Thursday, May 31, 2018

CFP: OCLC Americas Regional Council Conference - Chicago October 25-26, 2018)

Share your expertise—present at ARC18
On October 25–26, leaders across all library types will come together at the OCLC Americas Regional Council Conference in Chicago, Illinois, USA, to share ideas, learnings, and insights, helping the entire community move forward to change the game. We invite you to contribute to the conversation.

We are seeking member proposals that will spark conversations around what it means to be a “game-changing library,” more specifically, what are those areas that will help the community better respond to shifts in the environment and drive their library’s transformation in the following categories:
  • Technology and innovation: From evolution to revolution
  • Spaces and resources: From collections to connections
  • Analytics and data: From what we count to what counts
  • Public purpose: From allies to advocates
Speakers will receive complimentary registration to the ARC18 Conference (a $275 value).

If you are interested in participating, please submit a topic for a 20–30 minute presentation by July 13. Speakers will be notified by July 31, 2018.

Please send your questions to

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

CFP: Access Conference 2018 (October 10-12 2018 - Hamilton, Ontario Canada)

Access Conference 2018 Call for Proposals:

The 2018 Program Committee invites proposals for participation in the upcoming Access Conference, which will be held October 10-12th 2018 in Hamilton, Ontario at the gorgeous Liuna Station, hosted by McMaster University.

Access is Canada’s premier annual library technology conference bringing librarians, technicians, developers, programmers, and managers from all library sectors together to discuss unique and interesting library processes and technologies. Whether this is your first Access conference or your 25th there will be plenty of opportunities to share ideas and learn from each other!

Access 2018 is a single stream conference featuring exciting keynotes, presentations, lightning talks, a hackathon, and lots of time for networking and social events.

We are seeking proposals for:
  • 20 min presentations (15 min presentation, ~5 min questions)
    • These could be demos, theory or practice, case studies, original research, etc.
    • These submissions will be double blind peer-reviewed
  • 30 min panel sessions
  • 5 min lightning talks

Ready to submit? Fill out this form by 11:59PM EST on Monday, June 25th, 2018 (you will need to create an account/login to submit your proposal).
Need some ideas? Check out the 2017 conference program!

Questions? Contact us at

Access 2018 is making every effort to be as inclusive and as safe an environment as possible. Check out our Diversity Scholarship Program and our Code of Conduct.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

CFP: Values and Ethics in Open Access - 2018 Stony Brook (NY) University Libraries Open Access Symposium) - October 26, 2018




LOCATION Stony Brook, NY

Values and Ethics in Open Access, the 2018 Stony Brook University Open Access Symposium, is inviting applications for panelists, lightning talks, and presented posters.  

In keeping with this year’s theme, we’re interested in speakers and posters that reflect the role of values and ethics in open access environments, systems, and practices. We welcome applications on myriad open access topics, including: open access policy, OER, open science & biomedicine, open humanities & social sciences, digital collections, predatory publishing, copyright, and scholarly communication.

APPLY We will receive and review applications until July 17, 2018.  Panels are 45 minutes, with 15 minutes of Q & A. Lightning talks are 7 minutes.  Be prepared to submit your poster when you apply. Registration fees are waived for participants. APPLY HERE

LEARN MORE Review the 2017 Stony Brook University Libraries Open Access Symposium, or contact Darren Chase, Head of Scholarly Communication.

Call 631.632.9830

Friday, May 25, 2018

CFP: 2018 issue of Openings: Studies in Book Art

Openings: Studies in Book Art is an open-access, online journal published annually by the College Book Art Association (CBAA). As a double-blind peer-reviewed journal, Openings is dedicated to scholarship on the book as medium, construct, work of art, and, more generally, the arts of the book.

Openings seeks submissions on any relevant topic for its 2018 issue. We welcome articles (suggested length of 4,000-8,000 words) that span the full spectrum of aesthetic, semiotic, historical, political, pedagogical, or other approaches to book art. Contributions from diverse perspectives are encouraged as are interdisciplinary and international explorations of the relationship of book art to the broader art world or other related fields.

We also seek proposals for academic book reviews (750-1,250 words) of recently published criticism on book arts, media studies, or craft and artistic practices. Reviews of artist books or a group or genre of artist books may also be considered. Proposals are not peer reviewed but individually considered by the Editors. Proposals (250 words max.) for book reviews should include the name of the book and demonstrate how the book relates to the themes and audiences of Openings.

Submission and formatting requirements, along with further information about Openings, are linked from the homepage: For any questions not addressed by the website, contact the Editor at Please note that membership in CBAA is not required to contribute to Openings; however, submissions that do not meet our requirements or fall outside the scope of the journal will not be considered.

Manuscripts formatted according to the Submission Preparation Checklist are due by June 15, 2018. Please consult the Author Guidelines for details:

Molly E. Dotson | Editor
Openings: Studies in Book Art
College Book Art Association (CBAA)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

CFP: CLA Fall 2018 Virtual Conference (Catholic Library Association) - October 2018

CLA Fall 2018 Virtual Conference Call For Proposals

Librarianship as Vocation 
Catholic Library Association Fall 2018 Virtual Conference – Call for Proposals

Members of our profession discuss frequently and through a variety of means, the nature of librarianship and the role of the librarian. This has been particularly true with the mad urgency of change in the last half century. Likewise, people do the same regarding their faith and beliefs in vocation in general and in living out one’s personal vocation specifically. This conference will bring those two themes together to discuss “Librarianship as Vocation.” What is it about our profession that manifests Christian living? What is it about our profession that is different from others? What is it about our profession that makes it so much more than a job? How do the concepts of vocation, faith, and librarianship interact? If our profession has changed, has our vocation?

This virtual conference will be held online for three days in October 2018.

We strongly encourage proposal submissions from not only academic librarians, but also MLIS graduate students, volunteer librarians in parishes or small school libraries, and retired librarians as well as librarians active and working in all settings.

Proposals may address (but are not limited to) such topics as the Catholic librarian in a non-Catholic library, the non-Catholic librarian in a Catholic library, the formation and mentoring of vocation in a librarian, librarianship as social justice work, librarianship as Catholic Action, the spirituality of librarianship, the connection between outreach and evangelization, carrying on the Catholic intellectual tradition, academic freedom, censorship, collection development and Catholic identity, pedagogical opportunities in the virtual world, digital humanities, identifying freely available materials, and developing resources for learners, etc. Presentations in technical services (cataloging Catholic materials, acquisitions of materials in a Catholic setting, etc.) are always welcome. 

We will be using Zoom video and audio conferencing, which can integrate PowerPoint or other methods of presentation. Lecture with PowerPoint is certainly not the only format possible. PeckaKucha, lighting sessions, book talks, panels, etc. are all welcome. 

Submit your proposal here:

Key Dates:

Proposal submission deadline June 18, 2018
Notification of accepted proposals July 9, 2018
Training on use of Zoom during July 2018.
Rehearsal and run through for conference will be last week of September 2018.

Please direct questions regarding proposals to Madi Petty at

CFP: Censorship Stories from the Frontline - ALA Publication

You are invited to participate in a new book that will be published by the American Library Association.  The book is a collection of stories from and about librarians who have experienced challenges to library material and/or challenges to intellectual freedom.  The book has the current working title:  Censorship Stories from the Frontline.  

The book is an anthology of stories from all library types.  Stories will address examples of censorship challenges related to (but not limited to): religious intolerance, prisoner rights,  Black Lives Matter, anti-immigrant sentiment, international challenges, politics, working with culturally sensitive material, weeding as a form of censorship, self-censorship, displays, intellectual freedom, disinvited speakers, trigger warnings, Me Too, meeting room uses, or any other censorship topic you have experienced in a library or related to library material and/or programming.

The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2018

For more information about this project, to join the mailing list, and to follow the book’s progress visit:

Essay Guidelines
Essays should be no more than 2500 words in length, and should provide details of a full experience, from initial contact through ultimate resolution. Essays can be a first person narrative or a case study description. I am also seeking descriptions of interactions that may not have ended in a formal challenge or request for reconsideration. These anecdotes should reflect the concerns of either the patron or the librarian or both.

Tips on writing: Explain the situation and how you were involved.  What were some of the most interesting and/or difficult parts of the situation?  How was the issue resolved?   What resources did you draw upon (don’t list resources; tell us about the resources and why they were helpful)? Had you received any training on handling challenges prior to the situation you describe? Have you received any since? Did your library have a procedure in place? If not, does it have one now? What did you learn from the experience?  What advice would you give to someone in a similar situation?

Writers should include the facts of the challenge.  If this is information is based on a personal experience, please share your thoughts and feelings about the confrontation, dealing with administrators, and dealing with the public.

Email submissions to:

Your submissions should be submitted with the following information:
1. Title your essay.
2. Include a 100 word biographical statement.

Your submissions should follow these formatting rules:
1. Text should be attached as a .doc
2.  Your Name should be the document label (example JaneSmith.doc)
3. If you have questions about style, please consult The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, as your general guide to punctuation, capitalization, quotation, abbreviation, source citation, use of italic, etc.

Submitting an essay does not guarantee publication.  If you have questions about your essay and/or topic, please contact me at:

Contributors will be asked to sign a writer agreement before publication.

Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2018

If you would prefer to be interviewed about your experience, send me an email with a description of the experience.  Please provide links and/or attachments to any material that will provide additional background on the situation.

Please distribute this announcement widely and forward it to librarians you believe might have a story to tell.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Val Nye

CFP COASP (Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing) 2018 - Vienna Austria - September 2018

COASP 2018 Call for Contributions

Now in its 10th anniversary year, the Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP) is a major annual scholarly publishing conference that brings the open access community together to discuss new developments and innovations in scholarly publishing, and unite in our shared goal to enable research around the world to be openly accessible.

As in previous years, the COASP Program Committee have set aside sessions within the conference program to provide opportunities for presenting projects, ideas or initiatives relating to open access publishing. This year, organisations and individuals are invited to submit a proposal to us for ‘Show & Tell’ presentations. These are 10 minute talks showcasing new projects, ideas or initiatives.

All proposals should be submitted by May 25th 2018 at the latest to There are no strict requirements of what proposals need to include; an abstract-length summary of what you would like to present will be sufficient.

Please note that while we will be able to cover the registration costs for the authors of successful proposals, we are not able to cover any of the travel expenses that may be incurred in attending the conference.

If you aren’t selected for a Show and Tell then there may be an opportunity for you to present a brief Lightning Talk and poster on your topic at the conference.

Recordings, slides and posters from previous conferences can be found on our website here. This call for contributions announcement can be found on our website here.

We look forward to receiving your suggestions!

- The COASP 2018 Program Committee
Caroline Sutton (Taylor and Francis)
Liz Ferguson (Wiley)
Lucy Oates (Oxford University Press)
Eelco Ferwerda (OAPEN)
Stuart Taylor (Royal Society)
Xenia van Edig (Copernicus Publications)
Catriona Maccallum (Hindawi)
Lars Bjørnshauge (DOAJ)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

CFP: Special Collections as Sites of Contestation (Deadline June 1, 2018)

Call for Chapter Proposals
Special Collections as Sites of Contestation
Editor: Mary Kandiuk
Publisher: Library Juice Press
Deadline - June 1st, 2018

Special collections are actively acquired by libraries or received by donation. Increasingly, special collections are emerging as sites of contestation. Funding and political choices often underpin acquisition, access and promotion of these collections resulting in unequal representation, biased interpretations and suppressed narratives. This collection of essays will interrogate library practices relating to special collections. The essays will explore the reinterpretation and resituating of special collections held by libraries, examine the development and stewardship of special collections within a social justice framework, and describe the use of critical practice by libraries and librarians to shape and negotiate the acquisition, cataloguing, promotion and display of special collections. 

Proposals are invited for chapters relating to special collections held by all types of libraries in all countries. Special collections are library and archival materials encompassing a wide range of formats and subject matters. They are usually distinguished by their historical, societal, cultural or monetary value, uniqueness or rarity, and are housed separately from a library’s main circulating collection with a commitment to preservation and access. Specific topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Evolving understandings and interpretations of historical materials in special collections. 
  • Censorship, self-censorship, academic freedom, intellectual freedom and special collections.
  • The use of critical practice to resist cultural hegemony in the development of special collections. 
  • The challenges of developing contemporary special collections relating to social justice.
  • Examining special collections through the lens of the marginalized and disempowered.
  • The representation of unpopular or radical views in special collections.
  • Contested interpretations of special collections.
  • Safe spaces and special collections.
  • Controversial exhibits relating to special collections.
  • Information literacy and special collections employing a social justice framework.
  • Decolonizing and indigenizing special collections.
  • Donors, funding, power and politics and their influence on the development of special collections.
  • Development and stewardship of special collections relating but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, politics, religion, war, conflict, genocide, sex, pornography, racism, discrimination, heritage, memory, and identity within a social justice framework.
  • Any aspect of acquisition, curation, structure, cataloguing, digitization, presentation, arrangement, promotion, display and instruction relating to special collections using a social justice or critical practice framework.

Chapter proposals should contain 1) an abstract of 500-750 words describing the proposed contribution and 2) a brief biographical statement about the author(s). Proposals are due June 1, 2018. Please direct all submissions and inquiries to Mary Kandiuk (  


  • June 1, 2018: Deadline for 500-750 abstract proposing a chapter.
  • July 1, 2018: Notification of acceptance of proposed chapter.
  • December 1, 2018: Deadline for submitting full chapter manuscript.

Note regarding chapter length: Authors might strive for between 5000-8000 words. However shorter or longer is acceptable as it is understood that different topics lend themselves to different lengths of treatment.

About the Editor
Mary Kandiuk is the Visual Arts, Design & Theatre Librarian and a Senior Librarian at York University in Toronto, Canada. She holds a Master of Arts in English and a Master of Library Science from the University of Toronto. She is the author of two bibliographies of secondary criticism relating to Canadian literature published by Scarecrow Press and co-author of Digital Image Collections and Services (ARL Spec Kit, 2013). She is co-editor of the collection In Solidarity: Academic Librarian Labour Activism and Union Participation in Canada published by Library Juice Press in 2014. Her most recent publications include articles on the topic of academic freedom. For more information see:

Friday, May 18, 2018

CFP: Open Education Southern Symposium - Arkansas October 2018

REMINDER: TWO WEEKS LEFT to submit a proposal for the Open Education Southern Symposium!

Opening Education: Using Open Education & Open Pedagogy to Transform Learning and the Educational Experience 

The Open Education Southern Symposium at the University of Arkansas is accepting proposals for its day and a half conference on Monday, Oct. 1 and Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. Proposals should fall into one of three categories: 

o    Presentations: 15-20 minutes (Please allow 10 to 15 minutes for Q&A after presentations.) 
o    Panel Discussions: 45 minutes (Please allow 10 to 15 minutes for Q&A after panel discussions.) 
o    Lightning Talks: 7 minutes (A short 5 to 10 minute Q&A will follow all lightning presentations.)

We welcome proposals from organizations, including colleges and universities of all sizes, community colleges, special libraries, and any others involved in open education and open pedagogy. We're particularly interested in proposals with topics centering around: 

o    Adoption and creation of resources
o    Publishing platforms
o     Best practices and the impact of Open Education 
o    Creative Commons, copyright, and other licensing 
o    Marketing and advocacy
o    Pedagogy and student success, including K-12 highlights
o    Instructional design strategies for OER
o    Trends and innovation
o    OER in community colleges
o    Tenure, promotion, and OER
o    OER community building
o    Assessment
o    Inclusion and diversity in Open Education 

Submission Details:

·         The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. The submission form can be found on our event website under the Call for Proposals page.
·         Proposal social media summaries should not exceed 240 characters (spaces included).
·         Proposal abstracts should not exceed 2000 characters or approximately 500 words.
·         All submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance the thinking or practice of Open Education and Open Pedagogy. Proposal reviewers will use similar proposal criteria to those being used by the Open Education Conference and OER18.
·         The planning committee will deliver decisions by June 29, 2018.
·         Presenters will be asked to accept or decline invitation to present by July 13, 2018.
·         All presenters will be required to register for the symposium.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Pierce, Head of the Physics Library at the University of Arkansas (, or the Open Education Southern Symposium Planning Committee.

Registration is $99 for our day and a half event on October 1 & 2, 2018 at the University of Arkansas. Registration covers full participation for both days, shuttle service between the hotel and event location, lunch on the first day, snacks and beverages, and event goodies.

For more information, check out the symposium website:

We hope to see you in October!

Stephanie Pierce,
Organizer and Planning Committee Chair
#OESS l  #OESS18

Journal of Web Librarianship Seeking a Reviews Editor

The Journal of Web Librarianship, an international, peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by Taylor & Francis, is seeking a Reviews Editor to join the journal’s editorial team. JWL publishes four issues each year and features original scholarship and practical communications in the areas of web-based technologies and their usability and use in libraries. Details are below.

Details: Reviews Editor

The Reviews Editor is responsible for the journal’s Reviews section, which has focused on book reviews, but could be expanded to include other types of reviews as appropriate. In consultation with the Editor, the Reviews editor sets direction for the Reviews section, identifies materials for review, corresponds with publishers and reviewers, recruits reviewers, assigns reviews to reviewers, and edits reviews prior to publication. The Reviews Editor’s term will be determined by the successful candidate and the editor but will begin as soon as the successful candidate can start. Training will be provided by the outgoing Reviews Editor.


  • Demonstrated ability to consistently meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience editing and proofreading.
  • Ability to encourage and coach colleagues.
  • Knowledge of and interest in web-based librarianship topics.
  • Collaborative and flexible working style; willing to receive and provide feedback.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV by June
 15, 2018, to: Hannah Gascho Rempel, Specifically, please discuss the following in your cover letter:

  • Your general background and interest in the position.
  • Relevant experience and knowledge.
  • Potential ideas for the review section’s future direction.
  • You may also wish to include examples of reviews or editing work to demonstrate relevant abilities.

To view online content for the journal, visit

Hannah Gascho Rempel
Editor in Chief, Journal of Web Librarianship
Associate Professor & Science Librarian
Oregon State University Libraries
Corvallis, OR 97331


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Call for Chapters: Social Media for Communication and Instruction in Academic Libraries

The editors of Social Media for Communication and Instruction in Academic Libraries, Jennifer Joe and Elisabeth Knight, would like to invite you to submit a chapter proposal.

The subject of the use of social media has been renewed by the impact that social media had on the last U.S. presidential election, and the impact that social media networks will have on subsequent elections. This has called attention to the relevance and urgency of incorporating social media use into the academic library, both as a marketing tool and as an instruction tool – and even as an instruction topic. As guides in the information world, it is important that librarians be well-versed in social media. This publication seeks to be an up-to-date, “post-truth” look at the importance of social media in all facets of library marketing and instruction at the academic (post-secondary) level.

The objective of this book is to provide a concise reference for librarians in the field to consult for advice and guidance in using social media in academic libraries and in instruction, with special emphasis on assessment and evidence-based practiced. This volume will give librarians the foundation necessary to argue for or against social media use in their library, as is appropriate for their situation.

Target Audience
The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and researchers working in the field of information and knowledge management in various disciplines, e.g. library, information and communication sciences, administrative sciences and management, education, adult education, and information technology. Moreover, the book will provide insights and support professionals in the field who wish to incorporate or improve upon social media use at their respective institutions.

Recommended Topics

  • What is/are Social Media? 
  • Similarities/Differences in Social Media Use among different libraries 
  • Social Media and Academic Library Marketing 
  • Social Media as an Information Literacy Tool 
  • Social Media as an Information Literacy Topic 
  • Social Media Assessment for Marketing 
  • Social Media Assessment for Library Instruction 
  • Problems with Social Media Use (FERPA, etc.) 
  • Examples of Social Media Use in Academic Libraries

Chapter proposals are due May 30, 2018. For more information, including submission guidelines and important dates, please visit this link, or feel free to submit a proposal directly here. Any questions can be directed to Jennifer Joe ( or Elisabeth Knight ( 

Thank you,
Jennifer Joe & Elisabeth Knight