Category Archives: Green initiatives

Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography Special Issue: The Built Environment in Pennsylvania History

The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography is issuing a call for articles to be included in a special issue on the built environment in Pennsylvania history, scheduled for publication in October 2021.

 The editors seek submissions of the following two sorts.

 Scholarly Articles: The editors seek submissions of scholarly articles (25–35 pages, double spaced) featuring new research on the built environment in Pennsylvania history. We welcome articles on architecture, infrastructure, parks, (de)industrialization, statues, monuments, and other subjects. While certainly not limited to the following, potential authors may wish to consider these questions: How has Philadelphia’s image of itself as a “greene country towne” affected different groups of residents over time? What legacies have coal and other industries left on the state, and when and how have these developments caused conflicts with environmental advocates? How should controversial aspects of the state’s history be memorialized in public spaces? Selections will be based on both quality and the need to represent a full range of topics and time periods.

Hidden Gems: The editors seek submissions of short articles (250–750 words) featuring hidden gems highlighting unknown, underused, or misunderstood sources related to the built environment in Pennsylvania history. We invite articles focusing on both written and non-written sources, including but not limited to diaries, manuscript collections, novels, government documents, oral histories, newspapers, photographs, artifacts, monuments, and cultural sites. These items may or may not be found in the state, but they must illuminate some aspect of the built environment in Pennsylvania history. See for examples of such essays.

Submission details: Submissions should be addressed to Christina Larocco, editor, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (

Guest editors: Potential contributors are strongly encouraged to consult with one of the two guest editors for this issue of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography well before the submission deadline: Elizabeth Milroy, professor and department head, Department of Art and Art History, Drexel University (, and Randall Mason, associate professor of historic preservation, University of Pennsylvania (

 Deadline for submission of completed articles: January 1, 2020

The Future of Librarianship: Exploring what’s next for the Academic Librarian, LACUNY Institute 2017

Call for Proposals

Date: May 12, 2017

Location: LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York

Keynote Speaker: TBA

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2017

Submission Form


Librarians cannot predict the future but they can speculate about it. . .

 The LACUNY Institute 2017 is seeking futuristic proposals that think beyond the current to share a vision of the academic librarians’ position in a changing information landscape.

 In addressing the theme, the Future of Librarianship: Exploring what’s next for the Academic Librarian, we are interested in proposals that address the implications of current events and changes in higher education on the way that academic librarians plan a career in librarianship, engage students, faculty, and the community, how and where they offer services and resources to patrons, and  how librarians can navigate the current trends in library science and in the global world to prepare for a successful career in librarianship.


The LACUNY Institute Committee seeks proposals that address the future of academic librarians in college and university libraries, archives, and the information studies, across myriad roles (staff, faculty, students, patrons, etc.) and functions (technical services, public services, instruction, etc.). Such proposals can deal with innovation already in practice and/or futuristic ideas concerning librarianship.


Example topics include but are not limited to:

  • Impact of current events on library trends
  • Innovation and changes in roles, responsibilities, services and resources
  • Impact of technology
  • Leadership, leadership development, and workforce planning
  • Diversity & inclusion,
  • Career planning, professional development
  • Post-truth information literacy, digital literacy, and visual literacy
  • MLS, Curriculum development, and preparedness
  • Civic engagement, partnerships, and community building
  • Librarians as knowledge gatekeepers, personal freedom, and privacy


The Institute will have four tracks: panel presentations, facilitated dialogues, and alt-sessions.

  • Panel papers (15 minutes/presenter): Moderated panel presentations with time for questions and discussion.
  • Facilitated dialogues (45 minutes): Teams of two lead a discussion on topic of their choice related to the theme, with one person presenting context and the other facilitating conversation.
  • Alt-sessions (15-30 minutes): An opportunity for exploring topics through multiple ways of knowing (e.g., short documentary, spoken word, performance art).
  • Poster sessions:

 Please submit proposals, including a 300-500 word abstract by February 1, 2017.

 The goal of this event is to create a space for respectful dialogue and debate about these critical issues. We will be publishing a formal code of conduct, but the event organizers will actively strive to create a public space in which multiple perspectives can be heard and no one voice dominates.


Questions may be directed to Co-Chairs Kimberley Bugg, or Simone L. Yearwood,

Horizon 2020: “Smart Cities Learning”

Horizon 2020: “Smart Cities Learning”
Villard‐de‐Lans, Vercors, French Alps, January, 28February, 1 (2013)
(3 days)

located at
Alpine Rendez‐Vous 2013 (ARV 13)

organized by
Dept. of Education Science and Technology&    IaD School of Tor Vergata
University of Rome
PH Schwäbisch Gmünd University of Education.

Temporary workshop website:

 From the Far East, to the Americas and to Europe, cities, villages and their surroundings are evolving towards a new dimension in which the info infrastructure becomes an indispensable asset of our life, contributes to the development of info-ecosystems embracing ‘smart mobility and last-mile logistics’, ‘smart health’, ‘smart government’, ‘smart culture and tourism’, the sustainability of the natural resources and the green economy. Such integrated effort of info-urbanism is expected to produces social innovation and, inevitably, leads to wonder about what forms can take the smart education underlined by all pieces that compose the mosaic of the info-ecosystems.
The virtual infrastructure – web and mobile – will be integrated more closely with the physical landscape – internet of thing and sensible physical places – incorporating the latter into a complex ecosystem which will bring forward opportunities to learn from everyday life.
Technologies, increasingly embedded into the everyday spaces and artefacts, will make the places not only more sensitive but also responsive and, potentially, coevolutionary (TEP – Technology Enhanced
Places) will give rise to new landscapes in which one can experiment, seamless, the integration of physicality and virtuality.
The person, considered in all her/his complexity, will be placed at the center of educational contexts and scenarios increasingly ubiquitous, complex, organic.  Scenarios where the mediating role of technology will widen over the time to: foster relationships with the natural environments, filter content needed to support meaningful experiences at glocal level, disclose feedback necessary to learn how to manage “in action”, the complexity of static and dynamic, of learning contexts and processes.

Through which educational path will everyone, and especially youths, become “participatorly” aware citizens of the future “SimCities”?
How will we learn from the open books that are represented by cities of art, parks, agro-tech and industrial/productive districts ?
How will data flowing from sensorised areas and personal devices will be elaborated to support awareness and continuous learning?
How will our behaviour be influenced by knowledge of co-evolution mechanisms and limits of the ecosystems?
Will the educational infrastructure be smart enough to readjust, even “autopoietically”, to satisfy the needs that everyone could develop life long, in different contexts?
Would “smart cities learning” help to reinforce social inclusion and a common sense of belonging ?

September 10 , 2012   ->           Position paper (max 2 pages LNCS Springer
format) + motivation + CV  (->           all binded in one file)
September 30, 2012 ->           Notification of evaluation results
November 15, 2012 ->           Submission of preliminary full paper
December 15, 2012 ->           start of workshop preparatory activities in a
collaborative on-line environment
• January 28 – February 1, 2013 ->           3 days workshop at ARV 13
March 1, 2013 ->           Submission of final full paper for proceeding
publication (max 14 page LNCS Springer format)

Contributions from people having a ‘forward vision’ are solicited on the following ‘open’ list of topics:

• Technological Ecosystems supporting learning within and from the ‘smart cities’ (toward ‘web-mobile-internet of thing’ integrated
• Educational Ecosystems: from ”intelligence’ to long-life autopoietic
education (re-skill&           edupoiesis)
• Future ‘smart cities’ learning scenarios (contexts and methods for the citizens of the future) • Ecological monitoring and visualization of flows, behaviors, experience’s styles and  ‘smart cities’ learning (analytics and
• The impact of contextualization, glocalities, identities (cultural effect and inclusion)

Paper (max 14 pages) should be written accordingly to the LNCS Springer format

Workshop papers will be published in a special issue of the IxD&A Journal (ISSN 1826-9745)

Please submit your manuscript using the IxD&A submission System at:

Carlo Giovannella – Alke Martens –

Library Hi Tech

Library Hi Tech has issued two calls for papers:

  1. Automatic Storage and Retrieval Systems
  2. Green technology in libraries

The submission deadline for the next issue is 15 January 2012. Articles for the following issue should ideally be submitted by the end of March. With enough papers on these topics, LHT will consider doing special issues.

Articles should be between 4000 and 8000 words. References should use the Harvard style. Please submit completed articles via the Scholar One online submission system.

Library Hi Tech is a peer-reviewed, ISI-indexed journal published by Emerald Group Publishing, Ltd.

Best wishes … Michael Seadle

Dean, Faculty of Arts I / Dekan, Philosophische Fakult�t I
Professor & Director, Berlin School of Library and Information Science
(Institut f�r Bibliotheks- und Informationswissenschaft)
Humboldt-Universit�t zu Berlin
Editor, Library Hi Tech
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