Monthly Archives: February 2012

ALA Diversity Research Grants

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity seeks proposals for its Diversity Research Grant program.  Applications may address any diversity topic, including the recruitment and promotion of diverse individuals within the profession or the provision of library services to diverse populations, that addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science.

The application deadline is April 30, 2012. Applicants must be current ALA members. 

The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2,000 award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference. A jury of ALA members will evaluate proposals and is encouraged to award a total of three awards. Grant recipients will be announced ahead of the 2012 ALA Annual Conference and will be expected to compile the results of their research into a presentation for the 2013 ALA Annual Conference.

A complete proposal must include the following: a cover letter, a one-page vita for each of the researchers involved, including a current ALA membership number, a concise abstract of the project and a description of the project detailing the justification and needs for the research project, research objectives, expected outcomes and benefits, budget plan and timeline. For a complete list of the criteria, please visit:

ALA‘s Office for Diversity offers thanks to the Diversity Research Grants Advisory Committee for their work in planning the 2012 Diversity Research Grants Program: Robert J. Bremer (chair), Eileen K. Bosch, Nicole A. Branch, Elizabeth Jean Brumfield, Denyvetta Davis, Kim L. Eccles, Michael Gutierrez, Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis, Cheryl Knott and R. Niccole Westbrook. 

Electronic submissions are preferred and should be submitted in a Word document attachment. Email electronic submissions to

For more information or to inquire about possible research topics, please email or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 5048.

Mid-Atlantic Women’s Studies Conference

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS (deadline March 10)

June 15, 2012
Penn State University, Abington College
Abington, PA (near Philadelphia)

“Asserting Our Value(s): Women’s Studies in the 21st Century”

Women’s Studies and Women’s Centers have recently and increasingly come under attack, fending off closures, downsized curriculum and services, and loss of faculty and staff positions. Designed for faculty, administrators, and other WS/WC practitioners, this conference explores strategies for asserting our worth and necessity in the face of these setbacks.

Suggested topics:                
advocating for resources
developing alliances across the university                
community partnerships
marketing programs and events
budgeting and fundraising
feminist leadership within and beyond WS

Direct questions or abstracts to Karen Weekes, Abstracts for panels, workshops, or individual presentations should be sent as attachment (Word preferred) with subject “MAWSA 12 proposal.”

Association for Learning (ALT)

Submission System Open*

The 19th international conference of the Association for Learning
Technology will be held at the University of Manchester, UK, 11-13
September 2012.

Please forward this to any interested colleagues in your own networks
and if you are a Twitter user, you may wish to use the following

The submission system for abstracts and papers for #altc2012 is now
live at

Before submitting a proposal please refer to the calls and guidelines
which can be found at and

Submissions will close at midnight GMT on 27 February 2012.

The conference title is “A confrontation with reality” and the
conference themes are Problem solving, Mainstreaming, Openness and
sharing, Sustainability, and Entrepreneurialism.

Whether you have been involved in ALT for years, you are new to the
learning technology domain, or you are an experienced researcher or
practitioner from other fields with innovation to report, please take
the time to review the call and guidelines documents. With your help,
the 2012 ALT Conference will be a truly inspirational, influential,
and enjoyable event.

*Categories of submissions*
We welcome submissions of two broad types:

1. An abstract of up to 350 words describing either a Short
Presentation (10 minutes), Short Paper (20 minutes), Demonstration (30
minutes), Symposium (up to 60 minutes), Workshop (up to 60 minutes) or
a Hybrid (up to 60 minutes combining features of the others into a
single session). All accepted abstracts will appear in the Conference

2. A full Proceedings Paper of up to 5000 words, for publication in
the peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings of ALT-C 2011 including a
traditional 200 word abstract. The paper, if accepted, will be
published in the conference proceedings which will be a journal
supplement to the ALT journal “Research in Learning Technology”. In
addition, authors of proceedings papers should provide a 350 word long
abstract (serving the same purpose as other abstracts and appearing in
the published Conference Abstracts).

Best wishes,
Caroline Greves, Events Manager
Association for Learning Technology
My normal working hours are 11.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday.

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