Monthly Archives: February 2010

Western CONTENTdm Users Group Meeting

The Western CONTENTdm Users Group Meeting is now accepting proposals through the conference website at
The conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the newly-renovated J. Willard Marriott Library on the University of Utah campus.  Proposals may be submitted electronically through the conference website.  Conference registration is also open, and accommodation information is currently available.

MIMIC’10:Fourth International Workshop on Management and Interaction with Multimodal Information Content

in conjunction with the DEXA’10


Bilbao, Spain
University of Deusto
30 August – 3 September 2010


Multimodal data and multimodal interaction are actually emerging issues involving from health to environmental data. They address new approaches for human-machine interaction, machine learning, information retrieval, query processing, data mining and other relevant aspects connected with the complexity the real world, which is widely and intrinsically characterized by multimodality,

The pervasive use of mobile devices, the development of more natural users’ interfaces and the new possibilities offered by the evolution of Web applications, the more and more sophisticated sensors used for health applications, as well as sensors and tools used for security and environmental sensors collect multimodal data and information.

The purpose of this workshop will be to discuss and provide a scenario about: 1) theories and techniques about multimodal information retrieval, multimodal data mining and multimodal databases for indexing, representing, organizing, querying and extracting features from multimodal data, 2) machine learning 3) multimodal interfaces and multimodal interaction languages used in a more natural/flexible Human Machine Interaction approach, 4) the multimodal Web interaction.


Topics of interests include but are not limited to:


�         Multimodal Information Retrieval

�         Multimodal Web Interaction

�         Indexing, Search, and Retrieval Techniques of Multimodal Data

�         Multimodal Database Systems

�         Multimodal Query Processing

�         Multimodal Data Mining

�         Multimodal Data and Machine Learning

�         Information Extraction

�         Information Fusion and fIssion

�         Multimodal Query Languages

�         Multimodal Interfaces and Multimodal Interaction Languages

�         Evaluation of Multimodal Interfaces

�         Security, Privacy, & Access Control

�         Multimodal Data Streaming

�         Mutimodality and Environmental Data

�         Multimodality and Health

�         Applications


PC Chairs:

�         Richard Chbeir, Bourgogne University, email:

�         Karin Coninx, Hasselt University, Belgium, e-mail:

�         Fernando Ferri, IRPPS-CNR, Italy, e-mail:

�         Patrizia Grifoni, IRPPS-CNR, Italy, e-mail:



Important dates:

�         Submission of abstracts: March 20, 2010

�         Submission of full papers: March 27, 2010

�         Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2010

�         Camera-ready copies due: May 15, 2010


Papers Submission:

The full paper submission is limited to 5 pages in length (IEEE ICDE Format). Simultaneous submission to another conference/workshop/journal is not allowed. Papers must be original and have not been published or under consideration for publications elsewhere. Papers will be reviewed by at least 3 program committee members for their technical merit, originality, significance, and relevance to the workshop.


At least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend the conference and present the paper. Papers accepted for presentation will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press as proceedings of the DEXA’10 workshops.


Best papers will be selected for possible publication in specialized international journals.



I have some research based on ethnographic work with a contemporary American women’s progressive religious reading group focusing on how “heretical” texts like The Gnostic Gospels and the Da Vinci Code are useful to women navigating patriarchal religious institutions.  I would like to organize a panel related to women’s religion/spirituality for the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on 9-12 June 2011.  I am seeking 1-2 other panelists, a chair, and a discussant.  Papers can address any historical period or national/geographic tradition. 

Themes my work addresses:

How reading creates/facilitates the formation of religious community, how lay people appropriate mass media to form religious identities, lived religion, the religious left, the sacred feminine and feminist religious practices

If you might be interested in participating in such a panel, please contact me:

Erin Smith
Associate Professor of American Studies
Associate Director, Gender Studies Program
University of Texas at Dallas

If interested, potential panelists should send a one-page cv and 250-word abstract to me as WORD attachments or pasted into the body of an email before March 1.  Submission deadline for completed panel proposal is 15 March.

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries and The Association of Bookmobile & Outreach Services

Are you trying something new? 
Have you found, created or modified a program, training tool or online space that has improved customer satisfaction, helped you stretch your funding or raised the level of service for your staff?  Is your teen space, senior space, children’s space, computer space or your space “space” filled to overflowing with new patrons because of something you instituted?
Is Library 2.0 a 100% success?
Is what you are doing something other libraries, bookmobiles or outreach services could also do?
Don’t miss your chance to share your success story with other librarians from across the country!
The Association for Rural & Small Libraries
The Association of Bookmobile & Outreach Services
invite workshop submissions for their
2010 Joint Conference to be held in Denver, Colorado,  October 14, 15 & 16. 
The workshop proposals can be submitted using our online form found at this link –
All proposals will be reviewed by the ABOS/ARSL Conference Program Committee. Each program will be presented twice during the conference. Workshop Presenters will receive 1 complimentary conference registration per workshop title selected. (i.e. a team of three presenters working on 1 workshop will receive 1 complimentary registration). 
The deadline for submitting this form is February 20, 2010.  24 programs will be selected by the committee and all presenters will be notified whether their workshop was selected or not by April 15, 2010.
We remind presenters that workshops that are practical, hands-on and how-to are preferred.  This is not the proper venue for post-graduate dissertations or marketing products.  Additional instructions are included on the form. 
We look forward to your submissions and Good Luck,

Andrea Berstler
Branch Manager
Henrietta Hankin Branch
               of the Chester County Library
215 Windgate Drive
Chester Springs, PA 19425
fax 610-321-1727 <>
Board of Directors, Secretary – Association for Rural and Small Libraries

Customer-Centric Knowledge Management: Concepts and Applications


Proposals Submission Deadline: March 15, 2010

Full Chapters Submission: June 30, 2010


Customer-Centric Knowledge Management: Concepts and Applications


A book edited by Prof. Minwir Al-Shammari, University of Bahrain , Bahrain


To be published by IGI Global:



The importance of customers to business firms has created tough ‘rivalries’ among competitors over acquiring new customers or retaining/expanding relationship with current ones. In particular, customer knowledge has been utilized as a key strategic resource and distinctive core competency to gain sustainable competitive advantage following the transformation of organizations from ‘product-centric’ to ‘customer-centric’ ones. The advancements in electronic and web-enabled systems coupled with accelerations in globalization, competitive environments, and changing customer’s preferences have created new challenges as well as opportunities for leveraging customer knowledge (CK) competencies.



Customer-Centric Knowledge Management (CCKM) is needed in order to build good customer relations and continue, serve each customer in his preferred way, and to maintain customer satisfaction and loyalty. It includes the management of processes and techniques used to collect information regarding customers’ needs, wants, and expectations for the development of new and/or improved products/services.


The book project intends to address managerial and technical aspects of customer-centric knowledge implementation. It seeks to expand the literature and business practices and to create a very significant academic value to the dynamic and emerging fields of organizational knowledge management, customer relationship management, and information and communication technologies (ICTs).


Target Audience

The proposed book seeks to offer audiences of business/IT academics and practitioners a refreshed and an enhanced view of research ideas in customer knowledge management.


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

         CK generation

         CK sharing

         CK implementation

         CCKM strategic analysis

         CCKM design and development

         CCKM and the role of people

         CCKM and the role of technologies

         CCKM and the role of processes

         CCKM and customer delivery channels

         CCKM and supply chains

         CCKM and organizational learning

         CCKM and organizational change

         CCKM and communities of practice/creation

         CCKM and performance metrics

         CCKM and project management

         CCKM in e-commerce

         CCKM in e-Governmental

Submission Procedure

Academics, researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before March 15, 2010, 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 on or before March 30, 2010 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by June 30, 2010. 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.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference” and “IGI Publishing” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2011.


Important Dates

March 15, 2010: Proposal Submission Deadline

March 30, 2010: Notification of Acceptance

June 30, 2010: Full Chapter Submission

September 30, 2010:  Review Results to Authors

October 30, 2010: Revised Chapter Submission

November 15, 2010: Final Acceptance Notifications


Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:


Prof. Minwir Al-Shammari

Director, Graduate Studies Program

College of Business Administration

University of Bahrain

P.O Box 32038, Sakhir

Kingdom of Bahrain

Fax: (+973) 17-449-776


International Journal of Web Engineering and Technology (IJWET)

InderScience Publishers
Special Issue On
Enabling Service Business Ecosystems
This special issue proposal is followed by the success and highly positive
feedback resulting from the ESBE 2008 workshop (co-located with ICSOC 2008 in Sydney, Australia) and from the ESBE 2009 workshop (co-located with MCIS 2009 in Athens, Greece). The main aim of the ESBE (Enabling Service Business Ecosystems) series of workshop is to encourage research from interdisciplinary fields of service ecosystems, focusing on technological, business, and sociological terms.

Today, services are used as a core component or utility of business operations and offer programmatic interfaces to applications to exploit these services. The majority of attention on service oriented systems has been contemplated on its related technical standards and technology integration. However, many of today’s available services are not considered as providing relevant business value as their use by third-party clients have unclear terms and conditions with unknown risk. Service oriented paradigm demands a new way of managing services operation, deployment, and longevity in the context of business ecosystems.

Business models are the complex specifications of business rules and processes to enable organizations to grow in a sustainable way. Services impact the way organizations build, deploy, and manage their information assets and market  capitalization while creating business ecosystems. In this scenario, it is critical that the underlying business models help to meet organizations’ expectations and needs. This special issue will look at the enablers for Service Oriented Systems to evolve, grow, and interact with other services to support complex business ecosystems. Its focus is on creating business value through services and, looking beyond individual businesses, fostering the growth of a service ecosystem. We encourage contributions from different perspectives including sociological, economical, psychological, legal, and technological domains.

Topics of the Special Issue:

We welcome research submissions on all topics related to business models for services and their enablers, including but not limited to those listed below.

Principles, theories, and challenges of business models for services ecosystems

Architectures and implementations of business models for services ecosystems
Formal methods for business concepts applied to services

(Semantic) Business services and ontologies

Business driven service development, discovery, and composition

Service innovation

Human roles in services and human based services

User interactions with service ecosystems

Service development communities

Knowledge management in service ecosystems

Service economics

Pricing models for services and market dynamics

Service oriented business intelligence and analysis

Innovative strategies for making and managing service-based organizations

Service level agreements/ Policies/ Contracts and negotiation

Strategic, tactical, and operational management of service ecosystem

Risk and compliance management in service ecosystems

Change management in service ecosystems

Trust, security, and privacy aspects of service ecosystem

Interdisciplinary studies of service ecosystem

Sociological, economical, psychological, legal, and technological implications of services

Ethical and cultural issues in service ecosystems

Real world case studies
Guest Editors:

Vincenzo D’Andrea, University of Trento, Trento, Italy
G.R. Gangadharan, Novay, Enschede, The Netherlands
Renato Iannella, NICTA, Brisbane, Australia
Michael Weiss, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Important Dates

Potential authors are encouraged to send an email with a tentative title and a brief abstract to the guest editors ( as soon as possible.

Submission Deadline: April 15, 2010
Notification of First Round Reviews: June 30, 2010
Revised Manuscripts Due: July 30, 2010
Final Acceptance/Rejection Notification (Second Round Reviews): August 30, 2010
Final Paper Version Due: September 15th, 2010
All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information are available on the Author Guidelines page [].

You may send one copy in the form of a PDF file attached to

For information about the theme and other information, contact the Guest Editors (

ALA Annual at D.C. – What is Your Library Doing about Emerging Technologies?

Submission link:

Submission deadline: April, 1, 2010


Do you directly work with emerging technologies at your library? Did you play a role in creating a librarian position for emerging technologies? Do you supervise a librarian who work with emerging technologies or have expertise in emerging technologies yourself? You don’t have to hold the job title of “Emerging Technologies Librarian” to participate.  If you answer yes to any of these questions, then we want to hear from you.


Despite the popularity of the term, there is no clear definition or shared understanding about what “emerging technologies” mean to libraries and librarians.  Almost all libraries strive to stay current with quickly changing technologies. But not all libraries have established a formal method and procedure of supporting, evaluating, implementing, and adopting emerging technologies.


ALA LITA Emerging Technologies Interests Group (ETIG) is seeking participants to a panel discussion – “What are your libraries doing about emerging technologies” at ALA Annual 2010 at Washington D.C. We are particularly interested in identifying librarians, library administrators, and technology experts who can contribute to the following (but not limited) topics:


*    What do we mean when we say “emerging technologies”?

*    What motivates libraries and administrators to create a new position for “emerging technologies”?

*    What are the daily tasks performed or projects achieved by (emerging) technology librarians at your libraries?

*    What are the challenges for emerging technologies for libraries? (From both a manager’s, a librarian’s, or a technologist’s perspective)

*    How do you evaluate, implement and adopt emerging technologies?

*    What should libraries be doing about emerging technologies?

*    Other thoughts about libraries and emerging technologies


If you are interested, please submit your proposal by filling out this form:


If you have any questions, please contact Bohyun Kim (, ETIG member, or Jacquelyn Erdman (, ETIG vice Chair.


Library and Information Community of Quebec Conference

    Palais des congres de Montreal

November 3rd to 5th, 2010

Deadline : March, 5th 2010

For more information go to:

The realities of the ever-changing digital world require a transformation of the tools, uses and even the very mission statements of information service providers and institutions.  This inevitable evolution occurs through the connection of internal and external actors to our areas of practice. To ensure that various networks are successfully interconnected, understanding the role of the professional and the library technician in an constantly evolving environment is a great challenge. Within the current context of strong competition, we must  strategically position the services and institutions for which we are responsible to better serve our clients and our fellow citizens.

In this context, partnerships are more important than ever. With its theme  Imagining New Partnerships , the 2010 Conference of the Library and Information Community of Quebec seeks to answer numerous questions posed by this reality .

Which partnerships need to be created to respond best to the needs of our users and our clients? How could these partnerships improve our services, and satisfy the needs and expectations of both users and creators of print and digital documents? Which partnerships will allow libraries, archives and documentation centres to position themselves undeniably  on the multiple paths from information searching to the new digital culture?

These reflections will be developed with several themes in mind: information literacy, conserving our heritage, partnerships and competition, as well as strategic positioning.

You are invited to present a paper or organise workshop or colloquium for which you or your organisation will be responsible, on one or more of the following themes. Your contribution might concern research results, reflections, or practical experiences.

Some possible avenues for exploration include
�    The contents, participants, structure and coordination of national training programs for information literacy from  pre-kindergarten through to post-secondary levels;
�    User participation in the creation of knowledge and its impact of current practice;
�    The pertinence and effectiveness of strategic positioning to respond to competition (as much for public organisations as industry);
�    The elimination of time and space constraints on reading and the impact on collection development
�    New disciplines being incorporated within professional training: social informatics;
�    Collaborative strategies to preserve documentary resources and ensure their circulation;
�    The partnerships and challenges inherent in the long-term conservation of digital content (processes, encoding formats, permanent references, legal deposit, etc.);
�    The collective challenge of ensuring the visibility of documentary services in the research strategies of users;
�    The strategic positioning of documentary services in organisations and businesses; the challenge for human resources;
�    Models of collaboration for the distribution and promotion of documentary resources and the roles and responsibilities of professionals and library technicians;

    Format of the papers
Sessions are 20 minutes long, followed by a 10 minute question period. They can be presented in French or in English (without interpreter).

    Format for a workshop or colloquium
The workshop may be organised as a round table or a presentation of 3 or 4 papers for a total of 90 minutes. The workshop organiser ensures the coordination of the event, the communication between the participants and presides over the workshop during the conference. Three workshops organised in the course of a single day can constitute a colloquium. The organiser of the workshop or colloquium is responsible, according to the schedule set by the Program Committee, for transmitting all necessary information for the program (titles and abstracts of the presentations as well as the names, titles and a short biography of the participants).

All the rooms are equipped with projectors and screens as well as a computer with Windows, PowerPoint, Explorer and Firefox. Please note any additional needs, including an internet connection, on the form.

Deadline for submissions: March 5th 2010
An acknowledgment will be sent for each presentation or workshop proposal received.
A reply from the Program Committee will be sent by March 19th, 2010.

Please note that conference organisers will not reimburse travel or other expenses.

The members of the Program Committee are:

Guylaine Beaudry, Daniel Boivin, Nicole Brind’amour, Heather Brydon, Olivier Charbonneau, Marie-Josee Courchesne, Julie Desautels, Francis Farley-Chevrier, Martine Fortin, Michel Gamache, Regine Horinstein, Louis Houle, Luc Jodoin, Fiona McNaughton, Emilie Paquin, Marie-Pascale Santerre, Marie-Christine Savoie, JoAnne Turnbull

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP)

EBLIP call for Classic submissions

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP), a peer-reviewed, open access journal published since 2006, seeks nominations and contributors for its “Classic Research Studies” section.

Contributions to the EBLIP “Classics” section follow a structured format designed to highlight, summarize and critically appraise research studies that have stood the test of time and that have had (and continue to have) an impact on library and information practice. Previous “Classics” have included the work of William Postell, Constance Mellon, Carol Kuhlthau, Joanne Marshall, and Robert Taylor. For an example of a “Classic” summary, see

If you can identify such a study, articulate its value to LIS practice, and are willing to write a summary and appraisal of that study in order to make EBLIP readers aware of this “Classic,” we would like to hear from you.

Information about Evidence Based Library and Information Practice is available at: <>.

Access to EBLIP Evidence Summaries and Classics by subject is available at:

EBLIP wants to continue to highlight past research that is important and bring that research to the attention of new readers. Please consider nominating a great research article to be featured in EBLIP.

For more information, or to nominate a research article, please contact Jonathan Eldredge, <>, Associate Editor (Classics). Nominations should be accompanied by a full bibliographic citation and an explanation of the contribution of the research to the field of library and information practice. If the article is selected, a schedule for publication and submission deadlines will be arranged with the Editor.

IMLS Calls for 2010 Native American Library Services Enhancement Grant Applications

Application Deadline: May 3, 2010

Washington, DC-The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is
accepting applications for the 2010 Native American Library Services
Enhancement Grants program. Federally-recognized tribes and Alaska
Native villages and corporations may apply for these grants to improve
existing library services or implement new services, particularly as
they relate to the goals of the Library Services and Technology Act

In 2009, IMLS supported 208 tribes with the noncompetitive Native
American Library Services Basic Grants and an additional 17 tribes with
Enhancement Grants, for a total of $3.4 million. These tribes developed
a wide array of library-related projects, from providing new services to
outlying reservations communities and promoting healthy lifestyles
through new programs and materials, to creating pre-literacy programs
for preschool children, their parents, and caregivers. This year, IMLS
hopes to serve even more tribes with this important grant program.

IMLS has scheduled a webinar to give prospective applicants an
opportunity to ask IMLS staff questions pertaining to Native American
Library Services Enhancement Grant applications. This webinar will take
place on March 8, 2010, at 4:00 pm ET. Please visit the website for more
information closer to the webinar date.

Please contact Alison Freese, Senior Program Officer, at 202/653-4665 or with questions about this grant program.

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