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Where There is Thunder, There is Lightning: EDI and Change in Libraries

Program Date and Time: Sunday, June 25th from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The ALA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Implementation Working Group is looking for lightning talks on equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives from a broad range of libraries.

The presentation will be on Sunday, June 25th from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL and will include the option for video presentations if you can’t attend in person.

Presenters will have 5 minutes to share their successes and failures with initiatives designed to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in your libraries, which means we have time for up to 12 presentations.

To apply for participation, please submit the following:


Brief description for your presentation

Will you be presenting in person or submitting a video

Email to , Use the subject line: Lightning Talk Application

Applications are due by May 15th and participants will be announced by May 31st.

If you have any questions about the event or the process, please contact Martin Garnar at


DEADLINE: All proposals must be received no later than April 1, 2017.

The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress.  The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen, is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization devoted to the study of Congress.  Since 1978, the Congressional Research Grants program has invested more than $1,000,000 to support over 462 projects. Applications are accepted at any time, but the deadline is April 1 for the annual selections, which are announced in May.

The Center has allocated up to $30,000 in 2017 for grants with individual awards capped at $3,500

The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in the United States.

The grants program does not fund undergraduate or pre-Ph.D. study. Organizations are not eligible. Research teams of two or more individuals are eligible. No institutional overhead or indirect costs may be claimed against a Congressional Research Grant.

Download the Word document — Congressional Research Grant Application — and complete the required entries. You may send the application as a Word or pdf attachment to an e-mail directed to Frank Mackaman at Please insert the following in the Subject Line:  “CRG Application [insert your surname].” Thank you.

The Congressional Research Grant Application contains the following elements: Applicant Information, Congressional Research Grant Project Description, Budget, Curriculum Vita, Reference Letter (reference Letter not to exceed one page—additional pages will not be forwarded to the judges), and Overhead Waiver Letter.

The entire application when printed must NOT exceed ten pages. Applications may be single-spaced. Please use fonts no smaller than 10-point. This total does NOT include the reference letter (one additional page) or the Overhead Waiver Letter (one additional page).

All application materials must be received on or before April 1 of the current year. Grants will be announced in May.

Complete information about what kinds of research projects are eligible for consideration, what could a Congressional Research Grant pay for, application procedures, and how recipients are selected may be found at The Center’s Website: PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY. Frank Mackaman is the program officer –

Cindy Koeppel

The Dirksen Congressional Center

2815 Broadway Rd.

Pekin, IL 61554

P: 309.347.7113


The Journal of Homosexuality Special issue 25 Years On: The State and Continuing Development of LGBTQ Studies Programs

Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to share with you the CFP for a special issues of The Journal of Homosexuality for which I am a guest co-editor. The upcoming special issue, “25 Years On: The State and Continuing Development of LGBTQ Studies Programs,” will be published in 2018.

To mark the 25th anniversary of a 1993 issue on Gay and Lesbian Studies as an emergent discipline, my co-editors and I proposed an issue intended to explore the ways in which LGBTQ Studies programs have developed, evolved, adapted, and sustained themselves within the academy — and continue to do so.

Please share the CFP with your colleagues and lists, and consider submitting:

Molly Merryman, Ph.D.,
Director of the Center
for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Kent State University

Journal of Working-Class Studies

*JWCS *is an online, open-access, interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal
that brings together the work of scholars, writers, artists and activists
who are committed to the study and representation of working-class life. We
aim to publish writing about the global working class – a diverse group of
people whose commonality is their position in classed societies.

The inaugural issue <> features an
introduction by editors Sarah Attfield and Liz Giuffre; articles by leaders
in the field of working-class studies such as Sherry Lee Linkon, John
Russo, Jack Metzgar, and Michael Zweig; and work from emerging voices whose
scholarship focuses on the many intersections of class. Also included are
reviews of books by Tim Sheard, Michelle Tokarczyk and George Lakey.

We invite submissions that contribute significant knowledge to our
understanding of who the global working class(es) are and have been, as
well as what it means to ‘study’ class, conceptually and as a
socio-economic reality. We especially encourage work that explores how
class intersects with other vectors of identity and experience, including
race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, and citizenship status.  The
journal reviews books that feature working-class people, communities,
culture, history, politics, and/or experience as a crucial component of
their scholarly or artistic vision. We also invite artists to submit short
comics or excerpts of longer works. For further information about
submissions, please visit our “Instructions for Authors
<>” page.

Formed in 2003, the Working-Class Studies Association
<>is an international
organization which promotes the study of working-class people and their
culture. The Working-Class Studies Association is made up of academics,
activists, teachers, writers, poets, journalists, practitioners, students,
artists and a wide range of others interested in developing the field of
working-class studies. The organization holds an annual conference as well
as other events to promote the field (including a variety of awards), and
act as a discussion forum for working-class issues. The organization is
based in North America and has members world-wide.

We hope you will enjoy the new *Journal of Working-Class Studies*!

To contact the founding editors, Sarah Attfield, Liz Giuffre, please email

The *Journal of Working-Class Studies* is published by the Working-Class
Studies Association c/o The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies, Collin
College, Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, Texas
75074, USA.

JustFilms Fellowships

Deadline; Friday, Dec. 2, 1016 at  11:59 EST

For more information go to

OPPORTUNITY: The Independent Filmmaker Project and its Made in NY Media Center are seeking talented New York-based visual storytellers and media makers to take part in 12-month JustFilms Fellowships. Ideal candidates will have a unique vision and a deep commitment to addressing inequality in their work. Fellowships are open to creatives working in an array of nonfiction forms: long- and short-form film, episodic content, web-based media projects, social impact gaming, 360 video, virtual reality, and more. We seek storytellers who inspire imagination, disrupt stereotypes, and help transform the conditions that perpetuate injustice and inequality. JustFilms Fellows will receive 12-month memberships at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, full-time incubator workspace at the Media Center, mentorship by industry leaders and IFP staff, and access to classes, networking events, Media Center facilities and more.

These fellowships are made possible by the generous support of the Ford Foundation JustFilms.

PROJECT TIMEFRAME: January 9th, 2017 – January 9th, 2018 (12 months)

OPEN CALL: November 9th, 2016 – December 2nd, 2016

SHORTLISTED REVIEW: December 6th, 2016 (Shortlisted candidates invited for panel presentation)

REVIEW PANEL: December 12th, 2016 (Interviews and panel presentations)

FINALIST SELECTION: December 14th, 2016

FELLOWSHIP ACCEPTANCE: December 19th, 2106

YTH Live -deadline Nov. 4

YTH Live is the premier conference for trailblazing technology that advances youth health and wellness. Each year the brightest minds in youth advocacy, health, and technology gather at YTH Live to showcase what works, share ideas and learnings, and launch new collaborations.

Join us from May 7-9, 2017 at Bespoke in San Francisco. Connect with vibrant thinkers, makers, and doers in the YTH Live community, and take what you learn to improve the lives of the youth you serve and support.

>> Register for YTH Live
>> Submit your abstract
>> FAQs about YTH Live
>> See photos from YTH Live 2016

Are you building a healthier future for youth? Got an innovate app, social media campaign, or other technology that improves the health of young people? Share what you’ve learned with our audience at YTH Live, the youth + tech + health conference. Abstracts are due Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. Please visit to learn more.

Urban Library Journal (ULJ)

Call for Papers

Urban Library Journal (ULJ) is an open access, double-blind peer-reviewed journal of research that addresses all aspects of urban libraries and librarianship.

Urban Library Journal invites submissions in broad areas such as public higher education, urban studies, multiculturalism, library and educational services to immigrants, preservation of public higher education, and universal access to World Wide Web resources. We welcome articles that focus on all forms of librarianship in an urban setting, whether that setting is an academic, research, public, school, or special library.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Reference and instruction in diverse, multicultural urban settings
  • Radical librarianship, social justice issues, and/or informed agitation
  • Intentional design / “library as space” in an urban setting
  • Physical and/or virtual accessibility issues
  • Open education resources in urban systems
  • Innovative collaboration between academic departments, other branches, or community partnerships
  • More!

Completed manuscript length should fall between 2,500 and 5,000 words. Full author guidelines can be found on the ULJ website:

The submission period is open now and closes on January 1st, 2017.

For more information about ULJ and to see the latest issue:

Approaches to Teaching LGBT Literature at the Post-Secondary Level

Deadline August 31, 2016: 500-word abstract & author CV due (submitted to John Pruitt at<>)
Feel free to forward

In 1995, George Haggerty and Bonnie Zimmerman’s landmark volume Professions of Desire: Lesbian and Gay Studies in Literature (MLA), followed by William Spurlin’s Lesbian and Gay Studies and the Teaching of English (NCTE, 2000), began addressing the esoteric discussions that complicate intersections among gender, sexuality, and other identity constructs within the English classroom. Given the perpetuation of heteronormativity in the educational system, Haggerty encourages instructors to help LGBT students “learn about the politics of oppression in their own lives as well as in the cultural context that, after all, determines what they mean when they call themselves lesbian or gay.”  Building on this premise, the contributors to Spurlin’s volume believe it vital to interrupt familiar patterns of thinking and thereby broaden possibilities for perceiving, interpreting, and representing issues of power related to the teaching of lesbian and gay languages and literatures.

This call for book chapters seeks to reinvigorate this conversation at a pedagogical level. While theoretical analyses of LGBT literature remain common, approaches to teaching LGBT literature, particularly at the post-secondary level, warrant new attention. When you’re presented with a classroom of students new to LGBT literature, how do you teach them? What do you teach them? Why? And in a moment that values intersectionality and collapsing canons, what does “LGBT literature” mean?

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
1. Approaches to/implications of teaching specific texts by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* writers
2. Approaches to/implications of teaching these texts in both LGBT specific courses and in broader surveys
3. Explorations of what it means to enact queer approaches to literary instruction
4. Limitations of/opportunities for teaching these texts from the intro. survey to the graduate seminar
5. Articulations of course designs and textual selections
6. Approaches to designing LGBT courses, seeking course approval, etc.
7. Special considerations for teaching LGBT children’s and young adult literature

We seek contributions that will be useful references for post-secondary English instructors from community colleges to Research 1 institutions.

John Pruitt, English Department, University of Wisconsin-Rock County (<>)
Will Banks, English Department, East Carolina University (<>)

The book will be submitted to Peter Lang.

–August 31, 2016: 500-word abstracts & author CVs due (submitted to John Pruitt at<>)
–January 2017: Initial chapter drafts due
–April 2017: Revised chapter drafts due
–July 2017: Collection submitted to publisher

Enhancing Lives through Information and Technology – A Combined SIG-SI and SIG-USE Full-Day Workshop

Call for Papers and Participation
The Social Informatics of Work and Play (SIG-SI): Morning
Information Behavior in Workplaces (SIG-USE): Afternoon
ASIS&T Annual Meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark
October 15, 2016
Katriina Byström, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences,
Pnina Fichman, Indiana University, Bloomington,
Luanne Freund, University of British Columbia,
Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University, Bloomington,
Join us at ASIS&T in Copenhagen for a full-day pre-conference workshop to explore the ways in which our uses of information and technologies improve our work and social lives. Two vital and dynamic SIGs are joining forces for a workshop that will provide two interesting and complementary perspectives in the conference theme.
In the morning session, SIG-SI will bring a perspective that focuses on the social aspects of information and communication technologies (ICT) in work and play across all areas of ASIS&T. In the afternoon session, SIG-USE will focus on information related activities from different research perspectives and explores the significance of information seeking and use on our lives.
Submissions may include empirical, critical, conceptual and theoretical papers and posters, as well as richly described practice cases and demonstrations. The combined workshop will allow networking between members of both SIGs during the day.
Co-sponsored by the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics
This year’s conference theme is “creating knowledge, enhancing lives through information & technology.” This is a particularly apposite theme for SIG-SI, because the social impacts of ICT and the complex relations among people, technologies, and the contexts of ICT design, implementation, and use have long been core concerns of social informatics. The SIG-SI morning session, our 12th annual gathering at ASIS&T annual meetings, will bring a critical perspective that focuses on the social aspects of ICT that cuts across all areas of ASIS&T This year, we are particularly interested in papers that investigate the social informatics of work and play.
We define “social” broadly to include critical and historical approaches as well as contemporary social analysis. We also define “technology” broadly to include traditional technologies  (e.g., paper, books, etc.), state-of-the-art computer systems, and mobile and pervasive devices. Submissions may include papers and posters that explore the ways in which people’s uses of ICT affect their practices and behaviors while at work, play, and engaged in their social lives.
We are particularly interested in work that assumes a critical stance towards the Symposium’s theme, but are also soliciting research on other related social informatics topics. We encourage all scholars interested in social aspects of ICT (broadly defined) to share their research and research in progress by submitting an extended abstract of their work and attending the symposium. Some of the questions we ask include:
• What are the impacts of ICT on people’s practices and behaviors while at work, play, and engaged in their social lives?
• What are some of the ways our work and play practices shape the design and development of ICT?
• What are the ways ICT positively and negatively impact organizations, work, play, and social life?
• What kinds of theoretical and methodological frameworks are best suited for studying the mutual shaping of ICT and practices and behaviors while at work and play?
The schedule for the morning session of the symposium will involve the presentations of papers, a panel of distinguished scholars, and the best social informatics paper awards for 2015. We expect an engaging discussion with lively interactions with the audience.
SIG-SI symposium chairs
Pnina Fichman, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA
Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA
Eric Meyer, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford, UK
Adam Worrall, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
This year’s SIG USE symposium focuses on information issues at work. It acknowledges social, individual and technological perspectives on the roles and flows that information takes as part of physical and digital work. The broad approach relates to the conference theme with a focus on information behavior (IB) or on information practices (IP) in connection to workplaces.
Earlier generations were accustomed to stable and localized work; now work activities and contexts have and are radically changing. During their work life, people may experience several career changes, are expected to learn new skills and adapt to new ideas as well as manage the increasingly fluid boundaries between work and leisure. Moreover, much of information and data are internetworked and accessible simultaneously by multiple mobile devices supporting networked communities anyplace, anywhere, anytime. This challenges both the creation and consumption of information used for work – or at work; it also affects how, when and where people work, as well as their productivity, collegiality and innovativeness.
Despite, or perhaps due to, the advances in technology, today’s workplaces remain challenged by how to create, discover, share, value and enhance information and knowledge at and for work; and, how to design and manage the systems that support these functions, which are so critical to organizationally effective and individually rewarding work. The issues are many, from the consequences of new devices that are stretching the ways that an organization works, to the efficacy dynamics (stress, motivation, collaboration, productivity, age, etc.) and to the new skills and expertise required to work in such changing and changeable environments. Information is indispensable in many, if not all, workplace activities; as a resource for getting work done as well as for learning, managing change, developing and maintaining processes and creating professional networks.
Specific issues to be addressed depend on the interest of the participants and the issues they bring into the workshop. Welcome topics include:
• Critical cultural information behavior – how do we infuse our workplaces and practices with diversity and social justice sensibilities?
• Collaborative IB; virtual team
• Digital workplaces, peopleless offices & officeless people – what happens when the physical workplace dissolves?
• Everyday Life Information (in the workplace)
• Frameworks for understanding IB/IP in work settings
• IB/IP and  workplace or information systems design
• Organizational behaviour research – what can we learn from this field of research that is relevant to IB/IP?
• Organizational information genres
• Personal Information Management (in the workplace)
• The blurring of lines between personal and professional in digital information use in the workplace
• The impact of mobile devices on IB/IP in the workplace
• Workplace culture, diversity and inclusion – how these shape and are shaped by information behaviour (IB)/information practices (IP)?
• and any other work-related informational topics
We aim to an interactive workshop to enable the fullest exchange of ideas amongst attendees. For this reason, we encourage participants to submit; even if participation without a paper/poster is an eligible option. The workshop features a keynote by Professor Hazel Hall (preliminarily confirmed), presentation of selected papers, a joint poster session between the SIGs, and roundtable discussions based on short papers and posters by participants.
Documentation: short papers and posters are shared digitally among the participants. Roundtable discussions are documented by a designated person in each group and collated by symposium chairs to a short summary that is made available for the participants afterwards.
SIG-USE symposium chairs
David Allen, Leeds University, UK
Katriina Byström, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway
Nicole A. Cooke, The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
Luanne Freund, University of British Columbia, Canada
SI – opening keynote: 8.30-9.00
Paper presentations: 9.00-10.30
Break 10.30-10.45
Panel: 10.45-11.45
SIG SI paper awards: 11.45-12.15
SI- closing discussion and remarks: 12.15-12.45
USE- opening and opening keynote: 13.45-14.45
Short Paper Session: 14.45-15.45
Break 15.45-16.00
Roundtable discussion based on papers & posters: 16.00-17.30
SIG USE Awards 17.30-17.45
USE – closing remarks: 17.45-18.00
Submit a short paper (2000 words) or poster (500 words) by August 19, 2016.
SIG-SI: Please send your submission as a PDF file to:
SIG-USE: Please, send your submission as a PDF-file to:
Acceptance announcements made by August 31, 2016 in time for conference early registration (ends Sept 2, 2016).
Members – SIG-SI session: $100 – $120 after Sept. 2, 2016
Members – SIG-USE session: $100 – $120 after September September 2, 2016
Members – attending both SIG-SI and SIG-USE sessions: $180 – $200 after Sept. 2, 2016
Non-members  – SIG-SI Session: $120 – $140, after September 2, 2016
Non-members  – SIG-USE Session: $120 – $140, after September 2, 2016
Non-members – attending both SIG-SI and SIG-USE sessions: $230 – $250 after Sept. 2, 2016

Cuba at the Crossroads

Cuba at the Crossroads is a symposium organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Program at Rollins College.  We invite academics and researchers to submit proposals on themes

related to current domestic issues in Cuba,

Cuba/US relations, or Cuban foreign relations.

Research presentations can explore a wide range of topics that inform about the current state of Cuban society and analyze possible future transformations.  We expect presentations to promote dialogue about the changing relationship between  Cuba, the United States, and other nations.

The symposium will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

Possible topics can include:

  • Healthcare policy and practice
  • Caribbean/Latin American perspectives
  • Economic reform
  • Cuba politics (domestic and foreign)
  • Cubans living outside Cuba
  • Civil society, state-society relations
  • Human Rights
  • Technology and cyberspace
  • Tourism
  • Fine Arts
  • Literature
  • Cinema
  • Culture and Identity
  • NGOs
  • Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Environment/biodiversity


We welcome other ideas!

Selected proposals on similar topics may be combined into a panel presentation.

The organizing committee invites you to submit proposals for 20-minute presentations that address the

symposium’s themes.  Proposals in English are preferred, but ones in Spanish are also welcome.

Proposals should consist of a 300 word abstract and can be submitted online at

Deadline for submission – October 17, 2016.

Accepted proposals will be notified no later than November 15, 2016.

Please contact Susan Montgomery via email at if you have questions regarding the symposium.