Wednesday, September 30, 2020

CFP: Civic Engagement - Democracy and the Library - Poster Lightning Round - ACRL/NY 2020 Annual Symposium - December 4th, 2020 - Virtual

 ACRL/NY 2020 Annual Symposium

Civic Engagement: Democracy and the Library

December 4, 2020 
Virtual Symposium

Call for Proposals: Poster Lightning Round 

Poster proposals can be submitted at

For this year's ACRL/NY Symposium, we are seeking proposals for a Poster Lightning Round about the intersection of libraries and research institutions with civics, governance, and democracy. How are civic issues impacting collections and services? How do libraries foster engagement with civic issues and the democratic process throughout the community? How do ideas of “library neutrality” affect how we engage with these issues? We welcome proposals from all positions of library staff. 

Potential perspectives include but are not limited to:

Diverse voices: participation of diverse groups in decision making and programming

Ethical Leadership: explorations of institutional authority and power dynamics, formal and informal practices of good governance and resistance

Public Services, Outreach, and Instruction: library programming, creative partnerships in and outside the institution, information literacy

Acquisitions/Collection Development: new and interesting collections meant to encourage civic discussion and activism, purchasing issues, resources sharing

Technical Services and Access:  authority control and the algorithmic impact of information retrieval, scholarly communications, artificial intelligence

Format: The ACRL/NY 2020 Symposium will be held completely virtually. We are seeking 5-7 minute poster presentations.  We are open to a mixture of presentation types and formats. 

Selections will be done by a blind review; please do not include any identifying information in your abstract. Proposals must be submitted by October 31, 2020. Presenters will be notified by Monday, November 9th.

Poster proposals can be submitted using this form:

Questions regarding submitting posters can be sent to

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

CFP: Reaching Forward 2021 Conference (deadline Fri., Nov. 20)

So much has changed since the 2020 Reaching Forward Conference was canceled in March. While we won't be able to meet in-person in 2021, the Reaching Forward Forum strongly believes we need to be together, if that means meeting virtually, to fulfill the mission of Reaching Forward to provide professional opportunities for library staff to grow, learn, and connect with new ideas.


The committee is accepting program proposals for the 2021 Conference. We want to hear how you and your libraries responded to the pandemic. What has worked? How did you adapt to challenges and alter your plans when needed? How did you transition to virtual programming? What new and innovative projects and procedures have you implemented? How are you looking to the future of libraries? Where do we go from here? We've all learned a lot this year and we want you to share your challenges and successes.

The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, November 20, 11:59 PM CDT. To submit a proposal, please go to If you have any questions about how to submit a program proposal, view the Conference proposal submission information page ( on the ILA website. The page also includes the various program tracks under which a proposal may fall.

The Reaching Forward Conference serves library staff at all levels, with a strong focus on frontline and support staff. All programs slots are 60 minutes. Programming is organized by the following tracks:

  • Advocacy and Funding
  • Collections and Technical Services
  • Community Engagement and Customer Service
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • 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:

  1. Speaker(s) information

  2. Program title and description

  3. Program Track

  4. Speaker qualifications to speak on your topic

  5. Learning outcomes for attendees

  6. Room setup, preferred time of day

  7. Program experience level and format

  8. Additional information you’d like to share with the committee

CFP: Academic BRASS - 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 November 20, 2020.

Site URL:

Please send article proposals or submissions to both of the editors, Janet Franks at  and Wendy Pothier at If you have any questions, please query Janet Franks.

Monday, September 21, 2020

CFP: Call for Chapters - Innovation and Experiential Learning in Academic Libraries: Meeting the Needs of 21st Century Students

 We are seeking chapters for the following upcoming book: 

Innovation and Experiential Learning in Academic Libraries: Meeting the Needs of 21st Century Students

Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group

Series: Innovations in Information Literacy

Editors: Sarah Nagle and Elias Tzoc


As technology advances and the skills required for the future workforce continue to change rapidly, academic libraries have begun to expand the definition of information literacy and the type of library services they provide to better prepare students for the constantly-developing world they will face upon graduation.  More than teaching the newest technologies, information literacy is expanding to help students develop enduring skills such as critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, communication, teamwork, and more.  Innovation and Experiential Learning in Academic Libraries: Meeting the Needs of 21st Century Students addresses the multitude of ways that academic librarians are collaborating with faculty and helping students develop these enduring skills by developing and integrating active and experiential learning approaches into teaching activities.

Please visit our Call for Proposals webpage for more information and to submit your proposal. 

Deadline For Submissions: November 15, 2020

Questions? Email or 

More information -

We plan to organize 8-10 chapters (from a multidisciplinary group of authors) into three main sections:

  • Section I - Innovation and Leadership: in times of unprecedented changes and transformations, library leaders must plan, advocate and implement innovative services that support effective learning and teaching environments for all disciplines.

  • Section II - Examples and Case Studies: academic librarianship is a field of practice where librarians and information professionals are actively involved in creating programs and services that meet the dynamic and ever-changing needs of students and faculty.

  • Section III - Future Literacy Developments: as the world continues to change, because of new technologies or global crisis, the academic library community must also continue to change/create innovative literacy services that will contribute to student success.

Chapters will be 15-20 pages (5,000 - 7,000 words and will include 1-2 figures, tables, or images) each.

Chapter proposal topics may include, but are not limited to:
Section I: Innovation and Leadership

  • Leading teams focused on new/innovative instructional techniques and technologies

  • Campus-library partnerships for innovative initiatives

  • Examples and best practices for working with faculty to incorporate new literacies/experiential learning into curricula

  • Challenging the status quo at your institution

  • Championing innovative efforts

Section II: Examples and Case Studies of Literacy efforts in

  • Digital humanities

  • Data literacy

  • Digital scholarship

  • Active/experiential learning in information literacy

  • Maker/creation literacy

  • Design thinking/entrepreneurial thinking

Section III: Future Literacy Developments

  • Emerging Literacy Services in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

  • Information Literacy and Academic Library Innovation in a Post-COVID World

We seek chapter proposals that can provide crucial guidance for administrators and information literacy practitioners on implementing various new and innovative literacies into their instruction.

Chapter submissions deadline: November 15th, 2020
Decision on chapters proposals: December 15th, 2020
chapters deadline: May 15th, 2021

Friday, September 18, 2020

Call for applicants: 2020 ACRL/NY Annual Symposium scholarships - Civic Engagement: Democracy and the Library (Online December 4, 2020)

 Call for applicants: 2020 ACRL/NY Annual Symposium scholarships

Civic Engagement: Democracy and the Library

The fully online 2020 ACRL/NY Annual Symposium

(Application deadline: Oct 16, 2020


What happens at the intersection of academic and research libraries with civics, governance, and democracy? How are civic issues impacting collections and services? How do libraries foster engagement with civic issues and the democratic process throughout the community? How do ideas of “library neutrality” affect how we engage with these issues?


Presented annually by the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries, this year’s event will take place fully online on Friday, December 4th via Zoom.

Awardees will receive:

If you are interested, please note that ACRL/NY offers three scholarship programs.

Student Scholarship – For students currently enrolled in graduate degree programs in library/information science who are considering a career in academic librarianship (three awardees). TO APPLY: fill out this student scholarship form


Early Career Librarian Scholarship – For an academic librarian who has been practicing less than five years following receipt of a master’s degree in library/information science (one awardee). TO APPLY: fill out this early career librarian scholarship form


The Dr. Barbara Bonous-Smit Scholarship – For an academic librarian who has been in practice at least five years following receipt of a master’s degree in library/information science (one awardee). TO APPLY: fill out this Dr. Barbara Bonous-Smit scholarship form


Scholarship recipients are expected to produce a short article on their impressions of the day for the ACRL/NY blog (guidelines to be provided).

Application submission deadline: Monday, October 16, 2020

Scholarship recipients will be notified on or before Friday, November 10, 2020.

For further information about the symposium, go to:

 We look forward to your submission.

The 2020 ACRL/NY Symposium Scholarship Committee

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

CFP: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Libraries: Progress and Promise? (December 2nd, 2020 - Online)

Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) initiatives and practices have been at the forefront of library services for several years. However, now we need to ask ourselves, are we not only talking the talk, but walking the walk when it comes to EDI. Are the EDI initiatives and plans we developed years ago actually working? Are we seeing an impact from these efforts in our communities and among our staff?


Join Amigos Library Services on December 2, 2020 for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Libraries: Progress and Promise? We will take a closer look at EDI and explore what initiatives in your library have worked, ones that have not.

We are now accepting presentation proposals for this online conference. Suggested topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Diversity audits and assessments of your library's collection
  • Implementation of universal design best practices in your library’s digital and physical spaces
  • Successful strategies on engaging your library’s staff, community, and/or campus with EDI education and training
  • Lessons learned in managing controversial EDI issues within your library’s workplace, community, and/or campus
  • Archival and special collections management of materials from underrepresented and/or historically marginalized groups
  • Ways to reduce biases in cataloging
  • Proven best practices for inclusive library instruction and critical information literacy
  • Next steps in recruiting, retaining, and leading a diverse library workplace


Please submit your proposal by September 29, 2020. Tell us your story and share what attendees can expect to learn from your presentation. Amigos staff will provide all the training for our platform and full technical support during your presentation. All sessions are 45 minutes with time for questions and answers.

For more information about this conference, contact Jodie Borgerding, or (972) 340-2897.

Call for Chapter Proposals: Teaching Critical Reading Skills: Strategies for Academic Librarians Published by ACRL Press

Call for Chapter Proposals: Teaching Critical Reading Skills: Strategies for Academic Librarians Published by ACRL Press – Due October 1


Have you created library instructional or outreach activities focused on student reading? If you have case studies, lesson plans, stories, or programmatic approaches aimed at developing active, engaged, mindful, and critical readers, we want to hear from you.


Focus of the Book:

Librarians engage with student reading in a variety of ways: We work with students as they learn to become part of their disciplinary communities and practice reading scholarly articles, interpreting historical information from archival materials, and drawing conclusions based on information from unfamiliar source types like government documents, patents, figures, data, or works of criticism. This book will offer strategies for librarians working across a range of disciplinary areas so they can engage students who need to learn how to read in order to work, understand, and create new knowledge in their field.


We also work with students as they become critical, engaged citizens. We interact with students as they learn to make sense of information in web-based environments where authorship is often uncertain, take active steps to triangulate the information they find, and make decisions based on social media sources where bias and filter bubbles are inherent. We also work with student readers who come from a variety of backgrounds (e.g., non-native English speakers) and who are at different stages in their academic journey (e.g., transfer students or graduate students). This book will offer strategies that take into account librarians’ unique instructional opportunities to encourage students who read in order to understand, empathize, and create change.


Potential Chapter Topics May Include But Are Not Limited To:

·  Critical Reading - Defined and Examples in Practice 

·  Primary Source Literacy (i.e., Special Collections and Archives) and Critical Reading 

·  Reading for different student audiences - examples could include expert vs. novice approaches, reading instruction for first-year students, transfer students, or graduate students’ reading practices 

·  Programmatic Approaches to Reading Programs 

·  Community College Librarians and Critical Reading 

·  Reading Scholarly Articles

·  Reading Beyond Scholarly Articles

·  Reading Emotionally Difficult Material

·  Reading in the Disciplines (i.e., sciences, social sciences, humanities)

·  Reading for Non-native English Speakers

·  Strategies for comprehending data or health resources

·  Reading strategies for different source types (e.g., opinion pieces, government documents, books…)


Submission Procedure:

Please submit an initial chapter proposal description of up to 500 words and a tentative chapter title. As part of your proposal description, please include a brief description of the practical content you will include in your chapter (e.g., lesson plan, instructional activity, assignment, outreach plan, or model for creating a campus program). Please also include the author(s)’ names, titles, and institutional affiliations, along with a link to current CV (or copy relevant info from your CV, which may be abbreviated to focus on information relevant to your experiences either with instruction and outreach or relevant publishing history). 


Please submit proposals to:


Proposals are due by October 1, 2020.** Authors will be notified of their status (accept or decline) by November 15, 2020. A first draft of approximately 2000-5000 words (excluding endnotes and bibliography) will be due on February 15, 2021, and after receiving editorial feedback, a final draft will be due on July 31, 2021. Chapters must not be previously published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere.


**Special note - we very much understand that these are extremely strange and difficult times. If you have an idea but aren’t sure what your schedule looks like for fall/winter, please still contact us to express interest and share your idea. We’ll see what we can figure out together.**


Anticipated book publication date will be early 2022. Chapter authors will be able to make their chapters open access by posting final copies of their chapter in their institutional repositories.


For additional information, contact:


Hannah Gascho Rempel, Professor and Science Librarian, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR  -


Rachel Hamelers, Teaching and Learning Librarian, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA -