Sunday, January 31, 2021

Invitation to serve on Editorial Board for IJLIS - International Journal of Library and Information Services

The International Journal of Library and Information Services (IJLIS) is looking for potential Reviewers, members of the Editorial Review Board, and Associate Editors. If you are interested please send mail to with the subject stating the position you are interested in, CV, and a brief statement about your interest in the position. The positions will remain open until filled.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries regarding the positions. Follow IJLIS on Twitter to stay updated with the journals' activities and announcements. 

Looking forward to your applications! 

Manika Lamba
International Journal of Library and Information Services (IJLIS)
IGI Global

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Call for Proposals - Role of the 21st Century Librarian - LACUNY Institute 2020/2021 - May 5th-6th, 2021

LACUNY Institute 2020/2021

May 5 & 6, 2021 (virtually)​

Call for Proposals

Ending the Library Stereotype:  Non-traditional practices for the 21st-century

Proposal Deadline: March 5, 2021

  ***** Submit proposals at *****

Note: Last year’s LACUNY Institute 2020 was postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. We have reopened the call-for-papers and panel proposals and encourage potential panelists to submit proposals that relate to the current conference theme as well as those related to the coronavirus.

Librarianship and libraries, through the eyes of the public, have consistently been viewed as a house of books and documents where librarians and library support staff help their patrons with readers’ advisory and directions. Though these elements of being a librarian exist, the stereotype of this is far from accurate.

Today in 2021, Librarians and library support staff perform a myriad of tasks in order to provide fluid functionality to academic, public and special collections libraries. These tasks create a multifaceted librarian where multi-departmental duties fall squarely on the shoulders of one librarian.

This year’s LACUNY Institute will illustrate this multifaceted librarian to gain understanding and perspective of the reality of librarianship as we enter a new era of technology and digital scholarship.

The underlying question LACUNY Institute 2020/2021 aims to address is what role do 21st-century librarians and library support staff play in our society? Although perceptions about librarians have changed over time, librarian stereotypes still persist. This is the case even in popular culture. For instance, Barbara Gordon, Batgirl’s alter-ego, is a librarian with a doctoral degree, yet it is often speculated that the character’s role as an information professional is part of the character’s effort to conceal her identity by working in a safe, slow-paced environment.

Librarianship is a multifaceted and creative profession. This year’s conference will highlight the different roles that librarians play in our society as librarians wear different hats. We are mentors, supervisors, activists, instructors, unofficial guidance counselors, gamers, artists, and so forth. In some instances, we may even be the “cool” professor on campus.

The current COVID-19 global pandemic changed our lives. COVID-19 has required the annual LACUNY Institute to be held on a virtual platform. We welcome proposals that speak to how the professions within library and information science have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Paper and Panel Proposals:

  • Activism within and outside the library
  • How COVID-19 has impacted your daily functions as an information professional
  • The roles of non-librarians or non-information professionals within the profession
  • Partnerships between libraries and communities
  • Librarianship and information science in the wake of COVID-19
  • (In)Visibility of non-librarian and part-time workers
  • How our unique experiences and/or biases influence cataloging, collection development, the hiring process, etc.
  • How information professionals bring creativity into the profession including classrooms, reference consultations, etc.
  • Multiple identities within the profession
  • The changing role of the library and what librarians are doing to adapt
  • Interdisciplinary nature of librarianship
  • Library as a place of refuge
  • Information professionals as artists

  ***** Submit proposals  via @ *****

Please Note: Conference registration starts on Monday, March 1, 2021.

CFP: Distance and Online Learning Virtual Poster Session - ACRL Distance and Online Learning Section (April 26-30, 2021)


Calling all librarians!

Do you have a tool, project, or great idea about teaching and learning online that you'd like to share with your peers? The ACRL Distance and Online Learning Section Instruction Committee (DOLS-IC) invites you to submit a proposal to our third annual Distance and Online Library Instruction Virtual Poster Session, which will take place April 26-30, 2021. Proposals are due February 17, 2021.

What is a virtual poster session?

The term “poster” is used very loosely. The intent is to keep the spirit of the traditional poster session while allowing for creativity in the format used. As in traditional poster sessions, virtual presenters will create short, asynchronous presentations of their work and be available to answer questions during the week of the poster session. While an image or PDF that matches the traditional poster format is welcome, the sky's the limit! Interactive and multimedia formats are especially encouraged.

All posters will be hosted on the DOLS website.  During the poster session week, presenters will asynchronously engage with attendees throughout the week. Viewers can ask questions about your work through commenting functionality and engage in conversation with you about your topic. After the poster session week has concluded, the posters will be archived on the DOLS website so that they can continue to be viewed indefinitely.

What is the timeline for this event?

  • Proposals are due by February 17, 2021.
  • If accepted, you'll be asked to submit your completed poster by April 9, 2021.
  • The virtual poster session will take place April 26-30, 2021. Presenters will actively respond to comments and questions for the full week of the poster session. The DOLS-IC will assist with promoting interaction, but we ask that you check in on your poster at least once a day to keep the conversation going.

What topics can I present on?

Posters can be on any topic related to distance and online library instruction. We would love to hear about your successes and failures in teaching distance and online students, your instructional techniques and approaches, and the tools and technologies that you use! We encourage you to align your proposal with one of our six tracks:
  • The Accidental Virtual Librarian: How did you handle the rapid transition to online learning back in March? Did you sink or swim? Tell us about your experiences.
  • Accessibility and Inclusivity: How do you ensure that your online courses and learning objects are accessible and inclusive? 
  • Assessment: How do you assess your online instruction (including qualitative and affective assessment)? 
  • Instructional Collaborations: How do you effectively build relationships and collaborate with faculty, instructional designers, and others to instruct distance and online students? 
  • Project Planning & Management: How do you efficiently manage the “behind the scenes” work of planning, developing, reviewing, and updating online courses and learning objects? 
  • Student Engagement: How do you ensure students remain engaged in your synchronous and asynchronous online instruction? 

How will presenters be chosen?

We seek to provide a poster session featuring a diversity of perspectives and especially invite posters from librarians, staff, and LIS students that highlight voices and experiences which are underrepresented in libraries. Proposals will be reviewed and selected by DOLS-IC members, using a blind peer review process based on the following criteria: 

  • Quality of Proposal: Is the information requested on the proposal submission form complete? Is the abstract well written and articulate, and does it clearly describe the main idea of the poster? 

  • Alignment to Poster Session Theme: Is the poster about library instruction in the distance/online environment? 
  • Interest to Attendees: Does the topic have potential to attract poster session attendees and stimulate conversation? Will innovative, new, and/or unique information be presented? Is the topic practical, easily implemented, and broadly applicable?

I'm ready to submit!

I still have questions!

If you have questions, please contact ACRL Distance and Online Learning Section Instruction Committee Co-Chairs, Matthew LaBrake ( or Ruth Slagle ( 

CFP: Joyner Library Paraprofessional Conference - Technology and Cyber Awareness - Conference May 11-13, 2021

 The J.Y. Joyner Library SHRA Assembly will host its Annual Paraprofessional Conference virtually May 11-13, 2021 (dates and times will be finalized by the number of proposals accepted). This year's online conference is a multi-day event aimed at providing instruction and information for library paraprofessionals in support of their work. We are celebrating our 17th consecutive annual conference with a focus on Technology & Cyber Awareness throughout academic, public, and professional library systems. At this time, the planning committee would like to extend a call for proposals.   


We would be honored if you would consider submitting a presentation or a poster session for our conference held on May 11-13, 2021:

  • Technology & Cyber Awareness is the 2021 conference theme. 
  • Adherence to the theme is suggested, but not mandatory, and a wide range of topics will be considered. 
  • Session lengths are 45 minutes and should include time left for discussion. 
  • The final conference schedule will be determined by the number of proposals accepted.
  • Deadline for submitting a proposal is Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

To submit a proposal, please fill out the form here.


Please forward this email to anyone that might be interested in presenting. The Paraprofessional Conference can be found on social media using the #ParaProTIME2021 

For general updates on the event, please visit our conference website: 

All questions or comments related to submitting a proposal can be directed to Kelsey Dwyer at , or the Paraprofessional Conference Planning Committee members at 

The deadline for proposals is February 17, 2021. 

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

CFP: International Journal of Library and Information Services (IJLIS)

The International Journal of Library and Information Services (IJLIS) invites you to submit a research article that contributes to the overall comprehensive coverage of the latest developments and technological advancements in library service innovation. Public, academic, special, and school libraries, as well as information centers worldwide, are continuously challenged as library spaces evolve. IJLIS faces these challenges head-on by offering innovative methods for developing an effective organizational structure, optimizing library space use, and implementing programs designed to improve user experience and engagement. The journal addresses a variety of technologies, scholarly perspectives, and applications in the field and not restricted to:

-Administration and management
-Building design
-Conceptual models
-Creative programming
-Customer involvement
-Digital tools
-Disruptive innovation
-Information retrieval
-Knowledge management
-Learning space toolkits
-Literacy programs
-Metadata creation and management
-Money-saving initiatives
-New product development
-Organizational structures
-Service development
-Service-dominant logic
-Technology adoption

Interested authors must consult the Journal Guidelines for Manuscript Submission at PRIOR to submission. 

Starting January 1st, 2021, this journal will be converting from Hybrid Open Access to full Gold Open Access and all of its published contents will be 100% open access and the copyright of the published work will stay with the author(s). The Article Processing Charge (APC) for this journal is currently set at $750 USD and authors will not be asked to provide payment of the APC fee (directly to the publisher) until AFTER their manuscript has gone through the full double-blind peer-review process and the Editor-in-Chief at his/her full discretion has decided to accept the manuscript based on the results of the double-blind peer-review process. Please note that there is absolutely NO correlation between the APC (Article Processing Charge) being paid by the author and the results of review process outcomes.

Those coming from certain developing countries will be able to take advantage of discounts or waivers with careful consideration by IGI Global’s Executive Editorial Board. Also, authors of submitted manuscripts can take advantage of IGI Global’s Read and Publish Open Access Initiative, which allows authors who are affiliated with institutions that are currently subscribed to one or more IGI Global databases to benefit from APC funding (you can learn more about how this all works here). In the case of a multi-authored work, even if only one author is eligible for the discount or waiver, all authors of the work will benefit from the waiver or discount. Additionally, if an author chooses to utilize any of IGI Global’s Author Services on their manuscript, the amount paid for any of these author services will be deducted from the final Article Processing Charge (APC).

Looking forward to your submission! Also, follow the journal on Twitter to stay updated with the journal's activities and recent publications. 

Best regards,
Manika Lamba
International Journal of Library and Information Services (IJLIS)
IGI Global

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Call for Chapters: Responding to the Changing Needs of Students - ALA Editions Publication

 Call for Chapter Proposals: Responding to the Changing Needs of Students



Sigrid Kelsey

202 LSU Library

Baton Rouge, LA 70803


1-2 page proposals are sought for an edited collection to by published by ALA Editions, Responding to the Changing Needs of Students (title subject to change), that will present 12-16 chapters of 2500-3000 words each by expert librarians examining how academic libraries are responding to the changing needs of students to provide support in key areas: advancing the quality of learning; fostering inclusion; and driving down costs. 


The book will have a special focus on supporting the success of students who are members of what current literature is calling “vulnerable” groups. Vulnerable students are those who face barriers or challenges that can impede their success in school: financial insecurity, racism, childcare duties, disabilities, and other barriers. Many students in these populations have also been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. The American College Health Association (ACHA) names Black, Asian American, first-generation low-income, Latinx, LGBTQ+, Native American, international and unauthorized students, and students with disabilities as those who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic.[1] That list is not exhaustive, and some students fall into multiple categories.


The purpose of the book is to provide practical advice for those working in academic libraries to address unique challenges and provide inspiring ideas to respond to the rising numbers of at risk students in college student bodies, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the students it has affected the most.  The book will endeavor to include and represent a wide variety of sub-disciplines including but not limited to public services, collection development, interlibrary loan and document delivery, programming, DEI initiatives, supporting student mental health, financial impacts, hiring and human resources, and more, with practical ideas that can be applied as libraries move forward.


·         The book will include successful case studies and examples from a variety of academic libraries, giving readers ideas and resources that have worked in other libraries to fit to their situations in order to flourish post-pandemic.


·         It will focus on ideas to support students academically, socially, and financially, especially students who are at greater risk of dropping out. Readers will learn about news ways to engage with the students who need the most support.


·         It will include studies addressing today’s issues, and how they are changing student needs for learning and social environments on college campuses and their libraries.  Readers will have current ideas and resources regarding how libraries are responding to changes brought about by the pandemic, movements of racial reckoning, and their ripple effects on campuses such as curriculums, building name changes, budgets, and student demographics, and how libraries participate and respond. 




Part I: Students need support in rapidly changing learning environments.


Academic librarians creatively supported and engaged with students during the sudden and large-scale shift to online learning caused by the pandemic. Going forward, successful libraries will transform their business models to respond to permanent expanded online teaching, provide related professional development for library staff, shift collections expenditures to increase online collections, and prioritize work that supports students who are learning remotely. Increased embedded librarianship, virtual research help, new policies for interlibrary loan and special collections are only a few of the innovations the pandemic prompted in libraries that will create lasting positive changes for students, especially as student bodies become more diverse and nontraditional.


As greater numbers of students juggle family and work commitments in addition to school, colleges and universities are increasingly adapting their courses to be more flexible, providing asynchronous and synchronous online courses, self-paced, and evening classes. Libraries too, are shifting support mechanisms to be flexible for students with a multitude of commitments. 

This section will include chapters describing best practices for supporting students as remote learners and in a continually evolving landscape. Chapters on how libraries are adapting to changes in education structures, student bodies, course content and financial resources will be considered.  Topics may include articles about policies and partnerships, new models for providing research assistance, hiring considerations for libraries (i.e. night librarians, first year librarians), working in asynchronous and synchronous online environments, creating self-paced library instruction modules and videos, book delivery, and more.


Part II: Students need programing that fosters inclusion


Library programming and outreach events are learning opportunities and ways to encourage social integration into college life, a key factor in the retention of undergraduates. Programming around social issues, such as criminal justice reform, climate change, and racial justice prompt discussions about the issues themselves and engage the students with the library and its resources.  As well, libraries often partner with campus entities such as diversity offices, women’s centers, campus food banks, and health centers, which are effective ways to reach students in need and to promote equity and inclusion.


This section will include ideas for programming and outreach to engage students in the societal problems that contribute to inequities among humans. For example, programming around media literacy, environmental racism, and more. Submissions about programming and outreach to student groups will be considered, as well as submissions about programming that increases awareness around DEI and systemic inequities. 


Part III: Students need financial support


The central mission of a library is to remove financial and physical barriers to resources, making them freely accessible, and facilitating learning and research.  Libraries build on this mission as new technology and resources become available, offering OER and OA materials for courses, free Wi-Fi, lap-top checkouts, and safe spaces to study and spend time.  Libraries provide additional financial support to students by employing them. Students facing financial barriers to buying textbooks, laptops, and other resources are more at risk for dropping out of college, and libraries are inventing ways to remove these barriers.

This section will include innovative ways libraries are easing the financial burden of college such as: addressing technology equity, e-textbook initiatives, paid internships, grants and awards for students, development initiatives to endow assistantship positions; children’s book sections for parenting students; and more.  Preference will be given to submissions that demonstrate initiatives making a substantial financial difference in a student’s life, especially for students from minoritized groups.  


Tentative Timeline


·         Due date of chapter proposals: March 1

·         Authors notified of status of proposal: April 1

·         Chapters due: May 1


Questions? Email Sigrid Kelsey,

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Call for Panelists: Who's Missing from EDI?: Barriers for Librarians with Invisible Disabilities (ACRL 2021)

Academic library and archives workers are invited to submit interest inparticipating in an accepted panel at ACRL 2021 titled "Who's Missing from EDI?: Barriers for Librarians with Invisible Disabilities." This session will be a semi-live panel sessions with 45 minutes of recorded content and 15 minutes of live Q+A. Panelists will need to register for the conference to be on the panel.

The panelists will talk about their experiences living with invisible or nonapparent disabilities and/or illnesses and ways we as a profession can improve accessibility, specifically how can we include disability in EDI work. It will ideally represent a variety of experiences and perspectives that include BIPOC librarians, physical and mental illnesses, and different career stages. The panel will be moderated by Katelyn Quirin Manwiller, the primary researcher on a study of over 250 MLIS-holders working in academic institutions and living with invisible illness(es) and/or disabilities, and will be informed by the results of that survey.

For full session description and to submit interest in being a panelist, please see this Google Form:

Please feel free to email with questions or concerns,

Thank you,

Katelyn Quirin Manwiller, MLIS

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

CFP: HEAd'21: 7th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (June 22-23, 2021) @headconf

HEAd'21: Call for Papers

7th International Conference on Higher Education Advances

June 22 - 23, 2021. Virtual conference
twitter: @headconf


The Seventh International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd'21) is a consolidated forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, experiences, opinions and research results relating to the preparation of students, teaching/learning methodologies and the organization of educational systems.

The HEAd'21 conference will be held on June 22-23, 2021 as a virtual meeting organized from 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) 2020.

Topics of interest

The program committee encourages the submission of articles that communicate applied and empirical findings of interest to higher education professionals.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following topic areas:

  • Innovative materials and new tools for teaching
  • Educational technology (e.g., virtual labs, e-learning)
  • Evaluation and assessment of student learning
  • Emerging technologies in learning (e.g., MOOC, OER, gamification)
  • Scientific and research education
  • Experiences outside the classroom (e.g., practicums, mobility)
  • New teaching/learning theories and models
  • Globalization in education and education reforms
  • Education economics
  • Teaching and learning experiences
  • Entrepreneurship and learning for employment
  • Education accreditation, quality and assessment
  • Competency-based learning and skill assessment

Important Dates

Submission deadline: February 25, 2021
Acceptance notification: April 27, 2021
Camera ready due: May 13, 2021
Conference dates: June 22-23, 2021


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. Previous editions are indexed in Scopus and the Thomson-Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Web of Science Core Collection (former ISI Proceedings).


The Program Committee will select the winners for the Best Paper and Best Student Paper awards. To be eligible for the best student paper award, the presenting author of the paper must be a full-time student.

Submission guidelines

Authors from all over the world are invited to submit original and unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal. All papers will be peer reviewed by the program committee based on their originality, significance, methodological soundness, and clarity of exposition.

Submitted 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:

Paper length must be between 4 and 8 pages, incorporating all text, references, figures and tables. Submissions imply the willingness of at least one author to register, attend the conference, and present the paper.

HEAd'21 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:

The organizing committee looks forward to welcoming you all to a fruitful conference with open discussions and important networking to promote high quality education.

CFP: Library 2.0 Mini-Conference: "Civic Engagement in Action" - March 25th & 26th, 2021 (online)

The call for proposals is open for our first Library 2.012 mini-conference, "Civic Engagement in Action." This is our first specifically-bilingual event, and we are proud to be a part of bringing the annual and previously in-person Seguimos Creando Enlaces conference online. The conference will be fully bilingual and presentations can be made both in English and Spanish, with simultaneous translation services being provided. 

The conference will be held online on March 25th and 26th, 2021. Seguimos Creando Enlaces, now entering its ninth year, is a free conference that brings together librarians from the US, Mexico, and across the world to further their professional knowledge and exchange ideas. 

Library 2.012: Civic Engagement in Action (Participación ciudadana enacción) will be a meeting place for librarians with diverse experiences, from public and academic libraries, and from both sides of the Mexico–US border and around the world. The conference will highlight the essential roles public libraries play in strengthening civic connections, advancing civic engagement in the communities they serve, and as go-to resources for building a culture of informed, engaged, and empowered residents.

More information and the call for proposals can be found at (English) and (Español). We encourage all interested parties to submit a proposal.

Library 2.012: Civic Engagement in Action (Participación ciudadana enacciónis presented by the Southern California Library Cooperative in partnership with the SERRA Library Cooperative, California State Library, Library 2.0 Virtual Conference Series, and the iSchool at San Jose State University. This conference is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. Librarians, library staff, and library school students are encouraged to attend.

REGISTER TO ATTEND (free and online):

See you "online!"


Steve Hargadon

MORE INFORMATION: The School of Information at San José State University is the founding Library 2.0 conference sponsor. Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Call for Chapters: Role of Libraries, Archives, and Museums in Achieving Civic Engagement and Social Justice in Smart Cities

Currently, I am in the process of editing a forthcoming book entitled, Role of Libraries, Archives, and Museums in Achieving Civic Engagement and Social Justice in Smart Cities, to be published by IGI Global, an international publisher of progressive academic research.


Important Dates
February 23, 2021: Proposal Submission Deadline
March 9, 2021: Notification of Acceptance
May 8, 2021: Full Chapter Submission
June 21, 2021: Review Results Returned
August 2, 2021: Final Acceptance Notification
August 16, 2021: Final Chapter Submission
About the Book (a quick glance):
The focus of the book is on two themes, civic engagement, and social justice. This brings in two perspectives that become the value of this book. First, it is to illustrate that librarians are not just stamping books, and libraries are not just lending books. Libraries and librarians are actively engaged in social goals and encourage community-led partnerships. Second, it presents evidence that library-led engagement does facilitate in bridging the digital divide and therefore a social good. The lessons and best practices in the book will include, among others, digital literacy skills with a focus Social inclusion and civic participation, as a social role of Libraries, Archives and Museums (LAM), have been dealt with individually (e.g., social justice in libraries, 9). The book presents a holistic approach to understanding implications of the collective work of LAM, as it evolves today.

Little of the existing research has identified the requirements of community leaders and experts (they are not even included in PEW's Digital Age survey, 1.) with regard to social inclusion or community engagement. Furthermore, the voices of LAM have not been heard collectively--presenting the other side of the coin.

Here are a few suggested areas of research:
General areas:
e. Conduct a survey, focus group or interview with LAM leaders, and ask: If communities are creating an atmosphere for engagement, such as civic interfaith literacy programs will LAM's be interested in being collaborators?
example. ["Forum is From Interfaith Encounter to Engagement:, Stories of Interfaith Dialogue; Tackling Prejudices; Learning from Differences; Engaging a Racialized Society, and The Life Cycle of Dialogue."(2)]
Specific areas of research:
1. LAMs, Community organizations (schools, academia, NGO, non-profits) and Information Studies (LIS) are, hypothetically, mutually dependent and therefore well connected? Need evidence based studies.
2. Digital literacy services, (e.g., media bias, fake news, civic interfaith orientation) can be more attractive, only when libraries market their services as more reliable than oral sources, deceptive sites, digital dividers, hidden Web, etc.
a. Identify plans for the next five to ten years for better social inclusion or community engagement: The book aims to bring new voices from the community and LAM- - two sides of the coin. Community leaders & experts will bring their expectations, experiences and insights (with this data, LAM community leaders and experts will bring their voices, enabling both sides to work closely, benefitting the readers, in many ways).
b. Identify projects that are short term and long term, for a better role of LAM's services in the digital age: The book will present the lessons learned from digital literacy to reduce social isolation,, and enhance civic engagement (empowering to detect channels of discrimination, hate, violence, etc.).
c. Highlight measurable outcomes for increasing satisfaction of the community: Provide current issues, trends and challenges faced by LAM's in service delivery/customer feedback, first in increasing civic engagement and second in restoring social justice.
d. Assess the accomplishments: Present the state-of-the-art review of community engagement and social justice models in practice and in curriculum.

Target Audience
Community organizations
Educational leaders and faculty in iSchools
Information management leaders and professionals
Social and community specialists in smart city design
Front line workers in all public and private sectors
Policy makers engaged in training and HR in diversity
Researchers, and developers of digital tools

Recommended Topics
Part I: Digital Literacy Framework (social and civic)
1. Big data literacy 2. Civic engagement literacy 3. Cultural competency literacy 4. Cyber crime literacy 5. Digital scams literacy 6. Eco-Spiritual literacy 7. Fake news literacy 8. Gender literacy 9. Hate crimes literacy 10. Religious literacy (Averting Violent Extremism)
Part II: Social Justice/Civic Engagement Framework 1. Acceptance 2. Advocacy 3. Civic-minded 4. Collaboration 5. Compassionate 6. Diversity 7. Respect
Part III: Interfaith Literacy for Civic Engagement, Strands: 1. Dialogue Dimension; 2. Dialogue of Life; 3. Dialogue of social involvement; 4. Theological dialogue; 5. Dialogue of Experience Part
IV: Emerging Trends
• Community (organizations, leaders, experts, planners, methodologists, consultants, stakeholders, participants)
1. Partnership with LAM &/or Information Studies programs: What works?
2. Social justice and civic engagement: policies, programs, process: Best practices
3. Civic Interfaith and other literacies: Lessons learned
• Information Studies Programs (organizations, faculty, researches, students, alumni, leaders, experts, planners, methodologists, consultants, stakeholders)
1. Partnership with LAM &/or Community programs: What works?
2. Digital Literacy Instruction: Models for LAM
3. Social justice and civic engagement: Train the trainer program
4. Civic Interfaith and other literacies: Hands on experience, critically evaluated success stories • LAM (organizations, leaders, experts, planners, methodologists, consultants, stakeholders, participants) 1. Partnership with Community Organizations &/or Information Studies programs: What works? 2. LAMs partnership: Public,/Private. Local, Global: What work's 3. LAM-led community activities: Lessons learned 4. Community-led activities: Success reports 5. Evaluating tools (e.g., LibQUAL) and Techniques: Best practices.

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before February 23, 2021, 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 March 9, 2021 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by May 8, 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, Role of Libraries, Archives, and Museums in Achieving Civic Engagement and Social Justice in Smart Cities. 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.

CFP: Informed Librarian Online - Tech Column - #LibraryTechnology

Are you passionate about technology?

The Informed Librarian Online seeks a Tech Column author --

        The Informed Librarian Online ( is seeking someone who is passionate about technology and wants to share what they know with all of our Informed Librarians by writing short articles for us. Librarians from all around the world read the articles in The Informed Librarian Online.
        The Informed Librarian Online is a monthly compilation of the most recent tables of contents from over 300 titles - valuable domestic and foreign library and information-related journals, e-journals, magazines, e-magazines, newsletters and e-newsletters. This current awareness service helps keep you informed and abreast of all library trends. It is an easy, timesaving way to tame your professional reading tiger, and is very popular among all types of library and information professionals.          
        If you are interested in writing this column for The Informed Librarian Online, email  and let me know about your tech background and experience.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Call for “Notable Works” Submissions - ACRL Academic Library Services for Graduate Students Interest Group’s (ALSGS) Notable Works for Library Support of Graduate Students Working Group

 Call for “Notable Works” Submissions


The ACRL Academic Library Services for Graduate Students Interest Group’s (ALSGS) Notable Works for Library Support of Graduate Students Working Group seeks nominations for our inaugural annual Notable Works List


Our goal is to recognize and showcase excellent professional contributions that inform the work of library colleagues who support graduate students.  Submissions can include projects and publications by library workers or by researchers in related fields who shed light on important elements of serving graduate students.


Categories of work to be considered include: 

·         Journal articles / Conference proceedings 

·         Websites

·         Blog posts

·         Library resources / Research guides

·         Digital learning objects / Tutorials / Instruction videos

·         Conference program / Presentation / Panel

·         Media / Multimedia / Video

·         Game / Software

·         Other


Please nominate work here. You are encouraged to submit both your own work and that of colleagues.


We are especially interested in projects that meet the criteria in our rubric.


Submissions deadline:  March 5, 2021 


Please direct any questions to Abbie Basile (, Geoff Johnson (, or Mark Lenker (


The Notable Works for Library Support of Graduate Students Working Group is:

  • Abbie Basile (Chair), Engineering & Physical Sciences Librarian, Old Dominion University
  • Victor Baeza (Vice Chair), Graduate Initiatives and Engagement Coordinator, Oklahoma State University
  • Anne Melville (Recorder), Education Librarian, George Mason University
  • Mandy Havert, Head of Research Services, University of Notre Dame
  • Geoff Johnson, Graduate Teaching and Learning Librarian, University of Colorado Denver
  • Mark Lenker, Teaching & Learning Librarian, University of Nevada Las Vegas


If you would be interested in participating in this work in the next year, let us know or look for a call for working group members in the spring.



Abbie Basile

(she, her, hers)

Engineering & Physical Sciences Librarian

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA