Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Call for Book Chapter Proposals: Cross-­Border Librarianship in North America

Call for Book Chapter Proposals: Cross-­Border Librarianship in North America 
Proposal Submission Deadline: June 1, 2016
  • Robin Isard, Algoma University 
  • Adam Stewart, Bruce Mines and Plummer Additional Union Public Library

Book Description:
One of the values of earning a library degree for citizens of Canada, Mexico, and the United States is that—after graduation—these librarians are free to pursue employment opportunities in any of these three countries. Librarianship is one of sixty­-three professions that benefit from Section 214(e) of the ​North American Free Trade Agreement​ (NAFTA), permitting specific professionals renewable, temporary entry into Canada, Mexico, and the United States after submitting only a few required documents at the time of entry. The number of librarians working across NAFTA member countries is further increased by those individuals who possess multiple citizenship—for example, both Canadian and American or Mexican and American citizenship—who are similarly free to pursue work in multiple NAFTA member countries.
Despite the fact that library school faculty frequently encourage their students to pursue these cross­border employment opportunities, knowing what to expect once on the other side of the border is a topic not usually covered in library school curriculum. This book aims to demystify the experience of cross­border librarianship by assembling a collection of essays written by librarians who have navigated this specific form of transnational information work. Contributors will draw on their professional and personal experiences to write anonymized, educational—and at the same time—engaging and reflexive, narratives, which explore rewards, challenges, and best­practices in cross­border librarianship in North America. Essays will adopt the approach of life writing as the editors believe that this format is the most effective platform to support their goal of providing informative and engaging essays that can also serve as primary source material documenting the cultural, economic, historical, and political significance of this phenomenon.
The book will be organized around a number of themes such as “The Interview, Arrival, and Adjustment,” “The Work Experience,” “Law, Funding, and Politics,” “Class, Gender, and Race,” and “Standards and Technology.” Individual essays will address specific aspects of these themes written from the various national (Canada, Mexico, and the United States) and sector-­specific (academic, public, school, and special libraries) experiences of the contributors. When completed, this book will represent the first study to address the specific experience of cross-­border librarianship in North America, and will appeal to both library students and librarians contemplating this type of work as well as librarians desiring to better understand their own transnational work experiences.
Invitation to Contributors:
We invite proposals for essays exploring rewards, challenges, and best­practices in North American, cross­border librarianship written by librarians who have participated in this practice. Contributors should be citizens of Canada, Mexico, and/or the United States and have worked in a NAFTA member country other than the one they consider to be their primary residence, for example, a Canadian working in the United States or a Mexican working in Canada.
Contributors are expected to draw deeply on their professional and personal experiences to write anonymized, educational—and at the same time—engaging and reflexive, narratives that focus on a specific aspect of one of the above general themes around which the book is organized. Essays should be examples of life writing, using narrative and literary devices to engage the reader and help illuminate the lessons learned. An essay that might fit under the theme “The Work Experience,” for example, could be titled, “Precarious Prosperity: One Canadian Librarian’s Experience in a Right­to­Work State.” The editors welcome proposals that do not fit under the above preliminary themes given that—at the present time—these are only working concepts. Both sole­ and co­authored essays are welcome.

Chapter Content:
Completed essays should include:
  1. Basic demographic information for the author, including a discussion of citizenship. 
  2. Description of the author’s library school training and how it prepared them (or did not prepare them) for cross­border librarianship. 
  3. Engagement with a specific issue experienced while working as a cross­border librarian in North America that relates to one of the themes around which the book is organized. 
  4. Professional and personal reflections on the author’s experience of cross­border librarianship. (E.g., What were the rewards and challenges of cross­border librarianship? What are some of the differences between librarianship in Canada, Mexico, and/or the United States? What surprised you and why? What do you know now that you wish you knew before you pursued cross­border librarianship?) 
  5. Recommendations for best­practices in cross­border librarianship. (E.g., What are essential or special skills for cross­border librarians? What are some of the ways that library students and librarians can acquire these skills before embarking on cross­border librarianship? What can library schools do to better prepare their students for embarking on cross­border librarianship?) 
  6. Final chapters should total between 5,000 and 6,000 words in length.
Proposal Submissions:
Proposals should be single­spaced MS Word documents and include:
  1. A working title. 
  2. A brief description of the essay in no more than 250 words. 
  3. The name and biographical information of the author, clearly describing their citizenship, education, and work experience. 
  4. A ​curriculum vitae or resumé for the author. 
  5. A writing sample. This could be, for instance, a previously published article or essay, a selection from an unpublished manuscript, or a newsletter article or blog post that accurately represents the author’s writing style.

Send completed proposals to: ​​ and ​​.
Please submit completed proposals no later than ​June 1, 2016​. Authors will be notified by ​June 15, 2016​ whether or not their proposals have been accepted. The deadline to submit completed essays is ​September 15, 2016​.
About the Editors:
Robin Isard​ is Acting University Librarian at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and holds an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario. Robin started his library career working at the District of Columbia Public Library in Washington, D.C. as Head of Intranet Development. Following that, he lived many years overseas, primarily in West Africa, building IT infrastructure in The Republic of the Gambia, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, and Guinea Conakry. He also worked in Ethiopia and Uganda on a telehealth project on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario. Currently, Robin is the Systems Librarian at Algoma University where he works primarily with open source technologies.

Adam Stewart​ is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Librarian at the Bruce Mines and Plummer Additional Union Public Library in Bruce Mines, Ontario, and holds a PhD from the University of Waterloo and an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario. Before beginning a career as a librarian, Adam worked as a Lecturer in religious studies and sociology at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo and has published widely—including one edited and one sole­authored book—in the fields of religious studies and sociology. His first position after library school was as a Librarian in Chicago, Illinois and he subsequently supervised an archive and special library at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Call for Chapters – The First-Year Experience Library Cookbook

Call for Chapters – The First-Year Experience Library Cookbook
The First-Year Experience Library Cookbook is seeking recipes!
We’re looking for practice-based examples of lesson plans or projects that support First-Year and transfer students (ACRL Publications). We are seeking informative and approachable plans that librarians can implement to support these groups – they can be related to information literacy, assessment, programming, outreach, or other topics of interest.
Recipes will follow the Cookbook format. Your 500-to-700-word submission must describe a successful lesson plan or activity that support First-Year or transfer students.

Recipes will also include:
●      Recipe name (a.k.a. your “chapter” title)
●      Your name, university or other affiliation, and email
●      Potential cookbook category (see below)
Cookbook categories:
Part I:  Dessert First! Creating First-Year Library Orientations
Library orientation lesson or program plans.
Examples include:
  • Innovative library orientations
  • Scavenger hunts with a twist
  • Interactive orientations, video orientations, etc.
  • Social media use during library orientations
  • Orientations for transfer, international, or other specific groups of students

Part II:  Library Instruction Appetizers
Lesson plans and learning activities focused on general First-Year students or specific groups/cohorts of First-Year students. Examples include:
  • General First-Year student lesson plans
  • Making the most of one-shots
  • Threshold Concepts for First-Year students
  • Information literacy in the STEM classroom
  • Embedded librarianship (First-Year writing, business courses, communications, etc.)
  • International students
  • First generation college students
  • Student athletes
  • Distance education students
  • Honor students

Part III: Cheese please! FYE Programs and the Academic Library
Plans or projects that showcase successful partnerships specifically with First-Year Experience programs. Examples include:
  • FYE programs
  • FYE projects
  • Innovative FYE partnerships
  • Curriculum mapping within the FYE
  • IL training for FYE instructors
  • Collaborative summer reading projects with the FYE program

Part IV: To Whip or to Blend? Creating Library Programs for First-Year Students
Spotlights innovative collaborations and partnerships with various academic departments and campus units that support student learning, wellbeing, and development in the First-Year, excluding FYE programs. Examples include:
  • General library programs for First-Year students
  • Programs focused on at-risk students
  • Transfer students
  • Teaching academic integrity and plagiarism to First-Year students
  • International students
  • Upward Bound / HS to college experience transition
  • Veteran, nontraditional, students with Disabilities, etc.
  • LGBT students
  • DREAM Students
  • Honor students
  • Collaborations with high school librarians
  • Connections/collaborations with writing/CORE programs for First-Year students
  • Outreach to First-Year learning communities
  • Health and wellness programming
  • Peer mentoring
  • Faculty training programs
  • Personal librarian programming
  • Building junior reading/leisure reading collections aimed at First-Year students
  • Programming in diversity awareness
  • Summer programs  
  • Curriculum mapping

Part V: Taste Testing: Assessing the Library First-Year Experience
Case studies, practical examples, and best practices of assessment activities in the First-Year. Examples include:
  • Assessing threshold concepts in the First-Year
  • IL rubrics in the classroom
  • First-Year Student Council or Advisory Board for the Library
  • Focus groups
  • Assessment toolkit
  • Outreach assessment
  • Program assessment (Assessment in Action examples encouraged)
  • Ethnographic research
Email your draft recipes by April 29, 2016
Notifications will be sent out in June 2016
Final recipes will be due on August 1, 2016
Email us at with any questions. Please refer to the The Library Instruction Cookbook (ACRL 2009) and The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook (ACRL 2014) for examples of format and tone. We are willing to be flexible with wording, style, and topics.  Creativity encouraged!
We look forward to your proposals!
Raymond Pun, First Year Student Success Librarian, California State University, Fresno
Meggan Houlihan, First-Year and Instructional Services Librarian, NYU Abu Dhabi

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

CFP: LITA Forum (Fort Worth, Texas - November 17-20, 2016)

The 2016 LITA Forum Committee seeks proposals for the 19th Annual Forum of the Library Information and Technology Association in Fort Worth Texas, November 17-20, 2016 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.

Submit your proposal at this site

The Forum Committee welcomes proposals for full-day pre-conferences, concurrent sessions, or poster sessions related to all types of libraries: public, school, academic, government, special, and corporate. Collaborative and interactive concurrent sessions, such as panel discussions or short talks followed by open moderated discussions, are especially welcomed. We deliberately seek and strongly encourage submissions from underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, the LGBT community and people with disabilities.

The Submission deadline is Friday April 29, 2016.

Proposals could relate to, but are not restricted to, any of the following topics:

  • Discovery, navigation, and search
  • Practical applications of linked data
  • Library spaces (virtual or physical)
  • User experience
  • Emerging technologies
  • Cybersecurity and privacy
  • Open content, software, and technologies
  • Assessment
  • Systems integration
  • Hacking the library
  • Scalability and sustainability of library services and tools
  • Consortial resource and system sharing
  • “Big Data” — work in discovery, preservation, or documentation
  • Library I.T. competencies
Proposals may cover projects, plans, ideas, or recent discoveries. We accept proposals on any aspect of library and information technology. The committee particularly invites submissions from first time presenters, library school students, and individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Vendors wishing to submit a proposal should partner with a library representative who is testing/using the product.

Presenters will submit final presentation slides and/or electronic content (video, audio, etc.) to be made available on the web site following the event. Presenters are expected to register and participate in the Forum as attendees; a discounted registration rate will be offered.

If you have any questions, contact Tammy Allgood Wolf, Forum Planning Committee Chair, at

Submit your proposal at this site

More information about LITA is available from the LITA websiteFacebook and Twitter.

Friday, March 25, 2016

CFP: Reference Librarianship & Justice: History, Practice & Praxis

Call for Proposals: Reference Librarianship & Justice: History, Practice & Praxis
Edited by Kate Adler, Ian Beilin & Eamon Tewell
Library Juice Press, Fall 2017

Reference work often receives short shrift in the contemporary discourse and practice of librarianship. Conversations that concern critical pedagogy, social justice, and theory tend to revolve around instruction or cataloging practice. Moreover, reference librarians and reference services themselves seem to be disappearing. Reference Librarianship & Justice: History, Practice & Praxis seeks to stake out a space and make a passionate case for reference work in a manner that is historically, socially and politically compelling. It will highlight the unique position of reference librarianship, a liminal and dialectical space, potentially distinct from the power dynamics of classroom instruction and singular in its mission and practice. At heart, reference is a conversation and partnership. The stakes are significant, not only because of the unique potential for social justice work but because of the risk that the profession is now overlooking reference’s central importance.

To read more and submit a proposal please visit our homepage at Library Juice Press.
Questions can be sent to

We look forward to hearing from you!

Kate, Eamon & Ian

CFP: Internet@Schools track at Internet Librarian 2016

Internet@Schools track at Internet Librarian 2016

Call for Speakers is Open
Submit Your Proposal Today
Deadline: April 13, 2016

The Internet@Schools track at Internet Librarian 2016 is a 2-day track created especially for library media and technology specialists and other educators who are using the internet and technology in K-12 schools. Sponsored by Internet@Schools magazine, the track covers technology, tools, trends, and practical topics and takes place during the first 2 days of Internet Librarian on October 17 - 18, 2016.

If you are running an innovative program through your school library or media/technology center that is helping your students learn or your colleagues teach, or if you are willing to share your practical tips, tools, or techniques about using technology and the internet in schools, we want you! So think over your latest success stories or technology ventures and volunteer to speak!

How to Submit Your Proposal

If you would like to participate in the Internet@Schools track at Internet Librarian as a speaker please complete the submission form or contact the Conference Chair noted below as soon as possible (by April 13, 2016 at the very latest). Include the following brief details of your proposed presentation on the form: title, abstract, a few sentences of biographical information that relate you to the topic, and full contact information (title, address, email, phone). All proposals will be reviewed by the organizers, and notification regarding acceptance will be made by June.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

CFP: Virginia Library Association Conference (October 26-28 - Hot Springs, VA)

2016 VLA Conference, October 26-28 The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, VA

Educate, Advocate, Promote, Praise, Repeat

Call for Proposals NOW OPEN (closes April 15, 2016)

Up to two presenters for each session receive 50% off registration fees. The Omni Homestead is offering VLA Conference attendees two nights at the resort for $250 ($125 per night when you book two nights!)

What do I need to complete the Proposal Form?
  • A VLA login. You do not need to be a member to have a login. You must log in to submit a proposal so that you are able to log back in to the form and make changes in the future.
  • Contact information for all speakers: name, email and organization. (Biography optional; will be included in the conference app.)
  • Program title, description, outline, learning objectives and take-aways
  • Level of audience for the program
  • Preferred program date and time
  • Topic/Category of presentation (click here for full list of options)
  • Estimated costs (VLA agrees to review expected expenses but cannot guarantee reimbursement.)
  • Have any of the presenters participated in the VLA Presentation Academy?
Proposals will be reviewed and presenters will be notified in May 2016. Requested session times and dates will be honored wherever possible. Up to two presenters per session will receive 50% off the conference registration fee. If you have any questions, please contact VLA Executive Director Lisa R. Varga at

Martha Hutzel, 2016 VLA President,
Sasha Matthews, 2016 VLA Conference Chair,
Stefanie Metko, 2016 VLACRL Conference Within A Conference Chair,
and the 2016 VLA Conference Committee

CFP: College Library Information on Policy and Practice

The ARCL/CLS CLIPP (College Library Information on Policy and Practice) Committee invites proposals for its CLIPP publication series. We welcome proposals on any topic that is relevant for college or small university libraries. The series provides college and small university libraries with examples of best practices, policies, and procedures.  

Authors of a CLIPP publication receive 10% of the royalties on the net revenues from the publication.

Each CLIPP includes three components: (1) review of the literature; (2) analysis of information gathered from surveys completed by a statistically valid sample of libraries; and (3) samples of documents (e.g., policies, procedures) pertinent to the particular CLIPP topic. The literature review, survey data, and analysis identify and describe best practices in college and small university libraries, while the documents provide examples to those libraries developing policies and analyze the survey results with specific examples of current practice.

For your reference, please find the author instructions and more information about the CLIPP program at: 

CLIPP proposals will be accepted at any time. Proposals received by May 1st will receive notifications by May 15.

For questions or submissions, please contact:

Nathaniel King
Chair of the CLIPP Committee
Director of Library Services
Marydean Martin Library
Nevada State College

Office: 702.992.2806

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Call for Papers: Code4Lib Journal, issue 33

The Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ) exists to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future.

We are accepting proposals for publication in our 33rd issue. Don't miss out on this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences. To be included in the 33rd issue, which is scheduled for publication in mid July 2016, please submit articles, abstracts, or proposals at submit-proposal or to 
by Friday, April 22, 2016.  When submitting, please include the title or subject of the proposal in the subject line of the email message.

C4LJ encourages creativity and flexibility, and the editors welcome submissions across a broad variety of topics that support the mission of the journal.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

* Practical applications of library technology (both actual and hypothetical)
* Technology projects (failed, successful, or proposed), including how they were done and challenges faced
* Case studies
* Best practices
* Reviews
* Comparisons of third party software or libraries
* Analyses of library metadata for use with technology
* Project management and communication within the library environment
* Assessment and user studies

C4LJ strives to promote professional communication by minimizing the barriers to publication.  While articles should be of a high quality, they need not follow any formal structure.  Writers should aim for the middle ground between blog posts and articles in traditional refereed journals.  Where appropriate, we encourage authors to submit code
samples, algorithms, and pseudo-code.  For more information, visit C4LJ's Article Guidelines or browse articles from the first 31 issues published on our website:

Remember, for consideration for the 33rd issue, please send proposals, abstracts, or draft articles no later than Friday, April 22, 2016.

Send in a submission.  Your peers would like to hear what you are doing.

Code4Lib Journal Editorial Committee

ALA Annual 2016 Call for Proposals - ALCTS Copy Cataloging Interest Group (Orlando - June 25, 2016)

The ALCTS CaMMS Copy Cataloging Interest Group invites presentation proposals for its ALA Annual Meeting in Orlando on Saturday, June 25, 2016 8:30-10:00 a.m.

CCIG's charge is to discuss common problems concerning copy cataloging of all kinds of materials, quality control, workflows issues, staffing needs, training, and effects of cataloging rules on copy cataloging.

Cataloging is a public service, so our focus for the Annual meeting is how libraries support local needs in a copy cataloging workflow. Presentations should be approximately 20 minutes.

Suggested topics include:
  • Implementation and maintenance of local controlled vocabularies, subject headings, or classification systems
  • Breaking “the rules” to satisfy a user need
  • Retooling existing workflows or practices based on public service work, assessment, or user feedback
  • Meeting the needs of unique user groups

If you are interested in presenting, please email a proposal abstract to Leanne Finnigan ( and April Grey ( by Friday, April 15, 2016.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Call for Chapters for LITA Guide: Leadership, Entrepreneurship & Technology

Proposals for chapters are being accepted for a new LITA Guide to be published in the coming year by Rowman & Littlefield around the topics of  leadership, entrepreneurship, and technology, foundational aspects of the successful 21st-century librarian’s career. Operating in a time of disruptive change and innovation, libraries require skilled, agile, and digitally-fluent leadership at all organizational levels in order to survive and thrive. The editors are seeking critical, reflective essays that unite theory, practice, and case studies to address the overarching themes – librarian as leader, librarian as entrepreneur, and/or librarian as technologist.

non-exclusive list of topics that may be addressed includes:
Librarian as Entrepreneur –
  • Charting your Course as a Librarian
  • Experimenting at the Library      
  • Coworking and Collaboration in / outside of the Library
  • Building “the Library of Things”
Librarian as Leader –
  • Leading Change in Disruptive Times
  • Taking Risks as a Library Leader
  • Rising up on the Library Career Ladder
  • Leading in the Library of the Future
Librarian as Technologist --
  • Embracing technology in librarianship
  • Building technological literacy at the library         
  • Designing users’ experience of the library
  • Future-proofing your career in librarianship

Please send a title and approximately 200-word (flexible) abstract for a 3,500-3,750-word essay, as well as a 75-90 word author bio to by April 15th. You will be notified of acceptance and given further details about the project by May 2nd.

The timeline for work follows:
Deadline for proposals: April 15 (acceptance by May 2)
First drafts due: June 1st
Review Results to Chapter Authors: July 25th
Final Drafts Due: August 22nd

Your editors:
Carl Antonucci, Ph.D., Director of Library Services, Central Connecticut State University, has been employed in library services in higher education since 1993.  Sharon Clapp, Digital Resources Librarian, Central Connecticut State University, has been a systems librarian, web developer, open source hacker, and user experience advocate working in libraries since 1998. They recently co-authored a chapter entitled “The University Library’s Evolution – Book Warehouse or Platform for Student Research and Learning: Planning for the Future at the Elihu Burritt Library, Central Connecticut State University” for Leading the 21st Century Academic Library (Rowman & Littlefield: 2015).