Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Call for Entries - Popular Culture Association Electronic Reference Site Award, 2018

Bit off-topic........

Popular Culture Association Electronic Reference Site Award, 2018 
The Popular 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 Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, in March, 2018, and posted on the PCA website at http://pcaaca.org, 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 Electronic Reference Site Award are similar to all the other PCA awards, with a focus on quality and relevance. The committee will consider electronic resources developed in the last three years (after 2014). 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 Electronic Reference Site Award, please contact Allen Ellis at ellisa@nku.edu. 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 15, 2017.

Last year's winner: 
Colored Conventions: Bringing Nineteenth-Century Black Organizing to Digital Life.

Winners from previous years:

Monday, October 30, 2017

CFP: The Engaged Library: High-Impact Educational Practices & Academic Libraries (Book Chapters)

The Engaged Library: High-Impact Educational Practices & Academic Libraries
Call for Proposals
Editor:  Joan Ruelle

AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative and George Kuh’s High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs) are widely recognized as activities that promote student engagement, student retention, and positive student learning outcomes.  This edited volume will provide case studies, examples, and discussion of how academic libraries can create successful partnerships to contribute to the integration of high-impact practices on their campuses.  The collection, tentatively titled The Engaged Library: High-Impact Educational Practices & Academic Libraries, will introduce librarians to high-impact educational practices as well as present case studies of how these practices are currently being implemented in academic libraries. The book will be published in 2019.
The editor will co-author an introductory/overview chapter that contextualizes high-impact practices in higher education, explain the growth of this framework for assessing the success of student learning, and make the case for library engagement with this framework lest the profession be left behind or sidelined by this important pedagogical trend.  A closing chapter will discuss the high-impact practices and library opportunities from an institutional perspective. Additional chapters will address each of the high-impact practices through the lens of library partnerships, contributions and opportunities.  Each chapter will provide case study examples, as well as examples or suggestions of outcomes assessment to inspire stronger library connection to the practice on their campus.

To this end, we invite proposals for chapters on library engagement with the following high-impact educational practices:
·        Internships
·        Capstone Courses and Projects
·        Undergraduate Research
·        Collaborative Assignments and Projects

We anticipate that the audience for this book will include librarians and LIS faculty who seek to gain an enhanced understanding of high-impact practices to support partnerships, teaching librarians who will find additional opportunities to partner and develop library-based student learning outcomes within the context of these practices, and assessment librarians and library administrators seeking to better demonstrate library contributions to institutional value. Beginners can learn about HIPs through this collection, and those already familiar with the framework will find examples to inspire incorporation of HIPs as an additional way to articulate library value on their own campus.

The schedule outlines chapter development, through an iterative process.
  • Expression of possible interest (brief email to: jruelle@elon.edu by November 17, 2017).
  • 500-word proposals due by December 15, 2017.
  • First draft of full chapter by April 15, 2018. The length of the chapter section should be approximately 5,000 words and should be written in English.
  • Revised chapters by August 17, 2018.
  • The final manuscript submission is scheduled for December 2018.

Proposal format:  Please send a brief email expressing possible interest to: jruelle@elon.edu by November 17, 2017. Then, by December 15, 2017, submit a 500-word (maximum) proposal summarizing the following:  The high-impact practice on which you will focus; what (if any) research or documentation exists about this practice in the context of libraries; a case study of library connection to this practice (from your own campus or drawn from multiple); opportunities for library collaboration related to the practice; and examples or suggestions for outcomes assessment related to library collaboration on the practice. Proposals and manuscripts should follow Chicago Manual of Style. Include author(s)’ names and contact information (not included in the 500-word limit). Submit your proposal by December 15, 2017 to jruelle@elon.edu with the subject line: “The Engaged Library Proposal.”

CFP: ALADN 2018 (Fort Worth, Texas - May 2018 - Academic Library Advancement and Development Network)

ALADN 2018 Call for Proposals

The ALADN 2018 Program Committee invites submissions for presentations at the 23rd Annual ALADN Conference in Ft. Worth, TX on May 19-22, 2018.  We are looking for dynamic, original presentations that demonstrate best practices applied to library fundraising, development, and communications and marketing. We are interested in highlighting the application of the latest trends, statistics, best practices, and research in the field while providing practical tips that can be immediately applied to a library development program. Proposals may include presentations, panels, and workshops. Speakers are responsible for their travel expenses.

About the conference.   Formed in 1995, the Academic Library Advancement and Development Network (ALADN) explores issues of interest, offers networking, and assists in mutual problem-solving for professionals involved in advancement and development for academic and research libraries through an annual conference, an electronic listserv (LIBDEV), and personal contacts.

·         Submission deadline: January 12, 2018
·         Notification: Monday, February 2, 2018

Proposal Submission Requirements.  Please submit your proposal at https://tinyurl.com/ALADN2018.

Topics of Potential Interest but other ideas are encouraged:
·         Corporate sponsorships: how to attract, cultivate, and grow support from international, national, and smaller, local businesses; strategies and programs to implement to connect with corporate businesses.
·         Advisory and Advocacy Boardshow to develop and lead a board; strategies for engaging board members in fundraising.
·         Special event fundraising: creating and evaluating successful library events to advance development or communications.
·         Major gifts strategies that work: creating giving opportunities for potential donors; prospect identification; non-alumni sources to build a robust pipeline; donor cultivation and stewardship; getting to the ask and successful techniques for closing.
·         Donor relations: creative collaborations among donors and students; transitioning new library director to donor relations.
·         Partnerships and collaborations: library development partnerships and collaborations with schools and other units on campus for joint approaches to donors; how to identify and tap local or regional foundations; potential roles for faculty, librarians, or students in donor cultivation and stewardship.
·         Library services and development: how to identify and leverage the library’s assets as a development strategy; promoting special collections as a donor opportunity; how to get donors to provide financial support or create endowments to process and manage in-kind collection gifts; how to engage donors in new library services (e.g., digital scholarship, digitization, digital collections).
·         Marketing materials: use of social media for library development; ways to effectively communicate the value of academic libraries to donors and the community; using visual storytelling to improve library communications and development.

For questions, please email:
Sue Parks
Associate Dean, Special Libraries
University of North Texas

Friday, October 27, 2017

CFP: ELPUB 2018 (International Conference in ELectronic PUBlishing) - Toronto, Canada - June 2018

Share your research, initiatives and ideas at #elpub2018 June 22-24, 2018!

ELPUB 2018 marks the 22nd edition of the International Conference in Electronic Publishing and the 10th anniversary of the meeting being held in Toronto, Canada.

This year¹s theme is Connecting the Knowledge Commons: From Projects to Sustainable Infrastructure. The question of sustainability in the open access movement has been widely debated, but satisfactory answers and long term solutions have yet to be generated.

The conference program committee invites contributions from members of the community whose research and experiments are focused on sustainability models for community based open infrastructure, trust and governance of the Knowledge Commons, and transforming the nature of scholarly communications.

Learn more about the scope of the conference at:

Submission site opens November 10, 2017!

Conference co-chairs
Leslie Chan chan@utsc.utoronto.ca
Pierre Mounier pierre.mounier@openedition.org

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

CFP: ACURIL 2018 Conference (Association of Caribbean University, Research, and Institutional Libraries - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, June 2018)

Name: ACURIL* 2018 (*Association of Caribbean University, Research, and Institutional Libraries)
Dates:  3-7 June 2018
Location: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Call for papers site: http://libguides.uwi.edu/acurilconference2018

Spanish, French and English versions on the CFP link above.

The Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) is excited to announce that its 48th Conference, to be held from June 3 – 7, 2018 in beautiful Dominican Republic, will focus on the theme Open Access in Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums: Opportunities, Challenges and Future Directions.

Globally, Libraries, Archives and Museums are challenged to manage their operational budgets, engage their user communities, develop innovative services and function as a gateway to open access resources. Caribbean Libraries are not immune to these challenges. In this information society, open access technologies provide opportunities for Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums to rise above these challenges and still achieve these respective goals. 

Through dynamic presentations, poster sessions, workshops and the exhibitors fair, the 2018 ACURIL Conference seeks to:

  • Open a discourse amongst Caribbean information professionals about the relevance of the open access movement and its future directions.
  • Allow delegates to exchange information, experiences and best practices.
  • Provide an opportunity for delegates to learn how to develop skills and competencies to use open access tools and technologies.
  • Foster collaboration with  ACURIL's Exhibitors and other stakeholders to develop new platforms to enhance service delivery.
  • Establish a registry of open access projects in Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums. 

The ACURIL XLVII 2018 Conference Programme Committee invites proposals for paper, workshop and poster presentations which explore the following Sub-themes:

        Open Access (OA): Global/Caribbean Context
Presentations which explore the debates in the open access field and provide interpretations and different perspectives on issues surrounding OA are especially welcomed. Participants are encouraged to share their Caribbean case studies on managing open access issues.

       Key topics: Experiences of publishers, informational professionals and other stakeholder in managing open access issues; Types of open access resources/initiatives that have been developed and are being used and managed to achieve institutional goals.

        Policy, Strategy and Advocacy
Key topics:  How is OA impacting on copyright, public rights, and intellectual rights?; Disaster management and preservation of digital content as a result of natural disasters; New media/social media and its relation to OA; Managing open access portfolios; Creating policies and workflows; Budgeting for open access; Academic ranking and open access;

        Professional Development and User Education
Key topics:  Quality control of open access resources and implications for user education; Open education: experiences in learning and opportunities for librarians; Grantsmanship: funding the enterprise.

        Innovation and Trends
       Key topics:  Digital humanities; Data management; Open Journal Systems; Institutional repositories; Open source software usage/initiatives and management in libraries, archives and museums

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


The Research & Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of the
Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) invites submission of reference
service research project proposals for presentation at New Discoveries in
Reference: The 24rd Annual Reference Research Forum at the 2018 American
Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. Researchers and
practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and
students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a

The Reference Research Forum is a popular and valuable ALA Annual Conference
program. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about innovative research
projects conducted in reference services including user behavior, electronic
services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure
and personnel.

For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s

The Committee employs a blind review process to select three projects for 20-
minute presentations, followed by open discussion.  Identifying information
will not be shared with reviewers until after final selection of projects. 
Selected submissions must be presented in person at the Forum during ALA
Annual in New Orleans, LA.

Criteria for selection:

1.      Originality: Potential for research to fill a gap in reference
knowledge or to build on previous studies
2.      Quality: Research design and methodologies
3.      Impact: Significance of the study for improving the quality of
reference service

NOTE: Research projects may be in-progress or completed. Previously published
research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted.

Important Dates:

Proposals are due by Friday, December 22nd. Notification of acceptance will be
made by Monday, February 19th, 2018. The submission must not exceed the stated
word count limit.

Submission Details:
Submissions will be accepted using our online form at:

FORM PAGE 1: Contact Information
Fill out the fields for the primary contact’s name, title, institutional
affiliation, and email address.  Additional research team members should also
be noted in the appropriate field.

FORM PAGE 2: Research Description (250 Word maximum)
The research description must not include any personally identifiable
information, including your name, or the name of your institution. Please
include these elements:

1.      Title of the project
2.      Explicit statement of the research problem
3.      Description of the research design and methodologies
4.      Findings or results if available
5.      Brief discussion of the originality, unique contribution, potential
impact, and significance of the research

Proposals that exceed the word count or that do not follow the format
described above will be automatically rejected. 
Questions about the Forum should be directed to the 2017-2018 committee
David Ward (dh-ward@illinois.edu) and Joseph Yue (contact.jyue@gmail.com)

Monday, October 23, 2017

CFP: IASSIST & CARTO 2018 (International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology & Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives) - Montréal, Québec, Canada


Conference hashtag: #iassistcarto

The 44th annual conference of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) will be jointly held with the 52nd annual conference of the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA-ACACC) in Montréal, Québec, Canada from May 28-June 1, 2018.

Once Upon a Data Point: Sustaining our Data Storytellers

In many ways, researchers are data storytellers: they create compelling data-supported narratives for examining both historical and current social phenomena and for facilitating social change and reconciliation. We professionals who support these data storytellers play vital roles in giving their data stories life. We assist our data storytellers in:

·         Discovering existing and collecting new data from which to craft the stories.
·         Analyzing and managing data to uncover the stories hiding within.
·         Visualizing data to offer vivid and meaningful illustrations to enhance the stories.
·         Teaching data literacy skills to their audiences so they can understand and critique the stories.
·         Curating, archiving, and sharing data so that the stories are not lost for future generations, and so new data storytellers may weave even more stories from the data.

And we conduct our own research to tell our own stories and to also improve our support of other data storytellers.

We welcome submissions that tell diverse stories about our IASSIST and ACMLA-ACACC communities’ experiences, that offer conference attendees suggestions of how they can implement or adapt lessons for their own work, and that have wide-reaching appeal to our international attendees. Although the positive outcomes are always something people want to hear, there’s also an appetite for learning about the things that didn’t go well, particularly any problems you faced and how others might avoid or handle them.

So bring us your data comedies, tragedies, epics, horror stories, mysteries, histories, thrillers, adventures, fables, fantasies, science fiction, and even romances if you’ve got them! We look forward to sharing, learning from, and adapting each other's stories.

Submitting Proposals

We welcome submissions for papers, presentations, panels, posters, and Pecha Kuchas in English and French.

The Call for Presentations, along with the link to the submission form, is at: 

Questions about presentation submissions may be sent to the Program Co-Chairs (Jay Brodeur, Laurence Horton, and Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh) at iassist2018@gmail.com.

We are also accepting submissions for Pre-conference Workshops. The Call for Workshops, along with the link to the submission form, is at: 

Questions about workshop submissions may be sent to Workshop Coordinators, Jenny Muilenburg (jmuil@uw.edu) and Andy Rutkowski (arutkows@usc.edu).

Deadline for ALL submissions: 20 November 2017
Notification of acceptance: February 2018

Support for Attending the Conference
IASSIST Fellows Program supports data professionals from underrepresented regions and countries with emerging economies. IASSIST Early Professional Fellows Program helps early career data professionals recognizing the value of innovative ideas. Applications can be made at https://goo.gl/forms/dr6fie6XJyOKR4Ee2 and will close 19 January 2018.
Address questions about the Fellows Programs to Florio Arguillas (foa2@cornell.edu) and Stuart Macdonald (stuart.macdonald@ed.ac.uk).

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Call for Academic BRASS Newsletter Submissions: Deadline November 6

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 November 6, 2017.

You may want to see previous editions. For access to the full text articles of past issues of Academic BRASS, see http://www.ala.org/rusa/sections/brass/publications/academicbrass

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 (http://www.apastyle.org/).

Please send article proposals or submissions to both of the editors, Karen Chapman at kchapman@bruno.cba.ua.edu<mailto:kchapman@bruno.cba.ua.edu> and Janet Franks at janet.franks@saintleo.edu<mailto:janet.franks@saintleo.edu>. If you have any questions, please query Karen Chapman.

CFP: Library Instruction West 2018 (formerly LOEX of the West) - July 2018 - Colorado

July 19-20, 2018 – Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado will host the 2018 Library Instruction West (LIW) conference. We are very excited to be the site and the organizers of such a great, small conference focused on Library Instruction.
Conference Theme: The Confluence of Inspiration and Adventure!

Keynoter / Pre-Conference: Maria Konnikova will be our LIW 2018 keynoter and pre-conference (Wednesday, July 18) leader! Maria is a science blogger for The New Yorker, author of The Confidence Game, and author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes (bio: http://tinyurl.com/liw2018key).
ØWe are now inviting conference session  proposalshttp://tinyurl.com/LIW2018propose
Ø…and volunteers for session proposal reviewshttp://tinyurl.com/LIW2018volunteer
Connect with us on social media: Facebook / Twitter
Additional Information: For information regarding past instances of this conference, see: 2014 (Portland State), 2016 (Utah State), and pre-2014 host archives.
Questions? Email us at libraryinstructionwest@gmail.com.
Thanks for considering,
Laureen Cantwell, MSLIS
LIW 2018 Conference Committee Chair
Reference & Distance Services Librarian, Tomlinson Library,
Colorado Mesa University & Western Colorado Community College

CFP: ALA Annual Video Round Table Chair's Program

Have you heard about the President’s/Chair’s programs that are happening at ALA Annual this year? As part of this series, each round table and division can sponsor a one-hour program on a topic of interest to members.

The ALA Video Round Table Program Committee (VRT) needs your good ideas and input! We are seeking proposals, ideas and suggestions on just about anything related to video and libraries.

One program will be selected by the VRT Program Committee and the VRT Executive Board for inclusion in the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans (June 21-26, 2018).

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.  

Past programs have included topics such as copyright, streaming media (both public and university models), ADA compliancy in media, working with community partners to raise awareness, effective PR in promoting film series or film events. Check out some of past VRT presentations for more ideas here(http://www.ala.org/rt/vrt/prevconferences).  

The deadline for submissions is ­­­November 10, 2018

Send questions to the Chair of the VRT Program Committee, Erin DeWitt Miller at erin.miller@unt.edu.

Thank you,
Erin DeWitt Miller
University of North Texas
Head, Media Library
Chair, Video Round Table Program Committee

Friday, October 20, 2017

CFP: Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference (June 2018 - Perrysburg, Ohio)

Mark your calendars for the 5th annual GLRSC: Charting Our Course Together on June 7-8, 2018
at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, OH    

CFP URL: https://goo.gl/forms/gTQMKASS9oN5vRlx1

Featuring a keynote presentation by George Needham, Director of the Delaware County District Library

This conference is an opportunity for individuals working in resource sharing to trade information and network with other colleagues. Watch for updates on the conference website at http://glrsc.org. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Do you have a new idea or success story to share?  We are accepting program proposals through January 12, 2018 on any of the following topic areas:
·         Resource Sharing Best Practices
·         Marketing Services
·         Electronic Resources and Resource Sharing
·         Workflow Improvements
·         Cooperative Collection Development
·         Consortial or Group Purchasing
·         Purchase on Demand
·         Delivery Solutions
·         Data-Driven Decision-Making
·         Reciprocal Borrowing
·         Shared Staffing and Training
·         Shared Discovery Layers
·         E-Books
·         Resource Sharing in Next Gen Systems
·         Shared Print Projects
·         Open Educational Resources
·         Cross-Departmental Collaboration

Proposed presentations should be 45 minutes in length including time for questions.  CLICK HERE for the online submission form. A call for proposals for lightning round presentations (15 minutes in length) will be announced in February.

Accepted presenters will have the opportunity to publish a version of their conference presentation to the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery, & Electronic Reserves in a special issue, but will not be obligated to do so.

Each proposal should include a title, description, and abstract. Program proposals will be reviewed by the program committee, with selected presenters notified by February 16, 2018. Please direct any questions to Amanda Musacchio (amanda.musacchio@railslibraries.info) and Mark Sullivan (sullivm@geneseo.edu).