Category Archives: Administration

International Journal of Responsible Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making (IJRLEDM)

Call for Papers

Editor-in-Chief: Jason Jackson (Jackson Research Institute, USA)

The International Journal of Responsible Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making (IJRLEDM)focuses on the role of science to help improve leadership within business, to include traditional and emerging future leadership roles, responsibilities, cognition, leadership decision-making, ethics, and research methods supporting qualitative and quantitative study of these areas of life, business, and academics.

Invitation

The Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Responsible Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making (IJRLEDM) invites authors to submit manuscripts for consideration in this double-blind peer reviewed scholarly journal. The following information describes the journal mission, coverage, and submission guidelines to IJRLEDM.

 

Mission

The International Journal of Responsible Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making (IJRLEDM) is focused on scientists, researchers, scholars, practitioners, business consultants, business leaders, and other professionals to provide timely and useful studies supportive of leadership, ethics, decision-making, cognition, and neuroscience within diverse environments. Our mission is moving leadership forward with scientific research, preparing leaders for the challenges of the future with rigorous thought.

 

Coverage

The International Journal of Responsible Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making (IJRLEDM) is interested in research within domains spanning social science and business. Topics covered within the journal include (however, not limited to) the following domains:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Best Practices
  • Business Research and Practices
  • Cognition
  • Decision-Making
  • Ethics
  • Information Overload
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Military Veterans
  • Neuroscience
  • Research Methods
  • Senior Leadership (C-Level, Executive)

 

Manuscripts will be considered within cultural alignment of the journal, quality of research conducted, research methodology, timeliness of topic, and the utility of the research findings. Researchers of both qualitative and quantitative studies are encouraged to submit their manuscripts for consideration. Practitioners are encouraged to submit manuscripts of pragmatic utility, or current best practices, within their industry.

 

Submission  

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit their original empirical research articles 3,000–5,000 words in length. Interested authors must consult the journal’s guidelines for manuscript submissions athttp://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/ prior to submission. All submitted articles will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis by no fewer than 3 members of the journal’s Editorial Review Board and 1 Associate Editor. Final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews received from the reviewers and at the sole discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

All manuscripts must be submitted through the E-Editorial Discovery™ online submission manager. Please see the link at the bottom of this page.

Inquiries can be forwarded to

https://www.igi-global.com/submission/submit-manuscript/?jid=190797

Advances in Library Administration and Organization Critical Librarianship and Library Management

Call for proposals

Publication due 2020

Series Editor: Samantha Hines, Peninsula College

Volume Editor: David Ketchum, University of Oregon

 

The critical librarianship movement has shone light on many aspects of our profession and encouraged us to question why we do things the way we do them. One area underexplored in this moment, however, is library management: Are there management practices that need to be questioned or interrogated? Are there progressive practices that have not received the recognition they deserve?

 

ALAO seeks submissions for the “Critical Librarianship and Library Management” volume that delve beyond examples and case studies to critically examine library management.

 

Proposals in the following areas would be of particular interest:

  • Implicit bias and library management/operations
  • Retention and hiring for diversity and inclusion
  • Social justice in library leadership and management

 

This will be the first volume of Advances in Library Administration and Organization (ALAO) to publish in 2020.

About the Advances in Library Administration and Organization series:

ALAO offers long-form research, comprehensive discussions of theoretical developments, and in-depth accounts of evidence-based practice in library administration and organization. The series answers the questions, “How have libraries been managed, and how should they be managed?” It goes beyond a platform for the sharing of research to provide a venue for dialogue across issues in a way that traditional peer reviewed journals cannot. Through this series, practitioners glean new approaches in challenging times and collaborate on the exploration of scholarly solutions to professional quandaries.

How to submit:

We are currently seeking proposals for the 2019 volume on Critical Librarianship and Library Management. If you are interested in contributing to this volume, please send a proposal including a draft abstract of 500 words or less, author details and estimated length of final submission to Samantha Hines at shines@pencol.edu by August 31, 2018.

Submission deadlines:

 

Submission deadline for proposals: August 31, 2018

Notification of acceptance sent by: October 31, 2018

Submission deadline for full chapters: February 28, 2019

Comments returned to authors: April 30, 2019

Submission deadline for chapter revisions: June 15, 2019

 

Censorship Stories from the Frontline.

You are invited to participate in a new book that will be published by the American Library Association.  The book is a collection of stories from and about librarians who have experienced challenges to library material and/or challenges to intellectual freedom.  The book has the current working title:  Censorship Stories from the Frontline.

The book is an anthology of stories from all library types.  Stories will address examples of censorship challenges related to (but not limited to): religious intolerance, prisoner rights,  Black Lives Matter, anti-immigrant sentiment, international challenges, politics, working with culturally sensitive material, weeding as a form of censorship, self-censorship, displays, intellectual freedom, disinvited speakers, trigger warnings, Me Too, meeting room uses, or any other censorship topic you have experienced in a library or related to library material and/or programming.

The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2018

For more information about this project, to join the mailing list, and to follow the book’s progress visit: www.intellectualfreedombook.com

Essay Guidelines

Essays should be no more than 2500 words in length, and should provide details of a full experience, from initial contact through ultimate resolution. Essays can be a first person narrative or a case study description. I am also seeking descriptions of interactions that may not have ended in a formal challenge or request for reconsideration. These anecdotes should reflect the concerns of either the patron or the librarian or both.

Tips on writing: Explain the situation and how you were involved.  What were some of the most interesting and/or difficult parts of the situation?  How was the issue resolved?   What resources did you draw upon (don’t list resources; tell us about the resources and why they were helpful)? Had you received any training on handling challenges prior to the situation you describe? Have you received any since? Did your library have a procedure in place? If not, does it have one now? What did you learn from the experience?  What advice would you give to someone in a similar situation?

Writers should include the facts of the challenge.  If this is information is based on a personal experience, please share your thoughts and feelings about the confrontation, dealing with administrators, and dealing with the public.

Email submissions to:  intellectualfreedombook@gmail.com

Your submissions should be submitted with the following information:

  1. Title your essay.
  2. Include a 100 word biographical statement.

Your submissions should follow these formatting rules:

  1. Text should be attached as a .doc
  2. Your Name should be the document label (example JaneSmith.doc)
  3. If you have questions about style, please consult The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, as your general guide to punctuation, capitalization, quotation, abbreviation, source citation, use of italic, etc.

Submitting an essay does not guarantee publication.  If you have questions about your essay and/or topic, please contact me at:  intellectualfreedombook@gmail.com

Contributors will be asked to sign a writer agreement before publication.

Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2018

Interviews

If you would prefer to be interviewed about your experience, send me an email with a description of the experience.  Please provide links and/or attachments to any material that will provide additional background on the situation.

Please distribute this announcement widely and forward it to librarians you believe might have a story to tell.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Val Nye

intellectualfreedombook@gmail.com

 

 

Wrangling Library Data: Analytics, Dashboards, and Spreadsheets

We want you! Interested in Presenting at our February Online Conference?

Whether you work in public, technical or IT services, more data is available to librarians now than ever before. We get circulation data from our ILS and other third-party vendors, demographic information from our communities, bibliographic data from MARC records and other utilities, budget data, survey data, collection data, website analytics, in-house use data, help desk data and more. We now have access to the tools and storage to manipulate these data streams to learn more about our communities, collections, and services. We’re no longer confined to working with data from a single source, but are able to take data from multiple sources, connect them to each other, and discover more about ourselves and our patrons.

How are you handling your data? Where does it come from? How do you normalize and manipulate data that come from multiple sources? What options do you now have for displaying the results? What have you discovered that you didn’t know before? What types of tools do you use? Spreadsheets, open source software, or commercial programs? Have you created macros or written code yourselves?

In our Thursday, February 22, 2018 online conference, we’d like to explore what you are doing with your data. Don’t worry if you’ve never presented online; we’re happy to help and support you.

Tabatha Farney, author of Using Digital Analytics for Smart Assessment (ALA Editions, 2018), is our keynote speaker. As the Director of Web Services and Emerging Technologies for the Kraemer Family Library at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Tabatha brings her experience using and writing about different types of analytics to our discussion.

If you have any questions about the conference topic or presenting at an online conference, contact Christine Peterson, Continuing Education Librarian at peterson@amigos.org or 800-843-8482, ext. 2891.

 

Submit your proposal here.  Deadline for submission is December 8, 2017.

 

 

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

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 mid-sized 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 http://bit.ly/2bjTTDP.

CLIPP proposals are accepted throughout the year. The next Preliminary Proposal Deadline is December 15, 2017. The CLIPP Committee will send out notifications regarding this round of submissions by January 17, 2018.

For questions or to submit a proposal, please contact:

Mary Francis

CLIPP Committee Chair

Email: mary.francis@dsu.edu

3rd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color in 2018: Gathering all Peoples: Embracing Culture & Community

Call for Proposals

Deadline November 15, 2017

Submit proposals here: JCLC 2018 Conference Proposal Submission Site

The 3rd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color in 2018, “Gathering all Peoples: Embracing Culture & Community” will take place September 26-30, 2018 in Albuquerque, NM. The conference is promoted by the Joint Council for Librarians of Color whose purpose is “To promote librarianship within communities of color, support literacy and the preservation of history and cultural heritage, collaborate on common issues, and to host the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color every four to five years.”

The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) is a conference open to all library staff, students, influencers, and decision makers interested in exploring inclusive policies and practices in libraries and how they affect the ethnic communities who use our services. JCLC strives to deepen connections across constituencies, create spaces for dialogue, promote the telling and celebrating of one’s stories, and encourage the transformation of libraries into more democratic and diverse organizations. This conference is sponsored by the five ethnic affiliates of the American Library Association: the American Indian Library Association (AILA), Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA). JCLC 2018 follows the first gathering in 2006 in Dallas, TX and the second in 2012 in Kansas City, MO.

The 2018 JCLC Steering Committee invites you to submit a proposal for presentation at the conference focusing on the theme “Gathering all Peoples: Embracing Culture & Community”. Proposal submission deadlines are listed below.

What’s on the page:

JCLC Tracks and Topics

JCLC 2018 seeks conference session presentations in all areas of diversity, including, but not limited to, the topics below, focusing on the theme “Gathering all Peoples: Embracing Culture & Community.” Ideal sessions will provide:

  • Insights, skills, tools, and strategies that stress solutions, implementation, and practical applications
  • Highlight exemplary programs, approaches, and models
  • Facilitate constructive dialogue, interaction, and understanding around significant issues affecting conference constituencies
  • Discuss efforts to create more inclusive environments, curricula, and programs.

The Program Committee will strive to select a balance of academic, school, tribal, special, and public libraries learning opportunities.

  • Advocacy, Outreach and Collaboration
    Marketing; outreach to diverse populations; community collaborations; user spaces; public policy; health education; using census data and other government information; cultural programming; services to and rebuilding of communities hit with disaster; research; undocumented, urban, rural and low-income communities; etc.
  • Collections, Programs and Services
    Ethnic and multicultural collections; film and music; information literacy; children’s, youth and adult programming; programs for diverse populations; reference; instruction; grant funded programs; technical services; archives; preservation; digital inclusion; documenting traditional knowledge; research; cataloging/subject headings/controlled vocabulary; etc.
  • Bridge Building, Intersectionality and Inclusion
    Fostering awareness, acceptance, and inclusion of all communities; disabilities; gender; celebrating elders; religion; sexual orientation/LGBTQIA populations; nationality; sharing traditional knowledge; serving the incarcerated; immigrant and refugees; cross cultural issues; transnational communities; multiculturalism; best practices and model programs promoting bridge building, intersectionality, and inclusion; microaggressions; cultural humility; etc.
  • Leadership, Management and Organizational Development
    Administration; staff development/training; recruitment and retention; leadership; organizational culture; management; cultural competencies; mentoring; assessment; mid-career strategies; staff and paraprofessional issues; conflict resolution and mediation; reorganization and restructuring; leading during tight economic times; institutional change; research; fundraising; institutional racism; breaking the glass ceiling; etc.
  • Technology and Innovation
    Teaching and learning; emerging technologies; e-repositories; social networking applications; digitization; equal access for users; library tools; e-books; mobile devices; widgets; mashups; online learning and collaboration; open access movements; social aspects of technology and implications for use; videos; etc.

Session Formats

All sessions are 75 minutes long with the exception of preconferences (Preconference programs may be either 4 or 8 hours) and may take one of the following formats:

  • Panel Presentation
  • Individual Paper/Presentation
  • Roundtable
  • Workshop
  • Poster Session
  • Film with discussion
  • Preconferences

JCLC will also accept proposals in different formats (other than those listed above) that will excite, engage, and create a new learning environment for conference attendees. Proposals may be accepted on the condition of combining proposed sessions into a single session with other proposals or as a different format than originally accepted.

Prohibited Submissions

Program proposals promoting or selling products/services during conference sessions will not be accepted.

Deadline

All proposals must be received by midnight PST on November 15, 2017. No late submissions will be accepted. Notifications of proposal selection will be made on a rolling basis beginning on January 15, 2018 and ending on February 15, 2018.

Selection Criteria

All proposals will be reviewed by the JCLC Program Committee. Proposals are evaluated on quality and clarity of content, uniqueness of topic, relevance to conference attendees, ability to engage the audience, and the relationship of the proposal to the mission and theme of the conference, “Gathering all Peoples: Embracing Culture & Community.”
All presenters of selected programs must register for the conference. Only registered participants will be allowed to present.

Proceedings

JCLC will encourage the selected conference presenters, in all formats, to publish their content using the online conference program application. The content will be directly linked to the program abstract and remain posted for one year. It is recommended that all program content be uploaded by the day of the presentation. Authors will retain copyright to their original work and are encouraged to publish their content in other established venues.

Submission site

Please submit your proposal here: JCLC 2018 Conference Proposal Submission Site

Questions

Many questions can be answered on the FAQ. Questions not answered in the FAQs may be sent to the JCLC Programs Committee at jclc2018programs@gmail.com.


Digital Initiatives Symposium 2018

Digital Initiatives Symposium 2018  

The Digital Initiatives Symposium at the University of San Diego is accepting proposals for its full day conference on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Proposals should fall into one of three formats:

 

  • Panel discussions: 90 minutes (please allow 10-15 minutes for Q&A)

  • Concurrent sessions: 45 minutes (please allow 10-15 minutes for Q&A)

  • TED-style talks: 15-minutes

We welcome proposals from organizations, including colleges and universities of all sizes, community colleges, public libraries, special libraries, museums, and other cultural memory institutions. This year, we are especially interested in proposals that consider:

  • the future of open access

  • data management and sharing, open data

  • open educational resources

  • digital initiatives in instruction and undergraduate research

  • roles for deans and directors in digital and institutional repository initiatives

  • roles for disciplinary faculty in digital and institutional repository initiatives

  • diverse repository platforms and functions

  • digital humanities

  • copyright and licensing

  • collaboration: interdisciplinary initiatives and collaboration within and between campuses

  • scholarly communication

  • technical applications related to platforms or tools

  • web archiving

  • web annotation

 

Submit your proposal at digital.sandiego.edu/symposium (Click on “Submit Proposal” on the left sidebar.) All submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance thinking about digital initiatives, institutional repositories, and scholarly communication. Acceptance is competitive. Registration fees will be waived for accepted presenters.

 

Proposal deadline: Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

Creativity for Success and Personal Growth for Librarians

Book Publisher: McFarland

Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor, Library Partnerships with Writers and Poets (McFarland,
2017); public, academic librarian, indexer.

Carol Smallwood, co-editor, Gender Studies in the Library (McFarland, 2017); public
library administrator, special, school librarian.

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special
librarians, LIS faculty, library administrators, and board members. Successful proposals
will address creative, practical, how-to chapters and case studies depicting a variety of
aspects and angles of the library profession as a creative endeavor, within the library
walls and beyond. We are looking for ideas that can serve as a foundation, to
incorporate into an MLIS course; a Human Resources’ or an organizational plan, as well
as a kick-start to personal career goals planning. The focus is on library staff
professional and personal growth and development, NOT creative programming and
services for patrons.

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. Contributors are expected to sign a release form in
order to be published.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapter(s) with a concise clear summary by November
30, 2017, with brief bio on each author; place CRE, Your Name, on subject line to
gubnitv11@gmail.com

Onboarding 2.0: Methods of Designing and Deploying Effective Onboarding Training for Academic Libraries

We would like to invite you to submit your proposal for an edited volume on “Onboarding 2.0: Methods of Designing and Deploying Effective Onboarding Training for Academic Libraries” to be published by Nova Science Publishers.
Interested scholars should submit a chapter proposal form by October 31, 2017 by visiting
http://secure-web.cisco.com/14-iL_fET3zr46HT5sclBoQEoSK5M3VOC6T2qL5Mi3Ra9PpzVSDaXSVwnqziix3tqVXiuvlm8GCa0q-PMv1zWXnQzXHbd7GfUneRsu_IJiilDtwPboCyHJbRFMFwPE-rKjpG68qS4bvGIP9WnLszPZ9X_7RIC2lGxsmVM9rkkq6VWiRl9LDj03AMWoJxOriLT/http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2FOnboarding-Call-for-Proposals. This form requests the following information: primary contact’s name, primary contact’s email address, primary contact’s institution, tentative title, other co-author(s) names and institutions (if applicable), five keywords, and chapter abstract (max. 300 words; uploaded as a Microsoft Word document). Early submissions are encouraged. All submissions will undergo a rigorous double-blind peer review. The reviewers will recommend full submissions from among the proposals.
The proposal should be a previously unpublished work. Upon acceptance of the chapter proposal, the final chapter should be completed not later than April 1, 2018. Contributions will be blind reviewed and returned with comments by June 1, 2018. Finalized chapters are due no later than July 1, 2018. The final contributions should not exceed 20 double spaced manuscript pages (7,000 words). Guidelines for preparing chapters will be sent to authors upon acceptance of the proposal.
Introduction
Onboarding is defined as the “process of process of acquiring, accommodating, assimilating and accelerating new team members, whether they come from outside or inside the organization. The prerequisite to successful onboarding is getting your organization aligned around the need and the role” (Onboarding is defined as the “process of process of acquiring, accommodating, assimilating and accelerating new team members, whether they come from outside or inside the organization. The prerequisite to successful onboarding is getting your organization aligned around the need and the role” (HR.com). This edited book provides a comprehensive overview of onboarding library staff, paraprofessionals, and student workers in academic libraries.
Coverage
1. Review of Literature regarding onboarding and libraries
2. Face-to-Face Onboarding Initiatives (could include case studies)
3. Hybrid Onboarding initiatives (could include case studies)
4. Online Onboarding initiatives (could include case studies)
5. Designing Hybrid/Online Onboarding Training
6. Utilizing Learning Analytics
Proposed Timeline
The following represents a timeline for completing the edited volume:
October 31, 2017 – Proposal due including title, abstract, keywords
December 1, 2017 – Notification and additional information for accepted authors
April 1, 2018 – Draft Chapters due
June 1, 2018 – Chapters returned with reviewers’ comments
July 1, 2018 – Final Chapters due
September 2018 – Manuscript due to Nova Science Publishers
Inquiries
Please forward your inquiries to
Monica D.T. Rysavy, Ph.D.
Director – Office of Institutional Research & Training
Goldey-Beacom College

ALA Book Call for Chapters: Managing Your Libraries’ Organizational Knowledge

We are accepting chapter proposals for an upcoming book published by ALA Editions, Managing Your Libraries’ Organizational Knowledge.  We welcome proposals from librarians, faculty, and administrators working at academic and public libraries in the United States and Canada.

Theme of the Book

For this book, knowledge management (KM) refers to intentional implementation of a plan where unique human knowledge from employees is captured, leveraged, and preserved to provide long-term operational benefits to an organization. KM theory and practice is an expanding area of interest in many academic and large public libraries. Although librarians and information professionals are well versed at providing resources to their external users, the management of knowledge created within their organizations can be a challenge. Identifying, preserving, and disseminating internal intellectual and experiential knowledge is important for library and information organization management because it saves time, money, and duplicated effort. This book provides 1) an introduction of basic KM theory as it applies to information organizations, including definitions and history of the field; 2) a literature review of key articles, books, and other resources in KM and; 3) targeted, real life case studies of KM applications in academic and public libraries.

Proposals for chapter-length case studies are welcomed on any KM projects from academic and public libraries in the United States and Canada. We especially welcome proposals from large institutions with demonstrated organizational challenges of managing internal information and knowledge that have implemented thought-provoking, innovating, and successful solutions.

Details

Proposals should include the names of all intended authors and institutional affiliations, identification of primary contact with e-mail address, proposed title of chapter, and an abstract of no more than 500 words. Proposals should be submitted to both book editors, Jennifer Bartlett and Spencer Acadia, by e-mail on or before October 15, 2017.

Authors of accepted proposals will be asked to write a chapter within the range of 12-15 pages, double-spaced, including all text, references, tables, images, and photographs. Each chapter must address the following points:

  1. Describe your library and its larger institutional setting.
  2. Describe your organization’s knowledge management need. What is the purpose and focus of your KM project? How have you integrated theoretical or methodological concepts to better inform your project?
  3. What resources were required for the project, including human resources, financial resources, and technological resources? How and why were they sufficient or not?
  4. In your view, was the project successful, and why or why not? What have been its challenges and how were those overcome?
  5. What are the implications of the project to other academic, public, or other libraries? What is the applicability of the project outside of your institution?

Timeline

  • October 15, 2017: Chapter proposals due to editors
  • November 3, 2017: Authors notified of acceptance
  • February 2, 2018: Chapter drafts due to editors
  • March 2, 2018: Editors’ comments provided to authors
  • April 13, 2018: Revised drafts due to editors

We look forward to reading your submissions. If you have questions, please contact us.

Jennifer Bartlett, Editor

jenniferbartlett33@gmail.com

Spencer Acadia, Editor

acadias1@gmail.com

About the Editors

  • Jennifer Bartlett is an assistant professor and the Interim Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Research at the University of Kentucky Libraries. She has worked in academic and public libraries for over 20 years and focuses on public services, access services, and academic library management and administration. Since 2011, she has authored the “New and Noteworthy” column in Library Leadership and Management, the journal of ALA’s Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA). She is also a member of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Knowledge Management Standing Committee. Jen can be reached at bartlett33@gmail.com.
  • Spencer Acadia is the Social Sciences Librarian at the University of Kentucky Libraries and has worked in academic libraries for ten years. He has published peer-reviewed and professional articles and chapters—several on knowledge management—for such publishers as ALA, Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, Gale, and de Gruyter Saur. He is a standing committee member in the knowledge management section of the International Federation of Library Organizations (IFLA), and is an active member in the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST). He has been active in conferencing by presenting papers and posters at ACRL and IFLA, as well as chairing an IFLA pre-conference on knowledge management. In addition to an MLS, he holds a PhD in sociology and a master’s degree in psychology. Spencer can be reached at acadias1@gmail.com.