Thursday, December 31, 2020

CFP: Theme Issue on Race and Racism - Young Adult Library Services (YALS) journal

 YALS Spring 2021 Issue Call for Articles

Theme: Race(ism)

Theme Description: Race has been and continues to be a dividing line for many in our country and around the world. Wars are waged over it, people are killed for it, there are benefits and privileges associated with it, as well as disadvantages and inequities.

In this issue, we want to consider Race(ism). This issue is open for articles that provide broad and specific discussions that address questions such as:

  • How has your library addressed race and/or racism or microaggressions/implicit bias/etc?
  • How do we train ourselves, especially in libraries, to recognize race and the harms that can be perpetrated against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)?
  • What are the roles that BIPOC YA librarians can/do play in creating a safe space for teens in their libraries?
  • How are BIPOC YA librarians helping to bring the issues of race, equity, diversity, inclusion, and/or social justice to the forefront in their libraries? Likewise, what are non-BIPOC YA librarians doing?
  • Why are there so few YA librarians of color and how can we address this? (who recruits them, which libraries have been successful & how)
  • How has your library taken a strong stance against racial injustice?
  • What are teens' thoughts on race as it relates to the library community and how can we provide guidance on the topic?
  • Are there programs, presentations, or resources that your library or your teens have created centered around race?

Please note that this is a volunteer writing opportunity with no monetary compensation. YALSA has the right to first refusal.

If you have an article idea for this themed issue, please submit article proposals by January 6, 2021.

If you know someone who has experience on this topic and would be interested in writing for YALS or have questions, please contact YALS' editor, Yolanda Hood at

Saturday, December 26, 2020

OT: Popular Culture Association Allen Ellis Electronic Research Award for Academic Database

 Nominations Sought

Popular Culture Association

Allen Ellis Electronic Research Award


The Allen Ellis Award recognizes the outstanding contribution of an academic database to the study of Popular Culture and American Culture developed within the past three years. Criteria include use of hypertext/networking, use of supplementary/secondary materials, breadth of archived material, and ease of searching and updatability.


The deadline for submissions is January 30, 2021.



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

Friday, December 18, 2020

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


Reminder: January 8, 2021 deadline


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.

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.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

CFP: Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review - Teaching & Learning Section

Call for Submissions

Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review
Teaching & Learning Section

The Teaching & Learning section of Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review is looking for articles focused on business research support, instruction, and/or information literacy in a business context (theory, practice, method) in academic libraries. The scope of the section is on teaching and learning activities that can inform or invite dialogue about efforts to assist learners in the attainment of information literacy skills or the engagement of learners in critical thinking and/or creative problem solving.

Guidelines for Submissions:
The editors seek submissions in the following two categories:

  • Research articles that aim to provide original scholarship. These submissions will go through a blind, peer-review process.
  • Case studies that are reflective and provide best practices and/or implementation strategies. These submissions should be written in an academic tone (3rd person) and will go through an editorial review process.
  • Submissions should follow the conventions of the American Psychological Association (7th edition) and be single spaced, in 12-point font, Times New Roman, with 1" margins on all sides. Content can include links, graphics, and should be in English. You must obtain permission for any third party material that is used. Please ensure that your manuscript has not been previously published and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. Submissions should be sent via e-mail to Sandy Miller ( and Christina Sheley ( no later than February 26, 2021. The expected publication date is July 2021.

Questions: Please contact Sandy Miller ( or Christina Sheley ( with questions.

About Ticker: Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review (ISSN: 2369-9779) publishes original research, commentary, conference reports, case studies, renovation profiles, stories of innovation, articles on library management and best practices, and evidence-based pieces. In addition, the journal features examples of translational research-instances where academic business libraries have implemented faculty research findings on management best practices (i.e., collaboration, work-around techniques, staff motivation, space redesign, vendor negotiations, etc.).

Christina Sheley
Director, Business, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship
Cornell University Library
Sage Hall 101-H
Ithaca, NY 14853<>

CFP: Library and Information Studies and the Mattering of Black Lives - Special Issue of Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies #BlackLivesMatter

Please see the below call for proposals for a Special Issue of the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies (JCLIS) on LIS and the Mattering of Black Lives.


Call For Papers: Library and Information Studies and the Mattering of Black Lives

Guest Editors: Safiya Umoja Noble, Michelle Caswell, Tonia Sutherland, and Sarah T. Roberts


Like many of you, we (Noble, Caswell, Sutherland, and Roberts) have been stunned, saddened, and outraged by the recent, well-documented murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and the shooting of Jacob Blake by the police, as well as the militaristic ways in which police have responded to protestors in the wake of their deaths. We add the names of Floyd and Taylor to a long list of Black people who have meet untimely deaths due to state-sponsored mass murder. We recognize that these murders are instantiations of a system of white supremacy that has touched virtually every aspect of American society for the past half-millennium; other manifestations of this system include the mass incarceration of people of color, racialized forms of surveillance, and vast economic, educational, and health disparities. White supremacy is so engrained in our society that it is often difficult to envision how best to resist this system, imagine a way out of it, and/or dismantle it.  


Although libraries, archives, and museums have a troubled history and ongoing legacy of supporting inequity, racial segregation, and the status quo, we know that the future of our profession, practice, and academic field do not have to look like its past. We are simultaneously encouraged by the efforts of individual librarians and archivists to support protestors, educate the public about the history of white supremacy, and document police violence and resistance to it, and disheartened by the silences of LIS professional organizations and academic institutions on these same issues. We have been simultaneously generating statements, such as the one posted to, while also using the keyword “diversity” in many key national conferences in ways that obscure the escalating anti-black racism in the United States.


In an effort to channel our grief, rage, fears, and motivation for change into something productive, recognizing that communities and individuals are experiencing these national events in myriad ways, we are seeking articles that address the ways in which Library and Information Studies (broadly conceived as an academic discipline, a set of theoretical constructions, and a lived practice) can affirm the importance of Black lives.


Possible topics include (but are not limited to):


  • The role of libraries, archives, and museums in supporting the Black Lives Matter movement;
  • The material, affective, and political consequences of the widespread circulation of records documenting Black death;
  • Debates over the efficacy or (un)importance of police body cam evidence;
  • The creation of records documenting police violence by citizens and the material consequences of such documentation for records creators;
  • Professional ethics and the role of LIS professional organizations;
  • Demands for a truth and reconciliation commission and/or reparations and the role of records/archives/archivists in bringing about adjudication, reconciliation, or reparation, including perspectives that put American racism into an international human rights perspective;
  • Ideas, strategies, and manifestos for how we might best proceed as professionals, scholars, and/or concerned humans in dismantling systems of white supremacy and building systems that affirm the importance of Black lives.


We particularly welcome proposals from Black students, scholars, and practitioners.


Please submit up to 500-word abstract proposals for research articles, perspective pieces, or critical literature reviews by January 1, 2021 to Michelle Caswell at caswell at gseis dot ucla dot edu and Tonia Sutherland at tsuther at hawaii dot edu.  Proposals should include main argument or findings, methodologies and/ or theoretical frameworks. Based on submitted abstracts, invitations for full proposals will be sent February 1, 2021. Full submissions will be due May 1, 2021, with rolling publication dates in Fall 2021.


Please direct inquiries about the special issue to Michelle Caswell at caswell at gseis dot ucla dot edu and Tonia Sutherland at tsuther at hawaii dot edu.

Types of Submissions


JCLIS welcomes the following types of submissions:

  • Research Articles (no more than 7,000 words)
  • Perspective Essays (no more than 5,000 words)
  • Literature Reviews (no more than 7,000 words)
  • Interviews (no more than 5,000 words)
  • Book or Exhibition Reviews (no more than 1,200 words)


Research articles and literature reviews are subject to peer review by two referees. Perspective essays are subject to peer review by one referee. Interviews and book or exhibition reviews are subject to review by the issue editor(s).


Download a PDF version of the Call for Papers



Dr. Tonia Sutherland 
Assistant Professor & Director, SOURCE Hawaiʻi
Library and Information Science Program
Information & Computer Sciences Department
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Honolulu, HI 96822

CFP: ACRL University Libraries Section Current Topics Discussion Group Spring 2021 Virtual Meeting.

The ACRL University Libraries Section Current Topics Discussion Group will meet virtually in Spring 2021. We are inviting proposals for virtual presentations. Possible formats might include either lightning talks (10-15 minutes) or full session talks (30-45 minutes). Presentations should be focused on issues and problems of current interest to university libraries and librarians.


Please submit your proposal by January 29, 2021 via the submission form. If you have any questions please contact the Discussion Group Convener, Sara Scheib, at


Possible topics may include (but are not limited to):

*University libraries and post-COVID transformation

*University library projects or programs related to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion

*Current trends in scholarly communication

*Services supporting first-generation/low income students

*Support for undergraduate research opportunities

*Services for graduate students

*Changing public service models

*Partnerships/collaborations with non-library partners

*Virtual instruction, programming, and outreach

*Textbook affordability and Open Educational Resources (OER)

*Change management and morale


Thank you!


Current Topics Discussion Group:

Sara Scheib (Convener)

Sarah Clark

Mandi Goodsett

Meredith Knoff

Rebecca Starkey

Thursday, December 10, 2020

CFP Deadline 12/15 - Conference on Academic Library Management (CALM)

 The inaugural Conference on Academic Library Management (CALM), taking place the week of March 15, 2021, invites proposals for virtual presentations that inform and inspire the practice and application of management in academic libraries. This conference is geared towards current middle managers, administrators, coordinators, and those who aspire to take on those roles. We will focus on person-centered management practices that aim toward creating more just and inclusive workplaces. 


We invite either 60-minute presentations or 10-minute lightning talks on all topics related to library management, including but not limited to encompassing tips and advice, practical application, research, and learning from failures, in any area, especially:

  • Budget / fiscal planning and expenditures
  • Hiring practices and policies
  • Crisis and emergency management
  • Communication and transparency
  • Advocacy and relationship building
  • Time management and work life balance
  • Anti-racist management practices and policies
  • Supervision, evaluation, and other personnel topics
  • Organizational climate and culture, retention, and growth
  • Career planning, professional development, and mentoring
  • Management without authority and managing up and side-ways
  • Decision-making
  • Diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion
  • Team building and team cultivation
  • Motivation and empowerment


Proposal and Conference Timeline:

  • Proposals due: December 15, 2020
  • Notification of accepted proposals: Week of January 15, 2021
  • Conference: Week of March 15, 2021 


Proposals can be submitted using this Google form


If you have any questions or comments, let us know at

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

CFP: 2021 Popular Culture Association Annual (PCA) Conference--Biographies Area: Boston, MA, June 2-5, 2021: Submission Deadline Extension (1/6/21) & Virtual Component

The Popular Culture Association is committed to holding the conference in June 2021. Given recent events, there will likely be a hybrid/virtual component.   

The Biographies Area is soliciting papers that examine the connections between biography and popular culture. Papers and full panel presentations regarding any aspect of popular culture and biography are encouraged. Potential topics might include:

– Biography and entertainment, art, music, theater
– Biography and film
– Biography and criminal justice
– Television programs about biography
– Biography and urban legends
– Biography and folklore
– Biography and literature
– Scholarly Biography
– Controversial Biography
– Psychoanalysis and Biography
– Historical Biography
– Political Biography
– Autobiography

Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, typically with four papers or speakers per standard session.  Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. The deadline for submissions has been extended to January 6, 2021.


To submit an abstract, please visit:


Submissions will only be accepted through the PCA website. Individuals must be current, paid members to submit to the conference.


Please direct any queries to the Biographies Area Chair:

Susie Skarl
Associate Professor/Urban Affairs Librarian
UNLV Libraries
Las Vegas, NV 89154 OR

CFP: Journal of Library Outreach and Engagement (JLOE)

The editorial team of the Journal of Library Outreach and Engagement (JLOE) invites authors to submit articles for the spring 2021 issue. To be considered for publication in the spring issue, please submit your manuscript by February 1st. Please note that we do accept submissions on a rolling basis and articles submitted after the recommended deadline may be considered for publication in future issues.


Submissions should fall into one of three categories: a) Research/Scholarly Article; b) Feature Article/Notes from the Field; or c) Book Review. To submit a manuscript, please go to our website [Information For Authors | Journal of Library Outreach and Engagement] and follow the provided instructions for authors.


At JLOE, we define outreach as work done on behalf of libraries, information organizations, cultural memory institutions, and archives, using a wide variety of planned methods to facilitate library use, encourage lifelong learning, or develop relationships with community partners. Engagement consists of programs and activities that draw on our professional expertise to enhance societal good, through local and global collaborations with individuals, communities, and organizations.


Early career librarians or those new to academic publishing may elect to submit a full-length article to our newly formed Pre-Peer Review Program. The program pairs an author/authors with a member of our Editorial Advisory board, enabling scholars to receive feedback before they formally submit an article to the journal. Participation in the program does not guarantee publication. Instead, the program helps to demystify the academic publishing and review process.


To submit a manuscript, please go to our website [Information For Authors | Journal of Library Outreach and Engagement] and follow the provided instructions for authors.


We encourage early submissions and will communicate individually with each author about their manuscript’s progression through the peer review process. Questions about the timeline and editorial process may be directed to



Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Code4Lib 2021 Call for Presentation Proposals - Due December 21, 2020

 Code4Lib 2021 is soliciting proposals for prepared talks!

Code4Lib 2021 is a loosely-structured conference that provides people working at the intersection of libraries/archives/museums/cultural heritage and technology with a chance to share ideas, be inspired, and forge collaborations. For more information about the Code4Lib community, please visit the Code4Lib website <>.

The conference will be held virtually, from Monday, March 22, 2021 to Friday, March 26, 2021.  More information about Code4lib 2021 is available on this year’s conference website <>.

We encourage all members of the library, archives, museums, cultural heritage organizations, and technology community to submit proposals for prepared talks. Prepared talks should focus on one or more of the following areas:

   - Projects you've worked on which incorporate innovative implementation of existing technologies and/or development of new software
   - Tools and technologies – How to get the most out of existing tools, standards, and protocols (and ideas on how to make them better)
   - Technical issues – Big issues in library technology that are worthy of community attention or development
   - Relevant non-technical issues – Concerns of interest to the Code4Lib community which are not strictly technical in nature, e.g. collaboration, diversity, organizational challenges, etc.

We will be soliciting 10, 15, and 20 minute talks. You'll be asked to indicate which talk lengths you would be willing to accommodate for your proposal. A separate call for poster proposals will be offered at a later date. There will also be sign-up opportunities to present 5-minute lightning talks at the event.

Submit a presentation proposal for Code4Lib 2021

As in past years, the Code4Lib community will vote on proposals that they would like to see included in the program. In order to provide increased opportunities for a diversity of speakers and topics, all presentations will be listed by title and description only during the voting period. Speaker names will not be included until the program is posted.

The top 10 proposals are guaranteed a slot of their preferred length at the conference. The Program Committee will curate the remainder of the program in an effort to ensure diversity in program content and presenters. Community votes will weigh heavily in these decisions.

Presenters whose proposals are selected for inclusion in the program will have conference registration slots held for them. The standard conference registration fee will apply.

Proposals can be submitted through Monday, December 21, 2020 at 11:59pm Pacific time. Voting will start Monday, January 4, 2021 and continue through Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:59pm Pacific time. The committee plans to announce selected proposals by Monday, February 8, 2021.

Thank you,

The Code4Lib 2021 Program Committee

CFP: #ALAMW21 CORE Technical Services Workflow Efficiency IG (TSWEIG) Virtual Summit

The CORE Technical Services Workflow Efficiency Interest Group (TSWEIG) invites proposals for presentations or topics of discussion during CORE IG Virtual Summit at 2021 ALA Midwinter. The meeting will take place the week of February 1-5, 2021, on Date: February 2, 2021 / Time2-3 pm (CST). 

TSWEIG's charge is to provide a forum to exchange information and discuss techniques in workflows associated with the evaluation, selection, acquisition, and discovery of library resources. Possible presentation and discussion topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Streamlining workflows
  • Project management
  • Workflow collaboration between departments
  • Training personnel
  • Use of technology to improve workflows

Presentation or discussion proposals should include:

  • Title
  • A brief (300 words or less) summary of the topic
  • Amount of time needed to present or discuss topic
  • Name(s), position(s) title(s), and email address(es) of presenter(s)

Please submit your proposal by filling out this form by Friday, December 18 or so with notifications going out the first week of January 2021 (some vacation time is scheduled for one of your humble IG co-chairs). Proposals should not be sent in reply to this post.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Jesse & Sarah


Sent on behalf of Jesse & Sarah, TSWEIG Co-Chairs:

Jesse A Lambertson

Metadata and Digital Resources Librarian

D'Angelo Law Library - University of Chicago 

Sarah Cruz

Metadata Librarian

Georgia Institute of Technology Library

Friday, December 04, 2020

CFP: Spring Institute for Youth Services 2021 **Sparking Connection and Possibilities** - March 11th-12, 2021 - Michigan Library Association

Call for Proposals for Spring Institute 2021 is open!

Help us spark creativity, energize, and inspire youth services library staff at our VIRTUAL Spring Institute for Youth Services 2021, March 11-12, 2021, “Sparking Connection and Possibilities”.


The work group is seeking proposals for education sessions from Michigan’s awesome youth services library staff, and now is a great time to reflect on the year, gather your thoughts on what you’ve learned, and begin to prepare a proposal.


If you have never presented before, this is a great opportunity to grow in the profession and connect with colleagues. All topics are welcome to be proposed! Examples of program topics: virtual programming, early literacy, diversity, grants/fundraising, music, personal development, avoiding burnout, creative solutions, collections, and management.


Complete details are available on the MLA website, or if you have any questions feel free to contact Amber Sheerin at


Learn more and submit a proposal:

Submissions are welcome through December 31, 2020.