Category Archives: Assessment

International Journal of Library and Information Services

CALL FOR PAPERS

Interim Editor-in-Chief: Mehdi Khosrow-Pour

 Published by IGI Global: www.igi-global.com

 

 http://www.igi-global.com/calls-for-papers/international-journal-library-information-services/177099

Invitation

The International Journal of Library and Information Services (IJLIS) invites you to submit a research article that contributes to the overall comprehensive coverage on the latest developments and technological advancements in library service innovation. Public, academic, special, and school libraries, as well as information centers worldwide are continuously challenged as library spaces evolve. IJLIS faces these challenges head on by offering innovative methods for developing an effective organizational structure, optimizing library space use, and implementing programs designed to improve user experience and engagement.

 

Mission

The mission of the International Journal of Library and Information Services (IJLIS) is to disseminate emerging research in library service innovation, and provide a venue for librarians, researchers, professionals, vendors, and academics to interact and exchange ideas. The journal addresses a variety of technologies, scholarly perspectives, and applications in the field.

 

Coverage

  • Administration and management
  • Building design
  • Conceptual models
  • Creative programming
  • Customer involvement
  • Digital Tools
  • Disruptive innovation
  • Information retrieval
  • Knowledge Management
  • Learning space toolkits
  • Literacy programs
  • Metadata creation and management
  • Money-saving initiatives
  • New product development
  • Organizational structures
  • Service development
  • Service-dominant logic
  • Technology adoption

 

Submission

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit their original empirical research articles 3,000–8,000 words in length. Interested authors must consult the journal’s guidelines for manuscript submissions at http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/ prior to submission. All submitted articles will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis by no fewer than 3 members of the journal’s Editorial Review Board and 1 Associate Editor. Final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews received from the reviewers and at the sole discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

 

All manuscripts must be submitted through the E-Editorial Discovery™ online submission manager. Please see the link at the bottom of this page.

 

Inquiries can be forwarded to IJLIS@igi-global.com.

 

http://www.igi-global.com/calls-for-papers/international-journal-library-information-services/177099

 

 

 

18th Distance Library Services Conference

The deadline for submitting Paper Presentation proposals for the 18th Distance Library Services Conference is this Sunday, April 23!

The conference will be held April 11-13, 2018, in downtown San Antonio, TX, at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio, right off of the famed Riverwalk.

What is a Paper Presentation? The Paper Presentation format requires that you write a paper and then present at the conference. Your paper will be published in both the conference proceedings and later in special issues of the Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning. Your presentation is an opportunity to share issues, findings or conclusions related to your paper.

The average attendance for the past three conferences was 273, so in addition to your paper being published in the Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, you will benefit by presenting at a smaller, focused conference with ample networking opportunities.

Proposals should fall into one of three general tracks:

Teaching & Learning (e.g. technologies, strategies, instructional design, assessment, best practices, successes/failures)

Marketing & Outreach (e.g. advocacy, assessment, collaboration, strategies)

User Experience (e.g. assessment, best practices, initiatives, student success)

If you want to share your research, projects, or ideas with others providing library services online or at a distance, you won’t find a better place to do it! Submit your Paper Presentation proposal soon!

To submit a proposal, please visit http://libguides.cmich.edu/dls2018/call_for_proposals

 

Southeastern Library Assessment Conference

The Southeastern Library Assessment Conference invites proposals for the November 13-14, 2017, conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Program proposals should be designed to fit within a 45-minute timeframe, including Q&A. We encourage thoughtful, timely proposals on any topic related to assessment in libraries of all types, including, but not limited to:

  * Budget * Collaborations * Collections * Demonstrating value * Developing a culture of assessment * Ethnographic and observational studies * Impact on student learning, retention, progression, and/or graduation * Lessons learned * Library instruction * Marketing and communications * Outreach activities * Programming and events * Reporting results to stakeholders * Role of the assessment librarian * Services * Spaces and facilities * Special collections and archives * Unique methods * Usability * User experience The proposal deadline is April 21, and submitters will be notified of the status of proposals by May 12. Registration opens June 1, 2017.   Proposal submission form: bit.ly/2017SLAC  Website: www.southeasternlac.info

Facebook: www.facebook.com/southeasternlac  Twitter: www.twitter.com/southeasternlac   

New Discoveries in Reference: The 23rd Annual Reference Research Forum

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 2017 REFERENCE RESEARCH FORUM

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 23rd Annual Reference Research Forum at the 2017 American
Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. 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: http://connect.ala.org/node/64439

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 Chicago, IL.

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 December 28th, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be
made by Monday, February 6th, 2017. The submission must not exceed the stated
word count limit.

Submissions will be accepted using our online form at:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CWPMJK6

FORM PAGE 1: Contact Information
Fill out the fields for the primary contact’s name, title, institutional
affiliation, mailing address, 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 (if you use semi colons between items
in a list, you need to make sure the entire list is a complete sentence.)

Proposals that exceed the word count or that do not follow the format
described above will be automatically rejected.
Questions: Please contact the chairs David Ward (dh-ward@illinois.edu) and
Cindy Levine (crlevine@ncsu.edu)

Academic Libraries and the Academy: Strategies and Approaches to Demonstrate Your Value, Impact, and Return on Investment

Call for Book Chapter Proposals in Library Assessment  

(For a PDF version of this announcement, please click here).

We are seeking chapter proposals for a book on library assessment. Please consider sharing your work in this area to this effort.

Working Title – Academic Libraries and the Academy: Strategies and Approaches to Demonstrate Your Value, Impact, and Return on Investment

Publisher

This book will be published under the auspices of ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries). The anticipated publication date is early 2018.

Introduction

Assessment in academic libraries will play an increasingly crucial role in higher education. With the demand for greater transparency and accountability in funding for institutions, diminished budgets, and a shift to performance-based funding, academic libraries are examining and implementing new and creative approaches to demonstrate their inherent, immediate and long term value and impact to their institutions and stakeholders. Academic libraries of all shapes and sizes are understanding the need to establish their place and role in supporting institutional goals and objectives particularly related to student learning outcomes, academic student success measures, and faculty teaching and research productivity. To this end, many academic libraries are investing in efforts focused on implementing assessment initiatives that demonstrate their value and impact to their institutional stakeholders and community.

Objective

This book will present cases of how academic libraries are successfully implementing initiatives to demonstrate their worth and value to their institutional and community stakeholders. The cases will include proven strategies, lessons learned, effective approaches and practical applications successfully employed by academic staff and support professionals. The publication is intended to inform those at all levels of experience and stages of implementation— that is, those who are considering or just beginning to embark on this path, as well as others who have already taken the plunge and are looking to leverage or triangulate other strategies.

Target Audience

This publication will primarily target librarians, professional staff and administrators at all types of academic libraries, and we anticipate it will also be of interest to others across disciplines and industries who are engaged in similar assessment initiatives. It will present practical, easy-to-adopt strategies and approaches based on case studies, and will offer a breadth and depth of options to appeal to a wide range of readers at various stages of experience with demonstrating library value — from beginners to experts.

Proposed Book Sections

This book will be structured in four sections of case studies as described below:

Section 1: Seeding the Initiative. Explores the planning stages or “works-in-progress” in assessment that relate to the library’s impact and value. The results of these efforts may not be imminent. Nevertheless, these case studies demonstrate the potential value and the importance of the initial design and planning stage.   

Section 2: Low-Hanging Fruit.  Provides stories of assessments that are easy to measure, short-term (less than one year), low cost, require few resources (staff or tools), and are easily replicable at similar academic libraries.

Example: ROI spreadsheets at the University of West Florida

Section 3: Reachable Fruit (with some effort).  Provides stories of assessments that may require more external and internal resources to measure, may take more than six months to one year to collect and analyze, feature medium costs and resources (i.e., incentives, equipment, tools), and may be replicable at other academic libraries that are similar in size or scope.

Example: Contingent valuation measures

Section 4: Hard-to-Reach Fruit. A range of assessment activities more difficult to measure and time and resource intensive, may require long-term data collection (e.g. longitudinal studies that require more than a year to collect a dataset or have measures that require more time, such as measuring a cohort’s graduation rates), and feature greater external partnerships, internal infrastructure, and/or additional resources to measure and analyze.

ExamplesThe Library Cube (which required the creation of a relational database), and Mixed-method Ethnographies, such as the ERIAL Project. (Ethnographic qualitative studies require more time to transcribe and analyze.)

Chapter proposals should focus on a topic that is related to one of the four sections listed above. Authors are also welcome to propose additional topics or sections that may be relevant to this publication.

Submission Procedure

Authors are invited to submit a chapter proposal as an email attachment in Word or PDF to academiclibrariesandtheacademy@gmail.com on or before Monday, January 09, 2017. The chapter proposal should be 300-500 words clearly explaining the intent and details of the proposed chapter as it relates to one of the four sections of the book described above. Authors will be notified by Monday, February 27, 2017 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Completed chapters are expected to be between 3,000-5,000 words, although shorter or longer chapters are negotiable. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by Tuesday, May 29, 2017.

Proposals should include:

  • Author name(s), institutional or organizational affiliation, job title/role
  • Brief author(s) bio
  • Proposed chapter title
  • A summary of the proposed chapter (300-500 words)

 

Proposed chapters should be based on unpublished work, unique to this publication and not submitted or intended to be simultaneously submitted elsewhere.   

Important Dates

Book Chapter Proposals Submission Due: Monday, January 09, 2017 Authors notified: Monday, February 27, 2017  Abstracts/Full Chapters Due: Tuesday, May 29, 2017  Feedback and revisions to Authors: Summer, 2017

Final Revised Chapter Due: September, 2017  Copy-editing, production: Fall, 2017

Publication Date: Early 2018

Inquiries to: academiclibrariesandtheacademy@gmail.com

Editors

Marwin Britto, Ph.D., MLIS

University of Saskatchewan

Canada

 

Kirsten Kinsley, Ed.S., MLIS

Florida State University

USA

Book Chapter Proposals in Library Assessment

Call for Book Chapter Proposals in Library Assessment  (Apologies for cross-posting)

We are seeking chapter proposals for a book on library assessment. Please consider sharing your work in this area to this effort.

Working Title – Academic Libraries and the Academy: Strategies and Approaches to Demonstrate Your Value, Impact, and Return on Investment

Publisher

This book will be published under the auspices of ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries). The anticipated publication date is early 2018.

Introduction

Assessment in academic libraries will play an increasingly crucial role in higher education. With the demand for greater transparency and accountability in funding for institutions, diminished budgets, and a shift to performance-based funding, academic libraries are examining and implementing new and creative approaches to demonstrate their inherent, immediate and long term value and impact to their institutions and stakeholders. Academic libraries of all shapes and sizes are understanding the need to establish their place and role in supporting institutional goals and objectives particularly related to student learning outcomes, academic student success measures, and faculty teaching and research productivity. To this end, many academic libraries are investing in efforts focused on implementing assessment initiatives that demonstrate their value and impact to their institutional stakeholders and community.

Objective

This book will present cases of how academic libraries are successfully implementing initiatives to demonstrate their worth and value to their institutional and community stakeholders. The cases will include proven strategies, lessons learned, effective approaches and practical applications successfully employed by academic staff and support professionals. The publication is intended to inform those at all levels of experience and stages of implementation— that is, those who are considering or just beginning to embark on this path, as well as others who have already taken the plunge and are looking to leverage or triangulate other strategies.

Target Audience

This publication will primarily target librarians, professional staff and administrators at all types of academic libraries, and we anticipate it will also be of interest to others across disciplines and industries who are engaged in similar assessment initiatives. It will present practical, easy-to-adopt strategies and approaches based on case studies, and will offer a breadth and depth of options to appeal to a wide range of readers at various stages of experience with demonstrating library value — from beginners to experts.

Proposed Book Sections

This book will be structured in four sections of case studies as described below:

Section 1: Seeding the Initiative. Explores the planning stages or “works-in-progress” in assessment that relate to the library’s impact and value. The results of these efforts may not be imminent. Nevertheless, these case studies demonstrate the potential value and the importance of the initial design and planning stage.

Section 2: Low-Hanging Fruit.  Provides stories of assessments that are easy to measure, short-term (less than one year), low cost, require few resources (staff or tools), and are easily replicable at similar academic libraries.

Example: ROI spreadsheets at the University of West Florida

Section 3: Reachable Fruit (with some effort).  Provides stories of assessments that may require more external and internal resources to measure, may take more than six months to one year to collect and analyze, feature medium costs and resources (i.e., incentives, equipment, tools), and may be replicable at other academic libraries that are similar in size or scope.

Example: Contingent valuation measures

Section 4: Hard-to-Reach Fruit. A range of assessment activities more difficult to measure and time and resource intensive, may require long-term data collection (e.g. longitudinal studies that require more than a year to collect a dataset or have measures that require more time, such as measuring a cohort’s graduation rates), and feature greater external partnerships, internal infrastructure, and/or additional resources to measure and analyze.

Examples: The Library Cube (which required the creation of a relational database), and Mixed-method Ethnographies, such as the ERIAL Project. (Ethnographic qualitative studies require more time to transcribe and analyze.)

Chapter proposals should focus on a topic that is related to one of the four sections listed above. Authors are also welcome to propose additional topics or sections that may be relevant to this publication.

Submission Procedure

Authors are invited to submit a chapter proposal as an email attachment in Word or PDF to academiclibrariesandtheacademy@gmail.com on or before Monday, January 09, 2017. The chapter proposal should be 300-500 words clearly explaining the intent and details of the proposed chapter as it relates to one of the four sections of the book described above. Authors will be notified by Monday, February 27, 2017 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Completed chapters are expected to be between 3,000-5,000 words, although shorter or longer chapters are negotiable. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by Tuesday, May 29, 2017.

Proposals should include:

  • Author name(s), institutional or organizational affiliation, job title/role
  • Brief author(s) bio
  • Proposed chapter title
  • A summary of the proposed chapter (300-500 words)

Proposed chapters should be based on unpublished work, unique to this publication and not submitted or intended to be simultaneously submitted elsewhere.

Important Dates

Book Chapter Proposals Submission Due: Monday, January 09, 2017 Authors notified: Monday, February 27, 2017  Abstracts/Full Chapters Due: Tuesday, May 29, 2017  Feedback and revisions to Authors: Summer, 2017

Final Revised Chapter Due: September, 2017  Copy-editing, production: Fall, 2017

Publication Date: Early 2018

Inquiries to: academiclibrariesandtheacademy@gmail.com

Editors

Marwin Britto, Ph.D., MLIS

University of Saskatchewan

Canada

Kirsten Kinsley, Ed.S., MLIS

Florida State University

USA

2017 ACRL-NEC Annual Conference

The Association of College and Research Libraries, New England Chapter (http://www.acrlnec.org/)
invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 2017 ACRL-NEC Annual Conference
Reframing Librarianship in the 21st Century
Friday, May 12 @University of Vermont Conference Center, Burlington, VT.  
It is an era of reinvention for college and research libraries. Whether we work in cataloging and metadata, scholarly communication, archives, public services, instruction, or another area of librarianship, we have all heard a rhetoric of crisis, transformation, and rapid change applied to our work. The challenges we face have provided an opportunity to refocus on the foundations of our profession: our purpose and our areas of expertise. In reflecting on and redefining our work and ourselves, we are reframing librarianship for the 21st Century. This exciting topic will be kicked off by keynote Suzanne Wones, Director of Library Digital Strategies and Innovations at Harvard Library.
The Program Committee is interested in receiving proposals for presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and posters that speak to the following questions:
  • In this era of reinvention, how are we reframing ourselves, the work that we do, and our libraries?
  • How are we communicating around this shift within our institutions and beyond?

 

Topics might include, but are not limited to, the reframing of:
  • Our professional identities and roles within the library, on campus, and in society
  • The development and provision of library and archives collections to users
  • Cataloging and metadata practices
  • Efforts around diversity and inclusion in our profession and on our campuses
  • LIS education: Are we graduating technologically- and information-literate librarians?
  • Professional development, collaboration, training, and supervision
  • Research and publication in library and information science
  • Education and advocacy on issues of scholarly communication, copyright, and licensing
  • Public services: liaison, instruction, and reference work
  • Data services and the library’s role in research data management, data education, and open data
  • Assessment, and our role in broader institutional efforts around student success and retention, accreditation, and learning outcomes
  • The institutional context of the academic library, including institutional structures, cross-departmental collaborations, and faculty status issues

 

Staff, faculty, administrators, and students in all areas of librarianship are encouraged to submit proposals. 
To submit a proposal, follow this link: https://goo.gl/forms/DhpZH2UCJYCdXpeH2
The deadline for proposal submission is midnight on Dec 2, 2016.
Questions should be directed to the ACRL/NE CPC Programming Committee: 
acrlnec-cpc-prog-l@library.umass.edu

Advances in Library Administration and Organization Project Management in the Library Workplace

Publication due 2017

Series Editor: Samantha Hines, Peninsula College

Volume Editor: Alice Daugherty, Louisiana State University Libraries

Many works have been published on ‘how to do project management’ in librarianship, but there are gaps in coverage of the deeper issues and surrounding processes. For example, what methods have been successfully used, in the library workplace, for assessing efficacy of project management?  What are the future trends and implications for library administration and management as formal project management schema become more commonplace in library work? How do these formal schemas demonstrably affect and improve library workplaces? For this forthcoming volume we welcome submissions that consider how project management affects library administration and that address the role of project management in the library workplace.

Proposals in the following areas would be of particular interest:

  • Assessments of project management approaches
  • History of project management in library administration and future trends
  • Integration of project management processes and procedures within libraries
  • Efficacy of project management tools for library workplaces and projects
  • Project-related problem solving
  • Project participants and teambuilding
  • Project leadership in libraries
  • Project management education for library workers

This will be the second volume of Advances in Library Administration and Organization (ALAO) to publish in 2017.

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

We are currently seeking proposals for the 2017 volume on project management in the library workplace.  If you are interested in contributing to this volume, please send a proposal including author details and estimated length of final submission to Alice Daugherty at adaugher@lsu.edu by November 15, 2016.

Submission deadlines

 

Submission deadline for proposals: November 15, 2016

Notification of acceptance sent by:  December 15, 2016

Submission deadline for full chapters:  February 15, 2017

Comments returned to authors:  April 1, 2017

Submission deadline for chapter revisions:  May 1, 2017

ER&L 2017: the 12th Annual Electronic Resources and Libraries

We invite you to submit to the 12th Annual Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference Call for Proposals beginning today through Tuesday, October 11th.

Austin, Texas at the UT Austin Conference Center

 April 2-5, 2017

The ER&L Program Planning committee has opened the 2017 Call for Proposals and ER&L is currently seeking 45 minute sessions and 15 minute short talks for the 2017 conference program in these recently revised tracks:

 

  1. Managing e-Resources & Licensing
  2. Collection Development & Assessment
  3. Organizational Strategies
  4. External Relationships
  5. User Experience & Promotion
  6. Scholarly Communication & Library as Publisher
  7. Emerging Technologies & Trends

 

For a detailed list of the complete and update topics covered at ER&L:

http://electroniclibrarian.org/erlplus/tracks/

 

To submit a session for ER&L visit: https://www.electroniclibrarian.org/2017-call-for-sessions/

 

Please direct any questions to ER&L staff at hello@electroniclibrarian.org.

 

Community Call! Don’t have a session, but an idea for a speaker or missing topics? Submit to our Community Call for Ideas. The Community Call is always on for any topic you think ER&L should be covering! And, suggestions can be made anonymously and no sign-up is required. The Call for Ideas is separate from the Call for Session Proposals that collects full session submissions.

Have a great day!

Elizabeth Winter, Chair

Bonnie Tijerina, Conference Coordinator

ER&L Program Planning Committee

ER&L 2017, the 12th Annual Electronic Resources and Libraries is in Austin, Texas at the UT Austin Conference Center and will take place April 3-5, 2017. Housing and Early Registration are currently open. Visit electroniclibrarian.org.

 

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.