Monthly Archives: June 2011

Technology for Small and One-Person Libraries: A LITA Guide

Call for Chapter Proposals Editors - Rene Erlandson and Rachl Erb Send proposals to: Rene and Rachel have a contract with Neal-Schuman to develop a LITA Guide for librarians and staff working in small or one-person libraries. This book will provide librarians who have little background with technology the foundations to successfully manage technology and introduce and support technology based initiatives in their libraries. This timely book will introduce technology concepts and provide best practices, tips and examples to implement each technology topic covered within the book. We would like proposals from potential authors for the following chapters: • Hardware/Software • Infrastructure/Networking • Integrated Library Systems • Digital Collections • Finding Help and Keeping Up With Emerging Technology in Libraries PROPOSALS (more details available @ ) Proposals are due to us by July 15, 2011. Final accepted chapters will be due to us by October 15, 2011. The publication date is currently set for 2012. Chapters must be unique to this book, if you have published an article about the aspect of technology your chapter will cover, your chapter cannot be a rehash of the same topic. Workshops and presentations are fine as a basis for a chapter. 


22 March 2012



The Web as a Living Space

Co-located with the 2nd DGI-Conference and 64. Annual Meeting
22 and 23 March 2012

View the complete call for papers at:
Twitter hashtag: #dgi2012

The upcoming DGI-Conference, hosted by the German Society of Information
Science and Information Practice, will take place on March 22nd and 23rd
in D�sseldorf, Germany. DGI-Conference continues the long tradition of
annual meetings by the DGI, being held regularly since its foundation in
1948. This time, the conference topic is “Social Media&   Web Science”.

While the presentations of the main conference will be held in German,
it is planned to also organize a special research track in English
language. This “European Afternoon” will take place on March 22nd. We
would like to welcome researchers and practitioners interested in the
social dimensions of Web developments and information technologies, e.g.
from the fields of information science, library and documentation
science, computer science, digital humanities, linguistics, psychology,
political science, law and economics.

The conference will cover topics such as:


– Collaborative and collective information services (e.g. social bookmarking, social networking, wikis)
– Information retrieval for the Social Web, social search
– Knowledge representation for the social web (social tagging and folksonomies)
– Social Semantic Web
– Social software use cases&   policies (e.g. corporate social software, social media for research, in e-learning environments, in libraries)
– Enterprise 2.0: knowledge management with social media
– Social analytics, metrics for social media
– Market research and trend monitoring
– Communities of practice and user networks
– Web-economy, new business models
– Linked Data and Open Data on the Social Web


– Characteristics and structures of communication on the Web (e.g. blogs, microblogging)
– Information literacy and didactics for information science
– Measuring information behaviour, e.g. for particular target groups
– Visualization of data structures, networks and information
– Science and the Internet: eScience, digital humanities, scientific communication, eLearning
– Game studies, serious games and browser-based games
– Digital libraries
– The digital divide, accessibility and usability of information on the Web
– Emotions on the Web
– Legal dimensions of Web usage, trust and privacy, cybercrime
– eGovernment, eGovernance&   eDemocracy
– eActivism&   eProtest (e.g. Guttenplag-Wiki, Wikileaks)
– Crowdsourcing (e.g. for politics, in science, in business)
– Mobile Web and location based services
– Webometrics

We particularly welcome interdisciplinary approaches for Web research!


You can submit scientific research papers of up to 36,000 characters in
length (including spaces). Please use the APA style for formatting your
references. Additional information and a link to a conference management
tool for uploading your submission will be provided on Accepted papers
will have to be presented during the conference and will be published in
the printed conference proceedings.


Submission of full papers:     31.08.2011
Notification of acceptance:     21.11.2011
Submission of camera-ready (revised) versions:  21.12.2011


Katrin Weller&   Isabella Peters (Heinrich-Heine-University D�sseldorf)

Strategically Influencing On-line Education: Power, Politics, and Social Dynamics

SUBMISSION DUE DATE: September 15, 2011


SPECIAL ISSUE ON Strategically Influencing On-line Education: Power, Politics, and Social Dynamics


International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies (IJWLTT)


Special Issue Editors:

Mahesh S. Raisinghani, Texas Woman’s University, USA

Celia Romm Livermore, Wayne State University, USA



The power and politics (or social dynamics) of the on-line classroom, the politics of getting a large organization, like a university, to adopt educational technologies to promote specific political agendas in classrooms (e.g., the utilization of the Web during the Obama campaign to promote support for the presidential candidate Obama among school children), the use of on-line technologies for ideological indoctrination or “influencing” in the educational systems of extremist groups of all religions and issues of power and politics that are related to the on-line education of special needs minorities such as people who are physically/intellectually challenged, people of color, women, migrants, and so forth. The changing dimensions of ‘technology’ and ‘learning’ have significant impact globally. The recent success of China and India in moving into the production of high value-added, high-technology products has caused political leaders and their advisors to re-evaluate the global economic challenge. The OECD recently acknowledged that emerging economies including China and India were moving up the value chain to compete with Western organizations for high-tech products and R&D investment. There has been major growth in all OECD countries for expansion into higher education. Canada was the first country to achieve the target of over 50 percent of people aged 25 and 34 to enter the job market with a tertiary level qualification, followed by Korea, which has engineered a massive growth in tertiary provision since 1991. While much of the international business and policy literature has focused on education, globalization, the use of innovation and creative enterprise; it has ignored the shift towards global standardization or alignment within companies, where technology is the key enabler and facilitator. 


Objective of the Special Issue

Technology, learning, education and supporting globalization through innovation and creativity leading to a globalized knowledge economy are the main emphasis of this Special Issue of the International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies (IJWLTT). More specifically, the issue focuses on the impact of globalization on education and business, the changing dimensions of the WBLT technologies and uses, sharing educational experiences and situations including (but not limited to) distance learning, collaborative work, constructivist approaches in on-line, traditional and hybrid class-rooms, designing blended learning and programs, importance of dialogue in distance education programs, CSCL, network learning, etc. while focusing on the world economies with respect to these worldwide changing perspectives and the creation of a globalized knowledge economy.

Recommended Topics

Topics to be discussed in this issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

Best practices in international learning, education and technology

Building multi-disciplinary teams for web-based learning and teaching

Building web-based learning communities

Constructivist approaches to web-based learning and teaching

Creation of globalized knowledge economies

Cross cultural analyses of globalization, education and international business perspectives

Decision making in implementing web-based learning and teaching

Education impacting local and global communities

Globalization and technology: changing paradigm

Globalization, education and learning: case studies

Impact of globalization on education and business

International perspectives on technology and education

Knowledge building using web-based learning and teaching technologies

Macro issues in global businesses, e-education and communities

Macro issues in globalization, e-education and e-learning

Management side of web-based learning and teaching

Network learning using WLTT

Politics of adoption and implementation of e-learning initiatives from the individual/department’s perspective

Politics of implementation of e-learning initiatives from the administration’s perspective

Politics of implementation of e-learning initiatives from the student’s perspective

Power and politics in online/e-education

Project management for implementing WLTT

Related issues that impact the overall utilization and management of web-based technologies in education

Schools impacting globalization and international business education

Technology enablement of global businesses, higher education and international business

Web-based CSCL

Web-based technologies enabled pedagogical scenarios

Web-based technologies enabled pedagogical systems and programs

WLTT implementation: models, methods, and frameworks



Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special issue on Strategically Influencing On-line Education: Power, Politics, and Social Dynamics on or before September 15, 2011. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. Interested authors should consult the journal’s guidelines for manuscript submissions at  All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations. Final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews received from the reviewers. All submissions must be forwarded electronically to either one of the special issue editors.



The mission of the International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies (IJWLTT) is to contribute to the broadening of the overall body of knowledge regarding the multi-dimensional aspects of Web-based technologies in contemporaneous educational contexts, assisting researchers, practitioners, and decision makers to design more effective learning systems and scenarios. IJWLTT explores the technical, social, cultural, organizational, human, cognitive, and commercial impact of technology. In addition, IJWLTT endeavors a broad range of authors and expands the dialogue to address the interplay among the diverse and disparate interests affected by technology in education. The journal seeks to explore the impact of Web-based technology on the design, implementation and evaluation of the learning and teaching process, as well as the development of new activities, relationships, skills, and competencies for the various actors implied in such processes.


The International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies (IJWLTT) is 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


All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:

Mahesh S. Raisinghani:

Celia Romm Livermore:

Women & Society Conference

  20th Anniversary of Women & Society Conference October 21 & 22, 2011 Marist College, Poughkeepsie New York CALL FOR PROPOSALS Proposals and abstracts are being solicited for the 2011 Women & Society Conference. This 20 year old feminist conference is interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary, covering all aspects of women & gender being studied in the academy. The conference mentors and models feminist inquiry/scholarship for undergraduate students so joint faculty/student papers and excellent student papers are also considered. Undergraduates may attend at no cost. Gail Dines, Ph.D. will be delivering the keynote address Friday evening Oct 21. Dr.Dines is a feminist scholar, activist and social critic with a focus on the media and hypersexuality of our culture. Her most recent book is PORNLAND (Beacon Press, 2011). Please send your 250 word abstract with a brief bio. Check out the programs from previous years at the website below. Papers, workshops, roundtables and panels are welcome; please include abstracts and bios for all participants, with one contact person. Please include all contact information--including home and e-mail addresses-- for summer correspondence to: Women & Society Conference Fontaine 315 School of Liberal Arts Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Or submit online:  For more information e-mail: JA.MYERS@MARIST.EDU Proposals must be postmarked no later than July 15, 2011 

Innovative Social Computing and Applications

2011 IEEE International Conference on Granular Computing (GrC 2011) November 8-10, 2011, Kaohsiung, Taiwan Call for Paper Invited Session on Innovative Social Computing and Applications Session Organizers: Shyue-Liang Wang, Tzung-Pei Hong, I-Hsien Ting We are organizing an invited session on Innovative Social Computing and Applications for IEEE GrC 2011, which will be held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on November 8-10, 2011. This session deals with new technologies for social analysis, mining and application. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 1. Large scale on-line social network analysis 2. Connection between biological similarities and social network formulation 3. Contextual social network mining 4. Dynamics and evolution patterns of social networks 5. Crime data mining and network analysis 6. Privacy, security and social Mining 7. Applications of social network mining 8. Evolutionary techniques in social computing 9. Bio-inspired techniques in social computing 10. Others about social computing and applications Submissions: Papers are invited from prospective authors with interest on the related areas. Each paper should follow the IEEE format with title, author's names, affiliation, email addresses, an up to 150-words abstract, and a two-column body. All papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format only and be mailed to: Prof. Shyue-Liang Wang at Important Dates: Deadline for paper submission: July 15, 2011 Notification of acceptance: August 15, 2011 Deadline for camera-ready manuscript submission: September 1, 2011 For more information please contact: Prof. Shyue-Liang Wang Department of Information Management National University of Kaohsiung 700 Kaohsiung University Road, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 81148 Tel: +886-7-5919728 Fax: +886-7-5919328 E-mail: 

The 10th International Conference on Web-based Learning (ICWL 2011)


8-10 December 2011, Hong Kong

The International Conference on Web-based Learning (ICWL) 2011 organizing committee invites proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with the conference.
The purpose of a workshop is to provide participants with the opportunity to present and discuss novel research ideas related to active and emerging topics in web-based learning. From the 8th-10th of December, 2011, the tenth ICWL 2011 will be held in Hong Kong.


All workshop papers of ICWL 2011 will be published as a separate volume in Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), which will be indexed by EI.
In order to give the authors an opportunity to revise their papers in the light of the feedback they might receive during the discussions of their papers upon presentation of their works, all accepted workshop papers will be published as a second post-proceeding volume after the meeting. This will also allow workshop organizers have more time to attract more good papers.


The ICWL Program Committee invites researchers from industry and academia to take this opportunity and submit WORKSHOP PROPOSALS on hot topics in the scope of the conference. All proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the ICWL Organizing Committee. Workshop attendees have to register and pay for the full ICWL conference.


Workshop Proposals Submission Deadline: July 1, 2011.
Notification of acceptance: July 15, 2011.
Workshop author registration deadline: Oct 15, 2011.
(proposed workshop paper submission deadline: Sept 1, 2011; proposed notification of author acceptance: Sept 30, 2011)

ICWL 2011 conference: December 8-10, 2011



Workshop proposals should be no longer than 4 pages and should include the following information:


* General information:

– Name of the workshop
– Names, affiliations, and a short bio of the organizers (we encourage international teams of organizers from different institutions)


* A description of the workshop:
– Workshop topic
– Relevance of the workshop to the conference
– Target audience: who might be interested in the workshop and why
– Expected number of participants
– Goals and format (oral presentations, posters, discussion groups, etc.)


* A draft of the workshop’s call for papers:
– A list of specific topics of interest
– Important dates
– URL of site to host the workshop
– Preliminary list of the Program Committee with their affiliation
– A description of the paper reviewing and selection process
– Expected duration of the workshop (half a day or a full day)


Please email your proposal as a PDF attachment directly to the workshop chairs
– Dickson K.W. Chiu, Dickson Computer Systems, Hong Kong. (
– Maggie M.H. Wang, Faculty of Eductation, University of Hong Kong. (

2012 ALISE Annual Conference

Extending Our Reach:  Expanding Horizons, Creating Opportunities
Tuesday, January 17 through Friday, January 20, Dallas, TX
Call for Juried Paper Proposals
Deadline for extended abstracts (maximum 1,000 words): July 15, 2011
Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2011

This call for juried paper proposals seeks original contributions including reports of research, theory, pedagogy, best practices, think pieces, and critical essays that contribute to elaboration of the conference theme of Extending Our Reach:  Expanding Horizons, Creating Opportunities.  Information touches all aspects of our personal and work lives, and the field of Library and Information Science (LIS) has been quick to engage across disciplines as social, cultural, and institutional realities have evolved.  Staying connected in the midst of continuous, sometimes profound, change is not simply reassuring, but a strategic imperative to the growth and health of society, and, along with it, to the design and promotion of LIS, and of LIS education.

The theme for the 2012 ALISE Annual Conference builds on that notion of connectedness, and asks us to think beyond, to stretch, to extend our reach beyond disciplinary boundaries, across the academy, outside of North America, and to areas where a deep understanding of the information lifecycle, of the systems that engage with it, and the individuals who depend on it have been beyond the scope of LIS/Information Studies research and education previously.

(More information on the conference theme can be found at:

Proposals should be for original papers, not for papers that have been previously published. There are no restrictions on research methodology.  Alternative perspectives, creative and non-conventional responses to library and information science education concerns within the context of expanding our horizons are welcomed and encouraged.

Instructions for Submission

Extended abstracts should include the following:

o Title of the paper
o Names, affiliations, and contact information of the authors and one author to be designated as the contact for the paper
o Up to 1,000 word description of the proposed paper
o Select reference list

Abstracts will be evaluated by the Juried Paper Proposals Committee according to the following criteria:

o Connection to conference theme
o Relevance to current and emerging issues in LIS education
o Originality of ideas
o Potential impact / significance
o Select references to relevant literature
o Overall quality of writing

The Conference Juried Paper Proposals Committee Chair will send an acknowledgement of all abstracts received and applicants will be informed of the Committee=92s decisions by September 15, 2011.  Conference presentation time slots will be published in the conference program. All presenters are required to register for the ALISE 2012 conference.

Deadline for submissions is July 15, 2011.  Please submit abstracts via email in PDF or WORD format to Don Latham, Florida State University:

Please note:  Juried paper proposals accepted for presentation at the conference, which are developed into full papers, are eligible for consideration for the JELIS best papers conference issue. Deadline for submission of full papers for possible publication in JELIS will be March 1, 2012, and those submissions should be made to the editors of JELIS.

Gender & Society Reviewers

CALL FOR REVIEWERS Gender & Society is broadening its reviewer base, and invites scholars working on gender from across social science disciplines and perspectives to let us know your reviewing interests. Gender & Society is the official journal of Sociologists for Women in Society, peer-reviewed and published bi-monthly. The journal receives over 450 manuscript submissions each year, from scholars representing a range of disciplines, and from around the world. These pieces cover diverse substantive areas, and deploy a variety of methods designed to explore and critically advance the field of gender studies. We rely on a vibrant network of engaged reviewers to deliver timely and constructive feedback to submitting authors, while maintaining the journal's standing as a premier resource for scholars across the social sciences. We deeply value the service that reviewers perform for our community, and seek to make the process as easy and rewarding as possible. All reviewers receive guidance on the kinds of feedback that our authors have found most helpful, one month of free access to all of Sage's online publications, and a one-time discount on the purchase of any volume published by Sage. If you are new to Gender & Society and would like to review for the journal, please click on the following link to create an account in manuscript central (, or send an email to to have one of our managing editors set up an account for you. Whether you are just joining or are already in our database and just haven't heard from us in a while, please drop us a line to flag your interest and we'll gladly start sending manuscripts your way! Thanks! Joya Joya Misra Professor of Sociology & Public Policy Editor, Gender & Society Social and Demographic Research Institute Machmer Hall W33e University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA 01003 

The 4th International Conference on Adoption and Culture Mapping Adoption: Histories, Geographies, Literatures, Politics

March 22 - 25, 2012 The Claremont Colleges, Claremont, California Call for Proposals For our 2012 conference, we are expanding our concerns to include not only adoption in its many historical and cultural variations but also parallel institutions such as foster care, orphanages, and technologically-assisted reproduction, as well as various forms of forced relinquishment or family separation.. We seek proposals that explore the cultural meanings and/or political locations of any of these practices, and we encourage analyses of relationships among them. We will include academic work from a wide range of scholarly disciplines and areas--literature, film and popular culture and performance studies, cultural studies, history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, political science, law, women's and gender studies, etc.--as well as artistic presentations of film, creative writing, graphic art, music, or productions in other media. We also encourage interdisciplinary panels, presentations, and productions. Proposals may address adoption or related practices or their representation in any way, but we especially encourage work addressing race, class, gender, nationality, and/or sexuality and sexual orientation, and/or investigations of topics such as state and institutional power, (in)fertility, markets and market practices, and incarceration. Confirmed keynote speakers: Catherine Ceniza Choy, Associate Professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, University of California, Berkeley, whose forthcoming book, Global Families: A History of Asian International Adoption in America, examines how Asian international adoption has contributed to the transformation of the U.S. into an international adoption nation and how its history is also a history of race, labor, immigration and intimacy. Dan Chaon, adoptee, writer, and Irvin E. Houck Associate Professor of the Humanities at Oberlin College, whose first novel, You Remind Me of Me, and most recent novel, national bestseller Await Your Reply, address themes of adoption. Await Your Reply was named one of the ten best books of the year by Publisher's Weekly, The New York Times, and other publications. Please send 200-word proposals for papers or samples of creative work (of less than 10 pages), along with a short c.v. (2-page), to NEW proposal deadline: July 9, 2011 A conference website is under development. For additional information, contact Susan Castagnetto at: Conference co-chairs: Susan Castagnetto, Intercollegiate Women's Studies of The Claremont Colleges, Scripps College Marianne Novy, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh 


Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)


National Conference


Boston, Ma, april 11- 14, 2012



Julie Tharp and Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb write in This Giving Birth: 



Now that the baby boom generation has come of age in America, mothers are suddenly back in Vogue – and in Time, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal too. Indeed, mothers are suddenly everywhere and their influence is everywhere felt. Pollsters and policy-makers count them; manufacturers cater to them; and corporations work to accommodate them. Marketers adjust to meet their demands and desires, while medical practitioners keep pace by emphasizing prenatal education and offering non-traditional birthing options.Ever since a pregnant Demi Moore exploded the beauty myth by posing nude for a magazine cover and Madonna cast off her boy-toy image to sing the praises of maternity, popular culture has also begun to embrace dear old mom.



I am looking for papers for multiple panels for a “New/Special Topics in Popular Culture Area” which embrace any aspect of motherhood and popular culture.



Possible topics to consider include, but are not limited to, the following: 


Mothers, mothering, motherhood and 


-TV shows, including talk shows, family dramas, sitcoms, and animation


-print and electronic journalism and gossip rags; magazines


-celebrity culture


-electronic sites/technologies like blogs, Facebook, Twitter


-advertising and marketing


-visual art including photography, scrapbooking, mixed media


-film; performance; music


-graphic fiction/memoir


-best-selling literatures including mommy lit and momoirs


-pregnancy manuals and “expert” parenting guides/literature








-reproductive technologies


-law and policy; maternal activism/organizations



For information on the PCA/ACA, please see:



Abstracts (200-250 words) due by December 15, 2011.



Please send any inquiries and abstracts via email to: Liz Podnieks, Associate Professor


Department of English and Graduate Studies in Communication and Culture


Ryerson University, Toronto                            



Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI)

140 Holland St. West, PO Box 13022, Bradford, ON, L3Z 2Y5