Friday, January 20, 2017

CFP: New insights at the intersection of genealogy and other professional communities - IFLA 2017 (Poland) Genealogy and Local History Section

The Genealogy and Local History Section (GENLOC) joint with Asia and Oceania Section and Information Technology Section invite proposals for papers to be presented at the joint open session at the 2017 IFLA World Library and Information Congress:

“New insights at the intersection of genealogy and other professional communities”

Monday 21 August
Lower Silesian Public library - (Dolnoslaska Biblioteka Publiczna im. Tadeusza Mikulskiego) - Wroclaw, ul Rynek 58 (The Old City).
Wroclaw, Poland

The session welcomes papers that discuss:
  • Innovative programming and use of historical and genealogical collections
  • Intergenerational approaches to programming and outreach
  • Integration of genealogical materials and research into school curricula
  • Collaborative work with historical and genealogical societies
  • Harnessing the energy of volunteers
  • Genetic genealogy and the promise of DNA

We encourage discussion of evidence based practice and invite presentations and analysis of projects which can be of practical value to others. Submissions in other formats than academic papers (such as reports and essays) are welcome.

The full call for papers, see WLIC 2017 website

Proposals are due by March 18, 2017.

Contact information: Kate Cordes:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Call for Column Editor: Managing Technology (Journal of Academic Librarianship)

The Journal of Academic Librarianship seeks a column editor for the “Managing Technology” feature. The column editor may write the columns him/herself, work with others to create content, or do a combination.

The frequency of the column and compensation are negotiable.

Samples of the previous column by Ray Henry are available in Volumes 41 and 42, including:
  • JAL 42.3 (2016) 284-285.
  • JAL 42.2 (2016): 181-183.
  • JAL 41.6 (2015): 847-849.

If you are interested in applying for the column editor position, please submit a letter/memo of interest and an applicable writing sample to me by February 6, 2017.

Please let me know if you have questions. Please feel free to share this with others who may be interested. Thank you!

Beth Blakesley
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Academic Librarianship
Associate Dean of Libraries
Washington State University – Pullman
509.335.6134 (v)

CFP: 2017 Comics & Medicine Conference: Access Points (June 15th – 17th, 2017 - Seattle, WA)

2017 Comics & Medicine Conference: Access Points 
(June 15th – 17th, 2017 - Seattle, WA)
Seattle Public Library Central Branch

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
  • Rupert Kinnard created the first LGBTQ-identified African American comic strip characters in his groundbreaking series Cathartic Comics. His comics work—including his much anticipated memoir-in-progress LifeCapsule Project—spans all facets of his personal identity, from race, gender, and sexuality to classism, ageism, and disability. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Arts Foundation in 2013.
  • Georgia Webber is a comics artist, craniosacral therapist, meditation facilitator, and radio producer living in the cities of Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario. Her most notable comics series, Dumb, chronicles her severe vocal injury and ongoing (sometimes silent) recovery.
  • Hillary Chute is the author of Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics (Columbia UP, 2010), Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists (University of Chicago Press, 2014), and Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form (Harvard University Press, 2016). She has also co-edited two journal special issues: Mfs: Modern Fiction Studies on “Graphic Narrative” (2006) and Critical Inquiry on “Comics & Media” (2014), and she is Associate Editor of Art Spiegelman’s MetaMaus (Pantheon, 2011).

This year’s Comics & Medicine theme is Access Points. We invite participants to consider accessibility as a crucial aspect linking comics and health. Comics—a medium broadly characterized as “accessible” because of its ability to reach diverse audiences and to provide a platform for marginalized voices—can make visible and reflect upon the urgent subject of health access. Comics can explore the issue of accessibility in past and current practices of health care and can point to imaginative solutions for extending and expanding health care. We invite the submission of a wide variety of abstracts focusing on health, medicine, and comics in any form (e.g. graphic novels and memoir, comic strips, manga, web comics) that examine or showcase topics including, but not limited to:

  • Comics depictions of disability
  • Visual depictions of systemic and structural inequities in health care and social determinants of health
  • Use of comics to provide health education for or about under-served communities
  • Comics representations of physical or geographical spaces related to the delivery of medical care
  • Collaborative comics projects that create access points between patients, healthcare providers, community organizations, and/or institutional stakeholders
  • Use of comics to access new understandings of bodily/mental states
  • Therapeutic uses of comics and cartooning
  • Use of comics to encourage conversations about accessible spaces/events
  • Innovative uses of comics to access diverse health experiences
  • Use of comics to visualize ideological and/or political boundaries and access to medical therapies
  • Comics and environmental health
  • Ethical implications of creating comics for patients, physicians, or institutions
  • Trends in, histories of, or the use of comics in health care and public health

Presentation Formats

• Lightning talks: 5-minute presentations with up to 15 slides. This concise format is meant to encourage submission of short presentations to share your work (e.g. comics, new research projects, new ideas).

• Oral presentations: 15- to 20-minute presentations.

• Panel discussions: 90-minute interviews or presentations by a panel of speakers

• Working Groups: 90-minute sessions to discuss short or long term collaborative projects in graphic medicine or to lead focused discussion of books and/or issues related to the conference theme. If accepted, the planning committee can work with the proposer to establish an audience. Suggested topics include:

  • community outreach and comics
  • sexual health/violence prevention and comics
  • health education and comics
  • teaching and learning with graphic medicine

• Workshops: 90-minute sessions intended to be “hands-on” interactive, creative workshops for participants who wish to obtain particular skills with regard to comics. Suggested topics include:

  • drawing for health 101
  • accessing personal stories
  • comics and storytelling
  • mini-comic tutorial

Submission Process

Proposal abstracts should not exceed 300 words and may be submitted in Word or PDF formats. Please include the following information in this order:

  • author(s)
  • affiliation
  • email address
  • phone number
  • title of abstract
  • body of abstract
  • sample images or web links to work being discussed
  • presentation format preference (see options above)
  • equipment needed (e.g. AV projection, whiteboard, easel, etc.)
Proposals should be submitted by January 30th to:

Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by an interdisciplinary selection committee. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be completed by the week of March 1st, 2017.

While we cannot guarantee that presenters will receive their first choice of presentation format, we will attempt to honor preferences, and we will acknowledge the receipt of all proposals.

Please note: Presenters are responsible for session expenses (e.g. handouts and supplies) and personal expenses (travel, hotel, and registration fees). All presenters must register for the conference. Discounted rates and some limited scholarships will be available for students, artists, and others in need.

Submit proposals by January 30th, 2017.

Monday, January 16, 2017

CFP: The Eight Annual Collection Management & Development Research Forum (ALA Annual 2017)

CFP: The Eight Annual Collection Management & Development Research Forum (ALA Annual 2017)

The Publications Committee of the Collection Management Section of ALCTS is sponsoring the Seventh Annual Collection Management & Development Research Forum at the 2017 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago.

This is an opportunity to present and discuss your research.  Both completed research and research in progress will be considered.  All researchers, including collection practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.

The Committee will use a "blind review” process to select two projects.  The selected researchers are required to present their papers in person at the forum.  Each researcher should plan for a 20 minute presentation, with a 10 minute open discussion following each

Criteria for selection are:
  • Significance of the study for improving collection management and development practices
  • Potential for research to fill a gap in collections scholarship or to build on previous studies
  • Quality and creativity of the methodology
  • Previously published research or research accepted for publication prior to February 14, 2017, will not be accepted.

The submission must consist of no more than two pages.  On the first page, please list your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information (including your mailing
address, telephone number, fax number, and email address).  The second page should be a one-page proposal, and it should NOT show your name or any personal information.  Instead, it must include only:

     The title of your project

     A clear statement of the research problem

     A description of the research methodology used

     Results of the project, if any

Examples of research presented at previous forums have included: 

  • Comparison of demand driven e-book packages for Humanities university press books
  • Comparison of Biographical Information in Commercial Literary
  • Databases and on the Open Web
  • Assessment of a Fully Integrated Patron Driven Access (PDA) Model
  • Comparison of Citation Use Patterns to Link Resolver and Vendor
  • Statistics in Journals in the Health Sciences Fields
  • Development of a holistic approach to collection development and assessment
  • Development of a data-driven weeding project
  • Development of a sustainable, permanent assessment process to maintain shelf capacity equilibrium without an adverse effect on librarian time management

The deadline for proposals is February 17, 2017.

Notification of acceptance will be made by March 17, 2017.

ALCTS, in its bylaws, claims the right of first refusal for publication of any work emanating from an ALCTS body or program.

Please send submissions to:

Geoffrey Morse
Chair, CMS Publications Committee
TEL:   847 467-1866

Call for Entries - Beta Phi Mu/LRRT Research Paper Award for 2017

Beta Phi Mu/LRRT Research Paper Award for 2017

This award is being jointly presented by the Beta Phi Mu International Honor Society ( and the American Library Association’s Library Research Round Table ( to recognize excellent research in progress into problems related to the profession of librarianship. Any ALA member is eligible for this $500 award, and all methodologies and research topics/questions are eligible for consideration. 

The criteria to be followed for the selection of an award winner are:
·         Importance of the research question or problem (20 points)
·         Adequacy of the review of relevant literature (10 points)
·         Appropriateness of the methodology used (10 points)
·         Effectiveness of the application of the methodology (20 points)
·         Addition of the findings to the knowledge and/or praxis in the field of librarianship (20 points)
·         Articulation of the conclusions emanating from the study (10 points)
·         Clarity and completeness (10 points)

The deadline for submission is January 31, 2017Submissions must not have been published prior to January 31, 2017. The submissions will be limited to a 2,000-word abstract, excluding the bibliography or reference list, and should be emailed to the contact person below. Please include a title page with title of proposal and author contact information including name, institutional affiliation, mailing address and email address. Individuals may submit only one paper. Jointly authored proposals are acceptable, but all authors must be ALA members, and will split the award of $500.

All submissions that meet the deadline and the criteria will be considered. The proposals will undergo a blind-review process by a joint BPM/LRRT award committee.

The award will be presented during one of LRRT’s research programs at the ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL: June 22-27, 2017.

Email submissions by January 31, 2017 to:
Susan Rathbun-Grubb, Award Committee Chair -

Saturday, January 14, 2017

CFP: Libraries and Nonprofits: Collaboration for the Public Good

Libraries and Nonprofits: Collaboration for the Public Good (Library Juice Press) will consider the range of partnerships entered into by all types of libraries and nonprofits and will provide resources and best practices for nurturing these collaborations. We are seeking domestic and international case studies which highlight successful (or problematic) collaborations between libraries and nonprofit organizations for inclusion in the book. Case studies may address the following themes relating to nonprofit organizations and library collaborations including (but not limited to):

* civic engagement
* public health
* social safety nets/social work
* arts and culture
* education/literacy
* environment/sustainability/food justice
* anti-racism
* disability rights
* legal aid/human rights
* housing/planning

Examples range from collaborations with financial literacy organizations to provide free or low-cost tax preparation; legal aid organizations to provide civic education and human rights workshops; literacy organizations to provide storytime programs, ESL or tutoring services; or museums to provide exhibitions, pop-up galleries, or STEAM programming.

How to Participate

Authors are invited to submit a case study proposal as an email attachment in Word or PDF to on or before Monday, February 20, 2017. The case study proposal should be 300-500 words (Chicago Style) clearly explaining the intent and details of the proposed case study as it relates to the topics listed above. Proposed case studies should be based on unpublished work, unique to this publication and not submitted or intended to be simultaneously submitted elsewhere.

Authors will be notified by Monday, March 27, 2017 about the status of their proposals and sent case study guidelines. Completed case studies are expected to be between 2,000-4,000 words, although shorter or longer case studies are negotiable. Full case studies are expected to be submitted by Monday, June 26, 2017.

Proposals should include

* Author name(s), institutional or organizational affiliation, job title/role
* Brief author(s) bio
* Proposed case study title
* A summary of the proposed case study (300-500 words)

About the authors

Tatiana Bryant, Special Collections Librarian, University of Oregon Libraries

Jonathan O. Cain, Librarian for Data Initiatives and Public Policy, Planning and Management, University of Oregon Libraries

Friday, January 13, 2017

CFP: Scholarship in the Sandbox: Academic Libraries as Laboratories, Forums, and Archives for Student Work (ACRL Publication)

Call for Proposals:
Scholarship in the Sandbox: Academic Libraries as Laboratories, Forums, and Archives for Student Work
Edited by Amy Jackson, Cindy Pierard, Suzanne Schadl
Published by ACRL

Important dates:
Expressions of interest due February 1.
Please complete the form at
Notifications are expected to go out by mid-February.
First drafts due May 15.

This book brings together perspectives on sharing student scholarship and creative work, and instructive
case studies. The book incorporates the viewpoints of librarians, teaching faculty, academic staff,
community members and students themselves. We will create a dialogue around the idea of the
academic library as a laboratory for emerging scholars and creatives to practice and test their
disciplinary work; as a forum for sharing that work; and as an archive where work can be sustained and

We are particularly interested in contributions from students in other academic programs, as well as
librarians and other academics with practical experience in the area. Editors will seek proposals that
directly address one of these topics, and provide ideas and/or illustrations of practice in these areas.

Chapters will be 5000-7000 words. For more information please see

Amy Jackson (Performing Arts & Digital Arts Librarian, University of New Mexico)
Cindy Pierard (Director of Access Services and Undergraduate Engagement, University of New Mexico)
Suzanne Schadl (Curator of Latin American Collections and Outreach Coordinator, University of New Mexico)

Please address correspondence to

CFP: Texas Conference on Institutional Repositories (Dallas, Texas - June 2, 2017)

The Texas Conference on Institutional Repositories (TCIR) is accepting proposals for full sessions (30-45 minutes) and lightning talks (5-10 minutes). Topics may include but are not limited to:
  • Copyright
  • Open access
  • Outreach and promotion
  • Open educational resources
  • Research data management
  • Library-based publishing
  • Platform(s)
  • Migration
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Development and growth
  • Future trends

The deadline for submission is March 17, 2017. Send all proposals - name, title, type of presentation and abstract - to For more information, contact Dillon Wackerman, Digital Repository Librarian at SMU, at

The conference will be hosted by Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX on June 2, 2017 and is sponsored by the SMU Central University Libraries, the Cross Timbers Library Collaborative’s Scholarly Communication and Digital Curation Affinity Group, and bepress.

Registration for this event is free. Participants and attendees from outside of Texas are welcome. To register contact

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Practical Guides for Librarians - Official Call for Authors

Practical Guides for Librarians - Official Call for Authors

Hi Everyone,

I've just taken on the role of Series Editor for Practical Guides for Librarians a very popular book series from Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. And I'm looking for authors and book ideas for this first year's books!!! I'm hoping to do 10-15 books in my main areas of interest - technology, makerspaces, and young adult topics such as comics, fandoms, etc.

If you think you might be interested in writing a book for the series - yes there are royalties involved!! - please briefly pitch me your idea on this linked form. It doesn't have to be a full proposal - just a sentence or two with your idea:

And here's just one book in the series to give you an idea of the format/layout of the books:

And here are some past titles in the series:
  • Going Beyond Loaning Books to Loaning Technologies: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Practical Guides for Librarians) by Janelle Sander and Lori S. Mestre
  • Infographics: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Practical Guides for Librarians) by Beverley E. Crane (Author)
  • Children's Services Today: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Practical Guides for Librarians) by Jeanette Larson
  • Online Teaching and Learning: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Practical Guides for Librarians) by Beverley E. Crane
  • Usability Testing: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Practical Guides for Librarians) by Rebecca Blakiston
  • Story Time Success: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Practical Guides for Librarians) by Katie Fitzgerald
Ellyssa Kroski
Director of Information Technology
The New York Law Institute

Call for Posters: MI-ALA Annual Conference 2017 Making Connections: Academic Libraries, Communities, and Purpose (May 2017 - Grand Rapids, Michigan)

MI-ALA Annual Conference 2017
Making Connections: Academic Libraries, Communities, and Purpose

May 18 & 19, 2017
Eberhard Center at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids
You are invited to Grand Rapids and GVSU for the second MI-ALA conference to showcase your innovations in library science. We are excited to see how librarians across the great state of Michigan are harnessing their vision to make connections and show purpose.

We're interested in poster proposals on topics in every area of librarianship, from the front lines and from behind the scenes, addressing the range of issues of critical concern to academic libraries. Broad participation is encouraged from librarians, staff, LIS students, and administrators from all types of academic libraries (including but not limited to public universities, private colleges, and community colleges). 

Poster proposals should include a description of no more than 300 words. Poster proposals will be evaluated on relevance to the academic library profession, originality and creativity, and clarity/applicability of content and outcomes. 

Please submit your poster proposal by February 17, 2017. Submitters will be contacted about the status of their proposed poster by March 7, 2017.

You must be a member of MI-ALA to submit a proposal. Regardless of the decision on a proposal, MI-ALA encourages you to attend the conference. Poster session proposals may also be submitted if your presentation proposal is not accepted.  

Any questions may be sent to the Poster Session Coordinator, David Scott (

To submit your poster proposal, use this link:

To find out more about the conference, go here:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Call for contributions to column in the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship

This is a call for contributions to the "E-Resource Round Up" column for volume 29, issue 2 of the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL). Submissions can be related to any aspect of electronic resources and their use in libraries, including conference reports, professional discussion groups, meetings, and practices in using electronic resources in-house. This would be a great opportunity for you to report on topics that may benefit others in our profession.

The editors would like to receive contributions to the column by Friday, February 17, 2017. Contributions should not be published elsewhere.

If you have a submission or questions, please contact the column editors:

Bob Wolverton
Mississippi State University Libraries

Karen Davidson
Mississippi State University Libraries
(662) 325-3018             

CFP: Special Issue on Digital Collection Metadata & Internet Discovery - Journal of Web Librarianship

The Journal of Web Librarianship is planning a special issue on Internet discovery on digital collections entitled: Digital Collection Metadata & Internet Discovery

Digital Collection Metadata & Internet Discovery

Many digital repositories and digital collections have been created in recent decades in academic and research libraries. As digital items are put into digital repositories, associated metadata records need to be effective for external indexing by search engines in order to be discovered. Current literature includes some discussion pertaining to digital resources discovery, metadata evaluation, search engine indexing, and search engine optimization strategies. However, due to the distinct options of digital repository software, the complexity of metadata schemas, the variety of formats of digital items, and the ambiguity of search engine indexing strategies, researchers have not come to an agreement about which metadata schema is the best to use, because the choice varies based on the format of the particular digital file, the repository system being used, and the search engine being queried. This journal issue aims to explore these approaches and offer insights into the current literature debating digital collection metadata and its discoverability on the Internet.

Subject Coverage

This special issue offers a platform for researchers to discuss topics relevant to the potential combination of best strategies regarding metadata, digital repositories, digital formats, search engine indexing, and Internet discovery. Subject coverage includes but is not limited to Digital Collection Metadata Evaluation, Digital Repository Systems Evaluation, Digital Collection Development, Indexing Evaluation of Digital Formats, Search Engine Indexing, Search Engine Algorithm Evaluation, and Internet Discovery on Digital Repositories.

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

1.  Original Research
        Evaluation of metadata of digital collections
        Evaluation of digital repository system pertaining to facilitating content discoverability
        Evaluation of search engine indexing on metadata or digital file formats
        Evaluation of search engine algorithm and/or search engine optimization

2. Case Studies
        Best strategies for facilitating Internet discovery of digital collections
        Best practices for developing and promoting digital collections on the Internet
        Workflows for optimizing digital collection and metadata development

Important dates

        Full paper submission at 30, 2017
        Notification of decision: June 30, 2017
        Revised submission: July 31, 2017
        Final acceptance notification: August 31, 2017
        Final version of paper: September 30, 2017
        Publication: December, 2017

Guest Editors

Le Yang
Digital Initiatives Librarian
Texas Tech University

Joy M. Perrin
Digital Resources Librarian
Texas Tech University


Hannah Gascho Rempel

The Journal of Web Librarianship is an international, peer-reviewed journal focused on all aspects of librarianship as practiced on the World Wide Web, including both existing and emerging roles and activities of information professionals. The journal strives to find a balance between original, scholarly research, and practical communications on relevant topics in web librarianship.  Web services and systems librarians are encouraged to contribute, as are librarians working in public services, technical services, special collections, archives, and administration.

For more information on this special issue, see the Call for Papers website.

CFP: Journal of New Librarianship (Open Access Journal)

I am pleased and excited to announce the publication of Volume 1, Issue 1 of the Journal of New Librarianship. Read it now:

The Journal of New Librarianship is an open access journal for members of the library and information professions, and published via Scholastica.  

The first issue includes double-blind peer reviewed articles by Meg Henderson from the University of Southern California and Emma Oxford James Madison University; book reviews by Bea Calvert of Loyola University- New Orleans and Carol Waggoner-Angleton of Augusta University; and essays by Dan Vinson of Mount Mary University, Deb Schwartz, CEO, LAC Group, and Emily Drabinski of Long Island University.

Moving forward, the journal hopes to publish a wide variety of content from a wide variety of librarians from public, special, academic and other libraries, including: peer-reviewed articles; essays; opinion pieces; book reviews; and content in a variety of formats, including text, video, podcasts, etc.

Moving forward, works will be published on a rolling basis. We are accepting submissions now to v2i1, which will include all work published between now and June 30th of 2017.

Submissions may include, but are not limited to: Solicited articles; Scholarly Articles; Essays; Experience and opinion pieces; Media (i.e., podcasts, video, etc) relevant to innovative practices in librarianship; Book reviews; Technology reviews; Letters to the Editor on topics relevant to the field; Data sets; Manifestos; Extended scholarship (Greater than 15,000 words); and Interviews.

Non-English content is welcome. Translation assistance is available for accepted works.

As this is a diamond-model open access journal, there are no APCs: Submission is free, as it should be.  There is also no charge to readers or to authors for the Journal of New Librarianship. For additional information, please check out

Stephen P. Weiter
Dean, University Libraries
Oakland University