Friday, August 28, 2020

CFP: Online Professional Development Presentations @ALA_ACRL

The ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee (PDC) welcomes proposals for online programs that further ACRL members’ professional development, knowledge, and practice. Proposals should be grounded in theory and/or practice. We encourage the use of panels and multiple presenter models to convey a variety of viewpoints. Presenters are responsible for recruiting their own co-presenters and panelists. Proposals for programs led by an individual presenter are also accepted. Programs usually run one hour, including time for questions, and are offered via Zoom.

All proposals will be considered, however, we are particularly interested in programs addressing the following topics in 2020-2021:

  • Evolving Models for Public Services and Learning Spaces

  • Critical Librarianship, Diversity and Inclusion, and Social Justice in Academic Libraries

  • Scholarly Communications

  • Data Management and Visualization

  • Changing Roles of Liaison Librarians and Functional Experts

  • Digital Scholarship

  • Assessment and Learning Analytics

  • Identifying and Developing Future Leaders

Complete the following form to submit an online program proposal. To receive full consideration for the 2020-2021 programming year, submissions should be received by Wednesday, September 25th, 2020. Please submit proposals here.

Please direct questions to Samantha Harlow or Laura Gariepy, Chairs of the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee, at and The Committee’s prior programs can be found here.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

CFP: 2021 Researcher to Reader Conference

 The Call for Papers for the 2021 Researcher to Reader Conference was scheduled to close on 31 August, but we have received several requests for more time, so we are extending the deadline to Monday 7 September.


We have ambitious plans for a hybrid event, which will offer an engaging and highly interactive experience for both online and physical participants. Speakers, moderators and delegates will all be able to choose whether to participate remotely or at our venue in London on 23-24 February 2021.

You will find information on the planned themes and session formats for the Conference, and can download our Proposal Form, at the Call for Papers page on the Conference website. Please put forward your proposals as soon as possible, and no later than Monday 7 September.

Conference Background

The Researcher to Reader Conference is a key forum for discussion of international scholarly communications – exploring how academic knowledge is conveyed from the researcher to the reader.

The Conference takes place annually in London each February and is attended by around 150-200 participants from all parts of the scholarly communications community, including funders, researchers, research managers, editors, publishers, distributors, technologists and librarians.

Topics and Themes

The Conference covers the full life-cycle of scholarly communications, from the researcher who creates content to the reader who consumes content. We particularly value topics that are of broad interest across the diverse range of people and organisations that participate in scholarly communication, rather than subjects that focus on a particular silo. Our delegates are primarily interested in the interactions between the various parts of the scholarly communications supply chain, and how different people and organisations can work together more effectively. The Conference also values topics that are practical, informative or supported by evidence – we are interested in facilitating what could be done, rather than merely debating what should be done.

We are very open to a wide range of subjects that could be explored within this framework, and purposefully avoid being too prescriptive or theme-constrained, but some topics that our Advisory Board feels could be particularly interesting in the current climate are listed below. Clearly the COVID-19 pandemic is much in our thoughts at the moment, and while we don’t want the event to be dominated by this, there are some interesting implications for scholarly communications from this.

  • Preprints and Peer Review – Is it enough to have scholarship communicated, or does it also need to be credibly communicated, having been judged, approved and rated?  What has the rush to disseminate in the COVID-19 pandemic taught us about unreviewed information?
  • Research Incentives, Behaviours, Integrity & Trust – How can scholarly communication be assisted or impeded by ‘the tenure track’ and other incentives? Does research culture need to change? How can early-career researchers resist destructive traditions and incentives?
  • Research Data – What are the issues around collecting & recording data, authenticating & reproducing results, making information available while maintaining privacy, and preserving & archiving data, especially in an increasingly open and revenue-less world.
  • Funding Sources, Methods & Mandates – What is the future of research funding if governments and institutions may be facing a COVID-induced economic meltdown? Why do funders seem to be indifferent to the real world of  researcher incentives, challenges and independence, when they set their rules?  
  • Small & Society Publishers – Have they been sacrificed in the attacks on large and overly-profitable publishers, and the twin political appeals of open-ness and free-ness? What is the future for small organisations with ethical ideals which are facing the disappearance of subscription income and consolidation amongst technology suppliers?
  • Public Communication of Science – Is it desirable and possible to improve public communication of scientific research? Has the COVID-19 pandemic taught us, once again, that Publishers, Pre-printers, Press, Politicians and Public are all incapable of understanding and communicating scientific information responsibly? Are researchers and tenure committees also being beguiled or misled by unprofessional public reporting,  hype or altmetrics?

Session Formats

The Conference has a variety of session formats, intended to give each topic an appropriate expression.  Our programme is likely to include a mixture of: Keynotes, Presentations, Panels, Debates, Workshops, Poster Sessions and Lightning Talks.

See CFP for more information


Tuesday, August 25, 2020

CFP: Libraries: Culture, History, and Society issue on Black women librarians

In Spring 2022, the Library History Round Table will devote volume 6, number 1 of Libraries: Culture, History, and Society, and significant space in LHRT News and Notes, to scholarship, book reviews, and blog posts on Black women librarians. This issue will be guest-edited by Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Cooke will accept proposals for scholarly articles and select 4-6 research studies for publication in LCHS. The publication is particularly interested in material on Black women librarians who have not yet been covered adequately by the scholarly or professional literature. Proposals concerning other pathbreaking librarians are also welcomed. To submit a proposal, please contact Dr. Cooke via this signup form ( by Monday, November 16, 2020. 

Thursday, August 20, 2020

CFP: Libraries, Archives and Museums Area - Popular Culture Association 2021 Annual Conference - Boston Massachusetts, June 2-5, 2021


The Popular Culture Association annual conference will be held June 2-5, 2021, at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, Massachusetts.

The Libraries, Archives, and Museums area is soliciting papers dealing with any aspect of Popular Culture as it pertains to libraries, archives, museums, or research. Possible topics include:

* Descriptions of research collections or exhibits
* Studies of popular images of libraries, librarians, archives, or museums
* Analyses of social networking or web resources
* Popular Culture in library education/information literacy
* The future of libraries and librarians
* Developments in technical services for collecting/ preserving Popular Culture materials

Papers from graduate students are welcome

The deadline for submitting a proposal is November 16, 2020

Proposals may be submitted at

Please direct any questions to either co-chair for Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Popular Culture:

Allen Ellis
Professor of Library Services
W. Frank Steely Library
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY 41099-6101

Casey Hoeve
Associate Professor, Head of Content & Collections
Love Library
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-4100

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Call for Contributions: Current Cites

 Call for Contributions: Current Cites

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We want your take on it, especially on what, how, & why it matters to our profession. Submit as many annotations you’d like, whenever. 

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Call for Chapters - ACRL’s Data Literacy Cookbook

This is a call for chapters for the ACRL’s Data Literacy Cookbook edited by Kelly Getz (Eastern Michigan University) and Meryl Brodsky (University of Texas - Austin).

We are seeking proposals from academic librarians for chapters describing practiced lesson plans, curriculum map development, activities, and events designed to promote and educate data literacy through library instruction and outreach. We are seeking examples that have been tried and tested. Examples can range from simple and quick door-opener activities, to lessons, courses, and curriculum maps. Audiences of these lessons are not limited to academia, they may also include community-based collaborations and outreach events. Examples of potential topics:

-Data visualization and infographics (creation and interpretation)
-Finding and using secondary data
-Data management, formatting, archiving, and preservation
-Interpreting statistics, surveys, polls
-Data and statistics in the news, and in the disciplines
-Data literacy outreach and engagement
-Data Literacy among the disciplines
-Data carpentry
-Data citation
-Personal archiving, naming conventions
-Research data services

Submissions should be ~500 words and include: Title, Audience description, Learning objectives (ties to ACRL Framework for Information Literacy), Length of activity/activities in minutes (if applicable), General description of the activity, lesson, event, or curriculum map, and Assessment.

Please submit proposals on this Google form: by Sept. 30, 2020.

Contributors will be notified of their proposal’s status (accepted or rejected) by December 30, 2020. The deadline to submit the first draft of accepted chapters for revision is April 1, 2021.

Please contact Meryl Brodsky ( and Kelly
Getz ( with questions.

Monday, August 10, 2020

CFP: Using Open Educational Resources to Promote Social Justice (Book Chapters)

 Call For Chapter Proposals: Using Open Educational Resources to Promote Social Justice

We invite proposals for the forthcoming book from ACRL Press, Using Open Educational Resources to Promote Social Justice.

Focus of the Book:

Many academic institutions recognize the benefits Open Educational Resources (OERs) offer to their students and are investing heavily in the development of open course materials. Several state governments have adopted legislation or policies that encourage the creation of open resources. Research on OERs is still in the burgeoning phase, however there is growing evidence that the inclusive design of open learning materials can reduce disparities between low socio-economic students and their fellow classmates.

While educators are developing new curricula, they have an opportunity to embed social justice principles into the course design and materials. Considering that white males are still significantly overrepresented on most faculty rosters, there is a risk that the white male perspective will once again be centered in these materials, omitting many marginalized voices. We encourage academics to embrace the fact that OERs allow educators to rewrite the rule book and normalize inclusive design built around social justice. Without intervention, it is too easy to replicate the same problems plaguing traditional publishers.

This book seeks to address strategies to implement OERs to support social justice. 

We invite chapters on topics including but not limited to the following:

  • OERs as a way to support economically marginalized students

  • OERs as a way to bring marginalized voices into the curriculum

  • OERs as a way to level the playing ground between institutions, particularly for Minority Serving Institutions and HBCUs, which have historically been underfunded within the US, as well as between countries with varying levels of access

  • Intersections between OER adoption and Critical Race Theory, Feminist Pedagogy, and other critical approaches to curriculum development and pedagogy

  • Examinations of the colonizing nature of OER (prominently Western and male) and how that has been affecting equity and inclusion efforts

  • Strategies to motivate minoritized voices to pursue the development of appropriate OER projects

  • Reflections on work encouraging faculty to adopt or develop OERs as it connects with social justice frameworks

  • Reflections of challenges specific to the adoption or development of open textbooks

  • Connections between Critical Information Literacy, OERs, and social justice

  • Assessment of OER implementation

  • The potentially ephemeral nature of OERs and how to cope with that as an instructor

Submission Procedure: 

Email an abstract (up to 500 words, submitted as a Word document) and author(s) CV to


Submit proposals by October 30, 2020

Notifications will be sent by November 16, 2020

Completed manuscripts (tentatively 3,000-6,000 words) due by March 1, 2021

About the editors

CJ Ivory is Assistant Professor & Learning and Research Support Librarian at the University of West Georgia. She also serves as the campus liaison to Affordable Learning Georgia, which is the statewide office responsible for encouraging the adoption of OERs. 

Angela Pashia is the Head of Learning and Research Support and Associate Professor at the University of West Georgia.

CJ Ivory
Assistant Professor & Librarian
Affordable Learning Georgia Library Coordinator
Learning & Research Support Division

University of West Georgia
Ingram Library

CFP: ENUG 2020 - Ex Libris Northeast Users Group - Virtual Conference - October 6th-9th, 2020

 Ex Libris Northeast Users Group

ENUG 2020 Virtual Conference
Dates: October 6-9
Conference Website:
 Call for Presentations – proposal submission:

The Ex Libris Northeast Users Group (ENUG) has a tradition of providing an excellent program to our participants along with an opportunity to network with your Ex Libris colleagues. We will, again, have Ex Libris representatives present to give product updates and answer questions.
We hope to see proposals covering a wide variety of the Ex Libris products, as well as broader topics relating to libraries and information systems.
If you would like to discuss your ideas before submitting your proposal, please don’t hesitate to contact Kristy Lee or Anthony Dellureficio, ENUG co-chairs ( If you *think* you have a good idea, you probably do! We need volunteers to share their experiences and expertise and help everyone become a more enlightened and effective Ex Libris / ProQuest product user.

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Call for Collaboration: Co-create The Connection 2021

From the innovative team that created The Collective comes a vibrant reimagining of virtual professional development, The Connection 2021! 

If you have ever been bored with traditional online learning or virtual conferences, we invite you to collaborate with us on a fresher, more energizing alternative with rockin’ live plenary sessions, fabulous social events, and asynchronous content from library workers like you! 

The Connection seeks innovative and diverse contributions from all types of library workers and stakeholders from podcasts to dork shorts, from crowd-sourced projects to playlists. We’ll consider just about anything that makes the library world more amazing in our two round, peer review process. We have some creative formats and provocations to get you started but your imagination is the only limitation!

Find out more on our website and submit your ideas now through September 7, 2020!

UKSG 2021 Call for Presentations (April 2021)

Clearly much has changed in the world since we sent out the call for papers last year, imagining a great meeting in Brighton in March.  We are looking ahead now, unsure of what the world will look like in April 2021, but we are determined to bring you our Annual Conference, in whatever format it will take!

The conference attracts delegates from across the global knowledge community, including librarians, publishers and intermediaries.  It provides a much-respected forum for discussing trends, showcasing initiatives, finding out about current practice across sectors, and connecting with other professionals.

Suggestions are invited for topics for plenary sessions, breakout sessions and lightning talks. In all cases, we welcome suggestions of speakers alongside topic ideas. You can see some of this year’s presentations online at: or see the whole programme here to get an idea of topics/level etc.

Please submit your suggestions via the UKSG website:

To have a truly engaging conference, UKSG believes we need to hear from people with a variety of perspectives and backgrounds - and we particularly want to encourage and include those from under-represented communities to speak and take part. As well as supporting all plenary speakers and lead breakout speakers with a free place and expenses (if the conference goes ahead as an in-person event), we are looking at expanding our list of sponsored places to support early career and target those from under-represented communities to attend.  If you have something interesting to say but do not feel you are ready to present a plenary or break-out session we can provide mentors to help you prepare, or please consider presenting a shorter lightning talk.

The deadline for suggestions is Friday 18th September. We will aim to contact you by the end of September to let you know if your idea has been taken up.  If you need any assistance with any aspect of your submission, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I would be grateful if you would share this email far and wide to your own networks – many thanks in advance!

Bev Acreman
Executive Director

Monday, August 03, 2020

CFP: Potomac Technical Processing Librarians (PTPL) Annual Meeting - Online (October 16, 2020)

PTPL Annual Meeting - Call for Proposals

Potomac Technical Processing Librarians (PTPL) is seeking presentation proposals for our Annual Meeting, which will be held online on October 16, 2020

The focus of our meeting this year will be a conversation on ethics in technical services. We encourage submissions that examine the topic through the technical services lens. Potential topics include but are not limited to: 
  • Subject heading use and the implementation of local subject headings
  • Ethical considerations relating to authority record creation
  • Patron privacy concerns
  • Library-vendor relationships
  • Establishing ethical collection development policies
  • Unconscious biases in preservation decisions
  • Legal ramifications of technical services work

Please include the following information in your proposal:
  • Name, job title, institution, and contact information of presenter(s)
  • Title of presentation
  • Abstract (approx. 150 words)
  • Estimated presentation length

Please send your proposals to Kim Edwards ( by September 1st. Presenters will be notified of their selection status on or before September 21st.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Reviewers Needed for Journal of Academic Librarianship

Reviewers Needed for Journal of Academic Librarianship

I am looking for new reviewers for JAL. There have been quite a few retirements and we are seeing an increase in article submissions. I could use reviewers in all areas, but especially in collections, open access, technology, and management issues. Please send a brief email to express interest, letting me know about your credentials and experience.

Thank you for your consideration, and please feel free to share this with colleagues.

Beth Blakesley
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Academic Librarianship
Associate Dean of Libraries
Washington State University – Pullman