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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


The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference will be held April 12-15, 2017, at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina in San Diego, California. Scholars from a wide variety of disciplines will meet to share their Popular Culture research and interests.

The Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Popular Culture area is soliciting papers dealing with any aspect of Popular Culture as it pertains to libraries, archives, museums, or research. Possible topics include descriptions of research collections or exhibits, studies of popular images of libraries, librarians, or museums, relevant analyses of social networking or web resources, Popular Culture in library education, the future of libraries and librarians, or reports on developments in technical services for collecting/preserving Popular Culture materials. Papers from graduate students are welcome.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is October 1, 2016. Proposals may be submitted at Please direct any questions to the area chair or co-chair for Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Popular Culture:

Chair: Allen Ellis

Professor of Library Services

W. Frank Steely Library

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY  41099-6101


Co-chair: Casey Hoeve

Assistant Professor

509A Hale Library

Kansas State University

Manhattan KS 66506




I am looking for new editorial board members for the journal Digital Library Perspectives (a description of the journal is provided below).  The editorial board serves as the peer reviewers for the journal, and I am looking to expand the number as well as add international board members.  If you are interested, please send me a short 100 word statement of your interest and background, and a CV to the email below.  If you have any questions, please contact me directly via email.  Thanks.  Brad

Bradford Lee Eden, Ph.D. Editor Dean of Library Services Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources Valparaiso University Valparaiso, Indiana  46383 219-464-5099


Digital Library Perspectives (DLP)

Journal history:  Previously published as OCLC Systems & Services:  International Digital Library Perspectives

Aims & Scope

Digital Library Perspectives (DLP) is a peer-reviewed journal concerned with digital content collections.  It publishes research  related to the curation and web-based delivery of digital objects collected for the advancement of scholarship, teaching and learning.  And which advance the digital information environment as it relates to global knowledge, communication and world memory.

The journal aims to keep readers informed about current trends, initiatives, and developments.  Including those in digital libraries and digital repositories,  along with their standards and technologies.

The editor invites contributions on the following, as well as other related topics:

  • ·         Digitization
  • ·         Data as information
  • ·         Archives and manuscripts
  • ·         Digital preservation and digital archiving
  • ·         Digital cultural memory initiatives
  • ·         Usability studies
  • ·         K-12 and higher education uses of digital collections

Postdoctoral Fellow of Special Collections and Digital Humanities

Description: The University of Delaware Library and the College of Arts and Sciences invite applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow of Special Collections and Digital Humanities. We seek an untenured scholar in the humanities (PhD received January 2010 – June 2016). The mission of the Fellow is to promote primary sources related to African American culture found in Special Collections at the University of Delaware Library through collaborative instruction, programming, creative outreach, and project development. The fellowship is a residential one-year academic appointment (September 2016-August 31, 2017), renewable up to three years. The PhD is the only eligible terminal degree. We are looking for an engaged humanist whose educational background suits her or him to work at the intersection of the classroom, the museum and/or archive, and the digital realm. Relevant training in programming, library sciences, computer graphics, computational linguistics, or other fields relevant to digital humanities research is desirable but not required.

This is a dual reporting line assigned to an academic department in the College of Arts and Science and Special Collections in the University of Delaware Library. The SC/DH fellow will pursue his or her own research project and teach one class per academic year that engages students with UD’s special collections materials and showcases those materials. The SC/DH fellow will also serve on and work with a budgeted committee made up of library staff and UD humanities faculty designed to coordinate classes, projects, exhibitions, lectures, and public events related to UD’s special collections.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a deep working knowledge of UD Library’s Special Collections holdings, particularly African American sources Applicants must submit a plan for two classes (one undergraduate and one graduate class) that will make use of these sources, particularly the Alice Dunbar Nelson papers and the Gregory C. Wilson collection of African-American postcards and trade cards. The letter of application should be specific in describing the intersection of personal research interests with primary sources available in Special Collections at the University of Delaware Library.

Qualifications: PhD in a humanities discipline received January 2010June 2016; experience with archival research and use of primary sources in personal scholarship; experience with digital platforms and technologies, especially in the area of teaching; experience in teaching undergraduates; strong computer skills, including fluency in platforms such as Omeka, Scripto, WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite, and video and audio editing software.

General Information: The University of Delaware has a long tradition of excellence beginning in 1743 and extending to the research-intensive, technologically advanced institution of today. The University provides a broad range of academic programs at the undergraduate, master, and doctoral levels. There are over 1,100 full-time faculty and 4,000 staff serving a student body of over 21,000. Located in Newark, Delaware, with its 970-acre campus, the University of Delaware is situated one hour from Philadelphia and two hours from New York and Washington, D.C.

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) encourages and supports innovative interdisciplinary collaborations and engagement with local, national and global audiences through research and creative activity. Humanities departments include Art Conservation; Art History; English; History; Languages, Literature and Cultures; and Philosophy. CAS includes numerous interdisciplinary Programs and Centers, such as the renowned Center for Material Culture Studies, the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and Museum Studies.

Special Collections at the University of Delaware Library houses the rare books, special topical collections, manuscripts, archives, photographs, maps, graphic materials, ephemera collections, audio-visual materials, and electronic records that comprise the primary historical sources and special collecting areas of the Library. Special Collections has significant holdings related to History and Delawareana; Chemistry; history of Science and Technology; the fine, decorative, and applied Arts; English, American, and Irish literature; and Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. These collecting areas focus on the University’s program strengths of the such as Chemistry, Engineering, the Hagley Graduate Program in History, the Longwood program in Public Horticulture, the Winterthur programs in American Material Culture and Art Conservation, and more.

The University of Delaware Library collections, which are broadly based and comprehensive, include over 2.8 million volumes. The Library ( makes accessible a broad range of electronic resources, including approximately 50,000 electronic and print journals, over 370 databases, and over 26,000 videos. In 2014, the University of Delaware Library became the first member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) to replace its traditional Library Information System with OCLC’s WMS (WorldShare Management Services) cloud-based system. The Library is a member of ARL, Center for Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Council on Library and Information Resources, Digital Library Federation, OCLC Research Partnership, SPARC, HathiTrust, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, and the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL). Recent projects at the Library have included the use of Omeka for online exhibits and support for the Colored Conventions digital humanities project. Ongoing projects include enhancements to the institutional repository UDSpace and direct linking to digital collections stored in Artstor and UDSpace. For information about DH at UD, please visit and

Benefits: Vacation of 22 working days. TIAA-CREF or Fidelity retirement with 11% of salary contributed by the University. Tuition remission for dependents and spouses, and course fee waiver for employee. Full information about University of Delaware benefits is available online:

To Apply: Please submit the following in a single document (PDF) following University of Delaware application instructions at

  1. Complete curriculum vita
  2. Letter of application that discusses areas of research and teaching, along with experience with digital tools and pedagogy. Please be specific in noting the platforms and tools (software, applications, interfaces) with which you have experience and the level of your experience (no more than 2 pages)
  3. The names and contact information of three employment references

Equal Employment Opportunity: Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment. The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at library.udel

Trespassing on Boundaries with Women’s Archives (MLA 2017)

J. Ashley Foster (of Haverford College) and Margaret Galvan (of The
Graduate Center, CUNY) are proposing a special session on women’s archives
at next year’s MLA. Please consider submitting and be in touch with any

Deadline for 250-word abstracts and bios: March 15. Send to: and

CFP: Trespassing on Boundaries with Women’s Archives (MLA 2017)

Call for Papers for a proposed special session at the Modern Language
Association (MLA) Annual Convention, Jan. 5-8, 2017, in Philadelphia, PA.

Over the past decade and a half, a diverse array of materials related to
women and women’s movements have inspired the creation of new archival
collections and archives in university, grassroots, and digital spaces—from
the founding of the Feminist Theory Collection at Brown University (2003)
to the launch of Chicana Por Mi Raza (2009) and Independent Voices (2013)
in digital spaces. In The Archival Turn in Feminism (2013), Kate Eichhorn
explores how the rapid collection of third-wave feminist materials
highlights a changing notion of the boundaries and possibilities of
archives: “For a younger generation of feminists, the archive is not
necessarily either a destination or an impenetrable barrier to be breached,
but rather a site and practice integral to knowledge making, cultural
production, and activism” (3). How do women’s archives—both long-standing
and new—trespass on archival boundaries? What role do archivists and
researchers play in this process?

This MLA special session seeks to consider the multifaceted ways in which
scholars blur, bust, expand, or trespass on boundaries while working in and
recovering materials from women’s archives. We will open a conversation
exploring the numerous modalities of radicalized archival endeavors,
theorizing how gender, women’s studies, and feminism play a role in the
archival space and the ensuing research.

Presentations might focus on how explorations in women’s archives:

blur the boundaries between archivist, researcher, and archives

bust boundaries between the public and private realms

trespass on national boundaries

cross and subvert gender boundaries

encourage a different relationship to the archival and research processes

intersect with feminist theories that push cultural boundaries

blend temporal boundaries, thus bringing the past into the present

We also welcome papers that interrogate how the digitization process or
disciplinary boundaries reinforce or complicate any of these considerations.

Please email your 250-word abstracts and short bios to Ashley Foster at and Margaret Galvan at
by March 15. Submitters will receive notification of results by no later
than April 1.

PLEASE NOTE: This CFP is for a proposed, not a guaranteed, session at MLA
2017, meaning it is contingent on approval by the MLA Program Committee
(which will make its decisions after April 1). All prospective presenters
must be current MLA members by no later than April 7, 2016.

ACRL E-Learning Webcast

Engaging the Digital Humanities: Collaborating throughout the Research Lifecycle
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Central time
Proposal Deadline: Friday, February 12, 2016
Dear Colleagues,
The ACRL Digital Humanities Interest Group and the ACRL Digital Curation Interest Group invite presentation proposals that speak to the theme of “Engaging the Digital Humanities: Collaborating throughout the Research Lifecycle.” The selected presentations will be featured during our ACRL E-Learning Webcast on March 23.
Librarians are playing ever more integral roles in the Digital Humanities research lifecycle. Librarians contribute concretely to the conception, development, dissemination, preservation, and curation of digital humanities research. These activities often require collaborations between librarians working in a diverse range of roles including but not limited to subject liaisons, digital humanities and digital scholarship librarians, metadata librarians, and digital curation librarians.
We invite presentation proposals based on first-hand experiences dealing with a wide array of data formats, tools, methods, and digital platforms utilized in Digital Humanities research, and placed in the context of the latest research literature.  By focusing discussion on practical challenges and solutions, it is our hope that your presentations will provide the library community with strategies that can be cross-purposed to a wide range of institutional contexts.
When crafting your proposal, please consider focusing on one or more of these learning outcomes:
  1.  Participants will learn how to identify the stages of a Digital Humanities research project in order to better collaborate with researchers.
  2.  Participants will learn about the use of data in Digital Humanities research in order to identify data curation needs.
  3.  Participants will learn how to identify the skills they need to engage in Digital Humanities research.
  4.  Participants will learn how to identify Digital Humanities research collaborators in the library.
Proposals should be no longer than 400 words, and can be submitted here:
Proposal submission form:
Proposals are due on February 12, 2016.
Notice of acceptance will be sent by February 17, 2016.
If you have questions, please contact Thomas Padilla at
Thomas Padilla, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Michigan State University
Harriett Green, English and Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Suzanna Conrad, Head of Digital Services & Technology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Brianna Marshall, Digital Curation Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Madison


AIUCD (Italian Digital Humanities Association)

The fourth AIUCD (Italian Digital Humanities Association) annual conference entitled “Digital humanities and cultural heritage: what relationship?” will be hosted in Turin (Italy) by the University of Turin.

International colleagues are invited to submit papers on – but not limited to – the following topics:

– Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage: integration, separation, independence?
– what relationship among Museums, Libraries, Archives and Digital Humanities?
– how do Digital Humanities fit in Museums, Archives and Galleries?
visualization, imaging, graphic representations, immersive environments in the Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage areas;
– which impact on society for research projects’ output in the Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage areas?
– Public History: Museums, Libraries and Archives today are privileged mediators between the public and its past, DH methodologies however require new figures, aware of the issues and opportunities offered by the digital world;
– which forms may the collaboration between cultural institutions and digital humanists take in digitization projects, text encoding, critical edition, digital curation?
– experiences of projects using principles and methods of the semantic web, and Linked Open Data research.

The contributions, to be submitted as a 500 words maximum abstract in PDF format, must be loaded through the EasyChair platform at the URL:

Deadline for submission of abstracts August 31st, 2015.

Further information on the conference at the URL:

Open Source Software and Tools for the Library and Archive

Have you made the move to integrate open source software? If so, we want to hear about it and share it with others!

Amigos Library Services is looking for presenters for our upcoming September conference, “Open Source Software and Tools for the Library and Archive.” We are looking for success stories concerning open source software or tools used in a recent or current project.

We encourage a wide variety of projects (content or institutional repositories, integrated library systems, public-facing websites, etc.) that have utilized open source tools. Examples could include Omeka, WordPress, Koha, Audacity, Drupal, Archivists’ Toolkit, Ushahidi, or self-created or modified software.

If you can speak on one of these topics or have another idea in mind, please submit your proposal by July 13. Don’t worry if you’ve never presented online. It’s easy, and we are happy to train you and provide technical support during your presentation.

For more information about this conference, contact Carmen Cowick,  or 800-843-8482, ext. 2844

To submit a proposal:


Proposals for CaVraCon sessions, workshops, case studies and other program formats are being accepted through March 31, 2015.


CaVraCon is a joint conference organized by the Northern and Southern California chapters of the Visual Resources Association (VRA) to be held June 18 & 19 at UC Santa Barbara.


Although not limited, possible presentation topics could include:



Analog/Digital Collections

Teaching with Images: New Developments



Professional Issues

Copyright Issues

Digital Imaging Tools

Digital Humanities

Visual Literacy


Please submit your completed CaVraCon 2015 Proposal Form via email to Teodora Bozhilova at by March 31, 2015.


Proposals will be reviewed and presenters will be notified of their selection no later than April 15, 2015


Feel free to contact Jason Hosford ( or Greg Reser ( with any questions!

Feminism and Archives: Precarity/Affect/Eros

We are seeking panelists and a moderator for a panel on Feminism and
Archives. The panel will be submitted for presentation at NWSA’s 2015
annual conference. Deadline for submission: February 20, 2015.

How do institutional and grassroots archives intersect with genealogies,
past and present, of feminism? In her recent book *The Archival Turn in
Feminism*, Kate Eichhorn argues that engagement with feminism’s archive
allows us to “[be] in time and history differently,” a position which is
“integral to fostering not only new forms of political alliances, including
those that appear to defy temporal constraints, but also new narratives
about feminist history and feminist futures” (54).

It is precisely this conviction that leads us to thinking about our
contemporary engagements with the archive—as scholars, writers, librarians,
and archivists. Rather than simply a site for recovery, the archive has
been and continues to be for feminists a site of knowledge production and
of reconstitution—one that is bound up with histories of affect and eros.
Feminist archives, however, are inevitably precarious sites, whether
through financial or institutional precarity, or in terms of the precarity
of the materials preserved—particularly as feminist archives and archivists
challenge notions of what is worth preserving and how it should be

The papers within this proposed panel might address:

– contemporary engagements with archival material,
– theorizations of the affect and/or eros of archives and the archival
experience, archiving practices
– the development of archival collections, and/or
– the role of the archive for contemporary feminisms and women’s studies.
Presenters should develop their ideas under the subtheme “Affect/Eros.”

Please submit paper title and abstract (50-100 words each) which relate
your proposal to the sub-theme Affect/Eros; your name and a brief
biography; and contact information; to Meredith Benjamin ( and Margaret Galvan ( Deadline for submission: February 20, 2015.