Monthly Archives: September 2010

Sliding Doors in a Pluralistic Society: Critical Approaches to and Intercultural Perspectives on Diversity in Contemporary Literature for Children and Young Adults


Editors: Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Ph.D. and Sarah Park, Ph.D.

Tentative Title: Sliding Doors in a Pluralistic Society: Critical Approaches to and Intercultural Perspectives on Diversity in Contemporary Literature for Children and Young Adults

Publisher: ALA Editions

Youth deserve to encounter authentic and accurate representations of their cultures in books, libraries, and classrooms. Twenty-first century librarians and educators can be poised to meet the informational, recreational, and cultural needs of youth by providing high-quality children’s and young adult literature and literacy activities that reflect the culturally pluralistic society of the United States.

For our edited volume, we seek chapters that address the growing demands of school media specialists, public youth librarians, classroom teachers, and other educators for information on selecting materials and creating literacy and library programs to meet the needs of children and young adults in our culturally pluralistic society. We define diversity not only in terms of race and culture, but also in age, ability, religious preferences, family composition, and so on. By providing new critical and intercultural approaches to diversity in contemporary literature for children and young adults, this book will provide theoretical frameworks that consider the over-arching issues which continue to expand and break boundaries in youth literature. These approaches can assist librarians and other educators in choosing, evaluating, and selecting quality children’s and YA literature and using it to meet the literacy (informational, reading, cultural, etc.) needs of the increasingly di!
 verse youth population in U.S libraries, classrooms, and homes. As well, the critical and intercultural approaches can help educators situate the books in their socio-political contexts in order to consider how the books may meet the social needs of youth. Finally, the title will provide ideas and examples of successful library and literacy programs that incorporate diverse children’s literature to meet the informational and recreational needs of all children and young adults.

We seek current and timely chapters on the following topics (each bullet represents a separate chapter):

• Literature review of studies from various disciplines related to the topics of cultural diversity, cultural pluralism, cultural literacy, diversity, etc. as presented in children’s and young adult literature.
• Understanding the politics and key concerns in selecting, analyzing, and using diverse literature for children and young adults.
• Creating a working conceptualization of diversity that can be used with children and young adults to foster intercultural understanding and prepare young minds for interacting in the culturally pluralistic society of the U.S.
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature Representing African American People and Cultures.
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature Representing Latino People and Cultures
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature Representing Asian American People and Cultures
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature Representing Indigenous People and Cultures
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature Representing Multiracial or Transnational Youth
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature Describing Characters with Cognitive Dis/Abilities
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature Describing Characters with Physical Dis/Abilities
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature Representing Religious Affiliations.
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Young Adult Literature Depicting Incarcerated Youth
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature Depicting Homelessness
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature Describing Transnational Adoptions
• Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Children’s Books Depicting Gender Variance and Queer Families and Characters

Other Guidelines: Each chapter must be under 4,000 words, inclusive of all bibliographies and notes. The author(s) should include information about selecting books representing the cultural group, descriptions of “good” and “bad” books, and programming ideas/ strategies that have been tested with children and young adults in classroom and library settings. Chapters should be formatted according the Chicago Manual of Style.

Deadlines: If you are interested in contributing to this edited work, please send a proposal (approximately 500 words) by November 1, 2010, which outlines how you would address the topics in one of the aforementioned chapters. Proposals should include your name, affiliation, email, and phone number along with a current 2-page CV highlighting relevant publications related to your chapter. We will notify selected authors of our decisions by November 15, 2010.  Completed chapters are due by May 30, 2011.
Please send proposals by November 1st to with “Chapter Proposal” in the subject heading.

Questions? Contact us at

Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Ph.D.
Assistant & Foster-EBSCO Endowed Professor
School of Library & Information Studies
University of Alabama
513 Gorgas Library  – Box 870252
Tuscaloosa,  AL 35487-0252
Phone: (205) 348-1518
Fax: (205) 348-3746

Celebrate Latino Children’s Literature & Literacy at the National Latino Children’s Literature Conference on April 23-24, 2010. For more information, visit

Archiving 2010

IS&T is pleased to announce the Archiving 2011 Call for Papers.  
The deadline for submitting presentation abstracts for Archiving 2011 to be held May 16-19, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah, is October 17, 2010.  A PDF of the Call for Papers can be found at <> .

The IS&T Archiving Conference brings together a unique community of imaging novices and experts from libraries, archives, records management, and information technology institutions to discuss and explore the expanding field of digital archiving and preservation. Attendees from around the world represent industry, academia, governments, and cultural heritage institutions. The conference presents the latest research results on archiving, provides a forum to explore new strategies and policies, and reports on successful projects that can serve as benchmarks in the field. Archiving 2011 is a blend of invited focal papers, keynote talks, and refereed oral and interactive display presentations. Prospective authors are invited to submit oral and interactive presentations by the October 17th deadline.
Proposed program topics include:
�         Preservation of and Access to Digital Assets

  • Strategies and tools for dealing with file format obsolescence
  • Metadata for preservation and discovery
  • Collaboration and cooperatives in digital preservation
  • Digital curation micro-services and modularity
  • Design, development, audio and certification of trusted repositories

�         Technical Processes: Imaging, Metadata Creation, Workflow

  • Effective imaging methodologies & processes
  • Indexing items for specialized audiences
  • Crowd-sourcing metadata creation
  • Archival file formats and compression
  • Color management in capture and display

�         Digital Curation

  • Prioritizing collections for digital archiving
  • Intellectual property rights management
  • Models for funding and sustaining digital collections
  • Digital curation education and training
  • Content authentication of digital assets

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. We hope to see you there.

Best regards,

Diana Gonzalez
IS&T Conference Program Manager
703/642-9090 x 106

Call for Use Cases: Library Linked Data

 W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group –

Call for Use Cases: Library Linked Data

Are you currently using linked data technology [1] for library-related data, or
considering doing it in the near future? If so, please tell us more by filling
in the questionnaire below and sending it back to us or to,
preferably before October 15th, 2010.

The information you provide will be influential in guiding the activities the
Library Linked Data Incubator Group will undertake to help increase global
interoperability of library data on the Web. The information you provide will
be curated and published on the group wikispace at [3].

We understand that your time is precious, so please don’t feel you have to
answer every question. Some sections of the templates are clearly marked as
optional. However, the more information you can provide, the easier it will be
for the Incubator Group to understand your case. And, of course, please do not
hesitate to contact us if you have any trouble answering our questions.
Editorial guidance on specific points is provided at [2], and examples are
available at [3].

We are particularly interested in use cases describing the use of library
linked data for end-user oriented applications. However, we’re not ruling
anything out at this stage, and the Incubator Group will carefully consider
all submissions we receive.

On behalf of the Incubator Group, thanks in advance for your time,

Emmanuelle Bermes (, Alexander Haffner (,
Antoine Isaac ( and Jodi Schneider (



=== Name ===

A short name by which we can refer to the use case in discussions.

=== Owner ===

The contact person for this use case.

=== Background and Current Practice ===

Where this use case takes place in a specific domain, and so requires some prior
information to understand, this section is used to describe that domain. As far
as possible, please put explanation of the domain in here, to keep the scenario
as short as possible. If this scenario is best illustrated by showing how applying
technology could replace current existing practice, then this section can be used
to describe the current practice. Often, the key to why a use case is important
also lies in what problem would occur if it was not achieved, or what problem
means it is hard to achieve.

=== Goal ===

Two short statements stating (1) what is achieved in the scenario without
reference to linked data, and (2) how we use linked data technology to achieve
this goal.

=== Target Audience ===

The main audience of your case. For example scholars, the general public, service
providers, archivists, computer programs…

=== Use Case Scenario ===

The use case scenario itself, described as a story in which actors interact with
systems. This section should focus on the user needs in this scenario. Do not
mention technical aspects and/or the use of linked data.

=== Application of linked data for the given use case ===

This section describes how linked data technology could be used to support the
use case above. Try to focus on linked data on an abstract level, without
mentioning concrete applications and/or vocabularies. Hint: Nothing library
domain specific.

=== Existing Work (optional) ===

This section is used to refer to existing technologies or approaches which achieve
the use case (Hint: Specific approaches in the library domain). It may especially
refer to running prototypes or applications.

=== Related Vocabularies (optional) ===

Here you can list and clarify the use of vocabularies (element sets and value
vocabularies) which can be helpful and applied within this context.

=== Problems and Limitations (optional) ===

This section lists reasons why this scenario is or may be difficult to achieve,
including pre-requisites which may not be met, technological obstacles etc. Please
explicitly list here the technical challenges made apparent by this use case. This
will aid in creating a roadmap to overcome those challenges.

=== Related Use Cases and Unanticipated Uses (optional) ===

The scenario above describes a particular case of using linked data. However, by
allowing this scenario to take place, the likely solution allows for other use
cases. This section captures unanticipated uses of the same system apparent in the
use case scenario.

=== References (optional) ===

This section is used to refer to cited literature and quoted websites.

Managing in the Middle: The Librarian’s Handbook

Request for Proposals
Publication Title:  Managing in the Middle: The Librarian’s Handbook
Publisher:  American Library Association (Fall 2011)
Editors: Robert Farrell and Kenneth Schlesinger (Leonard Lief Library, Lehman College, CUNY)
Scope:  This “grab and go” volume for ALA’s Librarian’s Handbook series seeks brief, real world articles of use to mid-level managers in academic and public libraries. 
Topic and Audience:  Top-level library managers, responding to contemporary trends, are increasingly delegating responsibilities to those in the middle, demanding innovation and entrepreneurial creativity, as well as accountability and day-to-day coordination of staff and services.  Today’s mid-level managers face a variety of new supervisory challenges.  Of the roughly 70,000 academic and public librarians, about a third find themselves “managing in the middle” reporting to top-level managers while supervising teams of peers or support staff.  Our target audiences are current mid-level library managers, new librarians assuming these roles, and library management students looking for grounded insight into the administrative issues they’ll soon be facing.

Authors:  We invite essays from those who know the realities of the job best:  those managing in the middle.  We also seek perspectives from management experts, former mid-level managers, scholars, nascent supervisors, top-level managers, as well as librarians and paraprofessionals who have been “middle managed”  A variety of formats are encouraged:  “how to,” interviews with practitioners, case studies, illuminating anecdotes, brief tips, theory in practice pieces, rants and confessionals, annotated bibliographies, etc.

Some possible themes for consideration include:
� middle manager as leader and entrepreneur
� management expectations of midddle managers
� “sandwich effect� getting it from above and below
� real world applications of leadership principles and management techniques
� developing reflective management practices
� project management:  best practices and skills, challenges and successes
� managing the top-level manager
� supervising administrative units and  empowering work teams
� risk taking and learning from failure
� both sides now:  conflict resolution from the middle
� communicating and listening in the middle
� recruiting, training, retaining
� building trust and morale
� coaching, facilitating, mentoring
� goal setting and annual evaluations
� nightmare bosses and problem employees
� creative problem solving:  achieving  the impossible
Please submit a one-page proposal (multiple ideas welcome) including a biographical sketch by November 1, 2010 to:  Brief e-mail queries or questions about the project are also welcome. Contributors will receive a free copy of the publication and discounts on subsequent copies.
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Library and Information Science Trends and Research: Europe

Publisher: Emerald Library and Information Science Book Series

Book Editors:
Amanda Spink, Professor and Chair in Information Science, Loughborough University (UK)
Jannica Heinstr�m, Associate Professor, �bo Akademi, Finland

Proposal Submission Deadline: October 1, 2010
Accepted Full Chapters Due: February 1, 2011


Library and Information Science Trends and Research: Europe, co-edited by Professor Amanda Spink and Dr. Jannica Heinstr�m seeks to provide an understanding of the new directions in library and information science/management trends, education and research in Europe.

Europe is a major economic region of the world with a growing population and economy. As the region has developed socially and economically in the last ten years, the field of library and information science and management has also grown in educational and research developments. In particular, there is considerable diversity throughout different European regions as information becomes part of people’s everyday social and life processes.

The book seeks to present chapters by a range of scholars who discuss trends, education and research directions in library and information science/management in Europe. Chapters are sought that cover library and information science/management research, education and trend studies in policy, bibliometrics, user behaviour, educational issues and other aspects related to the field in Europe.

Professor Amanda Spink is Chair in Information Science at Loughborough University in the UK. Dr. Jannica Heinstr�m is Associate Professor in the Department of Information Studies at �bo Akademi University, Finland.


Potential contributors are invited to submit an abstract or a 1-2 page chapter proposal to the book Editors by October 1, 2010, detailing the background, motivations and structure of the proposed chapter. Authors will be notified in short order as to the status of their proposal and sent organizational guidelines.

Full chapters should be at least 8,000-9,000 words in length and are due by February 1, 2011. Final revised manuscripts are due on April 1, 2011 for a publication date later in 2011.


Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically to both:
Professor Amanda Spink ­
Dr. Jannica Heinstr�m ­

African American Archives Fellow



The HistoryMakers is pleased to offer a year-long fellowship (June 6, 2011 through June 1, 2012) working in African American archives. This fellowship is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The purpose of this fellowship program is to provide training for African American archivists and other archivists interested in working with African American archival collections. The year will include a 3-month immersion training program at The HistoryMakers Chicago location (June 6 – August 26, 2010) and an on-site residency (September 6, 2010 – June 1, 2012) at one of the following host institutions:


§  Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, AL

§  Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

§  Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

§  Franklin Library at Fisk University, Nashville, TN

§  The HistoryMakers, Chicago, IL

§  Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, MD

§  Mayme Clayton Library and Museum, Culver City, CA

§  Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ




All applicants must:

§  Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

§  Hold a recent graduate degree in library science from an ALA accredited school (current graduate students are encouraged to apply if their degrees will be completed prior to beginning the fellowship).

§  Have a demonstrated interest in archives administration and management. Applicants must have taken at least two courses related to archival information and practice.

§  Have a demonstrated interest in African American history. This interest can be demonstrated through academic coursework, volunteer or work experience, and/or through a personal statement in application essay.

§  Have a GPA of 3.50 or higher.





During the immersion training program, fellows will receive training in arrangement, description, preservation, reference, and outreach for collections of African American archival materials.  Fellows will process collections and create EAD and EAC-CPF finding aids and will learn to appropriately utilize Brown’s Subject Headings in addition to Library of Congress Subject Headings to provide access points to African American materials in print, video, and electronic resources.  Fellows will attend lectures presented by African American scholars and representatives from other African American archival repositories. The purpose of these lectures is for fellows to gain a deeper understanding of African American history. Fellows will also take field trips to Chicago-area African American collections. 


During the on-site residency period, fellows will utilize knowledge and skills gained during their immersion training to process African American collections.  Fellows will be required to organize a public program/community outreach event(lecture, exhibit, etc.) while in residency at their host institution. They will also be expected to give presentations on their education and career choice to other students at the high school and undergraduate levels. Fellows will also be required to keep a log of their experiences and progress throughout the fellowship. Fellows will also be strongly encouraged to submit papers for presentation at professional conferences such as ALA, SAA, MAC etc.








Lodging arrangements during the training institute and during residency at host institution are the responsibility of the fellow.  Applicants will be provided with information on local housing options upon acceptance to the program.




All applicants should submit the following:

§  Cover letter stating their interest in the internship and future career goals (please include an email address and a daytime telephone number). They should also rank their choicef of host institution placement from 1 through 8 (one being the first choice).  They may also explain their choices, if they wish.

§  Essay or written statement (2,000 words or less) addressing one or all of the following:

§  their interest in African American history and archival collections;

§  their view on the importance of increasing diversity in the archival profession; and/or,

§  the importance of this fellowship to their future career.

§  Resume or CV indicating their academic background, work experience, and volunteer service.

§  Undergraduate and graduate transcript. They should also include a printout of classes in which they are currently enrolled, if applicable.

§  Three letters of recommendation.


Emily Martorano

2011-2012 Archive Fellowship Program

The HistoryMakers

1900 S. Michigan Ave

Chicago, IL 60616


2010 NMC Symposium for the Future

Call for Proposals – Deadline September 15
2010 NMC Symposium for the Future
October 19 – 21, 2010, via the Internet

Proposals for presentations for the NMC Symposium for the Future, a special 3-day, live online event to be held October 19 – 21, 2010, are being solicited through Wednesday, September 15.

See for full details.

About the Symposium
The Symposium grows from the NMC’s Emerging Technologies Initiative, which seeks to answer the question of how to keep abreast of emerging technologies that may be important to our collective work as educators. At the core of this initiative is a focus on emerging technologies and the ways they can be applied in the service of teaching, learning, research, and creative inquiry. A major goal is to stimulate systematic thinking and discussion of the real challenges that face our world and our society, and in particular, how emerging technologies might be applied to solve them.

To set the stage for the intensive discussions this symposium will foster, Case Western Reserve University CIO Lev Gonick will describe a vision for a digital city that is being built, bit by bit, right now in Cleveland. His keynote address, “From Digital Campus to Connected Community,” will illustrate some of the ways emerging technology can be applied to the larger challenges faced by a thriving, diverse community like Cleveland.

Symposium Themes

As its name suggests, the Symposium looks toward the future: what might the world look like in five years? Ten? Further out? Technologies and practices that are just beginning to show promise in an educational or social context may well be commonplace in that time frame. The applicability of technology — whether established or emerging — to the social, environmental, and educational challenges we face today is a central theme of the Symposium. Projects that test the applicability of new ideas, research into new solutions for global problems, and demonstrations of cutting-edge tools are all part of this exploration of the future.

Proposals are encouraged on how emerging technologies might be applied to any of the following themes, but this list is not exhaustive and selections will not be limited to these categories:

  • Sustainability (physical and natural resources; economic resources; educational resources)
  • Renewable energy; clean energy
  • Global warming and its impacts
  • Ethics in the digital age
  • Politics in a globally connected World
  • Social issues

The NMC Symposium for the Future is intended to be an ongoing conversation, focused the applications of new technologies to global concerns and issues, and how they will shape the future of education.

Proposals for sessions and demonstrations may be submitted online at
This event continues the ongoing series of specially focused online gatherings that explore new ideas and issues related to technology, learning, and society.  The NMC Series of Virtual Symposia is itself an exploration of emerging forms of collaboration and tools.
Additional information about the Symposium can be found at
Please circulate this announcement to any and all areas on campus that may be interested in participating.

Business Information Literacy & Instruction



Business Information Literacy & Instruction

The Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, a Routledge peer-reviewed publication, invites proposals for articles to be published in a special issue addressing information literacy within business contexts.

Article submissions should focus on information literacy – the ability to identify, locate, evaluate, select, and use information – in a business context, including academic, public, and special libraries, other information organizations, and everyday life information seeking. Proposals should be research oriented, and could include empirical research, historical or philosophical analysis, or rigorous case-study research.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Information literacy in business-related, everyday life contexts (i.e. financial literacy, investment-related information seeking, consumerism)  
  • Information literacy and instruction in academic, public or special library environments 
  • Information literacy for the work-place 
  • Information literacy for entrepreneurship 
  • Information literacy for special professions in business (i.e. accountants, marketing professionals, financial counselors) 

Proposals of 500 words or less will go through a double-blind peer review process, and should be submitted to the editor, Lisa G. O’Connor, at, no later than October 18th, 2010.

Completed manuscripts should be between 5,000-8,000 words and will also go through a double-blind peer review process. Authors will be notified of accepted proposals in early December, 2010, with manuscripts due no later than May 1, 2011.

For a complete version of this CFP visit

Going Green @ Your Library 2: Working Green, Teaching Green

Call for Speakers for “Going Green @ Your Library 2:  Working Green, Teaching Green”

Amigos’ second Going Green @ Your Library online conference will be Wednesday, November 3, 2010.  We are looking for librarians interested in sharing their ideas, experiences and excitement about green practices at their library. Our keynote speaker will be Monika Antonelli, co-editor of the forthcoming  Greening Libraries  (Library Juice Press, 2011) and Reference/Instruction Librarian at Minnesota State University Mankato.

In addition to the keynote session, we hope to have two simultaneous tracks running throughout the day:

Working Green
This track will focus on the green practices implemented in libraries. Some of the areas of interest include:
* Green library buildings/renovations
* Green IT
* Green practices in the library (e.g. Green ILL, Green Cataloging)

Teaching Green
This second track focuses on ways your library shows the way to be green to others in your community.  Topics might include:
* Green programming at the library
* How your library facilitates research on environmental topics
* Green by example:  how your library leads others in implementing green practices

Other topics are welcome!  Each session will be 45 minutes in length.  If you’re interested in presenting, but have never done it online, don’t worry — we will teach you what you need to know! We welcome submissions from librarians in academic, public, school, and special libraries.

To submit your presentation idea(s), go to and complete the submission form.  Proposals will be accepted until September 30.

If you have questions, please contact us at


School Libraries as Place, School Libraries as Space

School Libraries Worldwide
Call for Papers
School Libraries as Place, School Libraries as Space
January 2011 (Volume 17, Number 1)
Editors: Nancy Everhart and Marcia Mardis

School Libraries Worldwide is the official professional and research journal of the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL). It is published twice yearly, in January and July and is available online and through select periodical databases. School Libraries Worldwide publishes new works of current research and scholarship in school librarianship. Each issue contains exceptional papers relating to the issue theme and a selection of papers representing outstanding research on any aspect of school librarianship. All papers are double-blind peer reviewed and adhere to the highest editorial standards.
This issue of School Libraries Worldwide will explore the theme School Libraries as Place, School Libraries as Space. Yi-Fu Tuan wrote in Space and place: The perspective of experience (2001), “the former [place] provides the fixity necessary for security and the latter [space] the opportunity for movement and exploration.” This definition is our point of departure, not our fixed interpretation. We encourage papers that both affirm and challenge definitions of space and place.
This issue will expand the opportunities for researchers to share their work relating to space and place in school libraries and their physical, virtual, philosophical, and social presences.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
       School libraries as places and spaces for knowledge sharing and learning in virtual and physical settings;
       School libraries as meeting places fostering community;
       Changing role of school libraries throughout history;
       School library architecture and school library layout refurbishment;
       School libraries as third places between classroom and home, home and public library, etc.;
       School libraries as meeting places across cultural, social, professional and ethnic boundaries;
       The interplay between school libraries and digital libraries or virtual learning environments.
School library researchers are invited to submit papers reporting their own original research that has not been published elsewhere. Authors who wish to know more about the issue theme should contact the editors to discuss possibilities.
School Libraries Worldwide also welcomes submissions of excellent research on any topic relating to school librarianship for the open portion of the journal.
Deadline for submissions of full papers: September 15, 2010. 
Authors interested in contributing to this issue should contact the editors, Marcia Mardis and Nancy Everhart at
Submission guidelines are available online at:
Submissions and suggestions for the journal should be sent to:

Dr. Nancy Everhart and Dr. Marcia Mardis
Editors, School Libraries Worldwide
School of Library and Information Science
College of Communication & Information
The Florida State University
Tallahassee FL 32306-2100 USA
Fax: 1 (780) 492-7622