Category Archives: Doctoral Students

Journal of Web Librarianship special issue on data curation

The Journal of Web Librarianship is pleased to announce an upcoming special issue on the topic of data curation, edited by Susan Sharpless Smith.
Data curation, “the active and on-going management of data through its lifecycle of interest and usefulness to scholarly and educational activities across the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities,” is an emerging field that brings new opportunities and challenges for libraries. The growing movement to effectively manage, archive, preserve, retrieve and reuse research data is one that compliments traditional library missions to preserve and access information. This special issue will explore issues surrounding this new arena. The issue’s scope includes but is not limited to:
  • Data curation theory and practice
  • Roles for research libraries and librarians
  • Data storage infrastructures
  • Libraries as partners in data curation strategies
  • Data stewardship
  • Sustainability of long term data management programs
  • Ontologies for data integration
  • Realizing goals for reuse and combination of datasets
  • Education and skills required for data curators
  • Discovery and retrieval systems
  • Data repositories
  • Looking to the future
Susan Smith is  Director of Research, Instruction & Technology Services / Senior Librarian at Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University.  She recently completed the third edition of Web-based instruction: A guide for libraries (Chicago: American Library Association) and has published numerous articles and book chapters.
Query letters and preliminary proposals are welcome any time if potential authors would like to discuss their ideas with the issue editor. Please submit queries and manuscripts to guest editor Susan Smith at Please refer to the JWL web site, for Instructions for Authors.

Issue Timeline:
Initial Manuscript Submission deadline: January 1, 2012

Notices to authors: April, 2012
Final Acceptance: June, 2012
Issue Publication: October, 2012

The Journal of Web Librarianship
Susan Smith, Special Issue Editor
Jody Condit Fagan, Editor

2012 Methodology Paper Competition

The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) is now accepting proposals for its 2012 Methodology Paper Competition, sponsored by Dialog. The purpose of this award is to stimulate communication on research methodologies at ALISE annual conferences.


The competition is open to all types of methodology. Papers must be limited to description and discussion of a research method or a technique associated with a particular research method. (For example, papers may address such areas as sampling, grounded theory, historical methods, or statistical methods.) Papers must explain the particular method/technique, including methodological implications for library and information science. Examples to illustrate its value can come from LIS-related published studies, proposed studies, and works in progress. Papers that stress findings are not eligible for this competition.


One winning paper will be selected. An honorarium of $500 will be awarded to the author(s). In cases of joint authorship, one honorarium will be awarded for the paper. Methodology papers prepared by joint authors are eligible for entry but at least one author must be a personal member of ALISE as of the deadline date.


Only one methodology paper per entrant will be considered; multiple entries from the same author will not be accepted. Authors may submit papers for other ALISE competitions; however, the same paper cannot be submitted for more than one category.


Authors may not submit papers that have been published or have been accepted for publication. Authors who have won this award within the past five years are ineligible for this competition.


Papers submitted to this competition can originate from a variety of different sources and applicants are encouraged to develop such papers from their research. Methodology papers completed in pursuit of master’s and doctoral studies (e.g. thesis, seminars, dissertation, course work paper) are eligible, as are papers generated as a result of a research grant or other source of funding.


Submission Requirements

Papers, including the abstract and references, must not exceed 25 double-spaced pages (6,000 words), should have one inch margins and be in 12 point font.Two title pages must be sent: One with, and one without, author name(s) and institution. Both title pages must carry the name of the competition for which the paper is being submitted.



The papers will be judged by the ALISE Research Committee with the assistance of additional ALISE members in those cases where the methodology warrants. All reviewing is “blind.” Methodology papers will be judged on the following criteria:


-Description of the method or technique

                -Explanation of methodological implications of the method/technique for LIS

                -Examples of actual or potential applications to library and information science research or studies in related fields (i.e., from published studies, proposed studies, and work in progress)

-Appropriateness of the examples to the paper’s focus on method/technique

-Clarity in the writing and in the paper’s organization


Proposals will be disqualified if they exhibit one or more of the following:

-Lack of adherence to submission requirements

 -Submission of paper for the wrong award

 -Poor quality of the writing

 -Poor organization of material

 -Lack of attention to study design


The committee reserves the right to select no winning paper if, in its judgment, none of the papers is considered satisfactory.


The winners of the awards are expected to present a summary of their papers at the 2012 ALISE Annual Conference.


The methodology paper, including an abstract of no more than 200 words, must be received no later than July 15, 2011. It should be

emailed as a Word attachment to:


Pam McKenzie

The University of Western Ontario

Chair, Dialog/ALISE Methodology Paper Competition


For more details, please see




DOCTORAL CONSORTIUM at the 11th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies

CALL FOR PAPERS DOCTORAL CONSORTIUM at the 11th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies Athens, Georgia, USA July 6-8, 2011 ***Extended Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2011*** What is the Doctoral Consortium? ******************************** The Doctoral Consortium is a workshop for Ph.D. students from all over the world who are in the early phases of their dissertation work (i.e., in their first or second year). The goal of the Doctoral Consortium is to help students with their thesis and research plans by providing feedback and general advice on using the research environment in a constructive and international atmosphere. The Doctoral Consortium provides PhD students with the opportunity to meet and discuss with experts in their area. Students will present and discuss their thesis in the context of a well-known and established international conference outside of their usual university environment. Up to 10 Ph.D. students will have the opportunity to participate. Students will be required to pay the registration fees of the ICALT Conference (student rates). The Doctoral Consortium will consist of 3 sessions. The first session aims at giving students the chance to present their work to others and get familiar with the work of other PhD students in their area. Each PhD student will give a very brief presentation (about 3 minutes) about his/her work with focus on motivation and research problem. These presentations are followed by a poster exhibition where individual discussion about each student's work will take place. The third session aims at giving students feedback from an expert in their area and let them discuss their work with him/her as well as with few other PhD students doing research in the respective area. After the notification of acceptance/rejection, each PhD student with an accepted paper will be assigned to a small group consisting of 3-4 PhD students and one expert in their area. Each group will start to communicate and exchange their papers so that all members of the group are familiar with the papers of each group member. During the third session, each small group will meet individually. PhD students will give a short presentation about their work (about 10 minutes; 3 slides: Motivation/Background, what have been done already, and what will be done in future). After each presentation, group discussion will take place where each student can discuss his/her work with the expert and with other PhD students. Call for Papers and Topics ************************** Submissions relating to any aspect of Advanced Learning Technologies research, development, and evaluation are welcomed, focusing on the main themes of ICALT2011. To apply for participation at the Doctoral Consortium, please submit a 2-page paper about your doctoral work using the ASK-Conference System at: The paper should: * Provide the title of the PhD Research, the name of the PhD Student and the PhD Advisor and the Affiliated Organisation * Provide a motivation for the research, explaining what the problem in the respective field is and why it is a problem, * Clearly formulate the research question, * Sketch the research methodology that is to be applied, * Describe the expected contributions of the applicant to the research area, and describes how the research is innovative, novel or extends existing approaches to a problem. * Appropriately acknowledge the possible contribution of non-student advisors or collaborators Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, correctness, and clarity. Workshop participation is limited to 10 PhD students. Additionally, at the same time as the paper is submitted via the conference system, an email from the main supervisor must be sent to,, and to confirm that the student is in his/her first or second year of PhD studies. Eligibility *********** The Doctoral Consortium is only for PhD students in their first or second PhD year. Furthermore, the topic of the PhD thesis must be in the area of Advanced Learning Technologies. Proceedings *********** Accepted papers will be publication in the IEEE proceedings of ICALT2011, following the Author Guidelines. Co-Organization *************** The Doctoral Consortium is co-organized by the IEEE Technical Committee on Learning Technology. Important Dates *************** February 15, 2011 Deadline for submission of 2-page paper and confirmation from PhD supervisor February 28, 2011 Notification of acceptance March 15, 2011 Authors' Registration Deadline April 15, 2011 Camera-Ready 2-page paper for Conference Proceedings July 6-8, 2011 ICALT2009 Doctoral Consortium Contact Address *************** Requests for information should be e-mailed to,, and