Thursday, November 30, 2017

ALCTS News - Call for reporters at the 2018 Midwinter Meeting in Denver

ALCTS News is looking for volunteers to report on ALCTS preconferences, programs, and forums at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado. Are you attending one of the sessions listed on the call for reporters announcement on the ALCTS News site? Would you like to share what you learn with the ALCTS community?

Reports should summarize the session and highlight particularly valuable takeaways. If the session is not sponsored by ALCTS, reporters should articulate the ‘so what?’ for ALCTS members. Length of reports typically ranges from 400–600 words. Reporters are also welcome to contribute photos or other images.

To volunteer to report on one of the sessions, email Chelcie Rowell at After a full slate of reporters is in place, she'll be in touch with more detailed how-to's for reporters.

Here again the URL to the call for reporters announcement:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

LITA Guides: Call for Best Book Proposal (extended to December 15th)

LITA Guides: Call for Best Book Proposal

LITA is looking to expand its popular LITA Guide series. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers would like to offer a $250 gift card for the best LITA book proposal

Proposal deadline extended to: DECEMBER 15, 2017.

Topics for consideration include:

  • Tools for big data
  • Developing in-house technology expertise
  • Budgeting for technology
  • Writing a technology plan
  • K-12 technology
  • Applications of agile development for libraries
  • Grant writing for library technology
  • Security for library systems

Questions or comments can be sent to Marta Deyrup, LITA Acquisitions Editor. Proposals can be submitted to the Acquisitions editor using this link.

CFP: North Carolina Serials Conference (April 6, 2018 - Chapel Hill NC)

We are pleased to announce 27th Annual North Carolina Serials Conference will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 at The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill.

The Planning Committee is currently accepting proposals for presentations that reflect the 2018 conference theme: Blazing a New Path: Diversity, Collaboration, and Innovation. 

Libraries strive to offer users the widest possible array of content to meet their information needs, but face many challenges in doing so. In the face of external constraints, such as budget cuts and reduced staffing, the complexities of scholarly publishing, and constantly shifting patron needs, innovation in the face of change has become a necessary tool for survival.
Please join us for a day of discussion around how we've collaborated across traditional organizational boundaries to find new ways to get things done, how we've expanded conversations to include people and ideas outside of traditional norms to improve services and workflows, how we've worked to expand the diversity of the staff at our organizations, and ways we've re-scoped our collections and/or workflows to acknowledge the diversity of our user populations to better serve their needs.

Proposals may address any aspect of the serials industry or serials management and may be submitted by any member of the community including librarians, staff, students, publishers, and vendors.

Proposals should be submitted using this form.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 8, 2017.

Proposals will require the following information:
  • Contact details (including your name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address)
  • A short (50 words or less) biographical description for each speaker
  • Presentation title
  • An abstract (approximately 100 words)
  • Type of program
    • Presentation (45 minutes)
    • Technology tips and tricks lightning talk (5-7 minutes)
    • Other (please provide details)
Please note: Presenters' registration expenses will be waived.

The Planning Committee will review all proposals for their content, timeliness, relevance, and fit with the overall Conference content. The Committee reserves the right to refocus or combine proposals as needed (with notice) to reach a diverse audience and to maximize use of program time slots.

Molly Hansen
Assistant Marketing Manager | Oxford University Press
Institutional and Corporate Marketing

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Call for Column Editor: “Special Libraries, Special Challenges” in Public Services Quarterly

Looking for a “Special Libraries, Special Challenges” column editor for Public Services Quarterly

PSQ is published four times per year by Taylor & Francis, and features a strong set of columns each issue, including professional reading reviews, a marketing topics column, internet resources reviews, and others.

One of the columns is "Special Libraries, Special Challenges." This column has featured essays dedicated to exploring the unique public services challenges that arise in libraries that specialize in a particular subject, such as law, medicine, business, and so forth. In each column, the author will discuss public services-oriented topics in a variety of special library settings, including branches within a system. The column editor is stepping down, so I am recruiting contributors and/or a new editor to take over mid-2018.

Here are the most recently published columns:

If you would be interested in contributing a column or taking on the column editor duties, please send me an email with some info about your experience and qualifications.

Sian Brannon,

Monday, November 27, 2017

CFP: ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group ALA Midwinter 2018

Call for Proposals - ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group ALA Midwinter 2018

You are invited to submit a proposal for the ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group, ALA Midwinter 2018.

The ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group meeting will be held on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm at Sheraton Denver (1550 Court Place) room # Governor’s Sq 16.

The ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group welcomes proposals which address information literacy and outreach to graduate students. The presentations will be lightening talk format for 10 minutes followed by 20 minutes Q & A at the conclusion of all of the presentations. Lightning talks will be selected via a competitive blind review process.  

Proposals are due December 18th.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the extent to which they: 
1. Measure or investigate issues of high interest to librarians, especially those working with graduate students. 
2. Represent innovative, original research.
3. Show evidence of carefully planned research design/program and thoughtful analysis. 
4. Clearly identify what stage of the project has been completed and estimate a timeline for the remainder of the project. Research that has been previously published or accepted for publication will not be considered. 
Please submit your proposal via this link.

If you have questions please email Leila Rod-Welch, Convenor of ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group, at

CFP: ALA Annual 2018: New Research in Collection Management and Development (formerly the Collection Management and Development Research Forum)

The Publications Committee of the Collection Management Section of ALCTS is sponsoring the program “New Research in Collection Management and Development” (previously known as the Annual Collection Management & Development Research Forum) at the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference held in New Orleans, LA from June 21-26, 2018.
This is an opportunity to present and discuss your research. Both completed research and research in progress will be considered. All researchers, including collection practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.
The Committee will use a blind review process to select two projects. The selected researchers are required to present their papers in person at the forum. Each researcher should plan for a 20 minute presentation, with a 10 minute open discussion following each presentation.

Criteria for selection:
  • Significance of the study for improving collection management and development practices
  • Potential for research to fill a gap in collections scholarship or to build on previous studies
  • Quality and creativity of the methodology
  • Previously published research or research accepted for publication prior to December 13, 2016, will not be accepted.

The submission must consist of no more than two pages. On the first page, please list your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information (including your mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and email address). The second page should be a one-page proposal, and it should NOT show your name or any personal information. Instead, it must include only:
  • The title of your project
  • A clear statement of the research problem
  • A description of the research methodology used
  • Results of the project, if any
The deadline for proposals is December 18, 2017.

Notification of acceptance will be made by February 28, 2018.  

ALCTS, in its bylaws, claims the right of first refusal for publication of any work emanating from an ALCTS body or program.
Please send submissions by email to:
Jennifer Bazeley, Co-Chair, CMS Publications Committee

Sunday, November 26, 2017

CFP: 3rd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color in 2018 (September 2018 Albuquerque, NM)

3rd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color in 2018, “Gathering all Peoples: Embracing Culture & Community” will take place September 26-30, 2018 in Albuquerque, NM

**EXTENDED DEADLINE: December 15, 2017**

Submit proposals here: JCLC 2018 Conference Proposal Submission Site

The 3rd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color in 2018, “Gathering all Peoples: Embracing Culture & Community” will take place September 26-30, 2018 in Albuquerque, NM. The conference is promoted by the Joint Council for Librarians of Color whose purpose is “To promote librarianship within communities of color, support literacy and the preservation of history and cultural heritage, collaborate on common issues, and to host the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color every four to five years.”

The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) is a conference open to all library staff, students, influencers, and decision makers interested in exploring inclusive policies and practices in libraries and how they affect the ethnic communities who use our services. JCLC strives to deepen connections across constituencies, create spaces for dialogue, promote the telling and celebrating of one’s stories, and encourage the transformation of libraries into more democratic and diverse organizations. This conference is sponsored by the five ethnic affiliates of the American Library Association: the American Indian Library Association (AILA), Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA). JCLC 2018 follows the first gathering in 2006 in Dallas, TX and the second in 2012 in Kansas City, MO.

The 2018 JCLC Steering Committee invites you to submit a proposal for presentation at the conference focusing on the theme “Gathering all Peoples: Embracing Culture & Community”. Please see our full Call for Proposals for guidelines and submit your proposal here: JCLC 2018 Conference Proposal Submission Site

CFP: Big Talk From Small Libraries 2018 (Online Conference - February 23, 2018) - Nebraska Library Commission

The Call for Speakers for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2018 is now open!

This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better! We are looking for speakers from small libraries or speakers who directly work with small libraries. Small libraries of all types – public, academic, school, museum, special, etc. – are encouraged to submit a proposal We’re looking for seven 50-minute presentations and five 10-minute “lightning round” presentations.

Do you offer a service or program at your small library that other librarians might like to hear about? Have you implemented a new (or old) technology, hosted an event, partnered with others in your community, or just done something really cool? The Big Talk From Small Libraries online conference gives you the opportunity to share what you’ve done, while learning what your colleagues in other small libraries are doing. Here are some possible topics to get you thinking:
  • Unique Libraries
  • Special Collections
  • New buildings
  • Fundraising
  • Improved Workflows
  • Staff Development
  • Advocacy Efforts
  • Community Partnerships
  • That great thing you’re doing at your library!
Big Talk From Small Libraries 2018 will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 between 8:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (CT) via the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Speakers will be able to present their programs from their own desktops. The schedule will accommodate speakers’ time-zones.

If you are interested in presenting, please submit your proposal by Friday, January 12, 2018.
Speakers from libraries serving fewer than 10,000 people will be preferred, but presentations from libraries with larger service populations will be considered.

Big Talk for Small Libraries is provided by the Nebraska Library Commission. Read more about it here:

Shannon White
Library of Michigan

Sunday, November 19, 2017

CFP: Failing Forward: Experimentation and Creativity in Libraries (2018 ACRL New England Chapter Annual Conference - Plymouth Mass May 2018)

Failing Forward: Experimentation
and Creativity in Libraries
2018 ACRL New England Chapter Annual Conference
Friday, May 4, 2018
Plymouth, Massachusetts
We often talk at conferences about projects that went well. In contrast, we rarely discuss initiatives that failed, or unexpected obstacles that forced us to find another route to success. In our 2018 Annual Conference, the ACRL New England chapter is highlighting experimentation and creativity in college and research libraries by acknowledging that missteps and roadblocks are all part of the process. Join us in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in May 2018 to talk about “failing forward.”

We want to hear about your innovative ideas that went bust; your project development blunders; your event planning faux pas! Tell us how failure has helped you and your library to learn and grow. Give us insight into the missteps that have led you to unanticipated success. How has expanding your capacity for failure helped you to take risks and experience breakthroughs?

Staff, faculty, administrators, and students in all areas of librarianship are encouraged to submit proposals by January 19, 2018.

See the full call for proposals, including session formats, submission requirements, and the link to submit a proposal, on the conference website:

Questions? Email the 2018 Conference Planning Committee at

Saturday, November 18, 2017

CFP: ALA Annual Panelists: Open Educational Resources (OER): Where libraries are and where we are going? (ALA Annual 2018)

Are you a distance or online librarian with experience in OER projects? Then we want to hear from you! The Distance Learning Section has teamed up with the CMS Collection Development Librarians of Academic Libraries Interest Group and are looking for panelists with OER experience to participate in our co-sponsored panel at 2018 ALA Annual in New Orleans, entitled Open Educational Resources (OER): Where Libraries Are and Where We Are Going.

Applications due December 22nd, 2017, selected panelists will be notified in early January, 2018.

If you have questions, please email Mike Courtney ( or Natalie Haber (, DLS Conference Program Planning Committee co-chairs.

Friday, November 17, 2017

CFP: ULS Future of University Libraries Discussion Group (Virtual Session - February or March 2018)

ULS Future of University Libraries Discussion Group
Call for Proposals for ALA Midwinter 2018

***Deadline for proposals has been extended.***

The ULS Future of University Libraries Discussion Group organizes informal discussions that explore new directions in university libraries. Discussion ideas are drawn primarily from outside the library and information science literature in order to better support emerging practices and research. The Discussion Group also supports the ULS Executive Committee by brainstorming means through which ULS might better support university librarians in the future.

The Discussion Group welcomes proposals for the ALA Midwinter 2018 virtual discussion forum. The Midwinter discussion forum will be held online in February or March 2018 (date to be determined in consultation with chosen discussion convener(s)). 

Proposals for the ULS Future of University Libraries Discussion Group virtual forum should be between 300-500 words and include the following elements:

Topic Selection and Relevance:
The topic may be related to any aspect of university libraries resources, services, collections, technology, or spaces, but must be an area of future-oriented practice or emerging practice for libraries. Discussion conveners should include rationale for why they feel the topic is an area of future interest for academic libraries.   

Background on Topic:
Proposal should include background on the topic and its importance to libraries.  The Discussion Group strongly suggests drawing on literature from outside the library and information science field.   

Learning Outcomes and Discussion Questions:
Please list the learning outcomes for the discussion forum proposed.  The convener(s) may also wish to list a few questions that will be the focus of the virtual forum.

Structure of Discussion Forum:
Please describe how you will structure the discussion forum and how you will engage participants. You may describe this in narrative form or provide an outline.  Conveners should make sure to allow ample time for both presentation and discussion.

Proposals will be selected based on the following criteria:

-- The importance and impact of the proposed topic to the future of university libraries
-- Relevancy for academic librarians
-- How well the topic lends itself to a virtual discussion
-- Innovation
-- Clear focus
-- Evidence of the applicant’s knowledge of the subject matter

The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2017. Please submit proposals as a Word document via email to Carrie Forbes at

Applicants will be notified about the status of their proposal submission by January 8, 2017. The virtual discussion will be convened in February or March 2018 based on the availability of the selected convener(s).

For questions about the proposal process, please contact the ULS Future of University Libraries Discussion Group Co-Chairs: Carrie Forbes ( or Doreen Bradley ( ).


Carrie Forbes
ULS Future of University Libraries Discussion Group Co-Chair
Associate Dean for Student and Scholar Services
University of Denver Libraries
2150 E. Evans Ave, Anderson Academic Commons, Denver, CO, 80208

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Call for Chapters: Homeschooling and Libraries

Homeschooling and Libraries

Book Publisher: McFarland 

Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor, Library Partnerships with Writers and Poets (McFarland, 2017); public, academic librarian, indexer.

Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Library's Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016); public library administrator, special, school librarian. 

One or two chapters (3,000-5,000 words) sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, library administrators, and board members. Successful proposals will address creative, practical, how-to chapters and case studies depicting a variety of aspects and angles of the library role and impact on homeschooling process, families, and students, within the library walls and beyond. We are also looking for ideas (whether implemented or not) that can serve as a basis, a foundation, to incorporate into an MLIS course; a Human Resources’ or an organizational plan, as well as a kick-start to personal career goals planning. A tentative Table of Contents can be provided per request.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter. Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000- 5,000- word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters by the same author(s); author discount. Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapter(s) with a concise clear summary or brief outline of the main talking points by December 15, 2017, with brief bio on each author; place HOM, Your Name, on subject line to

CFP: CAPAL 18 - Community, Diversity, and Education: Academic Librarianship in Challenging Times (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada May 2018)

Community, Diversity, and Education:  Academic Librarianship in Challenging Times
will be held in conjunction with Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2018 at University of Regina, Saskatchewan, 29-31 May, 2018 (Preconference 28 May, 2018)

CAPAL18 provides an opportunity for academic librarians to critically examine and discuss the ways in which collaboration, respect for differences, and professionalism empower us at a time when the values of our profession are in danger of being eroded, both within our universities and within the wider world.  It is time to consider the role of academic librarianship in a changing world and the ways in which academic librarians can challenge the corporatization of our universities and libraries, institutional inequities, and the attempts to deprofessionalize academic librarians.

Papers presented might relate to aspects of the following themes (though they
need not be limited to them):

  • Challenges to academic status for librarians
  • The identity of academic librarians in uncertain times
  • Challenging racism in Canadian universities
  • The role of academic librarians in the changing academic library environment and culture
  • The ways in which professionalism intersects with race and gender, and how it may reinforce institutional power dynamics
  • Challenges to academic freedom and intellectual freedom
  • Challenges to academic integrity in a “fake news” and anti-science world
  • The roles and responsibilities of academic librarians in Reconciliation
  • Resisting the corporatization of universities and academic libraries
  • Confronting barriers to diversity in academic libraries

The Program Committee invites proposals for individual papers as well as
proposals for panel submissions of three papers. Proposed papers must be
original and not have been published elsewhere.

•       Individual papers are typically 20 minutes in length. For individual
papers, please submit an abstract of no more than 400 words and a presentation
title, with a brief biographical statement and your contact information.

•       For complete panels, please submit a panel abstract of no more than
400 words as well as a list of all participants and brief biographical
statements, and a separate abstract of no more than 400 words for each
presenter. Please provide contact information for all participants.

•       Incomplete proposals or proposals that exceed the requested word count
will not be considered.

Please feel free to contact the Program Committee to discuss a topic for a
paper, panel, or other session format. Proposals should be emailed as an
attachment as a .doc or .docx file, using the following filename conventions:
•       Lastname_Keywordoftopic.docx

Proposals and questions should be directed to the Program Chairs, Lorna Rourke
and Laura Koltutsky, at

Deadline for Proposals is: 22 December, 2017
Further information about CAPAL 2018 and Congress 2018 are available at:  &

Please note:  The University of Regina is pleased to offer the Congress 2018
Graduate Student Travel Awards (,
funded by the President’s Planning Committee for Congress 2018. Fully-
qualified graduate students and recent PhD graduates will be able to apply for
a subsidy of up to $500 towards accommodation, meal, & bookstore credits to
facilitate participation at Congress 2018.


Communauté, diversité et éducation :
 la bibliothéconomie académique traverse une période difficile
aura lieu lors du Congrès des sciences humaines 2018 à l’Université de Régina
en Saskatchewan, du 29 au 31 mai 2018.
(Préconférence le 28 mai 2018)

ACBAP18 propose aux bibliothécaires universitaires une occasion de faire
l’examen critique et de discuter des façons dont la collaboration, le respect
des différences et le professionnalisme nous fortifient au moment où les
valeurs de notre profession sont en proie à l’érosion, à l’intérieur de nos
universités comme dans le reste du monde. Le temps est venu de considérer le
rôle de la bibliothéconomie académique dans un monde en évolution et les
moyens dont disposent les bibliothécaires universitaires pour contester la
privatisation des universités et des bibliothèques, les inégalités au sein des
établissements et les tentatives de déprofessionnalisation des bibliothécaires

Les communications présentées peuvent porter sur certains aspects des thèmes
suivants (sans devoir s’y limiter) :

-- Les défis reliés au statut académique des bibliothécaires
--L’identité des bibliothécaires universitaires dans un contexte d’incertitude
-- Dénoncer le racisme dans les universités canadiennes
--Le rôle des bibliothécaires académiques face à leur milieu et à leur culture
en mutation
--Les façons dont le professionnalisme rejoint l’appartenance raciale et
sexuelle et peut renforcer la dynamique du pouvoir institutionnel
--Les défis en matière de liberté universitaire et de liberté intellectuelle
--Les défis en matière d’intégrité universitaire dans un monde de « nouvelles
bidon » et de tendances antiscientifiques.
--Les rôles et les responsabilités des bibliothécaires universitaires dans la
--Contester la privatisation des universités et des bibliothèques académiques
--Faire face aux obstacles à la diversité dans les bibliothèques

Le comité du programme sollicite des propositions de communication
individuelle, ainsi que de présentation en groupe de trois communications. Les
communications proposées doivent être originales et n’avoir jamais été
publiées ailleurs.
•       Les communications individuelles durent normalement 20 minutes. Pour
les communications individuelles, veuillez fournir un résumé de moins de 400
mots, le titre de la présentation, une courte description biographique et vos

•       Pour les groupes, veuillez fournir un résumé de groupe de moins de 400
mots, la liste des participants et leur courte description biographique
respective, ainsi qu’un résumé de moins de 400 mots pour chacun des
présentateurs. Veuillez fournir les coordonnées de tous les participants.
•       Les propositions incomplètes ou dont le nombre de mots excède la
limite indiquée seront rejetées.
N’hésitez pas à contacter le comité du programme afin de discuter d’un sujet
de communication, d’un groupe ou d’un format de séance spécifique. Veuillez
envoyer vos propositions par courriel, en pièce jointe. Nommez votre
fichier .doc ou .docx selon le format suivant :
•       Nomdefamille_Motclédusujet.docx
Veuillez adresser vos propositions et questions aux directrices du programme,
Lorna Rourke et Laura Koltutsky, à
Date limite d’envoi des propositions : 22 décembre 2017
Obtenez de plus amples informations sur l’ACBAP18 et le Congrès 2018 en
ligne : et

Remarque : L’Université de Régina est heureuse d’offrir des bourses de voyage
aux étudiants diplômés du Congrès 2018
(, financées par le comité de
planification du recteur. Les étudiants des cycles supérieurs admissibles et
les nouveaux titulaires de doctorat pourront demander une subvention de voyage
pouvant aller jusqu’à 500 $ pour les aider à couvrir les coûts de
l’hébergement, des repas et des achats en librairie et permettre leur
participation au Congrès 2018.

Thank you,

Helen Power, MLIS
CAPAL18 Communications Coordinator
Information Services Librarian, Leddy Library
University of Windsor