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9th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2017)

With pleasure we invite you to participate, submit an Abstract and/or organize and chair an Invited Session (4-6 talks) or address an invited talk in the forthcoming Conference in Limerick, Ireland ((23-26 May 2017) for the 9th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2017, which is organized under the umbrella of ISAST (International Society for the Advancement of Science and Technology).

This is the ninth year of the conference which brings together different disciplines on library and information science; it is a multi–disciplinary conference that covers the Library and Information Science topics in conjunction to other disciplines (e.g. big data, open data and open source, innovation and technological transfer, management and marketing, statistics and data analysis, information technology, human resources, museums, archives, special librarianship, etc).

The conference invites special and contributed sessions, oral communications, workshops and posters.

Target Group

The target group and the audience are library professionals in a more general sense: professors, researchers, students, administrators, stakeholders, technologists, museum scientists, archivists, decision makers and managers, information scientists, librarians, records managers, web developers, IT specialists, taxonomists, statisticians, marketing managers, philologist, subject and reference librarians et al.

Main topics

The emphasis is given to the models and the initiatives focus on the  Data.

The conference will consider, but not be limited to, the following indicative themes:

  1. Data Mining, content analysis, taxonomies, ontologies
  2. Open Data, Open Access, Analysis and Applications
  3. Big Data and its Management
  4. Information Ethics
  5. Information and Knowledge Management
  6. Synergies, Organizational Models and Information Systems
  7. Multimedia Systems and Applications
  8. Computer Networks and Social Networks,
  9. Health Reference and Informatics
  10. Information Technologies in Education
  11. Decision making in service innovation
  12. STM information development

Special Sessions – Workshops

You may send proposals for Special Sessions (4-6 papers) or Workshops (more than 2 sessions) including the title and a brief description at: or from the electronic submission at the web page:

You may also send Abstracts/Papers to be included in the proposed sessions, to new sessions or as contributed papers at the web page:

Contributions may be realized through one of the following ways

  1. structured abstracts (not exceeding 500 words) and presentation;
  2. full papers (not exceeding9,000 words);
  3. posters (not exceeding 2,500 words);


In all the above cases at least one of the authors ought to be registered in the conference.

Abstracts and full papers should be submitted electronically within the timetable provided in the web page:

The abstracts and full papers should be in compliance to the author guidelines:

All abstracts will be published in the Conference Book of Abstracts and in the website of the Conference. The papers of the conference will be published in the website of the conference, after the permission of the author(s).

Student submissions

Professors and Supervisors are encouraged to organize conference sessions of Postgraduate theses and dissertations.

Post Graduate Student sessions for research are especially organized.

Please direct any questions regarding the QQML 2017 Conference and Student Research Presentations to: the secretariat of the conference at:

Important dates:

Deadline of abstracts submitted: 20 December 2016

Reviewer’s response: in 3 weeks after submission

Early registration: 30th of March 2017

Paper and Presentation Slides: 1st of May 2017

Conference dates: 23-26 May 2017

Paper contributors have the opportunity to be published in the QQML e- Journal, which continues to retain the right of first choice, however in addition they have the chance to be published in other scientific journals.

QQML e- Journal is included in EBSCOhost and DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals).

Submissions of abstracts to special or contributed sessions could be sent directly to the conference secretariat at Please refer to the Session Number, as they are referred at the conference website to help the secretariat to classify the submissions.

For more information and Abstract/Paper submission and Special Session Proposals please visit the conference website at: or contact the secretary of the conference at :

Looking forward to welcoming you in Limerick,

With our best regards,

On behalf of the Conference Committee

Anthi Katsirikou, PhD

Conference Co-Chair University of Piraeus Library Director Head, European Documentation Center Board Member of the Greek Association of Librarians and Information Professionals



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





OpenCon is the conference and community for students and early career professionals interested in advancing Open Access, Open Education and Open Data. OpenCon 2016 will be held on November 12-14 in Washington, DC. Each year, OpenCon brings together a diverse, representative, and engaged group of participants, with travel scholarships available to most participants. For this reason, attendance at OpenCon 2016 is by application only.

The benefits of applying for OpenCon 2016 extend far beyond attending the Washington, DC meeting. It’s an opportunity to find collaborators, get connected with scholarships to attend related conferences, and be recognized by the community for the work you do to promote Open Access, Open Education and Open Data. To find out more about OpenCon before applying, click here. To learn more about these issues, click here.

Applications are due by Monday July 11 at 11:59pm U.S. Pacific Time.

Applications to attend OpenCon 2016 are now open! Attendance at OpenCon 2016 is by application only as most participants receive travel scholarships if needed, but anyone can attend remotely.


2016 Library Research Round Table Forums

ALA Annual Conference, Orlando

The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) will sponsor two Research Forums at the 2016 American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. The LRRT Forums are a set of programs featuring presentations of library and information science (LIS) research, in progress or completed, followed by discussion. The two sessions are described below:

LRRT Research Forum: Connecting Research and Practice

This session, for practitioners, researchers, and students, will feature three research papers that demonstrate how library and information science research can be used to improve library services. The three peer-reviewed papers will be selected by members of the Library Research Round Table (LRRT) as examples of quality research to improve library practice.

LRRT Research Forum: New Voices and Studies from the Field

This session, for practitioners, researchers, and students, will feature three graduate research papers selected as examples of studies that have the potential to make significant contributions to the library field. Audience members will learn about the latest research-in-progress from graduate students in library and information science programs.

LRRT welcomes papers emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS. Topics can include, but are not limited to, user studies and user behavior, electronic services, service effectiveness, and organizational structure and personnel. Both completed research and research in progress will be considered. All researchers, including practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit proposals. Both members and nonmembers of LRRT are invited and welcomed to submit proposals.

The Committee will utilize a “blind” review process to select a maximum of six papers, three for each of the two forums. The selected researchers are required to present their papers in person at the forums and to register for the conference. Criteria for selection are:

  1. Significance of the study to library and information science research
  2. Quality and creativity of the methodology
  3. Potential for research to fill a gap or to build on previous studies in LIS
  4. Previously published research or research accepted for publication by January, 2016 will not be considered.

Proposals are due by midnight Eastern on Friday, March 4, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, March 28.

The submission must consist of no more than two pages. On the first page, please list your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation, and contact information (including your mailing address and email address). Also indicate which forum you are applying for:

  • Connecting Research and Practice
  • New Voices and Studies from the Field

The second page should NOT show your name or any personal information. Instead, it must include:

  1. The title of your project
  2. A 500-word abstract of the research project. The abstract must include a problem statement, problem significance, project objectives, methodology, and conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress), and an indication of whether the research is in-progress or completed.

Please send submissions (via email or post) to:

Karen Gavigan, Ph.D.                                                                                                                                      

Associate Professor                                                                                                                                             

Library Research Round Table Chair-Elect                                                                                                          

School of Library and Information Science                                                                                                             

1501 Greene Street                                                                                                                                              

Columbia, South Carolina 29208                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

(803) 777-1676

The Five College Women’s Studies Research Center Research Associates

The Five College Women’s Studies Research Center<> announces a call for applications<> for Research Associates in 2016-2017 (DEADLINE February 15, 2016):

Located in a geographic area with one of the largest concentrations of scholars dedicated to feminist scholarship and teaching in the world, the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center encourages engaged, critical feminist scholarship from diverse perspectives. To support this work, the Center established its Associates Program more than 20 years ago. Scholars come to the Center from around the world, seeking a supportive environment to carry out their research. Given an office with access to extensive consortium resources, associates gather regularly to discuss their research with each other and interested local faculty in a variety of settings.

Applicants should complete our online application<> ( that includes a project proposal (up to three pages in length), curriculum vitae and contact information for two professional references. Project proposals should include 1) a statement about the contribution to and significance of the project or dissertation for research and teaching in women and gender studies, 2) a detailed description of the project or dissertation and timeline, and 3) how a stay in the Five Colleges will advance the project or dissertation.

Travel, housing and living expenses are the responsibility of the associate in this unpaid residency. It is important that associates remain in residence for the duration; beyond this requirement for the facilitation of community, associates define the scope of their research program for the semester or year. The Center’s director will help identify conversation partners and resources as requested.

For further information, contact the Center at<> or 413-538-2275.

Five College Women’s Studies Research Center
Mount Holyoke College
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075

Library Research Awards 2016/17

The Barnard Library will award two grants of $2,500 to researchers using its Archives, Zine Library or Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) collection.

Undergraduate and graduate students, professors and independent scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area are encouraged to apply.

Particular strengths of the three collections are the history of the college, second and third wave feminist and LGBTQ print ephemera (1970s-present newsletters, pamphlets, zines, etc.), riot grrrl, late 20th century girlhood, 20th century women’s education, NYC modern dance history, representations of women’s sexuality and embodiment, contemporary zine culture, zines by women of color. Find out more about each collection by visiting its individual website: Archives, BCRW, Zines.

Award money may be used for whatever will facilitate the researcher’s work at Barnard, e.g., travel, housing, childcare.

Applications will be accepted through February 29, 2016. Award notifications will be sent to applicants by April 30, 2016 for research to be conducted at Barnard during the period July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017.

Librarians at Barnard were inspired to create this program by similar awards at Columbia University and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture

The Journal for Undergraduate Ethnography


*The Journal for Undergraduate Ethnography* (JUE) is an online journal for
research conducted by undergraduates. We distribute original
student-produced work from a variety of disciplinary areas. Our goal is to
bring readers, especially other undergraduates, insights into subcultures,
rituals and social institutions. The JUE encourages current undergraduates
or those who have graduated within the past twelve months to submit
original ethnographic manuscripts for consideration. Papers may include
research on any topic. We also encourage faculty to recommend promising
student work.

Submissions are welcomed for our next issues. Deadlines are *January 31 *and
July 31. Please check out our website (
for submission
guidelines <> and past
issues <>. For further
information, contact Martha Radice at

Hülya Arık, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty, Women & Gender Studies;
University of Toronto, Scarborough
* <> *
-Department of Environment &Geography
University of Manitoba;
–Editorial Board Member,
The Journal for Undergraduate Ethnography

Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) 2016

We are issuing a call for applications for the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) 2016. We are seeking novice librarian researchers who are employed by academic libraries or research libraries outside an academic setting in the United States to participate in the Institute. Novice researchers typically may have conducted research but have not yet had a peer-reviewed article published as the primary author or had an individual presentation accepted by a peer-reviewed conference. We define “novice” broadly; if you feel that you would benefit from being guided throughout the entire research design process, we encourage your application. Librarians of all levels of professional experience are welcome to apply. IRDL 2016 will be held on June 6-16, 2016, with arrival on campus on Sunday, June 5, and departure on Friday, June 17.
The William H. Hannon Library has received a three-year grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to offer this continuing education opportunity for academic and research librarians. Each year 21 librarians receive, at no cost to them, instruction in research design and a full year of peer/mentor support to complete a research project at their home institutions; the learning experience, travel to and from Los Angeles, CA, accommodations, and food will be supplied to Scholars free of charge. The summer IRDL workshop is supplemented with pre-Institute learning activities and a peer learning network that provides ongoing support. The workshop will be held on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. For more information about the project, including the project partners, the San José State University School of Information and the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC), please see the project website:
IRDL seeks librarians with a passion for research and a desire to improve their research skills. IRDL is designed to bring together all that the literature tells us about the necessary conditions for librarians to conduct valid and reliable research in an institutional setting. The cohort will be chosen from a selective submission process, with an emphasis on enthusiasm for research and diversity from a variety of perspectives, including ethnicity and type and size of library. 
Selection criteria:
  • Commitment to the year-long process of communicating with other participants and conducting the proposed study within the 2016-2017 academic year;
  •  Significance of the research problem to the operational success of the applicant’s library or to the profession of librarianship;
  •  Thoughtfulness, thoroughness, and clarity of the research proposal;
  • Enthusiasm for research and a desire to learn.
Applications for IRDL 2016 will be accepted from December 1, 2015 to February 1, 2016. Scholars accepted to the Institute will be notified in early April, 2016.
Please contact Project Directors with any questions about the Institute or the application process: 
Kristine Brancolini, Dean of the Library, Loyola Marymount University (
Marie Kennedy, Serials & Electronic Resources Librarian, Loyola Marymount University (
“IRDL not only set me on the path to producing and properly documenting original research, but it set me up with a network of like-minded Librarians who will help me achieve my goals.” — 2014 IRDL Scholar

GSIS/GSA 2015 Call for Abstracts: “Evolution of the Data Life Cycle”

Please consider submitting an abstract for the Geoscience Information Society’s (GSIS) session at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting, which will be held this November 1-4, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. 

This year GSIS is planning to have an oral technical session around the theme of geoscience data: “Evolution of the Data Life Cycle” 
What: GSIS/GSA Annual Meeting 
When: November 1-4, 2015 
Where: Baltimore, Maryland. 
Deadline: Abstracts are due Tuesday, August 11, 2015 and can be uploaded online: 
GSIS 2015 Abstract: “Evolution of the Data Life Cycle” 
Geoscience Information Society 
Hannah Winkler, Technical Convener 
Call for Abstracts:
With increased expectations in the sharing of geoscience research data and complexities in the evolution of the data life cycle, geoscientists are evaluating best practices in scientific data collection, preservation, recovery and subsequent reuse. In some cases geoscientists have started turning to their libraries or institutional repositories as a place to store and preserve that data. In other cases geoscientists have found creative solutions to promote and enable data access and discoverability of their materials. This session will look at the challenges and strategies scientists, researchers, information professionals and librarians have in managing the data life cycle including: examples of repurposed and discovered data, how to manage and store data, data publishing and citation, and data curation and metadata management. Topics may include data ontologies, geoscience information, data discovery, archiving, depositories and best practices for using geoscience data in its many formats. 
We welcome oral papers about programs, projects, examples of interdisciplinary research, and unusual findings related to the long-term sustainability of geoscience data and information. We are particularly keen to solicit abstracts from STUDENTS, RESEARCHERS and LIBRARIANS in order to see a diverse range of topics and data sets.
If you have any questions, please contact Earth Sciences Librarian Hannah Winkler at

The 19th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics

We would like to invite you to submit an article (abstract or draft paper) to any of the following six related special tracks which represent different methodologies, requirement and/or approaches to effectively Integrate *Research & Practice*. These Special Tracks are being organized in the context of The 19th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (WMSCI 2015,, and The 9th International Multi-Conference on Society, Cybernetics and Informatics: IMSCI 2015, which are collocated and to be held in Orlando, Florida, USA, on July 12-15, 2015.

•    Case Studies and Methodologies: stCSM 2015.
•    Action Research and Action Learning: ARAL 2015.
•    Interdisciplinary Research, Education, and Communication: IDREC 2015.
•    Integration of Research, Education, and Problem Solving: IREPS 2015.
•    Qualitative Research and Methodologies in Science and Engineering QRMSE 2015.
•    Research and Consulting: R&C 2015 (Research via consulting and consulting via research).
The special submission deadline (abstract or draft paper) for this CFP and just for the above events is *MAY 9, 2015*. The other deadlines and more details regarding each track (web sites, topics, etc), associated to this call for paper, are posted at the general CFP posted at
Submissions for face-to-face and virtual presentations are both accepted. Details about the following issues have also been included at the URLs given above:
•   Pre- and post-conference virtual session.
•   Virtual participation.
•   Two-tier reviewing combining double-blind and non-blind methods.
•   Access to reviewers’ comments and evaluation average.
•   Waiving the registration fee of effective invited session organizers.
•   Best papers awards.
•   Publication of best papers in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics (JSCI), which indexed in EBSCO, Cabell, DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), and Google Scholar and Listed in Cabell Directory of Publishing Opportunities and in Ulrich’s Periodical Directory. (All papers to be presented at the conference will be included in the conference printed and electronic proceedings).
Please consider to contribute to and/or forward to the appropriate groups who might be interested in submitting contribution to the above mentioned collocated events. New information and deadlines are posted on the conference and the IIIS web site (especially at the URL provided above).

Best regards,

IRP 2015 Organizing Committee

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