Thursday, April 27, 2017

CFP: NFAIS “Open Access & Beyond” Conference (October 2017 Alexandria, VA)

NFAIS “Open Access & Beyond” Conference on October 2– 3, 2017 in Old Town Alexandria, VA

Submission Deadline: Monday, May 15, 2017


Open Access (OA) continues to gain momentum as open science and open peer review advance the movement and trends. From the research development to the scholarly output, creating a more transparent end-to-end process allows unfettered sharing, inclusion and
collaboration as a continuum in scientific research and discovery. And while all of this aligns well with a more socially engaged information community, it continues to disrupt and change the direction of how scholarly communications are evolving.

NFAIS will explore this multidimensional disruption at our Open Access Conference on October 2- 3, 2017 in Old Town Alexandria, VA.  The program will consist of keynote speakers, plenary and panel sessions. Become a speaker and share your insights and expertise with others in the information services community: introduce current thinking,
industry trends, new technologies and application to others in the industry. You may be selected to present alone, with a co-presenter, or as a panel.

We are looking for visionary, inspiring and future-focused individuals who can elevate discussions, debate and provide practical ideas and solutions.

Presentation Guidelines:

  • The submissions deadline is May 15, 2017
  • Submissions must be in English
  • Presentations must be original and unique to the Open Access and
  • Beyond Conference; the same presentation/talk cannot have been given 90 days prior to the conference
  • Presentations must be educational in nature (sales presentations will not be accepted)
  • Presentations should be at least 20 minutes in length but no more than 45 minutes and allow time for Q&A.
  • Presentations should focus on the following discussion topics:

    • History of Open Access, Open Science and or Open Peer Review Movements
    • Policy,  Best Practices and Compliance
    • Business Models including Author Solutions
    • Funding Models
    • Alternative Models
    • Library Role in Preserving, Accessing & Discovering OA content
    • Legal & Ethical Considerations
    • Open Publishing
    • Open Peer Review
    • Role of Altmetrics in Open Access
    • Role of Researcher in Open Access
    • Other

Submitting Your Proposal:

Submissions should include a title, presentation summary (maximum of 300 words) identifying the purpose, content, and learning objectives/expected outcomes for participants, and a professional biography of presenter(s) (maximum of 50 words) along with a photo for
inclusion in our program, should your presentation be accepted. Also provide your full name, institutional affiliation and mailing address, including email.


For more information about this event, please contact Nancy Blair-DeLeon, NFAIS Director of Professional Development, at 443-221-2980 ext. 102 or

CFP: EBSCO User Group Meeting for Academic Libraries (Salt Lake City, UT - October 2017)

EBSCO User Group URL:

The EBSCO User Group meeting for academic libraries is an opportunity for customers to network and learn about EBSCO technology solutions from one another and EBSCO. This year’s sessions will focus on the array of solutions that support library workflows. See first-hand how other libraries use EBSCO solutions to support analysis, selection and ordering, collection management, discovery and access. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to learn about EBSCO’s planned services for the FOLIO library services platform.

Submit your idea for a presentation and help create a successful event.
Presentations should be 45 minutes. Topics for submissions may fall under one of the following categories:
  • Discovery and Content Access
  • Collection Development
  • Resource Management
  • FOLIO and Open Source
  • User Research
  • Analytics
On the submission form, you may also select ‘other’ if your proposal does not fall within any of these categories. To submit your proposal, click here.

The deadline for submissions is July 14.

Registration for the event will open in mid-May.

We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City October 25-26, 2017!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Call for Chapters - Supporting Today’s Students in the Library: Strategies for Retaining and Graduating International, Transfer, First-Generation, and Re-Entry Students

Supporting Today’s Students in the Library: Strategies for Retaining and Graduating International, Transfer, First-Generation, and Re-Entry Students
For publication with ACRL Press 

Proposal submission deadline: June 5, 2017  
Editors Ngoc-Yen Tran & Silke Higgins invite the submission of chapter proposals for a book on how academic libraries are addressing the unique struggles of international students, transfer or commuter students, first-generation students, and re-entry or older-adult students. The book will focus on strategies for retaining and graduating these student populations by exploring methods for overcoming barriers, discussing best practices for engaging students in research and information literacy topics, as well as providing a variety of services that support students beyond the classroom environment.

New and completed research and case studies are welcome, provided any new studies can be completed within the timeline explained below. Chapters based on completed research must not be previously published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere.

We are seeking proposals for two types of chapters in support of the aforementioned student populations:
  1. Research or case studies on:
    1. Who are our students
    2. What are their struggles
    3. What are their needs
  2. Research or in-depth case studies on the application of learning theories (such as Social Cognitive Learning Theory or Educational Gaming Theory). Topics might include:
    1. Best practices for instruction, outreach, and/or collection development
    2. Overcoming language barriers
    3. Overcoming barriers to access
    4. Developing meaningful relationships with peers and faculty
    5. Balancing school, work, and general life responsibilities

Submission procedure: Please submit chapter proposals of up to 500 words, a short author’s statement, a writing sample, and a list of previous publications if applicable to by June 5, 2017. If you are proposing new, uncompleted research, please provide a tentative timeline that includes a date for completion, evidence of institutional approval, if appropriate, as well as any additional dates you believe are relevant. Authors will be notified of acceptance by July 1, 2017.  

If there are multiple authors for a chapter, please submit author statements for each author and at least one writing sample. However, writing samples from multiple authors may be submitted if it is felt that doing so will create a better representation of the group’s work.  

Note: This initial stage requires a 500 word description, so just planning out your article now is fine. Final manuscripts of between 1500 and 5000 words will be due September 30, 2017, with drafts and edits staggered earlier throughout the year as best fits the schedules of the author(s) and editors. All chapters will undergo peer review by a subject matter expert prior to publication.  

For additional information, contact the editors:
Ngoc-Yen Tran, Academic Liaison Librarian, San Jose State University,
Silke Higgins, Academic Liaison Librarian, San Jose State University,

CFP: Journal of Library and Information Service in Distance Learning

The Journal of Library and Information Service in Distance Learning, a peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor & Francis, welcomes the submission of manuscripts.  The journal is devoted to the issues and concerns of librarians and information specialists involved with distance education and delivering library resources and services to this growing community of students. Articles must be related to providing library services/information to distance learners/faculty. Topics can include but are not limited to:
  • Faculty/librarian cooperation and collaboration
  • Information literacy
  • Instructional service techniques
  • Information delivery
  • Reference services
  • Document delivery
  • Developing collections

If you are interested in submitting an article, this journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts to peer review manuscript submissions. Please read the “Guide for ScholarOne Authors” at before making a submission. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are providedat receives all manuscript submissions electronically via their ScholarOne Manuscripts website located at: ScholarOne Manuscripts allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, as well as facilitating the review process and internal communication between authors, editors and reviewers via a web-based platform. ScholarOne Manuscripts technical support can be accessed via

In addition, JLISDL has just been moved to the iFirst workflow, which will enable us to produce and publish papers online in advance of issues that are final in all respects except for pagination. Once an article is accepted for publications and all edits have been submitted, the articles will appear in a "Latest articles" list on the journal's webpage. They will be identical to the print edition in every way except that they will lack final pagination. Authors can still cite articles using their DOI number and year of publication. The “Latest articles” section can be found on JLISDL’s Taylor & Francis Online page on the left side menu. Once articles are selected for issues, the final version that publishes (with page numbers) will replace this iFirst version, and the article will appear in the issue with all other contents of that issue.

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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CFP: 2017 Charleston Conference (Charleston SC - November 2017)

We are excited to announce that the 2017 Call for Papers, Ideas, Panels, Debates, Diatribes, Speakers, Poster Sessions, etc. is now open. The proposal deadline is Friday, July 14.

Submit your proposal at

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.

2017 Conference Info:

  • Theme: What’s Past is Prologue
  • Conference registration will open on June 5.
  • Preconferences/Seminars: Monday, November 6 – Tuesday, November 7
  • Charleston Vendor Showcase: Tuesday, November 7
  • Main Conference: Wednesday, November 8 – Friday, November 10

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 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 almost 2,000 in 2016.

For questions or more information, please contact Leah Hinds at

Thursday, April 13, 2017

CFP: 2017 LITA Forum (Denver, Colorado - November 9-12, 2017)

The 2017 LITA Forum Committee seeks proposals for the 20th Annual Forum of the Library Information and Technology Association in Denver, Colorado from November 9-12, 2017.

Submit your proposal at this site

The Forum Committee welcomes proposals for full-day preconferences, concurrent sessions, workshops, or poster sessions related to all types of libraries: public, school, academic, government, special, and corporate. Collaborative, hands-on, and interactive concurrent sessions, such as panel discussions, hands-on practical workshops, or short talks followed by open moderated discussions, are especially welcomed. We deliberately seek and strongly encourage submissions from underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, the LGBTQA+ community and people with disabilities.

The Submission deadline is Friday May 19, 2017.

Proposals could relate to, but are not restricted to, any of the following topics:

  • Discovery, navigation, and search
  • Practical applications of linked data
  • Library spaces (virtual or physical)
  • User experience
  • Emerging technologies
  • Cybersecurity and privacy
  • Open content, software, and technologies
  • Assessment, analytics, and metrics
  • Systems integration
  • Hacking the library
  • Scalability and sustainability of library services and tools
  • Consortial resource and system sharing
  • “Big Data” — work in discovery, preservation, or documentation
  • Library I.T. competencies
  • Diversity in library technology
  • Technology Leadership and Administration
Proposals may cover projects, plans, ideas, or recent discoveries. We accept proposals on any aspect of library and information technology. The committee particularly invites submissions from first time presenters, library school students, and individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Vendors wishing to submit a proposal should partner with a library representative who is testing/using the product.

Presenters will submit final presentation slides and/or electronic content (video, audio, etc.) to be made available online following the event. Presenters are expected to register and participate in the Forum as attendees; a discounted registration rate will be offered.

If you have any questions, contact Vincci Kwong, Forum Planning Committee Chair, at

Submit your proposal at this site

More information about LITA is available from the LITA websiteFacebook and Twitter.

CFP: Challenging the “Jacks of All Trades but Masters of None” Librarian Syndrome (Advances in Library Administration and Organization)

Call for proposals--EXTENDED
Advances in Library Administration and Organization
Challenging the “Jacks of All Trades but Masters of None” Librarian Syndrome
Publication due 2018
Series Editor: Samantha Hines, Peninsula College
Volume Editor: George J. Fowler, Old Dominion University

Librarianship may be said to be facing an identity crisis. It may also be said that librarianship has been facing an identity crisis since it was proposed as a profession. With the advent of technology that lowers barriers to the access of information, the mission of a library has become indistinct.  This volume will explore the current purpose of librarianship and libraries, how we become “Masters of our Domains”, develop expertise in various elements of the profession, and how we extend outward into our communities.

Proposals in the following areas would be of particular interest:
  • What is the purpose of a library in a community? And what roles in the community best align with that purpose?
  • How ought we gather and implement expertise from outside the profession?
  • How can we communicate and garner support from the government, the private sector and users in order to achieve our purpose?
  • How can libraries balance demands to serve other needs that detract from the library’s ability to fulfil its purpose?
  • How can libraries build community around this purpose, and how ought they reach out to their communities to engage and serve them?
  • How can libraries demonstrate positive impact on young generations?
  • What opportunities are opened to libraries and librarians by recent and potential future technological advancements?

This will be the second volume of Advances in Library Administration and Organization (ALAO) to publish in 2018. 

About the Advances in Library Administration and Organization series
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 answers 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. 

How to submit
If you are interested in contributing to this volume, please send an abstract of 300 words or less as well as author details and estimated length of final submission to Samantha Hines at by May 31, 2017.

Submission deadlines

Submission deadline for proposals: May 31, 2017
Notification of acceptance sent by:  July 15, 2017
Submission deadline for full chapters:  October 15, 2017
Comments returned to authors:  December 15, 2017
Submission deadline for chapter revisions:  Feb 28, 2018

CFP: Linked Library Data Interest Group Session at 2017 Annual Conference (Chicago - June 24, 2017)

The ALCTS/LITA Library Linked Data Interest Group (LLD-IG) seeks proposals for its meeting on Saturday, June 24th at 8:30-10:00 AM during the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. 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.
  • LOD and Administration (linked data from library administrators’ viewpoints)

Please email proposals to Anne Washington ( and Jee Davis
( by Wednesday, May 17th, 2017. Your proposal
should include:
  • Proposal title
  • Proposal description (up to 150 words)
  • Name and position of presenter

We will notify you by WednesdayFriday, May 26th, 2017 if your proposal has
been accepted. We look forward to hearing from you!

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

CFP: 2017 ACRL/NY Symposium Call for Proposals: The Mission (NYC - December 1, 2017)

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 academic library mission within the twenty-first century information environment.

The planning committee is accepting proposals for 20-minute presentations on the following three topics:

1) Ways in which librarians at institutions with limited acquisitions capacity can contribute to the preservation, accessibility and discoverability of research-valuable information.
How do librarians at smaller institutions participate in inter-institutional efforts to build and maintain rich shared collections? How do they advocate on behalf of students and faculty to ensure that materials required for teaching, learning and research remain accessible?

2) Benefits and challenges of academic libraries’ collaboration with their commercial partners
What are the roles of libraries and vendors within the academic information ecosystem? How do we reconcile the interests of profit-driven commercial entities with the academic mission of college and research libraries?  Proposals that address the status quo or delineate aspirational ideals will be welcomed. We are especially interested in frameworks that define how academic libraries’ functions are or should be distinct from those of our commercial partners.

3) Ways in which academic libraries have worked to ensure the preservation, accessibility and discoverability of endangered research-valuable content.
How have libraries and librarians from all kinds of academic institutions taken responsibility for the preservation and accessibility of endangered research-valuable content? Proposals may also address specific gaps where our profession is failing to fulfill our mission regarding such 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 historically seen as not of research value and so outside the traditional purview of academic and research libraries;
  • materials in non-traditional formats that are seldom 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 in late May/ early June.
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

Call for Papers: Fair Use & the Visual Arts Lesson Plans (open access e-book)

Call for Papers: Fair Use & the Visual Arts Lesson Plans

Are you a librarian who teaches about copyright and fair use in the visual arts? Do you have a lesson plan that integrates the CAA Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts? Do you teach students to understand fair use around images, art, film, design or media?

The editors of the forthcoming open access e-book, Fair Use in the Visual Arts: Lesson Plans for Librarians, to be published as part of the ARLIS/NA occasional paper series, are seeking submissions of lesson plans around copyright and fair use in the visual arts by librarians. We encourage a wide range of lesson plan topics from  copyright and fair use introductions to classes integrating fair use with visual literacy or ethics. We are looking to include a range of lesson plan lengths as well, ranging from short 15 minute intros to embedded instruction that takes place over several sessions.

Example themes or topics that Lesson Plans might focus on:
  • Understanding fair use in appropriation and remix art
  • The intersection of ethics and fair use in art
  • Teaching fair dealing in Canada
  • Fair use for film, online video, documentary and multimedia projects
  • Fair use for writing about art
  • Teaching the CAA Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts or other codes of best practice
  • Fair Use case studies in the visual arts (Richard Prince, Shepard Fairey, etc.)
  • Integrating Fair Use and Visual Literacy
  • Finding images, image databases, and their rights statuses

Please submit a brief abstract (100-200 words) to by May 15th. Please be sure to mention the context of the lesson (such as audience, time allotted, etc.) as well as brief learning objectives. Please ensure that your lesson plan reflects current fair use practices, especially those outlined in the Fair Use Best Practices Documents (

Deadlines and Schedule for accepted Lesson Plans
  • Deadline for Lesson Plan abstracts May 15, 2017                                    
  • Response by editors to proposals  June 15, 2017                  
  • Lesson Plan due date for authors   August 15, 2017                                                       
  • Completion of editorial review October 1, 2017                              
  • Revisions due date November 1, 2017                                                                 
  • Book published Early 2018                                                                                         

The  ARLIS Fair Use Instruction Materials Task Force:
Bridget Madden
Anna Simon
Margaret English
Alexander Watkins
Danielle Reay

CFP: 2017 Indiana University Libraries Information Literacy Colloquium (New Albany, Indiana - August 3, 2017)

Indiana University Libraries Information Literacy Colloquium

Date: Thursday, August 3, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Indiana University Libraries Instruction Congress

Location: Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, Indiana.  New Albany is located in southern Indiana, about 15 minutes across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky.  

Audience: Academic librarians

Theme:  The Role of Information Literacy in the Age of "Fake News" and “Alternative Facts”

Format 60-minute interactive workshops

Registration:  Registration, which will be limited to a maximum of 100 attendees, will open July 1, 2017.

Registration fee:   $60--includes breakfast, lunch, and snack breaks

Purpose:  The event is intended to raise awareness of emerging trends and salient issues surrounding the design, delivery, and assessment of information literacy by offering an affordable opportunity for librarians to share, learn, and reflect about their teaching in a collaborative, risk-free environment.

The IU Libraries Information Literary Colloquium invites proposals for a one-day conference on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at the IU Southeast campus in New Albany, Indiana. The current sociopolitical climate has brought terms such as "fake news" and "alternative facts" into our collective discourse. Academic librarians are already concerned with teaching learners how to evaluate sources and think critically about information. It is more urgent than ever for librarians to bring nuance to and promote critical thinking in the conversations about how we teach learners to participate in a complicated, confusing, and ever-shifting information landscape.
The Colloquium seeks to explore which pedagogical strategies and theoretical perspectives librarians might employ to engage students in complex conversations about the nature of credibility, truth, and authority. The planning committee for the IU Libraries Information Literacy Colloquium is seeking proposals for 60-minute interactive workshops that engage participants in investigating, examining, or describing how information literacy can be enacted in the library instruction and other relevant settings. These workshops should be modeled more like interactive instruction sessions than passive, lecture-style presentations. Topics should be contextualized specifically in information literacy instruction in the current sociopolitical climate. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
  • How specific pedagogical perspectives, such as critical information literacy, might affect the way we teach students to evaluate sources
  • Approaches to teaching information evaluation within the limits of the one-shot model 
  • Using--or not using--the ACRL Framework as a tool to influence source evaluation instruction 
  • Revising the information literacy curriculum in light of the evolving information landscape
  • Information evaluation and the reference desk
  • Information evaluation in online environments (e.g., tutorials, modules, learning objects, chat, etc.)
  • The importance of relationship-building with faculty and how this influences the awareness and understanding of information literacy on campus
  • Incorporating information literacy into library outreach, programming, collection development, or other library services
Proposals should clearly describe how presenters will use interactive strategies to engage participants. Please submit proposals to by May 12, 2017.  Presenters will be notified about the status of their proposal by May 19, 2017.