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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


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:



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

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



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

eLearning Africa

eLearning Africa is the key networking event for ICT supported education, training and skills development in Africa. Bringing together high-level policy makers, decision makers and practitioners from education, business and government, eLearning Africa 2018 will take place from 26 – 28 September 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda. Call for Proposal deadline is January 30, 2018.

TechTrends special issue on learning technologies and effect on teaching and learning process

Special issue of TechTrends related to current trends, issues, and research involving emerging learning technologies and their effects on the teaching and learning process. Both research and practitioner proposals are welcome, however, all submissions should include collected data. Additional information can be found in the Call for Chapters. Deadline is January 15, 2018.

Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE)

Washington, DC

March 26-30, 2018

Final Call for Papers due: January 22, 2018

For more information go to:

SITE 2018 in Washington, DC, March 26-30, is the 29th annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. This society represents individual teacher educators and affiliated organizations of teacher educators in all disciplines, who are interested in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the use of information technology in teacher education and faculty/staff development. SITE is a society of the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

SITE promotes the development and dissemination of theoretical knowledge, conceptual research, and professional practice knowledge through conferences, books, projects, and the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education (JTATE).

Learning analytics and the academic library: Critical questions about real and possible futures, Special issue of Library Trends

Special issue information
Learning analytics and the academic library: Critical questions about real and possible futures
Abstract submission deadline:
April 1, 2018
Publication date:
March, 2019
Nature and scope of this issue
Learning analytics is the “measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs.”[1] If the academic library is the “most important observation post” for understanding how students learn, then it follows that libraries in colleges and universities should be a primary focus of data mining and analysis initiatives in higher education.[2] Integration of library data in learning analytics is fledgling at best, but there are growing calls for such activity to increase, especially to enhance a library’s ability to prove their resource expenditures and demonstrate alignment with wider institutional goals (e.g., improve learning outcomes, decrease costs, etc.).[3]
The efficacy of learning analytics is premised on an institution’s ability to identify, aggregate, and manage a wide variety and increasingly large volume of data about students, much of which needs to be identifiable in order to develop personalized, just-in-time learning interventions. So, in the fashion of other Big Data initiatives, institutions are beginning to dredge their information systems for student behaviors, personal information, and communications, all of which hold potential to reveal how students learn and uncover structural impediments to learning.
It is enticing to assume good things about library participation in learning analytics. The profession wants to provide just the right information at just the right time, and professional librarians want that information to aid students as they develop personally, academically, and professionally. Moreover, the profession seeks to further cement its position as a key player in the educational experience, and learning analytics may enable librarians to make stronger claims about their pivotal role once they gain access to new sources of data and the metrics that come from data analysis. But, like all technologies, learning analytics are not neutral; they are embedded with and driven by political agendas, which may not be congruent with—or necessarily aware of—extant values and ethical positions, such as those espoused by academic librarians and users of their libraries.[4] Consequentially, scholars and practitioners need to take a critical approach to the growing role of learning analytics in academic libraries and the wider higher education context in order to better inform conversations concerning the intended and unintended positive and negative outcomes learning analytics can bring about.
This special issue is motivated by Neil Selwyn’s position that the “purposeful pursuit of pessimism” [L1] [JK2] as it relates to educational technologies is constructive and fruitful.[5] In contrast, optimism around emerging technologies—and the denial of critical voices—perpetuates a belief that technological progress is always a good thing. While we often perceive a pessimistic attitude towards technology as destructive or equate it to traditional Luddism, there is actually much to be gained by critically questioning the political agendas driving educational technology design, adoption, and diffusion.
This issue will invite authors to explore and push back against statements that learning analytics will somehow improve academic libraries by addressing questions around political positions and value conflicts inherent to learning analytics, coded in related information systems, and embedded in emerging data infrastructures.
Instructions for submission
The guest editor requests interested parties to submit an abstract of 500 words or less, following APA format for parenthetical and reference list citations, by April 1, 2018. Abstracts should be sent to with the subject of “Library Trends: Abstract Submission.”
For full details, see the webpage at Library Trends (