Monthly Archives: December 2009

Gender and Social Computing: Interactions, Differences, and Relationships

A book edited by Dr. Celia Romm Livermore

Proposal Submission Deadline: January 1, 2010

Wayne State University, USA

To be published by IGI Global:


The past decades have seen a transformation in the role that information technology plays as an arena for gender relations. It is not just that the roles that men and women play in society have changed, but the role that technology plays in mediating gender behavior has changed too. Moreover, the range of arenas where interactions between genders can take place has expanded, with many new arenas now possible for gender relations that did not exist a few years ago. This book on Gender and Social Computing will target the myriad of issues that are associated with this transformation.

Objective of the Book

This book will aim to provide theoretical frameworks and empirical research findings in the area of gender and social computing. The book will be written for professionals who want to improve their understanding of the role that social computing plays in today’s world and the manner in which it affects gender relations. In particular, the Gender and Social computing book will focus on the impact of technology on gender relations in four arenas: (1) work, (2) Social networking organizations, (3) eDating, and (4) ePolitics, including the effect of information technology on gender relations in grass-root political movements, party politics, eGovernment, etc.

Target Audience

The target audience of this book will be professionals and researchers working in the fields of information, social studies, political science and gender research. The book will provide insights and support students, researchers, and members of the general public who are interested in the impact that technology has on gender relations and the many manifestations that the interplay between the two takes at this point in history.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to the following:

1. IT and Gender at Work

�         the behavior of men and women as on-line consumers, service providers, etc.

�         the roles that men and women play in virtual teams

�         the impact of gender on the IT profession

�         information technology as an enabler of leadership for women in various professions,

�         The effect of gender on adoption of IT in various professions

�         The impact of IT on changing the work/home balance

2. eDating

�         The ways in which IT affects the balance of power between consumers of eDating services,

�         The ways that technology affects the behavior of eDaters

�         The impact of culture on eDating practices

�         The manner in which technology shapes different eDating environments

3. Virtual communities and social networking

�         Gender relations in a social networking environments

�         Gender relations in gaming communities

�         Gender relations in virtual communities

�         Gender relation in virtual worlds

�         Gender relations in social networking environments that are supported by technologies other than the Internet (e.g., cell phones, Internet TV)

4. ePolitics

�         Gender issues in IT supported party politics, including in the last US elections

�         Gender differences in IT enabled grass-roots politics

�         Gender issues in eVoting

�         Gender issues in the politics of eGovernment

�         Gender issues and the politics of cyber security

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before October 27, 2009, 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 November 5, 2009 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by February 1, 2009. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2011.

Important Dates

January 1, 2010: Proposal Submission Deadline

January 8, 2010: Notification of Acceptance

February 1, 2010: Full Chapter Submission

March 15, 2010: Review Results Returned

May 1, 2010:  Final Chapter Submission

June 1, 2010:  Final Deadline

Inquiries and submissions should be forwarded electronically (Word document) to:

Celia Romm Livermore (PhD)
School of Business Administration
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI, 48202, USA
E-mail address:

Computer-Enhanced and Mobile-Assisted Language Learning: Emerging Issues and Trends

Proposal Submission Deadline: February 15, 2010
Computer-Enhanced and Mobile-Assisted Language Learning: Emerging Issues and
A book edited by Felicia Zhang, PhD
Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra, Australia

To be published by IGI Global:
Since the publication of the Handbook of Research on Computer-Enhanced
Language Acquisition and Learning in 2008, information communication
technology (ICT) has continued to create new learning paths to assist
language learning. While CD-ROMs, multimedia computer labs, the World Wide
Web, e-mail, and SMS still play an important part in language learning,
research into the use of Web 2.0 technology (Fitzgerald, Barrass, Campbell,
Hinton, Ryan, Whitelaw, Bruns, Miles, Steele, & McGinness, 2009) and Mobile
Assisted Language Learning (MALL) have become increasingly common. However,
as pointed out by Kukulska-Hulme and Shield (2008), while mobile phones,
PDAs, and other handheld devices such as iPods are frequently used devices
in mobile learning, research in this area has been geared towards creating
learning content for mobile devices rather than investigating how mobile
devices can support listening and speaking activities. Therefore, research
in the areas of contribution made by Web 2.0 and mobile technology to
language teaching and learning is still in their infancy.

Computer-Enhanced and Mobile-Assisted Language Learning: Emerging Issues and
Trends will be most helpful as it will provide a comprehensive coverage of
successful translation of language learning designs utilizing ICT in
practical learning contexts. This important new follow-up publication will
be distributed worldwide among academic and professional institutions and
will be instrumental in providing researchers, scholars, students, and
professionals’ access to the latest knowledge related to research on
Computer-Enhanced Language acquisition and learning. Contributions to this
important publication will be made by scholars throughout the world with
notable research portfolios and expertise.

Computer-Enhanced and Mobile-Assisted Language Learning: Emerging Issues and
Trends will provide research on successfully implemented learning designs in
a variety of contexts. Hence, empirically grounded evaluation of learning
designs is most welcome. This publication will feature chapters (9,000
words) authored by leading experts offering an in-depth review of key
language learning related issues and trends in language learning and
information communication technologies in modern organizations worldwide.

Submissions with the following characteristics are most welcome:
-Studies which are longitudinal in nature involving a large number of
subjects are particularly welcome.
-Studies with more rigorous evaluation including surveys and questionnaires.

-Studies that involve both novices to CALL and non-novice subjects.
-Studies that involve participants who have received adequate training
before the experiments. In other words, studies which consider the use of
ICT as part of the overall design of the methodology used for the learning
-Studies that involve activities or tasks through the use of ICT as a part
of the normal “traditional” tasks and be part of the usual learning
-Studies that redefine the role of teachers and students in the learning
-Studies that report students learning English as a second or foreign
language or any other European languages such as French or language of
another script such as Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, or Thai.
-Studies that are concerned with new contexts, that is, moving away from
classroom bound contexts to informal, self study, non-institutionalized
-Studies that emphasize the need to equip students with skills that
facilitate the transition from institutionalized contexts to
non-institutionalized contexts.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) Use of online resources in language learning
-Web2.0 tools
-Assessment and research on language learning technologies
(b) Speech Technology
-Voice Recognition
-Using Skype for teaching purposes
-Conversation dialogue systems
(c) Use of multimedia in language learning contexts
-Multimedia software
-Streaming technology
(d) Emergent technology in language learning
-Mobile technology
-Audience response technology
-Interactive whiteboards
-Virtual language learning environments

The chapter submissions in this publication will attempt to include many
cases of successful international collaborations. All proposals will be
carefully reviewed by the editor in light of their suitability, researcher’s
records of similar work in the area of the proposed topics. Upon the receipt
of full entry submissions, each submission will be forwarded to at least
three expert external reviewers on a double-blind, peer review basis.

Invitation to submit
Individuals interested in submitting chapters (9,000 words) on the above
suggested topics or other related topics in their area of interest should
submit a proposal of the chapter by December 31, 2009. The proposal should
be following the recommendation made by Mosteller, Nave, and Miech (2004,
p.33) for structured abstracts. Proposals should follow APA Style, as
specified in the Sixth Edition of the Publication Manual of the American
Psychological Association.

The proposal should be on previously unpublished work and should follow the
following structure:
Abstract Title Page
Abstract Body: Limit 5 pages single spaced.
Background/context: Description of prior research, its intellectual context
and its policy context.
Purpose/objective/research question/focus of study: Description of what the
research focused on and why.
Setting: Description of where the research took place.
Population/participants/subjects: Description of participants in the study:
Who (or what), how many, key features (or characteristics).
Intervention/program/practice: Description of the intervention, program or
practice, including details of administration and duration.
Research design: Description of research design (e.g., qualitative case
study, quasi-experimental design, secondary analysis, analytic essay,
randomized field trial).
Data collection and analysis: Description of the methods for collecting and
analyzing data.
Findings/results: Description of main findings with specific details.
Conclusions: Description of conclusions and recommendations based on
findings and overall study.

We encourage other topics that have not been listed in our suggested list,
particularly if the topic is related to the research area in which you have
expertise. Upon acceptance of your proposal, you will have two months to
prepare your chapter of 9,000 words. Guidelines for preparing your chapter
will be sent to you upon acceptance of your proposal. Full chapters are due
by May 16, 2010. Please forward your e-mail of interest including your name,
affiliation, and your proposal for the chapter no later than January 1,
2010. You will be notified about the status of your proposed chapter by
January 15, 2009. The book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global
(Formerly Idea Group Inc.) in 2010.

Important Deadlines
February 15, 2010: Proposal Submission Deadline
June 15, 2010: Full Chapter Deadline

Editor’s contact information:
Dr. Felicia Zhang
Senior Lecturer in Chinese and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Arts and Design
University of Canberra
Kirinari Street
Bruce, ACT 2601
Tel:        61-2-6201 2406 
Fax: 61-2-6201-5089

Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve

Call for Papers


The Routledge/Taylor & Francis peer-reviewed Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve (JILDDER) has merged with Resource Sharing & Information Networks and is now accepting articles for Spring and Summer 2010 publication.  Of particular interest to JILDDER are articles regarding resource sharing, unmediated borrowing, electronic reserve, cooperative collection development, shared virtual library services, digitization projects and other multi-library collaborative efforts including the following topics:


                    cooperative purchasing and shared collections

                    consortial delivery systems

                    shared storage facilities

                    administration and leadership of interlibrary loan departments, networks, cooperatives, and consortia

                    training, consulting and continuing education provided by consortia

                    use of interlibrary loan statistics for book and periodical acquisitions, weeding and collection management

                    selection and use of cutting-edge technologies and services used for interlibrary loan and electronic reserve, such as Ariel, Illiad, BlackBoard, Relais and other proprietary and open-source software

                    copyright and permission issues concerning interlibrary loan and electronic reserve

                    aspects of quality assurance, efficiency studies, best practices, library 2.0, the impact of Open WorldCat and Google Scholar, buy instead of borrow and practical practices addressing special problems of international interlibrary loan, international currency, payment problems, IFLA, and shipping

                    interlibrary loan of specialized library materials such as music, media, CDs, DVDs, items from electronic subscriptions and legal materials

                    special problems of medical, music, law, government and other unique types of libraries

                    new opportunities in interlibrary loan and the enhancement of interlibrary loan as a specialization and career growth position in library organizations


Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before December 30, 2009 for Spring publication or February 8, 2010 for Summer publication.  For further details, instructions for authors and submission procedures please visit: .  Please send all submissions and questions to the Editor Rebecca Donlan at



Rebecca Donlan, Assistant Director, Collection Management

Florida Gulf Coast University



Rebecca Donlan, MLS

Editor, Journal of Interlibrary Lending, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve

Florida Gulf Coast University Library

10501 FGCU Boulevard South

Fort Myers, FL  33965-6501

(239) 590-7641 voice


Barbara J. Stites, Ph.D.

Associate Editor, Journal of Interlibrary Lending, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve

Florida Gulf Coast University Library

10501 FGCU Boulevard South

Fort Myers, FL  33965-6501

(239) 590-7602 voice

IFLA Don’t Wait to be Asked: Towards Next Generation Reference Services and Information Literacy

You are invited to submit proposals for the joint program of the Information Literacy and the Reference & Information Services Sections – Don’t Wait to be Asked: Towards Next Generation Reference Services and Information Literacy –  at the 2010 IFLA World Library and Information  Congress to be held August 10-15 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your vision of the future of reference and information literacy with librarians from around the world.  Proposal deadline is January 22, 2010.   Full details can be found at


Subjects of interest include:

         How do we transform and integrate reference and information literacy into new models of instruction and service?

         How can we identify and understand the future needs of our users?

         How will the relationship and collaboration between librarians and users change?

         What information skills will be needed in 2010 and beyond in all sectors of society?

         How do we transform our users’ computer savvy into the ability to use and evaluate information efficiently, effectively, and ethically?

         What is the role of the library website?  How can we move from passive pages to interactive learning tools and valued information assets?

         How can we deliver innovative and effective information literacy support, guidance, and programs to the right people at the right time?

         How will we define and develop the reference and instruction librarians of tomorrow?



Proposals should include the following:  abstract of paper (max. 500 words); author details (name, institution, position) and brief biographical statement of no more than 50 words.  The deadline for submitting proposals is January 22, 2010.  Late submissions will not be considered.  Submit proposals electronically to Amanda Duffy ( and indicate “IFLA proposal” in the subject line.  Selected presenters will be notified by February 22, 2010.


Sharon Mader

Dean of Library Services

Earl K. Long Library

University of New Orleans

New Orleans, LA  70148

504.280-6556 (office)

504-280-7277 (fax)


2010 Library Assessment Conference:Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment

Call for Proposals

October 25-27, 2010
Baltimore, Maryland

All proposals due by February 15, 2010

Washington DC­The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the University of Virginia Library, the University of Washington Libraries, and the Conference Planning Committee are pleased to issue this call for proposals for the 2010 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, October 25-27, 2010. The conference goal is to support and nurture the library assessment community through a mix of invited speakers, contributed papers and posters, workshops, and engaging discussion. The conference is geared toward library and information professionals and researchers with responsibility for or an interest in the broad field of library assessment. This biennial conference builds on the success of the first two conferences held in Charlottesville (2006) and Seattle (2008).

We are pleased to announce that the conference’s five keynote speakers are confirmed:

Fred Heath: Library Service Quality
Joe Matthews: Performance Measures and Balanced Scorecard
Danuta Nitecki: Assessment of Library Spaces
Megan Oakleaf: Learning Outcomes and the Library
Stephen Town: Value and Impact

Conference Topics

The Conference Planning Committee especially encourages topics along the themes of the keynote speakers and other areas of library assessment including:
Digital libraries
Information resources and collections
Learning and teaching
Management information
Methods and tools
Organizational issues
Performance measurement and measures
Return on investment (ROI)
Space planning and utililization
Usage and e-metrics
User needs
Value and impact

Presentation Formats

Proposals are invited as either papers or posters. Presentation time for papers should be no more than 25 minutes. Poster sessions are particularly welcome from attendees and specific time will be set aside for attendees to discuss posters with the presenters. The language of the conference is English (bilingual French/English or Spanish/English posters will also be accepted). Accepted proposals will be published in the conference proceedings and PowerPoint presentations and poster materials will be posted on the conference Web site.

Proposal Submission Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures

  1. Proposals will include a title, author(s), format, and abstract (maximum 500 words) describing the proposal. The abstract should follow the structure of: Purpose, Design/Methodology/Approach, Findings, Practical Implications/Value
  2. Authors each will provide separate biographical statements (50 words).
  3. The Conference Planning Committee will evaluate all proposals based on:
    • their relevance to effective, sustainable, and practical library assessment;
    • the significance of their contribution to the body of work associated with library assessment; and
    • clarity of expression.
  4. Proposals must be submitted by February 15, 2010.
  5. Those submitting proposals will be notified of their status by April 15, 2010.
  6. Presenters will be guaranteed a registration place and will be expected to pay registration fees.
  7. To submit your proposal, please visit

    Conference Planning Committee

    Conference Co-Chairs:

    Steve Hiller, University of Washington Libraries
    Martha Kyrillidou, Association of Research Libraries
    Jim Self, University of Virginia Library

    John Bertot, University of Maryland
    Sam Kalb, Queen’s University
    Liz Mengel, Johns Hopkins University
    Megan Oakleaf, Syracuse University
    Kathy Perry, VIVA Consortium
    Bill Potter, University of Georgia
    Roberta Shaffer, Library of Congress
    Agnes Tatarka, University of Chicago
    Stephen Town, University of York (UK)

    Additional Information

    The conference Web site will provide complete information about the conference, including plenary and keynote speakers, workshops, registration, and accommodations.

    The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in North America. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the Web at

    -- David Green, MLS Library Relations Coordinator Association of Research Libraries 21 Dupont Circle, Suite 800 Washington, DC 20036 202-296-2296 x136 202-872-0884 (fax)

Second International Conference on ‘Networked Digital Technologies’ (NDT2010)

July 7-9, 2010
Charles University , Prague, Czech Republic
The proposed conference on the above them will be be held at  Charles
University, Prague, Czech Republic from July 7 to July 9, 2010 which aims to
enable researchers build connections between different digital applications.
Currently a number of institutions across the countries are working to
evolve better models to provide collaborative technology services for
scholarship by creating shared cyberspace thro expert collaboration, but
this is a challenge for the institutions for a number of reasons. In the
last few years, the landscape of digital technology applications projects
for the various disciplines in humanities, social sciences, and sciences
appears induced by many initiatives. For the creation of research clusters,
the research community has thousands of databases, websites, local computing
clusters, and web-based tools around individual themes, interests and
projects. In most cases, these tools and resources are and were created to
meet the specific needs of a particular community. In many cases, the
funding and support for these critical initiatives is fragile and temporary,
and directed in piecemeal fashion. There is a need to provide concerted
efforts in building federated digital technologies that will enable the
formation of network of digital technologies.
• Information and Data Management
• Data and Network Mining
• Intelligent Agent-Based Systems, Cognitive and Reactive Distributed AI
• Internet Modeling
• User Interfaces, Visualization and Modeling
• XML-Based Languages
• Security and Access Control
• Trust Models for Social Networks
• Information Content Security
• Mobile, Ad Hoc and Sensor Network Management
• Web Services Architecture, Modeling and Design
• New Architectures for Web-Based Social Networks
• Semantic Web, Ontologies (Creation , Merging, Linking and Reconciliation)
• Web Services Security
• Quality of Service, Scalability and Performance
• Self-Organizing Networks and Networked Systems
• Data Management in Mobile Peer-to-Peer Networks
• Data Stream Processing in Mobile/Sensor Networks
• Indexing and Query Processing for Moving Objects
• User Interfaces and Usability Issues form Mobile Applications
• Mobile Social Networks
• Peer-to-Peer Social Networks
• Sensor Networks and Social Sensing
• Social Search
• Social Networking Inspired Collaborative Computing
• Information Propagation on Social Networks
• Resource and Knowledge Discovery Using Social Networks
• Measurement Studies of Actual Social Networks
• Simulation Models for Social Networks
• Cloud computing
• Grid computing
• Green Computing
NDT 2010 will be organized by Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, in
cooperation with the Digital Information Research Foundation (DIRF) located
in India. All the activities of the conference will take place in Prague, 
Submission Date:
Feb 20, 2010, April 1
Notification of Acceptance
April 20, 2010
Camera Ready
May 10, 2010
May 15, 2010
Conference Dates:
July 7-9, 2010
 General Chairs
 Filip Zavoral, Charles University, Czech Republic.
 Mark Wachowiak, Nipissing University, Canada.

 Program Chairs
 Jakub Yaghob, Charles University, Czech Republic.
 Veli Hakkoymaz, Fatih University, Turkey.
 Program co-Chairs
 Noraziah Ahmad,University Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia. 
 Yoshiro Imai, Kagwa University, Japan.

 Proceedings Chair
 Pit Pichappan, Al Imam University, Saudi Arabia
 Publicity Chair
 Maytham Safar, Kuwait University, Kuwait.
 Would you like to organize a workshop or a special session or a tutorial?
 If you are interested in organizing any workshop or special session, please
send us email to  with the title of the session
 Would you like to be a reviewer?
All the reviewing are online. Please visit then select link be a  reviewer. More
details are listed there.
 Submission instructions are listed at

4th Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium: Intersectionality: Challenging Theory, Reframing Politics, Transforming Movements

March 11-13th, 2010, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, California.
 Since the publication of Kimberl� Crenshaw’s formative articles – Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race & Sex (1989), and Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics & Violence Against Women of Color (1994) – the concept of intersectionality has traversed more than a dozen academic disciplines and transnational and popular political discourse, generated multiple conferences, monographs, and anthologies, and animated hundreds of articles and essays. In the twenty years since Crenshaw introduced intersectionality, critiques of identity politics and multiculturalism and, more recently, claims of a “post-racial” era have blossomed. In 2010, we will re-visit the origins of intersectionality as a theoretical frame and site of legal interventions and consider its still unfolding potential for unmasking subordination and provoking social change.

Confirmed participants include:
Sumi Cho, Cathy Cohen, Sarah Deer, Philip Atiba Goff, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Angela Harris, Luke Harris, Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Tanya Hernandez, Nagwa Ibrahim, Lenora Lapidus, Gail Lewis, George Lipsitz, Catharine MacKinnon, Leslie McCall, Mari Matsuda, Charles Mills, Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Margaret Montoya, Manjula Pradeep, Beth Richie, Tricia Rose, Nikhil Singh, Sandra Smith, Dean Spade, Alvin Starks, Miguel Unzueta, Francisco Valdes, Mieke Verloo, Patricia Williams
We are pleased to solicit proposals for individual papers or whole sessions, engaging one or more of our five embedded themes.

Key areas of inquiry include:

a) Intersectionality Across Disciplines, with particular emphasis on research methodologies, new applications and comparative analyses;

b) Intersectional Praxis, engaging the integration of theory with advocacy and activism, and concerned with the practical dilemmas entailed in navigating intersections of race, gender, class, age, disability, religion, sexuality, citizenship, ethnicity and/or related dynamics;

c) Intersectionality and Post-racialism, particularly highlighting the contradicting ways that intersectionality has been positioned as both a precursor to post-racialism and as a critique of its symbolic content;

d) Intersectionality and Transnationalism, specifically recognizing the intersecting dynamics of subordination that sustain, transgress or delineate borders and highlighting discourses that disrupt the premises of globalization, imperialism and international law;

e) Intersectionality Embodied, interrogating how intersectionality plays out in the production of legitimate and illegitimate sexualities, the construction of normative, (de)valued, or able bodies, and the challenges in deploying discourses of rights and recognition as interventionist tools.

All proposals should include the session or paper title, a 300-500 word abstract, the names, affiliations, and C.V.s or resumes of all participants, and any audio-visual requests.  Session proposals should specify panel, roundtable, or workshop format.  Panels integrating practitioners or advocates, including both junior and senior scholars and/or including graduate or law students, are strongly encouraged.

The deadline to submit proposals has been extended to January 15, 2010.
Please submit questions about the event and proposals to<>

Sponsor: The Critical Race Studies Program at the UCLA School of Law

Principal Co-sponsor: Women & the Law Project, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Presenting Co-sponsors: African-American Policy Forum, Columbia Law School, LatCrit, Inc., The Williams Institute, The American Constitution Society

Contributing Co-Sponsors: V-Day, Women’s Research & Resource Center at Spelman College

Co-Sponsors: ACLU Women’s Rights Project, Center for Global Justice- Seattle University School of Law, The Center for New Racial Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, UCLA Center for the Study of Women, UCLA Women’s Studies Department

The Faculty of the UCLA Law Critical Race Studies Program
Khaled Abou El Fadl * Devon Carbado * Kimberl� Crenshaw * Carole Goldberg *
Cheryl Harris * Jerry Kang * Gerard L�pez * Jyoti Nanda * Russell Robinson *
Sa�l Sarabia

New England Women’s Studies Conference

I’m pleased to let you know that the New England Women’s Studies Conference will be held at UMass Dartmouth April 30-May 1, 2010. The conference theme is Teaching Activism: Women’s Studies in the 21st Century.
The conference will include an embedded track for undergraduate presentations. We encourage faculty to create panel submissions and present with their students. In addition, we have secured Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner, who are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future, who will facilitate an interactive workshop (free to all conference attendees, both faculty and students) on activism and how to incorporate activism into our everyday lives and teaching. We are also working to secure a keynote speaker who will address activism and global issues in Women’s Studies.
Please see the CFP fulltext below and please share with colleagues. I hope you join us for this exciting event. If you’d like a PDF version of the CFP to post in your department or share with colleagues, please email me off the list at
Best regards to all,
Jen Riley
Director, New England Women’s Studies Association
Associate Professor, English & Women’s Studies
UMass Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road
N. Dartmouth, MA 02747
508.999.8279 (office)
508.999.9235 (fax)
New England Women’s Studies Conference
UMass Dartmouth, April 30 th -May 1 st , 2010

Teaching Activism: Women’s Studies in the 21 st Century

The classroom, with all its limitations, remains a location of possibility. In that field of possibility we have the opportunity to labor for freedom, to demand of ourselves and our comrades, an openness of mind and heart that allows us to face reality even as we collectively imagine ways to move beyond boundaries, to transgress. This is education as the practice of freedom.

­bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress, 1999, p. 207
This year’s New England Women’s Studies (NEWSA) conference invites presentations focused on feminist pedagogy and ideas for teaching women’s studies, gender studies, and/or feminist approaches in the university classroom. Possible topics include:

        • Student-faculty collaborations inside and outside the claassroom
        • Impact of service learning and internships for Women’s Studies students
        • Value of service learning for the Women’s Studiess curriculum
        • Teaching activism
        • Teaching Praxis through effective blending of feminist thheory and practice
        • Feminist pedagogy online
        • Women’s Studies education as the practice of freeedom
        • Contradictions of feminist pedagogy
        • Locating feminism in pedagogy
        • Teaching local and global engagement
        • Feminist teaching and learning methods
        • Cross-listed courses and assuring connections to WMS currricular goals (what curricular concerns do WMS faculty and programs have about crosslisting courses? Gaining new resources?)
The conference includes an embedded undergraduate student conference that includes a workshop on feminism and a track for presentations of undergraduate research and experiences in the discipline of Women’s Studies. We invite proposals from undergraduate students; faculty and undergraduate panels are especially welcome. Possible topics here include:
        • Lessons learned from service learning and internship expeeriences
        • Research projects drawing upon feminist theory
        • Practicing activism on a college campus
        • Defining 3 rd Wave feminism
        • Claiming your feminist identity
        • Why major in Women’s and/or Gender Studies?
        • Experiencing the feminist classroom
        • Engaging in feminist research
        • Learning local and global engagement
500-word abstracts due by January 29th. Panel submissions welcome.

Submit electronically as .RTF, .DOC, or PDF attachment to:

Decisions will be made by February 15th

Computer Mediated Communication: Issues and Approaches in Education

Call for Chapter Proposals

Proposal Submission Deadline: January 22, 2010

Computer Mediated Communication: Issues and Approaches in Education

A book edited by Sigrid Kelsey, Louisiana State University


Kirk St.Amant, East Carolina University


To be published by IGI Global: 




Technology has created a shift leading from traditional classrooms to environments unhindered by space or time. Online education has grown rapidly in recent years with nearly four million students taking online courses in the United States alone, and an expected further demand for online education due to the global economic downturn (Staying the Course: Online Education in the United States, 2008, ) Those individuals teaching in traditional, online, and hybrid environments must therefore adapt their teaching approaches and communication methods to address the evolution of technology in education. Within this context, computer mediated communication brings about issues and opportunities in education such as new pedagogical approaches, teaching methods, the changing pace of instruction, opportunities for collaboration, and more.

This edited collection will examine the implications and effects computer mediated communication has had on instruction and education. The chapters in this collection will, in turn, provide perspectives that can help instructors/teachers, students, trainers, and other professionals involved in education and training better understand and better address teaching, training, and learning in online environments.




The primary audience for this book would include:

• Professors, teachers, trainers, administrators, librarians, instructional technology staff, and other education decision makers who need to make informed choices about how their organizations can use online media to perform effectively

• Researchers studying online education and the use of online media in educational or instructional contexts (including the growth of international online education practices, or the effectiveness of international online education)

• Managers and decision makers who need to implement or oversee online educational/instructional models or practices or who need to make strategic decisions concerning if and how their organization should adopt or implement online educational/instructional approaches

• Policy makers who need to develop policies and procedures for regulating, accrediting, or assessing online educational practices and the uses of online media in teaching/instruction




Prospective subject areas and specific topics for this publication include, but are not limited to, the following:


• Online instructional modeling: Theoretical perspectives of teaching and learning

• New demands in open and distance education

• Best practices for developing and implementing online education/instruction

• Changing identities and branding for educational institutions

• Defining the role of online education in today’s world

• Accreditation and assessment of online programs

• Framework of online education and open and distance learning

• Open & distance learning

• Policies and procedures for developing or implementing online education

• Communication strategies in online education and open and distance learning

• Distance or distributed learning, open learning, as well as blended or hybrid

• International distance learning initiatives

• Distinctions between online and on-site learning environments

• Static vs. dynamic online learning environments

• Classroom experiences

• Discussion boards, group dynamics

• Online mentoring

• Online internships

• Service learning in online contexts

• Learning environments

• Supportive technology




Prospective authors are invited to submit chapter proposals of 200-500 words on or before January 22, 2010. In their proposal, prospective authors should clearly include:

• A 2-4 sentence overview of the general topic area they will address in the proposed chapter

• A thesis statement noting the objective, focus, or purpose of the chapter

• A brief outline of major topics/major sections covered in the proposed chapter

• A 2-4 sentence explanation of how the proposed chapter relates to the overall focus of this book project

• For chapters that will report original research, the author must also include the research question that guided the process and the methodology used to address this question


Authors will be notified of the status of their proposal and sent chapter organization guidelines by March 1, 2010. Drafts of chapters will be due by June 1, 2010.




This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2011.




January 22, 2010: Proposal Submission Deadline

March 1, 2010: Notification of Acceptance

June 1, 2010: Full Chapter Submission

July 12, 2010: Review Results Returned

November 5, 2010: Final Chapter Submission

December 17, 2010: Final Deadline

Please send inquiries or submit material electronically (Rich Text Files) to the editor at:



Naomi Lederer

College Liaison Librarian (Reference), Professor

Morgan Library, Colorado State University

1019 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1019

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Book: Ideas for Librarians Who Teach


2010 LITA National Forum Call for Proposals

Due Date for proposals: February 19, 2010

The 2010 National Forum Committee seeks proposals for high quality concurrent sessions, preconferences and poster sessions for the 13th annual LITA National Forum to be held in Atlanta GA, September 30 – October 3, 2010.
Theme: The Cloud and the Crowd
The Forum Committee is interested in presentations about projects, plans, or discoveries in areas of library-related technology involving emerging cloud technologies, software-as-service, as well as social technologies of various kinds.  We are interested in presentations from all types of libraries: public, government, school, academic, special, and corporate.  Proposals on any aspect of library and information technology are welcome. Some possible ideas for proposals might include:

�         Using virtualized or cloud resources for storage or computing in libraries

�         Library-specific open source software (OSS) and other OSS “in” Libraries, technology on a budget

*       Crowdsourcing and user groups for supporting technology projects
*       Semantic Web
*       Training via the crowd
*       Social Computing: social tools, collaborative software, etc.
*       Engaging your “crowd”
*       User created content: Book reviews, tagging, etc.
*       Virtual worlds
*       Federated and Meta-Searching: design and management, integrated access to resources, search engines
*       Digital Libraries/ Institutional Repositories: developments in resource linking, preservation, maintenance, web services
*       Harnessing the crowd data to improve the user experience
*       Security in the cloud: control vs flexibility, legal implications
*       Authentication and Authorization: Digital Rights Management (DRM), authentication, privacy, services for remote patrons
*       Web design: information architecture, activity-centered design, user-centered design, usability testing
*       Technology Management: project management, geek management, budgeting, knowledge sharing applications
*       Globalization and library services – does it matter where your staff or users are?

Presentations must have a technological focus and pertain to libraries and/or be of interest to librarians. Concurrent sessions are approximately 70 minutes in length and sessions of all varieties are welcomed from traditional single- or multi-speaker formats to panel discussions, case studies, and demonstrations of projects. Forum 2009 will also accept a limited number of poster session proposals.  For projects that will still be in preliminary development in October 2010, we recommend presentations at a lightning talk or other “un-conference”-like activities for which time will be reserved at Forum. A call for these types of presentations and discussions will be issued after February 2010.

New this year:

1.      In response to attendee feedback, this year we will be offering “half-session” slots as well as full sessions.  This is designed for speakers who do not wish to use the full 75 minutes, but who do not have a partner in mind for sharing the time.  The Committee will pair these half-sessions up so that the timing of the Forum remains organized.  Please indicate in your proposal whether you are requesting a full or half session.  Half sessions should plan on approximately 30 minutes speaking time to allow both speakers time to set up and for Q&A.  If you are requesting a full session, you should be prepared to use most of the allotted time.

2.      If you are interested in publishing a paper based on your talk in ITAL, you will have the opportunity to indicate that.  These proposals will be shared with the ITAL editor.

Presenters are required to submit draft presentation slides and/or handouts in advance for inclusion on the ALA Connect site, and are required to submit final presentation slides or electronic content (video, audio, etc.) to be made available on the Web site after the event.
Your proposals are welcomed and much appreciated! To submit a proposal, enter the following information online at

*       Title
*       Summary (to be used in community feedback/voting: a one-sentence description of your presentation mentioning neither the name(s) or institution(s) of the presenter(s), max. 200 characters)
*       Abstract and brief outline (max 400 words)
*       Level indicator (basic, intermediate, or advanced)
*       Brief biographical information. Include experience as a presenter and expertise in the topic
*       Full contact information
*       Is this proposal for a preconference? Concurrent session? Poster session?
*       If this proposal is for a concurrent session, might it be considered for a poster session?
*       If this proposal is for a concurrent session, might it be expanded into a half-day or full-day preconference?
*       If this proposal is for a concurrent session, are you requesting a full or half session?
*       How did you hear about the 2010 Forum call for proposals?

Submit proposals by February 19, 2010 online at:

The 2010  Forum Planning Committee will review proposals starting in February 2010. You will be contacted about the status of your proposal by the end of March.

Questions? Contact the LITA Office: <>
(312) 280-4268

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) members are information technology professionals dedicated to educating, serving, and reaching out to the entire library and information community. LITA is a division of the American Library Association.