Category Archives: Information Science

Journal of Access Services special issue on textbooks in libraries

What is the role of textbooks in today‘s libraries?

Like the cost of journal subscriptions, the price for textbooks have been increasing.  Unlike journals, students feel an immediate financial burden when the time comes to purchase their course textbooks.  Universities and libraries have recognized this and many are doing interesting things to address this issue.  The increased popularity of Open Educational Resources (OER) and other similar endeavors provides us with an opportunity to share those stories.  But I know there are other stories out there to share.  The Journal of Access Services<http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wjas20/current> is seeking manuscripts for an upcoming special issue that will address the role and impact of textbooks within libraries.  This special issue will be comprised of case studies from a variety of types of libraries and hopefully a guest editorial.
Submissions may focus on, but are not limited to, the following topics:

*         Impact of textbooks on course reserves

*         Designing unique textbook programs within a library

*         Interlibrary loan and textbooks – how do libraries handle this?

*         Assessment studies on textbook use within a library

*         Collaborations/partnerships with faculty/bookstore/student services regarding textbook access

*         OER or similar programs – how were they developed and what was the impact on library users/staff?

*         What is the future of the textbook in libraries?
I’m very excited to see what is happening in this area and look forward to sharing a great topical issue with all of you!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me about this particular topic or any other possible submissions.
FYI – while this will be an upcoming special topic issue, we are always reviewing submissions for other related topics for other upcoming issues.

Innovating with Metadata: An Amigos Online Conference

When: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 10:00am- 4:00pm Central Time

Where: Amigos Online Classroom

Website: https://www.amigos.org/node/4657

Today’s metadata is not yesterday’s cataloging.  Libraries are doing amazing things with all kinds of metadata from many sources.  How is your library innovating with metadata? We would like to hear from you!  Possible topics include:

  • New metadata standards and application profiles
  • Transforming and exchanging metadata within and between organizations
  • Automated ways of generating discovery, preservation and technical metadata
  • New systems; innovative uses of institutional repositories, image management systems, discovery layers
  • Creative uses of linked data and RDF
  • Transitioning from MARC to BIBFRAME
  • Innovating with metadata on a shoe-string budget

Each session will be 45 minutes in length.  If you’re interested in presenting, but have never done it online, don’t worry — we will teach you what you need to know!  We welcome submissions from staff in academic, public and special libraries who work with metadata.

To submit your presentation idea(s), send us your proposal to https://www.amigos.org/node/4657 by August 31st. If you are interested in attending, save the date!  We will be posting registration information in Early October.

 

LITA at ALA Annual 2018

The program submission deadline has been extended to:

Tuesday September 5, 2017

Submit Your Program ideas for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference 

New Orleans LA, June 21-26, 2018

The LITA Program Planning Committee (PPC) is now encouraging the submission of innovative and creative proposals for the 2018 Annual American Library Association Conference. We’re looking for 60 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. Programs should be of interest to all library/information agency types, that inspire technological change and adoption, or/and generally go above and beyond the everyday.

  • Submission Deadline: September 5, 2017
  • Final Decisions: September 29, 2017
  • Schedule of Sessions Announced: November 8, 2017

For the first time, proposals will be accepted via one submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees and Offices. This link to the submission site will redirect to the ALA log-in page. All submitters are required to have an ALA profile, but are not required to be ALA members.

Help and details on making a successful submission are on the LITA Forms web site.

We regularly receive many more proposals than we can program into the slots available to LITA at the ALA Annual Conference. These great ideas and programs all come from contributions like yours. Submissions are open to anyone, regardless of ALA membership status. We welcome proposals from anyone who feels they have something to offer regarding library technology. We look forward to hearing the great ideas you will share with us this year.

Questions or Comments?

Contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty, mbeatty@ala.org

ETTLIS2018: 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Emerging Trends and Technologies in Libraries and Information Services

ETTLIS2018: 2018 IEEE International Symposium on  Emerging Trends and Technologies in Libraries and Information Services

Bennett University
Noida, India, February 21-23, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS

The ETTLIS 2018 intends to bridge the gap between different areas of library and information services, digital information management, science and technology. This platform will address a large number of themes and issues. The symposium will feature original research and working papers, case studies on design and implementation of digital information systems, as well as emerging trends and technologies in library and information services through paper presentation, demonstrations, workshops and practitioner presentations.

https://easychair.org/cfp/ettlis2018

Learning beyond the Classroom: Engaging Students in Information Literacy through Co-Curricular Activities

We would like to invite chapter proposals for an ACRL publication: Learning beyond the Classroom: Engaging Students in Information Literacy through Co-Curricular Activities

Overview:

There are many opportunities outside of the classroom to introduce information literacy concepts to students by contextualizing the concepts through co-curricular activities.  This book will share many examples and provide ideas for teaching information literacy through academic events.  Learning beyond the Classroom will be a compilation of chapters focused on four themes: instructional design of co-curricular activities (e.g. experiential learning, service learning, etc.), examples of co-curricular activities, tools for developing and managing the activities, and strategies for assessing the student experience.

Section topics and examples:

Section I: Designing Co-Curricular Learning Experiences

Experiential learning and information literacy

 Section II: Practicing Information Literacy in Co-Curricular Activities

Teaching “Information has Value” through zine-making (The Zine Lab Initiative)

Collaborating with Career Services to teach students “Searching as Strategic Exploration”

Section III: Executing Co-Curricular Activities

Application of tools and techniques for managing activities

Involvement of students as event leaders

Section IV: Assessing Learning and Impact

Reflection as an effective way for students to engage in learning

Results from a Pre- and Post-tests on the effectiveness of an academic event

Chapters will be approximately 3000-5000 words submitted as a .doc file by February 15, 2018.

Proposal submissions:

Please send an abstract to learningbeyondclassroom.il@gmail.com with the following information:

  • Name(s) and affiliated institution
  • Proposed chapter title
  • 250- 500-word summary of proposed chapter
  • Current CV

All submissions must be unpublished original work, and not currently under review by other publications. 

Deadline: All proposals should be submitted by October 5, 2017.

Notifications: Contributors will be notified of acceptance by December 8, 2017.

If you have any questions about the book or proposals, please contact Silvia Vong and Manda Vrkljan at learningbeyondclassroom.il@gmail.com.

E-Learn

October 17-20, 2017

Vancouver, British Columbia

Second call for papers due August 22, 2017

For more information go to:  https://ucs.psu.edu/zimbra/public/launchNewWindow.jsp?skin=beach&localeId=en_US&full=1&childId=27

To submit a proposal go to: https://conf.aace.org/elearn/submission/

Social Network Analysis, Learning Analytics, & Adaptive Learning: Keeping up with big data

ICEM Graduate Students Panel Presentations in Emerging Technologies

AECT 2017 conference, Jacksonville, FL., U.S.A.

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
November 7 – November 11, 2017
Jacksonville, Florida        

An active professional community should observe and facilitate the contributions of graduate students.  ICEM-USA has long history of support for graduate students’ professional and personal growth. ICEM-USA is committed to build and support a learning community for ICEM graduate students.

Goals

  1. This panel discussion is a collaborative session that provides a forum for graduate students from all over the world to share their research and practices in emerging technologies at AECT 2017 conference, Jacksonville, FL., U.S.A.

  2. Up to six panelists will be selected.  Each student would have 5-10 minutes (vary from the numbers of participants)  to present their current research or practices on the annual emerging technology theme.

  3. An ICEM-USA professional member will facilitate this panel discussion while ICEM-USA professional members will serve as commentators at the end of the discussions to support graduate students panelists to continue and improving their professional growth in the theme topics.

Theme for 2017: Social Network Analysis, Learning Analytics, & Adaptive Learning: Keeping up with big data

  • Any topics in the annual theme, particularly the combinations of different areas, but not limited to.

  • The topics can be research based, practices, technology demonstration, case study etc.

 Eligibility:

  • Any graduate students who study anywhere on earth at the time of submitting the proposals.

  • If the proposal is accepted, the participants are required:

    • to agree to present at the AECT annual conference

    • to register for the AECT annual conference.

    • to join as an AECT student member

Submission

  • Proposal Due Date: July 20, 2017

  • Author Notification: July 31, 2017

  • Proposal: One-page in length.  E-mail to Chih-Hsiung Tu at: Chih.Tu@nau.edu

For more information see: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kB-dx–GYZ2mp5DE52hMfR14YMdaaL_dpih13D1yWCA/edit?usp=sharing

Please forward any correspondence to Chih-Hsiung Tu Ph.D., ICEM-U.S.A. Deputy, at Chih.Tu@Nau.edu.

 

Advances in Library Administration and Organization Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Publication due 2019
Series Editor: Samantha Hines, Peninsula College
Volume Editor: Janet Crum, Northern Arizona University

Libraries have begun doing more to support entrepreneurship and innovation
within their communities. Makerspaces and business incubators have become
featured attractions in public and academic libraries and provide a unique way
to reach out to a user group that can bolster a community in dynamic ways.
ALAO seeks submissions for the “Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation”
volume that delve beyond examples and case studies to look at how library
leaders can develop support for innovation and entrepreneurship within their
libraries.  Examples include but are not limited to: analyzing case studies
from several institutions to identify best practices; ways of designing
library spaces to ensure they meet the needs of all constituents; theoretical
discussions on how activities/spaces supporting entrepreneurship and
innovation reflect the mission of libraries; creative ways to get resources to
support efforts in these areas; how these areas can lead to new kinds of
collaborations that benefit libraries.

Proposals in the following areas would be of particular interest:
How the historical and cultural role of libraries has changed (or not) to
include services that support creativity and innovation
How and why the development of makerspaces and incubators (or other innovative
programs) supports the larger community in which the library is situated
How innovative and entrepreneurial support develops new partnerships, and how
those partnerships can be sustained.

This will be the first volume of Advances in Library Administration and
Organization (ALAO) to publish in 2019.
About the Advances in Library Administration and Organization series
ALAO offers long-form research, comprehensive discussions of theoretical
developments, and in-depth accounts of evidence-based practice in library
administration and organization.  The series answers the questions, “How have
libraries been managed, and how should they be managed?” It goes beyond a
platform for the sharing of research to provide a venue for dialogue across
issues, in a way that traditional peer reviewed journals cannot.  Through this
series, practitioners can glean new approaches in challenging times and
collaborate on the exploration of scholarly solutions to professional
quandaries.

How to submit
If you are interested in contributing to this volume, please send an abstract
of 300 words or less as well as author details and estimated length of final
submission to Samantha Hines at shines@pencol.edu by August 31, 2017.

Submission deadlines
Submission deadline for proposals: August 31, 2017
Notification of acceptance sent by:  October 31, 2017
Submission deadline for full chapters:  February 15, 2018
Comments returned to authors:  April 30, 2018
Submission deadline for chapter revisions:  June 30, 2018

Handbook of Research on E-Assessment in Higher Education

http://www.igi-global.com/publish/call-for-papers/submit/2812

IMPORTANT DATES July 15, 2017: Proposal Submission Deadline  July 25, 2017: Notification of Acceptance  November 15, 2017: Full Chapter Submission  January 15, 2018: Review Results Returned  February 28, 2018: Final Acceptance Notification  March 15, 2018: Final Chapter Submission

Editors:

Ana Azevedo, CEOS.PP-ISCAP/IPP, aazevedo@iscap.ipp.pt  José Azevedo, CEOS.PP-ISCAP/IPP, jazevedo@iscap.ipp.pt 

Introduction:

Assessment profoundly influences the motivation of those who learn, shapes their perspectives about learning and therefore plays a key role in the educational process. The introduction of different assessment systems has important impacts throughout the educational process (Botički & Milašinović, 2008; Brown, 2001; Bull & Danson, 2001; Frankland, 2007; Garfield & Ben-Zvi, 2008; Holmes, 2015; Jacob, Issac, & Sebastian, 2006; Jarvis, Holford, & Griffin, 2003; JISC, 2007; Redecker & Johannessen, 2013; Scouller, 1998; Smith et al., 1996; Stödberg, 2012; Wild, Triggs, & Pfannkuch, 1997). In the last years, the emergence of a new paradigm valuing the student as the central subject in the construction of their learning, requires new pedagogical approaches, and diversified methods (Botički & Milašinović, 2008; Llamas-Nistal, Fernández-Iglesias, González-Tato, & Mikic-Fonte, 2013; Mora, Sancho-Bru, Iserte, & Sánchez, 2012; Rod, Eiksund, & Fjaer, 2010). According to Redecker e Johannessen (2013), changes in pedagogical practices and in the learning processes can only happen when also changing assessment.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) place challenges and at the same time offer teachers tools to create differentiated learning opportunities for students. The use of ICT in the assessment process is thus unavoidable, through electronic assessment, or e-assessment. In this case, ICT is used throughout the evaluation process from the design of the tests to the storage of the results (Stödberg, 2012). One possible approach is to develop specific environments for this purpose (Botički & Milašinović, 2008; Dascalu & Bodea, 2010; Llamas-Nistal et al., 2013). Another approach is the use of the so-called Learning Management Systems (LMS) (Burrow, Evdorides, Hallam, & Freer-hewish, 2005; Salas-Morera, Cubero-Atienza, Redel-Macías, Arauzo-Azofra, & García-Hernández, 2012). LMS have the advantage of providing a vast set of tools specifically designed for the implementation of e-assessment. Among these tools we emphasize the quizzes, which can encompass several types of questions, such as multiple-choice, true/false, item matching, short answer, among others.

Considering its purpose, assessment may be formative and/or summative, or diagnostic (Jacob et al., 2006; Redecker & Johannessen, 2013; Stödberg, 2012) (Jacob et al., 2006; Redecker & Johannessen, 2013; Stödberg, 2012). In relevant scientific studies about this topic, it was found that the use of formative evaluation or of both types, formative and summative simultaneously, is more common than the use of summative evaluation alone (Stödberg, 2012). E-assessment can be useful and can bring benefits to both types of assessment, formative and summative (Bull & Danson, 2001; McAlpine, 2002).Assessment can also be continuous. E-assessment “can provide a powerful means of continuous assessment, providing rapid and detailed feedback to students and academics about the learning process.” (McAlpine, 2002, p. 8).

Stödberg (2012) presents a study in which e-assessment task were classified in five categories namely: (i) closed questions, such as multiple-choice questions and matching, (ii) open-ended questions, (iii) portfolio, (iv) product, such as software, and (v) discussions between students.  There are applications of e-assessment in diverse areas such as geography (Holmes, 2015; Rod et al., 2010; Wilson, Boyd, Chen, & Jamal, 2011), management (Jacob et al., 2006), chemistry (Sorensen, 2013), medicine (Harris et al., 2015), engineering (Botički & Milašinović, 2008; Burrow et al., 2005; Jacob et al., 2006; Moscinska & Rutkowski, 2012) , and Mathematics (Acosta-Gonzaga & Walet, 2013; Blanco & Ginovart, 2012; Ferrão, 2010; Gruttmann, Böhm, & Kuchen, 2008; Hauk, Powers, & Segalla, 2015; Mathai & Olsen, 2013).

Historically, assessment in higher education consisted in the application of final exams for each of the courses, the so-called final assessment. In Europe, the Bologna process points out to another type of assessment, encompassing diverse forms of assessments carried out during the semester/academic year, the so-called continuous assessment. E-assessment plays an important paper in this context, and has nowadays a growing importance in Higher Education, not only in Europe, but around the world.

Objective:

The primary objective of this book is to provide insights concerning the use of e-assessment in Higher Education. This is a cutting-edge and important topic that deserves a reflexion, and this book is an excellent opportunity to do it. The book aims to provide the opportunity for a reflexion on this important issue, increasing the understanding of using e-assessment in the context of several different contexts, providing relevant academic work, empirical research findings, and an overview of this relevant field of study.

Target Audience:

All those that need to assess the teaching-learning process, namely teacher at all levels, from k1-k12 to college. Also professionals in the area of skills certification, managers, researchers, academicians, practitioners, and graduate students, are the target of this book.

Recommended Topics:

Traditional vs e-assessment  E-assessment with portfolios  E-assessment with multiple choice questions and other closed formats  Feedback and e-assessment  E-assessment for e-learning  Analitics and e-assessment  Adaptive systems and e-assessment  E-assessment hardware and software  E-assessment tools, applications, and portals  Other topics of interest

Submission Procedure:

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before July 15, 2017, 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 July 25,2017 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by November 15, 2017, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions athttp://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/ prior to submission. 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, Trust in Knowledge Management and Systems in Organizations. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager.

Publisher:

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 www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2018.

Contact:

Propose a chapter for this book clicking here http://www.igi-global.com/publish/call-for-papers/submit/2812

 

The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know (second edition)

You are invited to submit a chapter proposal for the second edition of the successful and positively-reviewed 2014 book published by ALA, The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know. Chapter proposals are due July 15, 2017, and can be submitted via the chapter proposal form.

Theme of the Book

What current technologies are on the cusp of moving from “gee whiz” to real-life application in libraries? This book will explore the information landscape as it might be in 3-5 years. It will describe the emerging technologies of today that are likely to be at the core of “standard” library offerings in the not-distant future. It will introduce project managers and project doers not just to new technologies, but also provide an understanding of the broader trends that are driving them.

Chapter-length essays are particularly sought on the following topics:

  • Augmented reality
  • Content Management
  • Digital Preservation
  • Digital repositories
  • Effect of cloud-based library management systems
  • Ereaders & Ebooks
  • Internet of Things
  • Library custom-built/open source tools at scale
  • Library integrations of multiple services/tools
  • Mobile Technologies (beyond responsive design)
  • Open source LMS developments
  • Patron privacy technology (focus on technology, not policies)
  • Shared print repositories
  • Tools for analytics (tools beyond Google Analytics); in-depth applications
  • User-centered design
  • Virtual reality

Details

Chapters will be in the 4000-4500 word range and must address the following points:

  1. Define the technology (in general, and in the context of the chapter)
  2. Why does the technology matter in general, and to libraries in particular?
  3. What are early adopters doing?
  4. What does the future trend look like?
  5. Having embraced this technology, what would the library of 2022 look like?

Proposals should be submitted to Ken Varnum, the book’s editor, via https://goo.gl/forms/LwXOcJfTBho6hycQ2 by July 15, 2017.

Timeline

  • July 15, 2017: Chapter proposals due via Call for Chapters Form
  • August 15, 2017: Authors notified of acceptance
  • December 15, 2017: Chapter drafts due
  • January 31, 2018: Editor’s comments provided to authors
  • February 28, 2018: Revised drafts due to editor