Monthly Archives: November 2007

Library Trends devoted to Web 2.0, teenagers and libraries

Call for papers for a special issue of Library Trends devoted to Web 2.0, teenagers and libraries.

This issue will explore the current use of Web 2.0 technologies in libraries which serve teenagers, and consider how services might be developed future to better meet the needs of a teenage audience.

The issue will cover initiatives in all types of libraries serving teenagers: school, public, college, university and other information services. Contributions are welcome from researchers, library/information practitioners and other interested parties. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):
Involving teenagers in the design of web 2.0 services
MySpace, Facebook and other social networking sites
The use of blogs
Security and safety issues
Getting staff – and managers – onboard
Gaming – does it have a place in libraries?
Online reading groups
Podcasting – library tours and other uses
Web 2.0 approaches to information skills
Wikis and online communities.

Articles should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words in length. Author guidelines are available at
If you are interested in submitting an article, please email

I am very happy to discuss ideas for contributions. The deadline for submission of full articles is 18th April 2008.

Handbook of Research on Multimodal Human Computer Interaction and Pervasive Services: Evolutionary Techniques for Improving Accessibility

Call for Chapters for the
Handbook of Research on Multimodal Human Computer Interaction and Pervasive Services: Evolutionary Techniques for Improving Accessibility
Editor: Dr. Patrizia Grifoni, IRPPS-CNR, Italy

Introduction: People usually communicate using all the five senses in parallel. They communicate and interact based on a set of key-concepts that can be expressed with different modalities and/or by means of more than one modality simultaneously. The effectiveness and naturalness of communication is particularly relevant for services. The great diffusion of mobile devices, along with the development of multimodal interaction, presents a new challenge for telecommunication companies and all organizations that can be involved in providing new services using mobile devices. One requirement for these services is that they and their information have to be accessible to every mobile situation.

In the last twenty years, a significant amount of work in human-computer interaction has focused on Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) and only in recent years has multimodality on mobile devices allowed an implicit and natural interaction between end-users and devices. In fact, the growing development and interest in mobile devices, which now give users the ability to effectively interact anywhere and anytime, has changed this scenario. In particular, mobile multimodal applications must now be able to adapt themselves to the users’ needs and to the context (where the context contains knowledge of the environment and the device) and one or more modalities can be involved in the user-system interaction according to “where” and “when” s/he is.

Multimodal interaction systems combine information provided visually (involving images, text, sketches and so on) by voice, by gestures, and so on according to flexible and powerful dialogue approaches, enabling users to choose one or more interaction modalities. The use of multimodality combined with mobile devices allows a simple, intuitive communication approach and generates new and pervasive services for users. In developing multimodal services it is essential to consider perceptual speech, audio, and video quality for optimum communication system design and effective transmission planning and management in order to satisfy customer requirements. Due to the naturalness of multimodal interaction, interpretation algorithms and technologies must manage uncertainty and ambiguities connected to sequential and simultaneous inputs.

This handbook will collect significant contribution on the theories, techniques and methods on multimodality and mobile devices for pervasive services.

Coverage: The Handbook of Research on Multimodal Human Computer Interaction and Pervasive Services: Evolutionary Techniques for Improving Accessibility will provide complete and original theoretical and practical scenarios about concepts, methodologies, definitions, algorithms and applications used to design and develop multimodal systems. These systems make information and services accessible according to the natural manner provided by multimodal interaction and the use of mobile devices. The handbook will discuss many challenges of multimodal systems with a particular focus on mobile devices. It will give an overview of the existing works in this sector, discussing the different strategies adopted in the fusion process, optimization processes on mobile devices, ambiguity and error handling related to one or more modalities, user modeling and context modeling for enhancing adaptation and context-awareness of multimodal mobile services, which will make them more and more accessible and usable. Moreover, the handbook will contain some significant examples of pervasive multimodal mobile services.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
Multimodal interaction and pervasive services
Multimodal interaction on mobile devices
Multimodal interfaces and Multimodal interaction languages.
Methods of multimodal integration and algorithms.
Inputs fusion algorithms and approaches.
Fission algorithms and approaches.
Interpretation of multimodal interaction.
Ambiguities and error handling in multimodal interaction.
Computational aspects and optimization for multimodal interaction on mobile devices.
Evaluation of multimodal interfaces.
Adaptivity for multimodal mobile systems: user and context modeling.
Usability evaluation methodologies for pervasive application.
Accessibility evaluation methods for a multimodal and mobile pervasive application.
Applications and services connected to the personal communication, assistive and home market, location based services, e-commerce, online banking, mobile learning etc..

Submission: Individuals interested in submitting chapters (8,000-10,000 words) on the above-suggested topics or other related topics in their area of interest should submit via e-mail a 2-3 page manuscript proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter by December 18, 2007. We strongly encourage other topics that have not been listed in our suggested list, particularly if the topic is related to the research area in which you have expertise. Upon acceptance of your proposal, you will have until April 30, 2008, to prepare your chapter of 8,000-10,000 words and 7-10 related terms and their appropriate definitions. Guidelines for preparing your paper and terms and definitions will be sent to you upon acceptance of your proposal.

Please forward your e-mail of interest including your name, affiliation and a list of topics (5-7) on which you are interested in writing a chapter to Patrizia Grifoni, editor, at, no later than December 18, 2007. You will be notified about the status of your proposed topics by January 10, 2008. This book is tentatively scheduled for publishing by Information Science Reference (formerly Idea Group Reference), com, an imprint of IGI Global (formerly Idea Group, Inc.) in 2009


Papers are invited for a Special Issue on “Drug use and the health consequences for urban women”, edited by Dr. Diana L. Gustafson, Faculty of Medicine and Dr. Donna Bulman, Faculty of Nursing, Memorial University.

Manuscripts may address the full range of health issues of the journal as they relate to drug use (see below). Particularly welcome are papers that address the social determinants of health for women who inject drugs or for the women who care for those who do. Also welcome are manuscripts that address issues relating to public education, healthy public policy, and health care programs and services that meet the specific needs of diverse groups of women living and working in urban areas.

Deadline for submission is Feb 1, 2008.

The Special Issue is scheduled for publication in November 2008.

For more information or to submit a manuscript, send an e-copy followed by four copies of your manuscript to:

Dr. Diana L. Gustafson
Associate Professor of Social Science and Health
Division of Community Health and Humanities
HSC 2834, Faculty of Medicine
Memorial University
St. John’s, NL A1B 3V6

Women’s Health &Urban Life is located at the Department of Sociology, University of Toronto. The journal addresses a plethora of topics relating to women’s and girls’ health from an international and interdisciplinary perspective and link health to globalization and urbanization issues. General topics include but are not limited to: Women’s health in general; Health related to reproduction; Health related to sexuality; Health related to paid or unpaid labour; Health related to parenthood; Health and the environment; Health and social policy; and Health related to urbanization and globalization issues. The orientation of the journal is critical, feminist and social scientific. Both qualitative and quantitative manuscripts, and theoretical or empirical works are welcome. Papers should not exceed 30 pages including all references, tables and appendices. All submissions will be peer reviewed by anonymous reviewers.

For more details about the goals, substantive basis and submission guidelines of this journal, please contact:

Professor Aysan Sev’er, General Editor
Department of Sociology
University of Toronto at Scarborough
1265 Military Trail, Scarborough
Ontario, Canada M1C 1A4
Fax: 416-287-7296; e-mail:
or visit:

Library Data: Empowering Practice and Persuasion

(an edited volume)

Librarians increasingly have access to vast amounts of data, but more important than the data itself is how it is handled, interpreted, and used.

This is your opportunity to contribute to the critical discussion concerning the theory, uses, and best practices concerning numerical evidence in libraries today.

As its working title suggests, this collection proceeds from the basic observation that library data serves two primary functions: informing decision-making and providing support for communication beyond library walls. Some data analysis projects may support both activities, but most (appropriately) primarily address just one or the other. Therefore, the finished work will include papers that focus on data-driven practice or data-strengthened persuasion, as well as studies that may speak to both.

Some topics to address might include:

*how existing data sets may be used to make a case for funding, resource, or other changes
*how “non-library” data (community demographics, economics, etc.) may relate to library trends
*interesting or non-traditional sources of data and how they may be used in library decision-making
*assessing the integrity of electronic data (web site “hits,” vendor-supplied versus internal data, etc.)
*librarians for planning, assessment, data analysis, etc.: a new specialization within the profession?
*critiques of commercially available tools for data analysis
*comparing apples and oranges: data on different scales
*a crash course in statistics for non-statistician librarians
*how you have made a potentially “ho-hum” data presentation data engaging and persuasive

You may find inspiration in:

*Summary and presentation documents from the recent ACRL Education & Behavioral Sciences Section’s 2007 conference panel, “Empowering Data,”
available at:

*Publicly available (and understudied) reports and data from the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) web site:

*Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Statistics,available at:

Please send inquiries or brief proposals (of approx. 150 words) to: (Darby Orcutt, North Carolina State University Libraries)

Deadline for proposals: November 19, 2007
Deadline for completed chapters: March 31, 2008

International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education (IJICTE)

The International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education publishes articles, papers, and manuscripts promoting the advancement of teaching with technology at all levels of education encompassing all domains of learning. The primary mission of IJICTE is to serve as a medium for introducing, collaborating, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating new and innovative contributions to the theory, practice, and research of technology education applicable to K-12 education, higher education, and corporate and proprietary education. Prospective authors are invited to submit abstracts of the highest quality not currently under review by another publication.

Coverage of IJICTE:

Acceptable use policies and fair use laws
Educational/training software evaluation
Effective planning, marketing, management and leadership of technology education
Impact of technology in society and related equity issues
Pedagogy and andragogy of teaching with technology Technology as a teaching strategy and learning
Style impact of technology on student achievement
Technology training tools and instructional materials
Interested authors should consult the journal’s manuscript submission guidelines at”>>

All inquiries and submissions should be sent to:
Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Lawrence Tomei at

Lawrence A. Tomei, EdD
Assc Vice President for Academic Affairs
Robert Morris University
6001 University Boulevard
Moon Twp, PA 15108
Phone 412-397-3696
Fax: 412-397-3851


Cambridge University, United Kingdom, 5-8 August 2008

The primary interest of the Management Conference is knowledge-based
social and economic change. Driven by globalisation and advances in
information and communications technologies, this change has been
characterised in terms of emerging information/knowledge societies and a
global knowledge-based economy.

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 Knowledge,
Culture and Change in Organisations. 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 Journal.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and
short abstract) is 8 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 Cambridge in August 2008.

Yours Sincerely,

Martyn Laycock
The University of Greenwich, London and Managing Transitions
For the Advisory Board, International Conference on Knowledge, Culture
and Change in Organisations

IFLA Government Information and Official Publications Section (GIOPS)

The Government Information and Official Publications Section invites submissions for its programme for the 74th International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress 10-14 August 2008 to be held in Québec, Canada ( In keeping with the IFLA conference theme, “Libraries without borders: Navigating towards global understanding”, the GIOPS sub-theme is “Globalization of government information: creating digital archives for increased access”.

Government, non-governmental and intergovernmental knowledge resources play an important role in our global society. Increasingly these resources are either born digital or are being digitized for enhanced access by people everywhere. Governments at many levels, institutions, non-governmental and international organizations, and individuals are collaborating locally, nationally, regionally and internationally to make these resources available digitally and to ensure that they are properly preserved and archived for sustained use by future generations.

Submissions are invited which discuss collaborative digitization projects that make available historical or current official and/or government resources. Topics covered might include the project’s development, content and content management, use of and adherence to digitization standards and benefits to a globalizing world. Submissions of a more theoretical approach will also be considered.

Four papers will be selected for presentation. Proposals for papers must be submitted by 15 January 2008 to Alice Ramohlola ( with copies to Irja Peltonen (, Jackie Druery, ( and Marcy Allen, ( The proposal should include a title, 200-400 word abstract and relevant biographical information of author(s)/presenter(s). Successful proposals will be identified by 15 February 2008 and presenters notified. The full paper is due by 15 April 2008. Please note that all fees, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation, etc. are the responsibility of the author(s) of accepted papers. For additional information, please contact any of the above.

Jackie Druery
Head, Learning & Research Services
Joseph S. Stauffer Library
Queen’s University
Kingston, ON
K7L 5C4
(613) 533-3309

ALA Poster Sessions- Anaheim

Dear members of the USA and International Library Community,

We want you to show the national and international library community your best ideas!

Applications for presenting poster sessions at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference are now being accepted. An application form is available on the poster session website at for both US
and international submissions.

The 2008 ALA Annual Poster Sessions will be held at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, June 28, 29, and 30, 2008.

Please contact Candace Benefiel, Chair of the ALA Poster Session Review Panel, with any questions concerning the review process. Her email address is; if you need to call, her number is (979) 862-1044.

The deadline for submitting an application is January 31, 2008. Applicants will be notified by March 31, 2008 whether their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference.

Jody Condit Fagan, Chair, ALA Poster Session Committee and Candace Benefiel, Review Panel Chair, (540) 568-4265, (979) 862-1044

Breaking Boundaries, Forging Connections: Feminist Interdisciplinary Theory and Practice

Breaking Boundaries, Forging Connections: Feminist Interdisciplinary Theory and Practice

A conference
sponsored by the
Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies
Mount Saint Vincent University
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

April 11 – 13 2008

Keynote Speaker:
Dr Marsha Hanen
former President of the University of Winnipeg, and pioneer in the development of interdisciplinary studies in Canada.

The host of this conference, the Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies, was endowed by well-known Toronto-based feminist and philanthropist Nancy Ruth, to raise awareness of women’s issues by bringing to campus distinguished scholars in women’s studies and activists who have contributed to the advancement of women.

Mount Saint Vincent University, the home of the Nancy’s Chair, has a proud history as a leader in innovative and creative learning approaches with an emphasis on women, academic excellence, distinctive programs, and a personal approach to education.

Women’s studies and feminist theory are boldly, creatively interdisciplinary in establishing strong connections between scholarly inquiry and women’s lives. They are reconfiguring disciplinary boundaries and academic structures while honouring scholarly integrity and activist commitments in universities and other post-secondary institutions, and in the world outside the academy. Feminist scholars and activists have developed innovative ways of navigating within traditional academic disciplines and institutional structures, and drawing on the resources of multiple, often diverse, disciplines, practices, and ways of knowing.

Breaking Boundaries, Forging Connections will explore the promise and the challenges of interdisciplinarity in feminist and women’s studies, and in the activism it informs and is informed by at the beginning of the twenty-first century, in Canada and internationally. We welcome contributions that present interdisciplinarity at work in diverse formats and modes of address, critical reflections on interdisciplinarity as such, performance, video and narrative presentations, workshops, roundtables and panels, and contributions that attest to the prospects and productive collaborations interdisciplinary commitments can animate.

Proposals might:

* celebrate some of the successes – the triumphs – of interdisciplinary work, showing by example how it can be greater than the sum of its parts

* show by example how the very idea of interdisciplinarity reconfigures fixed conceptions of “expertise”

* illustrate how new forms of interdisciplinarity have succeeded in bringing together the “two cultures”: the sciences and the humanities

* present possibilities for combining insights and issues derived from several disciplines

* contrast interdisciplinarity that derives from group connections and interdisciplinary work engaged individually

* consider how interdisciplinary inquiry helps to cross an (imaginary) divide between the university or college and the community

* present research that has developed out of inquiry that crosses two or more disciplines

In short, we welcome contributions that demonstrate the creative potential of interdisciplinary work, that show how interdisciplinarity counteracts the narrowness that can result from over-specialization in the academy and in professional schools, and/or that explore interdisciplinarity in public responses to research and practice. And we welcome proposals that expand on, challenge, or depart from the possibilities outlined here. Given the nature of this theme, we particularly welcome panel presentations or poster sessions that pose questions for discussion, mini-workshops, and mixed-media presentations.
Single papers will be allocated a maximum of 25 minutes’ reading time.
Panels may be allocated a longer presentation time.

Conference presentations may be considered for publication in
Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal.

Submission deadline: Friday, January 04, 2008

Submission format: Please submit either a complete paper (not to exceed 3000 words), a long abstract (1000 words), or a 1000-word detailed description of a panel or workshop, listing participants and indicating any special presentation requirements.

Submit paper copies only to:

Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies
ISW 4, Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3M 2J6

Please direct all inquiries to Dr. Lorraine Code at

This conference will be preceded by a one-day conference, Epistemic
Bridges: Interdisciplinarity in the Academy, at Dalhousie University, on April 10, 2008, organized by the Interdisciplinary PhD Students’
Society. Inquiries about this one-day conference should be directed to Nancy Salmon at

Third International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security

The Third International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security

ARES 2008 – The International Security and Dependability Conference

4-7 MARCH 2008



The Third International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security
(“ARES – The International Security and Dependability Conference”)
will bring together researchers and practitioners in the area of IT-Security and Dependability.

ARES will highlight the various aspects of security – with special focus on secure
internet solutions, trusted computing, digital forensics, privacy and organizational
security issues. ARES aims at a full and detailed discussion of the research issues of
security as anintegrative concept that covers amongst others availability, safety, confidentiality,
integrity,maintainability and security in the different fields of applications.

***Important Dates***

* Workshop Proposal: July, 15th 2007

* Notification of Acceptance of the Workshop Proposal: July, 25th 2007

* Submission Deadline: October, 25th 2007

* Author Notification: November, 25th 2007

* Author Registration: December, 15th 2007

* Proceedings Version: January, 2nd 2008

* Conference: March, 4th – March, 7th 2008

***Workshop Proposal***

In conjunction with the ARES conference, a number of workshops will be organized.
Workshop proposals should include the call for papers, the number of papers to be accepted,
the contact person, etc. They are to be sent to the Workshop Organizing Committee
Dr. Nguyen Manh Tho ( ) by July, 15th 2007.
Proceedings of the ARES workshops will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press.

***Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Process based Security Models andMethods

* Authorization and Authentication

* Availability and Reliability

* Common Criteria Protocol

* Cost/Benefit Analysis

* Cryptographic protocols

* Dependability Aspects for Special Applications (e.g. ERP-Systems, Logistics)

* Dependability Aspects of Electronic Government (e-Government)

* Dependability administration

* Dependability in Open Source Software

* Designing Business Models with security requirements

* Digital Forensics

* E-Commerce Dependability

* Failure Prevention

* IPR of Security Technology

* Incident Response and Prevention

* Information Flow Control

* Internet Dependability

* Interoperability aspects

* Intrusion Detection and Fraud Detection

* Legal issues

* Mobile Security

* Network Security

* Privacy-enhancing technologies

* RFID Security and Privacy

* Risk planning, analysis & awareness

* Safety Critical Systems

* Secure Enterprise Architectures

* Security Issues for Ubiquitous Systems

* Security and Privacy in E-Health

* Security and Trust Management in P2P and Grid applications

* Security and privacy issues for sensor networks, wireless/mobile devices and applications

* Security as Quality of Service

* Security in Distributed Systems / Distributed Databases

* Security in Electronic Payments

* Security in Electronic Voting

* Software Engineering of Dependable Systems

* Software Security

* Standards, Guidelines and Certification

* Survivability of Computing Systems

* Temporal Aspects of Dependability

* Trusted Computing

* Tools for Dependable System Design and Evaluation

* Trust Models and Trust Management

* VOIP/Wireless Security

***Submission Guidelines***

Authors are invited to submit research and application papers following the IEEE Computer Society Proceedings
Manuscripts style: two columns, single-spaced, including figures and references, using 10 fonts,
and number each page. You can confirm the IEEE Computer Society Proceedings Author Guidelines at
one of the following web pages:


* or

Submission papers are classified into 3 categorizes
(1) full paper (8 pages), (2) short paper (5 pages), and (3) poster (2 pages) representing
previously unpublished work. Submitted papers will be carefully evaluated based on originality,
significance, technical soundness, and clarity of exposition.

Contact author must provide the following information at the AReS web site:
paper title, authors’ names, affiliations, postal address, phone, fax,
and e-mail address of the author(s), about 200-250 word abstract, and about five keywords.

Submission of a paper implies that should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors
will register and present the paper in the conference.

Accepted papers will be given guidelines in preparing and submitting the final manuscript(s) together with the notification of acceptance.

***Conference Officers***

Honorary Co-Chairs
Roland Wagner, University of Linz, Austria
General Co-Chairs
Guenther Pernul, University of Regensburg, Germany
Makoto Takizawa, Tokyo Denki University, Japan
Program Co-Chairs
Gerald Quirchmayr, University of Southern Australia, Australia
A Min Tjoa, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Workshops Co-Chairs
Abdelkader Hameurlain, University of Toulouse, France
Leonard Barolli, Fukuoka Institute of Technology (FIT), Japan
Organizing Chair
Fatos Xhafa, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
International Liaison Co-Chairs
Maria Wimmer, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
Charles Shoniregun, University of East London, United Kingdom
Publicity Chair
Vladimir Marik, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
Publication Chair
Monika Lanzenberger, Vienna University of Technology, Austria