Category Archives: Reference

Reference Services Review

Reference Services Review seeks journal article contributions for a special issue that will explore themes related to academic libraries and the 45th President of the United States. The issue will be published in January, 2020 (48/1). Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • the impact of misinformation, disinformation, and distrust of media outlets on library education services
  • the impact of the partial government shutdown on access to federal government information and/or services, grant funded research, etc.
  • campus climate: safety and security, free speech versus hate speech, collaboration with student organizations
  • campus/community engagement and programming
  • work with and/or support services for DACA students
  • the impact on federal government documents, e.g., removal of the phrase “climate change,” requests from federal agencies to purge historical documents and records, archiving the President’s social media posts, etc.
  • library involvement with social justice initiatives on campus
  • innovative dissemination of election, candidate, and voter registration information to constituents

The journal welcomes thought pieces, case studies, and articles about issues and trends that address specific opportunities or challenges related to academic libraries and the current administration. Potential contributors are encouraged to be creative in developing topics.

Topic proposals should be submitted to Mary Ellen Spencer via the web form at https://tinyurl.com/rsr-45th.  Please direct any questions to her at mespencer@pstcc.edu.

Academic Plagiarism: Librarians’ solo and collaborative efforts to curb academic plagiarism

Introducing a new Call for Proposals (CfP):

 Working Title:

“Academic Plagiarism: Librarians’ solo and collaborative efforts to curb academic plagiarism”

 In consultation with Jessica Gribble, senior acquisitions editor with Libraries Unlimited / ABC-CLIO, Russell Michalak, MLIS and Monica D.T. Rysavy, Ph.D. are soliciting chapter proposals for this proposed edited collection. The general timeline we are proposing is a completed volume by January 2020 so you would have several months to work on your contribution. If you are interested in authoring a chapter, please complete this form by the end of the day on Friday, February 22, 2019: https://gbcir.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ebXDPRALjnJyDxb

2019 Pennsylvania Data User Conference

Call for Presentations

The Pennsylvania State Data Center (PaSDC) is seeking presenters for the 2019 Pennsylvania Data User Conference. This year’s event will be held on May 9th at Penn State Harrisburg. The annual Data User Conference serves as Pennsylvania’s most comprehensive single-day forum for research and developments in demographic data.

The PaSDC Data User Conference seeks to educate its audience on the demographic and socioeconomic research and policies affecting Pennsylvania. Past presentations have focused on research themes (e.g. aging, prison populations, labor force, and rural Pennsylvania); community development (e.g. case studies and community planning); innovations in technology (e.g. database and data visualization software), and other data related topics.

Sessions at the Conference are non-commercial and vendor neutral. Under no circumstance should a session be a direct promotion of an organization’s product, service, or monetary self-interest. The emphasis should be on the application of the demographic/socioeconomic data, technology, and other data-related topics.

Submission Details – Team, individual, or panel proposals, which include the proposed topic and a brief description or outline, should be e-mailed to Jennifer Shultz (jjb131@psu.edu) by Tuesday February 26, 2019. All selected presentations will be published in conference publications and on the conference website. The PaSDC will notify all selected speakers by March 1, 2019.

Presentation Rules:
Presentation proposals will be reviewed by the conference planning committee and selections will be made based upon desired topics, flow of content, educational value, and understanding of the content. All selected content will be published in Conference publications and online.

Agenda Schedule – The conference organizers will set the day and time for each presentation, in order to optimize the sequencing and flow of content and tracks. Sessions will end by 4:00 pm on Conference Day.

Speaker Benefits:
The PaSDC does not pay fees or travel expenses to its speakers. All speakers will receive a complimentary Conference registration including meals. Speakers will be featured in the Conference publication and on the Conference website. The above benefits speaker(s); not support staff or colleagues who may accompany the speaker(s).

The PaSDC reserves the right to decline a submission for presentation at the 2019 Pennsylvania Data User Conference.

 

Jennifer Shultz
Data Services Manager
Pennsylvania State Data Center
777 West Harrisburg Pike
Middletown PA 17057
717.948.6690
jjb131@psu.edu

CAPAL19: The Politics of Conversation: Identity, Community, and Communication

CAPAL/ACBAP Annual Meeting – June 2 -4, 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2019

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia

For more information go to: https://conference.capalibrarians.org/main/

The CAPAL call for proposals deadline has been extended to January 7th!

A final reminder will be sent in early January.

The Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) invites you to participate in its annual conference, to be held as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2019 at the University of British Columbia on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam) people. This conference offers librarians and allied professionals across all disciplines an alternative space to share research and scholarship, challenge current thinking about professional issues, and forge new relationships.

Theme

In keeping with the Congress 2019 theme, Circles of Conversation, the theme of CAPAL19 is Politics of Conversation: Identity, Community, and Communication.

 This conference provides an opportunity for the academic library community to critically examine and discuss the ways in which our profession is influenced by its social, political, and economic environments. By considering academic librarianship within its historical contexts, its presents, and its possible futures, and by situating it within evolving cultural frameworks and structures of power, we can better understand the ways in which academic librarianship may reflect, reinforce, or challenge these contexts both positively and negatively.

In what kinds of conversation are we or are we not engaging within the profession, academia, and civil society? How are the various identities that constitute our communities reflected (or not) within academic librarianship, and how do we engage in conversations within our own communities and with communities that we may see as external.

Potential Topics:

Papers presented might relate to aspects of the following themes (though they need not be limited to them):

·       Diversity: how do we ensure our circles (communities, spaces) are diverse? What are the circles available to librarians, and how do we ensure that librarians are not circumscribed by their identities within these circles? This could apply both to academic vs. public librarianship, or academic librarian vs. the broader academic community, but perhaps more importantly, it could ask these questions with respect to women, people of colour, and Indigenous librarians.

·       Intellectual and academic freedom: How do we define our responsibilities and our liberties in these areas? Are these positive or negative freedoms, especially with respect to broader communities?

·         “Imagined Communities”: It is the 35th anniversary of Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities. How do librarians see themselves in various “imagined communities” (nationality, community of practice, inter- and cross-disciplinary), and what are the politics of our participation?

·       Conversations outside the circles: how do we make our research relevant outside LIS? Is this different for different kinds of research? How do we bring public values and ideas into our work and research?

·       Labour and solidarity: how to we organize ourselves within academic librarianship; how do we connect our conversations with other library workers, other academic workers, other workers as a whole.

·       Conversations within practice/praxis: how are communications and connections established and maintained with the profession and between academic librarians and administrators, faculty, students, and other researchers.

The Program Committee invites proposals for individual papers as well as proposals for panel submissions of three papers. Proposed papers must be original and not have been published elsewhere.

·       Individual papers are typically 20 minutes in length. For individual papers, please submit an abstract of no more than 400 words and a presentation title, with a brief biographical statement and your contact information.

·         For complete panels, please submit a panel abstract of no more than 400 words as well as a list of all participants and brief biographical statements, and a separate abstract of no more than 400 words for each presenter. Please identify and provide participants’ contact information for the panel organizer.

Please feel free to contact the Program Committee to discuss a topic for a paper, panel, or other session format. Proposals should be emailed as an attachment in your preferred format (open formats welcome!), using the following filename convention:

 Lastname_Title.<extension>

Proposals and questions should be directed to the Program Chair, Sam Popowich at

Sam.Popowich [at] ualberta.ca

ACRL 2019 Lightening Talks

Inspire others with quick glimpses at your latest innovations, interesting ideas, and new technologies or services. The sky is the limit! Each five-minute Lightning Talk will require you to create a maximum of 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. Submit your 150-word proposal by Wednesday, January 16, 2019. It’s that quick and easy! The top proposals will be chosen by the ACRL 2019 Innovations Committee. Winners will be determined by popular vote.

PaLA Teaching, Learning, and Technology (TL&T) Round Table

The PaLA Teaching, Learning, and Technology (TL&T) Round Table is seeking lightning round presenters for a 1-day, in-person workshop centered about the use of technology as it relates to communication with, or education of,  patrons/stakeholders in their libraries.  The workshop will be conducted on the campus of Penn State University in State College, PA on May 6, 2019.  Topics should focus on communication and technology use in any type of library.  Presentations should be no more than 5-7 minutes in length.

If you are interested in presenting, please submit your proposal idea via the online form.

Proposals must be received no later than February 8, and accepted entries will be notified by the week of March 18.

Public Services Quarterly Guest Column editor (Technology)

Call for submissions:

The editor of the Technology column in Public Services Quarterly is seeking a guest column author for 2019 Vol. 15 Issue 1. The submission deadline is October 26, 2018.

The purpose of the Technology column is to examine current and developing technology topics in academic libraries. The column’s focus is creative uses of technology, introductions to new technologies, and critiques of current technologies, their uses, or their future.

Readers interested in contributing ideas or articles to this column may contact column editor Derek Marshall at dmarshall@library.msstate.edu.

North American Virtual Reference Conference

The North American Virtual Reference Conference is accepting proposals for our full day virtual conference on Tuesday Feb 12, 2019. We are seeking proposals for 45 minute sessions and 15 minute lightning talks from virtual reference providers relating to our theme. Because this is a virtual conference, presenters can present from anywhere as long as they have a stable internet connection.

Conference theme: Fully Present Online. Participants will hear virtual reference staff from around the continent discuss how they build connections and go deeper with patrons when their relationships are virtual, and discover the tools and build the skills necessary for creating meaning in their work in a virtual environment.

Opening Keynote by Miguel Figueroa. Bio: Miguel Figueroa works at the Center for the Future of Libraries (www.ala.org/libraryofthefuture), an initiative from the American Library Association. He has previously held positions at the American Theological Library Association; ALA’s Office for Diversity and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services; NYU’s Ehrman Medical Library; and Neal-Schuman Publishers. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Knowledge River Program, an initiative that examines library issues from Hispanic and Native American perspectives.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

Self-care in a virtual world

·       Wellness/Self care

·       Emotional intelligence

Tips and tools to connect remotely with patrons

·       Communication strategies via chat

·       Incorporating instruction and creating teachable moments

·       The virtual reference interview/conversation

·       Involving your user

·       Providing referrals

·       Open access resources

·       Free online tools to connect with patrons

·       Collaborative services

Challenges

·       Handling difficult visitors

·       Crisis calls

·       Being fully present while managing multiple visitors

·       Chatting with teens

Telling your story

·       Training and assessment

·       Marketing your service

·       Service Evaluation

·       Telling your story with data

To submit a proposal, please fill out the proposal submission form by December 15th, 2018.

ER&L 2019

ER&L 2019 will be held March 3-6, 2019 in Austin, Texas.

ER&L’s 2019 Call for Session Proposals is currently seeking 45-minute session proposals and 15-minute short talks for the 2019 conference in the following areas, with complete descriptions of each track available online athttp://www.electroniclibrarian.org/about/tracks/:
1. Managing e-Resources & Licensing
2. Collection Development & Assessment
3. Organizational Strategies
4. External Relationships
5. User Experience & Promotion
6. Scholarly Communication & Library Publishing
7. Emerging Technologies & Trends
8. Data Science & Libraries
Program Selection Criteria: The committee will evaluate each proposal on the basis of subject matter (including, but not limited to, the issues listed in the topic descriptions), clarity, and timeliness.
Sessions: The 45-minute session has been a part of ER&L since the beginning. Co-authorship and co-presenting is easily accommodated in this longer length format. Reduced rate registration is offered to accepted presenters.

Short talks: The 15-minute short talk session is a newer addition to the ER&L program. This format allows for ideas or initiates in progress to be presented without a full session length session. Similar short talk topics will be clustered. Due to the session length, this format readily accommodates single presenters, but co-authorship is welcome. Reduced rate registration is offered to accepted presenters.
* All presenters will be required to register for the conference at the discounted rate and are expected to attend the conference to make their presentation.
* Program sessions, workshops, short-talks and posters are to be for the purpose of communicating relevant content to librarians, publishers, and library vendors. They are not to be used as a marketing opportunity or to sell product or services. Companies interested in presenting a sponsored content session, please contact us at hello@electroniclibrarian.org.

Submission Deadline: September 24, 2018

Further information is available online at:

https://www.electroniclibrarian.org/conference-info/speaking-opps/

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

OK-ACRL

OK-ACRL is now accepting proposals for posters and presentations for this year’s conference.

We have two great keynote speakers:

·       Dr. Stephanie Mikitish (Rutgers University) will discuss the use of the literature analysis dashboard and essential areas to research.

·       Dr. Lili Luo (San Jose State University) will focus on evidence-based library and information practice.

Presentations:

As our speakers set the scene, we ask you, our fellow librarians, to share your ideas on evidence-based library practice, as well as current research in which your library or librarians are involved.  Presentations should be 45 minutes in length. 15 additional minutes will be allotted for questions after the presentation.  Presenters receive free registration.

Posters (New as well as Recycled):

All new poster ideas are, of course, welcome, but we are also accepting posters that you may have already presented at regional or national conferences in the past year.  We know you put a lot of hard work into your posters, so please share them with the rest of OK-ACRL.  Poster presenters receive a $15 discount on registration.

Posters will be displayed in a come-and-go area for the duration of the conference. Easels for posters will be provided by OK-ACRL.

Please submit your proposals by September 14th, 2018.

https://goo.gl/forms/qRycxPWLsAzOCp7P2