Monthly Archives: May 2009

LIBREAS (Library Ideas) /Children in the Library

LIBREAS (Library Ideas) is an electronic journal which operates under a free-access model,
meaning no costs for authors and readership ( This eJournal was
launched in 2005 by students at Berlin School of Library and Information Science (IBI)
which is part of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. It still is housed at the IBI.

Now the editorial board consists of eight unpaid editors (mostly alumni of IBI, some
currently students). Recently LIBREAS established a branch in St. Paul,
Minnesota (USA) to strengthen our focus on North American scholarship.

LIBREAS aims to be the gateway between the “young and wild ones” and the
“old hands” in research and practice. It acts as a place for dialogue and idea exchange. By
now it is an established institution within the field of library and information science. We
particularly encourage emerging professionals and students to identify with LIBREAS.

Open-mindedness for new ideas and trends throughout the field of library and information
science is one characteristic of LIBREAS. Accompanied by at least two issues
per year, we publish self-produced audio recordings and podcasts, blogs, travel reports
and photo slide shows on a regular basis. LIBREAS seeks to provide a space
for development, identify niches and encourage controversial thoughts.

We invite you to submit articles, podcasts or reviews for our upcoming issue. We also encourage you to distribute this CfP to other interested parties.

We also invite you to join us online at the following locations:


LIBREAS Facebook: Libreas NorthAmerica

LIBREAS MySpace: Libreas

LIBREAS Twitter:

LIBREAS Issue 16 Call for Papers: Children in the Library

Children represent one of the largest groups of patrons served by the public library. This may be one of the reasons why many positive associations are linked to these institutions in society. Despite their importance, children lack representation within the LIS literature or, if they are subjects of literature, authors refer to well-intentioned but more paternalistic strategies which result in one-sided approaches. For instance, literacy is one of the main issues at which libraries work is aimed. However, a short glance in public libraries reveals that literacy programs constitute only one small portion of the children’s interaction with the library – children mostly make use of a library as a playground and a place for adventure.

Apart from the practice-oriented discussion, LIS literature also lacks interdisciplinary connectivity to fields such as pedagogy, educational research, anthropology and sociology to name a few. One may assume that the already achieved knowledge which scrutinizes one-sided approaches to learning activities may influence the discussion. One may also expect a growing influence of the ongoing debate about new perspectives on early childhood education in the LIS literature.

Last but not least, recent demographic changes within western societies are changing the social structure that children inhabit. On one hand, immigration leads to a higher proportion of children with multi-cultural backgrounds; on the other hand children are growing up in a more distinguished media landscape. These developments are undeniable and cause new challenges in practise. Nevertheless, there is a striking discrepancy between reality and scientific discourse.

LIBREAS aims at shedding light on this discrepancy and proposes an interdisciplinary symposium held in Berlin complementing issue #16. Our purpose is to bring together representatives from the respective disciplines and librarians in order to debate the benefits and limits of library work for children.

General sample questions for discussions are:

• What is the impact of library work on children and how can it be assessed in an evidence-based manner?
• What is the relationship between libraries and educational institutions?
• Do librarians take enough advantage of educational research?
• What does an appropriate learning environment of children look like? What kind of needs must such an environment fulfill?
• What are children doing in the library and what keeps them there?
• Why do children stop going to a library when they grow up?
• How does library work reflect diverse cultural and social backgrounds of children?
• Are children really “digital natives”?
• What kind of media do children expect in the library and elsewhere?

As an E-Journal with an editorial board both in Berlin (Germany) and St. Paul, Minnesota (US) we aim to compare the situation in the US and Germany both on a national and on a local level.

• Social and demographic conditions
• Ambitions and realities of library programs
• The role of immigrants (e.g., in Germany it seems that library services are often aim at white, middle-class kids)
• Personal experiences of parents, librarians, teachers and children
• Best-Practises apart from read-aloud, gaming and Harry Potter parties
LIBREAS is looking forward to your fresh and controversial contributions on the topic of “Children in the Library”. Indeed, we welcome new perspectives on that issue not outlined above, too. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting us.

Proposed submission deadline: End of October 2009

Beyond Good Intentions: Diversity, Literature, and Teens

Submit a program, preconference or paper proposal for YALSA’s next YA Literature Symposium:


“Beyond Good Intentions: Diversity, Literature, and Teens” is the theme for YALSA’s 2010 Young Adult Literature Symposium, sponsored in part by the William C. Morris Endowment. The symposium takes place in Albuquerque, N.M., Nov. 5-7, 2010.


“Beyond Good Intentions” recognizes that today’s generation of teens is the most diverse ever and invites attendees to explore the depth and breadth of contemporary literature to see to what degree it reflects the many different faces, beliefs and identities of today’s teens. The symposium will also examine the impact this diverse generation will have on teen literature.


YALSA invites interested parties to propose a half or full-day preconference centering on the theme, as well as 90-minute programs and paper presentations offering new, unpublished research relating to the theme. Applications for all proposals can be found at Proposals for programs and paper presentations must be sent electronically to by Oct. 1, 2009. Applicants will be notified of their proposal’s status in January, 2010.




Beth Yoke, Executive Director

Young Adult Library Services Association

fastest growing division of ALA

50 E. Huron St. Chicago, IL 60611

1.800.545.2433 x4391

fax: 312.280.5276

Attend the Genre Galaxy Workshop in July!


Grants (book and video contest)

See Your Grant Success Story in a Neal-Schuman Book by Stephanie Gerding and Pam MacKellar. 16 library grant success stories were highlighted in our last Neal-Schuman book, Grants for Libraries: A How-To-Do-It Manual. Now is your chance to be included in our next book! Readers would love to learn about a successful grant your library has received.

Tell us of your accomplishments, both planned and unexpected. Please complete a brief online template by May 31, 2009 at

We also have a VIDEO CONTEST! Just submit a 5 minute video about your library grant success story by June 30, 2009 for your chance to be spotlighted in our new book and DVD. Your video could include a tour of a grant project, interviews with grant team members or people who benefited from the grant, tips about grant writing or any part of the grant process. Please limit to 5 minutes or less, and be engaging! More details are available online and you can submit at YouTube in the Library Grants Group.

Thank you!
Stephanie Gerding & Pam MacKellar

Public Services Quarterly

Public Services Quarterly is currently soliciting manuscripts to be considered for upcoming issues. The journal’s goal is to keep academic librarians in a variety of public service roles up to date with developments in the field. Public Services Quarterly covers the areas of reference and research assistance, information literacy and instruction, and access and delivery services, and examines creative ways to use technology to provide your students and faculty with the support they need. Combining research findings and case studies with authoritative articles, the journal tracks the changing patterns in organizational and managerial structures to present new initiatives for expanding and improving library services. Each issue includes a number of columns filled with practical ideas and important resources. The columns are Technology, Marketing, Best of the Literature, Professional Reading, Future Voices in Public Services, Internet Resources, and Special Libraries, Special Challenges. More details about the journal can be found at


I hope that you will consider PSQ when you are writing an article related to public services in academic libraries. Submissions to PSQ are peer-reviewed, and instructions for authors are available through a link on the PSQ page.  Please don’t hesitate to contact the editor if you have questions.  Initial queries about an article topic are welcome. Please note that the article, when completed, is still subject to a complete editorial review.  Please include a cover page listing only the article title, as well as a second title page with the full information that is specified on the Instructions for Authors web page (


Trudi E. Jacobson, Editor, Public Services Quarterly, University Libraries, University at Albany, 1400 Washington Ave, Albany NY 12222;; 518/442-3581.


Library History Seminar XII: Libraries in the History of Print Culture

Madison, Wisconsin, September 10-12, 2010

Library records provide a particularly fruitful avenue into the history of print culture.  For millions of Americans from mid-nineteenth century on, institutional libraries have constituted a major path of access to texts, and in recent years, print culture scholars have begun to exploit libraries as a rich–and widely available–source of data.  In addition to providing an important link between individual readers and the texts that they read, libraries can help occupy the middle ground between specific texts and readers and the macro or meta-theories that have come to dominate literary criticism. Indeed, libraries provide print culture scholars with an arena in which to exercise the historical and sociological imagination, linking micro analysis of the study of this text, these readers, here and now with the dimensions of macro analysis–such as class, race and gender, that they recognize need to be included.  Libraries are both a site and a source of regulating processes.  The interactions of multitudes of authors and readers are shaped in part by the meta-texts of the library’s operations:  its classification and cataloging practices, its shelving system and the principles on which it bases reader access to those shelves; its circulation rules, its spatial and temporal arrangements for in-house reading; its provision of printed signs and guides to the collection, its use of web pages and personnel to steer readers along pre-defined and recognizable paths.  Yet just as individual readers engage in ruses which allow them to appropriate individual texts, so those who read in the library read the library itself–becoming in the process, potentially resistant readers of the library. 

We especially encourage the submission of proposals that make use of library records as primary sources, that focus on libraries as sites of textual encounter, or that locate libraries in the broader print culture of specific places and at specific times.  Proposals for individual papers or complete sessions (up to three papers) should include a 250-word abstract and a one-page c.v. for each presenter. Submissions should be made via email to The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2010. Notifications of acceptance will be made by early March.

Keynote speakers will be Professor Janice A. Radway of Northwestern University (author of Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature, and A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste, and Middle-Class Desire) and Professor Wayne A. Wiegand of Florida State University (author of many books on library and print culture history, including Books on Trial: Red Scare in the Heartland [with Shirley A. Wiegand] and Irrepressible Reformer : A Biography of Melvil Dewey.

Two publication opportunities will be available. As with previous conferences, we plan to produce a volume of papers for publication in the Center’s series, “Print Culture History in Modern America,” published by the University of Wisconsin Press. A list of books the Center has produced, available on the Center’s website (, offers a guide to prospective authors. We also plan to publish a special issue of Libraries and the Cultural Record (whether papers appear in the book or the journal will be decided by the editors, in consultation with the UW Press and L&CR editors).

More information will shortly be available on the web at

The conference is co-sponsored by the Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America, the School of Library and Information Studies, the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association, and the University of Wisconsin Libraries.

Christine Pawley Ph.D.
Professor, School of Library and Information Studies

Director, Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America

University of Wisconsin-Madison
4234 Helen C. White Hall
600 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706
phone: 608 263-2945/608 263-2900
fax: (608) 263-4849

ALISE 2010: Creating a Culture of Collaboration

Call for Juried Program Proposals

(SIG Panels, Workshops and Programs, Innovative Forms of Programming, and Roundtable Discussion)

The ALISE Program Planning Committee will conduct a blind review process to select panels/programs for presentation and the panel organizer will be notified of acceptance by September 15, 2009.

SIG CONVENERS: SIG program proposals must be fully developed, submitted by the July 15 deadline, and will also undergo a blind review process for inclusion in the 2010 program.  (Please note: SIG roundtable discussions are included in the program schedule and do not require submission of a program proposal.)

Program proposals must be fully developed and particular attention will be given to proposals that reflect the conference theme.

Deadline for Proposals:  July 15, 2009

Notification of Acceptance: September 15, 2009


Instructions for submitting proposals:

         Title of the panel or program

         200-500 word description of the panel or program, describing the structure, content, purpose, and intended outcome

         Contact information for the organizer and all participants, with organizational affiliation and contact information

SIG Session proposals should be sent to: Andrew Wertheimer, University of Hawaii,

Proposals for sessions other than SIGs should be sent to: Deborah Barreau, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,


ComputationWorld 2009

November 15-20, 2009 – Athens, Greece

ComputationWorld 2009 is a federated event focusing on advanced topics
concerning the areas of computation. The target topics cover future
computing techniques (strategies, mechanisms, technologies), service
computation (ubiquitous, web services, societal), cognitive support (AI,
agents, learning, autonomy), adaptiveness (component/systems, self-features,
metrics), creative content technologies, and patterns.
Submission (full paper) deadline: June 20, 2009.

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

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

Unpublished high quality contributions in terms of Regular papers and
Posters or Work in Progress are welcome. Workshop proposals and Panel
proposals on challenging topics are encouraged.

Extended versions of selected papers will be published in IARIA on-line

All topics are open to both research and industry contributions.
–  FUTURE COMPUTING 2009, The First International Conference on Future
Computational Technologies and Applications

–  SERVICE COMPUTATION 2009, The First International Conferences on Advanced
Service Computing

–  COGNITIVE 2009, The First International Conference on Advanced Cognitive
Technologies and Applications

–  ADAPTIVE 2009, The First International Conference on Adaptive and
Self-adaptive Systems and Applications

–  CONTENT 2009, The First International Conference on Creative Content

–  PATTERNS 2009, The First International Conferences on Pervasive Patterns
and Applications


IARIA Publicity Board

SITE 2010

      Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education
                        International Conference

          March 29-April 2, 2010  *  San Diego, CA

             (Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina)

                      CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

               ** Submissions Due: Oct. 21, 2009 **

                                 Organized by
Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE)
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

** What are your colleagues saying about SITE conferences? **

Available to Print & Distribute (PDF to print)


              ** SELECTED PAPER BOOK FOR SITE 2010 **
Submit Your Full Paper for Publication in a Book of Selected Papers

SITE 2010 will offer for the first time an alternative Full Paper submission category.
“Full Papers (Book)” are Full Paper submissions submitted in their final by Oct. 21.
These will be reviewed for publication in a book of selected papers as well as a presentation.

                  >> CONTENTS & LINKS  (details below) <<

1. Call for Papers and Submission & Presenter Guidelines, Deadline Oct. 21:

2. Scope & Major Topics:

4. Presentation Categories:
5. Proceedings & Paper Awards:

6. Corporate Participation:
7. For Budgeting Purposes:

8. San Diego, California:
9. Deadlines:

SITE 2010 is the 21st annual conference of the Society for Information
Technology and Teacher Education. This society represents individual
teacher educators and affiliated organizations of teacher educators in all
disciplines, who are interested in the creation and dissemination of
knowledge about the use of information technology in teacher education and
faculty/staff development.  SITE is a society of AACE.

You are invited to participate in this international forum which offers
numerous opportunities to explore the research, development, and applications in this important field. All proposals are peer reviewed.

SITE is the premiere international conference in this field and annually
attracts more than 1,200 leaders in the field from over 50 countries.

To submit a proposal, complete the online form at:

For Presentation and AV guidelines, see:


* Keynote Speakers
* Invited Panels/Speakers
* Papers (Full & Brief)
* Posters/Demonstrations
* Corporate Showcases & Demonstrations
* Tutorials/Workshops
* Roundtables
* Symposia

The Conference invites proposals from the introductory through advanced level
on all topics related to:

(1) the use of information technology in teacher education, and
(2) instruction about information technology in
    * Preservice
    * Inservice
    * Graduate Teacher Education
    * Faculty & Staff Development

Proposals which address the theory, research and applications as well as
describe innovative projects are encouraged.


* Assessment and E-folios
* Corporate
* Digital Video
* Distance/Flexible Education
* Electronic Playground
* Equity and Social Justice
* Evaluation and Research
* Games and Simulations
* Graduate Education and Faculty Development
* Information Literacy
* Information Technology Diffusion/Integration
* International
* Latino/Spanish Speaking Community
* Leadership
* New Possibilities with Information Technologies
* Web/Learning Communities
* Workforce Education

* Art Education
* Early Childhood Education
* English Education
* Human Languages Education
* Information Technology Education
* Innovative Technology Experiences for Teachers and Students (ITEST)
* Mathematics Education
* Middle School Education
* Science Education
* Social Studies Education
* Special Education/Assistive Technology
* Technological, Pedagogical, And Content Knowledge (TPACK)

The Technical Program includes a wide range of interesting and useful
activities designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information. These include
keynote and invited talks, paper presentations, roundtables,
poster/demonstrations, tutorials/workshops, panels, and corporate showcases.

Accepted papers will be published by AACE in the Technology and Teacher
Education Annual proceedings series. Books in this series serve as major
source documents indicating the current state of teacher education and
information technology. This proceedings will be published as a searchable
electronic book on CD-ROM.

The Annuals are internationally distributed through and archived in the
Education and Information Technology Digital Library,

First and second paper authors are limited to two papers published in the

All presented papers will be considered for Best Paper Awards within
several categories.

Award winning papers may be invited for publication in the:
– Journal of Technology and Teacher Education (JTATE) ( or
– Online journal, Contemporary Issues in Technology & Teacher Education (CITE) (,

Highlighted in the:
– Education and Information Technology Digital Library,

A variety of opportunities are available to present research-oriented
papers, or to showcase and market your products and services. For information about Corporate
Showcases (30 minutes) and Corporate Demonstrations (2-hours, scheduled with the Poster/Demos),
click here.

The conference registration fee for all presenters and participants will be
approximately $325 (members); $365 (non-members).  Registration includes Proceedings on
CD, receptions, and all sessions except tutorials.

The conference hotel (Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina) specially discounted
guest room rate is $149/169 (single/double).

SAN DIEGO, CA: Where blue skies, miles of beaches, and a gentle Mediterranean climate meet!

It’s not just a conference. it’s a vacation! So plan to join us in San Diego for SITE 2010 a great conference in one of America’s greatest destinations.

For more information about San Diego, CA, USA


Proposals Due:              Oct. 21, 2009
Authors Notified:             Dec. 2, 2009
Proceedings File Due:    Feb. 10, 2010
Early Registration:          Feb. 10, 2010
Hotel Reservation:          Mar. 1, 2010
Conference:                    Mar. 29-April 2, 2010

To be added to the mailing list for this conference, link

If you have a question about SITE, please send an e-mail to
SITE/AACE Conference Services,

SITE–Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education
P.O. Box 1545
Chesapeake, Virginia 23327  USA
Phone: 757-366-5606 * Fax: 703-997-8760
E-mail:  *

Best Practices for Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses

Instruction librarians are encouraged to submit book chapter proposals for the forthcoming monograph, “Best Practices for Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses.” As the title suggests, we are soliciting proposals from librarians who have developed and implemented innovative and effective methods for teaching credit-bearing information literacy courses. We are particularly interested in the use of educational technologies, including smart classrooms and Internet communication tools. Other items of interest for this volume are: assessment; course design; lesson planning; history of the course in higher education; integration of the course into disciplinary and/or institutional curricula, and instructional methods.

The intended publisher for this book is Neal-Schuman, and the target date for publication is fall of 2010. Interested authors should submit a 1-2 page proposal as an email attachment to me at: The proposal should include: author’s name, full contact information, institutional affiliation, and list of professional publications; working title for proposed book chapter, and abstract for proposed book chapter (maximum of 200 words).
Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, May 29, 2009.

Please feel free to contact:

Christopher Hollister
Information Literacy Librarian
Oscar A. Silverman Undergraduate Library
112 Capen Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260
Phone: (716) 645-1323
Fax: (716) 645-3067

Journal of Library and Information Service for Distance Learning

The Journal of Library and Information Service for Distance Learning, a peer-reviewed journal published by Routledge/The Haworth Press, welcomes the submission of manuscripts.


The journal is devoted to the issues and concerns of librarians and information specialists involved with distance education and delivering library resources and services to this growing community of students. 


Topics can include but are not limited to:

  • Faculty/librarian cooperation and collaboration
  • Information literacy
  • Instructional service techniques
  • Information delivery
  • Reference services
  • Document delivery
  • Developing collections

If you are interested in submitting an article, send the manuscript directly to the Editor, Jodi Poe at by June 1, 2009.  Inquiries and questions are welcome.


Instructions for authors are available at or can be emailed to you directly.