Monthly Archives: September 2008

Museums and the Web 2009

MW2009 CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Deadline September 30, 2008.

Museums and the Web 2009
the international conference for culture and heritage on-line
April 15-18, 2009
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Museums and the Web addresses the social, cultural, design, technological, economic, and organizational issues of culture, science and heritage on-line. Taking an international perspective, the MW program reviews and analyzes the issues and impacts of networked cultural, natural and scientific heritage.

Proposals are invited from professionals and researchers in all areas actively exploring the creation, on-line presentation and use of cultural, scientific and heritage content, and its re-use and evaluation.

The bibliography of past MW papers (all on-line since 1997) can be searched at

On-line proposal submission is required. Use the form at

Please co-ordinate your proposals with your collaborators. Multiple proposals about the same project will not be accepted.

Proposals are peer-reviewed individually by an International Program Committee; full sessions are rarely accepted. Proposals for sessions should be submitted as individual papers with a covering note. The committee may choose to accept some papers and not others.

Proposals due September 30, 2008
– for papers, workshops, mini-workshops + professional forums (written paper required by Jan. 31, 2009)

Proposals due December 31, 2008
– for demonstrations (written paper optional)

The Museums and the Web program is built from the ground up, from your proposals. Add your ideas to the on-line discussion at

Review the MW2009 Call for Participation on-line at

Contact the MW2009 Conference Co-Chairs
David Bearman + Jennifer Trant, Archives & Museum Informatics

New Learning Technology Conference

Abstracts for presentations from knowledgeable professionals in industry, government, military, and academia are solicited to provide presentations which would be part of a comprehensive conference program on the latest learning technologies as they are being applied to training, education and job performance improvement, including ways to implement technology, descriptions of education and technical skills applications, e-Learning, enterprise management, and instructional systems design, together with Knowledge Management systems.

The submissions should be in the form of individual presentations, panel discussions, and preconference tutorials. Topics of interest include:

Mobile Computing, Handhelds & PDAs
· Handhelds, PDAs, Smartphones, Tablet PCS

· Using Effective elearning and engaging distance learning for the enterprise

· Mobile-optimized Web Applications

· Pervasive computing devices and other ubiquitous computing technologies

· Virtualization, Process Migration, Thin-client Computing, Network Mobility

· Security Issues involved in interactions with Mobile Computing

· Mobile Computing’s Impact on Workforce Productivity

· Mobile Enterprise Asset Management Systems

Knowledge Management Systems
· Integrating EPSS

· Knowledge Management (KM) systems for operations improvement

· Purchasing KM systems vs outsourcing (ASPs)

· Learning Management Systems (LMS)

· Learning Content Managements Systems (LCMS)

· LMS Interaction with other Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERP)

· LMS Interoperability standards (SCORM, AICC, IMS, IEEE)

Gaming and Simulation for Training and
Job Performance Improvement

· Online Games

· Military Applications

· Massively Multiplayer Simulation (MMP)

· Agent-Based gaming, Avatars, and Distributed environments

· Game-based Learning

· Simulations and Games for Strategy and Policy Planning

· Business Gaming Using Expert Systems

· Simulations Utilizing Problem Solving Tools

· Customizable, Computer-based Interactive Simulations

· Simulation gaming for Management Training

New Technologies & the Marketplace
· Defining the Learning Marketplace

· Social Networks & Net Communities

· Virtual Learning Environments

· Criteria for instructional design & delivery methods

· Return on Investment (ROI) and Improved Productivity

· Integrated Enterprise Learning and Performance Improvement

· Content and Technology Interoperability Issues

· Corporate Learning Portals vs. Application Service Providers (ASPs)

Instructional Systems Design
· Blended Learning strategies

· Strategies to address remote learners

· Implementing Accessibility into e-Learning

· Authoring tools and their effectiveness

· Evaluation processes and assessment techniques

· ISD for the Enterprise and Performance Improvement

· Prototyping in the development process

· Business cases for learning measurement

· Acquiring metrics and developing budgets

20-2Presenters and Attendees would include the following:

· Academic Professionals

· Chief Learning Officers

· Directors of E-Learning

· Directors of Training and Development

· E-learning Project Managers

· Military and Industrial Trainers

· Government Professionals and Managers

· Performance Support Professionals

· Managers of Training

· Management and Training Consultants

· Compliance Training Managers

· Hardware and Software Systems Manufacturers

· Education/Training Facilitators

· Human Performance Technology Professionals

· Instructional Designers

· Instructional Systems Developers

· Curriculum Developers

· Content Developers

· E-Learning Developers

· Application Development Managers

Please submit abstract(s) of your proposed presentation(s) (up to 100 words per topic suggested). Abstracts will be considered for an individual presentation, or as a participant in a panel discussion. We are also seeking proposals for 1/2 day preconference tutorials related to the foregoing. A proceedings will be prepared and you should indicate whether you will provide a paper prior to the conference for inclusion in the proceedings. Abstract submissions should be received by September 15, 2008. If your abstract is accepted, papers should be submitted by January 23, 2009 in order to be included in the Conference Proceedings. Authors of accepted papers are expected to attend the conference, present their work to their peers, and transfer copyright. Primary speakers receive a complimentary registration to the conference. All other speakers will be required to pay a discounted conference registration fee. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your ideas for a presentation, please call John Fox at (540) 347-0055.

Accepted speakers will have their biographies included on the SALT® conference web site as well as a photo if this material is provided to SALT®. Submit on-line at or send to SALT, 50 Culpeper Street, Warrenton, VA 20186. Phone: 540-347-0055 / Fax: 540-349-3169 / email: The program schedule will consist of preconference tutorials on Tuesday, February 17, and the main conference presentation sessions on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, February 18-20.

Author’s Information

Be sure to include the author’s name, title, organization, address, phone number, and email address. In addition, relevant biographical information about the author(s) should be included with the abstract submission so it can be posted on the SALT web site.

Key Dates to note

Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts: September 15, 2008

Notification of Acceptance: September 30, 2008

Submission of Papers: January 23, 2009

Conference Dates: February 18-20, 2009

To submit your abstract online, a PDF version of the Call for Papers, go to

Society for Applied Learning Technology

50 Culpeper Street

Warrenton, Va 20186

Ph: (540) 347-0055 Fax: (540) 349-3169 Web:

14th Annual Technology and Learning Conference

I am writing to invite you to present at Montgomery County Community College’s 14th Annual Technology and Learning Conference for faculty and administrators on Friday, October 3, 2008, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at its Blue Bell campus. The conference serves as a forum for the discussion and exchange of information on the development and application of:

– State-of-the-art information technologies
– Pedagogy and enterprise systems
– Contributions to a vision of the future of IT in the academic enterprise
– Exchanging ideas and best practices for incorporating technology, security and learning

The Technology and Learning Conference 2008 Committee invites proposals for papers, hands-on sessions and roundtables. The conference is free to the primary presenter and any additional presenters pay the full registration cost. We encourage you to share this with faculty and staff who may be interested in presenting.

We’re excited to present Ms. Carie Windham-Page, as our keynote speaker.

Please place the date, Friday, October 3, 2008 on your calendar and consider bringing a contingent of faculty and staff with you to the conference. Please feel free to print out or distribute electronically the attached conference flyer with bio on Carie-Windham-Page to your faculty and staff.

We welcome poster sessions, 1 hour presentations and 2 hour hands-on sessions. To submit a proposal, please visit to locate the 2008 Call for Proposal Submission Application. Submission deadline is Monday, September 15, 2008.

We are keeping the cost of the conference as low as possible to allow as many attendees as possible with an $80 fee for Early Registration. Please return to the website at a later date for registration directions and information.

Please contact Katie Ishler at 215-641-6633 or if you have any questions.


Technology and Learning Conference Committee

Hockey Mom or Sarah Barracuda? Addressing the Media Coverage of Sarah Palin


Hockey Mom or Sarah Barracuda? Addressing the Media Coverage of Sarah Palin

In light of the overwhelming surge of discourse following John
McCain’s selection of Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin as his
vice-presidential running mate, the editors of FlowTV invite
submissions dealing with the media treatment, reaction, and handling
of Gov. Palin as a politician, a woman, a “Hockey Mom,” a wife, an
Alaskan, and a Conservative. We hope the following quotes serve as a
jumping off point – what we view as some of the most poignant
examples of the recent media treatment – but we encourage submissions
to look to viral video, spoofs, celebrations, editorials, Facebook
status updates, blog entries, and myriad other sources of coverage.
Submissions should be between 1000-1500 words. Because of the
topicality of the particular subject, we welcome submissions as soon
as possible, and no later thanSeptember 30th. While we seek neither
diary entries nor diatribes, submissions need not be overly formal or
academic, and we encourage the incorporation of images and video.
Additionally, we encourage alternative perspectives from students,
non-Americans, bloggers, etc.

Please send submissions and inquiries to Anne Petersen,Co-Coordinating Editor

For more info, see <″>>

Interpersonal Relations and Social Patterns in Communication Technologies: Discourse Norms, Language Structures and Cultural Variables

Proposal Submission Deadline: October 30, 2008

Interpersonal Relations and Social Patterns in Communication Technologies:
Discourse Norms, Language Structures and Cultural Variables

A book edited by Dr. Jung-ran Park
College of Information Science and Technology
Drexel University

Through an interdisciplinary perspective, this book will explore
interpersonal discourse realized in computer-mediated communication (CMC).
Interpersonal discourse concerns communication with another person in a
dyadic, public or small-group context. Human interaction in a dyadic,
public or group context through networked computers constitutes
computer-mediated communication. The development of communication
technologies enables dynamic social interaction through the CMC channel.
Accordingly, there has been rapid growth in multiple genres of social
interaction and online learning through the CMC channel. There exists a
need to explore the impact of interpersonal discourse in carrying
effective online learning and information seeking. This book will address
such an impact by applying conceptual fundamentals of interpersonal
discourse and online language usage to CMC contexts.

Objective of the Book
The rapid growth of CMC genres demands new perspectives, frameworks and
tools for research and practice. Also necessitated is an understanding of
online social interaction and an analysis of online discourse. This book
will aim to, through an interdisciplinary perspective, explore three
fundamental components of CMC: language, interpersonal
relations/communication and information technology. It will aim to provide
relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest empirical research findings
in the area. It also aims to address the impact of interpersonal discourse
in the building of online communities and in the design of interaction
systems and social technology.

Target Audience
The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and
researchers working in the field of information and communication in
various disciplines, e.g. library, information and communication sciences,
linguistics, computer science, information technology, education, and
management. Moreover, this book will provide advanced undergraduates and
graduate students in the above mentioned fields with an understanding of
the online social interaction and applications of interpersonal discourse
for effective online interaction across CMC channels.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
Interpersonal relations in CMC a conceptual framework
Social and affective aspects of communication in the CMC
Communication norms for social interaction through CMC (e.g., netiquette)
Online language usage and discourse structure
Face, self, identity in online communication
Verbal and non-verbal signals for interpersonal communication in CMC
Meaning seeking and negotiation in CMC
Applications of interpersonal discourse to CMC contexts
Building online communities and interpersonal communication skills
Group interaction and virtual teams
Interpersonal relations in online learning and education
Digital information service and interpersonal relations
Interaction system design, social technology, social interface
Online interaction across languages and cultures

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before October
30, 2008, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the objective and
concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals
will be notified by November 30, 2008 about the status of their proposals
and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters (7000+ words) are expected to
be submitted by February 15, 2009. All submitted chapters will be reviewed
on a double-blind review basis. This book is scheduled to be published by
IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information
Science Reference (formerly Idea Group Reference) and “Medical
Information Science Reference imprints. For additional information
regarding the publisher, please visit

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document)
or by mail at:
Dr. Jung-ran Park
College of Information Science and Technology
Tel.: +1 215 895 1669 Fax: + 1 215 895 2494

The Journal of Library Innovation

The Western New York Library Resources Council is pleased to announce plans to
publish The Journal of Library Innovation, one of the first journals devoted
explicitly to innovation and creativity in libraries. This peer reviewed, electronic
journal will publish original research, literature reviews, commentaries, case
studies, reports on innovative practices, letters, as well as book and product
reviews. The journal will also welcome provocative essays that will stimulate
thought on the current and future role of libraries in an Internet Age.

The inaugural issue will be published in January 2010. Please watch for a call for
papers in the near future. For more information, please contact Editor-in-Chief
Sheryl Knab ( or Managing Editor Pamela Jones

Association for Research on Mothering (ARM)

13th Annual Conference in conjunction with York University’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Mothering and the Environment: The Natural, The Social, and The Built

October 23-25, 2009, York University, Toronto, Canada

We welcome submissions from scholars, students, activists, environmental
agencies and workers, environmental educators, artists, mothers and
others who work or research in this area. Cross-cultural, historical and
comparative work is encouraged. We encourage a variety of types of
submissions including academic papers from all disciplines, workshops,
creative submissions, performances, storytelling, visual arts and other
alternative formats.

Topics can include (but are not limited to):

maternal health and the environment; creating and maintaining
sustainable family systems; public/private spaces and the pregnant body;
procreation and fertility; declining fertility and the environment.
disability, environments and the maternal body; mothers, cancer and
pollution; mothering and HIV/AIDS, breastfeeding and environmental
toxins; mothering, environments, sustainability and technology; women,
children and ‘nature’; gender, children and the language of ‘the
natural’; resisting, embracing and challenging the image of Mother
Earth; the philosophy of nature and its relation to the feminine; nature
and culture as gendered concepts; New definitions of “environment”;
environmental theory and mothering; feminist natural science; feminist
philosophy of natural science; essentialism and motherhood;. feminist
natural science; feminist philosophy of natural science. Indigenous
theories of mothering; mother environmental movements and maternal
activism; ecofeminism, maternal environmental activism and global
citizenship; the arts and mothering for social change; narrative inquiry
as a mother’s story; imagination and motherhood; environmental activism
through the arts; representations/images of mothers and environmental
issues; mothering and social and environmental justice; mothering with
reduced resources; social environmental support for mothering; race and
(anti-) racism in parenting; mothering and educational environments;
mothering and children’s play environments; mothering children in
data-driven school systems; mothering within the neoliberal context;
corporations, capitalism and the environment; commercialization of
nature; consumerism, the economy and performing motherhood; caring work,
waste and water; the effects of resource privatization/commodification
on poor and rural women; paternalism and dominant development models for
the global south; private and public geographies of mothering; mothering
and landscapes; geographies of mothering; mothering and geography;
mothering in public space and private space; the maternal in
architecture; modernist architecture as a symptom of patriarchy (phallic
skyscrapers); disability, environments and the maternal body; Internal
environments (mothering the self; internal/personal landscapes of
mothers); food, farming and the nurturer; GMOs ;The role of mothers in
creating food sovereignty; ‘other’ mothers; animal mothers, migration
and climate change.


Cindy Sheehan, Mother, Anti-war activist, Peace advocate, author of Not One More Mother’s Child

If you are interested in being considered as a presenter, please send a
250 word abstract and a 50 word bio
by March 1, 2009 to:

*one must be an ARM member to present at this conference:

Association for Research on Mothering
726 Atkinson, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3
(Tel) (416) 736-2100 x 60366 (Fax) 416-736-5766
email us at

International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development

Call for papers:

The journal wishes to publish papers that offer a detailed analysis and discussion on sociotechnical philosophy and practices which underpin successful organizational change thus building a more promising future for today’s societies and organisations.

The OVERALL MISSION of this journal:

is to provide a practical and comprehensive forum for exchanging research ideas and down-to-earth practices which bridge the social and technical gap within organisations and society at large.

At the same time it will provide a forum for considering the ethical issues linked to organisational change and development.

It will encourage interdisciplinary texts that discuss current practices as well as demonstrating how the advances of – and changes within – technology affect the growth of society (and vice versa).

The aim of the journal is to bring together the expertise of people who have worked practically in a changing society across the world, for people in the field of organisational development and technology studies, including information systems development and implementation.

We look to:

To support sociotechnical philosophies for organizational change and development;

To advance the development and evolution of sociotechnical approaches in the context of changing technologies and organizations;

To provide an interdisciplinary outlet for information systems and organisational development papers;

To provide an outlet for qualitative and reflective papers;

To provide an overview of the developing field by publishing reviews of important books and papers.

To accomplish this goal, the journal encourages:

The exploration of social and technical artefacts as they apply to change and development;

Qualitative analyses of change and technical practices;

Interdisciplinary approaches;

Articles which describe new developments in sociotechnical thinking and practice;

Debate by publishing contentious articles and articles which wish to argue, or disagree with themes from prior issues.

POSSIBLE TOPICS to be covered by this journal

Subject Coverage

This journal will look for practical sociotechnical approaches that can assist practitioners, academics, researchers, and students. A particular focus will be on new ideas and approaches including studies of their practical implementation.

Appropriate themes might thus include (but are not restricted to), a sociotechnical perspective

Knowledge management systems;

Systems failures;

Implementation issues of change and technology;

Design and technology development issues including requirements and stakeholder participation;


Knowledge sharing;

HRM issues for innovation and knowledge sharing;

Sociotechnical approaches in the context of complexity;

Technology and its role in society and organisations;

Culture and trust within organisations and their relevance to technological artefacts;

Critical success factors (and key performance indicators) for organisations and technological implementation;

Organisational change;

Performance and quality of working life;

Information systems development;

The influence of human factors on operational efficiency;

The relevance of the worker’s perspective;

Empowerment and team development;

Managing organizational knowledge as a strategic asset;

Using knowledge management principles to solve organizational performance problems;

Learning organizations;

Humanistic redesign and technological politics in organisations;

Ethical issues for the researcher and practitioner;

Quality assessment of computer information systems;

Social aspects of automation;

Sociotechnical systems;

Technological Forecasting and Social Change;

Technology in Society;

E-government and democracy as affected by technological change;

Applied Ergonomics.

This journal will normally be published Quarterly; but additional Special Editions may be added – if you have an idea for this please contact the Special Editions Editor:

Dr Jose Abdelnour-Nocera –


A submission should first go to the Editor-in-Chief, who would then allocate an Associate Editor to handle processes and the review.

According to topic it would be allocated to 3 members of the Editorial Board for double blind peer review.

For further detail on how to submit please go to the Journal Website:

Editor in Chief

Dr Elayne Coakes

Westminster Business School

University of Westminster

35 Marylebone Road



+44(0) 207 911 5000 x 3338

+44(0) 207 911 5


Subhasish Dasgupta, Ph.D.
George Washington University

Published: Quarterly (both in Print and Electronic form)


Prospective authors are invited to submit manuscripts for possible publication in the INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF VIRTUAL COMMUNITIES AND SOCIAL NETWORKING (IJVCSN). The primary objective of IJVCSN is to provide comprehensive coverage and understanding of the social, cultural, organizational, human, and cognitive issues related to the virtual communities and social networking. These issues include design, implementation, participation and use of virtual communities and social networks. The secondary objective of this Journal is to broaden the overall body of knowledge regarding participation of individuals, groups and organizations in these communities and networks, by providing an outlet for scholarly research in the area.


Among topics to be included (but not limited) are the following:

Social issues in virtual communities
Social impact of virtual communities
Political impact of virtual communities
Economic impact of virtual communities
Trust in communities
Individual behavior and group dynamics in virtual communities
Models for virtual communities
Social models
Business models
Technology-based models
E-learning models
Knowledge management models
Social networking
Social network analysis
Social relationships
Social structures
Culture in social networks
Success of virtual environments and social networks
Effectiveness of virtual environments and social networks
Service quality of virtual community and social networking sites
Collaborative work in virtual environments
ROI in business-oriented virtual communities
Technology in virtual environments and social networks
Hardware and software
Peer-to-peer networks
Web services, SOA and Web 2.0
Wiki’s and blogs
Human Computer Interfaces and virtual communities and social networks
Design of virtual communities
User friendly interfaces
Design of peer-to-peer networks
Mobile technologies and HCI
Cross-cultural issues in virtual communities and social networks
Culture in virtual communities and social networks
Multi-cultural environments
Cross-cultural studies
Design issues
Privacy and Security
Copyright issues
Privacy issues
Business implications
Trust issues
Virtual communities for gaming
Virtual communities for gaming
Game design
Social issues
Cultural issues
Virtual worlds
Technological issues
Social and cultural issues
Computer-based simulated environments


Prospective authors should note that only original and previously unpublished manuscripts will be considered. Interested authors should consult the journal’s guidelines for manuscript submissions at All manuscript submissions will be forwarded to at least three members of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal for a double-blind, peer review. Final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews received from the reviewers. Submissions must be forwarded electronically to or


The International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking is published by IGI-Global, Inc., publisher of the “Idea Group Publishing,” “Information Science Publishing,” “IRM Press,” “CyberTech Publishing” and “Idea Group Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit

All inquiries and submissions should be should be directed to:

Subhasish Dasgupta, Ph.D.
International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking
Associate Professor of Information Systems
George Washington University
2201 G Street, NW, Funger 515
Washington, DC 20052
E-mail: or

WILU 2009

38th Annual Workshop on Instruction in Library Use
38e Atelier annuel sur la formation documentaire

Universit� Concordia University
Montr�al, Qu�bec, Canada

May 25-27, 2009 / 25-27 mai 2009

Submission deadline: Monday, December 8, 2008
Date limite pour soumettre une proposition : le lundi 8 d�cembre 2008


Conference theme: Reflections

We welcome papers that present variations on reflections, a word that signifies different aspects of our information literacy work and experience.

Reflections can involve:
* Research into learning theory
* Investigation into instructional practices
* Exploration of the learning behaviours of our students
* Examination of our identity as teachers

Our vision for the reflections of WILU 2009 is a spectrum of sessions that will inspire and engage the information literacy community. The idea of reflections connotes depth and thoughtful work, which we see presented through either theoretical or applied research. We envision sessions that will require the active participation of conference participants. The sessions of WILU 2009 will call on us to reconsider past practices and advance new ideas and approaches into the future.

Proposals can be submitted for either 45-minute presentations or 7-minute “lightning strike” presentations.

More information is available on the following topics:
* Session formats –
* Submission information –
* Submission criteria –

You can also contact Co-chairs Olivier Charbonneau ( and Patrick Labelle (

Is your institution interested in hosting WILU in 2010? Find out more at



Th�me du congr�s: R�flexions

Nous acceptons les propositions qui portent sur le th�me � r�flexions � ou ses variantes. Ce concept regroupe divers aspects de notre travail et de notre exp�rience quant � la formation documentaire.

Les � r�flexions � peuvent comprendre :
* La recherche portant sur les th�ories d’apprentissage
* Une investigation de nos pratiques d’enseignement
* Une exploration des comportements d’apprentissage de nos �tudiants
* Un examen de notre identit� en tant qu’enseignant

L’objectif de nos r�flexions � WILU 2009 est de pr�senter une gamme de sessions qui inspirerons et motiverons la communaut� int�ress�e � la formation documentaire. Le th�me � r�flexions � sous-entend un processus de pens�e profonde que nous pr�voyons pr�senter par le biais de recherche th�orique ou pratique. Nous envisageons des sessions qui n�cessiteront la participation active des d�l�gu�s. Les sessions de WILU 2009 nous demanderons de repenser nos pratiques ant�rieures tout en mettant de l’avant de nouvelles id�es et des approches novatrices pour l’avenir.

Des propositions peuvent �tre soumises pour des pr�sentations de 45 minutes ou des pr�sentations � �clair � de 7 minutes.

De plus amples renseignements sont disponibles sur les sujets suivants :
* Formats des sessions –
* Information relative � la proposition –
* Crit�res d’�valuation –

Vous pouvez aussi communiquer avec les co-pr�sidents Olivier Charbonneau ( et Patrick Labelle (

Votre �tablissement est-il int�ress� � accueillir WILU en 2010? Apprenez-en davantage �