Monthly Archives: December 2008

Building Bridges: Connecting the Soul and Spirit of LIS Education in Developing Countries

Call for Papers for Satellite Meeting

IFLA LIS Education in Developing Countries Special Interest Group (SIG)

University of Milan Aula Magna, Milan, Italy, August 19-21, 2009

Theme: “Building Bridges: Connecting the Soul and Spirit of LIS Education in
Developing Countries”

Objectives of the Satellite meeting:

•To bring together LIS education experts from the developing countries to share
experiences and explore the challenges and solution to the problems facing LIS
education in the region.
•To encourage collaboration and exchange of ideas amongst LIS educators in developing
•To suggest and propose future action to bridge the current digital divide and
improvement of the curriculum, teaching, research and service.

Submission of Proposal

The Satellite organizing committee invites you to submit an abstract of no more than
300 words in electronic format related to the conference theme and which may cover
the following topics:

•Curriculum development
•Faculty – teaching – research – mentoring
•Student – recruitment – retention
•Collaboration – sharing resources – networking
•Accreditation – certification -standards
•Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
•Professional Association – regional cooperation
•Distance Education
•Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
•Professional Ethics

The proposal must include:

•Name of presenter(s)
•Institutional affiliation
•Mailing address
•E-mail address
•Phone number
•Title of paper
•Brief biographical statement maximum 100 words

The official language of the conference will be English

Submit to:

Ismail Abdullahi
Chair of the organizing committee

Important Dates:

1.Proposal must be received by January 30, 2009
2.Notification of acceptance will be sent by February 20, 2009
3.Deadline of final paper submission is May 15, 2009.The final paper should be no
more than 5, 000 words in length.

Registration Costs:

The cost of registration will be 50 EURO. All conference expenses, including
registration, travel, accommodation etc. are the responsibility of the author of the
accepted paper.

Ismail Abdullahi, Ph.D
Associate Professor
North Carolina Central University
School of Library and Information Sciences
Durham NC 27707

Criminalization and Sexuality

The journal Social Justice invites contributions for the December 2009
issue, which will be devoted to the theme of Criminalization and

Over the past three decades, the U.S. has increasingly relied on
criminalization as a strategy for managing social problems. As a result,
over 2.3 million people are presently incarcerated, or 1 in every 100
adults, excluding those held in immigration detention, juvenile justice,
or military facilities. Additionally, in the post-9/11 political
context, new technologies of surveillance and detention have emerged,
resulting in the criminalization and deportation of thousands of
immigrants from the U.S., and the indefinite detention and abuse of
prisoners of war around the globe.  For this issue, we define
criminalization to include de jure and de facto processes, so as to
address law as it exists “on the books” and as it manifests in everyday

We approach sexuality with a particular focus on non-normative
identities and communities, and with particular interest in its
intersections with gender, race, class and citizenship.  We invite
articles that examine how legal institutions criminalize and punish
marginalized communities for non-normative, non-conforming sexualities
and genders as well as articles that explore how the criminal justice
system manages sexuality, particularly within detention facilities. We
encourage submissions from social scientists and humanities scholars,
and we welcome articles that use a wide-range of methodologies,
including qualitative, quantitative, historical, cultural, and
transnational analyses.

We are interested in selecting papers that address at least one of the
following themes:
1.    Intimate and State Sexual Violence Against Women.
2.    Sexuality and Gender in the Racialized Carceral Landscape.
3.    Law, Sexuality and the Post-Colonial State.
4.    Queer Politics, Heteronormativity and Criminalization.
5.    Sexual and Gender Violence in Prisons and Jails.
6.    Sexual Politics of the Prison Industrial Complex.
7.    Sexuality, Citizenship and Immigration Control.
8.    State Regulation and the Global Sex Trade.
9.    Surveillance and Harassment of Marginalized Communities.
10.    Disciplining of Black Masculinity and Heterosexuality.

Please submit a proposal that briefly outlines the scope of the paper (1
– 2 pages) and a current C.V.  Notification of invitation to submit a
full paper will be made by February 13th, 2009.

Send proposals in electronic format to Clare Sears and Alexis Martinez:, Each manuscript should include the
following contact information:  author(s) name(s), institutions,
telephone number(s), and email address(es) for all authors, and work
address for the corresponding author.

Authors of accepted paper proposals will be invited to submit a full
paper by April 3rd, 2009


Special issue of the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science


– Dominic Forest (Universit� de Montr�al, Canada)
– Lyne Da Sylva (Universit� de Montr�al, Canada)


The guest editors of this special issue of the Canadian Journal of
Information and Library Science invite original research from all
disciplines reporting on various aspects of the integration of text mining
techniques within information retrieval applications. This includes, but is
not limited to:

– developing text mining strategies within an information retrieval context
– evaluating text mining operations for information retrieval
– identifying contexts for text mining (thematic analysis, management of
digital libraries, information extraction and visualization, knowledge
extraction, cross-linguistic information retrieval, etc.)

Text mining approaches described in the papers may be based on numerical or
linguistic techniques, or both. Special attention should be given to the
description and evaluation of the information retrieval system where the
text mining techniques are embedded, where applicable. Applications
described in the papers can be academic prototypes or commercial software.

Manuscripts will undergo the normal double-blind review process for
submissions to CJILS.


The Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science , established in
1976, is the official journal of the Canadian Association for Information
Science. Its objective is to promote the advancement of information science
in Canada.


Submissions are accepted in either English or French.


– January 15, 2009 : Submission deadline
– March 15, 2009 : First decision of the reviewers
– May 15, 2009 : Final version due
– June 15, 2009 : Final decision of reviewers
– August 2009 : Publication


Please send your manuscript (Word or RTF) to:

Dominic Forest
�cole de biblioth�conomie et des sciences de l’information
Universit� de Montr�al
C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville
Montr�al (Qu�bec) H3C 3J7

E-mail :

Instructions for authors are available on-line on the journal website



<!– has been replaced here –>ACADEMIC EXCHANGE EXTRA (AEE)




Submissions are invited from educators, graduates, and post-graduates of all levels and areas of study for Academic Exchange Extra (AEE) (Editor-in-Chief, Elizabeth Haller – English Instructor at <!– has been replaced here –>Kent State University). Qualified submissions from undergraduates may also be considered. 


AEE presents ideas, research methods and pedagogical theories leading to effective instruction and learning regardless of level, subject or context. We also seek cogent essays, poetry and fiction.


Articles to 7,000 words on theory, practice and administration of education across the full range of humanities and social science-based approaches are welcomed. Possible theoretical frameworks include: critical pedagogy, postcolonial theory, new historicism, postmodernism, feminist theory, as well as other critical frameworks, cultural studies and perspectives. The use of a theoretical lens is encouraged but not required; please see options for other submission types below.


We are also interested in social and cultural issues as they intersect with education. We prefer to include an array of diverse material each month, though thematic issues may be considered.


Essays up to 5,000 words are encouraged. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following suggestions:

– multi-modal teaching

– distance learning

– collaboration

– teaching abroad

– e-communities and socialization

– community college retention and transfer

– service learning

– remedial education

– affirmative action

– marginalized or minority viewpoints and experiences

– tenure and post-tenure review

– urban education and issues of student inequality

– issues faced in special education

– postmodernism and education

– canonical revision/non-revision

– analyses/reviews of recent pedagogical publications

– response to any topic(s) included in the “Grist for the Mill” section of each issue


We also seek poetry to 60 lines, in traditional or free verse forms.


Fiction to 7,000 words is also encouraged.


Subject matter for poetry and fiction is unlimited; however, we will not publish inflammatory or libelous works, or works deemed otherwise inappropriate for this journal.




Please place the words “AEE Submission” in the subject line of your email.  Submissions not containing this or a similar phrase may be routed through a secondary filter, in which case your submission may be unintentionally overlooked.  Due to the high volume of submissions received by AEE each month, please allow approximately six to eight weeks for a publication decision based on an initial review of your submission.


Publication date is intended to be within the first week of each month.

Submissions should follow MLA or APA guidelines. Send your submission as a Word Document (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) attachment. 


All submissions must include a 4-5 sentence summary as well as a current brief bio that identifies your contact information (e-mail and telephone), school/departmental affiliation(s), position(s) (e.g., student level, instructor, professor and/or administrator), and areas of academic interest.  For bio examples, please refer to the current issue’s contributor’s page.


Please note that AEE does not retain copyright of published material.  Additionally, articles, works of fiction, and poetry are not blind reviewed and will only be considered for such a review when specifically requested by the author.



Send submissions via email to:

Elizabeth Haller, Kent State University, USA


Interdisciplinary Models and Tools for Serious Games: Emerging Concepts and Future Directions

Proposal Submission Deadline: December 30, 2008
Interdisciplinary Models and Tools for Serious Games:
Emerging Concepts and Future Directions
A book edited by Richard Van Eck
University of North Dakota, USA
The study of serious games has grown from a few lone voices in the wilderness to a growing academic, industry, and popular recognition of the potential these tools hold for learning. Mirroring this burgeoning acceptance is the evolution of technology and tools to the point that it is becoming possible for anyone to develop and use games in real world settings. The study of serious games is on the cusp of becoming a discipline rather than a collection of ideas.
Unfortunately, the rush to pursue this promising learning technology has led to a fractionalized approach that is ill prepared to meet this challenge. The reasons for this are many and varied, but among them is the assumption that this new field requires new theories, models, and approaches. In reality, games are a new technology, not a new way to teach, and much of the theory needed already exists in multiple disciplines. Indeed, the serious games field is being defined from many different disciplinary perspectives. The problem is that even when existing theories and models within a particular discipline are brought to serious games, other disciplines collectively remain unaware of these new perspectives, thereby missing critical opportunities for synergy.
Furthermore, as theories and terminology from different disciplines enter the serious games lexicon, what is often overlooked is that there are subtle differences in meaning. Situated learning, for instance, means something different to a social constructivist than it does to a cognitive psychologist, an instructional designer, or a linguist. Likewise, while many agree that ?motivation? is a key aspect of serious games, is this Bandura?s motivation and self-efficacy, or Keller?s ARCS model for motivation from instructional design? Are we discussing Malone?s theory of intrinsic motivation for games or Deci & Ryan?s theories of intrinsic motivation from exercise science? While all are compatible perspectives in many ways, it stands to reason that the research and philosophy from which each is derived has something unique to contribute to the overall understanding of motivation in games.
Each field thus ignores what is similar amongst these disciplines, leading to the perception that narrative theory is more fractionalized and dense than it is, as well as what is different, therefore missing opportunities to develop rich, complex theories and models that advance the field. And now that interest in game-based learning has spread to disciplines for which the words video game would have been anathema 5 or 10 years ago (e.g., medicine, health and exercise, business), even more disciplines will seek to reinvent the wheel. It is therefore imperative that we pause to examine the rich diversity of disciplinary perspectives that have been collectively brought to serious games and begin to, if not consolidate, at least acknowledge the many perspectives from which the serious games canon is being developed.
The first step in doing so is to outline the basic contributions and approaches to this field from various disciplines. This volume will help to identify the ways that different disciplines are approaching the same ideas with slightly different tools and models, and it will begin to identify what theories and models will emerge specifically to the serious games field.
Objective of the Book
This book will be organized into six sections, each comprising chapters written by authors from a variety of disciplines and, to a lesser extent from multidisciplinary perspectives. The first four sections of the book are designed to provide a structure that sets the context for the field (History & Origins), outline the approaches being used to define the field (Theories & Models), describe the current research that is (ideally) informed by those theories and models (Current Research), and describe how current tools and technology are instantiating (ideally) theories, models, and current research findings (Tools & Technology). A particular emphasis of this volume will be on reacting to and integrating the multiple approaches and perspectives being taken toward serious games through techniques such as coauthored chapters and new chapters or short essays generated in response to others in the volume, which will appear in the Integrated Perspectives section. Finally, the book will conclude with a section on where all of this seems to be leading this emerging discipline (Next Steps for the Field), again authored in collaborative as well as independent ways.
Target Audience
The target audience for this book will be composed of professionals and researchers working in the field of serious games in various disciplines, including, but not limited to, education, instructional design, psychology, discourse, semiotics, narrative, information science, game design, gender, accessibility, artificial intelligence, and drama. It is hoped that this book will provide insight and inspiration for those working and conducting research in serious games as well as for those just coming into the field.
In general, topics should conceptually fit within one or more of the six sections of the book (History & Origins, Theories & Models, Current Research, Tools & Technology, Integrated Perspectives, Next Steps for the Field) although this list may evolve as submissions are received. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following as they relate specifically to games, learning, design, and research:
  -Theories and models (e.g., engagement, flow, cognitive disequilibrium)
  -Narrative psychology
  -Artificial intelligence
  -Avatars and agents
  -Cognitive load
  -Scaffolding, ZPD, help-seeking
  -Learner control
  -Ontologies and taxonomies
  -Accessibility, equality, and inclusiveness
  -Individual differences (gender, age, culture, cognitive style, etc.)
  -Instructional design
  -Communication theory
  -Authoring tools
Although such lists tend to imply a limited number of topics and may seem to suggest that proposals should address one and only one of these areas, submissions that capture the complexity and diversity of this emerging discipline are the primary goal, so please feel free to submit chapters that address topics not listed here. Authors are also encouraged, to the extent possible, to bring in multiple perspectives (because you have or are willing to study them or because you can seek out coauthors who themselves have slightly different perspectives), so feel free to also propose chapters that do this in whatever way seems most appropriate.
Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before November 30, 2008, a 2-3  page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by December 30, 2008, about the status of their proposals and will be sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by March 31, 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 to:
Dr. Richard Van Eck
Instructional Design & Technology
Education 204
231 Centennial Drive, Stop 7189
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7189
Tel.: 701.777.3574
Fax: 701.777.3246

Impacts of Web 2.0 and Virtual World Technologies on IS Education

Special issue of the
Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE) on

 Impacts of Web 2.0 and Virtual World Technologies on IS Education

Guest Editor
Alan Rea, Western Michigan University,

More information at

Call for Papers
The Guest Editor of the Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE) invites submissions for a special issue on Impacts of Web 2.0 and Virtual World Technologies on IS Education to appear in the Journal of Information Systems Education in 2009.

Whether it’s a social networking site like Facebook, a video stream delivered via YouTube, or a collaborative discussion and document sharing via Google Apps, more people are using Web 2.0 technologies to communicate, express ideas, and form relationships centered around topical interests.

Virtual Worlds immerse participants even deeper in technological realms rife with interaction. Instead of simply building information, people create entire communities comprised of self-built worlds and avatars centered around common interests, learning, or socialization in order to promote information exchange.

Holding business meetings in Second Life is becoming commonplace, MMORPGs are becoming the entertainment venue of choice, and upcoming generations of students may find the traditional academic means of information exchange–lectures and discussions–less appealing than most, instead opting for a rich multimedia experience infused with information.

With classrooms quickly filling with the Google generation accustomed to being connected to information and social networks all the time in many forms, how can we best use these technologies to transform, supplement, or even supplant current pedagogical practices? Will holding office hours in chat room make a difference? What about streaming classroom discussions via iTunes? How about demonstrations of complex concepts in a Virtual World so students can experiment endlessly?

In this JISE special issue, we will explore these questions and more. We are looking for research studies, instructional cases, teaching tips, and other discussions that examine the role that Web 2.0 and Virtual Worlds should–or perhaps should not–play within our physical, virtual, or mixed classroom environment. How can these technological tools be best used in our pedagogical toolbox? Are there instances where they are a good fit or perhaps merely an instructional band-aid?

Please consider sharing your insights, research, or teaching tips as we examine the promises presented, and the perils posed, by these ever-growing innovative, immersive (perhaps invasive), and pervasive technologies.


Initial submissions due:

January 20, 2009

Notification to authors:

March 20, 2009

Revised papers due:

April 20, 2009

Notification of final results:

May 14, 2009

Publication of the issue:

July 2009

Submission Guidelines

Papers for this special issue are due on January 20, 2009. Prospective authors are encouraged, but not required, to submit an abstract to the Guest Editor for preliminary feedback on the suitability of their planned manuscript. Please send your submission in Microsoft Word format by email to the guest editor by the due date.

Papers should not exceed 30 double spaced pages including all sections, figures and tables. All papers will be peer reviewed and are subject to editing for journal style, clarity, organization, and space.

For more information concerning JISE submission guidelines, please refer to:

Mary Baker Eddy Library Fellowships

Applications now available for Summer 2009 Research Fellowships at The Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston. Open to academic scholars, independent researchers, and graduate students. The Library's newly public collections, centered on the papers of Mary Baker Eddy and records documenting the history of Christian Science, offer scholars countless opportunities for original research. A select list of such resources includes: Mary Baker Eddy's scrapbooks and copybooks; household account ledgers and receipts; a fully-indexed file of newspapers clippings that date to the late nineteenth century; Eddy's sermons and lectures; an extensive historic photograph collection; architectural records; early histories of branch Churches of Christ, Scientist; and Eddy's voluminous correspondence and manuscript material, which offer opportunities for new analyses of her life and ideas. Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) authored a ground-breaking book on science, theology, and healing titled Scien! ce and Health with Key to the Scriptures and founded the Church of Christ, Scientist, a publishing society, and The Christian Science Monitor. Stipend provided. Application and supporting materials must be postmarked by February 9, 2009. For further information about the Library's holdings and the fellowship program, including the application and instructions, please go to or contact 617-450-7316, 

MULTICONF-09 call for papers

The 2009 Multi Conference in Computer Science, Information Technology and Control systems and Computational Science and Computer Engineering (MULTICONF-09) (website: will be held during July 13-16 2009 in Orlando, FL, USA. We invite draft paper submissions. The event consists of the following conferences:

        International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Pattern Recognition (AIPR-09)

        International Conference on Automation, Robotics and Control Systems (ARCS-09)

        International Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Genomics and Chemoinformatics (BCBGC-09)

        International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems and Web Technologies (EISWT-09)

        International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking and Communication Systems (HPCNCS-09)

        International Conference on Information Security and Privacy (ISP-09)

        International Conference on Recent Advances in Information Technology and Applications (RAITA-09)

        International Conference on Software Engineering Theory and Practice (SETP-09)

        International Conference on Theory and Applications of Computational Science (TACS-09)

        International Conference on Theoretical and Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (TMFCS-09)


The website  contains more details.


ESWIP Spring Meeting and Conference 2009

John Carroll University
Cleveland, Ohio

Keynote Address: TBA


The Eastern Division of the Society for Women in Philosophy (ESWIP) kindly
invites submissions for its 2009 Spring meeting.  Abstracts (500 words), papers
(2500 words), panel proposals, workshop proposals, performance proposals,
and roundtable discussion proposals will be considered.  Proposals for panels
should include the names of all participants and their papers or abstracts. 
Submissions that address the conference theme “Feminism at the Crossroads”
― by either engaging challenging issues in feminist theory and/or by exploring
new directions for the future of feminism ― are particularly welcome.  In
addition, submissions that address the general topic of feminist theory/practice
from any disciplinary approach will receive full consideration.  ESWIP strives to
provide scholars from all academic ranks and disciplines with a highly
supportive professional community.

All submissions will be anonymously reviewed; names should appear only on a
cover page, and cover pages should be attached in a separate file.  Small Travel
Stipends of $100-$200 may be available for undergraduate and graduate
students whose work is accepted at the conference, and alternate rooming
accommodations may be arranged for students.  If you wish to have your
submission considered for a travel stipend, please mark undergraduate or
graduate, respectively, on your cover page.  Please e-mail all submissions to
Jen McWeeny at no later than FEBRUARY 16, 2009.  The
decision of the program committee is expected by March 1, 2009.  While all
presentations will take place on Saturday, March 28th, there will be a welcoming
reception on the evening of Friday, March 27th and an optional farewell dinner
on Saturday evening.

REGISTRATION FEE: $25 (Registration Fee is waived for students and for the

AASL 14th National Conference & Exhibition

The AASL 14th National Conference & Exhibition, November 5-8, 2009, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The conference theme is “Rev Up Learning @ your library.”

On these pages you will get an overview of both the AASL National Conference and the city of Charlotte!

As we progress in the planning process, you will be able to obtain general information on the conference, proposal submission information for pre-conference and conference sessions, program schedules, information on tours, author appearances, and other special events. You will be able to search for programs by keyword, topic, or presenter and view full descriptions of programs with our session finder. Soon, you will be able to research registration and reserve housing online!

Presenters, exhibitors, and sponsors will find resources and support documents on AASL’s 2009 National Conference.

Registration will begin January 19, 2009. But, be sure to check back often–more information will be posted as it becomes available.

Start your engines and rev up learning @ AASL’s 2009 National Conference in Charlotte!