Monthly Archives: December 2012

ISSUE OF Women’s Studies Quarterly , SPRING 2014 – DEBT

*Guest Editors – Meena Alexander and Rosalind Petchesky*

* *


How do we make sense of debt? What does it mean to live in a world of debt
– whether you are a college student in the United States, a struggling
farmer in India, a homeowner, a country? What does it mean to forgive a
debt? How have these meanings shifted over time? Do ancestral debt, ritual
sacrifices to the gods, tribal and national vendettas, debts to parents and
children, colonial debt, slavery and indenture hover as foreshadowings of
the late capitalist turn, *when* *debt becomes a way of life*? Whether
seeking justice or imposing injustice, debt has its own temporality,
compressing and bringing forward pasts, reconfiguring and elongating

As student loans in the US surpass $1 trillion, is student debt becoming a
form of training and disciplining bodies, an apprenticeship in “debt
enfranchisement”? Has debt become the newly normal way of performing
citizenship? Under conditions of neoliberal globalization, green card
holders and naturalized citizens find themselves beholden to the nation
state; indeed this becomes an unwritten part of assimilation into America.
Those without debt (mortgages, loans, credit cards) by definition have no
credit–are discredited, literally disenfranchised and placed in a kind of
moral and political state of exception at the extreme end of which reside
undocumented migrants and refugees.  What are the racialized, gendered,
sexual, and generational effects, and affects, of these contemporary

Yet debt also makes powerful ethical and historical claims on us that
contain seeds of feminist, anti-racist, and progressive
transformation.  Demands
for reparations or redress for the descendants of slavery and victims of
apartheid or occupation are based on an assumption that, as Stephen Best
and Saidiya Hartman write, “assessing debt and calculating injury [may]
itself [be] a formula for justice.”  But is the language of debt (“You owe
me!”) sufficient to encompass ethical bonds and social justice? And what
happens when debt overwhelms moral obligations, de-moralizing both debtor
and creditor?

We invite contributions to an issue of WSQ on “Debt” that will probe these
contradictions and their reverberations in economics, politics, poetry,
visual arts, popular culture, and everyday life.  Submissions may address,
but need not be limited to, any of the following themes, keeping in mind
how they involve relations of gender, race/ethnicity, and sexuality:

            � Student debt, universities in debt

            � Debt as a moral and/or political language

            � Mythic, ancestral, psychic dimensions of debt

            � Debt across generations (within countries, families)

            � Colonial debt

            � National and transnational debt and deficits (US, Eurozone,

            � Managing debt through micro-credit, micro-lending, structural

            � Household debt and homelessness

            � Medical debt

            � Securitization of debt; banks as vampires

            � Occupy initiatives around debt (StrikeDebt, Rolling Jubilee)

            � Reparations and redress (for slavery, occupation, torture)

            � Debt as injustice or justice

            � Aesthetic dimensions of debt

            � Sexual debt

            � Trauma and debt

            � Gift vs. Debt

            � The female or transgender body and debt

If submitting academic work, please send articles by March 15, 2013 to the
guest editors, Meena Alexander and Rosalind Petchesky, at **. Please send complete articles, not abstracts.
should not exceed 20 double spaced, 12-point font pages and should comply
with the formatting guidelines at

Poetry submissions should be sent to *WSQ*’s poetry editor, Kathleen Ossip,
at ** by March 15, 2013. Fiction, essay, and memoir
submissions should be sent to *WSQ*’s fiction/nonfiction editor, Nicole
Cooley, at ** by March 15, 2013. Please review
previous issues of *WSQ* to see what type of submissions we prefer before
submitting poems or prose. Note that poetry and prose submissions may be
held for six months or longer. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if
the poetry/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.  If submitting poetry, paste
submission into the body of the e-mail along with all contact information.

Art submissions should be sent to Margot Bouman at * * by
March 15, 2013. Art that has been reviewed and accepted must of 300 DPI or
greater, saved as 4.25 inches wide or larger. These files should be saved
as individual JPEGS or TIFFS.

Supporting and Empowering Mothers in the Academe: Strategies for Institutional Change and Individual Agency Conference


Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI)

June 24-27, 2013, Toronto, Canada

The conference, “Supporting and Empowering Mothers in the Academe:
Strategies for Institutional Change and Individual Agency,” will examine
the subject of mothers in the academe from scholarly and activist
perspectives by drawing on academic papers and interactive workshops. It
will join scholars that specialize in academic motherhood research with
individuals and agencies that support mothers in the academe.

According to recent studies of both academic women and mothers, gender
discrimination in general, and that targeting academic mothers, is
pervasive in academia. According to a recent Statistics Canada Report women
comprise only 35.6 percent of all tenure track/tenured university faculty
in Ontario. In 2009 at Canadian universities, only 30.9 percent of tenured
positions were held by women, but 53.4 percent of non-tenured lecturers
were women. The Canadian Association of University Teachers Almanac of
Post-Secondary Education 2011/2012 reveals that only 21.8 percent of Full
Professors in Canada are women and only 16.3 percent of Tier 1 Canada
Research Chairs are held by women.

The conference will examine obstacles to and strategies for maternal
empowerment in the academe within the context of institutional change and
individual agency. The roles that race, class, sexuality, age, ability,
religion and ethnicity play in reinforcing/constructing obstacles to the
advancement of maternal empowerment and agency in academe, and the
structural changes needed to remove them, will be explored. The conference
will draw attention to the experiences of graduate student mothers; many of
the papers and workshops will be presented by graduate students, and others
are concerned with mentoring graduate students.

The main aim of the conference is to deliver models, strategies, and
practices of maternal empowerment that are relevant and practical; the
activists, service providers, and policy makers who advocate for mothers in
academe must be able to utilize them. As reputable public institutions,
universities must put family-friendly policies and attitudes into practice
that uphold gender equality; this will allow women to balance their
academic career paths with the stages of motherhood. Universities stand to
tarnish their reputations and lose some of their most talented scholars if
they do not.

The conference will generate valuable information on what is needed to
support mothers throughout their academic careers, and uphold women’s
contribution to university culture.

We invite submissions for papers as well as workshops from faculty,
students, service providers, activists as well as members of faculty unions
and associations.

If you are interested in being considered as a presenter for either a paper
and/or workshop, please send a 250 word abstract, a 50-word bio by March 1,
2013 to


Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI)

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

(905) 775-9089

In Solidarity: Academic Librarian Labour Activism and Union Participation in Canada

Call for Papers for Forthcoming Book:

Jennifer Dekker, University of Ottawa (
Mary Kandiuk, York University (


PUBLISHER: Library Juice Press




With a focus on Canada, this collection will document the labour-related struggles and gains of academic librarians. It will provide historical and current perspectives regarding the unionization of academic librarians, an exploration of the major labour issues affecting academic librarians in both certified and non-certified union contexts, as well as case studies relating to the unionization of academic librarians at selected institutions. The volume will strive to include a broad representation of academic librarian labour activists and those who have rallied to the support of academic librarians in the workplace.


This edited collection will gather the common experiences of Canadian academic librarians and situate them in a national framework with respect to unionization. It will examine the issues that have led to the formal organization of academic librarians, the gains that have been achieved, and the ramifications of those gains. A limited number of chapters exploring relevant issues from a non-Canadian perspective are also being sought in order to provide insight and comparisons in a broader context.


The editors invite chapters that describe activities undertaken by academic librarians, unions, and related associations that further the goals of librarians in the academy from a labour perspective. Examples of topics that would be of particular interest to the editors include:
• Academic freedom cases involving U.S. academic librarians, for the purpose of comparing these to the Canadian setting;
• Librarians and governance on Canadian and / or U.S .campuses;
• Faculty or academic status of librarians in the U.S., including a comparison with Canada;
• Successful mobilization or political strategies for unionization or labour actions of academic librarians;
• Case studies of academic librarians asserting their collective rights in such a way that might provide inspiration or guidance for other groups;
• Labour action or the experience of strike within the academic library environment.
In particular, the editors would like to encourage chapters that explore the experiences of academic librarians from a labour perspective using a methodological framework as appropriate. Proposals that examine the issues from a theoretical framework are also welcome.


The editors believe that this book will be of interest to academic librarians, labour historians, and those interested in academic labour or unionization of library workers.


Authors are invited to submit abstracts and proposals of 300-500 words to and by January 15, 2013. Notifications will be sent by February 1, 2013. A draft manuscript ranging from 1,500-7,000 words will be due by June 1, 2013. Submitted manuscripts must not have been published previously or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Following review, articles will be returned via e-mail for revision before final acceptance. All materials will be edited as necessary for clarity. All submissions should include at the beginning an abstract of no more than 150 words, highlighting the scope, methodology, and conclusions of the paper. Authors should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. (2010). We welcome contributions from scholars and practitioners alike. If you wish to discuss your contribution please feel free to contact us.
Submission of proposals should include:
Name of author
Contact information
300-500 word abstract

Business Transformation and Sustainability through Cloud System Implementation


Proposal Submission Deadline: January 31, 2013

A book edited by Dr. Fawzy Soliman (University of Technology, Sydney)

To be published by IGI Global:



Many organisations are opting for innovation as means of gaining and/or sustaining competitive advantages. Furthermore, recent research indicates that innovativeness can be made in one or all of the three critical business areas; namely product innovation, service innovation and management system innovations. In addition, advances in computing technologies have presented the management of firms with additional challenges as well as furtherer opportunities to enhance their competitive advantages.  Some of those opportunities arise from the deployment of modern systems that encompass the most three important managerial functions in modern firms; namely ERP (Enterprise Resources Planning systems), Customers Relationship Management (CRM) and e-Commerce. The current technology available in Cloud Systems appears to satisfy the needs for most modern firms for managing the transfer of knowledge for ERP, CRM and e-commerce simultaneously.


However, there is little known about implementation best practices, and most importantly, the applicability of suitable new business models that favour certain deployment a cloud system over another in different applications and settings. Given that cloud systems are very costly to implement and maintain, it would be almost imperative that firms find and search for new suitable business models and implementation practices that ensure cost effectiveness of their investment.


Although the literature is full of articles that deal with different methods for implementations of Information technology (IT) and Information system (IS), there is little attention given to the implementation of could systems and to the management and deployments of the cloud systems. Equally true is the fact that little attention has been given to determining which cloud systems’ configuration may be assessed as suitable or unsuitable for a given organisational setting. Furthermore, little is known about how to overcome or remedy such unsuitability for a given business model.


For example, one of the most critical activities for the implementation of a suitable cloud system in any firm is the identification of the characteristics of the cloud system and match it with the required or desired features in that firm. In other words a method of assessment and evaluation of cloud systems’ deployment would be necessary. The current literature has no references to any of these tools or techniques. Failing to identify those characteristics of the cloud system could expose the firms to unnecessary risks that should have to be addressed at early stages implementation processes.


The book “Business Transformation and Sustainability through Cloud System Implementation” will present to the reader that the deployment of cloud system may be an evolutionary process, where some critical activities may be needed to identify and ensure that the firm can proceed in the implementation with care by avoiding or addressing two types of deployment defects; namely defects created by mismatch between cloud system characteristics and business models (Cloud-Business Gaps) and also defects due to mismatches between cloud system implementation requirements and available organisational resources for implementation (Cloud-Resources Gaps).


Objective of the Book


The main objective of the book is to alert the management of firms to the risks that they could face if the cloud system implementation process is not carefully managed and appropriately selected and supported. The book contents will be able to assist firms with ensuring that their cloud system activities are so positioned to assist them achieving their competitive advantages. The book is unique in cloud systems and would be required to assist firms to avoid exposing themselves to unnecessary risks should they not ensure that appropriate cloud systems’ implementation, selection and maintenance processes have taken place.


Target Audience


The target audience of this book will be firm management professionals and researchers working in the field of management, human resources management, information and knowledge management in various disciplines, e.g. library, information and communication sciences, administrative sciences and management, education, adult education, sociology, computer science, and information technology. Moreover, the book will provide insights and support executives concerned with the management of expertise, innovation, knowledge, human resources management, information and organizational development in different types of work communities and environments.


Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:


·         Business Models to suit Cloud System implementation in different Innovative firms’ Structures

·         Strategies for deployment of Cloud System in Innovative firms to management of the knowledge transfer

·         Alignment of Cloud Systems with the Innovative firms Organizational Goals

·         Risk Management and Volatility in Innovative firms and knowledge transfer Strategies

·         The Innovative firms Data burden –Volume, Dimensionality and Visibility Challenges especially in knowledge transfer using Cloud Systems

·         Succeeding in volatile knowledge and Innovation Markets

·         Models for the Implementation of Cloud System Strategies in Innovative firms

·         Evaluation of Cloud System success factors

·         Modelling the mismatch between Cloud and business characteristics (Cloud-Business Gaps)

·         Identification of the resources shortcomings for Cloud Systems Implementation (Cloud-Resources Gaps)

·         Organisational expectations from Cloud System implementation

·         Business Models for Cloud Systems to suit different firm structures

·         The data attributes that drive the need for Cloud Systems

·         A  firms readiness for the implementation of the Cloud System

·         The types of infrastructure and processes that would be needed for implementation of Cloud System

·         How to align the Cloud System’s goals with the strategic objectives of the firm

·         Auditing skills and competencies required for successful implementation of the Cloud System

·         Evaluating the Cloud System provider

·         Assessing  the success of the implementation of the Cloud System project

·         How to measure return on the investment in the Cloud System implementation

·         Types of leaderships that are most effective in the implementation of the Cloud System

·         Assessing the risk and volatility in firms’ integration using Cloud System

·         Measuring the robustness of the Cloud System

·         The security attributes that would be needed for a reliable Cloud System implementation

·         Monitoring the Cloud System performance

·         The critical success factors necessary for development and implementation of the Cloud System

·         The key factors for development and upgrading cycles of the Cloud System

·         Drawing a Service Level Agreement with the Cloud System provider

·         Assessing the appropriate cloud system’s resources required for a given supply chain setting

·         Identifying the firm’s key implementation of resources need for deployment of the Cloud System

·         Finding a remedy for the shortages (Cloud-Resources Gaps) in the resources required for Cloud Systems implementation

·         Could the choice of the Cloud System (ERP-CRM, Ecommerce) solution reduce the cost of corporate IT function?

·         Could the choice of the Cloud System improve business-IT alignment?

·         Would the use of an external provider (i.e. outsourcing the Cloud System solution) rather than running in-house result in a responsible and reliable functioning of the organization’s computing resources?

·         Could the on-demand Cloud System complement the already existing installed investments?

·         The essential factors for the success of Cloud System implementation

·         The impact of Cloud System on the IT corporate governance

·         The core parameters for the organization’s business systems that could be managed with Cloud System‘s implementation to ensure the implementation achieves their business goals

·         Base-line requirements that Cloud System provider must meet

·         How firms could adapt to the new Cloud System solution

·         The key parameters for evaluating the Cloud System implementation

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before January 31, 2013, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by February 28, 2013 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by May 30, 2013. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.



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 2014.


Important Dates

January 31, 2013:                          Chapter Proposal Submission Deadline

February 28, 2013:                       Notification of Acceptance

May 30, 2013:                                 Full Chapter Submission

July 30, 2013:                                  Review Results Returned

September 30, 2013:                  Final Chapter Submission

October 31, 2013:                          Final Deadline


Editorial Advisory Board Members:


Professor Piet Kommers, The Netherlands.

Professor Fernando Moreira, Portugal.

Professor Stewart Clegg, UTS Business School, Australia.

Professor Steven Fox, University of London, UK.

Professor Mohamed Youssef, Dean of Business, Arab Open University, Kuwait.

Professor Mosad Zineldin, Linnaeus University-Sweden

Professor Samuel Ho, Hong Kong Buddhist College.

Professor Maria Manuela Cruz-Cunha, Portugal.

Professor Fernando Almeida, Portugal.

Professor Hesham Magd, Oman.

Dr Hassan Akpolat, Australia.


Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:

Dr. Fawzy Soliman

Management Discipline Group

UTS Business School

University of Technology, Sydney,

PO Box 123, Broadway, Sydney, NSW, 2007, Australia

Tel.: +612 9514 3611 • Fax: +612 9514 3602    •  GSM: +61417 77 7708



Eleventh annual Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust (PST 2013)

Call for Papers

Tarragona, Catalonia, July 10 – 12, 2013

The PST2013 International Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust
(PST) is being held in Tarragona, Catalonia, July 10-12, 2013. PST2013
is the eleventh such annual conference focusing on PST technologies and,
like its predecessors, it is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE
Computer Society. PST2013 provides a forum for researchers world-wide to
unveil their latest work in privacy, security and trust and to show how
this research can be used to enable innovation.

PST2013 will include one day of tutorials followed by two days of
high-quality research papers whose topics include, but are NOT limited
to, the following:

– Privacy Preserving / Enhancing Technologies
– Critical Infrastructure Protection
– Network and Wireless Security
– Operating Systems Security
– Intrusion Detection Technologies
– Secure Software Development and Architecture
– PST Challenges in e-Services, e.g. e-Health, e-Government, e-Commerce
– Network Enabled Operations
– Digital forensics
– Information Filtering, Data Mining and Knowledge from Data
– National Security and Public Safety
– Cryptographic techniques for privacy preservation
– Security Metrics
– Recommendation, Reputation and Delivery Technologies
– Continuous Authentication
– Trust Technologies, Technologies for Building Trust in e-Business Strategy
– Observations of PST in Practice, Society, Policy and Legislation
– Digital Rights Management
– Identity and Trust management
– PST and Cloud Computing
– Human Computer Interaction and PST
– Implications of, and Technologies for, Lawful Surveillance
– Biometrics, National ID Cards, Identity Theft
– PST and Web Services / SOA
– Privacy, Traceability, and Anonymity
– Trust and Reputation in Self-Organizing Environments
– Anonymity and Privacy vs. Accountability
– Access Control and Capability Delegation
– Representations and Formalizations of Trust in Electronic and Physical
Social Systems


High-quality papers in all PST related areas that, at the time of
submission, are not under review and have not already been published or
accepted for publications elsewhere are solicited. Accepted papers will
be accepted as ‘regular’ papers up to 8 pages, or ‘short’ papers of up
to 2 pages. Up to 2 additional pages will be allowed in each category
with over-length charges. The standard IEEE two-column conference format
should be used for all submissions. All accepted papers will be
published in the conference proceedings and by IEEE and will be
accessible via IEEE Xplore Digital Library. Best Paper and Best Student
Paper awards will be presented.

Submission Deadline: March 17, 2013
Notification of Acceptance: May 10, 2013
Final Manuscript Due: June 09, 2013
PST 2013: July 10-12, 2013


Additional information about paper submission and conference topics and
events can be found at the conference web site:

SIGIR 2013

Dublin, Ireland, 28 July-1 August, 2013


IMPORTANT: Regular contributors to SIGIR, please note changes to SIGIR 2013 for authors, as outlined below.

SIGIR is the major international forum for the presentation of new research results and for the demonstration of new systems and techniques in the broad field of information retrieval (IR). The Conference and Program Chairs invite all those working in areas related to IR to submit original full papers, short papers, and proposals for tutorials, workshops, and demonstrations of systems. SIGIR 2013 welcomes contributions related to any aspect of IR theory and foundation, techniques, and applications. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to: 

– Document Representation and Content Analysis (e.g., text representation, document structure, linguistic analysis, multi-lingual IR, cross-lingual IR, NLP for IR, information extraction, sentiment analysis, clustering, classification, topic models, facets, text streams) 

– Queries and Query Analysis (e.g., query representation, query suggestion, query reformulation, query intent, conversational search, query log analysis, session analysis, question answering)

– Users and Interactive IR (e.g., user models, user studies, user feedback, search interface, summarization, task models, personalized search) 

– Retrieval Models and Ranking (e.g., IR theory, language models, probabilistic retrieval models, feature-based models, learning to rank, combining searches, diversity) 

– Search Engine Architectures and Scalability (e.g., indexing, compression, distributed IR, P2P IR, mobile devices) 

– Filtering and Recommending (e.g., content-based filtering, collaborative filtering, recommender systems, profiles) 

– Evaluation (e.g., test collections, effectiveness measures, experimental design) 

– Web IR and Social Media Search (e.g., link analysis, click models/behavioural modelling, social tagging, social network analysis, advertising and search, blog search, microblog search, forum search, community-based QA (CQA), adversarial IR, vertical and local search) 

– IR and Structured Data (e.g., XML search, ranking in databases, desktop search, entity search) 

– Multimedia IR (e.g., image search, video search, speech/audio search, music IR) 

– Other Applications (e.g., digital libraries, enterprise search, genomics IR, legal IR, patent search, text reuse)


– Monday 21 January 2013: Abstracts for full research papers due 
– Monday 28 January 2013: Full research papers due 
– Monday 4 February 2013: Workshop proposals due 
– Monday 18 February 2013: Short papers, demonstration, and tutorial proposals due 
– Monday 11 March 2013: Notification of workshop acceptances 
– Monday 11 March 2013: Doctoral consortium proposals due 
– Monday 15 April 2013: All other acceptance notifications 
– Sunday 28 July 2013: Conference begins in Dublin


We’d like to draw your attention to a few changes at SIGIR 2013 for authors.

(1) The full paper track (10 pages) will introduce a new review criterion,
*Reproducibility of Methods*, in addition to the criteria traditionally used at SIGIR.
The full set of review criteria can be found in the FULL PAPER REVIEW CRITERIA section below.
Also, visit the following pages:

(2) Along with the full paper track, we will have a short paper (4 pages) and demo paper (2 pages) tracks.
Note that SIGIR previously had posters (2 pages) and demo papers (1 page). Visit this page for details:


Relevance to SIGIR: Is the work presented within the scope of SIGIR?

Originality of Work: Does the work describe a unique problem? Does the work propose a creative solution to an old problem? Is there similar prior art?

Technical Soundness: Are the algorithms and methods used correct? Is the experimental design appropriate? Are the experiments and analyses thorough? Are appropriate statistical tests used?

Quality of Presentation: Are the ideas, methods, results and discussions presented clearly? Is the paper structure appropriate? Is the paper written in good English?

Impact of Ideas or Results: Will this research change practice? Will this work be cited? Will this work generate additional research?

Adequacy of Citations: Are the authors aware of relevant prior art? Do the authors provide a good overview of it? Is the citation list unbiased?

Reproducibility of Methods: Are the descriptions of the methods used detailed and accurate? Given the resources used in the paper, or (if they are unavailable) similar resources, could researchers carry out similar experiments to verify the results? What further description could the authors provide?

Program Committee Chairs

Maarten de Rijke, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Diane Kelly, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
Tetsuya Sakai, Microsoft Research Asia, China

General Conference Chairs

Gareth Jones, CNGL, Dublin City University, Ireland
P�raic Sheridan, CNGL, Dublin City University, Ireland

Transition Cultures, Transition KO: Evolving Exploration, Critical Reflection, and Practical Work

Call for Participation (NASKO 2013) 
ISKO C/US invites submissions of abstracts for its Fourth North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization (NASKO 2013) to be held June 13-14, 2013, in Milwaukee, WI, USA. 
Conference Venue: Continuing Education Center, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Conference Dates: June 13-14, 2013
Deadline for Proposals: January 31, 2013
“The essence of Transition is in its name.  It describes the era of change we are all living in. The Transition idea is about us all being an engaged, active part of that change.” 
 –Transition Towns Movement
Transition is a grassroots movement that pulls on communities to improve local and global conditions in a sustainable way. Similarly, the KO community contributes to the greater good both locally within our own institutions and globally through interoperable systems, standards, and technologies. In the spirit of transition, the Fourth North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization (NASKO 2013) conference invites participants to come together to forge and strengthen the connections that will shape the future of knowledge organization. 
Proposals for research papers, position papers, posters, unconference topics and a doctoral symposium are welcomed. Acceptable languages for conference submissions include English, French or Spanish. Graduate students are especially encouraged to submit proposals.  
Topics to explore include, but are not limited to, the following:
Theory of KO
History of KO
Legacy and emerging KOSs 
Epistemological status of KO 
Domain Analysis approach to KO
New challenges in teaching KO 
KO research sustainability
The future of KO
Sociocultural studies of KO
Proposal categories:
Research and Position Papers: Proposals should include a title and be no more than 1500 words long. Proposals should situate themselves within the extant literature of knowledge organization, and have a clearly articulated theoretical grounding and methodology. Those that report on completed or ongoing work will be given preference. Diverse perspectives and methodologies are welcome.
Posters: Proposals should include a title and be no more than 650 words long.
Unconference Sessions: Proposals of topics for sessions driven by attendees. The unconference will include 30-minute breakout sessions with two or three topics per session, depending on attendance. The proponents of the topics selected will be hosting the session and deliver a final lightning talk.
Doctoral Symposium: This is an opportunity for doctoral students to discuss their research in progress in a 15-minute presentation. Proposals should consist of a 500-word abstract with citations (citations not included in word count) and a one-page CV.  Students will also have the opportunity to attend a general advising session to discuss their CVs, service commitments, and how to approach the job market.
Proposal format:
Proposals should include the name(s) of the author(s), their complete mailing and e-mail addresses, and their telephone and fax numbers. Please send proposals in Word or .rtf format to 
Publication: All accepted papers will be published online. The papers most highly-ranked during the peer-review process will, with permission of the authors, be published, in full, in a future issue of Knowledge Organization.
Important Dates
January 31, 2013: Submission deadline.
March 8, 2013: Notification to authors.
May 8, 2013: Final copy submission.
Bursaries for students
ISKO C/US will offer a limited number of bursaries for students presenting at the conference. Application guidelines will appear on the ISKO C/US website later this year: 
Planning Committee:
Cristina Pattuelli, Pratt Institute, New York
Kathryn La Barre, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Richard Smiraglia, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee
Hur-Li Lee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee
Program Committee:
Arsenault Clément, Université de Montréal
Clare Beghtol, University of Toronto
Melanie Feinberg, University of Texas, Austin
Melodie Fox, University of Washington
Jonathan Furner, University of California, Los Angeles
Lynne Howarth, University of Toronto
Michèle Hudon, Université de Montréal
Elin Jacob, Indiana University, Bloomington
Barbara Kwasnik, Syracuse University
Aaron Loehrlein, University of British Columbia
Elaine Ménard, McGill University
Elizabeth Milonas, Long Island University
Hope Olson, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Joseph Tennis, University of Washington
Nancy Williamson, University of Toronto
See website for details:

“How do we fit in the global knowledge environment? Researching the library’s role”

Call for Papers

The IFLA Library Theory and Research Section is pleased to invite submissions for its forthcoming Satellite meeting in Singapore.


14 – 15 of August 2013


University of Illinois
Advanced Digital Science Center

1 Fusionopolis Way, #20-10 Connexis North Tower
Singapore 138632


All proposals must be submitted by midnight GMT on January 10th, 2012.

Please submit your proposals with the following elements to:

Heidi Kristin Olsen
Spesialbibliotekar / Senior Librarian
H�gskolen i Vestfold / Vestfold University College

The proposal must include the following.

  • Title of Proposed Presentation
  • Outline of proposed presentation – 300 words maximum
  • Name(s) of presenters with employer or affiliated institution, plus full contact information (phone and email)
  • Short biographical statements regarding the presenter(s) (300 words maximum per presenter)
  • The satellite themes the proposal addresses
  • The type of session proposed
    • Full paper to be published in the Satellite Meeting proceedings
    • Research report
    • Other: _________________________________________________________

Please note

All expenses, including $100 USD registration for the satellite conference, travel, accommodation, etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.


News for the future: Dissemination, harvesting, archiving, and retrieving

News for the future: Dissemination, harvesting, archiving, and retrieving

Open session at IFLA WLIC 2013, August 17-23, 2013, Singapore

Sponsored by the IFLA Newspapers Section

Papers wanted!   Please consider submitting a short proposal to present during the Newspapers Section open session at WLIC 2013 (  Attendees at past open sessions have included librarians, archivists, digital curation specialists, publishers, researchers, historians, genealogists, and technologists.  This open session gives you a unique opportunity to reach a world-wide audience of news, library, and technology professionals.

Session theme:  The WLIC conference theme “Future Libraries, Infinite Possibilities” and the Newspapers Section open session theme “News for the future: Dissemination, harvesting, archiving, and retrieving” highlights the consequences of digital technology in news creation, production, and dissemination as well as on the post-dissemination fate of news such as preservation of digital and hard assets, collection management, storage of physical and digital content, access and use of digital and physical news collections, and similar fates.

Subordinate themes include

  • Production of electronic news media
  • New business models for news preservation
  • Collaborative news production and preservation
  • Collecting digital media including e-delivery, web-harvesting, legal deposit
  • News metadata capture and enrichment including news industry standards such as NITF, NewsML, hNews, etc as well as traditional library standards such as METS, MODS, ALTO, PREMIS, MIX, etc
  • Digitisation of historical news and newspapers
  • Presentation of and access to digital news collections including crowdsourcing
  • Collaboration of libraries, archives, and museums in the preservation of news

Other topics will be considered, too.

Please note:  Papers for the conference should be written and presented in English.  Proposals should be no more than 300 words in length and must be submitted to Mona L�k�s (, Mazelan Anuar (, and Sue Kellerman ( of the Newspapers Section on or before January 31, 2013.  Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by March 4, 2013. The full paper and accompanying presentation slides must be completed and submitted to IFLA before June 2013.  The papers must be original submissions and not published elsewhere.

At least one author is expected to attend WLIC 2013 to present the paper. 

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation, etc., are the responsibility of the authors.  No financial support can be provided by IFLA, however, a special invitation letter can be issued to authors.

Please disseminate and share this information with all colleagues who may be interested.  Looking forward to see all of you in Singapore!

Important dates

 31 Jan 2013 Abstracts due

4 Mar 2013 Acceptance notices sent to authors

30 Jun 2013 Completed papers and presentation submitted.

Questions?  Please contact Mona L�k�s ( Anuar (, or Sue Kellerman (

Newspapers to the People

IFLA Newspapers/ Genealogy and Local History (GENLOC) Sections

Pre-conference Satellite Meeting

Singapore, 14th – 15th August 2013

Call for Papers

Newspapers to the People

We want your papers! Please submit a proposal to present!

The IFLA Newspapers/Genealogy and Local History (GENLOC) Sections are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for a two-day Pre-conference Satellite Meeting to be held in Singapore from 14th – 15th August 2013.

This Pre-conference Satellite Meeting is jointly organised by the National Library of Singapore, the IFLA Newspapers Section, and the IFLA Genealogy and Local History Section.

We would like to invite you to submit a proposal relating to the title Newspapers to the People to present at this Pre-conference. The intention of this Satellite Meeting is to interest not only IFLA members, but also newspaper publishers, academics, researchers, local studies experts, historians.

 As well as distinguished keynote speakers, the Pre-Conference Satellite Meeting will include sponsor presentations and visits to the Malay Heritage Centre site and the Roots Revealed exhibition.

The main Pre-Conference theme:  Newspapers to the people

Sub-themes:  Papers chosen for presentation should address, but are not limited to:

  • Case studies of information institutions (libraries, archives, etc.) that foster community research into family history or local heritage
  • Case studies in the digitisation and preservation of cultural heritage
  • Latest initiatives and technologies in newspaper e-preservation and access
  • Reporting the news in the digital and social media age: trends and how these impact the information industry.
  • Social media and crowdsourcing vis-�-vis historical newspaper collections
  • Tracing family history or local heritage through newspaper archives
  • Issues of E-Legal Deposit: online news and newspapers

Other proposals relevant to the main Pre-Conference theme will also be considered.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Proposal abstracts should be submitted in English as an MS file.
  • Proposal abstracts for the IFLA Newspapers/GENLOC Pre-Conference Satellite Meeting must be submitted by 31st January 2013, must be in English and should clearly include:
    • Title of proposed presentation
    • Abstract of proposed paper (no more than 300 words)
    • Name(s) of presenter(s) plus position and/or title
    • Employer/affiliated institution
    • Contact information including  email address, telephone number
    • Short biographical statement of presenter(s)
    • Language of presentation
  • Proposal abstracts should be submitted to (yes to all 4!):
  • Selected presenters will be notified by 4th March 2013 
Accepted papers:
  • Complete accepted papers should be c.3000- 6000 words in length, be an original submission not published elsewhere
  • Complete accepted papers and accompanying presentation slides must be submitted by the end of June 2013
  • Final papers should be written in English
  • 25 minutes will be allowed for the delivery of the paper
  • The Sections will have the accepted papers translated into at least three languages and these papers will be made available on a Conference website

Please note that the Programme Committee regrets that it has no funding to assist prospective authors and the submission of an abstract must be on the understanding that the costs of attending the Pre-conference, including registration, travel, accommodation and other expenses, are the responsibility of the presenters of the accepted papers, or their institutions. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.

For more information on the IFLA Newspapers Section, please visit:

For more information on the IFLA GENLOC Section, please visit:

To discuss any matter relating to this Call for Papers, please contact:

Gene Tan:

Frederick Zarndt:

Elizabeth Melrose:

Please disseminate and share this information with all colleagues who may be interested.  Looking forward to see all of you in Singapore!

Important dates

 31 Jan 2013 Abstracts due

4 Mar 2013 Acceptance notices sent to authors

30 Jun 2013 Completed papers and presentation submitted.