Monthly Archives: April 2010

Library History Seminar XII (LHS) attendance grant


LHRT is providing free registration and travel reimbursement grants of up to $350 each, for two graduate students or new professionals who wish to attend Library History Seminar XII (LHS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, September 10-12, 2010. Library History Seminar is a multi-day, academic conference focused on the history of libraries and librarianship, offered only once every five years. For more information about the conference, see the LHS web site, .

Any student or new professional (less than 3 years’ experience) interested in a grant must fill out the application form, submit graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and provide at least one letter
of recommendation from a faculty member, employer, or professional colleague. For application forms, see links on LHRT’s award page,, or the links at the bottom of this message.

All application materials are due no later than **June 1, 2010**. Send applications, transcripts, and letters to Bernadette A. Lear, LHRT Chair, Penn State Harrisburg Library, 351 Olmsted Dr., Middletown, PA
17057. Or you may e-mail: . You may also direct questions and concerns to Bernadette.

Feel free to forward this opportunity to students and colleagues!

Paul Evan Peters Fellowship (Coalition for Networked Information)

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) announces the 2010 Paul Evan Peters Fellowship
Applications due by April 23, 2010
The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of CNI’s founding executive director.  The fellowship is awarded every two years to a student pursuing graduate studies in librarianship, the information sciences, or a closely related field, who demonstrates intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Paul Evan Peters, including:
–commitment to use of digital information and advanced technology to enhance scholarship, intellectual productivity and public life;
–interest in the civic responsibilities of information professionals and a commitment to democratic values;
–positive and creative approach to overcoming personal, technological, and bureaucratic challenges, and
–humor, vision, humanity, and imagination.
The fellowship is in the amount of $5000 per year, to be awarded two consecutive years to a student in a graduate program.
“The characteristics that have often been associated with Paul–positivity, creativity, humor, vision, humanity, and imagination–are, I hope, dimensions that I also bring to the work that I do as a scholar and as a teacher, ” wrote Philip Edwards, 2004 fellowship recipient and a faculty member at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Information and Library Science.  Edwards credits the award with helping to broaden his professional horizons as a student:  “Because of this funding, I was able to travel to conferences which I would have otherwise been unable to attend, and the interactions I had among other researchers and practitioners at these gatherings have been more valuable than I could have ever imagined.”  
Cal Lee, who received the first Peters Fellowship, is currently Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he teaches classes for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as continuing professional education workshops, in a variety of subjects, including archival administration, records management, digital curation, understanding information technology for managing digital collections, and the construction of digital repository rules. 
More information about the Paul Evan Peters Fellowship and the application process are available at
Diane Goldenberg-Hart
Communications Coordinator
Coalition for Networked Information
21 Dupont Circle, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036
202-872-0884 (Fax)

Penn State Harrisburg Library, Archives and Special Collections Travel and Research Grant Program, 2010-2011

Call for Applications

Penn State Harrisburg is pleased to offer, for the third
consecutive year, a grant program to support visiting
scholars and graduate students who need to use materials
held by Archives and Special Collections in the Penn State
Harrisburg Library.

The travel and research grant program encourages scholarly
use of the repository’s premier collection, the Alice
Marshall Women’s History Collection, considered to be one
of the largest privately-compiled research collections on
women’s history in the United States.

One grant will be awarded with a stipend between $500 and
$3,000 to cover travel, overnight accommodations, and other
research-related expenses.  Research topics are not limited
to women’s history, but they must require significant use of
the repository’s holdings.

IS FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2010.  Recipients will be notified by
early June 2010.

For more information and to access the grant guidelines and
an application form, please visit
or contact Heidi N. Abbey, humanities reference librarian
and archivist, via email at, or by phone
at 717-948-6056.

2011 ALISE Annual Conference: Competitiveness and Innovation

Tuesday, January 4 through Friday, January 7 – San Diego, CA


Call for Juried Paper Proposals


Deadline for Extended abstracts (maximum 1,000 words): July 15, 2010

Notification of Acceptance: September 15, 2010


This call for juried paper proposals seeks original contributions including reports of research, theory, pedagogy, best practices, think pieces, and critical essays that contribute to elaboration of the conference theme of competitiveness and innovation in library and information science. More information on the conference theme can be found at:


Submission to this call for paper proposals must not have been previously published. There are no restrictions on research methodology. Alternative perspectives, creative and no-conventional responses to library and information science education concerns within the context of competitiveness and innovation are welcome and expected! We look forward to your proposals and participation with great anticipation!


Conference juried paper proposals accepted for presentation at the conference, which are developed into full papers, are eligible for consideration for the JELIS “best papers” conference issue. Deadline for submission of full papers for possible publication in JELIS will be March 1, 2011.


Instructions for submitting Extended Abstracts for presentation at the ALISE 2011 Conference:


Extended abstracts should include the following:

       Title of the paper

       Names, affiliations, and contact information of the authors and one author to be designated as the contact for the paper

       Up to 1,000 word description of the proposed paper.


The Conference Juried Paper Proposals Committee Chair will send an acknowledgement of all abstracts received and applicants will be informed of the Committee’s decisions by September 15, 2010. Conference presentation time slots will be published in the conference program. All presenters are required to register for the ALISE 2011 conference.


Submit abstracts in PDF or WORD format by July 15, 2010 to Melissa Gross, The Florida State University,


Discovery Systems: Solutions a User Could Love?

 The MARS Local Systems & Services committee is seeking panelists for its discussion forum at the 2010 ALA Annual meeting in Washington, DC on Sunday, June 27, 2010, 1:30-3:30pm. The discussion forum topic is “Discovery Systems: Solutions a User Could Love?” and will continue the conversation that began at our very successful Midwinter forum by the same name. You can view a listing of the Midwinter panelists and the discovery tools they implemented by visiting this public ALA Connect page:

Panelists are asked to describe their experiences implementing “next generation discovery tools” that attempt to provide access to disparate library collections from a single search box. Examples include Summon, Primo, WorldCat Local, and Encore; the system should be in production, and should have the ability to include resources beyond the catalog. We are interested in knowing why you made your choice, your implementation experience, what was gained, what surprises and challenges you may have encountered, and how your users have responded to the change.

Each panelist should plan to speak for no more than 20 minutes and participate in a general Q&A at the end of the session.

Please e-mail proposals to: Matt Lee (Reference Librarian, Minitex, Minneapolis, MN) at

Proposals should include a title (including name of discovery system) and brief summary of the talk, as well as the names, positions and e-mail addresses of the presenters.

Deadline for proposals: April 30, 2010.

Higher Education Institutions and Learning Management Systems: Adoption and Standardization


Proposal Submission Deadline: May 15, 2010

Full Chapter Deadline:  September 1, 2010

Higher Education Institutions and Learning Management Systems: Adoption and Standardization

A book edited by Dr. Rosalina Babo and Dr. Ana Azevedo

ISCAP-IPP, Portugal



To be published by IGI Global:




e-Learning plays a significant role in education, and its importance increases day by day. Learning environments can take a myriad of distinct forms. Learning Management Systems emerge as an important platform to support effective learning environments. Furthermore with the rising of Web 2.0, learning environments are also overflowing Learning Management Systems and Institutions’ boundaries.

Learning Management Systems (LMS) are used all over Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and the need to know and understand its adoption and usage arises. However, there is a lack of information about how LMSs are being used, which are the most adopted, whether there is a country adoption standard and which countries use more LMSs.

On one hand, there are different institutional cultures and characteristics and, on the other hand, there are several distinct LMS tools, it is expected to find out distinct experiences. The richness of each of the experiences can help the worldwide community to better understand how well LMS are being used.


Objective of the Book

The primary objective of this book is to provide insights concerning Learning Management Systems on Higher Education Institutions.  The book aims to increase understanding of LMS adoption and usage providing relevant academic work, empirical research findings and an overview of LMS usage on Higher Education Institutions all over the world.


Target Audience

The target audience of this book will be composed of Education government members, Higher Education Managers, researchers, academicians, practitioners and graduate students in every field of study are the target audience of this book. LMS are not limited to a specific academic area being a trend and a new learning approach in any scientific field.


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

LMS on Higher Education Institutions

Evaluation of LMS

Evaluation of LMS adoption

Evaluation of LMS’s tutor usage

Evaluation of LMS’s students’ usage

LMS Impact Studies

Emerging and best practices in LMS adoption and usage

Partnerships in e-Learning

Evaluation of e-Learning

Managing quality in e-Learning

Open Source LMS

Collaborative Learning

Enables and constrainers of LMS usage

Relations between Web 2.0 and LMS

LMS tools and the Web 2.0

What are the most used LMS

LMS adoption factors

Usage rates of LMS (Scientific areas, gender, Age, …)

Comparison of different LMS platforms (Moodle, Blackboard,…)

Best practices in LMS policies and procedures

Strategies for faculty LMS orientation and ongoing education

Internal review practices of LMS usage

The student view vs. the professor view of LMS

LMSs case studies


Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before May 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 by June 15, 2010 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by September 1, 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:

May 15, 2010:                        Proposal Submission Deadline

June 15, 2010:                       Notification of Acceptance

September 1, 2010:             Full Chapter Submission

October 31, 2010:                Review Result Returned

January 15, 2011:                   Final Chapter Submission

February 15, 2011: Final deadline



Editorial Advisory Board Members:


Adriana Burlea, University of Craiova, Romania

Antonio Andrade, Universidade Cat�lica Portuguesa CRP,  Portugal

Bani Bhattacharya, Indian Institute of Technology, India

Demetrio G Sampson, University of Piraeus, Greece

Dumitru Dan Burdescu, University of Craiova, Romania

Luis Borges Gouveia, University Fernando Pessoa, Portugal

Paulo Oliveira, ISEP – IPP , Portugal

Robert M. Panoff, The Shodor Education Foundation, USA

Rosa Maria Bottino, Italian National Research Council, Italy

Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, UK



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

Dr. Rosalina Babo and Dr. Ana Azevedo




Women Writing on Today’s American Family

Submissions are being sought for an anthology about writing and publishing by women with experience in writing and publishing about family. Possible subjects: using life experience; networking; unique issues women must overcome;

formal education; queries and proposals; conference participation; self-publishing; teaching tips. Tips on writing about family: creative nonfiction, poetry, short stories, nonfiction, novels.


Practical, concise, how-to articles with bullets/headings have proven the most helpful to readers. Please avoid writing too much about “me” and concentrate on what will help the reader. No previously published, co-written, or simultaneously submitted material.


Foreword by Supriya Bhatnagar, Director of Publications, Editor of The Writer’s Chronicle, Association of Writers & Writing Programs, George Mason University.


Afterword by Dr. Amy Hudock, co-founder of Literary Mama, an on-line literary magazine chosen by Writers Digest as one of the 101 Best Web Sites for Writers.


Co-Editor Colleen S. Harris is a 2010 Pushcart Prize nominee. Her book of poetry, God in My Throat: The Lilith Poems (Bellowing Ark Press, 2009), was a finalist for the Black Lawrence Book Award; These Terrible Sacraments, is

forthcoming in 2011. Colleen has a MFA degree in writing and has appeared in The Louisville Review, Wisconsin Review, River Styx, and Adirondack Review,among others.  She’s included in Library Journal; and Contemporary American

Women: Our Defining Passages.


Co-Editor Carol Smallwood is a 2009 National Federation of State Poetry Societies award winner included in Who’s Who of American Women who has appeared in Michigan Feminist Studies, The Writer’s Chronicle, The Detroit News. She’s included in Best New Writing in Prose 2009. Her 23rd book is Writing and Publishing: The Librarian’s Handbook (American Library Association, 2010). A chapter of newly published Lily’s Odyssey was short listed for the Eric Hoffer Prose Award.


Please send 3-4 possible topics you would like to contribute each described in a few sentences and a 65-75 word bio using the format like the bio’s above. Please send by May 24, 2010 using FAMILY/your last name on the subject line to You’ll receive a Go-Ahead and guidelines if your topics haven’t been taken. Contributors will be asked to contribute a total of 1900-2100 words. Those included in the anthology will receive a complimentary copy as compensation.


Beyond the Internet? – Innovations for future networks and services –

 an ITU-T Kaleidoscope event technically co-sponsored by IEEE Communications Society Pune, India, 13 - 15 December 2010 Call for Papers Deadline 30 April 2010 <> ITU-T Kaleidoscope 2010 Beyond the Internet? - Innovations for future networks and services - is the third in a series of peer-reviewed academic conferences that bring together a wide range of views from universities, industry and research. The aim of Kaleidoscope conferences is to identify information and communication technologies (ICTs) for which the development of standards can turn innovations into successful products and services. The rise of mobile access and its integration with optical transport networks pose key questions: how should the current architecture evolve to accommodate fixed-mobile integration and the demand of services and applications, 10-15 years from now? How could the cloud and grid computing models be integrated? And, what will the social and economic impact of these innovations be in the future information society? Some experts question whether the current underlying architecture is sufficiently robust to evolve and adapt to future demands and especially to address security concerns, or if a 'clean slate' approach is needed to develop a really innovative Internet of the future. Contributors seeking to bring innovations for future networks and services might have to challenge the fundamental networking design principles of the Internet. Beyond the Internet? - Innovations for future networks and services - is calling for original academic papers offering innovative and daring approaches towards the Internet of the future. Kaleidoscope 2010 aims to be a unique opportunity to share views on the future ubiquitous communications and to collect broad, kaleidoscopic views building upon lessons learnt from existing networks and services. Objectives Beyond the Internet? - Innovations for future networks and services - will highlight multidisciplinary aspects of future ICTs, based on contributions from the world's universities, industry and academic institutions. The focus will be on innovative technologies and their impact on the evolution of Internet architectures, services and applications, as well as societal and economic challenges. Suggested (non-exclusive) list of topics Track 1: Technology and architecture evolution - Evolution of Internet architecture, NGN and the future Internet - Mobility and nomadicity in evolved architectures - High-data-rate mobile infrastructures, seamless handover, multihoming and mobility - Convergence of optical/photonics and radio techniques for transport and access networks - Ultra-high speed transport networks - Cloud computing and grid computing - Enterprise integration of legacy networks and the future internet - Advanced network security, network identification, biometrics, localization techniques and ubiquitous sensor networks (USN) - Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) infrastructure - RFID, sensors and ad-hoc networks - Evolution of display technology - Broadcasting, multicasting, unicasting and peer-to-peer in the future Internet - Green and energy efficient architectures - Digital rights and identity management - Evolution of network management including fault management and localization - New hardware solutions, integrated circuits, antenna designs etc. - Service oriented modeling and analysis in future architectures Track 2: Applications and services - Enhancing accessibility for all - Open service interfaces, service interaction and interoperability in future scenarios - New entertainment initiatives (games, IPTV, Interactive TV, Mobile TV, and others) - Applications to reduce power consumptions - The fully networked car - Quality assurance / QoS for real time multimedia services - Innovative multimedia applications and content delivery - Advanced smart terminals - Enhancing electronic storage and data mining - Simulation and development tools - Future virtual communities / social networking services - Creative combinations of web and network services - Middleware service discovery - Evolution of e-public services (e.g. e-government, e-health and e-learning) - Advanced services using sensors and RFID applications - Solutions for ICT recycling and waste reduction - Field experience in creating innovative solutions using limited technology Track 3: Social, economic and policy issues - Evolution of legislative and regulatory frameworks towards inclusive converged networks - Balancing Internet security and ubiquity - Securing users from Internet content (e.g. child protection) - Evolution of NGN and future Internet standardization - Business models for the information society (including accounting, billing and charging) - Economics of ICT standardization - Standardization models for the Internet of the future - Societal impact of virtual / collaborative environments - Management of virtual and collaborative teams - ICTs as an enabling technology to mitigate climate change and GHG emissions. New this year In addition to a local universities exhibition, outstanding keynote speakers and invited papers, ITU will host in 2010 Standards Corner, a series of standardization tutorials and Jules Verne's corner, a special space for science fiction writers and dreamers. Supporters Organized by the Telecommunication Standardization Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T) in partnership with STES, GISFI and CMAI, with IEEE ComSoc as Technical Co-Sponsor, and supported by Cisco and Nokia Siemens Networks. Audience Beyond the Internet? - Innovations for future networks and services - is targeted at all specialists with a role in the field including researchers, academics, students, engineers, regulators, top decision- makers and thinkers from all over the world who look into the future. Date and venue 13-15 December 2010, Pune, India Submission of papers Prospective authors, from countries that are members of ITU, are invited to submit complete, original papers with a maximum length of 4500 words within eight pages including summary and references, using the template available on the event website. All papers will be reviewed through a double-blind, peer-review process and handled electronically; see http:// for the online submission (EDAS). The main themes are suggested in the list of topics. The deadlines for paper submission are highlighted below. Deadlines Submission of full paper proposals: 30 April 2010 Notification of paper acceptance: 30 July 2010 Submission of camera-ready accepted papers: 10 September 2010 Publication and presentation Accepted papers will be presented during the event, published in the proceedings and made available through the IEEE Xplore. The best papers will be invited for evaluation for potential publication in the IEEE Communications Magazine. Awards Awards of USD 5k, 3k and 2k will be granted to selected best papers, as judged by the organizing and programme committees. In addition, young authors presenting accepted papers who have not yet received a PhD title will also receive a Young Author Recognition certificate. General Chair Yoichi Maeda (ITU-T; NTT, Japan) Organizing Committee Chairman: Yoichi Maeda (ITU-T; NTT, JP) Artem S. Adzhemov (Moscow Tech. Univ., RU) D.K. Agarwal (Ministry of Communic., IN) Tohru Asami (University of Tokyo, JP) Ashok Chandra (Ministry of Communic., IN) Yoshikazu Ikeda (Otani University, JP) Kai Jakobs (RWTH Aachen University, DE) R.N. Jha (Ministry of Communic., IN) Chae-Sub Lee (ITU-T; ETRI, KR) Giovani Mancilla (Universidad Distrital, CO) Mitsuji Matsumoto (Waseda University, JP) Yushi Naito (ITU-T; Mitsubishi Electric, JP) Zhisheng Niu (Tsinghua University, CN) Ramjee Prasad (Aalborg University, DK) Helmut Schink (ITU-T; Nokia Siemens, DE) Mostafa Hashem Sherif (AT&T, US) Alfredo Terzoli (Rhodes University, ZA) Daniele Trinchero (Politecnico di Torino, IT) Mehmet Ulema (Manhattan College, US) John Visser (Consultant; CA) Programme Committee (Provisional) Chairman: Mostafa Hashem Sherif (AT&T, US) Sameera Abar (Tohoku University, JP) Ahmad Zaki Bin Abu Bakar (Universiti Teknologi, MY) Rui Aguiar (Universidade de Aveiro, PT) Syed I. Ahson (Patna University, IN) Eyhab Al-Masri (University of Guelph, CA) Nestor Becerra Yoma (Universidad de Chile, CL) Jos� Everardo Bessa Maia (UECE, BR) Knut Blind (TU Berlin, Fraunhofer Society, RSM, DE) Luis Carlos Bona (Federal University of Paran�, BR) Dario Bottazzi (Guglielmo Marconi Labs, IT) Michael Bove, Jr. (MIT, US) Marco Carugi (Independent Consultant, FR) Vicente Casares-Giner (Univ. Politecnica de Valencia, ES) Piero Castoldi (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, IT) Isabella Cerutti (SSSUP, IT) Lyman Chapin (Interisle Consulting Group, LLC, US) Jaeho Choi (Chonbuk National University, KR) Jun Kyun Choi (Info. and Comms. University, KR) Seong-gon Choi (Chungbuk National University, KR) Young Choi (Bloomsburg Univ. of Pennsylvania, US) Antonio Corradi (University of Bologna, IT) Amilton da Costa Lamas (CPqD - DTS - GMP, BR) No�l Crespi (Institut T�l�com, FR) Giancarlo De Marchis (TelCon srl, IT) Tineke Mirjam Egyedi (TU Delft, NL) Mahmoud El-Hadidi (Cairo University, EG) Khalil El-Khatib (UOIT, CA) Dmitry Epstein (Cornell University, US) Vladislav V. Fomin (Vytautas Magnus University, LT) Luca Foschini (University of Bologna, IT) Ivan Ganchev (University of Limerick, IE) Wen Gao (Peking University, CN) Carlo Giannelli (University of Bologna, IT) Anahita Gouya (Inst. National des Telecomm., FR) Chris G. Guy (The University of Reading, UK) Guenter Haring (University of Vienna, AT) Emmanuel Jaffrot (Univ. Nacional de S. Martin, AR) Carlos Juiz (University of the Balearic Islands, ES) Farouk Kamoun (Planet, TN) Tim Kelly (World Bank, US) Andrej Kos (University of Ljubljana, SI) Ken Krechmer (University of Colorado, US) Claude Lamblin (France Telecom, FR) Matti Latva-aho (University of Oulu, FI) Gyu Myoung Lee (Institut T�l�com, FR) Jos� G. L�pez Peraf�n (University of Cauca, CO) Thomas Magedanz (TU Berlin, DE) Mehdi Mani (Institut T�l�com, FR) Lorne Mason (McGill University, CA) �lvaro Medeiros (Funda��o CPqD, BR) Werner Mohr (Nokia Siemens Networks GmbH & Co. KG, DE) Edmundo Monteiro (University of Coimbra, PT) Mohammed Nafie (Nile University, EG) Jos� Neuman de Souza (Federal University of Cear�, BR) Sergio Ochoa (Universidad de Chile, CL) M�irt�n O'Droma (University of Limerick, IE) Antonio Oliva (University Carlos III of Madrid, ES) Fumitaka Ono (Tokyo Polytechnic University, JP) Yong-Jin Park (Hanyang Univiversity, KR) Jos� Ewerton P. de Farias (UFCG, BR) Pierre-Andr� Probst (Probst ICT-Consulting, FR) Feng Qi (Beijing Univ. of Posts and Telecomm., CN) Abderrezak Rachedi (UPEMLV, FR) Peter Radford (Logica, UK) S V Raghavan (ERNETT, IN) Anna Riccioni (University of Bologna, IT) Felipe Rudge Barbosa (Unicamp, BR) Jungwoo Ryoo (The Pennsylvania State Univ. Altoona, US) Susana Sargento (Universidad de Aveiro, PT) Ulrich Schoen (Nokia Siemens, DE) Eva S�derstr�m (University of Sk�vde, SE) Otto Spaniol (RWTH Aachen University, DE) Michael B. Spring (University of Pittsburgh, US) Szymon Szott (AGH University of Science and Technology, PL) Kenzo Takahashi (University of Electro-Comm., JP) M.D. Tiwari (Director IIIT - Allahabad, IN) Hiromi Ueda (Tokyo University of Technology, JP) Mehmet Ulema (Computer I.S. Manhattan College, US) Jari Veijalainen (University of Jyvaskyla, FI) Fabio Violaro (Univ. Estadual de Camphinas, BR) Rudi Westerveld (TU Delft, NL) Moustafa Youssef (Nile University, EG) Rachid Zagrouba (University of Manouba, TN) Keywords Future Internet, technological innovation, network architecture, services, applications, ICT standards, information society, policy and economic issues. For additional information Additional info can be found at the event website: Inquiries should be addressed to 

Mothering, Bereavement, Loss and Grief

CALL FOR PAPERS The editorial board is seeking submissions for Vol. 1.2 of the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (JMI) to be published fall/winter 2010. Mothering, Bereavement, Loss and Grief The journal will explore the topic of Mothering, Bereavement, Loss and Grief from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. We welcome submissions from scholars, students, social workers, health care workers, and other professionals and community workers. Cross-cultural, historical and comparative work is encouraged. We also welcome creative reflections such as poetry, short stories, and artwork on the subject. Topics can include (but are not limited to): The grief process, emotion and grief; social and cultural support, bereavement self-help and peer-support; bereavement counseling and therapy; 'good grief'; the role of health care workers; spiritual care; loss through reproductive and prenatal technology; loss through miscarriage, stillbirth, infant loss, SIDS; postnatal depression; death of a child through illness, accident, suicide, or homicide; missing or abducted children; death of an adult child through AIDS, in the military, or through violence; infanticide; coping with guilt; child loss and teen moms; mothering surviving children; mothering after the death of a partner; lesbians and child loss; fathers, bereavement and grief; bereavement, grief and depression; the spousal/partner relationship, and relearning life after the death of a child; mothering after losing one's own parent; representations of widows as mothers, of grief and bereavement in culture and the media; identity of grieving mothers; grieving mothers in the workplace; mothering children whose mother has died: foster mothers, stepmothers, othermothers; grief following a child's disability diagnosis, grieving the loss of a "perfect" child; loss of potential motherhood through infertility or abortion; mothers without custody, loss of child to child protection agencies, or incarceration (mother's or child's or adult child's); estrangements between mothers and children; motherless daughters and sons; role loss/exit; divorce; loss of stepchildren through divorce; adoption; measuring loss; matricide, Demeter/Persephone myth; critique of 'stages of grief' models SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Articles should be 15-18 pages (3750 words) including references. All should be in MLA style, WordPerfect or Word and IBM compatible. Please see our website for submission guidelines:  SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY June 1, 2010 Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) 140 Holland St. West, PO 13022 Bradford, ON, L3Z 2Y5 <> <> 

E-Health Communities and Online Self-Help Groups: Applications and Usage

CALL FOR CHAPTERS Proposals Submission Deadline (extended): 1 May 2010 Full Chapters Due: 1 July 2010 "E-Health Communities and Online Self-Help Groups: Applications and Usage" A book edited by Dr. Åsa Smedberg, Stockholm University, Sweden Introduction E-health communities, also called web-based health communities, have become popular arenas for support and sharing of experience, knowledge and advice among patients and citizens. E-health communities are used on a day-to-day basis by people who help each other cope with different health conditions and learn together about health-related issues and behaviors. Through these self-help groups patients as well as citizens can get more empowered. Online self-help groups exist in many different health areas, from severe physical and mental disorders, such as cancer and depression, to lifestyle problems such as bad eating habits, smoking and stress, i.e. lifestyles that are considered to cause health risks to people. In this new world of increased usage of e-health communities, there is a need to discuss different ways of designing and using these systems for communication and learning in groups. There is also a need to systematically evaluate them in terms of learning opportunities, behavioral changes and impacts on health and well-being. What factors to measure and how to measure them are difficult, but important, questions to address. Eventual negative effects are also to be explored and handled. Objective of the Book This book will aim to provide relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest empirical research findings in the area. It will aim to increase knowledge and understanding of applications and usage of e-health communities for self-help groups who struggle with health disorders, disabilities, lifestyle issues and other health concerns. Different e-health community settings will be presented, observations of community usage and effects discussed, and complementing ways to measure effectiveness will be introduced and analyzed. Target Audience The target audience of this book will be composed of researchers in social and health informatics, designers of e-health platforms and clinical health professionals, such as physicians, dieticians, physiotherapists and district nurses. It will also be useful for patients' interest groups. Moreover, the book will provide insights and support executives concerned with making IT-strategies for healthcare. Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following: - E-health communities and coping - E-health communities, knowledge and learning - E-health communities and trust - E-health communities on lifestyle issues - E-health communities on health disorders - Citizen and patient empower - Social communication and learning in self-help groups - Conversation analysis methods - Impact of e-health communities - Evaluation methods and measurements - Flexible and user-oriented e-health communities - E-health community usage: case studies - Longitudinal studies of e-health communities - Comparative studies of different community settings - User experiences (citizens/patients) - E-health communities in healthcare contexts - Combinations/comparisons with different forms of self-management and interventions - Innovative design principles - Trends in self-help groups on the Internet - Initiatives to bridge digital divide and social/cultural differences - Future platforms for self-help groups - Ideas, concepts and design - Web 2.0 and e-health communities - Flexibility, mobility and multimedia applications Submission Procedure Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before May 1, 2010, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Kindly include a title and contact information for each contributor (Name, Affiliation, and E-mail) within the file. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by May 15, 2010, about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by July 1, 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. Publisher 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. Important Dates May 1, 2010: Proposal Submission Deadline May 15, 2010: Notification of Acceptance July 1, 2010: Full Chapter Submission September 15, 2010: Review Results Returned October 15, 2010: Final Chapter Submission November 15, 2010: Final Deadline Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to: Dr. Åsa Smedberg Department of Computer and Systems Sciences Stockholm University SE-164 40 Kista, Sweden Tel.: +46-8-16 16 99 • Fax: +46-8-703 90 25 Email: