Monthly Archives: October 2014

What do I do when my article gets rejected or I get a revise and resubmit?

A colleague just asked something about getting a revise and resubmit answer to an article submission.  This is something I am asked fairly often so I thought it might be a good time to post my advice about this for others who might want to know what to do.

A revise and resubmit can be a good thing, after all it is not an outright rejection and hold on for a minute, there might be some ideas from the reviewer that will actually make your article better. Even a rejection can serve this purpose.

That said, take the time to mourn the rejection of  your  “research child” and get over any anger at insensitve comments. (Yes,  some reviewers can be cruel, ignorant and down right mean, in the best of worlds that would not be allowed but for some reason there are people who can’t seem to be courteous and focus on constructive criticism. You have right to be angry at them but don’t let that spoil your good work.) You have spent a lot of time on this article/presentation and you have nutured it from the time it was a baby idea, growing it in your brain, revising it based on your discussions with people and your experiences. You have good product, look at this as an opportunity to make it even better!

What you need to do next is, once you have taken time to grieve and vent,  reread their suggestions and implement them as you need to.  Sometimes they are more minor than they appeared when you read them the first time. No matter how complex, work through them and see how you can address them making the appropriate changes.  If there is something they totally didn’t get and you are right, contact the editor and ask them how to handle it. (Like the time a reviewer who told me my subject size was too small on a qualitative project when it was actually appropriate.)

Once you are done, have someone else read the article (good advice for anyone before you send anything out-it doesn’t need to be an expert in the field, someone you know like a friend, spouse, partner, any colleague can do it because they can tell you if what you wrote actually makes sense and they may even catch grammar or punctuation mistakes).

All done with these things… RESUBMIT it (or submit it to another venue if it was a rejection or if  you have found out something negative about the acceptance policies of the current journal).

Then… consign its fate to the universe, know that you did your best work, kick back, have your favorite beverage, go play with your kids, animals, do something fun with a partner, spouse, friend or by yourself and forget about it until they contact you again (most likely with an acceptance)!


Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant (User services)

Do you have a project that is just waiting for the right funding?  Are you
thinking about ways that libraries can improve services to users?

The American Library Association (ALA) gives an annual grant for those
conducting research that will lead to the improvement of services to users.
The Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant is given to one or more librarians or
library educators who will conduct innovative research that could lead to an
improvement in services to any specified group of people.

The grant, up to $3,000, will be given to a proposed project that aims to
answer a question of vital importance to the library community that is national
in scope. Among the review panel criteria are:

• The research problem is clearly defined, with a specific question or
questions that can be answered by collecting data. The applicant(s) clearly
describe a strategy for data collection whose methods are appropriate to the
research question(s). A review of the literature, methodologies, etc. is not
considered research (e.g., methodology review rather than application of a
methodology) for purposes of the award, except where the literature review is
the primary method of collecting data.

• The research question focuses on benefits to library users and should
be applied and have practical value as opposed to theoretical.

• The applicant(s) demonstrate ability to undertake and successfully
complete the project. The application provides evidence that sufficient time
and resources have been allocated to the effort. Appropriate institutional
commitment to the project has been secured.

Any ALA member may apply, and the Jury would welcome projects that involve both
a practicing librarian and a researcher.

Deadline is December 12, 2014.

Check out this web site to find procedures and an application form: See
the section on How to Apply.

Also see related documents linked near the bottom of the page for:
Schedule and Procedures
Proposal Requirements and Application Cover Sheet:

Full press release:

Questions?   Contact Anne Houston, Smith College Libraries, at

The 5th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Information Technology (SEIT)

London, United Kingdom

June 2-5, 2015

Conference Website:


– Workshop Proposal Due:             November 30, 2014 (Updated)

– Acceptance Notification:           December 10, 2014

SEIT-2015 organizing committee invites proposals for workshops. The main objective of the workshops is to provide a forum for researchers and professionals to discuss a specific topic from the field of SEIT-2015 and its related areas.


All papers accepted for workshops will be included in the SEIT-2015 proceedings, which will be published by Elsevier. The authors must follow Elsevier guidelines as given in SEIT-2015 Website. The number of pages for workshop papers is limited to 6 pages. The selective outstanding papers presented at the workshops, after further revision, will be considered for publication in journals special issues.

Proposal Format

– Title of the workshop

– Workshop Website: tentative address, or old address (if applicable)

– Expected number of paper submissions

– Draft Call for paper of the workshop

– Tentative list of TPC members

Workshops Chairs

Dr. Peng Hu, CMC Microsystems, Canada (Email:

Dr. Wei Chen, Wuhan University of Technology, P.R.China (Email:


ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award

CHICAGO – Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for excellence in publication. ALCTS presents two Publication Awards to honor individuals for outstanding achievement in research and writing in the field of library collections and technical services.    The deadline for nominations and supporting materials is Dec. 1.

  • ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award:

The award honors an author or authors who have written the year’s outstanding monograph, article or original paper in the field of technical services, including acquisitions, cataloging, collection management, preservation, continuing resources and related areas in the library field.  The award consists of a citation and $250 contributed by ALCTS.  Works published in 2014 are eligible.  Reprints of earlier publications will not be considered.  The evaluation criteria include:  intellectual content; practical value; theoretical value; scholarship; presentation; and style.  Papers published in Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) are not eligible.

Send nominations, along with a statement giving the full bibliographic citation of the article, book or paper being nominated and reasons for the nomination to:  Rene Erlandson, chair, Publication Jury,

Visit the Outstanding Publication Award page for more information:


ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging Norms Interest Group

ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging Norms Interest Group seeks speakers to present at ALA Midwinter in Chicago on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at 10:30-11:30.

Cataloging Norms Interest Group offers a forum for the exploration, communication, and exchange of ideas and best practices on the dynamics of cataloging/metadata norms and workflows in the hybrid environment.

Presentation topics should be of current interest to catalogers, cataloging managers and administrators, and be approximately 15-20 minutes in length. Additional time will be allowed for questions and discussion. Past topics have included:

Evolution, definition, and functions of the catalog and cataloging norms

Emerging concepts and implementations of “next generation catalogs”

Cataloging and metadata in hybrid and digital libraries

Changes in catalogers’ workflows

Quality control and benchmarking

How end users’ expectations and behaviors affect cataloging norms

Metadata records and elements in different contexts

Impact of web norms on cataloging norms

Cataloging education/continuing education

Cataloging department collaboration with other library units

Catalogers sharing public service responsibilities

RDA: integration of records, training

Please email proposal abstracts to co-chairs by Friday, October 31st, 2014. If you have questions, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Cataloging Norms IG Co-Chairs,  Jessica Hayden

Technical Services Manager/Assistant Professor University of Northern Colorado


Dr. Harold Thiele

Assistant Professor

Department of Library and Information Studies

Valdosta State University



Metaliteracy in Practice


We are soliciting chapter proposals for a book entitled Metaliteracy in Practice, to be published in late 2015 or early 2016 by the American Library Association. We would like to include chapters written by academic librarians, disciplinary faculty, administrators, instructional designers, and scholars of emerging literacies about successful educational initiatives and instruction that involve metaliteracy. The editors are particularly interested in ideas that are easily transferable, and that include strong components of student metacognition and empowerment. The book will include innovative case studies from different academic institutions in the U.S. and internationally. Given the relationship between metaliteracy and emerging technologies, we look forward to receiving proposals on a range of cutting edge endeavors surrounding social media and digital learning. We are also interested in the application of the expanded Metaliteracy Learning objectives featured in our current book Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners and available via the blog:

Metaliteracy, which reframes and reinvents traditional conceptions of information literacy, has become increasingly well known since its introduction in Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy in January 2011 in College & Research Libraries. In fall 2013, a connectivist MOOC on the topic was offered and a Coursera MOOC, which fully integrates with a metaliteracy badging initiative, will be offered in spring 2015. In 2014, Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information to Empower Learners was published by ALA Neal-Schuman, which expanded the model in both theory and practice and featured two chapters that examined specific case studies. This new compendium, Metaliteracy in Practice, will complement the first Metaliteracy book with chapters from a wide range of institutional and instructional design settings to meet the needs of librarians and other educators who would like to examine a wide array of practical examples focused on student success and empowerment.

The ongoing ACRL process of developing the new information literacy framework has generated lively debates in the field about a number of the its proposed components, including metaliteracy, demonstrating the timeliness of a volume that is based on innovative case studies from the field.

For accepted chapters, please consider using the following sections and overall organizing structure, if this is appropriate for your content:


Related Literature

Institutional or other Associated Context

Disciplinary/Programmatic/Other Perspective

Metaliteracy Case Study

Application of Metaliteracy Learning Objectives


Assessment of the Instruction/Endeavor


This book will be co-edited by Trudi E. Jacobson, Head of the Information Literacy Department at the University at Albany, and Thomas P. Mackey, Dean of the Center for Distance Learning, SUNY Empire State College.

Please send 1-2 page proposals to Trudi at no later than November 3, 2014. We will make our decisions by late November. First drafts of the completed chapters (20-25 pages) will be due on February 16, 2015. Final drafts will be due by April 17, 2015.

If you have any questions about proposal ideas or about the book, please contact Trudi.


Shirley Olofson Memorial Award (ALA Conference funding)

Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Application

Application deadline: December 15, 2014

The Shirley Olofson Memorial Award is presented annually in honor of Shirley Olofson, a well-respected former NMRT president, who died during her term in office. The award, which is intended to help defray costs to attend the ALA Annual Conference, will be presented in the form of a check for $1,000 during the 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA. The winner will be chosen in January before the ALA Midwinter Meeting. All applicants will be notified in March.


Applicants must be members of ALA and NMRT, participate actively in the library profession, show promise or activity in the area of professional development, have valid financial need, and have not attended more than five ALA annual conferences.

Association of College and Research Libraries conference scholarships

The Association of College and Research Libraries offers scholarships in six categories for ACRL 2015. Applications are due Friday, November 7, 2014. Individuals may apply for more than one scholarship if they are qualified however; only one scholarship award per person is permitted. ACRL encourages applications from all over the globe for participation at the conference, or online through our Virtual Conference scholarships
For more information go to: