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Library for All: Towards a Smarter and Inclusive Society: The 9th Shanghai International Library Forum Call for Papers

The 9th Shanghai International Library Forum (SILF2018) will be held on October 17-19, 2018 at the Shanghai Library. This forum is organized by the Shanghai Library (Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of Shanghai) and co-organized by the Shanghai Society for Library Science and the Shanghai Society for Scientific & Technical Information.

The theme of the forum is “Library for All: Towards a Smarter and Inclusive Society”. The conference will focus on hot issues and topics, the latest research achievements, innovative ideas, advanced technology and the latest developments related to the theme, and conduct in-depth and extensive academic discussions. Well-known experts and scholars will be invited to present keynote speeches and specific reports. To ensure the academic quality of this forum and attract more paper submissions, scholars of library and information science, managers of libraries and information agencies, and professionals from all fields at home and abroad are invited to submit papers and attend the conference.

  1. Topics of the Conference
  2. Smart age and smart libraries
  3. The transformation and innovation of libraries in the age of “Internet+”
  4. Library collection development and knowledge organization
  5. “Library+” and universal reading promotion
  6. Cross-border cooperation of libraries
  7. Design ideas in the library
  8. Digital humanities and library services
  9. Library science education and disciplinary construction
  10. Paper Submission Guidelines
  11. The paper to be submitted must be the original work of the author(s), closely related to the theme of the conference and are not published on any journals at home or abroad, or given as a speech at any conference. The paper does not involve any classified information, there is no plagiarism, and the author takes sole responsibilities for his or her views.
  12. The paper contains 5,000 words or less, including an abstract of 300 words or less in English or Chinese. Please indicate the topic of your paper.
  13. The paper should be arranged in the following order: title, author’s organization and name, author’s mailing address and zip code, abstract, keywords, text (sections indicated with numbers, such as1., 1.1, 1.1.1……) and references.
  14. The paper should be in Word format and submitted in electronic form to the contact e-mail of the Conference Organizing Committee.
  15. Authors agree that the SILF Organizing Committee can revise or edit their papers and publish the papers accepted on the SILF website in PDF format, unless the Organizing Committee is otherwise notified.
  16. Deadline for the submission of abstracts:February 12, 2018
  17. Deadline for the submission of full papers:March 31, 2018

All papers will be reviewed by the forum’s Academic Committee. Accepted papers will be formally published in print in the conference proceedings. Selected excellent papers will also be recommended to such Chinese core journals as the Library Journal.

III. Conference date and venue:

Date: October 17-19, 2018

October 17, 2018: Registration

October 18, 2018: Opening ceremony, keynote speeches, plenary meeting reports

October 19, 2018: Sessions and closing ceremony

Venue: Shanghai Library (1555 HuaihaiZhong Road, Shanghai, China 200031)

  1. Secretariat


Ms. Jean Jin (Overseas), Tel: 86-21-64454500 Shanghai Library International Office

Ms. ShuRui (Domestic), Tel: 86-21-64455309 Shanghai Library Research Office


Fax: 86-21-64455006

Conference website: http: //

Shanghai Library (Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of Shanghai)

Organizing Committee of the 9th Shanghai International Library Forum

August 2017

With best regards,


International Cooperation Division

Shanghai Library



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


Website management

Space assessments


Data collection


Information Architecture

Visual Design

Information Literacy



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: 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







Advances in Library Administration and Organization Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Publication due 2019
Series Editor: Samantha Hines, Peninsula College
Volume Editor: Janet Crum, Northern Arizona University

Libraries have begun doing more to support entrepreneurship and innovation
within their communities. Makerspaces and business incubators have become
featured attractions in public and academic libraries and provide a unique way
to reach out to a user group that can bolster a community in dynamic ways.
ALAO seeks submissions for the “Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation”
volume that delve beyond examples and case studies to look at how library
leaders can develop support for innovation and entrepreneurship within their
libraries.  Examples include but are not limited to: analyzing case studies
from several institutions to identify best practices; ways of designing
library spaces to ensure they meet the needs of all constituents; theoretical
discussions on how activities/spaces supporting entrepreneurship and
innovation reflect the mission of libraries; creative ways to get resources to
support efforts in these areas; how these areas can lead to new kinds of
collaborations that benefit libraries.

Proposals in the following areas would be of particular interest:
How the historical and cultural role of libraries has changed (or not) to
include services that support creativity and innovation
How and why the development of makerspaces and incubators (or other innovative
programs) supports the larger community in which the library is situated
How innovative and entrepreneurial support develops new partnerships, and how
those partnerships can be sustained.

This will be the first volume of Advances in Library Administration and
Organization (ALAO) to publish in 2019.
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

How to submit
If you are interested in contributing to this volume, please send an abstract
of 300 words or less as well as author details and estimated length of final
submission to Samantha Hines at by August 31, 2017.

Submission deadlines
Submission deadline for proposals: August 31, 2017
Notification of acceptance sent by:  October 31, 2017
Submission deadline for full chapters:  February 15, 2018
Comments returned to authors:  April 30, 2018
Submission deadline for chapter revisions:  June 30, 2018

LLAMA Proposals ALA Annual New Orleans

LLAMA is now accepting program proposals for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, June 21-26. Please note that beginning in 2018, all programs will be one-hour long.

To begin your online proposal, log into the ALA system by clicking on the link below. Anyone can submit a proposal, regardless of membership status.

When completing the proposal form, be sure to select the Library Leadership and Management Association to have your proposal reviewed by LLAMA.

Program Proposal Submission Site (login or create a new account to enter)

Submission Deadline: August 25, 2017

Additional information about submitting a proposal can be found using these links:

ALA Program Proposal Process Information

Program Submission Information Packet

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.



Fred Reuland
Program Officer, Continuing Education
Library Leadership and Management Association
A division of ALA
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611

The Future of Librarianship: Exploring what’s next for the Academic Librarian, LACUNY Institute 2017

Call for Proposals

Date: May 12, 2017

Location: LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York

Keynote Speaker: TBA

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2017

Submission Form


Librarians cannot predict the future but they can speculate about it. . .

 The LACUNY Institute 2017 is seeking futuristic proposals that think beyond the current to share a vision of the academic librarians’ position in a changing information landscape.

 In addressing the theme, the Future of Librarianship: Exploring what’s next for the Academic Librarian, we are interested in proposals that address the implications of current events and changes in higher education on the way that academic librarians plan a career in librarianship, engage students, faculty, and the community, how and where they offer services and resources to patrons, and  how librarians can navigate the current trends in library science and in the global world to prepare for a successful career in librarianship.


The LACUNY Institute Committee seeks proposals that address the future of academic librarians in college and university libraries, archives, and the information studies, across myriad roles (staff, faculty, students, patrons, etc.) and functions (technical services, public services, instruction, etc.). Such proposals can deal with innovation already in practice and/or futuristic ideas concerning librarianship.


Example topics include but are not limited to:

  • Impact of current events on library trends
  • Innovation and changes in roles, responsibilities, services and resources
  • Impact of technology
  • Leadership, leadership development, and workforce planning
  • Diversity & inclusion,
  • Career planning, professional development
  • Post-truth information literacy, digital literacy, and visual literacy
  • MLS, Curriculum development, and preparedness
  • Civic engagement, partnerships, and community building
  • Librarians as knowledge gatekeepers, personal freedom, and privacy


The Institute will have four tracks: panel presentations, facilitated dialogues, and alt-sessions.

  • Panel papers (15 minutes/presenter): Moderated panel presentations with time for questions and discussion.
  • Facilitated dialogues (45 minutes): Teams of two lead a discussion on topic of their choice related to the theme, with one person presenting context and the other facilitating conversation.
  • Alt-sessions (15-30 minutes): An opportunity for exploring topics through multiple ways of knowing (e.g., short documentary, spoken word, performance art).
  • Poster sessions:

 Please submit proposals, including a 300-500 word abstract by February 1, 2017.

 The goal of this event is to create a space for respectful dialogue and debate about these critical issues. We will be publishing a formal code of conduct, but the event organizers will actively strive to create a public space in which multiple perspectives can be heard and no one voice dominates.


Questions may be directed to Co-Chairs Kimberley Bugg, or Simone L. Yearwood,

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 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

Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene: A Colloquium

May 13-14, 2017
New York University

As stewards of a culture’s collective knowledge, libraries and archives are facing the realities of cataclysmic environmental change with a dawning awareness of its unique implications for their missions and activities. Some professionals in these fields are focusing new energies on the need for environmentally sustainable practices in their institutions. Some are prioritizing the role of libraries and archives in supporting climate change communication and influencing government policy and public awareness. Others foresee an inevitable unraveling of systems and ponder the role of libraries and archives in a world much different from the one we take for granted. Climate disruption, peak oil, toxic waste, deforestation, soil salinity and agricultural crisis, depletion of groundwater and other natural resources, loss of biodiversity, mass migration, sea level rise, and extreme weather events are all problems that indirectly threaten to overwhelm civilization’s knowledge infrastructures, and present information institutions with unprecedented challenges.

This colloquium will serve as a space to explore these challenges and establish directions for future efforts and investigations. We invite proposals from academics, librarians, archivists, activists, and others.

  • Some suggested topics and questions:
  • How can information institutions operate more sustainably?
  • How can information institutions better serve the needs of policy discussions and public awareness in the area of climate change and other threats to the environment?
  • How can information institutions support skillsets and technologies that are relevant following systemic unraveling?
  • What will information work look like without the infrastructures we take for granted?
  • How does information literacy instruction intersect with ecoliteracy?
  • How can information professionals support radical environmental activism?
  • What are the implications of climate change for disaster preparedness?
  • What role do information workers have in addressing issues of environmental justice?
  • What are the implications of climate change for preservation practices?
  • Should we question the wisdom of preserving access to the technological cultural legacy that has led to the crisis?
  • Is there a new responsibility to document, as a mode of bearing witness, the historical event of society’s confrontation with the systemic threat of climate change, peak oil, and other environmental problems?
  • Given the ideological foundations of libraries and archives in Enlightenment thought, and given that Enlightenment civilization may be leading to its own environmental endpoint, are these ideological foundations called into question? And with what consequences?

Lightning talk (5 minutes)
Paper (20 minutes)

Proposals are due August 1, 2016.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent by September 16, 2016.
Submit your proposal here:

Call for Proposals: 2012 Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference

February 16-18

Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, KY

Next-Gen WC:  Composing Spaces, Exploring Ideas

The conference theme, “Next-Gen WC: Composing Spaces, Exploring Ideas,” encourages us, as individuals and as a field, to think generatively about writing center spaces and the compositions that create and shape them. Let’s reconsider familiar conversations–staffing, budget, and perception–while composing next-generation spaces and exploring new ideas in writing center theory and practice. In true writing center fashion, we encourage a variety of submissions with broad interpretations of the theme. We embrace many pressing questions in our conversations, including . . . 

  • What will composing look like in next-gen writing centers?
  • Should the next-gen writing center expand modes and media of expression?
  • How might writing centers integrate their work with the larger campus communities they serve?
  • How might we create spaces for our work on campus, regionally, and nationally?
  • How does play inform (or not) the next-gen writing center?
  • How are writing center spaces composed and how do they, in turn, compose us?
  • What does the next-gen writing center relationship between community colleges, colleges and universities, and local schools (K-12) look like?
  • What are the rewards and challenges of creating more and deeper cross-institutional relationships?
  • What will tutoring look like in next-gen writing centers?

Consider, for a moment, shifting perspectives by remixing current practices or envisioning provisional ones. Conference participants may consider a variety of threads, especially ones that integrate two, three, or more of these nodes:

  • Collaboration
  • Creative/Critical thinking
  • Mediation/Remediation
  • RW/Remix
  • Digital and Visual Literacies/Practices
  • Culture/Pop-culture
  • Art/Montage
  • Text/Technology
  • Research/Information Literacy


Moreover, how do we . . .

  • Expand
  • Express
  • Explore
  • Evaluate
  • Invent
  • Integrate
  • Communicate
  • Create
  • Play
  • Problem solve


. . . through/with/in writing center work?

Types of Submissions

We encourage you to think creatively about the way you arrange your sessions. Your session is an opportunity to contribute to, and build upon, writing center scholarship. Moreover, we hope you use this conference opportunity to create, invent, and pilot new or provisional ideas. We encourage a variety of modes and media, including hands-on sessions that recognize multiple learning styles and collaboration as key components. Proposals for individual sessions, panels, posters, and multimedia installations are welcome!

  • 15-20 minute individual presentation: Individual presentation or conference paper. You will be placed on the program with other presenters with similar interests.
  • 45-minute panel/roundtable (3-4 presenters): Panel sessions that involve multiple presenters.
  • 90-minute workshop (hands-on learning, interactive): Interactive sessions that encourage participant involvement. Consider including manipulatives, games, etc. to encourage interaction.
  • Poster: A static display that will be showcased in the Noel Studio’s Greenhouse or Invention Space. Poster presenters are encouraged to think about ways to involve participants during the allotted poster-presentation session.
  • Multimedia Installation: A moving or static electronic display that can be showcased on its own, as in a moving slideshow, or as suggested by the presenter. Automatic PowerPoint displays, Prezis, Second Life sites, social media, videos, or other technologically sophisticated displays are encouraged. Feel free to be creative with your installations! They will be showcased on the Noel Studio’s monitor wall and breakout spaces.

We welcome submissions from the SWCA region, across the country, and around the world. Submit proposals online at

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

We encourage suggestions for SIGs that you would like to facilitate as part of the conference. SIGs are typically informal conversations with your writing center colleagues and peers. If you’re interested in facilitating a SIG at this year’s conference, email with your idea and a brief description and overview of how participants will be involved. Think creatively about your SIGs! Consider including manipulatives. Encourage innovative conversations and activities. SIGs will last one hour. 

Pitch Your Project

Test out that elevator speech! Do you have a research topic, dissertation or thesis concept, consulting strategy, theory that needs testing, or any other idea that you’d like feedback on? Consider “pitching your project.” We’ll have a panel of friendly respondents at this session to give you feedback and help you build momentum. The pitch should be short–one to three minutes–so that most of the time is spent on conversation and idea generation. These sessions are intended to be informal, so just bring your project idea if you’d like to participate.

Questions or Ideas?

Contact Russell Carpenter at, 859-622-7403, the SWCA Facebook site at, or Twitter @noelstudio. Also, visit the SWCA website at for more information.

Deadline for submissions: October 21, 2011.


See you in Richmond, KY!



Buildings, Equipment and Furnishings Roundtable of the Pennsylvania Library Association -PaLA Annual Program

Share information with colleagues, or recommend speakers who will be of interest to colleagues who are interested in new building projects, building design, management or building maintenance issues.

The Buildings, Equipment and Furnishings Roundtable of the Pennsylvania Library Association invites proposals for presentations or panel sessions for the 2011 PaLA Conference to be held from October 2-5, 2011, in State College, PA.

Proposals can be submitted online at  program proposal link

Proposals must be submitted by Sunday, April 3rd. For a working copy of the form, and to view the questions in advance of submission, a PDF is available for download.  The link to the form will also be available on the PaLA web site.

To recommend speakers or for more information, please contact Karen Gartner at

Thank you for your response.

Karen M. Gartner

Next Generation Learning Landscapes, Next Generation Learners

Special issue call for papers from Reference Services Review

Submissions welcome!

Reference Services Review (RSR) is seeking authors to write on the theme of learning landscapes and the new reality. The theme issue – – Volume 39 Number 3, will be published in August  2011. Completed manuscripts will be due by April 1, 2011. Manuscripts are evaluated using a double-blind peer review process. Authors can expect to work on major and/or minor revisions in late April and early May 2011.


The journal is pre-published through Emerald EarlyCite

and issues are made available before the official publication date. More details about the journal, including author guidelines are at:


Learning Landscapes encompass the physical and virtual spaces where today’s library users encounter information and learn to use it effectively.


Papers might focus on

         The interplay of physical and virtual learning landscapes and what this means for teaching, reference, collaboration,  and management – new learners, new faculty, and new roles;

         The impact of library/information commons’ spaces on learning, service design and delivery, collections, and library administration – planning, implementation, assessment, re-examination and evolution;

         Research on user expectations, needs and perceptions as next generation users interact with next generation information environments – what do library staff need to know to meet their needs? and

         Other aspects of learning, working and researching at the intersection of place and placelessness where libraries exist in the digital age.


Send expressions of interest, proposals, abstracts or inquiries to: 


Margy MacMillan:


Sarah Barbara Watstein:


Reference Services Review (RSR) is a quarterly, refereed, international journal dedicated to the enrichment of reference knowledge and the advancement of reference and library user services.


RSR covers all aspects of reference and library user services, including reference, instruction, and user service design, delivery, management and assessment;  marketing and communication; user populations; electronic services; virtual reference services; cooperative reference services; existing and emerging technologies and their intersection with service design and delivery; service forecasting; standards, guidelines and best practices;  performance of reference and user services providers; and professional competencies for reference and user services librarians.


RSR prepares its readers to understand key trends and to respond to critical challenges affecting reference functions, instructional services and the information needs of library users.  RSR contributors draw on current research and practice; their own considerable expertise, experience and perspectives; and the expertise of their home communities to identify issues, practices and technologies that are relevant to service design, delivery, management and assessment.


RSR articles include research papers, technical papers, conceptual papers, case studies, literature reviews, and reviews of previously published research on a wide number of topics. Commentary, including point/counterpoint articles, is also welcome. Mini theme and theme issues support the more detailed exploration of topics. A diverse mix of authors and contributors enhance the journal’s value, as does an international team of editorial advisors.



Margy MacMillan

Associate Professor/Instruction Librarian

Mount Royal University Library

4825 Mount Royal Gate SW

Calgary, AB T3E 6K6



Sarah Barbara Watstein

University Librarian

William Madison Randall Library

University of North Carolina Wilmington

601 South College Road

Wilmington, NC 28403-5616