Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Call for Chapters: Libraries Promoting Reflective Dialogue in a Time of Political Polarization (ACRL Publication)

Libraries Promoting Reflective Dialogue in a Time of Political Polarization

Call for Propo

We welcome book chapter proposals for this edited volume, to be published with ACRL Publications in late 2018. Please see below for a more detailed description of this timely topic. Proposals are due March 1st.  

As political polarization has continued to grow within and beyond the United States in past
decades, the challenges of engaging in open, constructive dialogue have become increasingly apparent. Relatedly, this sociopolitical moment has drawn attention to the powerful role that affect plays in interpersonal relationships, human cognition, and information behaviors. It is in such times that constructive dialogue is both most needed and most difficult. Recognizing this reality, many librarians are reexamining our professional roles within the library and in relation to social justice, community engagement, and civil discourse.

Political polarization’s significance to academic library work has been most apparent in conversations about information literacy education as a response to post-truth rhetoric and
motivated reasoning. The impacts of this polarization are nonetheless also evident in numerous other aspects of library work, including in interactions and relationships in our local contexts and in our larger professional community. These effects can be seen in all areas of the Library - classrooms, collections, technology, management, programming, and spaces.

This edited volume will explore various ways in which librarians experience and respond to
political polarization and its effects - in our everyday work, in our professional
communities, and in our engagement beyond the workplace. These responses play out in librarians’ cognitive, affective, and physical worlds. Particular attention will be given to how librarians and libraries can promote constructive dialogue in such environments and to the barriers to or limitations of dialogue.
Potential questions for exploration include:

  • Have recent political events or issues influenced your campus or your library work in particular ways?
  • Where have you experienced political polarization or tension in your professional work and life? What shapes does this polarization take, and what dynamics are at play? What effects does it have, and how do or might librarians respond in these contexts?
  • What barriers stand in the way of open dialogue, particularly in the context of library work? Where are the potential openings for critically reflective dialogue in our professional work and in our interactions with other librarians, faculty, students, and community members?
  • What role does empathy play in your professional engagement? What possibilities or challenges does empathy or “an ethics of care” present for library work?

  • How might politically polarized environments influence how people engage in information seeking, evaluation, or use? How might such contexts influence how people learn or teach about information literacy?
  • How do students view the library in these highly charged times? Are there certain characteristics of library spaces or library ethos that students value highly or view negatively? How can librarians help create a more safe, dialogic space in libraries?
  • How do we think about the concept of neutrality at a politically contentious time? What value and what problems might the concept of neutrality present, if we seek to promote dialogue and inquiry while also remaining true to our professional or personal values?  How can we draw from the lessons of past politically volatile eras to inform current practice?
  • What influence has “post-truth” rhetoric or discussions about fake news had on your library work?
  • How might political polarization or tension influence librarians’ professional relationships and interactions?

The editors invite potential chapter authors to use any research method or theoretical approach that they deem appropriate. New or seldom used methods in LIS are welcome and could include, but are not limited to, interpretivist or humanistic methods; feminist scholarship; narrative; (auto)ethnography; poetry; fiction; bricolage; or comics. Contributions that apply standard qualitative or quantitative research methods are also welcome.

Please email your proposal as a Microsoft Word document to by March 1st. Please include the following information:

  • Your name and contact information
  • The title of your chapter
  • A 500-100-word abstract of your chapter (Please include the approach, method, or form of your chapter.)
  • If available, a list of other writings or presentations that you have given on this or similar topics

Publication timeline:  

3/1/2018 Proposals due to editors
3/31/18 Editors respond to chapter authors re: inclusion or not
6/15/18 Draft chapters due to editors
9/07/18 Final chapters due to editors
12/15/18 Publication date

Thank you for considering a contribution!
Andrea, Ellysa, and Bob

Andrea Baer
Instructional Services Librarian, University of West Georgia

Ellysa Stern Cahoy
Education Librarian & Assistant Director, The Pennsylvania Center for the Book; Pennsylvania State University

Bob Schroeder
Education Librarian, Portland State University

Call for Posters - MiALA Annual Conference 2018 (East Lansing, Michigan - May 2018)

Call for Posters - MiALA Annual Conference 2018

Sustainability in Academic Libraries

MiALA invites you and your colleagues to submit poster proposals for the 3rd annual conference to be held May 17-18, 2018 in East Lansing. Please consider sharing your innovations, creative endeavors, and practical solutions for sustainability in academic librarianship. How do we sustain ourselves within the profession? How do we sustain our libraries and institutions? How do we work (or what is our obligation) environmentally and socially? How do we sustain our communities?

We welcome posters in any topic related to work in academic libraries, and particularly if they have a connection to the conference theme. Broad participation is encouraged from librarians, staff, LIS students, and administrators from all types of academic libraries (including but not limited to public universities, private colleges, and community colleges). Poster proposals should include a description of no more than 300 words. They will be evaluated on relevance to the academic library profession, originality and creativity, and clarity/applicability of content and outcomes.

You must be an individual or student member of MiALA to submit a proposal. Regardless of the decision on a proposal, MiALA encourages you to attend the conference. Poster session proposals may also be submitted if your presentation proposal is not accepted.

Please submit your poster proposal using the application form located here by March 3, 2018.

The primary contact listed on each proposal will receive a message indicating receipt of the proposal when it is submitted; decisions on all proposals will be communicated to the primary contact by March 21, 2018.

Questions can be sent to David Scott @ Questions about the conference in general can be sent to

Sunday, January 28, 2018

CFP: 17th annual Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference (Portland, Oregon - September 2018)

The 17th annual Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference will take place September 13-14 2018, at Portland State University in downtown Portland, Oregon.  Look for registration opening sometime in April 2018. Our Keynote speaker this year will be Trevor A. Dawes, Vice Provost for Libraries and Museums and May Morris University Librarian at the University of Delaware.

Conference URL:

Call for Session Proposals

The NWILL Conference Program Committee invites proposals for lightning rounds (7 minutes) and regular sessions (45 minutes) of interest to interlibrary loan and resource sharing practitioners. The following topics are of interest to the Program Committee, but we welcome proposals on other topics as well:

·  Managing your ILL statistics
·  Sustainable ILL & green practices
·  Coping with fewer resources
·  ILL for public libraries
·  Succession planning
·  Keeping track of licensing of e-content for ILL
·  Training staff and students
·  Copyright and licensing
·  Marketing ILL services
·  Improving the User Experience

Submit your proposals here<> - Deadline for Proposals is March 8, 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018

CFP: Games and Gamification in Academic Libraries - (Book Chapters for ACRL Publication)

Call for Chapter Proposals
We are seeking chapter proposals for a volume that has been accepted for publication by ACRL.

Working Title: Games and Gamification in Academic Libraries
Editors: Stephanie Crowe and Eva Sclippa
Abstract submission deadlineFebruary 26, 2018

Book description
This book is a collection of chapters exploring the ways in which games and gamification are used in academic libraries. The intended audiences for this book are librarians and library workers interested in incorporating games or gaming into their areas, as well as those who are already doing so who are seeking new ideas.

This book will explore games and gamification in instruction, outreach and engagement, and collections. We are also open to proposals involving other areas of implementation. We welcome case studies, but chapters should also include broader principles or practical guidance that would assist others in applying the concepts at their own institutions.

Possible topic areas include, but are not limited to, games and gamification in the following:

  • The first year experience
  • The research process
  • One-shot sessions
  • Badging programs
  • Orientations and tours
  • Augmented reality
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Library game nights
  • Games (board and/or video) in academic library collections
  • Gaming in the library

  • Abstract submission deadline: February 26, 2018
  • Notification/feedback regarding submission: March 26, 2018
  • First drafts due: October 1, 2018
  • Final drafts due: February 1, 2019
  • Publication date: Winter 2019

Submission Process
Please email your proposal as a Microsoft Word document to acrlgamification [at] gmail [dot] com by February 26, 2018. Please include the following:

·         Your name(s) and contact information
·         The title of your chapter
·         An abstract of up to 500 words. Abstracts should briefly describe your topic and explain how your chapter will discuss the concepts of games and/or gamification in academic libraries. Material cannot be previously published.
·         A brief list of your relevant experience and/or publications.

Email acrlgamification [at] gmail [dot] com.

Stephanie Crowe
Social Sciences and History Librarian, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Eva Sclippa
First Year Engagement Librarian, University of North Carolina Wilmington

CFP: Implementing Linked Open Data in the Real World - Session at ALA Annual (New Orleans - June 2018)

Exposing bibliographic and cultural heritage information as linked open data makes possible new modes of resource access and discovery. It also supports reuse and visualization of collections in novel ways. This program will introduce participants to linked open data in the real world through both introductory and intermediate level presentations on its application, including challenges inherent to moving towards a linked open data ecosystem.
Potential topics include:
  • Implementation of linked data project
  • Metadata analysis and evaluation
  • Linked open data visualizations
  • Entity reconciliation
  • Ontology alignment/mapping
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Darnelle Melvin ( or Anne Washington (, ALCTS MIG Programming Co-Chairs.
Please fill out the submission form with your proposal abstract by Wednesday, February 21, 2018. “Implementing Linked Open Data in the Real World” will take place during the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

CFP: Marketing Libraries Journal (Peer-Reviewed OA Journal)

Call for Papers
Marketing Libraries Journal
Volume 2, Issue 1 (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 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.

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

1. Feature 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 (editorial reviewed) (8-10 pages) 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.
  • Campaigns: case studies of a marketing campaign and the desired outcomes and objectives sought
  • Technology: reviews of web sites, apps, and software tools that support library marketing activities.

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

ISSN: 2475-8116

CFP: ACRL Delaware Valley Spring Program (April 20, 2018 - Allentown, PA)

Call For Proposals
ACRL Delaware Valley Spring Program
Friday, April 20, Muhlenberg College
Deadline: February 24, 2018

Submit proposal to

The theme for the ACRL Delaware Valley spring program is partnerships. Academic librarians cannot work in isolation; we must look beyond our walls in order to better understand the needs of our communities, to make the most of institutional resources, and to provide successful, high-impact programs and services. Collaborating with our stakeholders improves the quality of our services, increases our visibility in the community, and leads to new initiatives. How does one get started on building university and community relationships? What are the best practices? Where are the opportunities? What are the success stories?

All are invited to submit proposals for presentations that fit the theme of partnerships and address one of the following topics.

  • Scholarship and Publishing
  • Learning and Assessment
  • Co-curricular and Extra-curricular Partnerships
  • Communication and Outreach
  • Project Management
  • Technology and Data Services
  • Community Service
  • Archives

Format Options
  • Interactive Session (30-40 minutes)
  • Short Presentation (20 minutes)
  • Long Presentation (40 minutes)

Please include the following in your proposal
  • Full Name, Email, and Institution
  • Title of presentation
  • Format of presentation (from list above)
  • Topic(s) addressed (from list above)
  • Two learning outcomes
  • Explanation of how your presentation fits the program’s theme

If your presentation is about a specific project, please answer these additional questions
  • Who were the group(s)  or department(s) you collaborated with?
  • What were the goals of the project?
  • What did you learn from the project’s results?

Monday, January 22, 2018

CFP: 2018 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL) - May 2018, Austin Texas

2018 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL) Call for Proposals

Exploring Perspectives at the 2018 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries

We’re planning an exciting program for The Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL) 2018, and we’d love your help.  If you have a project or topic that Explores Perspectives, we invite you to submit a proposal by January 29, 2018.

2018 TCDL Theme

This year’s theme, Exploring Perspectives, seeks to spotlight underrepresented and under acknowledged communities, voices, and points of view relating to digital outputs. The program committee additionally solicits traditional TCDL-addressed topics such as discussions, presentations, or work on any step in the life-cycle of digital projects or the development of software and applications in the digital library world.

Sessions can take a number of forms, including:
·         Presentations: (25-minutes)
·         Panels: (60-minute or 80-minute)
·         24x7 Presentations: (24 slides in 7 minutes)
·         Posters
·         Workshops or Tutorials
·         Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions

Important Information
·         September 22Call for Proposals
·         January 29 : Deadline for all conference proposals
·         March 16Notification of acceptance
·         April 6Early-bird registration deadline
·         Conference Dates: May 15-17, 2018  @Commons Learning Center on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus in Austin, Texas

How to submit
Visit our 
Call for Proposals website to get started and submit here when you’re ready. The proposal deadline is January 29, 2018.

Complete proposals must include a title, abstract (no more than 500 words), and information for each speaker (name, title, institution, brief bio, and email address).

Friday, January 19, 2018

Call for Proposals: Colloquium on Libraries & Service Learning (Washington DC - August 2018)

Call for Proposals: Colloquium on Libraries & Service Learning

Critically Engaged Librarianship:
Exploring Service Learning and Community Involvement
August 9-10, 2018
American University, Washington, D.C.

Join us for the 2018 Colloquium on Libraries & Service Learning!

Conference Focus:

The intended community for this colloquium includes all who are interested in current and potential partnerships among academic librarians, faculty who teach service learning courses, service learning professionals, and community partners. The colloquium is designed to facilitate the sharing of research, ideas, perspectives and best practices in library engagement with/in academic service learning. Students who participated in service learning or community engagement projects are encouraged to attend and submit proposals.

The planning committee welcomes proposals on any aspect of libraries and service learning/community involvement.

Session topics may include, but are not limited to:
  • The Student Experience: Student engagement/career readiness; student learning outcomes/ ACRL Information Literacy Frames; 
  • Case Studies: Service-learning throughout the disciplines; innovative programs/collaborations; international service learning (international contexts and/or international students) 
  • Community Partners: Libraries and community outreach/reciprocal partnerships; impact of service learning on the community; ensuring or maximizing community benefit. Communities are defined as the campus community, local community, or global community 
  • Program Development: Curriculum mapping for service learning courses; setting strategic planning and priorities in the engaged library 
  • Assessment: Assessing programs, courses, or initiatives; service learning in university accreditation; impact on student retention; demonstrating the library’s value 
  • Research: Action research; engaged scholarship; intersection of critical librarianship and/or critical information literacy and service learning; archiving of service learning products 
  • Session length: 45 minutes 
  • Requirements: Written paper or designed activity to report the results of research, present a case study, or facilitate an active learning session related to libraries and service learning. Presentations should be approximately 30 minutes followed by a 15 minute Q&A. Presenters are encouraged to supply virtual handouts or other materials as appropriate. 
  • Of particular interest are interactive sessions and sessions co-presented by any combination of librarians, teaching faculty, community engagement coordinators, students, and/or community partners. 
  • Presentation proposals should include the name of the presenter(s), the title of the session, an abstract (100-200 words) and a short bio of the presenter(s). 

  • Session length: 45 minutes. Posters will be on display throughout the conference with 45 minutes dedicated for staffing by author. 
  • Requirements: Innovative case studies, practical solutions/models, and research-based projects, or any other presentation that would benefit the service learning library community are all encouraged. Minimum size 24 x 36 inches. 
  • Poster proposals should include the name of the presenter(s), the title of the poster, an abstract (100-200 words) and a short bio of the presenter(s). 

Lightning Round:
  • Session length: 5-7 minutes. Lightning Round proposals will be grouped by theme if needed. 
  • Requirements: Short overview of an innovative service learning project, description of successful engagement with the community, or other examples of engaged librarianship. 
  • Lightning Round proposals should include the name of the presenter, the title of the session, an abstract (100-200 words) and a short bio of the presenter. 
Submissions are due by March 9. Notifications will occur by late March.

Details on the conference submission form here.

Please note: You will need to create a profile in order to submit a proposal. The account creation process is quick and easy, you will need an email address and will be prompted to create a password..


Contact Jennifer Nutefall, University Librarian, Santa Clara University at

Inaugural Business Librarian Online Conference (TBD - Spring 2018)

We are launching the inaugural interactive, online conference for librarians working with business, which will take place in Mid-May. This unique conference departs from the traditional format consisting of sitting and watching a webinar in a room with your colleagues. The Business Librarian Online Conference will utilize the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra platform that allows participates to move between virtual rooms to view a variety of posters while asking questions of the poster presenters; meet and talk with other librarians from your library subgroup (academic, corporate, or public); and learn from and share with your fellow librarians presenting more traditional panels and lightning talks. No need to download anything on your computer. Participate via microphone or telephone and use a webcam on a personal computer for the full experience. 

Please join us making the Business Librarian Online Conference a historic and successful event.  We are looking for a variety of presenters and participants.  Please complete the survey to join the movement and spread the word by Friday, March 16th


Business Librarian Online Conference Planning Committee

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

CFP: Discovery to Delivery VIII (Indiana Libraries Resource‐Sharing Conference - May 11, 2018 - Indianapolis, Indiana)

Discovery to Delivery VIII conference, hosted by the Academic Libraries of Indiana and the Indiana State Library, is a free one-day resource sharing conference that is open to all Indiana Libraries.  This year’s theme will be The Bigger Picture: Resource Sharing with a Broader Brush!

This year’s conference will be held on May 11, 2018 from 9:00am to 4:00pm ET at the Indiana State Library located at 315 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.

[CALL FOR  PROPOSALS]:  Indiana Libraries Resource‐Sharing Conference
    Submission Deadline: 3 PM (EST) Friday, March 2, 2018
    If you are interested in developing and sharing a presentation, please complete and submit the proposal form located on our D2D website.  Previous years have proven the most well-received presentations are from peer libraries, please share your successes and challenges with your colleagues! This year’s theme is all about thinking about resource sharing as part of the bigger picture.  Not just Interlibrary loan of materials, but sessions about sharing expertise, information, access, and other platforms are encouraged.  
    Presentations should be approximately 30-35 minutes in length with an additional 10 minutes at the end of each session for questions and discussion.
    Suggested Proposal Topics:
  • INSPIRE (20th anniversary in 2018)
  • Acquisitions
  • Collaborations      
  • Best Practices           
  • Copyright     
  • Customer Service
  • E-books
  • E-Resources Licensing
  • Evergreen Indiana
  • Marketing
  • Open Access
  • Patron-Driven Services
  • Professional Development
  • Scholarly Communications
  • SRCS
  • Statistics

   The conference is open to all Indiana libraries, and the audience will include attendees from academic, public, school and special libraries.  Presentations from peer libraries are well-received at these conferences.  Please indicate in your program description whether your presentation targets a specific or general audience.
Proposals are due Friday, March 2 by 3:00 PM Eastern.

Michelle Bradley
Manager, Member Engagement
Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS)

Monday, January 15, 2018

Call for Online Programs: ACRL University Libraries Section

The ACRL University Libraries Section Professional Development Committee is charged with supporting the continued development of ULS members by providing professional development opportunities, mostly through online programming. The ULS Professional Development Committee is committed to providing programs on a wide array of topics and in various formats to support academic librarians. The committee is now accepting proposals for online programs. Programs are generally an hour in length and can take a wide variety of formats and can be on any topic of interest to academic libraries.

To submit a proposal, complete the online form available here:

Please send any questions to the Professional Development Committee chair Jason Martin (

Jason Martin, Ed.D.
Associate Dean, Walker Library
Middle Tennessee State University