Wednesday, December 27, 2017

OT - Call for Fiction Submissions - Shhhh... Murder (Short Stories about Crime and Libraries or Librarians)

Call for Submissions: Shhh... Murder!

Call for Submissions 
Shhhh… Murder!
Scheduled for release in late spring of next year and timed for summer reading, this anthology will feature cozy to cozy-noir stories featuring libraries and librarians. Extra points will be shamelessly awarded to writers with personal ties to libraries.

The submission period for this anthology runs from November 1st to February 28th, upon the last stroke of midnight, Pacific Standard Time.

We are looking for stories from 2500 to 5000 words, but will consider stories outside that range, at our discretion. Contributors will share equally fifty percent of the royalties received. We expect between fifteen and twenty stories to be accepted and are aiming at a volume length of around eighty-five thousand words, and around two-hundred and thirty pages—all dependent, obviously, upon the length of the material chosen.

We will accept work previously published, provided it was not published after May of 2017, and that you hold the rights. Simultaneous submissions are fine, with the usual proviso that we should be notified should the work be accepted elsewhere, so that we may withdraw it from consideration.

Submissions and questions may be sent to

Darkhouse Books Submissions Page:
Andrew MacRae
Darkhouse Books

CFP: Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section open session at 2018 IFLA WLIC (Kuala Lumpur Malaysia)

The IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing section is accepting the paper proposal for the Open Session which will be held during 2018 IFLA WLIC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme of the Open Session is “Transform Resource Sharing-exceed expectations.”

We invite papers of all sorts but are especially interested in hearing your experience from the field regarding a broader aspect of ‘sharing’ resources and ideas of users’ perspectives and expectations. Below are the important dates for the Call for Papers and you can find more information from the link. If you have any question, please feel free to contact Seangill Peter Bae, at sbae@PRINCETON.EDU.

  *   1 March 2018 Submission of Abstracts
  *   31 March 2018 Decision notification
  *   1 June 2018 Final papers due

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

CFP: Open Repositories 2018: Sustaining Open

The 13th International Conference on Open Repositories, OR2018, will be held on June 4th-7th, 2018 in Bozeman, Montana, USA.

Call for papers and scholarships have been extended until the 15th January 2018.

The theme for Open Repositories 2018 is Sustaining Open.

Research and Cultural Heritage communities have embraced the idea of Open; open communities, open source software, open data, scholarly communications, and open access publications and collections. These projects and communities require different modes of thinking and resourcing than purchasing vended products.  While open may be the wayforward, mitigating fatigue, finding sustainable funding, and building flexible digital repository platforms is something most of us are striving for.  Submissions this year should focus on the how, why, and what it will take to make open sustainable.  

While not limited to the below topics, we’re focusing our attention on issues around the sustainability of:
·  Open source software - sustainability of software developed locally and large open source systems, legacy code
·  Community - reaching out to new audiences, developing a community, governance
·  Content - research data, digital preservation, persistent urls, archiving
·  Teams/People - staff and knowledge within the community, contingency planning, training and development, and succession planning
·  Projects - sustainability of projects beyond the grant, maturing communities
·  Infrastructure/Integrations - integrations between systems, changing technical environments
·  Policy - national, international, local and community policy and decisions
·  Challenges of sustainability - funding, local, technical, community
·  Rights and Copyright - including Data Protection, sharing and storing of content
·  Reuse, standards, and reproducibility - for example: software, data, content types
·  New open technologies and standards

Submission Process

Accepted proposals in all categories will be made available through the conference’s web site, and later they and associated materials will be made available in an open repository. Some conference sessions may be live streamed or recorded, then made publicly available.

Interest Groups
This year there are no separate interest groups for the different repository systems, instead if your 24x7 or presentation submission is related to a specific repository system please indicate so in your proposal.


Presentation proposals are expected to be two to four pages (see below for submission templates). Successful submissions in past years have typically described work relevant to a wide audience and applicable beyond a single software system.

Presentations are 30 minutes long including questions.


Panel proposals are expected to be two to four pages (see below for submission templates). Successful submissions in past years have typically described work relevant to a wide audience and applicable beyond a single software system. All panels are expected to include at least some degree of diversity in viewpoints and personal background of the panelists. Panel sessions are expected to include a short presentation from each panel member followed by a discussion. Panels may take an entire session or may be combined with another submission.

Panels can be 45 or 90 minutes long.

Discussion Question and Answer
Discussion Q&A proposals are expected to be two to four pages (see below for submission templates). This is your opportunity to suggest members of the community to join in a Q&A discussion on various proposed topics.  This is meant to be a deep-dive into why a decision was made, how projects got started, where an idea came from, or anything else that you want to know more about. Imagine this as a 45 - 90 minute grilling at a cocktail party but on a stage in front of your peers. Q&As may take an entire session or may be combined with another submission. This session will not be video recorded.

Discussion Q&A can be 45 or 90 minutes long.

24×7 Presentations

24×7 presentations are 7 minute presentations comprising no more than 24 slides. Successful 24x7 presentations have a clear focus on one or a few ideas and a narrower  focus than a 25 minute presentation. Similar to Pecha Kuchas or Lightning Talks, these 24×7 presentations will be grouped into blocks based on conference themes, with each block followed by a moderated question and answer session involving the audience and all block presenters. This format will provide conference goers with a fast-paced survey of like work across many institutions. Proposals for 24×7 presentations should be one to two pages (see below for submission templates).

24x7 presentations are 7 minutes long.


We invite one-page proposals for posters that showcase current work (see below for submission templates). OR2018 will feature physical posters only. Posters will be on display throughout the conference. Instructions for preparing the posters will be distributed to authors of accepted poster proposals prior to the conference. Poster submitters will be expected to give a one-minute teaser to encourage visitors to their poster during the conference.

Posters presentations will be 1 minute.

Developer Track: Top Tips, Cunning Code and Imaginative Innovation
Each year a significant proportion of the delegates at Open Repositories are software developers who work on repository software or related services. OR2018 will feature a Developer Track that will provide a focus for showcasing work and exchanging ideas.
Building on the success of previous Developer Tracks, where we encouraged live hacking and audience participation, we invite members of the technical community to share the features, systems, tools and best practices that are important to you (see below for submission templates).

The 15 minute presentations can be as informal as you like, but we encourage live demonstrations, tours of code repositories, examples of cool features, and the unique viewpoints that so many members of our community possess. Proposals should be one to two pages, including a title, a brief outline of what will be shared with the community, and technologies covered. Developers are also encouraged to contribute to the other tracks.

Developer Track presentations are 15 minutes including questions.

Ideas Challenge

OR2018 will also again include the popular Ideas Challenge. Taking part in this competition provides an opportunity to take an active role in repository innovation, in collaboration with your peers and in pursuit of prizes. The Ideas Challenge is open to all conference attendees. Further details and guidance on the Ideas Challenge will be forthcoming closer to the conference.

Workshops and tutorials

The first day of Open Repositories will be dedicated to workshops and tutorials.
One to two-page proposals addressing theoretical or practical issues around digital repositories are welcomed. See below for Proposal Templates; please address the following in your proposal:
·  The subject of the event and what knowledge you intend to convey
·  Length of session (90 minutes, 3 hours or a whole day)
·  A brief statement on the learning outcomes from the session
·  The target audience for your session and how many attendees you plan to accommodate
·  Technology and facility requirements
·  Any other supplies or support required
·  Anything else you believe is pertinent to carrying out the session

Please note, the program committee may consider submissions for other tracks and formats, as appropriate.

Submission System

Review Process

All submissions will be peer reviewed and evaluated according to the criteria outlined in the call for proposals, including quality of content, significance, originality, and thematic fit.

Code of Conduct

The OR2018 Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy are available at

Scholarship Programme

OR2018 will again run a Scholarship Programme which will enable us to provide support for a small number of full registered places (including the poster reception and conference dinner) for the conference in Bozeman. The programme is open to librarians, repository managers, developers and researchers in digital libraries and related fields. Applicants submitting a proposal for the conference will be given priority consideration for funding. Please note that the programme does not cover costs such as accommodation, travel and subsistence. It is anticipated that the applicant’s home institution will provide financial support to supplement the OR Scholarship Award. Full details and an application form will shortly be available on the conference website.

Key Dates

·  15 January 2018: Deadline for submissions
·  15 January 2018: Deadline for Scholarship Programme applications
·  09 February 2018: Submitters notified of acceptance to Workshops
·  12 February 2018: Registration opens
·  21 February 2018: Submitters notified of acceptance to other tracks
·  21 February 2018: Scholarship Programme winners notified
·  23 February 2018: Submitters notified of acceptance of 24x7, posters, and developer track
·  20 April 2018: Close of Early Bird
·  25 May 2018: Presenter registration deadline
·  4-7 June 2018: OR2018 conference

Program Co-Chairs
Claire Knowles and Evviva Weinraub

CFP: LACUNY Institute 2018: Librarianship in Challenging Times: Advocating for Intellectual Freedom, Democracy, and Equity

Call for Proposals
LACUNY Institute 2018: Librarianship in Challenging Times: Advocating for Intellectual Freedom, Democracy, and Equity

Friday May 11, 2018 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (CUNY)

Submission Deadline: Friday February 16, 2018
Poster session deadline: Friday March 2, 2018

The LACUNY Institute is an annual, one-day conference open to LIS professionals, students, and the general public. It is organized by the Library Association of the City University of New York (LACUNY), and although geared to academic librarians, it strives to have broad relevance to the profession.

In a time of a polarized political climate, economic uncertainty, and social inequity, how can libraries actively support themselves and their communities? How can we advocate for ourselves and for communities we serve? What is our role in upholding democratic values of intellectual freedom, free speech, and free expression? How can we resist fascism, misinformation, and censorship? How can libraries foster inclusivity and empower the disenfranchised?
We invite proposals addressing this year’s conference theme, Librarianship in Challenging Times: Advocating for Intellectual Freedom, Democracy, and Equity.

Example topics include, but are not limited to:

o   The librarian as advocate
o   Inclusive librarianship
o   The role of technology in upholding library values
o   The politicization of (mis)information
o   Digital privacy
o   Intellectual freedom
o   Censorship
Types of proposals:
  *   Panel discussion (15 minutes/presenter): Moderated panel presentations with time for questions and discussion.
  *   Interactive presentation (45 minutes): Teams of two lead a discussion on topic of their choice related to the theme, with one person presenting context and the other facilitating conversation.
  *   Alt-sessions (15-30 minutes): An opportunity for exploring topics through multiple ways of knowing (e.g., short documentary, spoken word, performance art).
  *   Poster sessions

Please submit proposals by February 16, 2018

Questions may be directed to the 2018 LACUNY Institute Co-Chairs Mark Aaron Polger, or Junior Tidal at  

Thank you!

LACUNY Institute 2018 Planning Committee

Nora Almeida, New York City College of Technology, CUNY
Linda Miles, Hostos Community College, CUNY
Anne O’Reilly, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY
Ryan Phillips, Baruch College, CUNY
Mark Aaron Polger, College of Staten Island, CUNY
Meredith Powers, York College, CUNY
Maureen Richards, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Alexandra Rojas, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY
Junior Tidal, New York City College of Technology, CUNY
Simone Yearwood, Queens College, CUNY

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Call for Chapters: ACRL monograph titled Leading Change in Academic Libraries

We invite chapter proposals for consideration in the publication of a forthcoming ACRL monograph titled Leading Change in Academic Libraries. Contributing authors are asked to describe and reflect on a recent change in their academic library in which they worked with others in the organization to reorganize, reengineer, innovate, or initiate a service, program, function or structure in your library. Authors will be asked to use Kotter’s (1996) “eight stage process for creating major change” to reflect on their change experience. Criteria for proposals include the following:

  • The change experience must have been initiated in the past five years
  • The change experience must have been planned by a working group, team, task force or committee of two or more people
  • The change experience must be in an academic library setting at any type of four year institution serving undergraduate and / or graduate students in the United States
  • The change experience does not have to be fully implemented or deemed a complete success

Authors are expected to have expertise and first-hand knowledge of their particular change experience but do not need to have a particular leadership/management title to contribute. While it is not necessary to have used Kotter’s model during the change process, we are asking contributors to use this model as a mechanism to explain and analyze their change experience.

Proposals should include the names of all authors and institutional affiliations, identification of primary contact with e-mail address, proposed title of chapter, and an abstract of no more than 500 words. 

Authors of accepted proposals will be asked to write a chapter within the range of 12-15 pages, double-spaced, including all text, references, tables, images, and photographs.

Proposal submissions are due to Colleen Boff ( by February 28, 2018If you plan to submit a proposal, please send Colleen a brief email expressing intent to submit. She will send you a link to more information about the project. Questions about this project may also be directed to Colleen.

Editors will respond to proposal contributors by April 15, 2018. Chapters will be due by August 1, 2018. Proposed publication date for monograph is January, 2019.

Information about the Editors

Colleen Boff is the Head Librarian of the Curriculum Resource Center at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She manages and leads a staff of three in supporting the research and curricular needs of students and faculty in the College of Education and Human Development. She has worked in academic libraries for twenty years and has held a wide range of library management and leadership positions for the past eight years including program coordinator, department chair, Associate Dean and head librarian of a specialized collection. Her research interests vary but are mainly in the areas of educational leadership and policy studies, the application of leadership theories in the academic library setting, and the exploration of cultures of reading.

Catherine Cardwell is the Dean of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library at the University of South Florida Saint Petersburg. Her responsibilities include providing leadership for and fiscal oversight of the library, online learning services, and instructional technology services. The Library recently completed a new strategic plan and is in the process of its implementation. Prior to joining USFSP in 2016, Catherine served as Director of Libraries at Ohio Wesleyan University. From 1998 to 2011, she was a member of the library faculty at Bowling Green State University, where she served in a variety of leadership positions in the libraries and at the university. Her interests include integrating information literacy and digital scholarship into the curriculum, creating dynamic and contemporary user-centered teaching and learning spaces (both physical and online), and improving discovery and usability of library resources and services.

Colleen Boff, Ed.D.
Head Librarian
Curriculum Resource Center
University Libraries
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403

Friday, December 15, 2017

CFP: Marketing Libraries Journal - OA Peer-Reviewed Journal

Call for Papers
Marketing Libraries Journal

Volume 1, Issue 2 (Summer 2018)
Deadline for Submissions: April 1, 2018 (peer reviewed manuscripts)
Deadline for Submissions: May 1, 2018 (practical articles)
Submit manuscripts online at

Aim and Scope
Marketing Libraries Journal (MLJ) is a new peer-reviewed, independently published, open access scholarly journal that focuses on innovative marketing activities that libraries are engaged in.  Our aim is to publish research and practical examples of library marketing campaigns, library marketing research, public relations campaigns, SWOT analysis, segmentation research, assessment of marketing activities, and tools used for marketing.  In addition to peer reviewed articles, the Journal also contains practical articles from different columns. Columnists will be accepting short articles on advocacy, branding, library marketing campaigns, "from the trenches", and technology tools. The Journal is published twice a year.

Guidelines for Submissions
The editorial board seeks submissions in the following two categories:

1. Articles (peer reviewed) (20-25 pages): research-driven articles that aim to provide original scholarship in the field of library marketing, communications, and outreach.

2. Practical Articles  (8-10 pages) (editorial reviewed): articles that focus on best practices and advice. Although these articles are practical, they are written in a formal, academic tone.

  • Advocacy: articles that focus on developing relationships with stakeholders to help raise awareness and loyalty for library services and resources. This may relate to communicating with government, administration, and the greater community
  • Branding: articles that illustrate how libraries develop their visual identity for their services and resources.
  • From the Trenches: articles that show outcomes of a particular marketing initiative or campaign.
  • Marketing Campaigns:  case studies of a marketing campaign and the desired outcomes and objectives sought.
  • Technology/ Software/apps/: reviews of web sites, and software tools that support library marketing activities. These articles are also written in a formal, academic tone.
Manuscript Format
• Manuscript style should follow the conventions of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition
• Submissions should be 12 point font, Times New Roman, and double-spaced with 1 inch margins on all sides
• Page number and running head should be placed in the upper right-hand corner of each page
• The title page should be submitted as a separate document and include each author's name, affiliation, and e-mail address
• Submitted manuscripts should begin with a 100-word abstract, with a list of 5 keywords, numbered as page 1
• One submission per author per call
• Allow 3 months for manuscript status notification

Submission Process

Submit manuscripts online at

Please ensure that your manuscript has not been previously published and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Review of manuscripts will begin after the call for papers deadline.  When a manuscript has been  accepted for publication, authors will be required to submit a complete electronic copy of the final version.

Editorship and Ethics

We reserve the right to make editorial changes for style, clarity, and consistency. To ensure ethical practices, all reviewers, editors,  and authors must contact the Journal if there may be any conflict of interest.  For more information, please contact the Editor at

Call for Submissions and Reviews - Catholic Library World

Article submissions are being accepted on an ongoing basis for upcoming issues of Catholic Library World, and prospective book reviewers with appropriate qualifications are asked to contact the editor.

Catholic Library World is the official journal of the Catholic Library Association. Established in 1929, CLW is a refereed association journal that focuses on all aspects of librarianship, especially as it relates to Catholicism and Catholic Studies. CLW articles are intended for an audience that is interested in the broad role and impact of various types of libraries, including, but not limited to academic, public, theological, parish and church libraries, and school libraries.

The preferred method for submitting manuscripts is as a word-processed attachment in e-mail. Author's full name, affiliation, and e-mail address must accompany any manuscript submission.

Articles should provide something new to the existing literature. The word count should be 3500- 5000 words and should adhere to The Chicago Manual of Style (humanities is preferred). The style should be accessible and well-documented. 

The journal publishes 100 short book reviews per issue, including reviews of books in library sciences, the humanities (particularly theology and spirituality), social sciences, children's books and young adult literature. 

For more information, visit:

Send submissions and queries to: Sigrid Kelsey, General Editor,

CFP: Business Models in (Digital) Academic Publishing

CFP: Business Models in (Digital) Academic Publishing


As the number of universities, libraries, and students continue to increase, growth in scholarly publishing is likely to continue. However, digital technology in academic publishing has rendered old business models obsolete. Demand for traditional printed books is influenced by electronic books, print-on-demand services, book rental options and sales of individual book chapters. An increased demand for instant access to scholarly journals, with their double-digit annual price increases, is putting even greater pressure on library budgets and the purchase of scholarly works. Clearly, traditional business models for academic publishing are no longer sustainable. Innovative business models are needed to capture value from new digital publishing technologies.  Open access, print on demand, hybrid publishing, agile publishing, digital archives and open data curation are examples of new digital publishing models—but none of these can address all aspects of this dynamic industry.

Scholars generally agree that value proposition, value creation and value capture are essential components of a business model. Value proposition refers to the value the organization delivers to its clients. Value creation is the process of developing new business opportunities, products and services. Value capture mechanisms address financial benefits or profitability.

This Special Issue of Publications invites authors to submit articles that examine new or alternative forms of digital academic publishing—with an emphasis on describing the business model that will make this new form sustainable.

Ms. Karen I. MacDonald
Ms. Virginia Dressler
Guest Editors

For more information:

Publications is an international, peer-reviewed Open Access journal.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

CFP: 2018 Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge (May 2018 - Mt. Hood, Oregon)

2018 Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge
Saturday, May 19  through Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Timberline Lodge
One hour east of Portland, Oregon on the slope of Mt. Hood

Call for Proposals

WHAT IS The Acquisitions Institute?
·         Since 2000, the pre-eminent conference located in Western North America on acquisitions and collection development held at Timberline Lodge.
·         A three-day conference focusing on the methods and innovation of building and managing library collections to be held May 19-22, 2018.
·         A small (no more than 85 attendees), informal and stimulating gathering in a convivial and glorious Pacific Northwest setting.

WHAT TOPICS are we looking for?
The planning committee is open to presentations on all aspects of library acquisitions and collection management.  Presenters are encouraged to engage the audience in discussion. Panel discussions are well received.  We may wish to bring individual proposals together to form panels.
Topics we and/or last year's attendees think would be great include:

·         Diversity, inclusion and social justice in acquisitions and collections (e.g., hiring practices, developing / promoting staff from within, how we as libraries can influence what gets published in terms of diversity, etc.)
·         Evaluating your existing collections for diversity
·         Staffing, training and development, and recruiting issues, challenges, successes (e.g., onboarding new acquisitions and/or collections staff)
·         Negotiation skills and how to use them
·         Ethics in acquisitions
·         Vendor and publisher evaluation, including business skills to determine financial viability
·         Using data visualization techniques to tell our stories (e.g., budget, collections, staff successes, etc.) Assessment tools, methods, and projects (e.g., linking collections with learning outcomes; usage studies)
·         Impacts of Open Access  and Open Repositories on acquisitions and collection development
·         Data curation, including Big Data, and management and other new roles for subject and technical services librarians
·         Small academic library or public library perspectives in acquisitions and collection development
·         Print today:  what are the collection management issues?
·         Trends and issues in licensing
·         Collection development beyond DDA/PDA, approval plans, etc.

The DEADLINE for submitting a proposal is December 31, 2017.

Important Dates
Mon 9/18/17: Call for proposals announced
Sun 12/31/17: Proposals due
Wed 1/17/18: Review of proposals complete, and presenters notified
Fri 1/19/18: Presenters confirm commitment to present
Mon 2/5/18: Registration opens
The Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge Planning Committee is
Lindsay Cronk, University of Rochester;
Kristina DeShazo, Oregon Health & Science University;
Stacey Devine, Library of Congress;
Kerri Goergen-Doll, Oregon State University;
Kim Maxwell, MIT;
Nancy Slight-Gibney, University of Oregon; and
Scott Alan Smith, Librarian at Large