Monthly Archives: July 2010

Academic Librarian Lightning Round! Innovative New Roles


The University Libraries and College Libraries Sections invite proposals for our 2011 ALA Annual Conference Program:

Academic Librarian Lightning Round!  Innovative New Roles

Innovative College and University Librarians are increasingly assuming new academic, governance, professional, and service roles and responsibilities.  By forging new pathways and partnerships, academic librarians can reassert the centrality of the library in their colleges and universities, and expand their expertise to benefit the core missions of their library and their institution.  This fast-paced program features a variety of Lighting Talk presentations (also known as Pecha Kucha presentations) that dive right to the heart of the issue and engage the audience.

RULES: 5 minute presentation, 20 slides, 15 seconds per slide



Proposals should include a title and 75-word description of the presentation.  They can be submitted here: Submission Form.  Proposals will be due SEPTEMBER 15, 2010.

Notifications of acceptance will be made by November 1, 2010.  

For more information, please contact Catherine Doyle,


The Bottom Line

Call for articles


The Bottom Line:  Managing Library Finances (TBL) is actively seeking submissions.


An established print and online journal, The Bottom Line’s major focus is on library finances, library development activities, dealing with library budgets and personnel, and changes in libraries due to economic challenges.  The journal is especially interested in articles on the topics below from archives, museums, and other information organizations as well.


Published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited, the journal is interested in articles of varying lengths, opinion pieces and case studies.  The editor will work with authors that are new to LIS publishing, and those who are seeking outlets for reporting on practical uses of budgets and finances in libraries.


Submissions particularly welcome in the following areas (for example):


       Library changes and challenges from recent economic turmoil

       Case studies on library budgeting and finances

       Case studies on library development activities

       Downsizing and reorganization of libraries

       Library budgets and finances from an administrator’s perspective (high-level or middle management)

       Library budgets and finances from a staff perspective

       Innovative ways to raise money and awareness of library activities and mission

       Thought-provoking opinions related to library budgets and finances


Go to to see past tables of contents and sample articles.


I look forward to hearing from you



Dr Brad Eden, Editor


State Library Agencies: A Special Issue of Libraries & The Cultural Record


Libraries & The Cultural Record, a peer-reviewed journal of history published by the University of Texas Press, invites submissions for a special issue devoted to exploring historical perspectives on state library agencies in the United States. Contributors are encouraged to consider the topic in diverse ways. Possible themes might include (but are not limited to):

• The history and evolving role of the state library agency as a type, or of a specific state library agency
• Biographical sketches of significant individuals, including former state librarians, staff, and relevant government officials
• The history of state-wide initiatives, such as resource sharing, cooperative online catalogs, or technology training and support
• State library roles in the certification, organization, or professional development of library staff
• State “extension” of library services to rural or underserved communities
• History of the development and/or implementation of federal programs for supporting library services that are administered by state library agencies
• History of interactions between libraries and education, history, museum, or other departments at the state level
• History of efforts at the state level to document or preserve regional and local history, or to organize and enhance access to state government information
• Comparative histories of two or more state libraries
• The history of ALA’s Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and other entities that encourage collaboration between states

Proposal guidelines:

Submissions should be based on original research utilizing appropriate sources, including archival materials. Articles must provide a coherent narrative and analysis that situate state library agencies in the broader context of the state environment in which they operate. Submissions should not have been previously published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Completed articles should be approximately 7,000 words including notes.

All proposals for articles must include:

• The author’s contact information, including name, e-mail address, telephone number, and institutional address
• Title of the proposed article
• An abstract of 500 words or less
• Brief list of principal primary and secondary sources that will be used in the research
• A statement on the status of the research and prospect for completion by deadline

Proposals should be prepared using Microsoft Word and submitted electronically to both of the guest editors, Robert Sidney Martin ( and Bernadette A. Lear ( Proposals must be received by the editors no later than November 1, 2010. Submissions will be acknowledged via e-mail, indicating that the proposal has been received. Authors of proposals will be notified by December 1, 2010, regarding the status of their submission. Proposals that are accepted will receive an invitation to submit a manuscript for peer-review no later than February 1, 2012. Following peer-review, the manuscript will be returned to the author by March 15, 2012, indicating any revisions required. The final revised manuscript is due to the journal editorial offices no later than July 1, 2012. The special issue will be published in January, 2013, as volume 48, number 1 of the journal. For more information about the journal’s submission requirements and peer review process, see L&CR’s web page for submissions at .

About the journal:

Libraries & The Cultural Record (ISSN1932-4855) explores the creation, organization, preservation, and utilization of collections in libraries, archives, and museums in the context of cultural and social history. The quarterly journal publishes historical research from scholars worldwide, along with thoughtful essays and book reviews. L&CR accepts approximately 45 percent of manuscripts submitted for publication. In a 2005 survey of LIS deans, who were asked which publications are considered important for tenure decisions, the journal was ranked number 11 out of 71 journals in the field. In 2010, Libraries & the Cultural Record was rated among the top twenty percent of journals in its field by the Australian Research Council in a ranking of 148 scholarly journals worldwide. Established at Florida State University in 1966 as the Journal of Library History, its editorship moved to The University of Texas at Austin, where it assumed its present title in 2006. Articles are available in full-text beginning with the Winter 2001 issue (Volume 36, Number 1) for subscribers to Project Muse (

About the guest editors for this special issue:

Robert Sidney Martin is Professor Emeritus in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University, where he was Professor of Library Science and Lillian Bradshaw Endowed Chair until his retirement in 2008. From 2001 to 2005 he served as Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. He has authored or edited numerous books and journal articles on library management, the history of libraries and librarianship, and the history of the exploration and mapping of the American West. His work has been recognized with numerous honors and awards, including the Justin Winsor Prize from the American Library Association.

Bernadette A. Lear is the Behavioral Sciences and Education Librarian at Penn State University’s Harrisburg Campus, and immediate past Chair of ALA’s Library History Round Table. She is also Chair of the Archives Committee of the Pennsylvania Library Association. Her research interests include the history of public libraries in Pennsylvania, and she is currently working on an article about Hannah Packard James, one of the state’s first professional librarians.

Bernadette A. Lear
Behavioral Sciences and Education Librarian
Penn State Harrisburg Library
351 Olmsted Dr. Middletown, PA 17057

Visual Culture & Gender (VCG)

Call for Papers!

Visual Culture & Gender (VCG) is an international, freely accessed, online journal available @ <> The journal’s purpose is to encourage and promote an understanding of how visual culture constructs gender in context with representations of race, age, sexuality, social units, (dis)ability, and social class; and to promote international dialogue about visual culture and gender. VCG is also concerned with the learning and teaching processes and/or practices used to expose culturally learned meanings and power relations that surround the creation, consumption, valuing, and dissemination of images, and involves issues of equity and social justice in the learning, teaching, and practice of art.

Submission of Manuscripts: September 15 is the deadline for submission of articles, images, and reviews of books, video/films, performance/actions, Web sites, visual culture, and exhibitions for an annual publication each autumn since 2006. VCG will consider for publication manuscripts that address gender issues in the context of visual culture and arts education. To be considered, manuscripts should be no more than 5000 words in length with an abstract of 150 words. Images are encouraged with manuscripts and should be sent in digital format (jpg, gif, or png) with copyright permission provided. Visual research is encouraged but images must be accompanied by text. Original manuscripts should be prepared according to the APA (6th edition) style. Include in a cover letter that the manuscript is original, not previously published, and not under consideration elsewhere. Please place your name only in the accompanying cover letter and not in the manuscript to facilitate anonymous review. Send the manuscript electronically as an email attachment with .doc or .docx extension and your name to Karen Keifer-Boyd at <> and Deborah Smith-Shank at <>

Emerging Research in Collection Management & Development

Call for Papers
The Second Annual Collections Research Forum
ALA Annual 2011


The Publications Committee of the Collection Management & Development Section of ALCTS is sponsoring the Second Annual Collections Research Forum, “Emerging Research in Collection Management & Development,” at the 2011 American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans.

This is an opportunity to present and discuss your research. Both completed research and research in progress will be considered.  All researchers, including collection practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.

The Committee will use a “blind review” process to select two projects. The selected researchers are required to present their papers in person at the forum. Each researcher should plan for a 25-30 minute presentation, with a 10-15 minute open discussion following each presentation. Criteria for selection are:
Significance of the study for improving collection management and development practices
Potential for research to fill a gap in collections scholarship or to � build on previous studies
Quality and creativity of the methodology
Previously published research or research accepted for publication prior to November 5, 2010, will not be accepted.

The submission must consist of no more than two pages. On the first page, please list your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information (including your mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and email address).  The second page should be a one-page proposal, and it should NOT show your name or any personal information. Instead, it must include only:
The title of your project
A clear statement of the research problem
A description of the research methodology used
Results of the project, if any
The deadline for proposals is November 5, 2010.
Notification of acceptance will be made by December 1, 2010.  

Please send submissions to:
Stephen H. Dew
Chair, CMDS Publications Committee
TEL: 336-334-4300
FAX: 336-334-5399

Music information retrieval (MIR) and Libraries

_OCLC Systems & Services:  International Digital Library Perspectives_ (OSS:IDLP) will be publishing a special issue on music information retrieval (MIR) and libraries.  The editor is looking for articles that articulate the planning, development, testing, systems work, marketing, etc. related to MIR, as well as the challenges of providing access to MIR materials.  Articles can be of any length, and figures and screen shots are encouraged. OSS:IDLP is a peer-reviewed journal.


If you are interested in contributing, please send the editor your name, a short proposal of the topic, and a tentative title for the article.  Deadline for proposals is September 1, 2010.  Articles would be due to the editor by February 1, 2011.  Any questions and proposal should be directed to the editor, not to this listserv.  Thank you.


Dr. Brad Eden

Editor, _OCLC Systems & Services:  International Digital Library Perspectives_

Associate University Librarian for Technical Services and Scholarly Communication

University of California, Santa Barbara


Children-Computer Interaction

Call for papers

Children-Computer Interaction session

HCI International 2011

The 14th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction will be held in Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Orlando, Florida on 9-14 July 2011. ( )


You are invited to submit extended abstracts (maximum 800 words) on topics related to Children-Computer Interaction, including, but not limited to:

Interface design

Information behaviour and information seeking

Cognitive models

Mobile computing

Social networks

Digital art and music

Games and gaming

Virtual reality, augmented reality


Session:  Children-Computer Interaction, a HCI Thematic Area parallel session

Deadline for abstract Receipt:                       Friday, 15 October, 2010

Notification of Review Outcome:                   Friday, 3 December, 2010

Deadline for Camera-ready full paper:          Friday, 4 February 2011


Submission details:


The Conference Proceedings, comprising the papers to be presented at the Conference, will be published by Springer in a multi-volume set in the LNCS and LNAI series.


Send submissions to:


Jamshid Beheshti

Chair, Children-Computer Interaction session

Associate Professor

School of Information Studies

McGill University

Montreal, Canada






The Library History Round Table of the American Library Association (LHRT) is issuing this Request for Proposals for an institutional host for Library History Seminar XIII to take place in the year 2015.
History & Overview
The Library History Seminar (LHS) was established in 1961 and has become the most prestigious international conference dedicated to the study of the history of librarianship. LHS takes place every five years. The Library of Congress (2000) and major research libraries and schools of library and in-formation studies, most recently at the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s Center for Print Culture, have been LHS hosts.  The conference often attracts over 100 scholars from across the United States and abroad. Papers from past conferences have been published as a special issue of the journals Libraries and Culture, Library Trends, and also in monograph form.

The Selection Process
The LHRT Executive Board is charged with selecting a site in the same year that the LHS is held. This allows time for the host to gather funding, co-sponsors, and complete a proposal. In order to facilitate that decision the LHRT Ad Hoc Committee on Library History Seminar XIII created this re-quest for proposal document to guide potential hosts. The LHRT Executive Board will make the final decision at the ALA Midwinter Board meeting in January 2011. Executive Board members will select a site primarily based on written proposals received by the deadline.

The host institution finances the Library History Seminar using grants, gifts, internal budget allocations and registration fees. Previous conferences featured a limited number of scholarships for graduate students. LHRT may also provide a small grant for scholarships. It is imperative that proposals include information on budgeting the conference, and potential sources of funding to make the seminar possible.
LHRT decided at the 2002 Annual and Midwinter meetings to select the institutional host on factors besides the conference theme, so this section is optional. The Ad Hoc Committee recommends that hosts select a theme, but emphasizes that this is an important scholarly forum that should provide ample opportunities for historical research presentations on other aspects of library history in its widest scope, and encourage diversity of speakers in terms of geography, ethnicity, gender and subject specialty while also maintaining LHS’s high standards for historical research.

Please send your proposal by 31 December 2010 in electronic form (as either MS Word attachment or as plain e-mail text) to Melanie Kimball at
The document should be 2 to 5 pages long.  Proposals will be sent to members of the LHRT Executive Committee. Please e-mail any questions to Dr. Kimball at the above e-mail address or call (617) 521-2795.
Information on past Library History Seminars is available in Edward Goedeken’s “The Library Historian’s Field of Dreams: A Profile of the First Nine Seminars,” in Library History Research in America, edited by Andrew B. Wertheimer and Donald G. Davis, Jr. (Washington, DC: Center for the Book, 2000), 161-172, which also appeared in Libraries and Culture 35 (Winter 2000): 161-172.  You may also wish to look at the website for the upcoming LHS XII at the University of Wisconsin, Madison:
The application should include the following information:
Proposal to Host Library History Seminar XIII (2015)
Committee Chair:
Committee Members:
Institutional Sponsor:
Potential Co-sponsors:
Planned number of days:
Proposed dates:
Conference Location:
[Please provide specific details, including whether the conference facility would be a private or public space. How many meeting rooms will be avail-able for the LHS and specify fees. Please also briefly address transportation issues relating to the location (i.e., what is the closest major airport and how does one get to/from there and the conference location).]
Please specify what hotel/dormitory facilities are available within walking range of the conference location.
Financial and Institutional Support
This section will understandably be rough and tentative, but the committee wants to see that the host will be able to arrange clerical support to take care of publicity and handle reservations. Please also propose an estimated registration fee.
The committee also encourages the host to look for internal/external grants to support the seminar. The host will be responsible for securing these grants. Grants make it possible to keep registration fees affordable, and bring graduate students and keynote speakers. Please list possible sources of grants or other income you might approach in order to finance the seminar.
Please submit proposals and direct inquiries to:

Melanie A. Kimball
LHRT Chair
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Simmons College
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA  02115
Telephone: (617) 521-2795


A book edited by Olga C. Santos and Jesus G. Boticario
aDeNu Research Group. UNED, Spain

To be published by IGI Global:

2nd Deadline for Proposal Submission: July 30, 2010
Deadline for Full Chapter Submission: October 30, 2010


Recommender systems have shown to be successful in many domains where
information overload exists. This success has motivated research on
how to deploy recommender systems in educational scenarios to
facilitate access to the wide spectrum of information. Tackling open
issues in that deployment is gaining importance as lifelong learning
becomes a necessity of the current knowledge-based society. Although
Educational Recommender Systems (ERS) share the same key objectives as
recommenders for e-commerce applications (i.e. helping users to select
the most appropriate item from a large information pool), there are
some particularities that make it impossible to directly apply
existing solutions from those systems. For instance, recommendations
in the educational domain should not be guided only by the learners’
preferences but also by educational criteria.  However, most ERS
approaches have focused on applying traditional recommendation
algorithms in order to find relevant resources for learners in
learning scenarios. While this approach is pointing at interesting
open issues, there are complementary views in this field to address
the current challenges, which may clarify grounds to successfully
deploy ERS.

The book aims to provide a comprehensive review of state-of-the-art
practices for educational recommender systems as well as the
challenges to be addressed in order to achieve their actual
deployment. Some of the topics that will be discussed are below:
* State of the art of educational recommender systems
* Techniques and algorithms to produce recommendations in e-learning settings
* Management of educational issues when providing recommendations to learners
* Implications of recommendations in the educator tasks
* Management and visualization of recommendations though graphical user
interfaces, considering usability and accessibility requirements
* Evaluation methods to measure the impact of the recommendations on the users
* Challenges for providing suitable recommendations in the educational domain
* Application of educational recommender systems in real world scenarios
* New educational related areas where educational recommender systems
fit purpose

Recommended topics related to Educational Recommender Systems (ERS)
include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Current limitations of ERS
* Main challenges for ERS
* Modeling issues in developing ERS
* Methodologies to develop ERS
* Usability and accessibility issues in building inclusive ERS
* Recommendation techniques that can be applied in ERS
* Roles and activities involved in developing ERS
* Main issues that should be addressed by ERS in collaborative settings
* How ERS can help in enhancing meta-cognitive features
* Meta-cognitive issues and ERS
* Peer-to-peer learning and ERS
* Informal and social learning and ERS
* Management of dependences between learning design and ERS
* Personal learning environments (PLE) and ERS
* Measures to evaluate the impact of recommendations in the learning
and/or teaching process
* User-centered evaluation on ERS
* Evaluation metrics for ERS
* Experiences in producing recommendations for e-learning scenarios
* Best practices in ERS

For this 2nd Call of Chapters, researchers and practitioners are
invited to submit on or before July 30th, 2010, a 2-3 page chapter
proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her
proposed chapter.
Authors of submitted proposals will be notified by August 20, 2010 about
the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines for those
Full chapters (8,000 to 10,000 words) are expected to be submitted by
October 30, 2010. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a
double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve
as reviewers for the submission received.
Submissions will be managed through Easychair.  Details are provided
at aDeNu website:

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,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science
Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the
publisher, please visit This publication is
anticipated to be released in 2011.

The target audience of this book will be composed of researchers
interested in recommendation strategies for educational scenarios and
evaluating the impact of recommendations in the learning as well as
academics and practitioners in the area of technology enhanced
learning interested in supporting learners and educators in their
learning and teaching tasks though personalized, adaptive and
intelligent learning environments.  Furthermore, the book is also
targeted at teachers who are interested in using learning technologies
and/or have an interest in reading more about the potential of
adaptive and intelligent learning technologies.

July 30, 2010: 2nd Proposal Submission Deadline (2-3 pages)
August 20, 2010:  Notification of Acceptance
October 30, 2010: Full Chapter Submission (8,000-10,000 words)
January 15, 2011: Review Results Returned
February 15, 2011:  Revised Chapter Submission
March 1, 2011:  Revised Chapter Acceptance notification
March 15, 2011:  Final Chapter Submission

Inquiries can be forwarded electronically:
Olga C. Santos, aDeNu Research Group, UNED, Spain

Gender and Healing: Utilizing Films for the Feminist Classroom

Call for Proposals Roundtable: Gender and Healing: Utilizing Films for the Feminist Classroom NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association) Convention April 7-10, 2011 New Brunswick, New Jersey Host Institution: Rutgers University *Gender and Healing* centers on the Barbara Hammer film "A Horse is Not a Metaphor," which documents Hammer's experiences with ovarian cancer. Presenters will speak on texts, websites, games, and other media that could be taught along side the Hammer film in the context of a feminist classroom. "A Horse is Not a Metaphor" will be screened in part or in its entirety at the commencement of the roundtable and followed by discussion. Please submit abstracts of approximately 300 words to Deanna Utroske ( and Jillian Hernandez ( with "Gender and Healing" in the subject line by September 30, 2011. Please include your name, affiliation, postal address, telephone number, and audiovisual requirements (if any, $10 handling fee with registration). The 42nd Annual NeMLA Convention will feature approximately 360 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details of the 2011 Convention are available at