Monthly Archives: May 2013

2013 Mid-Atlantic Chapter MLA Annual Meeting

The MAC Contributed Papers and Posters committees invite you to submit your proposals for the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Chapter MLA Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from October 13 through 15, 2013 at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel. Papers and posters may range from innovative program descriptions to reports on collaborative outreach activities to behind the scenes technical innovation. This is your chance to share with your colleagues the results of interesting work or research you are doing.

For both paper and poster abstracts, please submit a blinded abstract (one that does not contain any identifying information) as well as your regular abstract.

For contributed paper proposals, submit a 300 word structured* abstract to describe your paper. Include your name, position title, address, phone number, and email address. Both the regular and blinded abstract should be sent to Ellen Detlefsen, Chair of the Contributed Papers committee, at

For poster proposals, submit a 300 word structured* abstract to describe your poster. Include your name, position title, address, phone number, and email address. Both the regular and the blinded abstracts should be sent to Melissa Ratajeski, Chair of the Posters committee, at

The submission deadline is May 31, 2013

The primary author of each paper or poster will be notified of the committee’s decision in early July. Additional information (i.e. time, location, set-up instructions, etc.) will be sent with the acceptance notification. Those presenting papers or posters must register for the meeting.

The MAC Research and Assessment Committee will recognize 3 papers and 3 posters at the Annual Meeting as work that demonstrates high-quality research. All submitters are required to either select a type of research or to designate that their presentation is not to be considered as research. Only those who select a type of research will be considered for the Research Awards judging process. For help in selecting the type of research, please see the “Inventory of Research Methods for Librarianship and Informatics,” published in the January 2004 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association.  Research papers and posters are scored using similar criteria to those used by the MLA Research Committee at MLA Annual Meetings. Points are awarded for study design, validity, reliability, presentation, and implications of the research.

New this year!  The 2013 MAC annual meeting will also feature a People’s Choice award for the poster session.  After viewing the posters, attendees will be able to vote for their favorite.  The author(s) of the poster garnering the greatest number of attendee votes will be honored with a certificate and a bookstore gift card.

*Use of a structured abstract is encouraged. For more information on writing a structured abstract, please see MLA’s Research Section’s “The Structured Abstract: An Essential Tool for Researchers

ACRL Instruction Section Discussion Group


One of the best parts of being a librarian is talking to other librarians. In this spirit of collegial discourse, the ACRL IS Discussion Group is hosting a virtual discussion to accompany the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting. This virtual discussion will be scheduled between December 1, 2013 and January 24, 2014, in consultation with the selected conveners.

The steering committee welcomes proposals from individuals who are interested in convening this virtual discussion. If you would like to share your knowledge, help your peers learn from one another, and set dialogue in motion, this is the perfect venue for you to lead a conversation about a current issue related to library instruction and information literacy.

To apply, please complete the attached proposal form and email it to selection committee Co-Chair Russ Hall at by May 29, 2013. Please feel free to contact Russ via email or phone (814-898-6426) with questions.

For inspiration, you can view the digests of past discussions online:


Journal of Library and Information Service in Distance Learning

The Journal of Library and Information Service in Distance Learning, a peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor & Francis, welcomes the submission of manuscripts.


The journal is devoted to the issues and concerns of librarians and information specialists involved with distance education and delivering library resources and services to this growing community of students. 


Topics can include but are not limited to:

  • Faculty/librarian cooperation and collaboration
  • Information literacy
  • Instructional service techniques
  • Information delivery
  • Reference services
  • Document delivery
  • Developing collections

If you are interested in submitting an article, this journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts (previously Manuscript Central) to peer review manuscript submissions. Please read the “Guide for ScholarOne Authors” at before making a submission. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided at or can be emailed to you directly. WLIS receives all manuscript submissions electronically via their ScholarOne Manuscripts website located at: ScholarOne Manuscripts allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, as well as facilitating the review process and internal communication between authors, editors and reviewers via a web-based platform. ScholarOne Manuscripts technical support can be accessed via

Inquiries and questions are welcome and can be sent directly to the editor, Jodi Poe, at

Please note: We accept manuscript submissions through the year; however, the deadline to have your article appear in our next issue, if accepted, is August 1, 2013. Accepted and approved manuscripts received after this date have no guarantee of being included in the next published issue.

Jodi W. Poe, Editor
Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning
Associate Professor, Head of Technical Services
Houston Cole Library
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL  36265-1602
TEL: (256) 782-8103
FAX: (256) 782-5872

AASL Programming at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposal submissions for 60- or 90-minute concurrent sessions and half- or full-day preconference workshops to be presented during the American Library Association (ALA) 2014 Annual Conference.

The submissions deadline for preconference proposals is 11:59pm CDT on Monday, May 27, 2013. The submissions deadline for concurrent session proposals is 11:59pm CDT on Monday, August 26, 2013.


June 28-30, 2014


Las Vegas, NV


K-12 School Librarians, Program Officers, District Supervisors, Coordinators, Educators, Directors

Proposal Guidelines

The recommended proposal submission length is approximately 300 words. Proposals should outline the main points of the program and its relevance to attendees. For preconference proposals, it is recommended that you show how you would incorporate at least one active learning exercise into your session. All proposals should include up to three learning objectives and should address how the session supports the AASL Strategic Plan, the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and/or Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs.

Program titles should be short (no more than 140 characters in length), but descriptive. Catchy titles, indicating benefits to the audience are encouraged.

A list of suggested topical areas is available, however submissions will be accepted outside of these suggested topical areas.

Submissions will only be accepted via online form. Email, mail, or fax submissions will not be accepted.

For preparation purposes, the proposal form is available as a Word document. The online form cannot be saved and returned to. A sample rubric is also available for informational purposes.

The primary/submitting author will receive an email message confirming the receipt of the abstract. Please notify your co-authors that the confirmation was received.

Selection Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated for clarity, originality and timeliness. Special attention will be given to submissions that incorporate one or more of these characteristics:

         Demonstrates innovative thinking and/or new perspectives

         Presents strategies for effectively implementing new ideas and technology

         Incorporates at least one active hands-on learning exercise (Preconferences only)

         Design includes activities that will incorporate various learning styles

         Demonstrates how learning outcomes will be achieved

         Supports the AASL Strategic Plan, the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and/or Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs.

Contact Information

All questions regarding AASL programming at the ALA 2014 Annual Conference should be directed to Melissa Jacobsen at or (800) 545-2433 x4381.


“We’re Moving, Please Pardon Our Dust: A New Collection Management Paradigm.” Special Issue of Collection Management

Call for papers


Collection Management seeks well-researched, refereed articles on the topic of shifts in the organization and the changing role of collection management and development within libraries. The co-editors are

looking for both forward-thinking discussions and practical applications of how the management and work of collection managers and collection management departments have changed.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:


Structural changes within collection management departments, and outcomes


Collection development and management activities across departments


Paradigms of cooperative collection development in consortia


Organizational changes and coordination with digitization projects


Strategic planning that results in organizational changes


Patron driven acquisitions and other emerging strategic foci as well as the changing role and work of collection managers


Preparation in terms of skill sets, experience, and education for collection managers in new paradigms


Theoretical discussion of the current state of collection development and management in libraries


Comprehensive literature review on paradigms of collection development and management


The changing roles of collection managers or subject specialists




June 24, 2013:

Submit an abstract (maximum of one page) with the title and your proposed article idea. Please include your name, institution, and email address.


July 19, 2013:

The editors will notify authors whether their proposals have been accepted.


October 15, 2013:

Submit pre-print article to Collection Management for peer-review.


December 1, 2013:

Final versions of post-print articles are due.


Manuscripts should be (20-40) typed pages, double-spaced (including references and abstract). The references and format should follow the Chicago style. The journal is published quarterly in both print and electronic formats.

Additional details about submission  requirements can be found at:


Submit proposals to , with subject line of: Collection Management Special Issue Proposal


Accepted manuscripts should be submitted to:


PaLA poster sessions

The Poster Session Committee is currently accepting poster session proposals for the PaLA Conference to take place October 20 – 23, 2013 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in western Pennsylvania. 


Poster sessions provide a forum for library professionals from across the state to share their successful ideas or innovations with colleagues. The tone is casual and the mode is highly interactive.  The object is to gather feedback and to make connections with others interested in the same subject. They are a great way to share your interesting work without doing a formal presentation. 


All proposals should be submitted online via the Poster Session Submission Form.

For more information regarding the poster sessions, or to view the questions in advance of submission, a PDF copy of the form is available for download.  The link to both the online submission form and PDF are also be available on the PaLA website.

The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, June 5, 2013.  The poster session committee will notify all submitters regarding the acceptance of their proposal(s) later in June.

Thank you for your support of PaLA and Pennsylvania’s libraries!



Reminder!  Steal this Idea and Poster Session proposals for the 2013 MSU LEETS are due Monday, May 6. This year’s exciting conference will take place on Thursday and Friday, August 1-2, 2013 at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS.


Steal This Idea sessions are one hour in length (including Q&A) and are opportunities for speakers to share their successful (or not!) implementations and investigations of electronic resources and/or emerging technologies in academic libraries. Poster Sessions will be displayed in the Library’s John Grisham Room, with two scheduled times for discussion between the presenters and participants.


Click here to submit your proposal:



Thank you,


The MSU LEETS Programming Committee


MSU LEETS Co-Chairs:

Pattye Archer (

Karen Davidson (

Mary Ann Jones (

The 2013 Pennsylvania Data Users Conference

September 19, 2013

Holiday Inn Harrisburg/Hershey, Grantville, PA

Call for Presentations

The Pennsylvania State Data Center (PaSDC) is seeking presenters for the 2013 Pennsylvania Data Users Conference.  The annual Data Users Conference serves as Pennsylvania’s most comprehensive single-day forum for research and developments in demographic data.   


The PaSDC Data User Conference seeks to educate its audience on the demographic and socioeconomic research and policy affecting Pennsylvania. Past presentations have focused on research themes (i.e. Marcellus shale, prison populations, labor force, and rural Pennsylvania); community development (i.e. case studies and community planning); innovations in technology (i.e. American FactFinder and GIS technology), and other data related topics.  


Sessions at the Conference are non-commercial and vendor neutral.  Under no circumstance should a session be a direct promotion of an organization’s product, service or monetary self-interest. The emphasis should be on the application of the demographic/socioeconomic data, technology, and other data-related topics.   


Submission Details – Team, individual or panel proposals, which include the proposed topic and a brief description or outline, should be e-mailed to either Jennifer Shultz ( or John R. Maurer ( by Friday, June 7, 2013.  The proposals will then be reviewed by the conference planning committee and selections will be made based upon desired topics, content and educational value.  All selected presentations will be published in conference publications and on the conference Web site.  The PaSDC will notify all selected speakers by Friday, July 12, 2013.

Presentation Rules:

Presentation proposals will be reviewed by the conference planning committee and selections will be made based upon desired topics, flow of content, educational value and understanding of the content.  All selected content will be published in Conference publications and online.


Agenda Schedule The conference organizers will set the day and time for each presentation, in order to optimize the sequencing and flow of content and tracks.  Sessions will end by 4:00 pm on Conference Day.

Speaker Benefits:

The PaSDC does not pay fees or travel expenses to its speakers.  All speakers will receive a complimentary Conference registration including meals. Speakers will be featured in the Conference publication and on the Conference web site. The above benefits speaker(s); not support staff or colleagues who may accompany the speaker(s).



The PaSDC reserves the right to decline a submission for presentation

 at the 2013 Pennsylvania Data Users Conference.



The Pennsylvania State Data Center (PaSDC) is the commonwealth’s official source for population and economic statistics and is housed at Penn State Harrisburg within the Institute of State and Regional Affairs. The PaSDC also serves as Pennsylvania’s liaison to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of the Census and as representative to the Federal State Cooperative Program for Population Estimates and Federal State Cooperative Program for Population Projections.


The PaSDC provides data products and services to business, academia, governments, non-profits and private citizens. Our products and services include: consultation of data availability and use, custom programming and reports, statistical mapping, research projects, technical training and workshops.


This listserv contains clients, affiliates, interested parties and media contacts of the PaSDC. The goal of this listserv is to keep you current with events occurring at the U.S. Census Bureau and the PaSDC in an electronic format. If you wish to receive any information disseminated through this listserv in another medium, please contact us.


The PaSDC will distribute monthly updates, research briefs and other items of interest via this listserv. If you wish to be removed from this list, please email us at: or by phone at 717.948.6336.


The PaSDC hopes that you find these releases informative and useful. The PaSDC welcomes all comments and questions in regard to the information it disseminates. For more information about the Pennsylvania State Data Center and population and economic statistics about the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, please visit our Web site at:


John R. Maurer

State Capital Office Coordinator

Pennsylvania State Data Center

Penn State Harrisburg

777 Harrisburg Pike

Middletown, PA 17057

Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA), Visual Culture and


Deadline for Proposals: June 10, 2013 

The Northeast Popular Culture Association’s Visual Culture and Digital
Media interest group is soliciting proposals for presentation at the
annual fall conference scheduled for the weekend of October 25-26, 2013
on the campus of St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. We
welcome any proposals that fall into the area of visual culture and
digital media in popular culture. 

Individuals interested in submitting a proposal for presentation should
fill out the paper proposal form located at
NEPCA welcomes both individual papers and complete panels. We also
encourage works in progress and informal presentations. The only
restrictions of presentations are that the proposal be rooted in
research (though we do not automatically exclude original poetry,
composed works of fiction or performances-but such works must be
connected to greater theoretical and research frameworks), that the
proposal not be overtly commercial and that the proposed presentation
appeal to a broad audience. We encourage undergraduate students,
graduate students, faculty and independent scholars to submit proposals
for presentation.  

Please submit your proposals to Dr. Andi McClanahan, Visual Culture and
Digital Media Area Chair at (Please copy the Program
Chairs on your proposal: and
For more information on NEPCA and the annual fall conference, visit