Monthly Archives: March 2015

2015 SirsiDynix Northeast Regional Users Group (SNRG)

Penn State University Libraries is hosting the 2015 SirsiDynix Northeast Regional Users Group (SNRG) on June 8-9 in Pattee and Paterno Libraries.

The Planning Committee is now accepting conference session proposals.  Please consider sharing your experience in working efficiently with SirsiDynix products.  Suggested topics include acquisitions, Bluecloud Analytics, cataloging, circulation, course reserves, Directors Station, Enterprise, Interlibrary Loan, materials booking, public services, reference, serials, systems/API, technical services, and general topics related to SirsiDynix.  We’re also looking for volunteers to moderate sharing sessions.  If you’re interested in moderating a session, please complete the submission form and key in Sharing Session for (topic of choice) in the Title field.

Submit your proposals at

The deadline for submission is April 10. You will be notified of proposal acceptance by April 24, 2015.

Please contact with questions about your proposal or if you have any suggestions for a panel topic or a presentation.

SNRG 2015 conference information is available at

Registration will be opening soon.

SNRG 2015 Conference Planning Committee
Dace Freivalds
Linda Klimczyk
Katherine Strenko
Barbara Coopey
Chris Holobar


Proposals for CaVraCon sessions, workshops, case studies and other program formats are being accepted through March 31, 2015.


CaVraCon is a joint conference organized by the Northern and Southern California chapters of the Visual Resources Association (VRA) to be held June 18 & 19 at UC Santa Barbara.


Although not limited, possible presentation topics could include:



Analog/Digital Collections

Teaching with Images: New Developments



Professional Issues

Copyright Issues

Digital Imaging Tools

Digital Humanities

Visual Literacy


Please submit your completed CaVraCon 2015 Proposal Form via email to Teodora Bozhilova at by March 31, 2015.


Proposals will be reviewed and presenters will be notified of their selection no later than April 15, 2015


Feel free to contact Jason Hosford ( or Greg Reser ( with any questions!

Cultivating Leadership: Preparing Academic Libraries for the Future

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Conference Planning Committee is pleased to announce our call for proposals for the 2015 ALAO conference, which will be held on Friday, November 20th at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio.  Our theme this year will be “Cultivating Leadership: Preparing Academic Libraries for the Future” and we welcome proposals from a wide variety of library practitioners.  For more information and submission guidelines, check out the attached PDF or head to the conference website.

If you already have a great idea for a break-out session or a poster, please CLICK HERE for the online submission form!

The deadline for submitting proposals for BOTH break-out session presentations and poster sessions is Friday, March 27th.

If you have questions, please contact Shelly Miller at

Edited volume title: So You Want to be an Academic Library Director: Leadership Lessons and Critical Reflections

Publisher: ALA Editions

Editor: Colleen S. Harris-Keith

A number of studies have highlighted that we know what the leadership skills and qualities are that make a good library director. However, there’s not much research that says where academic librarians in particular develop those skills along their career paths, giving the impression that all paths are considered equal. Recently collected data from mid-sized college and university library directors (a much larger leadership pool than just ARLs) reveals disturbing information: not only are not all career paths equal in terms of preparation in particular skills, most academic library directors don’t get to exercise those skills until they become directors (Harris-Keith, 2015). This implies that while academic library directors should be developing campus relationships and informing scholarly communities about important information issues, they are often distracted by the overwhelming work required to get up-to-speed on those necessary leadership skills.

After a thorough introduction addressing the literature and data related to this issue, this volume collects lessons related to very specific leadership skills from the experience of practicing academic library directors.

Proposals are requested for critical, reflective essays addressing the development of one of the skills in relation to a specific project or challenge as academic library director:

Allocating Resources

Budget Management

Building Community Partnerships

Building Teamwork

Business Ethics

Community Relations

Communicating Expectations

Compliance Issues

Computer Technology

Conflict Resolution

Cultural Diversity


Enforcing Policies & Procedures

Faculty & Staff Development

Fundraising/Donor Relations

Legal Issues

Managing Change

Problem Solving

Program Evaluation

School Safety Issues

Strategic Planning

Student-Focused Learning

Vision Articulation

Submission information

Please send titles and abstracts for a concise 2,500-3,000 word essay on leadership lessons as well as a 75-90 word author bio in the body of an email to

Proposal deadline: April 17, 2015

Acceptance notifications: May 1, 2015

First drafts due: November 30, 2015

Final drafts due: March 31, 2016

No previously published or simultaneously submitted material, please.

Editor bio: Colleen S. Harris-Keith serves as Information Literacy Coordinator and Assistant Librarian at the Broome Library on the CSU Channel Islands faculty. Previously, she also served as Head of Access Services at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and as Assistant Head of Access & Delivery Services at North Carolina State University. Colleen received her MLS from the University of Kentucky, an MFA in Writing from Spalding University, and will graduate with her EdD in Learning & Leadership from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Her work has appeared as book chapters in Library Management Tips that Work (ALA Editions, 2011), The Frugal Librarian (ALA Editions, 2011), Writing and Publishing: The Librarian’s Handbook (ALA Editions, 2010), and Teaching Generation M: A Handbook for Librarians and Educators (Neal-Schuman, 2009), and as articles in Library Review, Journal of Access Services, The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances, and Library Journal.

[Cited study: Harris-Keith, C. S. (2015). An exploratory study of the relationship between academic library work experience and perceptions of leadership skill development relevant to the academic library directorship. (Dissertation), University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN.]


Dear Colleague,

The Association of Science, Education and Technology (TASET), Governors State University and Sakarya University are pleased to invite you to the 6th “International Conference on New Horizons in Education” to be held at Barcelona, Spain on June 10-12, 2015.

The main aim of the INTE Conference is to bring scholars, researchers, educators, students, professionals and other groups interested in education to present their works in educational sciences.

All the accepted papers in English will be published  in Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences and others will be published in the Proceeding Book with ISBN and modified version of selected papers will be published in  peer reviewed journals such as TOJET (Indexed by ERIC and SCOPUS), TOJNED and TOJDEL.


You can submit your abstract at or email it to:

For our all conferences please visit TASET at

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission Deadline: May  30, 2015

Registration Deadline: June 07, 2015

Full Paper Submission Deadline: June 30, 2015

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Barcelona, Spain



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 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 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 May 1, 2015. Accepted and approved manuscripts received after this date have no guarantee of being included in the next published issue.

PA Libraries: Engage, Educate, Enrich

The 2015 PaLA Conference Program Committee is now accepting conference session proposals for the 2015 conference, PA Libraries: Engage, Educate, Enrich.  The conference will take place October 4 – 7, 2015 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, Pennsylvania.  If you are, or know someone that is, an expert on a topic that you feel will be of interest to librarians, we invite you to submit a session proposal.


The Program Committee is particularly interested in receiving proposals on topics suggested by previous PaLA conference attendees:

All proposals should be submitted via the online program proposal link. For a working copy of the form, or to view the questions in advance of submission, a PDF of the form is available for download. The link to both the online form and PDF are available on the 2015 Conference Information Page of the PaLA website.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, April 17, 2015. The program committee will notify all submitters regarding the acceptance of their proposal(s) in early May. Poster session proposals will be solicited in mid-April through mid-May.


Thank you in advance to all that submit proposals, we appreciate your dedication to PaLA and to Pennsylvania’s libraries!

Sharing Resources and Showing Results

The Indiana Online Users Group (IOLUG) Program Committee invites you to submit a proposal to present at the Spring 2015 IOLUG program, “Sharing Resources and Showing Results” on May 8th, 2015 at Indiana Wesleyan in Indianapolis, IN.

Submit your proposal using the online form by NOON, March 27th, 2015. Click the image above or HERE for the online form.

Resource Sharing is nothing new to libraries and librarians – after all, libraries are the original collectors and lenders of information. But today, sharing is more than just lending out books, or even other items (like bike locks). Libraries are taking sharing to the next level, and we are making sure others know about it. The IOLUG Spring Conference Committee invites proposals that explore the many aspects of sharing in libraries. Topic ideas include, but are not limited to:


  • Consortial Purchasing
  • Open Source software – software with publicly-available source-code for study, change, and distribution
  • Open Access – online, free scholarly literature that is exempt from most copyright restrictions
  • Inter-Library Loan
  • Collection Development implications of resource sharing
  • Data Sharing – the practice of sharing and archiving scholarly or scientific data used in research
  • Sharing Spaces
  • Open Licensing – generally, licensing a work which allows for the access, alteration, and re-distribution of it with few if any restrictions


Get some inspiration from previous years’ sessions on the IOLUG Website –