Monday, May 22, 2017

Call for Chapters - Supporting Today’s Students in the Library: Strategies for Retaining and Graduating International, Transfer, First-Generation, and Re-Entry Students

Supporting Today’s Students in the Library: Strategies for Retaining and Graduating International, Transfer, First-Generation, and Re-Entry Students
For publication with ACRL Press 

Proposal submission deadline: June 5, 2017  
Editors Ngoc-Yen Tran & Silke Higgins invite the submission of chapter proposals for a book on how academic libraries are addressing the unique struggles of international students, transfer or commuter students, first-generation students, and re-entry or older-adult students. Grounded in learning theories, the book will focus on strategies for retaining and graduating these student populations by exploring methods for overcoming barriers, discussing best practices for engaging students in research and information literacy topics, as well as providing a variety of services that support students beyond the classroom environment.

New and completed research and case studies are welcome, provided any new studies can be completed within the timeline explained below. Chapters based on completed research must not be previously published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere.

We are seeking proposals for two types of chapters in support of the aforementioned student populations:
  1. Research or case studies on:
    1. Who are our students
    2. What are their struggles
    3. What are their needs
  2. Research or in-depth case studies on the application of learning theories (such as Social Cognitive Learning Theory or Educational Gaming Theory). Topics might include:
    1. Best practices for instruction, outreach, and/or collection development
    2. Overcoming language barriers
    3. Overcoming barriers to access
    4. Developing meaningful relationships with peers and faculty
    5. Balancing school, work, and general life responsibilities

Submission procedure: Please submit chapter proposals of up to 500 words, a short author’s statement, a writing sample, and a list of previous publications if applicable to by June 5, 2017. If you are proposing new, uncompleted research, please provide a tentative timeline that includes a date for completion, evidence of institutional approval, if appropriate, as well as any additional dates you believe are relevant. Authors will be notified of acceptance by July 1, 2017.  

If there are multiple authors for a chapter, please submit author statements for each author and at least one writing sample. However, writing samples from multiple authors may be submitted if it is felt that doing so will create a better representation of the group’s work. 

Note: This initial stage requires a 500 word description, so just planning out your article now is fine. Final manuscripts of between 1500 and 5000 words will be due September 30, 2017, with drafts and edits staggered earlier throughout the year as best fits the schedules of the author(s) and editors. All chapters will undergo peer review by a subject matter expert prior to publication.  

For additional information, contact the editors:
Ngoc-Yen Tran, Academic Liaison Librarian, San Jose State University,
Silke Higgins, Academic Liaison Librarian, San Jose State University,

Call for Chapters: Transforming Libraries to Serve Graduate Students

Call for Chapter Proposals

Book’s Working Title
Transforming Libraries to Serve Graduate Students
Edited by Crystal Renfro & Cheryl Stiles, Kennesaw State University

Intended Publisher: ABC/CLIO: Libraries Unlimited

Overview of Book

Graduate Students are critical stakeholders for academic libraries, and as libraries continue to reinvent themselves to remain relevant, spaces, services and instruction targeted specifically for the needs of the graduate student community are critical.
We have created a tentative table of contents for this book and invite proposals on any of the topics listed below, or on a graduate student focused topic of your choice. Completed Chapters are expected to be between 2,000 – 5,000 words.

Proposed Table of Contents

Section 1: One Size Does Not Fit All
  • How Graduate Students differ from undergraduates and faculty: A literature review
  • Serving Online (Hybrid) Students
  • Serving Online-only Students
  • Serving the PhD
  • Serving STEM Graduate Students
  • Serving International Graduate Students
  • Serving the Professional Graduate Student (could be more than one chapter, each focused on different types of Professional Programs which are very distinct)
  • Serving the multiple roles of graduate students (GRA; Student; Teaching Assistant, etc.)

Section 2: Structures: Organizational; Technical; Spatial

  • Different library organizational structures to support graduate students
  • Technical needs of graduate students
  • Spaces for graduate students
  • Consultation models for serving graduate students

Section 3: Traditional Librarian Functions meet Graduate Students’ needs

  • ILL and serving Graduate Students
  • Workshops for Graduate Students
  • Information literacy and graduate students or ACRL Framework applied to graduate student interactions
  • Data and Graduate students
  • Digital Thesis & Capstone Processes
  • Productivity Tools for Graduate Students and/or Citation Managers
  • The Academic Research Cycle

Section 4: Partnerships

  • Collaboration with other university units
  • Collaboration with graduate associations and clubs
  • Collaboration with vendors
  • Collaboration with Professional Organizations

Proposal Guidelines

Length of Proposal: 200-400 word abstract of proposed chapter (please include chapter title). Final Chapter will be between 2,000-5,000 words.
Author(s): Name(s), Institution(s), job title(s), Short 2 sentence bio listing how the author(s) is/are involved with graduate students.

Important Dates:

  • Proposal due: June 15, 2017
  • Authors notified: June 30, 2017
  • Full Chapters Due: September 30, 2017
  • Edited Chapters Returned: November 30, 2017
  • Final Revised Chapters due: January 1, 2018
Please contact Crystal Refro at with any questions regarding your proposal or the submission system.

Monday, May 15, 2017

CFP: Georgia Libraries Conference (October 2017 - Columbus, Georgia)

The Georgia Library Association and Georgia Association for Instructional Technology  invite proposals for the 2017 Georgia Libraries Conference, nee' GA COMO.  This year, as we change our name and our charge to better reflect all types of libraries, our theme is Different by Design.  We hope to highlight the interesting, innovative, and thoughtful ways librarians are working to improve their profession, their libraries, and their communities.   

This year's conference will take place October 4-6, 2017 at the Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center in Columbus, Georgia. Proposals are now being accepted for  pre-conference sessions, presentations, demonstrations and posters.

All proposal submissions are due by June 12, 2017. Guidelines and forms for submitting your proposal(s) can be found on the proposal form here:

For questions regarding proposal submissions, please contact Jean Cook at .

Best of luck to potential presenters! We look forward to seeing you in Columbus.

CFP: ALCTS/LITA Library Linked Data Interest Group (LLD-IG) at ALA Annual (Chicago - June 24, 2017)

The ALCTS/LITA Library Linked Data Interest Group (LLD-IG) seeks proposals for
its meeting on Saturday, June 24th at 8:30-10:00 AM during the 2017 ALA Annual
Conference in Chicago. LLD-IG facilitates active conversation among librarians
and information professionals to discuss projects, ideas, and practical use
cases related to library linked data. We welcome proposals that offer
practical applications of library linked data and encourage audience
participation and discussion.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Linked data projects in libraries, museums, archives, and other information communities.
  • Developing tools to support cataloging, organizing, browsing, and discovering resources using linked data.
  • Developing ontologies or linked data applications.
  • Collaborative linked data projects among diverse communities.
  • LOD and Administration (linked data from library administrators’ viewpoints)

Please email proposals to Anne Washington ( and Jee Davis
( by Wednesday, May 17th, 2017. Your proposal
should include:
  • Proposal title
  • Proposal description (up to 150 words)
  • Name and position of presenter

We will notify you by WednesdayFriday, May 26th, 2017 if your proposal has
been accepted. We look forward to hearing from you!

Best regards,
Anne Washington (Co-chair) and Jee Davis (Co-chair)

CFP: Digital Preservation 2017: “Preservation is Political,” (Pittsburgh PA October 2017)

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) invites proposals for Digital Preservation 2017: “Preservation is Political,” to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 25-26, 2017.

Digital Preservation is the major meeting and conference of the NDSA—open to members and non-members alike—focusing on tools, techniques, theories and methodologies for digital stewardship and preservation, data curation, the content lifecycle, and related issues. Our 2017 meeting is held in partnership with our host organization, the Digital Library Federation (DLF). Separate calls are being issued for the DLF Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference (22 October) and 2017 DLF Forum (23-24 October)—all happening in the same location.

Proposals are due by May 22nd at 11:59pm Pacific Time.  

About the NDSA and Digital Preservation 2017:
The National Digital Stewardship Alliance is a consortium of more than 160 organizations committed to the long-term preservation and stewardship of digital information and cultural heritage, for the benefit of present and future generations. Digital Preservation 2017 (#digipres17) will help to chart future directions for both the NDSA and digital stewardship, and is expected to be a crucial venue for intellectual exchange, community-building, development of best practices, and national-level agenda-setting in the field.

The conference will be held at the  Westin Convention Center “where downtown buzz meets restorative sleep”, just blocks from historic Market SquareThe Andy Warhol Museum, boutiques, restaurants, and nightlife. The NDSA strives to create a safe, accessible, welcoming, and inclusive event, and will operate under the DLF Forum’s Code of Conduct.

  • 250-word proposals describing the presentation/demo/poster are invited (500 words for full panel sessions). Please also include a 50-word short abstract for the program if your submission is selected. Submit proposals online:
  • Deadline: May 9th, 2017 at 11:59pm PT.
  • We especially encourage proposals that speak to our conference theme, “Preservation is Political.” This core theme emerged from a discussion of strategic topics, our practice, our mission and the challenges.

Submissions are invited in the following lengths and formats:
  • Talks/Demos: Presentations and demonstrations are allocated 30 minutes each. Speakers should reserve time for interactive exchanges on next steps, possible NDSA community action, and discussion or debate.
  • Panels: Panel discussions with 4 or more speakers will be given a dedicated session. Organizers are especially encouraged to include as diverse an array of perspectives and voices as possible, and to reserve time for audience Q&A.  
  • Minute Madness: Share your ideas in 60 seconds or less as part of the opening plenary of the conference. Presenters will have the option to display posters during the reception that follows. (Guidelines for poster sizes will be provided on acceptance.)
  • Lunchtime Working Group Meetings: NDSA working and interest group chairs are invited to propose group meetings or targeted collaboration sessions. (Lunch provided.)

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by NDSA’s volunteer Program Committee. Presenters will be notified in July and guaranteed a registration slot at the conference.

CFP: Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review (OA Peer-Reviewed Journal)

ISSN: 2369-9779

The Academic Business Library Directors (ABLD) sponsor the open access journal in librarianship: Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review. Ticker is an international forum for the exchange of research, best practices, and innovative thinking in business librarianship and business library management.  The first issue was published in 2015 and we expect to publish two issues a year.  Ticker is being added to open access repositories, so your submissions will be readily discoverable.

You do not need to be a member of ABLD or an ABLD institution to participate in this journal.  We encourage articles and reports from any academic business libraries or librarians located anywhere in the world. To submit an article, you will need to register for a free account on the site ( Anyone with an account can submit items and you do not need an account to read Ticker content.

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work

Journal Focus and Scope Statement
Ticker publishes original research, commentary, conference reports,member profiles, case studies, renovation profiles, stories of innovation, articles on library management best practices, and evidence-based pieces. In addition, the journal features examples of translational research -- instances where academic business libraries have implemented faculty research findings on management best practices (i.e., collaboration, work-around techniques, staff motivation, space redesign, vendor negotiations, etc.)

Journal Sections (Other sections include Renovation Profiles & Member Profiles)

Research - Peer Reviewed Research Papers
  1. Generally not more than 20 manuscript pages, single spaced.
  2. APA Style
  3. Complete bibliography
  4. Abstract of not more than 300 words and at least three keywords (not more than 10)
  5. Peer review requires that the cover page with name and affiliation of the author(s) and the paper be submitted as separate documents.

Opinions & Thought Pieces
These are not blind peer reviewed; however, they are screened by a member of the editorial board.
  1. 3-15 manuscript pages, single spaced
  2. APA Style
  3. Abstract of not more than 300 words and three keywords

Conference Reports
The Conference Reports section seeks informal articles capturing the themes, key speakers, vendor exhibits, resources and other information about library conferences. In particular, the articles sought out for this section focus on the needs of business librarians. Reports for any business librarian meetings (such as with ABLD, EBSLG, APBSLG, CLADEA, etc.) are relevant, as are reports focused on business-related sessions at larger conferences such as SLA, ALA, ACRL, Charleston Conference, etc. The conference reports should include links as needed and should be in English.

Case Studies
Case studies involve the description and analysis of real life situations with the goals of testing theories, developing ideas, diagnosing problems or providing possible solutions.  If you would like to share an experience in your library with the library community in this way, please consider submitting a manuscript for this section. Case studies that examine the renovation of facilities or the launch of new spaces are particularly encouraged. Manuscripts should meet the following guidelines:
  1. 3-15 manuscript pages, single spaced
  2. APA style
  3. Abstract of not more than 300 words and at least 3 keywords
  4. Cover page with the name and affiliation of author(s).

Editorial Board

Journal Editor: Diane Zabel, The Pennsylvania State University (
Managing Editor: Jason Sokoloff, University of Washington (

Sean Forbes, University of Toronto (ex-officio member – ABLD Board member)
Angela Horne, University of California, Los Angeles
Laura Leavitt, Michigan State University
Corey Seeman, University of Michigan
Deb Wallace, Harvard University

Sunday, May 14, 2017

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

Tolerance: Social Justice and Activism in Libraries, Moving Beyond Diversity to Action
Book Publisher: McFarland

  • Editors:
  • 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 June 30, 2017, brief bio on each author; place TOL, YOUR LAST NAME on subject line to:

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

CFP: #BUDSC17: Looking Forward, Looking Back: The Evolution of Digital Scholarship (October 2017 - Bucknell University)

Bucknell University, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will host its fourth annual digital scholarship conference (#BUDSC17) from October 6th-8th. The theme of the conference is “Looking Forward, Looking Back: The Evolution of Digital Scholarship.”
  • What can different disciplines learn from each other when it comes to adopting or using digital tools?
  • What is the role of innovation in digital scholarship?  Who is being innovative?
  • How is digital scholarship rewarded in, or beyond, academia?
  • How can we foster communication across intellectual disciplines and administrative units?
  • How is digital scholarship made?  Who produces it?  Who is excluded and who is included?
  • Where is digital scholarship published, promoted, and publicized? Is the message reaching the audience it deserves?
  • How is digital scholarship incorporated into the existing conversations of traditional scholarship?
  • What are the resources for sustaining digital scholarship?  How are those resources going to change in the future? Can digital scholarship be done inexpensively without sacrificing quality?
  • Does digital scholarship have a responsibility to be open or engaged beyond the academy?  How are these different responsibilities defined and grappled with?
  • Should digital scholarship be defined? Where should a definition of digital scholarship begin? What ends should it be directed toward?
#BUDSC17 is committed to expanding the definition of digital scholarship to be more inclusive across diverse communities, both inside and outside of academia. The conference will bring together a broad community of practitioners–faculty, researchers, librarians, artists, educational technologists, students, administrators, and others–engaged in digital scholarship both in research and teaching who share an interest in the evolution of digital scholarship.

The theme “Looking Forward, Looking Back: The Evolution of Digital Scholarship” acknowledges the changes to scholarship wrought by the introduction of digital technologies across the disciplines.  Now is an apt time to reflect upon how digital scholarship has evolved over the past decades and where it may head in the future. Scholars and teachers, poets and administrators, artists and community members, are encouraged to reflect on the past of digital scholarship and work together to build a future for digital scholarship.

We invite proposals that explore or critique digital modes of scholarly, cultural, and political intersectionality. Special consideration will be given to proposals that demonstrate how digital scholarship has been done in the past and how it may change in the future.

Presentations may take the form of interactive presentations, project demos, electronic posters, panel discussions, work-in-progress sessions, workshops, lightning talks, or other creative formats.

We look forward to building on the success of the last three years, in which we came together to discuss challenges, share working models, reflect on projects, and inspire new avenues for actively including students in public scholarly pursuits. For more information, please view our highlights from the 2016 meeting and this website.

If you have any questions please contact: budsc at
Proposals are due: 8:00 PM, Eastern Time (US), Thursday, June 1st
Notifications will be sent by June 30th

Monday, May 08, 2017

Call for Book Chapters: Technical Services: Adapting to the Changing Environment

Call for Book Chapter Proposals
Title: Technical Services: Adapting to the Changing Environment
Publisher: Purdue University Press
Proposal submission deadline: July 1, 2017

We all know libraries are in the midst of flux and change concerning the role of Technical Services. However, the situation is even more serious than that.  There are questions about Technical Services and its very viability in today’s library.   Technical Service librarians are 
constantly being challenged with the question of relevancy and their role within the library. It seems even those in our own libraries don’t understand what we do and the contribution we make to building and curating our collections. The threats are real however and we all have stories of being relocated out of the library, traditional print work decreasing because of the switch to electronic resources, budgetary constraints, work outsourced to the vendor or consortium or elsewhere, etc. Technical Service departments are reinventing themselves to respond to these challenges and threats as we speak and embracing innovative  opportunities to help our libraries advance into the 21st century. This book will provide stories and examples that highlight the reality (outsourcing, relocating off-site, downsizing collections) as well as the exciting new opportunities to embrace (institutional repositories, more focus on special collections, metadata issues, retraining and managing personnel, open access resources, distance education, etc.).

Possible Table of Contents:
  1. Challenges
    1. Outsourcing –there are different levels of outsourcing, most well know is shelf-ready. I’d like to see some stories of other services, such as cataloging, being outsourced.
    2. Downsizing collections – stories of print being weeded and why
    3. Staffing changes – while Technical Services departments may need fewer people in the long run, the staff that is needed will need to have greater skill sets and be paid more.  More and more, systems work such as programming is being handled in technical services and experience with metadata creation has become more important.  
    4. Marketing our services – the age old question of how to show our relevance.  Who has created a successful marketing/advocacy program for technical services?
    5. Assessment – how do we assess the work we do in Technical Services since many times, it seems the work we do is misunderstood.
  2. Opportunities
    1. New areas for growth – working with Institutional Repositories in interacting with Faculty to assign metadata terms to material.   
    2. The role of technical services with the acquisitions and access of data sets
    3. Working with Special Collections and ArchivesIt would be beneficial to hear stories of how Technical Services is working more closely with specialized collections.
    4. BIBFRAME/Linked Open Data – catalogers/metadata librarians need to be trained with BIBFRAMECase studies on Linked Open Data projects and how staff are being trained on LOD projects.
    5. Collaboration with IT/Systems departments.  We need to work more closely with these units.  Are there cases where Technical services collaborated on projects with IT, such as with Linked Open Data?
    6. Traditional ILS – need to catch up with what is happening in library world such as linked data, better faceting, implementing RDA, tools to track workflow, etc.
  3. Consortium Projects
    1. Case studies on how consortium projects (Shared retention, shared approval plans, ebook packages, shared print/ebook plans, etc) impact technical services.
  4. Vendor Relations
    1. Increasingly, Technical service managers’ time is spent on vendor relations.  Vendors are consolidating, OCLC is making changes to their services and not anticipating the difficulties for their customers, sales reps change, etc.   What are the challenges that technical services are facing with our vendors.  Every time a vendor is bought and sold, the customer is impacted.   A component of vendor relations is outsourcing.    What are new or dying areas of outsourcing with our vendors?  Has anyone gone beyond the shelf-ready type of outsourcing?  What about the transition to cloud based systems?  What are vendors doing (or not doing) to facilitate (or inhibit) the changes that are occurring?
  5. Distance Education
    1. How are technical services responding to the increase in distance education by universities and the outsourcing of teaching the classes to vendors. How are the acquisitions of resources coordinated with what is being taught?  It is often enough that students are trying to access resources that the Distance Education company says the library has but it doesn’t. 
I anticipate that completed chapters will each be approximately [10-15 pages in length 

Instructions for Proposal Authors:

Proposals should be submitted via email as a PDF or Microsoft Word file
attachment, and should include:

  •   Author name(s)
  •   Institutional affiliation(s) and position title(s)
  •   Author(s)’ previous writing and publishing history, if any
  •   Proposed chapter or chapter section title
  •   Summary of the proposed chapter or chapter section (250-500 words)

Authors of selected proposals will be notified by August 1, 2017.  Full
chapters are expected by December 1, 2017 (2,500-4000
words). Proposed chapters should be unique to this
publication – no materials that were previously published or simultaneously
submitted to another publication.

Proposals should be emailed to: Stacey Marien,

Stacey Marien
Acquisitions Librarian
American University Library
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW