Monthly Archives: May 2008

Gaming our Future? Time-Politics-Security in a Virtual World

CALL FOR PAPERS for panel entitled, “Gaming our Future? Time-Politics-Security in a Virtual World”

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE, New York, USA, February 15th through the 18th of 2009

The space that digital games occupy in many people’s lives has grown exponentially. Research on the socio-political ramifications of digital games has not, however, and is only now beginning to catch up. This panel seeks to redress the theoretical gap between this world and a growing number of virtual worlds and welcomes therefore papers that explore the relationship between digital games and questions of time, politics/political agency, and security using insights gained from the Social Sciences as well as the Humanities.

If you would be interested in presenting a paper, please send us an abstract of no more than 500 words by Friday, May 23. Do not forget to include a title for your abstract, your name, your affiliation, and your contact information.

Please contact the panel organizers if you would like more information:
Please contact the panel organizers if you would like more information:
Stephanie Buus,
Research Fellow, Swedish Institute of International Affairs Stockholm, Sweden

Maria Stern
Associate Professor, Department of Peace and Development Research Gothenburg University, Sweden

The general call for ISA proposals can be viewed at:

Sofia 2008: Globalization and the Management of Information Resources


Sofia 2008: Globalization and the Management of Information Resources
12-14 November 2008, Sofia, Bulgaria

On behalf of the Conference Organizing Committee, we would like to
invite you to participate in Sofia 2008: Globalization and the
Management of Information Resources, 12-14 November 2008 hosted by The
School of Library & Information Management, Emporia State University,
Kansas, USA; the Department of Library and Information Sciences, “St.
Kliment Ohridski” University of Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria; the University
of Kansas Libraries, Kansas, USA; Seton Hall University Library, New
Jersey, USA; James A. Michener Library, University of Northern
Colorado, Colorado, USA.

Sofia 2008 is part of an international conference series that has been
hosted in Kansas City, Kansas (1995), Warsaw, Poland (1997) and Sofia,
Bulgaria (2000, 2002, 2004, & 2006). The conference series is devoted
to interpreting trends, patterns of globalization and their effects on
the development of library services, and the development of information

The conference themes this year are:

• Access to electronic networks
• Organization, classification and retrieval in a web environment
• Information industry & knowledge management
• Information literacy and lifelong learning
• Digital and virtual libraries
• Information architecture and knowledge management
• Information policy issues in an electronic environment
• Digital rights management (DRM)
• Education and training in a Web 2.0 environment
• Ethics and the right to access to information
Also, a special session is planned on the role of libraries in the
capture, access, preservation, and use of indigenous knowledge

Please send your submission of contact information, title and abstract
of no more than 500 words by MONDAY, 9 JUNE to the conference e-mail
address: Notification of acceptance to the
program will be made by 30 JUNE, and to include the paper in the
published conference proceedings, the final copy is due by 15 OCTOBER.

Please note that all participants will pay registration. A small number
of stipends are available for East European colleagues to support
conference attendance. Preference will be given to those individuals
presenting papers or reports. For conference support please get in
touch with Dr. Alexander Dimchev at or

Participation is also available for students in a special concurrent
poster session. Interested students should submit contact information,
poster title and a brief summary (150 words) to Ms. Perri Parise at by 3 JUNE. Students will be notified of acceptance
by 24 JUNE.

More details about the conference can be found at You may direct
questions to Rebecca Miller Banner, conference organizer, at

We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope you’ll be able to
join us in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Chairs Herbert Achleitner and Alexander Dimchev

Herbert K. Achleitner, PhD
School of Library & Information Management
Emporia State University
Emporia, Kansas, USA

Alexander Dimchev, PhD
Dean, Faculty of Philosophy
University of Sofia
Sofia, Bulgaria

13th Nordic Workshop on Bibliometrics and Research Policy


Unit for Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (TaSTI) organizes the 13th Nordic Workshop on Bibliometrics and Research Policy

11-12 September 2008
in University of Tampere, Finland

Call for Presentations

Bibliometric researchers in the Nordic countries have arranged annual Nordic workshops on bibliometrics since 1996. The general idea of the workshop is to present recent bibliometric research in the Nordic countries and to create better linkages between bibliometric research groups and their PhD students. The workshop language is English and the workshop is open to participants from any nation.

This year’s keynote speaker is Professor Ben Martin, Director of SPRU, University of Sussex. He will give a speech on /’Bibliometric research, indicators and science policy making’ /

The participants who wish to present a research paper or a research idea are called for a max 200 word abstract of their presentation no later than August 4th, 2008. The workshop is also open to participants without a presentation. Final date for registrations is August 11th, 2008. There are no fees for participating in the workshop. Travel and accommodation have to be arranged and sponsored by the participants themselves.

Please send your abstract by e-mail as a pdf-file. Further questions can be addressed to workshop coordinators: /and

More information is available at the workshop website

ACRL/Instruction Section (IS) Current Issue Discussion Groups

Is there something you would like to talk to other instruction
librarians about?

Consider convening a discussion with instruction librarians at the ALA
Midwinter convention in Denver in January, 2009, to share your ideas,
get feedback on your research, find a colleague for research, get more
ideas, increase your expertise.

ACRL/Instruction Section (IS) Current Issue Discussion Groups
Call for proposals for ALA Midwinter Conference, January 2009

Current Issue Discussion Groups provide a way for IS members to
introduce instruction-related topics of current importance, to promote
discussion and encourage further exploration.

What to Include in the Proposal
The following five elements need to be addressed and clearly stated in
the proposal:

-A clear description of the discussion topic’s issue/s
-Rationale for convening a discussion on the topic’s issue/s
-Importance of the topic’s issue/s for academic instruction librarians
-At least three sample discussion questions that may be used to facilitate group discussion
-Proposed strategies and structure that will maintain group discussion

The potential scope of issues includes, but is not limited to:
Teaching methods; Instruction and Information technology;
Assessment; Management of instruction programs; Outreach and
collaboration; Research in academic information literacy. The topic
should be focused enough to be covered reasonably well within the
allotted time. (For example “Everything about WIKIs” would be too broad,
while “Using WIKIs in Library Instruction at Academic Institutions”
might be just the right scope).

Expectations for Current Issue Discussion Group Conveners
For the selected proposals, the proposal author(s) will serve as
convener(s) and commit to:

-becoming up-to-date and familiar with the discussion topic;
-exploring possible discussion formats and selecting the appropriate format that allows for maximum discussion within the parameters and scope of the topic;
-drafting an initial two-page to three-page, double spaced
“Current Issue Digest” summarizing findings about the issue to be posted to ILI-L at least two weeks (by January 8, 2009) before the conference and handed out at the discussion;
-identifying a few key readings, related organizations and/or
programs to include in the “Current Issue Digest;”
-facilitating one of two “Current Issue Discussions” at the ALA Midwinter Conference (in Denver, CO: January 23-28, 2009);
-revising and submitting a final “Current Issue Digest” to be posted on the IS web site within one month (by March 1, 2009) of the discussion;
-distributing the final Current Issue Digest to the ILI Listserv after the ALA Midwinter Conference;
– maintaining communication with an assigned liaison from the Discussion Group Steering Committee throughout the planning, program, and follow-up processes.

Who May Apply
Applications are welcome from any IS members. (If it is a group, one person needs to be an IS member!)

How to Apply
Complete and submit the proposal form to the IS Current Issue
Discussion Group Steering Committee co-chair by June 1, 2008. The
proposal form is attached. Send the completed form to Rebecca Jackson

Contact committee co-chairs Rebecca Jackson ( or Gail Gradowski ( with questions.

Check the IS- DGSC webpage as well for more information:

Selection will be based on the perceived importance and impact
of the proposed topic. Additional selection criteria used in the
selection process include evaluating proposed topics for: timeliness,
relevancy, currency, practicality (that the topic lends itself to a
discussion), innovation, evidence of applicant’s knowledge, and clear
focus. Proposals must be submitted by June 1, 2008, for ALA Midwinter in
Denver, CO. Proposal writers will be notified by July 9, 2008, as to
whether or not their proposal was accepted and will be assigned one of
the two discussion time slots. Conveners are responsible for their own
conference registration and travel expenses.

IS Current Issue Discussion Group
Proposal Form

Proposals submitted by June 1, 2008, will be considered for one of two
discussion groups to be held at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Denver, CO.
Brief title:

(Approximately 8 words, providing a succinct description)

Please attach a summary of the proposed discussion’s focus and
its importance to the profession (Note: Keep in mind the selection
criteria used: timeliness, relevancy, currency, practicality,
innovation, evidence of applicant’s knowledge, and clear focus.):
(Up to 400 words)

Please attach a proposed outline as to how you will initiate and
facilitate discussion, as well as how you will maintain a discussion
format. Include a MINIMUM of 3 questions that will be posed in the
discussion. (Up to 400 words)

Contact information for proposed discussion group convener(s):



Email Address


___ Please check to confirm that all proposed conveners are
current IS members.
___ Please check to indicate that you accept the
responsibilities of discussion group conveners.

If your proposal is selected, you will be notified by July 9,
2008. You will be appointed as a convener of your discussion group.
Conveners are responsible for becoming up-to-date and familiar with the
discussion topic, drafting an initial two-page to three-page,
double-spaced “Current Issue Digest” summarizing the discussion topic,
posting the “Current Issue Digest” to ILI-L at least one week before the
conference and handed out at the discussion, leading a discussion of the
topic, and creating a written digest of key discussion points to be
posted on the IS web site within one month after your discussion.
Conveners and other participants are responsible for their own
conference registration and travel expenses.

Submit your completed proposal form by email to Rebecca Jackson
(, co-chair of the IS Discussion Group Steering
Committee, by June 1, 2008.

Second International Conference on Religion and Media

The Second International Conference on Religion and Media will be held in Tehran and Qom, Iran, from November 9th to 12th, 2008. We cordially invite all media researchers and scholars, representatives from diverse religious traditions, professionals and students involved with the subjects of the conference to attend and submit a paper. Further information could be found at conference website:

A few scholarships are available to partially subsidize the costs of participants with selected papers.

Mahdiye Tavakol
Conference Coordinator

IRIB University,
Niyayesh Highway, Vali-e-Asr Street,
Tehran, Iran.
Tel: +98 21 22652238
Fax: +98 21 22652238

The Published Librarian: Successful Professional and Personal Writing

Seeking Submissions from U.S. Librarians for ALA Editions
The Published Librarian: Successful Professional and Personal Writing
(publisher, American Library Association)

Introductory Note: Bob Blanchard, Adult Services Librarian, Des Plaines Public
Library. Contributor to Illinois Librarians; Thinking Outside the Book: Essays
for Innovative Librarians (McFarland, 2008)

Afterword: Dr. Ann Riedling, LIS Faculty, Mansfield University. Learning to
Learn: A Guide to Becoming Information Literate in the 21st Century
(Neal-Schuman, 2006)

Practical, concise, how-to articles. No previously published, simultaneously
submitted material, or co-authors. Two articles: 1900-2100 words total; one
article could be 1000 words, the other 900 words. No underlining, bold, all
caps for emphasis, please.

Editor Carol Smallwood, M.L.S., has written, co-authored, edited 19 books such
as Educators as Writers for Scarecrow, Libraries Unlimited, Peter Lang, and
others. Her work has appeared in English Journal, Clackamas Literary Review,
The Detroit News, Poesia, and several others including anthologies. Pudding
House Publications published her chapbook, 2008; Words and Images of Belonging
co-edited with Aurorean editor is with an agent; a recent book is

Possible topics: marketing, online publishing, where to send reviews, research
skills for historical novels, using editing a library newsletter to edit books,
ideas from students for YA books, using tools like BIP to locate publishers for
your books, storytellers turned picture book authors, blogs and author web
sites, interviewing, writing groups, networking, using a technology edge,
promoting your books at conferences. Using issues librarians face such as
censorship in poetry, essays, memoir, short stories, columns.

Deadline June 30, 2008

Compensation: a complimentary copy, discount on additional copies. Please
submit articles for consideration with a 65-70 word bio. Place LIBRARIANS/your
name on the subject line to:

Sample bio:
Suzanne Doe, a subject bibliographer at Central Michigan University, obtained
her M.L.I.S. from the University of North Texas. She has been published in
American Libraries, Beloit Poetry Journal, Library Trends. Her recent books
include: The Mystery Woman (Random House, 2006); Adagio Sunset Candle (Poetry
Press, 2008); Midwest Library Organizations (McFarland, forthcoming). She
received the Kitty Maize Fiction Award, 2008. An avid skier, Suzanne organizes
writing workshops for Pine Arts Council.

Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA 2008)

Deadline for submissions: 26 May 2008 (for all contributions)

IADIS International Conference on

Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA 2008)

October 13 – 15, 2008 – Freiburg, Germany


Co-organised by: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Endorsed by the Japanese Society of Information and Systems in Education

* Conference background and goals

The IADIS CELDA 2008 conference aims to address the main issues concerned with evolving learning processes and supporting pedagogies and applications in the digital age. There have been advances in both cognitive psychology and computing that have affected the educational arena. The convergence of these two disciplines is increasing at a fast pace and affecting academia and professional practice in many ways. Paradigms such as just-in-time learning, constructivism, student-centered learning and collaborative approaches have emerged and are being supported by technological advancements such as simulations, virtual reality and multi-agents systems. These developments have created both opportunities and areas of serious concerns. This conference aims to cover both technological as well as pedagogical issues related to these developments. Main tracks have been identified. However innovative contributions that do not easily fit into these areas will also be considered as long as they are directly related to the overall theme of the conference – cognition and exploratory learning in the digital age.

* Format of the Conference

The conference will comprise of invited talks and oral presentations for discussion-oriented papers. The proceedings of the conference will be published in the form of a book and CD-ROM.

Authors of the best published papers in the CELDA 2008 proceedings will be invited to publish extended versions of their papers in a special issue of the Educational Technology Research and Development Journal (ETR&D) – ISSN: 1042-1629 (print version) ISSN: 1556-6501 (electronic version).

* Types of submissions

Full papers, Short Papers and Reflection papers. All submissions will go through a double-blind refereeing process with at least two international experts.

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

– Acquisition of expertise

– Assessing progress of learning in complex domains

– Assessment of exploratory learning approaches

– Assessment of exploratory technologies

– Cognition in education

– Collaborative learning

– Educational psychology

– Exploratory technologies (such as simulations, VR, i-TV and so on)

– Just-in-time and Learning-on-Demand

– Learner Communities and Peer-Support

– Learning Communities & Web Service Technologies

– Pedagogical Issues Related with Learning Objects

– Learning Paradigms in Academia

– Learning Paradigms in Corporate Sector

– Life-long Learning

– Student-Centered Learning

– Technology and mental models

– Technology, learning and expertise

– Virtual University

* Important Dates:

– Submission Deadline: 26 May 2008

– Notification to Authors: until 7 July 2008

– Final Camera-Ready Submission and Early Registration: Until 28 July 2008

– Late Registration: After 28 July 2008

* Conference Location

The conference will be held in Freiburg, Germany.

* Secretariat


Rua Sao Sebastiao da Pedreira, 100, 3

1050-209 Lisbon, Portugal


Web site:

* Program Committee

Conference Co-Chairs

Pedro Isaias, Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University), Portugal

Dirk Ifenthaler, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany

Program Co-Chairs

Kinshuk, Athabasca University, Canada

Demetrios G Sampson, University of Piraeus, Greece

J. Michael Spector, Florida State University, USA

Committee Members: please see for

updated list.

* Co-located Conference:

This conference is co-located with the IADIS International Conference WWW/Internet 2008 ( – participants of one conference may attend the sessions from the other conference at no extra charges.


Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the Conference Organising Committee, we would like to inform you of the:

The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, USA
25-27 October 2008

In the context of today’s rapid developments in information technologies, the book is indeed an old medium of expression. Do the new media (the internet, multimedia texts and new delivery formats) represent a threat or an opportunity? What is the book’s future as a creature of and conduit for human creativity?

This Conference will address the provocative suggestion that, rather than being eclipsed by the new media, the book will thrive as a cultural and commercial artifact. More than this, the information architecture of the book, embodying as it does thousands of years’ experience with recorded knowledge, may well prove critical to the success of the new media.

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 the Book. 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.

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 proposals and hope you will be able to join us in Washington, DC in October.

Yours Sincerely,

Dr. Michael Peters
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
For: The Advisory Board, International Conference on the Book

Society of American Archivists -Deadline May 15, 2008

2008 Research Forum

“Foundations and Innovations”

Tuesday, August 26, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Hilton San Francisco

Participants’ response to the 1st Annual SAA Research Forum in August 2007 confirmed that the full spectrum of research activities – from “pure” research to applied research to innovative practice – is of great interest and value to the archives community. The 2008 Research Forum will build on last year’s success by expanding the presentations portion to a full day.

If you’re:

Engaged in research…
Seeking to identify research-based solutions for your institution…
Willing to participate in the research cycle by serving as a beta site for research trials…or
Simply interested in what’s happening in research and innovation….
Then join us for SAA’s 2nd Annual Research Forum: Foundations and Innovations!

Researchers, practitioners, educators, students, and the curious across all sectors of archives and records management are invited to participate. Use the Forum to discuss, debate, plan, organize, evaluate, or motivate research projects and initiatives. Major goals of the Forum are to facilitate collaboration and help inform researchers about what questions and problems need to be tackled.

The 2nd Annual SAA Research Forum will be held at ARCHIVES 2008 to acknowledge current – and encourage future – research and innovation from across the archives community and for the benefit of the archives profession.

Research Forum Events at ARCHIVES 2008

The following events are planned for 2008:

· Research Workshop (Monday, August 25, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm): A one-day session that will provide guidance and advice for conducting research, from defining the scope to presenting the results.

· Research Presentations and Posters (Tuesday, August 26, 10:00am – 4:30 pm): Here’s your chance to present, discuss, listen to, or view research reports and results on a variety of topics. The final 30 minutes of this session will seek input for SAA’s 2009 Research Forum.

· “Office Hours” in the Exhibit Hall (Thursday, August 28, and Friday, August 29): 2008 Forum organizers will be on hand to hear your ideas about the Forum and for ad hoc discussions about specific research projects.

· Poster Sessions: Be sure to make time to visit the poster sessions, which in 2008 will include practice innovation and research topics.

Call for Platform and Poster Presentations

SAA invites submission of abstracts (of 250 words or less) for either 10-minute platform presentations or poster presentations. Topics may address research on, or innovations in, any aspect of archival practice or records management in government, corporate, academic, scientific, or other setting. Presentations on research results that may have emerged since the SAA Call for Proposals deadline in October 2007 are welcome, as are reports on research completed within the past 3 years that you think is relevant and valuable for discussion. Please indicate whether you intend a platform or poster presentation.

Abstracts will be evaluated by a review committee co-chaired by Nancy McGovern (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, University of Michigan) and Helen Tibbo (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill).

Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 15, 2008. You will be notified of the review committee’s decision by June 15.

Submit your 250-word abstract no later than May 15 via email to

Advances in Inter-organizational Disaster Management

Information Systems Frontiers

Inter-organizational disaster response requires collaboration among geographically distributed public and private organizations to enable a rapid and effective response to an unexpected event. In order to ensure coherent coordination among the responding organizations, relevant information needs to be collected from multiple sources, verified for accuracy, and shared with appropriate responding organizations, all within a short time frame. As a disaster situation unfolds, multiple aspects of disaster response continuously change, including urgency, scope, impact, the types of appropriate responders, and the responders’ needs for information and communication. These changes add to the complexity and uncertainty.

Unfortunately, recent response experiences and evaluations of disaster responders suggest that many disaster management systems often fall short of the capability to cope with the complexity and uncertainty. The majority of current information systems for disaster response have been designed based on probable scenarios, and optimized for intra-organizational response and routine processes. Therefore, such systems cannot adequately adapt to a constantly changing situation that often deviates from the design-time scenario by far.

Due to scarce resources, it is infeasible to develop information systems for each and every conceivable disaster situation. Consequently, recent interdisciplinary research efforts have focused on developing the ability to facilitate the ever-changing information needs under the complex and unpredictable environments. Within the area of disaster and crisis management, a large number of technological innovations have realized over the last couple of years.

Often these technologies have been developed in isolation of the other developments and have not been integrated into the daily routine operations of first responders, which might prevent effective use of the technologies during an emergency. Many cultural, organizational, jurisdictional and legal barriers also hamper or prevent necessary and proper coordination of relevant public and private organizations during unexpected events. Nevertheless, all these technologies and advances together provide the foundations of a unique platform that becomes a key to our ability to effectively respond to unpredictable and complex situations.

This special issue of ISF aims to compile the advances surrounding the emerging issues of inter-organizational disaster management andcontribute to the creation of a common body of knowledge to the multi-disciplinary field of study.

We solicit for papers showing innovative solutions, theoretical developments, or insightful experiences that can contribute to the foundations for the interdisciplinary research area. The topics include, but are not limited to:

· Innovative application of technologies

· Secure infrastructure for distributed data sources

· Adaptive, flexible and responsive information architectures

· Information quality and information sharing

· Information processing of large amounts of data

· Alignment of organizational and technical issues

· Network centric operations and information architecture

· Inter-organizational collaboration

· Decision-support systems and expert systems

· Case studies, lessons learned, and best practices

· Service-oriented architectures, orchestration, and semantic web

· Modelling, gaming and simulation of disasters

Special issue editors

Marijn Janssen, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

JinKyu Lee, Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University, USA

Nitesh Bharosa, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Anthony Cresswell, Administration & Policy Studies, University at Albany, The State University of NY, USA

Important Dates

Prospective authors are encourages to submit an abstract or concept for appropriateness.

Submission Deadline: June 1, 2008

Notification of First Round Reviews: September 15, 2008

Revised Manuscripts Due: November 15, 2008

Final Acceptance Notification: January 15, 2009

Publication: Mid 2009