Monday, July 31, 2017

CFP: ALA Video Round Table Program Committee (VRT) - ALA Annual 2018 (New Orleans - June 2018)

Thinking about attending the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans (June 21-26, 2018)?

Have you worked on any projects or activities involving film or video at your institution?

The ALA Video Round Table Program Committee (VRT) would like to encourage you to submit program proposals for one-hour informational sessions at ALA Annual on just about anything related to video and libraries! Please note that you will not be submitting directly to the VRT Program Committee but through the ALA Program Proposal Submission Site (login or create a new account to enter).

Proposal Submission Site:

Proposals are due in just a few weeks so get them in soon – the deadline is August 25, 2017!

Instructions for submitting your proposal are available online.

Sample ideas include but are not limited to:
· Are you finding new ways to promote films to your community?
· Are you doing anything interesting in curating your film collections?
· Have you made library promotional videos?
· Have you created video tutorials?
· Are you using film clips (or gifs) in instruction?
· Have you created a media center for your patrons?
· Do you work with your patrons in video creation?
· Are you involved with film or video preservation?
· Have you offered special film programming/events at your library?

ALA is especially looking for program ideas that encourage collaboration and support diversity and submissions from all types of libraries (public, school, academic, special) are welcome.

Thank you,


Erin DeWitt Miller
University of North Texas
Head, Media Library
Chair, VRT Program Committee

Friday, July 28, 2017

CFP: Journal of Archival Organization

The Journal of Archival Organization is an international, peer-reviewed journal encompassing all aspects of the arrangement, description, and provision of access to all forms of archival materials.

JAO addresses a broad range of issues of interest to the profession including archival management and staffing, archival technologies, the arrangement and description of records collection, collection growth and access, grant-funding, and institutional support. Articles addressing academic, public and special/corporate libraries, museums and governmental agencies are all welcome.

How to submit:
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to Marta Deyrup
The separate abstract page should be single-spaced to include a 100-word abstract, list of keywords for indexing purposes, and author(s) footnote (name, title, affiliation, address, and email address), with identification of the corresponding author.

References, citations, and general style of manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the APA Publication Manual, 6th ed. Cite in the text by author and date (Smith, 1983) and include an alphabetical list of references at the end of the article. 

For more information about the Journal of Archival Organization, please visit the journal's webpage:

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

CFP: Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Popular Culture (Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference - Indianapolis, Indiana March 2018)

Call for Papers: Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Popular Culture

The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference will be held March 28-31, 2018 at the J.W. Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana. Scholars from a wide variety of disciplines will meet to share their Popular Culture research and interests.

The Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Popular Culture area is soliciting papers dealing with any aspect of Popular Culture as it pertains to libraries, archives, museums, or research. Possible topics include descriptions of research collections or exhibits, studies of popular images of libraries, librarians, or museums, relevant analyses of social networking or web resources, Popular Culture in library education, the future of libraries and librarians, or reports on developments in technical services for collecting/preserving Popular Culture materials.
Papers from graduate students are welcome.
The deadline for submitting a proposal is October 1, 2017.

Please send all inquiries to the area chair or co-chair:
Chair: Allen Ellis
Professor of Library Services
Frank Steely Library
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY  41099-6101
Co-chair: Casey Hoeve
Assistant Professor
509A Hale Library
Kansas State University
Manhattan KS 66506

Monday, July 24, 2017

CFP: LITA Sessions at 2018 ALA Annual Conference (New Orleans - June 2018)

Submit Your Program ideas for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference 

New Orleans LA, June 21-26, 2018

The LITA Program Planning Committee (PPC) is now encouraging the submission of innovative and creative proposals for the 2018 Annual American Library Association Conference. We’re looking for 60 minute conference presentations. The focus should be on technology in libraries, whether that’s use of, new ideas for, trends in, or interesting/innovative projects being explored – it’s all for you to propose. Programs should be of interest to all library/information agency types, that inspire technological change and adoption, or/and generally go above and beyond the everyday.

  • Submission Deadline: August 25, 2017
  • Final Decisions: September 29, 2017
  • Schedule of Sessions Announced: November 8, 2017

For the first time, proposals will be accepted via one submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees and Offices. This link to the submission site will redirect to the ALA log-in page. All submitters are required to have an ALA profile, but are not required to be ALA members.

Help and details on making a successful submission are on the LITA Forms web site.

We regularly receive many more proposals than we can program into the slots available to LITA at the ALA Annual Conference. These great ideas and programs all come from contributions like yours. Submissions are open to anyone, regardless of ALA membership status. We welcome proposals from anyone who feels they have something to offer regarding library technology. We look forward to hearing the great ideas you will share with us this year.

Questions or Comments?

Contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty,

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CFP: Re-think it: Libraries for a New Age (January 8 – 10, 2018 in Austin, Texas)

Save the date! Re-think it: Libraries for a New Age is January 8 – 10, 2018 in Austin, Texas. Registration opens August 2017. To receive updates and announcements, subscribe here.

Re-think it 2018 is presented by the University of Texas Libraries, Austin Community College Library Services, and the Austin Public Library. Our conference brings together academic, school, and public librarians, administrators, technologists, architects, designers, furniture manufacturers and educators from across the country to discuss, share, learn, and collectively re-think the increasingly important role libraries play in the communities that they serve.

Re-think it builds on the inaugural conference at the Mary Idema Pew Library at Grand Valley State University, continuing important conversations that showcase new spaces, novel ways of working, and innovative organizational structures that have transformed libraries of every type in our local communities and around the world.  

Themes of the presentations and panelists will include:
·         Developing forward-thinking organizational culture;
·         Transforming physical library spaces and places;
·         Promoting innovative services, programs, or technologies;
·         Assessing and evaluating spaces, services, technologies and programs; and
·         Reflecting on ways libraries are meeting community values and needs.

Open Call for Proposals

Re-think it is accepting submissions for twenty-minute presentations and brief eight-minute lightning round talks that address best practices, case studies, projects, and creative ideas supporting any of the aforementioned themes.

Submissions accepted through August 25, 2017. Notifications of acceptance September 2017.

We hope you will join us for this important conversation in January!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Visualizing Digital Scholarship CFP

NOTE: Kinda off-topic - but good information to share.

Call for Proposals
Grant: Visualizing Digital Scholarship in Libraries and Learning Spaces
Award amount: $40,000
Funder: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Lead institution: North Carolina State University Libraries
Due date: 13 August 2017
Notification date: 15 September 2017

Project Description

NC State University, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, invites proposals from institutions interested in participating in a new project for Visualizing Digital Scholarship in Libraries and Learning Spaces. The grant aims to 1) build a community of practice of scholars and librarians who work in large-scale multimedia to help visually immersive scholarly work enter the research lifecycle; and 2) overcome technical and resource barriers that limit the number of scholars and libraries who may produce digital scholarship for visualization environments and the impact of generated knowledge. Libraries and museums have made significant strides in pioneering the use of large-scale visualization technologies for research and learning. However, the utilization, scale, and impact of visualization environments and the scholarship created within them have not reached their fullest potential. A logical next step in the provision of technology-rich, visual academic spaces is to develop best practices and collaborative frameworks that can benefit individual institutions by building economies of scale among collaborators.

The project contains four major elements:
  1. An initial meeting and priority setting workshop that brings together librarians, scholars, and technologists working in large-scale, library and museum-based visualization environments.
  2. Scholars-in-residence at NC State over a multi-year period who pursue open source creative projects, working in collaboration with our librarians and faculty, with the potential to address the articulated limitations.
  3. Funding for modest, competitive block grants to other institutions working on similar challenges for creating, disseminating, validating, and preserving digital scholarship created in and for large-scale visual environments.
  4. A culminating symposium that brings together representatives from the scholars-in-residence and block grant recipient institutions to share and assess results, organize ways of preserving and disseminating digital products produced, and build on the methods, templates, and tools developed for future projects.
Work Summary
This call solicits proposals for block grants from library or museum systems that have visualization installations. Block grant recipients can utilize funds for ideas ranging from creating open source scholarly content for visualization environments to developing tools and templates to enhance sharing of visualization work. An advisory panel will select four institutions to receive awards of up to $40,000. Block grant recipients will also participate in the initial priority setting workshop and the culminating symposium. Participating in a block grant proposal does not disqualify an individual from later applying for one of the grant-supported scholar-in-residence appointments.
Applicants will provide a statement of work that describes the contributions that their organization will make toward the goals of the grant. Applicants will also provide a budget and budget justification.
Activities that can be funded through block grants include, but are not limited to:
  • Commissioning work by a visualization expert
  • Hosting a visiting scholar, artist, or technologist residency
  • Software development or adaptation
  • Development of templates and methodologies for sharing and scaling content utilizing open source software
  • Student or staff labor for content or software development or adaptation
  • Curricula and reusable learning objects for digital scholarship and visualization courses
  • Travel (if necessary) to the initial project meeting and culminating workshop
  • User research on universal design for visualization spaces
Funding for operational expenditures, such as equipment, is not allowed for any grant participant.

Send an application to by the end of the day on 13 August 2017 that includes the following:
  • Statement of work (no more than 1000 words) of the project idea your organization plans to develop, its relationship to the overall goals of the grant, and the challenges to be addressed.
  • List the names and contact information for each of the participants in the funded project, including a brief description of their current role, background, expertise, interests, and what they can contribute.
  • Project timeline.
  • Budget table with projected expenditures.
  • Budget narrative detailing the proposed expenditures
Selection and Notification Process
An advisory panel made up of scholars, librarians, and technologists with experience and expertise in large-scale visualization and/or visual scholarship will review and rank proposals. The project leaders are especially keen to receive proposals that develop best practices and collaborative frameworks that can benefit individual institutions by building a community of practice and economies of scale among collaborators. 

Awardees will be selected based on:
  • the ability of their proposal to successfully address one or both of the identified problems;
  • the creativity of the proposed activities;
  • relevant demonstrated experience partnering with scholars or students on visualization projects;
  • whether the proposal is extensible;
  • feasibility of the work within the proposed time-frame and budget;
  • whether the project work improves or expands access to large-scale visual environments for users; and
  • the participant’s ability to expand content development and sharing among the network of institutions with large-scale visual environments.
Awardees will be required to send a representative to an initial meeting of the project cohort in Fall 2017.

Awardees will be notified by 15 September 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact

Thursday, July 13, 2017

CFP: 2018 Loleta Fyan Small & Rural Libraries Conference (RLC) - Acme, Michigan (April 30-May 2, 2018)

The call for proposals for the 2018 Loleta Fyan Small and Rural Library Conference is open through Monday, October 16. Submit your session proposal online at

The conference will be held April 30-May 2, 2018 at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Michigan. The conference is a specially crafted to reach the informational needs of small and rural library staff throughout Michigan. The three-day event features exhibitors, awards, keynote speakers and an array of sessions geared to libraries serving small and rural communities.

Conference URL: 

If you have questions about the event or submission process please do not hesitate to contact me.

Evette M. Atkin
Continuing Education Coordinator
Library of Michigan

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 4 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, August 18, 2017. 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 Editorial Board Members: ALCTS Sudden Selectors Guides

Are you interested in taking on an important role within ALCTS?  Consider applying to be a part of the Sudden Selectors Guide series editorial board.  Applications to fill two positions on the board will be accepted through August 11.  Don’t miss this exciting opportunity! 

The ALCTS Collection Management Section Publications Committee seeks two individuals to join Helene Williams and Mary Feeney on the editorial board of the Sudden Selectors Guide series Editors appointed this year will serve for either a two or three year term in order to establish staggered appointment terms.

Applications are due 
by August 11.

Editors of the Sudden Selectors Guide series report to the CMS Publications Committee. The primary responsibility of the Editors is to work with authors contributing to the Sudden Selectors Guide series, from the proposal to finished manuscript stages.

Specific tasks include but are not limited to:
  • Work with authors at all stages of process to: 
    • Develop proposals that meet ALCTS and CMS guidelines for manuscripts
    • Provide feedback on and manage timeline for manuscript writing
    • Provide developmental editing
  • Seek and manage inside (CMS Publications Committee) readers
  • Seek and manage outside readers
  • Coordinate activities with other editors and ALCTS Publications (Brooke Morris)
  • Work with ALCTS Publications on final manuscript editing and galley proof process
  • Recruit potential authors for subjects agreed upon by CMS Publications Committee
  • Meet virtually with other Editors regularly (currently monthly)
  • Attend virtual CMS Publications Midwinter meeting
  • Coordinate with Co-Editors to ensure attendance, on a rotating basis, at the CMS Publications Committee at ALA Annual
  • Provide update reports for Midwinter and Annual meetings
  • Contribute productively to discussions of future directions and needs of the Sudden Selectors Guide series
Term of appointment is for three years, and is renewable once. Until staggered appointment terms are established, initial appointment may be for fewer than three years. ALCTS provides a stipend of $1800 to support conference attendance in the third year of appointment.

Editors are ex-officio members of the CMS Publications Committee.

Required qualifications:
  • Current ALCTS-CMS member. (Applications will be accepted from non-members, but appointment is contingent upon joining.)
  • Experience editing manuscripts for publication
  • In-depth selecting and collection management experience
  • Proven project management skills and a strong commitment to producing timely, quality publications
  • Track record of professional publication
  • Ability to work in collaboration with co-editors, CMS Publications Committee members, and ALCTS Publications
  • Active in professional organizations, either library or discipline-related
To apply, send a cover letter detailing your interest in serving as an Editor for the Sudden Selectors Guide series and your previous editing experience, your CV, and the names and contact information of two or more references who are familiar with your work as an editor and selector/collection manager to:

Valentine Muyumba and Jennifer Bazeley, Co-Chairs, ALCTS-CMS Publications Committee, and

Please combine all application documents into a single PDF file and format your subject line as SSG Editor application/YourLastName.

Questions about the application process may be directed to Valentine Muyumba and Jennifer Bazeley ( and Questions about the series should be sent to Helene Williams ( 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

CFP: "Positioning the Academic Library" - New Review of Academic Librarianship

Call for abstracts for consideration for the 2018 themed issue of the New Review of Academic Librarianship

The New Review of Academic Librarianship is planning its themed issue for 2018. This will be entitled “Positioning the academic library within the institution: structures and challenges”. The Guest Editor is Leo Appleton, Librarian, Goldsmiths, University of London ( This themed issue will cover a wide range of topics relating to the theme such as institutional organisational structures, emerging responsibilities, new ways of working, leading multidisciplinary teams and managing different professional identities. Abstracts for consideration for developing into papers for the themed issue are requested by the 13th August 2017. More information on how abstracts can be submitted are available. If you have any questions or queries, please contact Leo Appleton.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Call for Chapters: 2nd Ed. of Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know

You are invited to submit a chapter proposal for the second edition of the successful and positively-reviewed 2014 book published by ALA, The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know. Chapter proposals are due July 15, 2017, and can be submitted via the chapter proposal form.

Theme of the Book

What current technologies are on the cusp of moving from "gee whiz" to real-life application in libraries? This book will explore the information landscape as it might be in 3-5 years. It will describe the emerging technologies of today that are likely to be at the core of "standard" library offerings in the not-distant future. It will introduce project managers and project doers not just to new technologies, but also provide an understanding of the broader trends that are driving them.

Chapter-length essays are particularly sought on the following topics:

  • Augmented reality
  • Content Management
  • Digital Preservation
  • Digital repositories
  • Effect of cloud-based library management systems
  • Ereaders & Ebooks
  • Internet of Things
  • Library custom-built/open source tools at scale
  • Library integrations of multiple services/tools
  • Mobile Technologies (beyond responsive design)
  • Open source LMS developments
  • Patron privacy technology (focus on technology, not policies)
  • Shared print repositories
  • Tools for analytics (tools beyond Google Analytics); in-depth applications
  • User-centered design
  • Virtual reality

Chapters will be in the 4000-4500 word range and must address the following points:

  1. Define the technology (in general, and in the context of the chapter)
  2. Why does the technology matter in general, and to libraries in particular?
  3. What are early adopters doing?
  4. What does the future trend look like?
  5. Having embraced this technology, what would the library of 2022 look like?
Proposals should be submitted to Ken Varnum, the book's editor, via by July 15, 2017.

  • July 15, 2017: Chapter proposals due via Call for Chapters Form
  • August 15, 2017: Authors notified of acceptance
  • December 15, 2017: Chapter drafts due
  • January 31, 2018: Editor's comments provided to authors
  • February 28, 2018: Revised drafts due to editor

About the Editor

Ken Varnum is the Senior Program Manager for Discovery, Delivery, and Library Analytics at the University of Michigan Library. Ken's research and professional interests include discovery systems, library analytics, and technology in the library setting. An experienced editor, author, and presenter, he wrote "Drupal in Libraries" (2012) and edited "The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know" (2014) and "The Network Reshapes the Library: Lorcan Dempsey on Libraries, Services and Networks" (2014). His most recent book, "Exploring Discovery: The Front Door to Your Library’s Licensed and Digitized Content" was published in 2016. For a full list of articles, presentations, and books, please see Ken can be reached by email ( or Twitter (@varnum).

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

CFP: Researcher to Reader 2018 (London - February 2018)

Researcher to Reader Conference - Call for Papers

The annual international scholarly communications conference, Researcher to Reader, will next take place in London on 26 & 27 February 2018. The Conference is attended by around 150-200 senior delegates from all parts of the scholarly communications lifecycle, including funders, researchers, research managers, publishers, distributors, technologists and librarians.

The Advisory Board is inviting proposals for presentations, panels, lightning talks and workshops. We are also seeking experienced workshop facilitators. We are particularly seeking proposals from librarians, researchers, editors & funders, from people based outside the UK, and from under-represented demographics.

Proposers are invited to provide an abstract (50-100 words) and a fuller description (200-500 words) by 31 August 2017.

To access this Submissions portal please visit the following personal link: R2R Call for Papers 

For more information on the Conference themes and formats, please visit the conference website:
I look forward to hearing from you.

Mark Carden
Conference Director

To contact Conference Administration email
To contact the Conference Director email

CFP: Internet Resources (C&RL News - College & Research Library News)

Internet Resources Call for Proposals
C&RL News is current accepting proposals for future Internet Resources feature articles. Internet Resources articles focus on a single topic and cover all areas of the Internet, e.g., discussion lists, websites, online publications, blogs, etc.

Share your knowledge by submitting a topic idea and brief information about the your knowledge of the proposed topic. Compilers whose topics are selected will receive specific manuscript preparation information. Send topic proposals to C&RL News Editor-in-Chief David Free at

Saturday, July 01, 2017

CFP: Social Justice and Activism in Libraries, Moving Beyond Diversity to Action

Call for Chapters: Social Justice and Activism in Libraries, Moving Beyond Diversity to Action

Book Publisher: McFarland
  • Su Epstein, Ph.D., co-editor. Director, Saxton B. Little Free Library, Columbia, Connecticut
  • Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Public Library Systems, Special, School Librarian, Michigan
  • Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor. Reference Librarian, Valencia College, Winter Park, Florida

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, sharing how to take the concept of diversity to the next level. The role librarians can play in social justice and social change, activities supporting tolerance in libraries. Topics could be inclusivity, tolerance, civic engagement, civic education, human rights, social responsibility; in the areas of collection development, programming, professional development, partnerships and outreach—just to name a few.

One author or two or three authors per chapter. Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters: author discount on more copies. Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapters each described in a few sentences by August 30, 2017, brief bio on each author; place TOL, YOUR LAST NAME on subject line to: