Thursday, June 30, 2016

CFP - Human Operators: A Critical Oral History of Technology in Libraries

About the book
Human Operators: A Critical Oral History of Technology in Libraries will be a collective oral history covering many of the issues in technology in librarianship in the early 21st century. Via edited and compiled interview transcripts, readers will get to “hear” the voices of librarians and archivists discussing tech topics from perspectives that are critical, social justice-oriented, feminist, anti-racist, and ecologically-minded.

This readable, conversational book will bring out specific critiques of technology as well as more inspiring aspects of what's going on in the instructional, open source, free culture, and maker worlds in the field. The book will be less about the technology per se and more about critical thinking around technology and how it actually works in people’s lives.
The stories that this book intends to capture may have been documented in blog posts, Twitter conversations, and academic articles, but this “oral history” will be an opportunity for them to live on in printed book form.

Target audiences
·         Librarians and archivists who want to hear about use cases, organizational impacts, and generally how people (staff and library users alike) are affected by technology in libraries.
·         Technologists who want to better understand how ideas are sparked, decisions are made, and hardware and software are deployed in libraries.
·         Other readers who think about technology and society.

About the editor
Melissa Morrone is a librarian at Brooklyn Public Library and manages the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons there. She is a non-technologist who has long been involved in technology (writing CMS documentation; developing and conducting training on her organization’s ILS, Internet filters, and digital privacy; giving online research workshops for activists; doing everyday public library reference and computer support) at work and elsewhere.

How to participate

Email by July 31, 2016, if you’re interested in setting up an online interview to discuss your work around one or more of the following topics:
·         open source ILSs and other FOSS software
·         library cataloging and automation
·         ebooks, DRM, and related issues
·         makerspaces and digital media labs
·         privacy, security, and surveillance
·         technology instruction and digital literacy
·         digital humanities
·         digital archives
·         digital reader’s advisory
·         continuing education, conference codes of conduct, and other professional activities
Bring your stories, your critical librarianship, and your sociopolitical analysis to technology in libraries, and let’s talk.

CFP: ICDL 2016 - Smart Future: Knowledge Trends that will change the World (New Delhi, India - December 2016)

It gives me a great please to inform you that The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is organizing ICDL 2016 during 14-16 December 2016 at New Delhi, India. Theme of the conference is Smart Future: Knowledge Trends that will change the World.

ICDL2016 conference intends to bring together a plethora of leading experts and digital luminaries from multiple disciplines to discuss the ideas and innovations in the areas of DL research, big data, social media, knowledge and innovation management, digital empowerment, e-governance etc that have potential to change the future world. The conference will host keynote sessions, paper and poster presentations, deep dive panel sessions, workshops, special events and networking.  ICDL 2016 will be an excellent forum to discuss several key areas of Smart Technologies including Big Data & Social Media Analytics, E-learning Platforms, Knowledge Innovation & Discovery, Open Access and many more…

ICDL 2016 invites original submissions focusing on the theme of the conference. Key Thematic Areas includes (but not limited to):
•       Knowledge Discovery & Data Mining
•       Data and Information Visualization
•       Social Media Analytics and Computing
•       Knowledge and Innovation Management
•       Digital Research
•       Big data and analytics
•       Open data, open research and open innovation
•       Digital library future
•       OER, Open Research
•       Digital Rights Management

Important dates
•       20 August 2016 - Submission of full papers
•       30 September 2016 - Notification of acceptance of paper with comments
•       30 October 2016 - Submission of the final paper after incorporating comments

Participants are invited to contribute their research papers for presentation on the above themes and related aspects. The papers should be based on original research and surveys; case studies or action plans rather than theoretical explanations.  Papers may be submitted to the ICDL secretariat online (<>using the conference website or electronically at For more details visit website <>

For further Information Contact:
ICDL 2016 Secretariat
Mr V V S Parihar
Information Analyst
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
India Habitat Centre Complex, Lodhi Road,
New Delhi-110003, India
Tel: +91 11 24682100 or 41504900
Fax: 24682144 Email:

Friday, June 17, 2016

CFP: Computers in Libraries 2017 (Arlington, Virginia - March 2017)

Computers in Libraries 2017
Hyatt Regency Crystal City (Arlington, Virginia)
March 28-30, 2017
CFP Deadline: September 12, 2016

See above link for more information, conference tracks and suggested topics
There are many excellent libraries as well as a myriad of innovative and engaging services in the information world these days. What strategies, learning, training, partnering, out-of- the-box thinking and borrowing from other industries will enable all libraries to be excellent in their communities? Whether it’s building creative spaces with learning commons and makerspaces; engaging audiences in different ways with community managers and embedded librarians; advocating for learning and literacy in new and exciting ways; using new technologies to provide engaging services and apps; partnering with museums or chambers of commerce;Computers in Libraries 2017 is all about Upping Our Game: Taking Libraries to New Heights with Technology.
Hear from excellent and innovative libraries, network and learn from leaders in the field, and definitely be an active participant in the 32nd Computers in Libraries -- the most comprehensive North American conference and exhibition concentrating all aspects of library technology.  The conference offers a multifaceted program designed to meet the needs of librarians, community and information managers, systems professionals, eresource managers, researchers, webmasters and web managers, content evaluators, digital strategists, and information specialists.  The focus of the conference is on leading edge technology that allows us to engage with, and bring strategic value to, our user communities.  It provides the latest information and practices for you to make informed choices for your community -- whether it is an academic, corporate, non-profit, public, or school library community.
If you would like to participate in Computers in Libraries 2017 as a speaker or workshop leader, please submit a proposal as soon as possible (September 12, 2016 at the very latest). Include the following brief details of your proposed presentation on the form: title, abstract, a few sentences of biographical information that relate you to the topic, and full contact information for you and your co-presenters (title, address, email, phone & fax). All abstracts are reviewed by the Organizing/Review Committee and notification regarding acceptance will be made in the fall.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

ALA Publishing open house in Orlando (ALA Annual - Saturday June 25th 3-4 pm)

Publish with ALA
Saturday, June 25, 3:00-4:00 pm
Orange County Convention Center, Room S321

The editors of ALA Editions and ALA Neal Schuman, the Association's book-publishing imprints, invite you to an informal open house. Drop by and ask questions, explore ideas, and meet fellow writers. Learn about publishing trends, keys to a successful proposal, and the opportunities available to you. All are welcome.

Here’s a link to ALA’s conference scheduler:

Monday, June 13, 2016

CFP: Digital Humanities & Libraries (Special issue of College & Undergraduate Libraries)

New deadline - September 9, 2016


The redefinition of humanities scholarship has received major attention in higher education over the past few years. The advent of digital humanities has challenged many aspects of academic librarianship. With the acknowledgement that librarians must be a necessary part of this scholarly conversation, the challenges facing subject/liaison librarians, technical service librarians, and library administrators are many. Developing the knowledge base of digital tools, establishing best procedures and practices, understanding humanities scholarship, managing data through the research lifecycle, teaching literacies (information, data, visual) beyond the one-shot class, renegotiating the traditional librarian/faculty relationship as ‘service orientated,’ and the willingness of library and institutional administrators to allocate scarce resources to digital humanities projects while balancing the mission and priorities of their institutions are just some of the issues facing librarians as they reinvent themselves in the digital humanities sphere.


College & Undergraduate Libraries, a peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor & Francis, invites proposals for articles to be published in the fall of 2017. The issue will be co-edited by Kevin Gunn ( of the Catholic University of America and Jason Paul ( of St. Olaf College.

The issue will deal with the digital humanities in a very broad sense, with a major focus on their implications for the roles of academic librarians and libraries as well as on librarianship in general. Possible article topics include, but are not limited to, the following themes, issues, challenges, and criticism:

·         Developing the project development mindset in librarians
·         Creating new positions and/or cross-training issues for librarians
·         Librarian as: point-of-service agent, an ongoing consultant, or as an embedded project librarian
·         Developing managerial and technological competencies in librarians
·         Administration support (or not) for DH endeavors in libraries
·         Teaching DH with faculty to students (undergraduate and graduate) and faculty
·         Helping students working with data
·         Managing the DH products of the data life cycle
·         Issues surrounding humanities data collection development and management
·         Relationships of data curation and digital libraries in DH
·         Issues in curation, preservation, sustainability, and access of DH data, projects, and products
·         Linked data, open access, and libraries
·         Librarian and staff development for non-traditional roles
·         Teaching DH in academic libraries
·         Project collaboration efforts with undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty 
·         Data literacy for librarians
·         The lack of diversity of librarians and how it impacts DH development
·         Advocating and supporting DH across the institution
·         Developing institutional repositories for DH
·         Creating DH scholarship from the birth of digital objects
·         Consortial collaborations on DH projects
·         Establishing best practices for dh labs, networks, and services
·         Assessing, evaluating, and peer reviewing DH projects and librarians.

Articles may be theoretical or ideological discussions, case studies, best practices, research studies, and opinion pieces or position papers.

Proposals should consist of an abstract of up to 500 words and up to six keywords describing the article, together with complete author contact information. Articles should be in the range of 20 double-spaced pages in length. Please consult the following link that contains instructions for authors:

Please submit proposals to Kevin Gunn ( by September 9, 2016; please do not use Scholar One for submitting proposals. First drafts of accepted proposals will be due by February 1, 2017 with the issue being published in the fall of 2017. Feel free to contact the editors with any questions that you may have.

Kevin Gunn, Catholic University of America
Jason Paul, St. Olaf College

Christopher Millson-Martula
Director of the Library
Lynchburg College
1501 Lakeside Dr., Lynchburg, VA 24501
Voice: 434/544-8399    Fax: 434/544-8499
Editor, College & Undergraduate Libraries

Monday, June 06, 2016

CFP: Chapters/Essays on Best Practices or Resources supporting APA communities, or Perspectives from APA Librarians

We are looking for essays for this exciting new book! This edited volume is tentatively titled Asian Pacific American Librarians and Library Services Today (in contract with Rowman & Littlefield.) The book will bring together contributions from librarians who are of Asian and Pacific (APA) heritage and their work experiences, and librarians who support APA communities and their best practices in the United States.

For consideration, please submit an abstract proposal no more than 150 words (1-2 paragraphs) and a brief professional bio to by June 15, 2016. The book is scheduled to come out in 2017. We are seeking abstract proposals that address the topics below.

To start this discussion, this edited volume explores ways that libraries and librarians support APA communities through services and resources. 

  • Who are the APA communities that these libraries serve? 
  • What do these APA communities need from their libraries? 
  • How do libraries serve these communities? 
We approach these questions by considering the diversity of APA communities thriving in the US, the different kinds of libraries and archives (academic, public, school, special), their functions in relation to these APA communities, and the successes and challenges of these efforts. The volume would conclude with a discussion of what's ahead for serving the needs of the diverse and vibrant APA communities in the US.

In this volume, APA is defined broadly: heritage from East, Southeast, and South Asia, and Pacific Islands including Hawaiians. The book will aim to cover and provide resources to support different APA communities: from Hmong, Laotian, Burmese to Chinese, Japanese, Nepalese, Bengali communities, etc., and in the contexts of language, religious, cultural and social diversities. We will also include experiences about APA librarians with mixed heritages and adoption experiences.

The following is a list of sections that will be included:

Section 1: Who is the APA community and what do these communities need from their libraries? Several chapters covering case studies of the diversity of communities we serve, layered by different types of library settings (academic, public, school, special).


  • Information literacy
  • International students 
  • Campus engagement
  • Staffing and Retention
  • Celebration of APA heritage and other cultural programming 
  • Collections Building
  • language resources, community center, ESL resources, children's programming, etc. 
  • Outreach and advocacy. 
  • Staffing and Retention. 
  • Collections Building
  • Celebration of APA heritage, other cultural programming (Lunar New Year events, etc.)
  • Children's programming
  • Staffing
  • Collections Building
  • Celebration of APA heritage and other cultural programming

  • Health/Medical resources and services
  • Government and Legal resources and services 
  • Museum/NGO Digital Collections 
  • Underserved or emerging sectors: adoptees, elderly, at-risk youths and new immigrants
  • Celebration of APA heritage
  • Archives of culture and history (oral histories, digital archives, curation of history and heritage, etc.
Section 2: Current issues/Gaps/Challenges ahead.
  • Recruitment/retention/mentorship (best practices, systemic problems, library school student perspective-recent grad).
  • Sustained structural integration of diversity in collections, resources, services, programming.
  • Ongoing assessment of communities' needs/agility to meet evolving needs.
  • Cultivating APA library leaders (on social justice, diversity, inclusion, impacting the profession).
  • Strengthening professional networks with strategic partnerships (ethnic caucuses, other partners in ALA--SRRT, IRRT, IFLA, JCLC, LBGTRT, etc.).
The volume will be edited by Janet H. Clarke (Stony Brook University), Raymond Pun (Fresno State), and Monnee Tong (San Diego Public Library).

If you have any questions or would like further information, please email us at

Saturday, June 04, 2016

CFP: Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Collections area (Northeast Popular/American Culture Association 2016 Fall Meeting)

Northeast Popular/American Culture Association Call for Papers: Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Collections area


The Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Collections area of the Northeast Popular/American Culture Association welcomes paper submissions from librarians, archivists, curators, graduate students, faculty, collectors, writers, patrons, and researchers of popular culture and information settings of all types. We encourage panel proposals, as well as, individual submissions.
NEPCA’s 2016 fall conference will be held on the campus of Keene State College (Keene, NH) the weekend of October 20‐21, 2016 . The deadline for proposals is June 15, 2016 . Some suggested topics:
  • Histories and profiles of museums, archives, libraries, and other popular culture resources.
  • Intellectual freedom or cultural sensitivity issues related to popular culture resources.
  • Book clubs and reading groups, city‐ or campus‐wide reading programs.
  • Collection building and popular culture resources.
  • Organization and description of popular culture resources.
  • New media formats and popular culture in libraries, archives, or museums.
  • New media, digital literacies, databases, content management systems, access and discovery systems, websites (such as wikis, YouTube, Google, Amazon, eBay, etc.) and their impact on libraries and popular culture collections.
  • Public libraries and librarians supporting programming and outreach around popular culture resources (graphic novels, streaming video, etc.)
  • Other topics welcome!!!

Libraries, Archives, Museums and Collections Area Chair: Julie A. DeCesare, Providence College
Online Paper Proposal Submission Form (submit form by June 15, 2016):

Thursday, June 02, 2016

CFP: Future Roles of Librarians (Library Management Journal)

Future Roles of Librarians

Special issue call for papers from Library Management

About the Special Issue
Users of libraries can be academic staff, students, the general public (that is quite complex in terms of the user groups involved), depending on the focus (e.g. academic, public, special). The contributors to this Special Issue should address the necessary librarians’ skills created by new user needs, training strategies as well as how attitudes towards our own professional development should develop.  Exploring future studies that examine the ways in which librarians are given an opportunity to define and assert new and significant roles would also surely be on this agenda.
Walters (2013) for instance, asserts that academic librarians are well-positioned to offer guidance to eBook vendors for the development of meaningful e-book licenses and usable platforms for the academic environment and this implies that they “have an important role to play in shaping the e-book environment, especially since publishers have yet to agree on the best ways of providing and marketing e-books to academic libraries” (p.2014).
This issue supports a range of questions  around the new roles for librarians and how they can be empowered to shape the future of the profession. What are the current and future needs of users in a complex technological and open access environment and on what basis are the current and future skills required of librarians for these new roles and how can they can develop them more effectively? 
The Guest Editors seek submissions presenting new insights into the following (but not limited to) topics:
  • The modern library landscape requires librarians to stay up-to-date with the external fast changing technological environments, the constantly evolving digital landscapes of  librarians’ own working contexts and the complexity of their emerging roles.
  • how to develop digital literacy as library services are offered through a range of media, including social network sites, mobiles phones, discovery services that harvest information from a wide variety of publishers and open-access repositories and even virtual words;
  • how to establish a culture of openness and sharing that challenges the traditional controlled realm of library work and controlled, mediated information access;
  • how to develop more user-centred library services, signifying a transition in the way in which services are delivered to library users, e.g.  how to involve user participation and feedback at the core of the evaluation process of library services and how librarians and their user communities can be ‘co-developers’ of library services.
  • Inherent in all of this is the abandonment of more traditional roles and positions and the impact which this does have on users management and librarians alike

These topics are examples only and you as an author should choose what you would like to explore.  It is such an important and crucial issue for all of us.

Guest Editors

Dr Konstantina (Dina) Martzoukou
Senior Lecturer 
iSchool - Aberdeen Business School 
The Robert Gordon University

Steve O'Connor
Information Exponentials
Adjunct Professor
Charles Sturt University
School of Information Studies

Important Dates

•    Submission due: 31 December 2016


The papers should be around 4,000 words in length, all papers must be submitted online.
Submissions to Library Management are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access are available here. Full information and guidance on using ScholarOne Manuscripts is available at the Emerald ScholarOne Manuscripts Support Centre.
Each paper is reviewed by the Editor and, if it judged suitable for publication, is evaluated using a double-blind peer review process.
The full author guidelines are available here.
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