Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Call for Chapters: The Future Academic Librarian’s Toolkit: Finding Success on the Job Hunt and in Your First Job

Working title: The Future Academic Librarian’s Toolkit: Finding Success on the Job Hunt and in Your First Job
Publisher: ACRL Press
Editor: Megan Hodge

Chapter proposals are invited for The Future Academic Librarian’s Toolkit, a book collecting practical strategies on landing a first academic librarian position and building and enhancing one’s professional reputation.

Proposals are sought for two types of chapters:
  • Practical, prescriptive strategies for the following topics (final length: 6,000-10,000 words):
    • Making yourself marketable before and during the job search: obtaining relevant experience, publishing, and getting involved professionally as a student or other non-professional
    • Troubleshooting the job search: overcoming barriers such as geographic immobility; transitioning from paraprofessional, non-library, or non-academic work; and learning from rejections
    • Advocating for your ideas: wielding influence in positions without authority and gaining administrative buy-in for ideas
    • Networking and conferences: saving money on conference attendance, networking as an introvert, and talking to vendors
    • Getting started in scholarship: identifying gaps in the literature and motivational strategies for overcoming writer’s block, finding CFPs, and turning presentations into publications
  • Overviews of positions in the following areas, including necessary skills/credentials and day-in-the-life scenarios (final length: 1000-2000 words each):
    • Scholarly communications
    • Special collections/archives
    • Preservation
    • Research data management
    • Resource delivery/interlibrary loan

Submission Procedure
Proposals should be submitted as a single email attachment to futureacademiclib@gmail.com. No previously published or simultaneously submitted material, please.
Proposals should include:
  • Author name(s), institutional affiliation(s), job title(s)
  • Author(s)’ previous writing and publishing history
  • Writing sample (optional)
  • Outline of proposed chapter
Important dates:
Proposals due: April 15, 2017
Authors notified and sent chapter guidelines: May 30, 2017
Full chapters due: August 30, 2017
Final revised chapters due: December 30, 2017

For additional information, contact the editor:
Megan Hodge, Teaching & Learning Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University, mlhodge@gmail.com

CFP: The Future of Librarianship: Exploring what’s next for the Academic Librarian LACUNY Institute 2017 (NYC - May 19, 2017)

Call for Posters- 2017 LACUNY Institute
The Future of Librarianship: Exploring what’s next for the Academic Librarian
LACUNY Institute 2017

Date: May 19, 2017
Location: LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York (CUNY)
Keynote Speaker:  Barbara Rockenbach, Interim Associate University Librarian for Collections & Services, Columbia University Libraries.
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2017

Submit your poster proposals here:  http://tinyurl.com/2017-LACUNY-poster-prop

Librarians cannot predict the future but they can speculate about it. . .

The 2017 LACUNY Institute is seeking poster proposals that think beyond the current to share a vision of the academic librarians’ position in a changing information landscape.
In addressing the theme, the Future of Librarianship: Exploring what’s next for the Academic Librarian, we are interested in proposals that address the implications of current events and changes in higher education on the way that academic librarians plan a career in librarianship, engage students, faculty, and the community, how and where they offer services and resources to patrons, and  how librarians can navigate the current trends in library science and in the global world to prepare for a successful career in librarianship.
The LACUNY Institute Committee seeks proposals that address the future of academic librarians in college and university libraries, archives, and the information studies, across myriad roles (staff, faculty, students, patrons, etc.) and functions (technical services, public services, instruction, etc.). Such proposals can deal with innovation already in practice and/or futuristic ideas concerning librarianship.
Example topics include but are not limited to:
  • Impact of current events on library trends
  • Innovation and changes in roles, responsibilities, services and resources
  • Impact of technology
  • Leadership, leadership development, and workforce planning
  • Diversity & inclusion,
  • Career planning, professional development
  • Post-truth information literacy, digital literacy, and visual literacy
  • MLS, Curriculum development, and preparedness
  • Civic engagement, partnerships, and community building
  • Librarians as knowledge gatekeepers, personal freedom, and privacy

The goal of this event is to create a space for respectful dialogue and debate about these critical issues. We will be publishing a formal code of conduct, but the event organizers will actively strive to create a public space in which multiple perspectives can be heard and no one voice dominates.

Questions may be directed to Co-Chairs Kimberley Bugg, kbugg@citytech.cuny.edu or Simone L. Yearwood, Simone.Yearwood@qc.cuny.edu.

CFP: Credit-bearing Information Literacy Courses: Critical Approaches (ACRL Publication)

Deadline extended to March 13!

We invite proposals for the forthcoming book from ACRL Press, Credit-bearing Information Literacy Courses: Critical Approaches (working title). You can see the complete CFP here: https://cilcourses.tumblr.com/cfp

Critical librarianship requires that information literacy instruction does conceptual work to ask questions about, among other things, the conditions of information production, presumptions of neutrality, and institutionalized oppression. The goal of this book is to examine critical approaches specifically in the context of credit-bearing courses. This will be useful to librarians who have struggled to find literature and case studies that directly address the unique features of teaching a credit-bearing course, including course and lesson planning, designing formative and summative assessment measures that address course-level learning outcomes, and building rapport with students.

The book will include both discussions of conceptual approaches and case studies. Contributed chapters will be divided into appropriate sections, based on their foci.

We invite chapters on topics including but not limited to the following, within the context of a credit-bearing class:

  • Feminist/anti-racist/anti-colonial approaches to curriculum development
  • Critical approaches to grading and assessment
  • Unique challenges and opportunities of incorporating a critical approach in a credit course vs. one-shot/course-integrated instruction session
  • Critical reflection about instructor positionality vis-à-vis critical content and/or relationship to students
  • Conceptions of neutrality and objectivity with regard to information literacy and potentially controversial (and/or political) subject matter
  • Difficulty of critical approaches in a standalone information literacy course (and/or criticisms of the credit-bearing mode of instruction)
  • Approaches that critique the academy and/or higher education and the neoliberal discourses that shape it
  • Reflections on the process of adopting a critical approach, whether shifting the content to critical information literacy or adopting other practices from critical pedagogies (like eschewing the banking model of education, breaking down hierarchies, incorporating social justice, etc)

Proposal submission guidelines:

Proposals (500 words) due March 13
Notifications sent out by March 20
Completed manuscripts (tentatively 3,000-6,000 words) due June 30

Editors: Angela Pashia and Jessica Critten

Sunday, February 26, 2017

CFP: Libraries and Nonprofits: Collaboration for the Public Good (Deadline Extended)

Libraries and Nonprofits: Collaboration for the Public Good

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the authors
Tatiana Bryant, Special Collections Librarian, University of Oregon Libraries

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

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Journal of Academic Librarianship -- call for column contributors

The Journal of Academic Librarianship is seeking contributions for its Managing Technology column. Topic proposals, along with a writing sample, should be submitted to Bethany Latham (blatham@jsu.edu) as soon as possible, with a submission date for the finished manuscript of 1 May 2017. Later submission dates are available for columns which will appear later in the volume year. The column’s scope is broad; previous columns have featured thought/opinion pieces as well as essays on approaches to addressing specific, technology-related issues.

Word count is approximately 1800-2200, and examples of previous columns can be found in JAL issues:
•             JAL 42.3 (2016) 284-285.
•             JAL 42.2 (2016): 181-183.
•             JAL 41.6 (2015): 847-849.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, or for additional information.

Bethany Latham
Column Editor, Journal of Academic Librarianship

Friday, February 24, 2017

CFP: 9th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, Limerick Ireland 23-26 May 2017

9th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, Limerick Ireland 23-26 May 2017

Call for Papers for the Special Session/s entitled:
1.       Linking research and practice: the synergies and their relevance to practice, policy and academia.

Coordinator: Maria G. N. Musoke, Professor of Information Science and Former University Librarian, Makerere University, Kampala. Uganda. East Africa.
 Scope & rationale:
In an era of partnerships and collaboration, rapid advances in information technology, paradigm shifts in research, learning and teaching, the growing research output that is increasingly becoming open access and the demands from library users/patrons, there is need to build on the synergies to impact academic and research libraries’ service delivery. Practicing librarians who conduct research or LIS academics and researchers who do research related to the practice of academic librarianship are invited to contribute papers to this session. The papers should share research findings about innovative practices and experiences – what works and what doesn’t - to enable the participants to learn from the best practices or avoid what doesn’t work. The application of the research findings to library service delivery, policy and in theories relevant to academics will enrich the session.
Abstracts should be sent to the coordinator and to the secretariat secretar@isast.org.

2.      From Assessment to Adjustment: Using Data to Evaluate and Improve Collections

Coordinator: A. Jade Alburo, Librarian for Southeast Asian and Pacific Islands Studies, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (Los Angeles, CA), jalburo@library.ucla.edu

Scope and Rationale

In times of budget cuts and scarce spaces, it is crucial to be strategic when developing and managing collections. What information can be used to inform these acquisition decisions? In this session, hear from presenters who used different assessment approaches – from comparative collection analysis and circulation data to surveys, interviews, and discussions – to improve their collection policies and better meet the needs of their users. Abstracts should be sent to the coordinator and to the secretariat secretar@isast.org.

3.      Breaking the borders: How to measure the impact of innovative customer oriented services? 

CoordinatorsMarkku A. Laitinen, Planning Officer, National Library, Finland and Antti-Pekka Seppänen, Senior Adviser, Regional State Administrative Agency of Southern Finland and Jarmo Saarti, PhD, Library Director, University of Eastern Finland Library, Finland. Emails: markku.laitinen@helsinki.fi,  antti.seppanen@avi.fi,  jarmo.saarti@uef.fi
 Scope & rationale:
The libraries have started to act in a more networked manner, both with each other and with different service providers. Thus, a need to develop new kinds of service concepts has arisen and new innovative services are being developed. This means that new evaluation methods and indicators will be needed in order to indicate the value and impact of these services. The need for the new indicators goes beyond mere numerical indicators, the main goal being to obtain knowledge about the strengths as well as needs for development of the services. These tools on the other hand support the management keeping in mind the value added for the patrons. Abstracts should be sent to the coordinators and to the secretariat secretar@isast.org.
The main themes of the session are:
· emerging new service concept
· innovation ecosystem of the libraries
· measurement, assessing
· innovation management

Important dates
Abstract submission deadline: 10th of March 2017
Notification of acceptance two weeks after deadline
Deadline for Paper Submission: 1st of May 2017
Deadline for Presentation Submission: 1st of May 2017

Registration Details: see www.isast.org

Anthi Katsirikou
Librarian, PhD, MSc
Director of the Library of the University of Piraeus
Member of the Board of Greek Librarians Association
Co- Chair of the QQML International Conference

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

CFP: Open Data: Science, Health, Community (5th Kathleen A. Zar Symposium - University of Chicago - April 2017)

Call for Proposals

Open Data: Science, Health, Community
5th Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium
April 28, 2017
The John Crerar Library
The University of Chicago

For more information about the symposium:
Web Page: https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/conferences/zar-symposium/
Email: zarsymposium@lib.uchicago.edu 

The organizers of the 5th biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, Open Data: Science, Health, Community, to be held Friday, April 28, invite proposals for presentations that provide insight into open data projects and initiatives, whether established or newly created, which have an impact on science, health, or community.  The focus may be, but is not limited to, opportunities for libraries and information professionals to contribute to or play an active role in projects or initiatives.

The organizers are interested in presentations that provide examples of collaborative efforts between institutions, groups, or individuals, with a focus on practical, real use cases of using open data.  Proposals selected for full oral presentations will be eligible for travel stipend.

Proposals should be submitted via this online form: http://bit.do/zar2017.  Proposals must include a title, author(s), and abstract (maximum 600 words).  Presentations will be 30-45 minutes. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, March 8th.

Please consider the following questions when preparing proposals:

* How has your institution or community engaged with open data?
* If you led an open data project or initiative, how and why was it initiated, and what were the results?
* What are the opportunities and challenges of using or collecting open data?
* How are responsibilities determined and distributed?
* What kinds of tools and techniques may be used?

The symposium organizers will also consider interactive alternatives to a traditional oral presentations.

The intended audience of the symposium includes all who are involved or interested in open data, with a focus on, but not limited to, academic institutions.

About the Symposium

About the Symposium:  Open data is data that can be freely used, re-used and redistributed.   Some examples of open data resources include the Human Genome Project, the United Nations UNdata, and the City of Chicago data portal.  Open data can spur business innovation, help patients and families make better decisions about their health, or accelerate the pace of scientific discovery.  This symposium will provide participants with an understanding of what open data is, how it gets created and shared, and examples of how open data might contribute to progress in our communities.

About the Kathleen A. Zar Symposium Series

The Kathleen A. Zar Symposium is a biennial event held at the John Crerar Library of the University of Chicago.

Session organizers' contact information:

Deb Werner (https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/about/directory/staff/debra-a-werner/), Librarian for Science Instruction & Outreach, dwerner@uchicago.edu 

Thomas Drueke (https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/about/directory/staff/thomas-drueke/), Scholarship & Data Librarian, D'Angelo Law Library, tndrueke@uchicago.edu

Taylor Hixson (https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/about/directory/staff/taylor-hixson/), GIS Resident Librarian, taylorhixson@uchicago.edu

Barbara Kern (https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/about/directory/staff/barbara-kern/), Director of the Science Libraries, bkern@uchicago.edu

Emily Treptow (https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/about/directory/staff/emily-treptow/), Business & Economics Librarian for Instruction & Outreach, etreptow@uchicago.edu 

Andrea Twiss-Brooks (https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/about/directory/staff/andrea-twiss-brooks/), Director of Research and Teaching Support, atbrooks@uchicago.edu 

Email: zarsymposium@lib.uchicago.edu

CFP: Education and Behavioral Sciences Section Research Forum (ALA Annual - Chicago June 2017)

EBSS RESEARCH FORUM – Call for Proposals

The Education and Behavioral Sciences Section Research Committee announces the 11th Annual Research Forum during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois.  The Research Forum and reception follows the announcement of the winners of the APA Librarian Conference Travel Awards, and will take place on the afternoon of Saturday June 24, 2017.

The Research Forum offers librarians an opportunity to present research that is currently underway in a 10 minute lightning talk format. Lightning talks will be selected via a competitive blind review process. 

Proposals are due March 6, 2017.


Proposals will be evaluated based on the extent to which they:

  1. Measure or investigate issues of high interest to librarians, especially those in Education and Behavioral Sciences. 
  2. Represent innovative, original research.
  3. Show evidence of carefully planned research design and thoughtful analysis. 
  4. Clearly identify what stage of the project has been completed and estimate a timeline for the remainder of the project. Research that has been previously published or accepted for publication by December 1, 2016 will not be considered. 


Proposals should be 250-350 words.

To facilitate blind peer review, the first page should include:
  • Presenter name and institution 
  • Phone number 
  • E-mail address 
  • Proposal title 

Subsequent page(s) should include: 
  • Proposal title 
  • Statement of the research question(s) 
  • Research goals and objectives 
  • Design/ methodology 
  • Potential findings 
  • Practical implications/ value 

Please email submissions to Cassandra Kvenild at ckvenild@uwyo.edu by Friday, Monday, March 6, 2017.

- See more at: http://connect.ala.org/node/263084

CFP: Academic Library Association of Ohio 2017 Conference (Columbus, Ohio - October 2017)

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) conference planning committee invites you to submit proposals for the 43rd Annual Conference.
Theme: Libraries Act, Respond, Transform: The A.R.T. of Empowerment
Date: October 27, 2017
Location: Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio

Presentation Submission Deadline: April 10, 2017

Poster and Roundtable Submission Deadline: May 15, 2017
Think creatively about how your work connects to this year’s conference theme, “Libraries Act, Respond, Transform: The A.R.T. of Empowerment.” Explore how academic libraries and librarians provide resources and initiate programs, partnerships, and policies that empower patrons, staff, and stakeholders while advancing equity and social justice. Remember, small actions in any area of the library can lead to big transformations.
More information and submission guidelines are available on the conference website
All presenters are responsible for their own registration and travel costs.

Presenter grants
ALAO encourages library support staff and library student growth, career development, and participation in conference activities, and awards two presenter grants, one for support staff and the other for students. These grants (up to $150 each) are intended to assist with the costs incurred in preparing the presentation and modest travel costs associated with the presentation. Additional information will be sent to those who indicate eligibility on their submission forms.

Ideas can include, but are not limited to:
  • Critical Librarianship
  • Nontraditional resources and services
  • Services for and inclusion of diverse populations
  • Collection development trends and models
  • Open Access/Scholarly Communication
  • Programming/Outreach/Marketing
  • Accessibility
  • Leadership, and Mentoring
  • Discovery and Metadata
  • Information Literacy
  • Sustainability

If you have questions, please visit the website or contact Cara Mia Calabrese or Eric Johnson at program@alaoweb.org