Monthly Archives: January 2009

Michigan Library Association Conference

The Michigan Library Association is seeking proposals from librarians for the 2009 Annual Conference, November 3-6, at the Lansing Center & Radisson Hotel, Lansing, MI.  Last year we received only 16 proposals from academic librarians and we would like to see that number increase. Of course, proposals from librarians at public, school, and special libraries will be readily considered. Proposals are due by February 20.  Please see the conference web site for more information: The conference theme is Ready, Set, Go!, which reflects MLA’s new strategic focus on the future and the energy, talent, and enthusiasm that will result in improved library services for the citizens of Michigan.  This conference will also pay tribute to our association’s incredibly rich history that dates back to 1891. For academic librarians, let some of the ideas listed below stimulate your thinking. *New ideas or research that contribute to ongoing discussion about the future of academic and research libraries *Libraries role in shaping scholarly communication *Innovative library instruction or information literacy incorporating assessment, active learning, faculty/librarian collaboration, etc. *Innovative library services, such as embedded librarianship, RSS feeds of new books, mashups, etc. *Community partnerships *Innovative Library/Web 2.0 implementations *Gaming *Implementations of open source software *User studies or information seeking behavior and the resulting changes made to user services or procedures *Digital libraries, including developments in resource linking,  preservation, maintenance, web services *Web design, such as information architecture, activity-centered design, user-centered design, usability testing, etc. *Authentication and authorization, including Digital Rights Management (DRM), authentication, privacy, and issues with remote patrons. *Internet privacy, copyright, and filtering Thanks much, Kevin McDonough Electronic Services Librarian Olson Library, Northern Michigan University Marquette, MI 49885 906-227-2118 For an archive of past messages from the ILI listserv, visit: F

Resource Sharing and Information Networks

We are accepting articles for the Taylor & Francis/Routledge peer-reviewed journal Resource Sharing & Information Networks and are particularly interested in shared virtual library services, digitization projects and other multi-library collaborative efforts including the following topics:


Administration and Leadership of Networks, Cooperatives, and Consortia

Resource Sharing

Electronic Resource Management Systems (ERMS)

Training and Continuing Education

New Academic/Industry Roles & Economics
Cooperative Purchasing

New International Roles for Consortia

New Publisher Roles


Please consider sharing this email with your colleagues who may have an interest in publishing.


Best regards,

Barbara Stites

Rebecca Donlan


Barbara J. Stites, Ph.D.

Editor, Resource Sharing & Information Networks

Florida Gulf Coast University Library

10501 FGCU Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL  33965-6501

(239) 590-7602 voice


Rebecca Donlan, MLS

Associate Editor, Resource Sharing & Information Networks

Florida Gulf Coast University Library

10501 FGCU Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL  33965-6501

(239) 590-7641 voice

Advances in Research on Information and Technology

Integrative Papers for Practitioners and Scientists, published internationally in electronic and paper formats by the Academy of Asian Scholars (AAS)


The information field evolves quickly. Working professionals who manage information – in companies, libraries, government, education or non-profits – must strive to keep up with the rapid development of the field.

A new series of papers, entitled Advances in Research on Information and Technology will provide a concentrated dose of critical updates for busy professionals who must access the latest and most important findings in the information field. Advances will publish articles representative of the scholarship of “integration” — defined by Ernest Boyer in his work, Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate (1990), as making connections across the disciplines, placing the specialties in larger context, illuminating data in a revealing way, and often educating non-specialists (18–19). Articles and publications representing the scholarship of integration are under-represented in the information and technology research literature, however such synthesis is increasingly necessary for effective and strategic practice in both the scholarly and professional domains.

Papers published in Advances will assemble, analyze, and synthesize primary research papers across the information disciplines, including:  library and information science, information systems, information policy, and related, newly emerging areas. The journal will target the readership of advanced information professionals, as well as the scholarly community, keeping readers current to the most timely and resonant themes in research on information and technology. Comprehensive literature reviews (e.g., synthesis articles derived from theses) and meta-analyses are encouraged.

The publishers of the Advances series is exploring a unique sales royalties model, in which authors will be paid for each published paper, based on print circulation, library and institutional subscriptions, and individual electronic article downloads.

Presently, we are soliciting submissions for the ongoing series, scheduled to launch with its inaugural issue in July 2009. Submissions of integration pieces may be either in “bulletin” format (~2500–3000 words) or “monograph” format (~5000–6000 words). We also welcome proposals for longer publications. Each paper should cover one topic in depth, with clarity.

The standard issue will cover a range of topics targeted towards the advanced information professional. Some special volumes will be themed. You may also propose to guest-edit a themed volume, thoroughly defining the theme proposed, and providing a list of relevant authors and individual article topics, to broadly reflect the given theme.

Below is a suggested list of topics in the field of information technology field; all topics related to information and technology are welcome.

* Data mining
* Digital asset management
* Digital literacy
* Digital libraries
* Evidence-based decision making
* Human-computer interaction
* Information economics
* Information management
* Information policy
* Information privacy
* Information retrieval
* Information security
* Large system design
* Library management
* Metadata
* Network management
* Open source technology
* User behavior
* Virtual organizations

Advances in Research on Information and Technology will deliver content to laptops, mobile devices, and book readers in multiple languages, almost immediately after the manuscript is finalized. The publication will also be available in paper and electronic form by subscription to libraries, institutions, and other organizations.

The editorial selection process is led by Senior Editor, Dr. Jian Qin of Syracuse University, as well invited guest editors for themed volumes, and our distinguished Editorial Board, to be announced in the first quarter of 2009.

The deadline for manuscript submission for the inaugural paper series is January 31, 2009. Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis, and should be made in electronic format. Visit following link, provide the full article, and include an abstract of approximately 500 words.

For further instructions regarding format and submissions, please visit

To submit an article online:  Register at the above link, visit the “User Home” page, click “Author,” and follow the instructions for uploading your file.

For questions and inquiries about manuscript topics and submission, or to propose a themed issue, please contact:

Jian Qin, Ph.D., Senior Editor
School of Information Studies, Syracuse University
235 Hinds Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244, USA
Tel: +1 (315) 443-5642, Fax: +1 (315) 443-5806, Email: arit [at]

Rebecca Reynolds, Ph.D., Managing Editor
School of Information Studies, Syracuse University
223 Hinds Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244, USA
Tel: +1 (315) 443-2527, Fax: +1 (315) 443-5806, Email: arit [at]

ALA Poster Sessions

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.
The deadline for submitting an application is January
31, 2009. An application form is available on the
poster session website for both US and international

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


Dear Colleague,

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

Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA    
24-27 June 2009    

The primary interest of the Management Conference is knowledge-based social and economic change. Driven by globalisation and advances in information and communications technologies, this change has been characterised in terms of emerging information/knowledge societies and a global knowledge-based economy.

As well as impressive line-up of international main speakers, the Conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the Conference Call-for-Papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations. If you are unable to attend the Conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in this fully refereed academic Journal, as well as access to the electronic version of the Conference proceedings.

Whether you are a virtual or in-person presenter at this Conference, we also encourage you to present on the Conference YouTube Channel. Please select the Online Sessions link on the conference website for further details.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 29 January 2009. Future deadlines will be announced on the Conference website after this date.  Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the Conference, including an online proposal submission form, are to be found at the Conference website –

We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope you will be able to join us in Boston in June 2009.

Yours Sincerely,

Marcus Breen    
Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA    
For the Advisory Board, International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations and the International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations

Bringing the Body Back In: Toward a Corporeal Social Science

On April 3-4 2009, the Tucson chapter of Sociologists for Women in Society
(SWS-Tucson) will host a two-day conference at the University of Arizona on
the body in social science. Featured speakers include a keynote address by
Lisa Jean Moore (SUNY-Purchase), Monica Casper and Rose Weitz (Arizona State
University), Wendy Simonds (Georgia State University), and Martin Weinberg
(University of Indiana-Bloomington).
The Unit Research Activities Fund (University of Arizona) and the Graduate
and Professional Student Council Professional Opportunities Development Fund
(University of Arizona) have provided funding for the conference.

We invite graduate students and faculty who use a social scientific
perspective to study the material body to present their work.  Please submit
an abstract of 500 words or less to Megan Wright ( by
February 1, 2009.  In the abstract, please indicate whether the paper is a
work-in-progress and the state of the research.  Works-in-progress are

Please address any questions to Megan Wright (, Sarah
Strand (, or Cindy Cain (  Please
circulate this call to any who may be interested.




Dear Colleague,


The JOURNAL OF MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION STUDIES (JMCS) is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal published that will be monthly by Academic Journals ( JMCS is dedicated to increasing the depth of the subject across disciplines with the ultimate aim of expanding knowledge of the subject.


Editors and reviewers


JMCS is seeking qualified researchers to join its editorial team as editors, subeditors or reviewers. Kindly send your resume to


Call for Papers


JMCS will cover all areas of the subject. The journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence, and will publish:


       Original articles in basic and applied research

       Case studies

       Critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries and essays


We invite you to submit your manuscript(s) to for publication in the Maiden Issue (April 2009). Our objective is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscript(s) within four weeks of submission. Following acceptance, a paper will normally be published in the next issue. Instruction for authors and other details are available on our website;



JMCS is an Open Access Journal


One key request of researchers across the world is unrestricted access to research publications. Open access gives a worldwide audience larger than that of any subscription-based journal and thus increases the visibility and impact of published works. It also enhances indexing, retrieval power and eliminates the need for permissions to reproduce and distribute content. JMCS is fully committed to the Open Access Initiative and will provide free access to all articles as soon as they are published.


Best regards,


Emeje Cynthia

Editorial Assistant


Academic Journals


ASIS&T Annual CFP – deadline extended

Because of holidays for Martin Luther King Day and the Inauguration, we are extending the deadline for summitting drafts of full papers of contributed papers, and proposals for technical sessions/panels, and pre-conference sessions from January 21, 2009 to January 28, 2009 Complete call is at Meeting: Thriving on Diversity - Information Opportunities in a Pluralistic World ASIS&T 2009 Annual Meeting November 6-11, 2009, Vancouver, BC, Canada Dick Hill Richard Hill Executive Director American Society for Information Science and Technology 1320 Fenwick Lane, Suite 510 Silver Spring, MD 20910 FAX: (301) 495-0810 (301) 495-0900 

2009 AECT International Convention

‘Integrative Approaches: Meeting Challenges’
Louisville, Kentucky
Concurrent Sessions: October 28-31
Workshop Sessions: Tue. October 27 , Wed. October 28, & Sat. October 31

<!– Proposal Deadline: February 15, 2009 – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 18TH

–>Invitation To Present

Ongoing developments in learning and instruction as well as in scholarship and research require creativity and flexibility in meeting the challenges posed by emerging technologies, changes in learning and working situations, and new demands placed on education and training. Our professional community exists in an exciting and dynamic world that requires us to do more than merely maintain our knowledge and skills – we must engage in ongoing professional renewal, growth, and transformation.

The AECT International Convention supports our efforts to improve ourselves by bringing together participants from across this diverse nation and from around the world who offer practical applications, high quality research, hands-on workshops, and demonstrations of innovative approaches and developments in learning, instructional and performance technologies. You are invited to present at the 2009 AECT International Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Share your expertise and knowledge with your peers, with those new to the field, and with professional practitioners and researchers representing multiple disciplines.

This year’s convention theme is Integrative Approaches: Meeting Challenges. Given developments in research, technology, and society, professional practice in the various disciplines that comprise the AECT community continue to change and evolve. To meet the challenges posed by ongoing changes, we need serious and sustained efforts to (a) actively incorporate findings from multiple disciplines; (b) involve key stakeholders at multiple levels to transform education and training; (c) integrate technologies seamlessly into learning, instruction, and performance; (d) dynamically interweave research, practice, and theory development; and (e) demonstrate what works when and why with regard to improving learning, instruction, and performance. Meeting these challenges is an ambitious undertaking. The most one can do in a short period of time is to take a few steps. One of those steps can be participation in the AECT 2009 International Convention in Louisville.

In keeping with the convention theme, proposals may be submitted that include the use of advanced information and communications technologies as well as more traditional proposals that present findings and discuss important developments in research and practice. This convention will introduce two innovative kinds of sessions: Integrative Panels and Present@Distance. The former is aimed at involving presenters from multiple disciplines and perspectives to discuss a central and focused issue. The latter is aimed at promoting the use of those very technologies that are changing our lives as designers, developers, media specialists, researchers teachers, and trainers. There are six sub-themes around which this year’s presentations will be organized:

  1. Transforming Learning and Instruction
  2. Linking Design and Development with Learning and Performance
  3. Establishing the Benefits of Integrative and Interdisciplinary Approaches
  4. Exploring New Media in Learning, Instruction and Performance
  5. Assessing and Evaluating Educational Technology Applications
  6. Integrating Social Networking and Distributed Media into Learning and Instruction

General Information

Regular Proposals
Proposals Open – December 15, 2008
Proposals Close – February 14, midnight (EST), 2009

Proposal Process
All proposals must be submitted electronically (see Proposal Submission Process, below) to one primary AECT division or affiliated organization for consideration. Guidelines and principles posted at will assist in preparing proposals for submission. Presenters are expected to follow the AECT Code of Ethics, available at

Presenters are limited to making no more than two (2) concurrent session presentations as key/first presenters during the convention. That is, proposers must select one division or affiliate to receive their proposal and not submit the same proposal (or one that is largely the same) to any other division or affiliate. Each division/affiliate has a Convention Planner (usually the President-Elect). If a Convention Planner and/or the peer review panel feel a proposal is not well suited to their division/affiliate, they may recommend it for consideration by another division/affiliate. This will occur without action by the proposer. In addition, a person may propose no more than two concurrent session presentations on which he or she is key presenter, although that individual may be a co-presenter on other proposals and may propose roundtables/poster presentations.

The intent of (1) not allowing submission of the same (or a very closely related) proposal to more than one division and (2) limiting the number of presentations on which a person may be key presenter is to assure a diverse program in which many strong presentations are included and little duplication occurs.

If you are unsure of the suitability of your proposal to a particular group, we encourage you to contact the Convention Planner for that group or organization.The following list describes particular topics suggested by each group and identifies the planner for each group.

AMCIS 2009 : The Diffusion, Impacts, Adoption and Usage of ICTs upon Society Track

AMCIS 2009 : The Diffusion, Impacts, Adoption and Usage of ICTs upon Society Track

  The aim of this mini-track will be to offer a global perspective of how ICTs are being diffused, used and adopted within society (households, small (micro) to medium sized organsiations, and social communities). By undertaking this research academics, industry and government agencies will learn of how ICTs are being utilised by various societies and what measures are being undertaken to have households and the various social communities adopt and use the ICTs with a further consideration of the impacts of the ICTs. Academic research has been focusing upon the diffusion, adoption and usage of broadband since about 2000. By undertaking this research and offering this track, now the focus could offer innovative ideas of diffusing, adopting and using ICTs that have not been considered before.

Topics of interest to this track include:

         The adoption and usage of ICTs, broadband, mobile phones  and other ICTs within households

         The impacts of ICTs upon households

         The adoption and usage of ICTs upon various social communities (eg. Residential neighbourhoods)

         The impacts of ICTs upon various social communities

         Evaluation of the technological and non-technological aspects of the adoption and usage of ICTs

         Evaluating the technological and non-technological aspects of the impacts of ICTs

         The diffusion, adoption and usage of ICTs within households

         The  diffusion, adoption and usage of ICTs within various social communities

         Stakeholder theory and the adoption, diffusion and usage of ICTs

         Policies and diffusion theories that lead to the adoption and usage of ICTs

         Project management and the diffusion of ICTs

         Project Management and the adoption and usage of ICTs

         Project Management and the impacts of ICTs

         Human Computer Interaction issues related to the adoption, usage and impact factors in the context of ICTS.

Important Dates
January 2, 2009: Manuscript Central will start accepting paper submissions
February 20, 2009 (11:59 PM Pacific time zone): Deadline for paper
April 2, 2009: Authors will be notified of acceptances on or about this
April 20, 2009 (11:59 PM Pacific time zone): For accepted papers,
camera ready copy due

Further information about the conference and minitrack proposals is
available in AMCIS2009 Web site at:

 Track chair: Dr. Jyoti Choudrie, Reader of information Systems, Business School, University of Hertfordshire, DeHavilland Campus, Hatfield, AL10 9AB.UK.;

Co-Chair:  Dr. M. R. Lebcir, Senior Lecturer, Business School, University of Hertfordshire, DeHavilland Campus, Hatfield, AL10 9AB.UK. 


Co-Chair: Professor Phillip Olla, Management Information Systems Dept, School of Business, Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan, USA. 48150 e-mail: