Monthly Archives: January 2011

2011 Library Research Round Table Forums at ALA Annual Conference: Institutional Review Boards

Call for Presentations New Orleans, LA June 23-28,2011 The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) will sponsor the Chair's Research Forum at the 2011 American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA (June 23-28). The LRRT Forums are a set of programs at the ALA Annual Conference featuring presentations of LIS research, in progress or completed, followed by discussion. Chair's Forum Topic: Institutional Review Boards Institutional review boards (IRBs) are a common fixture in institutions of higher education and play a central role in academic research. Modern-day scholars must account for IRB guidelines when planning a research project. To better understand the IRB process and its implications for scholarship, we are interested in proposals that focus on the purpose and functionality of IRBs. Proposals may address, but are not limited to: * IRBs and protection of subjects * IRBs and student researchers * Social science and IRB approval * Oral history and privacy concerns * The chilling effect of IRB restrictions * IRBs with a disciplinary focus All researchers, including practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals. LRRT Members and nonmembers of LRRT are invited and welcomed to submit proposals. Please submit a two-page proposal by Monday, February 21, 2011. Late submissions will not be considered, and submissions must be limited to two pages in length. On the first page, please list your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information (telephone number, mailing address, and email address). The second page should NOT show your name or any other identifying information. Instead, it must include: 1) The title of your project, and 2) A 500-word abstract. Previously published research or research accepted for publication by December 15, 2010, will not be considered. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 28, 2011. Please send submissions (via email or snail mail) to: Linda L. Lillard, Ph.D. Library Research Round Table Chair Associate Professor 205 Carlson Library Department of Library Science Clarion University Clarion, PA 16214 Phone: 814-393-2383 Email: 

9th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services: Proving Value in Challenging Times

22-25th August 2011

Exhibition Centre, University of York, United Kingdom


Announcement and Call for Papers


The University of York is pleased to announce this latest in the successful and long standing international series of conferences on library performance measurement. In our current global context proof of the value of libraries is of critical importance, hence our chosen theme, but we are seeking as usual submissions on all aspects of the performance, measurement, assessment and evaluation of libraries and related products and services.


We look forward to welcoming to York practitioners, researchers, educators and students interested in the performance measurement of library and information services in any context, from all countries and continents.


The Conference will offer a thought provoking programme of invited and submitted papers, and continue its tradition of offering a lively social and visits programme, based on the rich heritage of York, Yorkshire and their associated library and museum collections.


We are currently seeking submissions, the deadline for which is Monday 28th February 2011. Details for those who wish to submit papers and other proposals to the conference are available from the Conference Website at


For further information on submission or any other aspect of the Conference, please contact:


J. Stephen Town

Director of Information

The University of York



YO10 5DD


Tel: +44 (0)1904 323863

Fax: +44 (0)1904 323866



Increasing African American Diversity in Archives: The HistoryMakers Fellowship, Mentoring, Training and Placement Institute

2011 – 2012 Fellowship Application



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, 2011) and an on-site residency (September 6, 2011 – 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 A. 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 (MLS, MLIS, MIS, MS) from an ALA accredited school OR a graduate degree in other relevant fields, such as history or African American studies (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 or have demonstrated work/volunteer experience in archival repositories.

  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.




         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 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.), and implement social media or other online resources 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 journal of their experiences and progress throughout the fellowship. Fellows will prepare a poster presentation for the 2012 SAA Annual Conference and will also be strongly encouraged to submit papers for presentation at professional conferences such as ALA, SAA, MAC, New England Archivists, MARAC, Society of Southwest Archivists, 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 choice of host institution placement from 1 through 8 (one being the first choice).  They must also explain their top three choices, and how their experience will best serve these repositories

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

         their interest in African American history and archival collections;

         what they can contribute to the host repositories;

         their experience with electronic media and social networking tools;

         their view on the importance of increasing diversity in the archival profession;

         what they hope to learn from the experience; and

         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, including a printout of classes in which they are currently enrolled, if applicable.

  Three letters of recommendation.


         Daniel Johnson

         2011-2012 Archive Fellowship Program

         The HistoryMakers

         1900 S. Michigan Ave

         Chicago, IL 60616




         Tuesday February 15, 2011





Planning and Implementing Resource Discovery Tools in Academic Libraries


Proposal Submission Deadline: February 28, 2011

Planning and Implementing Resource Discovery Tools in Academic Libraries

A book edited by Mary Popp and Diane Dallis

Indiana University Libraries Bloomington, IN U.S.A.


To be published by IGI Global:



The concept of “resource discovery” has many meanings.  Only now is it beginning to be defined as a description for library research software that allows a library user to search multiple Web-based resources simultaneously and bring back usable search results.  Resource discovery tools have become more mainstream resources.  As librarians work to find, purchase and implement such products as EBSCO Discovery Service, Encore, Primo, and Summon as well as open source tools they need to develop structured procedures for review and implementation that ensure they are using funds wisely. To date, very little has been published on this topic and only a small number of conference programs and presentations have been scheduled or given.  There is an immediate need for information and shared ideas.  


The mission of this book is to provide librarians and administrators with information they can use to evaluate and implement a resource discovery product–to determine how well such software can meet the needs of their users, to make a product choice based on their local needs, to develop plans for implementation, to implement the software and integrate it into the research lives of users, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the software in their own environments.


Resource discovery tools have become more mainstream resources.  As librarians work to find, purchase and implement such products as EBSCO Discovery Service, Encore, Primo, and Summon, as well as open source tools they need to develop structured procedures for review and implementation that ensure they are using funds wisely. To date, very little has been published on this topic and only a small number of conference programs and presentations have been scheduled or given.  There is an immediate need for information and shared ideas.  


Objective of the Book:
We have the following objectives for this book:

  • Propose a working definition of “resource discovery” that can be used in professional discussions about resource discovery products.
  • Identify user behaviors based on empirical research that lead to a need for “resource discovery.”
  •  Identify best practices for selecting a discovery tool.
  • Identify best practices for configuring and implementing a discovery tool.
  • Collect and share usability test results for resource discovery and related tools and their implementation into library products and services.
  • Present representative examples of the implementation of discovery tools.
  • Identify areas of concern in use of a resource discovery tool and suggest future enhancements.

Target Audience:
The primary audience for this book is composed of librarians and library administrators in academic libraries, both large and small.  Librarians who are interested in providing resources for users to find information, who are interested in emerging technologies, who maintain library Web sites and catalogs, or provide library instruction to students, faculty and staff in colleges and universities will find the overview information useful. Library administrators who must set priorities and find funding for new resources will be able to use the book to help them plan their review of the marketplace, selection of an appropriate tool, and implementation of that tool.  

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

User behavior and expectations for library web sites and finding tools

How the digital consumer experience influences online research

What libraries have learned from federated search

How college students, faculty members, or other researchers find information

Selecting a discovery tool

Integrating local digital collections and non-mainstream resources into discovery tools

User testing and user-centered design in implementing discovery solutions

Issues in implementing a discovery tool

Representative examples of discovery tools in use including product choice, user input, setting up the discovery tool, and lessons learned

Areas of concern in use of the discovery tool


Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before February 28, 2011, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter.  The proposal should summarize the proposed contents of the paper, provide a draft outline of major points to be included, and provide a chapter title. 


Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by March 28, 2011 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by June 30, 2011. 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,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2012.


Editorial Advisory Board Members:

Kris Brancolini, Loyola Marymount University, USA

David Dahl, Towson University, USA

Courtney Greene, Indiana University, USA

Sybil Kelsey, Louisiana State University, USA

Alesia McManus, Howard Community College, USA

Shane Nackerud, University of Minnesota, USA

Billie Peterson-Lugo, Baylor University, USA

Ken Varnum, University of Michigan, USA

Scott Walter, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA


Important Dates

February 28, 2011:     Proposal Submission Deadline

March 28, 2011:         Notification of Acceptance

June 30, 2011:                        Full Chapter Submission

August 30, 2011:        Review Results Returned

September 30, 2011: Final Chapter Submission

October 30, 2011:      Final Deadline

Early 2012:                  Expected Publication Date


Library Collection Development for Professional Programs: Trends and Best Practices


Sara Holder, MLIS

Head Librarian

Education Library & Curriculum Resources Centre

McGill University

Montr�al, Quebec


Call for Chapters:

Proposals Submission Deadline: February 28, 2011

Full Chapters Due: July 30, 2011




Collection development (also known as collection management) is the term used to describe the evaluative process used by librarians to choose the items to be included in a particular library or sub-section thereof. There are many factors and variables that a librarian must take into account in this process (e.g. budget/pricing, accessibility, audience, popularity/reliability, trends, etc.) and it can be one of the most time-consuming and difficult aspects of the job. This will be a collection of previously unpublished essays in which the authors describe approaches to collection development carried out in support of professional and/or applied academic programs (e.g., law, teacher education, medicine, business, architecture, library science etc.).


Objective of the Book


Collection development is a challenging part of a librarian’s job and one that tends to be very situation-specific, making it difficult to teach it effectively (most, if not all, practical skills in this area are learned on the job). This type of publication would be extremely valuable to the profession, since it will contain practical advice and strategies as well as investigations and comparisons across geographies and disciplines. The volume would be used both by practicing librarians in a wide range of research libraries as well as by professors in Library Science programs as a course text for classes on collection development and academic librarianship.


Target Audience


The intended audience for the book would be practicing librarians in academic settings who have collection development responsibilities in one or more of the applied disciplines. The book would provide this group with practical advice from fellow practitioners as well as a comparative overview of collection development policies and practices in use at peer institutions. The book would also be of use in library science programs offering courses on collection development and academic librarianship to supplement the general text.


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


Collection Development in Support of …

Teacher Education Curriculum

Law School Curriculum

Architecture Curriculum

Engineering Curriculum

Business/Commerce/Management Curriculum

Dentistry Curriculum

Medical Curriculum

Nursing Curriculum

Pharmacy Curriculum

Social Work/Counseling Curriculum

Library Science Curriculum


Submission Procedure


Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before February 28, 2011, a 2-3 page document clearly outlining the content of his or her proposed. The document should summarize the proposed contents of the chapter and provide a draft outline of major points to be included.


Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by March 28, 2011 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by July 30, 2011. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Chapters should be unique to this publication – no previously published or simultaneously submitted material should be included. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.




This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global, Hershey, PA and New York, NY, and publisher of the ongoing series Advances in Library Information Studies, as well as numerous other imprints. For additional information concerning the publisher, please visit . This title is scheduled to be released in 2012.


Important Dates




February 28: Deadline for proposals

March 28: Notification of proposal status

July 30: Full chapter submission

October 30: Review results returned

November 15: Final chapter submission




January 3: Final deadline


Editorial Advisory Board Members


Mary K. Chelton, Queens College/CUNY, USA

Nancy  Mactague, Research and Electronic Resources Librarian Aurora University, USA

Paul Glassman, Felician College, USA

Brian Coutts, Western Kentucky University, USA

Kathryn Bartelt, University of Evansville, USA

Sue Polanka, Wright State University Libraries, USA

Eloise Hitchcock, Cumberland University, USA

Robert T. Ivey, University of Memphis Libraries, USA

Margaret Heilbrun, Library Journal, USA




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

Sara Holder

McGill University Education Library

3700 McTavish Street

Montr�al, QC H3A 1Y2


Phone: 514-398-4687

Fax: 514-398-2165



Midwest Women’s Caucus, Modern Language Association (M/MLA)

CALL FOR PAPERS Midwest Women's Caucus, Modern Language Association (M/MLA) November 3-6, 2011 St. Louis, Missouri Proposals are due February 4, 2011; Final Panel Proposals are due March 4, 2011 Topic: Looking for the Humor in Women's Music Format: Presentations Facilitator: Patricia Rudden, New York City College of Technology, CUNY Women in Popular Music: Taking It Light--For all the heavy messages women's popular music has delivered, there has also been much fun along the way. This session will explore the artists who have given us the comic songs, satires, insult songs, telephone songs, game and dance songs, and novelty songs and all other musical fun engaged in by the women of popular music. Send proposals to Patricia S. Rudden, Professor of English by February 4, 2011. New York City College of Technology - CUNY 300 Jay Street N512 Brooklyn NY 11201 718 260 5334 ******************************************************** Topic: Using Humor in the Feminist Classroom. Format: Roundtable Facilitator: Milton Wendland, University of Kansas "God forbid we should have a sense of humor about these things..." Lesbian feminist novelist Rita Mae Brown's words define a challenge for us today in the feminist classroom. Studies show that classroom humor increases student learning, helps creating classroom cohesion, enlivens "dreaded course material," and is a way of countering resistance. How do we use humor in the feminist classroom for these or other purposes? What sorts of humor are (in)appropriate? In what ways does humor help us de-center power? Or not? In what ways do you use hyperbole, exaggeration, jokes, satire, informality, or other forms of humor as a pedagogical tool? This roundtable seeks real-life examples, activities, and quandaries rather than formal presentation papers. Presentations should be approximately 10-15 minutes in length, with time in the facilitated roundtable session devoted to discussion among all attendees. Send title of presentation along with brief description of approximately 300 words to Milton Wendland at no later than February 4, 2011. ********************************************************* Topic: No Sense of Humor . . . No, Seriously Format: Presentations Facilitator: Jeannie Ludlow, Eastern Illinois University Humor is a powerful political tool; this session intends to examine how humor has been used to further feminist goals: empowering women, dismantling gender norms, challenging patriarchy, etc. The Women's Caucus of the M/MLA invites proposals for papers on any aspect of feminist humor in literature, new media, film/TV, performance, daily life, etc. All analytical/theoretical approaches are welcome, as are comparative examinations of feminist humor across cultural, historical, or language contexts. Please send a title and 250-word abstract to Jeannie Ludlow at no later than February 4, 2011. 

2011 LITA National Forum

Call for Proposals: 


The 2011 LITA National Forum Committee seeks proposals for high quality pre-conferences (8 hrs.), concurrent sessions (50 minutes) and poster sessions for the 14th annual LITA (Library and Information Technology Association) National Forum to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, September 29-October 2, 2011.


The 2011 theme is:  Rivers of Data, Currents of Change


Due Date for proposals: February 18, 2011


The committee is especially interested in receiving proposals about projects that are experimental and demonstrate risk-taking.


Find additional information and submit a proposal at:


Outreach through New Partnership: Strategies and Successes: International Relations Roundtable (IRRT) Preconference

Call for Paper for the ALA International Relations Roundtable (IRRT) Preconference

Deadline: February 20

Theme: Outreach through New Partnership: Strategies and Successes


The IRRT Preconference will be held on Friday, June 24 in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference (June 23 – 28 2011) in New Orleans, LA.  It will be a half-day program from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm with presentations and discussion among participants and presenters.

The IRRT Preconference Committee invites proposals for presentations from librarians and administrators from libraries of all sectors.  Based on this year’s theme, Outreach through New Partnership: Strategies and Successes, the IRRT Preconference Committee is interested in presentation proposals that emphasize one or more of the following areas: practical case study, application of unique outreach models, successful implementation of creative programs, and summaries of library strategies and approaches to developing sustainable partnerships with local organizations. Of particular interest, but not limited to, are:    

 Collaborative outreach services and programs

Outreach programs and services as catalyst of social and economic changes

Role of libraries as leaders and planners in tapping local resources and forging partnerships to support outreach programs

Unique outreach programs implemented to address literacy and digital divides in underserved communities

Web-based information service program to your community

  Outreach efforts to preschool children and senior citizens

 Instructional programs that has improved local community access to information

 Creative programs in cultural preservation and archiving

Outreach training program for public library staff

Outreach program and service assessment and measurement

Success in advocating and marketing services and programs

Librarians who have successfully developed and implemented creative outreach initiatives to promote library services and programs to underserved communities are encouraged to apply.

In the proposal, please provide:

1.       Title of proposed presentation

2.       Abstract of the presentation (no more than one page or 300 words)

3.       Name, title of position, and affiliation of the presenter(s)

4.       Brief biographical statement of the presenter(s)

5.       Contact information (e-mail address and phone number)

Submission of proposals:

Please submit your proposal electronically to Paula Smith, Co-Chair of the IRRT Preconference Committee, no later than February 20, 2011. Selected presenters will be notified by March 15, 2011.



National Women’s Studies Association Conference

2011 Call for Proposals

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NWSA 2011 CFP Now Available:
February 15 Submission Deadline

Feminist Transformations • November 10-13, 2011 · Atlanta, GA

Program Co-Chairs: Bonnie Thornton Dill,
NWSA President 2010-2012
Professor and Chair Department of Women’s Studies
Founding Director, Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity
University of Maryland

Nikol Alexander-Floyd
Associate Professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Co-Founder, Association
for the Study of Black Women in Politics Rutgers University

Feminist Transformations will extend the conversations begun in the past two years
by the NWSA on “Difficult Dialogues” by exploring how we as feminists and women’s
studies scholars are transforming the academy-even as it experiences its own transformation-and
how it has also transformed us; how we understand and assess the limitations and
 inroads we have made in transforming our relationship to traditional disciplines;
and how we continue the struggle to make social justice a central aim of our scholarship
and a core value of this society.

The conference explores a central question: how are we transforming thinking about
social change, social movements, knowledge production and agency and how are these
shifts transforming our thinking?   Moreover in doing so, it seeks to provide a
forum for examining how women’s studies as a field and feminist theorizing as an
 analytical approach are being transformed through practices that center the ideas
and knowledge generated by intersectionality and transnationalism.

NWSA 2011 identifies several thematic areas in which feminist transformations have
been particularly relevant and/or require sustained dialogue:

* The Politics of Crisis
* Subverting the “Master’s” Tools?
* Deploying Feminisms
* Women’s Studies without Walls
* Creative Interventions
Visit the conference site for full details and to download the CFP

New Program Feature: Nominations Invited

Authors Meet Critics Sessions

Nomination Deadline for Author Meets Critics Sessions: March 18, 2011
This year we will introduce a new set of featured sessions into the program:  Authors
Meet Critics sessions will be designed to bring authors of recent books, deemed
to be important contributions to the field of women’s studies, together with discussants
chosen to provide a variety of viewpoints. Two or three such sessions will be included
in the program and NWSA members are invited to nominate books published between
2009 and 2011. 

Both single authored books and edited collections that are the result
of collaborative engagement among the contributors will be considered. Only NWSA
members may submit nominations; self-nominations and nominations by presses will
not be accepted.  Members of the 2011 program committee will review the nominations
and make selection decisions.

Author Meets Critics Sessions proposals must be submitted via the conference website
 and include:

* Name and affiliation of book author(s)
* Rationale for inclusion in the 2011 program, and
* Suggestions for critics and session organizer, including background and rationale for inclusion for each person

Full details at:

National Womens Studies Association | 7100 Baltimore Avenue | Suite 203 | College Park | MD | 20740


Informed Transitions: Libraries Supporting the Student Transition to College

Edited by Kenneth Burhanna, Kent State University Libraries

Call for chapter proposals: Deadline February 28th, 2011

Scope and Content

This book will highlight the role of libraries and librarians in the high school to college transition, as they work within and across several educational contexts, including schools, community colleges and universities to support student success. What model programs and collaborations are libraries forming? What is the role of information literacy standards and 21st century skills? How is technology furthering these efforts? How can these initiatives be assessed?

Proposed chapters can cover any program, collaboration or aspect of the book’s topic. The following list of potential topics, while not exhaustive, can be used as a guide:

         The role of 21st century learning and information literacy standards.

         What college professors expect incoming students to know

         Assessing high school to college transition efforts.

         Academic library outreach to high schools

         Community college collaborations

         Pre-service teacher initiatives

         The role of the public library in the high school to college transition

         Virtual school visits to college libraries

         Outreach to parents

         Post-secondary option students and the library

         Upward bound and the library

         Assessment tools

         State-wide or regional transition initiatives

         Professional library associations and the high school to college transition.

Target Audience

Librarians and library administrators across the educational continuum interested in finding new ways to support student success and furthering the missions of their institutions.

The Editor

The editor has worked on several high school to college initiatives and published and presented extensively on his scholarship in this area. Please refer to the bottom of this email for a brief listing of related publications and presentations.

Submission Procedures

Prospective authors are invited to submit a one-page summary of a proposed chapter on or before February 28th.

Please send chapter proposals as an email attachment (MS Word preferred) to

Do Not Send Completed Chapters. Authors will be notified about the status of their proposals as soon as possible. Once the book is under contract, authors will be contacted regarding deadlines, format and style guidelines.



Kenneth J. Burhanna

Associate Professor

Head, Instructional Services

Kent State University Libraries