Monthly Archives: August 2016

Pushing the Margins: Women of Color and Intersectionality in LIS

Editors: Rose L. Chou and Annie Pho

Literature on diversity in librarianship has mainly focused on recruitment and increasing numbers of librarians of color. This book shifts the focus beyond numbers and instead on the lived experiences of those who are underrepresented in our profession. Using intersectionality as a framework, this edited collection explores the experiences of women of color in libraries. With roots in black feminism and critical race theory, intersectionality studies the ways in which multiple social and cultural identities impact individual experience. Looking at race and gender isolated from each other fails to see the many dimensions in which they intersect and overlap, creating a complicated lived experience that cannot be captured by studying one identity.

Libraries and librarians idealistically portray themselves as egalitarian and neutral entities that provide information equally to everyone, yet the library as an institution often reflects and perpetuates societal racism, sexism, and additional forms of oppression. Women of color who work in libraries are often placed in the position of balancing the ideal of the library providing good customer service and being an unbiased environment with the lived reality of receiving microaggressions and other forms of harassment on a daily basis from both colleagues and patrons.

Typically these conversations and discussions of our experiences as women of color have happened behind closed doors, within trusted circles of friends. Our hope and intention is that by bringing these conversations into a public space, we will raise consciousness of these experiences and start changing perceptions and expectations.

Proposals may consider the following themes and questions:

  • Invisible and emotional labor
  • Intersections of multiple identities, such as sexuality, gender identity, and socioeconomic class
  • Leadership, management, promotion, and authority
  • Gender presentation and performance
  • Treatment of women of color library workers who are either not in librarian positions or do not have a library degree
  • Experiences of women of color as library patrons
  • How identity affects approaches to collection development
  • How does structural oppression reproduce itself in spaces that are touted to be egalitarian and democratic?
  • How does one maintain respect in the library when confronted with oppressive treatment or being stereotyped based on one’s race, gender, or other social categories?
  • How can library organizations create better work cultures and environments for staff and patrons to exist as their true selves?

This is not an exhaustive list. Proposals are welcome from anyone involved in libraries, archives, and information science. Contributions from people of color, those who belong to communities underrepresented in LIS, and those who work in school and public libraries are strongly encouraged. Essays that are straightforward scholarship are invited and welcome, as are more hybrid or creative approaches that incorporate scholarly writing with personal narrative, illustrations, graphics, or other strategies consistent with feminist and antiracist methodologies.

This collection will contain papers and essays of approximately 2000 – 5000 words. Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 500 words describing the proposed contribution and a short biographical statement. Send proposals to by October 28, 2016.

Notifications will be sent by November 4, 2016. First drafts of manuscripts will be due May 31, 2017. Editing and revision will occur June-December 2017, with an anticipated publication date of Spring 2018.

This book is forthcoming in the Litwin Books/Library Juice Press Series on Critical Race Studies and Multiculturalism in LIS, Rose L. Chou and Annie Pho, series editors.

About the editors

Rose L. Chou is Budget Coordinator at the American University Library. She received her MLIS from San Jose State University and BA in Sociology from Boston College. Rose serves on the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Advisory Group and is part of the LIS Microaggressions project team. Her research interests include race, gender, and social justice in LIS.

Annie Pho is Inquiry and Instruction Librarian for Peer-to-Peer Services and Public Programming at UCLA Libraries. She received her MLS from Indiana University-Indianapolis and BA in Art History from San Francisco State University. She’s on the editorial board of In the Library with a Lead Pipe, a co-moderator of the #critlib Twitter chat, and a Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians 2014 alumnus. Her research interests are in critical pedagogy, diversity, and student research behavior.

ACRL/CLS CLIPP (College Library Information on Policy and Practice) Publication Series

The ACRL/CLS CLIPP (College Library Information on Policy and Practice) Committee invites you to submit a preliminary proposal for its CLIPP publication series. We welcome proposals on any topic that is relevant for small and midsized academic libraries. The CLIPP series allows library staff to share information on practices and procedures they have implemented to address common issues or concerns. Each CLIPP follows a set structure of three parts (literature review, survey results, and sample documents), and should both describe library best practices and provide useful, specific examples that libraries can refer to when developing similar policies and procedures of their own. 

Authors of a CLIPP publication are aided throughout by the CLIPP Committee and an assigned editor. CLIPP authors receive 10% of the royalties on the net revenues from their publication. For your reference, please find author instructions and more information about the CLIPP program at

CLIPP proposals are accepted throughout the year. The next preliminary proposal deadline is September 23, 2016. The CLIPP Committee will send out notifications regarding this round of submissions by October 3, 2016.

For questions or to submit a proposal, please contact:

Diana Symons

CLIPP Committee Chair


Social Sciences Librarian

College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University

LITA Guides

LITA is looking for authors for its popular LITA Guides series, published by Rowman and Littlefield. To see new or upcoming titles please go to

Topics under consideration include:

Selecting and implementing cutting edge technologies in libraries

Big data and privacy

Implementing virtual or augmented reality experiences in the library

Budgeting for technology in libraries

Technology grant proposals for libraries

Please get in touch with me if you are interested in authoring one of these guides or have a proposal of your own.  I am happy to work with all interested authors on preparing a proposal.

You can email me directly at

Please feel free to share this announcements with other listservs

Marta Mestrovic Deyrup, Ph.D.

Seton Hall University Libraries

400 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ 07452

Effective Library Instruction: Inspiring Student Motivation

For publication with ACRL Press

Proposal submission deadline: October 1, 2016

Editors Sarah Steiner and Miriam Rigby invite the submission of chapter proposals for a book on library instruction. The book’s primary focus is student motivation, with an emphasis on motivational techniques that can be incorporated into instruction settings where time is of the essence: one-shots, quick introductions, video tutorials, etc. We are open to studies that branch away from higher education as long as they focus on adult learners.

New and completed research and case studies are welcome, provided any new studies can be completed within the timeline explained below. Chapters based on completed research must not be previously published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere.

We are seeking proposals for two types of chapters:

1.Research/case studies/explorations of the following motivation-related topics (multiple studies desired for each):

Establishing a connection between student needs and interests and the value of information literacy topics/frames

Building intrinsic motivation via positive outcome expectancies or efficacy expectancies

Inspiring students to learn by employing learning goals rather than performance goals

Allowing students to set their own learning goals

Encouraging play and discovery, social connection, and supportive learning environments

Creating appropriate levels of challenge through communication of expectations, class activities, active learning activities, or assessments

2.  Instruction exercises that use/encourage the above.

Submission procedure: Please submit chapter proposals of up to 500 words, a short author’s statement, and a writing sample, to by October 1, 2016. If you are proposing new, uncompleted research, please provide a tentative timeline that includes a date for submitting your research plan to your Human Subjects/Institutional Review Board, if appropriate, as well as any additional dates you think are relevant.  Authors will be notified of acceptance before December 1, 2016.

If there are multiple authors for a chapter, please submit author statements for each author and at least one writing sample – it is optional to provide multiple writing samples (i.e. not all co-authors have to submit writing samples, but if you feel it best represents your team to submit more than one, please do.)

Note: This initial stage requires a 500 word description, so just planning out your article now is fine. Final manuscripts of between 1500 and 5000 words will be due July 2017, with drafts and edits staggered earlier throughout the year as best fits the schedules of the author(s) and editors. All chapters will undergo peer review by a subject matter expert prior to publication.

For additional information, contact the editors:

Sarah Steiner, Head of Research & Instruction Services, Western Carolina University,

Miriam Rigby, Social Sciences Librarian, University of Oregon,



ACRL/NY 2016 Annual Symposium: Money and Power

The ACRL/NY 2016 Annual Symposium: Money and Power is accepting proposals for posters.  Proposals must be received by Friday, September 2, 2016.

The symposium will be held on Friday, December 2 at the Baruch College Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010. Successful candidates will be notified by September 28.

On the day of the symposium, you will be expected to arrive by 8:30 am, set up by 9:00 am, and stay through to the end of the symposium. Posters will be displayed on 5’x2′ tables and cannot be displayed on walls.

About the ACRL/NY 2016 Annual Symposium: This symposium will address how economic,social, and political factors affect the choices we make as individuals and as institutions within the field of academic and research libraries and archives.

Possible subjects include questions of labor, class, budgets, funding strategies, the power to name within classification schemes, the role of power within scholarly discourse, leveraging power to foster change within institutions, power dynamics within reference and instruction, and sociopolitical hierarchies that libraries may replicate and/or challenge.

Applicants are invited to interpret the theme broadly and with originality, so long as there is a clear and compelling rationale tying the proposal to the theme

Selection will be done by blind review; please do not include any identifying information in your abstract.

Proposals may be submitted at

If you have questions about the poster selection process, please contact Eamon Tewell at

Check out the 2016 Symposium web site at

ER&L 2017: the 12th Annual Electronic Resources and Libraries

We invite you to submit to the 12th Annual Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference Call for Proposals beginning today through Tuesday, October 11th.

Austin, Texas at the UT Austin Conference Center

 April 2-5, 2017

The ER&L Program Planning committee has opened the 2017 Call for Proposals and ER&L is currently seeking 45 minute sessions and 15 minute short talks for the 2017 conference program in these recently revised tracks:


  1. Managing e-Resources & Licensing
  2. Collection Development & Assessment
  3. Organizational Strategies
  4. External Relationships
  5. User Experience & Promotion
  6. Scholarly Communication & Library as Publisher
  7. Emerging Technologies & Trends


For a detailed list of the complete and update topics covered at ER&L:


To submit a session for ER&L visit:


Please direct any questions to ER&L staff at


Community Call! Don’t have a session, but an idea for a speaker or missing topics? Submit to our Community Call for Ideas. The Community Call is always on for any topic you think ER&L should be covering! And, suggestions can be made anonymously and no sign-up is required. The Call for Ideas is separate from the Call for Session Proposals that collects full session submissions.

Have a great day!

Elizabeth Winter, Chair

Bonnie Tijerina, Conference Coordinator

ER&L Program Planning Committee

ER&L 2017, the 12th Annual Electronic Resources and Libraries is in Austin, Texas at the UT Austin Conference Center and will take place April 3-5, 2017. Housing and Early Registration are currently open. Visit


InSITE 2017: Informing Science + IT Education Conferences: Vietnam

Jul 31 – Aug 5 2017, Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Vietnam

Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2016.

The InSITE conference alumni often mention the conference as among the best organized and most supportive conference they have attended.

The conference begins with optional pre-conference networking opportunities that combine seeing the country, often with talks on country-specific topics of interest, with the hugely important chance to network with potential future research collaborators.  The networking enables building the trust relationships needed to sustain long-distance research collaboration.

The conference itself combines tracks of presentations of research papers, plenary sessions that provide for keynote speakers and mini-workshops on topics related to your professional development.

The conference also includes your choice of full-day workshops on 1) Teaching Using Discussion Cases, 2) Blended Learning, and 3) Computer-Assisted Qualitative Analysis

Conference Tracks

__General Conference Topic (most will select this)

Most papers will fall into this “track”.  Unless you are a doctoral student (or a new researchers who does not need a paper reviewed by double blind review),  you should select this “track”.

Accounting Education, Research, and Publication

The track aims to bring together accounting educators to share their research findings in accounting education and get those findings disseminated widely.

Bias, Misinformation, Disinformation

Case Method of Teaching

Digital Excellence: Impact, Inclusion, and Imagination

The Digital Excellence track has three subthemes:

Digital Impact


A priority on activities that have significant and tangible reach in the community.  These may include facilitating wide, remote or free access to information and education via digital platforms, providing training and development opportunities for Vietnamese educators or providing sustainable and affordable support to community development initiatives.

Digital Inclusion


An emphasis on the development and use of platforms that do not exclude groups or individuals from accessing them for socioeconomic reasons.  The provision of content in formats and modes that are accessible for individuals with a broad range of learning differences or disabilities.

Digital Imagination


An orientation toward being exploratory, creative and experimental. Trialling of new platforms and modes of digital engagement in partnership with industry and community. Promoting and supporting research, publication, and exhibition in digital excellence.Fostering entrepreneurial and experimental designs and approaches to the use of digital spaces.


Employability and e-Inclusion

Informing Science Research and Application

Mentoring and Teaching Doctoral Students

Pre-Doctoral and New Researcher Track

We encourage those in doctoral programs and new researchers to submit to this track.  Submissions will be accepted later in the academic year and the reviewing will be conducted by a special team.  Accepted papers will be presented in sessions who focus are to provide mentoring feedback on presentations in a supportive environment.

Teach IT: Teaching and Learning of IT

Technology Enhanced Learning Environments

The Art and Science of Informing

The conference is also looking for reviewers:

Approaches to Teaching LGBT Literature at the Post-Secondary Level

Deadline August 31, 2016: 500-word abstract & author CV due (submitted to John Pruitt at<>)
Feel free to forward

In 1995, George Haggerty and Bonnie Zimmerman’s landmark volume Professions of Desire: Lesbian and Gay Studies in Literature (MLA), followed by William Spurlin’s Lesbian and Gay Studies and the Teaching of English (NCTE, 2000), began addressing the esoteric discussions that complicate intersections among gender, sexuality, and other identity constructs within the English classroom. Given the perpetuation of heteronormativity in the educational system, Haggerty encourages instructors to help LGBT students “learn about the politics of oppression in their own lives as well as in the cultural context that, after all, determines what they mean when they call themselves lesbian or gay.”  Building on this premise, the contributors to Spurlin’s volume believe it vital to interrupt familiar patterns of thinking and thereby broaden possibilities for perceiving, interpreting, and representing issues of power related to the teaching of lesbian and gay languages and literatures.

This call for book chapters seeks to reinvigorate this conversation at a pedagogical level. While theoretical analyses of LGBT literature remain common, approaches to teaching LGBT literature, particularly at the post-secondary level, warrant new attention. When you’re presented with a classroom of students new to LGBT literature, how do you teach them? What do you teach them? Why? And in a moment that values intersectionality and collapsing canons, what does “LGBT literature” mean?

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
1. Approaches to/implications of teaching specific texts by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* writers
2. Approaches to/implications of teaching these texts in both LGBT specific courses and in broader surveys
3. Explorations of what it means to enact queer approaches to literary instruction
4. Limitations of/opportunities for teaching these texts from the intro. survey to the graduate seminar
5. Articulations of course designs and textual selections
6. Approaches to designing LGBT courses, seeking course approval, etc.
7. Special considerations for teaching LGBT children’s and young adult literature

We seek contributions that will be useful references for post-secondary English instructors from community colleges to Research 1 institutions.

John Pruitt, English Department, University of Wisconsin-Rock County (<>)
Will Banks, English Department, East Carolina University (<>)

The book will be submitted to Peter Lang.

–August 31, 2016: 500-word abstracts & author CVs due (submitted to John Pruitt at<>)
–January 2017: Initial chapter drafts due
–April 2017: Revised chapter drafts due
–July 2017: Collection submitted to publisher

C.A.L.L.: Conference About Libraries & Literacy

Thursday, February 9, 2017

It is our distinct pleasure to invite you to the first Conference About Libraries & Literacy (C.A.L.L.). The conference is a collaboration between UW-La Crosse Murphy Library, the School District of La Crosse & La Crosse Public Library and will take place at Murphy Library on the UW-La Crosse campus on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Librarians from all types of libraries (school, public, academic, special, etc.) are welcome to attend.

The theme of the conference will be “If Only They Knew.”

We are delighted to invite presenters on the following topics of interest that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Successful collaborations which help develop information literacy skills in learners

  • Innovative programs or initiatives which promote information literacy

  • Defining information literacy in a digital age

Please visit the C.A.L.L. blog to learn more and submit a proposal.

We look forward to seeing you at the Conference About Libraries and Literacy!

Cindy Halter, School District of La Crosse

Liz Humrickhouse-Lee, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library

Teri Holford-Talpe, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library

Linda Jerome, La Crosse Public Library

ALA Video Round Table Program Committee (VRT) at ALA Annual 2017

Thinking about attending the ALA Annual Conference, June 22-27 2017 in Chicago
Have you worked on any projects or activities involving film or video at your institution?

The ALA Video Round Table Program Committee (VRT) welcomes program proposals for ALA Annual on just about anything related to video and libraries! The term video includes moving picture media in all of its forms – DVDs, streaming, video tapes, video art, YouTube videos, animation, iPhone shot footage, etc.

Proposals are due SOON, August 31, 2016!

Sample ideas (but we very much welcome others):

  • Have you created video tutorials?

  • Are you using film clips (or gifs) in instruction?

  • Have you created a media center for your patrons?
  • Do you work with students or faculty in video creation?
  • Are you finding new ways to promote films to your community?
  • Are you doing anything interesting in curating your film collection?
  • Have you made library promotional videos?

  • Are you involved with film or video preservation?

  • Have you offered special film programming/events at your library?

If you’re interested in submitting a proposal, please read the guidelines and complete the online form at:

The Program Committee will review all proposals and notify participants of proposal acceptance by Sept. 21, 2016.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the Program Committee co-chairs, Steven Milewski or Laine Thielstrom