Friday, July 26, 2019

CFP: Library Hi Tech News

As the editor of Library Hi Tech News, I  invite all librarians to consider writing an article for Library Hi Tech News (LHTN).     

LHTN focuses on practical or innovative uses of technologies in libraries and reaches a  global network of readers including tech-savvy librarians as well as to librarians in developing countries.   LHTN has moved to article level publishing, so as soon as your article is accepted, and goes through copy editing and proofs (usually one month), it is PUBLISHED online with a DOI that can be cited.   It will then be assigned to the next open issue (10 issues per year).   LHTN has a liberal open access policy known as Green Open Access, i.e. you or your library can archive your paper and extend its impact.  Downloads of articles continue to rise each year.

 LHTN can be an easy way to get started with publishing.   If you've presented a poster or unpublished paper at a local or national meeting, write it up as an article and extend greatly the number of librarians who will learn about the exciting things you are doing.    Find more information on LHTN at
I hope you are interested!   Some ideas for papers are listed below which might also spark ideas of your own.   If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact me at    Please also note that manuscripts should be submitted online at   I look forward to hearing from you!

  • LHTN’s Guide to the Best Mobile Apps on....... (this is an important service as you are creating a curated list)
  • Conference Reports
  • Makerspace Place (new technology for creativity and experimentation such as VR/AR,  miro computers such as Rasberry Pi and Arudino, as examples
  • Beyond the Walls (of the library).   Write about a unique outreach or engagement effort using technology
  • On the Move  (focus is on mobile services as one's smartphone is the new computer.   The newest mobile phones on the horizon will have dual screens that when opened up creates a tablet)
  • Next Gen and Age Tech (demands, training and other services for different age groups, such as millennials, seniors, families etc)
  • Disruption Eruption (how a technology is changing a library services, innovation from technology for staying relevant, new kinds of library positions defined in meeting a need)

Martin Kesselman, Editor, Library Hi Tech News

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Extended CFP: Academic Plagiarism: Librarians’ solo and collaborative efforts to curb academic plagiarism

CFP: Academic Plagiarism: Librarians’ solo and collaborative efforts to curb academic plagiarism

We are seeking contributing authors who would like to author a book chapter in an upcoming book "Academic Plagiarism: Librarians’ solo and collaborative efforts to curb academic plagiarism”, which will be edited by Russell Michalak and Monica D. T. Rysavy. The edited book will be published by Nova Science Publishers.

The general timeline we are proposing is a completed volume by April 2020, so you would have several months to work on your contribution. If you are interested in authoring a chapter, please complete this form by the end of the day on Saturday, August 31, 2019:

Dr. Monica D.T. Rysavy

Director of Institutional Research and Training
Assistant Professor | Ph (302) 225-6373 | Fax (302) 225-6204
Goldey-Beacom College |
4701 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19808

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

CFP: 50 Gaming Programs for Libraries (ALA Publication)

We are seeking contributing authors who would like to author projects in an upcoming book 50 Gaming Programs for Libraries, edited by Ellyssa Kroski to be published by The American Library Association.

50+ Gaming Programs for Libraries will be a one-stop handbook for how to plan, organize, and run all types of gaming events in libraries. Programs will range from tabletop gaming activities such as Dungeons and Dragons to family game nights, trivia events, and chess tournaments, to classic and modern video games, and even live action games such as LARPs and escape rooms. Programs encompassing new technologies such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and even Blockchain games will also be included. Programs will also consist of those that instruct patrons how to design their own games. Each program will include step-by-step instructions, a materials and equipment list, budget, and recommendations for age ranges and type of library. Programs will range in cost, topic, and difficulty so there will be something for every size and type of library. This book will provide real-world programming ideas  for public, school, and academic libraries. This will be an A-Z guidebook for how to implement these types of events.

Publication Date: Mid 2020

We are seeking project authors for these and other topics:

Tabletop Game Programs
These types of game programs encompass board games, card games, roleplaying games such as Dungeons and Dragons, dice games, miniatures and strategy games, and tile-based games such as dominos or mahjong. These programs may involve organizing tournaments, or teaching patrons to create their own games.
o Program Example: How to Create a Circulating Board Game Collection
Video Game Programs
Video games include everything from casual games to massive multiplayer online games and can include educational games, simulation games, Augmented Reality games (Pokemon Go), Virtual Reality (VR), or Blockchain games. Programs may include video game tournaments, or instructing patrons how to code and program their own video games.
o Program Example: All About Video Game Systems; subscriptions necessary ie. playstation plus, xboxlive, etc.

Live Action Game Programs
Live Action Game Programs include live action role-playing games (LARPs) as well as escape room games, and scavenger hunts. Other programs may teach patrons how to design their own live action games. 
o Program Example: How to organize a LARP in the library

o Please fill out form here:



Monday, July 22, 2019

Call for Chapter Proposals for the book titled Sagamore Nonprofit Studies Series: Nonprofit Financial Management

Call for Chapter Proposals for the book titled Sagamore Nonprofit Studies Series:  Nonprofit Financial Management

The editors of the Sagamore Nonprofit Studies Series invite chapter proposals from scholars and instructors in the field of nonprofit financial management.  The vision for this book is that it would be used in graduate and undergraduate courses introducing students to nonprofit financial management.  It is designed specifically for 7- & 8-week online courses but could be used in courses of longer duration or those that are face-to-face.  Each completed full chapter will be sent out for blind review to two peer reviewers.  The book will be available in print and electronic forms to give students and instructors their preferred choice. The book is included as part of the new Sagamore Nonprofit Studies Series edited by Norman A. Dolch, Heather Carpenter, Roseanne Mirabella, and Helen Wise, all of whom are recognized as nonprofit scholars with considerable teaching experience, particularly in online courses.  As such, they will bring to the project extensive knowledge of nonprofit education.  For this book on Nonprofit Financial Management, Heather Carpenter and Crystal Evans will also serve as the book editors.

These are the chapter topics for the volume:
  • Financial theories and roles
  • Financial policies and internal controls
  • Budgeting and depreciation
  • Financial statements
  • Financial statement analysis
  • Cash flow and cost allocation
  • Investments and liabilities
  • 990s and audits
  • Other proposed topics
The proposed length for each chapter is about 20 pages double-spaced plus references.  The volume will allow students to apply nonprofit finance theory into real world settings.  The end of each chapter will be a numbered listing of major points covered in the chapter. Final drafts of chapters will be due in January 2020 and authors are encouraged to send sections and drafts to the editors as their writing progresses.

If you are interested in writing a chapter for this book, please develop a topical outline of the sections and subsections on one page and a brief discussion of the chapter in no more than 250 words.  Submit this by August 15 to Heather Carpenter and Crystal Evans

Please forward this announcement to any friends or colleagues who may also be interested in submitting a chapter proposal.

CFP: Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning

Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning

Journal URL: 
addresses the issues and concerns of librarians and information specialists in the rapidly growing field of distance education. The issues surrounding the delivery of library services to this population are sufficiently unique so as to require the specialty supplied by this journal.

The journal accepts original research, theoretical papers, substantive articles, essays, book and literature reviews, and research reports that cover programs and innovations throughout the international community. The Journal also addresses a wide variety of subjects that are vital to the field, including but not limited to: collection development strategies, faculty/librarian partnerships or collaborations, cutting edge instruction and reference techniques, document delivery, remote access, evaluation, etc. Librarians, library students, and scholars working in this area are invited to contribute.

If you are interested in submitting something, please let me know. Or you can contact the editor, Dr. Jodi Poe, directly at jpoe@jsu.eduYou can develop an abstract and we can take it from there.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

CFP: Lead the Way: Libraries at the Heart of Community Engagement (April 20-21 - Madison, Wisconsin)

Lead the Way: Libraries at the Heart of Community Engagement
Information School
University of Wisconsin-Madison

April 20-21, 2020
Madison, WI

Full Details

Call for Proposals
Do you have ideas to share about engaging your community? Lead the Way: Libraries at the Heart of Community Engagement is an ideal venue to share your exciting projects and practices! This inaugural conference will bring librarians and staff from all types of libraries together to share ideas and keep libraries at the forefront of their communities. The program committee will accept proposals until September 6, 2019.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
  • community engagement for beginners
  • how to be an engaged leader
  • service outside the library
  • making connections & partnerships within the community
  • community engagement and strategic planning
  • library as a lead community engagement institution
  • community engagement as library advocacy
  • services focused on diversity and inclusion
  • community engagement related to all forms of accessibility
  • teaching as a form of engagement
  • leveraging technology to enhance engagement
  • community engagement and programing re-boots
  • using community data to inform decision making
  • how to fund community engagement projects
  • administrative strategies to foster community engagement
Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Statement
The Program Committee encourages presenters representing a variety of personal and professional backgrounds, perspectives, and voices. We aim for conference presenters to be as diverse as the communities we serve. Submissions are welcome from anyone who is interested in presenting, including students, new professionals, first-time presenters, and representatives of allied professions.   

How to submit a proposal
Please submit a 200-250 word description of your proposed session to Anna Palmer,, by September 6, 2019. Sessions at the conference will be one hour.  Please include an additional sentence or two about how this proposal aligns with our diversity, inclusion and equity statement outlined above. Note that the proposal will not be the finalized description for the conference program; the committee will contact selected speakers for a final draft. Panel presentations are accepted.

All selected proposals will receive one complimentary conference registration, which may be divided however the presenters of that session choose.

Questions? Contact Anna Palmer, or Meredith Lowe,

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Call for Chapters: forthcoming ACRL book Teaching About "Fake News": Lesson Plans for Different Disciplines and Audiences.


Chapters are sought for the forthcoming ACRL book Teaching About "Fake News": Lesson Plans for Different Disciplines and Audiences.

The problem of "fake news" has captured the attention of administrators and instructors, resulting in a rising demand for librarians to help students learn how to find and evaluate news sources.  But we know that the phrase "fake news" is applied broadly, used to describe a myriad of media literacy issues such as misinformation, disinformation, propaganda, and hoaxes. There's no way we can teach everything there is to know about "fake news" in a 50-minute one-shot library session.  What we can do is tailor our sessions to be relevant to the specific audience. For example, a psychology class may benefit from a session about cognitive biases, while an IT class might want to talk about the non-neutrality of algorithms.  Special populations such as non-traditional students or writing center tutors could also be considered.

Although the chapter may include how you teach the topic, the emphasis should be on the "why" behind fake news.  Why is it so prevalent? Why do people believe it?  Why does it matter? Successful proposals will select one narrow reason and explore it in-depth. The heart of the chapter should explore a particular issue; this is not intended to be an activity cookbook.

Chapter structure:

Each chapter of this book will be designated for a specific audience, discipline, or perspective, and be written by an author with expertise in that area.  In order to provide a foundation for the teaching librarian, it will discuss that specific aspect of fake news and be grounded in the established scholarship.  Next it will include a brief annotated list of accessible readings that could be assigned to participants ahead of a workshop when appropriate.  Authors will be asked to house a student-friendly PowerPoint version of their chapter in the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox (; the teaching librarian could use it as-is or modify it for the direct instruction portion of a session.  Finally, each chapter will include hands-on activities and discussion prompts that could be used in the actual workshop.

Final chapters will be 2,000-3,000 words in length.

Example chapter summary:
A chapter about the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal would explore the scandal, written so that the teaching librarian would feel she had a good grasp of it.  She could then use the student-friendly PPT in her one-shot workshop, and use the provided active learning exercise.

Submission due dates:

Submit proposals at:  by July 31,  2019
Notifications will be sent by September 1, 2019
Final chapters will be due by December 1, 2019

Possible chapter topics:

These are just examples of disciplines and audiences; we are open to others!

Lessons by discipline
  • Psychology
  • Journalism/Communication
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Sociology
  • Health Sciences
  • Rhetoric/Composition
  • Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Business

Lessons by audience

  • Writing Center
  • Senior Citizen groups
  • Professors

Proposal information:

Authors should complete the following form to submit proposals:

Proposals will include:

1.      Discipline or audience addressed
2.      100 word abstract of proposed chapter
3.      A sample learning activity

Email with any questions.


Candice Benjes-Small, Head of Research, and Mary K. Oberlies, Research and Instruction Librarian, William & Mary; Carol Wittig, Head of Research and Instruction, University of Richmond

Monday, July 15, 2019

CFP: Residencies Revisited: Reflections on Library Residency Programs from the Past and Present @LibJuicePress

Call for Proposals
Residencies Revisited: Reflections on Library Residency Programs from the Past and Present
Publisher: Library Juice Press

About the Book
Many academic libraries across the country have developed and maintained library diversity residency programs in support of a larger campaign to diversify librarianship as a profession.  Library diversity residencies strive to provide early-career librarians of color with the experience and toolkit necessary to pursue a successful lifelong career in academic librarianship.

Beyond the residents themselves, there are various stakeholders involved in every residency program: residency coordinators, library administrators, and the professional organizations that back them. This book provides a space for the perspectives of all types of residency stakeholders to intersect, thereby producing a holistic narrative of library diversity residencies. The intended audience for this narrative is all academic librarians/administrators currently involved or interested in library diversity residency programs or generally interested in diversity initiatives. This work solicits the stories of past and present residents, coordinators, and policy-influencers, and then organizes their stories thematically, interweaving the commentary and analysis of the editors.

Questions to Explore
For present diversity residents:
       What are the demographics of your host institution?
       What was the advertised structure and purpose of your residency program?
       How does your residency program experience align with your initial expectations?
       From your perspective, what strengths and opportunities exist for the program at your institution?
       What impacts do you anticipate this residency might have on your career in librarianship?

For past diversity residents*:
        What were the demographics of your host institution at the time of your residency?
       What was the advertised structure and purpose of your residency program?
       How did your residency program experience align with your initial expectations?
       From your perspective, what strengths and opportunities exist for the program at your host institution?
       How do you feel your residency impacted your career trajectory?

For past and present diversity resident coordinators:
        When did you participate in a diversity residency program as coordinator?
        What motivating factors contributed to your institution’s decision to implement a residency program?
        If applicable, how did your identity inform your involvement in building/participating in residency programs?
        From your perspective, what strengths and opportunities exist for the program at your institution?

For diversity residency researchers or policy-influencers:
        What motivating factors contributed to your involvement in residency research or policy?
        What type of work have you done and/or are doing around diversity residencies?
        From your perspective, how have residencies impacted the landscape of librarianship since their inception in the 1990s?

*Please note that submissions are not limited to recent diversity residents. We welcome the perspectives of all past residents.

Examples of Chapter Topics
Chapters can and will span a variety of topics depending on the chapter contributors and their lived experiences. Contributors are strongly encouraged to be as candid as possible. We are particularly interested in narratives that highlight aspects of residencies that remain unexplored. While this is not a restrictive list, some examples for chapter topics include:
        Invisible/emotional labor
        How your identities impacted your experience (such as religion, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic class, disability)
        Coming into a diversity residency when librarianship is a second career
        Balancing personal obligations with participating in a residency program
        Juggling authenticity and professionalism
        Motivating factors for showcasing or hiding aspects of your identity

How to Participate
Chapter Proposals
        300-500 word abstract and brief author biography
       Send proposals to
        Due: September 20th, 2019

Chapter Manuscripts
        2,000-5,000 words
        Send manuscripts to
        Due: March 2nd, 2020

About the Authors/Editors
Preethi Gorecki is the Student Engagement Librarian at Florida State University. Prior to that, she was a Library Faculty Diversity Fellow at Grand Valley State University. Preethi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Concordia University in Montréal, Québec, Canada and a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. Her research interests include practices for diversifying librarianship, project and task management tools and techniques for everyday academic librarianship, and student engagement as related to student wellness.

Arielle Petrovich is the Instruction and Outreach Archivist at the University of Notre Dame. She holds an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a BA in American Studies from Smith College. Arielle’s interests include de-mystifying the archives, diversifying the archival record, fostering historical empathy, and practicing inclusive librarianship.

Important Dates
Proposal Submission Deadline:
September 20th, 2019

Notification of Acceptance:
October 11th, 2019

First Draft Chapter Submission Deadline:
March 2nd, 2020

March 2020--September 2020

Final Manuscript Submission:
October 2020

Friday, July 12, 2019

CFP: Healthy Habits: Cultivating a Culture of Health and Wellness in Libraries and Communities (Online Conference - October 10, 2019)

Healthy Habits: Cultivating a Culture of Health and Wellness in Libraries and Communities Online Conference - October 10, 2019

Healthy habits matter. Unfortunately, navigating accurate health information to develop and practice suitable healthy habits is often difficult. Both as information professionals and centers of the community, libraries are in a unique position to inform their communities, students, and staff about health and wellness as well as encourage and aid its implementation. 

Join Amigos Library Services and keynote speaker, Jenn Carson, by submitting a presentation sharing your experiences with health and wellness initiatives in your library. Our online conference will take place on Thursday, October 10. 

Carson will kick off the conference with “Taking Care of Us: Ergonomic Advice for Library Staff,” teaching attendees how to de-stress at their desk, maintain proper posture, avoid injury, and regulate their emotions through breathing, stretching, and other techniques. 

Suggested health and wellness topics include experiences, programs, or services in the following areas:  

·         Aging 
·         Any of the 9 dimensions of wellness 
·         Burnout 
·         Community partnerships 
·         Fitness / exercise 
·         Gardening 
·         Health fairs 
·         Health literacy 
·         Healthcare 
·         Liability / insurance challenges 
·         Mindfulness 
·         Nursing / lactation 
·         Nutrition 
·         Self-care 
·         Staff health and wellness 
·         Wellness rooms 

If you can speak on one of these topics, or have another topic in mind, please submit your proposal by August 1, 2019. Don't worry if you've never presented online. It's easy, and we are happy to train you and will provide technical support during your presentation. 

For more information about this conference, contact Megan Bryant at  or 800-843-8482, ext. 2896.

Megan Bryant
Library Services and Technology Trainer
Amigos Library Services
4901 LBJ FWY, Suite 150, Dallas, TX 75244-6179
800-843-8482 x2896 | 972-340-2896 (direct)

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Call for Chapters: Implementing Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Handbook for Academic Libraries

Call for Chapter Proposals

Implementing Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Handbook for Academic Libraries

Chapter proposals are requested for an edited volume titled Implementing Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Handbook for Academic Libraries, to be published by the Association of College and Research Libraries. Head editors are Brian Lym (Hunter College) and Corliss Lee (University of California, Berkeley), and co-editors are Jonathan Cain (University of Oregon), Tatiana Bryant (Adelphi University), and Kenneth Schlesinger (Lehman College).

We are seeking case studies, qualitative research studies, quantitative research studies, survey research studies, and other research-based solutions that can be implemented in today’s libraries. A more detailed outline appears below.

Proposals, including a 600-800 word abstract, should be submitted here: by August 19, 2019.  Notification of acceptance will occur by the end of September 2019.  Selected authors should expect to submit a full draft of their article no later than January
14, 2020.

Send questions to head editors Brian Lym ( and Corliss Lee (

Book Outline

The well-documented lack of diversity in the academic library workforce remains problematic, especially given growing expectations that the overall academic workforce be more representative of the increasingly diverse student bodies at our colleges and universities. That the lack of diversity
is especially notable among the professional ranks (librarians, library leadership, and administrators) is indicative of inequity of opportunities for people of color and “minoritized” ethnic groups.  Further, remediation of racial and ethnic diversity in the academic library workplace raises broader diversity issues, including individuals with identities outside the gender binary and other individuals who face discrimination due to their sexual orientation, disabilities, religious affiliation, military status, age, or other identities.

Emerging efforts to diversify the academic library workplace are pointedly raising issues of inclusion in libraries where demographic homogeneity has historically prevailed. With Implementing Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we hope to capture emerging research and practice that demonstrates ways academic libraries and librarians can work with and within their institutions to create a more equitable and representative workforce.

Part 1:  Leveraging and Deploying Systemic and Bureaucratic/Structural Solutions

Since colleges and universities are hierarchical and complex systems with centralized and bureaucratic controls that can effect or impede transformative change, academic library leaders need to leverage and deploy formal structures and administrative resources to achieve DEI excellence.


  • Recruitment and Hiring
  • Retention and Advancement
  • Professional Development and Support
  • Assessment: Tracking DEI Progress

Part II:  Leveraging Collegial Networks, Politics, and Symbols:

Strengthening and Deepening Change for DEI Excellence
Acknowledging and deploying collegial networks, leveraging informal and formal political power, and symbolic resources to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion excellence in academic libraries.


  • Navigating Collegial Networks and Normative Expectations
  • Leveraging the Politics of Organizational Behavior
  • (formal and informal power)
  • Reinforcing the Message:  Deploying Change Through Deployment of Symbolic Activities

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

CFP: CLA Fall 2019 Virtual Conference (October 17-18, 2019) - “Catholic Librarianship: Building a Culture of Encounter”

CLA Fall 2019 Virtual Conference - Submit Today!

 “Catholic Librarianship: Building a Culture of Encounter”

This virtual conference will be held online for two days in October 2019 (Thursday-Friday, October 17-18, 2019).

We strongly encourage proposal submissions from librarians active and working in all settings (academic, school, public, special, etc.), archivists, as well as MLIS graduate students, retired librarians or volunteer librarians in parishes or small school libraries. Speakers must be available on at least one of the dates listed above, and have the use of a computer with a camera and a microphone. Zoom software is the primary tool that will be used to conduct the conference, but ancillary tools can also be added (Prezi, Powerpoint slides, etc.) if desired. Instruction and support in the use of Zoom will be provided prior to the event.

This conference will examine the nature of librarianship itself, especially as it operates in this century – a period of continuing social, economic, and technical change. How do our traditional professional values, and indeed our faith, help us to achieve our goals, despite the disruptions in our culture? Do we have the courage, compassion, and indeed the tools to support the needs and wants of the people we work with and serve? Can we use our skills to counteract the current culture of indifference and polarization in order to work towards a culture of compassion, dialogue, helpfulness and fruitful encounter with others? What strategies for engagement and encounter have you witnessed or employed in your own work?

Proposals may address (but are not limited to) such topics as:

  • Using technology to create new kinds of meaningful encounters with patrons and colleagues
  • Maintaining authentic interaction with patrons when responsibilities have multiplied and time and energy are in short supply
  • Reclaiming our roles of guidance and accompaniment, which have been eroded by the false promise of Internet browsing
  • Using re-training of library staff (ex: rolling out a new ILS or service) as an opportunity to bring people together and strengthen bonds
  • Helping students who were raised in a digital age to appreciate and encounter the Word
  • Effectively employing interactive communication tools (chat, texting, social media, video conferencing, etc.) to humanize online classes
  • Encouraging students to read and go beyond sound bites and memes
  • Listening as a method to counterbalance polarization
  • Making Catholic materials more discoverable in online catalogs and other research tools
  • Developing collections that help your patrons encounter other worldviews
  • Modeling civility and encouraging dialogue while still evangelizing
  • Using the Catholic intellectual tradition as a way to encounter truths

Key Dates:

• Proposal Deadline: July 25, 2019
• Notification of Accepted Proposals: August 2, 2019
• Confirm schedule: August 30, 2019
• Zoom Training: First two weeks in September
• Conference Rehearsal: Last week of September 2019

If you have additional questions regarding proposals, contact the CLA Office at or (225) 408-4417.