Monthly Archives: March 2010

IFLA Satellite meeting: Call for papers: Information literacy: context, community, culture

 The IFLA Information Literacy Section is organising a satellite meeting at the University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden August 8-9, 2010 in collaboration with Gothenburg University. It will consist of a networking event on the evening of Sunday 8 August and a full day programme on 9 August. The morning will consist of formal presentations, and *this call is for papers for this morning of formal presentations*. Deadline for proposals is 21st April. Key aims of the event are: - To understand the different meanings that information literacy has in different cultures, contexts and communities - To learn about some of the ways in which we can get to know, and meet, these different information literacy needs - To give delegates opportunity to reflect on what matters about information literacy to them and think about they might apply what they have learnt to their own personal and work context Note that the afternoon will consist of an "unconference" in which delegates will be able to propose and pursue themes of particular interest to them. More information about this part of the event will be released shortly. **What we are looking for now* We are seeking proposals for presentations from people who have: 1) Investigated information literacy in specific contexts, communities and cultures. This might have meant investigating what information literacy means for a specific group or community, or having explored what their information literacy needs were. Presenters should make it clear what the context and goals were, and how the investigation was carried out. (Examples: a) a public library working with a local business community, through consultation and focus groups, to find out what their information needs and behaviour are, to guide service policy and delivery; b) researching the conceptions of information literacy of schoolteachers, to support their development of information literacy teaching for their pupils; c) working with staff and students in a university class to find out their information literacy needs). * or / and* 2) Developed interventions (activities, teaching, programmes etc.) based on their understanding of these contexts. Although the emphasis should be on the intervention, it should be clear how it is tailored to the needs of the specific group / community (e.g. based on previous investigations, or in enabling the group/community to collaborate in designing the intervention). In both cases, 1) and 2), ideally, but not necessarily, we are looking for initiatives that were developed in a collaborative or participative way with the community or group in question. Incorporation of the "voices" of the community (e.g. through quotation, video) are welcomed. Presentations will be no more than 30 minutes in duration. The language of the meeting is English. **Timetable for submissions* 1) Proposals must be in by 21st April 2010, submitted via email to  Proposals for papers must include: Title; Abstract of 250 words; Author(s) contact information (name, full address, phone, fax, email, etc) and affiliation. 2) Successful presenters will be notified by 10th May 2010 3) Speakers will be asked to provide an extended abstract of circa 800 words, in English, and a short author biography by 6th June 2010, for inclusion on the event's website. 4) Speakers will be asked to provide copies of their presentations by 31 July 2010. **Please note* All expenses incurred for attending this event are the responsibility of the authors whose papers are accepted. Authors/presenters are expected to attend the event and present their papers in person. Reminder: proposals should be sent to:

Call for Papers: HICSS 2011 Minitrack on Digital Libraries

Forty-fourth Annual Hawai’i International Conference on System Sciences

Minitrack on Digital Libraries

Part of the Digital Media: Content and Communication Track

January 4-7, 2011

The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, Kauai, Hawai’i


Since the advent of high speed internet access and inexpensive storage, libraries around the world are building repositories of their books, papers, and other works which can be digitized or which were born digital.  Repositories are growing rapidly in scope and number, for example, Project Gutenberg, Google Book Search, the Internet Archive, the World Digital Library, and many others.  Topics for this mini-track include but are not limited to:


      Digital libraries development, architecture, and management

      Management of born digital and multimedia content

      Management of and conversion workflows for physical media

      Harvest and preservation of internet content

      Digital object storage and retrieval

      Multi-lingual and interoperability issues

      Copyrights and digital rights management

      Digital preservation and access management

      Digital library case studies

      Digital library standards and policies

      Open archive initiatives

      Role of digital libraries in educational, cultural, social and economic development



From now to June 1: If you wish, you may prepare an abstract and contact the minitrack chairs for guidance and indication of appropriate content.

June 15: Authors submit full papers by this date, following the Author Instructions. Please consult the HICSS website for complete information All papers will be submitted in double column publication format and limited to 10 pages including diagrams and references. HICSS papers undergo a double-blind review (June15 – August15).

August 15: Acceptance notices are sent to Authors. At this time, at least one author of an accepted paper should begin visa, fiscal and travel arrangements to attend the conference to present the paper.

September 15: Authors submit Final Version of papers following submission instructions posted on the HICSS web site. At least one author of each paper must register by this date with specific plans to attend the conference.

October 15: Papers without at least one registered author will be pulled from the publication process; authors will be notified.

Additional details may be found on the HICSS website.


Mini-track chairs

Frederick Zarndt (primary contact)
Global Connexions
Andreas Rauber
Vienna University of Technology
Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems

True Stories of Censorship Battles in American Libraries


Call for Essays

Let us introduce ourselves: Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco. We are compiling a book for ALA Publications with the working title True Stories of Censorship Battles in American Libraries. The proposal for this book arose out of a presentation called “Banned Books Exposed” that we have been giving for several years.

We are seeking essays by and about librarians in public, school, and academic libraries who have experienced challenges to remove material from library collections.

These essays should be no more than 2500 words in length, and should provide details of a full challenge experience, from initial contact through ultimate resolution. Essays can be a first person narrative or a case study description. We will also welcome short descriptions of interactions that may not have ended in a formal challenge or request for reconsideration. These anecdotes should reflect the concerns of either the patron or the librarian or both. Sad, funny, scary, confusing, misunderstood, groundless, highly-charged, low-key – somehow, the reader should be able to identify with the event.

Tips on writing: Explain the situation and how you were involved.  How was the issue resolved?  What lessons were learned?  If you experienced this situation again, what would you do differently?  What resources did you draw upon (don’t list resources; tell us about the resources and why they were helpful)? Had you received any training on handling challenges prior to the situation you describe? Have you received any since? Did your library have a procedure in place? If not, does it have one now?

Writers should include the facts of the challenge.  If this is information based on a personal experience, please share your thoughts and feelings about the confrontation, dealing with administrators, and dealing with the public.

Email submissions to:

Your submissions should be submitted with the following information:

1. Title your essay.

2. Include a 100 word biographical statement.

Your submissions should follow these formatting rules:

1. Text should be attached as a .doc or .rtf (please do not send .docx documents). 

2.  Your Name should be the document label (example JaneSmith.doc)

3. If you have questions about style, please consult The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, as your general guide to punctuation, capitalization, quotation, abbreviation, source citation, use of italic, etc.

Submitting an essay does not guarantee publication.  If you have questions about your essay and/or topic, please contact us.

Contributors will be asked to sign an ALA Writer Agreement before publication. Compensation: a complimentary copy of the final publication and a discount on additional copies.

Deadline for submissions: March 31, 2010.

Here’s our challenge to you: share your experiences! Get on the Bannedwagon!

For a printable version of this call for essays, click here.

Pennsylvania Library Association Conference (CRD)

The College and Research Division (CRD) of the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) invites you to submit a proposal for the PaLA Annual Conference, to be held October 24-27, 2010 at the Lancaster County Convention Center. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, April 25, 2010. Why you should submit: The 2009 PaLA Annual Conference in Harrisburg was a great success for academic librarians! Over 13 academic-themed sessions and posters were presented over the course of four days. See conference notes in the Bulletin or individual session overviews online at the It's Academic blog to refresh your memory. Presenting will give you the opportunity to connect and share your ideas with Pennsylvania librarians. Enjoy the prestige of being selected from a very competitive pool (CRD received over 40 proposal submissions in 2009) and show Pennsylvania what you have to offer! What you should submit: We welcome individual presentations, lighting talks, group presentations, panels and workshops/active learning opportunities. Proposals can be for single sessions (60 - 75 minutes) or double sessions. We also encourage first time presenters, new graduates, young professionals and library school students to join the conversation with their unique voices. We hope to see a range of topics addressing the amazing challenges and opportunities in academic libraries. New this year! The CRD encourages applicants to use our Facebook Page Discussion Board to network and find colleagues with whom to develop a complete panel or locate co-presenters. 


Dear Colleague,


On behalf of the Conference Organizing Committee, I would like to inform you of the:



University of British Columbia    

Vancouver, Canada    

10-11 December, 2010    


The Ubiquitous Learning Conference investigates the uses of technologies in learning, including devices with sophisticated computing and networking capacities that are now pervasively part of our everyday lives, including laptops, mobile phones, games, digital music players, personal digital assistants and cameras. The conference explores the possibilities of new forms of learning using these devices not only in the classroom, but in a wider range of places and times than was conventionally the case for education. Ubiquitous learning is made possible in part by the affordances of the new digital media. What’s new about it? What’s not so new? What are the main challenges of access to these new learning opportunities? These are the key themes and scope and concerns of the conference and its companion journal.


This conference has evolved from e-Learning Symposia held in Melbourne, Australia in 2006 and 2007, connected with the International Conference on Learning. It is an activity of the Ubiquitous Learning Institute in the College of Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA. In 2008, the Ubiquitous Learning Conference was held in Chicago at the University of Illinois’ Illini Center. Last year, the Ubiquitous Learning Conference was held at Northeastern University, Boston, USA.


The Ubiquitous Learning Conference includes plenary presentations by leading thinkers in the field of technology-in-learning, and parallel paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by researchers and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines, professions and fields of study. Participants are invited to submit a presentation proposal for a 30-minute paper, 60-minute workshop, or a jointly presented 90-minute colloquium session.


Presenters may also choose to submit their written papers for publication in the peer-refereed “Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal”. Those who are unable to attend the conference in person are welcome to submit a virtual registration, which allows for submission of a paper for refereeing and possible publication in the journal, as well as an option to upload a video presentation to the conference YouTube channel.


The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 8 April 2010. Future deadlines will be announced on the conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the conference, including an online proposal submission form, may be found at the conference website:


We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver in December, 2010.


Yours Sincerely,


Garett Gietzen    

College of Education    

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign    

Illinois, USA    


The IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM2010)

The IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM2010)


The Splendor Hotel Taichung

Taichung, Taiwan

December 13-15, 2010


Sponsored by

IEEE Computer Society

Asia University, Taiwan

IEEE Taipei Chapter


The IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM2010) is an international forum for researchers to exchange information regarding advances in the state-of-the-art and practice of multimedia computing, as well as to identify the emerging research topics and define the future of multimedia computing. The technical program of ISM2010 will consist of invited talks, paper presentations, and panel discussions.


Submissions of high quality papers describing mature results or on-going work are invited. Topics for submission include but are not limited to:


* Multimedia systems, architecture, and applications

* Multimedia networking and QoS

* Peer-to-peer multimedia systems and streaming

* Pervasive and interactive multimedia systems including mobile systems, pervasive gaming, and digital TV

* Multimedia meta-modeling techniques and operating systems

* Architecture specification languages

* Software development using multimedia techniques

* Multimedia signal processing including audio, video, image processing, and coding

* Visualization

* Virtual Reality

* Multimedia file systems, databases, and retrieval

* Multimedia collaboration

* Rich media enabled E-commerce

* Computational intelligence including neural networks, fuzzy logic, and genetic algorithms

* Intelligent agents for multimedia content creation, distribution, and analysis

* Internet telephony and hypermedia technologies and systems

* Multimedia security including digital watermark and encryption

* Mobile Multimedia Systems and Services

* Multimodal Interaction, including Human Factors

* Multimodal User Interfaces: Design, Engineering, Modality-Abstractions, etc.

* Multimedia tools including authoring, analyzing, editing, and browsing


There will be a Best Paper Award and a Best Student Paper Award competition. The award winners will be announced at the conference banquet. Official certificates will be given to winners.



The written and spoken language of ISM2010 is English. Authors should submit an 8-page technical paper manuscript in double-column IEEE format including the authors’ names and affiliations, and a short abstract electronically, following the submission guidelines available on the ISM2010 web page. Only on-line electronic submission will be accepted. All papers should be in Adobe portable document format (PDF). The Conference Proceedings will be published by the IEEE Computer Society Press and be available for online access via IEEEXplore. A number of the papers presented at the conference will be selected for possible publications in international journals.


ISM2010 will include a few workshops or special sessions dedicated to focused interest areas. Submissions of proposals on workshops or special sessions of emerging areas are invited. Submissions of proposals on panels are also encouraged. Panel summary articles may also be included in the conference proceedings.




April 20, 2010                 Submission of workshop proposals

May 1, 2010                    Notification of workshop acceptances

July 12, 2010                   Submission of main conference/workshop papers

July 12, 2010                   Submission of panel proposals

August 20, 2010              Notification of panel acceptances

August 20, 2010              Notification of acceptance of main conference/workshop papers

September 24, 2010       Camera-Ready copy of all accepted papers

September 24, 2010       Early Registration

October 1, 2010              Regular Registration




Honorary Conference Co-Chairs

Ruzena Bajcsy, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Der-Tsai Lee, Academia Sinica, Taiwan


Conference Co-Chairs

Dick Bulterman, CWI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Chin-Hui Lee, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Mark Liao, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Wen-Hsiang Tsai, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan


Steering Committee Chair

Jeffrey J.P. Tsai, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA; Asia University, Taiwan


Program Co-Chairs

Kuo-Chin Fan, National Central University, Taiwan

Max Mhlh�user, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany

Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, University of Texas, Dallas, USA

Timothy K. Shih, Asia University, Taiwan


Workshop Co-Chairs

Gerald Friedland, ICS Institute, Berkeley, USA

Jin-Jang Leou, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan

Mei-Ling Shyu, University of Miami, USA

Stephen J.H. Yang, National Central University, Taiwan


Panel Co-Chairs

Shu-Ching Chen, Florida International University, USA

Roger Zimmerman, National University of Singapore, Singapore


Program Committee

Marios Angelides, Brunel University, UK

Dorin Bocu, University Transilvania of Brasov, Romania

Yao-Chung Chang, National Taitung University, Taiwan

Ling-Jyh Chen, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Rong-Ming Chen, National University of Tainan, Taiwan

Mieso Denko, University of Guelph, Canada

Daniel C. Doolan, National University of Ireland, Cork, Ireland

Alexander Eichhorn, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway

Khaled El-Maleh, Qualcomm, USA

Stefano Ferretti, Universit di Bologna, Italy

Michael Hartle, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany

Jianhua He, Swansea University, UK

Han C.W. Hsiao, Asia University, Taiwan

Hui-Huang Hsu, Tamkang University, Taiwan

Eenjun Hwang, Korean University, S. Korea

Yuming Jiang, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Qun Jin, Waseda University, Japan

Jiro Katto, Waseda University, Japan

Jack Lee, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Wing-Ho Howard Leung, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Chuanjun Li, Brown University, USA

Hongli Luo, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, USA

Zhixin Ma, Xidian University, China

Balakrishnan S. Manoj, University of California, San Diego, USA

Geovanni Martinez, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica

Tao Mei, Microsoft Research Asia, China

Madjid Merabti, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Wen-Hsiao Peng, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Marco Roccetti, University of Bologna, Italy

Sheng-Wen Shih, National Chi Nan University, Taiwan

Alexei Sourin, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Yu Sun, University of Central Arkansas, USA

Motofumi Suzuki, National Institute of Multimedia Education, Japan

David Taniar, Monash University, Australia

Tabata Toshihiro, Okayama University, Japan

Kuniaki Uehara, Kobe University, Japan

Luis Javier Garca Villalba, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Jianping Wang, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Meiqing Wang, Fuzhou University, China

Qiang Wu, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Zhenyu Yang, Florida International University, USA

Lei Ye, University of Wollongong, Australia

Chengcui Zhang, University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA

Yan Zhang, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway

Xiaofang Zhou, University of Queensland, Australia


Best Paper Award Committee Co-Chairs

Sabato M. Siniscalchi, University of Palermo, Italy

Ming-Shin Yu, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan


Publicity Co-Chairs

Jean-Luc Dugelay, Institut Eurcom, France

Nam Ling, Santa Clara University, USA

Jianhua Ma, Hosei University, Japan

Chengcui Zhang, University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA

Yueting Zhuang, Zhejiang University, China


Finance Co-Chairs

Rong-Ming Chen, National University of Tainan, Taiwan

Wen-Chung Shih, Asia University, Taiwan


Publication and Registration Chair

Han C.W. Hsiao, Asia University, Taiwan


Local Arrangement Chair

Anthony Y.H. Liao, Asia University, Taiwan


Web Chair

Chia-Cheng Liu, Asia University, Taiwan



Phillip C.Y. Sheu, University of California, Irvine, USA



For more information, including submission details, conference events, accommodations, area attractions, etc., please visit the ISM2010 web site.

3rd Workshop on Culturally-Aware Tutoring Systems

3rd Workshop on Culturally-Aware Tutoring Systems June 14 or 18, 2010, Pittsburgh (Carnegie Mellon University) Submission deadline: April 16, 2010 Website - Email - In conjunction with the 10th ITS Conference **************************************************** PRESENTATION Learners with various cultural profiles and backgrounds are benefiting from diverse applications and initiatives of the ITS community. That said, research in education has shown that teaching methodologies and instructional design cannot always be universally applied as their impact can greatly vary from one culture to another. In other words, pedagogical strategies that are effective for one cultural group may not be effective with another. As a result, researchers are increasingly focusing on cultural factors in the conception of ITS systems, be it from the point of view of learners' varying cultural backgrounds or the influence that these backgrounds have on the choice of underlying teaching methodologies. Developing ITS systems with cultural discernment capabilities can therefore -- among other possibilities -- contribute to lessening the potential for misunderstanding learner behaviour as well as allow for customized learning according to cultural needs. A greater cultural focus can also increase the flexibility of the systems we build and promote their acceptance and wider spread use. Furthermore, in a world in which interactions between culturally diverse people and groups are becoming usual, developing models of cultural representation is a valuable undertaking. Not only is there an increasing need in the teaching process for the ability to address individuals and groups with respect to culture, there is a need to learn about culture itself in view of its rich and multi-faceted variability. ITS systems, enhanced with a capacity for simulating complex cultural situations, could have a profound impact on the format, design and quality of teaching they wish to impart. A first edition of the proposed workshop took place for a full-day in 2008 in conjunction with ITS 2008. A second edition took place in 2009 in conjunction with AIED for a half-day. Proceedings of CATS 2008 and 2009 workshops can be accessed at . The current workshop consequently aims to continue this trend on the way culture can be represented within the overarching goal of imparting knowledge via ITS. It also aims to stimulate discussion on the impact of culture on ITS systems and reflect on those emerging technologies that need to be developed to more fully integrate cultural considerations. Finally, it aims at sharing and expanding the very knowledge we have about culture, all the while raising new research questions and opening research opportunities for the ITS community. Papers concerned with issues of representing culture as well as its impact and influence in the domains of ITS and educational technologies in general will be encouraged. Many sub-fields related to ITS (user modeling, cognitive management, adaptation processes, knowledge representation, use of pedagogical strategies, serious games, etc.) can be called upon, whether from the perspective of computer science, psychology, intercultural studies or other related fields. Research at varying levels of development as well as position papers will be considered. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: - Computational modeling of individual cultural traits - Computational modeling of cultural contexts and environments - Computational modeling and definition of cultural groups - Computational modeling of dynamics between varying socio-cultural groups - Cultural perception of ITS - Computer-assisted learning of culture - Collaborative learning and cultural diversity - Identification of cultural variations in computer-assisted education - Impact of culture on teaching strategies and methodologies in ITS - Impact of culture on emotional and motivational management in ITS - Relationship between culture and cognition and its impact within ITS - Cultural adaptation methodologies and their application in ITS - Interface variations according to users' cultural background - ITS for teaching cultural heritage Solutions related to these topics can be framed in terms of: - System architecture - Machine learning techniques - Case-based reasoning - Data mining - Speech and dialogue systems - Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) - Computer-supported collaborative learning - Intelligent agents - Learning companions - Planning - Serious games - Virtual learning environments - Simulations - Ontological engineering - Learning objects - Adaptive hypermedia - Pervasive computing - Authoring tools for ITS - Cross-cultural evaluation of ITS - Etc. SUBMISSION PROCEDURE Articles must be submitted by April 16, 2010 at . Submissions must be in Portable Document Format (.pdf). Papers must comply with Springer LNCS format (instructions and templates for different types of documents available at . Please use "LNCS Proceedings and Other Multiauthor Volumes" templates). Submissions must be in English. Full papers (up to 12 pages) and short papers (4-6 pages) can be considered. Articles will be evaluated according to a double blind review process by two or more members of the program committee. Hence the submitted document must not display authors' information (when submitting your paper, please clearly indicate the name and contact information of the first author, the title of your paper as well as the document type -short or full paper- in the email). Furthermore, it is strongly recommended that information allowing authors to be identified be avoided within the core of the article (this information can however be included once the article has been accepted). The accepted workshop papers will be printed in the ITS 2010 Workshop proceedings. IMPORTANT DATES: April 16, 2010 - Paper submission deadline May 9, 2010 - Notification of acceptance. May 21, 2010 - Camera-ready copy due. June 14 or 18, 2010 - Workshop at Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, USA. (ITS conference will be held from June 15 to 17) COMMITTEE WORKSHOP CO-CHAIRS - Emmanuel G. Blanchard, McGill University, Canada - W. Lewis Johnson, Alelo, USA - Amy Ogan, Carnegie Mellon University, USA - Dani�le Allard, Dalhousie University, Canada PROGRAM COMMITTEE - Jacqueline Bourdeau, TELUQ, Canada - Elisabeth Delozanne, Paris VI University, France - Benedict Du Boulay, University of Sussex, UK - Birgit Endrass, Augsburg University, Germany - Paul Fishwick, University of Florida, USA - Isabela Gasparini, UFRGS / UDESC, Brazil - Monique Grandbastien, University of Nancy, France - H. Chad Lane, Institute for Creative Technology /University of Southern California, USA - Christopher Miller, SIFT, USA - Riichiro Mizoguchi, Osaka University, Japan - Yukiko Nakano, Seikei University, Japan - Elaine Raybourn, Sandia National Laboratories / University of New Mexico, USA - Matthias Rehm, Aalborg University, Denmark - Katharina Reinecke, University of Zurich, Switzerland - Isabelle Savard, Laval University, Canada - Julie Sykes, University of New Mexico, USA - Heike Winschiers-Theophilus, Polytechnic of Namibia, Namibia - Robert Wray, SOAR Technology, USA - Shumin Wu, IBM Silicon Valley Lab, USA 

Five Decades of Innocence and Experience:The Work of Eva Figes

CALL FOR PAPERS: An International Conference co-organised by: Division of Media, English and Culture, School of the Arts, University of Northampton (UK) & Departamento de Filología Inglesa y Alemana, Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain) To be held at the School of the Arts, University of Northampton (UK) 10th-11th September 2010 Almost five decades have elapsed since the British writer Eva Figes began her literary career. Born in Berlin in 1932 into a family of assimilated German Jews and forced to emigrate to Great Britain in 1939 due to the outbreak of the Second World War, Eva Figes has contributed to the corpus of contemporary literature in English thanks to her prodigious output as both critic and novelist. In 2009 the British Library decided to acquire the rights to her personal archives, and so we think that this is the moment to give Eva Figes the place she deserves in the contemporary literary canon by organising an international conference on her work. Despite being an established writer and having won some important literary prizes and titles in England (The Guardian Prize in 1967, the Honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by Brunel University in 2002), her work has received relatively limited critical attention. Figes' life experiences - her childhood experience of the Holocaust; emigration to a foreign country; being a woman trying to forge a literary career - have left significant traces in all her works. Moreover, Figes' own writing career which spans the 1960s to the present in many ways reflects the evolution of British fiction in the post-war period. Her work resists classification within a single, unifying category. Whether seen as a feminist inheritor of Virginia Woolf, analysed as an Anglo-Jewish writer, or regarded as part of a postmodernist literary aesthetic, Figes' work represents a unique contribution to English literature. We welcome approaches to her work from any perspective which provides insight into Eva Figes' wide-ranging and impressive oeuvre. Plenary speakers to include: •Dr. David Brauner (University of Reading, UK) •Prof. Thomas Michael Stein (University of Mainz, Germany) •Dr. Julia Tofantšuk (University of Tallinn, Estonia) •A Guest appearance from Eva Figes to be confirmed Suggested topics to explore include, but are not limited to: •Eva Figes in relation to Contemporary British Fiction and the literary canon •The feminist agenda and the construction of female identities in Figes' works •The question of Jewishness and the presence of the Holocaust in Eva Figes' literary world •The construction of identity in Figes' fictions •The persistence of modernism in Figes' works •Eva Figes as a literary critic •Eva Figes' relation to postmodernism •Eva Figes as inheritor of Virginia Woolf •Eva Figes and Trauma Studies •The autobiographical aspect in Figes' novels •Formal experimentalism in Figes' novels •The ethical dimension of Figes' literary production •The evolution of Figes' literary career •Narrative and story-telling in Figes' works •The experience of motherhood in Figes' writing •The experience of war in Figes' works •Writing as self-healing in Figes' literary career Please submit paper proposals (abstracts of 300 words and short bio) to both conference organisers by 1st April 2010: Dr. Sonya Andermahr (University of Northampton, UK): Miss Silvia Pellicer-Ortín (Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain): DEPARTAMENTO DE FILOLOGÍA INGLESA Y ALEMANA CONTEMPORARY NARRATIVE IN ENGLISH RESEARCH GROUP UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA 

Access Services Conference 2010, Innovative Approaches to Access Services

On behalf of the Conference Organizing Committee, we would like to invite you to submit a proposal for the Access Services Conference 2010, Innovative Approaches to Access Services.  This year’s event will be held at Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta, GA from November 10-12, 2010.

The Access Services Conference is an opportunity for individuals working in all areas of Access Service in libraries to gather information and communicate with other professionals about Circulation, Reserves, Interlibrary Loan, Student Worker Management, Security, Stacks Maintenance, and other topics of interest.  The conference is focused primarily on academic libraries but we welcome participation and proposals from all types of libraries.

We invite program proposals from March 8 until 5pm, May 14, 2010. Accepted program proposal submissions should be able to fit within a 50 minute segment.  Proposals might focus on any of the following areas:

Customer Service

Interlibrary Loan
Consortia Agreements
Space Management
Stacks Maintenance
Student Workers Management
Current technology for access service enhancement

Program Proposal guidelines:
Please submit an abstract of 300 words or less with the program title, your name, title, and affiliation.  Please also note if your proposal is for a single presenter, panel, or roundtable discussion.  Program proposals will be reviewed by the program committee and those presenters who are selected will be notified by June 1, 2010.  In order to submit a proposal, please go to “Call for Proposals” on the conference website to submit your proposal.

Please direct any questions to

Catherine Jannik Downey  


Vendors or organizations interested in sponsoring the Access Services Conference please contact

Denita Hampton   






Krista Higham

Access Services Librarian

Ganser Library

Millersville University

PO Box 1002

Millersville PA 17551


Access Services Conference Marketing Committee member





Feminist Pedagogy – A Roundtable Discussion of Integrating Interdisciplinary Studies and Technology

The M/MLA Women's Caucus will sponsor the following workshop at the 2010 conference in 
Chicago, Nov. 4-7. Feminist Pedagogy - A Roundtable Discussion of Integrating Interdisciplinary
Studies and Technology A Roundtable Discussion of feminist pedagogy emphasizing current strategies
for integrating interdisciplinary study and new technologies.
Think in terms of the tried and true, the new and innovative; 
of incorporating service learning, blending theory and practice, etc.
Proposals should include a specific class project which the panelists
 will then develop in more depth and detail during the Roundtable. Please submit proposals to: Linda Coleman Linda S. Coleman Professor of English and Women's Studies Eastern Illinois University 600 Lincoln Ave. Charleston, Illinois 61920 217-581-5015