Wednesday, September 30, 2015

CFP: Michigan Academic Library Association (MI-ALA ) Inaugural Conference (Mt. Pleasant, MI - May 12 & 13, 2016)

Michigan Academic Library Association (MI-ALA ) Inaugural Conference: Call for Presentation Proposals

Shaping Our Vision: New Possibilities for Academic Libraries in Michigan

Inaugural MI-ALA Conference
May 12 & 13, 2016
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

You are invited to Central Michigan University for the inaugural MI-ALA conference to showcase your innovations in library science. We are excited to see how librarians across the great state of Michigan are harnessing their vision to shape the future of libraries in Michigan.

We are interested in proposals on topics in every area of librarianship that address the issues critical to academic libraries. We welcome proposals that explore the present and the future of academic libraries:
· Collections,
· Staffing, and
· Services
Broad participation is encouraged from librarians, staff, LIS students, and administrators from all types of academic libraries (including but not limited to public universities, private colleges, and community colleges). 

Proposals for 45-minute long presentations can be submitted only through the online submission form and must be received by Friday, December 4, 2015. The primary contact for proposals will receive a message indicating receipt of the proposal when it is submitted and decisions on proposals will be communicated to the primary contact by Friday, January 15, 2016. Regardless of the decision on a proposal MI-ALA encourages you to attend the conference. Poster session proposals may also be submitted if your presentation proposal is not accepted.

Find out more information about the conference here:
Find out more information about this exciting new organization here:

Call for LITA Proposals for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference Programs and Preconferences

Call for Proposals for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference Programs and Preconferences!

The LITA Program Planning Committee (PPC) is now accepting innovative and creative proposals for the 2016 Annual American Library Association Conference.  We¹re looking for full day pre-conference ideas as well as 60- and 90-minute conference presentations. The focus should be on technology in libraries, whether that¹s use of, new ideas for, trends in,
or interesting/innovative projects being explored ­ it¹s all for you to propose.

When/Where is the Conference?
The 2016 Annual ALA Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, from June 23rd through 28th.

What kind of topics are we looking for?
We¹re looking for programs of interest to all library/information agency types that inspire technological change and adoption, or/and generally go above and beyond the everyday.

When are proposals due?
October 23rd, 2015

How I do submit a proposal?
Fill out this form -
Program descriptions should be 75 words or less.

When will I be informed?
The committee will be reviewing proposals after October 23rd; final decisions will be made by October 30th.

Do I have to be a member of ALA/LITA? or a LITA Interest Group (IG) or a committee?

We welcome proposals from anyone who feels they have something to offer regarding library technology. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide financial support for speakers. Because of the limited number of programs, LITA IGs and Committees will receive preference where two equally well-written programs are submitted. Presenters may be asked to combine programs or work with an IG/Committee where similar topics have been

Got another question?

Please feel free to email Evviva Weinraub (PPC chair)

CFP: Reference Research Forum (RUSA at ALA Annual 2016)


The Research & Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) invites the submission of reference service research project proposals for presentation at the 22nd Reference Research Forum at the 2016 American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. Researchers and practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal.

The Reference Research Forum is a popular and valuable ALA Annual Conference program. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about innovative research
projects conducted in reference services including user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel.

For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s

The Committee employs a blind review process to select three projects for 20-minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Selected submissions must be presented in person at the Forum..

Criteria for selection:
1.      Originality: Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies 
2.      Quality: Research design and methodologies
3.      Impact: Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service

NOTE: Research projects may be in-progress or completed. Previously published
research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted.

Important Dates:
Proposals are due by December 28th, 2015. Notification of acceptance will be
made by Monday, February 8th, 2016. The submission must not exceed two pages.
Please include:

Submission Details:
PAGE 1: Cover Sheet
Include your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), mailing address(es), and email address(es).

PAGE 2: Research Description
The second page must not show your name, any personal information, or the name
of your institution. Instead, it must include:

1.      Title of the project
2.      Explicit statement of the research problem
3.      Description of the research design and methodologies
4.       Findings or results if available
5.      Brief discussion of the originality, unique contribution, potential
impact, and significance of the research (if you use semi colons between items
in a list, you need to make sure the entire list is a complete sentence.)

Proposals that exceed the 2 pages described above or that do not follow the
format described above will be automatically rejected. Please submit your
proposal as a PDF document. Thank you for your cooperation in following
submission rules.

Please send submissions by email to:
Elizabeth Kocevar-Weidinger
Learning Services Librarian
Howard Community College

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

CFP: Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian

Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian is now accepting manuscript submissions for volume 35:2. The submission deadline is December 18, 2015.

B&SS Librarian is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal focusing on all aspects of behavioral and social sciences information with emphasis on librarians, libraries and users of social science information in libraries and information centers including the following subject areas:

  • Anthropology
  • Business
  • Communication Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies
And including the following areas of focus:
  • Assessment
  • Publishing trends
  • Technology
  • User behavior
  • Public service
  • Indexing and abstracting
  • Collection Development and evaluation
  • Library Administration/management
  • Reference and library instruction
  • Descriptive/critical analysis of information resources
Please consider Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian as the journal for your publication.

The journal's website includes Instructions to Authors at:

Please send all submissions and questions to the editor at:

Lisa Romero
Editor, Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian
Associate Professor University of Illinois
Head, Communications Library

Monday, September 28, 2015

Call for Chapters: Library Outreach to Writers and Poets: Case Studies of Cooperation

Library Outreach to Writers and Poets: Case Studies of Cooperation
Book Publisher: McFarland

Carol Smallwood: Library's Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016); Divining the Prime Meridian(WordTech Editions, 2015)

Vera Gubnitskaia: How to STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education in Libraries. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014);Continuing Education for Librarians (McFarland, 2013)

One or two chapters sought from U.S. writers, poets, academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS and Creative Writing faculty, sharing practical know-how about outreach, workshops, literary festivals, readings, librarian/author/poet visits to schools and other groups, spotlights-on-authors, book talks/clubs. Interview format chapters by librarians/writers/poets welcomed.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter/interview; each by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter/interview accepted no matter how many co-authors, or if one or two chapters: author discount on more copies.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapters, each described in a few sentences by November 18, 2015, brief bio on each author; place WRI, Last Name on subject line:

Call for Charleston Conference Reporters (Against the Grain)


"Against the Grain" is seeking short reports about conference sessions. The reports should be 100-200 words (preconferences and plenary session reports can run a bit longer, but not by too much).
  • The succinct reports should re-cap the highlights of the session. Minute details are NOT needed, since a number of speakers post their presentations in the conference website and many also submit papers to the Proceedings.
  • Reports should include any changes in titles or speakers that are revealed at the session and differ from what was presented in the listed program.
  • Note if, in your opinion, the session proceeded "as advertised", or were there some shortcomings.
  • See sample reports from 2014.
  • Session reports will be due to the compiler, Ramune Kubilius <> by Friday, December 11, 2015.
If you are interested in reporting on conference sessions that you will be attending, please sent the title of each session (and session date/time) to Ramune Kubilius byFriday, October 29th. Feel free to select one or more than one session on which to report. You will receive an acknowledgement if the sessions you select are available for coverage.

Thank you!

Ramune Kubilius
ATG "And They Were There" reports collator

Saturday, September 26, 2015

IUG 2016 Call for Lightening Round presentations (San Francisco, California)

Have an idea for a program but don't think you can talk for an hour on the topic? Consider making it part of our Lightening Round presentations.

IUG 2016
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
333 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, California
Pre-Conference: Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Main Conference: Wednesday - Friday, March 16 - 18, 2016

Haven't ever done a presentation at IUG before? Nervous? Try a Lightening Round presentation.

A lightning round is a round of quick presentations in which the duration of each is a pre-determined length of time (e.g. 10 minutes). The goal is typically to accomplish as much as possible within that period. Typically, Lightening Round topics are quick presentations of ‘tips and tricks’ or sharing new ideas about a product.

Lightening Rounds are open to users of any of the Innovative suite of products.

Please submit proposals directly to me at the email address given below by October 9, 2015.

Sheryl VanderWagen
ILS Manager
Lakeland Library Cooperative

Friday, September 25, 2015

Call for Proposals - MLC 2016 (Manitoba Libraries Conference (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

Call for Proposals - MLC 2016

The Manitoba Library Association invites you to submit a proposal for the Manitoba Libraries Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The MLC Planning Committee truly looks forward to offering delegates a premier conference experience at the Delta Winnipeg May 4-6, 2016. 2016 also marks the 80th anniversary of the Manitoba Library Association, so we will be looking back and marking that occasion with a social event during the conference.

Libraries are thriving halls of learning, creativity, and community growth. The 2016 Manitoba Libraries Conference aims to capture the relationships between people, systems, and collections that enable libraries to operate and make the most of our resources.

The MLC Program Committee is excited to open a call for submissions for panels, workshops, papers, presentations, thunder talks, posters, and sessions that support our theme of Creating Connections. This theme will celebrate the connections that libraries create and foster, and provide the basis for a dynamic and thoughtful learning and networking environment for all delegates.

We are looking for proposals that highlight the innovative research or practice in creating connections between our patrons, our students or Faculty, community groups, other Libraries, as well as outside professions that we engage with to deliver our services. The Manitoba Libraries Conference brings together public, academic, school, government, and special libraries and archives of all types, and we are committed to providing an exciting and diverse program for the conference.

Session types

We are accepting proposals for a variety of session types, so we invite you to get creative with your presentation proposal. All sessions should include some time for audience questions or interactions. Please indicate in your proposal how the time will be used.

If you would like to run a longer interactive workshop or have an idea for a detailed panel, we are accepting submissions for longer sessions or panels on substantive topics. Would you like to give a tight, concise talk on an area of skill or research? We would also like to encourage submissions for shorter sessions, including thunder or lightning talks. Just starting your research, or prefer to deliver your subject matter one-on-one? This year the conference will include poster presentations.


Please provide the following information about your proposal:

  • Session or Poster Title
  • Description (200 words)
  • Session length/ setup requirements
  • Co-presenters (can be confirmed on acceptance)
  • Target audience
  • Three keywords to describe your session

Submissions should be sent to:

Deadline is November 13, 2015, 5:00PM CST

Thursday, September 24, 2015

ER&L 2016 Call for Proposals Now Open (Electronic Resources & Libraries - Austin, TX and Online April 3 - 6, 2016)

I invite you to submit to the 11th Annual Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference Call for Proposals. The ER&L Program Planning committee has opened the 2016 Call for Proposals and ER&L is currently seeking 4-hour workshop proposals, 45-minutes session proposals and 15-minute short talks for the 2016 conference program in the following areas:

1. Managing e-Resources & Licensing
2. Collection Development & Assessment
3. Organizational Strategies
4. External Relationships
5. User Experience
6. Scholarly Communication
7. Library as Publisher
8. Emerging Technologies & Trends

For a detailed list of the topics covered at ER&L, click here:

To review session type details. submissions requirements or to submit a proposal:

Have a great day!

ER&L Conference Coordinator/ Data & Society Research Institute Fellow

P.S. Conference Registration and Housing is now open. If you’re planning to attend and wish to be on property, I encourage you to sign up soon before hotel space books up this Fall..

CFP: 2016 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference—Biographies Area: Seattle, Washington (March 22-25, 2016)—Submission Deadline: 10/1/15

The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference will be held March 22-25, 2016 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle, Washington. Scholars from a wide variety of disciplines will meet to share their Popular Culture research and interests.

The Biographies Area is soliciting papers that examine the connections between biography and popular culture. Papers and full panel presentations regarding any aspect of popular culture and biography are encouraged. Potential topics might include:
   - Biography and entertainment, art, music, theater
   - Biography and film
   - Biography and criminal justice
   - Television programs about biography
   - Biography and urban legends
   - Biography and folklore
   - Biography and literature
   - Scholarly Biography
   - Controversial Biography
   - Psychoanalysis and Biography
   - Historical Biography
   - Political Biography
   - Autobiography

Prospective presenters should enter their proposals in the PCA/ACA 2016 Event Management database at

The deadline is October 1, 2015.

Thank you for your interest!
Please direct any queries to the Biographies Area chair:
Susie Skarl
Associate Professor/Urban Affairs Librarian
UNLV Libraries
Las Vegas, NV 89154 or

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Call for Articles: Ticker: The Academic Business Library Review

Ticker: The Academic Business Library Review is a new open access online-only journal published by ABLD (Academic Business Library Directors) group. 

Here are some key links: 

Please consider submitting something. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to write the editorial board or directly to me ( We do not have a specific topic that we are looking at, but any subject or relevance to academic business librarians would be appropriate. To that matter, items reflecting social sciences librarianship and departmental libraries may also be appropriate for this journal.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

CFP: Managing Human Resources in the library and information context: How do we want to work tomorrow (IFLA Satellite Meeting - Toronto)

IFLA Satellite meeting, Toronto, Canada August 10-11 2016 Call for Program Proposals Managing Human Resources in the library and information context: How do we want to work tomorrow

IFLA Satellite meeting, Toronto, Canada August 10-11 2016

Call for Program Proposals

Managing Human Resources in the library and information context:

How do we want to work tomorrow?

The library environment is currently characterized by many challenges due to profound changes driven by a variety of factors, including, technological, economic, socio-political, and educational developments. At the heart of these changes we find our most valuable resource, the personnel working in libraries. Human resource management is therefore at the forefront of many complex issues and opportunities, which need to be understood, debated, and deliberated upon, in order to strengthen our organizations and find new and dynamic solutions to unique problems, currently challenging the library environment.

Keeping the above in mind, the IFLA Management and Marketing Section is organizing a satellite meeting on «Managing Human Resources in the library and information context: How do we want to work tomorrow?» to take place before the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in 2016.

Research papers, case studies and articles are invited. We encourage innovative and practical perspectives on current and forward looking approaches to library human resource management initiatives, programs, issues, and policies. An indicative list (not exhaustive) of such areas is stated below:
  • Change management/innovation and human resources
  • Changing needs for highly qualified people (HQP)
  • Competencies/training/education (initial and continuing)
  • Organizational structures/models/cultures
  • Leadership/motivation/management of teamwork
  • New roles/tasks/functions (professional/non-professional)
  • Job analysis and job market for library personnel
  • Ethical/deontological issues
  • Performance evaluations
  • Working with unions
  • Age/gender
  • Diversity
  • Equitable salary structures
  • Life balance
  • Turnover/retention/succession planning
  • Mentoring
  • Hiring practices
  • Gender imbalance in libraries
  • International comparisons
  • Historical aspects


University of Toronto, Hart House (Canada)

How to submit a proposal

  • Interested persons are invited to submit a proposal for a paper and presentation of about 20-25 minutes on the topics listed above.
  • The conference presentations will have to be given in English or in French (funding for simultaneous translation has been requested). Proposals may be sent in any IFLA official language.
  • The proposal should be not more that 500 words long (1 page), be submitted in electronic format, and be accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae of the author(s).

Proposals should be sent to:

Professor Réjean Savard, Ph.D

EBSI – Université de Montréal (Canada)

Proposal evaluation: Evaluation of the proposals will be based on scientific quality (pertinence, theoretical base, methodology, originality) and on the competencies of the candidate(s) based upon: quality/quantity of their publications/communications; importance; relationship with the theme of the colloquium, professional experience etc.

The following schedule will be applied:

  • 1 December 2015: Deadline to submit proposals
  • 25 February 2016: Notification of acceptance and dissemination of the program
  • 1 June 2016: Deadline for authors to submit the final papers
  • 10-11 August 2016: Meeting
  • Autumn 2016: Publication of the proceedings

CFP: 2015-16 LIS Students for Public Services Quarterly's column, “Future Voices in Public Services”

Public Services Quarterly's column, “Future Voices in Public Services,” is a forum for students in graduate library and information science programs to discuss key issues they see in academic library public services, to envision what they feel librarians in public service have to offer to academia, to tell us of their visions for the profession, or to tell us of research that is going on in library schools. We hope to provide fresh perspectives from those entering our field, in both the United States and other countries. Interested students of graduate library and information science programs are welcome to contact Nancy H. Dewald, “Future Voices” column editor, at Please note that students must be interested in ACADEMIC librarianship.
If you are a current LIS student, or know one, please contact me (off list) and I will be happy to send sample essays and more information. We have had column contributors representing LIS programs in Australia, Canada, Scotland, and many U.S. states. Your LIS program could be next!

Nancy H. Dewald, Column Editor
“Future Voices in Public Services,” Public Services Quarterly

Nancy H. Dewald
Reference Librarian
Penn State Berks
107 Thun Library

CFP: Library Instruction West 2016: Learning Elevated (June 2016 - Salt Lake City, Utah)

Call for Proposals: Library Instruction West 2016: Learning Elevated

The Library Instruction West 2016 Program Committee invites you to submit a proposal to present at our conference, to be held Wednesday, June 8th through Friday, June 10th, 2016 at Westminster College and University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, co-hosted by institutions across the state.

Library Instruction West is the new name for the popular LOEX of the West conference. The new name reflects the mission of the conference and reflects our regional spirit; it also distinguishes this conference from the national LOEX organization and conference.

Library Instruction West 2016 has chosen “Learning Elevated” as this year’s theme. Utah is widely known for its beautiful mountain ranges and five national parks. In keeping with that landscape, we want to hear about ways librarians are elevating and increasing student learning at their institutions. General categories for possible topics include:

  • Beware of false summits: Elevating student learning 
  • Tools for the trail: Supporting innovative technologies & online learning 
  • Improve the path for next time: Building authentic assessments 
  • Establish new footholds: Implementing threshold concepts & the Framework 
  • Never hike alone: Collaborating with faculty 
  • Finding your path: Developing ourselves as teachers 
Please visit the conference website for more information:

Session Formats

Our session formats are simple and allow for creativity. There are two options for session length: 15 minutes and 45 minutes. The 15 minute sessions will be like a longer lightning talk, with roughly 10 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions. Bring your energy for lively discussions! The format is flexible for the 45 minute sessions, and you are welcome to try an experimental format or propose a traditional session like a panel, workshop, or presentation. All proposals will be blind reviewed.

Proposal Submissions
The deadline for submitting your session proposal is 11:59 pm MST, Friday, October 2, 2015.

For your proposal, please submit the following two session descriptions:

1. A short abstract of 150 words or less. If your proposal is accepted, we will use this abstract for the conference program. The review committee will not see these abstracts, so they can include identifying information.

2. A longer session description of 300 - 500 words. The Program Committee will review this description for selection purposes. This description must not include any identifying information about the institution or presenters to ensure a blind review.

The submission form is available online:

Session proposals will be scored on these criteria: 

  • Clarity of goals or objectives for session 
  • Originality, creativity, or innovation in content and/or presentation 
  • Timeliness/relevance of content 
  • Connection to conference theme, “Learning Elevated” 
  • August 3, 2015: Call for proposal released
  • October 2, 2015: Deadline for proposal submission
  • December 18, 2015: Acceptance notifications sent via email
  • January 15, 2016: Session confirmations due
  • June 8-10, 2016: Library Instruction West in Salt Lake City, Utah

We are pleased to continue a successful relationship with Reference Services Review. Presenters are encouraged to submit a paper based on their presentation for inclusion in a special issue of RSR. Selected papers will be published, subject to double blind peer review, in 2017.

Contact information for questions:

Questions about submitting a proposal? Email us at:
Twitter hashtag: #liw16

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Call for Online Learning Proposals (RUSA)

RUSA seeks webinar and online course proposals through October 1, 2015

Call for Proposals: RUSA seeks submissions for new webinars and online courses by October 1, 2015:

RUSA invites subject matter experts and experienced librarians with knowledge to share to submit proposals for RUSA webinars and online courses to be presented between October 2015 and August 2016 as a part of RUSA’s outstanding online learning offerings.

RUSA welcomes proposals on topics that will assist our diverse membership, who work in all types of libraries, to improve service delivery and job performance. Topics should reflect RUSA’s expertise across the profession. Review RUSA’s current online learning offerings for hot topics, like instructional design for librarians, content marketing, reader’s advisory, reference interviewing and many more.

Proposals will be accepted through October 1, 2015. Webinars approved for presentation will be offered between Oct. 22, 2015 and August 31, 2016. Approved online courses will launch in November 2015 through August 2016.

Webinar presenters and online learning instructors are compensated for their work ($150 to be split among webinar presenters; a development fee and per student rate for online courses) and will receive training and support for Adobe Connect, the webinar technology platform used by the division, and Moodle, the online tool used for courses.

RUSA serves librarians in reference, user services, adult readers advisory, collection development, resource sharing, genealogy and archives, business reference and reference technology.

Webinars and online course proposals submitted during this open call period will be approved for presentation occurring between October 2015 and August 2016.

Successful online learning proposals will:
  • Show plans for content and presentation strategies that will fill the allotted time: 60-75 minutes for webinars, and 4-6 weeks for courses; 
  • Identify clear learning outcomes for participants; 
  • Clearly illustrate the qualifications of the presenter(s)/instructor(s) with respect to the proposed topic; 
  • Show how the presentation addresses a topic either of interest to RUSA members, or represents an area of RUSA’s expertise that benefits other types of librarians, and is unique from other available online learning offerings. 

Following are suggested topics, but by no means the only ones; we look forward to receiving innovative proposals with trending topics:
  • Copyright in the digital age 
  • Developing community partnerships 
  • Government data and related resources 
  • Ideas for Library programs – best practices for developing 
  • Library marketing and display ideas 
  • Library spaces and assessing future needs 
  • Reference for specialized audiences 
  • Change Management and evaluation 
  • Advocacy 
  • Leadership development 
  • Role of the reference librarian 

Presenters for accepted proposals will receive compensation for their time and will also receive training for Adobe Connect, RUSA’s online webinar presentation software, and support for Moodle, the online course platform.

Questions about RUSA’s online learning can be sent to Andrea Hill, RUSA web manager at

CFP: Transforming Libraries for Graduate Students (Kennesaw State University, Georgia) - April 1, 2016


APRIL 1, 2016 | 8:30AM - 3:30PM

Conference URL:

As universities continue to add and diversify their graduate programs, academic libraries have become increasingly responsive to the distinct needs of graduate students, considering and experimenting with specialized services, instruction programs and spaces. The mission of the Southeast Regional Conference is to provide the opportunity to share innovative approaches, best practices, and research on how academic libraries serve graduate students. Program sessions may be offered in traditional formats (such as individual and panel presentations and roundtables) and nontraditional formats such as PechaKucha, world café, integrated software demos/problem solving sessions.

For more information, contact the program chair:
Elisabeth Shields, Ph.D. || 470-578-2791

Topics could include:

  • Characteristics of graduate students and graduate education and their significance for libraries
  • Partnerships with faculty and campus services
  • Space considerations
  • Organizing services to graduate students
  • Marketing graduate library services
  • Serving specialized graduate student populations
  • Academic libraries' roles in developing campus scholarship and scholarly communication

Proposals for presentations will be accepted until October 15, 2015.

Who should attend?

  • Librarians providing support to graduate students
  • Library administrators responsible for planning and assessing library impact
  • Library school students preparing for careers in academic libraries
  • Faculty interested in fostering collaboration with libraries in graduate education
For more information - visit the CFP page here:

Call for Chapters: Male Gender Studies in the Library: Case Studies of Innovative Programs and Resources

Male Gender Studies in the Library: Case Studies of Innovative Programs and Resources
Carol Smallwood, ed.  Essays on Women's Studies in the Library (McFarland, 2016); public library administrator, special, school librarian.

Publishers: Rowman & Littlefield. Exploring feasibility---when enough responses have been received you'll be contacted.

Anthology: 3,000-4,000 word chapters by public, school, special, academic librarians, LIS faculty and those involved with library outreach, programming, collection development, resources, community partnerships in the United States and Canada. Innovative chapters on a rapidly changing topic in popular media and an increasing presence in college and graduate classes.

One, two, or three authors per chapter; each chapter by the same author(s). 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.

Please send title for one or two proposed chapters: one or two sentence description for each chapter; brief bio to: with MAL in subject line by October 28, 2015.

CFP: Innovative Users Group (IUG) 2016 Conference (San Francisco March 15-18, 2016)

We're gearing up for a great conference in San Francisco March 15-18, 2016.  We're lining up some wonderful pre-conference opportunities and are looking for your help in filling the main conference sessions!  Please consider sharing your experiences and expertise in a program or poster, or if you want to get together with others that share a particular interest propose a birds of a feather session.  The strength of IUG is members helping each other and the annual conference is a perfect opportunity to do that.

What have you done recently that has made your work life better? How have you streamlined processes to get things done faster/more efficiently?  Have you started something new that's getting great results?  Are you using your Webpac/PAC/Encore in a new/different way to draw more customers in? We want to know!  Are you good at getting new staff trained on your ILS?  There's always a need for basic sessions for new customers.
To submit a program proposal, go to  and log in with your MyIUG username and password.  Hover over Conferences, and under IUG 2016 click on My Presentations to get started.  Also under IUG 2106 is a "Tutorial for Presenters" that will help guide you through the process.  The Power Point template is also posted there, ready for your use.

Deadline for program proposals is Friday, October 9th.  Don't wait until the last day!  Get those proposals in now!
Thank you,
Kathy Setter

Kathy Setter
IUG 2016 Program Chair
IUG Vice-Chair

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Call for Column Editors: College & Undergraduate Libraries

College & Undergraduate Libraries, a peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor & Francis, seeks up to three column editors. Information about the journal is available at

An editor’s responsibility is to submit two to three columns per volume/calendar year. The columns may be self-authored or authored by a guest, and they typically run about ten double-spaced pages as a Word file. While topics such as digital scholarship, library collaborations on campus, and intellectual property are of primary interest, any relevant and timely topic will be considered.

Please contact me with your expression of interest or any questions you may have.

Christopher Millson-Martula (
Editor, College & Undergraduate Libraries

Call for Chapters - The Discovery Tool Cookbook: Recipes for Successful Lesson Plans is seeking recipes!


The Discovery Tool Cookbook: Recipes for Successful Lesson Plans is seeking recipes!

Put on your creativity bonnet! We’re looking for practice-based examples of lesson plans or projects that work in a discovery tool environment. Like any good kitchen, variety is key; we want lesson plans for one-shot classes and credit-bearing courses written in an approachable, informative style for librarians on-the-go.

Recipes will follow the Cookbook format. Your 500-to-700-word submission must describe a successful lesson plan or activity that uses a discovery tool. 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)
●      Nutrition Information (summary of the lesson plan with learning outcomes)
●      Dietary Guidelines (link to a threshold concept and corresponding knowledge practice(s) from the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Recipes in the “Regional Fare” category, such as those for grades 9 to 12, may refer to other applicable guidelines.)
●      Cooking Time (includes preparation time and length of lesson)
●      Number Served (class size)
●      Ingredients and Equipment (what do you need to make this work)
●      Preparation (what needs to be done ahead of time)
●      Cooking Method (the lesson plan)
●      Allergy Warnings (helpful tips)
●      Chef’s Notes (author’s comments and anecdotes)
●      Clean Up (closing the loop, formative and/or summative assessment to measure the effectiveness of the instruction)
●      Additional Resources (handouts, assessment)

Cookbook categories:

Section One: The Larder
Short activities to have on hand that can be used when needed. These can be added in or used as substitutions in other lesson plans.

Section Two: Starters
            Warm up activities, metacognitive moments to transition to the main “meal”

Section Three: Tapas
            Shared (group) activities

Section Four: Meal Plans
            Full lesson plans for single or multiple instruction sessions

Section Five: Room Service
Flipping the classroom: lesson plans, activities to prepare students for the in-class session

Section Six: Regional Fare
Lesson plans for grades 9-12, and underserved populations such as international and English as a Foreign Language students, veterans

Other stuff:
Recipes will be selected based on relevance and clarity. Accepted submissions must include examples of handouts or worksheets or a related image.
Email your draft recipes by  October 23, 2015 to Notifications will be sent out on November 13, 2015. Final recipes will be due in early January.

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 look forward to your proposals!

Nancy Fawley, Director, Information & Instruction Services, University of Vermont Bailey/Howe Library
Nikki Krysak, Library Director, St. Johnsbury Academy

Call for Posters: WNY/O ACRL Fall Conference 10/30/15

Deadline: October 2, 2015

The Western New York/Ontario chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries invites poster session proposals for our 2015 Fall Conference.  This year’s theme is “Assessment in Action,” and the conference will be held Friday, October 30th, from 8:30am-4:00pm at the RIT Inn & Conference Center in Henrietta, New York.  Poster presenters will receive a discounted conference registration rate.  

Poster sessions provide opportunities to share new and innovative ideas, strategies and technologies.  Any topic, demonstration, or device that may be of interest to college and research librarians is welcome for presentation.  We ask, however, that this venue not be used to promote or sell specific products and services.  More information on the conference can be found here: Additional details including registration rates are forthcoming.

Proposals for the posters and any questions regarding the poster session should be submitted to Lucy Bungo at  The deadline for proposal submission is October 2, 2015.  Presenters will be notified of acceptance by October 9, 2015

We look forward to seeing you this fall!

Lucy Bungo
Secretary, WNY/O ACRL

Monday, September 14, 2015

CFP: Creating the Single Service Point (Access Services Journal)

CALL FOR PAPERS: Creating the Single Service Point

To merge or not to merge. Libraries the world over are struggling with the issue of combining various service desks: circulation, reference, reserves, technology support, etc. Often the result of a desire to improve or streamline library services, it can also be viewed as a major cultural shift within the profession; a loss of identity and a blurring of the lines in terms of roles and responsibilities. In some instances, it’s a decision borne out of necessity, particularly in light of diminishing budgets, shrinking spaces, and reductions in staffing.

The Journal of Access Services is seeking manuscripts for an upcoming special issue that will address the implementation of the single service point. This special issue will be comprised of case studies from a variety of types of libraries.

Submissions may focus on, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Cross training of professional and paraprofessional staff to handle new tasks
  • Scheduling considerations for matrixed staffing and optimal coverage
  • Designing a service point to meet a variety of needs
  • Assessing the effectiveness of merged service desks
  • Virtual reference as a means of maintaining optimal service levels
  • The role and supervision of student employees in a blended environment
  • Embracing changing roles and responsibilities as the new normal in libraries

The Journal of Access Services receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its ScholarOne Manuscripts site located at:

Friday, September 11, 2015

CFP: 21st Century Funding and Development Strategies for Libraries, the Bottom Line

21st Century Funding and Development Strategies for Libraries


Special issue call for papers from The Bottom Line

Paper submissions due 1 March 2016

This special issue, to be published in 2016, is guest edited by Susan Sharpless Smith, Associate Dean, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC.

What is the focus of this special issue?

Funding is a major issue facing both academic and public libraries as financial support for higher education and public institutions continue to decline. Libraries have to find other ways to fund their budgets. 

For this special issue, we invite research papers focusing on funding and development strategies for all types of libraries. Potential topics include but are not limited to:
•    Fundraising
•    Capital campaigns
•    Donors
•    Donor cultivation
•    Prospect development
•    Funding sources
•    Entrepreneurial funding
•    Alternative funding
•    Leadership and fundraising (training and experience)
•    Funding for building renovations
•    Stewardship
•    Library development
•    Indirect costs as a funding source
•    Library value from a financial perspective
•    Creative fundraising (campus collaborations)
•    Major gifts
•    Endowments
•    Political strategies
•    Funding campaigns
•    Leadership roles
•    Public vs. private issues and approaches


Initially we are asking for potential authors to submit a proposal to the guest editor Susan Sharpless Smith. Please contact her via email with your proposal by the deadline set below. Opinion pieces and review articles will not be considered for this special issue.

Papers should focus on research relating to funding and development strategies for any type of library. All methodological approaches are welcome. Case studies and pilot studies should present new and unique findings and highlight future research possibilities and developments. 

Papers should be up to 6,000 words in length (including references) and in accordance with the journal’s author guidelines.

Please submit to The Bottom Line using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Contact if you require any assistance.  Quote the journal name and special issue title with your inquiry.

About the Journal

The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances (TBL) is an essential management tool for information professionals.  It is the only journal dedicated to  finance issues for librarians, and this special issue is peer-reviewed. Information about the journal can be found here.

Schedule dates and submission deadlines

Proposal submission: October 15, 2015
Proposal Acceptance: November 1, 2015
Paper submission: March 1, 2016
Notice of review results: April 15, 2016
Revision due: May 15, 2016
Publication: The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances, volume 29, issue 2, (August, 2016)

- See more at:

Susan Sharpless Smith
Associate Dean
Z. Smith Reynolds Library
PO Box 7777
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
336.758.5828 (office)
336.758.3694 (fax) (website)