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Minding the Field: Exploring and Expanding Women’s and Gender Studies in North Texas

Call for Proposals

Hosted by The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at The University of Texas, Arlington

Symposium: Thursday, October 29, 2015

In honor of the 30-year anniversary of our Women’s History Month lecture series (1986-2016), the Women’s and Gender Studies program at UT Arlington invites proposals for papers and panel presentations at a one-day symposium entitled “Minding the Field: Exploring and Expanding Women’s and Gender Studies in North Texas.” The symposium will be held October 29, 2015 in conjunction with our annual screening of the women’s film festival, Lunafest ( .  As an academic field and activist enterprise, Women’s Studies has been active in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since 1974.  With six Women’s and Gender Studies programs and the first Ph.D. program in the field to be located in the South Central region of the U.S. at Texas Woman’s University, North Texas is an important part of the contemporary network of Women’s and Gender Studies in higher education nationally.

The purpose of this symposium is to foster dialogue and networking among Women’s and Gender Studies faculty, students and staff for future collaboration across campuses; highlight cutting edge research in Women’s and Gender Studies programs at the faculty, graduate and undergraduate levels; and, finally, to recognize and reflect on the rich history of Women’s Studies in the area while imagining future possibilities for the discipline.  We invite papers that engage new and ongoing debates in Feminist and Women’s Studies.  In order to demonstrate the wide-reaching and interdisciplinary nature of Women’s Studies, we encourage submissions including work in literature, fine arts, popular culture, the social sciences and the natural sciences.  Though not exhaustive, some examples of themes and subject matter relevant to the symposium include:

•        Examinations of the shifting roles of women and feminism in popular culture.

•        Analyses of the state of women’s sexual and reproductive freedoms nationally and in the state of Texas.

•        Women’s Studies, critical anti-racist feminisms and contemporary racist violence in the U.S.

•        Women and work in both the paid public sphere and the unpaid private sphere.

•        The work of Women’s and Gender Studies in movements for Trans rights and inclusion.

•        The challenges, possibilities and complexities of teaching Women’s and Gender Studies in the state of Texas and in the D/FW area more specifically.

•        The role of community partnerships and service learning in Women’s and Gender Studies

Please submit short proposals of 250 words to by September 1, 2015.  Please include your name, institutional affiliation(s) (if applicable), and contact email in your proposal. All accepted presenters will be notified bySeptember 15, 2015. We are accepting proposals for individual paper presentations as well as proposals for complete panels.  However, we encourage individual paper proposals to aid in the spirit of networking and collaboration. 

Handbook of Research on Administration, Policy, and Leadership in Higher Education

Call for Chapters


Dr. Siran Mukerji, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), India

Dr. Purnendu Tripathi, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), India


Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: July 15, 2015 Full Chapters Due: September 30, 2015 Submission Date: January 30, 2016

From the management point of view, Higher Education is no longer perceived as stage of learning that occurs at universities, academies, colleges, seminaries, and institutes of technology, rather, it is in the domain of support services provided to the learners in the form of academic programmes / educational programmes as ‘Educational Products’ in the higher learning institutions, now considered as Professional Organizations. Evidently, the area of Higher Education needs to be analyzed from this perspective. With greater emphasis on integration of technology with education and trans-national collaboration amongst the Universities, Higher Education Management is a specialized area with ample research taking place in policy, governance, technological integration, marketing, leadership and development etc. in Higher Education.

A background research of available literature on Higher Education Management revealed a need for the Handbook of Research related to Higher Education Management. Existing books on similar and related titles of Higher Education Management clearly shows that although there is significant amount of literature on Higher Education Management as a whole but a Handbook of Research on Administration, Policy, and Leadership in Higher Education and that too in the context of Research Studies/ Case Studies from Trans-national perspective is yet to be published. Hence, there is an urgent need to fill the gap with a Handbook of Research on Administration, Policy, and Leadership in Higher Education, comprising research studies / Case Studies related to Technology, Governance, Policy, Administration, Marketing and Transnational Collaboration with a holistic perspective of Higher Education.

Therefore, this Handbook is proposed to be a concerted effort to collaborate with researchers to share their research studies, case studies, innovations and good practices in the various conceptual, functional and operational dimension of Higher Education.



The Handbook has been planned and proposed to address the core issues of Technology, Management, Governance, Administration, Leadership, Policy and Marketing etc. in the domain of Higher Education including Distance Education with the following set of objectives:

  1. To present a comprehensive volume of Research Studies/ Case Studies on Trans-national Technological and Institutional collaboration amongst institutions of Higher Education and related areas;
  2. To provide the audience a comparative and analytical perspective of various issues like Technology, Governance, Policy, Marketing etc. in Higher Education institutions, their educational programs and support services and the related issues in the context of international competition; and
  3. To highlight the strategic framework adopted by Higher Education Institutions and policies of developing and marketing educational programs and student services to successfully meet global competitive challenges, thus have competitive advantage over other institutions.

Accordingly, the mission of this handbook is to provide an international platform to the policy makers, teachers and researchers, educational program managers and developers, educators, trainers, educational administrators, marketing specialists etc. to contribute and share their research studies, experiences, ideas, attitudes and perspectives on how institutions in their respective countries are addressing the core issues of management of higher education towards providing quality and internationally accredited higher education.


Target Audience

The proposed handbook is perceptibly going to be very useful for upper – level course supplement especially in Masters and Doctorate level programs in Higher Education Management, Educational Administration, Marketing Management, Services Marketing, Educational Management, Higher Education Planning and Management, Higher Education Administration and Leadership, Policy on Higher Education, Higher Education Marketing as a specialized stream because students and researchers would get good deal of detailed and comparative resource, strategies, experiences and challenges in a single volume.

It is expected that this handbook would certainly be useful as a library reference in all single and dual mode institutions of not only higher education but also non formal education, vocational education, distance education etc around the world due to its comprehensive and comparative character.


The proposed publication is expected to be of use to the following audience:


  1. Higher Education Policy makers and Administrators, Educators, Trainers and Teachers, and Researchers in Educational Management: The proposed handbook will provide a comparative and comprehensive analysis of higher education management on various issues across the world and also best practices and experiences from the varied range of countries. The audience of this handbook will benefit by having a single volume focusing on all these aspects. It will act as a good resource book for researchers in Educational Management, Marketing of Educational Programs, Higher Education and Management and Development of Education. By concentrating on various experiences and perspectives across the world, scholars of different institutions will get to know about latest advancements and applications of technology and marketing ideas in higher education of other countries thus using and adopting these as best practices in their own institution.


  1. Educational Program Managers, Support Services Managers, External Relation, partnership managers and Business Development officers: Since the book is concentrating on the core issue of educational management in Higher Education from trans-national perspective so it is expected that this book would provide a comprehensive insight into key international collaborative strategies for higher educational institutions.


Recommended Topics

  • Higher Education Management
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Higher Education Planning and Management
  • Higher Education Administration and Leadership
  • Policy on Higher Education
  • Technology in Higher Education Administration
  • Support Services for Students in Higher Education
  • Marketing of Higher Education
  • Online Learning and MOOCs in Higher Education Marketing Management
  • Services Marketing in Higher Education
  • Higher Education Administration Distance Education Institutions


Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before July 15, 2015, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter at Authors will be notified by August 30, 2015 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by September 30, 2015, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this publication. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the E-Editorial Discovery online submission manager.



This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2016.


Important Dates

July 15, 2015: Proposal Submission Deadline

August 30, 2015: Notification of Acceptance

September 30, 2015: Full Chapter Submission

November 30, 2015: Review Results Returned

March 15, 2016: Final Acceptance Notification

March 30, 2016: Final Chapter Submission


Dr. Siran Mukerji Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), India e-mail:
Dr. Purnendu Tripathi Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), India e-mail:


Mieres, Spain

December 15-17, 2015

Organized by:

European Centre for Soft Computing

Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)
Rovira i Virgili University


TPNC is a conference series intending to cover the wide spectrum of
computational principles, models and techniques inspired by information
processing in nature. TPNC 2015 will reserve significant room for young
scholars at the beginning of their career and particular focus will be put
on methodology. The conference aims at attracting contributions to
nature-inspired models of computation, synthesizing nature by means of
computation, nature-inspired materials, and information processing in


TPNC 2015 will take place in Mieres, in the north of Spain. The city is the
heart of the coal mining industry in the country, today declining. The venue
will be the European Centre for Soft Computing:


Topics include, but are not limited to:

– Theoretical contributions to:

amorphous computing
bacterial foraging
cellular automata
chaos and dynamical systems based computing
evolutionary computing
membrane computing
neural computing
optical computing
swarm intelligence

artificial chemistry
artificial immune systems
artificial life
complex adaptive systems
self-organizing systems

computing with DNA
physarum computing
quantum computing and quantum information
reaction-diffusion computing

computing with words
developmental systems
fractal geometry
gene assembly in unicellular organisms
granular computation
intelligent systems
rough/fuzzy computing in nature
synthetic biology

– Applications of natural computing to:

human-computer interaction
knowledge discovery
natural language processing
pattern recognition
planning and scheduling
web intelligence

A flexible “theory to/from practice” approach would be the perfect focus for
the expected contributions.


TPNC 2015 will consist of:

– invited talks
– invited tutorials
– peer-reviewed contributions


(to be completed)

John A. Smolin (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights), tba

Guy Theraulaz (Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse), Stigmergic Interactions
and 3D Nest Construction in Ant Colonies


Hussein Abbass (University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia)
Andrew Adamatzky (University of the West of England, Bristol, UK)
Humberto Bustince (Public University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain)
Pei-Chann Chang (Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan, Taiwan)
Shyi-Ming Chen (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology,
Taipei, Taiwan)
Óscar Cordón (University of Granada, Spain)
Swagatam Das (Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India)
Gianni Di Caro (Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Lugano,
Tharam Dillon (La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia)
Agoston E. Eiben (VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
János Fodor (Óbuda University, Budapest, Hungary)
Fernando Gomide (University of Campinas, Brazil)
Maoguo Gong (Xidian University, Xi’an, China)
Salvatore Greco (Universiy of Catania, Italy)
Jin-Kao Hao (University of Angers, France)
Francisco Herrera (University of Granada, Spain)
Robert John (University of Nottingham, UK)
Fakhri Karray (University of Waterloo, Canada)
László T. Kóczy (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary)
Rudolf Kruse (University of Magdeburg, Germany)
José A. Lozano (University of the Basque Country, Donostia, Spain)
Jianquan Lu (Southeast University, Nanjing, China)
Vittorio Maniezzo (University of Bologna, Italy)
Carlos Martín-Vide (Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain, chair)
Ujjwal Maulik (Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India)
Marjan Mernik (University of Maribor, Slovenia)
Radko Mesiar (Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava, Slovakia)
Risto Miikkulainen (University of Texas, Austin, USA)
Tal Mor (Technion, Haifa, Israel)
Vilém Novák (University of Ostrava, Czech Republic)
Sankar K. Pal (Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India)
Günther Palm (Ulm University, Germany)
Linqiang Pan (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China)
Lech Polkowski (Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology, Warsaw,
Dan Ralescu (University of Cincinnati, USA)
Friedrich Simmel (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
Guy Theraulaz (Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France)
Vicenç Torra (University of Skövde, Sweden)
José Luis Verdegay (University of Granada, Spain)
David Wolpert (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
Ronald R. Yager (Iona College, New Rochelle, USA)
Shengxiang Yang (De Montfort University, Leicester, UK)
Xin-She Yang (Middlesex University, London, UK)
Hao Ying (Wayne State University, Detroit, USA)
Mingsheng Ying (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)
Mengjie Zhang (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
Qingfu Zhang (City University of Hong Kong, China)
William Zhu (Minnan Normal University, Zhangzhou, China)
Marek Żukowski (University of Gdansk, Poland)


Adrian Horia Dediu (Tarragona)
Luis Magdalena (Mieres, co-chair)
Carlos Martín-Vide (Tarragona, co-chair)
Florentina Lilica Voicu (Tarragona)


Authors are invited to submit non-anonymized papers in English presenting
original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 single-spaced
pages (including eventual appendices, references, proofs, etc.) and should
be prepared according to the standard format for Springer Verlag’s LNCS
series (see

Submissions have to be uploaded to:


A volume of proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS series will be
available by the time of the conference.

A special issue of a major journal will be later published containing
peer-reviewed substantially extended versions of some of the papers
contributed to the conference. Submissions to it will be by invitation.


The registration form can be found at:


Paper submission: July 21, 2015 (23:59h, CET)
Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: August 18, 2015
Final version of the paper for the LNCS proceedings: September 1, 2015
Early registration: September 1, 2015
Late registration: December 1, 2015
Submission to the post-conference journal special issue: March 17, 2016



TPNC 2015
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)
Rovira i Virgili University
Av. Catalunya, 35
43002 Tarragona, Spain

Phone: +34 977 559 543
Fax: +34 977 558 386


European Centre for Soft Computing
Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Women’s Lives around the World: A Global Encyclopedia Volume 2: The Americas

Seeking contributors for Volume 2: The Americas, one of a four volume set titled Women’s Lives Around the World, that will provide a country by country overview of the social, political, economic, and religious situations of women throughout the world. Aimed at undergraduate and high school levels, entries will explore the women’s diverse, intersectional lives, including differences of race/ethnicity, sexual identity, social class, religion, and ability. Available entries listed below. A publisher supplied template and style guideline will be provided. Entries due November 2015.

Countries & Word Counts
Haiti, 7000
Honduras, 7500
Netherlands Antilles: Aruba Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, 5000
Nicaragua, 7500
Uruguay, 6000
Peru, 8000

Contributors will be given access to an electronic version of the encyclopedia. The editors will donate the $10,000 contributor budget to the National Women’s Studies Association for student scholarships and will provide NWSA with a list of all contributors.

Interested? Questions? Please email:

Jane Nichols, MLIS
Associate Professor & Librarian
The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Editor, Volume 2: The Americas

When We Were Modern: Lesbian Literature and Aesthetic Diversity in the 20th Century

Call for Contributions

Collection edited by Jaime Harker and Julie R. Enszer

How do we locate lesbian writers and lesbian characters in popular, middlebrow, and highbrow fiction in the 20th century? What meanings can we make of lesbian identities and lesbian communities from this fiction across the century?

Considering lesbian writers and lesbian characters across the 20th century challenges the narrative of the closet that emerges in 1970 and continues today. The apparent massive coming out in the 1970s and 1980s was in relationship to a closet that was constructed simultaneously. In the 1950s, Elizabeth Bishop did not live like she was in the closet. During the 1910s and 1920s, Amy Lowell was not in the closet. In 1946, when Jo Sinclair won the Harper & Brothers Prize for her novel, The Wasteland, the lesbian character central to the novel was not excised, nor was she in the closet.

When We Were Modern: Lesbian Literature and Aesthetic Diversity in the 20th Century will explore how literature by lesbians with open lesbian characters circulated widely. The political and material realities for lesbians during the 20th century, including the openness of the 20s and 30s for lesbians and the constriction of the 50s and early 60s, are still largely unmapped for lesbians and lesbian literature.  And the influence of those lesbians on writers of the 70s and beyond has also not been investigated; what happens when we read more contemporary lesbian writers as part of an ongoing, diverse lesbian tradition? This anthology will begin to construct a new genealogy of lesbian literary traditions in the 20th century.

Exploring the historical, biographical, and material aspects of lesbian literature and aesthetic diversity, the editors invite proposals for contributions by September 30th with full papers by January 30th. Email proposals to Jaime Harker, <>, and Julie R. Enszer, <>.

While we are in discussion with editors, this collection is not yet under contract.

Encyclopedia of Strategic Leadership and Management

Proposal Submission Deadline: July 31, 2015

Edited by Professor Victor C. X. Wang, Florida Atlantic University, USA, and Professor Patricia Cranton (consulting editor), New Brunswick University, Canada

Propose Chapters here:


Leadership and management are two inseparable academic subjects pursued in two different academic disciplines in numerous universities around the globe: faculties, colleges, or departments of education or business. For various organizations in our societies to survive and thrive, leaders and managers turn to leadership theories and management science for any needed guidance. For the vision and direction for the long term growth and success of an organization or a country, leaders and managers have turned to strategic leadership and management. In the broadest sense, leadership involves establishing direction, aligning people, and motivating and inspiring others to produce change and movement whereas management involves planning and budgeting, organizing and staffing and controlling and problem solving to produce order and consistency. Leading and managing organizations is not a linear process. Although leadership and management are two separate fields of study, leadership is a process that is similar to management in many ways. Leaders and managers need the skills and tools for both strategy formulation and implementation to deal with change in our society. Managing change and ambiguity requires strategic leaders who not only provide a sense of direction, but who can also build ownership and alignment within their workgroups to implement change.

There are different ways of defining strategic leadership. It can be defined as utilizing strategy in the management of employees. The main objective of strategic leadership is strategic productivity. China’s GDP surpassed that of USA recently. That economic accomplishment can be considered the tangible result of strategic leadership on a macro level. If strategic leadership is linked to the writings by Karl Marx, then the aim of strategic leadership is to produce “surplus value” as a result of the ruling class exploiting the working class. In academia, strategic leadership is commonly defined as a leadership style. Strategic leadership provides the vision and direction for the long term growth and success of an organization. It requires objectivity and potential to look at the broader picture. It is leaders’ responsibility to incorporate aspects of both the analytical and human dimensions to effectively drive the organizations forward. Strategic leaders have to answer four fundamental questions:

  1. What are our roles as chief strategists?
  2. How do we function as strategic leaders during the ongoing development of strategies?
  3. What kind of teams are needed for developing strategies?
  4. How can we evaluate the effectiveness of strategies?

Like all other leaders, strategic leaders are required first to formulate a vision for their organizations. Secondly strategic leaders are required to align non leaders and thirdly, strategic leaders are required to motivate subordinates for change or bring about change to their organizations. More importantly, strategic leaders are required to be managers who maintain day to day operations to ensure that strategies are best implemented and organizational goals are realized. The goal of strategic leadership and management is to drive innovation, and maximize team performance to enhance organizations’ long term growth and success in today’s complex world of fast-paced, dramatic change. In both education and business programs in higher education, faculty members train our next generation of leaders and managers not to rely on old ways of thinking about leadership strategies. Research on strategic leadership and management has been going on for decades and researchers have been able to generate new frameworks and models about these two inseparable subjects that drive innovation, and maximize team performance in our societies.

Objective of the BookEncyclopedia of Strategic Leadership and Management will feature full length chapters (5,000 words per chapter) authored by leading experts offering an in-depth description of concepts related to strategic leadership and management in this changing society.

Target Audience

This unique title on Strategic Leadership and Management will benefit faculty, researchers, graduate students, librarians, and leaders, managers, and employees at various kinds of organizations in different cultures and countries. Numerous university programs in both educational administration and business will refer to this authoritative publication as a reference for their teaching and learning. Graduate students will use this reference book to enhance their theses or dissertations. Last, but not least, national leaders will refer to this reference source to make national policies. The book will be written by high profile scholars and practitioners including current and retired leaders and managers. Researchers, scholars, professors, and learners across disciplines such as education, business, health care, arts and humanities, and social sciences will refer to this premier reference source. We need leaders and managers in almost every field of study, including health care, arts and humanities and, social sciences. For long term growth and success, we need strategic leaders and managers in all fields of study.

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

Given the broad theme of this volume, contributing authors may determine their own research topics and send their chapter proposals to the editor for consideration for inclusion in the volume. This volume intends to address all pertinent issues and concerns in strategic leadership and management. Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

·        Strategic Leadership·        Management·        Reflective/ethical leadership·        Are managers different from leaders?·        The ways CEOs lead·        The work of leadership·        The manager’s job·        Theories of managing people·        Leadership theories·        Organizational learning·        Human behavior and personality·        Individual and organizational motivation·        Workplace ethics·        Personal growth and work stress for leaders and managers·        Interpersonal communication and leadership·        Group leadership·        Culture and leadership·        Women and leadership·        Problem solving and leadership·        Managing creativity·        Conflict resolution and leadership·        Managing diversity·        Organizational culture and leadership·        Decision making and leadership·        Power and influence·        Empowerment theory and leadership·        Performance management·        Managing change and leadership·        Globalization and leadership/management·        Internationalization and leadership·        Importance of leadership·        Leadership trait development·        Leadership skills development·        Assuming the right leadership styles·        Readdressing situational leadership in the new world order·        International charismatic leaders and influence·        Team leadership and globalization·        Leadership ethical challenges·        Cultural dimensions of leadership·        Strategic leadership and globalization·        Leadership and succession planning·        Internal/external motivators of leadership·        Management as a science·        Scientific management·        Managing people·        Managing a diverse workforce·        Managing equity

Submission Procedure

Scholars, researchers, and practitioners are invited to submit on or before July 31, 2015 a chapter proposal (no more than one page) clearly explaining the mission and concerns of their proposed chapter. More than one chapter proposal from worldwide famous scholars is welcome. All authors are required to send their curriculum vitae along with their proposals to the editor. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified immediately about the status of their proposals and sent guidelines for writing their chapters. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by November 30, 2015. All submitted chapters will be reviewed in a double-blind review process. Contributors may also be asked to serve as reviewers for this project.


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 book is anticipated to be released in 2016.

Important Dates

Proposal Submission Deadline: July 31, 2015  Full chapter Submission: November 30, 2015  Review Process: may last two to three months Notification of Acceptance: December 30, 2015 Full Chapter Submission (publication ready): January29, 2016

International Editorial Board Members


Laura Bierema, University of Georgia, USA

Ellen Boeren, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Carrie J. Boden-McGill, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, USA

Stephen Brookfield, University of St. Thomas, USA

Patricia Cranton, New Brunswick University, Canada

Catherine A Hansman, Cleveland State University, USA

John Henschke, Lindenwood University, USA

John Hope, University of Auckland, New Zealand

  1. Sergius Koku, Florida Atlantic University, USA

Patricia Maslin-Ostrowski, Florida Atlantic University, USA

Sean W. Mulvenon, University of Arkansas, USA

Judith Parker, Columbia University, USA

Sandra Poirier, Middle Tennessee State University, USA

Dan Pratt, University of British Columbia, Canada

Tonette Rocco, Florida International University, USA

Geraldine Torrisi-Steele, Griffith University, Australia

John Wang, Montclair State University, USA.

James Witte, Auburn University, USA

Bai Yin Yang, Qing Hua University, China

Lyle Yorks, Columbia University, USA


Inquiries can be forwarded to

Dr. Victor C.X. Wang


Social Responsibility, Democracy, Education, and Professionalism: Supporting Core Values in Academic and Research Librarianship

Call for Poster Session Proposals:
The Greater New York Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries 2015 Symposium
Friday, December 4, 2015

The 2015 ACRL/NY Annual Symposium will use four of ALA’s Core Values of Librarianship as a framework from which to pose questions. What does “social responsibility” mean for academic librarians? How diverse are our libraries and archives, and how democratic do we want them to be? How does supporting lifelong learning and information literacy differ for academic libraries of differing sizes, populations, and missions? How can we make time to grow professionally, given our multiple roles and budget challenges? These and other questions will be explored by noted speakers and panelists. For further information about the symposium, visit

ACRL/NY invites you to submit a poster session proposal for the 2015 Symposium. Poster sessions can address any of the core values: access, confidentiality and privacy, democracy, diversity, education and lifelong learning, intellectual freedom, the public good, preservation, professionalism, service, and social responsibility. Examples of potential topics include, but are not limited to:

 *   Providing access for underserved users
 *   Fostering lifelong learning in our communities
 *   Examining professionalism and changes to the profession
 *   Meeting the needs of diverse populations
 *   Resisting censorship in academic and research libraries
 *   Defining and striving towards “the public good”
 *   Protecting patron privacy in a time of surveillance
 *   Creating diverse workplaces and learning environments

Please submit your proposal using the online form at

The deadline for submission is Friday, September 4, 2015.
Accepted posters will be notified by Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

For some helpful poster pointers, check the “poster presentations” tab on the LibGuide at

The Symposium will take place on Friday, December 4, 2015 in New York City at:
The William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus Conference Center, Baruch College, 55 Lexington Avenue (at 24th Street) Room 14-220 (14th floor)

We look forward to your submissions!
The 2015 ACRL/NY Symposium Committee

GSIS/GSA 2015 Call for Abstracts: “Evolution of the Data Life Cycle”

Please consider submitting an abstract for the Geoscience Information Society’s (GSIS) session at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting, which will be held this November 1-4, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. 

This year GSIS is planning to have an oral technical session around the theme of geoscience data: “Evolution of the Data Life Cycle” 
What: GSIS/GSA Annual Meeting 
When: November 1-4, 2015 
Where: Baltimore, Maryland. 
Deadline: Abstracts are due Tuesday, August 11, 2015 and can be uploaded online: 
GSIS 2015 Abstract: “Evolution of the Data Life Cycle” 
Geoscience Information Society 
Hannah Winkler, Technical Convener 
Call for Abstracts:
With increased expectations in the sharing of geoscience research data and complexities in the evolution of the data life cycle, geoscientists are evaluating best practices in scientific data collection, preservation, recovery and subsequent reuse. In some cases geoscientists have started turning to their libraries or institutional repositories as a place to store and preserve that data. In other cases geoscientists have found creative solutions to promote and enable data access and discoverability of their materials. This session will look at the challenges and strategies scientists, researchers, information professionals and librarians have in managing the data life cycle including: examples of repurposed and discovered data, how to manage and store data, data publishing and citation, and data curation and metadata management. Topics may include data ontologies, geoscience information, data discovery, archiving, depositories and best practices for using geoscience data in its many formats. 
We welcome oral papers about programs, projects, examples of interdisciplinary research, and unusual findings related to the long-term sustainability of geoscience data and information. We are particularly keen to solicit abstracts from STUDENTS, RESEARCHERS and LIBRARIANS in order to see a diverse range of topics and data sets.
If you have any questions, please contact Earth Sciences Librarian Hannah Winkler at