Monthly Archives: April 2018

Call for panelists for the ACRL IS Current Issues Virtual Discussion Forum,

2018 ALA Annual Meeting

The IS Current Issues Virtual Discussion Forum is an excellent opportunity for instruction librarians to explore and discuss current topics related to library instruction and information literacy.  The steering committee welcomes proposals from individuals who are interested in being on a panel to discuss Critical Reading.  Critical reading is reading for a “. . . deeper understanding of how information is constructed, valued, and embedded within larger conversations.”

This virtual discussion will take place  in advance of the 2018 ALA Annual Meeting: Wednesday, June 6 at 2 PM EST/11 AM PST.

If you would like to share your knowledge and work in the area of critical reading submit a proposal to be a panelist for the IS Current Issues Virtual Discussion Forum today.

Application Deadline: April 20, 2018

To submit a proposal, please use the online submission form.

Applicants will be notified by May 4, 2018.


Contact the ACRL IS Discussion Group Steering Committee Chair, Patrick Wohlmut ( or Vice-Chair, Lauren Hays (

Introducing DevOps principles, concepts and tools to libraries

We are seeking panelist for the LITA program “Introducing DevOps principles, concepts and tools to libraries “at 2018 ALA Annual . Please consider participating if you are in the process of planning or implementing  DevOps approaches in the library workplaces (which could be in technology areas or others, for example, the areas of  strategic management and organizational growth).

DevOps is a software development and delivery process that emphasizes communication and collaboration between product management, software development and operational professionals. It is a clipped compound of ‘development’ and ‘operations’. Similarly, like adopting Agile methods for project management in libraries. DevOps model can be useful and practical for libraries to improve the effectiveness of the organization and services efficiency. Some libraries started adopting DevOps concepts and techniques. The program aims for assembling a panel of representatives from these libraries to share the experiences and insights

Submit your proposal at


Deadline is April 27, 2018.


Please feel free to direct any questions you may have to Hong Ma, hma2@luc.ed

Symposium on Globalizing Learning

Worcester State University

Tuesday, October 2

Dear colleagues,

The internationalization of education and the increasing trend in higher education to take global rather than nation-bounded perspectives on learning across disciplines demands new ways of thinking about higher education in global contexts.


The intention behind organizing this symposium is to gather a small group of teacher-scholars at the cutting edge of scholarship on teaching and learning to explore theories behind, approaches to, and practices of globalizing learning.  Speakers will be invited to contribute to the Spring 2019 themed issue of the peer-reviewed academic journal Currents in Teaching and Learning.


Some of the questions that both the symposium and themed issue will address include (but are not limited to):

  • What constitutes “global learning”, and what implications might this have for the nature, substance, content, and methods of tertiary education?
  • What kinds of approaches can be used to integrate global knowledge and skills into teaching and learning across the disciplines?
  • In what ways can global and local forms of knowledge construction be related in classroom and extra-curricular modes of teaching and learning?


To kick off the symposium, Laura Rumbley, Associate Director of the Boston College Center for International Higher Education and a distinguished leader in the field of international education, will deliver the keynote address.


If you are interested in participating in the symposium as a presenter, please send your abstract to Martin Fromm at Deadline for abstracts is June 1.

Currents in Teaching and Learning

Currents in Teaching and Learninga peer-reviewed electronic journal that fosters exchanges among reflective teacher-scholars across the disciplines, welcomes submissions for its Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 issues (Volume 10, Numbers 1 and 2).  We consider all submissions that address new approaches to theories and practices of teaching and learning.

Each year we release two issues of Currents, an open-ended Fall issue and a themed issue in the Spring.  We welcome all teaching and learning-related submissions for the Fall Issues.

The theme for the Spring 2019 issue is “Globalizing learning.” With the intensifying clash between nationalism and globalization, the issue of how to incorporate consciousness of global issues and trends into college education has become ever more critical.  For this issue, we invite submissions that address this issue from theoretical and/or practical perspectives. Some questions that might be addressed include (but are not limited to):

  • What constitutes “global learning”, and what implications might this have for the nature, substance, content, and methods of tertiary education?
  • What kinds of approaches can be used to integrate global knowledge and skills into teaching and learning across the disciplines?
  • In what ways can global and local forms of knowledge construction be related in classroom and extra-curricular modes of teaching and learning?

Submissions may take the form of:

  • Teaching and Program Reports: short reports from different disciplines on classroom practices (2850–5700 words);
  • Essays: longer research, theoretical, or conceptual articles and explorations of issues and challenges facing teachers today (5700 – 7125 words);
  • Book Reviews: send inquiries attn: Kisha Tracy, Book Review Editor. No unsolicited reviews, please.

We welcome both individual and group submissions.  All submissions must be original, previously unpublished work and, if based in a particular academic discipline, must explicitly consider their relevance and applicability to other disciplines and classroom settings.

Submissions Deadlines:

Fall 2018 issue: August 15, 2018

Spring 2019 issue: December 15, 2018

Submissions received after these dates will be considered on a rolling basis and for the following issue.

Currents in Teaching and Learning is a peer-reviewed electronic journal that fosters non-specialist, jargon-free exchanges among reflective teacher-scholars. Published twice a year and addressed to faculty and graduate students across the disciplines, Currents seeks to improve teaching and learning in higher education with short reports on classroom practices as well as longer research, theoretical, or conceptual articles, and explorations of issues and challenges facing teachers today.

For essays and teaching and program reports, send all inquiries to Editor Martin Fromm at  For book reviews, send all inquiries to Book Review Editor Kisha Tracy at For submission guidelines, visit our website at

Currents in Teaching and Learning is a publication of Worcester State University, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.   ISSN: 1945-3043

BMore! SLA Poster Sessions

Call for Posters:

The Social Sciences & Humanities and Academic Divisions of the Special Libraries Association invite proposals for a poster session to be held during SLA’s annual conference in Baltimore, June 9-13, 2018.


The theme for the SLA 2018 conference is BMore! We welcome proposals addressing any aspect of this theme. How are you and your library being more innovative? More collaborative? More inclusive? Posters may present original research, case studies, or work in progress.


A prize will be awarded for the best poster, as judged by attendees.


Proposals should be submitted by April 16, 2018 using this form []. Please include a title and description of about 250 words. Proposals will be reviewed by the 2018 poster session committee for relevance to the theme and quality, and applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions by April 30, 2018.


The poster session will be a relaxed and informal time to share ideas with your colleagues and will be held on Tuesday, June 12, from 9-10 a.m. Poster presenters are expected to stay for the hour to answer questions and to network with attendees.


The 2018 poster session committee is Marilyn Bromley, Lateka Grays, and Tara Murray. Please send any questions to Tara at

Grow, Evolve, Serve: The Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians

October 12, 2018

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Call for Proposals

The sixth Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians <> ( will explore how librarians have been entrepreneurial in
their own professional development and how this drives the way we serve our
communities. In the last several years we’ve seen a variety of new
positions emerge to meet new opportunities in academic, public and special
libraries. This year’s theme “Grow, Evolve, Serve” will explore where the
profession has been recently and where it needs to go in order to meet
these challenges. The conference goal is twofold: to inspire
entrepreneurial action among librarians and to create a community among
those who do.

The conference will be held at the Wake Downtown campus
<> of Wake Forest University on October 12,
2018.  It is sponsored by the libraries at Wake Forest University
<> and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

We seek librarians and information professionals to present about projects
related to the conference theme. Topics may include but are not limited to:

Evolving roles of librarians and related professions such as social
work, data librarians, digital humanities, and community historians

Growth of outreach and marketing, collaboration, and new types of
partnerships that get us out of our silos.

Expansion of services such as data visualization, data management, and
institutional repositories.

Education for future professionals to respond to these changing needs

Privacy and the library.

Analytics, assessment and evaluation and using these techniques for
decision making and planning.

Presentation Format:

Break-out sessions (45 minutes including Q&A) may be panels or single
presenters.  Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 250

Please submit
your proposal at

Presenters are encouraged to develop and submit papers based on their
presentations for publication in the open-access proceedings.

Presenters will be expected to register for the conference.

Submission Deadline:

Proposals will be accepted until April 20, 2018.

Presenters will be notified by May 11, 2018.

For more information about keynote speakers and scheduling see the conference
website <> ( or contact:

Mary Scanlon

Kathy Crowe

5th Annual LILi Conference: It’s Not Just Academic: Bridging Gaps with Information Empowerment in All Libraries

5th Annual LILi Conference  Friday, August 17, 2018, 9 am – 1:30 pm Glendale Public Library 222 E Harvard St, Glendale, CA 91205

It’s Not Just Academic: Bridging Gaps with Information Empowerment in All Libraries

Proposal Deadline: Friday, April 20, 2018

How has your library fostered information empowerment among its users? LILi invites you to share your library or program’s innovative teachable moments by submitting proposals with practical applications. Lifelong learning and information literacy (IL) development occurs in countless contexts and communities, within and outside the library. Given the skills required to compete in a rapidly changing modern knowledge economy, we can learn from our colleagues in all types of libraries. Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following, all as related to information empowerment:

  • Community outreach and organizing strategies
  • DIY publications (e.g., zines, podcasts, blogs, apps) and other knowledge sharing creations
  • Programming for various populations, including children, teens, seniors, immigrants, English language learners, and other marginalized groups
  • Workshops, one-shots, credit courses, and training sessions supporting students/users/patrons in online and face-to-face settings
  • Community archiving
  • Metaliteracy
  • Data Literacy
  • Digital citizenship
  • Makerspace and escape room activities that foster transferable problem solving skills
  • Open educational resource (OER) and open pedagogy initiatives

LILi invites you to submit proposals with practical application and built-in audience interaction by April 20, 2018 for a 15-minute presentation. Notification of acceptance by May 18, 2018.

Submit proposals here:

LILi Conference Code of Conduct:

Questions? Annie Knight ( or Susie Chin (

ALA/ACRL/EBSS Research Forum- Due April 9, 2018

EBSS RESEARCH FORUM – Call for Proposals

The Education and Behavioral Sciences Section Research Committee announces the 12th Annual Research Forum during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.  The Research Forum and reception follows the announcement of the winners of the APA Librarian Conference Travel Awards, and will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, June 23, 2018.

The Research Forum offers librarians an opportunity to present research that is currently underway in a 10-minute lightning talk format. Lightning talks will be selected via a competitive, blind review process.

Proposals are due April 9, 2018. Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance no later than April 20.


Proposals will be evaluated based on the extent to which they:

1. Measure or investigate issues of high interest to librarians, especially those in Education and Behavioral Sciences.

2. Represent innovative, original research.

3. Show evidence of carefully planned research design and thoughtful analysis.

4. Clearly identify what stage of the project has been completed and estimate a timeline for the remainder of the project. Research that has been previously published or accepted for publication by January 1, 2018 will not be considered.


Proposals should be 250-350 words.

To facilitate blind peer review, the first page should include:

  • Presenter name and institution

  • Phone number

  • E-mail address

  • Proposal title

Subsequent page(s) should include:

  • Proposal title

  • Statement of the research question(s)

  • Research goals and objectives

  • Design/methodology

  • Potential findings

  • Practical implications/value

Email submissions to Callie Wiygul Branstiter at by Monday, April 9, 2018.

Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication

Special Issue Call for Papers from Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication.

Guest editor: Nina Clements, Librarian and Information Literacy Coordinator at California State University-Channel Islands

Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication is an inter- and cross- disciplinary double-blind peer reviewed journal. It publishes contemporary research and practice which explores the way that people and organisations interact in the digital information environment. It is concerned with innovation and developments in digital information, as they relate to global knowledge, communication and world memory.  It covers the creation, management, dissemination and use of the full range of information objects.

In 2017, The Association of College & Research Libraries published a white paper sharing international perspectives on information literacy entitled, Fostering a Dialogue for International Understanding. This themed issue wants expand on the unique challenges and opportunities for “Global Information Literacy” and will explore the extent to which there is global acceptance and a shared understanding of the term information literacy. Proposals are requested that explore the role of information literacy frameworks within a specific country and an assessment of how these frameworks foster a dialogue for international understanding.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

•    Case studies comparing information literacy frameworks from two different countries or cultures (SCONUL Seven Pillars of Information Literacy and the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, for example)
•    Discussions of definitional issues of information literacy related to specific cultural contexts
•    Reflections on how information literacy standards reflect the educational priorities of a country or region.
•    The role of critical librarianship in shaping information literacy pedagogy.
•    The impact of linguistic diversity and multilingualism on information literacy frameworks

Submissions should comply with the journal author guidelines which are here. They should be made through ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at

•    Deadline for submissions: 30 May 2018
•    Peer review: July-September 2018
•    Revisions, copyediting, proofing etc.: October and November 2018
•    Publication of special issue: January 2019


Social Media for Communication and Instruction in Academic Libraries

Call for Chapters

Propose a chapter for this book


Jennifer Joe, Western Kentucky University  Elisabeth Knight, Western Kentucky University


Accepted proposals will be notified by May 30, 2018. The review process will run from August 30th, to October 15th, with review results given to authors by October 30th. Final acceptance notifications will be sent by December 15th, 2018.


Introduction  The subject of the use of social media has been renewed by the impact that social media had on the last U.S. presidential election, and the impact that social media networks will have on subsequent elections. This has called attention to the relevance and urgency of incorporating social media use into the academic library, both as a marketing tool and as an instruction tool – and even as an instruction topic. As guides in the information world, it is important that librarians be well-versed in social media. This publication seeks to be an up-to-date, “post-truth” look at the importance of social media in all facets of library marketing and instruction at the academic (post-secondary) level.

Objective  The objective of this book is to provide a concise reference for librarians in the field to consult for advice and guidance in using social media in academic libraries and in instruction, with special emphasis on assessment and evidence-based practiced. This volume will give librarians the foundation necessary to argue for or against social media use in their library, as is appropriate for their situation.


Target Audience  The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and researchers working in the field of information and knowledge management in various disciplines, e.g. library, information and communication sciences, administrative sciences and management, education, adult education, and information technology. Moreover, the book will provide insights and support professionals in the field who wish to incorporate or improve upon social media use at their respective institutions.


Recommended Topics:

  • What is/are Social Media?
  • Similarities/Differences in Social Media Use among different libraries
  • Social Media and Academic Library Marketing
  • Social Media as an Information Literacy Tool
  • Social Media as an Information Literacy Topic
  • Social Media Assessment for Marketing
  • Social Media Assessment for Library Instruction
  • Problems with Social Media Use (FERPA, etc.)
  • Examples of Social Media Use in Academic Libraries


Submission Procedure:

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before April 30, 2018, a chapter proposal of 500 to 1,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by May 30, 2018 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by August 30, 2018, 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.



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 publication is anticipated to be released in 2019.



For questions, please contact Jennifer Joe ( or Elisabeth Knight (

Propose a chapter for this book

Thank you,

 Jennifer Joe and Elisabeth Knight