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2018 Joint Spring Conference – User Experience: Where the Library and Patrons Meet

The planning committee of the 2018 KLA/SLA Joint Spring Conference is pleased to announce the call for proposals for mini-sessions and poster presentations is now open.  Built around the theme of User Experience, roughly defined as the measure of your end user’s interaction with your library: its brand, its product, and its services, the committee welcomes submissions from presenters based on this topic and any topics that may apply. A list of these topics includes, but is not limited to:

 

User design

Usability

Website management

Space assessments

Signage

Data collection

Accessibility

Information Architecture

Visual Design

Information Literacy

Leadership/Management

 

Scheduled for April 4 – 6 at General Butler State Resort Park, the Joint Spring Conference is a collaboration between the Academic and Special Library Sections of the Kentucky Library Association and the Kentucky Chapter of the Special Libraries Association.

The deadline to submit abstracts is December 15, 2017. To submit your abstract, please click the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/2GJmmDUVKUMzFBV42. Your abstract should include:

Presenter(s) name

Institution name

Library name

Title of your presentation

Presentation type: Mini-session or Poster

Short (250 word) abstract of your presentation or poster

Mini-sessions will be 50-minute formal presentations by the presenter. Poster presentation submissions are also welcome for display and discussion during our poster reception on Thursday evening.

All submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and all submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance thinking about user experiences. All accepted presenters will be required to register for the conference, but may do so at the member rate.

 

Important Dates:

Friday, December 15, 2017 – Submission Deadline
Friday, January 12, 2018 – Acceptance Notification
Friday, March 2, 2018 – Early Bird Registration Deadline
Friday, March 30, 2018 – Registration Deadline

Registration Fees:

 

Full Conference – 

Member 115 / 145

Non-Member 155 / 185

Student 25 / 25

One Day – 

Member 80 / 100

Non-Member 105 / 125

Student 25 / 25


*Members include those individuals who are members of any of the following: KLA – Academic Library Section, KLA – Special Library Section, SLA – Kentucky Chapter

*Conference registration will open soon. Be on the lookout for that upcoming announcement!

 

On behalf of the planning committee, we thank you for your interest in the conference and look forward to your submissions

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urban Librarians Unite Conference

April 13th, 2018

@ Brooklyn Public Library

Theme: Library Revolution!

Submission deadline: December 28th, 2017

Do you see the revolution taking place in public libraries?  Are you helping change how we deliver information and services to patrons?  Have you been pushing the field into the 21st Century?  Have you been doing this all with limited funding?  On April 13th, Urban Librarians Unite will be holding Library Revolution! our 6th Annual Urban Librarians Unite conference at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library.

For Library Revolution! we are looking for the librarians who starting a revolution in their library world. It’s been a year of insane upheaval, what changes have you made in your library? How have you responded to community needs, technological changes or even just something in your day to day work? How have you fomented revolution?

We are looking for twelve speakers – Four main auditorium sessions and eight smaller “Break-out” sessions. All sessions will be an hour and a half long and will focus on a Library Revolution. Examples of what we’ve done before can be found here. We are looking for topics about the Library Revolution including but not limited to:

  • Changing how the public view libraries and/or librarians
  • Reaching out to diverse communities and changing services
  • Impact of current events on library trends
  • Innovation and changes in roles, responsibilities, services and resources
  • Impact of technology
  • Leadership and leadership development
  • Leading through Change
  • Diversity & inclusion
  • Career planning, professional development
  • Post-truth information literacy, and digital literacy
  • Civic engagement, partnerships, and community building
  • Librarians as knowledge gatekeepers, personal freedom, and privacy

Please submit your proposal via the attached form. We require a title and short description.

Proposals will be due December 28th. For questions please email us at urbanlibrariansunite@gmail.com

International Journal of Digital Literacy and Digital Competence (IJDLDC)

CALL FOR PAPERS

Mission of IJDLDC:

The mission of the International Journal of Digital Literacy and Digital Competence (IJDLDC) is to provide a platform for experts, scholars, stakeholders, and other professionals involved in the use of information communication technologies in education and society to share theories, studies, experiences, projects, instruments, and applications. The journal covers ideas concerning digital literacy and digital competence that will penetrate the whole society and create shared and commonly accepted educational paradigms to be used in academics by means of a practice-theory-practice paradigmatic approach to education. The journal publishes innovative findings from leading experts, including engineers, researchers, scientists, educators, and practitioners in the creation of hardware-software instruments in everyday education, training, and school work, but it also focuses on the methods and processes for the integration of digital technological equipments in the same contexts.

Indices of IJDLDC:

  • ACM Digital Library
  • Bacon’s Media Directory
  • Cabell’s Directories
  • DBLP
  • Google Scholar
  • INSPEC
  • JournalTOCs
  • Library & Information Science Abstracts (LISA)
  • Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
  • MediaFinder
  • PsycINFO®
  • The Standard Periodical Directory
  • Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory

Coverage of IJDLDC:

Topics to be discussed in this journal include (but are not limited to) the following:

Definitions/features for digital literacy and digital competence
Digital competence assessment
Digital divide and digital literacy
Digital literacy and digital competence interaction with:

  • Communities of practice
  • Computer science education
  • Construction of learning environments
  • Information systems
  • Knowledge management
  • Learning organizations
  • New teaching paradigms
  • Psycho-pedagogical paradigms
  • School curricula
  • Social Networking
  • Social-technical approach to MIS use
  • Teacher profession/updating
  • Ubiquitous computing
  • Virtual learning environments
  • Web technologies

Digital literacy, digital competence, and diversely able people
Digital literacy, digital competence, and knowledge society with a special attention to:

  • E-citizenship
  • E-government
  • Lifelong learning
  • Multicultural society
  • Net generation
  • Personal knowledge management
  • Personal learning environments

Digital literacy in developing countries
Digital literacy in the large, as a need for corporate and organizations in their knowledge management strategies
Frameworks for digital literacy and digital competence analysis
National and international initiatives for digital literacy
National and international policies for digital literacy

Interested authors should consult the journal’s manuscript submission guidelines www.igi-global.com/calls-for-papers/international-journal-digital-literacy-digital/1170

ACRL/CLS CLIPP (College Library Information on Policy and Practice)

The ACRL/CLS CLIPP (College Library Information on Policy and Practice) Committee invites you to submit a preliminary proposal for its CLIPP publication series. We welcome proposals on any topic that is relevant for small and mid-sized academic libraries. The CLIPP series allows library staff to share information on practices and procedures they have implemented to address common issues or concerns. Each CLIPP follows a set structure of three parts (literature review, survey results, and sample documents), and should both describe library best practices and provide useful, specific examples that libraries can refer to when developing similar policies and procedures of their own.

Authors of a CLIPP publication are aided throughout by the CLIPP Committee and an assigned editor. CLIPP authors receive 10% of the royalties on the net revenues from their publication. For your reference, please find author instructions and more information about the CLIPP program at http://bit.ly/2bjTTDP.

CLIPP proposals are accepted throughout the year. The next Preliminary Proposal Deadline is December 15, 2017. The CLIPP Committee will send out notifications regarding this round of submissions by January 17, 2018.

For questions or to submit a proposal, please contact:

Mary Francis

CLIPP Committee Chair

Email: mary.francis@dsu.edu

2018 REFERENCE RESEARCH FORUM

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:

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: 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 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: https://goo.gl/forms/T33DcsPRrkBE8LMZ2

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 (dh-ward@illinois.edu) and Joseph Yue (contact.jyue@gmail.com)

E-Resource Round Up column in Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL)

This is a call for contributions to the “E-Resource Round Up” column for volume 30, issue 1 of the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL). Submissions can be related to any aspect of electronic resources and their use in libraries, including conference reports, professional discussion groups, meetings, and practices in using electronic resources in-house. This would be a great opportunity for you to report on topics that may benefit others in our profession.

 

The editors would like to receive contributions to the column by Friday, November 17, 2017. Contributions should not be published elsewhere.

 

If you have a submission or questions, please contact the column editors:

 

Bob Wolverton

Mississippi State University Libraries

(662) 325-0548

bwolverton@library.msstate.edu

 

Karen Davidson

Mississippi State University Libraries

(662) 325-3018

kdavidson@library.msstate.edu

 

 

 

Empirical Librarians 2018

Knoxville, TN

 

Do you support faculty researchers or graduate student researchers?

Or, do you do your own research?

Then we have a conference for you!

Please join us for the 4th Empirical Librarians conference, EmpLibs18. EmpLibs18 is a mini-conference on librarians and research, and will be held on February 16,  2018, at the University of Tennessee Conference Center in Knoxville, TN.

We seek presentation proposals from librarians, library professionals, and LIS students on our two conference topic tracks:

(1) supporting original research, through faculty and graduate outreach, scholarly communications, etc.; and

(2) doing research in libraries.

All proposals will be subject to double-blind peer review.

We are particularly interested in hearing practical ideas for researcher support and concrete discussions of methods for librarian research. Our experience is that the more we learn about doing research the better we are at supporting research, and vice versa. For that reason this conference brings together librarians who are researchers with librarians who support researchers, in order to share all manner of knowledge about research! 

This would be a great forum for presenters to revisit an already-presented project but focus on the “how to” of techniques you used instead of the findings.

Please submit proposals for concurrent sessions, panels, and/or lightning talks at  http://www.library.ncat.edu/elprop by November 30, 2017.

 Empirical Librarians is a small conference focused on librarians doing research and librarians supporting researchers. EmpLibs18 will be a one-day conference with a half-day preconference. The conference will be held at the University of Tennessee Conference Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Friday, February 16th, 2018, from 9:00am to 4:30pm. An optional writers’ preconference will be included for interested librarians on Thursday afternoon from 1-5pm. Empirical Librarians is co-sponsored by the UT University Libraries and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) library.

For questions or more information, please contact Nina Exner at ninae@ncat.edu. Thanks!

Journal of Access Services special issue on textbooks in libraries

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

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

*         Impact of textbooks on course reserves

*         Designing unique textbook programs within a library

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

*         Assessment studies on textbook use within a library

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

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

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

Nineteenth International Conference on Grey Literature ‘Public Awareness and Access to Grey Literature’

Rome, Italy on 23-24 October 2017

The GL19 Call for Posters is now open. Participants who seek to present a poster are invited to submit an English abstract between 300-350 words. The abstract should describe the project and/or related information product or service. The conference venue is only able to accommodate a limited number of digital and physical posters. Timely registration is your guarantee of placement on the conference program as well as an opportunity to win the Poster Prize 2017 http://www.textrelease.com/gl19callforposters.html

GreyNet International
Grey Literature Network Service

Javastraat 194-HS

1095 CP Amsterdam

Netherlands

T/F +31-(0) 20 331 2420

Email: info@greynet.org

Url: http://www.greynet.org


Dedicated to Research, Publication, Open Access, Education, and Public Awareness to Grey Literature

PaLA Conference Poster Sessions

October 15 – 18, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton, Pittsburgh – GreenTree
We hope you will plan to attend the Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference to take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Pittsburgh–Greentree, located in a Pittsburgh suburb with close proximity to city attractions.  The PaLA Conference offers numerous ways to further your career with innovative educational programming and opportunities to network with your peers in the library community. 

Poster sessions provide an informal forum for library professionals from across the state to share their successful program ideas or innovations with colleagues. An effective poster presentation highlights, with visual display, the main points or components of your topic; the presenter fills in the details verbally and answers questions from those viewing the poster. The object is to gather feedback and to make connections with others interested in the same subject. If you have an idea for a program or study that you’d like to share, we invite you to present a poster!

The deadline for submission of poster proposals is Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

For more information about the conference, and to access the link to the session proposal form, visit the 2017 Conference Information Page.

Thank you in advance to all that submit proposals, we appreciate your dedication to PaLA and to Pennsylvania’s libraries!