Monthly Archives: April 2013

ASCLA (Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies) programs, preconferences and institutes for 2014

Call for Proposals: ASCLA programs, preconferences and institutes for 2014

ASCLA is now accepting proposals for:

  • Institutes for the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia
  • Preconferences for the 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas
  • Programs for the 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas

Institutes and preconferences are ticketed events held on the Friday of the conference. Programs are held throughout the Annual Conference and are included as a part of conference registration.

You can access the online program proposal form here:

You can also download a PDF of the form in preparation for submitting the online form. Only online submissions will be accepted!

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, May 15!

We have a limited number of slots available for each type of event, so put your best foot forward when submitting a proposal.

Who can propose a program, institute or preconference? Any current ASCLA member can propose one of these events, however we strongly encourage support and sponsorship from one of our interest groups! If you’re not an interest group member, consider joining one and using the group as a springboard for your conference event ideas. Check out the list of our interest groups, contact information for interest group leaders and instructions on how to join.

What sorts of topics are of interest? The best topics represent ASCLA’s core member areas-state library agencies, special populations librarians, independent librarians and library consultants, and resource-sharing librarians at networks and cooperatives-but are also of interest to librarians throughout the profession from all types of libraries. Keep in mind that topics should still be relevant in January and June 2014 when they are finally presented! You can browse our interest group list here for inspiration.

If my event is accepted and approved by ASCLA, what will I be responsible for? You will be responsible for recruiting and serving as a liaison to the event speakers, as well as being on-site the day of the event to help coordinate event details. You will work with the ASCLA office to set up the event details with ALA Conference Services. The ASCLA office will promote your event, and will give you the tools to help spread the word.

I’m not an ASCLA member, but I’d like to get involved with program planning. The best way to do this is to join ASCLA, and then join one of our many interest groups.

Anything else I should know? If you’re going to go through the trouble of planning an in-person event, we want to maximize the reach of that information! Consider offering a webinar or other online learning opportunity in conjunction with the in-person event that will enhance the learning experience! So for example, you might offer a webinar in early May as a teaser for the content that will be covered at your conference program in June. In late July, you might host a follow-up discussion using a tool like ALA Connect, Google Hangout or Blackboard Collaborate that brings program attendees together to continue the conversation about what you’ve discussed at the previous two events.

Questions about the program planning process? Please contact Liz Markel, ASCLA marketing & programs manager at

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

ASCLA ICAN (InterLibrary Cooperation and Networking) Collaborative Digitization Interest Group

ASCLA ICAN (InterLibrary Cooperation and Networking) Collaborative Digitization Interest Group is soliciting proposals for presentations at its meeting at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Saturday, June 29, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Presentation topics should be of interest to librarians, archivists, curators, and developers working across a diverse array of consortia, libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage institutions.


We especially welcome overviews or demonstrations of ongoing or completed collaborative digitization projects. Other possible topics include, but are not limited to:


Governance and sustainability models

Partner / participant agreements

Digitization standards: multimedia resources, text, still images

Advice for new collaborative digitization projects

Non-traditional digitization projects

Centralized or decentralized services


Budgets, costs, and charges


Presentations should be approximately 12-15 minutes in length. We will allow time for questions and answers. Speakers are encouraged to lead discussions.


To submit a proposal for presentation, please email a brief description of your proposed topic to Rhonda Marker, chair of the Collaborative Digitization IG, by May 17, 2013. <>

Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian

Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian is now accepting manuscript submissions
for volume 32(4). The submission deadline is June 3, 2013.

B&SS Librarian is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal focusing on all aspects of
behavioral and social sciences information with emphasis on librarians,
libraries and users of social science information in libraries and information
centers including the following subject areas:
Communication Studies
Criminal Justice
Ethnic Studies
Political Science
Social Work
Women’s Studies

And including the following areas of focus:
Publishing trends
User behavior
Public service
Indexing and abstracting
Collection Development and evaluation
Library Administration/management
Reference and library instruction
Descriptive/critical analysis of information resources

Please consider Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian as the journal for your

The journal’s website includes Instructions to Authors at:

Please send all submissions and questions to the editor at:


Lisa Romero
Editor, Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian
Head, Communications Library Associate Professor
University of Illinois
122 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801

Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think About Information

Call for Chapters 


  • Heather Jagman, Coordinator of Library Instruction, DePaul University,
  • Troy Swanson, Department Chair of Library Services, Moraine Valley Community College,

Publisher: Association of College and Research Libraries

The editors are seeking chapters written by librarians or faculty members focusing on theoretical approaches, projects, assessments, instructional sessions, or curricula that teach students how to think about information. This book will focus on pedagogies that challenge students to dive deeper into authority, connect to prior knowledge, and construct knowledge in a world of information abundance. This book will also include chapters that bridge the gap between the epistemological stances and threshold concepts held by librarians and that of students.

How do librarians and faculty members move college students beyond the simple mechanics of online catalogs, search engines, and subscription databases? How do we encourage students to recognize the difference in information sources themselves? How do we motivate students to explore their own beliefs and work with sources that conflict with their beliefs?

We are seeking chapters that may include:

Part 1 Bridging the Gap Between Librarians, Students and Faculty: Conceptualizing Information

  • 1.1 Librarian Epistemologies and Beliefs: How do librarians think about information and the nature of knowledge? How does this approach to knowledge impact how librarians approach the classroom and learning?
  • 1.2 Student Epistemologies and Beliefs: What assumptions do students bring to the classroom about how information and knowledge are constructed? How do these assumptions impact information literacy and their interactions with libraries and librarians?
  • 1.3 Faculty Epistemologies and Beliefs: How do faculty assumptions about knowledge impact their interactions with librarians and students? How do discipline-specific epistemologies shape faculty approaches to learning, students, and information literacy?

Part 2 Making it Work: Teaching Students About Information

  • 2.1 The Nature of Expertise, Authority and Credibility: How do we teach students to understand and value authority and expertise? What assumptions and power structures are hidden in this understanding? In what ways do we teach students to utilize authority and build their own authority as scholars?
  • 2.2 Point of View and Source Bias: In what ways do we teach students to deal with explicit and hidden biases in sources? How do we encourage students to deal with and recognize their own biases?
  • 2.3 Cognitive Biases and Belief: How do we work with students to address confirmation bias, selection bias, and hindsight bias? How do we connect information literacy to personal belief?
  • 2.4 Data, Measurement and Interpreting the world: How do we teach students to deal with data, facts and measurements? How do we teach students to interpret empirical research? How do we encourage students to compare their beliefs about how the world works with actual measurements?
  • 2.5 Journalism & Witnessing the World: How do we teach students about the role of journalism? How do encourage students to interpret and value the journalistic enterprise?

Original research that directly reports student views and/or results from studies with students will be given preference.

Proposal Details:

  • Draft Title
  • Author Info
  • 300-500 Word Abstract and Brief Outline
  • Please also include a writing sample of some form

Please submit chapter proposals and writing samples to both Editors at by June 15, 2013.


Thanks, and best regards,



Heather Jagman

Coordinator of Library Instruction

Liaison to Biology & Theater

DePaul University Library

2350 N Kenmore Avenue

Chicago, IL 60614

Lincoln Park: (773)325-7704

Loop: (312)362-6924


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Innovation, Inspiration and Creativity Conference: Using Positive Disruption to improve libraries (or i2c2 for short)

We want to bring together a bunch of people (including librarians, learning developers, learning technologists and more) next year for a two day conference of inspiring each other to innovate and be more creative in libraries. There will be talks, workshops, fun and games galore. We’ll talk to each other about successes and challenges, thinking about how we can use what we learn from one another to improve libraries.


The call for papers (  is open until 25th October 2013 and we’re looking for a limited number of talks, workshops and creative interventions that fit within the conference themes.


The overarching themes are those of innovation and creativity in information work, split into three strands: Space; People; Resources.






Andrew Walsh MSc MCLIP FHEA

Academic Librarian, University Teaching Fellow, National Teaching Fellow

Music, Humanities, Media, Education and Professional Development.

Information Literacy Practitioner of the Year, 2012


Innovation, Inspiration and Creativity Conference: Using Positive Disruption to improve libraries (I2C2) 6th & 7th March 2014.

E-Resource Round Up

The latest “E-Resource Round Up” column for volume 25, number 3 of the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL) is currently in preparation and the column editors are looking for contributions. If you’ve attended a conference or program recently or plan to attend upcoming professional meetings related to electronic resources in libraries, please consider submitting a report for the column.


The “E-Resource Round Up” column is dedicated to helping JERL readers better understand topics related to the ever-changing world of electronic resources and their roles in libraries. It covers developments in the areas of new and emerging technologies and systems related to electronic resources and the digital environment; reports from professional discussion groups, meetings, presentations, and conferences; news and trends related to electronic resource librarianship; tips and suggestions on various aspects of working with electronic resources; opinion pieces; vendor activities; and upcoming events of potential interest to JERL readers.


Your contribution to the column does not have to be lengthy, and could be on any of the topics listed above. This could be an ideal opportunity for you to report on programs that may benefit others in our profession.


The editors would like to receive contributions to the column by Friday, May 24, 2013. Contributions should not be published elsewhere.


If you have a submission or questions, please contact the column editors:


Bob Wolverton

Mississippi State University Libraries

(662) 325-4618


Karen Davidson

Mississippi State University Libraries

(662) 325-3018  

Access 2013

Access 2013 is Access is Canada’s premier library technology conference bringing librarians, technicians, developers, programmers, and managers together to discuss cutting-edge library technologies. Join us in St. John’s Newfoundland, September 23-26 for Access 2013!

The theme for Access 2013 is In Context :

As this will be the 20th conference, we’d like to reflect on the way that Access has grown and developed along with our libraries over the past two decades. What have we learned on this long strange trip? What were our triumphs? How have our failures made us wiser? Where will we go next?

We’re looking for proposals that consider:

  • our present context, and the challenges facing our user communities in digital preservation, in data archiving, in alternative publishing models, and in large scale search and discovery and more.
  • the future context. How can we engage with trends like big data, linked data, open access, and interoperable cloud-based services? How can we build agile organizations that can respond quickly to emerging needs?
  • the community context, the potential for new partnerships in digital humanities, in evidence-based practice, in web metadata, in maker/hacker spaces, in online cultural spaces. How can we reach out into non-traditional areas?
  • our administrative context: the rise of interdisciplinarity and internationalization within our universities; new vendor business models; legislative reform around copyright, privacy, and access to information. How can we help to shape our context? How shall we advocate?

This year we want to take advantage of the flexibility of single track conference planning by letting you propose your preferred session length and format. Let us know if you want to do a traditional session, a quick demo, audience participation, storytelling, Pecha Kucha, lightening talks, a panel of experts or something completely different. Be creative. We’ll accept proposals in any format. You choose a length from 5 minutes to 45 minutes. Sessions over 15 minutes will be selected via peer-review.

Please submit proposals to by May 15, 2013

Building a Teaching Community: 3rd Annual Summer Retreat for Librarians

Call for Proposals

Chapman University – Leatherby Libraries

Friday, June 21, 2013


Join us as a presenter at the upcoming retreat! Proposals are now being accepted for break-out sessions and poster sessions. Please see the specific proposal guidelines below.


About the Retreat

The summer teaching retreat at Chapman University’s Leatherby Libraries was created to build community amongst instruction librarians and library school students. The retreat provides unique and practical presentations. Participants have opportunities to share teaching experiences, ideas, and resources during lively break-out sessions as the practices and innovative ideas of librarians are discovered. Ideally, participants leave the retreat with a larger network of resources and contacts, as well as inspiration to creatively expand their library instruction repertoire.


Retreat Participants

Attendees of past retreats included librarians from academic, public, school, and special libraries. Approximately one-third of the attendees were MLIS students.


Break-out Session Proposal Guidelines

Break-out sessions are intimate small-group discussions of approximately 15 or less individuals. Proposals should be related in some aspect to teaching. Creative proposals that stretch the boundaries of library instruction, bring in interdisciplinary connections, or go beyond the library classroom are especially sought. Proposals must be 250 words or less.


Poster Session Proposal Guidelines

As a way to support up and coming LIS professionals, a new addition to this year’s retreat will include poster presentations by students. Students enrolled in library and information science programs (undergraduate and graduate) are invited to submit proposals to present on a topic related to teaching information skills in library instruction settings and beyond. Presenters are welcome to draw from research done for school assignments or past experiences and inspiration gained outside the field. Proposals must be 250 words or less. Questions regarding poster presentations can be directed to


Proposal Deadline

Proposals are due Friday, May 3, 2013, by 11:59 p.m. Applicants will be notified by Friday, May 17, 2013


Submit Your Proposal

Please visit to be directed to our online submission form.



Please contact or with any questions.

iConference 2014

Call for Participation
Berlin, Germany
4-7 March, 2014

The ninth annual iConference will take place 4-7 March, 2014, in Berlin,
Germany. The four days will include peer-reviewed Papers, Notes, Posters,
Workshops and Sessions for Interaction and Engagement. Also included are a
Doctoral Student Colloquium and an Early Career Colloquium. Keynote addresses
will be given by Tony Hey of Microsoft Research and Melissa Terras of the
Department of Information Studies, University College London. 

Presented by the iSchools organization (, the iConference is
an annual gathering of information scholars and researchers from around the
world who share a common concern about critical information issues in
contemporary society. All are invited to participate; affiliation with the
iSchools is not a prerequisite.

iConference 2014 is hosted by Humboldt-Universit�t zu Berlin; its program is
administered by the Royal School of Library and Information Science,
University of Copenhagen. Microsoft Research is a presenting sponsor. The
official proceedings will be published in the IDEALS open repository (Illinois
Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship).


* Conference:

* Past Proceedings:
* Facebook: IConference
* Twitter: @iConf | #iconf14

The following is a brief overview; please visit our website for complete
submissions guidelines. Authors are discouraged from submitting the same
research to different conference submission categories. For example, authors
should not submit the same research as a Note and a Poster. Duplicate
submissions may not be reviewed or accepted.

We invite papers discussing, analysing, and critiquing theories and concepts,
or reporting results of completed original research. Submitted papers should
be between 5,000 and 6,000 words (not counting references), and should not
have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. Each will be
refereed in a double-blind process. More at

Submission deadline: 15 August 2013, 23:00 GMT
Papers Chairs: Diane Sonnenwald, Professor, UCD School of Information &
Library Studies, Dublin; Dietmar Wolfram, Professor, School of Information
Studies University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Reports of early and partial results from original research are invited for
submission as a Note. Submitted notes should be between 2,000 and 2,500 words
(not counting references). Submissions will be refereed in a double-blind
process. More at

Submission deadline: 18 September 2013, 23:00 GMT 
Notes Chairs: Diane Sonnenwald, Professor, UCD School of Information & Library
Studies, Dublin; Dietmar Wolfram, Professor, School of Information Studies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

We welcome submission of Posters presenting new work, preliminary results and
designs, or educational projects. Submitted posters should be around 1,500
words (not including references). These posters will undergo a double-blind
review. Posters will be published in the proceedings. More at

Abstract submission deadline: 18 September 2013, 23:00 GMT
Posters Chairs: Toine Bogers, Assistant Professor, Royal School of Library and
Information Science, University of Copenhagen; Paul D. Clough, Senior
Lecturer, Information School of Social Science, University of Sheffield.

Workshops can be half- or full day and can focus on any area related to the
conference theme (Breaking Down Walls: Culture, Context, Computing) or more
broadly to the purview of the iSchools, namely, the relationships among
information, people and technology. Please note that workshops should be free
of charge to conference participants. More at

Submission deadline: 4 September 2013, 23:00 GMT 
Workshops Chairs: Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Senior Research Scientist, OCLC
Research; Soo Young Rieh, Associate Professor, School of Information,
University of Michigan.

Formerly called Alternative Events, these sessions can include panels,
fishbowls, performances, storytelling, roundtable discussions, wildcard
sessions, demos/exhibitions, and more. All should be highly participatory,
informal, engaging, and pluralistic. More at

Submission deadline: 4 September 2013, 23:00 GMT 
Sessions for Interaction and Engagement Chairs: Lynn Silipigni Connaway,
Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Research; Soo Young Rieh, Associate Professor,
School of Information, University of Michigan.


The Doctoral Colloquium provides doctoral students the opportunity to present
their work to senior faculty and engage with one another in a setting that is
relatively informal but that allows for the fullest of intellectual exchanges.
Students receive feedback on their dissertation, career paths, and other areas
from participating faculty and student peers. Participation in the Doctoral
Colloquium is restricted to students who have applied for and been accepted
into the Colloquium. More at

Application deadline: 26 August 2013, 23:00 GMT
Doctoral Colloquium Co-Chairs: Karen E. Fisher, Professor, University of
Washington; Jens-Erik Mai, Professor, Royal School of Library and Information
Science, University of Copenhagen; Gloria Mack, Professor, University of
California, Irvine

This half-day event is intended for assistant professors, post-docs, or others
in pre-tenure positions and builds on the tradition of highly successful
events at past iConferences. More at

Early Career Colloquium Chairs: Jeffrey Pomerantz, Associate Professor,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Vivien Petras, Professor, Berlin
School of Library and Information Science.

Conference Chairs: Michael Seadle, Director of the School and Dean of the
Faculty of Arts, Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Berlin; Per
Hasle, Rector, Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of

Program Chairs: Jack Andersen, Vice-Rector and Head of Department, Elke
Greifeneder, Assistant Professor, and Beth Juncker, Professor, Royal School of
Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen.

Proceedings Chair: Maxi Kindling, Lecturer, Berlin School of Library and
Information Science

Program Committee:
Alessandro Acquisti, Carnegie Mellon University
Nicholas Belkin, Rutgers University
John Bertot, University of Maryland College Park
Wade Bishop, University of Tennessee
Catherine Blake, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Pia Borlund, Copenhagen University
Geoffrey C. Bowker, University of California, Irvine
Nadia Caidi, University of Toronto
Donald Case, University of Kentucky
Chuanfu Chen, Wuhan University
Andrew Clement, University of Toronto
Sheila Corrall, University of Pittsburgh
Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University / National Science Foundation
Mats Dahlstr�m, University of Bor�s
Kristin Eschenfelder, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Melanie Feinberg, The University of Texas at Austin
Robert Glushko, University of California, Berkeley
Elke Greifeneder, University of Copenhagen
Jette Seiden Hyldegaard, University of Copenhagen
Anita Komlodi, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Christopher Lee, University of North Carolina
Ulf Leser, Humboldt-Universit�t zu Berlin
Dirk Lewandowksi, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
Bonnie Mak, University of Illinois
Eric Meyers, University of British Columbia
Karine Nahon, University of Washington
Bonnie Nardi, UC Irvine
Harri Oinas-Kukkonen, University of Oulu
Gary M.Olson, University of California, Irvine
Nils Pharo, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
Andreas Rauber, Vienna University of Technology
Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University
Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University
Kalpana Shankar, University College Dublin 
Jaime Snyder, Syracuse University
Juliane Stiller, Humboldt-Universit�t zu Berlin
Joseph T. Tennis, University of Washington
Robert Villa, University of Sheffield
Lihong Zhou, Wuhan University

More at

Gender, Race, and Representation in Magazines and New Media

An interdisciplinary conference to be held October 25th-27th, 2013 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, co-sponsored by Cornell University (Africana Studies) and Syracuse University (Women’s and Gender Studies)

Conference website:

In June of 2012, scholars and magazine professionals from all over the world, and from a wide array of disciplines met at the “Women in Magazine’s” conference at Kingston University in London. “Gender, Race, and Representation in Magazines and New Media” seeks to continue the discussions of the “Women in Magazines” conference and extend them to a closer consideration of race in magazines, as well as the impact of new media and technology on magazines and raced and gendered representations. This conference hopes to broaden the scope of what is traditionally considered a magazine from the bound paper journal, to virtual magazines published digitally.

Magazines have long played a key role in the everyday lives of people of all classes, races, and genders and are a fertile space for the expression of social and political philosophies. The forms such publications have taken are staggeringly diverse–mass market publications, Xeroxed fanzines, cheap weeklies for the working class, so-called “smart set,” guides for the home economist, specialized trade publications, political mouthpieces and popular tabloids–magazines have served an astonishing array of audiences and purposes. In short, magazines are a particularly rich and potent sight for research as they so often serve as important outlets for identity formation, defining what it means to be a part of a certain community, class, or even generation through both image and text.

Now, with the increased availability of magazines to scholars through digitization initiatives, as well as the explosion of blogs, tumbler sites, and online magazines that at times enhance print versions of magazines, and at other times replace them entirely, the time is ripe for examining the role, meaning and place of magazines as sites to be mined for representations of gender and race.

 We seek papers covering any geographical region or time period and any kind of magazine/new media platform (blog, Tumblr, Pinterest, digital magazines) on topics including, but not limited to:

•         Methods and Methodology–Various approaches to using magazines as source material

•         Design and magazines, magazines and visual culture

•         Themes and conversations within magazines and new media (e.g. class, aspirations,   celebrity culture, relationships, entertainment and gossip, politics and citizenship, beauty and fashion, the home, work and career)

•         Representations of disease, health and wellness:

•         The magazine industry (e.g. editors, journalists, designers, photographers, illustrators)

•         Historical perspectives on changing technology

•         The ways that new media is changing magazine studies

•         The ways that different business models affect the politics and representation in magazines and new media?

Submission Guidelines:

At this time we are requesting abstracts that are no longer than 400 words; due by May 1, 2013 and should be submitted electronically as an attachment to<>.