Category Archives: Public Libraries

Lead the Way: Libraries at the Heart of Community Engagement

April 20-21, 2020     |     Madison, WI
Do you have ideas to share about engaging your community?
Lead the Way: Libraries at the Heart of Community Engagement is an ideal venue to share your exciting projects and practices!  Librarians and staff from all types of libraries are invited to attend and present. The program committee will accept proposals until September 6, 2019.
 
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
  • community engagement for beginners
  • how to be an engaged leader
  • service outside the library
  • making connections & partnerships within the community
  • community engagement and strategic planning
  • library as a lead community engagement institution
  • community engagement as library advocacy
  • services focused on diversity and inclusion
  • community engagement related to all forms of accessibility
  • teaching as a form of engagement
  • leveraging technology to enhance engagement
  • community engagement and programing re-boots
  • using community data to inform decision making
  • how to fund community engagement projects
  • administrative strategies to foster community engagement
Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Statement
The Program Committee encourages presenters representing a variety of personal and professional backgrounds, perspectives, and voices. We aim for conference presenters to be as diverse as the communities we serve. Submissions are welcome from anyone who is interested in presenting, including students, new professionals, first-time presenters, and representatives of allied professions.
Proposal Evaluation
The committee will evaluate all of the submissions as individual entries, and how they fit within the balance of conference content as a whole. The Program Committee will evaluate all proposals submitted by the deadline using the following criteria:
  • Clarity and completeness of the proposal, particularly having well-developed content and sufficient speakers to address all relevant aspects of the topic;
  • Originality and relevance of the proposed topic;
  • Uniqueness of content in relation to other conference presentations;
  • A range of speaker experiences and representations
How to submit a proposal
Please submit a 200-250 word description of your proposed session to Anna Palmer, ahpalmer@wisc.edu, by Sept 6, 2019. Sessions at the conference will be one hour.  Please include an additional sentence or two about how this proposal aligns with our diversity, inclusion and equity statement outlined above. Note that the proposal will not be the finalized description for the conference program; the committee will contact selected speakers for a final draft. Panel presentations are accepted.
All selected proposals will receive one complimentary conference registration, which may be divided however the presenters of that session choose.
Questions? Contact Anna Palmer or Meredith Lowe

Makerspaces for Adults: Best Practices and Great Projects

We would like to invite you to submit a chapter proposal for our upcoming
publication, Makerspaces for Adults: Best Practices and Great Projects. This
edited collection has been accepted for publication by Rowman & Littlefield.

Overview
This book highlights how to integrate your makerspace within university and
public libraries and the wider community. Discover how you can connect your
makerspace with service learning to support different groups, take your
makerspace tools to various points of need through community partnerships, and
build relationships with faculty, students, and patrons through makerspace
projects. Intended for academic and public librarians, faculty, and staff who
would like to implement more making into their classes and build productive
collaborations, this book includes sections that cover theory, best practices,
and project ideas that provide a clear guide on how to develop and implement
your makerspace within the curriculum and make connections with outside
partners.

The book will be broken down into 4 main parts:
Part I: Service Learning
Using makerspace programs to help the community
Part II: Academic Connections
How the makerspace can be used in an academic library. How professors can use
the makerspace with class projects.
Part III: Public Library Makers
Public library programs focused on adult makers
Part IV: Community Outreach
Programs outside of the makerspace using makerspace materials.

Each part will consist of two sections:
The first section will include chapters that cover theory and best practices
and should be about 3,500 words (10 double-spaced pages in 12-point type).
The second section will share 3-5 projects with detailed instructions and
images.  Each project will consist of about 1,800 words (6 double-spaced pages
in 12-point type) and include at least one photograph of the project. Projects
may also feature figures and tables that help explain or support readers in
implementation.
You are welcome to submit multiple abstracts for chapters and/or projects.

Proposal Submissions:
Please send an abstract to makerspacecommunitybook@gmail.com with the
following information.
Name, current title, and institution
Proposed chapter or project title. Please also include which part you feel
your chapter would best fit.
300-500 word abstract of your proposed chapter

All proposals should be submitted by May 17, 2019.

We welcome proposals from librarians, library professionals, scholars,
educators, and community members who work with makerspaces and/or develop
programming for makerspace projects.

Contributors will be notified of acceptance by May 24, 2019.

If you have any questions about the book or proposals, please contact Jessie
Long and Jennifer Hicks at makerspacecommunitybook@gmail.com
For an archive of past messages from the ILI listserv, visit: https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Flists.ala.org%2Fsympa%2Finfo%2Fili-l&data=02%7C01%7Cdxf19%40psu.edu%7C34ffac2913d54561a10008d6d0981b8d%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C1%7C636925749059576150&sdata=KkvuBHIdWSJbMqVhWqHi52fhynNk%2F7BeYaFS4XDH7pc%3D&reserved=0.

Research Matters: Strengthening Values, Defining Practice, Library Research Seminar (LRS VII)

Call for Proposals

Research Matters: Strengthening Values, Defining Practice

When: October 16-18, 2019

Where: The University of South Carolina, Columbia, Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library

Who: Hosted jointly by the University of South Carolina College of Information and Communication, University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science, the University Libraries, and the Library Research Roundtable of the American Library Association.

Why: 21st century libraries face critical challenges in the age of big data, fake news, and new information technologies that are driving change in our communities, which requires us to think differently about how we gather and use evidence to inform our practice. This conference brings together scholars, students, and practitioners to explore research that can move us toward innovative solutions to practical problems and provide effective direction for policy.

What: The seventh Library Research Seminar (LRS VII) will bring together a diverse community of scholars and students from academia and practitioners from libraries and archives who are conducting or interested in learning about emerging and established research that informs critical awareness, best practices, decision-making, teaching and learning, and creative use of new technologies in all areas of libraries and the communities they serve. Participants will share research projects, discuss potential new research agendas, and have the opportunity to refine research methods and facilitate successful completion of research projects.

LRS is a research meeting that can include empirical, methodological, and conceptual work with the field of library and information science.  It can include (but is not limited to) the following kinds of scholarship:

 

  • Quantitative and/or qualitative inquiry
  • Research on function, such as information seeking and retrieval, services, classification, or management
  • Inquiry related to specific environments, such as public, academic, special or school libraries
  • Research conducted by students
  • Collaborative work between professional practitioners and educators

 

The LRS VII Planning Committee invites proposals for papers, panels, posters, and workshops.  We anticipate that discussion will examine issues related to how scholars, practitioners, and scholar-practitioners can bridge the divide between LIS-related research and practice to better serve our communities in light of today’s critical information issues.  We welcome creative contributions from individuals and groups, students, faculty, and practitioners on a broad range of topics related to libraries including but not limited to:

  • Cutting edge research that crosses boundaries within and beyond the field of library and information science
  • The role and impact of social justice values on LIS research and practice
  • Connecting diversity and inclusion consciousness to research and practice
  • Community/campus engagement and collaboration
  • Identification of research agendas and knowledge gaps
  • Exploration of innovation in LIS education teaching and learning models, methods
  • Librarian-faculty and other partnerships and their impact on research and the collaborative approach
  • Transformation of 21st century libraries and LIS research
  • Innovation in evidence-based practice
  • Public and school library perspectives
  • Communication and sharing processes within and across institutional boundaries

How: A lively discussion of paper, panel, poster, and workshop presentations and activities, including a step-by-step assessment methods preconference and follow up sessions for early stage researchers and researcher-practitioners.

Proposal submission guidelines and formats:

The deadline for submission of proposals is May 24, 2019. In addition to an abstract, each author or panelist must provide a separate biographical statement (maximum of 50 words).

Papers

*Paper proposals must include a title and abstract (maximum of 500 words). Papers will be blind-reviewed; please do not include identifying information in the paper proposal.

*Paper proposals should be submitted individually, and they will be grouped with others on a common theme, typically for a 90-minute session comprised of three paper presentations.  The abstract submitted should state the focus of the paper and the way(s) in which it contributes to the body of knowledge in the field. Presentation time for papers should be no more than 20 minutes.

Posters

*Poster proposals must include a title, author(s), format, and abstract (maximum of 500 words).

*This formal graphic presentation of the topic, offers an excellent opportunity for reporting on evaluation results and gathering detailed feedback on one’s work. Posters should be no larger than 40″ high and 44″ wide. Graduate student submissions are encouraged.

 

Panels

*Panel proposals must include title, author(s), and abstract (maximum of 750 words).

*The abstract should describe how three or more panelists will creatively present a cohesive theme and promote lively discussions between panelists and audience members. Proposals should provide a description of the issues to be discussed, and a list of panelists who have agreed to participate with their qualifications and contributions to the panel.

Workshops

*Workshop proposals must include title, author(s), and abstract (maximum of 750 words).

*The abstract should provide an outline of the workshop, and describe how participants will engage an issue, learn a new skill, or develop an action plan or other activity where hands-on learning is integral. Submissions must include at least three learning outcomes and an example of an activity you plan to conduct. The learning experience should excite and encourage the participants to take risks, question assumptions, and fully engage in the learning process.  Workshops are expected to be 90 minutes in length.

Evaluation Procedures:

The Conference Planning Committee will evaluate proposals based on:

*Relevance to the theme

*Significance of its contribution to LIS research or practice

*Clarity of expression

* Appropriateness of the methodology to the research question

*Status of research: Are the results in hand? When appropriate, please include the timeline for completion of research.

Upload submission information in either MS Word or PDF format to EasyChair here: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=lrs7.

Important dates:

Deadline for proposal submissions:  MAY 24, 2019

Notification:  JUNE 21, 2019

Conference dates: October 16-18, 2019

LRS VII co-chairs: Jen Sweeney, San Jose State University and Amanda Folk, Ohio State University  jksweeney572@gmail.com   folk.68@osu.edu

For more information on Library Research Seminar VII, please visit https://sites.google.com/ucmo.edu/lrs-vii/home?authuser=0

 

 

 

 

PA Library Association Poster Presentations and Lightning Talks

The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) holds an annual conference each fall to provide the library community with continuing education and networking opportunities. This year’s conference, Shine On! will take place Sunday, October 13 – Wednesday, October 16 at the Bayfront Convention Center located on Lake Erie’s beautiful Presque Isle Bay.

This year, we are offering the option for poster presentations and lightning talks.  Both provide a forum for library professionals to share their successful ideas or innovations with colleagues without doing a formal presentation.  Poster and Lightning Talk FAQs

All proposal submissions must be made via the online submission form, and the deadline to submit is Wednesday, May 15, 2019.
Please note that due to scheduling restraints, their are a limited number of lighting talks that can be accepted.  Many more posters (up to 48) can be scheduled.  So, if you are able to do your presentation as either a lightning talk OR a poster, please indicate “both” when indicating the type of presentation, as this will increase your chances for acceptance.

We look forward to hearing about your latest programs and innovations!

PENNSYLVANIA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 2019 CONFERENCE

Share Your Ideas, Knowledge & Experience at the Pennsylvania Library Association 2019 Conference!

The 2019 Pennsylvania Library Association Conference, Shine On! will take place October 13 – 16, 2019 at the Bayfront Convention Center located on Lake Erie’s beautiful Presque Isle Bay.

The 2019 Conference Program Committee is currently accepting proposals for sessions to take place during the conference, to include more than sixty educational sessions on topics of interest for the library community.  Suggested topics

New, this year, is the opportunity to present Lightning Talks, 5 – 7 minute mini-presentations, on various topics.  We’ll combine lightning talk presentations with a common theme into one (or two!) session periods.  The more the merrier!

If you are an expert on a topic that you feel will be of interest to this group, we invite you to submit a session proposal!

The deadline for submissions is noon (EST) on Friday, March 15.

For more information on the conference, and the submission requirements, CLICK HERE, and by all means plan to join us in ERIE!  You won’t want to miss it!

6th Annual LILi Conference

Friday, August 2, 2019, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Registration & Refreshments, 9:30am – 10:00am

CSU Northridge Oviatt Library

18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330

Creating Connections: Extending Our Instructional Reach Through Collaborations and Community Partnerships

Proposal Deadline: Friday, March 22nd

How has your library developed successful instruction-related collaborations with other libraries, departments, organizations or community members? Do you have an idea percolating that you would like to “workshop” with LILi conference participants for feedback…or perhaps gain a new instruction focused partnership?  Collaborations start with relationships and interactions between people.  By working beyond traditional boundaries libraries can deliver better instruction, outcomes and value for their patrons and communities. This has become especially important for today’s libraries regardless of type, size or location, allowing them to surpass what each could accomplish on their own. 

Lifelong learning and information literacy (IL) development occurs in countless contexts and communities, within and outside the library. LILi invites you to share your library or program’s innovative instruction-related collaborations and relationships by submitting proposals with practical application with potential for adoption across library types. Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following, all as related to making connections in order to foster information literacy and empowerment:

  • Instructional outreach initiatives
  • Instruction-related 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
  • Embedded librarianship collaborations
  • Teaching through community archiving
  • Teaching partnerships between libraries and advocacy organizations
  • Academic, school or public library instructional partnerships
  • News and media literacy
  • Digital citizenship 
  • Service learning initiatives
  • Guiding people through new methods of information discovery
  • Teaching with transformative technologies
  • Creating lifelong learning opportunities 
  • Unlearning, re-learning, decolonizing, or other relevant info-pedagogy
  • Building networks and engagement to promote information services and instruction
  • Local, international, and digital partnerships and best practices  

LILi invites you to submit proposals for engaging and interactive presentations with practical applications by March 22, 2019. Notification of acceptance by May 15, 2019.   

The conference will include a diversity of sessions including 10-20 minute presentations, brief lightning talks and poster sessions.  Please note your preferred presentation formats when prompted on the registration form.

Submit proposals here: https://bit.ly/2HUhXzc

LILi Conference Code of Conduct: http://lili.libguides.com/lili/2019_conf/code_of_conduct

Questions? Email Mary McMillan at mmcmillan@elcamino.edu or Annie Knight at knight_annie@sac.edu

Journal of Play in Adulthood”

The new “Journal of Play in Adulthood” now has an open call for papers!
This new diamond open access journal (free to read and publish in) would welcome papers from information literacy practitioners and researchers. Research based articles are subject to double blind peer review, but we also welcome articles from practice, extended essays, and reviews that might be of interest to our readers.
Key topics of interest to the journal include the role of play in learning, work, our social and cultural lives, the benefits to individuals and society, and the interrelationship between play and other areas of adult life. The focus of this journal is on play in adulthood to explicitly distinguish it from children’s play, and to highlight that the motivations, contexts, and forms of play are, in many cases, different. In summary, it covers playful living, playful working, and playful learning.

Contact:

Andrew Walsh MSc MCLIP FHEA FRSA IFNTF

University Teaching Fellow, National Teaching Fellow

Academic Librarian for Education and Professional Development.

Editor of the Journal of Play in Adulthood

https://www.journalofplayinadulthood.org.uk

I

Pennsylvania Library Association 2019 Conference

Call for Presenters – Share Your Ideas, Knowledge & Experience
at the Pennsylvania Library Association 2019 Conference!

The 2019 Pennsylvania Library Association Conference, Shine On! will take place October 13 – 16, 2019 at the Bayfront Convention Center located on Lake Erie’s beautiful Presque Isle Bay.

The 2019 Conference Program Committee is currently accepting proposals for sessions to take place during the conference, to include more than sixty educational sessions on topics of interest for the library community.  Suggested topics

If you are an expert on a topic that you feel will be of interest to this group, we invite you to submit a session proposal!

NEW, this year, is the opportunity to present Lightning Talks, 5 – 7 minute mini-presentations, on various topics – from successful programs at your library, innovative policies technology that makes your work easier, research that is helping your library, or any idea where you “SHINE ON!” and you want to share.  We’ll combine lightning talk presentations with a common theme into one (or two!) session periods for lightning impact!

The deadline for submissions is noon (EST) on Friday, March 15.

For more information on the conference, and the submission requirements, CLICK HERE, and by all means plan to join us in ERIE!  You won’t want to miss it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kimberly Snyder Wise
Meetings Manager
Pennsylvania Library Association
www.palibraries.org | www.paforward.org
Voice: 717-766-7663
FAX: 717-766-5440 

Pennsylvania Library Association Lehigh Valley Chapter

On Friday, May 17, 2019, the Lehigh Valley chapter of the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) will host its annual workshop/conference at Northampton Community College, Main Campus in Bethlehem, PA. We are interested in sessions that are related to public, academic, special, or school librarians.

All workshop sessions are 60 minutes in length. If you have something great to share with fellow Lehigh Valley librarians, please submit your proposal by completing this form.

Presenting at the PaLA Lehigh Valley chapter workshop benefits your professional life, builds your resume, gets your name out there, and helps you network with colleagues. Fellow librarians are excited to learn from you!

The deadline to submit proposals is Monday, December 31, 2018. Applicants will be notified by end of January, 2019. Any questions please contact Catherine Stewart, incoming Chair, at cstewart@nazarethlibrary.org.

2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition Poster Sessions

The 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition poster session committee invites everyone to share their best ideas and work with the library community by presenting a poster session  at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, on Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, 2019.

Submissions are invited from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship and may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a  solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community. Poster session participants populate boards with pictures, data, graphs, diagrams, narrative text, and more, and informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees during assigned 1 ½-hour time periods. For information on 2019 posters and the submission process, please visit this page.

The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, February 8, 2019. Applicants will be notified in late March after a double-blind peer review process, if their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference. Start your application process now at https://www.conferenceabstracts.com/cfp2/login.asp?EventKey=EFRAOCJH. You must login to the site using your ALA username and password, or you can create a username and password for the site before you submit your application.

Please direct any questions about poster session presentations and submissions to Alee Navarro, the Annual Conference poster session staff liaison, anavarro@ala.org.

Best,

Valerie Bonilla
Co-Chair, ALA Poster Session