Monthly Archives: November 2008



Keynote Address from Dr. Cynthia Enloe

Dr. Enloe is the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of her scholarship as well as her teaching, and is currently a research professor in the Department of International Development, Community & Environment at Clark University. Dr. Enloe’s teaching and research have focused on the interplay of women’s politics in the national and international arenas, with special attention to women’s labor in globalized factories and how women’s emotional and physical labor has been used to support governments’ war-waging policies-as well as the ways by which many women have tried to resist both of those efforts. Racial, class, ethnic, and national identities and pressures shaping ideas about femininities and masculinities have been common threads throughout her studies.  Her numerous publications include Globalization and Militarism: Feminists Make the Link (2007); The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in a New Age of Empire (2004); The Morning After: Sexual Politics at the End!
  of the Cold War (1993); and Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics (2000), as well as numerous articles and book chapters.
Call for Sessions:       The Conference committee is seeking proposals for papers, workshops, artwork, performances, poster sessions, and other contributions that speak to this year’s conference theme examining the global intersections of gender and the environment.  Due to the nature of this year’s conference theme, the committee is particularly interested in local and community action workshops as well as academic papers.  Sessions will be held on Friday afternoon as well as all day Saturday and will be 75 minutes long; Workshop lengths will vary, but individual papers will be held to a 15 minute time limit.

For complete academic Panels: please submit a 1 page proposal for each paper as well as a paragraph describing the panel as a whole, contact information for each member of the panel (including standard mail and email), each member’s full name and affiliation, and a designated moderator.
All other submissions, including single papers, workshops, poster sessions, performances, etc: please submit a 1 page proposal complete with standard mail and email contact information, full name, and affiliation.
Please include a title for all submissions as well as any anticipated special needs (such as Powerpoint, DVD player, etc).

All presenters are required to register at the conference pre-registration fee, not to exceed $15.00 for one day, $25.00 for two days.  On Friday, March 20, there is a small additional fee for parking. Please include a note if you are not available for both days.

Submission Deadline:  December 15, 2008                              Presenter Notification:  January 3, 2009

Please send all submission materials or questions to:
Nikki McGary, Conference Coordinator, at:

Please see our website for more information

2009 Library Research Round Table Forums at ALA Annual Conference

Call for Papers

2009 Library Research Round Table Forums at ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) will sponsor two Research Forums at the 2009 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL (July 9 – 15).  The LRRT Forums are a set of programs at the ALA Annual Conference featuring presentations of LIS research, in progress or completed, followed by discussion.  Two LRRT Research Forums are scheduled for 2009, one on general LIS research and one on a more specific topic that will emerge as we evaluate the submissions. The two forums are:

Research to Understand Users: Issues and Approaches

This session will feature three library-related research papers investigating users and their use of libraries and information.  An LRRT committee will select the winning papers based on quality of study design, significance of the research topic, and potential for significant contribution to librarianship. 

Four-Star Research

This session will feature three library-related research papers describing studies of libraries and librarianship.  An LRRT committee will select the winning papers based on quality and creativity of study design, significance of the research topic, and potential for significant contribution to librarianship. 

This is an opportunity to present and discuss your research project conducted in the broad area of library and information science or in a more specialized area of the field. LRRT welcomes papers emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS.  Topics can include, but are not limited to, user studies and user behavior, electronic services, service effectiveness, organizational structure and personnel, library value determination, and evaluation of library and information services.  Both completed research and research in progress will be considered.  All researchers, including practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals.  LRRT Members and nonmembers of LRRT are invited and welcomed to submit proposals.

The Committee will use a blind review process to select a maximum of six projects, three for each of the two forums.  The selected researchers will be required to present their papers in person at the forums and to register for the conference.  Criteria for selection are:

  1. Significance of the study to library and information science research;
  2. Quality and creativity of the methodology;
  3. Potential to fill a research gap or to build on previous LIS studies;
  4. Adherence to submission requirements (see below).

Please submit a two-page proposal by Friday, December 19, 2008.  Late submissions will not be considered, and submissions must be limited to two pages in length.  On the first page, please list your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information (telephone number, mailing address, and email address).  The second page should NOT show your name or any other identifying information.  Instead, it must include: 1) The title of your project, and 2) A 500-word abstract.  The abstract must include a problem statement, problem significance, project objectives, methodology, and conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress), and an indication of whether the research is in-progress or completed. Previously published research or research accepted for publication by December 19, 2008, will not be considered.

Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 27, 2009. Please send submissions (via email or snail mail) to:


Larry Nash White, Ph.D.

Library Research Round Table Chair-Elect

Assistant Professor

1108 Joyner Library

Department of Library Science

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC  27858

Phone: 252-328-2315



Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ)

Call for Submissions:

The Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ) exists to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future.

The Code4Lib Journal is now accepting proposals for publication in its 6th issue. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences. To be included in the 6th issue, which is scheduled for publication in late March 2009, please submit articles, abstracts, or proposals to by Friday, December 12, 2008. When submitting, please include the title or subject of the proposal in the subject line of the email message.

C4LJ encourages creativity and flexibility, and the editors welcome submissions across a broad variety of topics that support the mission of the journal. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

    * Practical applications of library technology (both actual and
    * Technology projects (failed, successful, proposed, or in-progress), including how they were done and challenges faced
    * Case studies
    * Best practices
    * Reviews
    * Comparisons of third party software or libraries
    * Analyses of library metadata for use with technology
    * Project management and communication within the library environment
    * Assessment and user studies

C4LJ strives to promote professional communication by minimizing the barriers to publication. While articles should be of a high quality, they need not follow any formal structure. Writers should aim for the middle ground between blog posts and articles in traditional refereed journals. Where appropriate, we encourage authors to submit code samples, algorithms, and pseudo-code.  For more information, visit C4LJ’s Article Guidelines or browse articles from the first 4 issues published on our website:

Remember, for consideration for the 6th issue, please send proposals, abstracts, or draft articles to no later than Friday, December 12, 2008. (If accepted: first draft due, January 23, 2009.)

Send in a submission. Your peers would like to hear what you are doing.

Code4Lib Journal Editorial Committee

ALA Poster Sessions: Chicago

Dear colleagues,

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

Proposals for poster sessions to be presented at the
2009 ALA Annual Conference are now being accepted. An
application form is available on the poster session
website for both US and international submissions.

The 2009 ALA Annual Poster Sessions will be held at the
ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, July 11, 12, and
13, 2009 at McCormick Place West (Saturday, Sunday, and
Monday of the conference).

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

The deadline for submitting an application is January
31, 2009. Applicants will be notified by March 31,
2009 whether their submission has been accepted for
presentation at the conference.

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

North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization

June 18-19, 2009

Syracuse University School of Information Studies

Syracuse, NY

We invite proposals for papers and posters for the 2009 North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization, sponsored by the Canadian and U.S. chapter of the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO). This will be our first official meeting as a chapter. Accordingly, it serves as a fitting occasion for us to take stock of our past in light of the present and with an eye to how this living heritage might be leveraged for the future. We hope that it will serve as a springboard for future symposia and lay the groundwork for possible research agendas in the years to come.  In the spirit of these objectives, the theme of NASKO 2009 will be “Pioneering North American Contributions to Knowledge Organization.”

The theme “Pioneering North American Contributions” borrows from the approach adopted by W. Boyd Rayward for the special Library Trends issue (Vol. 52, No. 4, Spring 2004), a collection of essays on people, events, theories, movements, policies, and publications that were “pioneering” in the field of Library and Information Science.  In his introduction, Rayward explained the overarching goal of the collection–to present evidence-based narratives that are not primarily celebratory, but that offer an opportunity for “detailed critical assessments of matters of importance” (p. 676). Following Rayward’s lead, we have intentionally left the notions of “contribution” and “pioneering” negotiable (p. 676): Each paper or poster may follow its own approach and use its own methodology for marshalling evidence in its own voice. Proposals taking an historical approach should not only provide an interesting narrative, but should also “function as an heuristic for detailed analysis of aspects of the past in the light of present trends of development and vice versa”(p. 679). Thus, we hope that historical submissions will not be purely celebratory of past accomplishments, but will provide reflective and substantive evaluations of these accomplishments that do justice both to their historical context and to current perspectives.

Proposals for papers and posters may address any of the following aspects of North American contributions to knowledge organization, broadly understood:

•       Individuals and organizations that are/were influential in knowledge organization, not only as representatives of their times, but also in terms of their influence on future developments;

•       Individuals and organizations that are either being reconsidered or should be reconsidered in light of new thinking and advances in technology;

•       The role of policies, standards, consortia, movements, technologies, etc., in developments relevant to knowledge organization;

•       Evaluation (or re-evaluation) of long-held beliefs and theories in light of their influence on the field of knowledge organization;

•       Important services, institutional developments, or educational trends that serve or have served as contributions to knowledge organization;

•       The influence of North American initiatives on the field of knowledge organization around the world; and

•       Any other North American contribution or pioneering effort deemed relevant to knowledge organization.

Proposals for papers and posters are due by January 1, 2008. The proposal should be no more than 600 words and should include a title but no other identifying information to ensure anonymity in reviewing. The proposal should be accompanied by a cover page that includes the name(s) of the author(s), the title, and a full mailing address and telephone and fax numbers for the corresponding author as well as e-mail addresses for all other authors. All proposals must be in Word or RTF format and should be submitted electronically to Nicolas George <>.

Proposals will be refereed by the members of the Program Committee. Authors of papers will be notified of the committee’s decision no later than January 30, 2009; authors of posters will be notified no later than February 15, 2009. All accepted papers will be published online. Final papers to appear in the electronic proceedings must be submitted no later than May 15, 2009. With permission of the authors, the most highly ranked papers will be submitted for publication in Knowledge Organization.

We extend special encouragement to students to contribute proposals for papers and posters, so please distribute this call to doctoral and masters-level students.

Important dates for papers:

January 1, 2009         Submission of proposal (600 words maximum)

January 30, 2009        Notification of authors

March 15, 2009          Final paper due (3000 words maximum)

May 1, 2009             Reviewed papers returned to authors for editing

May 15, 2009            Revised final papers due

Important dates for posters:

January 1, 2009         Submission of proposal (600 words maximum)

February 15, 2009       Authors notified of acceptance

Program Committee:

Clement Arsenault, Université de Montréal

Thomas Dousa, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Nicolas L. George, Indiana University Bloomington

Michele Hudon, Université de Montréal

Elin K. Jacob, Indiana University Bloomington, Co-Chair

Barbara Kwasnik, Syracuse University, Co-Chair

Kathryn La Barre, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Shawne Miksa, University of North Texas, Denton

David M. Pimentel, Syracuse University

Richard Smiraglia, Long Island University

Joseph T. Tennis, University of Washington

Questions regarding this call should be directed to Elin Jacob at <>.

The Second International m-libraries Conference

Vancouver, 23 – 24 June 2009

Call for papers

Following the successful First International m-libraries Conference  in 2007 we are delighted to call for papers for the Second International Conference in Vancouver in 2009. For more information about the conference visit

The conference will be hosted by the University of British Columbia in collaboration with Athabasca University, the Open University (UK) and Thompson Rivers University. The aim of the conference is to explore and share work carried out in libraries around the world to deliver services and resources to users “on the move” via mobile or handheld devices, including mobile and smartphones, PDAs, portable gaming devices, MP3 players and ebook readers.

The conference will bring together researchers, technical developers, managers and library practitioners to exchange experience and expertise and generate ideas for future developments.
If you would like to be involved in this exciting conference please submit your abstracts (up to 300 words) to  by December 15th, 2008. These will be subject to peer review and authors will be notified by mid-January.

We expect that papers may include research reports, demonstrations of technical developments, practical case studies or reviews. Posters are also invited.

Themes will include;
        service models for library services delivered to mobiles
        cost and sustainability factors for m-library service development
        the changing relationships between libraries and users resulting from innovation in ubiquitous
        partnership projects for developing integrated services to mobiles
        implications of mobile technologies on library space planning
        reconfiguring library collection development to enhance ubiquitous access to resources
        exploring methodologies for evaluating the impact of mobile and ubiquitous computing on library
        service development

Papers or presentation
Papers or presentations should last no longer than 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussions.

Poster sessions

Posters will be displayed throughout the conference and time will be allocated in the programme for poster viewing. A prize will be awarded to the best poster.
Conference proceedings will be published online.
The conference will be held at the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver, British Columbia. Situated on Canada’s West Coast, Vancouver is a popular travel destination and is a host city for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. For more information see

Contact Information
General enquiries:                 
Programme enquiries:          
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Canadian Association for Information Science: Call for Papers

The Canadian Association for Information Science invites abstract submissions for its 37th Annual Conference, to be held May 28-30, 2009 at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, as part of the 2009 Congress of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Deadline for proposals is January 16, 2009. Proposals, including the name(s) of the author(s), mailing and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers, should be sent electronically (Word or rich text format please) to
The conference theme is “Mapping the 21st Century Information Landscape: Borders, Bridges and Byways”.
We are seeking submissions that address any aspects of the following questions:
         How are the traditional information institutions of the 20th century and the broader information landscapes within which they continue to operate responding to the real and perceived pressures of a 21st century information economy?
         Has globalization and its effects on the information landscape produced a “sea-change” in our understanding of the role and function of information institutions, information services and information workers?
         Does history help or hinder our ability to describe, analyze and interpret contemporary conditions? What are the historical continuities or discontinuities that shed light on current issues in library and information science?
         Many argue that “the local” matters more and more. What are the boundaries and bridges between the local and the global in existing and emerging information landscapes?
Papers that address other aspects of information and library science or other aspects of the conference or congress themes are also warmly invited.
Submissions should include a title, the name(s) of the author(s), a statement of how the content relates to the conference themes and be no longer than 750 words. Proposals that report on completed or ongoing research will be given preference. Diverse perspectives (theoretical and applied) and methodologies are welcomed. Proposals may be submitted in English or French. Doctoral candidates are especially invited to submit proposals for the conference. With permission of the authors, full manuscripts of the highest ranked papers will be published in the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science / La revue canadienne des sciences de l’information et de biblioth�conomie with their abstracts appearing in the online proceedings.
Student to CAIS/ACSI Award: Papers submitted by graduate students will be considered for this award. The award includes a monetary prize as well as publication of the full manuscript in the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science / La revue canadienne des sciences de l’information et de biblioth�conomie. Details of the award, including previous winners, can be found at the CAIS/ASCI website (
Conference proposals will be refereed by the Programme Committee. Authors will be notified of the Committee’s decision no later than February 27, 2009. All presenters must register for the conference. Papers to appear as full-text in the electronic proceedings must be submitted no later than April 17, 2009.
For further information, please visit the CAIS/ACSI website ( or email the Programme Committee at