Monthly Archives: July 2013

International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology (IJEMST)

We are writing to invite you to consider submitting your manuscripts to the International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology (IJEMST). The IJEMST is a peer-reviewed scholarly online journal. The IJEMST is published quarterly in January, April, July and October.

The IJEMST welcomes any papers on math education, science education and educational technology using techniques from and applications in any technical knowledge domain: original theoretical works, literature reviews, research reports, social issues, psychological issues, curricula, learning environments, research in an educational context, book reviews, and review articles.

Please visit  for guidelines on manuscript submission.


Editorial Board

International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology (IJEMST)


LITA programs at ALA in Las Vegas

The LITA Program Planning Committee (PPC) is now accepting innovative and creative proposals for the 2014 Annual American Library Association Conference.  We’re looking for full day pre-conference ideas as well as 90 minute conference presentations. The focus should be on technology in libraries, whether that’s use of, new ideas for, trends in, or interesting/innovative projects being explored – it’s all for you to propose. In 2013, we received roughly 40 proposals, resulting in 20 great LITA programs at the 2013 Annual Conference, all of which came from contributions like yours. We look forward to hearing the great ideas you will share with us this year.


New ALA Conference Guidelines [June 2012]

     All divisions are limited to accepting 20 programs each.

     All programs will be 90 minutes, located in the convention center, and will be recorded.

     All proposal submissions will need to choose a Conference Track. Please see Appendix A in the Roadmap here ( for more details.

     Vendors wishing to submit a proposal should partner with a library representative who is using the product. The library/librarian should submit the proposal.


*When/Where is the Conference?*

2014 Annual ALA Conference, Las Vegas, NV: June 26-July 1, 2014


*What kind of topics are we looking for? *

We’re looking for programs that can scale to all library types, inspire technological change and adoption, or/and generally go above and beyond the everyday.


Some successful topics in the 2013 included Gamifying Your Library; Makerspaces; MOOCs. Some topics we are interested in are: Data Management & Curation; Responsive Web Design; Homegrown Technology Tools.


*When are proposals due? *

August 25, 2013


*How I do submit a proposal? *

Fill out this form

Program descriptions should be 75 words or less.


*When will I have an answer? *

The committee will be reviewing proposals after August 25; final decisions will be made in September.


*Do I have to be a member of ALA/LITA/an IG/a committee?*

No! We welcome proposals from anyone who feels they have something to offer regarding library technology. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide financial support for speakers. Because of the limited number of programs, LITA IGs and Committees will receive preference where two equally well written programs are submitted. Presenters may be asked to combine programs or work with an IG/Committee where similar topics have been proposed.


*Got another question?*

Please feel free to email Deb Shapiro (PPC chair) ( and the group will figure it out.

Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C)

February 9-12, 2014

Hershey, PA

The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) is a statewide event that provides quality programs focused on technology in the educational field. Each year, hundreds of exhibitors showcase their latest technology products and services to the vast audience of teachers, administrators, technology directors, school board members and more. Monday and Tuesday mornings kick off with keynote speakers that will both educate and inspire you. Throughout the three days, you can attend concurrent sessions, keystone poster sessions and student showcases. There is something for everyone at PETE&C!

Accepting program and preconference proposals.

Proposal submission information can be found at

Deadline for submission is October 13, 2013

ALCTS Preconferences Las Vegas (and virtual)

The ALCTS Program Committee invites program and in-person and virtual pre-conference proposals for the ALA Annual 2014 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The dates of the conference are June 26-July 1, 2014.
 If you’re interested in planning an in-person pre-conference for ALA Annual in 2014, please complete the appropriate web form (see below) by August 26, 2013, for first consideration.  Proposals will be accepted after that up through September 20, 2013.  Enter as much information as possible about the topic(s), the speakers, the intended audience. Please also include the preconference title. The committee and ALCTS staff will review your proposal, help refine your ideas and coordinate logistics.
 ALCTS offers both in-person and virtual pre-conferences for its annual conferences.  A virtual pre-conference consists of a series of 2-4 webinars in the weeks leading up to the Annual Conference.  The proposal deadline for virtual pre-conferences is February 7, 2014.
To submit a proposal please visit the following web pages:

In-person pre-conference proposal form:
Virtual preconference proposal form:
 More information about the preconference planning process can be found at:
 Please contact the ALCTS Office or the co-chairs for the ALCTS Program Planning Committee with any questions.

Julie Reese
ALCTS Office – Continuing Education & Programs<>

 Susan Davis<>

Reeta Sinha<>

Western New York/Ontario chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries


The Western New York/Ontario chapter of the Association of College and
Research Libraries invites poster session proposals for our 2013 Fall
Conference.  This year’s theme is “Publishing and Advancing Research,” and
the conference will be held Friday, Oct. 18th, from 8:30am-4:00pm at the RIT
Conference Center in West Henrietta, New York.  Poster presenters will
receive a discounted conference registration rate of $60.  

Poster sessions provide opportunities to share new and innovative ideas,
strategies and technologies.  Any topic, demonstration or device that may be
of interest to college and research librarians is welcome for presentation.
We ask, however, that this venue not be used to promote or sell specific
products and services.  More information on the conference can be found

Proposals for the posters and any questions regarding the poster session
should be submitted to Vice Programs Chair Amy Vilz at
The deadline for proposal submission is September 16, 2013.  Presenters will
be notified of acceptance by September 23.  

Conference registration rates:
WNY/O ACRL Members: $100
Join WNY/O ACRL Now and Save: $110 (if already an ACRL member) or $115 (if
not an ACRL member)
Non-members: $120
Students: $50
Poster Presenters: $60

We look forward to seeing you this fall!

Media and Methods for Opening Education

*JITP5 Call for Submissions*

Special Issue: Media and Methods for Opening Education

Editors: Gregory T. Donovan and Suzanne Tamang

Submissions Due: *October 20, 2013*

*The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy* is a peer-reviewed and
open-access journal that welcomes work that explores critical and creative
uses of interactive technology in teaching, learning, and research. For
Issue 5, we are seeking submissions under the theme of “Media and Methods
for Opening Education.” This theme invites submissions that critically and
creatively consider both media and methods that open up traditional
educational settings to more democratic and diverse modes of learning and
knowledge production.

We are particularly interested in papers that express intriguing and
promising ideas, demonstrate new media forms or educational software tools,
or focus on research methods for opening education. Possible submission
topics include, but are not limited to:

– The development, implementation, and/or evaluation of pedagogical
practices that draw on Open Education Resources (OER).

– Explorations of Open Access, Open Source, and/or Open Data initiatives
that address matters of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability.

– Critical considerations of corporate or proprietary media in pedagogical

– Feminist media and methodologies for challenging patriarchal structures
in education.

– Analyses of both the educational media and practices of civic movements
such as the Free University, Occupy Data, or CryptoParty.

– Hackathon methodologies: tools and practices.

– Critical and participatory approaches to facilitating MOOCs.

– Engaging local communities in public research and/or education through
civic media.

– Interactive platforms and practices that queer traditional educational
boundaries between teacher/student as well as inside/outside the classroom,
unfixing these binaries so as to reconsider our norms and what they leave

– Critical appropriations of queer, feminist and/or radical praxis to
address ITP matters such as universal access.

– Visualizing research products for diverse publics.

– Best practices for collaborating in heterogeneous spaces.

– Anti-disciplinary approaches to problem solving and the public domain.

In addition to traditional long-form articles, we invite submissions of
audio or visual presentations, interviews, dialogues, or conversations,
creative works, manifestos, jeremiads or other scholarly materials. All
submissions are subject to an open peer review process. Submissions
received that do not fall under the specific theme of Issue 5, but do fall
under the broader theme of JITP, will be considered for publication in a
future issue.

*Important Dates*
The submission deadline for Issue 5 is *October 20, 2013* for publication
in *Spring 2014*. When submitting using our Open Journal Systems software,
under “Journal Section,” please select the section titled “Issue 5: Special

To submit and read our full guidelines, go to


Introducing EDUCAUSE Connect–three new events evolved from regional conferences. Grow professionally while helping to pioneer these new and highly interactive events that allow participants to focus on solutions to specific challenges.

Connect will be offered three times in 2014. Submit a proposal to be considered for one, two, or all three locations:

  • February 11-13 | Portland, Oregon
  • March 17-19 | Chicago, Illinois
  • April 30May 2 | Baltimore, Maryland

For more information go to:

SLA-SD 2013 Fall Seminar

Call for Speakers: SLA-SD 2013 Fall Seminar
The San Diego Chapter of the Special Libraries Association is seeking speakers for our annual fall professional development seminar to be held Friday, October 4, 2013 at Marina Village Conference Center, San Diego, CA.

The 2013 theme is:
Connecting the Dots of Creative Innovations…..
As an information professional, you are an integral member of your organization, and we want to know how your creative innovations are making an impact. We are looking for presentations that exemplify how you utilize your expertise and skills to ensure organizational success, and in particular how you leverage specific tools, competencies, methods, and characteristics to deliver results that go above and beyond. Presentations should be approximately 45 minutes in length and should cover the topic both conceptually and with demonstrations/discussions of real-world applications. Proposals may address, but are not limited to, the following suggested topics as specifically focused on information and organizational readiness:
� New technology strategies
� Collaborative information sharing
� Research methods
� Data curation
� Competitive intelligence
� Mobile technology
� Distance reference
� Strategic planning
� Procuring funding
� Diversity awareness
� Volunteer recruitment
� Disaster preparedness
Proposals are welcomed from information professionals working in all types of environments and at all professional levels. Membership in SLA is not required. Many of you have expertise in one or more of the areas listed above, or know someone who does, and we encourage you to send us a proposal soon. If you have colleagues or others in your network who might be interested, please let them know about this opportunity. All proposals welcome!
Proposals should include:
 Speaker Information: name, position title, affiliation, and all contact information for all speakers
� Presentation description: a title and brief summary of proposed presentation (500 words or less)
� Format: individual speaker, team presentation, panel discussion, interactive exercise, etc.
Please submit your proposal to by Monday, August 5, 2013. The seminar committee plans to select presentations by August 19, 2013 and will notify all speaker candidates of their proposal status.
Be sure to mark Friday, October 4th on your calendar now! Further details and registration information will be posted in August on the SLA-SD website,
Amy Jankowski and Helene Idels
2013 Directors, SLA San Diego Chapter

The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances columnists

_The Bottom Line:  Managing Library Finances_ is looking for regular columnists  who can speak to the issues and background of the journal indicated below.  I am especially interested in management or staff in public, private, academic, and special libraries and other information organizations (like archives and museums) writing columns that address issues related to budgeting, management, human resources, development, and outsourcing (among others) in information organizations, not just libraries.  Columns are needed on a quarterly basis (every 3 months).  There is no renumeration provided for this, just the opportunity to get your name out into the profession and to put this on your resume.  Please contact the editor directly if you are interested in contributing on a regular basis, along with a statement of interest and/or background, and a CV.  Thank you.

Dr. Brad Eden
Editor, _The Bottom Line_
Dean of Library Services
Valparaiso University


 *Key Journal Audiences *

 * librarians and information organization professionals in academic, public and company libraries, archives, museums, etc.
    * library personnel
    * library schools
    * consultants

 *Coverage *

   * Quality editorials on fundraising
   * Economics affecting libraries
   * Brief notes about grants, taxes and levies
   * Internet connections
   * Business trends
   * Outsourcing library functions
   * Current economic crisis in your organization

*The Bottom Line is Indexed and Abstracted in*:

  * BUBL
   * Current Awareness Abstracts
   * Emerald Management Reviews
   * Information Management & Technology Abstracts
   * The Informed Librarian
   * Library & Information Science Abstracts (LISA)
   * Library Literature and Information Science

Online Northwest

Online Northwest Call for Proposals Now Open!

Online Northwest seeks proposals for 45-minute presentations, panel sessions, or hands-on workshops, as well as 5-minute lightning talks (panels and workshops are new presentation formats for Online Northwest – see details below).

Proposals on all topics relating to technology and libraries are considered, such as:


    Information discovery

    Mobile computing


    Shared ILS and consortial resources

    Linked data and the Semantic Web

    Cloud computing

    Virtual research environments

    User Experience Design

    Technology competencies

    MOOCs and open education

    Digital publishing and institutional repositories


Other topics related to technology in libraries are welcome!

The 2014 conference will be held Friday, February 7, 2014 at CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Corvallis, Oregon (on the Oregon State University campus). 2014 Call for Proposals ends October 14th , 2013.

For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit the NEW Online Northwest website at


Proposal Options


Presentations: 45 minute time slot for solo or co-presenters. Please remember to allow time for questions from the audience.


Workshops: A new session type for Online Northwest. This is a chance to discuss and accomplish a hands-on task, most likely with your audience participating using a laptop, tablet, or Smartphone. Consider the limitations: 45 minutes, a presentation computer, and wifi (with potentially limited bandwidth) for the audience. Please note what preparations or devices the audience should have with them in the notes field of the proposal form


Panel session: Invite professional colleagues to discuss a topic as a panel. To keep the conversation engaging and informative, consider inviting panelists with different perspectives on the topic. As the moderator, allow time for audience questions.


Lightning talks: An audience favorite! 5 minutes to blaze through a topic. Presentation slides are usually timed, but we are flexible as long as your talk ends within 5 minutes and is informative and engaging.