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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: 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)

Neglected Newberys: A Critical Reassessment at the Centennial

Volume editors: Sara L. Schwebel and Jocelyn Van Tuyl

In anticipation of the one hundredth anniversary of the American Library Association’s Newbery Medal (1922-2022), submissions are welcomed for a volume devoted to critically-neglected Newbery Award-winners.

About the Volume

Since the inception of the Newbery Medal in 1922, Newbery novels have had an outsized influence on American children’s literature, figuring perennially on publisher’s lists, on library and bookstore shelves, and in K-12 school curricula. As such, they offer a compelling window into the history of U.S. children’s literature and publishing as well as changing societal attitudes about what books are “best” for American children. Nevertheless, many Newbery Award winners—even the most popular and frequently taught titles—have attracted scant critical attention.

This volume offers a critically- and historically-grounded analysis of representative Newbery Medal books and interrogates the disjunction between the books’ omnipresence and influence, on the one hand, and the critical silence surrounding them, on the other.

The editors seek at least one previously unpublished essay per decade (1920s-2010s), with each essay to focus primarily on a single Newbery Medal (not Newbery Honor) title for which little or no literary scholarship exists. We welcome submissions from both emerging and established scholars.

We specifically seek a diversity of Newbery authors, genres, themes, and book settings, but also investigations of how diversity is treated or, especially for earlier works, silenced in the texts.

Avenues for exploration include: neglected categories and sub-genres (horse books, maritime adventure stories, regional literature, retold folktales, one-hit wonders for children by well-known authors); reception and book history (alterations of text to avoid offensive language and imagery, both immediately after the Medal and decades later); critical readings of problematic texts; Newbery winners and their archives; hypotheses regarding critical neglect: the rise of Children’s Literature as an academic field long after the Medal’s inception; the disjunction between the Newbery’s historical whiteness and heteronormativity and current developments in literary criticism; a possible disconnect between librarians who award the medal, K-12 teachers who recommend the books, and university professors who are rewarded for publishing literary criticism.

Submission Information

E-mail the editors (schwebel@sc.edu and vantuyl@ncf.edu) for access to the spreadsheet of books on which we are soliciting contributions, contributor resources, and additional specifications to ensure continuity throughout the volume.

Deadline

The deadline for initial proposals of approximately 500 words is April 1, 2018.

We anticipate requesting completed essays of 6000-7000 words by early 2019 (subject to the publisher’s requirements).

Transformative Projects in the Digital Humanities

While the debates in and around the digital humanities continue–what they are, why they are, what they contribute to humanities scholarship–those working in the field know the truly transformative work being done both nationally and internationally. This proposed collection of essays, Transformative Projects in the Digital Humanities, will build on the critical work has been done to date to showcase DH scholarship, while expanding the focus to provide a broadly international perspective. To this end, we especially encourage scholars working outside the U.S. to consider submitting a proposal. We have an expression of interest in this project from Routledge.

 

We are looking for essays that not only describe long-term projects/large-impact projects but those that also place the work within a cultural context and what is happening in terms of DH. Finally, proposed essays should be forward looking, addressing the question(s): how does this work indicate where DH is going/where it should be going/where it could be going? Essays may take the form of case studies, if appropriate. A 300-word abstract and one-page c.v. should be submitted by January 22, 2018 to Marta Deyrup <marta.deyrup@shu.edu> and Mary Balkun <mary.balkun@shu.edu>.

 

 

DT&L Conference

Madison, WI

Aug. 7-9, 2018

For full information go to: https://dtlconference.wisc.edu/call-for-proposals/

We invite you to submit a proposal to present at the 34th annual Distance Teaching & Learning Conference, August 7-9, 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin. We are looking for quality presentations intended for advanced practitioners in distance, online, or blended education and training. We will also consider some basic/foundational proposals geared toward those newer to the field. All proposals should be grounded in evidence-based practice and/or innovative strategies.

Deadline to submit is 4:00 pm (CST) on Tuesday, January 23.

Here are some proposal topics to consider:

ABCs Of DE (Basic)

Accessibility and ADA (section 508) compliance

Alternative credentialing

Augmented/virtual reality

Blended learning designs

Building & supporting learning communities

Distance education leadership/administration

Evaluating online learning

Faculty development

Game-based learning

Immersive learning

Learner engagement strategies

Learner support

Learning analytics and student success

Learning science research to practice

Mastery & competency-based learning

Measuring learning & assessment

Mobile learning

New/emerging technologies

Online teaching strategies

Open resources and content curation

Personalized & adaptive learning

Social learning

Video & multimedia-based learning

All proposals will be peer reviewed and evaluated on these criteria:

Practical methods and techniques that others can use and apply

Clear learning goals and key takeaways

Relevance to the field of distance education and online learning

Depth of knowledge conveyed related to distance teaching, learning, and training

Inclusion of evaluation data and/or established theoretical models

Focus on established or emerging trends, practices, data, and knowledge

Evidence of successful outcomes or lessons learned

 

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