Thursday, December 31, 2015

CFP: 2nd National Personal Librarian & First Year Experience Library Conference (Cleveland, Oh - May 12-13, 2016)

2nd National Personal Librarian & First Year Experience Library Conference
Call for Proposals (Deadline January 31, 2016)

May 12 (Thursday) - May 13 (Friday), 2016
Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Proposals are now being accepted for the 2nd National Personal Librarian & First Year Experience Library Conference, a 2-day event focused on all aspects of the first year experience and the personalization of outreach and services for incoming students. The conference will be hosted by Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio).

The conference will focus on starting library initiatives to support first year students, assessing outcomes of services and resources, and building the collaborative relationships throughout the organization to prepare a holistic approach to student success and retention.

The 2 days will feature 1-2 keynotes and/or panel discussions, surrounded by a number of concurrent sessions organized around proposed tracks of interest. Participants are welcomed from all types of organizations and levels of staffing. Programming will be offered to improve established programs or prepare for a new initiative.

We are accepting proposals for concurrent sessions organized by tracks, panel discussions, and poster presentations. We welcome all proposals for consideration, but are particularly interested in sessions that consider:
  • How to measure impact & success; assessment methods
  • Relationship building (internal & external to the library)
  • The “future” and next generation programs
  • Focus on international students
  • Focus on underserved communities or at risk communities
  • Transition to 2nd year support
Other topics may include:
  • "Personal Librarian” services such as direct interactions, custom experiences, etc.
  • Starting new programs or initiatives
  • Views and goals of campus administrators
  • Student stories & testimonies
  • Staffing models
  • Overall role within a larger information literacy instruction program
  • Events, programs, orientations, etc.
  • Challenges & concerns
  • Marketing & communication
  • Diversity issues and approaches
  • Developing relationship with parents

  • Concurrent sessions: 45 minutes
    • Could include hands-on activities, case studies, white papers, demonstrations, and/or panel presentations.
  • Panel discussions: 90 minutes
    • Focused on a larger topic that requires perspective from multiple people and/or organizations.
    • Would also typically include 10-15 minutes for questions and answers.
  • Posters
    • Could include case studies, white papers, or demonstrations.
    • A few slots will be available for digital posters or demonstrations using Mondopads or classroom technologies.

  • Proposed session title
  • Presenters’ names, titles, and affiliations
  • Brief abstract (750 characters, approximately 150 words) that would be acceptable for the conference program and website
  • Longer description (2500 characters, approximately 500 words)
  • Brief statement on learning outcomes & expected audience
  • Technology, physical space, or other requirements
Submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance the thinking about personal librarian programs and first year experiences. Acceptance will be competitive, and conducted by a conference committee consisting of Kelvin Smith Library employees and virtual committee members from several university libraries involved in personal librarian and/or FYE programs.

Registration costs will be the responsibility of each attendees and presenters, and will not be covered by the conference organizers.

Web Form:
Email questions to Brian Gray:

  • January 31, 2016: Proposal submission deadline
  • Early/Mid-February: Attendee registration opens
  • Mid- February: Notification of proposal acceptance
  • Late February: Selected presenters must confirm participation and details
  • End of February: Formal program announced
  • End of March: Registration deadline for all attendees

Thank you,
Brian Gray & Gail Reese

Brian C. Gray
Team Leader, Research Services
Librarian: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Macromolecular Science & Engineering
Kelvin Smith Library 201-K
Research Guides & Profile:

Case Western Reserve University
Kelvin Smith Library
11055 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7151
Phone: (216) 368-8685
Fax: (216) 368-3669

2015-16 ALAO President:

Monday, December 21, 2015

CFP: Emerging Leadership Design (June 2016 - Montclair State University)

As the ELD16 Program Committee continues to work with those who submitted proposals by the early bird deadline, the Call for Proposals remains open. We are still accepting proposals for workshop and current sessions but we are especially interested in SPARKS! session submissions. For details on session type, see below.


For the Call for Proposals Submission Form – click

For the ELD16 Session Types – click

For the Call for Proposals FAQ – click…/eld-call-for-proposals-faq/

ELD16 will take place on June 2nd and 3rd, 2016, on the campus of Montclair State University. The theme for this year’s conference is Adopt & Adapt: Connecting Learning to Life


ELD uses a “rolling submission” model for proposals: every proposal will be reviewed and given feedback within 2 weeks of submission. Your submission will either be accepted or you’ll be provided feedback from our reviewers and offered an opportunity to revise and resubmit. We’ll continue this process of accepting or giving constructive feedback to proposals until all presentation slots are filled, or February 29th, 2016 - whichever comes first.

Why this model? The revise-and-resubmit cycles make our conference’s presentations the best they can be for our attendees, and accepting excellent proposals as they arrive is a great way to let our prospective audience know what to look forward to even before the whole program is finalized. In addition, this model is easier on our reviewers as we don’t get a rush of proposals on deadline day.

How do you submit a proposal? Go to…/eld-call-for-proposals-faq/ to read some brief instructions on what we need in your submission, and then go to supply that information. We’ll be in touch to confirm your submission was complete, and then let you know within a couple weeks the response from our reviewers.

Teresa Slobuski
Reference and Instruction Librarian - San Jose State University
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0028

CFP: IOLUG Spring 2016 Conference – DIY UX: Innovate. Create. Design (Indiana Online Users Group Spring Meeting - May 2016)

IOLUG Spring 2016 Conference – DIY UX: Innovate. Create. Design.

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Indiana Wesleyan University North Campus
3777 Priority Way, Indianapolis, IN  46240

The IOLUG Program Committee invites proposals around the theme of
improving user experience. What strategies and/or tools do you use to make
library resources, webpages, spaces, marketing materials, etc. more
user-friendly? What has proven successful for your organization? What
problems surrounding user experience have you encountered, and what
solutions have you devised? What best practices or recent research can you
share about user experience?

We encourage presentations that are practical, hands-on, and include
take-awayable tools, techniques, and/or strategies that librarians can
implement to improve their resources and services for students, patrons,
faculty, etc.
•Analytics (perhaps on a shoestring budget?)
•COUNTER/SUSHI improvements
•Branding and marketing
•Using data to make decisions in online and/or physical libraries
•Human-centered design
•Improving digital services and resources
•Exploring/seeking feedback on user experiences
•Attitudinal and behavioral user research – ethnographic studies
•Observation and storytelling – participant observation, usability
•Small scale UX projects
•Visual ethnography – photo studies, cognitive mapping, etc.
•Needs assessments

Please specify in your proposal whether users will be expected to bring
their own devices, or if you will need the use of a computer lab.

Deadline is Friday, March 11th!!

Get ideas from previous conferences at the IOLUG site.

HEAd’16 - Call for Papers 2nd International Conference on Higher Education Advances (June 21 – 23, 2016 · Valencia, Spain)

HEAd’16 - Call for Papers

2nd International Conference on Higher Education Advances

June 21 – 23, 2016 · Valencia, Spain
twitter: @headconf


After the great success of the first HEAd conference, which received submissions from 41 countries, we are pleased to announce the Second International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’16). This conference is an excellent 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’16 conference will be held on June 21-23, 2016 at 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) 2015.

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

Important Dates

Submission deadline: January 29, 2016
Author notification: March 30, 2016
Camera ready due: April 19, 2016
Conference dates: June 21-23, 2016


All accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings with a DOI and ISBN number, and indexed in major international bibliographic databases. Full papers will be included in a special issue of "Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences", which is an Elsevier's journal indexed in Scopus. Short papers will be included in a proceedings volume that will be published by UPV Press.

Submission guidelines

Authors from all over the world are invited to submit original and unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal. All papers will be peer reviewed by the program committee based on their originality, significance, methodological soundness, and clarity of exposition.
Submitted papers must be written in English and should be in PDF format. They must follow the instructions in the template file, available in Microsoft Word format at:
Paper length must be between 4 and 8 pages, incorporating all text, references, figures and tables. Submissions imply the willingness of at least one author to register, attend the conference, and present the paper.
HEAd’16 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:

About the venue

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and is located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It embraces culture and tradition from the past combined with singular architecture, exciting gastronomy, nightlife, and beautiful white sand beaches. Valencia is the capital city of the Comunitat Valenciana region, which is major tourist destination in summer. More info at:
The organizing committee looks forward to welcoming you all to a fruitful conference with open discussions and important networking to promote high quality education.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Call for Chapter Proposals: Successful Campus Outreach

Call for Chapter Proposals
Title:  Successful Campus Outreach Programs and Activities for Academic Libraries
Proposal Submission Deadline:  January 15, 2016
Editor:  Erin E. Meyer, University of Denver
To be published by Scarecrow Press


Academic libraries use campus outreach activities and programs as well as marketing efforts to raise student awareness of services and resources, to create a welcoming environment in the library, and to teach information literacy skills.  They also reach out to faculty to promote collections, to support curriculum development and faculty research, and to integrate information literacy into courses.  In a climate of great challenges to higher education and increasing pressures on all campus units to assess and justify their services, effective outreach and marketing can also help “tell the story” of the library to administrators and ensure the library remains central to campus intellectual life.  Library outreach to alums and the broader community can also help a college or university demonstrate its relevance and value to those beyond the borders of campus.  

This volume will bring together research on academic library outreach and marketing including empirical papers, theoretical discussions, comparative analyses, and in-depth case studies.  As a compendium of best practices from around the world, it will serve as a resource for academic librarians, library science students, and administrators to discover new programming ideas, to learn principles of effective marketing, and to help them think strategically and programmatically about outreach activities of all types.

Recommended topics

Recommended themes and related topics include, but are not limited to the following: 

Student Programming 
-Co-programing with campus partners
-Creating a welcoming environment
-Student advisory boards

Faculty Outreach
-Embedded librarianship
-Information literacy in the curriculum
-Exhibits planning with faculty

Community Outreach 
-Alumni and donor relations
-Cultural events in the library
-Library partnerships with community libraries and nonprofits

-Collaborations with student services
-Partnering with student groups/directly with students
-Unlikely partnerships

-Combining outreach and marketing
-Social Media Marketing
-Strategic planning for marketing

-Assessing outreach outcomes
-Measuring marketing impact
-Telling the library’s story to administrators

Target Audience

Academic librarians interested in designing outreach programs and activities or creating effective marketing materials and campaigns.  Additional audiences are academic library administrators and library science students.

Submission Procedure

Researchers are invited to submit a working chapter title, an abstract up to 500 words, and a current CV to editor, Erin Meyer ( on or before January 15, 2016.  Writing samples are also welcomed.  Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by January 30, 2016, about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.
Completed chapters will be approximately 4,000-5,000 words in length excluding endnotes and bibliography and will be due to the editor by April 30, 2016.  Contributors may also be invited to write chapter introductions for this project.

This book is scheduled to be published by Scarecrow Press in 2016.  Scarecrow Press publishes general interest, professional, and academic reference books on a variety of subjects.  For more information on Scarecrow Press, please see

Important Dates

Proposal Submission Deadline   January 15, 2016
Notification of Acceptance         January 30, 2016        
Full Chapter Submission              April 30, 2016
Review Results Returned            May 30, 2016
Final Chapter Deadline                June 30, 2016 

Inquiries and submissions (Word document) may be sent by email to:

Erin Meyer, Associate Professor
Student Outreach Librarian and Research Center Coordinator
University of Denver

Thursday, December 17, 2015

CFP: 2016 NMC Summer Conference (The Global Ed Tech Forum for Higher Ed, Museums, Libraries, and Schools June 14-16, 2016 — Rochester, New York)

23rd Annual NMC Summer Conference
The Global Ed Tech Forum for Higher Ed, Museums, Libraries, and Schools
June 14-16, 2016 — Rochester, New York

Present at the 2016 NMC Summer Conference. The deadline is next month!

The NMC Summer Conference is a one-of-a-kind event, attracting hundreds of highly skilled professionals interested in the integration of emerging technologies into teaching, learning, and creative inquiry.

Knowledge is power, and it is the mark of true leadership to continuously share your knowledge. The NMC community is brimming with leaders. That's why we are tapping NMCers to uncover the most forward-thinking and provocative ideas for this year's conference. You bring us your exciting new ideas and projects and we'll set the stage for them by throwing an incredible event!

Who Presents?
NMC Summer Conference presenters are thought leaders within the education industry at higher education institutions, schools, museums, libraries, organizations, and corporations. They are the people pushing the envelope to infuse innovation and creativity into learning experiences worldwide. That's YOU!

Who is Your Audience?
The NMC invites all change agents within learning-focused institutions and organizations. The annual event regularly attracts university CIOs and CTOs, faculty, technologists, K-12 administrators, education policymakers, and museum and library leaders, as well as education innovators across major corporations.

What is the Focus of the Presentations?
The NMC Summer Conference pathways, or "themes," align with the priorities of our member community; this year's sessions will focus on the most pressing trends, approaches, and topics among innovators in the field. The five pathways are Creativity and Making, Digital Strategies, Online and Hybrid Learning Innovation, Rethinking Traditional Roles, and Technology Futures.

BEFORE YOU SUBMIT Read the official proposal guidelines. Have questions?

The deadline to submit your proposal is January 31, 2016.
Registration is now open!

CFP: IFLA Library History/Multicultural Services session IFLA 2016

IFLA World Library and Information Congress
82nd IFLA General Conference and Assembly
13–19 August 2016, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Theme for the IFLA Columbus conference: Connections. Collaboration. Community.

Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Library History Special Interest Group, Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section, in co-operation with the American Library Association Library History Round Table.

The IFLA Library History Special Interest Group and the Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section , invite proposals for papers to be presented at their joint session on “Libraries and Immigrants: Historical Perspectives” during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio, USA, 13-19 August 2016.

Much has been and is being written about current experiences of libraries and immigrants to our lands. But what of past experiences, and of lessons learnt from the history of our libraries as they welcomed early immigrants to our countries and assisted them to settle and enjoy their new lives? In some countries this history would be very long, and we are hoping with the international composition of IFLA, we will hear of historical experiences from around the globe as such activity fits well with the overall theme for the 2016 IFLA Conference: Connections. Collaboration. Community.

Your paper might be the result of an historical research project, or describe the historical experiences of your own library. Selection of papers is based on the abstract (up to 500 words) which should consider:
  • how it relates to the theme of the session;
  • a description of the historical approach to the topic;
  • lessons learnt from the historical experience/s;
  • interesting discoveries from the historical experience/s;
  • if a research project, implications and outcomes for library practice and any research limitations;
  • other matters of relevance and importance to the topic.
Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail. Fax or post (please contact Kerry Smith for postal details) should be used only as a last resort.

Please email your abstract to: Dr Kerry Smith, Convenor, IFLA Library History SIG, phone/fax 61 8 9385 9119

If your abstract is selected, your paper should be of 20 pages maximum, double spaced.
As it is expected that our session will be conducted in English, all proposals, papers and presentations will be required to be in English.

Depending on the number of submissions accepted, we are expecting that up to 20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper at the Conference; the full written paper is *not* to be read. It is strongly recommended that the presentation is supported by a visual element using presentation software such as PowerPoint.

The author(s) should indicate his/her personal full contact details and include a brief biographical note with the abstract and the paper.

The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract and full author details including email contact is 31st January 2016. Each abstract will be reviewed by members of the Library History Special Interest Group and co-sponsoring groups.
Authors will be notified whether they have been successful or not, by 31 March 2016.
The full paper is due on 31st May 2016 and must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere.

Submissions: all abstracts must be received by 31 January 2016.

Please note:

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Columbus, Ohio. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2016 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license .

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Author’s Permission Form .

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to authors.

Congress Participation Grants: a list of opportunities for support is available on the IFLA Conference Participation Grants webpage.

CFP: Exploring Diversity in Children's Literature, Librarianship, and Eductation

Many Worlds to Walk In: Exploring Diversity in Children’s Literature, Librarianship, and Education

Call for Paper Proposals
Deadline for submission: February 15, 2016

A peer-reviewed graduate student conference on children’s literature, media, and culture
University of British Columbia -
Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Many Worlds to Walk In: Exploring Diversity in Children’s Literature, Librarianship, and Education is a one-day conference on April 30, 2016 showcasing graduate student research in children’s literature. You are invited to submit an academic paper proposal that contributes to research in the area of children’s and young adult literature, librarianship, education, media, or cultural studies. Submissions of creative writing for children and young adults are also welcome. We are particularly interested in research and creative pieces that draw on the broadly interpreted theme of diversity--including research on narratives that depict diversity and the diverse formats we use to create and share narratives.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • · Diverse theoretical perspectives on children’s and young adult literature (e.g. postcolonial, feminist, queer, eco-critical approaches)
  • · Multiculturalism and stories of underrepresented, marginalized, or disabled populations
  • · Underrepresented formats of stories for children and young adults (graphic novel, picture book app, etc.)
  • · Inclusive programming and services in children’s librarianship and education
  • · Indigenous and aboriginal narratives
  • · Oral storytelling and sign language storytelling
  • · Newcomer, refugee, and immigrant narratives
  • · Otherness and trans-national identities
  • · Problematic interpretations and definitions of diversity
  • · Diversity within genres: boundary-pushing books, films, etc.
  • · Cross-media adaptations of children’s and young adult texts
  • · Translated and multilingual texts for children and young adults
  • · Resources and services for multilingual readers and families
  • · Empathy-building through story
  • · Imagined identities: diversity in fantasy, created worlds
  • · Multiple perspectives on historical events (Holocaust narratives, etc.)

The topics above are a guideline for the proposals we would like to see, but we are eager to receive paper proposals on any facet of diversity in children’s and young adult texts.

Academic Paper Proposals

Please send a 250 word abstract that includes the title of your paper, a list of references in MLA format, a 50 word biography, your name, your university affiliation, email address, and phone number to the review committee at Please include “Conference Proposal Submission” in the subject line of your email.

Creative Writing Proposals

Submissions of creative writing for children and young adults in any genre are welcome, including novel chapters, poetry, picture books, graphic novels, scripts, etc. Please send a piece of work no longer than 12 pages double spaced. (Anything shorter is welcome-- poetry, for example, might only be a page). The submission should include the title of your piece, a 150 word overview of your piece (describe age group, genre, and links to the conference theme), a list of references in MLA format (if you have any), a 50 word biography, your name, your university affiliation, email address, and phone number. Please send your submissino to the review committee at Please put “Creative Conference Proposal Submission” in the subject line of your email.

For more info, please contact Thank you; we look forward to seeing you this spring!

Call for Chapters: Public Libraries as Social Innovation Hubs

Public Libraries as Social Innovation Hubs: How Libraries Transform Communities
Edited by John Carlo Bertot and Ursula Gorham

Communities are increasingly facing a number of challenges in areas of economic development, poverty, education, health & wellness, sustainability, transportation, environment, broadband and technology infrastructure, digital readiness, and civic engagement, to name some. Efforts to raise awareness about these challenges at the international level include the United Nations’ recently released Sustainable Development Agenda, articulating 17 goals to shape global action “for people, planet, and prosperity,” the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 11 Action Lines, and the International Federation of Library Association’s (IFLA) Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development. 

As part of the Advances in Librarianship series, this book seeks chapters at the intersection of innovation, community challenges, sustainable development, and public libraries. Topics can include, but are not limited to how public libraries:
  • Can serve as critical community access points to individual and community transformation in key challenge areas such as health & wellness, economic development, poverty, environment, civic engagement, education, and other areas. 
  • Create, combine, and deliver innovative services and resources (e.g., food access and nutrition programs in undernourished communities and communities that lack access to health foods, design and prototyping labs, citizen science enablers, open data and analytics centers). 
  • Foster community innovation through promoting and facilitating entrepreneurship, small business development, and economic development.
  • Engage in strategic partnerships across sectors and serve as a unifying community platform for social innovation. 
  • Promote inclusion, equity, and justice through access to information, learning, information and communications technologies (ICTs), and opportunity particularly to underserved or unserved populations.
The book welcomes chapters that include case studies, empirical studies, and best practices from around the world. Please direct questions and submissions to:
Important Dates:
  • March 1, 2016: Submission of 1,000 word chapter proposal 
  • April 1, 2016: Notification of chapter acceptance to authors
  • September 1, 2016: Draft chapter due
  • November 1, 2016: Final chapters due
  • Summer 2017: Estimated publication date
 About the Editors
John Carlo Bertot is Professor and co-director of the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) in the University of Maryland College Park iSchool. 
Ursula Gorham, Ph.D., J.D., is a Lecturer in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

CFP: World Library and Information Congress 2016 - Science & Technology Section (Columbus, Ohio - August 2016)


World Library and Information Congress 2016
Science & Technology Section

82nd IFLA General Congress and Assembly
Columbus, Ohio, USA 13-19 August 2016

Conference Theme:  Connections, Collaboration, Community

The Section’s 2 hour Open Session is: The Role of Libraries and Librarians in Scientific and Technological Data Management & Archiving

Data sets are increasing in importance around the world. Funding agencies are adopting policies that the research article and data associated therewith must be publicly accessible.  Additionally, at the end of the research funding period, the entire dataset must be available as well.   To insure proper identification, access, and preservation of the data set the principles of library and archival sciences must be applied to assist researchers to comply with these policy requirements and to establish new best practices within their disciplines.  This program will focus on the issues raised by these expanding roles of Libraries and Librarians in the data management process. 
The Science and Technological Libraries Section invites papers to explore this topic focused on the following themes.  Papers that report research findings rather than individual case studies will have a greater likelihood of selection for the program.
1.                 Global expectations - what is the status of access to data on the international scene?   What is the potential for collaboration on the international scene?
2.                 Policy Development – what are the challenges of policy development on the university, national and international levels?  Are there success stories and lessoned learned?  What are the principles that underlie a strong policy development?
3.                 Education and Training: are library/archival/information science programs focusing on this new role of librarianship?  If so, what is the curriculum?  Does this attract a different interest group from traditional librarianship? Does it require different disciplinary background that has not traditionally been attracted to librarianship? What type of professional development is necessary for librarians already in the profession to cultivate expertise in the area of data management
4.                 Partnerships, collaboration, expertise – what new partnerships must evolve between research fields and libraries, within institutions and in the research process
5.                 Software technologies and tools – is there a common understanding of software or tools available to manage data?  Is it a repository only or must it be something more integrated into the research process?  What is the role of ORCID, Data Cite and R3Data for providing access to data sets?
The section invites speakers from all library environments (academic, public, government, special) who can address any of these themes in a 15-20 minute presentation at the WLIC meeting.  The goal is to create a diverse program of 4-5 speakers representing libraries from different parts of the world who have different experiences to share that will advance this agenda. Proposed papers must be original and not have been published elsewhere and as previously stated, should report research findings rather than individual case studies.  It is hoped that all presenters will be able to prepare a formal paper, as well as a PowerPoint presentation, however IFLA realizes that it may be impractical to require that every speaker prepare a formal paper and PowerPoint slides.  If that is the case, those speakers must prepare a substantial abstract, including references with URLs and bibliographies to accompany their presentation.  All selected papers will have abstracts and links to full papers on the conference website.  Presentations can be made in any of the official IFLA languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, but an accompanying translation of all papers into English must be provided.  Discussion at the conclusion of the presentations will be highly encouraged.

Note to those who plan to submit: 
·         At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Columbus, Ohio. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.
·         All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2016 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.
·         Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.
·         All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to authors.
·         List of opportunities for support is available on the IFLA Conference Participation Grants webpage.
·         All proposals will be reviewed by a jury composed of members of the Science & Technology Section.
Important Dates with which to comply:

19 February 2016 – Deadline for submitting 300 word proposals for papers and presentations, or substantial abstracts of 500 words if no paper will be prepared, plus a very brief biographical statement of speaker(s).  Information should include: title of presentation; sub-themes that it addresses; abstract; all authors, noting likely presenter; institutional affiliations; contact information, including all eMail addresses

7 March 2016 – Announcement of final program and communication with all who submit proposals.  IFLA HQ notified of outcome from call.

3 June 2016 – Deadline for submission of final paper.  Papers should be no more than 3,000 words and papers can be submitted in any of the official IFLA languages: Arabic, Chinese, Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Russian, but an accompanying translation of all papers into English must be provided.  Attempts will be made to provide translations into other official languages.

30 June 2016 – Deadline for all PowerPoint presentations from Speakers

June/July 2016 – All speakers will be notified of the date & time of the program.

Please submit abstracts as an attachment in MS Word to  Annelie Janred at by 19 February.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Call for Proposals- 2016 PR Xchange Awards Competition

Call for Proposals: 2016 PR Xchange Awards Competition

Libraries everywhere are creating innovative, creative, exciting promotional materials:  newsletters, program announcements, reading celebrations, advocacy materials, fundraising messages, and more. Now is the time to receive recognition for your library’s amazing work -- the call for proposals for the 2016 PR Xchange Awards competition is now live!

Need more information? Please contact the PR Xchange Awards co-chairs Mark Aaron Polger and Laura Tomcik at

About the PR Xchange Awards Competition

The 2016 PR Xchange Awards Competition recognizes the very best public relations materials produced by libraries in the past year. The PR Xchange Awards Competition is sponsored by the Public Relations and Marketing Section (PRMS) of the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The PR Xchange Awards Competition is overseen by the PR Xchange Committee.

Selection Criteria
This year’s competition will recognize original materials produced during the 2015 calendar year.  Entries will be evaluated based on content, originality, and design by a team of experts in marketing, public relations, graphic design, and communications, who select the winner(s) in each category. Judging will be in the Chicago area for 2016. Please contact if you are interested in being one of the volunteer judges. If you decide to become a volunteer judge, then you cannot submit a proposal this year.

Submit Your Work

Please complete the online submission form for each entry by March 15, 2016. Each library may submit a maximum of 7 entries. If you are submitting a printed work, you must print out the confirmation email and mail it along with 3 hard copies of the work to:

2016 PR Xchange Awards Competition
c/o Laura Tomcik
Buswell Library/Wheaton College
501 East College Ave.
Wheaton, IL 60187

Hard copies must be postmarked by the March 15, 2016 deadline. Submissions that are born digital should be submitted as electronic submissions. Electronic submissions do not require a printed copy to be mailed out.

Winners will be notified in early May 2016. Winning entries will be on display during the PR Xchange Event during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in OrlandoFlorida. The PR Xchange Award Co-Chairs will contact all those who submitted an entry.  Awards will be presented to the winners at the PR Xchange Awards ceremony following the PR Xchange Event in the same space. Award winners need not be present to win, but are encouraged to attend.

About the PR Xchange Event
The PR Xchange is a drop-in style event at the ALA Annual Conference. It will be held on Sunday June 26, 2016 at the ALA Conference Exhibit Hall, Special Events AreaIt’s an exciting event where libraries across the country share their PR and marketing ideas. View and take free copies of award-winning PR materials from the juried PR Xchange awards, as well as promotional materials from libraries across North America. Attendees can learn how to improve their own promotional materials by talking with John Cotton Dana Award Winners, PR Xchange award winners, and other Library Marketing authors and experts. Each year we invite different authors and library marketing experts, as well as John Cotton Dana Awards winners.

The PR Xchange Event and the PR Xchange Awards Competition are both overseen by the PR Xchange Committee.

Best of luck to all participants!

Mark Aaron Polger and Laura Tomcik
2016 PR Xchange Awards Co-chairs
PR Xchange Committee
Public Relations & Marketing Section (PRMS)
Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA)
American Library Association (ALA)