Wednesday, June 23, 2021

CFP: Philanthropy’s Response to the Crises of 2020 (Foundations and Communities)

 Abstracts of up to 250 words are being solicited for Vol. 14, Issue 2, of The Foundation Review. This issue is focused on Philanthropy’s Response to the Crises of 2020. You can read the full CFP at


Many of the fundamental ways in which society functions were disrupted, challenged, and tested by the events of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the critical role of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector and the need for agility in responding to community crises. It also brought racial disparities into stark relief: The reckoning that began with a focus on policing and criminal justice spread to questioning how all of our institutions perpetuate inequity and injustice. The exploitive practices that enabled the accumulation of wealth  and its concentration among very few, largely white-led and male-led organizations  all came under scrutiny, along with power dynamics between funders and the communities they seek to serve.


This issue will focus on how foundations responded to these events. We are not seeking papers that merely describe what foundations did differently for that year. Papers should address the impact of these changes on communities, nonprofit organizations, and with a particular emphasis on how the foundation’s long-term practices have been transformed. Input is welcome from a range of different kinds of foundations (e.g., community foundations’ sponsoring funds and collaborations, corporate foundations – some of the biggest givers during 2020, and family foundations).


Abstracts are due July 5, 2021. If a full paper is invited, it will be due October 31, 2021 for consideration for publication in June 2022. Submit abstracts to

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Call for Chapters: Everyday Evidence-Based Practice in the Academic Library: Case Studies and Reflections (ACRL Press)

 Call for Chapters: Everyday Evidence-Based Practice in the Academic Library: Case Studies and Reflections


We are excited to invite chapter proposals for this edited collection to be published by ACRL Press with an anticipated publication date of Fall 2023.


About the book

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is about asking questions and collecting data to help answer these questions. This work can be complex, for example, a research project with rigorous and time-intensive methods. But it can also look like ongoing assessment, data collection, or simply conversations with colleagues. These types of information can also help us answer questions. It can - and should - be applied to the day-to-day practice of academic librarians. This edited volume will illustrate the ways in which academic librarians use evidence in their everyday practice. It will build on Denise Koufogiannakis and Alison Brettle’s evidence-based library and information practice (EBLIP) framework, and present real-world scenarios in which evidence-based approaches are used for decision-making. 


Call for Chapters

This edited volume will illustrate the ways in which academic librarians use evidence in their everyday practice, to make decisions and solve problems. Chapters will present real-world scenarios in which evidence-based approaches are used. Cases will describe the setting, methods, outcomes, and lessons learned/recommendations. 


Chapters will be divided by functional areas including teaching and learning, collections and acquisitions, access services, marketing and outreach, research support, and leadership and management. Potential chapter topics may include, but are not limited to: 

  • collection development and strategy
  • open education resources and/or open access
  • scholarly communications
  • assessment
  • space planning
  • special collections
  • marketing, outreach, and engagement
  • information literacy instruction
  • diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice initiatives
  • library leadership
  • user services
  • research services
  • acquisitions, metadata, and cataloging


If you have experience using evidence-based methods for decision making in academic libraries, please consider submitting a proposal! The editors encourage proposals by authors from underrepresented groups, and/or authors from a variety of institution types (e.g., community colleges, HBCUs, tribal colleges). First-time authors are also encouraged to submit; the editors will provide guidance and mentorship throughout the publication process.


Submission Procedure

The proposal should include author details, working title, and chapter description (up to 500 words). The description should include:

  • question/problem
  • EBP framework applied (e.g., PICO, Koufogiannakis & Brettle's framework)
  • evidence gathered
  • project outcomes
  • lessons learned/recommendations.


Projects in process should be noted, and do not need to include outcomes or lessons learned/recommendations. Chapters must not be previously published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. For more information, including a sample proposal, please see the website:


Submit your proposal by September 1, 2021.


Publication Timeline

  • Proposals are due by September 1, 2021
  • Contributors will be notified of their status (accept or decline) by October 15, 2021
  • First draft of chapters approximately 2,500-5,000 words in length (excluding endnotes and bibliography) will be due on February 15, 2022
  • Feedback on first drafts returned by April 15, 2022
  • Final drafts due on July 15, 2022
  • Projected publication date: Fall 2023


For questions or to request additional information, please email: 



Claire Wiley, Belmont University

Meggan Houlihan, Colorado State University

Amanda Click, United States Naval Academy

Saturday, June 19, 2021

CFP: CFP: Libraries Matter! Reflecting on a Year of Change - Virtual Conference - September 2021 - Library and Information Association of South Africa

 Click here to download the PDF version of the Call for Posters and Papers.

Conference Dates:           27 - 30 September 2021

Venue:                                Online (Virtual)

Theme:                               LIBRARIES MATTER! - REFLECTING ON A YEAR OF CHANGE



Click here to download the PDF version of the Call for Posters and Papers.

Libraries have faced massive changes since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic forced Government to implement various levels of lockdown. The impact on our services is at present still not fully comprehensible as libraries across South Africa, and indeed the world, are still attempting to get back to a measure of their former selves. Inequalities that have plagued us for decades played out exponentially in this regard making it harder for some communities to bounce back to offer services of an acceptable standard. The ability therefore to provide library services during the lockdown period has also varied, not only between sectors of the profession, but also within sectors, dependent on the Province, Municipality or institution in which a library operates.

The LIASA Conference 2021 will examine LIASA and the LIS profession through the lens of the pandemic and the effect that it has had on our profession and services. The upcoming Conference seeks to explore this by having academic papers, discussions, conversational presentations and electronic posters/lightning sessions on the following themes:

  • Measuring the impact and value of libraries in providing services during the various levels of lockdown, including its use (or not) of 4IR technologies;
  • Libraries and librarians as providers of equitable access to credible information, thereby advancing social justice, among others, in society, with particular regard to current circumstances;
  • The new role of LIASA as a partner in the changed LIS sector including in the broader Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) environment;
  • The future role of LIS and LIS Education in a post COVID world

The theme, LIBRARIES MATTER! - REFLECTING ON A YEAR OF CHANGE, paves the way for us to reflect on the current state of libraries and librarianship, and the envisioned future for the sector, while setting down steps on how this evolution should happen. Such a reflective process should provide an honest look at what is and what can be; it requires visionary leadership and strategic thinking, and most importantly, a willingness to change. 

LIASA Conference 2021 gives you the opportunity to share your experiences, best practices, challenges and innovative solutions towards a LIS sector and LIASA that can demonstrate why Libraries Matter despite the massive changes wrought on our profession. 


  1. Innovation, reinvention and renovation

    COVID-19 has forced libraries to re-evaluate their roles in the communities that they serve, be they academic, school, public or specialist. This evaluation has emphasised the need to innovate and reinvent the library to fit the “new normal” idea of what a library is. It has also required the renovation and rethinking of library spaces to accommodate these new roles. This theme continues the examination started in previous conferences around aspects of:

    • New services
    • Innovative services and spaces
    • Repackaging traditional services
    • Reskilling the LIS professional
    • Reinventing the LIS curriculum
    • Libraries in the 4th Industrial Revolution


  2. Librarians and the LIS profession in the current landscape

    Along with the introspection LIS has to do in relation to its role in society, so too do we have to grapple with uncomfortable ideas about our roles as librarians and the impact that this has on our profession. Never more than now do we have to answer the age-old question of why we are needed in a world where Google is king. This theme explores the idea of:

    • What does the future hold for the profession within this changing environment in which we have to operate?
    • Where is the office and where is the client? How do we remain relevant and efficient?
    • Managing our well-being in the complexities of the current situation;
    • What role should the Professional Body play to strengthen the LIS profession in South Africa?


  3. Impact and influence

It is our assertion that society needs libraries and librarians, especially in an age of fake news and the rapid proliferation of information. The pandemic has further highlighted the need for libraries to act as providers of credible information. Yet despite this assertion, we are still grappling with basic misconceptions of libraries and librarians / information workers. This theme explores the idea of:

  • What impact are we really having on society and the communities we serve?
  • What stories are we telling to change the misconceptions about libraries and librarians?
  • What success stories can we share?
  • How are we contributing to global conversations?

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 12 July 2021.  Authors of successful submissions will be notified by no later than 26 July 2021.

Navigate to the Abstract Submission Portal on the LIASA website.  

For general queries contact:


  1. Authors are invited to submit abstracts for:
    1. Oral, research based presentations (15 min), or
    2. Viewpoint papers (firmly supported by the literature, careful analysis and sound arguments (15 min), or
    3. Conversational presentations (practical experience, cases studies and best practice) (15 min), or
    4. Lightning talks (5 min, accompanied by an electronic poster on a single slide)
  2. Abstracts for research-based papers should include an introduction, statement of the research problem, methodology, findings (could be preliminary), and implications of the study. Reviewers are looking for studies that relate to the theme, that are original, and well-written.
  3. All contributions must be presented in English.
  4. Abstracts, including references (where applicable) must not exceed 500 words.
  5. The abstracts of accepted papers and posters, as well as the speaker bios and photos, will be published on the LIASA and conference websites. Speaker bios and photos will be obtained from authors of accepted papers. By submitting your abstract, you agree to it being published on the LIASA and conference websites.Selected papers might be considered for publication in an edition of the South African Journal for Libraries and Information Sciences (SAJLIS).
  6. The final version of the presentation (on the conference PowerPoint template) must be submitted in electronic format before the conference and full text document of the presentation must be submitted in electronic format on or before a date that will be communicated to authors of accepted papers. The presentations and full text documents will be uploaded to the LIASA website after the conference. Dates for papers that might be considered for publication in the South African Journal of Libraries and Information Sciences will be communicated with the relevant authors.
  7. All accepted presentations will be pre-recorded on a date and time that will be communicated to the authors. It is mandatory for presenters to register and attend the conference, and especially to be present during their session for live discussions.
  8. Please note that all presenters must be registered for the conference by 31 August 2021 and they are responsible for their own expenses to attend the conference.
  9. No correspondence will be entered into about acceptance or non-acceptance of papers.


17 June 2021

First Call for papers circulated

12 July 2021

Submission of abstracts close

26 July 2021

Last day for authors of accepted papers and posters to be notified

31 August 2021

Last day for registration of presenters of accepted papers and posters

13- 16 September 2021

Recording of presentations

21 – 22 September 2021

Test runs for presenters and moderators of the Q&A sessions

27- 30 September 2021

21st LIASA Annual Conference

08 October 2021

Final date for submitting PowerPoint presentations and full text documents of the presentations



4IR; COVID-19; library needs analysis; new library innovation; new library services; new library spaces; reskilling the library professional; reinventing the LIS curriculum; libraries in the 4th Industrial Revolution; collaboration; lockdown innovations; societal impact of libraries; renovation; impact and influence.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

CFP: Open Education Conference - October 18-22, 2021 (Virtual) #OpenEd21


The 2021 Open Education Conference is inviting proposals for live and pre-recorded virtual sessions to be held on October 18-22. Proposals are enthusiastically welcomed from everyone with an interest in sharing about open education, especially from students. This document outlines the conference theme, topics, session types, and guidelines, and we ask that all presenters read it carefully before submitting a proposal.


The theme of the 2021 Open Education Conference is “Making Open for All.” This theme puts action for equity and inclusion at the center of this year’s event, building on last year’s focus on reimagining open education as a solution to urgent challenges.

The idea of “all” has always been at the heart of open education. Openness is about enabling everyone, everywhere to participate in sharing knowledge, recognizing that education is a universal human right. There are many ways that open education has succeeded at breaking down barriers and expanding participation, yet there is much work ahead to reach the ideal of all.

“Making Open for All” is not a destination. It is a process that involves ongoing, intentional action to build resources, practices, and systems that are open for all people, languages, cultures, and contexts. It also involves understanding the limits to openness, such as its intersections with privacy and Indigenous knowledge. This year’s conference seeks to inspire the open education field to work together toward a more equitable and inclusive future.


Expanding on the theme “Making Open for All,” the conference invites session proposals that relate to ten program topics derived from input on what community members most want to learn at the conference. The topics are intended to apply broadly across various contexts, stakeholders, and practices, spanning students, higher education, K-12, and international collaboration. Since many topics overlap, applicants may select up to three topics that reflect the nature of their presentation. The ten program topics are:

  • Open Education 101: The Basics and How to Get Started
  • The Meaning of “All”: Examinations of Equity, Anti-Racism, Indigenization, Decolonization, and Social Justice
  • Ethical Education: Issues of Agency, Labor, Privacy, and Consent
  • Designing for Inclusion and Accessibility: How to Build and Create for All 
  • Exchanging Knowledge Across Borders: Open Education Around the World
  • Teaching and Learning Through Open: Open Pedagogy and Practices
  • Open Education in K-12: Approaches in Primary and Secondary Education
  • Understanding Open: Sharing Case Studies and Contributing to the Body of Literature
  • Building and Sustaining a Culture of Open: Strategies, Policies, Best Practices, and Advocacy
  • The Joy of Open: Celebrating Community, Care, and Collaboration


CFP: GLC 2021 - Georgia Libraries Conference (October 6-8, 2021 - Virtual and in Georgia)

GLC 2021 CFP:

Mark your calendars for the 2021 Georgia Libraries Conference!
October 6th – 8th, 2021

The Call for Proposals for Georgia Libraries Conference 2021 is now open.
This year our theme is “Enduring & Evolving”. We want to celebrate what Georgia libraries and librarians have done to innovate, problem-solve and adapt to serve their patron-base. So make sure you don’t miss out on this knowledge-sharing extravaganza! This year GLC will take place on Whova with some special/fun opportunities for in-person viewing parties.

While we rely on the use of pre-recorded sessions, last year taught us that being live can ease coordination of panel presentations.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS GLC 2021 PROPOSAL SUBMISSION FORM. The submission deadline is June 25, 2021.

Registration Fees
$45 for GLA Members
$85 Non-Members
$15 for Students

Keep an eye out for more information regarding this year’s Georgia Libraries Conference!


Georgia Library Conference Presentation proposals are due on June 25th. Visit the proposal page for more information and to submit. We all do great work, and the conference is a great way to share!


Please note that presenters are required to register for the conference. All attendees, including presenters, are required to register for the conference. We’re able to offer substantial discounts for this online conference and have held registration to $45 for members and $85 for non-GLA members.


The conference is October 6-8, and is a virtual conference with some viewing parties for the keynote. See Everything You Need to Know about GLC 2021 for current details.

Monday, June 14, 2021

CFP: Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy Annual Conference - October 6th-8th, 2021 (Virtual Conference)


Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy is committed to training and staff development.  During our annual conference we provide workshops, keynote speakers and networking to anyone who is involved or wants to be involved with early literacy.  Past conferences have had information about brain research, community outreach, sensory storytimes and much more.


In 2020 the conference was offered virtually in response to the pandemic, and will be virtual again in 2021. CLEL also expanded to a two-day conference, offering a Leadership Institute in addition to the general conference for the first time in 2020. Due to it's success CLEL will again offer a Leadership Institute in 2021, and add a half-day Pre-Conference Workshop.

We hope you join us!


Save the Date: October 6, 7 & 8


Call for Presenters!

We are seeking presenters for both

the Leadership Institute on October 7

and the Main Conference on October 8.

Submission form now open!

We will be utilizing Whova app to bring the conference to you virtually again this year. 

All sessions will be recorded and offer closed captioning.

Contact us if you require additional accommodations.

Pricing information for the conference will be updated soon.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

CFP: Spatial Literacy in Public Health (Book Chapters for ACRL Book)


Spatial Literacy in Public Health: CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS!

Chapters are sought for the forthcoming ACRL book Spatial Literacy in Public Health, focusing on collaborative spatial literacy teaching and learning initiatives across the college campus.

Public health has been at the forefront of global news and conversations since early 2020, resulting in an increased awareness of and interest in how public health topics connect with many areas of our lives, big and small, globally and locally. We have seen how public health integrates with data, business, economics, our grocery store, historical precedents, psychological factors, tourism, social media, and much more. Spatial literacy skills overlap with public health topics in many thought-provoking and discussion-friendly ways that can help students realize the relevance of geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial literacy skills.

The goals of this book, ultimately, are to tie spatial literacy across the higher education curriculum, under the theme of public health intersections. This book will include content designed to have academic librarians and disciplinary faculty working together, and provide multimodal materials to foster successful in-classroom (or online!) deployment.
Chapter structure:
  • Each chapter of this book will have a specific spatial literacy focus using GIS tools and will be a collaborative effort between librarians and disciplinary faculty members. Chapters can connect with Covid-19 but that will not be a requirement. To provide a foundation for readers—other teaching librarians and their faculty collaborator(s)—each chapter will begin with an overview of foundational material to provide grounding in the established scholarship.  Next, the chapter will include a brief, annotated list of recommended readings that could be assigned to participants ahead of a workshop when appropriate; alternatively, readings could guide or otherwise serve as resources for the collaborators. Finally, each chapter will include hands-on activities and discussion prompts that could be used in the actual instructional session. QR codes will be integrated into the book to navigate users to additional content (e.g., videos, lesson plan modifications, and more) as needed to help set readers up for success in the activity and to save space within the book. Chapters should also factor in modifications for use of open source GIS tools, open access content, and virtual (vs. f2f) learning to help the work reach audiences with limited fee-based tools.
  • Authors will be asked to house a student-friendly PowerPoint version of their chapter in the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox. Authors will be encouraged to have relevant screenshots and/or video tutorial content for the activity integrated into the slide deck, rather than into the chapter itself, unless critical. A teaching librarian, hopefully with a disciplinary faculty partner, will be able to use this content as-is…or modify it for the direct instruction portion of a session!

... Final chapters should be 2,000-3,000 words in length.
Possible chapter topics:
These are just examples of the kinds of spatial literacy + public health intersections we believe could be brought into this book.

  1. Supply chain management
  2. Temporal comparisons
  3. Social media campaigns
  4. Data visualization
  5. Racial disparities (and other demography themes)
  6. Immunization
  7. Epidemiology
  8. Environmental health/Environmental Science
  9. Stock market/Global economies
  10. Community health
  11. K-12 education
  12. Recreation/Tourism
…and other ideas you come up with! 

Not sure if your idea or collaboration is a good fit? Email the editors!

Our Timeline

Submission due dates:

Submit Your Proposal

Proposal information:
Authors should submit their proposal here:
Proposals should include:
1.    Discipline or audience addressed
2.    150-word abstract of proposed chapter
3.    Description of a sample learning activity

The Editors

Laureen P. Cantwell, Head of Access Services & Outreach and Dr. Tammy Parece, Assistant Professor of Geography, both from Colorado Mesa University
Email to reach the editors with any questions.  

Laureen P. Cantwell (she/her/hers)
Head of Access Services & Outreach
Tomlinson Library
Colorado Mesa University
Dr. Tammy Parece (she/her/hers)
Assistant Professor of Geography
Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Colorado Mesa University

Friday, June 04, 2021

CFP: Michigan Innovative Users Group (MIUG) Conference (September 17th, 2021 - Virtual)

 Save the Date: Michigan Innovative Users Group (MIUG) Conference  

Call for session proposals!


All session proposals need to be  submitted by June 30, 2021.


The Michigan Innovative Users Group (MIUG) 2021 conference is just around the corner. The date will be Friday, September 17, 2021. Save the Date!  This year’s conference will be virtual.  It will be a great opportunity to share with colleagues who do not have the opportunity to travel to these events.


MIUG represents on opportunity for you and your colleagues to stay informed about Innovative, Sierra, and Polaris updates and news.


  • Have you ever wanted to be one of the demonstrators or at least help present? 
  • Would you like to conduct a forum or help with one?
  • Do you have a subject / area that you would love to learn more about?
  • Do you know that charismatic person that loves to be a speaker to the people?
  • Do you want to be a part of the board to plan this event? Still could use members.


We are looking for ideas to help make this a great conference experience for all. Please submit any ideas or recommendations you have as soon as possible. This is a great opportunity to network and share ideas with your III and Polaris peers.  The link to submit proposals can be found here:


We look forward to hearing from you!  Learn more about MIUG on their website: