Monthly Archives: November 2007

IFLA Health and Biosciences Libraries Section

World Library and Information Congress: 74th IFLA General Conference and Council
“Libraries without borders: Navigating towards global understanding”
10-14 August 2008, Qu�bec, Canada

Call for Papers from IFLA Health and Biosciences Libraries Section for its Session

“The Role of Humanities in Medical Education and Patient Care”

IFLA’s Health and Biosciences Section ( invites you

to submit an abstract for a presentation on this theme for its Open Session

at the World Library and Information Congress: 74th IFLA General Conference and Council

to be held 10-14 August 2008, Qu�bec, Canada (

Aim and Scope of the Session

The purpose of the Session is to explore the role humanities in medical education and patient care and their implications for health sciences libraries.

The audience of this Session is likely to include health care professionals, educators, researchers and librarians.

The presentations that address the following issues are particularly welcome:

-.. does the use of literature, art, music, and philosophy in the context of patient care improve communications skills,

human understanding, and patient satisfaction care?
-.. examples of integration of humanities into medical curricula
-.. collection development and use of a humanities collection in a medical library
-.. practical considerations in building a humanities in medicine collection in a medical library
-.. library support of humanities in medicine education
-.. existing programs to address these issues
-.. other relevant topics will also be considered.

The delivery of each presentation is anticipated to be 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions and answers.

The written version of the presentation should be made available prior to the session and these may be published on IFLANET.

Submission Guidelines

The proposals must be submitted in an electronic format and must contain

-.. Title of paper
-.. Authors of the paper
-.. Abstract or summary of the paper (200-400 maximum words)
-.. Speaker’s name, address, professional affiliation, email address, biographical note (40 words)

Important Dates

January 30th 2008: Deadline for submission of abstracts
March 1st 2008: Notification of acceptance by the Review Committee of the Section
May 1st 2008 Deadline for submission of full text of the paper (4000 words maximum).

Please send an abstract of 200-400 words in your proposed paper, full contact details and a short CV

to P�ivi Pekkarinen and copies to Kate Oliver and

to Heather Todd by January 30th 2008

Regrettably IFLA’s Sections do not have funds available to pay for speakers’ expenses,

although there may be limited funding available through other IFLA channels,

especially for people from developing countries .


Thanks to all who sent me suggestions of YouTube videos for inclusion in WAVE: WOMEN’S AUDIOVISUALS IN ENGLISH database maintained by my office (mounted at Some suggestions came in after I sent a combined list last week, and I’ve appended those below. But my main reason for this posting is that we would like to publish a round-up of reports about how instructors are using YouTube (and other short videos) in women’s studies classes in our periodical FEMINIST COLLECTIONS: A QUARTERLY OF WOMEN’S STUDIES RESOURCES. We would be interested in write-ups about exercises analyzing/critiquing videos, etc. Librarians are also encouraged to submit proposals if they use women-focused YouTube videos or clips when doing bibliographic instruction, for women’s studies or other classes.

Submissions should be up to 500
words, with a due date of March 1, 2008. If you are interested, please email me ( outlining your proposed submission. For an idea of what we’re looking for, see another round-up we’ve published on use of new technologies in women’s studies classes, “Blogging Women’s Studies,” at Our next issue (v. 28, no. 4, Summer-Fall 2007) will include a round-up on social networking.

Here are the additional YouTube suggestions received (and it’s fine to send me more at ANY time…):

Guerrilla Girls On Tour has two short videos on You Tube. One is entitled “Feminists Are Funny” and is also the opening of our performance by the same name:

The other is a video of the first Women’s Arts International Festival that we were a part of in Kendall, UK last May:



A collaborative project of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and
Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The Center invites applications for its RESEARCH ASSOCIATESHIPS for 2008-2009 from scholars and teachers at all levels of the educational system, as well as from artists, community organizers and political activists, both local and international. Associates are provided with offices in our spacious facility, library privileges, and the collegiality of a diverse community of feminists. Research Associate applications are accepted for either a semester or the academic year. The Center supports projects in all disciplines so long as they focus centrally on women or gender. Regular Research Associateships are non-stipendiary. We accept about 15-18 Research Associates per year.

Applicants should submit a project proposal (up to 4 pages), curriculum vitae, two letters of reference, and application cover sheet. Submit all applications to: Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, Mount Holyoke College, 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075-6406. Deadline is February 11, 2008. For further information, contact the Center at TEL 413.538.2275, FAX 413.538.3121, email, website:

ALISE “Birds of a Feather”

The upcoming ALISE conference in Philadelphia will again feature a “Birds of a Feather” session. This informal session gives attendees who teach the same subject a specific opportunity to meet and share ideas. Since many of last year’s discussion facilitators are not able to participate, I’m looking for volunteers.

“Birds” is scheduled on the first day of the conference so it can serve as a springboard for additional discussion and networking throughout the rest of the conference and beyond. This year’s “Birds” session will take place on Wednesday, January 9, 2008 from 12 noon – 1:45 pm and include the option for a brown bag lunch. We again hope to draw a mix of folks looking for advice and those willing to share their knowledge and experiences.

The following subject areas are currently part of the session:

§ Administration and Management

§ Children’s/YA Services

§ Information Access Services

§ Research Methods

§ Community Informatics/Service Learning

§ Foundations of LIS

§ Cataloging, Classification, and Metadata

§ Social Media Use

So, if you are interested in discussing how to teach a particular LIS subject area not listed above, please email me (to so I can make the necessary arrangements. I’d also welcome your input and suggestions to make the session most appealing to you and your colleagues.

Thank you.

Stephen T. Bajjaly, Director

Library & Information Science Program

106 Kresge Library

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI 48202


2008 International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems and Web Technologies (EISWT-08)

The 2008 International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems and Web Technologies (EISWT-08) (website: ) will be held July 7-10 2008 in Orlando, FL, USA. We invite draft paper submissions and session proposals. The conference will be held at the same time and place where several other major events are taking place. The website contains more details.

Violence and Terror: Domestic and Global Spaces

The Pennsylvania State University

Women’s Studies Graduate Organization (WSGO)

7th Annual Graduate Conference

Saturday, March 1, 2008

“Violence and Terror: Domestic and Global Spaces” is an
interdisciplinary conference designed to bring together faculty and
students from across campus and the community to engage in
research, art, discussion, and activism concerning issues of
violence, gender, terror, and politics encompassing the public,
private, domestic, and global.

Keynote Speaker: Mary Hawkesworth
Mary Hawkesworth, Chair and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies
and a member of the graduate faculty in political science at
Rutgers Univeristy. Dr. Hawkseworth is also currently the editor
of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 2005-2010 and is
the editor of War & Terror: Feminist Perspectives which will be
published in spring 2008. Her teaching and research interests
include feminist theory, women and politics, contemporary political
philosophy, philosophy of science, and social policy.

Performance Artist: Ben Atherton-Zeman
Mr. Atherton-Zeman has 15 years’ experience as a prevention
educator for domestic and sexual violence centers and is currently
a spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against
Sexism. His one-man show, titled: “Voices of Men”, is an
educational comedy that addresses men’s roles in ending male
violence and abuse against women. The “Voices of Men” performance
is highly acclaimed by universities as well as domestic and sexual
violence centers across the country.

Proposals are invited from scholars, artists, and activists in any
field related to gender, sex, and feminism. Proposals can be for a
paper, a panel, a poster, an art exhibit/installation, interactive
discussion, or a performance. Interdisciplinary, multinational,
and experimental panels are welcome. Panel and performance
proposals should include a 250 word abstract; individual papers
should include a 500 word abstract. Proposals for performance/ artwork need to specify space and time requirements. Paper
presentations will be limited to 15 minutes. Please also include
name(s) of presenter(s), affiliations, any equipment needed, and
any accommodations you require. The deadline for submissions is
January 31, 2008.

Please submit your proposal via email to:

19th International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications

*_Ca l l f o r W o r k s h o p P r o p o s a l s_*

in conjunction with the

19th International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications

DEXA 2008

September 1 – 5, 2008

Turin, Italy

The DEXA’08 Organizing Committee invites proposals for the Workshop Program to be held on September 1 – 5, 2008 in parallel to the main technical program of the DEXA conferences. The main goal of the DEXA’08 workshops is to stimulate and facilitate an active exchange, interaction, and comparison of approaches, methods, and ideas about specific (both theoretical and applicative) topics in the general area of Information Science.

Workshops should be organized to facilitate informal discussion and active engagement among attendees. Members from all areas of the Information Science community are invited to submit workshop proposals for review. Workshops on new emerging topics or specific relevant aspects of broader topics are particularly encouraged. Workshops can vary in length, but most will be one full day in duration. Workshop organizers and attendees must register for their workshop and are permitted to join the main DEXA conference.

Requirements for Submissions

To propose a workshop in DEXA’08, you will submit a complete workshop proposal containing the following information:

* The title of the workshop;
* A 1 page (max.) description of the technical issues that the
workshop will address;
* The statements:
o How is the workshop relevant to, and complementary with, the
main conference?
o Why is the workshop of particular significance at this time?
* The names, affiliations, postal address, phone and fax numbers,
and e-mail addresses of the workshop organizers (It is expected
that organizers will be recognized experts in the related fields,
and the organizing committee should include individuals from
multiple institutions);
* A list of potential program committee members, including their
* The expected number of attendees (estimating minimum and maximum
* Description of paper review process and acceptance standards;
* A draft workshop call for papers;
* The expected date and duration of the workshop;

All proposals should be submitted by electronic mail to the DEXA Conference Organisation Office ( ), in plain ASCII text, no later than January 15, 2008

Proposers will be notified of the committee’s decision no later than January 31, 2008

The selection of the workshops to be included in the final DEXA program will be based upon multiple factors, including: the scientific/technical interest of the topics, the quality of the proposal, balance and distinctness of workshop topics, and the capacity of the conference workshop program.

Responsibilities of DEXA and of Workshop Organizers

For all accepted proposals, DEXA will be responsible for:

* Providing conference software for paper upload and review process
* Providing logistic support and a meeting place for the workshop;
* Providing electronic registration system
* Together with the organizers, determining the workshop date and time;
* Publication of the papers in the proceedings of DEXA’08 Worlshops
with IEEE.

Workshop organizers will be responsible for the following:

* Setting up a web site for the workshop;
* Advertising the workshop and issuing a call for participation/papers;
* Collecting and evaluating submissions using the DEXA conference
software (mandatory), notifying authors of acceptance or rejection
in due time, and ensuring a transparent and fair selection
process. All workshop organizers are recommended to adopt the
following deadlines for submissions and notifications of acceptance.
o Submission of Full Papers: March 15, 2008
o Noification of Acceptance: April 20, 2008
o Camera-ready Copies: May 15, 2008

* Ensuring that the workshop organizers and the participants get
registered to the workshop by registering to DEXA’08.

* Accepted workshops are entitled to receive a small budget which is
depending on the number of accepted and registered papers

DEXA reserves the right to cancel any workshop if the above responsibilities are not fulfilled, or if too few attendees register for the workshop.

Workshop Chair:

Roland R. Wagner, University of Linz, Austria ( )

A Min Tjoa, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Important Dates

* Proposal submission deadline: January 15, 2008
* Workshop selection notification: January 31, 2008
* Submission of Full Papers: March 15, 2008
* Notification of Acceptance: April 20, 2008
* Camera-ready Copies and Registration of Participation: May 15, 2008

*For further inquiries, please contact:*

DEXA Conference Organisation Office (

Mobile Health Solutions for Biomedical Applications

Book edited by Professor Joseph Tan and Professor Phillip Olla

Call for Chapters

Mobile Health (M-Health) is an integral part of the growing biomedical informatics field. M-Health contains three core components integrated into the healthcare environment mobile computing technology, medical sensor, and communications infrastructure. M-Health relates to applications and systems such as telemedicine, telehealth, e-health and biomedical sensing system. The rapid advances in Information Communication Technology (ICT), nanotechnology, bio monitoring, mobile networks, pervasive computing, wearable systems, and drug delivery approaches are transforming the healthcare sector and fueling the M-health phenomenon.

Mobile and wireless concepts in healthcare are typically related to bio-monitoring and home monitoring, however more recently the trend to incorporate mobile technology has become more prevalent across almost the whole of the healthcare performing a variety of data acquisition tasks. Bio monitoring using mobile networks includes physiological monitoring of parameters such as heart rate, electrocardiogram (ECG), electroencephalogram, (EEG) monitoring, blood pressure, blood oximetry, and other physiological signals. Alternative uses include physical activity monitoring of parameters such as movement, gastrointestinal telemetry fall detection, and location tracking. Using mobile technology, patient records can be accessed by health-care professionals from any given location by connection to the institution’s internal network. Physicians now have ubiquitous access to patient history, laboratory results, pharmaceutical data, insurance information, and medical resources. These mobile healthcare applications improve the quality of patient care. Handheld devices can also be used in home health care, for example, to fight diabetes through effective monitoring. A comprehensive overview of some of these mobile health applications and research will be presented in this book. This book will also highlight some of the benefits of the mobile technology to illustrate different examples and applications implemented in the global healthcare sector.

The mission of this book is to provide a detailed analysis of the technology, applications and uses of mobile technologies in the healthcare sector by using case studies to highlight the successes and concerns of mobile health projects. M-Health is a broad area transcending multiple disciplines and utilizing a broad range of technologies. There are a variety of applications, devices, and communication technologies emerging in the M-Health arena, which can be combined to create the M-Health system, this book will highlight the key areas of concern and describe the various types of applications.

There are considerable challenges that must be addressed by organization selecting and implementing mobile health solutions for healthcare organizations. These include limitations of the of wireless and mobile networks, security and reliability of wireless / mobile infrastructure, limitations of hand-held devices, limitation of medical sensors, device interference with other medical equipment, privacy concerns, and managerial system implementation issues.

Recommended Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Section One : Introduction to Mobile Health applications and services

1. Classification of applications and services

2. Clinical M-Health applications

3. Non Clinical M-Health Applications

4. Benefits of mobile / wireless technologies to healthcare

5. Mobile devices in health services delivery

6. Wireless security problems & solutions, and mobile privacy in the healthcare domain

Section 2: The Future of Mobile health

1. Wireless Medical sensors , Implants, sensors, RFID chips Biomedical sensors,

2. New wireless multimedia technologies and platforms for healthcare

3. Wearable computing devices in healthcare

4. Incorporating hand held technology into healthcare

5. Training of healthcare professional for mobile healthcare

Section 3: Wireless M-health Applications and technologies

1. Middleware, mobile components, and agent technologies supporting mobile healthcare applications

2. Integrating mobile technology to legacy healthcare systems

3. Human computer interface design for health care applications.

4. Location and context-aware health care services

5. Pervasive computing technologies in healthcare

6. Security and privacy in pervasive healthcare

7. Using mobile devices for healthcare information storage, update, and transmission

8. Sensing of vital signs and transmission using wireless networks

Section 4: Alleviating global health concerns using wireless ICT

1. Community tele-health applications

2. Collaboration healthcare technologies

3. Tele-medicine, Tele Nursing, tele radiology

4. Patient monitoring in diverse environments


Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before November 19, 2007, a 1- 3 page manuscript proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by December 8, 2007 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter organizational guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by March 15, 2008. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. The book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), , publisher of the IGI Publishing (Idea Group Publishing), Information Science Publishing, IRM Press, CyberTech Publishing. Information Science Reference (Idea Group Reference), and Medical Information Science Reference imprints.

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:
Dr. Phillip Olla,


Chicago, USA, 3-6 June 2008

The International Conference on Learning is for any person with an interest in, and concern for, education at any of its levels and in any of its forms, from early childhood, to schools, to higher education and lifelong learning — and in any of its sites, from home to school to university to workplace.

As well as impressive line-up of international main speakers, the Conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the Conference Call-for-Papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed International Journal of Learning. If you are unable to attend the Conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in this fully refereed academic Journal, as well as access to the electronic version of the Conference proceedings.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 22 November 2007. Proposals are reviewed within four weeks of submission. Full details of the Conference, including an online proposal submission form, are to be found at the Conference website –

We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope you will be able to join us in Chicago in June 2008.

Yours Sincerely,

Helen Smith
Senior Research Fellow and Project Manager
Global Studies, Social Science and Planning
RMIT University
Melbourne, Australia

Mary Kalantzis,
Dean, College of Education
University of Illinois
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA
For the Advisory Board, International Conference on Learning

Women and Literature: Past, Present, Future

As Virginia Woolf observed in her time that it was only a matter of time before women would take an equal role with men in society, we continue to see growth and change to that end. Women’s Studies departments are appearing and growing on more college campuses each year, and their work is building more bridges with other areas of study, from literature and education to psychology and anthropology and just about everything in between. Their studies continue to raise important questions, such as the possibility of a link between the low standing of Education departments on campus and the fact that teaching has been a traditionally “female” vocation, or the creation of “Women’s Literature” courses is necessary to offer students the opportunity to be exposed to writings by women in the classroom because those authors are still largely neglected in typical Literature courses. What is the current “place” for women in academia, particularly in Literature and Education, and what are!
the goals for the future? What milestones have been accomplished by women in the past that remain hidden in the shadows of history?

Editors of River Walk Journal online bi-monthly are seeking abstracts on the previous topics, 500 words or less. Finished papers should be 8000 words or less. Initial submissions of abstracts only will be accepted until January 31st, 2008, tentative publication date is set for the May/June Anniversary issue of the journal. Submissions with full contact information, CV, and cover letter should be sent to, with “Women in Lit CFP” in the subject line ­ rtf and doc format file attachments only.