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ACRL Science and Technology Section Annual Research Forum and Poster sessions

The Research Committee of the ACRL Science and Technology Section is hosting
its Annual Research Forum (Sunday, June 24, 2018) and Poster Session (Sunday,
June 24, 2018) at the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference in
New Orleans.

The Research Forum and Poster Session provide an excellent opportunity to
share a wide range of research projects relevant to science and technology

Submissions for the paper and poster presentations are selected based on the
quality of the abstract and the demonstration of significant progress toward
completing the research project by June 2018.  Your submission should include:
-brief background information about your project,
-the research question or problem that drove your project,
-the methods used,
-your findings and a brief discussion that includes the impact of your

Your proposal should total no more than 250 words. Because this is a blind
review process, be sure to include your name, institution, phone, and email
addresses of all participants (not part of word count) separate from your
abstract (the form has separate fields for these items).

Please submit your proposal via this form:

Submission Categories:
Research Forum Featured Paper Presentation.  The Featured Paper Presentation
is 20 minutes in length and will be followed by a thoughtful 10-minute
critique from a guest commentator, who will offer suggestions on how to
prepare the paper for publication.  Proposals should reflect research that has
been completed or initiatives that have already been implemented. At a
minimum, significant progress should have been made toward completion or
Research Forum Short Paper Presentations.  Short Papers are 10 minutes in
length and will be followed by a thoughtful 5-minute critique from a guest
commentator, who will offer suggestions on how to prepare the paper for
publication or generate additional ideas that will move the paper forward.
Proposals should reflect research or initiatives that have been completed or
are currently in progress.
Poster Presentations.  Posters should cover research endeavors or practitioner
projects that enhance science and technology librarianship.  Proposals should
provide useful and practical findings, and describe opportunities for
discussion with participants.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: Friday, February 23, 2018.  Submissions
are selected by the STS Research Committee. The Committee adheres to mentoring
principles and a “blind” review process to select proposals. We strongly
encourage you to remove any identifying information in your proposal prior to
submission; otherwise, the STS Research Committee co-chairs will take
responsibility for removing identifying information, which may unintentionally
alter the text of your submission.

Acceptance of proposals reflects a commitment by the author(s) to present at
the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Travel support from STS is not
available. Specific logistical details will follow upon acceptance.  Please
submit your proposal via this form:

If you have any questions, please ask the STS Research Committee co-chairs:
Amy Van Epps,
Hannah Gascho Rempel,

Catholic Library World

Submissions are being accepted on an ongoing basis for upcoming issues of Catholic Library World. 

Catholic Library World is the official journal of the Catholic Library Association. Established in 1929, CLW is a peer reviewed association journal. CLW publishes articles focusing on all aspects of librarianship, especially as it relates to Catholic Studies and CatholicismCLW articles are intended for an audience that is interested in the broad role and impact of various types of libraries, including, but not limited to academic, public, theological, parish and church libraries, and school libraries. 

The preferred method for submitting manuscripts is as a word-processed attachment in e-mail. Author’s full name, affiliation, and e-mail address must accompany any manuscript submission. 

Articles should provide something new to the existing literature. The word count should be 3500- 5000 words and should adhere to The Chicago Manual of Style (humanities is preferred). The style should be accessible and well-documented. 

For more information, please visit this website: 

Send submissions and queries to: Sigrid Kelsey, General Editor, 

University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries Grants to use collections

The Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries is pleased to offer several one month residential grants intended to offset expenses for out-of-town scholars wishing to more deeply utilize the rich resources held by the UW-Madison General Library System.

The deadline for application is March 1, 2018.

For more information, visit, call 608-265-2505, or<>.

Programs for women and girls: A special section of Women In Libraries

Does you library offer programs that are specifically designed for women and/or girls. Women In Libraries ( published by ALA’s Feminist Task Force is looking for information about successful programming that your library has presented that was geared specifically for, or greatly benefitted, women and girls.

These can be special story hours of affinity programs, finance for women, craft circles or Feminist Art projects, celebrations or discussions around the Women’s March, or discussion and speakers about the #MeToo movement, among other ideas. We are interested in programs from all kinds of libraries: public, school, academic and, special libraries.

Women in Libraries wants to share the news about programs that benefit or are of interest to women and girls in our issue in early February. Please send an up to one page write-up about your program: what you did, who attended, any comments from patrons, or other information that you would like others to know about. This is a good time for us to raise awareness of the things that we do in libraries to support women in a million ways. It is time to share your successful ventures so we can applaud you and others can find ideas for new initiatives. Send articles to Dr. Dolores Fidishun, Editor, Women in Libraries at by Feb. 1, 2018.

We hope to hear from you! 


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