Monthly Archives: January 2012

Future and Emerging Access Services Trends

Are you attending ALA Annual in Anaheim this year?

Are you trying new and innovative things in your library, particularly in the area of access services?

Would you like to share your experiences in a short 7 – 8 minute presentation?

Last year, an audience of 85 experienced the first of its kind FEAST (Future and Emerging Access Services Trends). We had so much fun, we’re doing it again AND we want you to join us! FEAST 2012 is scheduled from 4:00pm  – 5:30pm on Sunday, June 24, 2012. If you are planning to attend, and would be interested in briefly sharing an exciting new project from your library, drop me a reply! Here’s the official ALA program description:

Why choose between presentations when you can come to one FEAST? Future & Emerging Access Services Trends (FEAST) gives you multiple speakers and topics in one 90 minute session. Hear practitioners and experts discuss what’s new or just around the corner in circulation, shelving, reserves, interlibrary loan, offsite storage and more in short seven minute courses. Fresh and timely. Never frozen. There’s always plenty to choose from at the FEAST!

We’re looking for anyone eager to share new innovations, or even those brave enough to speculate on what might likely be around the bend for access services. Interested? Let me know!

Paul A. Sharpe
Head of Access Services
UMSL Libraries
311 Thomas Jefferson Library
St. Louis, MO 63121-4400

Let the data talk: Communicating assessment results to stakeholders

LLAMA MAES is soliciting proposals for presenters to participate in the ALA Annual program, “Let the data talk: Communicating assessment results to stakeholders.”  

Mark H. Hansen, Professor of Statistics, UCLA, ( will provide an overview and discuss the importance and impact of data visualization to communicate a compelling message.

Following his keynote, presenters will discuss how they have effectively used data visualization to tell the library’s story to various stakeholders. Presentations should be 8-10 minutes.

Please address the following questions in a proposal narrative of no longer than 250 words.
  • Who was your audience?
  • Why did you choose the specific data visualization tool?
  • How was the data visualization implemented?
  • What were the results and how were they evaluated?
  • Would you recommend this tool to other libraries?
Presentations will be judged on how well they demonstrate visualizations and how they can be used effectively across various institutions. Please provide examples of the visualization or links to your visualization project in the proposal.

Deadline for proposals is March 15, 2012. Proposals should be submitted electronically to Marianne Ryan, Associate University Librarian for Public Services, Northwestern University, at

special issue of Woolf Studies Annual on Virginia Woolf and Jews/Jewishness

The 2013 volume of Woolf Studies Annual will be devoted to the topic of Jews
and/or Jewishness in Woolf’s writing.  We are less interested in the
question of whether or not Woolf herself was or was not antisemitic (except
insofar as this can be articulated in readings of her texts) than in how the
figure of the Jew operates within her work.

The special issue is not limited to work on Virginia Woolf herself, but also
will welcome contributions on Leonard Woolf, and on the Bloomsbury milieu.
In addition to full-length articles, we also envisage a forum of short
commentary, and an annotated bibliography.


We invite brief commentary of up to 750 words on a relevant short passage
from Woolf’s writing: for example, from the “Present Day” chapter of The
Years; “The Duchess and the Jeweller”; “Street Haunting”; Three Guineas;
Between the Acts, and elsewhere-there is no limitation on what you might

Additionally, we welcome brief statements in response to the following broad

 .         How do Woolf’s representations of Jews compare with those of other
modernist writers?

.         How have treatments of Woolf’s antisemitism/prejudice figured
within Woolf scholarship?

.         In treating this topic within Woolf’s work, what are the salient

.         What is the relation between her fiction and the extensive
biographical record of Woolf’s comments/ruminations about Jews and
Jewishness available in her letters, diaries, and memoirs?

A number of such brief commentaries and statements would then be shared for
response, and the opportunity for dialogue enabled, with the resulting texts
published as a forum on the topic.

 Annotated Bibliography

Recommendations for previously published scholarship and sources on the
topic are also welcome and will be included as an annotated bibliography in
the special issue.


Forum commentaries/statements:  June 30 2012

Full-length articles (8,000-10,000 words):  August 30 2012-N.B. WSA
submission guidelines apply (see

Annotated Bibliography recommendations: November 15 2012

(General articles on any topic may continue to be submitted for

please direct all correspondence, inquiries, submissions to



Advances in Librarianship theme issue on Mergers, Alliances, Collaborations, and Partnerships

Dear Colleagues, (from Anne Woodsworth)

Dave Penniman and I, co-editors of Advances in Librarianship, and would like to receive chapter proposals for volume 36, to be published in 2013 on the theme of Mergers, Alliances, Collaborations, and Partnerships.


While corporate mergers make headlines, similar efforts in library and information 

science are less vociferously touted. They are occurring, however, amongst libraries, degree programs, and enterprises such as networks and consortia. Public libraries partner with community groups in order to strengthen the political clout of both. They are occurring as governments mandate consolidation of operations amongst agencies under their purview in order to reduce or curtail expenditures. Academic libraries are partnering with other internal units such as writing centers and externally with agencies such as research laboratories. They are also collaborating with peer institutions to develop resources in developing collections instead of competing and duplicating materials in their collections. North America has experienced increasing numbers of public library and museum collaborations as well as public library and school media centers partnerships. Regional networks have consolidated operations and become larger entities. This volume of Advances in Librarianship seeks to provide a comprehensive review of the factors that lead to mergers and other alliances, the methods used to ensure effective and successful collaborations, and descriptions of the factors which contributed to less successful efforts at consolidation. Original research, case studies, literature reviews and conceptual papers are sought as chapters for this volume.


Topics of interest for proposed chapters can include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Structural and operational mergers such as technical services and collection management in two or more library and information science environments;

• The impact and benefits of expanding electronic tools such as social networks, and shared digital spaces such as Dropbox and Google Docs on blended or joint initiatives;

• Experiences in higher education with combining programs and other educational experiences for students and faculty across disciplines and spanning two or more institutions;

• The fiscal results of mergers and multi-institutional operations amongst groups of libraries of all kinds;

• Policy, work reallocation and structural changes within merging operations;

• Research about corporate experiences and the lessons or guidance they can provide for the not for profit sector;

• Changes in workflow and organizational structures and other behavioral issues arising in merged organizations;

• The lessons, successes and failures in creating teams across previously separate organizations;

• Human resource implications and impact on unions in settings that have joint or merged services and operations;

• Studies of the factors that stimulated formation of merged entities, alliances amongst diverse groups/entities.

Proposals can be in the form of an abstract or an outline.

Please submit chapter proposals to the Editors at or and or

Questions and comments should be submitted via e-mail to us.

The due dates are:

For chapter proposal outlines: April 1, 2012

For first drafts of chapters: September 1, 2012

For final drafts of chapters after receipt of editorial comments: December 1, 2012

14th CUR Conference

14th CUR Conference
June 23-26, 2012
Hosted by The College of New Jersey

Poster Submission Deadline Reminder: February 1, 2012

Leveraging Uncertainty:
Toward a New Generation of Undergraduate Research

In current crises of economic viability, urban decline, environmental degradation, and cultural meaning, we face deep and broad-based concerns, both for personal prospects and larger social contracts. We can be swept along by those changes, or we can use them as opportunities for positive transformation. We know that research must inform our responses to these new conditions. And we know that undergraduate research offers experiences and skills that our students can draw on for successful future study, meaningful work lives, and social engagement. This conference will ask us to consider new models of undergraduate research that create possibilities where others might see peril.

The subthemes for the 2012 CUR National Conference are as follows:

  • Research Transcending Historic Disciplinary Boundaries
  • Sustaining Undergraduate Research in an Era of Fiscal Uncertainty
  • Online Technology in Undergraduate Research: Possibilities, Threats and Challenges
  • The Challenges and Opportunities of Undergraduate Research in a Broad Global Context
  • Other non-theme proposals are also welcome

For more information, including the link to submit a proposal, please visit:

Book Reviewers for Catholic Library World (CLW)

I am seeking additional book reviewers for Catholic Library World (CLW). CLW reviews books and media, including children’s titles, young adult titles, and nonfiction for adults. We have very strong coverage of religious studies, theology, and spirituality titles, as well as library science, and selective coverage of other topics.

Book reviews in CLW are about 300 words long and serve the purpose of advising librarians about potential books and media to purchase.

Please email me ( with your qualifications, and areas of interest, if you would like to be considered as a reviewer for Catholic Library World.

Thank you,

Sigrid Kelsey

Electronic Reference Services and Web Development Coordinator

LSU Libraries, LSU

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

(225) 578-2720


Editor, Catholic Library World

The 9th IEEE International Conference on e-Business Engineering (ICEBE 2012)

*** Sponsored by ***
IEEE Computer Society (approval pending)
Alibaba Group Research Center, China

*** Important Dates ***
– Paper Submission Deadline May 11, 2012
– Notification of Acceptance June 18, 2012
– Final Manuscripts Due  July 1, 2012
– Author Registration  July 1, 2012
– Early Bird Registration August 9, 2012
– Conference Starts  September 9-11, 2012

*** Indexing ***
Extracted from Conference publications published by the IEEE Computer Society’s Conference Publishing Services (CPS) are

submitted for indexing through INSPEC�. Produced by the IET, you can learn more about INSPEC at All CPS conference publications are also

submitted for indexing to EI’s Engineering Information Index, Compendex�, (Elsevier, and ISI Thomson’s Scientific and Technical Proceedings�, ISTP�/ISI

Proceedings, and Current Contents on Diskette� (ISI Thomson

*** Call for Papers ***
+ Data and Knowledge Management for e-Business Track
  – Data and knowledge engineering for e-business
  – Workflow and business process tools and management for e-business
  – Semantic Web, Web 2.0, and business intelligence
  – Stream processing, complex event processing and continuous queries
  – e-business marketing, data mining, and relationship management
  – Machine learning, cybernetics, and agents for e-business services management
  – Knowledge management and e-learning
+ Software Engineering for e-Business Track
  – Design methods, tools and science for e-business
  – Models, platforms and applications for e-business
  – Components, services and solutions for e-business
+ Service Engineering Track
  – SOA business modeling and governance
  – SOA enterprise architecture, service bus and federated architecture
  – SOA business process management and orchestration
  – Grid services
+ Integration and Collaboration Track
  – Collaboration technologies and applications for e-business
  – Semantic integration for e-business (e.g. integration of e-business vocabularies, documents and processes)
  – E-business functions integration (e.g. integrating functions of e-marketing, e-trade, e-payment and e-logistics)
  – Engineering electronic marketplace and supply chain
  – Virtual marketplace engineering in virtual world
  – Social computing for electronic and virtual marketplaces
+ Industrial Experiences and Applications Track
  – First-of-a-kind pilot studies
  – Large-scale deployments
  – Emerging real-world challenges
+ Green Technologies for Business Track
  – Carbon footprint, accounting and trading
  – Energy efficient computing and enabling technologies
  – Green business, organization, technology and practices
  – Green ecosystems and sustainable development
  – Green logistics and supply chain management
  – Standards, regulations, and legal issues
+ Cloud Computing Track
  – Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, Application as a Service
  – Extreme scalability, high availability, elasticity, and reliability in a cloud
  – Multi-tenancy, security and privacy in clouds
  – Programming models and transaction models for the cloud
  – Cloud business support services and operational support services
+ Mobile Commerce Track
  – Mobile methods, applications and integrated solutions
  – Ubiquitous content access
  – Context awareness and smart environments
  – Resource discovery of mobile services
  – 3G technology and services for e-business
  – Social networks and social behavior modeling in mobile commerce
+ Security, Privacy and Open Source Track
  – Security, privacy and trust methods and solutions for enabling e-business
  – Open source technologies and components for e-business
  – Open source version management
  – Authentication in e-business
+ Business Analytics and Optimization Track
  – Decision support for e-business
  – Real-time analytics for e-business
  – Modeling and simulation of e-businesses
  – Applications of predictive modeling to e-business
  – E-business process optimization
+ Internet of Things (IoT) Track
  – Legal perspectives in IoT-based business service
  – IoS (Internet of Services) plus IoT
  – New business models and value map
  – Auto-organization on context, exchange or supply chain
  – Sensor systems and RFID applications

*** Organizing Committee ***
+ General Chairs
  – Deren Chen, Zhejiang University, China
  – Chunxiao Liang, Alibaba Group Research Center, China
  – Jen-Yao Chung, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, USA

+ General Vice Chair
  -Xiaolin Zheng, Zhejiang University, China

+ Program Chairs
  – Kuo-Ming Chao, Coventry University, UK
  – Hui Lei, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
  – Yinsheng Li, Fudan University, China

+ Program Vice Chair
  – Shuren Zhang, Alibaba Business College, China

2012 REACH Project Black Leadership Summit

Engaged Black Leadership in 2012: Activism, Organization and Empowerment

You are cordially invited to participate in the 2012 REACH Project Black Leadership Summit on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Temple University in the Howard Gittis Student Center. The Summit will explore current activities to improve the Black community, from service-learning and student activism to mentoring and family involvement.

After hosting summits in 2009 and 2010, REACH returns to fulfill its mission of facilitating collaborations between between Black student organizations and local community-based organizations in the Philadelphia region. At the 2010 Summit over 230 students, educators, entrepreneurs, and community leaders met to explore the condition of the Black community in Philadelphia and nationally. 


We are seeking proposals that address the conference theme, Engaged Black Leadership in 2012: Activism, Organization and Empowerment.  Proposed sessions should be informative and relevant, engaging and interactive, theoretically grounded and practice oriented.  Session themes can include, but are not limited to: activism, leadership models/development, family involvement, community service/service-learning, and mentoring. 

During the Summit, we would like to highlight students’ involvement in community service and service-learning projects.  REACH 2012 will feature a poster session to present the wide range of student-community engagement across the Delaware Valley area. 


The deadline for all proposals is Friday, January 27, 2012.  Proposal submission descriptions and process is located at the REACH website:

Colorado Academic Libraries Association (CoALA)

The Colorado Academic Libraries Association (CoALA) is hosting the Summit in
Denver at Regis University on Friday May 25, 2012. You will not want to miss
this information-packed one-day workshop in glorious spring-time Colorado. The
keynote will be given by Joe Murphy, author of the LibraryFuture blog.  

The 2012 Summit is about “Librarians On the Move” and CoALA seeks presenters.

In 60 minutes you will cover a best practice, service, program or key issue in
academic librarianship. Visit our webpage at for more information and to submit your
proposal online.

Is 60 minutes to long? Be one of the first speakers at our new feature – ALICE
Tales. ALICE stands for academic librarians innovate, create, and educate, and
the Tales will be dynamic 15 minute stories designed to start a conversation,
provoke thought, and inspire service. CoALA’s website has further information
about ALICE Tales proposals.

Both kinds of proposals are due FEBRUARY 29, 2012.
Contact Lyda Ellis at if you have questions about Summit
presentations, and contact Shelley Harper at if you
have questions about ALICE Tales.
For an archive of past messages from the ILI listserv, visit:

ACRL – STS – Research Forum-ALA Annual Conference

CALL FOR RESEARCH PAPERS -ACRL – STS – Research Forum-ALA Annual Conference
Anaheim CA.

The Research Committee of the ACRL Science and Technology Section is hosting
its Annual Research Forum at the 2012 American Library Association Annual
Conference in Anaheim, CA Sunday June 24, 2012.

The Research Forum provides an excellent opportunity to share recent research
or research ideas addressing issues in science and technology librarianship.
The Committee will utilize a “blind” review process to select proposals
from the following two categories:

1.          Featured Paper Presentation.          The Featured Paper Presentation is 30
minutes in length and is followed by a thoughtful critique from a guest
commentator who offers suggestions on how to prepare the paper for publication.
 Proposals should reflect research that has been completed or initiatives that
have already been implemented. At a minimum, significant progress should have
been made toward completion or implementation.

2.        Short Paper Presentations.  Short Papers are 10 minutes in length and
may reflect research or initiatives that have been completed or are currently
in progress. Short papers may also solicit feedback on research ideas that are
being formulated, outlining possible approaches and asking attendees and the
guest commentator for their response.

One Featured Paper proposal and two Short Paper proposals will be selected.
Criteria for proposal selections are as follows:
For an empirical study, an abstract should include:
•        The problem stated in one sentence if possible
•        The objects, people, or behavior being studied (Manual says
“participants” and relevant characteristics)
•        Essential features of the methodology
•        Basic findings, including statistical limitations such as confidence
•        Conclusions, implications, or applications

For a case study, an abstract should include:
•        The subject or characteristics of the objects studied
•        The nature of the problem and solution illustrated by the case
•        Questions for additional study
From:- APA Style Manual, 6th Edition, pp. 26-27.
In addition, the proposal should:
•        Present ideas in a manner that is well written, clear, logical and well
•        Develops a topic that is original, timely and relevant to
science/technology librarianship.
•        Contribute to the advancement of science librarianship.
•        Demonstrate innovative thinking
•        Contribute ideas for positioning librarians to be leaders both on and
off campus.
•        Define strategies for effectively implementing new ideas and

An abstract not exceeding 250 words should indicate presentation category
(Featured or Short Paper) and convey the title and purpose of the project.
Please outline the following elements; its scope, methodology, conclusions, and
relevance to science and technology librarianship. Be sure to include your
name, institution, phone, and e-mail address. Please indicate at the end of
your abstract if the project has been submitted to other conferences, for
publication in a journal, or has been published or presented before.
Acceptance of proposals reflects a commitment by the author(s) to provide
presentations of 10 minutes (Short Paper) or 30 minutes (Feature Paper) at the
ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim on Sunday June 24,2012.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: Friday, January 6, 2012. Review of
submissions will begin immediately by the STS Research Committee. Abstracts
should be submitted via e-mail to Andrew Stuart , Co-Chair of
the STS Research Committee.