presentations.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Special issues of diversity in technical services
  • Fostering relationships and collaboration between technical services and other departments
  • Advocacy for the needs of both professionals and paraprofessionals

If you are interested in presenting, please email Paul (p- and Mingyan ( your presentation topic
and brief description by Monday November 21, 2016.

Thank you!

Paul Robert Burley and Mingyan Li, RPLTS-IG 2016-17 Co-Chairs

Tiewei (Lucy) Liu and Michelle Hahn, RPLTS-IG 2016-17 Co-Vice Chairs

Award for Best Electronic Reference Site, 2017 (Popular Culture Association)

(Bit off topic - but good none the less)

The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association sponsors this prestigious award each year along with literary and film awards.  This award recognizes the growth and importance of new academic formats. Award winners will be announced at the PCA/ACA annual conference in San Diego, California, in April, 2017, and posted on the PCA/ACA website at, on other appropriate websites, and in other media forums. Recipients need not be present at the conference to receive the award. Recipients who choose to attend will receive a $500 travel grant.

Submission and Nomination Procedures:
The policies and procedures for the Best Electronic Reference Site Award are similar to all the other PCA/ACA awards, with a focus on quality and relevance. The committee will consider electronic resources developed in the last three years (after 2013).The criteria for judgment by the committee include:
  • Quality of research/scholarship 
  • Use of hypertext/networking of electronic medium 
  • Use of supplementary/secondary materials 
  • Contribution to Popular Culture and/or American Studies scholarship 
  • Breadth of archived material 
  • Ease of searching 
  • Updatability

To nominate sites for the PCA/ACA Best Electronic Reference Site Award, please contact Allen Ellis at In your nomination, please include the website address, the subject of the site, and contact information for the nominator and nominee. Self-nominations are welcome. Deadline: December 14, 2016.
Winners from previous years:

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

CFP: 2017 Designing for Digital Conference (April 2017 - Austin, Texas)

We invite you to submit to the 2017 Designing for Digital Conference Call for Proposals beginning today through December 1, 2016. For a detailed list of the topics covered at D4D:

The D4D Program Planning committee has opened the 2017 Call for Proposals and is currently seeking 4 hour workshops, 90 minute seminars, 45 minute sessions and 20 minute short talks in these recently revised tracks:

  • Tools & Methods
  • UX in Practice
  • Service & Physical Space Design
  • Trends, Emerging Issues, and the Future of UX
  • Leadership & Organizational  Strategies

Registration/ Housing Open. The conference will be held in Austin, Texas at the UT Austin Conference Center from April 3-5, 2017. Housing and Early Registration are currently open.

We hope to see you at D4D!

-- D4D Planning Committees

CFP: The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) 2017 (Radford, Virginia - May 2017)

The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) 2017
Preconference workshop and poster sessions on Wednesday, May 10 and Conference on Thursday, May 11, 2017
Radford University, Radford, VA

“What a great conference. The quality of all the presentations was really outstanding. This is really a gem of a conference and outshines many that are larger and more expensive. Well done and thanks for letting me be a part of it."- past attendee

"Best. Library. Conference. In. The. Universe."- another participant's feedback

We are now accepting proposals for TILC 2017.   We are so excited to have Rebecca K. Miller, Head, Library Learning Services at The Pennsylvania State University, as our keynote speaker. Her talk will be about “Transformations through Learning and Leading.” You can use this idea as a jumping off point for your proposal, or you can submit anything related to innovative teaching. We like to cast a wide net!    

Proposals are invited for three different session types:
•          Posters (presented at the Wednesday evening social)
•          50-minute presentations
•          7-minute lightning talks

Two levels of review will take place. In the peer review, submissions will be rated for fit for the session type, relevance, and innovativeness.   In addition, we will crowdsource interest in the topics submitted by authors.  Abstracts submitted by authors will be blinded for the crowdsourced portion.  Conference coordinators will make the final selections, basing decisions on both the peer review process and the crowdsourced information. 

Submission deadline: November 17, 2016
Acceptance notification: January 13, 2017
We expect registration costs to be about $40.
Full details and a link to the proposal form are available at:

 Selected papers based on conference presentations will be published, subject to double blind peer review, in a special issue of Internet Reference Services Quarterly dedicated to The Innovative Library Classroom.  More information about IRSQ is available on the IRSQ website:

Call for Proposals: Colloquium on Libraries & Service Learning (Santa Clara, CA - August 2017)

Call for Proposals: Colloquium on Libraries & Service Learning

Bridging Campus and Community: Libraries Transforming the Student Experience through Service Learning 
August 7-8, 2017 
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA 

Submissions due January 31, 2017 
Details on the Conference and submission forms here:

The intended community for this colloquium includes all who are interested in current and potential partnerships among academic librarians, faculty who teach service learning courses, service learning professionals and community partners. The colloquium is designed to facilitate the sharing of research, ideas, perspectives and best practices in library engagement with/in academic service learning.

Session topics may include, but are not limited to:
  • The Student Experience: Student engagement/career readiness, student learning outcomes/ ACRL Information Literacy Frames
  • Case Studies: Service-learning throughout the disciplines, innovative programs/collaborations, international service learning (international contexts and/or international students)
  • Community Partners: Campus and community outreach/reciprocal partnerships
  • Assessment: Accreditation, retention, demonstrating the library’s value, institutional priorities
  • Research: Action research, engagement scholarship

Presentations: Session length: 45 minutes
  • Requirements: Written paper or designed activity to report the results of research, present case studies, or facilitate an active learning session related to libraries and service learning. Presentation sessions are limited to 30 minutes and should include time for questions. Presenters are encouraged to supply virtual handouts or other materials as appropriate.
  • Of particular interest are interactive sessions and sessions co-presented by any combination of librarians, teaching faculty, community engagement coordinators, students, and/or community partners.
  • Presentation proposals should include the name of the presenter(s), the title of the session, an abstract (100-200 words) and a short bio of the presenter(s).
Posters: Session length: 45 minutes. Posters will be on display throughout the conference with 45 minutes dedicated for staffing by author.
  • Requirements: Innovative case studies, practical solutions/models, and research-based projects, or any other presentation that would benefit the service learning library community are all encouraged. Minimum size 24 x 36 inches.
  • Poster proposals should include the name of the presenter(s), the title of the poster, an abstract (100-200 words) and a short bio of the presenter(s).

Workshops (pre-conference): Session length: 3 hours
  • Requirements: Audience interaction, practical takeaways/plans that can be implemented when participants return to their home institutions. Examples may include: support for creating/modifying lesson plans for service learning information literacy sessions.
  • Workshop proposals should include the name of the presenter(s), the title of the session, an abstract (100-200 words), a short bio of the presenter(s), and a draft lesson plan with 2-3 learning outcomes (include in comments section).

Round Table Discussions: Session length: 45 minutes
  • Requirements: Discussion leader proposes a topic of interest and guides discussion on that topic over conference lunch.
  • Round table proposals should include the name of the facilitator(s), the proposed topic, sample discussion questions, and a short bio of the facilitator(s).

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Call for contributions to column in the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship

This is a call for contributions to the "E-Resource Round Up" column for volume 29, issue 1 of the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL). Submissions can be related to any aspect of electronic resources and their use in libraries, including conference reports, professional discussion groups, meetings, and practices in using electronic resources in-house. This would be a great opportunity for you to report on topics that may benefit others in our profession.

The editors would like to receive contributions to the column by Friday, November 18, 2016. Contributions should not be published elsewhere.

If you have a submission or questions, please contact the column editors:

Bob Wolverton
Mississippi State University Libraries

Karen Davidson
Mississippi State University Libraries
(662) 325-3018             

Call for Proposals: Biomedical Scholarly Communications in the Digital Age

(Note: We are re-advertising this call for proposals originally issued September 2015)

The MLA Books Panel seeks to publish a comprehensive overview of scholarly communications in the life and health sciences for librarians and biomedical professionals.  The publication will define scholarly communications in the 21st century through discussion of current concepts and state of the art.  It will also review the history of the field and examine the forces that have caused it to radically change in the last two decades, and explore future developments, emerging technologies and practices.

Areas of focus for chapters include:

  • History of traditional academic publishing and communication models and challenges to those systems, including scholarly journal price inflation and new digital platforms
  • Measuring author impact through journal rank and impact factors, and new measurement tools including altmetrics
  • Peer review – challenges to traditional methods and new models, including open peer review
  • Professional networking and informal communications – listservs, blogs, and social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Biowebspin, PubMedCommons, and ResearchGate
  • Publishing models and impact of successful biomedical open access journals (PLOS One, etc.)
  • NIH open access policies and PubMed Central, as well as other government agency open access and depository policies
  • Knowledge translation models and barriers  in clinical practice
  • Research data management – concepts, methods, and making data discoverable through metadata , linked data and data curation profiles
  • Institutional repositories in biomedical settings – software and platforms, biomedical metadata considerations, promotion and depository policies at academic institutions
  • Digital preservation of electronic publications, gray literature, and data
  • Legal and ethical issues in scholarly publishing – copyright  (particularly in relation to author’s rights), HIPAA regulations and clinical research publication,  plagiarism, and published research retraction

The target audience is health and life sciences librarians, and biomedical researchers, faculty and graduate/professional students. Where possible, the book will highlight model programs and practices
at academic health sciences libraries and academic medical centers.

The book will have at least one editor and may include contributions from academic health sciences librarians or information professionals. If you are interested in serving as an editor or author, please contact JoLinda Thompson.  For more information on the MLA publishing process, please visit the FAQ page.

JoLinda Thompson
Systems Librarian
Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library
George Washington University

Monday, October 17, 2016

CFP: IASSIST 2017 Data in the Middle: The common language of research (May 2017 Lawrence, Kansas)

Data in the Middle: The common language of research
The 43rd annual conference of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) will be held in Lawrence, Kansas from May 23-16, 2017. #iassist17

Many issues around data (sources, strategies, and tools) are similar across disciplines. While IASSIST has its roots in social science data, it has also welcomed discussions over the years of other disciplines' issues as they relate to data, data management, and support of users. So again this year, in line with this tradition, we are arranging a conference that will benefit those who support researchers across all disciplines: social sciences, health and natural sciences, and humanities. Please join the international data community in Lawrence, KS, "in the middle" of the U.S., for insights and discussion on how data in all disciplines are found, shared, used, and managed. Join us and draw inspiration from this diverse gathering! 

We welcome submissions for papers, presentations, panels, posters, and pecha kuchas.

The full Call for Proposals, along with the link to the submission form, can be accessed on the conference website here: 

Questions can be directed to the Program Chairs, Samantha Guss and Michele Hayslett, at

We are also accepting submissions for Pre-conference Workshops under a separate Call for Workshops, which can be accessed here: 

Questions about workshops may be sent to the Workshop Coordinators, Jenny Muilenburg ( and Andy Rutkowski (

Deadline for all submissions: 21 November 2016.
Notification of acceptance: February 2017.