Monthly Archives: November 2011

Drupal Fail Panel

Did you suck at Drupal? Have you been responsible for a Drupal-related disaster? Or perhaps you’ve created a mess of another CMS? You are not alone!

Consider serving on the Drupal Fail Panel at the LITA Drupal Interest Group Meeting at ALA Midwinter in Dallas. The meeting takes place on Saturday, January 21st, from 1:30-3:30 in room A310 of the Dallas Convention Center. 

Drupal FAIL might include:

*Installation FAIL
*Migration FAIL
*Permissions FAIL
*Upgrade FAIL
*Taxonomy FAIL
*Module FAIL
*Theme FAIL
*Roll-out FAIL
*Marketing FAIL

Tell us what went wrong and, if and how you recovered, and what the long-term ramifications of the FAIL were. Comedy welcome!

We can then share a group hug and learn from each other’s mistakes in a Q & A session.

Send a short proposal or any questions you may have to the LITA Drupal IG chairs Nina McHale ( or Christopher Evjy ( Please send proposals by Friday, December 16th.

LITA Mobile Computing IG meeting

Call for ‘Virtual’ Participation: LITA Mobile Computing IG meeting
for ALA Midwinter 2012
Online, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 at noon EST

The LITA Mobile Computing IG seeks 4-5 short presentations (10-15
minutes) on mobile computing for the upcoming 2012 ALA Midwinter.

The meeting will be held online. So no physical attendance for the ALA
Midwinter is required for the presentation and/or attendance for this

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

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

Bohyun Kim

Beta Phi Mu/LRRT Research Paper Award for 2012

Call for Papers

This award is being jointly presented by The Beta Phi Mu International
Honor Society
( and the American Library Association’s
Library Research Round Table (  to recognize
excellent research into problems related to the profession of
librarianship.   Any ALA member is eligible  for this $500 award, and all
methodologies and research topics/questions are eligible for
consideration.   The criteria to be followed for the selection of an award
winner are:

•        Importance of the research question or problem
•        Adequacy of the review of relevant literature
•        Appropriateness of the methodology used
•        Effectiveness of the application of the methodology
•        Addition of the findings to the knowledge and/or praxis in the field of
•        Articulation of the conclusions emanating from the study
•        Clarity and completeness

The page limit for submissions will be thirty (30) double-spaced pages
plus bibliography.  Only complete papers will be considered and
submissions should be made electronically to the contact person below.
The submissions must not have been published prior to March 1, 2012 and
should follow APA style.   Individuals may submit only one paper.  Jointly
authored papers are acceptable, but all authors must be ALA members, and
will split the award of $500.

The deadline for submission is March 1, 2012.  All submissions that meet
the deadline and the criteria (including length of paper) will be
considered.  The papers will undergo a blind-review process by a joint
BPM/LRRT award committee and the winner will be notified by May 1, 2012.
Please include a title page with title of paper and author contact
information including name, institutional affiliation, mailing address and
email address.

The award will be presented during one of LRRT’s research programs at the
ALA Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA, June 21-25, 2012.

Email Submissions as Word documents only to:

Marie L. Radford, PhD, BPM President and Award Chair
Associate Professor,
School of Communication and Information
Rutgers University

Conference on Privacy and the Challenge of Technology

The Information Ethics Roundtable
Conference on Privacy and the Challenge of Technology

Hunter College
New York, New York
April 27, 2012

Keynote Speaker: Helen Nissenbaum, (Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU), author of Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life (Stanford Law, 2010)

Invited speaker: James Stacey Taylor (Philosophy, Religion, and Classical Studies, College of New Jersey), author of Stakes and Kidneys: Why Markets in Human Body Parts are a Moral Imperative (Ashgate, 2005).

In one sense information technology has been a boon for privacy. For instance, ATMs and online banking mean that we seldom have to present ourselves to a teller. Online shopping offers similar benefits. However, technology can also pose a serious threat to privacy, since so much of what we now do leaves an enduring digital record. This information can then be recombined to create detailed personal profiles that could not have emerged in pre-digital days. Moreover, this information can be distributed far, wide, and immediately without our consent or even knowledge.

Information ethics studies the value questions that arise from the creation, control, and access to information. The Information Ethics Roundtable is a yearly conference that brings together philosophers, information scientists, librarians, and social scientists to discuss ethical issues such as intellectual property, intellectual freedom, and censorship. This year’s conference will address conceptual, empirical, and ethical issues related to privacy and the connection between privacy and information technology. Questions addressed will include:

  • Is privacy valuable?
  • To what extent does privacy benefit from technology?
  • To what extent is privacy threatened by technology?
  • When is the sharing of others’ personal information appropriate or inappropriate?
  • To what extent is privacy law keeping up with changes in technology?
  • Should people generally enjoy a high degree of anonymity when in public?
  • Does privacy have a future?

Submit an abstract of up to 500 words on any of the above or closely related topics.  E-mail submissions to  Include your full name, institutional affiliation, and e-mail address.  Address any queries about the conference to Tony Doyle at the address given above.


Submission Deadline: January 2, 2012

Acceptance Notification: January 31, 2012


Workshop on Information Technology (WIT 2012)

We cordially invite you to submit a paper to the Workshop on Information Technology (WIT 2012), a part of the 9th FSKD conference to be jointly held from 29-31 May 2012, in Chongqing, China. Topics of WIT 2012 include (but are not limited to): Communications and Networking, Automation and Control, Software Engineering, Information Security, etc.. The submission deadline is 9 January 2012.


Renowned as the Mountain City, Chongqing is a magnet for visitors from home and abroad for its cultural heritage and numerous attractions. There are many karst caves, hot springs, and gorges in the area. Major tourist spots in and near Chongqing include Dazu Grottoes (rock carvings began in the Tang Dynasty 650 A.D.), Three Gorges, Jinyun Mountain Natural Reserve, Hongya Cave, Shibaozhai, Wulong Karst, etc..


All papers in the conference proceedings will be indexed by both EI Compendex and ISTP as with the past FSKD conferences. Extended versions of selected best papers will appear in an FSKD special issue of Computers & Mathematics with Applications, an SCI-indexed journal. The conference is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. The registration fee of US-D430 includes proceedings, lunches, dinners, banquet, coffee breaks, and all technical sessions.


Please submit your paper online at (During your electronic submission, select “FSKD’12” for Conference and “Information Technology for Knowledge Discovery” for Category).


Join us at this major event in beautiful Chongqing !!!


Organizing Committee

Chasing Rainbows: Exploring Gender Fluid Parenting Practices

Demeter Press is seeking submissions for the edited collection
Chasing Rainbows:  Exploring Gender Fluid Parenting Practices
Editors: Fiona Green, May Friedman

Deadline for Abstracts:         March 15, 2012
Deadline for acceptances:       May 15, 2012
Deadline for completed papers:  February 15, 2013
Publication Date:               Early 2014

Feminist parenting creates unique challenges.  Mothers may struggle with
shifts in their own subjectivity and the peculiar conjoinment of parenthood.
As women experience the unique powerlessness of motherhood, they also hold
the uncomfortable power of acting as agents of socialization and social
control over their children.  Fathers may feel the desire for feminist
parenting while experiencing a backlash and a lack of support, while some
parents may attempt to resist the binaries of mothering and fathering in
their feminist parenting journey.

Feminist parents may attempt to resist gender binaries; they may submit to
them while attempting to foster critical dialogue; they may struggle with
the display of their own femininity and masculinity or, for some, its
perceived lack. For some parents a dialogue about gender normativity may be
inspired by gender-diverse behavior on the part of their own children, while
others may parent children who happily submit to the mainstream and query
the need for gender questioning. Chasing Rainbows:  Exploring Gender Fluid
Parenting Practices attempts to cast a lens on the messy and convoluted ways
that feminist parents approach parenting their children in gender aware and
gender fluid ways.  The collection aims to draw together scholars, activists
and community members to open a conversation about the challenges of
exploring and maintaining an awareness of gender while parenting in a highly
gender normative world.

Because gender is expressed and performed differently in various places and
spaces, and across different ages, this collection welcomes submissions from
feminist parents and from the widest range of experiences.
Possible approaches may include (but are not limited to):
●   Cross-cultural, historical, transnational, comparative and
interdisciplinary modes of inquiry and analysis
●   Gender fluid parenting within and beyond cisgendered mother and father
parenting roles
●   The challenges and gifts of affective/psychic/embodied transformations
of gender fluid parenting
●   Media representations and spectacles of gender fluid/diverse/variant
●   Alternative visual and artistic depictions of gender variant
socialization in/of family life
●   Racialization of gender variant parenting/family discourses
●   Gender diverse self-help parenting texts
●   Community based gender variant/diverse/fluid family activism and organizing
●   Commodification of gender fluid and gender variant families
●   Practical and theoretical ways of complicating and shaping fluid gender
●   Broad social and historical forces that impact what can be done and said
in the name of gender diverse families

Please send a 250 word abstract and a 50 word bio noting citizenship to
Fiona Green ( University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave.,
Winnipeg, MB. R3B 2E9 AND May Friedman ( Ryerson
University, 350 Victoria St. Toronto, ON M5B 2K3.
Deadline for abstracts is March 15, 2012.

Deadline for acceptances is May 15, 2012. Accepted papers not exceeding 15
pages (3750 words) will be due February, 15, 2013 and should be formatted
according to MLA guidelines. The book is to have 50% Canadian content, so
Canadian contributors are especially encouraged to submit. Publication date
early 2014.

Carroll Preston Baber research grant call for proposals

Do you have a project that is just waiting for the right funding?  Are you thinking about ways that libraries can improve services to users?

The American Library Association (ALA) gives an annual grant for those conducting research that will lead to the improvement of services to users.  The Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct innovative research that could lead to an improvement in services to any specified group of people.

The grant, up to $3,000, will be given to a proposed project that aims to answer a question of vital importance to the library community that is national in scope. Among the review panel criteria are:

1) The research problem is clearly defined, with a specific question or questions that can be answered by collecting data.
2) The applicant(s) clearly describe a strategy for data collection whose methods are appropriate to the research question(s). A review of the literature, methodologies, etc. is not considered research (e.g., methodology review rather than application of a methodology) for purposes of the award, except where the literature review is the primary method of collecting data.
3) The research question focuses on benefits to library users and should be applied and have practical value as opposed to theoretical.
4) The applicant(s) demonstrate ability to undertake and successfully complete the project.
5) The application provides evidence that sufficient time and resources have been allocated to the effort. Appropriate institutional commitment to the project has been secured. 

Any ALA member may apply, and the Jury would welcome projects that involve both a practicing librarian and a researcher. Deadline is December 12, 2011.

Check out this web site to find procedures and an application form:

Questions?   Contact Randy Call,

J. Randolph Call
Assistant Director for Technical Services
Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
FAX: 313-832-0877

Queers Online: LGBT Digital Practices in Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Call for Chapter Proposals

(An Edited Collection to be published as part of the Series on Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies)
Litwin Books and Library Juice Press

Rachel Wexelbaum, Editor

Emily Drabinski, Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies Series Editor

Contact Information:
Editor: Rachel Wexelbaum, Collection Management Librarian, Saint Cloud State University:

Book Abstract
In the 21st century, there are more LGBT information resources than ever before. The challenges that arise both from the explosion of born-digital materials and the transformation of materials from physical to electronic formats has implications for access to these resources for future generations. Along with preservation concerns, making these numerous digital LGBT resources available to users becomes more difficult when they swim in an ocean of websites, EBooks, digitized objects, and other digital resources. Librarians, archivists, and museum curators must engage in a range of new digital practices to preserve and promote these numerous LGBT resources.

A “digital practice” in libraries, archives, and museums includes, but is not limited to, the digitization of physical objects; the creation of online resources and services that improve access to these objects; the use of online catalogs, databases, and metadata to categorize such objects; and the online social media and Web 2.0 tools used to connect users to these resources. Information professionals engaged in digital practices must also understand the information needs, online searching behaviors, and online communication styles of their patrons in order to make them aware of the digital resources that may be of use to them.

This is the first book to specifically address the digital practices of LGBT librarians, archivists, and museum curators, as well as the digital practices of seekers and users of LGBT resources and services. More broadly, this collection aims to address these issues in the context of the technical, social, economic, legal, and political challenges of creating LGBT-specific digital collections, electronic resources and services.

Submission procedure

Please submit abstracts and chapter proposals of up to 500 words and a short author’s statement to rswexelbaum [at] by April 1, 2012. Chapter authors will receive notification of acceptance by June 1, 2012. Final manuscripts of between 3000 and 5000 words will be due September 1, 2012. Final edited chapter manuscripts will be due to Library Juice Press January 1, 2013.

For more information please visit the online CFP at the Library Juice Website:

World Congress on Internet Security (WorldCIS-2012)





World Congress on Internet Security (WorldCIS-2012)

Technically Co-Sponsored by IEEE UK/RI Computer Chapter and IEEE K/W Section

June 10-12, 2012

Venue: University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada



The World Congress on Internet Security (WorldCIS-2012)

is Technically Co-Sponsored by IEEE UK/RI Computer Chapter

and IEEE K/W Section. The WorldCIS-2012 is an international

forum dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practical

implementation of security on the Internet and Computer Networks.

The inability to properly secure the Internet, computer networks,

protecting the Internet against emerging threats and vulnerabilities,

and sustaining privacy and trust has been a key focus of research.

The WorldCIS aims to provide a highly professional and comparative

academic research forum that promotes collaborative excellence between

academia and industry.


On the ubiquitous networking environments, information is

explosively used for various kinds of purposes. From a

service perspective, a number of context or ambient aware

services are envisaged for “ubiquitous networking” but based

on the context security remains an issue.


The objectives of the WorldCIS are to bridge the knowledge

gap between academia and industry, promote research esteem

and and to fostering discussions on information technologies,

information systems and globa security applications.

The WorldCIS-2011 invites speakers and researchers to submit

papers that encompass conceptual analysis, design implementation

and performance evaluation.


Original papers are invited on recent advances in Internet,

Computer Communications and Networking Security.


The topics in WorldCIS-2012 include but are not confined

to the following areas:


*Internet Security

*Security, trust and privacy

*Self-organizing networks

*Sensor nets and embedded systems

*Service overlays

*Switches and switching

*Topology characterization and inference

*Traffic measurement and analysis

*Traffic engineering and control

*Trust and Data Security

*Virtual and overlay networks

*Web services and performance

*Wireless mesh networks and protocols

*Ad hoc mobile networks Security

*Addressing and location management

*Broadband access technologies

*Blended Internet Security Methods


*Boundary Issues of Internet Security

*Capacity planning

*Cellular and broadband wireless nets

*Congestion control

*Content distribution


*Cross layer design and optimization

*Cyber-physical computing/networking

*Geographic information systems

*Privacy Protection and Forensic in Ubi-com

*Quality of Service Issues


*Secured Database Systems

*Security in Data Mining

*Security and Access Control

*Semantic Web and Ontology

*Data management for U-commerce

*Software Architectures

*Defence Systems

*Delay/disruption tolerant networks

*End Users

*Enabling technologies for the Internet

*Implementation and experimental testbeds

*Future Internet Design and Applications

*Middleware support for networking

*Mobility models and systems

*Multicast and anycast

*Multimedia protocols and networking

*Network applications and services

*Network architectures Network control

*Network management

*Network simulation and emulation

*Novel network architectures

*Network and Protocol Architectures

*Peer-to-peer communications

*Performance evaluation

*Power control and management

*Pricing and billing

*Protocols and Standards

*Resource allocation and management


*Optical networks

*Routing protocols

*Scheduling and buffer management

*Virtual Reality





Full Paper Submission Date: January 20, 2012

Extended Abstract (Work in Progress) Submission Date: December 15, 2011

Proposal for Workshops and Tutorials: November 15, 2011

Notification of Workshop and Tutorial Acceptance: November 30, 2011

Proposal for Industrial Presentation: November 5, 2011

Notification of Extended Abstract Acceptance/Rejection: January 15, 2012

Notification of Industrial Presentation Acceptance: November 15, 2011

Notification of Paper Acceptance/Rejection: February 15, 2012

Camera Ready Extended Abstract Due: February 10, 2012

Camera Ready Paper Due: March 10, 2012

Early Registration Deadline: January 01 to April 20, 2012

Late Registration Deadline (Authors only): April 21, 2012 to May 31, 2012

Late Registration Deadline (Participants only): March 01, 2011 to May 31, 2012, 2012

Conference Dates: June 10-12, 2012


For further details, please visit conference website



2012 Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Research Grant

The December 1 deadline is approaching for the 2012 Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Research Grant.  This grant of $1000 provides seed money for small-scale projects that will encourage research that responds to the YALSA Research Agenda, available at

Details regarding the applications for the 2012 Frances Henne YALSA/VOYA Research Grant are available from the YALSA website at .

Applications for the grant are due in the YALSA Office by December 1, 2011.  For more information, please contact email, or call 800-545-2433 x 4387.  Feel free to share this information with colleagues, students, and organization members.  Thank you.