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ACRL National Library Marketing & Outreach Interest Group Greater NYC Area

Call for Lightning Round Presentations: Spring 2016 Meeting of the ACRL National Library Marketing & Outreach Interest Group-Greater NYC Area

ACRL National Library Marketing & Outreach Interest Group – Greater NYC Area – is looking for lightning round presentations for our Spring 2016 meeting!

Do you have an interesting marketing project to share from your academic library? Did you create a great giveaway, social media campaign, or contest? We want to hear from you!

The lightning round talks will be a series of short (5-7 minute) presentations designed to maximize your opportunity to learn about outreach & marketing activities of your ACRL colleagues.

WhenFriday March 11, 2016, 3pm-5pm


Where: Berkeley College, Manhattan Campus, 3 East 43rd Street, 6th floor, room 603, New York, NY (2 minute walk from Grand Central Terminal)


Link to Google map,+New+York,+NY+10017

To submit a lightning round presentation, please submit this form by February 26, 2016

About the ACRL LMaO Interest Group:

Launched at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, this interest group encourages regional meet ups around the U.S. as a central initiative. The ACRL National Library Marketing and Outreach Interest Group has been created for Academic Librarians interested in Marketing and Outreach. This group is open to ACRL National members & non-members. For more information, please see our Facebook presence at

Open to all members & non-members of ACRL national.


Please RSVP by March 4, 2016 (RSVP at your names can be given to security at the entrance of the building.


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

This is a call for contributions to the “E-Resource Round Up” column for volume 28, issue 2 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 a great 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 Friday, February 19, 2016. Contributions should not be published elsewhere.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     


Creative Approaches to Instructional Design in Libraries: Moving from Theory to Practical Application

We’re excited to invite you to submit chapter proposals for our forthcoming ACRL book, Creative Approaches to Instructional Design in Libraries: Moving from Theory to Practical Application.


Focus of the Book:

Libraries increasingly emphasize innovative services that connect patrons to information. Given these changes, instructional design (ID) is becoming an important concept in librarians’ day-to-day activities. Unique, library-specific challenges call for creative ideas that are grounded in solid research and theory. Applying the theory to your institution or circumstance is often challenging. This book will attempt to break down librarians’ preconceptions of what ID is and inspire them to implement ID in creative ways.


There are many variations in how different sectors understand and apply the concept of instructional design.For purposes of this book, we define it as intentional, sound instructional or programmatic creation, delivery, and assessment that takes into account the audience, course/program context, and shared learning goals.


Book Structure:

This book will have three main sections – Information Literacy InstructionProgramming and Outreach, and Online Initiatives.


We welcome chapters that focus on practical and creative approaches to ID implementation. What problem were you trying to solve? What ideas did you generate to solve that problem? Who was involved? What was the result? How can the ideas be adapted beyond your library situation?


Supporting ID theory and models can supplement your ideas, but should not be the focus of your proposed chapter.


Proposals will be considered in any of the following categories within one of the three main sections (Information Literacy Instruction, Programming and Outreach, and Online Initiatives):

Suggested subtopics include:

  • Intentional planning using ID principles (e.g., lesson planning, designing targeted programs, moving from face-to-face to online instruction)
  • Collaboration with faculty, staff, and other on-campus support services
  • Assessment planning using ID principles
  • Obstacles and creative solutions to ID issues

Don’t see your topic here? Contact the editors at to discuss how your idea may fit within this book’s scope.


Proposal Guidelines:

A short form with an attached Word document (.doc or .docx) is required for proposal submission. The Word document should be written in Times New Roman, 12 pt., be double-spaced, and include:


  • A working title
  • Names of all contributing authors & their respective institutions
  • Contact information for the primary author
  • A paragraph describing the proposed chapter
  • One final sentence that explains how your idea can be adapted beyond your library setting 

Proposals are due by Friday, February 5, 2016, and can be submitted to


  • Contributors will be notified of their status (acceptance or rejection) by February 23, 2016
  • Deadline to submit the first draft of accepted chapters: April 1, 2016
  • Estimated length of chapter: 2,500–4000 words
  • Projected publication date: September 2016

ACRL Publications Agreement FAQ:

Connecting the Dots: Libraries, Campus Collaborations, and Student Success

Would you like to add a peer-reviewed presentation to your CV?  Looking to become more involved in regional conversations about library instruction and information literacy?  We want to hear from you.

MILEX invites you to submit proposals for interactive presentations/workshops for its spring program. This year’s theme is “Connecting the Dots: Libraries, Campus Collaborations, and Student Success.”

  • Proposals are due by 5:00 pm, Monday, February 1st, 2016.
  • Please submit your proposal here.
  • Those chosen for the conference will be notified by February 15th, 2016.

Proposals will be selected through a blind peer-review process. Proposals will be evaluated based on their significance and applicability to the conference theme, the quality and creativity of the work or research, the interactivity of the presentation or workshop and the potential to fill a gap in knowledge or to build on previous work. Proposals highlighting programs from different types of academic institution, community colleges, liberal arts institutions, or doctoral granting institutions are encouraged. The work or research in the proposal may either be completed or in-progress. The MILEX Conference Peer-Review sub-committee will make the selections, based on the criteria listed above.

Program Details: DATE:           Friday, March 18th, 2016 TIME:               9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Loyola Graduate Center (Columbia Campus) – Columbia, MD DIRECTIONS, MAP & PARKING: Parking is free at the Columbia campus facility (Map & Directions)

“Connecting the Dots: Libraries, Campus Collaborations, and Student Success.”

Join your colleagues for lively discussions about successful strategies for cross-campus collaborative initiatives that lead to student success in information literacy. Special focus will be on the first-year experience. Rebecca K. Miller, Head, Library Learning Services at Penn State University Libraries and author of Embracing the Future, American Libraries, 10/30/15, and SPEC Kit 349: Evolution of Library Liaisons, 11/15, will  be the keynote speaker.

  • A continental breakfast and a hot lunch is included.
  • Registration will open at a later date. ($50 for members; $75 for non-members; $42.75 for students). Note: MILEX members can receive the member rate by entering the registration promotional code MILEX prior to the credit card payment screen.
  • See our Meetings page for regular meetings with short presentations by MILEX members.

15th Annual Information Literacy Summit

Deadline for proposals is extended to, January 31, 2016

Shifting Perspectives: Developing Critical Approaches in Information Literacy

Friday, April 29, 2016, 8:30am-3:30pm

Presented by DePaul University Library and Moraine Valley Community College Library Located at the Moraine Valley Community College campus


Keynote Address


Critical Pedagogy in a Time of Compliance

Emily Drabinski, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Library Instruction at Long Island University, Brooklyn

The promise of critical pedagogy lies in its capacity to change lives–our own and those of our students–as we try new ways of thinking and teaching that challenge systems of power that privilege some and not others. In the last ten years, critical pedagogy has moved from the margins to the center, most clearly in its influence on the new Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education. Frames like Information has Value and Authority is Constructed have long been tenets of critical voices in the field, voices that can now be heard emanating from the center of our professional lives. And yet, critical approaches to teaching and learning face acute challenges from a higher education environment that increasingly values teaching and learning by the numbers, tying everything from accreditation to book budgets to quantifiable outcomes. In this talk, Emily Drabinski will explore these tensions and offer thoughts on how we can change the world while keeping our jobs.


Call for Proposals


We are seeking presenters to lead engaging and interactive discussions about information literacy and library instruction. We are especially interested in breakout sessions and panels which explore critical pedagogies the evolving nature of information literacy and are related to this year’s theme, Shifting Perspectives: Developing Critical Approaches in Information Literacy. We hope to foster conversations across all types of libraries, schools and other organizations and encourage a diversity of perspectives in this proposal call.


The Summit is a regional conference which will be held at the Moraine Valley Community College campus. If you wish to propose more than one breakout session, please fill out a form for each topic. Breakout sessions and panels will be 50 minutes long and should include audience interaction or discussion. Panel discussions should have a three person maximum. Hands-on lessons and demonstrations (and/or practical takeaways) are encouraged. Sessions typically have 20-40 participants.


The submission should include a 200-300 word description of your session. Please include learning outcomes and a brief explanation of why people should attend your session and what they will take away. A shorter abstract (around 100 words) for publication in the Summit programming will be required as well.


To propose a breakout session:


Deadline to submit proposals is Friday, January 31, 2016


Some possible topics for sessions include:


*   Critical Information Literacy

*   Critical Pedagogies

*   Threshold concepts

*   ACRL Framework for Information Literacy (applications, assessment, developing learning outcomes, critiques, etc.)

*   Metaliteracy

*   Digital Literacy

*   Instructional design

*   Pedagogy

*   Adult learners

*   Distance learners

*   Online learning

*   Open Educational Resources

*   Visual literacy

*   Collaboration across departments and organizations

*   Information literacy and Common Core standards

*   Transitions: High School to College

*   Transferring: Community College to 4 year institutions

*   Challenges and possibilities for the future



Publishing Feminisms at NWSA 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS: Publishing Feminisms at NWSA 2016
Montreal, November 10-13, 2016

Publishing Feminisms is a working group that draws together feminist 
scholars and practitioners who are working on a variety of linked 
projects related to publishing, periodicals, and print culture in and 
beyond feminism’s second wave. In 2015, the working group formed a 
special interest group within the NWSA and we are now interested to 
solicit proposals for papers to be included in sponsored panels on the 
topics outlined below. Interested participants should send a paper 
title, a 50-100 word abstract, and a brief cv to by February 15th. 

Contributors with proposals related to the interest group as well as to 
the conference theme of decoloniality but not in alignment with the 
calls for papers below are encouraged to contact the organizer. 

CALL FOR PAPERS #1:  Feminist Publishing on the Margins (Conference 
subtheme one: Unsettling Settler Logics)
In this panel, we interrogate the influence of settler colonial logics 
and its structural violences on the production and study of feminist 
publishing more broadly. The panel is interested, in other words, to 
consider how taking up the NWSA conference theme of decoloniality must 
push us toward identifying and unsettling the silences in settler- 
colonial feminist print cultural production. We are interested in papers 
that investigate the force of settler colonial thinking in feminist 
publishing as well as for papers that expand the field of feminist 
publishing by examining marginalized publications and publishing 
practices. Case studies of artifacts like kimiwan, Unceded Voices, or 
other publications produced at the margins of settler colonial 
publishing practices are particularly encouraged. Ultimately, we are 
soliciting papers that expand and alter the logics of feminist 
publishing in ways that demand a rethinking of feminist histories. 
Key questions include: 
•        What are the legacies of the exclusion of some knowledges, 
experiences, words, and bodies from the field of feminist publishing? 
•        How can feminist publishing practitioners and feminist scholars 
of print and digital culture respond to the erasure and silencing of 
colonized and marginalized voices? 
•        How have and can feminist publishing studies center the voices 
and knowledges of marginalized activist (feminist) communities?
•        How can the field of publishing studies centre what Adela Licona 
(2012) describes as “zines in third space”? 

CALL FOR PAPERS #2: Decolonial aesthetics in print culture (Conference 
subtheme five: World-Making and Resistant Imaginaries)
This panel takes up the broad theme of feminist world-making through an 
analysis of publishing as creative work that sparks revolutionary 
struggle. We define print culture as a broad category that includes 
zines, periodicals, feminist presses, scholarly periodicals, popular 
periodicals, textbooks, blogs, and more. Publishing studies examines 
these artifacts, but it also examines the conditions of their production 
and circulation, which means that this field of study is open to 
examination of community formation, social, political, activist, and 
commercial networks. We take up the NWSA’s description of decoloniality 
as a worldview that challenges, queries, unsettles knowledges in order 
to ask how decolonial ways of knowing and making have shaped the 
production, circulation, and reception of feminist periodicals, 
anthologies, zines, and blogs. 

Key questions include: 
•        How does feminist publishing break down the divisions between 
aesthetic and analytical, the affective and the intellectual, between 
art and theory, creativity and criticism? 
•        How does feminist print and digital cultural production practice 
•        How might feminist print and digital cultural production more 
radically and revolutionarily practice decoloniality? 
•        How have feminist publishing projects taken up decolonial ways 
of working by practicing, for instance, collaboration as a form of 
knowledge making based on alliance, reciprocity, and relationality?

For more information about the Publishing Feminisms Working Group, see 
our webpage, or contact one of the Special 
interest group co-chairs, Michelle Meagher, michelle.meagher@ualberta or 
Amy E. Farrell,

ACRL E-Learning Webcast

Engaging the Digital Humanities: Collaborating throughout the Research Lifecycle
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Central time
Proposal Deadline: Friday, February 12, 2016
Dear Colleagues,
The ACRL Digital Humanities Interest Group and the ACRL Digital Curation Interest Group invite presentation proposals that speak to the theme of “Engaging the Digital Humanities: Collaborating throughout the Research Lifecycle.” The selected presentations will be featured during our ACRL E-Learning Webcast on March 23.
Librarians are playing ever more integral roles in the Digital Humanities research lifecycle. Librarians contribute concretely to the conception, development, dissemination, preservation, and curation of digital humanities research. These activities often require collaborations between librarians working in a diverse range of roles including but not limited to subject liaisons, digital humanities and digital scholarship librarians, metadata librarians, and digital curation librarians.
We invite presentation proposals based on first-hand experiences dealing with a wide array of data formats, tools, methods, and digital platforms utilized in Digital Humanities research, and placed in the context of the latest research literature.  By focusing discussion on practical challenges and solutions, it is our hope that your presentations will provide the library community with strategies that can be cross-purposed to a wide range of institutional contexts.
When crafting your proposal, please consider focusing on one or more of these learning outcomes:
  1.  Participants will learn how to identify the stages of a Digital Humanities research project in order to better collaborate with researchers.
  2.  Participants will learn about the use of data in Digital Humanities research in order to identify data curation needs.
  3.  Participants will learn how to identify the skills they need to engage in Digital Humanities research.
  4.  Participants will learn how to identify Digital Humanities research collaborators in the library.
Proposals should be no longer than 400 words, and can be submitted here:
Proposal submission form:
Proposals are due on February 12, 2016.
Notice of acceptance will be sent by February 17, 2016.
If you have questions, please contact Thomas Padilla at
Thomas Padilla, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Michigan State University
Harriett Green, English and Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Suzanna Conrad, Head of Digital Services & Technology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Brianna Marshall, Digital Curation Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Madison


23rd Annual NMC Summer Conference

23rd Annual NMC Summer Conference

The Global Ed Tech Forum for Higher Ed, Museums, Libraries, and Schools

June 14-16, 2016 — Rochester, New York

Present at the 2016 NMC Summer Conference. 

The deadline is January 31!

The NMC Summer Conference is a one-of-a-kind event, attracting hundreds of highly skilled professionals interested in the integration of emerging technologies into teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. 

Knowledge is power, and it is the mark of true leadership to continuously share your knowledge. The NMC community is brimming with leaders. That’s why we are tapping NMCers to uncover the most forward-thinking and provocative ideas for this year’s conference. You bring us your exciting new ideas and projects and we’ll set the stage for them by throwing an incredible event!

For more information go to:

Who Presents?

NMC Summer Conference presenters are thought leaders within the education industry at higher education institutions, schools, museums, libraries, organizations, and corporations. They are the people pushing the envelope to infuse innovation and creativity into learning experiences worldwide. That’s YOU!

Who is Your Audience?

The NMC invites all change agents within learning-focused institutions and organizations. The annual event regularly attracts university CIOs and CTOs, faculty, technologists, K-12 administrators, education policymakers, and museum and library leaders, as well as education innovators across major corporations.  What is the Focus of the Presentations? The NMC Summer Conference pathways, or “themes,” align with the priorities of our member community; this year’s sessions will focus on the most pressing trends, approaches, and topics among innovators in the field. The six pathways are Creativity and Making, Digital Strategies, Online and Hybrid Learning Innovation, Personalized Learning, Rethinking Traditional Roles, and Technology Futures.

BEFORE YOU SUBMIT Read the official proposal guidelines. Have questions?

The deadline to submit your proposal is January 31, 2016. 

Registration is now open!

Library Marketing and/or Outreach in Academics

Are you interested in presenting on Library Marketing & Outreach at the ALA Annual Conference?

Submit a proposal to the Library Marketing & Outreach Interest Group!

We are looking for three 15 minute lightning presentations for our annual meeting.

Topics should include Library Marketing and/or Outreach in Academics.

Follow the link to submit:

Proposals should be submitted no later than March 15th. After this time, the ACRL Library Marketing & Outreach IG members will have a chance to review your proposal and vote for their favorites. The three selected presentations will be announced by the end of March.

Thank you,

ACRL National- Library Marketing & Outreach Interest Group Team

Virginia Alexander Cononie and Adam Haigh, founders and 2014-2015 co-conveners
Amy Wainwright and Mark Aaron Polger, 2015-2016 co-conveners
Bonnie Lafazan and Christopher Davidson, 2016-2017 co-conveners

Fashion, Economics, and Social Justice

For the forthcoming Seneca Falls Dialogues on Gender, Economics, and Enterprise (to be held in Seneca Falls, NY between October 21-23, 2016), I am assembling a session on the theme of “Fashion, Economics, and Social Justice.” Sessions at the Dialogues are a unique blend of research presentations, and active discussion with conference attendees.

Questions and issues to be addressed and discussed in the session will include, but are not limited to:

•      -How does (and has) the fashion industry worked as a site of national and global economic empowerment and oppression for (especially female) workers? How have (and do) workers labor within, and work to resist, these hierarchical economic structures?

•     – How have (especially female) workers and allies created movements for economic justice within the fashion and garment industries, and what have some of the complexities and challenges of building and sustaining these movements been?

•      -How has (especially women’s) work in the fashion and garment industries been represented in popular culture and media? What has been valuable and problematic about these representations?

For the Dialogues, my own remarks will focus on how I have taught issues of class, labor, and social justice in my course in the history of fashion in the United States, and some of the challenges and insights I have encountered and gained from so doing.

If you are interested in joining this session, please e-mail the following information to Holly Kent at<>, by Friday, February 26th:

1) A 150-200 word proposal for your own remarks for the session

2) A brief (no more than 2 page) copy of your vitae

3) Any technology needs you might have for the session

For more information on the Dialogues, and their larger call for papers, please see:, and please address any questions to me at<>.