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ALISE 2010 Research Grant Program Competition

The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) is now accepting proposals for its . An award of one or more grants totaling $5,000 may be made to support research broadly related to education for library and information science. The Research Grant Award cannot be used to support a doctoral dissertation. At least one applicant in a group submitting a proposal must be a personal member of ALISE as of the deadline date.

Proposals may not exceed 20 double-spaced pages, excluding CVs. If necessary, supporting information may be included in an appendix. Proposals must include the following information to be considered in the competition:

   * Abstract of the project (not longer than 200 words).
   * Problem statement and literature review (including justification
     and need for the research).
   * Project objectives.
   * Project description.
   * Research design, methodology, and analysis techniques (including
     schedule for completion).
   * Detailed budget (including institutional or departmental
     contributions, if any).
   * Expected benefits and impact of the research.
   * Vita(e) of project investigator(s) may be appended.

Staff training, general operating or overhead expenses, and other indirect costs are not funded.

The proposals will be judged by the ALISE Research Committee with the assistance of additional ALISE members in those cases where the methodology warrants. The proposals will be judged on:

  1. Appropriateness of the proposed project to issues in library and
     information science education in its broadest context.
  2. Significance of the problem.
  3. Design of the study.
  4. The investigator’s qualifications: how likely she/he is to be
     successful, based on previous work and/or possession of the
     requisite skills.
  5. The appropriateness of the schedule and the likelihood that the
     work will be accomplished on time.
  6. Completeness of the application.

Submissions will be disqualified if they exhibit one or more of the following:

Lack of adherence to submission requirements
Submission of paper for the wrong award
Poor quality in the writing
Poor organization of material
Lack of specificity on required elements
Lack of appropriate instrument samples
Lack of appropriate theoretical framework

The committee reserves the right to select no winning proposal if in its judgment none of the proposals are considered satisfactory.

*Recipients of the award must:*

   * Present a preliminary report at the 2010 ALISE Annual Conference
   * Submit written quarterly reports to the Executive Director of
     ALISE, who will pay the grant in periodic installments as the
     research progresses
   * May submit the results of the funded study to the Association’s
     Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS)
     for possible publication prior to submission to other publications.
   * Acknowledge the support of ALISE in any publicity or presentation
     based on the funded study
   * Inform the Executive Director of ALISE if research funding from
     other sources is obtained, in addition to the provided by ALISE
*The research proposal must be received no later than* *October 1, 2009. It should be submitted via email as an attachment in Word format to


*Rong Tang
Simmons College
Chair, ALISE Research Grant Competition Committee

Transcultural Mappings : emerging issues in comparative, transnational and area studies

Held at   University of Sydney
 Sydney, Australia
April 9 – 11, 2010
We continue to map the world, sociopolitically and culturally as much as physically. What conceptual tools might emerge from an exercise of “transcultural mappings”? Can it represent a possible way through a certain postmodern and postcolonial impasse? What factors might determine how these mappings occur and how they evolve?

“Transcultural Mappings : emerging issues in comparative, transnational and area studies” aims to track why and how such debates have gained prominence in transnational, area and comparative cultural studies as well as to consider the methodological and ideological implications of such theoretical reworkings.

Further to an earlier post, the conference “Transcultural Mappings” to be
held in Sydney 9-11 April 2010 at the University of Sydney, now has a

Abstracts can be electronically submitted via this website (deadline for
abstracts 30 November 2009).  Registration will also be available via this

Please publicise the conference and the URL to your networks.

All enquiries to me or to the conference email address


The journal Future Internet ( (ISSN 1999-5903) is a new peer-reviewed, open access journal on Internet technologies and the information society. Future Internet is published by Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI).
Special Issue Editor:
Professor Amanda Spink
Faculty of Science and Technology
Queensland University of Technology, Australia
This special issue of the journal Future Internet seeks papers reporting high quality theoretical or empirical studies of Web information behavior. Web technologies seek to support people’s information behavior. Web information behavior is an important topic area for the future internet, the Web search engine companies and the information research community. The future internet will be shaped by people’s information behavior and the technologies developed to support those information behaviors. Web information behavior research includes a diverse range of theoretical and empirical approaches, including individual or collaborative models, information seeking, information foraging, information sense-making, information organising, information using and Web search (including interactive/cognitive information retrieval). Modeling people’s Web information behavior is a major multidisciplinary research challenge, including fields such as computer science, library and information science, cognitive science, human-computer interaction, communication studies, information systems, etc.
High quality research papers are sought on any aspect of modeling or technologically supporting individual or collaborative Web information behavior, including information seeking, information foraging, information sense-making, information organising, information using and Web search approaches.
Potential contributors are invited to submit a paper via email to the Special Issue Editor by 1 October 2009. Authors will be notified by 1 November 2009 as to the status of their paper. Final revised manuscripts should be not more than 25 pages single-spaced in length and are due on 1 December 2009.
Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically to:
Professor Amanda Spink –

Contest(ed) Writing: Reconceptualizing Literacy Competitions

Please see the information below on a collection I’m editing.  While I have strong proposals thus far, I’d like chapters on women and popular writing contests, either historical or contemporary.  Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Contest(ed) Writing: Reconceptualizing Literacy Competitions (tentative title for edited collection)
Editor: Mary R. Lamb, Clayton State University

          “Contested” writing  is defined as writing done outside a course requirement or grade, writing for a contest or test, writing that carries rewards (money, position, rank, reputation, credentials), and writing with specific spatial and/or time constraints. This competitive practice began in Ancient Greece with poetry and oration contests that judged the best among others, and directly influenced emerging university teaching, leaving a legacy of contested writing for generations of students. Indeed, some versions of rhetoric and composition emphasize this competition and contest, complete with victors and vanquished.  This collection aims to theorize and historicize contested writing in order to offer new ways of thinking about it. To theorize and understand our current practices, this collection will locate historical antecedents in rhetorical and educational practices.  In addition, chapters will examine contested writing in academic and popular cultural contexts, theorizing these practices and their implications.  Contributors include an afterword by Deborah Brandt and chapters by Beth Burmester, Richard L. Enos, Lyn�e L. Gaillet, and Lisa Mastrangelo.
          Additional contributions that address the following questions are particularly welcome:
.         Is contested writing best understood as individual or collaborative authorship or a blend of these?  Do contests value competition and individual authorship over cooperation and collaboration? If so, what are the implications (social, political, pedagogical, professional)?
.         Why is competitive writing still so charged and valued in popular and academic cultures?
.         Through which historical practices can we best understand contested writing today?
.         What are the literacy implications of contested writing?
.         What frameworks (i.e. Brandt’s literacy sponsors) help us understand contested writing?
.         Whose values and interests are served in contested writing practices?
.         What social attitudes and literacy values are reinforced in contested writing?
.         How have composition pedagogy and curricular design been shaped by contested writing practices?
.         What cultural work has/does contested writing accomplish?
.         How do technologies shape contested writing? What role does multi-modality play in how writing is contested in the public sphere of digital rhetorics and electronic publishing (weblogs, twitter, Facebook, wikis, YouTube, etc.)?
.         How are writing contests or extemporaneous speaking contests represented in popular culture (tv, film, fiction)?
.         How does “genre” play a role in contested writing?
.         What literacy alternatives are there to contested writing as assessment?

Please send 500-word (approximately) proposals by Friday, July 31, 2009, in a MS Word attachment or in the body of an email.  Please include your contact information.  Authors whose proposals are accepted will be contacted by August 28, and full drafts are due March 1, 2010.

Send questions and proposals to: Mary R. Lamb;; 678-466-4706

Call for Reviewers, Technical Services Quarterly

Technical Services Quarterly is looking for reviewers to contribute to the column, Tech Services on the Web. We are always interested in learning which sites are useful for your own work, so please consider sharing your expertise with our readers.  Contact Column Editor: Marta Deyrup

Site URL:


ACHI 2010: The Third International Conferences on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions


February 10-15, 2010 – St. Maartin, the Netherlands Antilles

Submission deadline: September 10, 2009

Sponsored by IARIA,

Extended versions of selected papers will be published in IARIA
ACHI 2010  will be held under DigitalWorld 2010:

Please note the Poster Forum and Work in Progress tracks.

The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of
concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations,
running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. Authors
are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under
review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not
limited to, topic areas.

All tracks are open to both research and industry contributions, in
terms of Regular papers, Posters, Work in progress,
Technical/marketing/business presentations, Demos, Tutorials, and Panels.

Before submission, please check and conform with the Editorial rules:
ACHI 2010 Tracks (tracks’ topics and submission details: see CfP on the

INTER: Interfaces

OUI: Organic user interfaces

HAPTIC: Haptic interfaces

SYSTEMS: Interactive systems

DEVICES: Interaction devices

DESIGN & EVAL: Interaction & interface design & evaluation

MODELS: Principles, theories, and models

USER: User modeling and user focus

PARADIGMS: Traditional and emerging paradigms

ACCESS: Usability and universal accessibility

HUM-ROBOTS: Human-robot interaction

HUM- AGENTS: Agents and human interaction

SOCIAL: Social aspects of human-computer interaction

GAMES: Computer games and gaming

EDUCATION: Human-computer interaction in education and training

MED APPS: Applications in medicine

TELECONF: Teleconferencing

APPLICATIONS: Other domain applications


IARIA Publicity Board

Our Stories, OurSelves The EmBODYment of Women’s Learning

Mev Miller, Ed.D. & Kathleen P. King, Ed.D., Editors

How do women’s bodies matter in adult literacy and basic education? Our Volume 1 (Empowering Women through Literacy: Views from Experience) focused on empowering women in the classroom and primarily addressed intellectual and personal barriers to and growth for women’s literacy learning.

However, we are aware of the many ways in which women’s bodies and whole selves are integral to the womanhood we celebrate, yet are ignored, or even silenced, in traditional adult ABE, ESOL, and literacy classes. Even when we do recognize or talk about women’s bodies, these discussions generally focus on sexual violence, childcare/parenting, or health. Educators and students seek expression as embodied women, but find these realities difficult to include in current programs and classes.

The editors seek to gather writings about the many dimensions of womanhood, specifically related to em-body-ment, as they are experienced in literacy and basic/developmental educational settings. We encourage a variety of genres including stories, creative writing, poetry, articles, drawings, and research.

September 30, 2009

Full proposal guidelines

Form (required)

For more information, contact:
Mev Miller, Ed.D.,

Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference

 >> Call for Participation Deadline: October 21 <<

    ** Join with 1,200+ Colleagues from 50 Countries **

                     * Please forward to a colleague *


                                  SITE 2010

   Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education
                        International Conference

          March 29-April 2, 2010  *  San Diego, CA

             (Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina)

                      CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

               ** Submissions Due: Oct. 21, 2009 **

                                 Organized by
Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE)
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

** What are your colleagues saying about SITE conferences? **

Available to Print & Distribute (PDF to print)


              ** SELECTED PAPER BOOK FOR SITE 2010 **
Submit Your Full Paper for Publication in a Book of Selected Papers

SITE 2010 will offer for the first time an alternative Full Paper submission category.
“Full Papers (Book)” are Full Paper submissions submitted in their final by Oct. 21.
These will be reviewed for publication in a book of selected papers as well as a presentation.

                  >> CONTENTS & LINKS  (details below) <<

1. Call for Papers and Submission & Presenter Guidelines, Deadline Oct. 21:

2. Scope & Major Topics:

4. Presentation Categories:
5. Proceedings & Paper Awards:

6. Corporate Participation:
7. For Budgeting Purposes:

8. San Diego, California:
9. Deadlines:

SITE 2010 is the 21st annual conference of the Society for Information
Technology and Teacher Education. This society represents individual
teacher educators and affiliated organizations of teacher educators in all
disciplines, who are interested in the creation and dissemination of
knowledge about the use of information technology in teacher education and
faculty/staff development.  SITE is a society of AACE.

You are invited to participate in this international forum which offers
numerous opportunities to explore the research, development, and applications
in this important field. All proposals are peer reviewed.

SITE is the premiere international conference in this field and annually
attracts more than 1,200 leaders in the field from over 50 countries.

To submit a proposal, complete the online form at:

For Presentation and AV guidelines, see:


* Keynote Speakers
* Invited Panels/Speakers
* Papers (Full & Brief)
* Posters/Demonstrations
* Corporate Showcases & Demonstrations
* Tutorials/Workshops
* Roundtables
* Symposia

The Conference invites proposals from the introductory through advanced level
on all topics related to:

(1) the use of information technology in teacher education, and
(2) instruction about information technology in
    * Preservice
    * Inservice
    * Graduate Teacher Education
    * Faculty & Staff Development

Proposals which address the theory, research and applications as well as
describe innovative projects are encouraged.


* Assessment and E-folios
* Corporate
* Digital Video
* Distance/Flexible Education
* Electronic Playground
* Equity and Social Justice
* Evaluation and Research
* Games and Simulations
* Graduate Education and Faculty Development
* Information Literacy
* Information Technology Diffusion/Integration
* International
* Latino/Spanish Speaking Community
* Leadership
* New Possibilities with Information Technologies
* Web/Learning Communities
* Workforce Education

* Art Education
* Early Childhood Education
* English Education
* Human Languages Education
* Information Technology Education
* Innovative Technology Experiences for Teachers and Students (ITEST)
* Mathematics Education
* Middle School Education
* Science Education
* Social Studies Education
* Special Education/Assistive Technology
* Technological, Pedagogical, And Content Knowledge (TPACK)

The Technical Program includes a wide range of interesting and useful
activities designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information. These include
keynote and invited talks, paper presentations, roundtables,
poster/demonstrations, tutorials/workshops, panels, and corporate showcases.

Accepted papers will be published by AACE in the Technology and Teacher
Education Annual proceedings series. Books in this series serve as major
source documents indicating the current state of teacher education and
information technology. This proceedings will be published as a searchable
electronic book on CD-ROM.

The Annuals are internationally distributed through and archived in the
Education and Information Technology Digital Library,

First and second paper authors are limited to two papers published in the

All presented papers will be considered for Best Paper Awards within
several categories.

Award winning papers may be invited for publication in the:
– Journal of Technology and Teacher Education (JTATE) ( or
– Online journal, Contemporary Issues in Technology & Teacher Education (CITE) (,

Highlighted in the:
– Education and Information Technology Digital Library,

A variety of opportunities are available to present research-oriented
papers, or to showcase and market your products and services. For information about Corporate
Showcases (30 minutes) and Corporate Demonstrations (2-hours, scheduled with the Poster/Demos),
click here.

The conference registration fee for all presenters and participants will be
approximately $325 (members); $365 (non-members).  Registration includes Proceedings on
CD, receptions, and all sessions except tutorials.

The conference hotel (Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina) specially discounted
guest room rate is $149/169 (single/double).

SAN DIEGO, CA: Where blue skies, miles of beaches, and a gentle Mediterranean climate meet!

It’s not just a conference. it’s a vacation! So plan to join us in San Diego for SITE 2010 a great conference in one of America’s greatest destinations.

For more information about San Diego, CA, USA


Proposals Due:              Oct. 21, 2009
Authors Notified:             Dec. 2, 2009
Proceedings File Due:    Feb. 10, 2010
Early Registration:          Feb. 10, 2010
Hotel Reservation:          Mar. 1, 2010
Conference:                    Mar. 29-April 2, 2010

To be added to the mailing list for this conference, link

If you have a question about SITE, please send an e-mail to
SITE/AACE Conference Services,

SITE–Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education
P.O. Box 1545
Chesapeake, Virginia 23327  USA
Phone: 757-366-5606 * Fax: 703-997-8760
E-mail:  *

Call for Papers: Beyond Semantics – the linguistic turn of Library and Information Science

LIBREAS (Library Ideas) is an electronic journal which operates under a free-access model,
meaning no costs for authors and readership ( This eJournal was
launched in 2005 by students at Berlin School of Library and Information Science (IBI)
which is part of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. It still is housed at the IBI.

Now the editorial board consists of eight unpaid editors (mostly alumni of IBI, some
currently students). Recently LIBREAS established a branch in St. Paul,
Minnesota (USA) to strengthen our focus on North American scholarship.

LIBREAS aims to be the gateway between the “young and wild ones” and the
“old hands” in research and practice. It acts as a place for dialogue and idea exchange. By
now it is an established institution within the field of library and information science. We
particularly encourage emerging professionals and students to identify with LIBREAS.

Open-mindedness for new ideas and trends throughout the field of library and information
science is one characteristic of LIBREAS. Accompanied by at least two issues
per year, we publish self-produced audio recordings and podcasts, blogs, travel reports
and photo slide shows on a regular basis. LIBREAS seeks to provide a space
for development, identify niches and encourage controversial thoughts.

We invite you to submit articles, podcasts or reviews for our upcoming issue. We also encourage you to distribute this CfP to other interested parties.

LIBREAS Issue 15 Call for Papers: Beyond Semantics – the linguistic turn of Library and Information Science

A key challenge in Library and Information Science is the fundamental change in the content carriers. While traditionally physical media, such as books, served as the content carrier the increasing shift to digital content requires a radical change in perspective.

In the digital environment the content is flexible; hyperlinked, dynamically distributed and automatically indexed. In this environment the sheer amount of content limits the ability of intellectual indexing.

There are three branches of semiotics:

• Syntactics: referring to the relation of signs to each other
• Semantics: referring to the relation between signs and the respective things they refer to
• Pragmatics: referring to the relation of signs to their impacts on those who use them.

Current technical means of indexing are mostly limited to the syntactic level. The indexing process only requires the use of algorithms and the application of respective relations. Because of the binary structure of digital texts, those means and methods tend to be accurate. This method clearly has its limitations when it comes to the meaning of some texts. Therefore, we propose the application and elaboration of semiotic approaches to address these limitations.

On the semantic level there are some technical approaches within the research of the so-called semantic web (e.g. the development of ontologies). As of now, both the practicality and the outcomes of these technical approaches appear to be rather limited. Intellectual assistance is still necessary to actualize the relations of meaning.

On the pragmatic level there is currently no technical approach. Still, the pragmatic level has attracted an increasing amount of attention and gains relevance as the communication processes are increasingly handled in the digital realm. Currently, different types of content are mixed-up; such that the line between official publication and personal utterances (e.g. blogs, Twitter) is blurred.

The major thesis of the next issue of LIBREAS is as follows:
It is imperative that any contemporary discourse in signs and sign-structures includes the whole semiotic framework. A solely intellectual and pragmatic approach inevitably fails because of the sheer amount of material, while a reduction of syntactic and structural aspects leads to the contraction of perspective regarding the actual usage of such environments. The combination of the syntactic, semantic and pragmatic levels is vital for LIS to effectively deal with the complexity of digital and netted content.

We are far from understanding what a combination of the syntactic, semantic and pragmatic levels will look like in a technical application framework. For the next issue of LIBREAS we ask for contributions to address the issue from a conceptual and/or methodological perspective in a broader sense and/or that discuss the given thesis. The goal is to elaborate on the relationships between signs and text regarding the syntactic and semantic values, as well as their relationship with human users. Furthermore, we will try to formulate fields of application and methodological potential for LIS within this context.

The deadline for submissions is July 24th, 2009. Please note our guidelines for authors.

You may contact us via

Information Research: an international electronic journal -scholarly communication

For those who have not read the Editorial in the current issue.

Information will publish a thematic issue in March 2010 to celebrate 15 years of open access publishing.

The theme is scholarly communication – and papers on all aspects of this subject will be welcome, from reports on research on the impact on scholarly communication of information and communication technologies in general to studies of the role of e-journals, open access and institutional repositories.

The latest date by which papers can be considered for this particular issue (in order to go through the full peer review and revision process) will be 1st October, 2009.  When submitting a paper for this issue through the journal management system, please mail the Editor ( to the effect that you want the paper to be considered for the thematic issue.

Professor Tom Wilson, PhD, Hon.Ph.D.,
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
Information Research: an international electronic journal