Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Electronic Library Special Issue on Multilinguality in Digital Libraries

Deadline: November 1, 2010

OVERVIEW

This is a fascinating period in the history of library services. For the first time, it is possible to build large, diverse, and universal access library services using collections of digital information and delivering over an information infrastructure at the global scale. This so called digital library brings together researchers and experts from many different disciplines and backgrounds, and enables changes with profound social, organizational and legal implications. Over the past decades, digital libraries have been adopted widely in many areas, and are becoming increasingly complex. They draw on heterogeneous resources, serve diverse user populations, and carry out tasks that are getting more and more complicated. Increasingly, there are demands for multimedia, multicultural, and multilingual digital libraries.


Multilingual communication enables the dissemination of information beyond the boundaries of languages. Nearly every sector of our increasingly global economy and culturally diverse society needs to master multilingual communication. On the one hand, digital information has been created in more than one language, and on the other hand, world wide open access has created a large user population with very diverse languages and cultural backgrounds. Studying multilingual technologies and resources, therefore, helps digital library users to search, browse, recognize and use information from sets of multilingual multimedia information objects.


The study of multilingual technology has existed for at least 15 years, and many new technologies, such as multilingual information access systems, machine translation systems, multilingual thesaurus, etc., have been developed. However, technology development has not fully solved the technology-related problems, not to mention the communication and society-related issues. For example, no widely-used multilingual information access system is available in most digital libraries. People still mostly search for information within their own language unless searching for academic information. In addition, the laws to govern information in different languages are still far from complete, especially the online copyright law. Languages and societies still feel threatened by certain online efforts, such as the Google Book Search project. We still do not have an effective ontology or metadata scheme, which are very important resources in digital libraries, for online resources in one language, not to mention those in multiple languages.


THE SCOPE

We invite submissions exploring various multilingual related issues in all types of digital libraries. This special issue aims to put specific emphasis on examining the recent achievements at the service side, the user side, and the collection development side of multilingual resources and technologies in digital libraries. The topics that we are specifically interested in are:


1.      Service side:

         The current status of multilingual services in digital libraries

         The legal and copyright issues in multilingual information access

         Multilingual information services, training and education

2.      User side:

         Digital library users’ multilingual demands and requests

         Human information behavior  in multilingual digital libraries

         Human computer interaction in multilingual digital libraries

3.      Collection development side

         Multilingual resources and technologies for open access

         Multilingual collection building and evaluation

         Multilingual Web academic information organization and mining

         Multilingual generic and domain specific information portal development

4.      Support technology

         Cross language information retrieval and machine translation for digital libraries

         Multilingual thesaurus, metadata and ontology for digital libraries

         Multilingual social network analysis and mining for digital libraries

         Multilingual information visualization for digital libraries

         Other multilingual information processing technologies for digital libraries

 

However, the solicited papers are not restricted to the topics discussed above. All papers related to multilingual resources and technologies in digital libraries will be considered.


HOW TO SUBMIT

Potential authors are asked to submit to the guest editors by email a tentative title and short abstract (which can be revised for the actual submission) to assist in the formation of a panel of appropriate reviewers. Each actual submission of manuscript should note that it is intended for the Special Issue on Electronic Libraries. Submissions to the special issue should follow the journal’s formatting guidelines (see http://info.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=el), but the manuscript submissions should be sent to the guest editors by email directly.


REVIEW PROCESS

Submissions will undergo the normal review process, and will be reviewed by three established researchers selected from a review panel formed for the special issue. Barring unforeseen problems, authors can expect to be notified regarding the review results within three months of submission.

 

GUEST EDITORS

Prof. Daqing He,

School of Information Sciences,

University of Pittsburgh

Email: dah44@pitt.edu


Dr. Dan Wu,

School of Information Management,

Wuhan University

Email: woodan@whu.edu.cn

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Deadline for submission of title and abstract: November 1st, 2010

Deadline for paper submissions: December 1st, 2010

Notification to authors: March 1st, 2011

 

THE ELECTRONIC LIBRARY

The Electronic Library is a refereed journal which is devoted to the applications and implications of new information and communication technologies, automation, user interfaces, networks and the Web in all types of libraries, information centers and museums throughout the world. It provides a vehicle for reporting and reviewing the latest research, ongoing developments and hardware and software implementations in today’s digital library and information environments in different countries; as well as trends in usability, electronic books and e-readiness.  It offers practical advice, useful information and descriptions of specific applications from around the globe. 

 

The SEIU District 925 Educational Research Fellowship for the Study of Women in Organized Labor

The SEIU District 925 Legacy Project in conjunction with the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University is accepting applications for the SEIU District 925 Educational Research Fellowship for the Study of Women in Organized Labor. This research grant will provide assistance for an advanced graduate student, college/university faculty member or other qualified individual to use the SEIU District 925 Collection and/or the SEIU District 925 oral histories at the Walter P. Reuther Library. Secondary consideration will be given to qualified applicants pursuing another topic concerning the role of women in organized labor. An award of $1000.00 will be issued for travel and related expenses for research in these resources. Terms and Conditions: 1. The successful applicant must use the award by the end of 2011. 2. The $1000.00 award will be issued within one month following the research visit to the Reuther Library. 3. The successful applicant will be required to submit a two-page report outlining reflections on the research conducted within one month following the research visit. How to Apply: Applicants must complete the application form and, on a separate sheet, a summary not to exceed 300 words that specifies the nature of the applicant's project, resources at the Reuther Library to be used and the projected goal of the research. Applications and summaries will be accepted beginning September 7, 2010 and must be postmarked no later than November 12, 2010. Applications are available at http://www.reuther.wayne.edu/opportunity. The award recipient will be announced no later than December 10, 2010. Please submit applications and summaries to: Dr. Louis Jones Walter P. Reuther Library Wayne State University 5401 Cass Avenue Detroit, MI 48202

Journal of Library and Information Service for Distance Learning

The Journal of Library and Information Service for Distance Learning, a peer-reviewed journal published by Routledge, welcomes the submission of manuscripts.

 

The journal is devoted to the issues and concerns of librarians and information specialists involved with distance education and delivering library resources and services to this growing community of students. 

 

Topics can include but are not limited to:

  • Faculty/librarian cooperation and collaboration
  • Information literacy
  • Instructional service techniques
  • Information delivery
  • Reference services
  • Document delivery
  • Developing collections


While we accept submissions year-round, if you are interested in submitting an article for possible inclusion in our next published issue, send the manuscript directly to the Editor, Jodi Poe at jpoe@jsu.edu by November 5, 2010.  Inquiries and questions are welcome.

 

Instructions for authors are available at http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=journal&issn=1533-290X or can be emailed to you directly.

 

Medicalization of Sex

 CALL FOR PAPERS

 

The Medicalization of Sex is a complex and fascinating phenomenon with historical roots in nineteenth century sexology. As a contemporary phenomenon, it occurs at the intersection of technology, culture, gender, medicine, sexuality, global capitalism, and rapid social change.

  

The Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University invites you to a conference on The Medicalization of Sex in Vancouver, BC, April 29-30, 2011. Conference highlights include keynote speakers Leonore Tiefer (NYU Medical School), author of Sex is Not a Natural Act, and Jennifer Terry (University of California, Irvine), author of An American Obsession: Science, Medicine, and Homosexuality in Modern Society; special guests Virginia Braun (University of Aukland); Carol Groneman (CUNY); Barbara Marshall (Trent University); Elizabeth Reis (University of Oregon) and Judy Segal (UBC); a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Orgasm Inc.: The Strange Science of Female Sexual Pleasure with an introduction by director Liz Canner; and ‘Antidote,’ a reception featuring local art celebrating genital diversity.This conference is made possible by the Ruth Wynn Woodward Endowment and the sponsorship of the New View Campaign, (a feminist educational project, newviewcampaign.org). Ruth Wynn Woodward was a BC pioneer dedicated to the advancement of gender equality.

 

We seek international, interdisciplinary contributions from a diversity of junior and senior scholars in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, health professions, as well feminist health activists and artists working in this area. Possible topics are the medicalization of sex as it relates to:

  • Sexual ‘normalcy’ & deviancy
  • Sexual ‘function’ & dysfunction
  • Sexual ‘hygiene’ & pollution

 

  • The Sexuopharmaceutical Industry
  • Cosmetogynecology
  • Sexology & Sexual Medicine

 

  • Queer Sexualities
  • Intersexualities
  • Heterosexualities
  • Asexualities

 

  • Strategies for education, resistance, and activism related to age, ethnocultural and cultural, bodily, and sexual diversity

 

Proposals must include the paper title, abstract (max 250 words), and a biography of the author(s) (max 250 word per person). To be considered for early acceptance and reduced registration, please send all proposals via email toThea Cacchioni, Junior Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair, Simon Fraser University at rwwp@sfu.ca by Friday, October 1, 2010. A later set of proposal may be solicited in November.

 

Be sure to bookmark this page: http://www.sfu.ca/gsws/MedicalizationofSex.html.

 

Medicalization of Sex Conference will be held at:
Simon Fraser University
Segal Graduate School of Business
500 Granville St, Vancouver, BC

Canada

on April 29 + 30, 2011

 

Thea Cacchioni is the Ruth Wynn Woodard Chair in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Thea earned her BA in Women’s Studies at UBC and her MA and PhD in Gender Studies and Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK. Thea’s research interests include gender; sexuality; health; medicalization; ‘Female Sexual Dysfunction;’ and ‘Sexual Revolution.’ She has published in the journals Sexualities, Sociology, and the Sociology of Health and Illness. She is currently working on a book entitled ‘The Labour of Love: Women in the Second Sexual Revolution’ (University of Toronto Press). Thea believes that a truly integrated perspective on women’s health does not end in the classroom. In June, 2011 she testified at an FDA advisory hearing against the approval of Flibanserin, a daily anti-depressant drug with several ‘unsexy’ side-effects (proposed to treat ‘hypo-active sexual desire disorder’ in pre-menopausal women). During her residency at SFU, she will teach classes on the medicalization of sex, chair an interdisciplinary, multi-media conference on this theme (April 29th-30th, 2011), and engage in other forms of public outreach in this area.

 

Library Activities with Writers, Artists, Musicians and Other Creative Community Members

How local writers, artists, musicians and other creative people and libraries help each other and their community. These creative members (who are also voters) appreciate the resources and stimulus libraries provide the creative process and like making their work known. Librarians are asked to share successful activities and collaborations with these patrons.
Publisher: Routledge Books

Articles: 3,000-5,000 words; 1 author or 2, 3 co-authors

Compensation: complimentary copy, discount on more

Librarians outside the U.S. encouraged to contribute

Please e-mail in a Word .doc (older version) attachment 1-3 topics/titles each described in 2-3 sentences by September 30, 2010 and a 75-90 word 3rd person bio: your name, library of employment, city/state location, employment title, where you got your degree, awards, publications, and career highlights for each author. Please include publisher/date for books. Please: no long resumes or abstracts-your selected title/abstract/bio composes a tentative table of contents for Routledge. You will be contacted which of your topics are not duplications, inviting you to e-mail your submission if Routledge decides to publish. Please place ACTIVITIES/Your Name on the subject line to: smallwood@tm.net

Library Services for Multicultural Patrons to Encourage Library Use

How to make the multi-cultured community members regular library users. A how-to for librarians restricted by time, money, and staffing: creative librarians using various outreach methods to overcome language and cultural barriers to serve all those in their communities and turn them into regular patrons.

Publisher: Routledge Books

Articles: 3,000-5,000 words; 1 author or 2, 3 co-authors

Compensation: complimentary copy, discount on more

Librarians outside the U.S. encouraged to contribute

Please e-mail in a Word .doc (older version) attachment 1-3 topics/titles each described in 2-3 sentences by September 30, 2010 and a 75-90 word 3rd person bio: your name, library of employment, city/state location, employment title, where you got your degree, awards, publications, and career highlights for each author. Please include publisher/date for books. Please: no long resumes or abstracts-your selected title/abstract/bio composes a tentative table of contents for Routledge. You will be contacted which of your topics are not duplications, inviting you to e-mail your submission if Routledge decides to publish. Please place MULTICULTURAL/Your Name on the subject line to: smallwood@tm.net

Librarians as Mentors in Librarianship for Adults and Students

Book Publisher:  McFarland & Company, Inc.

Chapters sought for an anthology by practicing U.S. academic, public, school, special librarians sharing their librarianship know-how by mentoring adults or students: personal, one-on-one contact to further librarianship. Concise, how-to chapters using bullets, headings, based on experience to help colleagues further the profession. Those accepted will receive a complimentary copy, discounts on additional copies.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material, no co-authors; 3,000-4,500 words.

Possible topics: mentoring adults with/without a library degree; mentoring grade school, high school, undergrad, grad, doctoral students; mentoring long distance; lesson plans; technology tools; networking; classroom teaching; career workshops and conferences; time investment; job marketing; academic.

To receive a Go Ahead, please e-mail 2 topics each described in 2-3 sentences by September 30, 2010 and a 75-90 word bio with: your name, library of employment, city/state location, employment title, where you got your degree, awards, publications, and career highlights. You will be contacted which of your topics are not duplications, inviting you to e-mail your submission. Please place MENTORS/Your Name on the subject line: smallwood@tm.net

Tips for Librarians Running Libraries Alone

Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press

Chapters sought from special, school, public, academic librarians, LIS professors about managing a library alone.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material; 3,000-3,500 words. Concise, how-to chapters, using bullets, headings. Compensation: a complimentary book, discount on additional copies.

Possible topics: Time Management, Solo Security Issues, Library Boards, Media Strategies, Manuals and Policies, Legal Concerns, Annual Reports, Useful Software, Problem Patrons, Public Relations, Bidding, Networking, Professional Growth, Websites, Library Use Instruction, Managing Volunteers, Children’s Activities.

To avoid duplication, please e-mail 2-3 topics described separately in 3 sentences by October 30, 2010 with a 75-90 word bio. You will be contacted which of your topics will work. Kindly place, SOLO/Your Name, on the subject line to: smallwood@tm.net

Preserving Local Writers, Genealogy, Photographs

Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press

Chapters sought for an anthology by librarians who are not archivists who’ve worked with local historical societies in preserving local history, newspaper preservation, managing manuscript/book collections of local authors, local photography collections, kept student oral and written interviews of community members, and have done/are doing related activities. Tips needed on overcoming liability and invasion of privacy issues, what to save, ways to preserve local material for current and future generations. Librarians are often the last chance that important aspects of local culture have of being conserved.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material; 3,000-3,500 words. Concise, how-to chapters, using bullets, headings, sidebars. Compensation: a complimentary book, discount on additional copies.

Please e-mail 1-2 topics described separately in 2-3 sentences by October 30, 2010 with a 75-90 word bio. You will be contacted which of your topics will fit. Kindly place, PRESERVING/Your Name, on the subject line to: smallwood@tm.net

Rethinking Reference

Call for Submissions: 

Public Services Quarterly (PSQ) invites submission of manuscripts for a special thematic issue (volume 7, issue 1/2) on “Rethinking Reference.” 

Theme:

As reference statistics from traditional reference desks decline each year, librarians are rethinking delivery of reference services.  From combined service desks (reference and circulation) to tiered models (an information desk serving as triage to the reference office) to roving reference, librarians continue to search for ways of reaching out to patrons at their point of need.

 

In this special issue, we seek to explore new and innovative ways of the delivery of reference services.  Some questions that may be addressed include, but not limited to:

  • If you’ve done away with a traditional reference desk, what service replaces it?
  • How do you balance delivery of in-person and virtual reference services?
  • In staffing an Information Commons, do you need technology support, librarian support, both, or librarian as technology support?
  • What are the skills and knowledge required of reference librarians in the 21st century
  • How, if at all, do generalist reference librarians develop subject specialist expertise, and vice versa?  Are the two roles complimentary?

 
Nicole Cooke, Librarian/Assistant Professor at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, and Ellen Keith, Reference Services Coordinator and Librarian for Sociology at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, will edit this special issue of PSQ.


Deadlines:

  • Manuscript submissions are due December 1, 2010
  • Accepted authors will be notified on January 3, 2011
  • Author revisions are due February 1, 2011.

 

Please submit manuscripts and direct questions to the special issue editors, Nicole Cooke (cooken@mail.montclair.edu) and Ellen Keith (ekeith@jhu.edu).

Publication:
Public Services Quarterly, a Taylor & Francis Group/Routledge publication, is a peer reviewed journal that examines traditional and nontraditional areas of public service in academic libraries.  This special issue of PSQ will NOT be refereed.

This special issue is scheduled for publication in June 2011.

 For more information on Public Services Quarterly and the Instructions for Authors, please visit:
<http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=journal&issn=1522-8959>