Monday, February 28, 2022

LACUNY Institute 2022 CFP and Save the Date

 On behalf of the Library Association of CUNY, we are pleased to share information about and invite proposals for the Library Association of CUNY Institute 2022


The theme for this year's institute is "Built to Exclude: Confronting Issues of Equity and Otherness in Libraries." The institute will be held virtually on Thursday May 12th & Friday May 13th and hosted by the New York City College of Technology. 


Please save the date for the conference and see the call for proposals below. 




LACUNY Institute 2022 : "Built to Exclude: Confronting Issues of Equity and Otherness in Libraries."


Submission deadline: April 1, 2022



Library workers, patrons, and scholars are grappling with questions about what it means to have access, to belong, and to feel welcome and included. How do library environments and institutional norms–from the ways spaces are designed and collections are organized, to the language we use in classrooms and on digital platforms–potentially exclude historically marginalized populations or alienate patrons and workers with different cultural and racial, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds? How do conceptions of professionalism and issues of privilege, class, and power impact the experiences of library workers or present barriers to entry into our field? How can we confront encoded forms of discrimination that library workers and patrons face? Is it possible to transform institutional dynamics that are othering when we face bureaucratic obstacles, labor shortages, and austerity conditions? Who has the agency and resources to change library environments that are built to exclude?


For LACUNY Institute 2022, we invite proposals that explore barriers to access. We are interested in proposals that address the problems of equity and otherness in institutional environments and that introduce individual and collective strategies for transforming libraries.

We welcome theoretical explorations, case studies, and creative or imaginative proposals that examine how we: advocate for funding and combat austerity; purchase, describe, and organize collections; create and enforce policies and institutional rules; design spaces that welcome people with different levels of ability, linguistics backgrounds, and ways of learning; collaborate, support, and communicate with each other; and understand and meet the needs of the particular populations our libraries serve.

Proposal submissions may address but are not limited to topics including:

  • Power dynamics
  • Linguistic and cultural hegemony 
  • Definitions of professionalism
  • Libraries and feelings
  • Class, socioeconomic inequity, debt
  • Library anxiety 
  • Library architecture 
  • Austerity 
  • Closed collections and insider research practices 
  • Labor exploitation, contingent work, and labor activism 
  • Surveillance and space
  • Patron advocacy
  • Rules and bureaucracy 
  • Anti-oppression work within institutions and the profession 
  • Discrimination based on ability, age, or race
  • Discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, or physical presentation
  • Mental Health 
  • Divergent learning 



Learn more about the Library Association of CUNY and past LACUNY Institutes:  




Nora Almeida and Wanett Clyde, Co-Chairs

2022 LACUNY Institute Planning Committee


Tuesday, February 22, 2022

CFP: Conference Reporters - LOEX 2022 - Journal of Information Literacy

Going to LOEX in May? JIL is looking for conference reporters

Are you attending LOEX in May? Home ( If so, please consider submitting a conference report to the Journal of Information Literacy (JIL). JIL publishes conference reports for many different IL conferences, and LOEX is always an important one to cover! Conference reports for JIL are about the length of a blog post -- i.e., 750-1500 words -- and contain thoughts and reflections from attendees about the main points and themes of the conference. It’s up to you to decide what you focus on, and you could choose to focus on just one strand or theme of the conference if you wished.

More information about conference reports is available here Submissions | Journal of Information Literacy (, and you can get a flavour for past conference updates by searching, e.g., for LOEX or 'LILAC' within JIL Search | Journal of Information Literacy ( Conference reports are a great way to do a bit of writing about IL and see your name in print!


Conference reports are due two months after the conference itself to allow time for copy editing and the journal production process.


If you'd like to write a conference update for LOEX -- or any other IL conference -- please send queries and expressions of interest to JIL's email address by March 31st.


Many thanks,

Meg (JIL Managing Editor)


Tuesday, February 15, 2022

CFP: NASIG 37th Annual Conference - Great Ideas Showcase & Snapshots Sessions

 Call for Proposals - Great Ideas Showcase & Snapshots Sessions


The NASIG Program Planning Committee invites proposals for the Great Ideas Showcase and the Snapshots Session for the 37th NASIG Conference in Baltimore, MD, June 5 to 9th.  


Presenters are expected to be at the conference, in-person, to create a robust conference experience.


The Great Ideas Showcase will be held on Monday, June 6th, from 5:15-6:15pm, and the Snapshots Sessions will be held on Monday, June 6th, from 5:45-6:30pm.  Presenters must be available to discuss their showcases or present their snapshots during that time, in person.


The Great Ideas Showcase will provide an opportunity to share innovative ideas, new workflows, and new applications of technology in an interactive and informal setting.  Great Ideas will be presented as posters.  Participants will be given a poster board to showcase their idea to attendees.


The Snapshots Session will consist of up to eight 5-minute presentations with a focus on an idea, projects, workflow, etc.  If you’ve always wanted to speak at NASIG, but haven’t felt like you had enough to say for a full session, this is a great opportunity for you.


Proposals may present a report of a research study, an analysis of a practical problem-solving effort, or a description of an innovative program that may be of interest to the NASIG community.  Proposals should name any particular products or services that are integral to the content of the showcase or snapshot.  However, as a matter of NASIG policy, showcases and snapshots should not be used as a venue to promote or attack any product, service, or institution.


Submit your Great Ideas Showcase or Snapshots Session proposal here.


Proposals must be received by 5pm, Friday, April 1st, 2022.  Members of the Program Planning Committee will evaluate submissions, and presenters will be notified of the status of their proposal by mid-April.  (NOTE: Presenters for the Great Ideas Showcase or Snapshots Sessions do not qualify for a registration discount.  Presenters must be registered for either the full conference or for the one-day registration.)


Inquiries may be sent to the NASIG Program Planning Committee Chair and Vice-Chair, Sarah Dennis and Jennifer Zuccaro, at


We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

Thursday, February 03, 2022

CFP: Special Issue - The implications of the Covid-19 pandemic on nonprofit human service organizations: An international perspective

 We are happy to share this Call For Papers (CfP) for a special issue: The implications of the Covid-19 pandemic on nonprofit human service organizations: An international perspective to be published by the Journal Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership and Governance

Guest Editors: Hillel Schmid, PhD & Itay Greenspan, PhD, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Please see more details below and attached.


The Covid-19 pandemic is different from any previous crisis we have experienced, because it is global and multidimensional, because its “enemy” is invisible, and because the economic and social implications from this pandemic are profound. For example, in the labor market of most countries, a significant decline has been recorded in the income of employees and self- employed workers, and a dramatic increase in the number of unemployed people. Vulnerable populations were those most impacted by the pandemic, and as a result, the demand for welfare services has been increasing. Consequently, human service agencies are facing the need to deal with financial instability, heavier workloads and absence of employees due to lay- offs, health restrictions and unpaid leaves. This dimension of the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic has been only partially explored in the international context and is the main theme of this special issue.

Crises and emergencies can be an opportunity to re-examine ideologies, worldviews and values, organizational structures and service technologies. They are also an appropriate opportunity to scrutinize the status of organizations in the public sphere and their relationships with other actors, be they governments, collaborating or competing non-profits organizations or the business sector. The special issue would provide a platform for theoretical and empirical articles discussing the mission of Human Service Organizations generally and especially in times of crisis.

We welcome contributions on the following potential topics (among others): The implications of the health, economic and social crisis on the ideology, values, administrative processes and structures in HSOs, relationships between government and HSOs, relationships between HSOs and the business sector, philanthropy’s role in the Covid-19 crisis, HSOs’ preparedness to crisis and emergency, volunteering and volunteers in HSOs during the crisis, patterns of political and civil engagement in times of a crisis, the impact of the crisis on ethnic and gender minorities, mergers in nonprofit HSOs.


Review Process: Authors should send abstracts of up to 250 words (or other inquiries) to the Guest Editors: Hillel Schmid ( and Itay Greenspan ( Abstracts will be reviewed on the basis of substance, methodology, originality, acknowledgment of the literature, and relevance to the journal.



  • Abstract submission to Guest Editors: March 1, 2022
  • Reply to authors with invitation to submit a full manuscript: April 1, 2022
  • Full paper submission: September 1, 2022. Submissions will be processed and peer-reviewed according to the journal’s guidelines and regular submission procedures.
  • Review process: Fall 2022. Reviewers’ comments, recommendations for revisions and decisions will be communicated by the guest editors.
  • Expected journal publication: Winter 2023