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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