Monthly Archives: May 2016

Association of Research Libraries (ARL) 2017 SPEC Survey Topics

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is seeking proposals for 2017 SPEC survey topics. For more than 40 years ARL has gathered and disseminated data through the SPEC survey program to assist libraries in the continuous improvement of their management systems. Each year, ARL works with librarians in the US and Canada to develop surveys of the ARL membership on strategic topics related to research library policies and practices. (Survey authors do not need to work at an ARL member library, but only ARL libraries are surveyed.)
There will be four SPEC surveys in 2017. Criteria for selecting a 2017 survey topic include its currency and insightfulness; its strategic importance to managing research libraries; its relevance to an ARL focus area or an ARL program promoting diversity, inclusion, and leadership; its relevance to the initiatives emerging from ARL’s Strategic Thinking and Design process; and whether documents that illustrate current policies and practices can be gathered from survey respondents.
Examples of current areas of interest to research libraries that could fit the SPEC survey model include, but are not limited to:
  • Coordinated stewardship of collective collections
  • Workforce implications of new services
  • Inclusive design initiatives, of either spaces or services, involving participation of diverse, underrepresented communities
  • Creating and maintaining inclusive climates through staffing, collections, and programming
  • Workforce development
  • Prevalence of disciplinary expertise among staff
  • Acquiring and managing new forms of scholarship
  • Research data management, including data preservation
  • Innovations in engaging users with collections
  • Strategies for articulating value and impact of library services on students
  • Measuring organizational success
  • Extramural partnerships
Include the following elements in your proposal, which should be brief (two to five pages total):
  • A short bio of yourself and any additional authors indicating your qualifications to carry out research on the proposed topic.
  • A brief overview of the topic with a discussion of why it is important to examine it at this time and a description of what you hope to learn from the survey data. Include a statement such as “The purpose of this survey is to…” (This text could be used to introduce the survey to respondents.)
  • A paragraph indicating the strategic relevance of the research topic to ARL members.
  • A list of the main categories of survey questions—reflecting your description of what you hope to learn—along with a sample question for each category.
  • A list of the types of supporting documentation you would request from survey respondents.
For consideration for 2017, submit proposals online by Friday, July 15, 2016. ARL will review proposals and notify authors of topics selected for the 2017 survey cycle by August 19, 2016.
Questions about the SPEC survey program and proposal development can be directed to Lee Anne George, publications program officer, at


Reminder that proposals are due May 31st!

On behalf of the conference organizing committee, we would like to invite you to submit a proposal for the Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference, #BUDSC16: Negotiating Borders through Digital Collaboration, to be held October 28-30, 2016.
Bucknell University, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will host its third annual digital scholarship conference on October 28-30, 2016. The theme of the conference is “Negotiating Borders through Digital Collaboration.”

This conference will bring together a broad community of practitioners–faculty, researchers, librarians, educational technologists, and students–who are using technology to rethink seemingly intractable borders within and outside of the university. We define “borders” as boundaries that limit access; conditions that differentiate insiders from outsiders; or any obstacle that impairs open communication and collaboration.

We invite proposals that explore or critique digital modes of scholarly, cultural, and political intersectionality. Special consideration will be given to proposals that demonstrate how crossing institutional boundaries, whether within or beyond the university, can facilitate the expansion of borders, broadly conceived.

Some topics may include:

Digital tools that bridge the gap between scholarship and teaching

Computational methods that explore intersections of identity, power, and social justice

Global and multilingual aspects of digital scholarship

The role of technology in creating communities of practice that bridge cultural, racial, and economic divides

Digital technologies that facilitate equitable collaborations between faculty and students, or that bridge the town/gown divide

New modes of inquiry that negotiate and rethink normative ideas of gender and sexuality

Forms of digital scholarship that allow for increased accessibility

 Presentations may take the form of interactive presentations, project demos, electronic posters, panel discussions, work-in-progress sessions, workshops, or lightning talks.

 We look forward to building on the success of the last two years, in which instructional technologists, librarians, archivists, faculty, students, and community members came together to discuss challenges, share working models, reflect on projects, and inspire new avenues for actively including students in public scholarly pursuits. For more information, please view our video from the 2015 meeting and visit the conference website.

 Proposals due May 31, 2016 via the online application form

Gender Studies in the Library: Case Studies, Programming, Outreach

Book Publisher: McFarland

Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Library’s Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016); public library administrator, special, school librarian.

Lura Sanborn, co-editor. Women, Work, and the Web, contributor, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015); public, academic, school librarian.

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, sharing practical know-how about what works for Women/ Men/LGBTIQ to meet patron gender information. Chapters sought useful to public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty: proven, creative, case studies, how-to chapters based on experience to help colleagues with innovative workshops, outreach, grants, resources. Topics could include but are not limited to: getting boys to use the library; showcasing GBLTIQ voices; programming, successful examples, intentions and outcomes; acquisitions, to support, showcase, represent; wage gaps; women’s studies librarianship. No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter; each chapter by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters: author discount on more.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapters each described in a few sentences by June 30, 2016, brief bio on each author; place GEN, Your Name on subject line:

Journal of New Librarianship

The Journal of New Librarianship is pleased to announce that it is accepting submissions for its inaugural issue, anticipated for Fall 2016.

 Submissions may include, but are not limited to: Solicited articles; Scholarly Articles; Essays; Experience and opinion pieces; Media (i.e., podcasts, video, etc.) relevant to innovative practices in librarianship; Book reviews; Technology reviews; Letters to the Editor on topics relevant to the field; Data sets; Manifestos; Extended scholarship (Greater than 15,000 words); and Interviews. Please see the attached documents for more details regarding the call for submissions.

This launch is the result of collaborative efforts among colleagues within the field of Library and Information Sciences. There is a need to offer quality literature in our field in an open, independently produced journal. Beyond that, we believe that the library is meant to set an example for academia. Free and open access to information and innovation is crucial to the future of our institutions and profession. By providing an outlet that mixes both traditional and disruptive forms of scholarly and professional communication, we can change the way our profession shares and leads.

Please visit or email for more information.

Internet of Everything’

Call for Workshop Papers

Second  International Workshop on ‘Internet of Everything’

In Conjunction with the Eleventh  International Conference on Digital
Information Management (ICDIM 2016)
Porto, Portugal
September 19-21, 2106

Technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Technology Engineering Management
Accepted workshop papers will be published in the proceedings indexed by
IEEE Xplore.

About the Workshop

The Internet of Everything (IoE) is expected to also make impacts in
government, education, finance and transportation. On the consumer side
there are nearly endless combinations of applications. The Internet of
Things will forever change our personal and professional lives. By 2020,
there will be 50 billion connected devices communicating through the
Internet. Devices can range from connected coffee makers, cars, or
sensors on cattle to connected machines in a production plant. These
devices provide data that offers new insights, and as they talk to each
other, they develop their own intelligence and can advise customers
about optimal ways to put them to use. This will revolutionize consumer
habits and the way we do work and services.

Realizing the potential of IoE the proposed workshop will address the
new research and also visulaize the future IoT. The topics the workshop
address includes but not limited to –
The Internet of Things and Industry 4.0
Smart Services
Smart Grid
Effects on Society
Challenges and Opportunities for Society
Business Perspective
Digital Transformation and Business
Smart Software for Smart Services
Enabling Technologies
Challenges and Opportunities for Business
IoT for Supply Chain Management
IoT in Healthcare
smartphone integration, automotive applications, vehicle connectivity
Smart Factory
Energy & Utility Management and other related topics


Submissions should provide original and unpublished research results or
ongoing research with simulations. The papers should be between 6 to 8
pages total in length in the IEEE format.
* All the accepted papers will appear in the proceedings published by
IEEE and fully indexed by IEEE Xplore.
All the ICDIM papers are indexed by DBLP
* Modified version of the selected papers will appear in the special
issues of the following peer reviewed and indexed journals.
(Indexed in Scopus, Thomson Reuters, Journal Citation Reports, dblp,
Engineering Index and many other databases)

Important Dates

Full Paper Submission July 05, 2016
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection August  -05, 2016
Registration Due September -05, 2016
Camera Ready Due September -05, 2016
Workshops/Tutorials/Demos September 20, 2016
Main conference September 19-21, 2016


Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez Jorge, Technological University of Ciudad Juarez
Chihuahua, Mexico

Submissions at

For additional inquiries, please contact –

YALSA Midwinter Paper Presentation

The YALSA Midwinter Paper Presentation, an annual event sponsored by YALSA
past presidents, provides a venue to gather and explore a topic that impacts
the field of young adult librarianship. The YALSA Midwinter Paper Committee
will select one paper to be delivered at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, GA,
January 20-24, 2017.  The presenter will receive up to $1,500 to defray travel
and registration costs.  The paper will be published in YALSA’s peer-reviewed
Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Paper proposals are due
June 1, 2016.

For more information, visit

Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) Minitrack Global, International, and Cross-Cultural Issues in IS

CFP HICSS Minitrack Global, International, and Cross-Cultural Issues in IS 

Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science (HICSS)

January 4-7, 2017, Big Island, Hawaii, USA

Kauai, Hawaii, USA

Papers Due: June 15, 2016

This minitrack focuses on the sociotechnical dynamics and the ways in which the Internet affects people, groups, organizations, and societies. We are in particular interested in the impact of global, international, and cross-cultural issues on ICT development, implementation and use across the globe.

Globalization has historically been tied to technological innovation, and the present era of a networked information society is no different. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have provided the infrastructure for multinational businesses, created new cultural connections irrespective of geographic boundaries and distances, and allowed an increasingly mobile global population to be connected to their friends, families, and cultures no matter where they are. The issues surrounding global, international, and cross cultural issues in Information Systems (IS) attracted much scholarly attention and have been explored under myriad contexts.

In line with the track recognition that the Internet has transformed the way we work, learn, and play, our minitrack focuses on the sociotechnical dynamics and the ways in which the Internet affects people, groups, organizations, and societies. We are in particular interested in the impact of global, international, and cross-cultural issues on ICT development, implementation and use across the globe.

The minitrack welcomes submissions that relate to all aspects of global IS, or IS research situated in a global, international or cross-cultural context. The minitrack is open to all methodological approaches and perspectives. We are interested in empirical and theoretical work that addresses these and related socio-technical issues.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


* The impacts of cultural values (e.g. on adaptive user interfaces) on ICT design, adoption, and use.

* The impact of cultural values on policies and practices of big data collection and use (e.g.,

* Cross cultural studies of quantification of self at work, by individuals or organizations

* Cross-cultural comparisons of big data collection and use

* Cross-national and cross-cultural comparisons of ICT adoption, use and development (e.g. Internet diffusion and impacts compared between different economies)

* Effects of global social computing on work organization and practices (e.g. pricing strategies)

* Issues relating to globally distributed teams (e.g. the adoption and use of social media by cross-national virtual teams, worker motivation, and human error diversity)

* Issues relating to Internet adoption and the digital society at the national level (e.g. digital infrastructure sophistication across countries)

*Issues relating to global knowledge management (e.g. different knowledge-sharing cultures in multi-national corporations)

*Issues relating to cross-national legislation and regulation (e.g. implications of different regulations governing Green IT in the EU vs. US or Asian countries)

* Issues relating to global ICT governance (e.g. sustainable strategies for standardization and harmonization in evolving business networks)

* Research on global Cloud sourcing strategies

*Single country studies showing implications for other locations or results different from other contexts (e.g. impact of ICT policies on a transition economy)

* Multi-country studies of ICT adoption, use, and development (e.g. e-commerce adoption involving multiple countries)

* Global impacts of big data on governments, multinational companies, NGOs and other organizations

Minitrack Organizers:

Pnina Fichman, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University, Bloomington;

Edward W.N. Bernroider, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), Institute for Information Management and Control, Vienna, Austria;

Erran Carmel, Kogod School of Business, American University, Washington D.C.;

 About HICSS conferences:

Now in its 50th year, the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) is one of the longest-standing continuously running scientific conferences. This conference brings together researchers in an aloha-friendly atmosphere conducive to free exchange of scientific ideas. Unique characteristics of the conference include:

  • A matrix structure of tracks and themes that enables research on a rich mixture of computer-based applications and technologies.
  • Three days of research paper presentations and discussions in a workshop setting that promotes interaction leading to additional research.
  • A full day of Symposia, Workshops, and Tutorials. See Program Components for additional detail.
  • A truly international experience with participants usually from over 40 countries, (approximately 50% non-US).
  • Papers published in the Proceedings by the IEEE Computer Society Press and carried in the IEEE digital library Xplore. Access to HICSS papers is in the top 2% of IEEE Conferences.
  • Paper presentations and discussions which frequently lead to revised and extended papers that are published in journals, books, and special issues.
  • A keynote address and distinguished lecture which explore particularly relevant topics and concepts.
  • Best Paper Awardsin each track which recognize superior research performance.
  • HICSS is the #1 IS conference in terms of citations as recorded by Google Scholar.

Recent research that shows HICSS ranked second in citation ranking among 18 Information Systems (IS) conferences, ranked third in value to the MIS field among 13 Management Information Systems (MIS) conferences, and ranked second in conference rating among 11 IS conferences. The Australian Government’s Excellence in Research project (ERA) has given HICSS an “A” rating.


Important deadlines for authors:

June 15: Submit full manuscripts for review. Review is double-blind.

Aug 16: Review System emails Acceptance Notices to authors.

September 15: Submission final papers.

Oct 1: Early Registration fee deadline.

Oct 15: Papers without at least one registered author will 
be removed from the Proceedings.

Deadline to apply for 2016 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair extended to June 3

CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has extended its deadline for library professionals from all kinds of institutions to submit proposals to apply to participate in the 2016 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Orlando. Applications will be accepted through Friday, June 3, 2016.

Generously sponsored by DEMCO, the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair is an opportunity for libraries and member groups to share their successful diversity and outreach initiatives with ALA Annual Conference attendees, celebrate diversity in America’s libraries and exhibit “diversity in action” ideas. The theme of this year’s Fair will be “Libraries Transform: Outreach in Response to Civil Unrest”

The 2016 Diversity and Outreach Fair will feature innovative and successful library-based programs geared towards community service in times of crisis. As recent events have witnessed, libraries have provided vital information and safe spaces during periods of civil unrest, providing a much needed anchor for local residents.

Also considered for participation are proposals that highlight library services to underserved or underrepresented communities, including people with disabilities; poor and homeless populations; people of color; English-language learners; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people; new Americans, new and non-readers; older adults; people living in rural areas; incarcerated people and ex-offenders and mobile library services and bookmobiles.

Selected presenters will develop and facilitate a poster session to be held during the ALA 2016 Annual Conference in the exhibits hall.  In addition, the participants are encouraged to submit, in digital format, information and resources from their program.

For more information, and to apply, please visit


For over 100 years Demco ( has supported the valuable work of librarians—taking pride in providing the best service possible. Demco’s mission is to continue to anticipate future needs, to supply products and services that support the activities of library professionals and improve library environments by making them more attractive and user-friendly. Demco demonstrates their continuing commitment to library professionals through their support of the Library Champions Program and participation at ALA’s conferences.

About the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services

The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services supports library and information science workers in creating safe, responsible, and all-inclusive spaces that serve and represent the entire community. To accomplish this, we decenter power and privilege by facilitating conversations around access and identity as they impact the profession and those we serve. We use a social justice framework to inform library and information science workers’ development of resources. We strive to create an association culture where these concerns are incorporated into everybody’s everyday work.

John L. Amundsen, MLIS | Program Officer, Outreach and Communications | Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services

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Case Studies in Academic Librarianship Management

Dear Colleagues,


We invite librarians, library and information science students and educators to submit a case study for the new book, Case Studies in Academic Librarianship Management, to be published by ALA Editions and edited by Tammy Nickelson Dearie, Michael Meth, and Elaine L. Westbrooks.



In library and information science, case study research has been used to study reasons why library school programs close (Paris, 1988), to understand how to develop a computer literacy course at a University (Price, 2000), and to examine the information seeking behaviors of library and information science faculty (Abouserie, 2007). Researcher Robert K. Yin defines the case study research method as an empirical inquiry that investigates a contemporary phenomenon within its real-life context (Yin, 1984). The three editors have participated in a variety of leadership programs, and we have noticed the absence of case studies written specifically for our context as academic librarians. In order to develop future leaders in our profession, we must provide librarians with the skills necessary to succeed in the complex world of academic libraries today.  The use of case studies to teach leadership skills is one method that can be used to transfer knowledge in a practical way. Case studies provide the basis for the application of ideas because one has examined contemporary real-life situations carefully laid out by experienced professionals. We are looking for case studies from a variety of library practitioners in academic librarianship. Case studies must present a story with data in a publicly accessible way to lead the reader to apply the experience in his or her own library.



We hope that this collection of case studies will have a broad audience ranging from educators to aspiring and current academic librarians. As such, we are looking for case studies from a variety of library practitioners in academic librarianship. Some potential topics are listed below, but we do not consider this the definitive list. A case study in this publication will be between 10 and 30 pages long. The case study should help the reader gain insight into a vexing problem in academic libraries and how the problem was resolved. Typically, a section of the case study would be dedicated to setting up the context in which the problem occurs, a further section would highlight some of the specific complications and circumstances that make this an issue of interest, and ideally the case study would conclude with a discussion of how the issue(s) were resolved, with a brief commentary on what could have been improved. In terms of style, we are looking for case studies that are engaging and accessible. At this stage of the call, we would like for authors to submit proposals briefly outlining the issue, and explaining why it is important for others to have access to their particular scenario.

Case studies typically are not based on fictional events and characters. As such authors may find themselves in situations requiring a high degree of discretion as they develop their case studies. We encourage all authors to gain the necessary permissions or to sufficiently alter the names, locations, and any other significant elements of their case

study that could lead to identifying personal/confidential information. The editorial team is available to advise and counsel authors. We also reserve the right to request or make changes where we feel potential conflict may arise.


* Library and Information school educators

* Library and Information school students

* Academic librarians

* Library administrators

* Facilitators or participants of professional development programs



* Assessment and evaluation

* Change management and organizational culture

* Developing new services and service models

* Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility

* Emotional intelligence

* Engaging Internal and external stakeholders

* Ethics, confidentiality, and privacy

* Facilities management and space planning

* Financial management

* Grants and the grant writing process

* Human resources management

* Information technology management

* Leadership and decision-making

* Leadership development/mentoring

* Managing people

* Marketing and promotion

* Organizational communication

* Outsourcing

* Strategic planning

* Understanding and resolving conflict



Please send a title, up to 200 word abstract, and contact information to the editors at by June 15, 2016. Priority will be given to those who submit their proposals by May 31, 2016. Those selected will be notified by June 30, 2016.  Accepted proposals will be due to the editors by August 15, 2016 and the accepted chapters will be published in Case Studies in Academic Librarianship Management, ALA Editions.  

Inquiries can be forwarded to the editors:

* Tammy Nickelson Dearie (

* Michael Meth (

* Elaine L. Westbrooks (



Abstract Proposal Submission Deadline: June 15, 2016