Monthly Archives: November 2014

Special Issue of the Bulletin of the Technical Committee on Learning “eLearning and Linked Open Data”

Call For Articles:

Guest Editors:

Salvador Sanchez-Alonso and Enayat Rajabi Information Engineering research
unit University of Alcalá, Spain {salvador.sanchez, enayat.rajabi}
With the proliferation of e-learning resources on the Web, exposing, and
sharing educational resources in digital form has become an important issue.
Many of these resources are implicitly related to each other or to the
interest, cultural and technical environment of learners. Connecting
different kinds of learning objects promotes a new scenario where currently
isolated data repositories would progress towards an open discovery space
including resources independent of their geographic and system boundaries.
Finding links  is also very useful for enriching educational materials and
provides the added benefit of giving access to richer contents to both
educators and learners.
The Linked Data approach, as a de facto standard for interlinking data on
the Web, includes a set of successful principles which facilitate sharing
and reusing data on the Web and lead to vast amounts of publicly available
datasets. Using Linked Data, the repository owners can publish structured
data and establish typed links among them from various sources. This
approach enables enriching existing resources, enhances casual discovery,
and improves resource discovery. However, applying the Linked Data in
eLearning contexts needs more research attention and many aspects remain
largely unexplored.

This special issue discusses how the Linked Data approach can be applied for
sharing, reusing and enriching the eLearning resources on the Web and what
advantages it can bring to the eLearning stakeholders.

The Bulletin of the Technical Committee on Learning Technology publishes
articles, project reports, and case studies which may be of interest to
academics, researchers, and professionals involved in the field of existing
and emerging learning technologies.

This special issue will be published in Volume 16, No 4 (October, 2014).

Submission procedure
• Articles, case studies and project reports can be submitted to this
special issue. Manuscripts are limited to 4 pages. Use the IEEE template for
preparing your manuscript and follow the IEEE guidelines. The IEEE template
is available online at:
manuscripts should be either in Word or in RTF format, with any figures
embedded in the text at appropriate places. In addition, figures used in the
contributions should be provided in separate graphics files (gif, bmp, or
jpeg files).
• Please send the manuscripts and all relevant material by email as an
attachment to and (Please user
subject line: IEEE-TCLT Bulletin Submission).
• In the email, please state clearly that the manuscript is original
material that has not been published, and is not being considered for
publication elsewhere.
Important Dates
Deadline for submission of articles: December 15, 2014.

LACUNY Institute 2015Privacy and Surveillance: Library Advocacy for the 21st Century

The Library Association of the City University of New York (LACUNY) seeks
proposals for the 2015 LACUNY Institute.

Call for Proposals
Privacy and Surveillance: Library Advocacy for the 21st Century
LACUNY Institute 2015

Date: May 8, 2015
Location: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Keynote Speaker: Rainey Reitman (Activism Director, Electronic Frontier
Foundation; Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, Freedom of the Press

Submission Deadline: January 13, 2015

Historically, librarians have defended patron privacy on the grounds that it is
crucial to free speech, freedom of thought, and equal access to information.
These core values, which occasionally have led librarians to confrontation with
law enforcement, are embedded in our professional ethics. The American Library
Association’s Privacy Toolkit demarcates a broad territory for the profession
to safeguard: “In libraries, the right to privacy is the right to open
inquiry without having the subject of one’s interest examined or scrutinized
by others” (Privacy and Confidentiality: Library Core Values).

Nevertheless, patron data can now be scrutinized not just by FBI agents with
secret warrants, but also by database and e-book vendors, social media
companies, and Internet marketers. The digital nature of today’s information
sources has allowed for mass collection of patron data–as demonstrated by the
NSA’s covert collection of telephone and Internet records. Our profession has
been slow to respond. In this new technological and political landscape, which
privacy violations pose a threat to our mission of promoting free speech and
free thought? How can librarians convince those in power that patron privacy is
crucial to our institutions and our communities? Can we negotiate contracts
with vendors that protect reader privacy? How should we talk to our students
about these issues, and what can we learn from them about the future of

The LACUNY Institute seeks proposals that explore all aspects of privacy in
libraries, with a special emphasis on academic settings. We welcome proposals
from those inside and outside the profession. This year, we will feature two
kinds of presentations:

*Paper Presentations* (20 minutes)
The Institute will include several moderated panel presentations, which may be
historical, theoretical, legal, or practical in nature. Please include time for
questions and discussion.

A few examples include:
• Library Code of Ethics and its relevance today
• Current laws and precedents relating to privacy
• The information economy and user data
• Predictive analytics
• Assessment and student privacy
• The Dark Web

*Lightning Presentations* (10 minutes)
At the close of the Institute, attendees will disperse to a number of
simultaneous lightning presentations. These should be highly practical in
nature and focused on a single, specific issue. The goal is to provide
attendees with concrete steps for action. Please build in substantial time for
questions and discussion, and plan to bring handouts or other takeaways.

A few examples include:
• Lesson plans for teaching students about privacy
• How to read vendor contracts and negotiate for privacy rights
• Privacy-protecting alternatives to common tools and websites (e.g.,
ownCloud, DuckDuckGo)
• Setting up a Tor relay
• Proven steps for promoting privacy initiatives among faculty and

Please submit proposals for paper and lightning presentations, including a
300-500 word abstract, to by
January 13, 2015.

Questions may be directed to
For more information, visit the Institute website:

2015 University of San Diego Digital Initiatives Symposium Call for Proposals

When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Where: University of San Diego


Proposals are now being accepted for the second annual Digital Initiatives Symposium, a day-long event focused on all types and platforms of institutional repositories and digital initiatives.


This year’s symposium will focus on the intersections of libraries and the broader educational community: open educational resources, library partnerships with faculty for digital initiatives, digital humanities, and other topics, in a variety of institutional contexts.


We are accepting proposals for 45-minute concurrent sessions and 90-minute panel presentations. We welcome proposals from all types of organizations, including colleges and universities of all sizes, community colleges, public libraries, special libraries, museums, and other cultural memory institutions.


We are especially interested in proposals that consider:

  • roles for deans and directors in digital and institutional repository initiatives
  • roles for disciplinary faculty in digital and institutional repository initiatives
  • diverse repository platforms and functions
  • open access policies
  • repositories and distance learning
  • repositories and information literacy
  • digital humanities
  • copyright
  • open educational resources
  • instruction and scholarly communication
  • archives and special collections


Submission Guidelines and Selection Criteria


Panel discussions: 90 minutes

Concurrent sessions (case studies, white papers, demonstrations, or panels): 45 minutes

Please plan to leave 10-15 minutes for questions. 


Submissions must include:

  • Session title
  • Presenters’ names, titles, and affiliations
  • A brief abstract, no more than 300 words (If accepted, the abstract will be used as part of the program and published along with conference proceedings.)
  • A longer description of the session, approximately 500 words
  • A brief statement on learning outcomes for the session
  • Specific technology or other presentation requirements


Submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance thinking about digital initiatives and institutional repositories. Acceptance is competitive. Registration fees will be waived for accepted presenters.


Submit proposals and questions to Kelly Riddle, Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of San Diego, at


For more information on the day’s events, please visit


Important Dates


December 15, 2014: Proposal submission deadline

January 23, 2015: Notification of acceptance

February 16, 2015: Selected presenters must confirm presentations

March 23, 2015: Registration deadline

Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ) guest editor issue diversity within library technology

The Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ) exists to foster community and share
information among those interested in the intersection of libraries,
technology, and the future.

Discussions  on the Code4Lib listserv and keynotes by Valerie Aurora and Sumana
Harihareswara at Code4Lib 2014 show that diversity is a topic of ongoing
importance to the Code4Lib community.  A
recent editorial
in the Code4Lib Journal by Ron Peterson originally sparked discussion
of the idea for a special issue among the journal’s editorial committee;
the demographic breakdown of both the author community and the
committee itself laid bare the fact that diversity is a major challenge
even in communities that are highly supportive.  With this in mind, the
Code4Lib Journal will present a special issue on diversity within
library technology as its 28th publication, to be published in April

The Editorial Committee recognizes the value that different backgrounds and
experiences bring to our editorial process. We also recognize a lack of
diverse voices represented among us, so we are seeking applications and
nominations for guest editors to help shape and curate this special
issue. Guest editors will collaborate with members of the Editorial
Committee on soliciting, reviewing, selecting, and editing articles as
well as co-authoring an editorial with the Coordinating Editor. We are
seeking individuals with a demonstrated commitment to forwarding
diversity and inclusivity in library technology; editorial/writing
experience is preferable, but not necessary.

Work as a guest editor will involve around ten hours of work per month,
running from December/January through April 2015.  As part of the guest
editorial committee, you will define the process and criteria for
selecting articles as well as contribute to the issue’s editorial
introduction.  You will also be able to work closely with selected
authors in order to provide suggestions and help develop the issue’s
articles.  The journal’s regular editorial committee will provide
assistance in this process as second readers and sounding boards, but
you will be the main driving force behind the success of the issue.

We will continue to accept applications until December 1, 2015.  To apply for a spot or nominate someone else, please email your/the nominee’s CV and a brief letter of interest to  Your letter should address these two basic questions:

1) What is your/the nominee’s background in diversity in library tech?

2) What is your/the nominee’s potential contribution to the special issue?

If you have any questions, contact us by email at or email me, coordinating editor for the special issue, directly (

LITA Top Tech Trends Program Panelists for ALA

What technology are you watching on the horizon? The LITA Top Tech Trends Committee is trying a new process this year and issuing a call for panelists. Answer this short questionnaire by 12/10 for consideration.

Fresh faces and diverse panelists are especially encouraged to respond.

Past Top Tech Trends programs can be viewed at

CFP form is located at:

NANAS conference: “Aging and Age Studies: Foundations and Formations.”

Abstract submission deadline 1 December 2014. Conference at Miami
University, Oxford, Ohio, 19-22 May 2015

The North American Network in Aging Studies (NANAS) was established in 2013
to bring together scholars and researchers from across a variety of
disciplines-humanities, arts, gerontology, anthropology, sociology, health
care, and others-interested in critical examinations of how age is
conceptualized, defined, experienced, performed, and critiqued. At this
inaugural research conference, we seek to build on the foundations of and
define new formations in this vital and growing field.

We invite scholarship and research that provides fresh insights into
changing manifestations and interpretations of age through engagement with
cultural texts (e.g., literature, history, media, public policy, adaptive
technology), as well as qualitative or other meaning-based approaches.
Presentations might investigate local and global implications of age and
aging; consider how diverse approaches to studying age can enable richer
understanding in traditional academic disciplines; develop new,
cross-disciplinary methodologies that expose the often-unacknowledged
effects of age relations and age assumptions; and/or examine ethical,
political, philosophical, or practical questions about what it means to be
humans living through time. Additional topics may include, but are not
limited to, the following:

*         Intergenerational relations: philosophical, historical, literary
and/or gerontological insights

*         Problematizing age: other ways to organize human life

*         Memory and forgetting as personal and cultural phenomena

*         Age narratives

*         Creativity and imagination as a site of knowledge in old age

*         Age and the environment; the meaning of space and place

*         Hegemony of biological and non-biological models of aging

*         Morality, spirituality and ethics as mediated by age

*         Age across cultural, regional, or historical differences

*         Gerontology meets age studies: crossroads of science and meaning

*         Age and the body

*         Age across cultural, regional, or historical differences

*         Gerontological literacy and illiteracy

*         Beyond the young/old binary

*         Disciplinary challenges in an interdisciplinary field

*         Age and personal objects

*         Age, technology, and new media

*         Illustrating, dramatizing, choreographing, composing, and/or
performing age

*         Defining age through public policy

*         Age across cultural, regional, or historical differences

*         Geography, politics, economics, and the lived experience of aging

*         Age in the classroom

*         Age and sexuality

*         Age and identity

*         Age-based roles in celebrations, ceremonies, and/or other public

*         Age and dis/ability

*         Imagining age

*         Age, nation, development: postcolonial paradigms

Keynote speakers:

*  Jaber Gubrium, Chair, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology,
University of Missouri

*  Ros Jennings, Head of Postgraduate Research, Director of the Centre for
Women, Ageing and Media (WAM) and Reader in Cultural Studies at the
University of Gloucestershire

*  Teresa Mangum, Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies;
Professor, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, University of Iowa

Conveners: Kate de Medeiros, Miami University; Erin Lamb, Hiram College;
Leni Marshall, University of Wisconsin-Stout; and Cynthia Port, Coastal
Carolina University.

Proposal abstracts for individual papers and themed sessions/symposia are
welcome. Each person may participate in a maximum of two sessions.

Proposal abstracts for individual papers should include the title of the
paper, an abstract of 250 words, and contact details.

Proposal abstracts for themed sessions/symposia of up to 4 presentations
should include the title, an 800-word abstract that refers to each paper,
and contact details of the chair(s) and contributors. Researchers and
scholars in all stages of their careers are welcome to submit proposals.

Proposals will be accepted until December 1, 2014. Please send abstracts to <> .

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please
contact <> . Additional
conference details can be found at
<> .

Leni Marshall, Ph.D.

Department of English and Philosophy

University of Wisconsin – Stout

318 Callahan Hall

Menomonie, WI 54751 <>

The 12th International Conference on Mobile Systems and Pervasive Computing

August 17-20, 2015
Belfort, France

MobiSPC-2015 will provide a leading edge, scholarly forum for
researchers, engineers, and students alike to share their state-of-the
art research and developmental work in the broad areas of pervasive
computing and communications.

MobiSPC-2015 will be held in the city of Belfort. Belfort exists since
the Roman period and was official recognized as an autonomous city in
1307. From this date, the city was under the authority of the Burgundy
Duchy and Austrian Empire. In 1638, Belfort becomes a French city.
After the war of 1871, France looses the Alsace and Lorraine regions,
except the city of Belfort for its outstanding defense. The statue of
the Lion of Belfort was made by Bartholdi to commemorate this event.
Belfort is home to multiple academic institutions, and where visitors
can enjoy a variety of activities and entertainment.

MobiSPC-2015 is co-organized & co-hosted by the University of
Technology of Belfort-Montbeliard, France. The University was created
in 1999 from the fusion of two engineering schools. It is member of
the network of the Universities of Technology with Compiegnes, Troyes
and Shanghai (China). The University is located on three campus
located in the towns of Belfort, Sevenans and Montbeliard, from North
to South (separated by 15 kms each). The campus of Belfort is located
in one of the biggest technology and industrial activity park of the
town. Basel (in Switzerland) lies 50 kms away to the East, Strasbourg
150 kms to the North-East, Zurich (in Switzerland) 160 kms to the
East, Franckfurt (in Germany) 350 kms to the North-East, Lyon lies 300
kms to the South-West, Paris 500 kms to the North-West.

– Workshop Proposal Due:    January 15, 2015
– Paper Submission Due:     March   27, 2015
– Acceptance Notification:  May     16, 2015
– Final Manuscript Due:     June    16, 2015

All MobiSPC-2015 accepted papers will be published by Elsevier Science
in the open-access Procedia Computer Science series on-line. Procedia
Computer Sciences is hosted on and on Elsevier
content platform ScienceDirect (, and will be
freely available worldwide. All papers in Procedia will be indexed by
Scopus ( and by Thomson Reuters’ Conference Proceeding
Citation Index (
The papers will contain linked references, XML versions and citable
DOI numbers. You will be able to provide a hyperlink to all delegates
and direct your conference website visitors to your proceedings. All
accepted papers will also be indexed in DBLP

Conference Tracks (
– Pervasive Computing
– Mobile Cloud Computing
– Mobile Social Networking
– Enabling Technologies and Emerging Topics

Honorary Chair
Pascal Brochet, Director, Universite de Technologie de
Belfort-Montbeliard, France

General Chairs
Habib M. Ammari, University of Michigan-Dearborn , USA
Karim Djouani, Universite Paris-Est Creteil, France

Program Chairs
Stephane Galland, Universite de Technologie de Belfort-Montbeliard, France
Ansar-Ul-Haque Yasar, IMOB – Hasselt University, Belgium

Advisory Committee
Nirwan Ansari, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA
Flavien Balbo, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Saint Etienne, France
Erol Gelenbe, Imperial College, UK
Hossam Hassanein, Queen’s University, Canada
Vincenzo Loia, University of Salerno, Italy
Noel de Palma, Universite de Grenoble, France
David Taniar, Monash University, Australia
Albert Zomaya, The University of Sydney, Australia

Workshops Chairs
Al-Sakib Khan Pathan, International Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia
Zahoor Khan, Dalhouise University, Canada

Tracks Chairs
Jamal Bentahar, Concordia University, Canada
Nafaa Jabeur, German University of Technology, Oman
Salil Kanhere, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia
Marc Koerner, TU Berlin, Germany
Haroon Malik, University of Waterloo, Canada
M. Elena Renda, Istituto di Informatica e Telematica, Italy

Local Arrangements Chairs
Cedric Boitin, Universite de Technologie de Belfort Montbeliard, France
Nicolas Gaud, Universite de Technologie de Belfort Montbeliard, France
Ariane Glatiny, Universite de Technologie de Belfort Montbeliard, France
Fabrice Lauri, Universite de Technologie de Belfort Montbeliard, France

Publicity Chairs
Vincent Hilaire, Universite de Technologie de Belfort Montbeliard, France
Markus Schatten, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Steering Committee Chair
Elhadi Shakshuki, Acadia University, Canada

Markus Schatten, PhD
Assistant professor and head of Artificial Intelligence Lab
University of Zagreb
Faculty of Organization and Informatics
Pavlinska 2, 42000 Varazdin, Croatia

Tenth International Conference on Open Repositories 2015

The Tenth International Conference on Open Repositories, OR2015, will be held on June 8-11, 2015 in Indianapolis (Indiana, USA). The organizers are pleased to invite you to contribute to the program. This year’s conference theme is:


OR2015 is the tenth OR conference, and this year’s overarching theme reflects that milestone: Looking Back/Moving Forward: Open Repositories at the Crossroads. It is an opportunity to reflect on and to celebrate the transformative changes in repositories, scholarly communication and research data over the last decade. More critically however, it will also help to ensure that open repositories continue to play a key role in supporting, shaping and sharing those changes and an open agenda for research and scholarship.

OR2015 will provide an opportunity to explore the demands and roles now expected of both repositories and the staff who develop, support and manage them – and to prepare them for the challenges of the next decade. We welcome proposals on this theme, but also on the theoretical, practical, organizational or administrative topics related to digital repositories. We are particularly interested in:

1. Supporting Open Scholarship, Open Science, and Cultural Heritage Online

Papers are invited to consider how repositories can best support the needs of open science, open scholarship, and cultural heritage to make research as accessible as possible, including:

• Open access, open data and open educational resources
• Scholarly workflows, publishing and communicating scientific knowledge
• Compliance with funder mandates
• Considerations for cultural heritage and digital humanities resources

 2. Managing Research (and Open) Data

Papers are invited to consider how repositories can support the needs of research data. Areas of interest are:

• Data registries
• Storage
• Curation lifecycle management
• Management and digital preservation tools

3. Integrating with External Systems

Papers are invited to explore, evaluate, or demonstrate integration with external systems, including:

• CRIS and research management systems
• Notification systems (e.g. SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE))
• Remote identifier services (e.g. ORCID, DOI, etc.)
• Preservation services
• Archival systems (e.g. CALM or Archivists’ Toolkit)

4. Re-using Repository Content

Papers are invited to showcase how repository content can be re-used in the context of:

• Discipline-based repositories and services
• Discovery services
• Integration of semantic technologies
• Repository networks

5. Exploring Metrics and Assessment

Papers are invited to present experiences on scholarly metrics and assessment services, particularly:

• Bibliometrics
• Downloads (e.g. COUNTER compliance)
• Analytics
• Altmetrics

6. Managing Rights

Papers are invited to examine the role of rights management in the context of open repositories, including:

• Research and scholarly communication outputs
• Licenses (e.g. Creative Commons, Open Data Commons)
• Embargoes
• Requirements of funder mandates

7. Developing and Training Staff

Papers are invited to consider the evolving role of staff who support and manage repositories across libraries, cultural heritage organizations, research offices and computer centres, especially:

• New roles and responsibilities
• Training needs and opportunities
• Career path and recruitment
• Community support

8. Building the Perfect Repository

Papers are invited to look ahead to OR16 and beyond to consider what the perfect repository looks like:

• Key features and services
• Who would be its users?
• How would it transform scholarly communication?
• What lessons have been learned since the first OR?
• Or, is it a pipe dream and there’s no such thing?

Submissions that demonstrate original and repository-related work outwith these themes will be considered, but preference will be given to submissions which address them.


30 January 2015: Deadline for submissions and Scholarship Programme applications

27 March 2015: Submitters notified of acceptance to general conference

10 April 2015: Submitters notified of acceptance to Interest Groups

8-11 June 2015: OR2015 conference


Conference Papers and Panels
Two to four-page proposals for presentations or panels that deal with digital repositories and repository services (see below for optional Proposal Templates). Abstracts of accepted papers will be made available through the conference’s web site, and later they and associated materials will be made available in an open repository. In general, sessions will have three papers; panels may take an entire session. Relevant papers unsuccessful in the main track will automatically be considered for inclusion, as appropriate, as an Interest Group presentation, poster or 24/7.

Interest Group Presentations
The opportunity to engage with and learn more about the work of relevant communities of interest is a key element of Open Repositories. One to two page proposals are invited for presentations or panels that focus on the work of such communities, traditionally DSpace, EPrints and Fedora, describing novel experiences or developments in the construction and use of repositories involving issues specific to these technical platforms. Further information about applications for additional Interest Groups and guidance on submissions will be forthcoming.

24×7 Presentations
One to two-page proposals for 7 minute presentations comprising no more than 24 slides. Similar to Pecha Kuchas or Lightning Talks, these 24×7 presentations will be grouped into blocks based on conference themes, with each block followed by a moderated discussion / question and answer session involving the audience and whole block of presenters. This format will provide conference goers with a fast-paced survey of like work across many institutions, and presenters the chance to disseminate their work in more depth and context than a traditional poster.

“Repository RANTS” 24×7 Block
One block of 24×7’s will revolve around “repository rants”: brief exposés that challenge the conventional wisdom or practice, and highlight what the repository community is doing that is misguided, or perhaps just missing altogether. The top proposals will be incorporated into a track meant to provoke unconventional approaches to repository services.

“Repository RAVES” 24×7 Block
One block of 24×7’s at OR2015 will revolve around “repository raves”: brief exposés that celebrate particular practice and processes, and highlight what the repository community is doing that is right. The top proposals will be incorporated into a track meant to celebrate successful approaches to repository services.

One-page proposal for posters that showcase current work are invited from researchers, repository managers, administrators, developers and practitioners. There will be the opportunity to make a 60-second pitch for your poster during “minute madness” and a chance for attendees to view and to discuss your work during the poster reception.

2015 Developer Track
Each year a significant proportion of the delegates at Open Repositories are software developers who work on repository software or related services. OR2015 will feature a Developer Track which will provide a focus for showcasing work, exchanging ideas and participating in “lightning rounds”. Further details and guidance on submissions to the Developer Track will be forthcoming. Developers are also encouraged to contribute to the other tracks as papers, posters, 24×7 presentations, repository raves and rants 24×7 blocks.

Workshops and Tutorials
One to two-page proposals for workshops and tutorials addressing theoretical or practical issues around digital repositories are welcomed. Please address the following in your proposal:

• The subject of the event and what knowledge you intend to convey
• Length of session (e.g., 1-hour, 2-hour, half a day or a whole day)
• A brief statement on the learning outcomes from the session
• How many attendees you plan to accommodate
• Technology and facility requirements
• Any other supplies or support required
• Anything else you believe is pertinent to carrying out the session

Proposal Templates
The OR2015 proposal templates are a guideline to help you prepare an effective submission. They are provided in both the Word document and plain-text Markdown formats and provide details around the requirements for conference papers and panels (DOCTXTRTFand 24/7’s and posters (DOCTXTRTF).

Submission system
The conference system will be open for submissions by 15 December 2014. PDF format is preferred.


We will be publishing guidelines for conduct for OR2015.


OR2015 will again run a Scholarship Programme which will enable us to provide support for a small number of full registered places (including the poster reception and banquet) for the conference in Indianapolis. The programme is open to librarians, repository managers, developers and researchers in digital libraries and related fields. Applicants submitting a paper for the conference will be given priority consideration for funding. Please note that the programme does not cover costs such as accommodation, travel and subsistence. It is anticipated that the applicant’s home institution will provide financial support to supplement the OR Scholarship Award. Full details will shortly be available on the conference website.

Program Co-Chairs

Holly Mercer, University of Tennessee
William J Nixon, University of Glasgow
Imma Subirats, FAO of the United Nations



Local Hosts

Indiana University Bloomington Libraries
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library
Virginia Tech University Libraries



Conference Website and Social Media


twitter:@OR2015Indy and #or2015


Mobile Solutions for Remote Access Services in Modern Libraries


Proposal Submission Deadline: November 30, 2014

Mobile Solutions for Remote Access Services in Modern Libraries


A book edited by

Diane Fulkerson (University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, USA)


To be published by IGI Global:


For release in the Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS) Book Series  


ISSN: 2326-4136

Propose a chapter for this book


The ALIS Book Series aims to expand the body of library science literature by covering a wide range of topics affecting the profession and field at large. The series also seeks to provide readers with an essential resource for uncovering the latest research in library and information science management, development, and technologies.



Information science is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on the collection, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of information. This field allows users to find resources and information for personal, academic, and business needs. At one time users had to go to the physical library to search for the needed information, but with the growth of the Internet and new technology a visit to the library is not always necessary. New technology provides researchers access to library resources using a mobile device. The use of mobile technology changes the field of information science. For libraries this means people no longer have to come into the library to find the information they need for a research project or to receive help from a librarian. Remote access to the library’s collections and services changes the role of the library in the research process and the types of materials added to the collection.


Objective of the Book

This book will provide a resource for librarians to improve and expand their user’s ability to access library resources and services. It will provide readers with the types of technology and collections, both proprietary and open access, they can use to meet the needs of their users. Technology changes rapidly and the book will focus not only on existing technology but also explore new technology. Librarians are no longer confined to a physical space. Remote access provides new opportunities for librarians, library administration, campus IT departments, online instructors and others to provide services to their users.


Target Audience

The target audience of this book will be composed of academic librarians, campus IT services, systems librarians, library administrators, reference/instruction librarians, online learning programs, online instructors, and distance learning librarians. This book will provide information and serve as a resource on to how to better use existing technology and identify new technology that will improve or expand existing library services.


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

  • History of remote library services
  • Remote access technology
  • Course management systems
  • Embedded librarianship
  • E-books
  • Video streaming
  • Library instruction
  • Mobile technology and devices
  • Apps and libraries
  • Virtual or remote library services
  • Designing library websites for mobile devices
  • Open access collections
  • Social media



Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before November 30, 2014, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by December 30, 2014, about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Fullchapters are expected by March 31, 2015. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.


Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Mobile Solutions for Remote Access Services in Modern Libraries. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.


Full chapters may be submitted to this book here:


All proposals should be submitted through the link at the bottom of this page.



This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2016.


Important Dates

November 30, 2014: Proposal Submission Deadline December 30, 2014: Notification of Acceptance Deadline March 31, 2015: Full Chapter Submission May 31, 2015: Review Results Returned June 30, 2015: Revised Chapter Submissions July 15, 2015: Final Acceptance Notification July 30, 2015: Final Chapter Submission


Inquiries can be forwarded to

Diane Fulkerson Director of Information Commons/Assistant Librarian University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Tel: 941-359-4316


Propose a chapter for this book


Keystone Conference: A Celebration of Gender Diversity

March 18, 22, 2015

Harrisburg, PA

For full information go to

We are looking for speakers, presenters and workshop moderators to cover a diverse range of topics that appeal to the spectrum of Transgender individuals, their families and friends.  We had 500+ attendees last year–Female-to-Males, Male-to-Females, Spouses, Significant Others, Non-ops, Pre-ops, Post-ops, Educators, Doctors, Counselors, Social Workers, Lawyers and other professionals–whose ages ranged from 8 to 87.

Our goal is to celebrate our unique gender diversity and to show how we can live peacefully and fully in our Transgender lives.  If you are interested in being a participant of the 2015 Keystone Conference, please click on the link below to fill out the Presenter Proposal Form.

The ‘deadline’ to submit is January 15th, 2015.   However, we will start to select and schedule presenters in early January keep the link to submit a proposal open until all workshop slots are filled.  We will begin scheduling presenters and workshops at the beginning of January and expect to have 80% of our slots filled by mid-January. The remaining will be filled by February.

Available October 1, 2014!

Workshop/Presentation Proposal Registration for the 2015 Keystone Conference
is currently scheduled from November 01, 2014 through January 15, 2015

Please understand that we have a limited number of seminar rooms and must consider the relevance of a topic, the diversity of the subject matter and the appeal to the attendees of the conference.  Unfortunately, last year we had to turn away over 65% of offers for presentations so the earlier you submit your proposal, the greater the possibility of acceptance.  So please don’t delay!

Workshops time slots are 1 hour and 15 minutes with 15 minutes of break time scheduled between workshops.  Please plan your workshop to be no longer than 1 hour to permit time for questions & answers.  The Keystone Conference can provide a projector, cart, screen, and flip chart if needed.  We do not provide laptops so please plan to bring your own.