Friday, November 20, 2020

CFP: Against the Grain Column about Library Analytics @ATG_NewsChannel

Librarians Researching or Writing about Library Analytics

Proposal Form: 

EBSCO Information Services’ Vice President of SaaS Strategy Tamir Borensztajn and Vice President of Communications Kathleen McEvoy edit a column in Against the Grain called The Future of Libraries is Analytics. We publish six columns each year and are lining up our authors for 2021. 

We thought we’d open up the process so we are issuing a call for papers. Articles can range from 1200 – 2400 words and cover a variety of topics related to library analytics (how they are being used, how they are helping with budgetary issues or collection development, how they are helping library staff show library usage and contribute to library advocacy, etc.). The articles can be new research and case studies, opinion pieces or state of the art updates. We are looking to provide a vehicle for librarians to share their knowledge about and efforts to use analytics. 

Articles can be co-written. As editors, we review the articles for clarity and proofing. 

Here are the due dates for each 2021 issue:

  • February Issue — Content Due January 4th
  • April Issue — Content Due February 15th
  • June Issue — Content Due March 26th
  • September Issue — Content Due June 1st
  • November Issue — Content Due August 1st
  • December 2021/January 2022 — Content Due November 1st


Please fill out the proposal form and our editors will contact you. Proposal Form: 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Call for Proposals - Moving On: Migrating Library Content and Data - Online Conference February 11, 2021 #Amigos

 “This link worked yesterday – why doesn’t it work now?” “Will all of our local MARC fields migrate when we change catalogs?” When it comes to integrated library systems and electronic resources platforms, the one constant is change. Whether it’s migrating all your MARC records to a new catalog system or updating URLs when an e-book vendor changes their platform, most library staff members encounter a migration at least once in their career. These processes can be daunting, but they don’t have to be scary. 


Join us February 11, 2021, for Moving On: Migrating Library Content and Data. This Amigos Library Services online conference will explore ways to lessen the pain of migrations between library systems and platforms. 


Amigos Library Services is now accepting presentation proposals for this conference. Suggested topic areas include but are not limited to: 


·         doing market research on available systems and software 

·         navigating the request-for-proposal (RFP) process 

·         handling data clean-up prior to migration 

·         communicating with vendors during a transition 

·         keeping your patrons informed about the transition 

·         change management strategies 


Please submit your proposal at by December 3, 2020Tell us your story and share what registrants 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 Emily or 800-843-8482 ext. 2825. 

CFP: Beta Phi Mu Scholars Series Books by Rowman & Littlefield

 CFP: Scholars Series by Rowman & Littlefield


Looking to publish your first book? The Beta Phi Mu Scholars Series, published by Rowman & Littlefield, welcomes proposals that advance knowledge in the discipline and profession of library and information science. The following broad topics are suggestions that future authors may wish to undertake, but is by no means an exhaustive list:


  • The economics of information and libraries
  • Innovative service options in different environments
  • Technologies that facilitate librarians’ and information specialists’ work
  • Examination of the dynamics of communities
  • Complexities of decision making
  • Developing professionals to make differences in organizations
  • Research into communication challenges
  • Serving ethnically, culturally, and/or linguistically diverse populations
  • Creating models for the sustenance of leadership in organizations


More information about the series can be found here. To see our most recent publications, please view the Rowman & Littlefield website.


Authors are asked to submit proposals that include the following:

  1. Working title
  2. Expected publication date and anticipated timeline
  3. Estimated length of manuscript
  4. Summary
  5. Outline of chapters
  6. Drafted chapter (if possible)
  7. Explanation of the significance of the manuscript
  8. Resume or vita addressing author’s qualifications


Inquiries, questions, and proposals should be sent directly to the Editor, Andrea Falcone, and Associate Editor, Jennifer Leffler at


Andrea M. Falcone, Editor

Beta Phi Mu Scholars Series

Dean of the W. Frank Steely Library

Northern Kentucky University

Call for Chapter Proposals: Thriving as a Mid-Career Librarian (ACRL edited book)

Book Title: Thriving as a Mid-Career Librarian: Identity, Advocacy, and Pathways

Edited by Brandon K. West and Elizabeth Galoozis



There’s a lot of advice out there for new librarians, and for librarians at all career stages looking to become leaders or administrators. But what about the rest of us? The mid-career stage often brings more questions than answers: How do we continue to grow professionally if we don’t want to move upward? How do we make decisions about whether to stay at an institution (or in the profession) or go? What strategies do we use to sustain ourselves amidst burnout, constant change, wage compression, or even boredom? How do we navigate cultures of white supremacy and hierarchy? We often have conversations about these topics informally, but there are few meaningful resources for this particular stage of a librarian’s career.

This book will explore the different contexts in which mid-career librarians are working. Not all librarians in the same career stage, or even in the same library, are grappling with the same issues or will make similar decisions. Most often, leadership is touted as the only path for the mid-career librarian, but not everyone is interested in or capable of pursuing these types of positions. For this reason, this book will offer strategies and practical advice for navigating mid-career, based on different roles in libraries, positionalities, and identities, as well as the need to serve as one's own advocate long-term. This book is for librarians interested in thriving in their mid-career, written by those who have been there and who are there now.

Book Sections

  • Section 1: Staying Engaged in Your Career: We are soliciting chapters that focus on specific roles within academic libraries and the unique qualities that keep each type of role engaged in their work. 
  • Section 2: The Role of Identity in Shaping Mid-Career Librarianship: We are soliciting chapters from authors for whom their identity has presented barriers to their careers, and explore how these folks have sustained themselves in light of any adversity they may face.
  • Section 3: Being Your Own Advocate: In this section of the book, we will solicit chapters that highlight strategies for navigating day-to-day and year-to-year conditions within complex institutional environments. We will focus on individual strategies rather than institutional ones, though they may intersect. 
  • Section 4: To Lead or Not to Lead?: We are soliciting chapters that consider multiple factors in deciding whether, and how, to assume leadership responsibilities. They may include: internal and external expectations, work-life balance, and institutional structures.

We are seeking chapters on a variety of mid-career perspectives and experiences. For more details, examples of chapter topics, and how to submit a proposal, visit  

The deadline to submit a proposal is January 8, 2021.

For questions about submitting a proposal, contact the editors at

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

CFP: Adaptability: Thriving in Uncertain Times - North American Virtual Online Reference Conference-February 23-25, 2021 (Free Online Conference)

The North American Virtual Reference team is pleased to announce a call for proposals for sessions during the 2nd North American Virtual Reference Online Conference.  Sessions will be either 45 minutes or 20 minute lightning talks scheduled within 2-3 hours on Tuesday-Thursday, February 23-25, 2021.  This conference is free!

The theme is:  Adaptability: Thriving in Uncertain Times

The pandemic has created an environment of ambiguity and changeability, and through it all librarians are finding new ways to reach and serve their communities. Join us as library professionals from around the continent discuss how they are using virtual reference services to increase access, forge partnerships, drive equity, and foster engagement -- all when planning for more than a week ahead can sometimes feel like an impossible task.

For more information and suggested topics, please visit:

Please direct your questions to Tamara Ottum at  

Thank you for sharing with your colleagues and respective groups.

Call for Chapters: Contemporary Issues in Information and Records Management in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Call for Chapters: Contemporary Issues in Information and Records Management in the Fourth Industrial Revolution



Josiline Chigwada, Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe
Godfrey Tsvuura, Zimbabwe Open University, Zimbabwe

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: December 12, 2020
Full Chapters Due: February 24, 2021
Submission Date: February 24, 2021


The book showcases contemporary issues in information and records management in the 4th industrial revolution especially in times of crisis like the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Chapters highlighting innovation, use of information and communication technology in information and records management, best practices, challenges encountered and how they are overcome are discussed.


The publication demonstrates the value of information and records management in the 21st century vis-à-vis the challenges that may be faced by information and records managers in the 4th industrial revolution. The book provides a summary of the key activities undertaken by information and records managers as they seek to make records and information management more visible to modern knowledge-driven society.

Target Audience

The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals, librarians, archivists, students, lecturers and researchers working in the field of library and information science, archives and records management, communication sciences, education, and information technology.

Recommended Topics

• Records management practices and systems • Challenges in managing records in the 21st century • Information management in the 4th industrial revolution • Knowledge management in the 4th industrial revolution • Quality assurance in information and records management • Research data management • Data, information and records • Big data • Open Science (Open access, open educational resources, open source, open methodology, Open peer review). • Digitisation of records • Continuous professional development • Social Media usage in records and information management • Managing difficult patrons • Inclusive librarianship • Cloud Computing • Services to Patrons with disabilities • Collection development and management • Institutional repositories • Community engagement • Cooperation between librarians and teaching staff • Information Communication Technology issues in information and records management • Resource sharing in information and records centres

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before December 12, 2020, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by December 26, 2020 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.Full chapters are expected to be submitted by February 24, 2021, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Contemporary Issues in Information and Records Management in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2021.

Important Dates

December 12, 2020: Proposal Submission Deadline
December 26, 2020: Notification of Acceptance
February 24, 2021: Full Chapter Submission
April 9, 2021: Review Results Returned
May 21, 2021: Final Acceptance Notification
June 4, 2021: Final Chapter Submission


Josiline Chigwada Bindura University of Science Education +263733782906 Godfrey Tsvuura Zimbabwe Open University

Monday, November 02, 2020

Call for Chapters: Land in Libraries: Toward a Materialist Conception of Education @LibJuicePress

Book Title: Land in Libraries: Toward a Materialist Conception of Education
Editors: Lydia Zvyagintseva and Mary Greenshields
Publisher: Library Juice Press
Estimated Publication Date: April 2022

“Books are very far from our actual feelings and senses. To know a language is to be immersed in it and take part in it. Languages are not about books—they’re about feelings and experiencing what those feelings bring to the individual. To understand an environment a person has to understand the language of the environment.” – Derek Rasmussen and Tommy Akulukjuk, “My Father Was Told to Talk to the Environment First Before Anything Else” in Arctic Environmental Education in the Language of the Land, 2009, p. 285.

The question of land is largely absent in libraries. Deeply committed to the neoliberal project as a guiding ideology of the profession, libraries exist at once as ahistorical, atheoretical, and landless institutions in their understanding of themselves, their work, and their impact on people. This edited volume seeks to contribute to the growing body of work on libraries and the anthropocene, decolonization, and climate change through writing in theory and practice. We are interested in both non-metaphorical (actual, material) as well as conceptual perspectives on land. We are interested in centering land as a foundational category underpinning social relations, as a necessity for the function and reproduction of capitalism, and as a place where we work and learn together. Fundamentally, we live on the land and how we live in relation to the land matters to how we understand ourselves as individuals and a society.

We welcome contributions from scholars and practitioners alike.

Possible topic areas include but are not limited to the following:

  • Ecocriticism of libraries in practice (ie. energy consumption, land footprints)
  • Libraries’ role in the anthropocene 
  • Climate change and libraries 
  • Historical analysis of library system development on Treaty/unceded territory (ie. history of 100 branches in Tkaronto)
  • American Land Grab university project and libraries
  • Libraries’ role in settler colonialism in North America and/or other parts of the world
  • Decolonization and Indigenous insurgence in libraries
  • Land-based education in schools, libraries, and community
  • Critique of land acknowledgements in libraries

Contributions with the following theoretical frameworks, among others, may be particularly helpful in exploring this topic:

  • Queer and Indigenous Feminisms
  • Anti- and Decolonial Studies
  • Historical Materialism 
  • Marxist and Materialist Feminisms
  • Post-Humanism and Neopragmatism
  • Standpoint and Eco-feminism

Submission procedure:

Please submit an initial chapter proposal description of up to 500 words and a tentative chapter title. Please also include the author(s)’ names, titles, and organizational affiliations. Chapters must not be previously published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere.

Please submit proposals to:

Submission deadline: January 1, 2021

Tentative timelines:

January 1, 2021Chapter proposals (500-word max summaries) due
February 1, 2021Authors notified 
July 15, 2021Complete chapter drafts due (2,000 – 5,000 words)
January 1, 2022Final chapter drafts due (with editorial feedback)
April 2022Anticipated book publication date

Special note – we very much understand that this is a difficult and unpredictable time. If you have an idea but aren’t sure if you can meet a deadline, please still contact us to express interest and share your idea. We will work with you to find solutions that may work for all parties.

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: Lydia Zvyagintseva, Head, Digital Scholarship Services, University of Alberta,  

Mary Greenshields, Special Collections Librarian, Liaison to ISSC, Indigenous Studies, Aboriginal Health, and Indigenous Governance & Business Management, University of Lethbridge, 

Editor bios:

Lydia Zvyagintseva is a librarian with the University of Alberta Library, the traditional home of the Nêhiyawak, where she is responsible for the operations and service design of the Digital Scholarship Centre. She holds degrees in French Language and Literature, Digital Humanities, and Library and Information Studies. Her publications include studies on design and usability of large-scale interactive displays and open data in learning environments. Having worked in both public and academic settings for the past 18 years, Lydia’s interests include digital pedagogy, critical making, land-based learning, and community engagement. 

Mary Greenshields is a settler-librarian at the University of Lethbridge Library in the traditional home of the Niitsitapi. She is the subject specialist for the university’s Indigenous programs, a teaching librarian, and co-manages the library’s special collections. Mary holds degrees in French Language and Literature, English Literature, and Library and Information Studies. Her research interests exist at the intersections of feminism, love studies, critical pedagogy and librarianship, and settler-Indigenous relations.