Monthly Archives: October 2011

WESS-De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant

The Western European Studies Section (WESS) is pleased to announce the establishment of the WESS-De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant which will provide funds ($3,000) for an academic librarian to travel to Europe to research library resources from or relating to Europe.


Applications are now being accepted through Jan. 13, 2012! Please consider applying!


For more details on the grant including submission requirements, criteria and eligibility, please see:  . Please also see the attached flyer.


Many thanks to the Walter de Gruyter Foundation for Scholarship and Research [Stiftung f�r Wissenschaft und Forschung] for its generous support of this grant.


Please contact me with any questions.


Brian Vetruba

Chair, WESS Award Committee

Past Chair, Western European Studies Section (ACRL) 314.935.4824


The 16th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics: WMSCI 2012

We would like to invite you to submit a draft paper/extended abstract to The 16th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics: WMSCI 2012 (, to be held in Orlando, Florida, USA, on July 17-20, 2012.

Thank you for forwarding this information to those potentially interested in making a submission.

The deadlines are the following:
Papers/Abstracts Submission and Invited Session Proposals: November 16th, 2011

Authors Notifications: January 20th, 2012

Camera-ready, full papers: February 28th, 2012

(Check the web site for possible extensions)
Collocated events are listed at . Participants can attend any session of the collocated events and will receive a CD with the papers of all the collocated events
Technical keynote speakers will be selected from early submissions because this selection requires an additional evaluation according to the quality of the paper, assessed by its reviewers, the authors’ CV and the paper’s topic.

Submissions for *Face-to-Face* or for *Virtual* Participation are both accepted. Both kinds of submissions will have the same reviewing process and the accepted papers will be included in the same proceedings.

All Submitted papers/abstracts will go through three reviewing processes: (1) double-blind (at least three reviewers), (2) non-blind, and (3) participative peer reviews. These three kinds of review will support the selection process of those papers/abstracts that will be accepted for their presentation at the conference, as well as those to be selected for their publication in JSCI Journal.

Pre-Conference and Post-conference Virtual sessions (via electronic forums) will be held for each session included in the conference program, so that sessions papers can be read before the conference, and authors presenting at the same session can interact during one week before and after the conference. Authors can also participate in peer-to-peer reviewing in virtual sessions.

Authors of accepted papers who registered in the conference can have access to the evaluations and possible feedback provided by the reviewers who recommended the acceptance of their papers/abstracts, so they can accordingly improve the final version of their papers. Non-registered authors will not have access to the reviews of their respective submissions.

Registration fees of an effective invited session organizer will be waived according to the policy described in the conference web page  (click on ‘Invited Session’ and, then, on ‘Benefits for the Organizers of Invited Sessions’), where you can get information about the ten benefits for an invited session organizer. For Invited Sessions Proposals, please press the menu option ‘Invited Sessions’ and, then, the sub-option ‘Invited Sessions Organizers’.

Authors of the best 10%-20% of the papers presented at the conference (included those virtually presented) will be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics.

Best regards,

WMSCI 2012 Organizing Committee

9th International Conference on Information Technology: New Generations ITNG 2012


9th International Conference on Information Technology: New Generations
ITNG 2012
April 16-18, 2012, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Track URL:
Conference URL:

Due to multiple requests, submission deadline is extended to November 4,

With the Internet rapidly taking on the role of a global marketplace for the
exchange of ideas, experiences and knowledge, an interesting research area
has emerged: social computing. Social computing lies at the intersection of
social behavior and computing systems. It focuses on the use of technology
to create social conventions and contexts, as well as the new relationships
and power structures that result. Three widely-agreed tenets of social
computing are (i) the shift of innovation from a top-down to a bottom-up
model; (ii) the shift of value from ownership to experiences; and (iii) the
shift of power from institutions to communities.

Social computing (also known as Web 2.0 and social media) has drawn much
interest in academia, the information technology industry and among Internet
users. This track at ITNG 2012 will serve as a platform for those
researching this area. Submissions may include research, system, evaluation,
policy and position papers. Topics include, but are not limited to:
* Use of information communication technologies for social computing
* Mobile social computing
* Infrastructure and architectures for social computing
* Online communities and social networking
* Social tagging and collaborative information organization
* Information retrieval and sharing techniques
* Usability and user needs
* Applications and case studies in social computing
* Novel applications supporting user-generated content and social
* Social, institutional and policy issues in social computing
* Social computing in schools, enterprises and other organizations
* Collaboration and social computing
* Social computing trends and issues

Proceedings will be published by the Conference Publishing Services and
indexed in major databases. Electronic submission in PDF or MS Word format
are required. Papers must represent high quality and previously unpublished
work, not currently under review by another conference, workshop, or

Interested authors should submit a 6-8 page paper of their original and
unpublished work including 5 keywords in the IEEE format. Your submission
should include the author names, complete mailing addresses, telephone and
fax numbers, and the email addresses of the authors. For formatting and
submission instructions, please refer to

When submitting papers via the online submission system, remember to
indicate that the paper is meant for the “Social Computing” track. This
option is found in the “Submission Categories” section in the system. If
using the online submission system is somehow not possible, please email the
track co-chairs for assistance.

Papers will be evaluated for originality, significance, clarity, and
soundness. Per ITNG policy, except for invited papers, all papers will be
reviewed by at least two independent reviewers.

Submission Deadline: November 4, 2011
Author Notification: December 9, 2011
Camera Ready Paper Due: February 10, 2012

Dr Dion Goh, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr Alton Chua, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr Chei Sian Lee, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2012 Library Research Round Table Forums

The Library Research Round Table will be sponsoring three research forums at the 2012 ALA Annual Meeting.  Here is the call for participation (apologies for cross-listing):


Call for Presentation Proposals


2012 Library Research Round Table Forums at

ALA Annual Conference,

Anaheim, CA


The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) will sponsor two Research Forums at the 2012 American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA (June 21-26).  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.  Three LRRT Research Forums are scheduled for 2012, two that are broad in scope and one on a more specific topic. The forums are:



Research to Understand Users: Issues and Approaches

This session will feature three library-related research papers investigating users and their use of libraries and information.  An LRRT committee will select the winning papers based on quality of study design, significance of the research topic, and potential for significant contribution to librarianship. 


            Research into Practical Problem Solving in Libraries

Much of the most valuable and useful research in librarianship begins with the awareness of a challenge or problem that one perceives.  For this session three papers that address such authentic problems will be selected for presentation.  Again, a committee will evaluate submissions and select the papers to be presented.


Research: Creativity and Innovation

Novelty and innovation are needed to respond to many of today‘s challenges.  Libraries and librarians require new and creative approaches to defining questions and finding answers.  Three papers that demonstrate innovative inquiry will be selected by a committee for inclusion in this Forum.


This is an opportunity to present and discuss your research project conducted in the broad area of library and information science or in a more specialized area of the field. LRRT welcomes papers emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS.  Topics can include, but are not limited to, user studies and user behavior, electronic services, service effectiveness, organizational structure and personnel, library value determination, collection and/or access assessment, development and use of repositories, archiving, preservation, and overall evaluation of library and information services.   Both completed research and research in progress will be considered.  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.


The Committee will use a blind review process to select a maximum of nine projects, three for each of the three forums.  The selected researchers will be required to present their papers in person at the forums and to register for the Annual Meeting (LRRT cannot pay for any expenses).  Criteria for selection are:


  1. Significance of the study to library and information science research;
  2. Quality and creativity of the methodology;
  3. Potential to fill a research gap or to build on previous LIS studies;
  4. Adherence to submission requirements (see below).


Please submit a two-page proposal by Tuesday, December 20, 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 or less abstract.  The abstract must include a problem statement, problem significance, project objectives, methodology, and conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress), and an indication of whether the research is in-progress or completed. Previously published research or research accepted for publication by December 20, 2011, will not be considered.


Notification of acceptance will be made by Friday, February 24, 2010. Please email submissions (with an indication of which of the three forums for which the abstract should be considered) to:


John M. Budd

School of Information Science & Learning Technologies

University of Missouri

303 Townsend Hall

Columbia, MO 65211


(Phone): 573-882-3258

(Fax): 573-884-4944


Women’s Perspectives #7: Women and Communication

Women’s Perspectives #7: Women and Communication will feature original writings by adult literacy/basic education students.Writings are accepted from ALL adult literacy learners. Student writers are encouraged to think and share your ideas on this theme.
  • What does it mean to communicate?
  • How do we communicate?
  • What is technology?
  • How does technology affect our communication?
  • Do you have access to various types of technology? What supports do you need? How do you learn how to use them? How do you actually use them? (e.g., How I first started using Facebook.)
  • How does technology help you to communicate in a way you feel satisfied? What limitations do you think there are or have you experienced with it? What is the downside of using technology to communicate?
  • How does technology affect our family structures and communications with extended family?
  • Does faster technology make for better communication?
  • How do we communicate through storytelling?
  • How do we tell or communicate our family stories?
  • How does writing our memoirs communicate our life stories to others? What memoirs have meant the most to you?
  • What are some challenges to communication, and how do you overcome them?

For more information go to:


Journal of the Motherhood Initiative reviewers

The Journal of the Motherhood Initiative is seeking board members for our 3.1 issue (Spring 2012) on Mothers and the Economy and the Economics of Mothering. The board will meet (for approximately 3-4 hours) in early February in Toronto, Canada to review the submissions. (articles will be mailed to board members early December). To be a member of this board you MUST be able to attend the board meeting in Toronto. JMI is not able to fund travel but we would be happy to send a letter of invitation so board members may secure funds from the university. To sit on this board you must be a 2012 member of MIRCI and your 2012 membership must be received by December 1, 2011. Full details on our site We are seeking two faculty members and one graduate student. If you are interested in sitting on this board please email a short bio to me at by November 1, 2011 

2012 Midwinter LLAMA/NMRT New Leaders Discussion Group

Call for Discussion Starters

LLAMA/NMRT New Leaders Discussion Group invites the submission of proposals for “Discussion Starters” at its meeting at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Conference in Dallas, TX. A Discussion Starter is a short and informal presentation that aims to provide a starting point for lively conversations.

We look for enthusiastic Discussion Starters to share their experience (it could either be a positive experience or a lesson learned), helpful tips, and advice on the topics. A panel discussion format will be used for this part of the program. Each Discussion Starter will have 8 minutes to present their topic. We will then break into small groups (joined by Discussion Starters) for in-depth discussions of the topics and ideas raised. Dual-facilitators (one LLAMA member and one NMRT member) will facilitate discussions at each table.

At this year’s Midwinter conference, we are interested in topics focusing on “how professional organization involvement and/or leadership can enhance one’s day-today job”. We seek proposals for discussion starters that address this topic from a variety of angles, including (but not limited to):

  • how to get your organization to recognize that your involvement is worth the membership fees/time spent attending local or national conferences;
  • how librarians might translate experience on a committee to become a more innovative & effective employee;
  • what transferable skills can be gained in professional organization involvement, and  specific ways to apply them to the workplace;
  • how to make the most of your professional involvement;
  • how to get the most out of the conference;

Proposals are due by Nov 20, 2011. Notification of acceptance will be made by Dec 20. Please include the following information in your proposal:
1. Your name, title, institutional affiliation (or LIS program), mailing address, phone number, and email address.
2. The title and a 150 word (max) description of your discussion starter. The description should clearly identify the topic, your personal experience with this topic, and how it will generate interesting discussions among new and experienced librarians.

Keep in mind that there will be no use of technology for these presentations as they are meant to be informal in nature. Any information (notes, further reading, etc.) discussion starters would like to share can be posted to our ALA Connect community,

The LLAMA/NMRT New Leaders Discussion Group is scheduled to meet on Sunday, January 22, from 10:30am-12pm.

Please submit proposal by email to Linda Crook (LLAMA/NMRT NLDG convener) at by Nov 20, 2011.

Special Issue of JISE: Discovering knowledge through highly interactive information based systems


Aims & scope


In the current digital information age, a critical issue is how we process the knowledge behind the huge amount of information that appears every day through every aspect of life (news, social media, TV, radio, email, blogs, papers and so on). Everywhere you look, the quantity of information in the world is soaring, at the beginning of 21st century there was the estimation that the world produced one to two exabytes (billion gigabytes) of unique information every year (Lyman and Varian, 2000), The Economist estimates that mankind created 150 exabytes of data in 2005 and 1,200 exabytes in 2010. That means lots of data in form of text, numbers, images, sounds, etc. that are deemed important by humans for different purposes.


The problem is the capacity to process, understand and take advantage from this information overload. Visualization techniques have the ability to convey information at the high bandwidth of the human perceptual system, facilitating recognition of patterns in the information space and supporting navigation in large collections (Thomas et al., 2001). However, the challenge is not only knowledge representation in information system but highly interactive environments that offer a deep data interaction that allows non trivial knowledge discovering and decision making by users.

The combination of visualization techniques, visual analytics techniques, data mining techniques, intelligent recommendation agents, user centered evaluation and usability patterns, etc. in interactive systems is a key issue for knowledge discovering in current and future information systems. 




Areas for inclusion in this special issue comprise those related to knowledge discovering and visual analytics in interactive information systems. Every submission must spell out the implications of findings in the paper for highly human-computer interactive information systems. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: 

                     Interactive knowledge discovering

                     Knowledge discovering in visual collaborative systems

                     Visual representations and interaction techniques

                     Analytical reasoning

                     Data representations and transformations

                     Visual analytics information systems experiences

                     Visualization in user centered system 




Guest editors disseminate the call for paper in scientific distribution lists and communities and specific related forums. Also the information about this special issue will be available in the GRIAL research site.

Instructions for Authors

Potential authors should submit full papers by the Submission Deadline. Manuscript should be submitted to fgarcia [at] Manuscripts should not exceed 18 double-spaced pages. Papers should be prepared according to the JISE guidelines for authors. A template of submitted paper can be found at All papers will be blind reviewed.

 Important dates


                     Submission Deadline: January 31, 2012

                     Acceptance Notification: March 30, 2012

                     Final Manuscript Due: April 30, 2012

                     Publication Date: Publication Date: Vol. 28, No. 4, July 2012 (tentatively)


More information:

Contact person: fgarcia [at]




Efficiency and Scalability Methods for Computational Intellect


Proposal Submission Last Deadline: January 15, 2012


Efficiency and Scalability Methods for Computational Intellect

A book edited by Dr. Boris Igelnik, BMI Research, Inc., USA and Prof. Jacek Zurada,  University of Louisville, USA

To be published by IGI Global:



The methods of computational modeling and simulation of intellect have been developing in various fields, such as digital signal processing, image processing, robotics, systems biology, medical and pharmaceuticals applications, defense, national security, space research, financial applications, business and management applications, etc. The topic is of great importance for information and management science and technology, both currently and in future. The proposed book will present a number of diverse methods and approaches to the problem of modeling and simulation of intellect, currently existing in the different areas; their perspectives; and will target computational efficiency and scalability of these methods.


The Overall Objective of the Book

This book is devoted to providing the current state-of-the-art and future perspectives of the theories and the applications of the computational modeling and simulation of intellect across a wide range of applications. The main themes of the publication are computational efficiency and scalability of the suggested methods. Researchers, instructors, designers of information and management systems, users of these systems, and graduate students will easily acquire the fundamental knowledge needed to be at the forefront of the research and to use it in the applications.


The Target Audience

The book is intended for research workers, instructors, designers of the information and management systems, users of these systems, and graduate students in related fields, who want a gentle but rigorous introduction to the computational modeling and simulation of intellect.


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


Digital Signal Processing.

Image Processing.


Adaptive Control.

Systems Biology.

Pattern Recognition.

Neural Networks and Associative Memories.

Fuzzy, Neuro-Fuzzy, and Hybrid Learning Systems.

Learning Systems Over Structured Data.

Bayesian Methods.

Statistical Methods.

Support Vector Machines (SVM).


Intelligent Computational Methods Based on the Kolmogorov’s Superposition Theorem

Particle Filtering.

Efficient Search Methods.

Computational Neuroscience.

Computational Cognitive Networks.

Knowledge Engineering.

Human-Computer Interaction.

Cognitive Informatics and Natural Intelligence.

Socio-Technical Analysis and Social Networks.


Data Mining.

Autonomous Intelligent Systems.

Agent and Multi-agent Systems.

Information Technologies.


Molecular Computing.

Quantum Computing.

Cognitive Computing

Cloud Computing.

Intelligent Sensors.

Environmental Applications.

Medical and Pharmaceutical Applications.

Financial Applications.

Business Applications.

Space Applications.

Defense Applications.

Homeland Security Applications.




Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before November 15, 2011, a 1-2 pages manuscript proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by November 22, 2011 about the status of their proposals and the chapter organizational guidelines will be sent to them. The last proposal submission deadline is January 15, 2012 with the notification about the status of the proposals by January 22, 2012. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by April 27, 2012. Please note that only MS-Word is acceptable for the full chapter manuscript, and Latex is not acceptable. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.



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 2013.


Important Dates


Last Proposal submission deadline:        January 15, 2012

Full chapter submission deadline:           April 27, 2012

Review Results to Authors:                     July 27, 2012

Revised Chapter Submission:                  August 30, 2012

Final Acceptance Notification:                September 30, 2012

Submission of Final Chapters:                October 15, 2012


Final Deadline:                                      November 30, 2012


NOTE: The authors may choose any computational intelligent application and stress efficiency and scalability issues, where it is relevant, in applied methods either experimentally, or theoretically, or in both ways.                                                                                                                                   



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

Dr. Boris Igelnik

BMI Research, Inc

4761 Hillary Lane

Richmond Heights, OH 44143






Prof. Jacek Zurada

Computational Intelligence Lab

Electrical and Computer Engineering

405 Lutz Hall

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY 40292



2012 Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference

I want to take this opportunity to remind you all that SWCA is currently accepting proposals for the 2012 Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference, to be hosted by EKU’s Noel Studio for Academic Creativity (an integrative, collaborative support service for research, writing, and communication located within EKU’s Crabbe (Main) Library – learn more here: on February 16-18, 2012.


Collaborations between EKU Libraries, the English & Theatre Department, and the Communications Department have proven vital to not only the Noel Studio’s development, but also to our continued success; in light of the innovative and integrative collaborations we are experiencing on EKU’s campus, we invite librarians and library staff to submit proposals about collaborations with English faculty, writing centers, Writing Across the Curriculum-style programs, and similar ventures. The official call for proposals follows:



Call for Proposals: 2012 Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference

February 16-18

Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, KY

Next-Gen WC:  Composing Spaces, Exploring Ideas

The conference theme, “Next-Gen WC: Composing Spaces, Exploring Ideas,” encourages us, as individuals and as a field, to think generatively about writing center spaces and the compositions that create and shape them. Let’s reconsider familiar conversations–staffing, budget, and perception–while composing next-generation spaces and exploring new ideas in writing center theory and practice. In true writing center fashion, we encourage a variety of submissions with broad interpretations of the theme. We embrace many pressing questions in our conversations, including . . . 

  • What will composing look like in next-gen writing centers?
  • Should the next-gen writing center expand modes and media of expression?
  • How might writing centers integrate their work with the larger campus communities they serve?
  • How might we create spaces for our work on campus, regionally, and nationally?
  • How does play inform (or not) the next-gen writing center?
  • How are writing center spaces composed and how do they, in turn, compose us?
  • What does the next-gen writing center relationship between community colleges, colleges and universities, and local schools (K-12) look like?
  • What are the rewards and challenges of creating more and deeper cross-institutional relationships?
  • What will tutoring look like in next-gen writing centers?

Consider, for a moment, shifting perspectives by remixing current practices or envisioning provisional ones. Conference participants may consider a variety of threads, especially ones that integrate two, three, or more of these nodes:

  • Collaboration
  • Creative/Critical thinking
  • Mediation/Remediation
  • RW/Remix
  • Digital and Visual Literacies/Practices
  • Culture/Pop-culture
  • Art/Montage
  • Text/Technology
  • Research/Information Literacy


Moreover, how do we . . .

  • Expand
  • Express
  • Explore
  • Evaluate
  • Invent
  • Integrate
  • Communicate
  • Create
  • Play
  • Problem solve


. . . through/with/in writing center work?

Types of Submissions

We encourage you to think creatively about the way you arrange your sessions. Your session is an opportunity to contribute to, and build upon, writing center scholarship. Moreover, we hope you use this conference opportunity to create, invent, and pilot new or provisional ideas. We encourage a variety of modes and media, including hands-on sessions that recognize multiple learning styles and collaboration as key components. Proposals for individual sessions, panels, posters, and multimedia installations are welcome!

  • 15-20 minute individual presentation: Individual presentation or conference paper. You will be placed on the program with other presenters with similar interests.
  • 45-minute panel/roundtable (3-4 presenters): Panel sessions that involve multiple presenters.
  • 90-minute workshop (hands-on learning, interactive): Interactive sessions that encourage participant involvement. Consider including manipulatives, games, etc. to encourage interaction.
  • Poster: A static display that will be showcased in the Noel Studio’s Greenhouse or Invention Space. Poster presenters are encouraged to think about ways to involve participants during the allotted poster-presentation session.
  • Multimedia Installation: A moving or static electronic display that can be showcased on its own, as in a moving slideshow, or as suggested by the presenter. Automatic PowerPoint displays, Prezis, Second Life sites, social media, videos, or other technologically sophisticated displays are encouraged. Feel free to be creative with your installations! They will be showcased on the Noel Studio’s monitor wall and breakout spaces.

We welcome submissions from the SWCA region, across the country, and around the world. Submit proposals online at

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

We encourage suggestions for SIGs that you would like to facilitate as part of the conference. SIGs are typically informal conversations with your writing center colleagues and peers. If you’re interested in facilitating a SIG at this year’s conference, email with your idea and a brief description and overview of how participants will be involved. Think creatively about your SIGs! Consider including manipulatives. Encourage innovative conversations and activities. SIGs will last one hour. 

Pitch Your Project

Test out that elevator speech! Do you have a research topic, dissertation or thesis concept, consulting strategy, theory that needs testing, or any other idea that you’d like feedback on? Consider “pitching your project.” We’ll have a panel of friendly respondents at this session to give you feedback and help you build momentum. The pitch should be short–one to three minutes–so that most of the time is spent on conversation and idea generation. These sessions are intended to be informal, so just bring your project idea if you’d like to participate.

Questions or Ideas?

Contact Russell Carpenter at, 859-622-7403, the SWCA Facebook site at, or Twitter @noelstudio. Also, visit the SWCA website at for more information.

Deadline for submissions: October 21, 2011.