Friday, January 31, 2020

CFP: Research Methods & Social Justice in LIS: Special issue of IJIDI (International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion)

A Special Issue of The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI)
We invite contributions for a special issue of TheInternational Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI) ( on the topic of “Intersecting Theories and Methods to Research Social Justice in LIS Scholarship.” We welcome full research papers that make a novel contribution to library and information science (LIS) scholarship, whether empirical, methodological, theory-based, pedagogical, and/or practical in nature. We also ask for Expressions of Interest contributions for a special section on notes-from-the-field, LIS student work, works-in-progress, opinion pieces, and professional reports.
The goal of this special issue is to bring together voices of both emerging scholars and established researchers from a wide range of interdisciplinary perspectives and paradigmatic roots that embrace social justice as an intentional and deliberate strategy in LIS scholarship to generate impact via their information-related work. The term “scholarship” is intentionally used to include documentation and analysis through intersecting lens of diverse theories and methods to implement social justice in LIS practice and research, education and teaching, policy development, service design, and program implementation, among other areas. This collection will showcase exemplars of LIS scholarship from across local, regional, national, and international contexts.

Thus, this special issue will provide examples of study that adopt rigorous models, frameworks, theories, methods, and approaches in LIS research to further social justice and inclusion advocacy in the field. In the process, this collection will fill gaps in showcasing intersections of LIS and interdisciplinary theories with traditional and non-traditional methods of research to further social justice principles of fairness, justice, and equality/equity for all people, including those on the margins of society.

Topics and subjects that expound the intersection of LIS theories and methods may include:
·       Implementing social justice within various domains (e.g., agriculture/rural, diversity, economy, education, health, information technology, law, manufacturing and industry, public policy, social welfare, etc.);
·       Addressing social justice issues related to the information creation-organization-management-dissemination-use processes, critical research design of socio-technical systems, or human information behavior of underserved or disenfranchised populations;
·       Examining problematic dimensions associated with information poverty, marginalization, information literacy of diverse patrons, privileged access and use, biased communication behaviors, information “expert” versus information user, and oppressive technologies;
·       Exploring ways in which LIS programs worldwide are seeking to develop and implement systematic approaches to integrate social justice, social equity, inclusion advocacy, critical information literacies and engaged scholarship while partnering with minority and underserved populations to make meaningful changes in LIS curriculum and discourse.

We invite fully developed research papers for the Articles section (original empirical research, conceptual and theoretical papers), as well as shorter submissions for the Special section (notes-from-the-field, LIS student work, works-in-progress, opinion pieces, and professional reports).

Submission Process – Important Dates
This special issue of IJIDI is scheduled for publication in January 2021. The following submission timeline applies:
31 March, 2020: Abstracts and Expressions of interest (name, role and affiliation: extended abstracts of up to 1,000 words for full research papers, and 250-500 words for contributions to the special section). Please email your submissions to:
30 April, 2020: Notification of acceptance
1 July, 2020: Full papers due
January 2021: Special issue published
This issue will be guest edited by: Bharat Mehra, Endowed Chair in Social Justice and Professor, University of Alabama, USA (
Author Guidelines and Peer Review Process
Please consult IJIDI Author Guidelines and IJIDI Peer Review Process at:

Any questions related to this issue should be addressed to:

CFP: Distance Library Instruction Virtual Poster Session - April 13-17, 2020

Calling all librarians!

Do you have a tool, project, or great idea about teaching and learning online that you'd like to share with your peers? The ACRL Distance Learning Section Instruction Committee invites you to submit a proposal to our second annual Distance Library Instruction Virtual Poster Session, which will take place April 13-17, 2020. Proposals are due February 19, 2020.

What is a virtual poster session?

The term “poster” is used very loosely; the intent is to keep the spirit of the traditional poster session while allowing for innovation and creativity in the format used. As in traditional poster sessions, virtual poster session presenters create short, asynchronous presentations of their work (as a guideline, less than 5 minutes of multimedia or 500 words of text) and they are available to answer questions.  While an image or PDF that matches the traditional poster format is welcome, creativity and the use of interactive and multimedia formats are especially encouraged during this virtual poster session. 

All posters will be hosted on the DLS website.  During the poster session week, presenters will asynchronously engage with attendees. Through commenting functionality, viewers can ask questions about your work, and engage in conversation with you about your topic. Last year’s event proves that this format has the potential to lead to interesting and vibrant conversations between presenters and viewers across time zones. 

After the poster session week has concluded, the posters will be archived on the DLS website so that they can continue to be viewed indefinitely.

What is the timeline for this event?

The virtual poster session will take place April 13-17, 2020
  • Proposals are due by February 19, 2020
  • If accepted, you'll be asked to submit your completed poster by April 1, 2020

Presenters will actively respond to comments and questions for a full week (April 13-17, 2020). The DLS-IC will assist with promoting interaction, but we ask that you check in on your poster at least once a day to keep the conversation going.

What topics can I present on?

Posters can be on any topic related to distance and online library instruction. We would love to hear about your successes and failures in teaching distance and online students, your instructional techniques and approaches, and the tools and technologies that you use! Though it is not required, we encourage you to align your proposal with one of our five tracks:
  • Accessibility and Inclusivity: How do you ensure that your online courses and learning objects are accessible and inclusive? 
  • Assessment: How do you assess your online instruction (including qualitative and affective assessment)? 
  • Instructional Collaborations: How do you effectively build relationships and collaborate with faculty, instructional designers, and others to instruct distance and online students? 
  • Project Planning & Management: How do you efficiently manage the “behind the scenes” work of planning, developing, reviewing, and updating online courses and learning objects? 
  • Student Engagement: How do you ensure students remain engaged in your synchronous and asynchronous online instruction? 

How will presenters be chosen?

Proposals will be reviewed by members of the DLS-IC. We will be selecting posters based on the  following criteria: 
  • Quality of Proposal: Is the information requested on the proposal submission form complete? Is the abstract well written, articulate, and does it clearly describe the main idea of the poster? 
  • Alignment to Poster Session Theme: Is the poster about library instruction in the distance/online environment? 
  • Interest to Attendees: Does the topic have potential to attract poster session attendees and stimulate conversation? Will innovative, new and/or unique information be presented? Is the topic practical, easily implemented, and broadly applicable?
  • Diversity of Perspectives: We are seeking to provide a poster session that provides a diversity of perspectives. We especially invite posters from librarians, staff, and LIS students that highlight voices and experiences that are underrepresented in libraries. 

I'm ready to submit!

I still have questions!

If you have questions, please contact ACRL Distance Learning Section Instruction Committee Co-Chairs, Matthew LaBrake ( or Jennifer Shimada (

CFP - Lightning Talks - RUSA BRASS Preconference

Just a quick reminder about the CFP for business information literacy lightning talks. The call closes next Friday, February 7, 2020. Please see the details below:

Have you used the Business Research Competencies (BRC) or the ACRL Framework to teach business information literacy? Have you conducted research that focuses on business information literacy and student success, assessment, theory, or other related topic? If you answered yes to either of these questions, please consider submitting a lightning talk proposal for the upcoming RUSA BRASS preconference Let’s Get Down to Business: Using Business Research Competencies and the ACRL Framework to (Re)design Business Information Literacy Instruction. This preconference will include two rounds of lightning talks, one round focusing on interesting business information literacy case studies featuring the BRC and/or the ACRL Framework, and another round focusing on research that has been conducted about the BRC and ACRL Framework in a business information literacy context. You can submit your proposal using this form until February 7, 2020 at 5 pm PST.

The form also contains preconference registration rates, information about a timeline for proposal review and notification, and a rubric that will be used to evaluate submissions. Please note that presenters who agree to present their lightning talks will be expected to register for the preconference. If you have any questions, please contact Jordan Nielsen, Co-Chair, BRASS Education Committee at

Monday, January 27, 2020

CFP: Makerspaces for Innovation and Research in Academics (MIRA) - La Verne, California - July 15-16, 2020


We recommend that prospective presenters review our evaluation rubric at:

Please help us spread the word on social media using #miraulv2020!

The Makerspaces for Innovation and Research in Academics (MIRA) conference planning Committee seeks proposals for its third annual conference at the University of La Verne, La Verne, CA on July 15-16, 2020.The MIRA Conference seeks to bring together a group of makers, librarians, educators and practitioners for presentations, workshops, discussions and networking. We encourage participation from all types of makerspaces such as academic, community, museums, libraries (K-12, higher education, public, special), institutions, and organizations. 

We especially welcome session proposals that are hands-on, engaging and include audience participation activities! We also welcome proposals from makerspace students. Students will have an opportunity to apply for registration/travel scholarships. 

Sessions can include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
·        Assessment of makerspaces and making
·        Managing, maintaining and updating makerspaces
·        Facilitating learning and engagement through making
·        Integration of making into the curriculum
·        How makerspaces inspire innovation and entrepreneurship (prototyping, disruptive technologies)
·        Future directions of makerspaces in learning
·        Equity, diversity and inclusivity in makerspaces
·        Maker projects and concepts relating to machine learning, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality
·        Environmental effects of makerspaces and systems put in place to reduce impact
·        Using makerspaces to create partnerships
·        Civic and community engagement in makerspaces
·        How to set up a makerspace (costs, safety, staffing, training, location, value and buy-in, etc.)

Session Types (hands-on, engaging and include audience participation activities are welcomed):
·        Pre-Conference Workshop (3 hours): An in-depth, interactive and hands-on exploration of a topic. Presenter will need to bring their own equipment and supplies.
·        Workshop (45 mins): A hands-on training session. Presenter will need to bring their own equipment and supplies.
·        Presentation (20 mins): A session that can include ideas, experiences, original research, engaging discussion questions or activities.
·        Roundtable Discussion (45 mins): A session that offers conversations in a casual, round table setting.
·        Panel Discussion (45 mins) : A session that brings together 2-5 presenters into a cohesive conversation intended to engage audience members.

Proposal Submission Deadline:  Feb 14, 2020
Notification of Acceptance:  Mar 20, 2020
Conference Registration Opens:  April 6, 2020

If you have any questions, contact Vinaya Tripuraneni, Planning Committee Chair, at

CFP: Special Issue of Against the Grain “Of paywalls and proxies: Authority and access in 2020” @ATG_NewsChannel @chsconf

Call for Submissions – June 2020 issue of Against the Grain “Of paywalls and proxies: Authority and access in 2020” guest edited by Lettie Conrad. 
Traditional modes of controlling access to scholarly resources have been undeniably disrupted — by the various campaigns for open access publishing, by the subversive efforts on the part of wily activists, and by the technological advancements that offer new pathways and loopholes. Given the challenges to patron privacy and institutional security, libraries and publishers are looking for solutions to today’s content leakage.” A number of collaborative efforts have been been born of these disruptions, from the IP Registry and collaborative fraud detection schemes, to the new authentication standards from (aka, RA-21) and early applications like GetFTR.
The June 2020 issue of Against the Grain will focus on today’s cutting-edge solutions to managing institutional and individual access to licensed, peer-reviewed publications. Contributors will debate what it takes to safeguard entitlements and ensure successful online researcher experiences in today’s scholarly communications environment.
What do libraries expect of publishers? What do publishers need from technology suppliers? What about user privacy, how do we balance the need for access with the need for security? How do we safeguard legitimate access from licensed institutions, while also protecting our assets from criminals?
If users will choose convenient (sometimes questionable) means over conventional ones, how do we design systems that meet both researcher and organizational goals? Is there an innovation underway that changes what we can expect? What does this landscape look like in an open access future? What are the risks of doing nothing? What are the opportunities available to us today?
I am so pleased to be serving as guest editor for this special Against the Grain issue — because these questions of access controls have been abuzz in the scholarly communications industry for a few years now and the disruptions will only continue to evolve. I trust that each of you have insights into these challenges, first-hand case studies of what’s working and what’s not, or original analysis that will contribute to our ability to collectively adapt to these changing access models and business practices.
We’re accepting articles now through early April. Drop me a message here on LinkedIn for more information. Submissions are flowing in, so get your article in today!

Lettie Conrad (Publishing & Product Development Consultant)

Call for Submissions: Code4Lib Journal

The Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ) exists to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future.

We are now accepting proposals for publication in our 48th issue. Don't miss out on this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences. To be included in the 48th issue, which is scheduled for publication in mid May 2020, please submit articles, abstracts, or proposals at or to by Friday, February 7, 2020.  When submitting, please include the title or subject of the proposal in the subject line of the email message.

C4LJ encourages creativity and flexibility, and the editors welcome submissions across a broad variety of topics that support the mission of the journal.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Practical applications of library technology (both actual and   hypothetical)
  • Technology projects (failed, successful, or proposed), including how they were done and the challenges faced
  • Case studies
  • Best practices
  • Reviews
  • Comparisons of third party software or libraries
  • Analyses of library metadata for use with technology
  • Project management and communication within the library environment
  • Assessment and user studies

C4LJ strives to promote professional communication by minimizing the barriers to publication.  While articles should be of a high quality, they need not follow any formal structure.  Writers should aim for the middle ground between blog posts and articles in traditional refereed journals.  Where appropriate, we encourage authors to submit code samples, algorithms, and pseudo-code. For more information, visit C4LJ’s Article Guidelines or browse articles from the earlier issues published on our website:

Remember, for consideration for the 48th issue, please send proposals, abstracts, or draft articles to no later than Friday, February 7, 2020.  (Use if sending attachments.)

Send in a submission.  Your peers would like to hear what you are doing.

Code4Lib Journal Editorial Committee

Friday, January 24, 2020

CFP: JELIS Issue on Creative Approaches to Teaching and Pedagogy (Journal of Education for Library and Information Science)

JELIS Special Issue: Volume 62, 2021

JELIS would like to announce the opening for submissions to a Special Issue of the journal (Volume 62, Issue 3, 2021). The Issue theme is as follows:

Creative approaches to teaching and pedagogy
Topics including, but not limited to:
  • Construction of positive learning outcomes
  • Engagement of students in course content
  • Innovative assessment techniques
  • Employment of learning theories
  • Utilization of learning management systems
  • Peer learning strategies
  • Creative syllabus development
  • Advances in assignments for students
  • Employment of tactics from other disciplines
  • Sage and guide
  • Communicative action and teaching
  • Students as teachers
  • The field of creativity studies and its contribution to LIS education and pedagogy

Submissions (see the JELIS guidelines at may be made in the “Special Issue Papers” section of ScholarOne. Submit only completed papers. The submission is open until September 30, 2020. The submitted papers will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Importance of the research question
  • Inclusiveness of the literature review
  • Appropriateness of the methodology
  • Reporting of the findings
  • Quality of the presentation

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Call for Photo Contribution 2020 Best Practices from World Libraries Photo Gallery: Value of Libraries in Promoting Social Justice and Inclusion

Call for Photo Contribution2020 Best Practices from World Libraries Photo Gallery

The International Connections Committee (ICC) of the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) at the American Library Association (ALA) cordially invites you to contribute a photo from your library that best demonstrates ALA President’s initiative this year, “the value of libraries in promoting social justice and inclusion” and help us build the “2020 Best Practices from World Libraries” photo gallery.  The photos will be displayed via our websites, publications and/or social media outlets. Selected submissions will be physically displayed at the 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. June 25-30, 2020.

The deadline for photo submissions is February 15, 2020.
Please use the Google submission form to upload your image.  
If Google account is not available, please email your submission to following the instructions, requirements and format below.

General Email Submission Instructions/Format

Email subject title should read: 2020 Photo Gallery
In the email, please provide the following information:
a.            Project Title (a short title for your library’s project)
b.            Library and its Affiliation (example: Fogler Library, University of Maine)
c.            Library Location (State/Province, Country; example: Illinois, USA)
d.            Library Type (select from the following: Academic library, Public library, School library, Special Library or other)
e.            Project Description (in under 200 words, please describe why this project best demonstrates the value of libraries in promoting social justice and inclusion)
f.             Project Contact Person and Email (preferred but optional; the contact information will be publicly displayed)
g.            Preferred Attribution for the Image (name of image owner)

*Image requirements: please provide the image with the highest resolution you have; a horizontal photo that is at least 5400 pixels wide with 300 dpi is preferred.
**Notice - With this submission, you grant the ALA, IRRT and ICC full permission to distribute, edit and build upon your work with attribution.

Additional questions regarding this contribution can be directed to the Chair of the IRRT International Connections Committee at

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

CFP: Futurizing: People, Technology & Communities - Internet Librarian 2020 (October 20-22, 2020 Monterey, California)

CFP: Internet Librarian 2020
October 20-22, 2020
Monterey, California


There are so many positive possible futures for libraries in every community – campuses, municipalities, hospitals, schools, corporate and non-profit enterprises, governments, and more! The trick is to channel the passion that librarians have into building awareness and relationships in their communities; taking action and not waiting for citizens, students, researchers, business folks or faculty to come to them; creating and experimenting with innovative programs and services using new technologies; securing solid partnerships to expand programs and resources; and futurizing strong, collaborative and successful communities! Internet Librarian 2020 highlights how libraries are using artificial intelligence and machine learning to save time for new programs, dealing with big data to pinpoint insights, using sensors and other “internet of things” devices to improve and extend services, experimenting with augmented and virtual reality to delight their communities, tracking and sharing applications of smart technology with their campuses, organizations and neighborhoods. Internet Librarians never, however, lose sight of people in their communities as they futurize and transform to make sure they are relevant and valuable in their communities.

Join us at the most comprehensive conference for library and information professionals interested in technology to discover the insights, strategies and practices that allow us to push the envelope in expanding the net, building solid connections to the Internet of Things, managing libraries and digital information, and enhancing the information sharing and learning experience of people in our communities. Internet Librarian 2020 provides attendees with lots of opportunities to meet and hear from leading “movers and shakers” in the information industry in all types of environments – leaders in the information industry are integrating content and delighting their clients, organizing and managing digital content in creative ways, setting the context for excellence in information utilization in their organizations, revolutionizing the roles of info pros, creating new learning and discovery areas with makerspaces, building strong collaborative communities among their customers, colleagues, and partners, as well as using new technologies in exciting ways. This conference encourages you to bring and share your ideas and champion new practices – this is where ideas and action come together, catalysts are born, and where innovation ignites.

Information Today, Inc., a key provider of technology conferences for more than thirty years, is pleased to announce the 24th annual Internet Librarian – the ONLY conference for information professionals who are using, developing, and embracing Internet and Web-based strategies in their roles as information architects and navigators, webmasters and web managers, content evaluators and curators, digital managers, developers and integrators, taxonomists, searchers, community builders and managers, information providers, trainers, guides, and more. This comprehensive conference and exhibition offers a wide-ranging program designed to meet the needs of librarians, information managers, systems professionals, researchers, content managers, curators and information specialists.


CFP: Working out loud: Reflections, revisions, & recipes (Delaware Valley Chapter of ACRL, Spring 2020 Program - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - April 3, 2020)

Delaware Valley Chapter of ACRL, Spring 2020 Program
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - April 3, 2020

Call for Proposals: Working out loud: Reflections, revisions, & recipes 

To innovate we need to practice a growth mindset where we feel free to take risks, experiment, and be creative. After our chapter’s programs, participants often say it was nice to hear about everything that went right, but what about learning from what went wrong?  In our spring program, we will focus on the benefits of making the learning processes underlying librarianship more visible. We want to know about the challenges, compromises, revisions, and breakthroughs that you have experienced and grown from in your work in academic libraries. How have these given you the opportunity to take risks? 

Please join us on April 3rd at Temple University’s brand new Charles Library for a day of professional development and learning how to “fail forward.”

Building tours of Charles Library will be offered.

We welcome submissions that concern but are not limited to the following areas:
  • Technology Implementation
  • Management
  • Outreach/Community Engagement
  • Teaching/Pedagogy
  • User Experience
  • Committee Work
  • Research Design
  • Archives
  • Cataloging
  • Assessment
  • Professional Development
Instructions for Proposal Submissions
Proposals can be submitted here and should include the following information:
  • Proposal title
  • Names, affiliations, positions, and email addresses of the presenters
  • Preferred presentation format
  • Option A – 20-30 minute presentations OR Option B – 10-minute lightning round presentations
  • A 250-word summary of the topic you wish to present including the points you intend to make and the way(s) you intend to engage the audience, if applicable.
Please submit to by February 28, 2020.  Any questions about the process can be emailed to  We look forward to hearing from you.

CFP: Toward Equity and Open Knowledge STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES 5th ANNUAL OPEN ACCESS SYMPOSIUM (Stony Brook, New York - March 6th, 2020)

Call for Posters and Panelists

Toward Equity and Open Knowledge

FRIDAY, MARCH 6th, 2020

LOCATION Stony Brook, New York
OPEN DATE January 17th, 2020
DEADLINE February 18th, 2020

Toward Equity and Open Knowledge.   Stony Brook University Open Access Symposium, is inviting applications for  panelists and or presented posters.  Posters will be presented in a virtual format.

In keeping with this year’s theme, we’re interested in panelists and posters that reflect the role of equity and open knowledge in open access environments, systems, and practices. We welcome applications on a variety of open access topics,  including but not limited to:

- Open Access Publishing. Insight and best practices for publishing open access articles from the point of view of researchers, authors, publishers and librarians

- Open data  and data management.  Topics for discussion include but are not limited to: identifying repositories, HIPAA compliance and preparing data for reuse.

- OER use and implementation

- Open Access and the Tenure Process  

APPLY We will receive and review proposals until February 18, 2020.  

LEARN MORE  Contact Mona Ramonetti, Head of Scholarly Communication.