Monthly Archives: November 2015

SCIL Works 2016 — Crossing the Threshold: Engaging with the ACRL Framework

***Call for Proposals due Friday, December 4, 2015, by 5pm***

When: Friday, February 19, 2016

Where: California State University, Fullerton

Southern California Instruction Librarians (SCIL) will be hosting SCIL Works on February 19, 2016. This annual mini-conference, offers librarians the opportunity to share their best practices, innovative pedagogy, and creative solutions with colleagues. SCIL Works 2016 will focus on the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

For the last fifteen years, the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education has served as a guiding document for librarians as they designed, taught, and assessed information literacy instruction sessions. According to the Framework, “the rapidly changing higher education environment, along with the dynamic and often uncertain information ecosystem in which all of us work and live, require new attention to be focused on foundational ideas about that ecosystem.”

Thus, the Framework introduces a new set of core concepts, or frames, central to information literacy that include the following:

  • Authority is Constructed and Contextual
  • Information Creation as a Process
  • Information Has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration

We seek proposals that focus on teaching, learning, and practices that engage with the ACRL Framework. How are librarians incorporating the Framework into their teaching? What does the typical one-shot session look like when re-designed with the Framework in mind? What do the frames look like in specific disciplines? How are the learning goals for each frame, as described in the knowledge practices and dispositions, addressed? How are libraries and librarians implementing the ACRL Framework?

Example topics could include:

  • Class activities or teaching collaborations that explore various frames
  • Instructional tools created to advance the Framework’s learning goals
  • Challenges or opportunities experienced from implementing the Framework
  • Approaches to the Framework from critical pedagogical perspectives

We are accepting proposals for presentations in one of two formats:

Research & Practice Presentation

An hour-long presentation where the presenter shares his/her research or an effective program or practice with participants, includes 10 minutes for Q&A. Each presentation will be presented twice.

Lightning Round Presentation

A live, 5-minute poster session. This presentation could briefly describe a program or initiative, highlight an online tool or tutorial, or exhibit an assessment process or instrument.


Please submit your proposals to Lua Gregory, SCIL Chair,, by 5:00 pm, Friday, December 4th, 2015.  All submissions will be blind-reviewed by a panel. Presenters will be notified that their submissions have been accepted by Wednesday, December 16th.

Format of Submissions

You can submit your proposal within the body of an email. Be sure to include:

  • Primary contact name, institution, title, phone number, email
  • Other presenters names (if any)
  • Title of presentation — labeling it Research & Practice or Lightning Round
  • Short description of the presentation (no more than 250 words)
  • One paragraph describing how this presentation addresses the theme of the program
  • One learning outcome for attendees

Presenters will receive priority registration.

We appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you!




The Innovative Library Classroom 2016: Bringing Balance to Our Success

Preconference workshop and poster sessions on Wednesday, May 11 and Conference on Thursday, May 12, 2016
Radford University, Radford, VA
“What a great conference. The quality of all the presentations was really outstanding. This is really a gem of a conference and outshines many that are larger and more expensive. Well done and thanks for letting me be a part of it.”- from 2015 attendee
“Best. Library. Conference. In. The. Universe.”- another participant’s feedback
We are now accepting proposals for TILC 2016. Although we are open to anything related to innovative teaching, our theme this year is “Bringing balance to our success.”  How do we continue to strengthen and grow our information literacy efforts without becoming victims of our success?  When instruction requests increase, how can we handle scalability? What are some strategies to sustain our energy and enthusiasm when teaching the umpteenth class?  Next May, many of our academic calendars will be winding down and it will be a great time to reflect on our approaches to instruction and ways to recharge for fall.
Proposals are invited for three different session types:
•          Posters (presented at the Wednesday evening social)
•          50-minute presentations
•          7-minute lightning talks
Two levels of review will take place. In the peer review, submissions will be rated for fit for the session type, relevance, and innovativeness.   In addition, we will crowdsource interest in the topics submitted by authors.  Abstracts submitted by authors will be blinded for the crowdsourced portion.  Conference coordinators will make the final selections, basing decisions on both the peer review process and the crowdsourced information.
Submission deadline: November 19, 2015
Acceptance notification: January 5, 2016
We expect registration costs to be about $35.
Full details and a link to the proposal form are available at:
Selected papers based on conference presentations will be published, subject to double blind peer review, in a special issue of Internet Reference Services Quarterly dedicated to The Innovative Library Classroom.  More information about IRSQ is available on the IRSQ website:

OCLC Systems & Services: International Digital Library Perspectives

OCLC Systems & Services:  International Digital Library Perspectives_ (OSS:IDLP) will be publishing a special issue on cloud and open-source implementations of integrated library systems (ILSs).  The editor is looking for articles on all aspects of this topic.  Articles can be of any length, and figures and screen shots are encouraged. OSS:IDLP is a peer-reviewed journal.

If you are interested in contributing, please send the editor your name, a short proposal of the topic, and a tentative title for the article.  Deadline for proposals is November 15, 2015.  Articles would be due to the editor by February 1, 2016.  Any questions and proposal should be directed to the editor, not to this listserv.  Thank you.

Bradford Lee Eden, Ph.D.
Editor, _OCLC Systems & Services:  International Digital Library Perspectives_
Dean of Library Services
Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources
Valparaiso University
Valparaiso, Indiana  46383

Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) 2016

We are issuing a call for applications for the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) 2016. We are seeking novice librarian researchers who are employed by academic libraries or research libraries outside an academic setting in the United States to participate in the Institute. Novice researchers typically may have conducted research but have not yet had a peer-reviewed article published as the primary author or had an individual presentation accepted by a peer-reviewed conference. We define “novice” broadly; if you feel that you would benefit from being guided throughout the entire research design process, we encourage your application. Librarians of all levels of professional experience are welcome to apply. IRDL 2016 will be held on June 6-16, 2016, with arrival on campus on Sunday, June 5, and departure on Friday, June 17.
The William H. Hannon Library has received a three-year grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to offer this continuing education opportunity for academic and research librarians. Each year 21 librarians receive, at no cost to them, instruction in research design and a full year of peer/mentor support to complete a research project at their home institutions; the learning experience, travel to and from Los Angeles, CA, accommodations, and food will be supplied to Scholars free of charge. The summer IRDL workshop is supplemented with pre-Institute learning activities and a peer learning network that provides ongoing support. The workshop will be held on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. For more information about the project, including the project partners, the San José State University School of Information and the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC), please see the project website:
IRDL seeks librarians with a passion for research and a desire to improve their research skills. IRDL is designed to bring together all that the literature tells us about the necessary conditions for librarians to conduct valid and reliable research in an institutional setting. The cohort will be chosen from a selective submission process, with an emphasis on enthusiasm for research and diversity from a variety of perspectives, including ethnicity and type and size of library. 
Selection criteria:
  • Commitment to the year-long process of communicating with other participants and conducting the proposed study within the 2016-2017 academic year;
  •  Significance of the research problem to the operational success of the applicant’s library or to the profession of librarianship;
  •  Thoughtfulness, thoroughness, and clarity of the research proposal;
  • Enthusiasm for research and a desire to learn.
Applications for IRDL 2016 will be accepted from December 1, 2015 to February 1, 2016. Scholars accepted to the Institute will be notified in early April, 2016.
Please contact Project Directors with any questions about the Institute or the application process: 
Kristine Brancolini, Dean of the Library, Loyola Marymount University (
Marie Kennedy, Serials & Electronic Resources Librarian, Loyola Marymount University (
“IRDL not only set me on the path to producing and properly documenting original research, but it set me up with a network of like-minded Librarians who will help me achieve my goals.” — 2014 IRDL Scholar

Code4Lib 2016

The deadline for submitting a talk proposal is Monday, November 9, 2015 at midnight PST (GMT−8)

** Please excuse any cross-posting **

Code4Lib 2016 is a loosely-structured conference that provides people working at the intersection of libraries/archives/museums/cultural heritage and technology with a chance to share ideas, be inspired, and forge collaborations. For more information about the Code4Lib community, please visit

The conference will be held at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from March 7-10, 2016.  For information about Code4lib 2016, please visit

Proposals for Prepared Talks:

We encourage everyone to propose a talk.

Prepared talks are 20 minutes (including setup and questions), and should focus on one or more of the following areas:

–   Projects you’ve worked on which incorporate innovative implementation of existing technologies and/or development of new software
–   Tools and technologies – How to get the most out of existing tools, standards and protocols (and ideas on how to make them better)
–   Technical issues – Big issues in library technology that should be addressed or better understood
–   Relevant non-technical issues – Concerns of interest to the Code4Lib community which are not strictly technical in nature, e.g. collaboration, diversity, organizational challenges, etc.

To Propose a Talk, please fill out the following form:

As in past years, the Code4Lib community will vote on proposals that they would like to see included in the program. The top 10 proposals are guaranteed a slot at the conference. The Program Committee will curate the remainder of the program in an effort to ensure diversity in program content and presenters.  Community votes will, of course, still weigh heavily in these decisions.

Presenters whose proposals are selected for inclusion in the program will be guaranteed an opportunity to register for the conference. The standard conference registration fee will still apply. Proposals can be submitted through Monday, November 9, 2015 at midnight PST (GMT−8). Voting will start on November 16, 2015 and continue through December 7, 2015. The URL to submit votes will be announced on the Code4Lib website and mailing list and will require an active<> account to participate. The final list of presentations will be announced in mid-December.

Thank you,

The Code4Lib 2016 Program Committee



Special Theme: Serious Games and Gamification for Technology Enhanced Learning of BULLETIN OF THE TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ON LEARNING TECHNOLOGY

publication of IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Learning
Technology (TCLT)

* Special Theme: Serious Games and Gamification for Technology Enhanced
* Extended deadline for submission: November 20, 2015.
The Bulletin of the Technical Committee on Learning Technology (former
Learning Technology Newsletter) aims at publishing and disseminating current
research about new and emerging learning technologies as well as their
design, usage, application, and evaluation in different contexts of
technology enhanced learning.

The special theme of this issue will focus on topics related to serious
games and gamification for technology enhanced learning, including (but not
limited to) research on concepts, design and practical applications of
serious games or technologies, systems and tools that support gamification
in the context of technology enhanced learning; case studies and exploratory
studies on serious games and the use of gamification for technology enhanced
learning; and evaluations of serious games and gamification for technology
enhanced learning.

Articles that are not in the area of the special theme are most welcome as
well and will be published in the regular article section. The Bulletin of
the Technical Committee on Learning Technology invites short articles, case
studies, and project reports for the next issue. This issue will be
published in Volume 17, Issue 4.
** The bulletin is of non-refereed nature though the articles will be
selected and edited by the Editors. **
Submission procedure:

1. Authors have to follow the IEEE author guidelines when preparing their
articles (please see
for further information)

2. The articles in the bulletin are limited to 4 pages. Over-length articles
will not be published.

3. The manuscripts should be either in Word or RTF format. Any figures used
in the contributions would be required separately in a graphic format (gif
or jpeg). The figures should also be embedded in the text at appropriate

4. Please send the manuscripts by email to
(Subject: Submission for TCLT Bulletin).

5. In the email, please state clearly that the manuscript is original
material that has not been published, and is not being considered for
publication elsewhere.

For further information please see


“E-Resource Round Up” column for Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL)

This is a last call for contributions to the “E-Resource Round Up” column for volume 28, issue 1 of the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL). Submissions can be related to any aspect of electronic resources and their use in libraries, including conference reports, professional discussion groups, meetings, and practices in using electronic resources in-house. This would be an ideal opportunity for you to report on topics that may benefit others in our profession.


The editors would like to receive contributions to the column by Tuesday, November 24, 2015. Contributions should not be published elsewhere.


If you have a submission or questions, please contact the column editors:


Bob Wolverton

Mississippi State University Libraries

(662) 325-0548


Karen Davidson

Mississippi State University Libraries

(662) 325-3018