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Where There is Thunder, There is Lightning: EDI and Change in Libraries

Program Date and Time: Sunday, June 25th from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The ALA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Implementation Working Group is looking for lightning talks on equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives from a broad range of libraries.

The presentation will be on Sunday, June 25th from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL and will include the option for video presentations if you can’t attend in person.

Presenters will have 5 minutes to share their successes and failures with initiatives designed to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in your libraries, which means we have time for up to 12 presentations.

To apply for participation, please submit the following:

Title

Brief description for your presentation

Will you be presenting in person or submitting a video

Email to diversity@ala.org , Use the subject line: Lightning Talk Application

Applications are due by May 15th and participants will be announced by May 31st.

If you have any questions about the event or the process, please contact Martin Garnar at mgarnar@uccs.edu.

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2017 LIBRARY RESEARCH ROUND TABLE FORUMS

ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, June 22-27

 

The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) is accepting paper submissions for two Research Forums at the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago. The LRRT Research Forums will feature 20-minute presentations of library and information science (LIS) research followed by discussion. Proposals are due midnight Eastern on Monday, May 1, 2017. (See submission information below.) Notification of acceptance will be made on Friday, May 5, 2017.

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSIONS

LRRT Research Forum 1: Emerging Topics in LIS Research

This session, for practitioners, researchers, educators, and students, will feature three research papers that investigate emerging topics in library and information science (LIS) research. The three peer-reviewed papers will be selected as examples of excellence in research relating to new and under-studied topics in the broad field of information services.

 

LRRT Research Forum 2: Theory, Methods, and Practices in Library Research: Reports from the Field

This session, for practitioners, researchers, educators, and students, will present three peer-reviewed papers describing research with the potential to make significant contributions to the field of library and information science (LIS). The three papers will selected as examples of research excellence, with a focus on work exemplifying strong use of theory, clear and well-organized research design, and appropriate data gathering and analysis methods.

 

SUBMISSIONS DETAILS

LRRT welcomes submissions emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS. Topics can include, but are not limited to, user studies and user behavior, electronic services, service effectiveness, and organizational structure and personnel. All researchers, including practitioners from all types of libraries and other organizations, LIS faculty, graduate students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals. Both members and nonmembers of LRRT are welcome to submit.

 

The selection committee will use a blind review process to select six papers, three for each of the two forums. Authors of the selected papers will be required to present their papers in person at the forums and to register for the conference. Criteria for selection include:

 

1. Significance of the research problem to LIS research and practice.

2. Quality and creativity of the methodology/methods/research design.

3. Clarity of the connection to existing LIS research.

 

Note: Research accepted for publication by January 31, 2017, will not be considered.

 

Each submission must consist of no more than two pages. On the first page, list the author names, titles, institutional affiliations, and contact information, including mailing addresses and email addresses. Also indicate which forum you are applying for:

 

Forum 1: Emerging Topics in LIS Research

Forum 2: Theory, Methods, and Practices in Library Research: Reports from the Field

 

The second page must NOT show your name or any personally identifying information. Instead, it must include:

 

1. The paper title.

2. A 500-word abstract of the research project, including: 1) a problem statement and significance, 2) project objectives, 3) methods/methodology, and 4) conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress).

3. A brief statement saying if the research is complete or ongoing and listing the project beginning and end dates.

 

 

Send submissions via email to:

 

Denise E. Agosto, Ph.D.

Professor

Library Research Round Table Chair

College of Computing & Informatics

Philadelphia, PA  19104

dea22@drexel.edu

 

 

ALA Annual Poster Sessions (Chicago)

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL FOR THE 2017 ALA ANNUAL POSTER SESSION IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017!

Dear colleagues,

Share your best ideas and work with the national library community by presenting a poster session at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago!

The poster session committee encourages submissions from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship. Submissions may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community.

Poster session participants place materials such as pictures, data, graphs, diagrams and narrative text on boards that are usually 4 x 8 feet. During their assigned 1½ hour time periods, participants informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees.

Titles/abstracts from previous years are available on ALA Connect [1]:

(note that this site is only serving as an archive for previous Annual Conference poster sessions – for information on this year’s poster session, go to the 2017 ALA poster session website).

The deadline for submitting an application is February 3, 2017.

Applicants will be notified in the first half of March, after a double blind peer review process, whether their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference. The 2017 ALA Annual Poster Sessions will be held June 24 and 25, 2017 in the exhibits hall.

Start the application process now.

https://idp.ala.org/idp/Authn/UserPassword

You must login to the site using

your ALA username and password, or you can create a username and password for the site before you submit your application.

Questions about poster session presentations and submissions may be directed to: Blake Doherty, chair of the ALA poster session committee, bdoherty@amherst.edu

Or

Candace Benefiel, chair of the ALA poster session review panel, c-benefiel@tamu.edu

Website:

https://www.conferenceabstracts.com/cfp2/login.asp?EventKey=SGGBSIDC

 

ALA LIRT Transitions to College Committee Preconference: Examining and Supporting Student Transitions Across the Library Spectrum

Do you have innovative and exciting case-studies or research to share on the topic of student transitions? The ALA LIRT Transitions to College Committee is seeking panelists for a pre-conference session at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference. The pre-conference, titled , will educate participants on the role of libraries in supporting students’ educational transitions. These transitions may include high school to college, primary to secondary school, undergraduate to graduate school, and from formal schooling into adult life. This pre-conference will interest librarians from public, school and academic libraries, combining various types of presenters and session formats. Sessions will include: successful case studies of library programs meant to ease students’ transitions; a conversation about school, public and academic library learning standards; a panel of researcher specializing in students’ transition behavior and how libraries prepare and support transitions; and opportunities for group discussion and brainstorming.

We are seeking 2-3 case-study panelists and 2-3 research panelists. Presentations will range from 15-25 minutes depending on number of panelists.

Date has not been confirmed, but this is a PRE-CONFERENCE session.

Submission Information:

Proposals are due by February 28, 2017.

Notification of acceptance will be made by email.

Submissions and questions should be emailed to Matt Upson (matthew.upson@okstate.edu) and/or Beth West (bwest@linfield.edu).

Please Include:

Full name

Title

Employer

Email address

Telephone

  • A brief (150 words or less) description of your case-study or research:
  • A brief (50 words or less) bio:

Prior to event, applicants must agree to present in-person at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference.

Unfortunately, the Transitions to College Committee and LIRT are unable to provide honoraria or travel reimbursements.

 

ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) International Poster Sessions

The ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) International Poster Sessions Committee invites you to submit poster session proposals on international themes for the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago!

The poster session committee encourages submissions from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to international librarianship. Submissions may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community.

Poster session participants place materials such as pictures, data, graphs, diagrams and narrative text on boards that are usually 4 x 8 feet. During their assigned 1½ hour time periods, participants informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees. Titles/abstracts from previous years are available on ALA Connect (note that this site is only serving as an archive for previous Annual Conference poster sessions – for information on this year’s posters, go to the 2017 ALA poster session website).

The deadline for submitting an application is February 3, 2017. Applicants will be notified by the end of March, after a double blind peer review process, whether their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference. The 2015 ALA Annual Poster Sessions will be held June 24 and 25, 2017 (the Saturday and Sunday of the conference) in the exhibits hall.

Start your application process now. You must create a username and password for the site before you submit your application, you must choose to submit a poster session proposal after you log-in, and you will receive a confirmation e-mail after you have completed your submission.

Additional questions regarding international poster sessions can be directed to:

Sara Margaret Rizzo, co-chair of the IRRT International Poster Session Committee, srizzo@caldwell.edu

Or

Laura N. Evans, co-chair of the IRRT International Poster Session Committee, evans@binghamton.edu

2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago Poster Sessions

Share your best ideas and work with the national library community by presenting a poster session at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago!

The poster session committee encourages submissions from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship. Submissions may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community.

Poster session participants place materials such as pictures, data, graphs, diagrams and narrative text on boards that are usually 4 x 8 feet. During their assigned 1½ hour time periods, participants informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees. Titles/abstracts from previous years are available on ALA Connect: (note that this site is only serving as an archive for previous Annual Conference poster sessions – for information on this year’s poster session, go to the 2017 ALA poster session website).

The deadline for submitting an application is February 3, 2017. Applicants will be notified in the first half of March, after a double blind peer review process, whether their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference. The 2017 ALA Annual Poster Sessions will be held June 24 and 25, 2017 in the exhibits hall.

Start the application process now.  You must login to the site using your ALA username and password, or you can create a username and password for the site before you submit your application.

 Questions about poster session presentations and submissions may be directed to:

Blake Doherty, chair of the ALA poster session committee, bdoherty@amherst.edu

Or

Candace Benefiel, chair of the ALA poster session review panel, c-benefiel@tamu.edu

Website: https://www.conferenceabstracts.com/cfp2/login.asp?EventKey=SGGBSIDC

International Papers and Projects Committee ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois

The American Library Association, International Papers and Projects Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers Session scheduled in June 2017. The International Papers and Projects Program provides librarians with an opportunity to exchange information about library services, collections and projects throughout the world. The program also serves to stimulate the interest of U.S. librarians in international library matters. We invite presentation proposals based on the International Papers and Projects 2017 theme:

 

Libraries Transform: Programs and Services for Sustainable Environments, Social Justice, and Quality Education for All

Because Libraries reach a large cross-section of the public, they are in a unique position to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the promotion of sustainable environments, social justice, and quality education. This program will feature presentations and projects by librarians or professionals working outside the USA or involved in projects outside of the USA whose research, libraries, or projects are working to:

  • Promote lifelong learning

 

  • Provide inclusive and quality education for all

 

  • Reduce inequality

 

  • Promote just and inclusive societies

 

  • Contribute to environmental sustainability

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Proposals, presentations, and papers must be written and delivered in English, which is the working language of the program.

Proposals should include:

  1. Title of the presentation
  2. Name, title, institutional affiliation, and full contact information (including a valid e-mail address) for each presenter
  3. Abstract (300-500 words)
  4. A short biographical profile of each presenter

Proposals should be submitted electronically (as a single Microsoft Word or PDF attachment) to the International Relations Office via email at intl@ala.org with a copy to jsolis@email.unc.edu and paromitabiswas7@gmail.com.

 

Deadline for submitting proposals is December 17, 2016.

SELECTION PROCESS

Four proposals will be selected to present at the ALA Annual Meeting in June 2017. Notification of acceptance will be emailed by January 30, 2017.

PRESENTATION FORMAT

The International Papers and Projects Program is 1.5 hours total. Presentations should run about 20 minutes each, followed by a question-and-answer session. Presenters are encouraged to prepare a dynamic and interactive presentation, incorporating visual prompts, technologies, games, questions for the audience, etc. PowerPoints are common, but speakers who want to read a paper or refer to it are welcome to do so.

We would like to invite you to view previous presentation titles listed on IRRT’s International Papers and Projects Session Committee website, http://www.ala.org/irrt/irrt-international-papers-committee.

IRRT International Papers Committee

Jacqueline Solis and Paromita Biswas (co-chairs)

 

ALA Video Round Table Program Committee (VRT) at ALA Annual 2017

Thinking about attending the ALA Annual Conference, June 22-27 2017 in Chicago
 
Have you worked on any projects or activities involving film or video at your institution?

The ALA Video Round Table Program Committee (VRT) welcomes program proposals for ALA Annual on just about anything related to video and libraries! The term video includes moving picture media in all of its forms – DVDs, streaming, video tapes, video art, YouTube videos, animation, iPhone shot footage, etc.

Proposals are due SOON, August 31, 2016!

Sample ideas (but we very much welcome others):

  • Have you created video tutorials?

  • Are you using film clips (or gifs) in instruction?

  • Have you created a media center for your patrons?
  • Do you work with students or faculty in video creation?
  • Are you finding new ways to promote films to your community?
  • Are you doing anything interesting in curating your film collection?
  • Have you made library promotional videos?

  • Are you involved with film or video preservation?

  • Have you offered special film programming/events at your library?


If you’re interested in submitting a proposal, please read the guidelines and complete the online form at: http://www.ala.org/vrt/2017-annual-program-proposal-information

The Program Committee will review all proposals and notify participants of proposal acceptance by Sept. 21, 2016.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the Program Committee co-chairs, Steven Milewski smilewsk@utk.edu or Laine Thielstrom esthiels@colby.edu

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) webinars

For more information go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ASCLAWebinar2017
The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) welcomes proposals for professional development webinars. The ASCLA Online Learning Committee evaluates proposals for professional development webinars that support the work of ASCLA’s members who include:

– library staff providing services to special populations, including library users with disabilities and adults and youth who are incarcerated or detained
– independent librarians and consultants
– state libraries and their employees
– public libraries serving or working with the populations above
– library networks and cooperatives

Software Platform: All webinars will be hosted by ASCLA and delivered using Adobe Connect; presenters will receive software training from the ASCLA Web Manager.

Length: All webinars should be approximately 60 to 90 minutes in length.

Deadlines and Timeframe: Accepted proposals will be presented between October 15. 2016 and August 31, 2017.

Payment to Presenters: Webinar presenters will be paid $150 for each webinar presented. Co-presenters may split the payment.

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) online courses

For more information go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ASCLACourse2017

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) welcomes proposals for professional development courses. The ASCLA Online Learning Committee reviews and approves the proposals. The courses are taught using the Moodle course management software over the course of four to six weeks. Moodle features a chat function to allow for live course sessions in addition to asynchronous coursework. Adobe Connect is also available for live presentation sessions. Instructors for accepted proposals will receive support and training for these technology tools. Attendees are charged a fee to participate in the course and receive a certificate upon completion. The fee includes ongoing access to an archived version of the course. Instructors will be paid a one-time course/curriculum development fee of $1,000 to set up the course initially, and $40 per participant thereafter. The Committee does attempt to consider expected levels of interest when approving online course proposals. Proposals will be accepted through September 23, 2016. Instructors whose proposals are approved will be contacted to offer the course between October 15, 2016 and August 31, 2017.