Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Many Faces of Information Competence

Academic Exchange Quarterly
Fall 2012, Volume 16, Issue 3

Academic librarians are increasingly instructing targeted groups within the academic environment. Such groups include freshman learning communities, international students, graduate students, and faculty. Each of these groups is far from homogenous because of the diversity of their expectations of libraries and their information-seeking experiences. Even into the twenty-first century, many faculty members, for example, are reluctant to use electronic resources. How can we develop instruction programs that will address the shared needs of such groups and the diverse needs of individuals? What assessment tools are available to measure the success of such programs? How can we identify constituencies being underserved? Manuscripts are sought that describe successful (and even unsuccessful) approaches to information literacy for targeted groups and/or diverse populations in higher education. Manuscripts are also sought that report on quantitative or qualitative evaluations of the impact of information literacy programs, courses, and components of courses.


Who May Submit:
Manuscripts are sought from academic librarians, teaching faculty, and administrators in higher education who work with information literacy competencies. Please identify your submission with keyword: LIBRARY


Submission deadline:
Any time until the end of May, 2012; see details for other deadline options like early, regular, and short.



Feature Co-editors
Heidi Blackburn, Undergraduate Services Librarian, Assistant Professor
Kansas State University – Salina 

Lisa Craft, Graduate and Faculty Services Librarian, Assistant Professor
Kansas State University – Salina 

Submissions are sought for an edited volume titled Tenuous Veneers: Women of Color in the Academy –Narratives of Distress and Success in the Tenure Process


Submissions are sought for an edited volume titled Tenuous Veneers: Women of Color in the Academy –Narratives of Distress and Success in the Tenure Process.  The theme for this compilation derives from dialogues with faculty of color whose receptions on university and college campuses in the U.S. resonate with the immigrant experience of attempting to settle and acculturate in a new country.  The familiar concept of embracing a “land of opportunity” serves as a useful metaphor for the challenging and disorienting experiences faculty members of color often undergo as new arrivals onto the landscape of academic opportunity.

Faculty women of color often come enthusiastically onto campuses where we discover that the terrain of the ivory tower is uncharted by forerunner academics of color who have paved the way in integrating the hallowed halls of traditionally Anglo academe.  Navigating this reality can be fraught with painful difficulties that are rarely understood or even noticed by the dominant academic culture, and adapts well to W.E.B. DuBois’ famous quote regarding the American Negro, in that the faculty woman of color “is gifted with second-sight in this American [university] world,–a world which yields [her] no true self-consciousness, but only lets [her] see [her]self through the revelation of the other world.  It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.  One ever feels [her] two-ness,–an American [academic], a [faculty woman of color]; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one [ethnic other] body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder” (Adapted from The Souls of Black Folks, 1903).

Tenuous Veneers builds from this truth while also seeking to be inclusive of a representative range of narratives from distress to success for women of color in academe.

Submissions for this edited volume are invited and encouraged in order to tell a complete and balanced story that reveals both the challenges and the rewards of careers in the academy for faculty women of color.

Please email 500-word abstracts by April 30, 2012 to:<>

YALSA Midwinter Paper Presentation Call for Proposals

YALSA Midwinter Paper Presentation Call for Proposals

   The YALSA Midwinter Paper Presentation is an annual event sponsored by past presidents of YALSA.  Its purpose is to provide a venue for educators, librarians, students, and others interested in young adult librarianship to gather and explore a topic of current interest that impacts the field.  The YALSA Midwinter Paper Committee will select one paper to be delivered at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, WA, January 25-29, 2013.  The presenter will receive up to $1,500 to defray travel and registration costs.  The paper will be published in YALSA?s peer-reviewed Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults after the conference.  For more information about the journal, visit

   The YALSA Midwinter Paper Presentation Committee is now seeking proposals for papers presenting points of view based on current research and relating to topics covered in YALSA’s Research Agenda.  The agenda includes four priority areas:

   Priority Area 1: Impact of Libraries on Young Adults
   Priority Area 2: Young Adult Reading and Resources
   Priority Area 3: Information Seeking Behaviors and Needs of Young Adults
   Priority Area 4: Informal and Formal Learning Environments and Young Adults

The full research agenda can be found at:

   The application form is located at:  Important details include:

* Paper proposals are due no later than June 1, 2012.
* Only previously unpublished papers will be accepted.
* Proposals must be emailed as an MS Word document attachment.  The attachment must be saved with the file name of <lastname_pastpresidentlecture.doc>.  For example, smith_pastpresidentlecture.doc.
* All submissions must be emailed to, with the subject line “Past President Lecture.”
* The winner will be selected and all applicants will be notified by August 31, 2012.
* All paper presenters must register for the Midwinter Meeting by December 1, 2012.
* For questions, email Dr. Denise E. Agosto, Midwinter Paper Presentation Committee chair, at

Any individual from within or without of the library community is welcome to submit an application.  Membership in ALA/YALSA is not required.

“To flip or not to flip?”

L&L needs submissions for our Point/Counterpoint and Readers Respond departments! We are looking for arguments on both sides of the question “To flip or not to flip?”


The flipped classroom model–where students’ “homework” is to watch video lessons, while teachers help them understand the material or facilitate group work in class–is gaining steam in some education circles. But does it live up to the hype? Proponents believe that the flipped classroom promotes the “guide on the side” rather than the “sage on the stage” approach to teaching while making the best use of precious class time. Critics, however, say that to make such a switch on a large scale would be a logistical nightmare with little payoff, as it still relies on the lecturing mode of information dissemination. What do you think?


Point/Counterpoint essays are relatively informal. For an example of what we’re looking for, check out the March/April Point/Counterpoint. We need one essay of approximately 500 words on each side of this issue, so consider either defending your argument passionately or playing the devil’s advocate, rather than arguing down the middle.


To enter, post your essay on the discussion forum titled “To flip or not to flip?” on L&L’s group page on the ISTE Community Ning. Please include some form of contact information.


If you don’t have time to write an entire essay on this subject but still would like to weigh in, feel free to post a 25- to 50-word response on some aspect of this issue, and we may choose an excerpt to publish on the Readers Respond page. Please include your name, job title, city, state or province, and country.


And if you don’t have time to write anything but do have an opinion, take part in our Reader’s Poll on this topic on the L&L page of ISTE’s website.


If you’re not already a member of the ISTE Community Ning, you will be prompted to register. Don’t worry–it’s fast, easy, and free. It may take a day or so to approve your membership (sorry–we do this to prevent spam). Once you are approved, go to the Groups page and click on the L&L logo to join our group. As a bonus, you can read our regular content, including updates on the magazine and discussion forums about hot ed tech issues.


If your Point/Counterpoint essay is selected, we’ll contact you for a high-resolution photo and a short (35-word) bio in addition to your 500-word essay. Thanks in advance for a stimulating discussion!


Best regards,

Andra Brichacek

Associate Editor

Learning & Leading with Technology Magazine (L&L)

International Society for Technology in Education





The 15th IEEE International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (IEEE CSE 2012)

 *** Call for Workshop Proposals ***


                    3-5 October 2012, Paphos, Cyprus

The 15th IEEE International Conference on Computational Science and
Engineering (CSE 2012) is seeking proposals for workshops to accompany the
conference. We encourage members of the community to consider submitting
proposals for workshops that bring together researchers and practitioners
working on research topics of interest to the CSE community.

The purpose of these workshops is to offer researchers a good opportunity to
present their work in a more focused way than the conference itself and to
obtain feedback from an interested community.

Workshop organizers are responsible for establishing a program committee,
collecting and evaluating submissions, notifying authors of acceptance or
rejection in due time, ensuring a transparent and fair selection process,
organizing selected papers into sessions, and assigning session chairs.
Proposals on emerging topics guaranteed to generate significant interest in
the community will be selected.
Prospective workshop organizers are invited to submit proposals to the
workshop chairs, Massimo Cafaro <> and Mario
Dantas <>.

Submission information

All proposals must provide the following information:

– Workshop name along with a brief 150 to 200-word abstract
  describing the event (suitable for the conference web site);
– If applicable, provide a description of past versions of the activity,
  including dates, organizers, submission and acceptance counts,
  attendance, and information with which conference the workshop was
– Brief rationale for the event and for co-locating with CSE;
– Names and affiliations of main organizers and, where relevant,
  tentative composition of the committees (as complete as possible);
– Event format, i.e., length of event (half-day or full-day), expected
  number of presented papers, invited talks, panels, demonstrations,
  number of days, etc;
– Expected number of submissions and participants;
– Draft Call For Papers (CFP), as complete as possible;
– Submission/reviewing deadlines (internal and external).

Important dates

Proposals due: April 15, 2012
Acceptance notification: April 20, 2012

All workshops should maintain the same quality as the main conference.
All the work papers will be included in the same conference proceedings.
Once accepted, the workshop should establish own paper submission system.
Each paper selected for inclusion in the proceedings must be registered for
CSE 2012 at the same registration rates. Each paper must be presented in
person by the author, or one of the authors. All the papers in the CSE 2012
workshops will be published in IEEE conference proceedings, in the same
proceedings of CSE 2012, and will be made available to all conference
registrants on site. All workshop papers will also be electronically
available through IEEE Xplore Digital Database, and professionally indexed
through INSPEC and EI Index.
The accepted workshops can decide own submission deadlines but must follow
the same camera-ready deadline and registration deadline as CSE 2012 main
Please organize your workshop as early as possible to ensure your effort
turn out to be fruitful. For further information on preparing a workshop
proposal, please contact the Workshop Chairs.

International Conference on Health and Social Care Information Systems and Technologies

 HCist 2012 | Call for Papers
 Algarve, Portugal, 2012, 3-5 October
submission deadline: April 14th, 2012

Dear Professor/Dr./Mrs./Mr.,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to HCist’2012 “International Conference on Health and Social Care Information Systems and Technologies” to be held in Algarve, Portugal, from 3 to 5 October, 2012.

Under the leitmotiv of leveraging health and social care through people, processes and information systems, academics, scientists, healthcare IT professionals, managers and solution providers from all over the world will have the opportunity to share experiences, bring new ideas, debate issues, and introduce the latest developments in the largely multidisciplinary field embraced by Health and Social Care Information Systems and Technologies (HCist).

All accepted full papers will be published in the conference proceedings (with ISBN). Papers can also be accepted as posters, with an extended abstract to be published in a book of abstracts (with ISBN).

Authors of selected papers will be invited to extend the paper for possible publication in international journals and edited books.

HCist’2012 is co-located with CENTERIS’2012, providing an excellent conference environment for sharing best practices among researchers, academics and professionals from both generic Enterprise and specific Healthcare Information Systems research areas.

———- Themes/Recommended topics

HCist 2012 intends to introduce and discuss the main issues, challenges, opportunities and trends related to recent health and social care IT-based developments, applications and services.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to: Advanced (3D) Visualization Software, Bioinformatics, Business Intelligence applied to Healthcare Information Systems, CDSS- Clinical Decision Support Systems, Clinical Reporting Systems, CPOE- Computerized Physician Order Entry, CTRM – Critical Test Results Management, Data Security and Protection, DICOM – Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine, EHR – Electronic Health Records, ePrescription, eTherapy, HIE- Health Information Exchange Solutions, Health IT Infrastructure, Healthcare Content Management, Healthcare Information Systems Management, Healthcare Billing and Financial Management, Healthcare IT Management and Governance, Healthcare Information Systems Integration, Interoperability & Connectivity solutions, Healthcare in-house development, off-the-shelf and open source solutions, HL7 standards, Medical Coding, Medical Data Archiving and Storage, Medical Dictation, Medical Records& Document Scanning, Medical Display Monitors, Medical Image Analysis, Enhancement, Sharing& Archiving, Medication Administration Systems, Medical/Healthcare Quality Assurance (QA) Software, Medical& Patient Scheduling Software, Medical Speech/Voice Recognition Systems, Medical Semantic Web, mHealth – Mobile Device Software for Healthcare, PACS – Picture Archiving and Communication Systems, PHR – Personal Health Records, Practice Management Systems, PRM – Patient Relationship Management, QICS-Qualitative Intelligence and Communication Systems, Radiation Therapy Software, RTLS – Real Time Location Systems, Telemedicine, Thermal Imaging Software

———- Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit their paper electronically at the Conference webpage ( until April 14th, 2012.

Submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis, and authors will be notified of the review process results by May 28th, 2012. Authors of accepted papers will receive recommendations from reviewers to improve their work, and should submit the final camera-ready version until June 22nd, 2012.

———- Paper format
Papers must be written in English. Each paper should not exceed 10 pages considering the MSWord and Latex templates available for download at the conference webpage (

———- Important dates
Deadline for paper submission: April 14th, 2012; Notification of acceptance/rejection: May 28th, 2012; Revised version: June 22nd, 2012.

For more detailed information, please visit

We hope to see you next October in Algarve, Portugal!

Best regards,

Ricardo Martinho
Rui Rijo

———- Conference Co-Chairs:
— Ricardo Martinho (, Polytechnic Institute Leiria, Portugal
— Rui Rijo (, Polytechnic Institute Leiria, Portugal

———- Program Chair
— Vinesh Raja (, University of Warwick, UK

———- Secretariat

SQL Server Live!

Orlando, Florida

December 10-14, 2012 Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando

Proposals are due: Friday, May 11, 2012 5:00 PST
Submit your proposal here:

Brought to you by the publishers of Visual Studio Magazine, MSDN Magazine, Redmond Magazine, and Virtualization Review Magazine; and the producers of Visual Studio Live! and TechMentor conferences, SQL Server Live! will be part of Live! 360, a new event offering four co-located technical conferences for the Developer and IT community at one time for one low price. Incorporating knowledge transfer, networking and leading-edge training, these conferences keep attendees up-to-date on current technologies with a look to the future.

SQL Server Live! (December 10-14, 2012 at the Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, Florida) will provide comprehensive education and knowledge share for SQL Server database management, performance tuning and troubleshooting to IT professionals and DBAs across a breadth of experience and organizations.

SQL Server Live! invites you to submit proposals for our upcoming event that are suited to our educational foci, which include (but not limited to):

  • Recovery and High Availability — Techniques for managing backup, recovery, disaster recovery, and high availability – which may include recommendations for tools and techniques other than those which are native to the product.
  • Welcome to Yukon Territory: What’s New in SQL Server 2012 — Focus on new and changed features in SQL Server 2012.
  • Monitoring, Maintaining, and Tuning — Techniques and tools for keeping an eye on SQL Server performance and for maintaining a smoothly-running SQL environment. Also includes content on performance tuning. PowerShell content is also fair game, here.
  • Scaling Up and Out — Techniques and technologies for making SQL Server handle more workload, including hardware, scale-out techniques, and so on.
  • SQL Server as the Back End — Content focuses on tuning SQL Server for use as a back-end with various other products, including SharePoint and System Center.
  • Friends of SQL Server — Content focuses on SQL Server’s companion technologies: Integration Services, Reporting Services, etc.

Speaker Compensation:
Speakers chosen to present at SQL Server Live! — a Live! 360 event — will receive a stipend for each session they present. SQL Server Live! will also cover hotel accommodations (room and tax only) for a pre-determined number of nights at the host hotel as outlined in the speaker agreement.

SQL Server Live! is part of Live! 360, and will be co-located in Orlando
with the following conferences:

Visual Studio Live! provides real-world, practical information and training to attendees with the cutting-edge techniques needed to solve development challenges with existing Microsoft products, shipping or soon-to-be shipping technologies compatible with the .NET Framework and Visual Studio.

Cloud & Virtualization Live! delivers intelligent training with real-world applicability on today’s cloud and virtualization technologies. Taught by the industry’s most celebrated expert speakers, this event is ideal for IT professionals, systems administrators, developers and consultants who want to develop their skill sets in evaluating, deploying and optimizing virtual and cloud-based environments.

SharePoint Live! provides leading-edge knowledge and training for SharePoint administrators, developers, and planners who must customize, deploy and maintain SharePoint Server and SharePoint Foundation to maximize the business value.

We look forward to your submission!


Access Services Conference 2012, Unlocking the 21st Century Library

Access Services Conference 2012, Unlocking the 21st Century Library

On behalf of the Conference Organizing Committee, we would like to invite you to submit a proposal for the Access Services Conference 2012, Unlocking the 21st Century Library.  This year’s event will be held at Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta, GA from November 8-10, 2012.  [Please note the slight change in dates.]

The Access Services Conference is an opportunity for individuals working in all areas of Access Services in libraries to gather information and communicate with other professionals about Circulation, Reserves, Interlibrary Loan, Student Worker Management, Security, Stacks Maintenance, and other topics of interest.

We invite program proposals from February 27 until 5pm, May 11, 2012. Accepted program proposal submissions should be able to fit within a 45 minute segment including time for questions.  Proposals might focus on any of the following areas:

Customer Service Circulation
Interlibrary Loan
Consortia Agreements

Electronic resources and access services

Space Management
Stacks Maintenance
Student Workers Management
Current technology for access service enhancement

Program Proposal guidelines:
Please submit an abstract, 150 words or less, with the program title and your name.  Program proposals will be reviewed by the program committee and those presenters who are selected will be notified by June 4, 2012.  Go to to submit your proposal.

Please direct any questions to

Catherine Jannik Downey  


Vendors or organizations interested in sponsoring the Access Services Conference please contact

Denita Hampton


“Traditions and Transitions in Library Catalogs

The ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group is seeking proposals for presentations at its ALA Annual meeting in Anaheim, CA. The meeting will be on Sunday, June 24, 2012 from 10:30 am-Noon. The theme of the meeting will be “Traditions and Transitions in Library Catalogs”. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:


   Research on evidence-based decision making and best practices for cataloging and classification in an era of budget reduction

   Research on transitioning from AACR2 to RDA

   Research on cataloging in a mixed metadata environment with records in multiple schemas, formats, and standards

   Research on transitioning from a traditional catalog to a web-based next-generation or FRBR catalog


Full presentations should be 15 to 20 minutes long. Audience questions and discussion will be encouraged after the presentations.  Brief 5 to 10 minute summaries of less extensive projects or research in progress will also be considered.


Email proposals by Friday, April 20th to Susan Massey ( and copy to Masha Stepanova ( Please include:


   Presentation title

   A brief (1 page or less) summary of the focus of the proposed presentation

   Stage of project completion by June 2012

   Amount of time needed to make the presentation

   Names and positions of presenter(s)

   Email address(es) of presenter(s)


We look forward to hearing from you!


Feminist Sinologies

 October 5-7, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, CCS

This conference invites papers that think about the production of  
knowledge made possible by the synergies between feminist theory and  
sinology. “Feminist Sinologies” should be taken to be more  
conceptually and topically expansive than the study of Chinese women,  
past and present.

It is our aim to bring together theoretically rich and well-  
historicized papers across many disciplines in the humanities that  
develop meaningful linkages between theories in feminism today (such  
as intersectionality, recessive action theory,  female masculinity,  
ecofeminism, reflexivity/positionality, queer theory, queer assemblage  
queer temporality, disability studies, postcolonialism, lyric theory,  
Marxist historicism, and affect theory, just to name a few) and  
oft-explored topics in sinological studies (such as Chinese  
modernism/modernity, translingual and translation praxis,  
(Neo)Confucianism, (Neo)Buddhism and the West, nationalism and visual  
culture, Chinese-Jesuit print culture, Chinese diaspora and coolie  
culture, human rights discourse, performative Chineseness, socialism  
and democracy, positivism and international law, financescapes,  
ecoscapes, and the global economy–also just to compile a short list.

The panel seeks papers working with all historical periods. Papers  
might situate the conjunction of feminism and sinology in the context  
of contemporary geopolitical issues; compare and contrast a  
“feminism-studies” approach and a sinological studies approach to a  
certain text or work of art; or close-read a particular event that (it  
will be argued) can no longer be understood without a  
feminist-sinological framework.

An interdisciplinary committee will be formed to select the papers.  
Announcements for the selection will be posted June 31, 2012 by email.  
Participants must be prepared to submit un-committed work.

Those interested are invited to send a 250-word proposal describing  
the nature of the project and its relevance to the central concept of  
Feminist Sinologies to Nan Z. Da ( by June 1, 2012