Wednesday, October 19, 2016

CFP: 2017 Designing for Digital Conference (April 2017 - Austin, Texas)

We invite you to submit to the 2017 Designing for Digital Conference Call for Proposals beginning today through December 1, 2016. For a detailed list of the topics covered at D4D:

The D4D Program Planning committee has opened the 2017 Call for Proposals and is currently seeking 4 hour workshops, 90 minute seminars, 45 minute sessions and 20 minute short talks in these recently revised tracks:

  • Tools & Methods
  • UX in Practice
  • Service & Physical Space Design
  • Trends, Emerging Issues, and the Future of UX
  • Leadership & Organizational  Strategies

Registration/ Housing Open. The conference will be held in Austin, Texas at the UT Austin Conference Center from April 3-5, 2017. Housing and Early Registration are currently open.

We hope to see you at D4D!

-- D4D Planning Committees

CFP: The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) 2017 (Radford, Virginia - May 2017)

The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) 2017
Preconference workshop and poster sessions on Wednesday, May 10 and Conference on Thursday, May 11, 2017
Radford University, Radford, VA

“What a great conference. The quality of all the presentations was really outstanding. This is really a gem of a conference and outshines many that are larger and more expensive. Well done and thanks for letting me be a part of it."- past attendee

"Best. Library. Conference. In. The. Universe."- another participant's feedback

We are now accepting proposals for TILC 2017.   We are so excited to have Rebecca K. Miller, Head, Library Learning Services at The Pennsylvania State University, as our keynote speaker. Her talk will be about “Transformations through Learning and Leading.” You can use this idea as a jumping off point for your proposal, or you can submit anything related to innovative teaching. We like to cast a wide net!    

Proposals are invited for three different session types:
•          Posters (presented at the Wednesday evening social)
•          50-minute presentations
•          7-minute lightning talks

Two levels of review will take place. In the peer review, submissions will be rated for fit for the session type, relevance, and innovativeness.   In addition, we will crowdsource interest in the topics submitted by authors.  Abstracts submitted by authors will be blinded for the crowdsourced portion.  Conference coordinators will make the final selections, basing decisions on both the peer review process and the crowdsourced information. 

Submission deadline: November 17, 2016
Acceptance notification: January 13, 2017
We expect registration costs to be about $40.
Full details and a link to the proposal form are available at:

 Selected papers based on conference presentations will be published, subject to double blind peer review, in a special issue of Internet Reference Services Quarterly dedicated to The Innovative Library Classroom.  More information about IRSQ is available on the IRSQ website:

Call for Proposals: Colloquium on Libraries & Service Learning (Santa Clara, CA - August 2017)

Call for Proposals: Colloquium on Libraries & Service Learning

Bridging Campus and Community: Libraries Transforming the Student Experience through Service Learning 
August 7-8, 2017 
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA 

Submissions due January 31, 2017 
Details on the Conference and submission forms here:

The intended community for this colloquium includes all who are interested in current and potential partnerships among academic librarians, faculty who teach service learning courses, service learning professionals and community partners. The colloquium is designed to facilitate the sharing of research, ideas, perspectives and best practices in library engagement with/in academic service learning.

Session topics may include, but are not limited to:
  • The Student Experience: Student engagement/career readiness, student learning outcomes/ ACRL Information Literacy Frames
  • Case Studies: Service-learning throughout the disciplines, innovative programs/collaborations, international service learning (international contexts and/or international students)
  • Community Partners: Campus and community outreach/reciprocal partnerships
  • Assessment: Accreditation, retention, demonstrating the library’s value, institutional priorities
  • Research: Action research, engagement scholarship

Presentations: Session length: 45 minutes
  • Requirements: Written paper or designed activity to report the results of research, present case studies, or facilitate an active learning session related to libraries and service learning. Presentation sessions are limited to 30 minutes and should include time for questions. Presenters are encouraged to supply virtual handouts or other materials as appropriate.
  • Of particular interest are interactive sessions and sessions co-presented by any combination of librarians, teaching faculty, community engagement coordinators, students, and/or community partners.
  • Presentation proposals should include the name of the presenter(s), the title of the session, an abstract (100-200 words) and a short bio of the presenter(s).
Posters: Session length: 45 minutes. Posters will be on display throughout the conference with 45 minutes dedicated for staffing by author.
  • Requirements: Innovative case studies, practical solutions/models, and research-based projects, or any other presentation that would benefit the service learning library community are all encouraged. Minimum size 24 x 36 inches.
  • Poster proposals should include the name of the presenter(s), the title of the poster, an abstract (100-200 words) and a short bio of the presenter(s).

Workshops (pre-conference): Session length: 3 hours
  • Requirements: Audience interaction, practical takeaways/plans that can be implemented when participants return to their home institutions. Examples may include: support for creating/modifying lesson plans for service learning information literacy sessions.
  • Workshop proposals should include the name of the presenter(s), the title of the session, an abstract (100-200 words), a short bio of the presenter(s), and a draft lesson plan with 2-3 learning outcomes (include in comments section).

Round Table Discussions: Session length: 45 minutes
  • Requirements: Discussion leader proposes a topic of interest and guides discussion on that topic over conference lunch.
  • Round table proposals should include the name of the facilitator(s), the proposed topic, sample discussion questions, and a short bio of the facilitator(s).

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Call for contributions to column in the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship

This is a call for contributions to the "E-Resource Round Up" column for volume 29, issue 1 of the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL). Submissions can be related to any aspect of electronic resources and their use in libraries, including conference reports, professional discussion groups, meetings, and practices in using electronic resources in-house. This would be a great opportunity for you to report on topics that may benefit others in our profession.

The editors would like to receive contributions to the column by Friday, November 18, 2016. Contributions should not be published elsewhere.

If you have a submission or questions, please contact the column editors:

Bob Wolverton
Mississippi State University Libraries

Karen Davidson
Mississippi State University Libraries
(662) 325-3018             

Call for Proposals: Biomedical Scholarly Communications in the Digital Age

(Note: We are re-advertising this call for proposals originally issued September 2015)

The MLA Books Panel seeks to publish a comprehensive overview of scholarly communications in the life and health sciences for librarians and biomedical professionals.  The publication will define scholarly communications in the 21st century through discussion of current concepts and state of the art.  It will also review the history of the field and examine the forces that have caused it to radically change in the last two decades, and explore future developments, emerging technologies and practices.

Areas of focus for chapters include:

  • History of traditional academic publishing and communication models and challenges to those systems, including scholarly journal price inflation and new digital platforms
  • Measuring author impact through journal rank and impact factors, and new measurement tools including altmetrics
  • Peer review – challenges to traditional methods and new models, including open peer review
  • Professional networking and informal communications – listservs, blogs, and social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Biowebspin, PubMedCommons, and ResearchGate
  • Publishing models and impact of successful biomedical open access journals (PLOS One, etc.)
  • NIH open access policies and PubMed Central, as well as other government agency open access and depository policies
  • Knowledge translation models and barriers  in clinical practice
  • Research data management – concepts, methods, and making data discoverable through metadata , linked data and data curation profiles
  • Institutional repositories in biomedical settings – software and platforms, biomedical metadata considerations, promotion and depository policies at academic institutions
  • Digital preservation of electronic publications, gray literature, and data
  • Legal and ethical issues in scholarly publishing – copyright  (particularly in relation to author’s rights), HIPAA regulations and clinical research publication,  plagiarism, and published research retraction

The target audience is health and life sciences librarians, and biomedical researchers, faculty and graduate/professional students. Where possible, the book will highlight model programs and practices
at academic health sciences libraries and academic medical centers.

The book will have at least one editor and may include contributions from academic health sciences librarians or information professionals. If you are interested in serving as an editor or author, please contact JoLinda Thompson.  For more information on the MLA publishing process, please visit the FAQ page.

JoLinda Thompson
Systems Librarian
Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library
George Washington University

Monday, October 17, 2016

CFP: IASSIST 2017 Data in the Middle: The common language of research (May 2017 Lawrence, Kansas)

Data in the Middle: The common language of research
The 43rd annual conference of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) will be held in Lawrence, Kansas from May 23-16, 2017. #iassist17

Many issues around data (sources, strategies, and tools) are similar across disciplines. While IASSIST has its roots in social science data, it has also welcomed discussions over the years of other disciplines' issues as they relate to data, data management, and support of users. So again this year, in line with this tradition, we are arranging a conference that will benefit those who support researchers across all disciplines: social sciences, health and natural sciences, and humanities. Please join the international data community in Lawrence, KS, "in the middle" of the U.S., for insights and discussion on how data in all disciplines are found, shared, used, and managed. Join us and draw inspiration from this diverse gathering! 

We welcome submissions for papers, presentations, panels, posters, and pecha kuchas.

The full Call for Proposals, along with the link to the submission form, can be accessed on the conference website here: 

Questions can be directed to the Program Chairs, Samantha Guss and Michele Hayslett, at

We are also accepting submissions for Pre-conference Workshops under a separate Call for Workshops, which can be accessed here: 

Questions about workshops may be sent to the Workshop Coordinators, Jenny Muilenburg ( and Andy Rutkowski (

Deadline for all submissions: 21 November 2016.
Notification of acceptance: February 2017.

Call for Chapter Proposals: Digital Analytics for Libraries

Digital Analytics for Libraries is slated to be published in the Summer 2017 by ALA Editions. Digital analytics is the next evolution of web analytics and it emphasizes the analysis of digital data gathered from an online presence based on an organization’s goal or need. This book introduces the concept of digital analytics in the context of libraries and provides practical strategies to implement digital analytics at different levels in an organization.

I am seeking book chapters based on case studies in libraries involving different digital analytics topics. While I am open to a variety of digital case studies, I am particularly interested in case studies on:

- Collecting and securing personally identifying data

-Interesting analytics projects where libraries used more than one data source to analyze a larger issue. Ideas include, but are not limited to, using digital data to determine staffing levels,using reference desk statistics to inform website/online guide content, combining usability data with digital data for an assessment project, etc.

Book chapters can be anywhere from 2500-5000 words.

Proposals are due October 31, 2016 with initial drafts book chapters due on December 16, 2016.

To submit a proposal, complete this form:

If you have any questions, please contact Tabatha Farney at

Tabatha Farney
Director of Web Services and Emerging Technologies
University of Colorado Colorado Springs

CFP: ALCTS Digital Scholarship Program at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ALCTS Digital Scholarship Program at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) seeks panelists for a program to be held at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.  “Creating the Future of Digital Scholarship Together: Collaboration from Within Your Library” will feature librarians involved in the provision of digital scholarship services describing the range of opportunities for technical services ' contribution in this emerging field of librarianship.  We seek speakers who will provide case studies to stimulate ideas for collaboration between digital scholarship and technical services librarians.  The program is expected to attract a diverse audience,
including librarians from technical services, public services, and digital scholarship and digital humanities services.  The date of the program is yet to be determined, but will occur on either Saturday, June 24 or Sunday, June 25, 2017.

Those interested in participating on the panel should send an email to the program planners (contact information below) describing the digital scholarship efforts in which they are involved, and specifically contributions those in technical services areas (e.g., cataloging/metadata services, collection development, preservation) serve in this regard.  We are interested in highlighting cross-divisional, collaborative digital scholarship activities as proof of concept for those who have yet to undertake a more holistic approach to provision of digital scholarship services.  Our goal is to pull together a complementary set of three presentations that emphasize the differing aspects of and approaches to digital
scholarship activities in today’s libraries.

To propose your topic, include:

  • A description of the proposed presentation in 200 words or less.
  • The digital scholarship efforts in which you are involved, and specifically contributions those in technical services areas (e.g., cataloging/metadata services, collection development, preservation) serve in this regard.
  • Your name, title, email, and phone number
  • Send the proposal to Norm Medeiros and Andrea Wirth (contact information below) by 5:00 p.m. PST Monday, Nov 14th, 2016.
Notifications will be made no later than December 16th.  Please don’t
hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Norm Medeiros
Associate Librarian for Collection Management & Metadata Services
Haverford College

Andrea Wirth
Digital Scholarship Librarian
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Call for Code4Lib 2017 Pre-Conference Proposals

Code4Lib 2017 Pre-Conference Proposals:

We are now accepting pre-conference proposals for the 2017 Code4Lib in Los Angeles, California - read more about the conference here: These pre-conferences can either be a 1-day or a 1/2-day session and will occur on Monday, March 6, 2017.

The pre-conference sessions give folks a space to share and build knowledge, as well as to teach attendees new skills relevant to library technology. Preconference sessions can range from workshops to working sessions, and we welcome a variety of ideas.

To propose a session, please go to If you’re looking for inspiration, there are many great examples of pre-conferences from last year. To view these, visit
We are taking proposals until Tuesday, November 8th, 5 PM Pacific Time / 8 PM Eastern Time. After a period of public voting on workshops, we will confirm sessions with the facilitators shortly after.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us - by responding to this email or by contacting Kim Pham at

Sunday, October 16, 2016

CFP: Urban Library Journal (Open Access Journal)

Call for Papers
Urban Library Journal (ULJ) is an open access, double-blind peer-reviewed journal of research that addresses all aspects of urban libraries and librarianship.

Urban Library Journal invites submissions in broad areas such as public higher education, urban studies, multiculturalism, library and educational services to immigrants, preservation of public higher education, and universal access to World Wide Web resources. We welcome articles that focus on all forms of librarianship in an urban setting, whether that setting is an academic, research, public, school, or special library.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
  • Reference and instruction in diverse, multicultural urban settings
  • Radical librarianship, social justice issues, and/or informed agitation
  • Intentional design / “library as space” in an urban setting
  • Physical and/or virtual accessibility issues
  • Open education resources in urban systems
  • Innovative collaboration between academic departments, other branches, or community partnerships
  • More!
Completed manuscript length should fall between 2,500 and 5,000 words. Full author guidelines can be found on the ULJwebsite:

The submission period is open now and closes on January 1st, 2017.
For more information about ULJ and to see the latest issue:

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Call for Submissions and Nominations for PRIMO (Online Instructional Materials)

The Peer Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) Committee of the ACRL Instruction Section invites you to submit your online information literacy tutorial, virtual tour, or other online library instruction project for review and possible inclusion in PRIMO: Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online.

***Deadlines for Fall 2016***
Nominations: October 31, 2016
Submissions: November 14, 2016

Additional information about PRIMO, as well as the submission and nomination forms, is available from the following link:   

Site submissions for PRIMO are accepted continually, but are reviewed for possible inclusion twice per year.  If you would like to submit your own project for consideration, please use the Submission form rather than the Nomination form. For further information, please contact committee co-chairs Bill Marino at or Megan Hodge at

**Important note**
All submissions will be acknowledged shortly after the submission deadline. If you submit a project for review and do not receive an acknowledgment after the submission deadline, please contact the PRIMO co-chairs with a request for verification that your submission was transmitted successfully.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

CFP: Beta Phi Mu Scholars Series by Rowman & Littlefield

CFP: Scholars Series by Rowman & Littlefield

The Beta Phi Mu Scholars Series, published by Rowman & Littlefield, welcomes proposals that advance knowledge in the discipline and profession of library and information science.  The following broad topics are suggestions that future authors may wish to undertake, but is by no means an exhaustive list:

  • The economics of information and libraries
  • Innovative service options in different environments
  • Technologies that facilitate librarians’ and information specialists’ work
  • Examination of the dynamics of communities
  • Complexities of decision making
  • Developing professionals to make differences in organizations
  • Research into communication challenges
  • Serving ethnically, culturally, and/or linguistically diverse populations
  • Creating models for the sustenance of leadership in organizations

More information about the series can be found here.

Authors are asked to submit proposals that include the following:
1.      Working title
2.      Expected publication date and anticipated timeline
3.      Estimated length of manuscript
4.      Summary
5.      Outline of chapters
6.      Drafted chapter (if possible)
7.      Explanation of the significance of the manuscript
8.      Resume or vita addressing author’s qualifications

Inquiries, questions, and proposals should be sent directly to the Editor, Andrea Falcone, and Associate Editor, Jennifer Leffler at

Andrea M. Falcone, Editor
Beta Phi Mu Scholars Series
Head of Education & Outreach Services
Auraria Library
University of Colorado, Denver

Jennifer Leffler, Associate Editor
Beta Phi Mu Scholars Series
Technical Services Manager
University Libraries
University of Northern Colorado

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

CFP: Approaches to Teaching Digital Information Literacy

Call for Chapters
Working Title: Approaches to Teaching Digital Information Literacy
Proposal Deadline: November 4, 2016

Since Paul Glister first defined digital literacy as “the basic thinking skills and core competencies [internet users] need to thrive in an interactive environment” (Glister, 1997), the continued expansion of digital information required a broader approach, especially in the classroom. In 2012, the ALA defined digital literacy as “the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills” (ALA, 2012).

Unfortunately, digital technology has turned into digital babysitter, with no direction or purpose other than to occupy kids’ attention.  Several recent studies have proven how detrimental such action can be later in an educational setting.  Kids who have grown up in the blue glow of smart phones, tablets and computers may be able to find information using basic web searches, but they lack the ability to evaluate it effectively. It then becomes the educators’ responsibility to teach them to apply the same critical thinking, synthesis and evaluation skills that are used to assess traditional print sources to digital information.

We believe that the earlier children are exposed to digital technology, the more imperative it becomes to teach digital information literacy skills.  We invite papers that focus on the challenges and approaches to designing, teaching and assessing digital information literacy at various age and grade levels, from Pre-K-12 through college.  At the Academic level, we encourage essays that illustrate how the ACRL Framework can be used to develop digital information literacy courses and programs. We also welcome essays on traditional, hybrid and online courses as well as those that address the needs of non-traditional and international students. 

Outline/Proposed Chapters
Our goal is to provide librarians, library staff and faculty with a range of ideas and methods for incorporating digital information literacy into their courses and programs.  Essays will address a grade level or segment of the student population and focus on elements of digital information literacy including instructional design, approaches to teaching, and strategies for assessment.

Part 1: Approaches to Designing and Teaching Digital Information Literacy
Teaching Middle through High School
Chapter 1. Elementary: Kindergarden-5th/6th Grade
Chapter 2.  Middle School: 5th/6th through 9th Grade
Chapter 3:  High School: 9th-12th Grade

Chapter 4. The Traditional Classroom
Chapter 5. The Hybrid IL Course
Chapter 6. The Online IL Course – Assigned
Chapter 7. IL for International Students
Chapter 8. IL for Non-Traditional Students

Part 2: Strategies for Assessing Digital Information Literacy
Chapter 9. Elementary-Middle School
Chapter 10. High School
Chapter 11. Undergraduate
Chapter 12. Online – Assigned

Submission Process
Authors interested in contributing to this work should review the suggested chapter titles above. Interested authors should send a chapter proposal to on or before November 4, 2016

Your proposal should include:
·        Proposed chapter title
·        An abstract of 150-300 words, including your plan to approach the topic
·        Your name, professional title, and contact information
·        A brief (150 words) statement about your experience in the field.

Please send any questions or submissions to

CFP: MI-ALA 2017 Annual Conference (Making Connections: Academic Libraries, Communities, and Purpose) - Grand Rapids May 2017

MI-ALA 2017 Annual Conference: Call for Proposals
Making Connections: Academic Libraries, Communities, and Purpose

May 18-19, 2017

Eberhard Center at Grand Valley State University

Grand Rapids, MI

MI-ALA invites you and your colleagues to submit presentation proposals for the second annual conference to be held May 18-19 in Grand Rapids. Please consider sharing your innovations, creative endeavors, and practical solutions in librarianship. We welcome proposals in any topic related to academic libraries, including, but not limited to:

  • Administration
  • Assessment
  • Budgets
  • Collections
  • Critical Librarianship
  • Failures
  • Instruction
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Partnerships/Collaboration
  • Programming
  • Technology
  • User Experience

Participation from librarians, library staff, LIS students, and administrators from all types of academic libraries is encouraged.

Proposals for 50-minute long (including Q&A) presentations and workshops can be submitted only through the online submission form and must be received by Friday, December 12, 2016. 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 20, 2017.

Questions about proposals can be sent to Hazel McClure or Cara Cadena Questions about the conference in general can be sent to Learn more at the conference webpage

Ashley Blinstrub
MI-ALA Communications and Marketing Chair

Research Grand Available for Business Librarianship (Emerald Research Grant Award)

Are you a librarian in need of funding for a business research project?

The Emerald Research Grant Award, sponsored by Emerald Group Publishing Limited offers one award of $5,000 and a citation to an individual or team seeking support to conduct research in business librarianship. The awards will be presented at the RUSA Awards Ceremony at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. Recipients will be required to attend the RUSA Awards Ceremony. 

Candidates must submit a detailed proposal outlining their proposed research project; methodology, scope and timetable; how this project fits into the existing literature; and projected outcomes, including a statement outlining how this research will benefit the library profession. Proposals will be reviewed for thoroughness; potential to positively impact the library profession; and potential to provide a useful addition to the existing library literature. Proposals will be accepted from both individual researchers and those working collaboratively. At least one member of a collaborative team must be a member of ALA.  The recipient(s) may be asked to present their findings at a public BRASS event within two yearsof receiving the award (at the discretion of the BRASS Executive Committee). The recipient will also be required to acknowledge the Emerald Research Grant when publishing or presenting their research.

The deadline for proposals is December 4, 2016.

Please send your proposals to

For complete information about the criteria for this grant award, please visit:

Chubing Tripepi
Emerald Research Award Committee Chair

Business Research and Data Services Librarian
Thomas J. Watson Library of Business and EconomicsColumbia University
130 Uris Hall, 3022 Broadway
New York, NY 10027