Monthly Archives: December 2010

Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) Literature Review Grants

Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) announces the availability of grants of up to $1,000 (funded by an ALA Carnegie-Whitney Grant) to assist authors with preparing literature reviews. The purpose of the grants is to provide funds that will be used for clerical and research support, thereby allowing the author/s to concentrate on analyzing the resources and writing the literature review.  Possible tasks might be collecting citations, sorting and organizing citations by themes and categories, locating and gathering resources to be reviewed, verifying citations, funding purchases of articles not owned by the home institution of the author, and so forth.  Funding also could provide a mentoring opportunity by  funding assistance by a library school or information science student.


Highly cited, literature reviews provide an essential professional service to practitioners, scholars, and students by identifying the key themes and the most important publications appearing in successive two year periods.  Books and articles by accredited scholars and researchers, i.e., primarily peer-reviewed publications provide the basis for a literature review.  A good literature review is evaluative, selective, and critical, and goes beyond summarizing and quoting from the selected sources.   Literature reviews explain why the sources cited are important and valuable, may compare them to prior works, and create a structure that organizes the two-year body of content to make it comprehensible and to identify themes, not only for those who have followed the developments it describes, but to future researchers.  All sources referenced appear in the endnotes; a separate bibliography is not published.  Although commissioned, LRTS literature reviews go through the same double-blind peer review process as unsolicited manuscripts.


LRTS seeks authors for the following topical areas and coverage periods:

Acquisitions literature published 2010-2011

Serials literature published 2010-2011

Papers should be submitted not later than June 30, 2012. Grant recipients will be required to submit progress reports to the LRTS Editor twice a year.


The grant proposal must include:

Requester name, title, and contact information

The literature to be reviewed (see list above)

The requester’s credentials to write the literature review

Amount requested

Budget plan and rationale for how the funds will be expended


Proposals are due by January 31, 2011.


Applications and inquiries should be submitted to Peggy Johnson, LRTS Editor,

ViNOrg 11 1st International Conference on Virtual and Networked Organizations Emergent Technologies and Tools

---------- First call for papers Paper submission deadline: January 15, 2011 ---------- ---------- It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the 1st International Conference on Virtual and Networked Organizations Emergent Technologies and Tools, ViNOrg '11, to be held in Ofir, Portugal, from July 6-8, 2011. ViNOrg '11 is promoted by the 2100 Projects Association - Scientific Association for Promotion of Technology and Management for Organizational and Social Transformative Change. The overall objectives of the conference are to contribute to the development, implementation and promotion of advanced emergent IC technologies to be used in future Virtual and Networked Organizations, through the discussion and sharing of knowledge, as well as experiences and scientific and technical results. A shortlist of intended topics include: metaverse, virtual and augmented reality, ubiquitous computing and organizations, grid computing, cloud computing and architectures, human-computer interfaces, serious games, intelligence and soft computing, data mining, web services, cognitive systems, social networks and other emergent IT/IS approaches in various function domains, such as decision support systems, planning, design, control, negotiation, marketing, management and many other, in the context of virtual and networked enterprises and organizations. All accepted full papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings to be published by Springer-Verlag in a book of the CCIS series (Communications in Computer and Information Science), which is listed in the ISI proceedings index. Authors of selected papers will be invited to extend their papers for publication in some international scientific journals. For more information please consult the conference webpage at Looking forward to meeting you in Ofir (Portugal) next July 2011, accept our best regards. The conference co-chairs, * Goran D. Putnik (, University of Minho, Portugal * Maria Manuela Cruz-Cunha (, Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave, Portugal ---------- 



The 10th annual international IFIP e-government conference is the European core conference in the study domain, which presents the state of the art in e-government and e-governance. Since its beginnings in 2001, the EGOV conference has provided important guidance for research and development in this fast-moving domain of study. IFIP’s EGOV conference has grown to one of the top three conferences in the domain besides the HICSS e-government track and the Digital Government Society’s dg.o conference in North America. In 2010, EGOV became a full IFIP conference organised by the IFIP Working Group 8.5 on information systems in the public sector.

    The IFIP e-government conference brings together leading researchers and professionals from across the globe and from a number of disciplines. Over the years, the interest in this domain of study has steadily increased. The 2010 IFIP EGOV and ePart conferences have attracted more than 150 participants from all continents including developing countries. IFIP EGOV has accepted 36 contributions in completed research, 31 contributions in ongoing research, 3 panels and 3 workshops. Also, the second editor-in-chief roundtable with representatives of five key journals in the field was held. For further details see the conference site of IFIP EGOV 2010.

    E-government research has demonstrated its relevance to practice and consequently has influenced and shaped government strategies and implementations. Conversely, e-government practice has inspired e-government research. A wide range of topics has received scholarly attention. In recent years, the assessment and evaluation of e-government projects, the foundations of e-government as a research discipline, integration and interoperation in government, transformation, organizational change, citizens at the center, adoption and diffusion, and the role of information and communication technology for development rank among leading topics on the research agenda.

    For the IFIP e-government conference 2011 we seek contributions that include but are not limited to:


  • Foundations of e-government and e-governance research
  • Future directions in research and practice of ICT in the public sector
  • Research theories and frameworks for public sector modernization with the support of ICT
  • Research methods, method integration and techniques
  • Designing and assessing systems for the public sector: innovative cases and systems
  • ICT usage, acceptance and performance of technology-supported public sector activities: methods and contemporary case analyses
  • Open government, transparency, and collaboration
  • Open innovation, innovation management, transformation and change management, and complexity management in shaping public sector advancements
  • Crowdsourcing in government
  • Evaluation and benefits management
  • Stakeholders collaboration in government modernization: Stakeholder-driven public sector reengineering
  • Participative governance and policy modeling
  • Legal compliance, legal shaping and legal impact of innovative government services provision
  • Mobile services and methods in government
  • Cloud computing and social networks in the public sector
  • Information Infrastructure, Information preservation, information management, and information access
  • Trust and privacy in e-government
  • Open source and free software
  • Interoperability, architectures and standards in networked government
  • Knowledge management, information sharing, semantics, and ontologies
  • Emergency and disaster response management
  • Retaining public sector experiences
  • Education, human resources, training courses, and curricula


    The IFIP e-government conference 2011 hosts four distinct formats of contributions:


  • Completed research papers (max 12 pages, published in LCNS Springer (tbc))
  • Ongoing research and innovative projects (max 8 pages, published in Trauner (tbc))
  • Workshops and panels on pertinent issues
  • PhD colloquium submission (details to be specified)


These formats encourage scientific rigor and discussions of state of the art in the study domain, but also welcome innovative research approaches, work in progress, and studies of practical e-government or e-governance projects along with reports on system implementations. Prior to the conference (Monday August 29), a PhD student colloquium will be held providing doctoral students with an international forum guided by senior scholars for presenting their work, networking opportunities and cross-disciplinary inspiration.

    We seek innovative and scholarly sound contributions. Accepted papers of completed research will be published in Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (tbc). Ongoing research and project papers will be published in Trauner proceedings (tbc). Read more about the submission guidelines and review criteria on the conference website:




    The IFIP e-government conference will be co-located with ePart, the third International Conference on electronic participation (ePart), which will be dedicated to topics on e-participation and e-democracy. ePart will take place slightly overlapping with the IFIP e-government conference at the same venue. Participants registering for one conference can also attend the other conference.




    Submission of papers:  3 March 2011

    Submission of workshop/panel proposals:  15 April 2011

    Submissions to PhD colloquium:  15 May 2011

    Notification of acceptance for papers:  30 April 2011

    Notification of acceptance for workshops/panels: 15 May 2011

    Camera-ready papers of completed research:  31 May 2011

    Camera-ready papers of ongoing research:  15 June 2011



    Marijn Janssen, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

    Jochen Scholl, University of Washington, USA

    Yao-hua Tan, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

    Maria A. Wimmer, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany

The 8th International Conference on Mobile Web Information Systems (MobiWIS)

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, September 19-21, 2011

The MobiWIS-2011 organizing committee invites proposals for workshops.
The main objective of the workshops is to provide a forum for researchers and professionals to discuss a specific topic from the field of MobiWIS-2011 and its related areas.


All papers accepted for workshops will be included in the MobiWIS-2011 proceedings, which will be published by Elsevier. The authors must follow Elsevier guidelines as given in MobiWIS-2011Website. The number of pages for workshop papers is limited to 6 pages. The selective outstanding papers presented at the workshops, after further revision, will be considered for publication in journals special issues.


Workshops organizers will be responsible for posting and advertising their workshop CFPs to relevant groups and mailing lists. Our publicity chairs will also help in distributing the CFPs to our groups and people.

Submission and Reviewing

Submission and reviewing of the papers will be managed by the workshops organizers. The workshop organizers can use one of the available conference management systems, such as EasyChair. The workshops organizers will send the details of the accepted papers to the conference organizers for publication. The reviewing guidelines given at MobiWIS-11 website must be followed in the review process.

Proposal Format

– Title of the workshop
– Workshop Website: tentative address, or old address (if applicable)
– Workshop scope
– Full contact of workshop organizer(s) (Name, Affiliation, University, Email, Website, Phone)
– Track record of workshop organizer(s)
– Expected number of paper submissions
– Draft Call for paper of the workshop
– Tentative list of TPC members


Financial assistance

To appreciate your hard work and support, the registration fees for one organizer of each workshop will be waived for workshops with more than 10 registered papers. The deadline for proposal submission is January 1, 2011.


Workshops co-chairs

Dr. Zakaria Maamar (, Zayed University, UAE
Dr. Eric Pardede (, La Trobe University, Australia

International Conference of Critical Geography

(16-20 August, 2011) Deadline for proposals Jan. 10, 2011
 We are thrilled to announce that the 6th International Conference of Critical Geography will be held in Frankfurt, Germany, 16-20 August 2011. Following very successful conferences at Vancouver (1997), Taegu (2000), B�k�scsaba (2002), Mexico City (2005) and Mumbai (2007), we will be meeting at Goethe University Frankfurt to discuss "Crises - Causes, Dimensions, Reactions". The focus will be on critical and emancipatory discussion aimed at radical explanation and change, organized in (but not confined to) eleven themes (see Call for Participation). The format is designed to enhance debate beyond the confines of national traditions and academic hierarchies. While the primary conference language will be English, we will explore creative ways to deal with the multiplicity of languages. In addition, one theme will address language concerns and another one will be presented in German. <> Theme 4: Subjectivities - in crisis? Keywords: sexuality, gender, age, race, class, (dis)ability, generation ... The sessions focusing on "Subjectivities" are meant to address both theoretical and empirical perspectives, i.e. the ways - (theoretical) concepts of "the subject" is destabilized and in crisis, - in which present socioeconomic restructuring destabilizes subjectivities - various forms of contested political subjectivities react to a) and b) in everyday life. The general objective is to discuss identity politics that a) recognize multiple social categories and their transgression within ssubjectivities and b) understand subjectivities and spaces as mutually formative. We particularly like to address emergent issues from feminist, post-colonial, urban and migration studies, as well as from political, economic and social geographies. We would like to invite sessions and presentations (including roundtable discussions, short field trips, challenging impulses - and also "proper papers") with a particular emphasis on embodied subjectivities and identities as being constituted by and constitutive of discursive and performative social processes at various spatial scales and yet inevitable being "bound" to their materialities. This includes to give special attention to social categories such as gender, sexuality, class, age, (dis)ability, health, race and ethnicity ... - as well as to the interde-pendencies of these categories and their intersections within subjectivities. We invite participation from a wide range of scholars, activists, artists, organizers and others interested in critical socio-spatial praxis. It is our aim to minimize formal paper presentations and encourage all forms of critical discussion. Please feel free to be creative when it comes to the form of your participation. Our goal is to ensure that at least 50% of conference sessions operate using alternative/experimental formats (workshops, movies, panel sessions, performance, art, poetry etc). Theme coordinators will organize ten 90 minute sessions each. Please voice your interest in participation by *submitting a proposal by 15 January 2011* to the Subjectivities theme coordinators listed here. Subjectivities Coordinators: Anke Str�ver (struever AT, Hamburg), Iris Dzudzek (iris.dzudzek AT, Frankfurt/Main), Jen Gieseking (jgieseking AT, New York/Berlin)
Theme 1: Financial, economic and fiscal crisis
coordinators:Wendy Larner (Bristol), Jer�nimo Montero (Durham)
keywords:globalization, neoliberalism, political economy, financialization, credit ranking agencies, overaccumulation, bank bail out, state debt ...
Theme 2: Urban crisis
coordinators:Anders Lund Hansen (Lund), Kanishka Goonewardena (Toronto), Anne Vogelpohl (Berlin)  
keywords:housing, infrastructure, right to the city, gentrification, (racialized) urban conflict, urban crime ... 
Theme 3: Ecological crisis
coordinators:Sybille Bauriedl (Kassel), Nik Heynen (Georgia), Markus Wissen (Vienna)  
keywords:global warming, "natural" disasters, hybridity, production of nature, "climate wars/refugees" ... 
Theme 4: Subjectivities - in crisis?
coordinators:Anke Str�ver (Hamburg), Iris Dzudzek (Frankfurt/Main), Jen Gieseking (New York/Berlin)
keywords:sexuality, gender, age, race, class ... 
Theme 5: Oppositional struggles worldwide
coordinators:Andy Cumbers (Glasgow), Dave Featherstone (Glasgow), Rebecca Ryland (Liverpool) 
keywords:identity, gender, labor, urban, migrants' struggles, organizing ... 
Theme 6: Geopolitics, Biopolitics and the Critical Spaces of the Political
coordinators:Claudio Minca (Wageningen), Christian Abrahamsson (Wageningen)  
keywords:critical geopolitics, biopolitics, borders/security, war on terror, camp(s), imperialism, military geographies, counter cartographies, critical theory and/in space, spatial theory and totalitarianism, critical spatial theory and planning, revolution and space 
Theme 7: Mobilities in crisis
coordinators:Juanita Sundberg (UBC), Blanca R. Ram�rez (Mexico) 
keywords:migration, migration policies/management, criminalization, illegalization, mobilities... 
Theme 8: Universities / geography in crisis
coordinators:Ulrich Best (York), Lawrence Berg (UBC) 
keywords:economization and neoliberalisation of universities and (higher) education, "excellence", situation of critical and radical geographies, social movements and academia, radical teaching and pedagogy ... 
Theme 9: Babel-crisis - Critique through translation?
coordinators:M�lina Germes (Erlangen), Shadia Husseini de Ara�jo (Erlangen), Philippe Kersting (Mainz) , J�rg Mose (M�nster)  
keywords:science and the diversity of languages - problem or chance?, critical potential of translation, multilingual experimentation 
Theme 10: Europe and its Others
coordinators:Luiza Bialasiewicz (Royal Holloway), Veit Bachmann (Frankfurt)
keywords:Questioning 'Europe' and 'Europeanization'; Europe's borders and beyond; European geopolitics/Europe in the World; Geo-histories of European imperialism and colonisation; Europes elsewhere and Europe's elsewheres
Theme 11: Forschungswerkstatt Kritische Geographie IV
coordinators:AK Kritische Geographie 
keywords:sessions organized by and for German language students and everybody interested, building on and continuing discussions from previous meetings; language: German 

Women’s Studies Quarterly: Special Issue: Viral

 Special Editors: Patricia Clough and Jasbir Puar The viral most often is invoked in contemporary parlance to point to the intensified speed and reach of information transit, especially in relation to the internet. It also refers to indiscriminate exchanges, often linked with notions of bodily contamination, uncontainability, unwelcome transgression of border and boundaries. More positively it points to the porosity, indeed the conviviality, of what has been treated as opposed: information and matter, digital and biological, body and mind, organic and non-organic life. The concept of the viral raises questions about the assumptions informing our thinking about life on the one hand and the transmission of knowledge or circulation of data on the other -- broadly speaking, relations between epistemology and ontology. Or to put it another way, viral processes pressure our assumptions about the actual and the virtual. Fast becoming the figure and form of movement, of its speeds and trajectories, viral transmission is eliciting responses that open up pathways or free up access but also edit, stifle, gag, or repress. The event of the viral, therefore, informs discussions about biopolitical governance, securitization of hetero and homo-nationalism, policed racial, sexual and gender bodily formations, surveilled communication and social media, and censored or concentrated knowledge formations in politics, new media, art, performance, architecture, design, medicine, journalism, literature, music. In this special issue of WSQ titled Viral, we invite a rethinking of institutions of education, family, religion, health, military, media, law, welfare, insurance, financialization, with effects that are differently distributed over various populations, bodies, nations, regions, territories, and temporalities. We seek, in Viral, to inaugurate an inventive cultural criticism from scholars from a wide range of disciplines engaged with a wide range of topics. Patricia Ticiento Clough and Jasbir K. Puar, the guest editors of this special issue of WSQ on Viral, welcome academic papers from a variety of disciplinary approaches including theory, empirical research, literary and cultural studies, biology, physics, geography, design as well as creative prose, poetry, artwork, memoir and biography. Suggested topics may include but are not limited to: Biosphere Digital Environments Hacking Social networking Parasitic architecture Clouding Dirt Aesthetic Capitalism Twitter Politics Contagion Transmissions and exchanges Porous matter Flux and Flow Pollution Communication Leaks Biomedia Genetics Infectious ideas Quantum Computing Social movements Migration and Immigration Financial markets Electronic Literature Robotics Technical Evolution Nanotechnologies Memes Interspeciality If submitting academic work, please send articles by March 15, 2011 to the guest editors, Patricia Ticiento Clough and Jasbir K. Puar at . Submission should not exceed 20 double spaced, 12 point font pages. Full submission guidelines may be found at: Articles must conform to WSQ guidelines in order to be considered for submission. Poetry submissions: Please review previous issues of *WSQ* to see what type of submissions we prefer before submitting poems. Please note that poetry submissions may be held for six months or longer. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if the poetry editor is notified immediately of acceptance elsewhere. We do not accept work that has been previously published. Please paste poetry submissions into the body of the e-mail along with all contact information. Poetry submissions should be sent to WSQ's poetry editor, Kathleen Ossip, at by March 15, 2011. Prose submissions: Please review previous issues of *WSQ* to see what type of submissions we prefer before submitting prose. Please note that prose submissions may be held for six months or longer. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if the prose editor is notified immediately of acceptance elsewhere. We do not accept work that has been previously published. Please provide all contact information in the body of the e-mail. Fiction, essay, and memoir submissions should be sent to *WSQ*'s fiction/nonfiction editor, Jocelyn Lieu, at by March 15, 2011. Art submissions should be sent to the guest editors, Patricia Clough and Jasbir Puar at by March 15, 2011. After art is reviewed and accepted, accepted art must be sent to the journal's managing editor on a CD that includes all artwork of 300 DPI or greater, saved as 4.25 inches wide or larger. These files should be saved as individual JPEGS or TIFFS. **** Zo� Meleo-Erwin, MA, PhD Candidate Editorial Assistant WSQ at the Feminist Press 365 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10016 212.817.7926 

ALA Poster Sessions

Dear colleagues,

As another year comes to a close, and you reflect on all you accomplished over the past twelve months, the ALA Poster Session Committee encourages you to consider sharing your best work and ideas with the library community at the ALA Annual Conference.

Proposals for poster sessions to be presented at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans are now being accepted. An application form is available on the poster session website, at, and the deadline for submission is January 7.

The poster session committee encourages submissions from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship. Submissions may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community.


Poster session participants place materials such as pictures, data, graphs, diagrams and narrative text on boards that are usually 4 x 8 feet. During their assigned 1� hour time periods, participants informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees.


The deadline for submitting an application is January 7, 2011. Applicants will be notified by Feb. 28, 2011, whether their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference, prior to the ALA Early Bird Registration deadline. The 2011 ALA Annual Poster Sessions will be held June 25 and 26, 2011 (the Saturday and Sunday of the conference) at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.


Questions about poster session presentations and submissions may be directed to:


Luke Vilelle, chair of the ALA poster session committee,


Candace Benefiel, chair of the ALA poster session review panel,




Generations of Feminism

The editors of thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture invite submissions for a themed issue of their journal, Generations of Feminism. We welcome papers on subjects including (but not limited to):

•        Contemporary and historical debates and discussions about generational divides within feminism(s)

•        Reflections on geographic and global distinctions within debates and discussions about generationality and feminism

•        The politics of seniority and generation in feminist organizations, activist groups, and academic communities

•        The notion of feminist waves and its remaking, conceptualization, and contemporary relevance

•        The issue of mother-daughter dynamics within feminist movements and theories, and in society more broadly

•        The ways in which race, class, and sexuality impact (or are left out of, or marginalized within) debates about feminism and generationality

•        How different generations of feminists define and reshape ideologies and practices of feminism(s)

To be considered for this special issue, submissions must be received by February 28th, 2011.

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 see:

To submit: Please follow our online submission process at

For more information, please contact us at

The Importance of Information Literacy for Multicultural Populations: Needs, Strategies, Programs, and the Role of Libraries

You are invited and encouraged to submit a proposal for the joint program of the Information Literacy Section, the Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section, and the Special Interest Group on Indigenous Matters to be presented at the 2011 IFLA World Library and Information Congress, August 13-18, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Don’t miss this opportunity to share your experience and insights on this challenging topic with colleagues from around the world.  Proposal deadline is January 25, 2011.  For full details, see IFLA Conference Call for Papers or contact Stephen Stratton ( or Zuza Wiorogorska (



Demeter Press plans to publish titles on the following themes in 2012-14
(an edited collection of approximately 15 chapters):

Incarcerated Mothers
Mothering and Sex Work
Mothering and Islam/Muslim Mothering
Asian Mothering
Mothering and Disability
Refugee/Immigrant Mothers
Patricia Hill Collins
Marilyn Waring

Single/Lone Mothers

Mothers and Music

*Also seeking: Canadian Co-editor (ideally in social sciences), for
Motherhood Studies Reader (first editor is Heather Hewett)

If you wish to be considered as an editor for one of the above topics,
please send a detailed

bio and your CV outlining your expertise in the area, as well as a brief
description of your ideas/visions for the collection to

Thank you in advance,

Dr. Andrea O’Reilly
Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI)
Demeter Press
140 Holland St. West, PO Box 13022
Bradford, ON, L3Z 2Y5