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Code4Lib 2010: Call for Prepared Talk Proposals

The Code4Lib 2010 conference

Code4Lib 2010 is a conference for library technologists to commune, gather/create/share ideas and software, be inspired, and forge collaborations. It is also an outgrowth of the Access HackFest, wrapped into a conference-like format. It is *the* event for technologists building digital libraries and digital information systems, tools, and software.

The conference will be held Monday February 22nd (preconference day) – Thursday February 25th, 2010 in Asheville, NC. More information can be found at <>.

Prepared talks

Prepared talks are 20 minutes, and must focus on one or more of the following areas:

   * “tools” (some cool new software, software library or integration platform)
   * “specs” (how to get the most out of some protocols, or proposals for new ones)
   * “challenges” (one or more big problems we should collectively address)

The community will vote on proposals using the criteria of:

   * usefulness
   * newness
   * geekiness
   * diversity of topics

We cannot accept every prepared talk proposal, but multiple lightning talk sessions should provide everyone who wishes to present with an opportunity to do so.


Proposals can be submitted through November 13. Voting will commence soon thereafter and be open through December 1st. Successful candidates will be notified by December 3rd. The submitter (and if necessary a second presenter) will be guaranteed an opportunity to register for the conference through December 21st.

Guidelines for Proposals and Submissions

Proposal abstracts must be no longer than 500 words. Include your name and email address. All proposals should be submitted on the wiki page at <> .


Zadar, Croatia, 24 – 28 May 2010

University of Zadar, Zadar, Croatia (

Full information at:  Email:


The annual international conference Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) addresses the changing and challenging environment for libraries and information systems and services in the digital world. Each year a different and ‘hot’ theme is addressed, divided in two parts; the first part covering research and development and the second part addressing advances in applications and practice. LIDA brings together researchers, educators, practitioners, and developers from all over the world in a forum for personal exchanges, discussions, and learning, made easier by being held in memorable locations.

Themes LIDA 2010

Part I: DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP: support by digital libraries

Contributions (types described below) are invited covering the following topics:

  • research, practices, and values related to digital scholarship, including conceptual frameworks that emerged;
  • contemporary nature of the scholarly information and communication environment in general and as involving digital libraries in particular;
  • developments in digital humanities;
  • navigating shifting patterns of scholarly communication;
  • the impact digital libraries have on digital scholarship and on education in various fields, and vice versa; the impact of digital scholarship on digital libraries;
  • studies on how faculty, researchers, and students  make use of digital scholarly resources for their research or in education;
  • practices that emerged in libraries related to support of digital scholarship, such as resource/collection building, digitization, preservation, access, services and others;
  • international aspects of digital libraries with related trends in globalization and cooperative opportunities for support of digital scholarship;
  • research and discussions on general questions:  How are we to understand new forms of scholarship and scholarly works in their own right? How are we to respond in digital libraries? What are the opportunities and challenges?

Part II: DIGITAL NATIVES: challenges & innovations in reaching out to digital born generations

Contributions (types described below) are invited covering the following topics:

  • research and discussions on general questions:  who are these digital natives? How they are different from older generations – or digital immigrants – and what is the world they’re creating going to look like?
  • the impact of digital natives on libraries;
  • digital libraries and social networks on the Web;
  • the cultural and technological challenges faced by digital libraries in serving digital natives;
  • examples of library services specifically aimed at digital natives;
  • efforts by libraries to help people that are more digital immigrants to  become more digitally natives;
  • role of libraries in e-learning and education in general;
  • is the future of libraries closely associated with how successfully they meet the demands of digital users?

Types of contributions

Invited are the following types of contributions:

  1. Papers: research studies and reports on practices and advances that will be presented at the conference and included in published Proceedings
  2. Posters: short graphic presentations on research, studies, advances, examples, practices, or preliminary work that will be presented in a special poster session. Proposals for posters should be submitted as a short, one or two- page paper.
  3. Demonstrations: live examples of working projects, services, interfaces, commercial products, or developments-in-progress that will be presented during the conference in specialized facilities or presented in special demonstration sessions.
  4. Workshops: two to four-hour sessions that will be tutorial and educational in nature. Workshops will be presented before and after the main part of the conference and will require separate fees, to be shared with workshop organizers.
  5. PhD Forum: short presentations by PhD students, particularly as related to their dissertation; help and responses by a panel of educators.

Instructions for submissions are at LIDA site


For papers (an extended abstract) and workshops (a short proposal): 15 January 2010. Acceptance by 10 February 2010.

For demonstrations (a proposal) and posters (an extended abstract): 1 February 2010. Acceptance by 15 February 2010.

Final submission for all accepted papers and posters: 15 March 2010.

Conference contact information

Conference  co-directors:

TATJANA APARAC-JELUSIC, Department of Library and Information Science

University of Zadar; Zadar, Croatia;

TEFKO SARACEVIC, School of Communication and Information; Rutgers University; New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

Program chairs:

For Theme I: VITTORE CASAROSA, Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell’Informazione, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerch;,  Pisa, Italy,

For Theme II: GARY MARCHIONINI,  School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA,


Zadar is one of the enchanting cities on the Adriatic coast,  rich in history. It still preserves a very old network of narrow and charming city streets, as well as a Roman forum dating back to the first century AD. In addition, Zadar region encompasses many natural beauties, most prominent among them is the Kornati National Park, the most unusual and indented set of close to a 100 small islands in the Mediterranean For Zadar see For Croatia see

GENERATIONS: Exploring Race, Sexuality, and Labor across Time and Space

CALL FOR PAPERS. Berkshire Conference on Women’s History.
“GENERATIONS: Exploring Race, Sexuality, and Labor across Time and Space”
June 9-12, 2011, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
 Proposals due March 1, 2010.The Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians
is holding its next conference at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst

2011 marks the 15th Berkshire Conference on Women’s History and the 100th
anniversary of International Women’s Day, which was first celebrated in
Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland and is now honored by more than
sixty countries around the globe. The choice of “Generations” reflects this
transnational intellectual, political, and organizational heritage as well
as a desire to explore related questions such as:

The process for submitting and vetting papers and panels has changed
substantially from previous years, so please read the instructions
carefully.  To encourage transnational discussions, panels will be
principally organized along thematic rather than national lines and
therefore proposals will be vetted by a transnational group of scholars with
expertise in a particular thematic, rather than geographic, field.  All
proposals must be directed to ONE of the following subcommittees and should
be submitted electronically.  Please list a second choice for the
subcommittee to vet your proposal but do not submit to more than one
subcommittee.  Instructions for submission will be posted on the Berkshire
Conference website
by November 1, 2009.  Preference will be given to discussions of any topic
across national boundaries and to work that addresses sexuality, race, and
labor in any context, with special consideration for pre-modern (ancient,

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by November 1, 2009.  Preference will be given to discussions of any topic
across national boundaries and to work that addresses sexuality, race, and
labor in any context, with special consideration for pre-modern (ancient,
medieval, early modern) periods.  However, unattached papers and proposals
that fall within a single nation/region will also be given full
consideration.  As a forum dedicated to encouraging innovative,
interdisciplinary scholarship and transnational conversation, the Berkshire
conference continues to encourage submissions from graduate students,
international scholars, independent scholars, filmmakers, and to welcome a
variety of disciplinary perspectives.  Paper abstracts should be no longer
than 250 words; panel (2-3 papers and a comment), roundtable (3 or more
short papers) and workshop (1-2 precirculated papers) proposals should also
include a summary

abstract of no more than 500 words.  Each submission must include the cover
form and a short cv for each presenter. If you have

questions about the most appropriate subcommittee for your proposal or
problems with electronic submission, please direct them to

Jennifer Spear ( <??>).