Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CFP: Re-think it: Libraries for a New Age (January 8 – 10, 2018 in Austin, Texas)

Save the date! Re-think it: Libraries for a New Age is January 8 – 10, 2018 in Austin, Texas. Registration opens August 2017. To receive updates and announcements, subscribe here.

Re-think it 2018 is presented by the University of Texas Libraries, Austin Community College Library Services, and the Austin Public Library. Our conference brings together academic, school, and public librarians, administrators, technologists, architects, designers, furniture manufacturers and educators from across the country to discuss, share, learn, and collectively re-think the increasingly important role libraries play in the communities that they serve.

Re-think it builds on the inaugural conference at the Mary Idema Pew Library at Grand Valley State University, continuing important conversations that showcase new spaces, novel ways of working, and innovative organizational structures that have transformed libraries of every type in our local communities and around the world.  

Themes of the presentations and panelists will include:
·         Developing forward-thinking organizational culture;
·         Transforming physical library spaces and places;
·         Promoting innovative services, programs, or technologies;
·         Assessing and evaluating spaces, services, technologies and programs; and
·         Reflecting on ways libraries are meeting community values and needs.

Open Call for Proposals

Re-think it is accepting submissions for twenty-minute presentations and brief eight-minute lightning round talks that address best practices, case studies, projects, and creative ideas supporting any of the aforementioned themes.

Submissions accepted through August 25, 2017. Notifications of acceptance September 2017.

We hope you will join us for this important conversation in January!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Visualizing Digital Scholarship CFP

NOTE: Kinda off-topic - but good information to share.

Call for Proposals
Grant: Visualizing Digital Scholarship in Libraries and Learning Spaces
Award amount: $40,000
Funder: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Lead institution: North Carolina State University Libraries
Due date: 13 August 2017
Notification date: 15 September 2017

Project Description

NC State University, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, invites proposals from institutions interested in participating in a new project for Visualizing Digital Scholarship in Libraries and Learning Spaces. The grant aims to 1) build a community of practice of scholars and librarians who work in large-scale multimedia to help visually immersive scholarly work enter the research lifecycle; and 2) overcome technical and resource barriers that limit the number of scholars and libraries who may produce digital scholarship for visualization environments and the impact of generated knowledge. Libraries and museums have made significant strides in pioneering the use of large-scale visualization technologies for research and learning. However, the utilization, scale, and impact of visualization environments and the scholarship created within them have not reached their fullest potential. A logical next step in the provision of technology-rich, visual academic spaces is to develop best practices and collaborative frameworks that can benefit individual institutions by building economies of scale among collaborators.

The project contains four major elements:
  1. An initial meeting and priority setting workshop that brings together librarians, scholars, and technologists working in large-scale, library and museum-based visualization environments.
  2. Scholars-in-residence at NC State over a multi-year period who pursue open source creative projects, working in collaboration with our librarians and faculty, with the potential to address the articulated limitations.
  3. Funding for modest, competitive block grants to other institutions working on similar challenges for creating, disseminating, validating, and preserving digital scholarship created in and for large-scale visual environments.
  4. A culminating symposium that brings together representatives from the scholars-in-residence and block grant recipient institutions to share and assess results, organize ways of preserving and disseminating digital products produced, and build on the methods, templates, and tools developed for future projects.
Work Summary
This call solicits proposals for block grants from library or museum systems that have visualization installations. Block grant recipients can utilize funds for ideas ranging from creating open source scholarly content for visualization environments to developing tools and templates to enhance sharing of visualization work. An advisory panel will select four institutions to receive awards of up to $40,000. Block grant recipients will also participate in the initial priority setting workshop and the culminating symposium. Participating in a block grant proposal does not disqualify an individual from later applying for one of the grant-supported scholar-in-residence appointments.
Applicants will provide a statement of work that describes the contributions that their organization will make toward the goals of the grant. Applicants will also provide a budget and budget justification.
Activities that can be funded through block grants include, but are not limited to:
  • Commissioning work by a visualization expert
  • Hosting a visiting scholar, artist, or technologist residency
  • Software development or adaptation
  • Development of templates and methodologies for sharing and scaling content utilizing open source software
  • Student or staff labor for content or software development or adaptation
  • Curricula and reusable learning objects for digital scholarship and visualization courses
  • Travel (if necessary) to the initial project meeting and culminating workshop
  • User research on universal design for visualization spaces
Funding for operational expenditures, such as equipment, is not allowed for any grant participant.

Send an application to by the end of the day on 13 August 2017 that includes the following:
  • Statement of work (no more than 1000 words) of the project idea your organization plans to develop, its relationship to the overall goals of the grant, and the challenges to be addressed.
  • List the names and contact information for each of the participants in the funded project, including a brief description of their current role, background, expertise, interests, and what they can contribute.
  • Project timeline.
  • Budget table with projected expenditures.
  • Budget narrative detailing the proposed expenditures
Selection and Notification Process
An advisory panel made up of scholars, librarians, and technologists with experience and expertise in large-scale visualization and/or visual scholarship will review and rank proposals. The project leaders are especially keen to receive proposals that develop best practices and collaborative frameworks that can benefit individual institutions by building a community of practice and economies of scale among collaborators. 

Awardees will be selected based on:
  • the ability of their proposal to successfully address one or both of the identified problems;
  • the creativity of the proposed activities;
  • relevant demonstrated experience partnering with scholars or students on visualization projects;
  • whether the proposal is extensible;
  • feasibility of the work within the proposed time-frame and budget;
  • whether the project work improves or expands access to large-scale visual environments for users; and
  • the participant’s ability to expand content development and sharing among the network of institutions with large-scale visual environments.
Awardees will be required to send a representative to an initial meeting of the project cohort in Fall 2017.

Awardees will be notified by 15 September 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact

Thursday, July 13, 2017

CFP: 2018 Loleta Fyan Small & Rural Libraries Conference (RLC) - Acme, Michigan (April 30-May 2, 2018)

The call for proposals for the 2018 Loleta Fyan Small and Rural Library Conference is open through Monday, October 16. Submit your session proposal online at

The conference will be held April 30-May 2, 2018 at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Michigan. The conference is a specially crafted to reach the informational needs of small and rural library staff throughout Michigan. The three-day event features exhibitors, awards, keynote speakers and an array of sessions geared to libraries serving small and rural communities.

Conference URL: 

If you have questions about the event or submission process please do not hesitate to contact me.

Evette M. Atkin
Continuing Education Coordinator
Library of Michigan

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 4 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, August 18, 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             

Call for Editorial Board Members: ALCTS Sudden Selectors Guides

Are you interested in taking on an important role within ALCTS?  Consider applying to be a part of the Sudden Selectors Guide series editorial board.  Applications to fill two positions on the board will be accepted through August 11.  Don’t miss this exciting opportunity! 

The ALCTS Collection Management Section Publications Committee seeks two individuals to join Helene Williams and Mary Feeney on the editorial board of the Sudden Selectors Guide series Editors appointed this year will serve for either a two or three year term in order to establish staggered appointment terms.

Applications are due 
by August 11.

Editors of the Sudden Selectors Guide series report to the CMS Publications Committee. The primary responsibility of the Editors is to work with authors contributing to the Sudden Selectors Guide series, from the proposal to finished manuscript stages.

Specific tasks include but are not limited to:
  • Work with authors at all stages of process to: 
    • Develop proposals that meet ALCTS and CMS guidelines for manuscripts
    • Provide feedback on and manage timeline for manuscript writing
    • Provide developmental editing
  • Seek and manage inside (CMS Publications Committee) readers
  • Seek and manage outside readers
  • Coordinate activities with other editors and ALCTS Publications (Brooke Morris)
  • Work with ALCTS Publications on final manuscript editing and galley proof process
  • Recruit potential authors for subjects agreed upon by CMS Publications Committee
  • Meet virtually with other Editors regularly (currently monthly)
  • Attend virtual CMS Publications Midwinter meeting
  • Coordinate with Co-Editors to ensure attendance, on a rotating basis, at the CMS Publications Committee at ALA Annual
  • Provide update reports for Midwinter and Annual meetings
  • Contribute productively to discussions of future directions and needs of the Sudden Selectors Guide series
Term of appointment is for three years, and is renewable once. Until staggered appointment terms are established, initial appointment may be for fewer than three years. ALCTS provides a stipend of $1800 to support conference attendance in the third year of appointment.

Editors are ex-officio members of the CMS Publications Committee.

Required qualifications:
  • Current ALCTS-CMS member. (Applications will be accepted from non-members, but appointment is contingent upon joining.)
  • Experience editing manuscripts for publication
  • In-depth selecting and collection management experience
  • Proven project management skills and a strong commitment to producing timely, quality publications
  • Track record of professional publication
  • Ability to work in collaboration with co-editors, CMS Publications Committee members, and ALCTS Publications
  • Active in professional organizations, either library or discipline-related
To apply, send a cover letter detailing your interest in serving as an Editor for the Sudden Selectors Guide series and your previous editing experience, your CV, and the names and contact information of two or more references who are familiar with your work as an editor and selector/collection manager to:

Valentine Muyumba and Jennifer Bazeley, Co-Chairs, ALCTS-CMS Publications Committee, and

Please combine all application documents into a single PDF file and format your subject line as SSG Editor application/YourLastName.

Questions about the application process may be directed to Valentine Muyumba and Jennifer Bazeley ( and Questions about the series should be sent to Helene Williams ( 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

CFP: "Positioning the Academic Library" - New Review of Academic Librarianship

Call for abstracts for consideration for the 2018 themed issue of the New Review of Academic Librarianship

The New Review of Academic Librarianship is planning its themed issue for 2018. This will be entitled “Positioning the academic library within the institution: structures and challenges”. The Guest Editor is Leo Appleton, Librarian, Goldsmiths, University of London ( This themed issue will cover a wide range of topics relating to the theme such as institutional organisational structures, emerging responsibilities, new ways of working, leading multidisciplinary teams and managing different professional identities. Abstracts for consideration for developing into papers for the themed issue are requested by the 13th August 2017. More information on how abstracts can be submitted are available. If you have any questions or queries, please contact Leo Appleton.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Call for Chapters: 2nd Ed. of Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know

You are invited to submit a chapter proposal for the second edition of the successful and positively-reviewed 2014 book published by ALA, The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know. Chapter proposals are due July 15, 2017, and can be submitted via the chapter proposal form.

Theme of the Book

What current technologies are on the cusp of moving from "gee whiz" to real-life application in libraries? This book will explore the information landscape as it might be in 3-5 years. It will describe the emerging technologies of today that are likely to be at the core of "standard" library offerings in the not-distant future. It will introduce project managers and project doers not just to new technologies, but also provide an understanding of the broader trends that are driving them.

Chapter-length essays are particularly sought on the following topics:

  • Augmented reality
  • Content Management
  • Digital Preservation
  • Digital repositories
  • Effect of cloud-based library management systems
  • Ereaders & Ebooks
  • Internet of Things
  • Library custom-built/open source tools at scale
  • Library integrations of multiple services/tools
  • Mobile Technologies (beyond responsive design)
  • Open source LMS developments
  • Patron privacy technology (focus on technology, not policies)
  • Shared print repositories
  • Tools for analytics (tools beyond Google Analytics); in-depth applications
  • User-centered design
  • Virtual reality

Chapters will be in the 4000-4500 word range and must address the following points:

  1. Define the technology (in general, and in the context of the chapter)
  2. Why does the technology matter in general, and to libraries in particular?
  3. What are early adopters doing?
  4. What does the future trend look like?
  5. Having embraced this technology, what would the library of 2022 look like?
Proposals should be submitted to Ken Varnum, the book's editor, via by July 15, 2017.

  • July 15, 2017: Chapter proposals due via Call for Chapters Form
  • August 15, 2017: Authors notified of acceptance
  • December 15, 2017: Chapter drafts due
  • January 31, 2018: Editor's comments provided to authors
  • February 28, 2018: Revised drafts due to editor

About the Editor

Ken Varnum is the Senior Program Manager for Discovery, Delivery, and Library Analytics at the University of Michigan Library. Ken's research and professional interests include discovery systems, library analytics, and technology in the library setting. An experienced editor, author, and presenter, he wrote "Drupal in Libraries" (2012) and edited "The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know" (2014) and "The Network Reshapes the Library: Lorcan Dempsey on Libraries, Services and Networks" (2014). His most recent book, "Exploring Discovery: The Front Door to Your Library’s Licensed and Digitized Content" was published in 2016. For a full list of articles, presentations, and books, please see Ken can be reached by email ( or Twitter (@varnum).

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

CFP: Researcher to Reader 2018 (London - February 2018)

Researcher to Reader Conference - Call for Papers

The annual international scholarly communications conference, Researcher to Reader, will next take place in London on 26 & 27 February 2018. The Conference is attended by around 150-200 senior delegates from all parts of the scholarly communications lifecycle, including funders, researchers, research managers, publishers, distributors, technologists and librarians.

The Advisory Board is inviting proposals for presentations, panels, lightning talks and workshops. We are also seeking experienced workshop facilitators. We are particularly seeking proposals from librarians, researchers, editors & funders, from people based outside the UK, and from under-represented demographics.

Proposers are invited to provide an abstract (50-100 words) and a fuller description (200-500 words) by 31 August 2017.

To access this Submissions portal please visit the following personal link: R2R Call for Papers 

For more information on the Conference themes and formats, please visit the conference website:
I look forward to hearing from you.

Mark Carden
Conference Director

To contact Conference Administration email
To contact the Conference Director email

CFP: Internet Resources (C&RL News - College & Research Library News)

Internet Resources Call for Proposals
C&RL News is current accepting proposals for future Internet Resources feature articles. Internet Resources articles focus on a single topic and cover all areas of the Internet, e.g., discussion lists, websites, online publications, blogs, etc.

Share your knowledge by submitting a topic idea and brief information about the your knowledge of the proposed topic. Compilers whose topics are selected will receive specific manuscript preparation information. Send topic proposals to C&RL News Editor-in-Chief David Free at

Saturday, July 01, 2017

CFP: Social Justice and Activism in Libraries, Moving Beyond Diversity to Action

Call for Chapters: Social Justice and Activism in Libraries, Moving Beyond Diversity to Action

Book Publisher: McFarland
  • Su Epstein, Ph.D., co-editor. Director, Saxton B. Little Free Library, Columbia, Connecticut
  • Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Public Library Systems, Special, School Librarian, Michigan
  • Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor. Reference Librarian, Valencia College, Winter Park, Florida

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, sharing how to take the concept of diversity to the next level. The role librarians can play in social justice and social change, activities supporting tolerance in libraries. Topics could be inclusivity, tolerance, civic engagement, civic education, human rights, social responsibility; in the areas of collection development, programming, professional development, partnerships and outreach—just to name a few.

One author or two or three authors per chapter. Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters: author discount on more copies. Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapters each described in a few sentences by August 30, 2017, brief bio on each author; place TOL, YOUR LAST NAME on subject line to:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

CFP: Privacy & Security for Today's Library Conference (online conference - September 21, 2017)

We hear a lot about how to handle difficult patrons, cybersecurity, and protecting patron data. However, other areas of security and privacy often get overlooked.  Have you thought about your library’s equipment and even the building itself? On September 21, Amigos Library Services will present the online conference, Privacy and Security for Today’s Library, where we will explore why security and privacy is currently a hot topic for libraries.

Has your library addressed issues related to the wide spectrum of security and privacy? If so, share your story in a 45-minute session. We are interested in presenters from public, academic, and special libraries.

Submit your proposal by Friday, July 7. Don't worry if you've never presented online; it’s easy, and we are happy to train you and provide technical support during your presentation. If you know of others who may be interested, feel free to forward this message.

If you have questions, contact Jodie Borgerding at 800-843-8482, ext. 2897.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Call for contributors: Literature Review Articles and Brief Reviews of Books and Products

Call for contributors: Literature Review Articles and Brief Reviews of Books and Products

Interested in digging into the published literature, or exploring new tools? The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication is excited to announce a new Literature Review Articles section and a revamped Brief Reviews of Books and Products section, and to call for contributors to both.


Literature Review Articles

As a growing area of practice within librarianship, scholarly communication has amassed a body of literature that is already substantial, and growing at an accelerating rate. To help scholarly communications librarians and others inform their practice with the available research, and to assist new and experienced authors in building upon the existing literature, JLSC will begin publishing peer-reviewed literature review articles in a new section of the journal.
 Literature review articles contain an analysis and commentary of the publications on a specific area of research.  In larger subject areas, the review may point to significant works in that topic; new and emergent areas might have a small enough body of knowledge to be covered in its entirety.  The purpose of a literature review article is to describe the general state or condition of the topic under consideration and to analyze and critique the latest trends and developments in that topic.  
 If you are interested in writing a literature review article, please see the section guidelines for instructions, and contact the Editors-in-Chief, Mark Newton and Melanie Schlosser (, with questions.
The editors thank the members of the Editorial Board task force whose work contributed to the development of this new section of the journal: Adrian Ho, Chair (University of Kentucky), Danny Kingsley (Cambridge University), Dong Joon Lee (Texas A&M University), and Leah Vanderjagt (University of Alberta).

Brief Reviews of Books and Products

Scholarly communication is a broad, dynamic field, and keeping up with new resources can be challenging. To help draw attention to books and products of interest to the community, JLSC has launched a new reviews program under the guidance of Reviews Editors Carmen Mitchell (California State University San Marcos) and Michaela Willi Hooper (Oregon State University). The newly revamped Brief Reviews of Books and Products section will publish reviews of new books on scholarly communication, open access, intellectual property, innovations in publishing, institutional repositories, and other topics within JLSC’s scope. We also accept reviews of products that are either new or of growing significance within the scholarly communication community (see 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication for examples of such products).
Would you be interested in helping your community learn about current, important books and products? We are seeking librarians and other scholarly communications professionals to write brief (500-1000 word) reviews of books or products that are relevant to the community. You can write a review of a resource you choose, or email the reviews editors and we will share a list of books/products for which a review has been requested.
Have you written a book or developed a product (platform, tool, software, app, website, etc.) that you would like to see reviewed in JLSC? Please email the reviews editors and we will add it to the list we share with reviewers. Because these reviews are intended to be independent and critical rather than promotional, we do not accept reviews written by authors, publishers, or developers of the work under review.
For further information and guidelines for authors of the Brief Reviews, please see the Guidelines for Brief Reviews of Books and Products. Contact Carmen and Michaela at

Sunday, June 25, 2017

CFP: Journal of New Librarianship, "New Generation of Librarianship"

Call for Proposals: Journal of New Librarianship, "New Generation of Librarianship"

The Journal of New Librarianship seeks short columns (500 to 1000 words) that explore, examine, and discuss issues surrounding the New Generation of Librarianship. 

Librarians work in an ever-changing field, responding to new patron demographics, developing innovative technologies, and operating within institutions that are continuously reshaping themselves to meet unexpected demands. These changes promise considerable and exciting developments in the library profession, but they also mean that entering librarians now face new and unique challenges. Those who have only recently joined the profession will encounter challenges, opportunities, and experiences unlike those of previous generations. Changing demographics and new career trajectories within librarianship itself similarly ensure that entering librarians bring unique perspectives, approaches, and skills into the profession. The JoNL’s Issues Surrounding the New Generation section is a venue through which these changes and challenges may be addressed, explored, and discussed.

We invite works examining issues faced by the new generation of librarians, across all fields of librarianship. Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to: succession planning and hiring, and the “generation gap”; the experiences and impact of second-career librarians who have recently joined the profession; changing expectations placed upon new public and school librarians; shifts within academic librarianship in response to changes within higher education; working with new technologies, educational frameworks, and pedagogies.  Ultimately, the section seeks not to emphasize the hardships of librarianship, but rather to highlight and examine the unique experiences of the new generation of librarians.

Contributors interested in writing a short column should complete our submission form, providing a summary of your proposal:

Full-length peer reviewed research articles on this subject are also welcome, and can be submitted here:  


Sarah Kennedy and Rick Mikulski
Editorial Board Members, Journal of New Librarianship

CFP: Sport in Museums Network Conference 2017 (28-29 November 2017) National Science and Media Museum, Bradford (UK)

Sports in Museums Network Conference
Bradford, United Kingdom - November 28 & 29, 2017
Theme: Sporting Heritage, Photography and TV

We’re excited to announce that our next annual conference will take place at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. Due to previous feedback this year’s conference will take place over a two day period Tuesday 28th November and Wednesday 29th November. The focus will be on both practice and theory and the event will draw together practitioners, volunteers, and academics active and interested in the field of the Sporting Past, Photography and TV. It will aim to:
  • Explore how sporting heritage is exhibited, interpreted, and collected in relationship to photography and broadcast TV
  • Provide practical skills and knowledge for the conservation and access of these collections
  • Extend the network of sporting heritage activity regionally and nationally
  • Understand how sport, photography and tv inter-relates
  • Understand where these collections are held and how better to provide access
  • Understand the importance of these collections to different audiences
  • Explore and discuss how these collections can be better utilised, protected, and developed in the future
The call for papers is now open. Responses on the subject matter can be delivered by the following methods:
  • 30 minutes Key Note presentation
  • 20 minute case study presentation
  • 30 minute workshop
  • 30 minute interactive round table discussion
  • 30 minute debate
This call for papers aims to find a mix of contributors from across a range of different organisations. We would like to hear presentations from those working in the field, based at sports clubs or within photography and TV sectors, as well as academic based papers. In addition, we would like to offer hands-on opportunities for delegates to learn more about the subject matter and how to better engage with it in the future. We welcome a range of contributions and encourage potential contributors to respond to this call!
Proposals should be submitted to by 5pm on the 14th July 2017 and include the following information:
  • Presentation / paper title
  • Name and job title
  • Organisation
  • Contact email and phone number
  • Additional presenters information:
  • Type and length of presentation (eg. case study, debate, discussion, workshop)
  • Abstract information (no more than 200 words)
  • Additional information (no more than 50 words, for example partners)
  • Equipment needs and set up information (room layout etc)
  • Additional needs or support needed
Further information or to discuss the event, please email Justine Reilly at
Booking will begin in July to coincide with the launch of our membership programme – members will be able to receive specially discounted rates! Keep a look out on this website, through our social media fields, and through our e-newsletter for further information.
The event will be relevant for anyone interested in this field of work including:
  • Museum and Archive Managers
  • Curators
  • Education and access specialists
  • Heritage sector volunteers
  • Sports sector professionals and volunteers
  • Academics
  • Policy makers
  • Funding bodies
There will also be an opportunity to learn about the current research consortia being delivered by the Sport in Museums Network in partnership with the National Football Museum.