Monthly Archives: June 2015

Designing for Peripheral Interaction: seamlessly integrating interactive technology in everyday life. Special issue of Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal (IxD&A)

to be published at the
Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal (IxD&A)
(ISSN 1826-9745, eISSN 2283-2998)

Guest Editors:
• Saskia Bakker, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
• Doris Hausen, University of Munich (LMU), Germany
• Elise van den Hoven, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia and Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
• Ted Selker, Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley, USA

Important dates:
*** Deadline: 1st July ***
Other important dates:
• Notifications to the authors: 1st August
• Revised paper due by: 1st September
• Final notification to the authors: 1st October
• Camera ready versions due: 20th October
• Publication: second half of November

In everyday life, we can easily perform various activities without focused attention. 
For example, we can tie our shoelaces or know what the weather is like without consciously thinking about it. 
Such activities are performed in our periphery of attention while they may also shift to the center of attention 
when relevant. Contrarily, interactive devices such as smartphones usually require focused attention to be interacted with. 
Since such devices are becoming omnipresent in our daily environment, we need to explore how to design technology such 
that it can engage both the focus and periphery of attention. This direction, which is called “peripheral interaction”, 
aims to seamlessly embed computing technology into everyday life.
With computers now becoming truly ubiquitous in everyday life, certain interactions with computing technologies 
will inevitably not concern our focus of attention. While various past efforts in this domain aimed to subtly present 
information such that people can perceive it in their periphery of attention, we now see an upcoming interest 
in interactive systems that people can physically interact with in their periphery of attention. 
This special issue aims to unify the various terminologies used and will furthermore try to consolidate motivation 
for and framing of the work. This issue aims to enable a platform for a wide academic discussion on peripheral interaction 
and its value for embedding HCI in everyday life.

Topics of Interest
The special issue welcomes original research papers in the contributions may include but are not limited to:
• Design, human-computer interaction, art and architecture work on technology embedded in the everyday environment
• Issues of embedding computing technology in everyday natural settings, including
• Future visions of interactive system use
• Explorations and evaluations of design for everyday life
• Analysis of challenges and opportunities
• Design and art work involving technology for the everyday
• Explorations of everyday attention management
• Interaction designs for peripheral attention, including
• Eyes free interaction
• Micro interaction
• Implicit interaction
• Peripheral displays
• Auditory displays
• Ambient media
• Awareness systems
• Gesture interfaces
• Inattentive interaction
• Tangible interaction
• Embodied interaction
• New design processes, methodologies, technologies and evaluation approaches for peripheral interaction
• Peripheral interaction for specific contexts and target groups
• Tools and strategies to develop everyday interactive systems

Submission procedure
All submissions (abstracts and later final manuscripts) must be original 
and may not be under review by another publication.
The manuscripts should be submitted either in .doc or in .rtf format.

All submissions  will be blindly peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers.
Authors are invited to submit a 8-14 pages paper
(including authors' information, abstract, all tables, figures, references, etc.).
The paper should be written according to the IxD&A authors' guidelines

Authors' guidelines
Link to the paper submission page: 
(when submitting the paper please choose Domain Subjects under: 
"IxD&A special issue: 'Peripheral Interaction')

More information on the submission procedure and on the characteristics
of the paper format can be found on the website of the IxD&A Journal
where information on the copyright policy and responsibility of authors,
publication ethics and malpractice are published.

For scientific advices and for any query please contact the guest-editors:

• peripheralinteraction [at] gmail [dot] com

marking the subject as: 'IxD&A focus section on: 'Peripheral Interaction'.

Other open calls
Focus section on
Design Antropology in Participatory Design
Guest Editors: Rachel Charlotte Smith, Mette Kjærsgaard

*** 2014: IxD&A in figures ***
acceptance rate: less than 30%;
4 issues and 28 papers published, written by 90 authors from 16 countries (5 continents); 102 reviewers involved.
IxD&A is visited by scholars from all over the world coming from about 70 countries
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Open Source Software and Tools for the Library and Archive

Have you made the move to integrate open source software? If so, we want to hear about it and share it with others!

Amigos Library Services is looking for presenters for our upcoming September conference, “Open Source Software and Tools for the Library and Archive.” We are looking for success stories concerning open source software or tools used in a recent or current project.

We encourage a wide variety of projects (content or institutional repositories, integrated library systems, public-facing websites, etc.) that have utilized open source tools. Examples could include Omeka, WordPress, Koha, Audacity, Drupal, Archivists’ Toolkit, Ushahidi, or self-created or modified software.

If you can speak on one of these topics or have another idea in mind, please submit your proposal by July 13. Don’t worry if you’ve never presented online. It’s easy, and we are happy to train you and provide technical support during your presentation.

For more information about this conference, contact Carmen Cowick,  or 800-843-8482, ext. 2844

To submit a proposal:

The Library Assessment Cookbook

Call for Chapter Proposals

Editor – Aaron W Dobbs

Send proposals to: Aaron Dobbs

ACRL has approved Aaron’s proposal to create a Library Assessment Cookbook. Depending on the number and variety of proposals, there will be 5 to 7 sections of 5 to 10 recipes each which describe achievable library assessment projects.

Working Book Title:  The Library Assessment Cookbook: 50+ recipes for effective assessment. (Chicago: ACRL, Spring 2016) (proposal process at end of email)

The goal of this cookbook is to offer practical projects with suggestions for measurable, useable, useful assessment projects. Many libraries have no idea what to assess or what can be assessed. This cookbook will offer hopefully useful ideas and options for library assessment projects. The ultimate goal is a cookbook which any librarian or library administrator can flip open, select a recipe, and adapt a project for their local situation.

The usefulness of this cookbook depends on Assessment Chefs (you) proposing and providing tested, workable project plans which can make assessment easier for librarians and more useful for stakeholders. Recipes focusing less on input measures, more on output measures, and especially on outcome measures will receive extra weight.

Recipes proposed will guide the development of the sections, with a loose initial organization as follows:

Introduction to Library Assessment

o    What it comprises

o    Why it is so important

o    What areas can be assessed

o    Including broad Literature Review covering the topics above

  • Five to Ten Sections of five to ten recipes (three to five pages per recpie)
  • (introductions for each section including re-summarizing introduction for each section with additional lit review and strategies for incorporating these assessments into planning and reporting processes)

o    Collection Assessment

o    Instruction Assessment

o    Outreach Assessment

o    Personnel Assessment

o    Space Assessment

o    Strategic Planning Assessment

o    Etc. (additional areas dependent on recipes proposed)

  • Summary of Library Assessment

o    How to frame assessment measures for planning

o    How to frame assessment measures for reporting

o    Working with stakeholders to identify appropriate measures

If you are interested in proposing a recipe (or several recipes), the recipe proposal format will be something like the following:

Name & Contact Information

  • Quick Summary of Assessment Experience Related to Recipe
  • Proposed Recipe Title, Outline, & a couple paragraphs describing the project and its uses

If you would like to introduce or summarize a particular section where you have had good experience, please email Aaron ( with your background in that assessment area and outline what you would like to convey in your introduction or summary.

To recap the recipe proposal process:

  • Recipe Proposals Deadline : due by 8/6/15

o    Name & Contact Information

o    Quick Summary of Assessment Experience Related to Recipe

o    Proposed Recipe Title, Outline, & a couple paragraphs describing the project and its uses

  • Recipe Acceptance Notification : 8/20/15
  • Completed Recipes : due from Authors by 10/15/2015 (earlier is fine)
  • Send Proposals to :

Email your proposals (in an attachment, preferably) to Aaron Dobbs ( by August 6, 2015. If your proposal is accepted, the final recipe will need to be submitted to by October 15, 2015. My challenge is to have the Library Instruction Cookbook available by ALA Midwinter 2016. My more realistic goal is to have the cookbook available by ALA Annual 2016.

Please email me with any questions!

-Aaron W. Dobbs, Scholarly Communications & Electronic Resources Librarian, Shippensburg University of PA,



Special issue on Men, Masculinities, and Violence: Graduate Journal of Social Science


Graduate Journal of Social Science

Social scientists have been interested in examining men’s gendered behaviors and relationship to violence for many decades. Feminist analyses and interventions regarding violence against women have brought much needed attention to the patriarchal norms, values and practices that privilege men in ways that allow and even encourage them to perpetrate violence against marginalized communities such as women and children, often with impunity. The LGBT rights movement has also brought attention to men’s relationship to homophobia and transphobia. The concept of hegemonic masculinity, as developed by Connell, has emphasized the idea that not all men and not all masculinities are equal — those who espouse attributes of hegemonic masculinity hold power over those who don’t, and reap higher patriarchal dividend. More recently, a number of international conferences have focused on critical studies of contemporary masculinities, and working with men and boys to end gender-based violence.

In this special issue, we want to further investigate the complex relationship between men, masculinities, and violence. According to some recent research studies, adherence to hegemonic gender norms amongst contemporary men from certain contexts and communities is no longer as rigid as it used to be. What is the nature and context of these changes, and what do they mean in the context of violence as a tool of perpetuating patriarchy? What factors and forces resist or promote contemporary men’s and masculine practices of violence? Whilst men’s violence against women has deservedly received significant attention, men’s violence against other men has somewhat escaped scrutiny; how do we understand this through the lens of gender? These are some areas that we seek to explore in this special issue. Other areas that submissions may cover are (this is not an exhaustive list):

–        Violence against girls and women and its relationship to men and masculinities
–        Bodies, masculinities, and violence
–        Working with men and boys to end gender-based violence
–        Politics of “men’s rights” groups with regard to violence against women
–        Men as victims and survivors of sexual violence
–        Men’s gendered violence against other men
–        Communal/casteist/xenophobic violence and its relationship to masculinity
–        Violence against men with non-hegemonic masculinities and men who are gender transgressive
–        Relationship between masculinity, heteronormativity, and homophobic or transphobic violence
–        Cisgender men’s violence against transgender men
–        Militarized masculinities in the context of war and conflict
–        (Pro)feminist men and their work to end men’s gender-based violence
–        Men in same-sex relationships who are perpetrators or survivors of domestic violence
–        Racialized masculinities and violence against men of color in predominantly white societies

SUBMISSIONS: Original and unpublished papers (5000-8000 words), personal narratives (2000-3000 words), short essays (2000-3000 words), book or film reviews (1000-1500 words), artwork and photo essays are welcome. Please send submissions and enquiries to guest editors Alankaar Sharma and Arpita Das at

Submission deadline: 10 September 2015

We especially welcome submissions from graduate students (Master’s, PhD).

Graduate Journal of Social Science is an academic, open access, peer reviewed, interdisciplinary, and international journal. For more information and past issues, visit


Advances in Library Administration and Organization 2016 Volume: The Future of Library Space

Series Editor: Samantha Hines, Missoula College at the University of Montana

Libraries are dealing with unprecedented changes on several fronts:
technological developments, funding difficulties, and an increasing need to
prove themselves to a demanding population.  These factors understandably
impact physical library space. Looking toward the future, what changes can we
expect to see in how libraries use space?

The first 2016 volume of Advances in Library Administration and Organization
will focus on the future of library spaces.  ALAO offers long-form research,
comprehensive discussions of theoretical developments, and in-depth accounts of
evidence-based practice in library administration and organization.  The series
aims to answer the questions, “How have libraries been managed, and how
should they be managed?” It goes beyond a platform for the sharing of
research to provide a venue for dialogue across issues, in a way that
traditional peer reviewed journals cannot.  Through this series, practitioners
can glean new approaches in challenging times and collaborate on the
exploration of scholarly solutions to professional quandaries.

We are currently seeking proposals for the 2016 volume on the future of library
space. If you are interested in being part of this volume, please send a
proposal including author details and estimated length of final submission to by July 31, 2015.

Submission deadlines:

Submission deadline for proposals: July 31, 2015
Notification of acceptance sent by August 31, 2015
Submission deadline for full chapters: October 31, 2015
Submission deadline for chapter revisions: December 31, 2015
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