Teaching for Curiosity, Creativity, and Action 17th Annual Information Literacy Summit

Friday, April 20, 2018, 8:30am-3:30pm

Presented by DePaul University Library and Moraine Valley Community College Library

Located at the Moraine Valley Community College campus

Palos Hills, IL

Keynote Address

Char Booth, Associate Dean of the University Library at California State University San Marcos and an ACRL Immersion Institute faculty member

Call for Proposals 

We are seeking presenters to lead engaging and interactive discussions about information literacy and library instruction. We are especially interested in breakout sessions and panels which focus on this year’s theme: Teaching for Curiosity, Creativity, and Action. How might we engage our learners to help them develop curiosity and creativity? What role does information literacy play in taking action and making change in our communities? How might our own teaching practice reflect these dispositions? We hope to foster conversations across all types of libraries, schools, and other organizations and encourage a diversity of perspectives in this proposal call.

The Summit is a regional conference which will be held at the Moraine Valley Community College campus. If you wish to propose more than one breakout session, please fill out a form for each topic. Breakout sessions and panels will be 50 minutes long and should include audience interaction or discussion. Panel discussions should have a three person maximum. Hands-on lessons and demonstrations (and/or practical takeaways) are encouraged. Sessions typically have 20-40 participants.

The submission should include a 200-300 word description of your session. Please include learning outcomes and a brief explanation of why people should attend your session and what they will take away. A shorter abstract (around 100 words) for publication in the Summit programming will be required as well.

Please fill out this Google form to propose a breakout session

Deadline to submit proposals is Friday, January 12, 2018

Some possible topics for sessions include:

Social Justice

Service Learning

Student Curiosity and Creativity

Student Centered Teaching and Learning

Students as creators

Critical Information Literacy

Critical Pedagogies

Reflective Practice

Communities of Practice

Applications of the Framework for Information Literacy

Programmatic assessments

Instructional design

Questions?  Contact:

Moraine Valley Community College Library
Tish Hayes

Susan Miller

DePaul University Library
Jill King

Jennifer Schwartz


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

Email: silf2018@libnet.sh.cn

Fax: 86-21-64455006

Conference website: http: //www.libnet.sh.cn/silf2018

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



Gender & Sexuality Writing Collective

The 25th Annual Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference
March 2, 2018 University of Rochester Rochester, NY

The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Rochester will hold a one-day writing collective on March 2, 2018. The writing collective will provide a lively platform for graduate students to workshop a paper with fellow graduate students and faculty from multiple institutions. The aim of the collective is to create an intimate space for emerging scholars of gender and sexuality to share their work with a focus on preparing the paper for publication. This event is intended as an opportunity for graduate students to consider issues pertaining to gender, sexuality, race, class, and disability. Participants will engage with one another in interdisciplinary discussions led by established scholars in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, whose experience and outstanding research in their respective fields will benefit and help shape the papers.

We welcome emerging scholars to join us in this one-day program of events that includes a full day of workshops and a panel discussion.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. To learn more about the Susan B. Anthony Center and the Susan B. Anthony Interdisciplinary Conference, please visit:http://www.sas.rochester.edu/gsw/graduate/conference/index.html

Please submit a paper (6,000-10,000 words, including your name, broader research interest, and email address) along with a brief biographical statement in Word or PDF format by December 31, 2017, to the graduate organizing committee at sbaigradconf2018@gmail.com

You will receive the committee’s decision by January 31, 2018.

Kind Regards,

The Susan B. Anthony Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference Planning Committee
The Susan B. Anthony Institute
The University of Rochester

Concordia University Library 16th Annual Research Forum

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Proposals are now being accepted for Concordia University Library’s 16th Annual Research Forum. This year’s Research Forum will be held on Friday, April 27th, 2018, at the Loyola Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre in the beautiful city of Montreal.  

The Research Forum provides an opportunity for librarians, archivists, graduate students, teaching faculty, and information professionals to describe and promote their completed or in-progress research, practical case studies or projects. The Forum also provides a venue for researchers to seek suggestions for enhancing their research interests, to identify potential new partners for projects, to test the effectiveness of their undertakings, and to promote research in academic libraries.

This year’s keynote speaker is Roberto Rocha.  Roberto is a data journalist at the CBC, part of a four-person national investigative team that specializes in data-driven stories. Before that, he worked 10 years at the Montreal Gazette, where he developed an interest in the craft and became one of the first in Canada to do it full time. He is a regular speaker at conferences and has lectured in journalism at the University of Ottawa. 

Call for Proposals

Proposals are invited for presentations and / or posters on research or a case study in any area of Library and Information Science including but no limited to accessibility integration; assessment and impact; digital library technologies; literacy instruction; library space and design; publishing and scholarly communication; research data management; social media; new library technologies; and library history.

Presentations and posters may be in English or French.

At least one of the presenters of the poster and/or presentation should be the primary researcher involved with the original project.

Presentations should be between 15 and 20 minutes, followed by a question period.

Posters may also be submitted. These will be on view for the entire day. Poster presenters will have an opportunity to describe their posters during the day.

Submission deadline: Monday, February 5, 2018, 11 a.m.

For more information, please visit: http://library.concordia.ca/about/staff/forum

To submit a proposal, please click here.

For more information about the Concordia University Library’s 16th Annual Research Forum, please contact Christopher Carr, Chair of the Librarians’ Research Forum Committee at christopher.carr@concordia.ca

Warm regards,

Librarians’ Research Forum Committee

Christopher Carr (Président du comité)

Guylaine Beaudry

Kathleen Botter

Jenna Dufour

Mia Massicotte



Vous êtes invités à soumettre une proposition de communication ou d’affiche pour le 16e Forum annuel de recherche en bibliothéconomie de la Bibliothèque de l’Université Concordia, à Montréal. Le Forum de recherche de cette année aura lieu le vendredi 27 avril 2018, au Centre des congrès des Jésuites de Loyola.

Le Forum de recherche donne l’occasion aux bibliothécaires, aux archivistes, aux étudiants des cycles supérieurs, aux professeurs des cégeps et des universités ainsi qu’aux praticiens des milieux documentaires de présenter leur projet de recherche ou un retour d’expérience, qu’ils soient en cours ou complétés. Le Forum est également un lieu pour les chercheurs qui souhaitent recevoir des suggestions et des commentaires sur leur projet de recherche, rencontrer de nouveaux partenaires, tester l’intérêt de leur approche ou promouvoir la recherche dans les bibliothèques universitaires.

Roberto Rocha est notre conférencier principal cette année. Roberto est journaliste de données à CBC, où il fait partie d’une équipe d’enquête nationale de quatre personnes qui se spécialise dans les reportages basés sur les données. Auparavant, il a travaillé dix ans au journal Montreal Gazette, où est née sa passion pour le journalisme de données. Roberto est parmi les premiers journalistes de données au Canada à travailler dans ce domaine à temps plein. Il donne régulièrement des conférences et a enseigné le journalisme à l’Université d’Ottawa.


Appel à communications

Vous êtes invités à proposer des communications ou des affiches sur des sujets de recherche ou des retours d’expérience dans les domaines de la bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information. Les thèmes peuvent, entre autres, comprendre les mesures pour améliorer l’accessibilité aux collections, les méthodes d’évaluation et d’impact, les technologies liées aux collections numériques, le développement des compétences informationnelles, les innovations en matière de conception d’espaces en bibliothèque, l’édition savante, la gestion des données de recherche, les médias sociaux, les nouvelles technologies dans les bibliothèques, et l’histoire des bibliothèques.

Les communications et les affiches peuvent être présentées en anglais ou en français.

Au moins un des auteurs d’une communication ou d’une affiche doit être impliqué dans la recherche présentée.

Chaque communication doit durer entre 15 et 20 minutes et est suivie d’une période de questions.

Vous êtes également invités à proposer des affiches. Celles-ci seront accessibles tout au long de la journée, et les auteurs des affiches auront la possibilité de les présenter.

La date limite pour les soumissions est le lundi 5 février 2018, 11h.

Pour plus d’informations : http://library.concordia.ca/about/staff/forum/francais.php

Afin de soumettre votre proposition de communication, veuillez cliquer ici.

Pour plus d’informations sur le 16e Forum annuel de recherche en bibliothéconomie de la Bibliothèque de l’Université Concordia, veuillez communiquer avec Christopher Carr, président du comité organisateur (christopher.carr@concordia.ca).


Le comité organisateur du Forum sur la recherche en bibliothéconomie

Christopher Carr (Président du comité)

Guylaine Beaudry

Kathleen Botter

Jenna Dufour

Mia Massicotte

Neglected Newberys: A Critical Reassessment at the Centennial

Volume editors: Sara L. Schwebel and Jocelyn Van Tuyl

In anticipation of the one hundredth anniversary of the American Library Association’s Newbery Medal (1922-2022), submissions are welcomed for a volume devoted to critically-neglected Newbery Award-winners.

About the Volume

Since the inception of the Newbery Medal in 1922, Newbery novels have had an outsized influence on American children’s literature, figuring perennially on publisher’s lists, on library and bookstore shelves, and in K-12 school curricula. As such, they offer a compelling window into the history of U.S. children’s literature and publishing as well as changing societal attitudes about what books are “best” for American children. Nevertheless, many Newbery Award winners—even the most popular and frequently taught titles—have attracted scant critical attention.

This volume offers a critically- and historically-grounded analysis of representative Newbery Medal books and interrogates the disjunction between the books’ omnipresence and influence, on the one hand, and the critical silence surrounding them, on the other.

The editors seek at least one previously unpublished essay per decade (1920s-2010s), with each essay to focus primarily on a single Newbery Medal (not Newbery Honor) title for which little or no literary scholarship exists. We welcome submissions from both emerging and established scholars.

We specifically seek a diversity of Newbery authors, genres, themes, and book settings, but also investigations of how diversity is treated or, especially for earlier works, silenced in the texts.

Avenues for exploration include: neglected categories and sub-genres (horse books, maritime adventure stories, regional literature, retold folktales, one-hit wonders for children by well-known authors); reception and book history (alterations of text to avoid offensive language and imagery, both immediately after the Medal and decades later); critical readings of problematic texts; Newbery winners and their archives; hypotheses regarding critical neglect: the rise of Children’s Literature as an academic field long after the Medal’s inception; the disjunction between the Newbery’s historical whiteness and heteronormativity and current developments in literary criticism; a possible disconnect between librarians who award the medal, K-12 teachers who recommend the books, and university professors who are rewarded for publishing literary criticism.

Submission Information

E-mail the editors (schwebel@sc.edu and vantuyl@ncf.edu) for access to the spreadsheet of books on which we are soliciting contributions, contributor resources, and additional specifications to ensure continuity throughout the volume.


The deadline for initial proposals of approximately 500 words is April 1, 2018.

We anticipate requesting completed essays of 6000-7000 words by early 2019 (subject to the publisher’s requirements).

Library Trends : Disabled Adults in Libraries

Issue title: Disabled Adults in Libraries (title is intentional)
Submission deadline: January 1, 2018
Co-editors: Jessica Schomberg and Shanna Hollich
Submit to: librarydisabilities@gmail.com
Publication date: May 2019


Nature and scope of this issue:

Though scholarship about disabilities has been robust in various social science and humanities disciplines for decades, libraries have been slow to theorize or systematically examine the experiences of dis/ability in libraries. This special issue will be geared toward the experience of being a Disabled adult in libraries, as user or worker. Through a mixture of empirical research, case studies, interviews, and theoretical papers, this issue will capture perspectives of Disabled members of our broad library community.

There are many possible approaches one can take to examine disabilities and disability theory. The approach guiding this issue is taken from an in-press work by one of the editors.

There is no universally accepted definition of disabilities or single approach to disability theory. Legalistic definitions, including those presented in the Americans with Disabilities Act and the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities tend to be exclusionary and restrictive in their ideations about humanity. By this, I mean that in their construction of disability and disabled people, they work from a deficit model in which disabled humans are treated as corporeal abnormalities. However, if one out of every seven human beings could be considered disabled, as research demonstrates, disability is a common part of human existence. For many of us, when we talk about in/accessibility in libraries, we’re not just talking about things that others experience; we’re talking about ourselves.

Critical disability studies (CDS) is one approach that offers a way of including disabled people in academic discourse. In this approach, disabled people are participants and researchers who can engage in self-reflexive critiques, not just objects of study. While some theoretical models focus on binary categories that are presented in contrast to each other, such as contrasting social and medical models or disability and impairment, CDS scholars focus on the entire lived experiences of disabled people. This allows for more complicated modes of analysis, such as acknowledging that disabilities may include both social and medical aspects.

We are intentionally seeking out reviewers and authors who have diverse experiences and backgrounds, including library workers of color, library workers who have LGBTQIA+ identities, and those who have Disabled identities. Because we anticipate that several authors will have experience both as Disabled library workers and as Disabled library users, we want to allow either or both perspectives to be incorporated into their research. However, to provide some limits on the scope of this issue, we are focusing on the library experiences of Disabled adults.

January 1, 2018 Article proposals are due
February 1, 2018 Editors will notify people if proposals are accepted
June 1, 2018 Article drafts are due
August 1, 2018 Reviewer feedback will be sent
September/October 2018 Final edits
November 1, 2018 Final manuscripts are due to the publisher

The writing style follows Chicago rules. Complete articles are expected to be in the 4,000-10,000 word range. More information about the style rules can be found here: Author Instructions for the Preparation of Articles

Proposal requirements:

A complete proposal will include the following:

  • abstract of proposed article (200-300 words is preferred)
  • a short author biography — it doesn’t have to be formal at this point; we welcome casual explanations of how your background and experience influences your desire to write in this area

Submit to librarydisabilities@gmail.com

If you need help with your abstract or framing your article, the Article Framework Questions used by In the Library with the Lead Pipe are very helpful: http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/submission-guidelines/.

If you plan to include statistical analysis, please let us know how you will ensure that your methodology and analysis are solid.

Please contact us if you have any questions!

Jessica Schomberg, co-editor
Shanna Hollich, co-editor

Politics of Libraries Conference

April 23, 2017
University of Alberta – School of Library and Information Studies

The spring of 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the turbulent spring of 1968 where social and political movements resulted in protests and strikes across many Western democracies. In France in May of 1968, where unrest was most pointed, some declared the month to be the “début d’une lutte prolongée” or “beginning of a prolonged struggle.” While the protests and strikes seemed to indicate a progressive momentum in the waning period of the so-called ‘golden era’ of the Fordist social contract, the response to the social protests of 1968 (and political radicalism that followed) was the emergence of economic and political neoliberalism. Looking back on 50 years since 1968, we aim to question not what failed in the spring of 1968 nor how a new political and economic order arose, but what is the state of the politics of libraries in 2018? What struggles continue and what new ones must be undertaken?

Reflecting on this 50th anniversary, an interested group of librarians, information professionals, students, and academics is hosting a conference questioning the politics of libraries in 2018, discussed over one day in April 2018 at the University of Alberta. In the spirit of 1968, we invite practitioners, scholars, activists, students, and other members of the general public interested in library allied information services to submit proposals on the issue of the politics of libraries in 2018. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Neutrality in libraries
  • Hegemonic and counter-hegemonic roles of libraries
  • Resistance in library services and work
  • Neoliberalism and its relationship to libraries
  • Precarity in library work

Please submit proposals (not to exceed 400 words) for individual (20 minute presentations) and group/panel contributions using this form by midnight January 30, 2018.

All submissions will undergo a double-blind peer review process undertaken by the conference organizers. Notification on the status of submissions will be made by mid-February, 2018.

eLearning Africa

eLearning Africa is the key networking event for ICT supported education, training and skills development in Africa. Bringing together high-level policy makers, decision makers and practitioners from education, business and government, eLearning Africa 2018 will take place from 26 – 28 September 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda. Call for Proposal deadline is January 30, 2018.

Transformative Projects in the Digital Humanities

While the debates in and around the digital humanities continue–what they are, why they are, what they contribute to humanities scholarship–those working in the field know the truly transformative work being done both nationally and internationally. This proposed collection of essays, Transformative Projects in the Digital Humanities, will build on the critical work has been done to date to showcase DH scholarship, while expanding the focus to provide a broadly international perspective. To this end, we especially encourage scholars working outside the U.S. to consider submitting a proposal. We have an expression of interest in this project from Routledge.


We are looking for essays that not only describe long-term projects/large-impact projects but those that also place the work within a cultural context and what is happening in terms of DH. Finally, proposed essays should be forward looking, addressing the question(s): how does this work indicate where DH is going/where it should be going/where it could be going? Essays may take the form of case studies, if appropriate. A 300-word abstract and one-page c.v. should be submitted by January 22, 2018 to Marta Deyrup <marta.deyrup@shu.edu> and Mary Balkun <mary.balkun@shu.edu>.



TechTrends special issue on learning technologies and effect on teaching and learning process

Special issue of TechTrends related to current trends, issues, and research involving emerging learning technologies and their effects on the teaching and learning process. Both research and practitioner proposals are welcome, however, all submissions should include collected data. Additional information can be found in the Call for Chapters. Deadline is January 15, 2018.