Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Call for Chapters: Becoming a Practitioner-Researcher: A Practical Guide for Information Professionals (ACRL Publication)

Dear colleagues, 

We are soliciting chapter proposals for our forthcoming ACRL book, Becoming a Practitioner-Researcher: A Practical Guide for Information Professionals [working title]. This book will gather practical advice from practitioners conducting research as part of their tenure or professional responsibilities at academic, public, and special libraries, and/or archives. We are seeking chapters from novice or seasoned practitioner-researchers who want to share their experiences in executing research and/or evaluation projects.

Focus of the Book:
This edited volume will address the challenges of undertaking research and offers support and advice for all stages of a project, from writing the proposal to collecting the data, to disseminating the findings whether it be an internal report or published journal article, and the myriad pitfalls that may occur in between.
Rather than focusing solely on methods, this book tackles issues such as balancing research project and work responsibilities, scaling your project to fit your budget and time constraints, collaborating with a partner or team, and other issues that impact projects. Our vision for this book is to curate an edited volume of insights that we wish we would have known when we embarked on our own research projects. Chapters will introduce and discuss a specific project in a specific institution, in order to frame the discussion of the aspects of the research process the chapter addresses. The narrative should be reflective and discuss what can be generalized about the experience that would be helpful for other practitioners in a “lessons learned” approach.

Part 1: The Research Process (starting your research, crafting a proposal, figuring out logistics)

Part 1 is about creating a holistic approach to undertaking research in a library or archive setting. We are seeking chapters that include sections addressing topics such as, but not limited to:

      Developing an idea into a research proposal
      Obtaining administrative buy-in and support
      Budgeting (time, money, personnel)
      Choosing a research design and data collection method
      Navigating the IRB process
      Deciding on the scale of a project and what is feasible
      Analyzing your data
      Sharing research (reports, formal outlets including journals)

We chose the term holistic because we feel the chapters should integrate several of the above bullet points when reflecting on research project experiences in the context of their library.

Part 2: Social Research Methods for Information Professionals (survey, content analysis observation studies, focus group, interviews, etc.) 

Part 2 is about the application of common research methods found in the library literature. Chapters should revolve around creating a research design and reflect on the realities of research practice, conveying to readers methods that worked well for particular contexts and projects. Each chapter in Part 2 will include sections on how the particular method was applied, the institutional context, and the bumps and bruises of going from research design to data collection. Please address these sections in your proposal if you are seeking inclusion in Part 2. 
Potential topics include:

      Focus groups
      Ethnographic methods (observation, visual, storytelling)
      Document/content/textual analysis

Part 3: Managing a Research Project (individual researchers and team-based collaboration)

Part 3 will bring into focus the experiences of individual researchers and teams. The purpose of this section is to provide readers a range of basic and complex project examples and how these projects have been managed by individual practitioners or collaborative teams. 

Example topics for inclusion in a chapter:
      Project management as a solo researcher
      How teams determine responsibilities for a project
      Cleaning and analysis of data as a team
      Collaborating on cross-institutional projects
      Publishing or writing as a team
      Short reflective essays by individuals who have been both solo researchers and on a research team

Don’t see your topic here? Contact the editors at to discuss how your idea may fit within this book’s scope.

Proposal Guidelines:
To submit a proposal,  fill out the short Survey Monkey form and attach your proposal as a Word document (.doc or .docx). The form will require author names, job titles, and institutional affiliations. The Word document for the proposal itself should be written in Times New Roman, 12 pt., be double-spaced, and include:

      A working title for your chapter
      A 500-word description and chapter outline including topic keywords.
      Authors must indicate which part of the book your chapter will address: Part 1: The Research Process, Part 2: Social Research Methods for Information Professionals, or Part 3: Managing a Research Project.
      Authors will include one or two summary sentences that make explicit the chapter’s major themes, ideas, and learning outcomes.
      Do not use any identifying information in your proposal (e.g., do not include author names or institution names in the Word doc).
      Citations should follow the Endnotes-Bibliography format in the Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition).

Proposals are due by Friday, April 13, 2018 at 11:59PM PST and must be submitted via online form: 

      Contributors will be notified of their status (acceptance or rejection) within 6–8 weeks of the due date of proposals.
      The first draft of chapters will be due in August 2018.
      Estimated length of chapter: 2,500–4,000 words.
      Projected publication date: Summer 2019.
Should you need to contact the editors, use the following email address:

Thank you, 

Lee Ann Fullington (Health Sciences Librarian, Brooklyn College/CUNY)
Brandon K. West (Head of Research Instruction Services, SUNY Geneseo)
Frans Albarillo (Social Sciences Librarian, Brooklyn College/CUNY)

Call for Authors: LITA Blog

The LITA Blog invites applications for new authors! We are recruiting writers from all types and sizes of libraries to share their knowledge as part of this amazing group. For additional information about the blog, please go to:

Please indicate your interest and fill out the following form by March 9th

John Klima and Cinthya Ippoliti (co-editors)
Cinthya Ippoliti
Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services
Oklahoma State University|OSU Library
Phone: 405-744-5271

CFP: IACRL@ILA 2018 in Peoria, Illinois (October 2018)

Academic library colleagues:
The deadline for proposals for this year's ILA Annual Conference is coming up on Friday, March 16! This conference will include an IACRL@ILA programming track that will take the place of a standalone IACRL conference. Please see the email below for details, and feel free to contact me with any questions.
Best regards,
Lindsay Harmon
IACRL Past President
ILA 2018 Conference Program Committee Co-Chair


As a member of the 2018 ILA Annual Conference Program Committee, I invite you to submit a conference program proposal for next year’s conference at the Peoria Civic Center, October 9-11. The deadline for submission is 11:59 PM on Friday, March 16.

Libraries of all types are places of refuge for members of our communities and institutions. The 2018 Illinois Library Association Conference, Libraries: All Inclusive, is a chance for us to come together and share our ideas about promoting inclusivity in our communities, among our patrons, and within our staffs. How are you welcoming underserved populations into your library? What can we do to build community, inside and outside the library walls?

Share your ideas by submitting a conference proposal. The ILA Annual Conference Program Committee is seeking programs including (but not limited to) the following topics
·         Reaching underserved populations and/or segments of your community
·         Building communities
·         Small and rural libraries
·         Staff inclusion (support staff, etc.)
·         Library leadership – staff, trustees, and the community
·         Services to new Americans, refugees, ESL
·         Neurodiversity
·         Passive programming (library card not required)
·         Fandom
·         Gaming

Have an idea for a program that's not fully formed? Looking for a co-presenter to bring in additional perspectives? Are you a first-time presenter and need/want some assistance putting together your first session? You can submit a request for speaker support and the committee will help you develop your program.

Financial assistance is available to offset registration fees for a limited number of speakers who would not otherwise be able to attend the conference.

Full information on submitting a proposal, a link to the online submission form, and links to the speaker support form and speaker scholarship application can be found on the ILA website:

Eric A. Edwards
Interlibrary Loan Librarian
Illinois State Library
Gwendolyn Brooks Building

Monday, February 26, 2018

CFP: Scholarly Communication and Library Management Publication (Advances in Library Administration and Organization)

Advances in Library Administration and Organization
Scholarly Communication and Library Management Publication (due to be published in 2019)

Series Editor: Samantha Hines, Peninsula College
Volume Editor: Su Epstein, Saxton B. Little Free Library

Description: Libraries hold a valued and valuable role in scholarly communication. With the advent of online communications and increasing competition in both scholarly outlets and tenured roles on campuses, how scholars contribute to academic discourse has become increasingly complicated, and libraries have taken on more in this area. In the public sector, libraries are working more with nontraditional education venues and finding greater need for understanding and utilizing scholarly communications formerly reserved for academia. ALAO seeks submissions for the “Scholarly Communication and Library Management” volume that delve beyond examples and case studies to look at how libraries can deepen their role in scholarly communication and strengthen services and resources for scholars and peers.

Proposals in the following areas would be of particular interest:
·         Improving understanding around research methods
·         The civility movement in public libraries and its counterpart in scholarly communication
·         The role of libraries in critically evaluating information resources
·         How libraries teach the basics of scholarly communication
·         How libraries can benefit and utilize scholarly communication

This will be the first volume of Advances in Library Administration and Organization (ALAO) to publish in 2019.

About the Advances in Library Administration and Organization series:
ALAO offers long-form research, comprehensive discussions of theoretical developments, and in-depth accounts of evidence-based practice in library administration and organization. The series answers the questions, “How have libraries been managed, and how should they be managed?” It goes beyond a platform for the sharing of research to provide a venue for dialogue across issues, in a way that traditional peer reviewed journals cannot. Through this series, practitioners can glean new approaches in challenging times and collaborate on the exploration of scholarly solutions to professional quandaries.

How to submit:
We are currently seeking proposals for the 2019 volume on Scholarly Communication and Library Management. If you are interested in contributing to this volume, please send a proposal including author details and estimated length of final submission to Samantha Hines by April 15, 2018.

Submission deadlines:
·         Submission deadline for proposals: April 15, 2018
·         Notification of acceptance sent by: June 15, 2018
·         Submission deadline for full chapters: October 1, 2018
·         Comments returned to authors: December 15, 2018
·         Submission deadline for chapter revisions: February 1, 2019

David H. Ketchum
Member, ALAO Editorial Advisory Board
Head, Access Services
University of Oregon Libraries

CFP: Performance Measurement and Metrics (PMM)

Performance Measurement and Metrics (PMM) is a leading double-blind refereed, international journal, charting new qualitative and quantitative developments and techniques for measurement and metrics in information environments.  

The journal is concerned with planning and development in libraries and the organizations of which they are part.  We invite authors to submit their original research papers related (but not limited) to the following topics:
  • Measurement, assessment and evaluation in libraries and other information environments
  • Uses of StatsQual, IT metrics, and informetrics to measure and then inform the management of libraries
  • Library and Information service value
  • The library’s role in the measurement of learning and in organisational accreditation
  • The impact and value of using social media in information services.
  • Infonomics
  • The value and impact of information/content/learning objects in education
  • The measurement and assessment of learning 
  • Performance measurement and management in higher education, museums and archives
  • The use of ‘business’ and web analytics 

Issue submissions should be made through ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer-review system.  Registration and access is available at

Submissions are due to ScholarOne by March 29, 2018
Final drafts due May 09, 2018

Alice L. Daugherty
The University of Alabama

This journal is abstracted and indexed by:
  • BFI (Denmark)
  • Current Abstracts;
  • Education Full Text;
  • Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts;
  • Library Literature and Information Science Full Text;
  • OmniFile Full Text Mega;
  • OmniFile Full Text Select;
  • Scopus;
  • zetoc

CFP: European Studies Research Forum (ALA Annual - New Orleans - June 24, 2018)

CFP: European Studies Research Forum 
American Library Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, June 21-26, 2018

The ACRL European Studies Section will host its annual European Studies Research Forum at the ALA annual conference in New Orleans on Sunday, June 24th, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

The ESS Research and Planning Committee invites proposals for presentations on research, including digital projects, related to any part or language of Europe. Topics do not need to be library-related.

The committee will consider proposals on research in-progress or recently completed projects.

Proposals must include:

  • Name and brief bio of the presenter(s)
  • Tentative title and 200-word abstract

The committee will evaluate the proposals based on the clarity of the topic and quality of the abstract.

Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes each for 3 presentations, followed by time for questions. The forum will offer the presenters an opportunity to discuss their research in an informal setting.

Please submit your proposal via email to the chair of the ESS Research and Planning Committee, Ms. Téa Rokolj ( The deadline for proposal submissions is March 31st. 

The proposals will be reviewed by the members of the committee who will choose 3 proposals for the forum.  All persons who submit a proposal will be contacted soon after the committee makes its decision by mid-April at the latest.

Téa Rokolj
Bibliothécaire spécialisée pour les arts | Arts Librarian
Bibliothèque de l'Université d'Ottawa  |  University of Ottawa Library
65 University Morisset #106, Ottawa, ON Canada K1N 6N5
613-562-5800 x3094

Sunday, February 25, 2018

CFP : Common Intellectual Experiences and Academic Libraries (ACRL Publication - The Engaged Library: High-Impact Educational Practices & Academic Libraries)

The Engaged Library: High-Impact Educational Practices & Academic Libraries
Call for Proposals : Common Intellectual Experiences
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 practiceson 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 by ACRL 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 a chapter on library engagement with the following high-impact educational practice:
Common Intellectual Experiences
The older idea of a “core” curriculum has evolved into a variety of
modern forms, such as a set of required common courses or a vertically
organized general education program that includes advanced integrative
studies and/or required participation in a learning community (see
below). These programs often combine broad themes—e.g., technology
and society, global interdependence—with a variety of curricular and
cocurricular options for students

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: by March 9, 2018).
  • 500-word proposals due by March 23, 2018.
  • First draft of full chapter by June 1, 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: by March 9, 2018. Then, by March 23, 2018, submit a 500-word (maximum) proposal summarizing the following:  What (if any) research or documentation exists about the HIP of Common Intellectual Experiences 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 March 23, 2018 with the subject line: “The Engaged Library Proposal.”

Friday, February 16, 2018

CFP: ALA 2018 panel participants on the intersection of the arts, social justice, and librarianship

The ACRL Women & Gender Studies Section (WGSS) and Theatre Library Association (TLA) are looking for panelists attending ALA Annual 2018 in New Orleans who are at the intersection of librarianship, the arts, and social justice.

Are you an artist? Do you work with artists? This discussion panel might explore questions such as: What roles do libraries play in supporting artistic expression? For librarian-artists, how does artistic practice influence your work as a librarian and vice versa? And how does social justice, with feminism being one dimension of this, intersect with artistic practice and librarianship? All areas of the visual and performing arts are welcome.

If these questions interest you and you would like to speak on a panel for our Discussion Forum at ALA 2018, please complete the following form:

The panel discussion will take place on Monday June 25 at 8:30 a.m. The WGSS Program Planning Committee looks forward to hearing from you!
ACRL WGSS Conference Program Planning Committee Member

Eamon Tewell
Reference & Instruction Librarian
Long Island University, Brooklyn
1 University Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11201

CFP: Marketing Libraries Journal (Peer-reviewed Open Access 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 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

CFP: Beyond Book Displays: Leveraging Special and Archival Collections to Up Your Library’s Marketing Game (ACRL National Library Marketing & Outreach Interest Group - NYC March 23, 2018)

CFP: Beyond Book Displays: Leveraging Special and Archival Collections
to Up Your Library’s Marketing Game

ACRL National Library Marketing & Outreach (LMaO) Interest Group (Greater NYC Meetup)

Spring 2018 meeting
Friday March 23, 2018

Are you an information professional who has creatively leveraged archival materials or special collections to market your library’s services, resources, collections or expertise? Or are you an archives or special collections professional who has worked with a library on an outreach project? We want to hear your stories about how you used your archival materials to promote your library!

Submit your Proposal here:

RSVP : ​

Meeting Location: Berkeley College, Manhattan Campus, 3 East 43rd Street, 6th floor, room 603, New York, NY (2 minute walk from Grand Central Terminal)
When: Fri March 23, 2018, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Link to Google map:

About the ACRL National LMaO Interest Group:

Launched at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, this interest group encourages regional meet ups around the U.S. as a central initiative. The ACRL National Library Marketing and Outreach Interest Group has been created for Academic Librarians interested in Marketing and Outreach. This group is open to all. For more information, please see our Facebook presence at

Refreshments will be served!!
Our meeting is open to all!
Please bring photo I.D.

Mark Aaron Polger, Co-Chair
First Year Outreach Librarian
College of Staten Island, City University of New York

Robin O'Hanlon, Co-Chair
Assistant Library Director, Outreach and Public Services
The Levy Library, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Maria Deptula, Co-Chair
Library Director, Berkeley College (Paramus Campus)
201-967-9667 ext. 1764