Monthly Archives: July 2008

Latina/Chicana Mothering


Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection on Latina/Chicana Mothering

Publication Date: Spring 2011 Editors: Dors�a Smith Silva and Janine Santiago

We are very excited to edit an interdisciplinary book on mothering in the Latina
and Chicana communities. We seek papers that examine the narratives, histories,
practices, and theories of Latina and Chicana mothering as they reflect the
realities and complexities of diverse perspectives. Latina and Chicana
mothering is a rich experience, which engenders a sense of identity, multiple
viewpoints, and cultural orientations. Here, the Latina/Chicana mothering
experience seeks to provide a site for inquiry of those life histories and
legacies, which have been marked by undergoing childbirth, raising children, or
becoming mothers, as well as transatlantic mothers. One of the main goals of
this text will be to examine the complex representations of Latina and Chicana
mothering and to address the space where Latina and Chicana perspectives are in
many cases rendered invisible.

We encourage varied approaches from across the humanities and social sciences
including, but not limited to topics as the following: theoretical, historical,
cultural, feminist, maternal, transgender, and gender studies; personal and
reflective essays; ethnographies; oral histories, cultural studies; literary
representation; mother activists and activism perspectives; constructions and
hybridity theories of identity and changes in identity; constructions of
ethnicity and changes in ethnicity; Latina and Chicana/mothering in global and
transnational contexts; issues of immigration, diaspora, citizenship, national
identity, embodiment theories; feminist philosophies of mothers and mothering;
film and media representations; mothering conflicts; ideological and social
debates and tensions within discussions of Latina and Chicana mothering;
mothering critiques; issues of Latina and Chicana mothering, especially as they
intersect with categories of race, discrimination, class, gender, economics,
nation, family, community, education, and language; law, political, or
scientific issues; politics and public policies; poverty; health, health care,
reproduction, and reproductive rights; the role of web communities and
technology; spiritual, cultural, emotional, communal, or social influences;
support services for Latina and Chicana mothers; self-sponsored Latina and
Chicana mothering communities and institutions; ideologies in Latino and
Chicano communities
Abstracts/Proposals (250-400 words) due October 31, 2008

Acceptances made by December 1, 2008

Accepted and completed papers (15-20 pp. double-spaced, MLA format) due: March
31, 2009

Please send inquiries and papers, along with a brief biography, to:
Editors, Dors�a Smith Silva and Janine Santiago at

About the Editors:

Dors�a Smith Silva teaches English in the College of General Studies at the
University of Puerto Rico, R�o Piedras. Her research and teaching focus on
Ethnic and Caribbean Literature, the Latino community and the Diaspora, and
feminism. She is the author of several articles and is the co-editor of The
Caribbean without Borders: Caribbean Literature, Language, and Culture
(Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008).
Janine Santiago is an Assistant Professor of English at University of Puerto
Rico, College of General Studies. Santiago was granted a Ph.D. in American
Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2003. Her research
interests are in the areas of Gender Studies, Oral History, Caribbean Women
Writers, and Hispanic and Latino/a Literature and Popular Culture. She has
published several articles, including her work in Latinas in the United States:
A Historical Encyclopedia (2006).

Association for Research on Mothering (ARM)
Demeter Press
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4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON,
Canada, M3J 1P3
416-736-2100 x60366 (fax) 416-736-5766


The Special Libraries Association (SLA) has posted its 2008 SLA Research
Grant guidelines and application materials at
SLA supports two types of proposals.
Research projects focused on the needs and concerns of information
professionals in special libraries and related venues, with its
current focus being on evidence-based practice, as in the Special
Libraries Association (SLA) Research Statement, Putting Our
Knowledge to Work ( Awards may be
granted up to $25,000.
Projects which directly benefit the operations of SLA and its units,
by furthering the scientific, literary and educational purpose for
which the association is organized and operated. Awards may be
granted up to $10,000.

This focus on evidence-based practice includes but is not limited to the
following topics and approaches:

Impact of Information Professionals;
Roles of Information Professionals within organizations
Current/User Issues;
Core Competencies;
Measures of Productivity and Value;
Client/User Satisfaction Measures;

Grant applications are evaluated by SLA’s Research & Development Committee
based on the purpose and objectives of the proposed project within the
context of evidence-based practice, the significance of the topic to the
profession, the project’s methodology, qualifications of staff, and the
appropriateness of the project’s budget and timetable.

Research should focus on the demand for increased professional competence
and accountability through consciously and consistently making
professional-level decisions that are based on the strongest evidence of
what works best for our clients. Areas in which evidence-based practice
may be applied are listed in SLA’s revised Competencies for Information
Professionals of the 21st Century ( and include
selection and acquisition of information resources, methods of information
access, selection and use of information technologies, and management of
library and information services. Research techniques that support these
competencies include: benchmarking, program evaluation, quality management,
performance measurement, identifying best practices, and operations

The focus of Association operation projects should be on projects which
directly benefit the operations of SLA and its members. They should focus
on projects which can be adapted for wider use within SLA’s community, and
may include publications, study grants, continuing education programs,
public awareness activities, special studies and reports, and information
dissemination efforts.

Application Information

The grant is announced internationally. A new solicitation for applicants
is made each year. Application materials are available on SLA’s website at or by contacting: Director, Information
Center, Special Libraries Association, 331 S. Patrick Street, Alexandria,
VA 22314-3501, USA; E-mail:


July 2008
Application materials are made available.

October 1, 2008
Deadline for submission of the proposal and application form to SLA

January 2009
Notification of award decision.

John Latham
Director, Information Center
Tel: +1.703.647.4915
Fax: +1.703.647.4901

Taking the Temperature: Understanding Library Microclimates

(the 12th annual Atmospheric Science Librarians International meeting)

Much as the weather is subject to regional and seasonal variations, so too are libraries. Libraries vary in the populations they serve, the materials they collect and provide access to, their physical facilities, the expertise of their staff, and the services they provide. Each library has its own unique microclimate that works to support the needs of its user community. The purpose of this meeting, to be held on January 14-15, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona, is to highlight some of the variations in how the library community is responding to the changing needs of the meteorological community vis a vis information resources and services of all types, from data curation to digital reference.

We invite proposals for papers describing library microclimates, covering topics such as specialized library services, tools or collections, liaison and training programs, marketing and outreach programs, assessment and management tools, and innovative library spaces (physical or virtual). Submissions should include full contact information, a title, and brief abstract of less than 250 words. Poster submissions are also accepted as are proposals for a ‘lightning round’ session, consisting of back-to-back 5-minute talks on tips or tools of interest to the attendees. Students are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

Submit proposals to: Linda Musser, ASLI Chair-elect, 105 Deike Bldg, University Park PA 16802 USA; 814-863-7073;

Deadline for submission: October 6, 2008

InfoSys 2009, April 21-25, 2009



InfoSys 2009 is a federated event focusing on advances topics concerning the networking, services, autonomic and autonomous systems, and intensive services and applications.

InfoSys 2009 continues the tradition of well-established conferences, ICNS and ICAS, and adds new trends on intensive services and applications (INTENSIVE).

Submission deadline: November 1st, 2008

ICNS 2009, The Fifth International Conference on Networking and Services

ICAS 2009, The Fifth International Conference on Autonomic and Autonomous Systems

INTENSIVE 2009, The First International Conference on Intensive Applications and Services

Submissions must be electronically done using the “Submit a Paper” button on the entry page of each conference.

For details on the each conference’s topics, see the individual Call for Papers for each conference.

Unpublished high quality contributions in terms of Regular papers and Forum posters are welcome. Workshop proposals and Panel proposals on challenging topics are encouraged.

Extended versions of selected papers will be published in IARIA on-line Journals ( and in Special issues of
different journals mentioned on the entry page of each conference.

Submissions will be peer-reviewed, published by IEEE Computer Society Press, posted in IEEE Digital Library, and indexed via all the IEEE indexing agreements.

IARIA Publicity Board

Transforming LIS Education for the 21st Century: i-CREATE

Deadlines for ALISE Juried Papers:

For more information on the conference go to:


July 31, 2008: 500-word abstracts
August 31st, 2008: notification of decision re paper acceptance for
September 30: notification of decision re in-person paper delivery
November 14st: : final paper due, 3,000-5,000 words
December 1st, 2008: online proceedings available

The ALISE Juried Papers Committee seeks submissions on the conference
theme “i-CREATE” (Information / Culture / Research / Education / Art /
Technology/ Experience). The papers should emphasize creativity and
innovation towards creating a new model for LIS education for the
digital age.

Papers on the topics of cultural and social aspects of information
that bring focus to digital contexts are of particular interest.
Domains might include digital libraries, archives & preservation,
cultural & museum informatics, virtual scholarly communication &
literacy, and outreach in a Web 2.0 world. These might include:

o using and teaching social networking;
o library as conversation;
o using and teaching virtual environments;
o museums and archives in the LIS curriculum,
o physical and virtual interactions in the classroom; and
o preparing students to work in new digital frontiers.

This year papers will be accepted to the conference’s online
proceedings, with a subset of papers selected for presentation during
the conference meeting itself. All papers selected shall be considered
peer reviewed conference papers.
All papers will be made available online preceding the physical
conference. The online proceedings will enable online conversations
and discussions of the papers. Authors are expected to monitor these
online conversations concerning their papers. The subset shall be
selected for their match to the general conference program and the
ability to stimulate online discussion.

Only electronic submissions shall be accepted.
Inquiries, abstracts and papers should be sent to:

R. David Lankes, Associate Professor School of Information Studies

“Virtual Dave” Lankes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director Information Institute of Syracuse
School of Information Studies, Syracuse University

Cases on Online and Blended Learning Technologies in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices

Proposal Submission Deadline: August 15, 2008
Full Chapter Due: November 30, 2008

Book: “Cases on Online and Blended Learning Technologies in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices”
A book edited by Yukiko Inoue, PhD, University of Guam

Online learning is becoming an important long term strategy for many institutions of higher education. However, in the future, “blended” learning—a balanced mix of traditional face-to-face instructional activities with appropriately designed online learning experiences—will be a more significant growth area than fully online learning. Blended learning is still in its infancy, and thus, there are few research studies providing insights into exactly how it should be implemented within curricula in higher education, or integrated with instruction. This book, therefore, provides real-life examples and experiences of those involved in developing and implementing blended learning in the higher education curriculum and instruction. It includes a wide range of the most current designs, methodologies, tools, and applications in blended courses. It also includes emerging issues, problems, and challenges in blended courses.

Objectives of the book
To provide real-life examples and experiences of those involved in:
• Designing blended learning
• Developing blended learning
• Managing blended learning
• Evaluating blended learning
• Institutional related issues
• Theory and research on blended learning

The target audience
The prospective audience of the book includes researchers, parishioners, professors, trainers, library media specialists, teachers, administrators, and educational technologists (who design instruction, produce instructional materials, and manage instructional computing services or learning resources collections) particularly from academic communities throughout the world. The goal of the book is to appeal to individuals with a professional interest in blended learning. Anyone working with blended learners or anyone engaged in blended learning will also find this book beneficial.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Theory and research on blended learning (e.g., new pedagogies, new technologies, and new theories)
• Developing and implementing blended learning
 design-related (e.g., course design, instructional strategy development, and course material designs)
 development-related (e.g., course management system, course support system, Web-based learning management system building, online tools development, online testing system development, and student corroboration)
 management-related (e.g., learning resource management, faculty support, learner support, and technical support)
 evaluation-related (e.g., curriculum quality control, and assessment of learning outcomes)
 institutional and operational-related (e.g., administration, policy, accreditation, innovations, and budgeting)

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a 2-5 page proposal clearly explaining the objectives and concerns of the proposed chapter by August 15, 2008. The status of the submitted proposals will be notified by August 31, 2008; the authors of accepted proposals will be provided with chapter organizational guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by November 30, 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 Information Science Reference (formally “Idea Group Reference”) and Medical Information Science Reference imprints.

Inquiries and Submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document), or by mail, to:
Yukiko Inoue, PhD, Educational Research and Technology
School of Education, University of Guam
Mangilao, Guam 96923 U.S.A
Tel.: 671-735-2423/2440 • Fax: 671-734-3651 • E-mail:

The Published Librarian: Successful Professional and Personal Writing

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

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

Introductory Note: Wayne Jones, Head of Central Technical Services, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Ed., Ontario Library Association, Access; Ed., E-Journals Access and Management (Routledge, 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)

Contributors must have significant publication credits for practical, concise, how-to articles to help the reader. No previously published, simultaneously submitted, co-authored material. Two articles sharing the range of your publishing experiences: 1900-2100 words total; for example, one article could be 1000 words, another 900-1100 words on another topic. Librarians with ethnic backgrounds serving diverse cultures are encouraged. Contributor’s sign an ALA Writer Agreement before publication.

Editor Carol Smallwood, MLS, 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, diversity in publication, ideas from students for YA books, using tools like BIP to locate publishers for your books, storytellers turned picture book authors, interviewing, 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 August 30, 2008

Please send more than 2 topic proposals for feedback using MS Word; a sample article may be requested. Compensation: a complimentary copy, discount on additional copies. Please submit topics for consideration with a 65-70 word bio beginning with your library of employment, highlighting your publications. Place LIBRARIANS/your name on the subject line to:

Critical Pedagogy and Library Instruction: An Edited Collection

Maria Accardi, Coordinator of Instruction, Indiana University Southeast:

Emily Drabinski, Reference Librarian, Sarah Lawrence College:

Alana Kumbier, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Wellesley College:

Critical pedagogy seeks to identify, critique, and disrupt the inequalities of the dominant culture, thus equipping learners to transform oppressive social, cultural, and economic conditions. While many theorists, critics, and practitioners have considered how critical pedagogical strategies and perspectives might be employed in higher education, the academic library remains mostly absent in these discussions. There have been few interventions in the library literature with specific reference to critical pedagogy, but these perspectives mostly consider critical literacy applications. Other forms of critical pedagogy, such as feminist, queer, and anti-racist, have yet to be fully explored in the context of the library instruction classroom. We intend for this book to intervene in this gap in the literature.

Objective of book

This book, to be published by Library Juice Press in September 2009, proposes to consider the following questions: How might library instruction benefit from exploring critical pedagogical strategies? What challenges are posed by the unique requirements of library instruction? And how might our use of critical pedagogical strategies help us embed library instruction in the critical classrooms on our campuses? We invite proposals that 1) investigate intersections between critical pedagogy and the library instruction classroom and 2) identify pedagogical applications that can be adopted in library instruction programs.

Target audience

The target audience for this book includes librarians who teach, library instruction program coordinators, faculty and instructors interested in bringing librarians into the classroom, and librarians interested in developing liberatory and anti-oppressive professional practices.

Suggested topics

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

� Envisioning what critical pedagogy might do for the library instruction classroom

� Examination of specific types of critical pedagogies–such as queer, feminist, or anti-racist–and their implications for the library instruction classroom

� Discussions of particular theories/theorists (e.g. Paulo Friere, Lisa Delpit, Peter Mclaren, Henry Giroux, Deborah Britzman, etc.) and their relevance for library instruction

� Illustrations of how critical pedagogy works in practice

� Examples of instruction sessions taught from a critical pedagogy framework

� Explorations of how critical pedagogy intersects with student and faculty research

� Considerations of how critical pedagogy can inform selection and collection development decisions

� Imagining how critical pedagogy can be useful in other teaching contexts — e.g., during the reference interview, in workshops, when librarians teach in community spaces

Submission procedure

Please submit abstracts and proposals of up to 500 words and a short author’s statement to by September 15, 2008, with notification by November 15. Final manuscripts of between 1500 and 5000 words will be due February 15

2nd Workshop on Information Credibility on the Web (WICOW 2008)

in conjunction with 17th ACM CIKM 2008

October 30, 2008, Napa Valley, California


The aim of this workshop is to provide a forum for discussion about issues related to information credibility and its evaluation.

As computers and computer networks become more sophisticated, a huge amount of information, such as that found in Web documents, has been accumulated and circulated. Such information gives people a framework for organizing their daily lives. A well-functioning society needs technology that can be used to manage this wealth of information and, in particular, investigate its credibility.

This technology would be able to handle a wide range of tasks:

extracting credible information related to a given topic, organizing this information, detecting its provenance, clarifying background, facts, and various related opinions and the distribution of them, and so on. Especially, as the Web is becoming a major source of information nowadays, it is necessary to provide efficient and reliable methods for evaluation of Web content’s trustworthiness.


We invite submissions on any aspects of information credibility on the Web. Topics include, but are not limited to:

– Information credibility evaluation and its applications

– Content analysis for credibility evaluation

– Sentiment analysis of content

– Credibility of Web search results

– Search models and applications for trustworthy content

– Conflicting opinion detection and analysis

– Credibility evaluation of user-generated content

– Information credibility evaluation in social networks

– Analysis of information dissemination

– Estimation of author and publishing venue reputation

– Spatial and temporal aspects in information credibility

– Estimation of information age, provenance and validity

– Sociological and psychological aspects of information credibility

– Users study for information credibility

– Risk assessment of information credibility

– Multimedia content credibility

– Persuasive technologies

– Information credibility in online advertising and Internet monetization

– Object identification on the Web


– July 20, 2008 – Paper submission

– August 10, 2008 – Notification of acceptance

– August 15, 2008 – Camera-ready paper submission

– October 30, 2008 – Workshop


All accepted papers will appear in CIKM Workshops Proceedings by ACM Press. Submissions should be sent in English in PDF format. They should adhere to ACM formatting guidelines and should not exceed 8 pages. Papers must be original and have not been submitted for publication elsewhere. At least one author of accepted submissions should register and participate in the workshop.


General Chairs:

– Katsumi Tanaka Kyoto University, Japan

– Takashi Matsuyama Kyoto University, Japan

– Ee-Peng Lim Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

PC Chair:

– Adam Jatowt Kyoto University, Japan

Program Committee:

– Witold Abramowicz Poznan University of Economics, Poland

– Sourav S Bhowmick Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

– Yunbo Cao Microsoft Research Asia, China

– Jean-Yves Delort University of Montpellier 2, France

– Pavel Dmitriev Yahoo!, USA

– Rino Falcone CNR, Italy

– Kentaro Inui NAIST, Japan

– Daxin Jiang Microsoft Research Asia, China

– Yoshikiyo Kato NICT, Japan

– Yukiko Kawai Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan

– Masaru Kitsuregawa University of Tokyo, Japan

– Marek Kowalkiewicz SAP Research, Australia

– Dariusz Krol Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland

– Sadao Kurohashi Kyoto University, Japan

– Ee-Peng Lim Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

– Yutaka Matsuo University of Tokyo, Japan

– Martin Memmel DFKI, Germany

– Hisashi Miyamori Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan

– Manabu Okumura Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

– Kotagiri Ramamohanarao University of Melbourne, Australia

– Kazutoshi Sumiya University of Hyogo, Japan

– Hideaki Takeda NII, Japan

– Katsumi Tanaka Kyoto University, Japan

– Martin Wolpers Fraunhofer FIT, Germany

– Masatoshi Yoshikawa Kyoto University, Japan


Adam Jatowt

email: adam [at] dl [dot] kuis [dot] kyoto-u [dot] ac [dot] jp

phone/fax: +81-75-231-4282

Communities and Technologies (C&T 2009)

25-27 June 2009, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA

Call for papers at:

Communities and Technologies (C&T) is a premier scholarly forum for stimulating and disseminating research on the complex connections between communities — physical and virtual — and information and communication technologies.

C&T 2009 welcomes participation of researchers, designers, educators, and students from the many disciplines and perspectives bearing on the interaction between community and technology. These areas include anthropology, art and architecture, business, cognitive science, communication studies, community informatics, computer science, design studies, education, ergonomics, geography, graphic design, human-computer interaction, information science, information systems, industrial engineering, interaction design, journalism, knowledge management, law, learning science, linguistics and semiotics, management, psychology, requirements engineering, sociology, software engineering, technical communication, and user experience design.

C&T 2009 welcomes contributions on topics including, but not limited to, communities and e-government; communities and innovation; communities of interest; communities of practice; (virtual) community formation and development; community-oriented e-commerce business models; design methods for community technology; community informatics; economics of technology-facilitated communities; ethnographic and case studies; innovations in community technology design and innovative applications; interaction in large-scale online communities; knowledge sharing and organizational learning; learning/education and community technology; persistent conversation in technology-facilitated communities; regional development issues; social capital and community technology; social movements and community technology; supporting collaboration in local and distributed communities; system platforms for e-community research; technical support for communities; trust, privacy, and security issues; and virtual business communities.

The conference program includes competitively selected, peer-reviewed papers, as well as workshops, tutorials, a doctoral consortium, and invited speakers.

Please make a note of these dates:

15 December 2008 Papers due
15 February 2009 Doctoral consortium, workshop proposals due
15 March 2009 Notification to authors and event organizers
15 April 2009 Final versions of accepted papers due
25-27 June 2009 Conference at Penn State, University Park, Pennsylvania

For more information, contact:
Dr. Jack Carroll