Competitiveness and Innovation-School Library Media Special Interest Group ALISE 2011

ALISE 2011, San Diego, CA, January 2011

Conference Theme: Competitiveness and Innovation



In keeping with the 2011 ALISE Conference Theme,Competitiveness and Innovation, the School Library Media SIG invites submissions for research papers that highlight aspects of innovation and competitiveness in the field of school librarianship, as they relate to our roles as educators of school librarians or as researchers of school librarianship. Please also review the overview of the conference theme found at the ALISE website ( under the Conference Call for Participation link.


We invite abstracts and invited full research papers relating to these topics of competitiveness and innovation:

1. What innovations, competing influences, or forces are shaping school library programs in schools or preparation programs colleges and universities?

2. How might innovation or competition impact the work of practitioners in K12 or educators and researchers in higher education?

3. What innovations are needed in preservice education for school librarians or in LIS education as it affects the preparation of school librarians?

4. What are the competing interests of stakeholders within (e.g., researchers in other areas of LIS, students) or outside (e.g., state and federal education policymakers, employers) LIS, and what are the impacts of these competing interests?

5. School librarianship is subject to competing visions or models. What are some of these visions and/or models and what outcomes have resulted from the differences?


Through facilitated discussion of papers relating to these topics, we hope to explore:

– How can school librarians and school libraries be reimagined?

– Who are the major innovators in school librarianship?

– How are we preparing our students to facilitate 21st century learning in schools? How are we revamping our preservice curriculum?

– What are the advocacy roles of preservice educators in a time of school library cutbacks?

– What are key points of intersection between school librarianship and information science?

– How can we improve the quantity and quality of school library research?

– What are key ideas of learning in the 21st century and what are their relationships to the roles of school librarians?

– How are we documenting the effectiveness of preservice curriculum for school librarians?


The SIG session will be in one of two formats, depending on the number of papers submitted:

1. 5-8research papers presented on a panel facilitated by discussants who will have read the full papers ahead of time; or 2. 10 or so research papers specifically aligned to at least one the panel themes, presented in pecha kucha style, with a five minute overview and conclusion by a facilitator.


Abstracts, due July 10, 2010, will be reviewed for evidence of in-process or completed research and explicit links to the conference and SIG themes. Be sure to comment on your literature foundation, method, methodology, findings, and conclusions in your abstract. If the research is in progress, please mention the point at which you expect to be in the research project by November 1.


Accepted abstracts will be the basis for invited papers due on November 1, 2010.

Invited papers will be eligible for a special issue of School Libraries Worldwide (SLW), one of two peer reviewed research journals in school librarianship. All papers submitted to SLW will undergo double-blind peer review.


Submit 500 word abstracts by July 10, 2010, to Anne Perrault, University at Buffalo, Feel free to contact Anne Perrault ( or Marcia Mardis (

with any questions.



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