Monthly Archives: September 2011

Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ)

Call for Papers (and apologies for cross-posting):

The Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ) exists to foster community and share
information among those interested in the intersection of libraries,
technology, and the future.

We are now accepting proposals for publication in our 16th issue.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences.
To be included in the 16th issue, which is scheduled for publication
in late January, 2012, please submit articles, abstracts, or proposals at or to
by Friday, October 28, 2011.  When submitting, please include the title
or subject of the proposal in the subject line of the email message.

C4LJ encourages creativity and flexibility, and the editors welcome
submissions across a broad variety of topics that support the mission
of the journal.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

* Practical applications of library technology (both actual and
* Technology projects (failed, successful, or proposed), including
 how they were done and challenges faced
* Case studies
* Best practices
* Reviews
* Comparisons of third party software or libraries
* Analyses of library metadata for use with technology
* Project management and communication within the library environment
* Assessment and user studies

C4LJ strives to promote professional communication by minimizing the
barriers to publication.  While articles should be of a high quality,
they need not follow any formal structure.  Writers should aim for the
middle ground between blog posts and articles in traditional refereed
journals.  Where appropriate, we encourage authors to submit code
samples, algorithms, and pseudo-code.  For more information, visit
C4LJ’s Article Guidelines or browse articles from the first 14 issues
published on our website:

Remember, for consideration for the 16th issue, please send proposals,
abstracts, or draft articles to no later than
Friday, October 28, 2011.

Send in a submission.  Your peers would like to hear what you are doing.

Carol Bean
Coordinating Editor, Issue 16
Code4Lib Editorial Committee


Call For Articles - LEARNING TECHNOLOGY NEWSLETTER (ISSN 1438-0625) publication of IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Learning Technology (TCLT) * Deadline for submission: October 10, 2011. Learning Technology Newsletter aims at publishing and disseminating current research about new and emerging learning technologies as well as their design, usage, application, and evaluation in different contexts of technology enhanced learning. The special theme of this issue will focus on virtual worlds for academic, organizational and life-long learning, including (but not limited to) research on using virtual worlds for learning and teaching; concepts and strategies for learning in virtual worlds; developments and applications for enhancing learning in virtual worlds; case studies and exploratory studies on how learners learn in virtual worlds; and evaluations of concepts/developments for learning in virtual worlds. Please feel free to bring forward your ideas and views. Articles that are not in the area of the special theme are most welcome as well and will be published in the regular article section Learning Technology Newsletter invites short articles, case studies, and project reports for the October issue. This issue will be published in Volume 13, Issue 4 (October, 2011). ** The newsletter is of non-refereed nature though the articles will be selected and edited by the Editors. ** * Submission procedure: 1. The articles in the newsletter are limited to 1000 words. Over-length articles will not be published. 2. The manuscripts should be either in Word or RTF format. Any figures used in the contributions would be required separately in a graphic format (gif or jpeg). The figures should also be embedded in the text at appropriate places. 3. Please send the manuscripts by email as attachment to and (Subject: Learning Technology Newsletter Submission). 4. In the email, please state clearly that the manuscript is original material that has not been published, and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. For further information please see Best regards, Sabine Graf Charalampos Karagiannidis (Editors of Learning Technology Newsletter) 

Social Media and the New Academic Environment: Pedagogical Challenges

Call for Chapter Proposals:



Dr. Bogdan Patrut
“Vasile Alecsandri” University of Bacau, Romania
Dr. Monica Patrut
“Vasile Alecsandri” University of Bacau, Romania
Dr. Camelia Cmeciu
“Danubius” University of Galati, Romania

Call for Chapters:

Proposals Submission Deadline: October 30, 2011
Full Chapters Due: February 28, 2012

The term Social Media refers to the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into an interactive dialogue. Social media are a collection of Internet-based applications based on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, as A. Kaplan and M. Haenlein observed. These applications enable the creation and exchange of user-generated content. In fact, the social media represent the media for social interaction, as a superset beyond social communication. 
Social media include Internet forums, weblogs, social blogs, microblogging, wikis, podcasts, photographs or pictures, video, rating and social bookmarking. There are different types of social media: collaborative projects (e.g. Wikipedia), blogs and microblogs (e.g. Twitter), content communities (e.g. Youtube), social networking sites (e.g. Facebook), virtual game worlds (e.g. World of Warcraft), and virtual social worlds (e.g. Second Life) (Kaplan & Haenlein). Technologies include: blogs, picture-sharing, blogs, wall-postings, email, instant messaging, music-sharing, crowdsourcing, and voice over IP, to name a few. 
Besides commercial and entertainment applications, the social-media services and technologies have entered nowadays in educational areas as well. In recent years, social media have become scholar media, new means by which scholars communicate, collaborate, and teach. There are a lot of research studies that reveal the importance of using social networks, wikis, virtual communities in teaching and learning.
Objective of the Book
This book will aim to provide relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest empirical research findings in the area of social media, directly concerning the pedagogical challenges of the recent years. It will be written for professionals who want to improve their understanding of the strategic role of social media at different levels of the education in the information and knowledge society. So, it will present social media at the level of the learning centered on student, at the level of teaching courses and seminars/labs, at the level of the research activity of the academic staff, and also, at the level of the management and collaboration between the academic networks and organizations, of teams and work groups, of information systems and, finally, at the level of individuals as actors in the postmodern educational process.
The ultimate goal is to produce a high-quality publication that will make its mark in its field and provide professional recognition for every contributor. 
Target Audience
The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and researchers working in the field of social science, education sciences, computer science, information and communication sciences, and knowledge management in various disciplines, e.g. teaching, e-learning, management, sociology, pedagogy, psychology, adult education, computer science, and information technology. Moreover, the book will provide insights and support executives in educational institutions concerned with the management of expertise, knowledge, information and organizational development in different types of academic communities and environments.
Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
Academic applications for podcasting
Academic events through social-media (Eventful, The Hotlist,, Upcoming, Eventseer, AllConferences)
Analytics for social media
Budgeting for social media in academic organizations
Case studies for successful social media commuting and presenting
Communication, both internal and external.
Diagramming and visual collaboration in educational institutions
Document Managing and Editing Tools:,, Google Docs, Syncplicity
Executive and employee social media education and training.
How do universities deal with social media obstacles/shortcomings
Impact of social media on the quality of the didactic process
Integrating social media and traditional media within the academic environment
Livecasting for education
Location-based social networks (Facebook places, Foursquare, Geoloqi, Google Latitude, Gowalla, The Hotlist)
Mobile social media and mobile teaching/learning
Photography and art sharing (deviantArt, Flickr, Photobucket, Picasa, SmugMug, Zooomr) and the new education
Social bookmarking (or social tagging): CiteULike, Delicious, Diigo, Google Reader, StumbleUpon, folkd
Social media tools for schools and universities
Social networking used in the new academic environment (ASmallWorld, Bebo, Cyworld, Diaspora, Facebook, Google+, Hi5, Hyves, IRC, LinkedIn, MySpace, Ning, Orkut, Plaxo, Tagged, Tuenti, XING, Yammer)
Social news: Digg, Mixx, Social i my2i, Newsvine, NowPublic, Reddit
Teaching through presentation sharing (Prezi, scribd, SlideShare)
The use of Content Management Systems for education (Drupal, Joomla, Plone, Siteforum, WordPress)
The advertising of universities using social media
Using blogs (Blogger, Drupal, LiveJournal, Open Diary, WordPress, Xanga) for educational purposes
Using microblogging (Google Buzz,, Twitter) for communicating academic events
Using video sharing for education (Dailymotion, Metacafe, Nico Nico Douga, Openfilm, sevenload, Viddler, Vimeo, YouTube)
Using wikis (PBworks, Wetpaint, Wikia, Wikimedia, Wikispaces) in Science Classes
Submission Procedure
Researchers, and practitioners (including professors, teachers, lecturers, public relations and advertising specialists, students, PhD students etc.) are invited to submit on or before October 30, 2011, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by November 15, 2011 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by February 28, 2012.  In a full chapter, the contributor can extend the ideas and the topics presented in the 2-3 page proposal. The full chapters (containing 8,000 – 12,000 words and formatted accordingly with a template we will provide) must be written in American English. 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 the IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), a prestigious international 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.
Important Dates
October 30, 2011: Proposal Submission Deadline
November 15, 2011: Notification of Acceptance
February, 28, 2012: Full Chapter Submission
May 15, 2012: Review Results Returned
June 15, 2012: Final Chapter Submission
July 15, 2012: Final Deadline

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document):

Dr. Bogdan Patrut
Department of Mathematics, Informatics, and Education Sciences
“Vasile Alecsandri” University of Bacau, Romania
Tel.: +40 234 20 60 90  GSM: +40 728 88 22 88, +40 741 63 81 82 

2012 James and Sylvia Thayer Short-Term Research Fellowships

UCLA Library Special Collections  

The James and Sylvia Thayer Short-Term Research Fellowships support the use of special collections materials by visiting scholars and UCLA graduate students. Collections that are administered by the newly integrated UCLA Library Special Collections and available for fellowship-supported research include materials in the humanities and social sciences, medicine, life and physical sciences, visual and performing arts, and UCLA history.

Research residencies may last up to three months between February 1 and December 14, 2012. Recipients receive stipends ranging from $500 to $2,500. (Awards vary yearly. Grants in 2010 averaged $1,013; in 2011, $1,167.) Those receiving fellowships are expected to provide a report on the results of their research that can be mounted on the UCLA Library Web site. Fellows may have the opportunity to speak about their research at an informal brown-bag session with local scholars during their visit.

United States citizens and permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S. who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, or independent research are invited to apply.

Application Contents

Applications are due November 18, 2011, and should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Outline of research and special collections to be used (two pages maximum)
  • Brief budget for travel, living, and research expenses
  • Dates to be spent in residence
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty or other scholars familiar with the research project. Please note that the committee cannot consider letters of recommendation from librarians or staff of the UCLA Library. 

Application Instructions

Application materials can be submitted in PDF format by email, which is the preferred submission method. Letters of recommendation in PDF format can also be sent by email, either by the people writing them or by the applicant.

Applications can also be submitted in print format; mail to:
James and Sylvia Thayer Fellowship Program
UCLA Library Special Collections
A1713 Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575

Questions about the fellowships can be mailed to the address above or emailed.

Download 2012 Thayer Research Fellowships announcement (Adobe PDF document) 

for more information go to

MAMA SAID: The Artworks and Artifacts of Wise Women

Call for Artists  

Whether your mama, like the Shirelles’ moms, warned you that there’d be days like this, or whether she, like LL Cool J’s mom, advised you to knock out your competition, we’re sure that she had some wise words for you. During Women’s History Month 2012, we invite you to help us celebrate the wisdom that your mama (or other woman you admire) shared with you. Tell us her story and send us a visual representation (artwork – hers or yours; an object, piece of clothing or other possession of hers; etc.) that we can display.


The Women’s History Month (WHM) Committee at Idaho State University (ISU) is calling for submissions for MAMA SAID: The Artworks and Artifacts of Wise Women to be on exhibit at the Transition Gallery on the ISU campus, February 27 – March 10, 2012, in recognition of National Women’s History Month.


A formal call for artists can be found on our website at



For further information, please contact the Anderson Center via phone (208-282-2805) or email


A multidisciplinary conference, The Art of Gender in Everyday Life IX, will take place at Idaho State University on Wednesday, March 7 through Friday, March 9, 2012. 


Gender is not a given. Its meaning and significance are constantly in flux.

This conference will explore the various ways in which gender is crafted, celebrated, endured, deciphered, expressed or, in short, the art of how it is lived on a daily basis.


The conference will include, in addition to other gender-related events and workshops: a keynote address on Friday evening by Stephanie Coontz, Professor of History and Family Studies at The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA; a Friday lunchtime talk by an ISU faculty member; and a screening of LUNAFEST. 


A formal call for papers, an announcement of our student paper competition, and a registration form can be found on our website at Abstracts must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 1, 2011.

ACRL Instruction Section Discussion Groups

Have you attended one of the Instruction Section's well-received and well-attended Current Issues Discussion Groups at an ALA conference? Recent topics have included affective information literacy learning outcomes, and brainstorming budget-friendly, creative instructional strategies. A complete list of past topics can be found at Don't see your current focus on the list? Now you have a chance to convene a discussion about the instruction-related topic you're most passionate about! The IS Discussion Group Steering Committee needs your proposal for discussion groups to be held at ALA's Annual Conference in Anaheim next year. Deadline for submitting a proposal is November 11, 2011, so don't delay. The call for Proposals is up at: Or you can go directly to the proposal form:  Contact committee chair Ellysa Stern Cahoy ( with questions. 

Call for Book Reviewers, Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL)

The Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship is initiating a new Book Review column. Please consider sharing your expertise with our readers. 

For a preview of JERL articles and features, visit the Website at:

If you are interested in joining our new group of book reviewers, please contact me with your qualifications so we can get started!
* Mary Mallery, Ph.D.
* Book Review Editor, Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship 
* Assoc. Dean for Technical Services 
* Harry A. Sprague Library
* Montclair State University
* Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
* Phone: 973-655-7150  
* Fax: 973-655-7780
* E-mail:  

Tablet Computers in Academic Libraries

Do you use iPads (or other tablet computers) in your library?  Consider submitting a chapter to our book!  

This is a call for proposals for chapters to be included in a book entitled Tablet Computers in Academic Libraries.  This book will be edited by Rebecca K. Miller, Heather Moorefield-Lang, and Carolyn Meier of Virginia Tech and published by ALA Editions.   

In order to submit a proposal, please send a 1-2 paragraph summary of your idea for a chapter, along with a current CV highlighting relevant publication experience.  Proposals and accompanying material should be submitted by November 16, 2011 to:  Although the editors of this book hope to see many creative and interesting ideas relating to the use of tablet computers in academic libraries, we are specifically concerned with the following areas of discussion and exploration:

  • Use of tablet computers to enhance library and information literacy instruction
  • Use of tablet computers to enhance reference services
  • Use of tablet computers to enhance or contribute to collection management
  • Strategies for designing tutorials and websites for tablet computers
  • Understanding how students and faculty (the surrounding academic community) are using tablet computers
  • Exploring how librarians can use tablet computers for professional development and research   
View the full CFP (including project timeline):
We look forward to receiving your proposals!  

Online Northwest

February 10, 2012
Call For Proposals – Deadline October 21, 2011

Online Northwest is a one-day conference focusing on topics that
intersect libraries, technology and culture. The conference is
sponsored by the Oregon University System Library Council.

The 2012 conference will be held at CH2M Hill Alumni Center,
Corvallis, Oregon (on the Oregon State University campus) on Friday,
February 10, 2012.

The conference explores how technology is being applied within library
settings and how technology is affecting library patrons and services.
Academic, public, school, and special librarians are strongly
encouraged to submit proposals.

Online Northwest seeks 60-minute presentations or 5-minute lightning
talks on all topics relating to technology and libraries including:
* Cloud computing
* Institutional repositories
* Augmented reality
* Semantic web
* Virtual research environments
* Information discovery
* Web 3.0
* Library apps
* Mobile computing
* Technology competencies
* Electronic books
* Other topics related to technology in libraries are welcome

Submit Proposals:
Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, October 21, 2011

For more information and examples of past presentations, see: