Monthly Archives: June 2010


Once again, AERA’s deadline for paper submissions is fast approaching–in fact, it’s one minute before midnight on July 15th!  We don’t want you to miss the deadline, and we want to have a strong showing of proposals for our SIG, RESEARCH, EDUCATION, INFORMATION, and SCHOOL LIBRARIES (REISL).


This year’s theme is “Inciting the Social Imagination:  Education Research for the Public Good.”  That theme fits nicely with what school libraries and media centers offer through our focus on information literacy and lifelong learning.  REISL is open to a wide variety of topics on this theme to be presented at the 2011 AERA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, April 8-12.


We look forward to your submission to REISL.  It should be a Word document of 6 pages in length, double-spaced (less than 2000 words).  The following elements must be addressed even if your results, conclusions, or findings are not complete or final at the time of the submission:


  • Objectives or purposes
  • Perspective(s) or theoretical framework
  • Methods, techniques, or modes of inquiry
  • Data sources, evidence, objects, or materials
  • Results and/or substantiated conclusions or warrants for arguments/point of view
  • Scientific or scholarly significance of the study or work


Please take some time in the next few weeks to offer your paper for the REISL SIG.  You can upload your submission online at  Program Chair Michelle Kowalsky ( can answer any questions you might have.

Library and Information Science Trends and Research: Asia-Oceania Region

Book Editors:
Amanda Spink, Professor and Chair in Information Science, Loughborough University (UK)
Diljit Singh, Associate Professor, University of Malaya, Malaysia
Proposal Submission Deadline: July 31 2010
Accepted Full Chapters Due: January 1, 2011
Library and Information Science Trends and Research: Asia-Oceania Region, co-edited by Professor Amanda Spink and Dr. Diljit Singh, seeks to provide an understanding of the library and information science trends and research in the Asia-Oceania region.
The Asia-Oceania region of the world stretches from Korea and Japan in the north, through China and India to Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, and Indonesia, and eastward to Australia and New Zealand. Asia-Oceania is one of the fastest growing regions of the world with a booming population and economy. As the region has developed socially and economically particularly in the last ten years, the field of library and information science has also grown in educational and research developments. In particular, the field is growing rapidly in China and India as libraries and digital information becomes part of people’s everyday social and life processes.
The book seeks to present chapters by a range of scholars who discuss research and educational trends in library and information science in the Asia-Oceania region. The co-editors have extensive experience in this world region. Professor Amanda Spink recently spent five years in the Australian LIS environment and Dr. Diljit Singh who based at the University of Malaya has extensive experience throughout the Asian region. High quality and scholarly book chapters are sought that cover research and education studies, including policy issues, bibliometric studies, user behaviour, educational issues and other aspects related to trends in the LIS field in the Asia-Oceania region. 
Potential contributors are invited to submit an abstract or a 1-2 page chapter proposal to the book Editors by July 31 2010 detailing the background, motivations and structure of the proposed chapter. Authors will be notified in short order as to the status of their proposal and sent organizational guidelines.
Full chapters should be at least 8,000-9,000 words in length and are due by January 1, 2011. Final revised manuscripts are due on February 1, 2010 for a publication date later in 2011.
Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically to both:
Professor Amanda
Dr. Diljit Singh –

Social Networking ( Feminist Collections)

Dear Colleagues,

FEMINIST COLLECTIONS: A QUARTERLY OF WOMEN’S STUDIES RESOURCES seeks short reports (300­500 words) on the use of FaceBook, MySpace, Twitter, and other online social networking tools in women’s studies classes, to be published in an upcoming issue of the journal.

This will be our fourth “Round-Up” report on using new technologies in teaching women’s studies. The first three appeared in volume 27, numbers 2­3, Winter­Spring 2006 (see “Blogging Women’s Studies” at; volume 28, number 4, Summer-Fall 2007 (see “Blogs and Other E-Tools for Women’s Studies” at; and volume 29, number 1, Winter 2008 (see “YouTube in Women’s Studies” at

The deadline for these short reports will be November 15, 2010. If you would like to contribute your experience and ideas, please reply to JoAnne Lehman, FEMINIST COLLECTIONS editor,

PaLA Poster sessions ( Pennsylvania Library Association)

Just a Reminder that there is one week left to submit a proposal for a poster session at the PALA Annual Conference to be held October 24 – 27, 2010 at the new Lancaster County Convention Center located on the square in downtown Lancaster.

What is a poster session?  It is an opportunity, set aside during the conference, when librarians, students, staff or others participating in the professional conference can present an idea, the outcomes of a completed project, or research results to an audience of their peers. The tone is casual and the mode is highly interactive.  The object is to gather feedback and to make connections with others interested in the same subject. This is a forum for library professionals from across the state to highlight their libraries and to share their successful ideas or innovations with colleagues.

This year’s conference theme is Rooted in Tradition, Growing the Future, representing both the traditional and new methods that libraries supply information and why libraries are such an important part of our communities.  For more information on poster sessions and to submit a poster go to the PaLA Web site and click on Poster Session Proposal

The deadline for proposals is June 27, 2010.   Come, join us in Lancaster to share your traditions and grow your future!

Evaluating Web search engines (Special Issue of Online Information Review)


The aim of this special issue is to explore the importance and the many possibilities of evaluating Web search engines. This includes a wide spectrum of topics, but we are especially interested in papers dealing with new approaches to search engine evaluation, as well as papers describing thoroughly conducted empirical studies.

A Web search is clearly the foremost method for finding information today. According to ComScore, more than 130 billion search queries were posed to search engines in a single month in 2009. This explains why search engine research is not only of interest to a community working on improving them, but also to a society whose members rely heavily on search engines. In contrast to the importance of search engines, there are still relatively few studies dealing with their quality. The question is how search engines can be best evaluated considering their wide use and the typical user behaviour towards them.

Search engines are not only used for general-purpose queries, but in many different contexts. The spectrum of queries ranges from trivial to highly specific; the usage scenarios range from private to professional. Therefore, evaluations should not only focus on the general user, but on certain user groups and/or search topics.

While there are only a few major search engines determined to cover the whole of the web, there are specialized engines focussing on certain parts of the web (e.g., language areas or individual topics). However, it remains unclear how much these add to the quality of Web search.

While the quality of results is surely the most important factor when evaluating search engines, there are other areas of interest as well. The quality of a search engine’s index is important to determine whether this engine would be suitable to produce relevant results. For the professional searcher, the quality of the search features also is important. Mal-functioning search features can have a negative effect on the results for less sophisticated queries. Last, but not least, the usability of search engines must be considered in evaluations. Usability is a major factor for users in deciding which search engine to use.

Topics of interest may focus on but are not restricted to:

•       Retrieval effectiveness
•       Reliability of search results
•       Language handling
•       Index sizes and overlap comparisons
•       Query log analysis
•       User behaviour
•       Results presentation
•       User surveys
•       User guidance in the search process
•       Ability of search engines to deal with different query types
•       Index and/or results freshness
•       Diversity of results
•       Search features comparison
•       Influence of search engine optimization (SEO) on results quality

Papers must spell out the implications of the findings for online information (these should be discussed in the introduction, discussion and conclusion sections of your paper).

In general only research-based submissions will be considered. Such submissions may be any type of research, including technical or conceptual. Viewpoints, literature reviews or general reviews are generally not acceptable.

Papers should ideally be 4000 to 6000 words in length and references and citations should be in our journal style. Please see our author guidelines at for more details and submission instructions. Following these guidelines closely will avoid delay in your paper being assessed and improve your chances for acceptance. Please ensure that you submit your paper under the special issue rather than the regular journal issue.

Important dates

Deadline for authors to submit papers: 15 September 2010
Notice of review results: 15 December 2010
Revisions due: 31 January 2011
Author notification: 15 February  2010

About the journal
Online Information Review is a refereed, ISI-ranked journal devoted to research in the broad field of online information, including both transactional and transformational aspects, in the academic, corporate, government, scientific and commercial contexts. It addresses issues related to online resources, systems and services, information quality, content and evaluation, with a particular focus on online and digital information creation, storage, retrieval and applications (including social, political and ethical aspects).


Prof Dirk Lewandowski
Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
Department Information
Berliner Tor 5
D ­ 20099 Hamburg


The Third International Symposium on Library and Information Science Education in the Digital Age

First Announcement and Call for Papers


School of Information Management, Wuhan University, China

March 1, 2010

Since the Second International Symposium on Library and Information Science Education in the Digital Age, which was successfully hosted by the School of Information Management (SIM) of Wuhan University, China in the year of 2006, the Library and Information Education (LISE) has been facing new challenges, and new opportunities in the digital environment. It is also noticeable that the iSchools movement has been fast developing in recent years. In 2010, the year of 90th Anniversary of SIM (1920-2010), SIM will be holding the Third International Symposium on Library and Information Science Education in the Digital Age from October 9 to 11, 2010, as one of the celebration events of the Anniversary. This Symposium will take place at Wuhan University, Wuhan, China. With Wuhan University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Pittsburg, and Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) jointly serving as co-organizers, SIM, the Center for the Studies of Information Resources(CSIR) of Wuhan University, and the International Collaborative Academy of Library and Information Science (ICALIS) of Wuhan University will be co-hosting this venue.

The forthcoming Symposium targets to facilitate the academic exchanges between LIS educators and researchers at home and abroad, and to develop the relationships between China LIS circles and iSchools and ALISE. It also aims to tighten the ties between the education of Library Science, Information Science, Archival Science, and the professional practice.

 1. Theme and Topics

 The theme of this Symposium will be Challenges and Professional Future of Library and Information Science Education in New Environment. The topics under the theme will include:


–Challenge and Models of LISE in New Environment  

— iSchools and the Reform and Innovation of LISE

— iSchools Movement and Its Impact on Asia LISE

–The Future of LISE in the New Environment

— The Education of Librarians in the New Information Environment

–How can iSchools develop quality and profession oriented LISE programs

— How can LISE play an active role in developing China Information Society and boosting the Information Literacy of general public

–Challenges to Archival Education and the Future of Archival Profession in the New Information Environment

–Comparative Research of Archival Higher Education in China and Other Countries

–Round-table Meeting of Sino-U.S. LIS Deans and Chairs for a discussion of the future and suggestions on cooperation opportunities

–The Future of iSchools Graduate Education


We sincerely invite experts, Deans/Chairmen, Directors, and students in the library science, information science and archival science fields to attend.


2. Dates, Places and Fees


Registration Day:     October 8, 2010

Sessions:              October 9 – 11, 2010

Place:                  University Lodge of Wuhan University


The registration fees are waived. In addition to the local arrangements made by the organizers, the participants will take care of their own transportation and accommodation during the venue. 


The Symposium will be financially supported by the 211 Project of Wuhan University.


3. Requirements for Papers and Deadline for Submission


Paper submission must not be published, accepted for publishing, or under consideration for publication elsewhere. It will be up to the Academic Committee of the Symposium to make the decision on if your paper is accepted. The criteria for acceptance: (1) the importance of your topic; (2) the originality of your paper; (3) informative, reliable information in your paper; (4) presentation and expression of your paper ; (4)if your paper has been published before. Paper matrix is designed to A4. It should be with Word 2003 or Word 2007 version, and includes (in the order): paper title, author, affiliations, mailing address and email address, summaries and key words in both Chinese and English, main parts of your paper, references and a profile of the author(s). For specific requirements for the format of the paper, please also refer to the international standard. Please provide us with an e-version of your paper, which should be easy for editing and publishing.


The Proceedings will be published. The deadline for paper submission will be September 1, 2010.


4. Contact Information

Contact Persons:

Ms. Li Zha

Prof. Ximing Xiao

Prof. Ruhua Huang


Mailing Address:

School of Information Management

Wuhan University, Wuhan, China

Postal Code: 430072

Phone:  + 86 27 68754541 (Li Zha)

+ 86 18971378988Ximing Xiao

+ 86 13720116276Ruhua Huang

Fax:       +86 27 68754541

E-mail: Zha

xmxiao@sina.comXiming Xiao Huang



World Libraries

World Libraries is inviting submission of manuscripts for publication.  World Libraries is a peer-reviewed library and information science journal issued electronically twice a year by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.  Since it was first published in 1990, World Libraries (formerly known as Third World Libraries) has been dedicated to encouraging scholarly communication and professional development in the field of library and information science focusing on socio-economic development in libraries worldwide. 



Formerly appearing in print, World Libraries entered a new era of free and open access by publishing on the World Wide Web in 2005.  It is an openly accessible journal, without registration, passwords or fees and can be found at:


World Libraries uses the Open Journal Software (OJS) for efficient manuscript control.  All manuscripts should be submitted to: <> 


Please set up your own personal login and password.  You will then be able to check on the status of your manuscript throughout the editorial process.


If you prefer, however, you may submit your manuscript to: <>




Authors whose manuscripts are published in World Libraries are given the option of retaining the rights to their works.  In order to do so, authors are encouraged to retain copyright or select a Creative Commons license that best suits their needs. More information will be provided upon acceptance of a manuscript.


Submission Guidelines and Author Guidelines


These are readily available at <>



To be considered for review, submitted manuscripts must follow the above guidelines.

International Journal of Doctoral Studies

The International Journal of Doctoral Studies (IJDS) is an academically peer reviewed journal. All submissions are blind refereed by three or more peers. IJDS endeavors to provide readers worldwide with high quality peer-reviewed scholarly articles on a wide variety of issues in doctoral studies using the Informing Science (IS) framework.

IJDS is published in print annually in a single volume by subscription and its articles also appear online as accepted free of charge. This arrangement provides authors with the widest possible readership while ensuring that their papers are fully accepted as bona fide.

IJDS, an official publication of the Informing Science Institute, is now accepting submissions and reviewer nominations.



The mission of IJDS is to provide readers worldwide with high quality peer-reviewed scholarly articles spanning the wide variety of issues in doctoral studies. The editorial objective of IJDS is to inform all those involved with doctoral education regardless of specific discipline. IJDS articles discuss issues such as (but not limited to) the following: doctoral supervision, doctoral dissertation and/or research, the nature and future of doctoral programs, doctoral program design, experiences in doctoral programs, attrition and persistence in doctoral programs, doctoral qualifiers and examinations, doctoral program accreditation, copyright and intellectual properties in doctoral research, climate and support for doctoral study, career path and employment of doctoral graduates, as well as research and publication issues in academia.


IJDS especially encourages publications authored by faculty members and/or academic administrators who actively supervise doctoral students, teach doctoral courses, and/or oversee doctoral programs. Joint publications between faculty members and their doctoral students are also encouraged.


While IJDS is principally an interdisciplinary forum that publishes high quality articles on theory, practice, innovation, and research covering any aspect of doctoral studies, book reviews are also welcome. Authors may use bodies of knowledge from diverse fields of research. However, IJDS is not a general outlet for doctoral students who wish to publish their doctoral research, unless their doctoral research is related to investigation of the issues indicated above. IJDS provides those who submit manuscripts for publication with useful, timely feedback by making the review process constructive. IJDS is the most authoritative interdisciplinary journal on doctoral studies. In additions to the topics mentioned above, other topics of interest to IJDS include (but not limited) to the following:

* Admissions Criteria

* Advisement

* Attrition and Persistence

* Career Path and Employment

* Climate and Support for Doctoral Study

* Comparative Studies (e.g. U.S. versus EU models)

* Comprehensive Exams

* Copyright and Intellectual Property

* Dissertation Committee

* Diversity

* Doctoral Faculty Qualifications

* Family Support

* Historical and Philosophical Foundations of DS

* Innovative Doctoral Programs

* Statistical Skills, and Computer Skills

* Online Doctoral Programs
* Oral Defense

* Outcomes Assessment

* Practitioner Doctorate

* Public Policy and Doc Studies

* Research Assistant

* Research Competence

* Research Doctorate

* Research Ethics

* Research Grants

* Research Methods and Traditions

* Residency Requirement

* Structure of Doctoral Programs
* Writing Skills


          Thompson’s ISI Web of Knowledge (Inspec)

          Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Educational Technology & Library Science

          Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Educational Curriculum and Methods

          Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Educational Psychology and Administration

          BSCO Publishing’s Index of Academic Journals (Education Research Complete – Full Text)

          Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)


Interested authors are encouraged to visit for detailed instructions about manuscript preparation and submission.



Call for Qualified Reviewers: The Editorial Review Board is a key part of IJDS. Its role is to review and comment on manuscripts, thus providing the input to the editors who make the final decision on which papers are accepted and rejected. Even more so, you are to be a mentor to the author on how to make the submission even better, whether or not you recommend for its acceptance.

Members of the IJDS Editorial Review Board have the dual role of coach and quality assurance officer. They blind review manuscripts submitted to the journal. The role of the reviewer for this journal is constructive, particular if the recommendation is not to accept the manuscript. In all cases, the members of the Editorial Review Board will provide the authors will comments and suggestions that will make a good paper even better. One of the purposes of the review process is to educate the author in how to write good papers so that future submissions will be even better.

To become a member of the IJDS Editorial Review Board, you need to have experience with doctoral studies, beyond your own doctoral experience. IJDS is seeking individuals to serve on the Editorial Review Board that have experience with one or more of the following: teach(ed) doctoral course, serve(d) on doctoral research committees (dissertations), supervise(d) doctoral research studies (dissertations), serve(d) as academic advisor for doctoral students, mentor(ed) faculty members, supervise(d) faculty members, serve(d) on doctoral admissions committee, serve(d) on institutional doctoral review board, and/or serve(d) on doctoral curriculum committee.

If you like to join the IJDS Editorial Review Board, please e-mail your CV to the Editor-in-Chief, Yair Levy.

For additional information contact: Yair Levy, Editor-in-Chief

Published materials by Informing Science Institute is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.



The New Normal: leveraging library resources in a brave new world of fiscal reality and institutional change


The New Normal:  leveraging library resources in a brave new world of fiscal reality and institutional change

College & Undergraduate Libraries, a Taylor & Francis peer-reviewed publication, invites proposals for articles to be published in a special issue addressing how libraries are finding creative solutions to maximize resources and provide services in a challenging economy.

The issue will be co-edited by Kevin Gunn of the Catholic University of America ( and Elizabeth Hammond of Mercer University (

In their pieces, authors should focus on how libraries are finding opportunities for new services, partnerships, roles, and initiatives amid fiscal constraints at the same time colleges and universities are rethinking their institutional priorities.  Authors are invited to submit articles/proposals for pieces such as:

1.  theoretical, philosophical, or ideological discussions on re-engineering services and operations
2.  opinion or position papers on the impact on libraries and their users
3.  case studies of library projects and initiatives
4.  new opportunities for consortial partnerships or library collaboratives
5.  collaboration or partnerships between librarians and other campus units
6.  research studies
7.  annotated reviews of the literature.

We welcome proposals from librarians and faculty or other partners both individually and as teams. The proposal should consist of an abstract of 500 words together with all author contact information. Articles should run at least 20 double-spaced pages in length.

For additional information, please contact either editor. Please submit proposals to Kevin Gunn ( by August 15, 2010.  First drafts of accepted proposals will be due by November 15, 2010. Feel free to contact either of us with any questions you may have.

Kevin Gunn
Beth Hammond


Call For Articles - LEARNING TECHNOLOGY NEWSLETTER (ISSN 1438-0625) publication of IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Learning Technology (TCLT) * Deadline for submission: June 28, 2010. Learning Technology Newsletter aims at publishing and disseminating current research about new and emerging learning technologies as well as their design, usage, application, and evaluation in different contexts of technology enhanced learning. The special theme of this issue will deal with collaborative learning and how technology can support learners in collaborating with each other, including (but not limited to) research on concepts and developments of systems that support collaborative learning, analyses on technology enhanced collaborative learning as well as evaluations of systems that support collaborative learning. Please feel free to bring forward your ideas and views. Articles that are not in the area of the special theme are most welcome as well and will be published in the regular article section Learning Technology Newsletter invites short articles, case studies, and project reports for the July issue. This issue will be published in Volume 12, Issue 3 (July, 2010). ** The newsletter is of non-refereed nature though the articles will be selected and edited by the Editors. ** * Submission procedure: 1. The articles in the newsletter are limited to 1000 words. Over-length articles will not be published. 2. The manuscripts should be either in Word or RTF format. Any figures used in the contributions would be required separately in a graphic format (gif or jpeg). The figures should also be embedded in the text at appropriate places. 3. Please send the manuscripts by email as attachment to and (Subject: Learning Technology April 2010 Submission). 4. In the email, please state clearly that the manuscript is original material that has not been published, and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. For further information please see Best regards, Sabine Graf Charalampos Karagiannidis (Editors of Learning Technology Newsletter)