Thursday, February 27, 2020

CFP: The Joy of Information - Special Issue of Library Trends

The Joy of Information

Guest Editors:
Jenna Hartel, Associate Professor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto,
Hailey Siracky, Director of Library Services, St. Joseph’s College, University of Alberta,
Manuscript Submission Deadline: August 1, 2020
Joy is a pleasant and often quite intense emotion which usually occurs within a safe and secure environment and is experienced bodily as a warm glow which emerges from the center of the body and moves upward and outward. The expansive feeling of joy is accompanied by a corresponding broadening of perception, a powerful sense of connection to others, a profound feeling of being rooted in the present moment, a sense of existential freedom, and/or the belief that the world is nurturing, life-affirming, and benevolent.
B.D. Robbins, “Joy,” The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology
This special issue of Library Trends features writings that explore the relationship between information and joy. Embracing the definition of joy above, we hold that information, in its myriad forms (Bates, 2006), is implicated in this “quite intense emotion” whether as a harbinger, trigger, carrier, dimension, or document of joy. In the spirit of a positive information science (Kari & Hartel, 2007), the forthcoming collection brings together bright and uplifting views of information to contrast with critical or problem-oriented perspectives that color our literature in grayscale.
Submissions may focus upon joy, broadly construed, and its intersection with information history, theory, methodology, technology, education, or practice. By design, the special issue will showcase work that may fall outside the comfort zone of our core research journals. One objective is to establish a virtual meeting place for today’s most innovative, artful, and precocious information scholars and professionals and to have their outlying individual voices assembled into a chorus. Another objective of this anthology is to mark the regions and borders of a new research frontier. Rather than favoring interdisciplinary representations, we want contributions rooted unabashedly in the heart of library and information science--which can be traced to the ideas of Jesse Shera, Suzanne Briet, and Paul Otlet.
Forays into the crossroads of information and joy have employed varying terminology and diverse conceptualizations, yet attention has been increasing steadily of late. Kuhlthau (1989) established an affective dimension to information behaviour and affirmed students’ feelings of exuberance and confidence during information seeking. Bates’ (1999) comedic rift on the study of information, Nevertheless, is an assuredly playful and even joyful monument in our literature. Kari & Hartel (2007) raised a call to action for information scholarship related to pleasurable and profound experiences of life in which information processes often seem different. Fulton (2009) has posited that a pleasure principle underlies leisure-based information behaviour; Latham (2009) has characterized numinous or transcendent experiences with museum objects; and Tinto and Ruthven (2016) have defined happy information. Statements on serious leisure (Hartel, 2005); contemplation (Latham & Gorichanaz, 2019); personally meaningful activities (Gorichanaz, 2019); and fun (Ocepek, 2018) fall in the same neighborhood as joy. Meanwhile, methodological advances such as document phenomenology (Gorichanaz & Latham, 2016) and arts-informed methods (Hartel, 2014) provide new tools that are well-suited to explore the coupling of information and joy. These wide-ranging but energetically concordant ideas form points of departure for the special issue, which may include the themes below:
  • The theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote, “Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” Hence we welcome submissions related to information phenomena within religious or spiritual contexts, potentially extending Kari’s (2007) framework of spiritual information.
  • The definition above contends that joy is “experienced bodily as a warm glow…”. Thereby, studies of embodied or corporeal information phenomena are appropriate, especially as pertaining to experiences known to be joyful, such as music, dance, sex, leisure, or nature.
  • Laughter is a universal way to express joy. So, papers that examine the information dimension of humor, play, and creativity are on-point. Following in the footsteps of Bates’ Nevertheless, spoofs and other unconventional genres will be considered, providing they make substantive and scholarly contributions to the theme.
  • Mother Teresa said, “Where there is love, there is joy.” It follows that information research into loving contexts, such as the family or friendship, would fortify this special issue, given that such realms are overlooked in LIS scholarship.
In contrast with most social scientific scholarship, which eschews personal revelations, we proclaim this anthology as a place for intimate firsthand accounts – ideally joyful! – of library and information science. If your work in this discipline or profession brings you joy, please tell us about it. To that end, storytelling, autoethnographic, or autobiographical pieces are invited. On a more practical note, reports of joyful information resources, systems, or programs within libraries or other information institutions fit within the remit of this special issue.
Our tongue-in-cheek title, The Joy of Information, gestures to The Joy of Cooking (1936) and The Joy of Sex (1972). These best-selling reference works brought a new clarity and vitality to their topics, outlined fundamentals, and spoke in accessible and conversational prose; such winning qualities are welcome in all submissions. Papers that analyze the informational features of The Joy of… genre would be deemed relevant to the collection, too.

Important Dates

August 1, 2020Full paper submission deadline
September to December 2020Reviewing by Editorial Board
January 15, 2021Acceptances announced to authors
July 1, 2021Revised manuscripts submitted to co-editors
November 1, 2021Final manuscripts sent to Library Trends

Submission Instructions

full paper (not abstract) submission is required by August 1, 2020. Papers submitted to the special issue must be original, and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Articles of various lengths will be accepted, but generally no more than 7,000 words. For more information, see the Library Trends author instructions at


Bates, M.J. (2006). Fundamental forms of information. Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology, 57(8), 1033-1045.
Bates, M.J. (1995). Nevertheless. Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology, 46(9), 32.
Fulton, C. (2009). The pleasure principle: the power of positive affect in information seeking. Aslib Proceedings, 61(3), 245–261.
Gorichanaz, T. (2019). Information experience in personally meaningful activities. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. Early View.
Gorichanaz, T. & Latham, K.F. (2016). Document phenomenology: a framework for holistic analysis. Journal of Documentation, 72(6), 1114-1133.
Gorichanaz, T., & Latham, K.F. (2019). Contemplative aims for information. Information Research, 24(3). Article 836.
Hartel, J. (2003). The serious leisure frontier in library and information science: Hobby domains. Knowledge Organization, 30(3/4), 228-238.
Hartel, J. (2014). An arts informed study of information using the draw-and-write technique. Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology, 65(7), 1349-1367.
Kari, J. (2007). A review of the spiritual in information studies. Journal of Documentation, 63(6), 935-962.
Kari, J., & Hartel, J. (2007). Information and higher things in life: Addressing the pleasurable and the profound in information science. Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology, 58(8), 1131-1147.
Kuhlthau, Carol C. (1989). Information Search Process: A Summary of Research and Implications for School Library Media Programs. School Library Media Quarterly, 18(1), 19-25.
Latham, K.F. (2009). Numinous experiences with museum objects. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). School of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS.
Ocepek, M., Bullard, J., Hartel, J., Forcier, E., Polkinghorne, S., & Price, L. (2018). Fandom, food, and folksonomies: the methodological realities of studying fun life-contexts. Proceedings of the Association of Information Science and Technology, 55(1), 712-715.
Robbins, B.D. (2009). Joy. In Lopez, S.J. (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology (pp. 540-545). Malden, MA: Blackwell.
Tinto, F., and Ruthven I. (2016). Sharing “happy” information. Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology , 67(10), 2329-2343.

CFP: Michigan Innovative Users Group (MIUG) Conference (September 18, 2020 - Lansing, Michigan)

The Michigan Innovative Users Group (MIUG) 2020 conference is in the works. The date will be Friday, September 18 2020. Save the Date!  For those who came to MIUG 2019, the conference will be at the same location (Lansing Community College – West Campus.)

MIUG represents on opportunity for you and your colleagues to stay informed about Innovative, Sierra, and Polaris updates and news.

  • Have you ever wanted to be one of the demonstrators or at least help present? 
  • Would you like to conduct a forum or help with one?
  • Do you have a subject / area that you would love to learn more about?
  • Do you know that charismatic person that loves to be a speaker to the people?
  • Do you want to be a part of the board to plan this event? Still could use members.

We are looking for ideas to help make this a great conference experience for all. Please submit any ideas or recommendations you have as soon as possible. This is a great opportunity to network with your III peers.

We expect the pricing to be similar to last year. Lunch will be included.
Look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in September.
The date again is Friday, September 18 2020

Sheila Pychon
MIUG Chair

Find us at the MIUG website:

CFP: Information Literacy Open Sessions, IFLA WLIC 2020 - Dublin, Ireland, 15-22 August 2020.

Theme: "Perspectives on the role of information literacy education in fostering a smooth transition throughout a learner’s formal education journey - from PK to 20 and beyond"

The IFLA Information Literacy Section and the School Libraries Section invite interested professionals to submit proposals for papers to be presented at their co-sponsored open session on “Perspectives on the role of information literacy education in fostering a smooth transition throughout a learner’s formal education journey - from PK to 20 and beyond” during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress held in Dublin, Ireland, 15-22 August 2020.

How are librarians building partnership within and beyond their home institutions to smooth a learner’s information literacy education journey from one place to another? At a macro level, information literacy education happens at all stages from PK to 20 and beyond.

This panel will discuss how public, academic, and school libraries work together to empower learners on their information literacy skills through curriculum-based information literacy education.

We are particularly interested in proposals that explore the following issues:
  • frameworks of concrete skills including inquiry process and IL skills enabling a smooth transition within and from formal education possible
  • collaborations between librarians (public, school, academic) and their institutions
  • collaborations between various libraries in teaching IL
  • transitions from primary to secondary school, ideally from the perspective of primary and secondary
  • transitions from secondary school out of formal education (i.e., transitions to life outside of school)
  • transition from secondary school to university
  • teaching of IL skills in the 'In-between' places such as workforce-to-college, college-to-workforce, grade-to-grade transition, and beyond

Thank you!

Ning Zou and Darryl Toerien, Co-chairs, Open Sessions Planning, Information Literacy Section, IFLA

Ning Zou (she/her)
Associate Director for Student Academic Services & Learning Design | Research Librarian
Monroe C. Gutman Library Harvard Graduate School of Education
6 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138 | P: 617.495.1465 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

CFP: Kentucky Library Association 2020 (Lexington, Kentucky - October 15-16, 2020)

Please let me know if you have any questions. Many thanks! The call for proposals is just below.

Proposal submissions are now being accepted for the Kentucky Library Association's 2020 Conference, to be held October 15 and 16 at the Embassy Suites Coldstream in Lexington, Kentucky.  

This year’s theme, Libraries: United We Stand, serves as a reminder that by working together and supporting each other’s efforts, we can forge the libraries, the communities, and the world in which we want to work and live.

As you craft your proposal, consider--
·       how librarians can work collectively to define/redefine, design/redesign, brand/rebrand our services so that they remain true and relevant to our core missions and values
·       that libraries are an integral part of the educational infrastructure
·       that failures are as important as successes and serve as great teaching tools
·       what we as librarians can learn from other disciplines and their practitioners
·       how we as librarians can create places that are safe for the free exchange of ideas and where discourse is polite and informative
·       that being a presenter may help justify your conference attendance

The 2020 Conference Planning Committee has been working since last November to put together an exciting, educational, and interactive series of presentations and events geared to remind us all why libraries are great places and librarians are ultra-cool!  Please consider sharing your knowledge and experience at this year’s conference.

The Committee is accepting proposals until May 15th and will notify prospective presenters of acceptance no later than June 15th. In accordance with KLA Policy, all accepted presenters must register to attend at least one day of the conference.  

Mark Adler, Executive Director
Paris-Bourbon County Library
701 High Street
Paris, KY 40361
Phone: 859-987-4419 x103
Fax: 859-987-2421

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Call for Proposals: EBSS Virtual Research Forum (online - May 2020)

The Education and Behavioral Sciences Section Research Committee of ACRL invites proposals for presentations at their virtual research forum, to be held online in early May, 2020. The Research Forum offers librarians an opportunity to present research that is currently underway through a 10-minute lightning talk format. Participation in the forum offers presenters an opportunity to share their work in a peer-reviewed venue and receive feedback from the ACRL community. Lightning talks are selected via a competitive, blind review process.  

Proposals are due March 18, 2020. Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance the week of March 30. 


Proposals are evaluated based on the extent to which they: 
1. Measure or investigate issues of high interest to librarians, especially those in Education and Behavioral Sciences. 
2. Represent innovative, original research.
3. Show evidence of carefully planned research design and thoughtful analysis. 
4. Clearly identify what stage of the project has been completed and estimate a timeline for the remainder of the project. (Note: Research may be in progress at the time of proposal, but some results/findings must be available by the presentation date. Research that has been previously published or accepted for publication by January 1, 2020 will not be considered.)


To submit a proposal, submit the following as two separate documents (.doc or .pdf) via email to the current committee chair. The proposal document must NOT show your name, institution, or any personally identifying information. 

Title page, including:
  • Proposal title
  • The following information for each presenter:
    • Name and institution
    • Phone number
    • E-mail address

Proposal (250-300 words), including:
  • Proposal title
  • Statement of the research question(s)
  • Research goals and objectives
  • Design/methodology
  • Results or findings (or potential results or findings, if research in progress)
  • Explanation of relevance/value to academic librarians, especially to those in EBSS subject areas
  • Discussion of innovation/originality of research

Email submissions to EBSS Research Co-Chair Samantha Godbey at  by Monday, March 18, 2020.

Call for Submissions: BRASS Newsletter - Business Librarianship

Interested in seeing your name in print? Want to add another line to your CV?
Have something to share with other business librarians?

The Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee of BRASS is seeking articles for the next issue of its online publication Academic BRASS. Academic BRASS is a newsletter--not a journal--that publishes issue-based articles and information for the general and educational interest of BRASS members and academic business librarians.

Topics of interest to the editors are those dealing with business librarianship, such as resources, liaison and outreach activities, strategies, and instruction. Reviews of books, databases, and web sites are welcome as well.
Maybe you have another cool idea - that's fine too - get those submissions in!

Deadline for submissions for the upcoming issue is April 10, 2020.

You may want to see previous editions. For access to the full text articles of past issues of Academic BRASS, see<>

The typical length of an Academic BRASS article is 500-800 words, but past articles have been as long as 1,000 words or more. Authors should be guided by what they have to say rather than an arbitrary word length. All articles are subject to editing for length, style, and content. The newsletter follows the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition for all matters of style and citation. Authors whose articles include references to print or Internet resources are urged to observe the conventions set forth in that publication and on the APA web site (<>).

Please send article proposals or submissions to both of the editors, Janet Franks at and Wendy Pothier at

CFP: IFLA WLIC 2020, Dublin, Ireland Reference & Information Services Section

Call for Proposals
IFLA WLIC 2020, Dublin, Ireland
Reference & Information Services Section

Session Theme:  Enabling Information Ethics in a Technologically Saturated World

The Reference and Information Services Section (RISS) of IFLA invites speaker proposals for papers to be presented in its open session during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Dublin, Ireland, August 2020.  For this session, the RISS seeks papers that address the ethical dilemmas faced today by reference and information services librarians. Details of the call for papers can be found at

Important dates:
2 March 2020: Deadline for the submission of proposal to speak

6 April 2020: Notification of acceptance

1 June 2020: Deadline for the submission of full paper

Please submit your proposal to:
Marydee Ojala
Secretary, RISS

and to

Kimberley Bugg
Chair, RISS

We look forward to seeing your submissions!

Friday, February 07, 2020

CFP: 2020 Forum Intention and Serendipity: Exploration of Ideas through Purposeful and Chance Connections (November 2020 - Baltimore, Maryland)

LITA, ALCTS and LLAMA are now accepting proposals for the 2020 Forum, November 19-21 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, MD.

Intention and Serendipity: Exploration of Ideas through Purposeful and Chance Connections


Submission Deadline: March 30, 2020

Our library community is rich in ideas and shared experiences. The 2020 Forum Theme embodies our purpose to share knowledge and gain new insights by exploring ideas through an interactive, hands-on experience. We hope that this Forum can be an inspiration to share, finish, and be a catalyst to implement ideas…together.

We invite those who choose to lead through their ideas to submit proposals for sessions or preconference workshops, as well as nominate keynote speakers. This is an opportunity to share your ideas or unfinished work, inciting collaboration and advancing the library profession forward through meaningful dialogue.

We encourage diversity in presenters from a wide range of background, libraries, and experiences. We deliberately seek and strongly encourage submissions from underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, the LGBTQA+ community, and people with disabilities. We also strongly encourage submissions from public, school, and special libraries.

Vendors wishing to submit a proposal should partner with a library representative who is testing/using the product.

Presenters will submit final presentation slides and/or electronic content (video, audio, etc.) to be made available online following the event. Presenters are expected to register and participate in the Forum as attendees.

For additional information about the 2020 LITA/ALCTS/LLAMA Forum, please visit

For questions, contact Berika Williams, Forum Planning Committee Chair, at

CFP: SEMLOL Spring Meeting 2020 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Livonia, Michigan March 27, 2020

The Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries, SEMLOL, is preparing a program for the Spring membership meeting titled Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

We welcome interactive workshops, presentations, lightning talks, and poster proposals sharing your experiences with a variety of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Examples include but are not limited to: diversity and inclusion efforts at your library, events/programming/workshops pertaining to diversity and inclusion, promoting diversity and inclusion in librarianship, etc. Best practices, interactive activities, and creative ideas are all welcome. Presentations may be anywhere from 10 - 40 minutes long with time for questions. 

The Spring SEMLOL meeting will take place on Friday, March 27, 2020 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at Madonna University’s Franciscan Center.

To submit a proposal, please send a title, name of speaker(s), and an abstract of no more than 250 words to by Friday, February 21, 2020. Accepted proposals will be notified by Friday, March 6th, 2020. 

LIS students are encouraged to submit proposals based on their coursework, jobs or internships. 

We look forward to your submissions! 

Holly Sorscher 

SEMLOL Executive Board
Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries

CFP: CARMA 2020 - Internet and Big Data in Economics and Social Sciences - July 8 - 9, 2020. Valencia, Spain @carmaconf

CARMA 2020 - Call for Papers

Internet and Big Data in Economics and Social Sciences

3rd International Conference on Advanced Research Methods and Analytics
July 8 - 9, 2020. Valencia, Spain
twitter: @carmaconf


Research methods in economics and social sciences are evolving with the increasing availability of Internet and Big Data sources of information. These sources, methods, and applications converge in the 3rd International Conference on Advanced Research Methods and Analytics. CARMA is a leading interdisciplinary forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas and advances on how emerging research methods and sources are applied to different fields of social sciences.
The CARMA 2020 conference will be held on July 8-9, 2020 at the Faculty of Business Administration and Management of the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (UPV), which has been recently ranked as the best technical university in Spain by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2019.

Topics of interest

The program committee encourages the submission of articles discussing challenges related to contemporary issues in Internet and Big Data in economics and social sciences.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following topic areas:
  • Internet and Big Data sources in economics and social sciences
    • Google Trends and Search Engine data
    • Web scraping
    • Social media and public opinion mining
    • Geospatial and mobile phone data
  • Big Data methods in economics and social sciences
    • Sentiment analysis
    • Internet econometrics
    • Machine learning econometrics
    • Information quality and assessment
    • Crowdsourcing
  • Internet and Big Data applications
    • Official statistics
    • Tourism forecasting
    • Business analytics with social media
    • Social behavior and mobility patterns
    • Consumer behavior, eWOM and social media marketing
    • Politics and social media
    • Bibliometrics and sciencetometrics
  • Digital transformation and global society
    • Privacy and legal aspects
    • Data Economy
    • Electronic Government
    • Smart Cities
    • Industry adoption
    • Gender bias
If you are interested in organizing a special session as part of CARMA 2020, please contact the organization at

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 14 February, 2020
Acceptance notification: 16 April, 2020
Camera ready due: 7 May, 2020
Conference: 8-9 July, 2020


All accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings with a DOI and ISBN number. They will be published in open access by UPV Press and submitted to be indexed in major international bibliographic databases. The previous edition is already indexed in the Thomson-Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Web of Science Core Collection (former ISI Proceedings).

Submission guidelines

Authors from all over the world are invited to submit original and unpublished papers or extended abstracts, which are not under review in any other conference or journal. All submissions will be peer reviewed by the program committee based on their originality, significance, methodological soundness, and clarity of exposition.
Submissions (extended abstracts or full papers) must be written in English and should be in PDF format. They must follow the instructions in the template file, available in Microsoft Word format at:
Full-paper length must be between 4 and 8 pages, incorporating all text, references, figures and tables. Extended abstracts should not exceed 3 pages. Submissions imply the willingness of at least one author to register, attend the conference, and present the paper.
CARMA 2020 is using the OCS platform of UPV Press to manage the submissions. This platform provides you with a submissions homepage where you can register your paper submission and make appropriate changes. The submission website is:

About the venue

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and is located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It embraces culture and tradition from the past combined with singular architecture, exciting gastronomy, nightlife, and beautiful white sand beaches. Valencia is the capital city of the Comunitat Valenciana region, which is major tourist destination in summer. More info at:
The organizing committee looks forward to welcoming you all to a fruitful conference with open discussions and important networking across different disciplines.