Monthly Archives: April 2009

Library Leadership & Management

Library Leadership & Management is seeking manuscripts for publication. Contributions can take many forms: scholarly research on issues related to leadership and management of libraries, reports of successful project implementation, interviews with important movers and shakers in the profession, presentations from conferences and symposia, or invited articles. For more information or to discuss your ideas, email the editor:

2010 Summer Research Symposium: ‘The Evolution from Distance Education to Distributed Learning ‘

Bloomington, Indiana
July 19-23, 2010

The AECT Summer Research Symposium will be held in Bloomington, Indiana July 19 – 23, 2010 at the Memorial Union hotel on the campus of Indiana University. This bi-annual event is designed to draw the best minds together for an intensive intellectual exchange of ideas on a focused topic that would culminate in the publication of a Symposium Proceeding. The goal of the symposium is to bring a group of scholars together in a format that encourages in-depth dialogue and different perspectives on predefined topics and problems.

The goal of the third AECT Research Symposia is to develop, in a collaborative manner, a new model specifically designed for teaching and learning at a distance, which combines the untapped power of technology with research-based knowledge-building pedagogy including a blueprint or vision of the future, standards, and best practices. Specifically, four “tracks” or areas of concentration will be explored. These are: instructional design, interaction, technology, and organizational alignment or support.

The focus of symposia sessions is on active audience participation and exchange rather than presentation. Presentations at the symposium will be held in a discussion-centered environment, so each presenter will be asked to adhere to a strict 5-10 minute time limit for formally presenting their ideas, followed by participation in 45-50 minutes of discussion of their ideas with session attendees. Attendees are expected to read the papers prior to attending so that everyone is prepared to participate and contribute to the discussion. All papers will be made available to registrants prior to the symposium.

Call for papers can be found at:


Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the Conference Organising Committee, we would like to inform you of the:

Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA    
5 and 6 December 2009    

Boston is a city particularly well suited to the Ubiquitous Learning Conference.  It is the United States’ preeminent city for higher learning.  With over 100,000 college students, almost one out of every five people in Boston attends college; and scholars and researchers comprise a significant portion of the population.  A large number of students and researchers study and work in technological fields, and many find employment in Boston’s nationally-important technology sector.  This confluence of education and technology corresponds well to the Ubiquitous Learning Conference’s focus on the relationship between technological innovation and its impact on education.

The Ubiquitous Learning Conference investigates the uses of technologies in learning, including devices with sophisticated computing and networking capacities which are now pervasively part of our everyday lives – from laptops to mobile phones, games, digital music players, personal digital assistants and cameras. The Conference explores the possibilities of new forms of learning using these devices not only in the classroom, but in a wider range of places and times than was conventionally the case for education. Ubiquitous Learning is made possible in part by the affordances of the new, digital media. What’s new about it? What’s not-so-new? What are the main challenges of access to these new learning opportunities? These are the key themes and concerns of the Conference.

In addition, the Conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the Conference Call-for-Papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal. If you are unable to attend the Conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in this fully refereed academic Journal.

Whether you are a virtual or in-person presenter at this Conference, we also encourage you to present on the Conference YouTube Channel. Please select the Online Sessions link on the Conference website for further details.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 16 April 2009. Future deadlines will be announced on the Conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the Conference, including an online proposal submission form, may be found at the Conference website –

We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope you will be able to join us in Boston in December.

Yours Sincerely,    
Michael Peters    
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA    
For the Advisory Board, Ubiquitous Learning Conference and Ubiquitous Learning Journal


If you have any inquiries about this conference, please send them by reply to this email. All emails are answered in person by one of our conference administrators within two working days.

Mobile Technologies and Handheld Devices for Ubiquitous Learning: Research and Pedagogy

This is an invitation to you to contribute a chapter to a book called Mobile
Technologies and Handheld Devices for Ubiquitous Learning: Research and
Pedagogy, to bepublished by IGI Global, Hershey, PA. The book will be edited
by Dr Wan Ng, senior lecturer at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
the book are to provide relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest
empirical research findings in the area of mobile learning and to showcase
sound pedagogy with mobile technologies for professionals and researchers
who wish to improve their understanding of the potential of mobile learning,
and to provide ideas to  assist teachers who may wish to take up these
technologies in their teaching. The call for chapter outline is attached.
Please send a 2-3 page proposal to Wan Ng at by 6 April,
2009. A list of possible topics, time schedule and advisory committee are
shown below.

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

Mobile technologies for improved learning

Visions for mobile technologies in education

Theoretical approaches to learning with mobile technologies

Conceptual models for learning through games and/or other ‘entertaining’
means that young people are able to relate to

Literature reviews of the theoretical and pedagogical means of using one or
more types of mobile technology in education

Literature review of pedagogically sound practices using one or more types
of mobile technology

Personalised learning and ubiquitous learning

Social dimensions of mobile learning

Learning with mobile technologies in higher education

Learning with mobile technologies in K-12 education

Multiliteracies and mobile technology

Ditigal literacy and mobile technology

Learning with games in mobile devices

Learning with mobile phones

Learning with iPods

Learning with tablet PCs

Learning with PDAs

Adopting and integrating handheld technology in schools

Adaptive learning with mobile devices

Assessment using handhelds

Mobile technology pedagogy in science and mathematics education

Mobile technology pedagogy in language and humanities education

Mobile technologies as research tools

Issues with mobile technologies in education

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before April 6,
2009, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and
concerns of the proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be
notified by April 20, 2009 about the status of their proposals and sent
chapter guidelines. Full chapters of between  7  – 10,000 words are expected
to be submitted by July 20, 2009.  All submitted chapters will be reviewed
on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve
as reviewers for this project.



This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group
Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group
Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” and “IGI Publishing”
imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit

/> . This publication is anticipated to be released in 2011.


    Important Dates:

           April 6, 2009:   Proposal Submission Deadline

         April 20, 2009:   Notification of Proposal Acceptance

           July 20, 2009:  Full Chapter Submission (7 – 10,000 words)

      August 31, 2009:  Review Result Returned

     October 5, 2009:   Reviewed Chapter Submission

   October 19, 2009:    Final Acceptance Notification

November 2, 2009:    Final Chapter Submission, including indexing and
submission of copyright agreement



Editorial Advisory Board Members:

Professor Hiroaki Ogata, Tokushima University, Japan

Dr Giasemi Vavoula,  University of Leicester, UK

Dr David Parsons, Massey University, New Zealand

Dr Howard Nicholas, La Trobe University, Australia


Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or
by mail to:
Dr. Wan Ng
Faculty of Education
La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria 3086, Australia
Tel.: +61-3-94792782  *  Fax: +61-3-94793070   *



MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities

Call for Papers:  MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities

Contributions are now invited for the 2009 issue of the MHRA Working Papers
in the Humanities, an international, refereed online journal. A special,
themed section of the journal will be dedicated to ‘Space/Time,’ though
papers on other topics are also welcome.

The MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities
( is an electronic publication
forum intended to allow researchers to present initial findings or
hypotheses such as might, at a more advanced stage, become eligible for
publication in established scholarly journals. As such it will be of
particular interest to postgraduate researchers, though established scholars
are also invited to submit papers.

The fourth issue of the Working Papers will be published in November 2009,
and the editorial panel aims to choose half of the papers from submissions
that relate to the theme of ‘Space/Time.’ Authors might consider, among
other things:

–  Linear temporality and its disruptions
–  History and historical narrative in language, literature, or culture
–  Memory, recollection, nostalgia, forgetting
–  Monumentalisation – fixing points in the landscape in perpetuity
–  Place and space
–  Science fiction (other spaces, other times)
–  Outer space
–  Engagement with landscape
–  Language across/within borders
–  Nations and nationalism as constructions in space and time
–  Translation across space and time

Papers may come from any field in the ‘modern humanities’, which include the
modern and mediaeval languages, literatures, and cultures of Europe
(including English and the Slavonic languages, and the cultures of the
European diaspora). History, library studies, education and pedagogy, and
the medical application of linguistics are excluded.


In order to submit a paper, you are kindly requested to register as an
author on the journal’s website at
may be made via the website or via email to the editors (see below).

Queries or questions should be directed to the editors at

Research 2.0: Web 2.0 and Virtual Worlds as Research Environments

Call for Papers
Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)

Minitrack: Research 2.0: Web 2.0 and Virtual Worlds as Research Environments

Please visit the minitrack website for more details:

Part of the Track: Internet and Digital Economy

Paper Submission Deadline:June 15, 2009

The Web 2.0 environment offers many new opportunities for researchers
undertaking both qualitative and quantitative research (e.g., increased
potential for collecting data from online communities and social networks
around the globe). However, these technologies can also be used by
researchers to enhance the research process (e.g., facilitating research
collaboration between project team members to develop tools and technologies
to analyze data and write papers). Understanding the privacy and legal
implications in both contexts ­ i.e., the implementation of the study, as
well as the research process ­ is an area that warrants further exploration
in a minitrack environment.

This minitrack invites papers on topics including (but not limited to):

* Changing landscape for qualitative and quantitative research due to
emergence of Web 2.0 and virtual worlds;
* Development of online research communities;
* Online collaborative techniques in Web 2.0 environments for advancing
research methodologies;
* Use of Web 2.0 tools and technologies in data collection and analyses;
* Use of Web 2.0 platforms and virtual worlds (e.g., Second Life) such as
avatars, online communities, for conducting qualitative and quantitative
* Effectiveness of Web 2.0 for increasing participating rates in research
(e.g., questionnaire response rates; online focus groups);
* Using user-generated content as a data source in research;
* Ethical and legal issues (e.g., privacy; copyright) in conducting
qualitative and quantitative research in virtual environments;
* Use of social computing in building research communities;
* Role of social computing in the advancement of data collection techniques;
* New data collection approaches in Web 2.0 environments.
Minitrack Co-Chairs:
Lisa M. Given
(Primary Contact)
School of Library and Information Studies
International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM)
University of Alberta

Dinesh Rathi
School of Library and Information Studies
University of Alberta


Out Behind the Desk: Workplace Issues for LGBTQ Librarians


Out Behind the Desk: Workplace Issues for LGBTQ Librarians (a working title), edited by Tracy Nectoux and published by Library Juice Press as part of the series Gender and Sexuality in Librarianship.

Seeking submissions for an anthology of personal accounts by librarians and library workers relating experiences of being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, or queer at work.  This volume seeks to represent a broad spectrum of orientations and gender identities, highlighting a range of experiences of being and/or coming out at work.  Also welcome are critical and historical perspectives on the challenges of navigating gender and sexuality in the library workplace.

Objective of Book

Librarians and library workers are in a singular position to discuss the difficulty–even today, even in libraries–of choosing to be out at work. Our situations are unique.  We are educators, leaders, and often advocates of some of our most vulnerable citizens: LGBTQ youth. We face two enormous, yet conflicting consequences when we decide to come out: the risk of jeopardizing our own professional security while simultaneously presenting ourselves as allies to LGBTQ patrons.  The discussions in this volume will be an uncommon and valuable addition to the literature of gender and sexuality in the workplace, a topic that has been little examined in library literature.


Suggested Topics:


  • Personal narratives of coming and being out in the library workplace
  • Personal, historical, and critical approaches to hostile environments and/or colleagues
  • Accounts of supportive environments and/or colleagues
  • Narratives of workplace discrimination struggles
  • Narratives of coming out in rural and urban contexts
  • The challenges of coming and being out in historical perspective
  • When and why library workers stay closeted
  • Other critical, historical, and personal perspectives related to being out in the library

Target Audience:

LGBTQ librarians, library workers, and library school students, as well as library administrators who might find such a volume helpful in creating an inclusive, diverse, and safe workplace for both employees and patrons who are sexual minorities.

Submission Guidelines:

We welcome and encourage submissions from a broad spectrum of librarians and library workers and seek to be inclusive of all ages, library types (public, academic, or private libraries), geographies (rural, urban, international), and sexual orientations and gender identities (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, gender-queer, questioning, etc.).  A range of submissions are welcome, including essays, poetry, and visual art.

Anonymous submissions will be accepted from librarians and library workers who are not out.


Deadline for summaries: May 31, 2009

Submit a brief summary (3 paragraphs maximum) and a short author’s statement or URLs where appropriate.  Electronic submissions only to

Deadline for manuscripts: December 31, 2009

One electronic copy.  Black-and-white artwork may be submitted in hard copy; author responsible for securing image copyright permissions.  Text may range from 100 to 5,000 words.


Tracy Nectoux

Cataloger, Illinois Newspaper Project

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Cell: 217-766-7984

Gender, Sport, and the Olympics

 (deadline: May 15, 2009)

The editors of thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture invite
submissions for our forthcoming issue on gender, sport, and the Olympics.

Prompted by the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, we are
interested in exploring the central role which gender and sexuality play in
shaping ideas about athleticism, sport culture, and the body, and the
significant ways in which athletic events such as the Olympics work to
transform conceptions of public space, national boundaries and identities,
and gendered self-presentations and performances. This issue invites
contributions on:

o        the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver

o        sport, athleticism, and ability

o        the Para Olympics

o        LGBT participation in athletics and the Olympics

o        legal impacts on gender and sport (i.e. Title IX legislation in the
United States)

o        sport and masculinities/femininities

o        the role of gender in sporting competition

o        gendered perspectives on Olympic events

o        the use of prosthetics and technologies in athletic competition

o        the impact of the Olympics on the environment

o        sports/the Olympics and the use of public space, including
displacement of individuals/communities, the environment, and urban renewal

o        and other topics relevant to the theme of gender, sport, and the

We welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplinary and geographical
perspectives. Submissions from researchers working within, or among, the
disciplines of geography, sociology, literature, area studies, cultural
studies, film/media studies, art, history, education, law, and women’
s/gender studies are particularly encouraged.

We accept the submission of work from scholars of any rank or affiliation,
and encourage submissions from emerging feminist scholars, including
graduate students.

All submissions to the journal must be submitted electronically through our
online submission process. All submissions are peer-reviewed by established,
senior feminist scholars. For more information on our publishing policies

To submit: Please follow our online submission process at

** Deadline: May 15, 2009 **
For more information, please contact us at info [at]

ACRL Professional Development Programs

ACRL invites presentations for 2010 professional development programs


The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites proposal submissions for half- or full-day professional development programs to be held prior to the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting or the 2010 ALA Annual Conference. ACRL workshops at the 2010 ALA Midwinter meeting will be held on Friday, Jan. 15, in Boston. Preconferences at the 2010 ALA Annual Conference will be held on Friday, June 25, in Washington D.C. Submissions will be accepted online at through May 4, 2009.

Programs should allow participants to develop skills related to a specific topic and should focus on interactive learning using a variety of presentation styles. Programs that offer practical tips and cutting-edge techniques are especially encouraged. Proposals should explicitly outline activities that will be incorporated during the session to enable attendees to achieve the session’s learning outcomes.  Programs can either be half-day or full-day sessions. 
Proposals must include the following information:

  • Complete contact information for all speakers. Please note that the person submitting a group proposal will be considered the Program Organizer and the main contact for the presentation. 
  • Presentation title.
  • Presentation description. The description should be approximately 500 words, should outline the main points of the program, its relevance to attendees and how you would incorporate at least one active learning exercise in your session.
  • Short presentation description. This description should be approximately 100 words. If your proposal is accepted, this description will be used in promotional materials.
  • Support of ACRL Strategic Plan. Outline how your program would support the ACRL Strategic Plan ( ). 
  • At least three learning outcomes and how they will be achieved.
  • Indicate whether you have offered this program before for ACRL.
  • Indicate whether program will be held at the 2010 Midwinter Meeting or Annual Conference.

Proposals will be evaluated by the ACRL Professional Development Coordinating Committee for clarity, originality and timeliness. Special attention will be given to proposals that incorporate one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Generates ideas or reports research that contribute to ongoing discussion about the future of academic and research libraries.
  • Demonstrates innovative thinking and/or new perspectives.
  • Contributes ideas for positioning academic and research librarians to be leaders both on and off campus.
  • Presents strategies for effectively implementing new ideas and technology.
  • Incorporates at least one active learning exercise.
  • Explicitly includes specific activities that will meet the learning style preferences of a variety of learners.
  • Demonstrates how learning outcomes would be achieved.
  • Supports the ACRL strategic plan.

Notifications will be issued by July 2009. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. PDT, Monday, May 4, 2009. Visit for complete details. 

Mothering and Hip-Hop Culture

Mothering and Hip-Hop Culture


Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection by Maki
Motapanyane and Shana Calixte to be published in 2011.

Motherhood is an experience that has been ever-present yet invisible in
the global music genre of Hip-Hop. Yet this aspect of women’s
experiences within the movement has garnered little or no interest from
journalists, writers and scholars of Hip-Hop culture. Nor do we have any
understanding of how mothers who remain Hip-Hop enthusiasts negotiate
their relationship to the culture of Hip-Hop and its music with their
children. What are the spaces that motherhood occupies in Hip-Hop? Are
there ways of understanding mothering in Hip-Hop along a historical
continuum? What are some of the ways that motherhood complicates the
very masculinist discourses around hip hop? How can we create an
empowered and feminist Hip-Hop mothering, what would it look like and
how would it challenge the status quo? How are mothers engaging with
Hip-Hop, both locally and globally?

<>The aim of this collection is to give motherhood within Hip-Hop
culture an intellectual point of entry into an existing field of
academic debates. Themes that submitted proposals engage may include:

    * Hip-Hop histories
    * Masculinity
    * Misogyny and violence
    * Consumerism and capitalism
    * The globalization and/or transnationality of Hip-Hop
    * Cultural appropriation
    * Political subversion
    * Cultural diversity
    * Feminist mothering
    * Heterosexualities
    * Queer identities and sexuality
    * Aesthetic continuity and change
    * Representation and the marketing of identities
    * Other themes not mentioned here

We seek both creative and academic submissions that tackle the complex
ways in which motherhood and Hip-Hop frame these and other discussions.
Abstracts are welcome from a variety of academic disciplines and

<>Abstracts: 250 words in length.
Deadline for Abstracts: August 1, 2009
Papers: 15-18 pages
Deadline for Papers: January 7, 2010

Please submit proposals to: Maki Motapanyane at
<> and Shana Calixte at

Association for Research on Mothering (ARM)
Demeter Press
726 Atkinson, York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON,
Canada, M3J 1P3
416-736-2100 x60366 (fax) 416-736-5766

Please direct inqueries to: Maki Motapanyane at
and Shana Calixte at