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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Sunday, January 31, 2021
Invitation to serve on Editorial Board for IJLIS - International Journal of Library and Information Services
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Call for Proposals - Role of the 21st Century Librarian - LACUNY Institute 2020/2021 - May 5th-6th, 2021
LACUNY Institute 2020/2021May 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 https://form.jotform.com/92775
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 @ https://form.jotform.com/92775
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!
What is a virtual poster session?
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?
- 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!
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:
The deadline for proposals is February 17, 2021.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
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
-Learning space toolkits
-Metadata creation and management
-New product development
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Call for Chapter Proposals: Responding to the Changing Needs of Students
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. 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.
· Due date of chapter proposals: March 1
· Authors notified of status of proposal: April 1
· Chapters due: May 1
Questions? Email Sigrid Kelsey, email@example.com.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Call for Panelists: Who's Missing from EDI?: Barriers for Librarians with Invisible Disabilities (ACRL 2021)
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: https://t.co/AIVTfybqjf?amp=1.
Please feel free to email with questions or concerns,
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Library 2.012: Civic Engagement in Action (Participación ciudadana enacción) is 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):
- ENGLISH - https://creando2021english.
- ESPAÑOL - https://creando2021espanol.
See you "online!"
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 DatesFebruary 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
Are you passionate about technology?
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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.
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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
· Blog posts
· Library resources / Research guides
· Digital learning objects / Tutorials / Instruction videos
· Conference program / Presentation / Panel
· Media / Multimedia / Video
· Game / Software
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
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.
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Engineering & Physical Sciences Librarian
Old Dominion University