Monthly Archives: August 2008

Book Reviews: Women and the Law

Call for Book Reviews: Women and the Law

Proposals Due September 25, 2008

The editors of Pace Law Review invite proposals from scholars, researchers, practitioners and professionals for contributions to a special book review issue to be published in Winter 2008. We welcome contributions from those without formal training in law. We seeks proposals for reviews of any book published in 2008, 2007 or 2006 that contributes to the understanding of women’s experiences with the law.

Pace Law School has a longstanding commitment to both the study of women and the law and the development of women as lawyers and leaders. The Pace Women’s Justice Center was founded in 1991 as the first academic legal center in the country devoted to training attorneys and others in the community about domestic violence issues. Pace is a vibrant and intellectual community that contains several nationally-recognized scholars of women’s, children’s and LGBT rights.

A law review volume devoted to books concerning women and the law promotes an ongoing discourse on women and the law, justice and feminist jurisprudence.

Please submit book review proposals of no more than 500 words by attachment to by September 25, 2008. Proposals should include (a) the intended reviewer’s name, title, institutional affiliation and contact information; (b) the title and publication date of the book proposed for review; (c) a description of the importance of the book to the general topic; and (d) any other information relevant to the book or proposed review (e.g., the proposed reviewer’s expertise or any relationship with the author). Authors are welcome, but not required, to submit a CV as well. We expect to make publication offers by October 1, 2008.

Complete manuscripts from authors of accepted proposals will be due November 1, 2008. Completed book reviews should not exceed 8,500 words.

For more information, please contact the Pace Law Review:

Library Materials and Services for Children and Young Adults: Historical Perspectives


Library Materials and Services for Children and Young Adults: Historical Perspectives
Library History Round Table (LHRT) Research Forum, July 2009
Co-Sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) seeks papers for its Research Forum at the 2009 ALA Annual Meeting in Chicago, July 9-15, 2009. The theme of the Forum will be the history of library materials and services for children and young adults. This program is co-sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

LHRT welcomes submissions from researchers of all backgrounds, including students, faculty, and practitioners. Proposals are due on November 28, 2008. Each proposal must give the paper title, an abstract (up to 500 words), and the scholar’s one-page vita. Also, please indicate whether the research is in-progress or completed. It is desirable that the abstract include a problem or thesis, as well as a statement of significance, objectives, methods/primary sources used for the research, and conclusions (or tentative conclusions for works in progress).

From the submissions, the LHRT Research Committee will select several authors to present their completed work at the Forum. The program will be publicized in January 2009. So that the Forum’s facilitator may introduce and react to each author, completed papers are due June 19, 2009. The Research Forum will likely occur on Sunday, July 12, 2009. All presenters must register to attend the conference. For registration options, see ALA’s events and conferences page at .


Please submit proposals and direct inquiries to:

Bernadette A. Lear
LHRT Vice-Chair/Research Committee Chair
Penn State Harrisburg Library
351 Olmsted Dr.
Middletown, PA 17057
Telephone: (717) 948-6360
E-mail: BAL19@PSU.EDU

Showcasing Solutions, Producing Results

Call for Proposals

“Showcasing Solutions, Producing Results”

85th WASC Academic Resource Conference (ARC)

April 15-18, 2009, Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood , CA

Sponsored by the WASC Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and
Universities, in cooperation with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior

When we’re talking about learning, process is important but results are what
count – especially in uncertain times. The 2009 ARC is dedicated to supporting
institutions of higher education as they define their challenges, develop
solutions, and demonstrate results. WASC invites 2-year and 4-year colleges and
universities to share their work at what has become a major higher education
conference in the western US.

Our setting is Hollywood – a great place to think creatively about student
learning, institutional effectiveness, and the relationship between higher
education and society. Our venue is a microcosm of contradictions and tensions
that educators also face: innovation and tradition, high culture and popular
taste, technology and craft, new influences and sometimes sluggish responses.
It’s the place where the local meets the global, where highly visible ratings
and reviews coexist with plenty of skepticism about their meaning. We and our
students have been challenged by the society and the media that Hollywood
represents; at the same time there may be lessons, literal and metaphorical, we
can learn from them. This conference is a chance to talk about that learning
and how to apply it to improvement and student success.

We invite you to submit a proposal for a presentation at the 2009 WASC Academic
Resource Conference (ARC). Share with your colleagues the ways in which your
campus has learned about learning, improved results, and strengthened your
institution. Discuss your experience, tell your stories, offer your advice –
and present your findings. Help us all to understand better what educational
quality and accountability mean, how academic quality can best be documented
and communicated, and how accreditation can help. And this year, let’s not just
talk about engagement or active learning – let’s do it. Let’s make this the
most interactive WASC conference ever.

You are encouraged to submit a proposal that fits into one of the tracks below.
Remember, the questions listed under each track are merely suggestive, and
you’re free to submit on other topics, as well. Just remember that findings or
results, not only process, should be a key part of your presentation, whatever
your topic.

Track 1: How Do Students and Institutions Learn — and How Do We Know?

What is the effect of popular culture on students’ learning and development?

How do new technologies affect students’ reading, visual literacy, thinking,
problem solving, and other intellectual skills?

What works – or doesn’t – in the classroom, co-curriculum, community?

What is “good enough” in college-level learning? How can we set shared
standards? Who’s done it? And how can we close achievement gaps?

What do millennials, adults, non-traditional and international students need to
succeed? What about graduate students?

What special challenges do junior and community colleges face? What about
research universities and graduate programs?

How does diversity enhance learning, and how can we maximize the effect?

How can we promote “ineffables” like spiritual development, curiosity or
global awareness? How can we assess them?

What do faculty and other campus educators need in order to succeed in an
outcomes-based environment?

Track 2: Challenges for Administrators and Trustees

How can institutions strengthen their finances in a tough economy?

How can risks such as campus violence, extreme weather, or contagious disease
be managed?

What are alternative approaches to data collection on part-time, transfer, and
“swirling” students?

How can strategic planning, budgeting, and educational effectiveness be linked?
How are data and evidence best used to support improvement?

What kinds of development do boards and administrative leadership need to

What are the implications of the new HEA? The new administration in DC?

What are effective approaches to accountability and transparency?

Going green – what does it mean and how much does it cost?

What can we learn from the Bologna process? From foreign institutions?

What are the barriers to institutional change and how can they be overcome?

Track 3: Collaborations that Work – across the Campus and Beyond

How can faculty and other educators on campus – student affairs personnel,
librarians, tutors, advisors, administrators, institutional researchers — work
together most effectively?

What models are there for 2-year/4-year collaboration on transfer, retention,
assessment, student success? What about the transition to graduate school?

What’s happening in state-wide and multi-campus systems to support learning?

How are service learning and community collaborations affecting institutions?

What are national organizations (e.g., AAC&U, AASCU, AACC, NASULGC, ACE, NAICU)
contributing to campus and cross-campus work? What about smaller groups like
the League for Innovation, CCLC, POD or ACAD?

What’s the role of listservs, wikis, and new technologies in supporting
collaborations – regionally, nationally, and globally?

Track 4: Higher Education and our Audience beyond the Campus

What are the expectations of students, parents, the public? What does
“transparency” mean to them? What information should institutions make

Where are the disconnects between policy makers and the academy? How can we
overcome them?

How can we best communicate with state, federal, or lay critics? What is the
story we want them to hear?

What is the appropriate role of standardized tests and surveys? What are we
learning from/about the NSSE, UCUES, CLA, MAPP and other instruments, and how
can we tell the story?

How do ranking and rating systems work? What need do they fill, and what are
responsible alternatives to existing schemes?

Track 5: WASC Accreditation Processes

How can we – ACCJC as well as ACSCU – move from demonstrating that students
learn to how well?

How are WASC Standards and process affecting campuses? What does WASC expect
from campuses regarding program review? Retention and completion rates?

What makes for a strong Institutional Proposal? Strong CPR and EER reports?

How can institutions prepare for team visits?

How should institutions respond to team findings and Commission actions?

What role might WASC play in national (and international) conversations about
educational quality and accountability?


You can propose a 60-minute session; a 30-minute session (in this case you will
be paired with another presenter on a related topic and share a 60-minute
slot); or a poster. Sixty- and 30-minute sessions should strive for a variety
of perspectives and speakers from different institutions. If you don’t want to
be placed in a combined session, be sure that your own proposal includes
representatives from at least two institutions. We especially encourage
partnering between 2-year and 4-year institutions. The poster session offers an
opportunity to present your work, particularly work in progress, in an informal
setting that encourages one-on-one conversation and networking.

The standard format – panel with presentations, slides, and discussion – is
still welcome. But this year we are also encouraging alternatives. For example,
you may want to demonstrate a pedagogy (e.g., case study or problem-based),
lead the audience through the nuts and bolts of an assessment technique (e.g.,
creating a rubric, conducting a focus group); show a video, then have
participants analyze it; or get everyone working on a wiki.

Proposals will be selected based on 1) overall quality (thoughtfulness,
soundness of method, tangible results, etc.); 2) transferability to other
institutions and situations; 3) relevance to the conference theme; 4)
innovative, interactive format; and 5) appeal to the diverse interests of
conference attendees. Preference will be given to proposals that include
representatives from different institutions.

Presenters will be responsible for registering in advance for the meeting,
paying the full conference registration fee, and covering their own travel and

Presenters who wish to use PowerPoint slides or to connect to the web will need
to bring their own laptop; an LCD projector and screen will be available in the
meeting room. Presenters are encouraged to provide handouts either
electronically or in hard copy; however, WASC cannot reimburse the cost of
duplication. Further details will be provided in communications closer to the
time of the conference.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

Proposals must be submitted online. The proposal form can be found at:

For technical questions about the online submission, contact Julie Kotovsky at
510 748-9001, ext. 307, or For questions about
content or format, contact Barbara Wright at Presenters
will be notified of the status of their proposal on or around December 1.

Pick Your Battles: Activism, Politics, and Voice in a Changing World

MP Journal, a peer-reviewed, feminist, interdisciplinary and
international journal indexed by EBSCO is seeking submissions on activism,
politics and voice in a changing world. Some of the subjects welcomed would
include, but are not limited to: environmentalism and gender, poverty,
climate change, international feminist activism, spotlights on activist
women world-wide, and the development of voice as an activist or political

Submissions are accepted until December 1, 2008 via email to Include a current CV and 50 word bio. For more
information including submission format guidelines, visit

Recruitment, Development, and Retention of Information Professionals: Trends in Human Resources and Knowledge Management


Proposal Submission Deadline: October 30, 2008
Full Chapter Deadline: February 15, 2009

Book: “Recruitment, Development, and Retention of Information Professionals: Trends in Human Resources and Knowledge Management”
A book edited by: Elisabeth Pankl, Danielle Theiss-White, and Mary C. Bushing

With the projected retirement openings in the field of information science and management and the ever growing need for knowledge management, the need for a viable workforce is more pressing than ever before. Our handbook will provide both information professionals and their organizations with the skills and knowledge necessary to strengthen and develop the profession.

Objectives of the book

Our objective is to inform and to expand the current literature on the career development of information professionals by bringing together the expertise of practicing information professionals in the 21st century. This handbook will bring together this disparate yet exciting and vibrant profession by sharing how various information professionals encourage the recruitment, retention and career development of individuals within their organizations whether at a single workplace or on a regional, state, or national level. Thus, this handbook will provide a toolkit for employers, new information professionals, and information organizations.

The target audience

The prospective audience of our proposed text is composed of several distinct groups. Perhaps the most important group is the future information professionals. This group will benefit immensely from the information, real-life experiences, advice, and future developments detailed in the book. Another important group is the employers of information professionals. Employers will be able to use the information in the book to design and implement recruitment, development, and retention policies and procedures that further both the success and longevity of the profession and their own organizations. A third, but not final, group is the teachers and trainers of information professionals. All quality professional training incorporates not only the technical skills required for employment and advancement, but also the myriad of affective elements that shape one’s professional career.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

· Retention and/or recruitment research and/or practices and the information professional

· Retention and/or recruitment research and/or practices and diversity in the workplace or profession

· Mentoring policies, programs, procedures, and outcomes from an individual, organizational, regional, state, or national level

· Mentor/mentee relationships

· Mentoring in the professions/peer mentoring

· State, Regional, National leadership programs and outcomes

· Succession leadership planning

· Trends in Human Resources and the information professional/personnel management

· Career development guidance

· Organizational culture/group dynamics

· Orientation programs

· Continuing education/training/in-service education

· Librarianship as a profession

· MLS/MLIS/Library Media Specialist/Library Certification education programs

· Regional, state, and/or national information professional associations and their involvement with career development, recruitment to the profession, and retention

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a 2-5 page proposal clearly explaining the objectives and concerns of the proposed chapter by October 30, 2008. The status of submitted proposals will be communicated by November 15, 2008. At that time, the authors of accepted proposals will be provided with chapter organizational guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by February 15, 2009. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. The book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group, Inc.),, publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formally Idea Group Reference) and “Medical Information Science Reference” imprints.

Inquiries and Submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to:

Elisabeth Pankl

Humanities Librarian and Assistant Professor

K-State Libraries

Danielle Theiss-White

General Reference Coordinator and Assistant Professor

K-State Libraries

Digital Convergence: Libraries, Archives, and Museums in the Digital Convergence: Libraries, Archives, and Museums in the Information Age

Three Special Issues of Library Quarterly, Archival Science, and
Museum Management and Curatorship


The editors of Library Quarterly, Archival Science, and Museum
Management and Curatorship are pleased to announce plans for three
special issues exploring the shared information needs and challenges
facing libraries, archives, and museums in the information age; the
overlapping educational goals of library and information science,
archival studies, and museum studies programs; and areas of
convergence for educators and professionals working to meet user needs
in libraries, archives, and museums.

The resulting three separate issues of Library Quarterly, Archival
Science, and Museum Management and Curatorship will be published at
approximately the same time (end of 2009), and all three issues will
be Guest Edited by Dr. Paul F. Marty, College of Information, Florida
State University.

The impetus for this project stems from a recent conference, sponsored
by the IMLS, on the need for information professionals who can
transcend the traditional boundaries between libraries, archives, and
museums to meet user needs in the information age (see: ).

The increased use of and reliance on digital resources has blurred
traditional distinctions between information organizations, leading to
a digital convergence of libraries, archives, and museums. In light of
this convergence, there is a need for more research examining how
libraries, archives, and museums can collaborate and combine forces to
better serve their users, many of whom do not clearly distinguish
among different institutions or the information resources they manage.

We are looking for papers addressing one or more of the following
three broad questions in ways that cut across the traditional
distinctions between libraries, archives, and museums:

1. What are the information needs of libraries, archives, and museums
in the information age, both internally (staff and other
professionals) and externally (public services)? How can new
information technologies support information professionals as they
adapt to meet these needs?

2. What are the roles and responsibilities of information
professionals in libraries, archives, and museums in the information
age? What are the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need to
succeed at their jobs (e.g. intellectual property, information
management, digital preservation, etc.)?

3. What kinds of educational programs best prepare information
professionals to meet the needs of libraries, archives, and museums in
the information age, including degree and non-degree programs? How are
these programs currently preparing their students, and what potential
is there for sharing expertise across programs?

While authors may choose to focus primarily on libraries, archives, or
museums (depending on their interests and expertise), each article
should attempt to explore issues of convergence across libraries,
archives, and museums.


* Optional Abstract: September 1, 2008

* Submission Deadline: December 1, 2008

* Review Decisions: February 1, 2009

* Final Versions Due: June 1, 2009

* Publication: End of 2009


If you wish, you may submit an optional abstract (by email to Paul
Marty at for feedback by September 1, 2008 (please
indicate the journal to which you plan to submit).

Please direct your submission to the journal that most closely matches
the particular focus of your article, research, or discipline, as

* Library Quarterly, follow submission instructions at

* Archival Science, follow submission instructions at
(When specifying “Article type” please select the “Special Issue
on Digital Convergence”)

* Museum Management and Curatorship, please email submissions
directly to Paul Marty at
(Please see instructions for authors at

Please mark your submission as being intended for the special issue on
digital convergence.

If you have any questions about the special issues, please contact
Paul Marty at

A PDF version of this CFP is available at:

Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ)

Call for Submissions:The Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ) exists to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future.
The Code4Lib Journal is now accepting proposals for publication in its 5th issue. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences in an issue that marks the first full year of publication for this new journal. To be included in the 5th issue, scheduled for publication in December 2008, please submit articles, abstracts, or proposals to by Friday, September 12. When submitting, please include the title or subject of the proposal in the subject line of the message.

C4LJ encourages creativity and flexibility, and the editors welcome submissions across a broad variety of topics that support the mission of the journal. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
* Practical applications of library technology (both actual and hypothetical)
* Technology projects (failed, successful, proposed, or in-progress), including how they were done and challenges faced
* Case studies
* Best practices
* Reviews
* Comparisons of third party software or libraries
* Analyses of library metadata for use with technology
* Project management and communication within the library environment
* Assessment and user studies

C4LJ strives to promote professional communication by minimizing the barriers to publication. While articles should be of a high quality, they need not follow any formal structure. Writers should aim for the middle ground between blog posts and articles in traditional refereed journals. Where appropriate, we encourage authors to submit code samples, algorithms, and pseudo-code. For more information, visit C4LJ’s Article Guidelines or browse articles from the first 3 issues published on our website: The 4th issue will be available in September.

Remember, for consideration for the 5th issue, please send proposals, abstracts, or draft articles to no later than Friday, September 12.
Send in a submission. Your peers would like to hear what you are doing.Code4Lib Journal Editorial Committee

Mediated Girlhood: New Explorations of Girls’ Media Culture

edited by Mary Celeste Kearney, PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

Proposal deadline: October 15, 2008

This collection–currently proposed as part of Peter Lang’s “Mediated Youth” series, edited by Sharon Mazzarella–will include new work on girls’ media culture that broadens and enriches the field.

Of particular interest are chapters that expand scholarship on girls’ media and popular culture beyond its conventional white, middle-class, heterosexual, Western, consumerist, and presentist framework.

Possible topics:

– girls’ media production
– girls’ media made prior to the 1990s
– non-white girlhood in media and popular culture
– non-Western girlhood in media and popular culture
– queer girlhood in media and popular culture
– working-class girlhood in media and popular culture
– girlhood in documentary film
– girlhood in reality TV shows
– girls’ media reception/fan practices
– girls and video gaming
– girls and cyberculture
– girlhood and music culture
– girls and mobile technologies
– girls and conglomerated media culture.

Please send a 250-word proposal, short bibliography, brief author’s bio, and contact information to Mary Celeste Kearney at by October 15, 2008.

Notification of accepted proposals will be made by December 1, 2008. First chapter drafts of 5000 to 8000 words will be due in late spring 2009.

For further information, please contact Mary Celeste Kearney at

Research Applications in Information and Library Studies Conference

The website for RAILS 5 is now live at:

RAILS5 is being organised by the Information & Knowledge Management Program, University of Technology, Sydney with the support of the Australian Library and Information Association as a satellite event to ALIA Information Online 2009 on January 23, 2009.

RAILS5 continues and builds upon the theme of Linking Research with Practice, which has become an ongoing focus of the seminar series. This theme has the aim to build partnerships among educators, researchers and practitioners to ensure that a culture of research-led, theoretically-informed, innovative practice is nurtured in the fields of librarianship, information and knowledge management.

The seminar aims to bring together practitioners, educators and researchers in the fields of librarianship, information management and knowledge management. New researchers are encouraged to attend the seminar, and to submit papers or abstracts for short presentations.

As with past seminars, RAILS5 will continue to raise the profile of research in the information and knowledge professions by:

making educators and researchers aware of practice-based research that is currently underway and encourage debate about it identifying research required by Australian practitioners and educators making practitioners aware of university-based research that is currently underway and encourage debate about it promoting the research agenda of Australian LIS peak bodies
showcasing emergent trends and important developments in information/knowledge research and practice. RAILS5 will offer the option of either full peer-reviewed papers, to be published in a special issue of the Australian Library Journal, or short presentations.

Key Dates
1 September Submission of papers due

1 October Submission of posters due

31 October Notice of acceptance – papers and posters

1 December Revised final papers due

Any enquiries should be directed to Dr Michael Olsson, the Conference Convenor, at

Dr Michael Olsson

Graduate Advisor

Lecturer, Information and Knowledge Management

University of Technology, Sydney

Ph: +61 2 9514 2722

Fax: +61 2 9514 2723

Tenth Annual Graduate Symposium on Women’s and Gender History

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ~ March 5-7, 2009

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2008

The Executive Committee of the Tenth Annual Graduate Symposium on
Women’s and Gender History at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign is pleased to announce a call for papers. The
Symposium, which is the capstone event of the History Department’s
Women’s History month celebration, is scheduled for March 5-7, 2009.
To celebrate and encourage further work in the field of women’s and
gender history, we invite submissions from graduate students from any
institution and discipline. The Symposium organizers welcome
individual papers on any topic in the field of women’s and gender
history; papers submitted as a panel will be judged individually.
Preference will be given to scholars who did not present at last
year’s Symposium.

This year’s theme, “Transforming Power,” seeks to interrogate a
variety of trends shaping the field of women’s and gender history. The
Symposium Executive Committee is interested in assembling a
geographically and temporally diverse body of papers; exciting
proposals could focus on, but would not be limited to, analysis of
whether and to what extent power—as both a force in the world and an
analytical scaffold—has been transformed over the past decades of
feminist scholarship and activism. Of related interest, as well, would
be proposals that engage the issue of difference in women’s and gender
studies and history, especially the benefits and difficulties of using
difference as a scholarly and political frame of reference. These
questions are purposefully broad, inviting perspectives and reflections
from a variety of temporal, geographical, and inter/disciplinary
perspectives. Additionally, in order to celebrate the Symposium’s
tenth anniversary and in keeping with our theme’s focus on gender, power and the politics of
location, we hope to assemble a specifically historiographic panel
addressing the state of the field.We are, then, particularly interested
in paper proposals that problematize the history of feminist history or
suggest new historiographic avenues of inquiry for our futures.

For the Tenth Annual Symposium, we are delighted to announce a keynote speaker who engages many of these themes in his work:

• Roderick A. Ferguson, Associate Professor of American Studies, University of Minnesota

The journal Gender & History will again sponsor a prize for the
best graduate student paper presented at the Symposium. Conference
presenters will also have the opportunity to publish their work in the
on-line proceedings volume. We possess limited resources to subsidize
travel expenses for presenters. Giving priority to presenters with
limited conference experience, we will allocate these funds based on
the quality of presenters’ proposals and the availability of funds.

To submit a paper or panel by email (preferred method); please send
only one attachment in Word or PDF format containing a 250-word
abstract and a one-page curriculum vitae for each paper presenter,
commentator, or panel chair to .

To submit a paper or panel in a hard copy format, please send five
(5) copies of all abstracts and curriculum vitae to: Programming
Committee, Graduate Symposium on Women’s and Gender History 309 Gregory
Hall, MC 466, 810 S. Wright Street Urbana, Illinois 61801.

For more information, please contact Programming Committee Chairs, David Greenstein or Laura Duros at .