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20th Reference Research Forum at the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference




The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 20th Reference Research Forum at the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV.


The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable research projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. All researchers, including reference practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.


For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website:


The Committee employs a blind review process to select three projects for 20-minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Selected submissions must be presented in person at the Forum in Las Vegas, NV.


Criteria for selection:


• Quality and creativity of the research design and methodologies;

• Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service;

• Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies;

• Research projects may be in-progress or completed;

• Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted.


Proposals are due by Monday, December 30, 2013. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 10, 2014.


The submission must not exceed two pages. Please include:

1. A cover sheet including your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), mailing address(es), fax number(s) and email address(es).

2. The second page should NOT show your name, any personal information, or the name of your institution. Instead, it must include:

a. Title of the project;

b. Explicit statement of the research problem;

c. Description of the research design and methodologies used, and preliminary findings if any;

d. Brief discussion of the unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research.


Please send submissions by email to:

Ava Iuliano

Chair, RUSA RSS Research and Statistics Committee

Florida International University

Green Library 236C
11200 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33199


Maximizing Global Business Performance through Intelligent Decision Support


Proposal Submission Deadline: December 14, 2013


A book edited by Zakariya Belkhamza (Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia)


To be published by IGI Global:


For release in the Advances in Business Information Systems and Analytics (ABISA) Book Series.


The Advances in Business Information Systems and Analytics (ABISA) Book Series aims to present diverse and timely research in the development, deployment, and management of business information systems and business analytics for continued organizational development and improved business value.



The decision making is a crucial process for professionals and businessman in the global markets. Many types of decisions now need complex and critical investigation and analysis using the most advanced recent techniques and technologies, especially in the current dynamic and uncertain markets where many factors are involved in this process. Choosing the right strategy and making the correct decision is an optimal objective for any professional who is faced everyday by the challenges of the unstable market forces and factors. Therefore, a good decision-making policy is essential for any professional who wants to achieve a competitive advantage and lead his business to the success in the current global market.


The use of decision support and intelligent systems became recently essential technological tools to support the discussion making process and solve the ongoing problems in the daily business activities. The use of these systems makes this process faster, robust, and provides efficient and effective business solutions for strategies and business owners and decision makers. However, the integration and the use of these systems in the decision making process still require investigation and research, especially with the non-ending development and advancement of these techniques and technologies.


Objective of the Book


It is hoped that this book will assist in bridging the gap between decision system developers and designers and business professionals, by assisting the system designers to understand the needs of the practitioners in the global market, as well as to facilitate the use of these systems by the business practitioners in order to achieve their competitive advantages in the international market. 


The objectives of this book are to expend the knowledge on the various decision support systems for the decisions makers by achieving the following:

                1. To analyze the latest research on decision supports systems

                2. To discuss the various methods of the use of the decision support systems and techniques in the decision making process.

                 3. To investigate the integration of the decision support system in various aspects of managerial decisions in the global and cross cultural context.

                 4 .To study the current methods and techniques used in the process of decision making and introduce new ways and mechanisms to for easy applications by professionals.

                5. To supply more empirical validations of the existing decision support systems and their applications.


Target Audience

The book is written for researchers, and students in decision support systems and related fields. The book will also be important to business professionals, global practitioners who are involved in the decision making.


Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:


1.             Artificial Intelligence in decision making

2.            Predictive analysis

3.            Decision support systems

4.            Techniques and system applications for managerial decisions

5.            Statistical forecasting techniques and decision making

6.            Judgment business forecasting

7.            Fuzzy intervention analysis

8.            Business intelligence system

9.            Decision and Risk Analysis

10.          Multi-Objective Decision Analysis

11.           Optimization in decision making

12.          The use of Data Mining in decision making

13.          Cloud computing in decision making


Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before December 15, 2013, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by January 2, 2014 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by April 15, 2014. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. [1]



This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2014


Important Dates

December 15, 2013:     Proposal Submission Deadline

January 2, 2014:            Notification of Acceptance

April 30, 2014:                               Full Chapter Submission

June 30, 2014:                                Review Results Returned

July 30, 2014:                  Final Chapter Submission

August 30, 2014:          Final Deadline



Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:

Dr. Zakariya Belkhamza

School of Business and Economics

Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Jalan UMS, 88400 Kota Kinabalu Sabah, Malaysia




February 5-7, 2014

Call for papers

The main goal of International Teacher Education Conference is to provide a multinational platform where the latest trends in education can be presented and discussed in a friendly environment with the aim to learn from each other. Prospective presenters are encouraged to submit proposals for papers and posters/demonstrations that offer new research or theoretical contributions. Presentations should be in Turkish, English and Arabic and should address both theoretical issues and new research findings.

Furthermore if the presenter is unable to attend the oral presentation, video presentations are available. For further information on how to submit, please refer to the Paper Submission section on our website. For paper guidelines, please refer to the Paper Guidelines section.

ITEC 2014 conference will take place on February 5-7, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Sharjah Hotel, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates..

All full papers (in all languages) will be published in an online proceedings book on ITEC web site after the conference.

We would like to invite you to share your experience and your papers with academicians and professionals.

Conference Languages

The official languages of the conference are English and Turkish. Proposals can be sent and be presented in either language. But all submission process will be done in English. Please, submit your proposal according to the following presentation category descriptions in paper guidelines.


Proposal & Abstract Submission Deadline : January 24, 2014

Full Paper Submission : January 26, 2014

Registration : January 24, 2014

Conference : February 5-6-7, 2014



Zadar, Croatia, 16-20 June 2014
University of Zadar, Zadar, Croatia

Full information at: Email:

Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) is a biennial international conference
that focuses on the transformation of libraries and information services
in the digital environment. In recognition of evolving online and social
technological influences that present both challenges and opportunities,
“ASSESSMENT” is the theme for LIDA 2014. The conference theme is divided
into two parts. The first part addresses advances in qualitative
assessment methods and practices and the second part covers assessment
methods involving alternative metrics based on social media and a wider
array of communicative activities, commonly referred to as “altmetrics.”
LIDA 2014 brings together researchers, educators, and practitioners from
all over the world in a forum for personal exchanges, discussions, and
learning, made memorable by being held in an enchanting and spectacularly
beautiful city on the shore of the Adriatic Sea.


Part I: Qualitative methods in assessing libraries, users, & use:
applications, results.

Contributions (types described below) are invited covering the following
and related topics:

. New methodological developments and practical applications in
qualitative assessments of libraries and information systems;
. Application of qualitative methods to the study of library users and use;
. Studies using a variety of qualitative methods, such as observations,
surveys, interviews, focus groups, case studies, cultural studies, oral
history, grounded theory, document studies, Delphi studies and others;  .
Qualitative study of a variety of library user groups or potential users:
by generation, by role or occupation, by level of education and
technological literacy, and others
. Assessment of library services in a variety of e-services, such as
information literacy programs, e-learning, distance education,
e-scholarship and others;
. Practical transformations in library services as a result of assessment;
. Emergence of new library visions and missions related to users and their
reflection in new services as a result of assessment;
. Discussion about general issues resulting from assessments: How are we
to understand new or transformed library services in their own right? In
relation to traditional library services and values?

Part II: Altmetrics – new methods in assessing scholarly communication and
libraries: issues, applications, results.

Contributions (types described below) are invited covering the following
and related topics:

. Methodological developments and practical applications in altmetric
assessments of scholarly communication, including caveats;
. Related criteria for altmetrics, such as [articles, concepts, ideas]
viewed, downloaded, reused, adapted, shared, bookmarked, commented upon;
. Results from altmetric studies related to scholarly communication and
. Methodological  and practical applications in the use of altmetrics in
libraries and information systems;
. Effects of social media on libraries and information systems of all kinds;
. Criteria and metrics for assessing library employment of social media;
. Results from studies of use of social media in libraries, particularly
involving any kind of assessment;
. Changes in libraries’ use of social media;
. Discussion about general issues: How can and should libraries use social
media? How are libraries and information systems to respond to the ever
growing importance of social media in society? What are opportunities and

Types of contributions

Invited are the following types of contributions:

1. Papers: scholarly studies and reports on research and practice that
will be presented at the conference and included in the published
proceedings. The proceedings will be published in print and on the LIDA
web site.

2. Posters: short graphic presentations on research studies, advances,
examples, or preliminary work that will be presented in a special poster
session. Awards will be given for Best Poster and Best Student Poster.

3. Demonstrations: live examples of working projects, services,
interfaces, commercial products, or developments-in-progress that will be
presented during the conference in specialized facilities or presented in
special demonstration sessions.

4. Workshops: two to four-hour sessions that will be tutorial and
educational in nature. Workshops will be presented before and after the
main part of the conference and will require separate fees, to be shared
with workshop organizers.

5. PhD Forum: short presentations by Ph.D. students, particularly as
related to their dissertation, in a session organized by the European
Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
(EC/ASIST); responses will be provided by a panel of educators at this

Submissions: Instructions for all submissions and author guidelines are
provided at LIDA 2014 site All submissions will
be refereed.

Important dates:
Papers and posters: an extended abstract by 15 January 2014.
Acceptance decision: announced by 10 February 2014.
Full papers and poster summaries for Proceedings: by 15 April 2014.
Workshops: a short proposal by 31 January 2014.
Demonstrations: a proposal by 1 March 2014.
PhD Forum: dissertation proposal or research description by 1 March 2014.

Conference contact information

Conference co-directors:
TATJANA APARAC-JELUSIC, Ph.D., Department of Information Science,
University of Zadar; Zadar, Croatia;  (also for general
TEFKO SARACEVIC, Ph.D., School of Communication and Information, Rutgers
University; New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

Program chairs:
For part I: DAVID BAWDEN, Ph.D., Centre for Information Science, City
University London, London, UK.

For part II: BLAISE CRONIN, Ph.D., D.S.Sc., School of Informatics &
Computing, Indiana University, Indiana, USA.

Zadar is one of the enchanting cities on the Adriatic coast, rich in
history. It still preserves a very old network of narrow and charming city
streets, as well as a Roman forum dating back to the first century AD. In
addition, the Zadar region is one of unparalleled natural beauty that
includes two national parks. On the Adriatic Sea is the Kornati National
Park, an unusual and colorful group of some 100 small islands. The
National Park Paklenica is also close by, for those who enjoy exploring a
more mountainous terrain. Croatia is a great tourist destination of
unspoiled beauty.

Marija Dalbello, Ph.D.
   Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Library & Info Science
   Director, Ph.D. Program
School of Communication and Information
4 Huntington Street
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1071
Voice: 848.932.8785
FAX:  732.932.6916

*Winner of 2012 Emerald Literati Award

*Visible Writings: Cultures, Forms, Readings

Electronic Resources and Libraries 2014

Electronic Resources and Libraries 

2014 is 

seeking session proposals for the 2014 conference. 

The topics we cover at ER&L include managing e-resources & licensing, collection development and assessment, organizational strategies, external relationship management, user experience, scholarly communication, library as publisher as well as emerging technologies and trends. A complete list of tracks is available here:

As a part of our complete 2014 tracks, you will notice each topic includes introductory questions and statements. “

 Managing electronic resources is a challenge, whether you’re new to it or have been engaged in it for years. Which systems and tools can be used to manage electronic resources more effectively? What kinds of challenges are new formats posing? How are libraries rearranging workflows to find solutions to e-resource management problems? What can we achieve through more thoughtful licensing? How can standards and best practices assist our efforts?”


hese questions

–just a few from our 2014 conference tracks

, are significant questions requiring the best and brightest from libraries of all sizes and types, from those on the leading edge to those starting out, from those professionals who oversaw the period of great emergence of the digital environment in large research libraries and from those who are new e-resources managers at government or public libraries.

If you have not heard of ER&L, we encourage you to check out our website and consider participating. Fresh eyes, different perspectives, well documented case studies, productive partnerships with industry professionals and workshops have all made an impact in advancing our field collectively and professional development individually. And, we hope you’ll consider joining the conversation at ER&L in 2014.  Submit today!


ER&L 2014


ER&L 2014 will take place in Austin, TX and live online on March 16-19. A $295 Early Bird rate is now available for on-site attendees.

IFLA Poster Sessions; Libraries, Citizens and Societies: Confluence for Knowledge

World Library and Information congress

80th IFLA General Council and Congress

“Libraries, Citizens and Societies: Confluence for Knowledge”


16-22 August 2014, Lyon, France.


Are you involved in an interesting project or in an area of work that you would like to discuss with or show to other congress attendees? Why not present your work in the IFLA Poster Sessions?

Your topic could be described on a printed poster or by photographs, graphics and pieces of text that you attach to the presentation panel. All IFLA official languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish – are welcome. Presenters of a poster will be expected to be present on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 August 2014 in order to explain their poster and to hand out any leaflets, or other information materials, they have available for viewers of their poster. Each presenter can therefore only present one poster. Any organization that submits more than one application should indicate a priority to their submissions. 


Conference participants interested in presenting a poster should complete the  online registration form.


It is important that applicants describe how they intend to illustrate the project in the poster format. The poster has to be an experience in itself for the one who looks at it – and should show awareness of the poster format.


Special consideration will be given to ensure that a variety of topics and geographical/cultural range will be represented.


The deadline is 03 February 2014, after the deadline applications will no longer be accepted. A jury comprised of 2 members of the IFLA Professional Committee will review all submissions and at the congress they will select the winner of the Best IFLA Poster 2014 based on the following criteria:


Does the topic of the poster-

  • Look interesting and/or inspiring;
  • Look lively;
  • Lend itself to a poster session; is not too abstract;
  • Present new ideas or present an application of technology;
  • Appear to be clearly explained;
  • Not duplicate another poster, nor have the same presenter as another poster (a presenter must be present during the poster session to explain the poster to viewers).
  • Have a relationship to the theme of the WLIC. 
  • Have a clear library relevance or perspective
  • Describe a project that is ongoing or near completion, not one that is yet to start.

For complete and up-to-date information concerning Poster Sessions, please see the Call for Posters webpage on the IFLA WLIC 2014 conference website


If you have any further questions, please contact