Monthly Archives: May 2011

ALISE Distance Education SIG


ALISE Distance Education SIG

abstracts due: July 15, 2011


Distance Education SIG of Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) calls for papers to be presented at the ALISE conference in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, January 17 – Friday, January 20, 2012.  The conference theme is Extending our Reach: Expanding Horizons, Creating Opportunities. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Changing modes of curricular delivery including gaming
  • Expanding student populations and competing for talent
  • Globalization, internationalism, cross-nationalism, multilingualism, and multicultural concerns in Distance Education
  • Innovative administrative structures and responses
  • Budgetary restraints to Distance Education in LIS
  • Critical approaches to conventional thought regarding library and information science distance education opportunities
  • Approaches to traditionally hands-on topics such as archives and museum work
  • Competition and innovation–challenges and opportunities for access to information
  • Open source/closed source/managed services for Distance Education
  • Responses to technological advances that expand the reach of Distance Education


Submit abstracts of 500 to 750 words via email to ALISE Distance SIG Convenor Nora Bird ( by July 15, 2011. Notice regarding acceptance will be sent by August 30. Also see the ALISE site for more information on the 2012 Conference:

LITA Mobile Computing IG meeting

Call for Participation: LITA Mobile Computing IG meeting 
June 23, Sunday, 10:30 am – 12pm.

The LITA Mobile Computing IG seeks 4-5 short presentations (15 minutes) on mobile computing for the upcoming ALA Annual Conference at New Orleans. Some of the possible topics include but not limited to: QR code promotion,What mobile services students want the library to provide, etc.

The LITA MCIG is also seeking the suggestions for discussion topics, things you have been working on, plan to work, or want to work on in terms of mobile computing. All suggestions and presentation topics are welcome and will be given consideration for presentation and discussion.

Feel free to email me off-the-list ( and/or post your topic at ALA Connect :

Teaching Literary Studies in the Women’s and Gender Studies Classroom

Please spread the word to interested colleagues.  We’re putting together a roundtable for the 2012 Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) conference, March 15-18 in Rochester, New York:

Teaching Literary Studies in the Women’s and Gender Studies Classroom (Roundtable)

While many scholars in literary and cultural studies focus on feminist issues, the field of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGS) has coalesced into its own discipline, frequently oriented toward the social sciences and not the humanities. This roundtable will explore what the study of literature has to offer students in various classrooms (literary studies, WGS, and cross-listed courses) and to WGS more broadly. Please send abstracts to Deborah Uman, and Heather Hewett,

Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE 2012)

March 5 – 9, 2012 

 Austin, Texas  

Sheraton Austin Hotel


Proposals are due: October 21, 2011

SITE 2012 is the 23rd annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. Join with 1,200+ colleagues from over 50 countries in Austin, Texas!
This society represents individual teacher educators and affiliated organizations of teacher educators in all disciplines, who are interested in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the use of information technology in teacher education and faculty/staff development. SITE is a society of

The SITE Conference is designed for: 

  • Teacher educators in ALL disciplines
  • Computer technology coordinators
  • K-12 administrators & school leaders
  • Teachers 
  • Curriculum developers
  • Principals  
  •  All interested in improving education through technology  

Call for Participation PDF to Print  

3rd Workshop on Advances in Programming Languages (WAPL 2011)


Organized within the framework of the Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems


Szczecin, Poland, 18-21 September, 2011





Programming languages are programmers’ most basic tools. With

appropriate programming languages one can drastically reduce

the cost of building new applications as well as maintaining

existing ones. In the last decades there have been many advances

in programming languages technology in traditional programming

paradigms such as functional, logic, and object-oriented programming,

as well as the development of new paradigms such as aspect-oriented

programming. The main driving force was and will be to better express

programmers’ ideas. Therefore, research in programming languages is

an endless activity and the core of computer science. New language

features, new programming paradigms, and better compile-time

and run-time mechanisms can be foreseen in the future.


The aim of this event is to provide a forum for exchange of ideas and

experience in topics concerned with programming languages and systems.

Original papers and implementation reports are invited in all areas of

programming languages. Major topics of interest include but are not

limited to the following:


* Automata theory and applications,

* Compiling techniques,

* Domain-specific languages,

* Formal semantics and syntax,

* Generative and generic programming,

* Grammarware and grammar based systems,

* Knowledge engineering languages, integration of knowledge engineering and software engineering,

* Languages and tools for trustworthy computing,

* Language theory and applications,

* Language concepts, design and implementation,

* Markup languages (XML),

* Metamodeling and modeling languages,

* Model-driven engineering languages and systems,

* Practical experiences with programming languages,

* Program analysis, optimization and verification,

* Program generation and transformation,

* Programming paradigms (aspect-oriented, functional, logic, object-oriented, etc.),

* Programming tools and environments,

* Proof theory for programs,

* Specification languages,

* Type systems,

* Virtual machines and just-in-time compilation,

* Visual programming languages.





* Paper will be refereed and accepted on the basis of their scientific merit and the relevance to the workshop

* Accepted and presented papers will be included into the Conference Proceedings and   included in the IEEE Xplore® database and indexed in the DBLP.

* Extended versions of selected papers will be published as a Special Issue of the ComSIS journal    (, as well as Special Issue(s) of journal(s) to be announced later.


* Official submission system is EasyChair. Submission details:

* Information for authors:






June  19, 2011 – Submission of the full paper

July  16, 2011 – Authors Notifications

August 7, 2011 – Final Submissions and Registrations






– Ivan Lukovic, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, Chair of WAPL 2011

– Fei Cao, Microsoft, USA

– Haiming Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

– Tom Dinkelaker, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

– Johan Fabry,Universidad de Chile, Chile

– Krešimir Fertalj, University of Zagreb, Croatia

– Rémi Forax, Universite de Marne-la-Vallee, France

– Pedro Henriques, University of Minho, Portugal

– Zoltán Horváth, Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary

– Mirjana Ivanovic, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

– Jan Janousek, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

– Ján Kollár, Technical University Kosice, Slovakia

– Tomaž Kosar, University of Maribor, Slovenia

– Shih Hsi “Alex” Liu, California State University, USA

– Pablo MartÍnez López, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina

– Federica Mandreoli, University of Modena, Italia

– Marjan Mernik, University of Maribor, Slovenia

– Hanspeter Mössenböck, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria

– Nikolaos Papaspyrou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

– Maria João Varanda Pereira, Instituto Politecnico de Braganca, Portugal

– Jaroslav Porubän, Technical University Kosice, Slovakia

– José Luis Sierra RodrÍguez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

– Vladimir Safonov, St.Petersburg University, Russia

– Boštjan Slivnik, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

– Zdzislaw Splawski, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland


Drupal Interest Group (LITA)

Have you just launched, or are you working on, a killer site, project, or module? Are you going to Annual? Consider giving a presentation on your latest masterpiece at the Drupal Interest Group meeting! The meeting will be on Saturday, June 25th from 1:30-3:30 in Room 242 of the Convention Center.

Drupal IG co-chair Chris Evjy and I are looking for presenters to give short (15-20 minute) presentations on recent library-related Drupal projects. If you’re NOT going to be at ALA, we can consider virtual presentations as well (i.e., synchronous with Skype or prerecorded presentations).

Please forward proposals to and


CALL FOR PAPERS THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY COLUMBUS, OH MAY 18-19, 2012 Deadline for proposals: Aug. 12, 2011 Confirmed speakers Joseph Boone, Tim Dean, Kale Fajardo, Roderick Ferguson, Brian Glavey, Scott Herring, Eithne Lubheid, Victor Mendoza, Deborah Miranda, Jose Esteban Munoz, Hoang Tan Nguyen, Juana Maria Rodriguez, Nayan Shah, Justin Spring, Susan Stryker, Shane Vogel *** We invite proposals for the inaugural queer studies conference at The Ohio State University. The title is meant as an expansive call to consider a host of issues evoked by queer places (local/global, urban/rural, North/South, East/West, public/private, mobility/immobility), queer practices (sexual cultures, expressive cultures, political activism, academic work), and queer lives (biography, hagiography, psychology, sexology, history, development). We envision the conference as an opportunity both to take stock of inter/disciplinary trends as well as provoke new ideas and frameworks for future work. The inspiration for this expansiveness and reevaluation is Samuel Steward, an OSU alum of the 1930s and the subject of Justin Spring's critically acclaimed biography Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade (2010). As a literary studies academic, writer, and visual and tattoo artist, Steward lived a highly varied life, coming into contact, and in some cases formed long-lasting friendships, with such figures as Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Thornton Wilder, Andre Gide, Thomas Mann, Alfred Kinsey, Albert Camus, Christopher Isherwood, George Platt Lynes, and Paul Cadmus. As something of a gay Casanova (and a scrupulous archivist of his sexual encounters), Steward also "linked in," as he might say, with such movie stars as Rudolf Valentino and Rock Hudson. In 1995, Steward's estate donated funds to the OSU English department to further research in LGBTQ scholarship, but these funds have only recently been rediscovered. To pay tribute to this queer Buckeye who studied at, taught at, and invested in OSU, we are taking our points of departure for panel themes from Steward's life and work. Papers may thus address any of the following (or related) topics: Aestheticism, decadence, Catholicism Archives and material culture Biography, autobiography, life-writing Body art and modification Colonialism, imperialism, decolonization Expatriatism, migration, diaspora Genealogies, invented traditions Modernism Performativity, self-elaboration, world-making Popular genres (pulp, erotica, mystery novels) Public intellectuals and subcultural lives Queer life in the academy, 1920-present Race and ethnicity Regionalism (especially the Midwest) Rural, urban, suburban sexual geographies Sailors, seamen, and other seafarers Sexology (especially Havelock Ellis and Kinsey) Sexual pleasure and perversity (BDSM, porn, hustling) Visualities (painting, photography, film) In addition, we are planning to publish a collection of essays on Samuel Steward after the conference. Thus, papers that focus on any aspect of Steward's life and work are especially welcome. Send 500-word abstract and 2-page CV by Aug. 12, 2011 to Joe Ponce Direct inquiries to Debra Moddelmog or Conference organizing committee: Mollie Blackburn Andrea Breau Debanuj DasGupta Tommy Davis Ally Day Nikki Engel Meg LeMay Chris Lewis Corinne Martin Debra Moddelmog Joe Ponce Jim Sanders Mary Thomas Blake Wilder Shannon Winnubst 

Natural Resources

As you may already know that Natural Resources has now been formally launched and already received a lot of attention worldwide. For example, it has been indexed by several world class databases, such as Gale, ProQuest, CrossRef, Google Scholar and CSP, etc.

Natural Resources is a peer-reviewed and open access journal, publishing original research papers, reports, reviews and commentaries in all areas of natural resources online as well as in print.

Main Scope

    • Agricultural Resources
    • Aquatic Resource Science
    • Biological Resources
    • Chinese Medicine Resources
    • Depletion of Natural Resources
    • Ecological Interactions and Ecosystem Balance (Pollination, Herbivory, Parasitism)
    • Forest Resources
    • Marine Resources
    • Renewable and Non-renewable Natural Resources
    • Resource Economics
    • Resource Strategy
    • Resources Exploit
    • Resources Science
    • Save Natural Resources
    • Tax on Natural Resources
    • Water Natural Resources
    • Others
    • Anthropological Resources
    • Biological Control
    • Chemical Prospects (Natural Chemical Resources)
    • Climate Resources
    • Earth’s Natural Resources
    • Exotic Species
    • Land Natural Resources
    • Poor and Abound in Natural Resources
    • Resource Allocation
    • Resource Security
    • Resource Survey
    • Resources Policies
    • Resources Trading
    • Sustainable Utilization and Conservation of Ecosystem Services
    • Undeveloped Natural Resources
    • Water Resources Protection

    You are cordially invited to submit your papers to this international journal. We aim to ensure the turnaround time to be less than six months. With your support, we believe that it will soon become an international leading journal. For more information, please visit the journal homepage:

    Yours sincerely,

    Yana Yi,
    NR Editorial Office,

    Natural Resources

    Creating, Supporting, Managing, and Sustaining Virtual Learning Communities

    CALL FOR SPECIAL ISSUE on “Creating, Supporting, Managing, and Sustaining Virtual Learning Communities” for the Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal (KM&EL)


    Guest Editor

    Xun Ge, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Instructional Psychology and Technology

    Department of Educational Psychology

    The University of Oklahoma

    U. S. A.




    We are living in an information-rich digital age full of wondrous power, capabilities, and possibilities of emerging technologies. Web 2.0 technologies, characterized by participatory information sharing and collaboration and users generating content and creating knowledge in virtual communities, have opened our eyes to a new open world (Bonk, 2009). Examples of web 2.0 include social networking sites, blogs, wikis, video sharing sites, virtual worlds, and digital object repositories. These emerging technologies have provided us numerous possibilities for learning and instruction and for creating engaging learning environments, optimal learning opportunities, and alternative and innovative instructional experiences for K-12 education, higher education, corporate, government, and military training. The world has entered into what Bonk (2009) describes as “We-All-Learn” trends, which encourage open participation and compel educators to reflect on learning and instruction from a new perspective. Learners are no longer passive information recipients, whose role is to memorize or consume information, but rather active participants, whose role is to direct their own learning, construct and create knowledge, and contribute to a virtual community. In this new paradigm, teachers are guides, coaches, and mentors to facilitate learning.


    However, the potentials of the emerging web 2.0 technologies have not been fully recognized and tapped. Often we find online instruction simply duplication of face-to-face lectures, in which situation technology is simply an appendage to education instead of playing a more central and transforming role. Many instructors have not changed their mindset to accommodate the participatory culture and the new paradigm of learning and instruction; and little has been done beyond posting syllabi, assignments, and grading to a learning management system or a web site that is supposed to be used for collaborative learning. It is argued that new technologies not only make us more productive, but also help us become more reflective and creative.  Most importantly, technologies have afforded us with tools to accomplish goals we would have not been able to without them. As early as in the 80s, Pea (1985) argued that technology should be used not only to amplify our thinking but also to reorganize our mental functioning. Therefore, we are prompted to fully take advantage of web 2.0 affordances to develop innovative learning environments and build virtual learning communities that will motivate and engage learners meaningfully and interactively, focusing on developing the 21st century skills that emphasize innovation, creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, decision making, and problem solving. 


    Yet, using emerging technologies to build a virtual learning community (VLC) is a multifaceted innovation. It not only involves the use of new technologies, but also new methods of learning and new ways of thinking about learning and instruction. It presents multiple levels of challenges to both learners and instructors. Subsequently, there are numerous issues awaiting to be investigated, examined, studied, and addressed, including learners’ perceptions, motivation and identity when participating in a VLC, strategies and methods of designing, building, managing, supporting, and evaluating a VLC in developing students’ critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity, and teachers’ beliefs about participatory culture of a virtual learning environment.


    This special issue of the KM&EL international journal is dedicated to the building of VLCs using emerging technologies. In this special issue, a VLC is defined as both informal, such as one that supports ongoing professional development, and formal, such as one as found in a formal course setting that lasts a semester. In this call, we invite manuscripts that report empirical studies (both quantitative and qualitative methods) of investigating issues and challenges related to the building of a VLC, the use or design of tools to scaffold the growth of a VLC, and methods and efforts to create, build, manage, sustain and evaluate a VLC. In addition, this special issue welcomes manuscripts discussing conceptual frameworks or theoretical constructs related to a VLC.  Recommended topics of interest include, but not limited to:


    Impact of a Virtual Learning Community

                 Learners/members’ perceptions and their impact on their participation in a VLC

                 Learners/members’ motivation in a VLC

                 Learners’ identity development in a VLC

                 Teacher or a facilitator’s role in a VLC

                 Role of a VLC on critical thinking and problem solving skill development

                 Impact of peer interactions on metacognition and self-regulation in a VLC

                 VLC and reflective learners


    Designing, Scaffolding, and Evaluating a Virtual Learning Community

                 Tools and strategies to build, support, manage, and sustain a VLC

                 Tools and strategies to promote identity development in a VLC

                 Tools and strategies to facilitate peer interactions, collaboration and other VLC activities

                 Tools and strategies to facilitate reflection and self-regulation in a VLC

                 Tools and strategies to support complex problem solving in a VLC

                 Tools and methods to evaluate the effectiveness of a VLC


    Conceptual Frameworks or Theoretical Constructs about a Virtual Learning Community

                 Community of learners and practice

                 Community of inquiry

                 Types of communities and their characteristics (e.g., task-based, knowledge-based, and practice-based, etc.)

                 Various constructs and factors influencing the success of a VLC



    Bonk, C. J. (2009). The world is open: How Web technology is revolutionizing education. Jossey-Base.

    Pea, R. D.  (1985). Beyond amplification: Using the computer to reorganize mental functioning. Educational Psychologist, 20(4), 167-182.


    Important Submission Dates

    Submission due: 20th August, 2011

    Notification of decision: 20th October, 2011

    Finalization: 20th November 2011

    Publication schedule: December 2011


    Submission Instructions

    Manuscripts should be sent by email to the Guest Editor, Dr. Xun Ge (

    Papers must not have been published, accepted for publication, or presently be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A standard double-blind review process will be used for selecting papers to be published in this special issue. Authors should follow the instructions outlined in the KM&EL Website (see URL

    For more information about the KM&EL, please visit the web site:



    2011 SIG CR Workshop: Classification, Collections, and Curation

    2011 SIG CR Workshop: Classification, Collections, and Curation
    Joseph T. Tennis and Melanie Feinberg, Co-Chairs

    Call for Papers:

    Personal computing has been rapidly advancing toward shared networking models of resources, collections of resources, and descriptions of resources. Social media abounds, from Facebook to Google’s<>, from LibraryThing to Flickr and Twitter. Such services enable both individual and aggregate collections of information, enhanced through various forms of description, including classification. Driven by social media’s imperatives to create, to copy, and to cite, the activity of selection, or curation, has new currency. We all collect, and we are all curators.

    Although less remarked upon, classification, we contend, shapes and directs these digital collection endeavors, providing the motive and the meaning for selection activities. To that end, we can also say that we are all classificationists.

    Given this milieu, what does classification theory tell us about the state of practice, the potentials for systems, and the constantly evolving nature of our personal and professional relationships to collections and classification?  What is the currency of classification research in relation to curation and the constant copying of digital collections? While there is a rich tradition of collecting and curating throughout and beyond the cultural heritage landscape, these literatures are often separate from the classification literature. To what extent might these activities be joined? What insights can we gain from such synergies?

    For the SIG/CR Workshop 2011, we are calling for proposals that can address these and allied concerns. Submissions are encouraged from researchers, students, practitioners across disciplines, from archives, museum studies, and knowledge organization, to cultural studies, new media, digital humanities, textual studies, and more. Surprise us.

    Accepted papers will be given at the 2011 Workshop associated with the ASIST Annual Meeting, held in New Orleans this fall.


    All accepted papers and posters will be published in the newly launched ACRO: Advances in Classification Research Online.

    Proposal Categories:
    Papers should be submitted in full, no more than 5000 words long, with title, body situated in the appropriate literature, and references.

    Poster proposals should be no more than 650 words long, in the form of an extended abstract, which includes a title, a body situated in appropriate literature, and references.

    Deadline for proposals is June 1, 2011
    Authors notified July 15, 2011
    Final versions due August 15, 2011
    Papers and poster abstracts published, September 1, 2011
    Papers and posters delivered at the workshop, TBA (sometime between October 7-12, 2011)

    Submission Process:
    Proposals should include names of authors, affiliation, and emails addresses.  Proposals can be submitted to Joseph T. Tennis at<>

    The Program Committee will referee proposals.  Authors will be notified of the committee’s decision no later than July 15, 2011. All presenters must register for the workshop. Papers to appear as full text in the Advances in Classification Research Online must be submitted no later than August 15, 2011.

    Any questions or concerns, please contact Joseph T. Tennis at<> or Melanie Feinberg at<>.

    Program Committee
    Jack Andersen, Royal School, Copenhagen
    Melanie Feinberg, University of Texas at Austin
    Jonathan Furner, University of California Los Angeles
    Elin Jacob, Indiana University
    Margaret Kipp, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
    Kathryn La Barre, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Hur-Li Lee, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
    Jin Ha Lee, University of Washington
    Jens-Erik Mai, University of Toronto
    Richard Smiraglia, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
    Joseph T. Tennis, University of Washington
    Emma Tonkin, University Bath
    Megan Winget, University of Texas at Austin