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Disaster Management and Contingency Planning in Modern Libraries


Proposal Submission Deadline: May 30, 2014


A book edited by

Emy Decker (AUC-Robert W. Woodruff Library)

Jennifer Townes (AUC-Robert W. Woodruff Library)


To be published by IGI Global:


For release in Advances in Library and Information Science Book series

ISSN: 2326-4136


The Advances in Library and Information Science Book Series aims to expand the body of library science literature by covering a wide range of topics affecting the profession and field at large. The series also seeks to provide readers with an essential resource for uncovering the latest research in library and information science management, development, and technologies



Library and archives disaster planning and contingency management go by many names: emergency planning, risk assessment, business continuity, etc. Awareness has increased over the past fifteen years, and now disaster planning is an ever-growing presence in modern consciousness. Any type of contingency planning for libraries is important because we are building more and more evidence that preparedness is possible, even if prevention is not. In general, anything involving extensive damage to the collections falls into the “disaster” category. However, it is important to draw a distinction between small-scale disasters, such as a burst pipe, and large-scale disasters, such as a category 5 hurricane. A naturally occurring disaster is an act of nature (tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes), as opposed to an anthropogenic disaster, which is caused or produced by humans (war, censorship, arson). The myriad ways in which we define disaster indicate our inability to predict them, and therefore we will never be able to prevent them. What we can do is prepare the one variable we do have control over: ourselves. By exploring disasters of different scale and devastation, we can begin to develop more complete and efficient disaster plans for our cultural institutions.

The literature about disaster planning has not given close examination to the different types of disasters to befall libraries, thus this book is based on emerging research and events exemplified by case studies. Contributions to this edited volume will explore libraries impacted by disasters of different scales, ranging from small to catastrophic and disasters of different types, from naturally occurring to anthropogenic.


Objective of the Book

This compendium of emerging research about disaster mitigation and contingency planning will better inform disaster planning at the design level. Additionally, this book will serve as a resource for those who have already experienced disaster and the ideas put forth will potentially spur positive change in organizational culture. This book will investigate the impact of large and small scale disasters — both anthropogenic and natural in origin — on libraries. Readers will learn from the experiences of others, expand their definition of disaster, and create or redesign their own disaster plans.


Target Audience

Our publication will benefit librarians, library staff, archivists, curators, students, local/state/national disaster preparedness professionals, private collectors, and corporations which store/archive collections.


Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Contributors are welcome to submit chapters on the following topics relating to library disaster management and contingency planning:


         Disaster management and contingency planning in libraries

         Changes to disaster planning and recovery post-2000

         Library safety measures

         Changes to library materials conservation and restoration post-2000

         Emerging disaster management theory

         Emerging contingency planning theory

         Lessons learned from small scale disasters (broken pipes, fires, vandalism, storms, etc.)

         Lessons learned from large scale disasters (September 11th, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the Indonesian tsunami, Typhoon Haiyan, the Haitian earthquake, etc.)

         Social implications of disaster preparedness and management

         Public, academic, and private libraries and archives experiences with disaster of any scale

         Naturally occurring disasters

         Anthropogenic disasters

         Challenges/crises not commonly included in disaster plans

         Financial disaster planning (recession, staff cuts, effect on digital projects, etc.)

         Electronic backup failure (loss of backup servers, born-digital data, electrical surges, etc.)


Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before May 30, 2014, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Proposals should be submitted through the link at the bottom of this page. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by July 30, 2014 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by September 30, 2014. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. Proposals should be submitted through the link at the bottom of this page.



This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This book is anticipated to be released in 2015.


Important Dates

May 30, 2014:                                    Proposal Submission Deadline

July 30, 2014:                                     Notification of Acceptance

September 30, 2014:                    Full Chapter Submission

November 30, 2014:                     Review Results Returned

February 15, 2015:                          Final Chapter Submission


Inquiries can be forwarded to

Emy Decker and Jennifer Townes

Atlanta University Center – Robert W. Woodruff Library

111 James P. Brawley Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30314

Tel.: (404) 978-2087, (404) 978-2053



Propose a chapter here

SPeL 2014 7th International Workshop on Social and Personal Computing for Web-Supported Learning Communities

In conjunction with ICWL 2014
13th International Conference on Web-based Learning

13-16 August 2014
Tallinn, Estonia



The workshop follows the previous SPeL 2008, SPeL 2009, SPeL 2010, SPeL
2011, DULP & SPeL 2012 and SPeL 2013 workshops, held in conjunction with the
SAINT 2008 conference, WI/IAT 2009 conference, DEXA 2010 conference, ICWL
2011 conference, ICALT 2012 conference and ICSTCC 2013 conference
respectively. The general topic of the workshop is the social and personal
computing for web-supported learning communities.

Web-based learning is moving from centralized, institution-based systems to
a decentralized and informal creation and sharing of knowledge. Social
software (e.g., blogs, wikis, social bookmarking systems, media sharing
services) is increasingly being used for e-learning purposes, helping to
create novel learning experiences and knowledge. In the world of pervasive
Internet, learners are also evolving: the so-called “digital natives” want
to be in constant communication with their peers, they expect an
individualized instruction and a personalized learning environment, which
automatically adapt to their individual needs. The challenge in this context
is to provide intelligent and adaptive support for collaborative learning,
taking into consideration the individual differences between learners.

This workshop deals with current research on collaboration and
personalization issues in Web-supported learning communities, leading
towards the creation of a truly social and adaptive learning environment.
Its aim is to provide a forum for discussing new trends and initiatives in
this area, including research about the planning, development, application,
and evaluation of intelligent e-learning systems, where people can learn
together in a personalized way through social interaction with other


The workshop welcomes submissions covering aspects of collaboration, social
interactions, adaptivity and personalization in technology enhanced
learning, particularly related to issues about:

    * Social learning environments
    * Theory and modeling of social computing in education
    * Web 2.0 tools for collaborative learning
    * Personal learning environments
    * Lifelong learning networks
    * Virtual spaces for learning communities
    * Social networks analysis and mining
    * Computer-supported collaborative learning
    * Personalized and adaptive learning
    * Adaptation methods and techniques for groups of learners
    * Intelligent learner and group modeling
    * Collaborative filtering and recommendations for learners
    * Game-based social learning
    * Personalized mobile learning applications
    * Cloud-based social learning
    * Intelligent agent technology for social learning
    * Metadata, folksonomies and tagging
    * Semantic web and ontologies for personalized learning
   * Cognitive, motivational and affective aspects for personalization
    * Practice and experience sharing


The workshop papers should be formatted according to the Springer LNCS
Authors Guidelines
( and they
should not exceed 10 pages.

Papers should be submitted in PDF format, through the Easychair system:

All accepted workshop papers will be published as a post-proceedings volume
in Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) (pending).


Abstract submission: April 28, 2014
Full paper submission: May 5, 2014
Acceptance notification: June 1, 2014
Registration and camera-ready papers: June 17, 2014
Conference dates: August 13-16, 2014


Elvira Popescu – University of Craiova, Romania
Sabine Graf – Athabasca University, Canada

Please refer to the workshop website
( for more information and contact
us at: or for any


World Library and Information Congress

80th IFLA General Council and Congress

Libraries, Citizens and Societies: Confluence for Knowledge

16-22 August 2014, Lyon, France

The newly formed IFLA LGBTQ Users SIG is pleased to accept proposals for WLIC 2014 in Lyon. For more information about the SIG and the full CFP, please visit

Please get in touch with any questions and share this exciting news with colleagues!

Lucas & rae (co-conveners) 

for specific call go to

IFLA Section on Education and Training

Call for Proposals for book chapters for the 40th anniversary of the IFLA Section on Education and Training


Those interested in contributing a chapter to a monograph celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Section on Education and Training  should prepare a proposal of no more than 1,500 words (10,000 spaces). The finished chapters should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words.


      Proposals should focus on library and information science education and training (not libraries per se).

      Proposals may take a local, national or regional perspective.

      Historical proposals are preferred and they should explain the social and cultural context of the institutions being described. Authors are encouraged to include future plans and perspectives as well as information about the past.

      Proposals may be in any of the official IFLA languages, but German, French, Spanish and English are preferred. The language of the final text will likely be in English, depending on publisher requirements.

      Some authors may be invited to present at the off-site session on August 18, 2014 of the 2015 IFLA Conference in Lyon.

      Proposals should be sent to seadle (at)




The deadline for proposals is 24 January 2014.



A committee will review the proposals and respond to authors by 24 February 2014 to say whether the proposal has been accepted. Please note that it may not be possible to accept all proposals. Some revisions may also be requested.



Finished chapters will be due on 14 July 2014 (in honor of Bastille Day in France).



An editorial review of the final chapters will take place after chapters are delivered. Some revisions may be requested.

Revolutionizing the Development of Library and Information Professionals: Planning for the Future


Proposal Submission Deadline: October 30, 2012


A book edited by Samantha Schmehl Hines

University of Montana


To be published by IGI Global:



As more associations and event planners compete for limited professional development funding, we must examine how to produce conferences, continuing education, and other events in a more cost-effective and learning-effective manner.  Why do library workers attend the events that they do? What is changing for library workers with regard to professional development due to technological innovations, cost barriers, and so on?  How can associations produce quality events that people will attend, and how can they do so effectively and efficiently?  This book will focus on thoughtful analysis, backed up by data, of why library workers attend professional development events and what types or aspects of events make the experience worthwhile.


This book will impact those who put together professional development opportunities for librarians–associations, publishers, educational institutions, and so on.  It will also be useful for those in management and human resources positions in libraries.  It has the potential to make library professional development more effective and cost-efficient, and provide library workers with more worthwhile opportunities for training.


Objective of the Book

There has been no recent or thorough examination of why library workers attend professional development events and what types or aspects of events make the experience worthwhile.  There is very little published information on how to best provide professional development experiences for library workers from a generalized perspective as opposed to case studies.  There is a need for factual and informative writing about what the future of library professional development can, will, and should look like.  That is what this book will provide.


Target Audience

The audience for this monograph will be those in the library profession who are planning professional development opportunities.  This includes library association personnel, educational institutions, management personnel in large libraries or library systems, private organizations who produce professional development opportunities, and so on.  It will be used by management and/or human resources personnel to determine future trends in professional development for their staff and by those who create and offer professional development opportunities to maximize usefulness and profit. 


Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following areas within the context of professional development programming, funding and opportunities for library employees:

  • Professional development outside librarianship: what lessons can we learn?
  • Funding for professional development within organizations
  • External funding for professional development: grants, sponsors, etc.
  • What does the traditional library association conference provide for associations?
    • Financial benefits, increased membership, positive PR
  • How to best achieve the rejuvenating effects of professional development
  • The importance of the intensive institute
  • The impact of location on events’ success
  • Networking opportunities for library professionals in the virtual age
  • Trends in skills development for library workers
  • Local to global: what these association types offer for providing development opportunities
  • The role of subject-specific/topical associations in professional development
  • Future of vendors and exhibits in conferences
  • Virtual professional development: is it really the future?


Submission Procedure

Potential authors are invited to submit on or before October 30, 2012, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by November 15, 2012 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by February 28, 2012.



This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This book is anticipated to be released in early 2014.


Important Dates

October 30, 2012:                   Proposal Submission Deadline

November 15, 2012:               Notification of Acceptance

February 28, 2013:                 Full Chapter Submission

April 30, 2013:                        Review Results Returned

June 30, 2013:                        Final Chapter Submission

July 31, 2013:                          Final Deadline



Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:

Samantha Schmehl Hines

Head, Missoula College Library

909 South Ave W

Missoula, MT 59801

Tel.: 406.243.7818 • Fax: 406.243.7881





Online Northwest

Online Northwest

February 8, 2013
Call For Proposals – Deadline October 15, 2012

Online Northwest is a one-day conference focusing on topics that intersect libraries, technology and culture. The conference is sponsored by the Oregon University System Library Council.

The 2013 conference will be held at CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Corvallis, Oregon (on the Oregon State University campus) on Friday, February 8, 2013.

The conference explores how technology is applied within library settings and its impact on access and services for patrons.
Academic, public, school, and special librarians are strongly encouraged to submit proposals.

Online Northwest seeks 45-minute presentations or 5-minute lightning talks on all topics relating to technology and libraries including:

  • Information discovery 
  • Institutional repositories
  • Mobile computing
  • Electronic books and e-readers
  • Linked data and the Semantic Web
  • Cloud computing
  • Virtual research environments
  • User Experience Design
  • Web 3.0
  • Library apps
  • Technology competencies
  • Augmented reality
  • Other topics related to technology in libraries are welcome!

Submit Proposals:
Proposal Submission Deadline: Monday, October 15, 2012

For more information and examples of past presentations, see:

Twitter: (#onw13)

Technology in Higher Education and Human Performance

Call for Papers

Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal (KM&EL)

Special Issue on Technology in Higher Education and Human Performance

Guest Editors

Dr. Minhong Wang
Faculty of Education,
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Prof. Chi-Cheng Chang
Department of Technology Application and Human Resource Development,
National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

This special issue of the KM&EL international journal is dedicated to coverage of technology in higher education and human performance. Fierce competition, globalization, and a dynamic economy have forced organizations and individuals to search for new ways to strengthen their competitive advantages. In pursuance this, improvement of learning and human performance for sustainable development has been recognized as a key strategic issue. It becomes crucial to help learners in educational institutions and knowledge workers in various organizations to improve their self-directed and life-long learning, especially via using information and communication technologies in the digital economy.

While implementing technology-enhanced learning, a variety of aspects have to be taken into account including learning and instructional theories, educational technology, curriculum development, knowledge management, performance evaluation, organizational culture, etc. This special issue aims to provide a forum for academics and practitioners to explore issues related to the design, evaluation and application of technologies in higher education and human performance development.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
– E-learning in higher education
– Distance education and lifelong learning
– Computer-assisted learning
– Instructional design in online learning
– Online curriculum development
– Web-based corporate training
– Knowledge management
– Adult learning and human performance
– mpact of technology on learning

We are interested in both theoretical and practical papers that aim to improve learning and human performance by applying the latest technological advances. We would like to stimulate interest in the issues across academia, practice, industry, research and policy, and therefore we welcome focused papers from all sectors.

Submission due: 15th May 2012
Notification of acceptance: 15th Jul 2012
Publication schedule: Sep 2012

Electronic submission by email to Guest Editors is required ( or ).

Papers must not have been published, accepted for publication, or presently be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A standard double-blind review process will be used for selecting papers to be published in this special issue. Authors should follow the instructions outlined in the KM&EL Website (see URL

For more information about the KM&EL, please visit the web site:

IATLIS 2011Conference: LIS Education, Research and training (LISERT): Vision 2020

Call for papers: IATLIS 2011Conference

Theme: LIS Education, Research and training (LISERT): Vision 2020

Many issues and concerns have evolved in last few years in a rapidly
changing scenario of LIS Education, Research and training (LISERT).
Library Education is now more than100 years old in India, and it is
time to take stock of the present situation to develop a vision for
the near future. In order to discuss these issues and concerns, IATLIS
has decided to organize the XVIII IATLIS National Conference on the
theme ‘LIS Education, Research and Training: Vision 2020’ in 2011.

Sub-themes: These sub-themes are not exhaustive, rather indicative only.

1        Critical analysis of 100 years of Library education in India
to develop a sustainable vision for future.

2        Relevance of LIS education to job-market.

3        LIS Education – modes and methods

4        LIS Research and publication

5        Continuous Professional Education and Training

6.       Impact of ICTs on LIS Education and Research

7.       Restructuring of LIS Education

8.       Partnership and collaboration

9.       Faculty and infrastructural requirements with special
reference to developing learning resources in Indian languages.

10.     Accreditation and quality control in LIS Education

Articles and research papers on the above sub-themes and other topics
related to the theme are invited to reach the IATLIS headquarters in
hard copy and also as an email attachment latest by 31 August 2011 at
the following address:
The General Secretary
Indian Association of Teachers of Library and Information Science
C/o Department of Library & Information Science
First Floor, Arts Block no. 1,
Punjabi University, Patiala 147 002 Punjab INDIA.

Advancing Librarian Education: Technological Innovation and Instructional Design


Proposal Submission Deadline:       March 30, 2011

Advancing Librarian Education: Technological Innovation and Instructional Design

A book edited by Ari Sigal, MLS

Catawba Valley Community College, Hickory, North Carolina


To be published by IGI Global:


Introduction: Developments in internet technology have given rise to various modalities of distance education  (DE) for students in higher education. Applying both established and emerging methods of DE to Library and Information Science (LIS) education is of special interest since future librarians will rely upon the means by which they were trained. Though a number of journal articles addressing this topic have appeared over the past decade, there nonetheless exists a need for an edited collection of articles in this area.   


Objective of the Book: This book will provide both relevant theoretical frameworks and the most recent empirical research findings in this area. The work will be directed to professionals wanting to improve their understanding of the variety of current DE techniques and the impact they are having within the context of LIS education.


Target Audience: The target audience of this book will consist primarily of LIS faculty, directors, and deans, as well as researchers and academic librarians. The volume will appeal to those who apply technology to delivering DE in a higher education setting. Also, the book will benefit administrators who manage DE programs.


Recommended  topics include, but are not limited to, the following:


Hybrid/blended learning (f2f + online)

Course-sharing models

Community-embedded learning

Faculty experience of online learning

Student experience of online learning

Learning outcomes in DE

Media platforms

3-D immersive instruction (e.g., Second Life and ActiveWorlds)

Effect of online DE on MLS and post-MLS programs

Effect of DE methods on information literacy, bibliographic instruction, research and reference


(List derived in part from Harris, L, Kazmer, M. M., & Mon, L. (2007). From the guest editors. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 48 (1), 1-4.)


Submission Procedure: Interested faculty, researchers, and academic librarians engaged in distance instruction are invited to submit by March 30, 2011, a 2-3 page proposal explaining the content of the proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by April 20, 2011 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.


Publisher: This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global, Hershey, PA and New York, NY, and publisher of the ongoing series Advances in Library Information Studies, as well as numerous other imprints. For additional information concerning the publisher, please visit . This title is anticipated to be released in 2012. 


A description of the volume and a Call for Chapters is online at the following URL (but note deadline extensions in this CFP that are not reflected on the web site: proposals are due March 30, 2011).


Important Dates




March 30:       Final call for proposals

April 20:         Notification of proposal status

August 26:      Full chapter submission

November 15: Review results returned




January 15:    Final chapter submission

January 21:    Final deadline



Michelle M. Kazmer, Ph.D. / Associate Professor

School of Library & Information Studies / College of Communication & Information

Florida State University


Phone: 850.559.2421 /  michellekazmer

Learning by Doing: Professional Development in Online Learning Environments

Proposal Submission Deadline: February 28, 2011
A book edited by: Lydia Kyei-Blankson, Ph.D., Illinois State
 University, USA & 
Sagini Keengwe, Ph.D., University of North Dakota, USA
A growing demand for online courses implies that participating
 institutions provide faculty with appropriate professional
 development programs to ensure the design and delivery of quality
 online courses. Professional development programs for online
 instructors have mostly consisted of one-time face-to-face
 workshops. However, recently, faculty members are voluntarily
 or at the request of their institutions turning to workshops
 delivered online. There is need for dialogue on how online training
 programs might influence online teaching and learning and whether
 faculty offering online courses should be required to have online
 certification prior to teaching.  
Objective of the Book
This book will be organized into various sections, each comprising
 chapters written by authors from interdisciplinary fields. The
 chapters in this book will highlight the issues, challenges, and
 online engagement experiences to enhance effective teaching and
 learning in this learning environment. Suggested themes include,
 but are not limited to the following:
 Online faculty professional development programs and/or models 
 Development of training and support program for online faculty 
 Strategies for virtual mentoring and coaching for online faculty 
 Best practices for online training and supporting online faculty 
 The influence of professional development programs on online
 learning and teaching
Target Audience
This book is intended for professionals and researchers in
education-related field such as education, psychology, and health.
This book will benefit administrators (academic deans, vice
presidents of academic affairs), faculty, faculty developers,
directors of teaching and learning centers, and online education
stakeholders in multiple education-related disciplines.
Submission Procedure
Potential contributors are invited to submit a 2-3 page chapter
 proposal outlining the proposed topic and/or issue to be discussed
 on or before February 28th, 2011. Authors of accepted proposals
 will be notified by March 31, 2011 about the status of their
 proposals and will be sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are
 expected on or before June 15th, 2011. All submitted chapters will
 be double-blind reviewed and returned with suggestions for
 improvement and revisions are expected by July 30, 2011. Final
 revisions are expected by September 15, 2011.
Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically
 (Word document) or by mail to:
Dr. Sagini Keengwe
Teaching and Learning, Dakota Hall Room 222
231 Centennial Drive, Stop 7189
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7189
Tel.: 701.777.3189 * Fax: 701.777.3246
Sagini Keengwe, Ph.D.