Monthly Archives: April 2011

PaLA Northeast Chapter’s Spring Workshop Poster Sessions

Does your library do something awesome and you want to share it with your colleagues? Do you have passion for a specific topic in librarianship?

Well, why not participate in the inaugural poster session at the Northeast Chapter’s Spring Workshop on Friday, May 27th! A poster session is a great way to interact with your colleagues. Posters can be on library programs, research that you or a team has done in the field of librarianship or on any library topic you would like to share.

To participate in the inaugural poster session or if you have any questions, please send an email to
Brian Fulton, Deadline for poster session submissions will be Friday, May 6th.

This workshop has been partially funded with Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries and would not have been possible without the help of the College and Research Division of PaLA. Show your appreciation by becoming a member of PaLA! And if you are a member – thank you!

The FRBR Family of Models

A special issue of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly will be devoted to The FRBR Family of Models. Since 1998 when Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records was first published by IFLA, the effort to develop and apply FRBR has been extended in many innovative and experimental directions. A special issue of CCQ in 2004 edited by Patrick LeBeouf was titled FRBR: Hype, or CureAll? and included papers exploring the origins and extension of FRBR, as well as a survey of specific applications.


Submissions to the present volume should address an aspect related to the extended family of FRBR models, dialogues between the FRBR Family and other modeling technologies, and/or any specific applications of the FRBR family.


Ideas may include any of the following topics:


* Analysis of FRAD or FRSAD

* Interrelationships between FRAD, FRBR, FRSAD

* Modelling of aggregates.

* Applications of FRBR and family

* Analysis or comparisons of RDA, REICAT and other codes based on FRBR entities and relationships

* FRBRoo and its extensions, or applications

* The FRBR/CRM Dialogue

* Wider acceptance of FRBR in applications


Or any other topic that addresses the FRBR Family.


Proposals of no more than 300 words to be sent by May 31, 2011 to the guest editor, Richard Smiraglia ( Decisions will be communicated to contributors no later than June 24, 2011. Delivery date of manuscripts for peerreview: [October 1, 2011]. Each article should be in the range of 5,0008,000 words. Instructions for authors can be found at


Acceptance of a proposal does not guarantee publication. All manuscript submissions will be subject to doubleblind peerreview. Publication is scheduled for CCQ vol. 50 in 2012.


Cataloging & Classification Quarterly is dedicated to gathering and sharing information in the field of bibliographic organization. This highly respected journal considers the full spectrum of creation, content, management, use, and usability of bibliographic records and catalogs, including the principles, functions, and techniques of descriptive cataloging; the wide range of methods of subject analysis and classification; provision of access for all formats of materials; and policies, planning, and issues connected to the effective use of bibliographic data in catalogs and discovery tools. The journal welcomes papers of practical application as well as scholarly research. All manuscripts are peer reviewed. Once published, papers are widely available through Taylor & Francis’ Informaworld database and other outlets.




Pennsylvania Library Association Poster sessions

The 2011 PaLA conference theme is Touchdown!  Winning Strategies for Libraries.  The 2011 PALA Conference Planning Committee invites you to share some of your winning library strategies by presenting a poster session at the PALA Annual Conference to be held October 2 – 5, 2011 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College.

What is a poster session?  It is an opportunity, set aside during the conference, when author- librarians, students, staff or others participating in the professional conference can present an idea, the outcomes of a completed project, or research results to an audience of their peers. The tone is casual and the mode is highly interactive.  The object is to gather feedback and to make connections with others interested in the same subject. This is a forum for library professionals from across the state to share their successful ideas or innovations with colleagues.

Poster sessions are displayed on poster boards (4 ft x 6ft). Pictures, graphs, data and text are used to illustrate the presentation.   An effective poster presentation highlights, with visual display, the main points or components of your topic; the presenter fills in the details verbally. Poster Sessions can cover any project or program. They are a great way to share your interesting work without doing a formal presentation.  

Monday, 10/3/2011, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. for all topics except youth services since this session occurs opposite the Carolyn W. Field Luncheon.

Tuesday, 10/4/2011, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. for all topics.

There will also be a special poster session display by PaLA divisions and round tables during the New Member Reception on Sunday night to inform new PaLA members of groups that they may wish to join.

We invite you to submit a poster session proposal online via this link: A link is also available on the PaLA Website,  The deadline for proposals is May 31, 2011.

Come join us in Lion Country and share some winning library strategies with your peers!


AASL at ALA 2012 Annual Conference

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposal submissions for 1-1/2 hour concurrent sessions or half- to full-day preconference professional development programs to be held during the American Library Association (ALA) 2012 Annual Conference, June 21-26, 2012, in Anaheim, CA. The submissions deadline is 5:00pm CDT on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.

Be a part of this exciting professional development event – join other school librarians and share your expertise in this national forum showcase of best practices, developments, and ideas on the future of school libraries.

How to Submit Your Proposal

The deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm CDT on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Submissions will not be accepted after this date.

Proposals must include the following:

  • Complete contact information for all speakers. Please note that the person submitting a group proposal will be considered the Program Chair and the main contact for the presentation.
  • Presentation title
  • Specify program length – concurrent session (1-1/2 hours) or a preconference (half- or full-day).
  • Program outline – the outline should be approximately 300 words or less and should outline the main points of the program, its relevance to attendees, and how you would incorporate at least one active learning exercise in your session.
  • Program description – please include up to 3 learning objectives.
  • Support of the AASL Strategic Plan, the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner or Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. Please explain how your program would support one or all of these.

Selection Criteria

Submissions will evaluated for clarity, originality and timeliness. Special attention will be given to submissions that incorporate one or more of these characteristics:

Notifications will be issued on or before Friday, July 15, 2011.

Questions? Please contact Melissa Jacobsen.

ALA Diversity Research Grants

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity seeks proposals for its Diversity Research Grant program.  Applications may address any diversity topic, including the recruitment and promotion of diverse individuals within the profession or the provision of library services to diverse populations.

Since 2002, the office has sponsored the program to address critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science. The application deadline is April 30, 2011. Applicants must be current ALA members. 

The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2,000 award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference. A jury of ALA members will evaluate proposals and is encouraged to award a total of three awards. Grant recipients will be announced ahead of the 2011 ALA Annual Conference and will be expected to compile the results of their research into a presentation for the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

A complete proposal must include the following: a cover letter, a one-page vita for each of the researchers involved, a concise abstract of the project and a description of the project detailing the justification and needs for the research project, research objectives, expected outcomes and benefits, budget plan and timeline. For a complete list of the criteria on which proposals will be evaluated and to see examples of previously funded projects, please visit:

Persons submitting a proposal must be current ALA members. If you are not presently a member of ALA, but wish to submit a proposal, please visit for information on becoming a member. Applicants must supply membership ID numbers with proposals.

ALA‘s Office for Diversity offers thanks to the Diversity Research Grants Advisory Committee for their work in planning the 2011 Diversity Research Grants program: Veronica L.C. Stevenson-Moudamane (chair), Aimee Babcock-Ellis, Vickie E. Beene, Dr. Stanton F. Biddle, Eileen K. Bosch, Robert J. Bremer, Elizabeth Jean Brumfield, Nicole Lea Busch, Denyvetta Davis, Kim L. Eccles, Michael Gutierrez, Joyce E. Jelks, Raymond P. Schwartz, Susan Elizabeth Shepley, Kathryn Sigler and R. Niccole Westbrook.

Submissions should be sent by mail to the ALA Office for Diversity, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611.  Electronic submissions are preferred and should be submitted in a Word document attachment. Email electronic submissions to

For more information, please email or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 5048.

Contexts for Assessment and Outcome Evaluation in Librarianship

Call for Chapter Proposals – Advances in Librarianship, Volume 35

Contexts for Assessment and Outcome Evaluation in Librarianship

Assessment and outcomes evaluation has become increasingly important in librarianship. Although initially used mostly in educational contexts to measure student learning, the strategy has migrated to other contexts such as hiring and employee development, overall organizational and institutional successes, measuring the outcomes of projects and operational changes, and self assessment at the personal level. This growing emphasis is in part is due to increasingly stringent requirements of government agencies and to foundations and funding agencies wanting to ensure that their funds are used effectively to improve services and operations. In addition, the current economic climate and retrenchments in non-profit agencies such as colleges, university and public libraries, have raised the need for assessment and outcomes evaluation to a critical level.

                This volume of Advances in Librarianship will focus not on the how of doing them, but rather on their successes and failures in various contexts in which these tools have been and will be used.  Topics of interest for proposed chapters about assessment and outcomes evaluation can include, but are not limited to, the following:

         Outcomes evaluation and assessment cases and applications in all settings such as education for librarianship, libraries and other information services analyzing their impact, results and effectiveness;

         Models or case studies specifically developed or adapted to accommodate digital environments;

         Studies and research of their usage in various contexts such as library and information science operations;

         Usage in special and on-going funding requests to governments, foundations and other funding sources;

         Assessment cases or models used in developing software, searching tools, and other electronic applications such as social media;

         Self assessment cases used by employers of librarians and library and information faculty members;

         Use of outcomes evaluation and assessment in hiring and promotion in libraries;

         Studies of the successes of using outcomes evaluation and assessment in tenure decisions in teaching environments;

         Assessment from within and without the library, viz. the virtual library and digital services within the physical library;

         The role of end users in assessment and outcomes evaluation undertakings;

         Views on how to keep assessment and outcomes evaluation dynamic and relevant in times of rapid change;

         Best practices in using assessment and outcomes evaluation which are both quantitative and qualitative;

         Exploration of the relationships between research and assessment;

         The extent to which rubrics used in measuring outcomes and assessment have been and are being standardized;

         Community needs assessments as part of, or prequels to, strategic planning for collections, spaces and services in all types of libraries;

         The impact of assessment on changes in the fields of library and information science.

Please submit chapter proposals by the end of July 2011 to series editor Anne Woodsworth: .  Beginning with volume 35, W. David Penniman wil become co-editor of the series.

Author guidelines and further information on the Advances in Librarianship series can be found on the website at:

Questions or comments should be addressed to the Editor and submitted via e-mail to: Schedule of due dates:

                Proposal outlines:           July 31, 2011

                First drafts:                         December 1, 2011

                Revised drafts:                        March 1, 2012


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New Directions in Information Organization


Publisher: Emerald Library and Information Science Book Series

Book Editors: 

Dr. Jung-ran Park, Assistant Professor, The iSchool at Drexel, College of Information Science and Technology, Drexel University, USA

Dr. Lynne C. Howarth,  Professor and Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, Canada


Proposal Submission Deadline: April 30, 2011
Accepted Full Chapters Due: December 15, 2011



 New information standards and digital library technologies are being developed at a rapid pace as diverse communities of practice seek new ways to organize massive quantities of digital resources. Today’s environment creates an increased demand for new perspectives, methods and tools for research and practice in information organization. New Directions in Information Organization, co-edited by Drs. Jung-ran Park and Lynne Howarth, seeks to provide a better understanding of future directions, leading edge theories, and models for research and practice in information organization. This book also seeks to provide readers with the current state of the digital information revolution with associated opportunities and challenges to information organization.


Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following: new generation library catalogs, Resource Description and Access (RDA), classification systems and/or theory, metadata standards and/or applications, semi-automatic metadata generation and management, Semantic Web, linked data, social tagging, markup language (e.g., XML), Web 2.0 modules and social networking in relation to information organization and user access, information architecture, and open access.



Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a 1-2 page chapter proposal by April 30, 2011 detailing the background and structure of the proposed chapter. Authors will be notified in short order as to the status of their proposal. Full chapters (7500-9000 words) are expected to be submitted by December 15, 2011. All submitted manuscripts will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Final revised manuscripts are due on May 1, 2012.


INQUIRIES AND SUBMISSIONS can be forwarded electronically to the book editors:


Dr. Jung-ran Park –

Dr. Lynne C. Howarth


ACRL Instruction Section Current Issues Discussion Group

Have a instruction topic you’d like to discuss with your fellow librarians?

Want to get some input on an instruction idea? Now’s your chance! Propose a topic for discussion at ALA’s Midwinter Conference in Dallas next year. Not going to make it to Midwinter? Propose a discussion to be convened online!


The call for Proposals is up at:


Or you can download the document directly:


Deadline for submitting a proposal is May 13, 2011, so don’t delay!

Internet Librarian International 2011

Navigating the New Normal: Strategies for Success

Copthorne Tara Hotel


27 & 28 October 2011

Deadline to submit proposals to speak is this Friday, 8 April

We are now in a time best characterised as the “New Normal”. The new normal isn’t just about austere budgets or the old chestnut of “doing more with less” – it’s also about new technologies. The new normal is having library patrons, users, customers and clients who know as much or more about technology than we do. It’s about partnerships and transparency, about new ways to develop and disseminate knowledge, about the increasing importance of communication skills, about opening up access to information, data, and knowledge.

Internet Librarian International invites participation from a wide range of professionals to share their experiences about information services in this new normal environment. What strategies have been successful? What have information professionals done to re-think and re-vitalise their libraries, information departments, and organisations?

Internet librarians – and we use ‘librarians’ in its broadest possible sense – are amazingly proficient at revolutionising their work environments, at understanding and utilising new technologies, at bringing creative thinking to problem solving, at creating order out of chaos, and at demonstrating their value.

Internet Librarian International offers you the chance to communicate your knowledge with your peers and colleagues. They need to know the things you know! Help Internet Librarian International delegates think positively about the future of libraries and the information profession by sharing your knowledge. Submit a proposal to speak, lead a workshop, or present on a panel here.

We seek dynamic speakers from all types of libraries and information settings – public, academic, commercial or government – as well as those outside a traditional library setting, such as web designers, content evaluators, portal creators, ‘shambrarians’, systems professionals and independent researchers.

Our emphasis is on the practical rather than theoretical; we are seeking case studies and proposals about initiatives in your organisation, not product pitches or overviews. What has worked in your work environments and what has not?

Possible topics (but don’t let this limit your imagination):


  • Augmented reality
  • Delivering distance learning
  • Apps
  • Mobile delivery
  • Cloud computing
  • Linked data
  • Semantic web
  • Social networking
  • Surface technologies
  • Moving toward Web 3.0
  • Virtual research environments
  • Tablet computing
  • Upcoming transformational technologies
  • Digital content preservation
  • HTML5
  • SAAS in libraries
  • Open data
  • Green computing

Resource Management

  • Web-scale discovery systems
  • Web content management
  • Electronic resources acquisition and management
  • Open source solutions
  • Integrating/federating collections
  • Open access
  • Institutional repositories
  • Copyright, DRM, DAM, intellectual property protection
  • Digital curation
  • Taxonomies, ontologies, folksonomies
  • New business models
  • Knowledge synthesis
  • Dealing with Big Data
  • Digital preservation
  • Sustainability
  • Rethinking Big Deals
  • Creative funding

Web design

  • Location awareness
  • User interfaces
  • Open source
  • Redesigning sites
  • Website usability
  • Portal creation
  • Content curation
  • Fostering community
  • Web publishing
  • Optimization

Managing in the new normal future

  • Succeeding in the new normal environment
  • Collaboration and partnering
  • Forecasting trends
  • Learning (and teaching) new skill sets
  • New models for acquiring information
  • Digital libraries
  • “Going Google” – integrating Google apps
  • Future scenarios
  • New financial models
  • Building communities
  • Strategic planning for libraries
  • Evidence-based librarianship
  • New roles for internet librarians
  • Embedded librarianship
  • New alignment strategies
  • Information policy
  • Adding value
  • Working in multidisciplinary teams

Using the internet for research and reference

  • Alternatives to Google
  • Web search engines
  • Search tips and techniques
  • Distance learning
  • Data quality
  • Impact of search engine optimization
  • Research using non-textual sources
  • Enhanced use of ICT
  • Best practices for search
  • Information discovery
  • Real-time search
  • User generated content
  • Business intelligence
  • Evaluating web resources
  • Information literacy
  • Transliteracy (digital literacy)

Innovative projects, services and tools in:

  • Academic libraries
  • Public libraries
  • Corporate/Special libraries
  • Government libraries
  • Health/Medical libraries
  • Law libraries
  • Non-traditional information settings
  • Designing for changes in user behaviour
  • Evaluation and testing

If you would like to be considered as a speaker, please submit your ideas here.

The advisory committee will review all submissions. Notification regarding acceptance will be made at the beginning of May. If your proposal is selected, the primary speaker will receive a free registration to the full conference, which includes lunches and a reception.

Marydee Ojala
Programme Director, Internet Librarian International
Editor, ONLINE: Exploring Technology & Resources for Information Professionals

David Raitt,
Editor, The Electronic Library

Please note that the expenses of attending Internet Librarian International (including travel, lodging, and any other expenses) will be the responsibility of the presenter. By submitting your proposal, you acknowledge that you accept this monetary responsibility.


Catholic Library World

Submissions are being accepted on an ongoing basis for upcoming issues of Catholic Library World

Catholic Library World is the official journal of the Catholic Library Association.  Established in 1929, CLW is an international refereed quarterly journal. CLW publishes articles that focus on all aspects of librarianship, especially as it relates to Catholicism and Catholic Studies.  CLW articles are intended for an audience that is interested in the broad role and impact of various types of libraries, including, but not limited to academic, public, theological, parish and church libraries, and school libraries.  CLW respects diverse Christian traditions as well as non-Christian and welcomes relevant articles from a variety of religious traditions.  CLW will not publish material that is pejorative to any religion.

The preferred method for submitting manuscripts is as a word-processed attachment in e-mail.  Author’s full name, affiliation, and e-mail address must accompany any manuscript submission.  

Articles should provide something new to the existing literature.  The word count should be 3500- 5000 words and should adhere to The Chicago Manual of Style (humanities is preferred).  The style should be accessible and well-documented.    

Submission deadline: Submissions are ongoing. 

For more information, please visit this website:

Send submissions and queries to:

Sigrid Kelsey, General Editor,


Sigrid Kelsey

Electronic Reference Services and Web Development Coordinator

LSU Libraries, LSU

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

(225) 578-2720


Editor, Catholic Library World