Monday, September 30, 2019

CFP: MLA's Spring Institute for Youth Services Call for Proposals (Ann Arbor, Michigan - March 2020)

MLA's Spring Institute for Youth Services
Call for Proposals
Call for Breakout Session Program Proposals and Cool Things My Library Does Poster Presentations Now Open
Michigan Library Association's Spring Institute for Youth Services
"People First"
March 19-20, 2020
Sheraton Hotel, Ann Arbor
Breakout Session Proposals are due Friday, November 8, 2019.

Cool Things My Library Does Proposals are due January 10, 2020.
You are invited to submit a proposal for a breakout session or poster presentation at MLA's Spring Institute for Youth Services, March 19-20 at the Sheraton Hotel in Ann Arbor.

This year the conference theme is People First, where we will aim to educate and honor library staff and patrons through people-first practices in hiring, advocacy, displays, programs and collections. By focusing on the needs of our patrons and staff as a top priority and placing a high value on respect we can empower growth within our own communities regardless of our role within the library.

All topics are welcome to be proposed. Examples could be, but not limited to: early literacy, diversity, coding/STEM, grants/fundraising, music, personal development, collaboration, self-care, programming, collections and management.

View detailed information including the program guidelines and timeline and submit your proposal via the online form.

Contact MLA Professional Development and Meetings Manager Amber Sheerin at

CFP: RBMS2020 Annual Conference (Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of ACRL) - Bloomington, Indiana - June 2020

RBMS2020 Annual Conference
Power, Resistance, and Leadership

June 23 - 26, 2020
Indiana University Bloomington
Bloomington, Indiana

The call for proposals is now live on the RBMS 2020 Conference website (!

On behalf of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) 2020 Conference Program Planning Committee, we invite you to submit your work or research for consideration for the RBMS Annual Conference. The full call for proposals is linked below, and individuals from academic, public, research, and special libraries are strongly encouraged to apply.

Proposals for workshops, seminars, papers, and participant-driven sessions are due Sunday, November 3rd. 

There will be an additional call put out for Posters and "People's Choice" sessions in January 2020. 

New for the RBMS 2020 conference, sessions in the “People’s Choice” category will be chosen by the membership through an online voting process. Sessions can be in a variety of formats including traditional panels, participatory sessions, or lightning rounds.  Proposals should relate to the conference theme.

For complete details about session types and information about proposal process—including the RBMS20 Conference Core Values—please visit the call for proposals on the website:

Scholarships to attend the conference are available, please visit the scholarships page of conference website for complete details:

Questions and/or concerns can be directed to RBMS 2020 Conference Program Planning Committee Co-Chairs Robin Katz ( and Liz Call (

CFP: The Serials Librarian

The Serials Librarian is currently accepting submissions. To be considered for the 2019 volume year, please submit manuscripts by December 1, 2019.

The Serials Librarian is an international peer-reviewed journal covering scholarly communications and all aspects of the serials and continuing resources management lifecycle. We publish case studies, reports, research papers, theoretical or speculative pieces, and a select number of columns.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
•       Scholarly communication issues (institutional repositories, copyright, publishing, citation studies, etc.)
•       New models for library-publisher commerce beyond “the big deal”
•       Procedural innovations in processing, organizing, assessing, and/or promoting e-resources
•       Metadata and discovery of serials and e-resources
•       Migration and implementation of systems such as ERM’s, discovery products, data visualization tools, etc., including ideas related to staffing workflows
•       Open access, whether “green,” “gold,” “diamond,” “platinum,” or hybrid
•       Peer review and the future of the journal gatekeeping function
•       End-user ease of access and usability
•       Collaborative projects related to collection development
•       Accessibility and diversity in resource management
•       Theoretical or speculative pieces addressing issues within the scope of the journal (e.g., does RDA adequately adjudicate concerns about serials title changes?)
•       The evolution of recurring issues in the field (e.g., the history of copyright and legislation devised to prevent “piracy”)

Please note that we are also interested in finding interesting content for our existing set of columns and that proposals for an entirely new column are welcome. All manuscripts should be submitted electronically to the journal’s ScholarOne website:

Questions or other requests can be sent to the journal’s editors, Sharon Dyas-Correia and Courtney McAllister, at For more information about The Serials Librarian, including complete submission instructions, please visit the journal’s webpage:


Sharon Dyas-Correia, Editor in Chief
Courtney McAllister, Associate Editor

Friday, September 27, 2019

CFP: 2020 Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge (Mt. Hood, Oregon - May 16-19, 2020)

2020 Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge
Saturday, May 16  - Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Timberline Lodge
One hour east of Portland, Oregon on the slope of Mt. Hood

Call for Proposals – Applications due December 31, 2019

WHAT IS The Acquisitions Institute?
  • Since 2000, the pre-eminent conference located in Western North America on acquisitions and collection development held at Timberline Lodge. 
  • A three-day conference focusing on the methods and innovation of building and managing library collections.
  • A small (capped at 80 attendees), informal and stimulating gathering in a convivial and glorious Pacific Northwest setting.

WHAT TOPICS are we looking for?
The planning committee is seeking submissions on all aspects of library acquisitions and collection management. Presenters are encouraged to engage the audience in discussion, whether the presentation leans more toward the practical "here's what we did" sessions or toward the more abstract "here's what we think" sessions. The committee may also seek to achieve balance in the program by bringing individual proposals together to form panels, or by recommending that a proposal be converted to a table talk. We invite you to indicate whether or not you'd be interested in these opportunities on the submission proposal form.

Topics we and/or last year's attendees are interested in include (in no particular order):

  • Collections analysis projects (e.g., GreenGlass or Gold Rush experiences, altmetrics, etc.)
  • Assessment tools, methods, and projects (e.g., linking collections with learning outcomes; usage studies)
  • Managing liaison programs
  • Public library and/or small academic library perspectives in acquisitions and collection development
  • New models for selection
  • Sustainable models for publishing/pricing
  • Effective management of collections with constrained resources
  • Vendor and publisher evaluation, including business skills to determine financial viability
  • Diversity, inclusion and social justice in acquisitions and collections
  • Negotiation skills and how to use them, including during library-vendor and library-publisher meetings
  • Innovative vendor-librarian relationships and/or partnerships
  • Staffing, training and development, and recruiting issues, challenges, successes (e.g., onboarding new acquisitions and/or collections staff)
  • Using data visualization techniques to tell our stories (e.g., budget, collections, staff successes, etc.) 
  • Impacts of Open Access and Open Repositories on acquisitions and collection development
  • Data curation, including Big Data, and management and other new roles for subject and technical services librarians
  • Digital scholarship

The DEADLINE for submitting a proposal is December 31, 2019. 

Important Dates
Mon 12/31/19: Proposals due
Wed 1/15/20: Review of proposals complete, and presenters notified
Wed 1/22/20: Presenters confirm commitment to present
Mon 2/3/20: Registration scheduled to open
The 2020 Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge Planning Committee is:
Damon Campbell, University of Oregon
Kristina DeShazo, Oregon Health & Science University
Kerri Goergen-Doll, Oregon State University
Jamie Hazlitt, Loyola Marymount University
Kathleen Spring, Linfield College
Kasia Stasik, Harrassowitz

CFP: Reaching Forward Conference 2020 (May 1 in Rosemont, IL) #ILARF2020

The Reaching Forward Conference Committee is accepting program submissions for the 2020 Conference, which will be held Friday, May 1, at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. 

Proposals must be submitted using the online proposal form. Incomplete proposals can be saved and revised any time prior to the submission deadline.

All program slots are 60 minutes. The conference programming is organized by the following tracks:
  • Advocacy and Funding
  • Collections and Technical Services
  • Community Engagement and Customer Service
  • Diversity and Special Populations
  • Human Resources
  • Ignite Sessions
  • Leadership and Management
  • Marketing and Outreach
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Programming
  • Reference and Readers Advisory
  • Technology
  • Wellness
  • Youth and Young Adult Services

You will be asked to provide the following information about your proposed session:
  • Speaker(s) information
  • Program title and description
  • Program Track
  • Speaker qualifications to speak on topic
  • Learning outcomes for attendees
  • Room setup, preferred time of day
  • Program experience level and format
  • Additional information you'd like to share with the committee

The deadline to submit a program proposal is Friday, October 18.

Reaching Forward provides complimentary registration for conference speakers. Conference speakers who are employed by or a trustee of a library (academic, public, school, special), a library agency, or library school located in the State of Illinois are not eligible to receive an honorarium.


CFP: Code4Lib 2020 (Pittsburgh PA - March 2020) @code4lib

Code4Lib 2020 is soliciting proposals for prepared talks!
Code4Lib 2020 is a loosely-structured conference that provides people working at the intersection of libraries/archives/museums/cultural heritage and technology with a chance to share ideas, be inspired, and forge collaborations. For more information about the Code4Lib community, please visit the Code4Lib website.
The conference will be held at the Westin Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA, from Sunday, March 8, 2020 to Wednesday, March 11, 2020.  More information about Code4lib 2020 is available on this year’s conference website.
We encourage all members of the library, archives, museums, cultural heritage organizations, and technology community to submit proposals for prepared talks. Prepared talks should focus on one or more of the following areas:
  • Projects you've worked on which incorporate innovative implementation of existing technologies and/or development of new software
  • Tools and technologies – How to get the most out of existing tools, standards, and protocols (and ideas on how to make them better)
  • Technical issues – Big issues in library technology that are worthy of community attention or development
  • Relevant non-technical issues – Concerns of interest to the Code4Lib community which are not strictly technical in nature, e.g. collaboration, diversity, organizational challenges, etc.
We will be soliciting 10, 15, and 20 minute talks. You'll be asked to indicate which talk lengths you would be willing to accommodate for your proposal. A separate call for poster proposals will be offered at a later date. There will also be sign-up opportunities to present 5-minute lightning talks at the event. 
As in past years, the Code4Lib community will vote on proposals that they would like to see included in the program. In order to provide increased opportunities for a diversity of speakers and topics, all presentations will be listed by title and description only during the voting period. Speaker names will not be included until the program is posted. 
The top 10 proposals are guaranteed a slot of their preferred length at the conference. The Program Committee will curate the remainder of the program in an effort to ensure diversity in program content and presenters. Community votes will weigh heavily in these decisions.
Presenters whose proposals are selected for inclusion in the program will have conference registration slots held for them (up to 2 speakers per talk). The standard conference registration fee will apply.
Proposals can be submitted through Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 11:59pm Pacific time. Voting will start on Monday, October 21, 2019 and continue through Friday, November 1, 2019 at 11:59pm Pacific time. The committee plans to announce selected proposals on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.
Thank you,
The Code4Lib 2020 Program Committee

Call for Preconference Programs : ALADN 2020 (Library Fundraising) - San Jose CA April 2020 @ALADN2020

The ALADN 2020 Preconference Program Committee invites submissions for presentations at the 24th Annual ALADN Conference in San Jose on April 18-21, 2020.  We are looking for dynamic, original proposals for workshops or panels that offer in-depth information about fundraising trends and best practices that would be of interest to those new to fundraising or more seasoned in fundraising. Proposals may include workshops, discussions or panels. Preconference sessions run for one hour or more, with the presentation lasting 45 minutes and 15 minutes for Q&A.

Proposal Submission Requirements.  You can submit your proposal at .  Proposals must be received by October 28, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. PDT for full consideration.  Submitters will be notified by November 22, 2019 if they have been chosen.

Topics of Potential Interest.  Based on feedback received from ALADN 2020 attendees, below are some of the topics of interest that you might consider. 

•             How academic libraries can build their donor pools
•             Building projects
•             Prioritizing fundable projects/programs
•             Planned giving for beginners
•             Working with Corporate and Foundation Relations
•             Trends in philanthropy
•             Topics related to the conference theme - “Hacking Philanthropy”

If you have questions please contact Christopher Cox, ALADN 2020 Preconference Chair, at

Thursday, September 26, 2019

CFP: The Rise of AI: Implications and Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Academic Libraries @ALA_ACRL

We are excited to announce that we are accepting proposals for chapters in the upcoming ACRL publication, The Rise of AI: Implications and Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Academic Libraries. Please consider submitting a chapter or sharing within your networks.


In this book we aim to take a snapshot in time of the current state of AI in academic libraries. By compiling case studies on the use of such technology, we can begin to understand how librarians are responding to the potential for yet another substantial change in the way we do our work.

Artificial Intelligence is often feared due to hyped up news articles that claim “robots are coming to take our jobs”. While this may be a possibility, it is not an inevitability. The use of AI is more than just a replacement of the librarian, it can be a tool adopted in everyday practice. We aim to collect chapters that reflect how AI is being evaluated or adopted within user services and instruction, collections and technical services, research support, and other special projects or collaborations.

Suggested topics

  *   User services and Instruction
     *   Impacts of AI on Information Literacy
     *   Workshops about AI
     *   Workshops using or teaching how to use AI
     *   Privacy and surveillance instruction, ethics of AI
  *   Collections and Technical Services
     *   Cataloguing or metadata creation
     *   Tracking electronic resource behaviour
     *   Linked data applications
     *   Natural language processing and other database algorithms
     *   Digital collections and archives
  *   Research Support
     *   Research data management
     *   Bibliometrics and altmetrics tracking
     *   Augmented literature reviews
     *   AI use in data collection and storage
  *   Special Projects and Collaborations
     *   AI hubs created on campus or with library involvement
     *   Partnerships with campus research centres or outside parties
     *   Other initiatives with LIS related impacts

Note that this is not an exhaustive list and we welcome proposals on other AI ventures within academic libraries.


  *   Abstracts: November 17th, 2019
  *   Notice of acceptance December 13th, 2019
  *   Chapter due: April 30th, 2020

Submission guidelines

Proposals should include

  *   Author name
  *   Affiliation and CV
  *   Chapter title, and abstract
  *   Chapter abstracts should be 400-500 words in length.
  *   Proposals should be emailed to the editors in a Word document by November 17th, 2019.
  *   For the purpose of this book we will be using one inclusive definition of AI, found here:

Authors will be notified by December 13th. Complete chapters should be submitted by April 30th, 2020.

Chapters should be unique to this publication. No previously published or simultaneously submitted materials should be included.
Any questions regarding chapter proposals or general inquiries about this book can be directed to the editors, Sandy Hervieux and Amanda Wheatley.

Sandy Hervieux and Amanda Wheatley

Amanda Wheatley, MLIS
Liaison Librarian for Management, Business, and Entrepreneurship
Humanities and Social Sciences Library
McGill University

CFP: LOEX 2020: May 7-9, 2020 - Ypsilanti, Michigan - Theme: We Can Do It!: Building the Best in Library Instruction

LOEX 2020: Call for Breakout Session Proposals
We Can Do It!: Building the Best in Library Instruction

48th Annual LOEX Conference
May 7-9, 2020
Ypsilanti, Michigan

You are invited to Ypsilanti for LOEX 2020 to showcase your innovations in library instruction. We are excited to see librarians from many places & backgrounds discuss how both instructional ingenuity and tried-and-true successes can impact student learning.

This year’s LOEX tracks are:
* Pedagogy: Instructional Nuts and Bolts

* Assessment: Building in Quality Control
* Innovation: Forging Ahead for 21st Century Learners
* Leadership: Stepping Up to the Line
* Failures and Problem-Solving: Retooling and Reinventing
* Collaboration and Outreach: Assembling Production Teams

Proposals for 50-minute long presentations and interactive workshops can be submitted only through the online submission form and must be received by Friday, November 22, 2019. The primary contact for the proposal will receive a message indicating receipt of the proposal when it is submitted and will be notified if the proposal has been accepted for presentation by Monday, January 13, 2020.

For more details, please visit

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

CFP: Bridging the Spectrum: The 12th Annual Symposium on Scholarship and Practice (February 14, 2019 - Washington DC)

Bridging the Spectrum:
The 12th Annual Symposium on Scholarship and Practice

Time:  Friday, February 14, 2020 
Place: Pryzbyla Student Center, Catholic University of America                                     

The Symposium Planning Committee invites researchers, practitioners and students to submit proposals for the 2020 Bridging the Spectrum Symposium, a forum for sharing research findings, best practices, and works in progress in library and information science. The submission system is now open at   

The Symposium will include three types of presentations: briefings, panels, and posters. Briefings are 15-minute descriptions of an innovative practice, project, or research activity. There will be morning and afternoon briefing sessions. 

Authors can organize panels of speakers to present and discuss a theme or a topic. Panels are typically one hour in length. 

Posters are exhibits describing a practice, project, or research activity. Posters will be viewable throughout the day, and there will be a lightning talk during which presenters will highlight their projects. In addition, poster presenters will attend a poster session to discuss their work with attendees.

The submission system is open at and the deadline for submission is October 23, 2019.
Proposal topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: 
  • Community engagement and outreach, including marketing and advocacy for library and information services
  • Information services against misinformation and propaganda
  • New developments in information organization (linked data, semantic web, etc.)
  • Preservation and management of born-digital and digitized resources 
  • Management and analysis of data and information
  • Library networks and international collaboration
  • Technology trends and impact on information services
  • Management of information services in cultural institutions

Questions may be directed to the Committee at 

Important Dates

Proposals Due: October 23, 2019
Notification of Acceptances: November 15, 2019
Final Program Abstracts Due: December 5, 2019
Final Program released, registration opens: December 16, 2019
Symposium: February 14, 2020

More information about the 2020 Symposium is available 

Overviews of past symposia are available on the Symposium website 

Please feel free to contact the Symposium Committee at if you have questions.

Symposium Committee:
Drs. Ingrid Hsieh-Yee (chair), Sue Yeon Syn, and Jane Zhang

Call for papers: JBFL Special Issue on Data (Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship)

Call for papers: JBFL Special Issue on Data

The Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship is planning a Special Issue on Data – Proposals due by October 25, 2019; Submissions due by February 28, 2020 (flexible) 

Proposal Process:  Email a brief proposal (no more than 500 words) describing work-in-progress or proposed work to both JBFL Editor-in-Chief Celia Ross ( AND JBFL Special Issue on Data Guest Editor, Bobray Bordelon (

About the JBFL Special Issue on Data
Data of all kinds play a large role in business and finance librarianship. This special issue of JBFL aims to explore the practical and creative ways that business and  finance librarians are teaching with data, navigating complex business data sources, promoting data literacy, assessing their services and collections with data, managing their data and how they are incorporating data into their work overall.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) original research, non-empirical papers and case studies on: innovative approaches to business instruction using data; best practices for managing data and building data collections; reviews of datasets and databases key to business and finance research; and other topics related to the intersection of data and business & finance librarianship.

Important dates:

  • Proposal submission (<500 words): October 25, 2019 (email to &
  • Notification of proposal decision: by November 22, 2019
  • Full paper or review submission due: February 28, 2020 (unless extended deadline discussed)
  • Publication: mid-to-late 2020

Guest Editor
Bobray Bordelon
Economics and Finance Librarian/Data Services Librarian
Princeton University
ICPSR Council (2018-2022)
IASSIST Administrative Committee. Member at Large. United States of America

Celia Ross
Senior Associate Librarian
University of Michigan, Ross School of Business

The Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship is a quarterly, refereed journal covering topics related to business information and business researchers. The focus of the journal is practice-oriented articles, but it also provides an outlet for new empirical studies. In addition to articles, JBFL offers valuable interviews as well as book, database, and website reviews.