Wrangling Library Data: Analytics, Dashboards, and Spreadsheets

We want you! Interested in Presenting at our February Online Conference?

Whether you work in public, technical or IT services, more data is available to librarians now than ever before. We get circulation data from our ILS and other third-party vendors, demographic information from our communities, bibliographic data from MARC records and other utilities, budget data, survey data, collection data, website analytics, in-house use data, help desk data and more. We now have access to the tools and storage to manipulate these data streams to learn more about our communities, collections, and services. We’re no longer confined to working with data from a single source, but are able to take data from multiple sources, connect them to each other, and discover more about ourselves and our patrons.

How are you handling your data? Where does it come from? How do you normalize and manipulate data that come from multiple sources? What options do you now have for displaying the results? What have you discovered that you didn’t know before? What types of tools do you use? Spreadsheets, open source software, or commercial programs? Have you created macros or written code yourselves?

In our Thursday, February 22, 2018 online conference, we’d like to explore what you are doing with your data. Don’t worry if you’ve never presented online; we’re happy to help and support you.

Tabatha Farney, author of Using Digital Analytics for Smart Assessment (ALA Editions, 2018), is our keynote speaker. As the Director of Web Services and Emerging Technologies for the Kraemer Family Library at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Tabatha brings her experience using and writing about different types of analytics to our discussion.

If you have any questions about the conference topic or presenting at an online conference, contact Christine Peterson, Continuing Education Librarian at peterson@amigos.org or 800-843-8482, ext. 2891.

 

Submit your proposal here.  Deadline for submission is December 8, 2017.

 

 

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

3rd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color in 2018: Gathering all Peoples: Embracing Culture & Community

Call for Proposals

Deadline November 15, 2017

Submit proposals here: JCLC 2018 Conference Proposal Submission Site

The 3rd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color in 2018, “Gathering all Peoples: Embracing Culture & Community” will take place September 26-30, 2018 in Albuquerque, NM. The conference is promoted by the Joint Council for Librarians of Color whose purpose is “To promote librarianship within communities of color, support literacy and the preservation of history and cultural heritage, collaborate on common issues, and to host the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color every four to five years.”

The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) is a conference open to all library staff, students, influencers, and decision makers interested in exploring inclusive policies and practices in libraries and how they affect the ethnic communities who use our services. JCLC strives to deepen connections across constituencies, create spaces for dialogue, promote the telling and celebrating of one’s stories, and encourage the transformation of libraries into more democratic and diverse organizations. This conference is sponsored by the five ethnic affiliates of the American Library Association: the American Indian Library Association (AILA), Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA). JCLC 2018 follows the first gathering in 2006 in Dallas, TX and the second in 2012 in Kansas City, MO.

The 2018 JCLC Steering Committee invites you to submit a proposal for presentation at the conference focusing on the theme “Gathering all Peoples: Embracing Culture & Community”. Proposal submission deadlines are listed below.

What’s on the page:

JCLC Tracks and Topics

JCLC 2018 seeks conference session presentations in all areas of diversity, including, but not limited to, the topics below, focusing on the theme “Gathering all Peoples: Embracing Culture & Community.” Ideal sessions will provide:

  • Insights, skills, tools, and strategies that stress solutions, implementation, and practical applications
  • Highlight exemplary programs, approaches, and models
  • Facilitate constructive dialogue, interaction, and understanding around significant issues affecting conference constituencies
  • Discuss efforts to create more inclusive environments, curricula, and programs.

The Program Committee will strive to select a balance of academic, school, tribal, special, and public libraries learning opportunities.

  • Advocacy, Outreach and Collaboration
    Marketing; outreach to diverse populations; community collaborations; user spaces; public policy; health education; using census data and other government information; cultural programming; services to and rebuilding of communities hit with disaster; research; undocumented, urban, rural and low-income communities; etc.
  • Collections, Programs and Services
    Ethnic and multicultural collections; film and music; information literacy; children’s, youth and adult programming; programs for diverse populations; reference; instruction; grant funded programs; technical services; archives; preservation; digital inclusion; documenting traditional knowledge; research; cataloging/subject headings/controlled vocabulary; etc.
  • Bridge Building, Intersectionality and Inclusion
    Fostering awareness, acceptance, and inclusion of all communities; disabilities; gender; celebrating elders; religion; sexual orientation/LGBTQIA populations; nationality; sharing traditional knowledge; serving the incarcerated; immigrant and refugees; cross cultural issues; transnational communities; multiculturalism; best practices and model programs promoting bridge building, intersectionality, and inclusion; microaggressions; cultural humility; etc.
  • Leadership, Management and Organizational Development
    Administration; staff development/training; recruitment and retention; leadership; organizational culture; management; cultural competencies; mentoring; assessment; mid-career strategies; staff and paraprofessional issues; conflict resolution and mediation; reorganization and restructuring; leading during tight economic times; institutional change; research; fundraising; institutional racism; breaking the glass ceiling; etc.
  • Technology and Innovation
    Teaching and learning; emerging technologies; e-repositories; social networking applications; digitization; equal access for users; library tools; e-books; mobile devices; widgets; mashups; online learning and collaboration; open access movements; social aspects of technology and implications for use; videos; etc.

Session Formats

All sessions are 75 minutes long with the exception of preconferences (Preconference programs may be either 4 or 8 hours) and may take one of the following formats:

  • Panel Presentation
  • Individual Paper/Presentation
  • Roundtable
  • Workshop
  • Poster Session
  • Film with discussion
  • Preconferences

JCLC will also accept proposals in different formats (other than those listed above) that will excite, engage, and create a new learning environment for conference attendees. Proposals may be accepted on the condition of combining proposed sessions into a single session with other proposals or as a different format than originally accepted.

Prohibited Submissions

Program proposals promoting or selling products/services during conference sessions will not be accepted.

Deadline

All proposals must be received by midnight PST on November 15, 2017. No late submissions will be accepted. Notifications of proposal selection will be made on a rolling basis beginning on January 15, 2018 and ending on February 15, 2018.

Selection Criteria

All proposals will be reviewed by the JCLC Program Committee. Proposals are evaluated on quality and clarity of content, uniqueness of topic, relevance to conference attendees, ability to engage the audience, and the relationship of the proposal to the mission and theme of the conference, “Gathering all Peoples: Embracing Culture & Community.”
All presenters of selected programs must register for the conference. Only registered participants will be allowed to present.

Proceedings

JCLC will encourage the selected conference presenters, in all formats, to publish their content using the online conference program application. The content will be directly linked to the program abstract and remain posted for one year. It is recommended that all program content be uploaded by the day of the presentation. Authors will retain copyright to their original work and are encouraged to publish their content in other established venues.

Submission site

Please submit your proposal here: JCLC 2018 Conference Proposal Submission Site

Questions

Many questions can be answered on the FAQ. Questions not answered in the FAQs may be sent to the JCLC Programs Committee at jclc2018programs@gmail.com.


Bi Women Quarterly

*Dear Women’s Studies Folks,*

*I’m the editor of /Bi Women Quarterly, /a VERY grassroots quarterly
publication.
*

*You can read current and about 9 years of back issues at
www.biwomenboston.org, and older issues of this 35-year-old project are
available in digitized format at Harvard’s Schlesinger Library.*

_*Spring 2018: Chosen Family*_

_**_Chosen families are groups of people who deliberately choose to play
significant roles in each other’s lives. Who makes up your chosen
family? How did you come to find each other? What does your chosen
family mean to you and your bi+ identity?
*Submissions for this is are due by February 1.
*

*Submission guidelines can be found here
<http://biwomenboston.org/newsletter/submission-guidelines/>.*

*~Robyn Ochs

Unruly Catholic Women Volume 4

Call for Submissions (extended): Third- and Fourth-Wave Catholic Women Writers: The Future of Unruly Women in the Catholic Church.  Jeana DelRosso, Leigh Eicke, and Ana Kothe seek contributions for the fourth volume in their Unruly Catholic Women series.  In this volume, we seek creative pieces by third- and fourth-wave feminists on Roman Catholicism, with an eye to the future of the Catholic Church.  Please submit autobiographical stories, fictional pieces, prose, or poems tojdelrosso@ndm.edu AND anam.kothe@upr.edu by 17 December 2017, for consideration.  All submissions must be in English.

Dr. Jeana DelRosso
Professor of English and Women’s Studies
Director of the Morrissy Honors Program
Notre Dame of Maryland University
4701 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD  21210
jdelrosso@ndm.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)

ALA Annual panelists: Community college librarians with Framework-based instruction strategies to share

Community college librarians:

Are you effectively engaging students with library instruction based on the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in your community or junior college library? Have you incorporated the Framework into your library’s instruction program or specific lesson plans? Please consider presenting your Framework-infused instruction strategies at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans as part of a panel sponsored by the Community and Junior College Libraries Section of ACRL. We are seeking community college librarians who are excited to share their innovative and practical approaches with the rest of us. This call for proposals is open to any community or junior college librarian with instruction experience.

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact the CJCLS ALA 2018 Program Planning Committee Chair, Andrea Kingston (akingston4@monroecc.edu; 585-292-2313), by December 15.

C.A.L.L.: Conference About Libraries & Literacy

Thursday, February 1, 2018
https://callconferenceblog.wordpress.com/

It is our distinct pleasure to invite you to the second Conference About
Libraries & Literacy (C.A.L.L.). The conference is a collaboration between UW-
La Crosse Murphy Library, the School District of La Crosse & La Crosse Public
Library and will take place on the UW-La Crosse campus on Thursday, February
1, 2018. Librarians from all types of libraries (school, public, academic,
special, etc.) are welcome to attend.

In an age of globalization, interdependence is something we should embrace.
K-12 students become the community citizens and/or college students of
tomorrow. Librarians touch their lives from the beginning of their school
years through high school graduation; to after-school-hours and summer
programming or as a safe place to go when school libraries close; to
vocational job training or university research. Networking and collaborative
initiatives between these groups is the direction of this conference.

The theme of the conference will be “Librarians as Advocates.” In a world
where funding and investment in libraries is a constant battle and where
libraries and their staff are sometimes perceived as outdated and irrelevant
to life in the 21st century, how can librarians advocate for libraries and for
their profession? Additionally, with threats to net neutrality, copyright,
fair use, privacy and confidentiality, how can librarians also advocate for
their patrons and their communities? And finally, how can librarians from
various types of libraries work together to be advocates for each other and
for our libraries?

We are delighted to invite presenters on the following topics of interest that
may include, but are not limited to:
Successful collaborations for libraries and literacy
Innovative programs or initiatives which feature advocacy for libraries and
literacy
Beyond Google: how to advocate for library resources

Submission Details
To submit a conference proposal, please use the submission form. The deadline
to submit proposals is Thursday, November 30, 2017. The committee invites
proposals that address current challenges faced by professionals in the field
and are solution-oriented as well as stimulate and provoke discussion and
audience engagement. Presentation sessions are 30 minutes each with 15 minutes
scheduled for questions/discussion. Collaborative and interactive
presentations are encouraged and panel presentations are also accepted.
Notification of acceptance will be Friday, December 15, 2017.

If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact Liz
Humrickhouse at ehumrickhouse@uwlax.edu.

We look forward to seeing you at the Conference About Libraries and Literacy!

Cindy Halter, School District of La Crosse
Teri Holford, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library
Liz Humrickhouse, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library
Linda Jerome, La Crosse Public Library

9th International Conference on Education, Training and Informatics: ICETI

Please consider contributing by submitting an article in the subject area “Educational Technologies“, or in any other area of your research interest included among the topics suggested in the 9thInternational Conference on Education, Training and Informatics: ICETI 2018 (http://www.2018iiisconf.org/iceti), to be held on March 13 – 16, 2018, in Orlando, Florida, USA, jointly with:

  • The 9th International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics: IMCIC 2018
  • The 9th International Conference on Society and Information Technologies: ICSIT 2018

You can find more details, as well as the URLs of the different events, at http://www.2018iiisconf.org/cfp-spring2018.asp

The deadlines for this CFP are the following:

  • December 14th, 2017: Article submissions
  • December 14th, 2017: Invited session proposals
  • January 24th, 2018: Notifications of acceptance
  • February 13th, 2018: Uploading of camera-ready or final version

To submit your article, please click the “Authors” tab on the conference website. Submissions for face-to-face and virtual presentations are both accepted.

Registered authors of accepted submissions for this CFP will be invited to make an additional presentation with no additional charge , if such a presentation is oriented to inter-disciplinary communication, and will have the option of writing an invited paper associated to their respective invited presentation. If received on time, this invited paper would be included, as such, in the conference proceedings. Keynote Speakers will also be selected from early registrations in the conference.

Details about the following issues have also been included at the URLs given above:

  • Pre- and post-conference virtual sessions.
  • Virtual participation.
  • Two-tier reviewing combining double-blind and non-blind methods.
  • Access to reviewers’ comments and evaluation average.
  • Waiving the registration fee of effective invited session organizers.
  • Best papers awards.
  • Publication of best papers in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics (JSCI), which is indexed in EBSCO, Cabell, DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), and Google Scholar, and listed in Cabell Directory of Publishing Opportunities and in Ulrich’s Periodical Directory. (All papers to be presented at the conference will be included in the conference printed and electronic proceedings). We are supplying our Journal’s meta-data to DOAJ. Many aggregators, databases, libraries, publishers and search portals collect DOAJ free metadata and include it in their products; examples are Scopus, Serial Solutions and EBSCO.

Please consider forwarding to the appropriate colleagues and/or groups who might be interested in submitting contributions to the above mentioned collocated events. New information and deadlines are posted on the conference and the IIIS web site (especially at the URL provided above).

Best regards,

ICETI 2018 Organizing Committee