Monday, March 27, 2017

CFP: 2017 ACRL/NY Annual Symposium : The Academic Library Mission in the 21st Century

The Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of ACRL is soliciting presentation proposals for its December 1st 2017 Symposium.

The theme of this year’s Symposium is the definition and execution of the academic library mission in the twenty-first century information environment. The Planning Committee is soiliciting proposals for 20-minute presentations on the following three topics:

1) Ways in which librarians at institutions having limited acquisitions capacity can, through professional engagement beyond their institutions, contribute to the profession’s mission to ensure preservation, accessibility and discoverability of research-valuable information. The proposed presentations should discuss how librarians at these institutions can or do participate in larger inter-institutional efforts to build and maintain rich shared collections, and how they advocate on behalf of students and faculty at their home institutions to ensure accessibility of materials required for teaching, learning and research.

2) Benefits and challenges of research libraries’ collaboration with their commercial partners, the distinct complementary roles of both in the academic information ecosystem, and the harmonizing of the interests of profit-driven commercial entities with the mandate of the mission-driven not-for-profit research library sphere. Contemplations both of the status quo and of aspirational ideals in this area are of interest. The Committee is especially interested in presentations that propose frameworks for defining a complex of functions that are proper to the research library profession and distinguish them from those that can appropriately be fulfilled by commercial partners outside the profession.

3) Ways in which research libraries have adapted – or failed to adapt – to execute their mission to ensure preservation, accessibility and discoverability of research-valuable content in the twenty-first century information world. The Committee is interested in presentations that describe instances of libraries and librarians assuming responsibility for the preservation and accessibility of endangered research-valuable content, or discuss areas where the profession as a whole is failing to fulfill its mission to capture, preserve and organize content. Categories of endangered research-valuable material include (but are not limited to):

  • materials in danger of disappearing because they are inconvenient for or hostile to a political regime or agenda
  • genres of materials traditionally seen as not of research value and so outside the purview of academic and research libraries
  • materials in formats not traditionally collected by academic and research libraries

Proposal submissions should be 250-500 words in length and should be received by May 5, 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by mid May. Selected presenters must confirm presentations by May 31.

Abstracts for presentations should be submitted using this form:

The 2017 ACRL/NY Symposium will be held December 1st, 2017 at the Vertical Campus at Baruch College, City University of New York.

Questions about the submission process or about the Symposium in general should be sent to    

CFP: Academic BRASS Newsletter Submissions (March 31) - Business Librarianship

Interested in seeing your name in print? Want to add another line to your CV?  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 those dealing with business librarianship, such as resources, liaison and outreach activities, strategies, and instruction. Reviews of books, databases, and web sites are welcome as well.

Maybe you have another cool idea - that's fine too - get those submissions in!
Deadline for submissions for the upcoming issue is March 31, 2017.

You may want to see previous editions. For access to the full text articles of 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 Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition for all matters of style and citation. Authors whose articles include references to print or Internet resources are urged to observe the conventions set forth in that publication and on the APA web site (

Please send article proposals or submissions to both of the editors, Karen Chapman at and Janet Franks at If you have any questions, please query Karen Chapman.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

CFP: Michigan Innovative Users Group (Lansing, Michigan - July 2017)

The Michigan Innovative Users Group (MIUG) Steering Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2017 MIUG Conference, to be held at the Lansing Community College West Campus on Friday July 28, 2017.

We invite you to share your expertise, tips and tricks in any of the modules of Sierra, Millennium, or Polaris. The Steering Committee is looking for presentations that will last about 50 minutes, with a portion of that time set aside for Q&A. We are also open to forum ideas where an expert, or panel of experts, discuss a topic with an audience. Poster sessions are also welcome. In addition, if you are presenting at the IUG Conference in April, please consider presenting at MIUG.

You may submit your proposals using the Program Proposal Form. Deadline for proposals is April 30, 2017. The Steering Committee will notify all submitters regarding the acceptance of their proposal(s) in early May.

We look forward to hearing from you and we thank you in advance for your support and commitment to MIUG.


Jeff Crocker
MIUG Chair

Find us at the newly redesigned MIUG website:!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

CFP: Venture Capital/Private Equity Research and Resources (Special Issue of Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship)

The Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship is planning a special issue on Venture Capital & Private Equity research and resources – Proposals due by April 17, 2017; Submissions due June 15th, 2017.

Proposal Process:  Email a brief proposal - no more than 500 words - describing work-in-progress or proposed work to Celia Ross and Lisa O’Connor (contact info below)
Venture Capital & Private Equity research & resources
Data around venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) and other investments and deals play a large role in the entrepreneurial and business research landscape. However, the data sources are complex and varied. This journal issue aims to explore the creative ways business & finance librarians are staying informed on this topic, how they are teaching others about this topic and how they are incorporating VC and PE resources into their work overall.

Subject Coverage
This special issue offers a platform for librarians to discuss VC & PE topics as they relate to library research. Subject coverage includes but is not limited to VC & PE and other deal databases, outreach and instruction in these topics, use of VC & PE resources outside of the classroom (e.g. with Office of Tech Transfer, Investment Clubs, Entrepreneurial programs, etc.)

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

1.  Original Research
●        Evaluation of VC and PE data sources
●        Evaluation of instruction or outreach in using VC & PE resources
●        Innovative approaches to teaching and learning using VC & PE resources
●        Challenges related to utilizing VC & PE resources across campus groups

2. Case Studies
●        Best strategies for integrating VC & PE resources into the curriculum
●        Best practices for developing and promoting VC & PE resources to institution

NOTE: Non-empirical papers and case studies are welcome, as are reviews of databases and books and other sources of information in this area.
Important dates
●        Proposal submission (<500 words): April 17, 2017 (please send to *both* Celia Ross & Lisa O’Connor [contact info below])
●        Notification of decision: April 28, 2017
●        Full paper or review submission: June 15, 2017
●        Final acceptance notification: July 1, 2017
●        Publication: December, 2017

Guest Editor
Celia Ross
Senior Associate Librarian
University of Michigan, Ross School of Business

Lisa O’Connor
Associate Professor and Chair, Library & Information Studies
University of North Carolina, Greensboro

The Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship is a refereed journal covering 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. 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.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

CFP: Code4Lib SOUTHEAST, Emory University Library, April 21,2017

Calling developers, technologists, and others working with IT systems and services for libraries or similar cultural heritage organizations:

Code4Lib Southeast 2017, a one-day conference, will be held on Friday April  21, 2017 at Emory University's Woodruff Library in Atlanta.  You can make this conference a success!  Information about potential topic and the types of sessions planned for this event are on this wiki page: 

The page also includes a link to our Proposal form: .

NOTE:   You don't have to be from or residing in the Southeast to make a proposal or come to the conference -  we welcome visitors from anywhere.

Registration is open here:  The Wiki has information about local hotels/motels in the area if you plan to stay overnight.

NOTE: Emory Libraries are also hosting a HydraCamp April 17-20  ( ), and if you are interested in learning about Hydra, you can add Code4Lib Southeast Emory 2017 to round out your week. 

Apologies for cross-posting.   However, we encourage you to share this announcement on any relevant email/discussion lists or other communication channels where it hasn't been posted.  Please spread the word to anyone you think would be interested.

Looking forward to your ideas, and this get-together!

Laura Akerman and Elizabeth Mumpower, organizers
Emory University Libraries

CFP: Distance Library Services Conference (San Antonio, Texas - April 2018)

The 18th Distance Library Services Conference is going deep into the heart of Texas in 2018, and we want you to be a part of it!

Where: The Hyatt Regency in beautiful downtown San Antonio
When: April 11-13, 2018
Who: You (and a couple hundred more!)
Why: It’s librarianship’s premier event for sharing research, ideas, and best practices in providing library resources and services at a distance or online.

Help build on over 36 years of contributions in the field of distance librarianship by submitting a proposal! Session formats include paper presentations, panel sessions, poster sessions, and workshops. Proposals should fall into one of three general tracks:

  • Teaching & Learning (e.g. technologies, strategies, instructional design, assessment, best practices, successes/failures)
  • Marketing & Outreach (e.g. advocacy, assessment, collaboration, strategies)
  • User Experience (e.g. assessment, best practices, initiatives, student success)

The professional benefits of presenting at the conference include:
  • Opportunity to present at a smaller, focused conference with international appeal
  • Papers are published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning
  • Ample networking opportunities
If you have a topic of interest to distance librarianship, please visit for more information
about submitting your proposal.

Submission deadlines:
April 23, 2017, for paper presentations
October 1, 2017, for panel sessions, posters, and workshops.

Thad Dickinson
Conference Coordinator
Distance Library Services Conference
Central Michigan University

Monday, March 20, 2017

CFP: Journal of New Librarianship Innovation Columnists

The Journal of New Librarianship’s Innovation Column editors are seeking proposals for the next issue of the journal. We are seeking submissions of 500 – 1000 words in length that cover practical approaches to topics such as fostering a culture of innovation, design thinking applications, change management, disruptive innovation, succession planning, communication in the multigenerational workforce, diversity fellowships, appreciative inquiry, and related areas.

If you are interested, please complete our submission form at by May 1 with a short summary of your proposed idea and we will get back to you by the week of May 22.

Cinthya Ippoliti and Matt Upson
Editorial Board Members, Journal of New Librarianship

CFP: ACRL Technical Services Interest Group - ALA Annual (Chicago - June 2017)

The ACRL Technical Services Interest Group seeks proposals for short (15-20 minute) presentations to be given during the ALA Annual meeting in Chicago on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 4:30 pm.  The charge of the interest group states, in part, that we "provide a broad framework for information exchange on current developments and activities related to technical services including, but not limited to, collection development, collection management, acquisitions, metadata services and resource discovery and delivery in academic libraries."  Proposals that address these or any technical services topics in the context of academic libraries are welcome.

Please email proposals to by Monday, March 27, and 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 Friday, March 31, if your presentation has been selected.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Maurine McCourry
ACRL TSIG Convener
Technical Services Librarian
Hillsdale College, Mossey Library

R. Cecilia Knight
ACRL TSIG Incoming Convener
Acquisitions and Discovery Librarian
Grinnell College Libraries

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Call for Essays: Women in Library Information Technology

Call for Essays

Working Title: We Can Do I.T. : Women in Library Information Technology
Editors: Jenny Brandon, Sharon Ladenson, Kelly Sattler
Submission Deadline: March 27, 2017
Publisher: Library Juice Press

Description of book:
What roles are women playing in information technology (I.T.) in libraries? What are rewards that women experience, as well as challenges they face in library I.T.? What are future visions for women in library I.T.?
This edited collection will provide a voice for people to share insights into the culture, challenges, and rewards of being a woman working in library I.T.  We are soliciting personal narratives from anyone who works in a library about what it is like to be a woman, or working with women, in library I.T. We also seek essays on visions for the future of women within library I.T. and how such visions could be achieved. This collection should be useful not only for those pursuing a career in library I.T., but also for library managers seeking to facilitate a more inclusive environment for the future. Through publishing a collection of personal narratives, we also seek to bring experiences of women in library I.T. from the margins to the center.
For the purposes of this collection, we consider library I.T. to include responsibilities in computer networks, hardware, and software support; computer programming (e.g. coding in python, php, java...); web development (e.g. admins, coders, front/back end developers,...); and/or the management of such areas.

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

  *   How you started in library I.T.
  *   Stories related to being a woman in library I.T.
  *   Experiences of acceptance or resistance within the library I.T. community
  *   Tips and advice for other women seeking a career in library I.T.
  *   Changes in your career path because of entering library I.T.
  *   Changes you'd like to see happen within the library I.T. culture
  *   Advice for library management on how to improve library I.T. culture
  *   A vision for the future about/for women in library I.T.

Submission deadline: March 27, 2017
Notification/Feedback regarding submission: May 12, 2017
Editing and revision: June - July 2017
Final manuscript due to publisher: September 2017

This volume will contain commentary, stories, and essays (from 140 characters to 1,500 words).
If your submission is tentatively accepted, we may request modifications.
Material cannot be previously published.
To submit your essay, please fill out this Google form:
For questions, email<>

About the Editors:

Jenny Brandon earned a BA in interdisciplinary humanities at Michigan State University, and an MLIS from Wayne State University.  She is a self-taught web designer/front end developer, and is currently employed in Web Services at Michigan State University.  She is also a reference librarian.

Sharon Ladenson is Gender and Communication Studies Librarian at Michigan State University.  Her writing on feminist pedagogy and critical information literacy is included in works such as Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods (from Library Juice Press) and the Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook (from the Association of College and Research Libraries). She is an active member of the Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries, and has presented with WGSS colleagues at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference.

Kelly Sattler has a degree in computer engineering and spent 12 years in corporate I.T. before earning her MLIS degree from University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. Currently, she is the Head of Web Services at Michigan State University Libraries.She is an active member in LITA.

Friday, March 17, 2017

CFP: Digital Collection Metadata & Internet Discovery (Special issue of the Journal of Web Librarianship)

The Journal of Web Librarianship is planning a special issue on Internet discovery on digital collections entitled: Digital Collection Metadata & Internet Discovery – Submissions due March 30, 2017.

Digital Collection Metadata & Internet Discovery

Many digital repositories and digital collections have been created in recent decades in academic and research libraries. As digital items are put into digital repositories, associated metadata records need to be effective for external indexing by search engines in order to be discovered. Current literature includes some discussion pertaining to digital resources discovery, metadata evaluation, search engine indexing, and search engine optimization strategies. However, due to the distinct options of digital repository software, the complexity of metadata schemas, the variety of formats of digital items, and the ambiguity of search engine indexing strategies, researchers have not come to an agreement about which metadata schema is the best to use, because the choice varies based on the format of the particular digital file, the repository system being used, and the search engine being queried. This journal issue aims to explore these approaches and offer insights into the current literature debating digital collection metadata and its discoverability on the Internet.

Subject Coverage

This special issue offers a platform for researchers to discuss topics relevant to the potential combination of best strategies regarding metadata, digital repositories, digital formats, search engine indexing, and Internet discovery. Subject coverage includes but is not limited to Digital Collection Metadata Evaluation, Digital Repository Systems Evaluation, Digital Collection Development, Indexing Evaluation of Digital Formats, Search Engine Indexing, Search Engine Algorithm Evaluation, and Internet Discovery on Digital Repositories.

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

1.  Original Research
        Evaluation of metadata of digital collections
        Evaluation of digital repository system pertaining to facilitating content discoverability
        Evaluation of search engine indexing on metadata or digital file formats
        Evaluation of search engine algorithm and/or search engine optimization
2. Case Studies
        Best strategies for facilitating Internet discovery of digital collections
        Best practices for developing and promoting digital collections on the Internet
        Workflows for optimizing digital collection and metadata development

Important dates

        Full paper submission at 30, 2017
        Notification of decision: June 30, 2017
        Revised submission: July 31, 2017
        Final acceptance notification: August 31, 2017
        Final version of paper: September 30, 2017
        Publication: December, 2017

Guest Editors

Le Yang
Digital Initiatives Librarian
Texas Tech University

Joy M. Perrin
Digital Resources Librarian
Texas Tech University


Hannah Gascho Rempel

The Journal of Web Librarianship is an international, peer-reviewed journal focused on all aspects of librarianship as practiced on the World Wide Web, including both existing and emerging roles and activities of information professionals. The journal strives to find a balance between original, scholarly research, and practical communications on relevant topics in web librarianship.  Web services and systems librarians are encouraged to contribute, as are librarians working in public services, technical services, special collections, archives, and administration.

For more information on this special issue, see the Call for Papers website.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Call for Posters: The Future of Librarianship: Exploring what's next for the Academic Librarian - LACUNY Institute 2017 (NYC May 2017)

The Future of Librarianship: Exploring what’s next for the Academic Librarian
LACUNY Institute 2017

Date: May 19, 2017
Location: LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York
Keynote Speaker:  Barbara Rockenbach, interim Associate University Librarian for Collections & Services, Columbia University Libraries.

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2017

Librarians cannot predict the future but they can speculate about it. . .

The LACUNY Institute 2017 is seeking poster proposals that think beyond the current to share a vision of the academic librarians’ position in a changing information landscape.

In addressing the theme, the Future of Librarianship: Exploring what’s next for the Academic Librarian, we are interested in proposals that address the implications of current events and changes in higher education on the way that academic librarians plan a career in librarianship, engage students, faculty, and the community, how and where they offer services and resources to patrons, and  how librarians can navigate the current trends in library science and in the global world to prepare for a successful career in librarianship.

The LACUNY Institute Committee seeks proposals that address the future of academic librarians in college and university libraries, archives, and the information studies, across myriad roles (staff, faculty, students, patrons, etc.) and functions (technical services, public services, instruction, etc.). Such proposals can deal with innovation already in practice and/or futuristic ideas concerning librarianship.
Example topics include but are not limited to:
  • Impact of current events on library trends
  • Innovation and changes in roles, responsibilities, services and resources
  • Impact of technology
  • Leadership, leadership development, and workforce planning
  • Diversity & inclusion,
  • Career planning, professional development
  • Post-truth information literacy, digital literacy, and visual literacy
  • MLS, Curriculum development, and preparedness
  • Civic engagement, partnerships, and community building
  • Librarians as knowledge gatekeepers, personal freedom, and privacy

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 Co-Chairs Kimberley Bugg, or Simone L. Yearwood,

CFP ALAO Annual Conference (Columbus, Ohio - October 2017)

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) conference planning committee invites you to submit proposals for the 43rd Annual Conference.
Theme: Libraries Act, Respond, Transform: The A.R.T. of Empowerment
Date: October 27, 2017
Location: Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio

Presentation Submission Deadline: April 10, 2017

Poster and Roundtable Submission Deadline: May 15, 2017
Think creatively about how your work connects to this year’s conference theme, “Libraries Act, Respond, Transform: The A.R.T. of Empowerment.” Explore how academic libraries and librarians provide resources and initiate programs, partnerships, and policies that empower patrons, staff, and stakeholders while advancing equity and social justice. Remember, small actions in any area of the library can lead to big transformations.
More information and submission guidelines are available on the conference website
All presenters are responsible for their own registration and travel costs.

Presenter grants
ALAO encourages library support staff and library student growth, career development, and participation in conference activities, and awards two presenter grants, one for support staff and the other for students. These grants (up to $150 each) are intended to assist with the costs incurred in preparing the presentation and modest travel costs associated with the presentation. Additional information will be sent to those who indicate eligibility on their submission forms.

Ideas can include, but are not limited to:
  • Critical Librarianship
  • Nontraditional resources and services
  • Services for and inclusion of diverse populations
  • Collection development trends and models
  • Open Access/Scholarly Communication
  • Programming/Outreach/Marketing
  • Accessibility
  • Leadership, and Mentoring
  • Discovery and Metadata
  • Information Literacy
  • Sustainability

If you have questions, please visit the website or contact Cara Mia Calabrese or Eric Johnson at

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

CFP: Michigan Library Association Annual Conference (October 2017 - Lansing, Michigan)

MLA 2017
October 18 - 20, 2017
Lansing Center, Lansing, Michigan 
The MLA 2017 Annual Conference work group is seeking proposals for breakout programs and poster presentations.

Submissions welcome through Friday, March 17, 2017.

The sharing of experiences among colleagues is an essential part of enriching and improving the library community statewide. By presenting a program or poster at MLA 2017 you will help open dialogues, facilitate networking and spark new ideas for success. We encourage participation from librarians, staff and administrators from all types of libraries.
For complete details, download the Call for Proposals (PDF) or visit the MLA website. 

Submit your program or poster proposal online: 


We see the brilliance of Michigan library professionals every year at MLA Annual Conference.

That is why the MLA Annual Conference is the premier professional development and networking event for Michigan library professionals. What will make MLA2017 special is the energy and drive that you, the Michigan library professional, brings to the table. You spend all year spearheading new initiatives, discovering new ways to reach your community, and improving your professional skills.

Ultimately, we need you. We need your best practices. We need your engaging ideas. We need your input. In turn, this is an excellent opportunity for you to develop as a library professional, and to have a definitive positive impact on the library community.

Submit your ideas and help MLA Annual Conference by taking your library skills to the next level. Your program or poster idea may extend the learning opportunities for library professionals across Michigan.

Program and Poster Submission General Guidelines
  • Submitter may or may not also be the presenter. Either is acceptable. You do not need to be an MLA member to submit.
  • Contact information is required for each presenter.
  • Presenters will be asked to submit 3 keywords to describe their presentation.
  • Program sessions are typically forty-five to sixty minutes of content.
  • Presenters are not reimbursed or compensated for presentation time, mileage or any other expense related to their participation in the conference.
  • Presenters, including MLA members, must register and pay for the day(s) they attend Annual Conference if they plan to participate in any conference activities beyond their presentation or at the poster session reception.

Are you working on a new project, but don’t have results ready to present a formal program? Consider presenting a poster session, where you can discuss important topics with peers in an informal setting. A good poster session focuses on one main theme, presents useful information, and stimulates discussion. It’s a great way to jump into presenting without building a full-blown program.

Poster presenters will be required to showcase their poster over a two day period. Poster previews (unaccompanied by the presenters) will be on Wednesday, October, 18, 2017 from approximately 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. during the Opening Conference Reception. Poster Session Reception (where the presenters are required to accompany the poster) will be on Thursday, October 19, 2017 from approximately 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. during the Your Professional Connection Breakfast.