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Failing Forward: Experimentation and Creativity in Libraries

2018 ACRL New England Chapter Annual Conference

Friday, May 4, 2018

Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor

Plymouth, Massachusetts


We often talk at conferences about projects that went well. In contrast, we rarely discuss initiatives that failed, or unexpected obstacles that forced us to find another route to success. In our 2018 Annual Conference, the ACRL New England chapter is highlighting experimentation and creativity in college and research libraries by acknowledging that missteps and roadblocks are all part of the process. Join us in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in May 2018 to talk about “failing forward.”

We want to hear about your innovative ideas that went bust; your project development blunders; your event planning faux pas! Tell us how failure has helped you and your library to learn and grow. Give us insight into the missteps that have led you to unanticipated success. How has expanding your capacity for failure helped you to take risks and experience breakthroughs?


Staff, faculty, administrators, and students in all areas of librarianship are encouraged to submit proposals by January 19, 2018.


See the full call for proposals, including session formats, submission requirements, and the link to submit a proposal, on the conference website:

Questions? Email the 2018 Conference Planning Committee at


EdMedia + Innovate Learning

June 25-29, 2018


For more information go to

Submissions due Jan. 30, 2018


EdMedia + Innovate Learning, the premier international conference in the field since 1987, spans all disciplines and levels of education attracting researchers and practitioners in the field from 70+ countries.

This annual conference offers a forum for the discussion and exchange of research, development, and applications on all topics related to Innovation and Education.

EdMedia + Innovate Learning is an international conference organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Co-sponsored by the:


The following nine themes codify the vision and goals of EdMedia + Innovate Learning for advancement and innovation in:

Advanced Technologies for Learning and Teaching

Assessment and Research

Educational Reform, Policy, and Innovation

Evaluation and Quality Improvement Advances

Global Networks, Partnerships, and Exchanges

Innovative Approaches to Learning and Learning Environments

Open Education

Technologies for Socially Responsive Learning

Virtual and Distance Education

Who Attends?

Anyone can attend and/or submit proposals to present at conference. The  conference is designed to engage:

Educators in ALL disciplines


Educational administrators


Curriculum developers

Technology & education companies

Anyone with an interest in educational media

and technology


Leading Change in Academic Libraries

We invite chapter proposals for consideration in the publication of a forthcoming ACRL monograph titled Leading Change in Academic Libraries. Contributing authors are asked to describe and reflect on a recent change in their academic library in which they worked with others in the organization to reorganize, reengineer, innovate, or initiate a service, program, function or structure in your library. Authors will be asked to use Kotter’s (1996) “eight stage process for creating major change” to reflect on their change experience
(for more details or go here: ). Criteria for proposals include the following: 
  • The change experience must have been initiated in the past five years
  • The change experience must have been planned by a working group, team, task force or committee of two or more people
  • The change experience must be in an academic library setting at any type of four year institution serving undergraduate and / or graduate students in the United States
  • The change experience does not have to be fully implemented or deemed a complete success
Authors are expected to have expertise and first-hand knowledge of their particular change experience but do not need to have a particular leadership/management title to contribute. While it is not necessary to have used Kotter’s model during the change process, we are asking contributors to use this model as a mechanism to explain and analyze their change experience.
Proposals should include the names of all authors and institutional affiliations, identification of primary contact with e-mail address, proposed title of chapter, and an abstract of no more than 500 words. 

Authors of accepted proposals will be asked to write a chapter within the range of 12-15 pages, double-spaced, including all text, references, tables, images, and photographs.
Proposal submissions are due to Colleen Boff ( by February 28, 2018If you plan to submit a proposal, please send Colleen a brief email expressing intent to submit.  Questions about this project may also be directed to Colleen.
Editors will respond to proposal contributors by April 15, 2018. Chapters will be due by August 1, 2018. Proposed publication date for monograph is January, 2019.
Information about the Editors
Colleen Boff is the Head Librarian of the Curriculum Resource Center at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She manages and leads a staff of three in supporting the research and curricular needs of students and faculty in the College of Education and Human Development. She has worked in academic libraries for twenty years and has held a wide range of library management and leadership positions for the past eight years including program coordinator, department chair, Associate Dean and head librarian of a specialized collection. Her research interests vary but are mainly in the areas of educational leadership and policy studies, the application of leadership theories in the academic library setting, and the exploration of cultures of reading.
Catherine Cardwell is the Dean of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library at the University of South Florida Saint Petersburg. Her responsibilities include providing leadership for and fiscal oversight of the library, online learning services, and instructional technology services. The Library recently completed a new strategic plan and is in the process of its implementation. Prior to joining USFSP in 2016, Catherine served as Director of Libraries at Ohio Wesleyan University. From 1998 to 2011, she was a member of the library faculty at Bowling Green State University, where she served in a variety of leadership positions in the libraries and at the university. Her interests include integrating information literacy and digital scholarship into the curriculum, creating dynamic and contemporary user-centered teaching and learning spaces (both physical and online), and improving discovery and usability of library resources and services.

Libraries: All Inclusive 2018 ILA Annual Conference

Peoria Civic Center

October 9-11, 2018

Call For Programs – IL Library Association 2018 Conference

Speakers from outside the Illinois library community will receive a one-day waiver of their registration fee.

Seeking topics including, but not limited to:

Reaching underserved populations and/or segments of your community

Building communities

Passive programming (library card not required)


The Deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 16.

Please follow this link for more information:



2018 REFERENCE RESEARCH FORUM (Due 12/22/2017)

The Research & Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) invites submission of reference service research project proposals for presentation at New Discoveries in Reference: The 24rd Annual Reference Research Forum at the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. Researchers and practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal.

The Reference Research Forum is a popular and valuable ALA Annual Conference program. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about innovative research projects conducted in reference services including user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel.

For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website:

The Committee employs a blind review process to select three projects for 20-minute presentations, followed by open discussion.  Identifying information will not be shared with reviewers until after final selection of projects.  Selected submissions must be presented in person at the Forum during ALA Annual in New Orleans, LA.

Criteria for selection:

  1. Originality: Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies
  2. Quality: Research design and methodologies
  3. Impact: Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service

NOTE: Research projects may be in-progress or completed. Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted.

Important Dates:

Proposals are due by Friday, December 22nd. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 19th, 2018. The submission must not exceed the stated word count limit.

Submission Details:

Submissions will be accepted using our online form at:


FORM PAGE 1: Contact Information

Fill out the fields for the primary contact’s name, title, institutional affiliation, and email address.  Additional research team members should also be noted in the appropriate field.

FORM PAGE 2: Research Description (250 Word maximum)

The research description must not include any personally identifiable information, including your name, or the name of your institution. Please include these elements:

  1. Title of the project
  2. Explicit statement of the research problem
  3. Description of the research design and methodologies
  4. Findings or results if available
  5. Brief discussion of the originality, unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research

Proposals that exceed the word count or that do not follow the format described above will be automatically rejected.

Questions about the Forum should be directed to the 2017-2018 committee chairs: David Ward ( and Joseph Yue (

Call for Chapters: Big Data and Knowledge Sharing in Virtual Organizations


January 15, 2018: Proposal Submission Deadline
January 25, 2018: Notification of Acceptance
May 15, 2018: Full Chapter Submission
July 15, 2018: Review Results Returned
September 15, 2018: Final Chapter Submission


Albert Gyamfi (Ph.D)
Aalborg University Copenhagen,

Idongesit Williams (Ph.D)
Aalborg University Copenhagen,

Call for Chapters 
Proposals Submission Deadline: January 15, 2018
Full Chapters Due: May 15, 2018
Submission Date: September 15, 2018

This book will focus on the influence of big data analytics, artificial intelligence, as well as, tools, methods, and techniques for knowledge sharing processes in virtual organizations. Knowledge management encompasses various research disciplines ranging from economics, management science, organizational theory, strategic management, human-resources management, information science, knowledge engineering, artificial intelligence, to cognitive science. Knowledge in its pure state is tacit in nature-difficult to formalize and communicate-but can be converted into codified form and shared through both social interactions and the use of IT-based applications and systems. However, Information Technology has proven to be effective tool for supporting the knowledge management life cycle such as capturing, storage, sharing, transferring and even application of knowledge. With the use of IT, knowledge can be converted into data for informed and better decision making by management. However, even though there seems to be considerable synergies between the resulting huge data and the convertible knowledge, there is still a debate on how the increasing amount of data captured by corporations could improve decision-making and foster innovation through effective knowledge sharing practices. Organizations are therefore exploring new knowledge sharing tools, methods, and processes within the broader field of analytics for ensuring continuous development and organizational performance. Meanwhile, organizations, including governments, industries, and academia are becoming more global and losing boundaries, and therefore they can no longer be defined by the traditional horizontal-vertical or external hierarchical predefined structure. Consequently, new organizational forms emerge which relies largely on networking and collaborations through the use of Internet technologies for knowledge flow. Hence a book, which analyzes this trend is timely and would help organizations to strategize themselves on how to use these technologies to effectively manage their intellectual capabilities.

This comprehensive and timely publication aims to be an essential reference source, building on the available literature in the field of knowledge management while providing for further research opportunities in this dynamic field. It is hoped that this text will provide the resources necessary for policymakers, academics, researchers, International Governmental organizations, etc, identify current challenges and solutions towards social inclusion with respect to gender.

Target Audience

Policy makers, academicians, researchers, advanced-level students, technology developers, and government officials will find this text useful in furthering their research exposure to current gender-related issues hampering social inclusion enabled by ICTs.

Recommended Topics:

Contributors are welcome to submit chapters on any of the following topics. Related topics but not listed here will be considered.

• Knowledge sharing and business analytics
• Sharing knowledge generated through Big data in virtual organizations
• Media, tools, and techniques for Knowledge sharing in virtual organizations
• Design of knowledge sharing processes through digitalization
• Design of knowledge sharing processes, analytics and decision science
• Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and organizational knowledge sharing
• Media tools, techniques, and method in organizational learning perspective
• Effect of Cloud computing and big data on learning in virtual organizations
• Semantic web ontologies and linked data
• Social Media applications and knowledge sharing
• Challenges and issues related to organizational learning using mobile data
• Current research trends the use of mobile platform for knowledge management
• Influence of mobile platforms in organizational learning
• Influence of cross-culture on collaborative learning using mobile platforms
• Knowledge engineering and decision science

Submission Procedure:

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before January 15, 2018, 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 January 25, 2018 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by September 15, 2018. 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 This publication is anticipated to be released in 2018.


Albert Gyamfi (Ph.D)

Idongesit Williams (Ph. D)

Propose a chapter for this book

Teaching for Curiosity, Creativity, and Action 17th Annual Information Literacy Summit

Friday, April 20, 2018, 8:30am-3:30pm

Presented by DePaul University Library and Moraine Valley Community College Library

Located at the Moraine Valley Community College campus

Palos Hills, IL

Keynote Address

Char Booth, Associate Dean of the University Library at California State University San Marcos and an ACRL Immersion Institute faculty member

Call for Proposals 

We are seeking presenters to lead engaging and interactive discussions about information literacy and library instruction. We are especially interested in breakout sessions and panels which focus on this year’s theme: Teaching for Curiosity, Creativity, and Action. How might we engage our learners to help them develop curiosity and creativity? What role does information literacy play in taking action and making change in our communities? How might our own teaching practice reflect these dispositions? We hope to foster conversations across all types of libraries, schools, and other organizations and encourage a diversity of perspectives in this proposal call.

The Summit is a regional conference which will be held at the Moraine Valley Community College campus. If you wish to propose more than one breakout session, please fill out a form for each topic. Breakout sessions and panels will be 50 minutes long and should include audience interaction or discussion. Panel discussions should have a three person maximum. Hands-on lessons and demonstrations (and/or practical takeaways) are encouraged. Sessions typically have 20-40 participants.

The submission should include a 200-300 word description of your session. Please include learning outcomes and a brief explanation of why people should attend your session and what they will take away. A shorter abstract (around 100 words) for publication in the Summit programming will be required as well.

Please fill out this Google form to propose a breakout session

Deadline to submit proposals is Friday, January 12, 2018

Some possible topics for sessions include:

Social Justice

Service Learning

Student Curiosity and Creativity

Student Centered Teaching and Learning

Students as creators

Critical Information Literacy

Critical Pedagogies

Reflective Practice

Communities of Practice

Applications of the Framework for Information Literacy

Programmatic assessments

Instructional design

Questions?  Contact:

Moraine Valley Community College Library
Tish Hayes

Susan Miller

DePaul University Library
Jill King

Jennifer Schwartz


Library for All: Towards a Smarter and Inclusive Society: The 9th Shanghai International Library Forum Call for Papers

The 9th Shanghai International Library Forum (SILF2018) will be held on October 17-19, 2018 at the Shanghai Library. This forum is organized by the Shanghai Library (Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of Shanghai) and co-organized by the Shanghai Society for Library Science and the Shanghai Society for Scientific & Technical Information.

The theme of the forum is “Library for All: Towards a Smarter and Inclusive Society”. The conference will focus on hot issues and topics, the latest research achievements, innovative ideas, advanced technology and the latest developments related to the theme, and conduct in-depth and extensive academic discussions. Well-known experts and scholars will be invited to present keynote speeches and specific reports. To ensure the academic quality of this forum and attract more paper submissions, scholars of library and information science, managers of libraries and information agencies, and professionals from all fields at home and abroad are invited to submit papers and attend the conference.

  1. Topics of the Conference
  2. Smart age and smart libraries
  3. The transformation and innovation of libraries in the age of “Internet+”
  4. Library collection development and knowledge organization
  5. “Library+” and universal reading promotion
  6. Cross-border cooperation of libraries
  7. Design ideas in the library
  8. Digital humanities and library services
  9. Library science education and disciplinary construction
  10. Paper Submission Guidelines
  11. The paper to be submitted must be the original work of the author(s), closely related to the theme of the conference and are not published on any journals at home or abroad, or given as a speech at any conference. The paper does not involve any classified information, there is no plagiarism, and the author takes sole responsibilities for his or her views.
  12. The paper contains 5,000 words or less, including an abstract of 300 words or less in English or Chinese. Please indicate the topic of your paper.
  13. The paper should be arranged in the following order: title, author’s organization and name, author’s mailing address and zip code, abstract, keywords, text (sections indicated with numbers, such as1., 1.1, 1.1.1……) and references.
  14. The paper should be in Word format and submitted in electronic form to the contact e-mail of the Conference Organizing Committee.
  15. Authors agree that the SILF Organizing Committee can revise or edit their papers and publish the papers accepted on the SILF website in PDF format, unless the Organizing Committee is otherwise notified.
  16. Deadline for the submission of abstracts:February 12, 2018
  17. Deadline for the submission of full papers:March 31, 2018

All papers will be reviewed by the forum’s Academic Committee. Accepted papers will be formally published in print in the conference proceedings. Selected excellent papers will also be recommended to such Chinese core journals as the Library Journal.

III. Conference date and venue:

Date: October 17-19, 2018

October 17, 2018: Registration

October 18, 2018: Opening ceremony, keynote speeches, plenary meeting reports

October 19, 2018: Sessions and closing ceremony

Venue: Shanghai Library (1555 HuaihaiZhong Road, Shanghai, China 200031)

  1. Secretariat


Ms. Jean Jin (Overseas), Tel: 86-21-64454500 Shanghai Library International Office

Ms. ShuRui (Domestic), Tel: 86-21-64455309 Shanghai Library Research Office


Fax: 86-21-64455006

Conference website: http: //

Shanghai Library (Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of Shanghai)

Organizing Committee of the 9th Shanghai International Library Forum

August 2017

With best regards,


International Cooperation Division

Shanghai Library



Gender & Sexuality Writing Collective

The 25th Annual Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference
March 2, 2018 University of Rochester Rochester, NY

The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Rochester will hold a one-day writing collective on March 2, 2018. The writing collective will provide a lively platform for graduate students to workshop a paper with fellow graduate students and faculty from multiple institutions. The aim of the collective is to create an intimate space for emerging scholars of gender and sexuality to share their work with a focus on preparing the paper for publication. This event is intended as an opportunity for graduate students to consider issues pertaining to gender, sexuality, race, class, and disability. Participants will engage with one another in interdisciplinary discussions led by established scholars in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, whose experience and outstanding research in their respective fields will benefit and help shape the papers.

We welcome emerging scholars to join us in this one-day program of events that includes a full day of workshops and a panel discussion.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. To learn more about the Susan B. Anthony Center and the Susan B. Anthony Interdisciplinary Conference, please visit:

Please submit a paper (6,000-10,000 words, including your name, broader research interest, and email address) along with a brief biographical statement in Word or PDF format by December 31, 2017, to the graduate organizing committee at

You will receive the committee’s decision by January 31, 2018.

Kind Regards,

The Susan B. Anthony Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference Planning Committee
The Susan B. Anthony Institute
The University of Rochester

Concordia University Library 16th Annual Research Forum

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Proposals are now being accepted for Concordia University Library’s 16th Annual Research Forum. This year’s Research Forum will be held on Friday, April 27th, 2018, at the Loyola Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre in the beautiful city of Montreal.  

The Research Forum provides an opportunity for librarians, archivists, graduate students, teaching faculty, and information professionals to describe and promote their completed or in-progress research, practical case studies or projects. The Forum also provides a venue for researchers to seek suggestions for enhancing their research interests, to identify potential new partners for projects, to test the effectiveness of their undertakings, and to promote research in academic libraries.

This year’s keynote speaker is Roberto Rocha.  Roberto is a data journalist at the CBC, part of a four-person national investigative team that specializes in data-driven stories. Before that, he worked 10 years at the Montreal Gazette, where he developed an interest in the craft and became one of the first in Canada to do it full time. He is a regular speaker at conferences and has lectured in journalism at the University of Ottawa. 

Call for Proposals

Proposals are invited for presentations and / or posters on research or a case study in any area of Library and Information Science including but no limited to accessibility integration; assessment and impact; digital library technologies; literacy instruction; library space and design; publishing and scholarly communication; research data management; social media; new library technologies; and library history.

Presentations and posters may be in English or French.

At least one of the presenters of the poster and/or presentation should be the primary researcher involved with the original project.

Presentations should be between 15 and 20 minutes, followed by a question period.

Posters may also be submitted. These will be on view for the entire day. Poster presenters will have an opportunity to describe their posters during the day.

Submission deadline: Monday, February 5, 2018, 11 a.m.

For more information, please visit:

To submit a proposal, please click here.

For more information about the Concordia University Library’s 16th Annual Research Forum, please contact Christopher Carr, Chair of the Librarians’ Research Forum Committee at

Warm regards,

Librarians’ Research Forum Committee

Christopher Carr (Président du comité)

Guylaine Beaudry

Kathleen Botter

Jenna Dufour

Mia Massicotte



Vous êtes invités à soumettre une proposition de communication ou d’affiche pour le 16e Forum annuel de recherche en bibliothéconomie de la Bibliothèque de l’Université Concordia, à Montréal. Le Forum de recherche de cette année aura lieu le vendredi 27 avril 2018, au Centre des congrès des Jésuites de Loyola.

Le Forum de recherche donne l’occasion aux bibliothécaires, aux archivistes, aux étudiants des cycles supérieurs, aux professeurs des cégeps et des universités ainsi qu’aux praticiens des milieux documentaires de présenter leur projet de recherche ou un retour d’expérience, qu’ils soient en cours ou complétés. Le Forum est également un lieu pour les chercheurs qui souhaitent recevoir des suggestions et des commentaires sur leur projet de recherche, rencontrer de nouveaux partenaires, tester l’intérêt de leur approche ou promouvoir la recherche dans les bibliothèques universitaires.

Roberto Rocha est notre conférencier principal cette année. Roberto est journaliste de données à CBC, où il fait partie d’une équipe d’enquête nationale de quatre personnes qui se spécialise dans les reportages basés sur les données. Auparavant, il a travaillé dix ans au journal Montreal Gazette, où est née sa passion pour le journalisme de données. Roberto est parmi les premiers journalistes de données au Canada à travailler dans ce domaine à temps plein. Il donne régulièrement des conférences et a enseigné le journalisme à l’Université d’Ottawa.


Appel à communications

Vous êtes invités à proposer des communications ou des affiches sur des sujets de recherche ou des retours d’expérience dans les domaines de la bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information. Les thèmes peuvent, entre autres, comprendre les mesures pour améliorer l’accessibilité aux collections, les méthodes d’évaluation et d’impact, les technologies liées aux collections numériques, le développement des compétences informationnelles, les innovations en matière de conception d’espaces en bibliothèque, l’édition savante, la gestion des données de recherche, les médias sociaux, les nouvelles technologies dans les bibliothèques, et l’histoire des bibliothèques.

Les communications et les affiches peuvent être présentées en anglais ou en français.

Au moins un des auteurs d’une communication ou d’une affiche doit être impliqué dans la recherche présentée.

Chaque communication doit durer entre 15 et 20 minutes et est suivie d’une période de questions.

Vous êtes également invités à proposer des affiches. Celles-ci seront accessibles tout au long de la journée, et les auteurs des affiches auront la possibilité de les présenter.

La date limite pour les soumissions est le lundi 5 février 2018, 11h.

Pour plus d’informations :

Afin de soumettre votre proposition de communication, veuillez cliquer ici.

Pour plus d’informations sur le 16e Forum annuel de recherche en bibliothéconomie de la Bibliothèque de l’Université Concordia, veuillez communiquer avec Christopher Carr, président du comité organisateur (


Le comité organisateur du Forum sur la recherche en bibliothéconomie

Christopher Carr (Président du comité)

Guylaine Beaudry

Kathleen Botter

Jenna Dufour

Mia Massicotte