Monthly Archives: March 2008

ACRL Women’ Studies Section Poster Session Proposal Extended to March 31

The Women’s Studies Section will hold its first annual Research Poster Session during our General Membership Meeting at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, Saturday, June 28, 2008, 4:00-5:30 p.m. The forum seeks to provide beginning and established researchers and librarians an opportunity to present research or work in progress, and receive collaborative feedback and recommendations for future publishing and/or new initiatives.

The potential scope of the topics includes, but is not limited to, teaching methods, instruction, information technology, collection development, interdisciplinarity, and collaboration with academic faculty. For research ideas, see the Women’s Studies Research Agenda.(

Attendees at the forum will find an arena for discussion and networking with their colleagues interested in related issues and trends in the profession.

The committee will use a blind review process.

Selection criteria:

1. Significance of the topic. Priority will be given to Women’s Studies Section members and/or women’s studies topics.

2. Originality of the project.

Proposal submission instructions:

1. Proposals should include:
Title of the proposal
Proposal narrative (no more than 2 pages, double spaced, 12 pt. font)
Name of applicant(s)
Applicant address(es), Phone number(s), Email address(es), Fax number(s)

Are you a member of Women’s Studies Section? ___Yes ___ No
If you would like to become a member, go to:

2. Submission deadline: March 31, 2008

3. Proposals should be emailed to: Cindy Ingold. Chair, Research Committee

4. The chair will notify the applicants by April 15, 2008.

Paul Evan Peters Fellowship

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) announces the 2008 Paul Evan Peters Fellowship; applications are due by April 14, 2008.

The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of CNI’s founding Executive Director. The fellowship is awarded every two years to a student pursuing graduate studies in librarianship, the information sciences, or a closely related field, who demonstrates intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Paul Evan Peters, including:

–commitment to use of digital information and advanced technology to enhance scholarship, intellectual productivity and public life;

–interest in the civic responsibilities of information professionals and a commitment to democratic values and government accountability;

–positive and creative approach to overcoming personal, technological, and bureaucratic challenges, and

–humor, vision, humanity, and imagination.

The fellowship is in the amount of $5000 per year, to be awarded two consecutive years to a student in a graduate program.

Application information is available at:

Hawai’i International Conference on System Sciences



Forty-second Annual Hawai’i International Conference on System Sciences
Minitrack on Classification of Digital Documents

January 5-8, 2009

Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort
Waikoloa, Big Island, Hawai’i

Additional details may be found on HICSS primary web site:

We invite papers for a Minitrack on Classification of Digital Documents. Classification of physical documents suffers from the limitation that physical objects can be in only one place at one time. In a digital environment this limitation is eliminated, and a document can be displayed as a member of an endless array of classes. Even so, the basic problem of which classes remains as well as the non-trivial issues of how these classes are to be identified, defined and implemented.

Traditional approaches to classification continue to guide practice in many areas. Typically, such classifications draw their warrant from experts who develop standardized terminology, notations, and rules for application. The Web has now allowed everyone to be a classifier, indexer and developer of schemes. Classifications seem to grow unfettered in the digital environment as exemplified in social tagging sites and folksonomies as well as in pragmatic and opportunistic classifications such as those on, and many shopping sites. These new emergent classifications, though, are not entirely random, and show evidence of deep patterns and regularities. The discovery of the fundamental principles underlying emergent and collaborative classifications is an exciting and important area for research.

As well, we see great development in the field of automatic classification. Previously, many researchers firmly believed that only a human could create a “meaningful” classification. Proponents of automatic classification point out, however, that classifications designed to be understood by humans are often inconsistent, expensive to build and maintain, rigid and often biased, slow-moving, and do not take advantage of patterns that emerge only when viewed from the perspective of many thousands of instances—too many for the human brain to manipulate.

The two fields of semantic and automatic classification have slowly come closer, and primarily through the integration of both kinds of perspectives in designing efficient but conceptually robust systems. Thus, we see the development of various intellectual tools such as taxonomies and ontologies, which focus not only on purely mechanical clustering, but also on the meaningful relationships between and among the clusters. Conversely, the ability to manipulate and automatically explore very large corpora has provided a forum for applying and refining those same intellectual tools. That is, we see a convergence of approaches, each informing the other.

Topics of the minitrack will address the social, organizational and technical aspects of classification for digital media. These include (but are not limited to):

The role of classification of digital documents in knowledge-management and information-management systems in organizational and societal contexts
Genre of digital documents viewed from a classification perspective;
The relationship of traditional approaches to classification of non-digital documents to the classification of digital documents.
The classification of digital documents as an element in information retrieval
Classification of non-text and multi-media digital documents
Analyses of classification systems emerging in digital media, e.g. the Web, mobile communication technologies, e-mail, instant messaging and multi-media communication environments
Bottom up classifications such as folksonomies and tag clouds
Issues related to transformation of classifications of digital media from one medium to another
Understanding of change and socio-organizational enactment processes of classification of digital documents
Classification for categorization/routing/filtering of text documents;
Theoretical and methodological elaborations of classification theory for enhancing research and/or practice of utilizing digital media.

Minitrack co-chairs:

Barbara Kwaśnik, Professor (please address all correspondence to this address)
Hinds Hall
School of Information Studies
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244
Phone: 315 443-4547
Fax: 315 443-5806

Kevin Crowston, Professor
Hinds Hall
School of Information Studies
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244
Phone: 315 443-1676
Fax: 315 443-5806


From now to June 1: If you wish, you may prepare an abstract and contact the minitrack chairs for guidance and indication of appropriate content.

June 15: Authors submit full papers by this date, following the AUTHOR INSTRUCTIONS. Please consult the HICSS main website for complete information All papers will be submitted in double column publication format and limited to 10 pages including diagrams and references. HICSS papers undergo a double-blind review (June15 – August15).

August 15: Acceptance notices are sent to Authors. At this time, at least one author of an accepted paper should begin visa, fiscal and travel arrangements to attend the conference to present the paper.

September 15: Authors submit Final Version of papers following submission instructions posted on the HICSS web site. At least one author of each paper must register by this date with specific plans to attend the conference.

October 2: Papers without at least one registered author will be pulled from the publication process; authors will be notified.

Library Hi Tech-new-look and open-source OPAC solutions

This is a call for articles for a special issue of _Library Hi Tech_, whose focus will be on new-look and open-source OPAC solutions. The editor of this special issue is looking for innovative and interesting ways that libraries are either adding 3rd party software front-ends to their OPACs, 3rd party software back-ends that power-use structured metadata, or open-source OPAC replacements as add-ons or are totally reconstructed for new uses and applications of the structured metadata. Applications that focus on user needs, user ease-of-use, and Library 2.0 ideas are especially encouraged.

If you are interested in submitting an article, please send a short proposal, discussing the topic and a suggested title, to the email below by March 30, 2008. Draft articles are due to the editor by October 1, 2008. Inquiries and questions are also welcome.

Dr. Brad Eden
Associate University Librarian for Technical Services and Scholarly Communication
University of California, Santa Barbara
Associate Editor, _Library Hi Tech_

Three proposed books Women’s issues

Seeking Submissions from U.S. Writers for 3 Proposed Books*

(The first 2 guidelines are posted in part at; the 3rd at

Women & Poetry: Tips on Writing, Publishing and Teaching
from American Women Poets

Foreword by Robin Merrill, Maine Poets Society President 2006-2007. M.F.A. Stonecoast. With hundreds of poems published, some from her chapbook Laundry & Stories (Moon Pie Press) were featured on Garrison Keillor’s “Writers’ Almanac.”

Afterword by the editors of Iris Magazine, an award-winning publication of 27 years celebrating and empowering young women through provocative articles, essays, and fiction pieces that are uplifting, inclusive, and literate.

Markets for women, why women write, time management, using life experience, women’s magazines, critique groups, networking, blogs, unique issues women must overcome, lesbian and bisexual writing, formal education, queries and proposals, conference participation, family scheduling, feminist writing, self-publishing, teaching tips, are just a few areas women poets are interested.

Practical, concise, how-to articles with bullets/headings have proven the most helpful. Please avoid writing about “me” and concentrate on what will most help the reader.

Milestones for American Women: Our Defining Passages

Foreword by Carolyn Lesser, Webster University, St. Louis, MO, nonfiction writing faculty; natural science children’s books published by Harcourt, Alfred A. Knopf; essayist, poet, photographer, keynote speaker, artist.

Afterword by Dr. Loriene Roy, 2007-2008 President of the American Library Association. Professor, University of Texas at Austin, founder of “If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything,” a national reading club for Native American children.

Please consider sharing the important milestones, life changing events, transitions in your life–material that would broadly fit the “Women’s Studies” genre that is highly readable, moving and relatable. There are the passages that occur to us (for example, losing a loved one, having to relocate) and then the passages we choose (such as getting a degree in mid-life, adopting a child). Please focus on those pivotal moments and why they were milestones for you.

This book celebrates our passages as women, from one moment into another, from one door to the next. Often it is after the navigation, that in reflection, we see that some of the most difficult are the ones we have learned the most and have had lasting effects as well on those around us.

Guidelines for Women and Poetry
and/or Milestones for American Women:

Step 1: send your proposed topics before writing articles to avoid duplication; proposed topics must be accompanied by a 65-70 word bio with your present position, location, relevant publications, career highlights for the contributor page; please use POETS or MILESTONES as the subject line to

Step 2:(if your topics are approved): deadline for submissions (by e-mail only) is March 30, 2008. Again, please use POETS or MILESTONES in the subject line; send to either Cynthia at; or Carol at in a Word document (.doc format only) using 12-point Times New Roman font.

Article specifics: word total for 1-2 articles based on your experience: 1,900 minimum; maximum 2,100. Two articles preferred. If submitting two articles, please break them up fairly evenly in word count.

No previously published or simultaneously submitted material. Contributors must be reside in the U.S. Books such as this can typically take up to a year to compile. Contributors receive a complimentary copy and contributor’s discount on additional copies.

Co-editor Cynthia Brackett-Vincent is publisher/editor of the esteemed Aurorean poetry journal; poetry instructor; award-winning poet; author of The 95 Poems chapbook (2005) and contributor to Educators as Writers: Publishing for Personal and Professional Development. In 2007, her poems received a citation, honorable mention and second place in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, New England Writers and Maine Poets Society competitions. View Cynthia’s background

Co-editor, Carol Smallwood has written, co-authored, and edited 18 books such as Michigan Authors, for Scarecrow, Libraries Unlimited. An award-winning writer, her work has appeared in English Journal, Clackamas Literary Review, Phoebe, The Writer’s Chronicle, and several others including anthologies; Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women. A chapbook is forthcoming from Pudding House. Her recent book


Women Writing on Family: Writing, Publishing, and Teaching Tips by U.S. Women Writers

Foreword: Robbi Hess, Journalist, co-author, Complete Idiot’s Guide to 30,000 Baby Names (Penguin Books); Editor, Byline Magazine

Afterword: Suzanne Bunkers, Professor of English, Minnesota State University, editor of Diaries of Girls and Women: a Midwestern American Sampler (University of Wisconsin Press).

This is a book not just on writing but tips for women writing about family. Possible subject areas you might address include: markets; why women write about family; using life experience; critique groups; networking; blogs; unique issues women must overcome; formal education; queries and proposals; conference participation; family scheduling; self-publishing; teaching tips; family in creative nonfiction, poetry, short stories, novels.

Practical, concise, how-to articles with bullets/headings have proven the most helpful to readers. Please avoid writing about “me” and concentrate on what will help the reader.

Word total for 1-2 articles based on your experience:
1,900 minimum; maximum 2,100. Two articles preferred.
If submitting 2, please break them up fairly evenly in word count.

No previously published or simultaneously submitted material, please.

Deadline: March 30, 2008

Contributors receive a complimentary copy and contributor’s discount on additional copies. It is common for compilation of an anthology to take upwards of a year, but we will be in touch with updates on securing a publisher.

Co-Editor Rachael Hanel is a freelance writer and college instructor in Madison Lake, MN. The first chapter of her memoir was named runner-up for the 2006 Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction at the Bellingham Review and appears in the Spring 2007 issue. The chapter was also a semifinalist for the 2006 Gulf Coast Creative Nonfiction Award. She teaches personal essay and editing. Her website is

Co-Editor Carol Smallwood has written, co-authored, and edited 19 books such as Michigan Authors, for Scarecrow, Libraries Unlimited. Her work has appeared in English Journal, Clackamas Literary Review, Phoebe, The Writer’s Chronicle, The Detroit News, several others including anthologies; she’s in Who’s Who of American Women. A chapbook is forthcoming from Pudding House; a co-edited anthology is with an agent. A recent book is

Please send your topics first before writing (to avoid possible duplication) along with brief descriptions and 65-70 word bio with your present position, relevant publications, awards or honors. Use FAMILY for the subject line and submit to Rachael at

*In our experience, most publishers return rights to individual contributors variously after publication. However, because we are still seeking a publisher, we cannot speak to those rights specifically at this time. Contributors will be asked to sign a release form from the publisher and therefore will be have the opportunity to agree to the details of the contract or withdraw one’s work at that time.

Rare Books & Manuscripts (RBM) editor

ACRL Invites Applications for RBM Editor

ACRL invites applications and nominations for the position of editor of Rare Books & Manuscripts (RBM), the biannual, scholarly research journal of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The editor is appointed for a three-year term, which may be renewed for an additional three years. Applicants must be a member of ALA and ACRL.
Qualifications include professional experience in academic libraries, a record of scholarly publication, editing experience, an ability to meet publication deadlines, an understanding of the scholarly communication process, and a broad knowledge of the issues confronting academic libraries.

Appointment will be made by the ACRL Board of Directors at the 2008 Annual Conference upon the recommendation of the search committee and of the ACRL Publications Committee. The incoming editor will assume full responsibility upon appointment in July 2008.

Nominations or resumes and letters of application, including the names of three references, should be sent to:

RBM Search Committee
c/o Dawn Mueller
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
The deadline for receipt of applications is March 28, 2008.
Finalists will be interviewed at the ALA Annual Conference, Anaheim, 2008.

2008 POD Network/NCSPOD Conference

2008 Conference Information
The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network & The National Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development (NCSPOD)

October 22-25
The Nugget Resort
Reno, Nevada, U.S.

Weaving Patterns of Practice

You are enthusiastically invited to be a part of the joint POD and NCSPOD annual conference in Reno, Nevada, October 22-25, 2008. Please join us in exploring the theme of Weaving Patterns of Practice.

Northern Nevada’s diverse landscape, from the Great Basin Desert to the Sierra Nevada peaks, has inspired the area’s native artisans for centuries. This inspiration has been transformed into arts and crafts in which individual strands are woven together to create greater strength, utility and beauty. Yet the colors and textures of individual strands remain visible. The materials and designs are infinite, and the creative possibilities are endless.

This year’s conference represents the weaving together of our two organizations, POD and NCSPOD. On a practical level, our separate practices will be united into one event, where we join in achieving common goals, and yet maintain our unique identities by hosting receptions and sessions from each of our traditions. Working together gives us the opportunity to rethink and explain our practices. One example of this rethinking is the way in which we are organizing our session topics. Members of both organizations will find new language in the call for proposals.

This coming together also represents something larger: an exploration of the ways in which various kinds of institutions can collaborate to offer high quality post-secondary education. The following questions are provided to help you begin to reflect on our theme.

How do our patterns of practice reflect both those strands that persist across time and those that are emerging? In what ways do our practices intertwine the past, present, and future?

What diverse disciplines and populations do we seek to bring together through our work? In what ways, for example, do we promote cross-cultural and cross-generational learning communities?

Being pulled in so many directions, how do we as educators remain whole and strong? How do we integrate the various priorities of our lives?

These topics represent ongoing areas of research and practice among many POD members. They are not intended to limit your proposal in any way, but instead to help in assigning appropriate proposal reviewers and in planning the conference program.

This year you will start by choosing one of three broad categories and then one or two topics that best describe your proposal. The three broad categories from which you will select one:

Professional Development – Practices and activities contributing to the evolution of individuals in the field. Includes but is not limited to orientation, career planning, mentoring, goal setting, time management, and ethics.

Instructional Development – Practices and activities contributing to the advancement of teaching and learning. Includes but is not limited to learning theory, consultation, and programming.

Organizational Development – Practices and activities contributing to the vitality of the organization. Includes but is not limited to leadership, strategic planning, sustainability, accreditation and collaboration.

The topics are intended to allow greater specificity within the broad category

Proposals are due by Monday, April 7th, 2008. Proposals must be submitted online at Proposals will be evaluated using a blind review process.
For more information go to

PaLA Library Association College and Research Division

Dear Colleague:

The College and Research Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association
(PaLA) invites you to submit a proposal for the PaLA Annual Conference, to
be held November 9 – 12, 2008 at the Valley Forge Convention
Center/Scanticon Hotel in King of Prussia. The 2007 conference at State
College was a great success for academic librarians (see conference notes on
our division blog to refresh your memory:

We welcome both individual presentations as well as proposals for panels.
Proposals can be for single sessions (60 – 75 minutes) or double sessions.
We hope to see a topics addressing the amazing range of challenges and
opportunities in academic libraries.

*All proposals will be accepted via PaLA’s online proposal form.
However, because proposals cannot be changed/updated once they have been
submitted, PaLA has created the form in a PDF (attached to this message) to
be used as a working copy before using the online version.

In order to separate the proposal offerings for each division, a specific
collector for the CRD Division has been created. Please use this form:

I encourage you to contact me or other CRD board members if you’d like
discuss your conference program ideas.

Christine Roysdon
Chair, College and Research Division, Pennsylvania Library Association PaLA
CRD web site:

Oxford e-Research Conference 2008

We would like to remind you that abstracts of papers, panels, workshops, or other sessions proposed for the Oxford e-Research Conference 2008 are due March 15, and encourage you to participate.

Those who wish to propose a paper should submit a paper abstract up to 1000 words, although drafts of proposed papers will also be reviewed. Proposals for a workshop or panel session should define the focus and proposed title, provide an outline of topics likely to be covered, and describe the proposed format, audience, and any special requirements. All proposals should include the name of the authors or contributors, their affiliations, where applicable, and indicate who will present the paper or chair the proposed panel.

Send all proposals and abstracts to:

About the conference:

This multi-disciplinary, international conference on e-Research will be held at the University of Oxford from 11-13 September 2008. It is being organized by a consortium of research projects in association with the journal Information Communication and Society (iCS).

The Oxford e-Research Conference 08 seeks to stimulate and inform multi-disciplinary research on the development, use and implications of information and communication technologies (ICTs), like the Internet, in shaping research across the disciplines. It will bring together academics and practitioners involved in key e-Research projects around the world to examine new developments in the technology and organization of e-research, and to critically examine studies of the social shaping and role of the Internet, Web and the Grid in the research process across the disciplines. The conference seeks to facilitate scholarly communication and publication on this topic, and help foster a broader public understanding of the significance of this area to the sciences and humanities as well as to the public at large.

More details:

Eric T. Meyer, Ph.D.
Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK

Penn State Harrisburg Library, Archives and Special Collections Travel and Research Grants 2008-2009

Call for Applications

Penn State Harrisburg has established a new grant program to
support visiting scholars and graduate students who need to use
materials held by Archives and Special Collections in the Penn
State Harrisburg Library.

The travel and research grant program encourages scholarly use
of the repository’s premier collection, the Alice K. Marshall
Women’s History Collection, considered to be one of the largest
privately-compiled research collections on women’s history in
the United States.

One or more grants will be awarded with stipends between $500
and $3,000 to cover travel, overnight accommodations, and other
research-related expenses. Research topics are not limited to
women’s history, but they must require significant use of the
repository’s holdings.

2008. Recipients will be notified by late May 2008.

For more information and to access the grant guidelines and an
application form, please visit, or contact
Heidi N. Abbey, Humanities Reference Librarian and Archivist,
via email at, or by phone at 717-948-6056.