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Monday, December 20, 2010

Call for Proposals: Research and Discussion Journal.

The primary focus of the R&D Journal is to enable full disciplinary pluralism by publishing articles in sociology, humanities, economics, law, public administration, management, political science, communication and other related fields. Therefore R&D Journal introduces new themes in the field of social sciences and welcomes theoretical as well as quantitative and qualitative empirical and applicative contributions from well established researchers as well as young prospective authors.
The R&D Journal strives for innovative approaches that are aimed at exploring complex issues in various fields of social sciences and humanities.

The R&D Journal also publishes thematic issues, dealing with specific themes from different points of viewing or disciplines. By doing this, the RSC Journal makes a valid contribution towards interdisciplinary understanding of social phenomena and presents different approaches towards solving them.

The R&D journal is published in printed and electronic form three times per year.
In order to ensure the academic standard of all published articles, the latter, before being officially accepted for publication, are anonymously reviewed by an independent reviewer from the respective field.

Friday, December 17, 2010

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Call for Participation: Book and Film Reviewers for Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources

Call for Book and Film Reviewers

Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources (IPIR), a leading international publication on indigenous peoples is seeking book and film reviewers. Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources is a worldwide network of organizations, academics, activists, indigenous groups, and others representing indigenous and tribal peoples.
IPIR invites book review submissions from scholars, researchers, practitioners and professionals. A complete list of available books and films for review can be found here: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=466

To review one of the available titles, please send an email to the Editor at pnj@indigenouspeoplesissues.com

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Call for Participation: Reviewers for Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship

Call for reviewers--Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship
I am the book reviews editor for the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship.  We routinely review books related to e-resources and libraries  -- using databases, guides to e-resources for librarians, and other books of interest to librarians. We are interested in gaining some new reviewers for our incoming books. As an incentive you get to keep the book you review. If you have an interest in participating please contact me.

Karl Bridges (karl.bridges@uvm.edu) 
Information and Instruction Services
Bailey/Howe Library
University of Vermont

This journal aims to inform librarians and other information professionals about current research, evolving work-related processes and procedures, and the latest news on topics related to electronic resources and the digital environment?s impact on collecting, acquiring and making accessible library materials.

Library professionals today require an integrated approach to understanding and managing electronic resources in libraries. They need a place to find scholarly, peer-reviewed literature, opinion pieces, latest news and e-resources related updates. Since topics related to electronic resources span many areas of the profession, there is a proliferation of articles and conferences with electronic resources topics ? often too many and too scattered for any one individual to read or attend. This journal will highlight pivotal, interesting and thought-provoking articles and conference presentations to keep professionals and staff of all levels on top of the latest ideas and changes in the field. The journal will also have relevant book reviews to enable reader to target their professional readings.

The Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship is intended for library administrators, librarians, and other information professionals who work with managing electronic resources in libraries. It is also intended to bridge the gap between theory and practice for LIS educators and students, and is a starting point for information professionals from various backgrounds concerned with issues surrounding the changes in collections, acquisitions and services in libraries in the digital age.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Call for Participation: NMRT Resume Reviewers

Ready to give back? Be a mentor without breaking a sweat!

We are seeking librarians with experience in human resources, the
hiring process or search committees to review resumes & cover letters
via email. This service is sponsored by NMRT to assist job seekers new
to the profession.

How does it work?
Job seekers (reviewees) send their resumes to the Résumé Review
Service (RRS) email account with some information about the type of
library that they are interested in and their area of specialization.
The co-chairs of the Résumé Review Service, monitor this email account
and match the reviewee with a reviewer from our list.

If you are matched with an applicant, the following will occur:

1. One of co-chairs will contact you and will ask if you are able to
complete a review within 2 weeks.

2. Please respond to the email as soon as you can, either accepting or
declining the review.

3. If you are unable to review, just reply and let us know. We will
contact another reviewer. We realize that everyone is busy and that
some times are better than others.

4. If you accept, then we will send you the resume and/or cover
letter, along with a bit of information about the reviewee.

5. Please take a look at the review tips here:
. Sometimes the reviewee will ask for specific advice on a part of
her/his resume. If so, please comment on that in addition to your
overall review.

6. When you are finished with the review, send the review to the
reviewee and copy the RRS email (nmrtrrs@yahoo.com). If you would like
to remain anonymous, you may send the review to RRS to be forwarded.
(if so, please note in your email that RRS needs to forward the review
to the reviewee)

7. At any point during the process, please contact us if you have
questions. We check the RRS e-mail every day.

8. Lastly, thanks again. Your time can make a huge difference to new
librarians searching for their first job. The RRS committee and NMRT
thank you too. Without you, we could not provide this important

For further information or to volunteer, please contact the NMRT
Resume Review Service Committee Chair by email at:

Thank You!

Sara Holder
Member, NMRT Resume Review Committee

Monday, November 29, 2010

Call for Proposals: International Journal of ePortfolio.

The International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP) is a double-blind, peer-reviewed, open access journal that begins accepting manuscripts on January 21, 2011.  The first call for papers, along with full journal details, can be found at

The mission of the International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP) is to encourage the study of practices and pedagogies associated with ePortfolio in educational settings.  The journal’s focus includes the explanation, interpretation, application, and dissemination of researchers’, practitioners’, and developers’ experiences relevant to ePortfolio.  It also serves to provide a multi-faceted, single source of information for those engaging in projects and practices associated with ePortfolio.  A refereed (blind) peer-reviewed journal, IJeP embraces inquiry into ePortfolio in educational settings holistically; therefore, manuscripts considering the following areas of investigation are welcomed:
  • instruction and principles of learning that utilize and inform practical, effective ePortfolio methodologies;
  • evaluation and assessment methodologies and practices supported by ePortfolio;
  • case studies and best practices regarding applications of ePortfolio for learning, assessment, and professional development supported by scholarship of teaching and learning practices and research methodologies;
  • theoretically rich accounts of the principles grounding ePortfolio work and its relationship to larger social and cultural phenomena; and
  • innovative development and applications of technologies that enable new ePortfolio practices.
Those interested in joining the review board for IJeP are encouraged to visit

Please feel free to share this announcement with interested colleagues and on appropriate listservs.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Call for Proposals: Gender, Sexuality, Information: A Reader. Due September 1

Call for Papers
Gender, Sexuality, Information: A Reader

While information needs and behavior have become a central research concern in library and information studies, the particularities of gender and sexuality have yet to be centered in the field. Bringing queer and feminist theories into conversation with current LIS research, Gender, Sexuality, Information: A Reader addresses this gap, gathering existing research along with new scholarship on the intersection of gender and sexuality and information use. Contributors address a range of concerns, including paradigms of information needs and behavior research, methodological challenges, and current approaches to assessing and meeting LGBTQ and women's information needs. Responding to emergent critiques of positivism and behaviorism in LIS scholarship, this collection also seeks to trouble what we think we mean when we talk about gender and sex, as well as "information" and "behavior," as settled, stable constructs.

Critical and Interdisciplinary Focus
Current work in disciplines as diverse as legal theory, literary criticism, design, anthropology, and technology studies exercise a profound impact on LIS research. At the same time, the somewhat nebulous sub-disciplines within our field, such as information seeking behavior, information structures, archival studies, museology, information retrieval, and information policy, have been connected by researchers in new and innovative ways. LIS scholarship has also sought in recent years to challenge traditional approaches and suggest new directions for research into the purposes, practices, phenomenon, and organization of information. This reader serves as a comprehensive multidisciplinary anthology where different epistemologies and methodologies meet. It offers a timely and reasoned contribution to feminist and queer LIS research and promotes perspectives that can serve the cause of social justice.

Possible topics
Manuscripts can cover a range of topics, both professional and theoretical. The editors strongly encourage submissions concerning the intersection of gender and sexuality with race, ethnicity, religion, and socio-economics. Possible topics include but are not limited to the following: cataloging and classification, assessing user needs, information behavior, alternative social science methods, records management, preservation, documentation, oral history, collection development, curatorship, digital libraries and archives, Internet studies, human-computer interaction, sexual health, sex positive perspectives, activist or oppositional new media, informatics, queer or feminist zines, web design and digital aesthetics, computer coding, digital humanities, censorship and intellectual freedom, information technology policy, children and young adult services, international and comparative LIS issues, grant writing, administration and management, and history of the book and publishing.

Submission Guidelines
The editors encourage practitioners, activists, and both established and emerging scholars to submit manuscripts by September 1, 2011. Manuscripts should rage from 5,000-8,000 words and use the Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago University Press, 2010). Manuscripts should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) to gsireader.submissions@gmail.com.

About the editors
Rebecca Dean and Patrick Keilty are PhD candidates in information studies with a concentration in women's studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA Department of Information Studies
GSE&IS Building, Box 951520
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520
Phone: (310) 825-8799
Dean's email: becdean[at]gmail[dot]com
Keilty's email: pkeilty[at]gmail[dot]com

Friday, November 19, 2010

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Call for Proposals: ASIST 2011. Due May 31 and July 1

New Orleans, LA.  October 7-12
22nd  Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology

Bridging the Gulf: Communication and Information in Society, Technology, and Work.

Important Dates
1) Papers , Panels, Workshops & Tutorials  Deadline for submissions:   May 31st 
2) Posters, Demos & Videos:  Deadline for submissions:    July 1st 

ASIST 2011 builds on the success of the 2010 conference structure and will consist of six tracks, each with its own program and reviewing committee to ensure that the conference meets your high expectations for standards and quality. A team of respected reviewers, experts in their fields, will assist with a rigorous peer-review process.  

Track 1  Information Behaviour
Track 2  Knowledge Organization
Track 3  Interactive Information & Design
Track 4  Information and Knowledge Management.
Track 5  Information Use       
Track 6  Economic, Social, and Political Issues

Types of Submission:  The Conference welcomes the following types of submissions:

1) Papers
2) Panels
3) Interactive Showcase   Posters, Demos ,  Videos
4) Workshops and Tutorials

For more information, please contact:  Conference Co-Chairs: Abby Goodrum (agoodrum@ryerson.ca) and  Suzie Alllard (sallard@utk.edu)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Call for Participation: Reference Publishing Advisory Committee (part of RUSA)

Reference Publishing Advisory Committee, part of RUSA Collection Development and Evaluation Section, is looking for addition committee members for this year. This is the only committee within ALA charged to foster interactions among reference librarians, collection development librarians/reference collection bibliographer/selector, and reference publishing industry staff.

For this upcoming Mid-Winter Meeting, we plan to hold a discussion forum focusing on cataloging and discovery issues related to e-reference publishing. At annual, the committee will be offering a program looking at future trends and issues related to reference publishing. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or would like more information about this committee. We hope to hold  moderated discussions on other reference publishing topics online if there are more members for this committee. If you are willing to act as facilitator or moderators or contribute in other ways but not able to serve on the committee this year, please contact me directly.

Virtual committee appointment is available. For questions related to committee appointment, please contact Wayne Bivens-Tatum. His  email address is rbivens [at] Princeton [dot] edu. There is no additional charge to add CODES to your membership if you are current RUSA member.

To volunteer for this committee, please login to ALA website, choose Volunteer Forms under the Committee tabhttp://www.ala.org/template.cfm?template=/cfapps/committee/volunteerform/volunteerform.cfm. Choose RUSA in the drop down box on the next screen. On the third screen, please make sure you choose RUSA_CODES in the drop down box towards the bottom of the screen so that you can choose RUSA CODES Reference Publishing Advisory on the next screen.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Call for Proposals: Polymath: An Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Journal

Polymath is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to interdisciplinarity, published in quarterly installments in an electronic format at no charge to its readers. The journal celebrates the oft-neglected connections between humanities (Language, Literature, History, Philosophy, Speech and Communication), social sciences (History, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work), physical sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics), and the arts (Dance, Theatre, Music, Visual Arts) where the disciplines can unite, collaborate, and engage with each other towards shared research-oriented and educational goals. Pursuant to its mission, Polymath considers papers on subjects from all academic fields, though preference is given to papers with topics of an interdisciplinary nature or focused on the integration of teaching and research.

More information available:  

Call for Proposals: Academic librarians involved with reference and instruction

I am writing a book on the relationship between reference and instruction services in academic libraries. I am looking for academic librarians who would like to write a chapter describing their reference and instruction programs. Specifically, I am looking for librarians involved in team teaching with non-librarians, embedded librarians, and librarians who teach a freshman orientation. If you are interested, please contact me at rcordell@iusb.edu 

Friday, October 29, 2010

Weekly Roundup: 10/25-29

      Thursday, October 28, 2010

      Call for Proposals: Journal of Research on Libraries & Young Adults

      The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults is an online
      open access peer reviewed journal (
      launching November 2010.  The purpose of Journal of Research on
      Libraries and Young Adults is to enhance the development of theory,
      research, and practices to support young adult library services.
      Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults promotes and
      publishes high quality original research concerning the informational
      and developmental needs of young adults; the management,
      implementation, and evaluation of library services for young adults;
      and other critical issues relevant to librarians who work with young
      adults. The journal also includes literary and cultural analysis of
      classic and contemporary writing for young adults.
      Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults invites manuscripts
      based on original qualitative or quantitative research, an innovative
      conceptual framework, or a substantial literature review that opens
      new areas of inquiry and investigation.  Case studies and works of
      literary analysis are also welcome. The journal recognizes the
      contributions other disciplines make to expanding and enriching
      theory, research and practice in young adult library services and
      encourages submissions from researchers and practitioners in all
      The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults uses the Chicago
      Manual of style endnotes.  For complete author guidelines including
      examples citations, please visit the author guidelines website at,
       While submissions average 4,000 to 7,000 words, manuscripts of all
      lengths will be considered.  Full color images, photos, and other
      media are all accepted.
      Please contact editor Jessica Moyer at 
      yalsaresearch@gmail.com orjessicaemilymoyer@gmail.com to discuss submissions and/or author
      guidelines.  All completed manuscripts should be submitted as email
      attachments to Jessica Moyer at 
      yalsaresearch@gmail.com orjessicaemilymoyer@gmail.com as email attachments.  Please attach each
      figure or graphic as a separate file.
      The first issue of the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young
      Adults will be available online at 
      Monday November 1, 2010 and will feature the papers that will be
      presented at the 2010 YALSA Symposium on Young Adult Literature.
      Manuscripts are currently being accepted for the Winter 2011 and
      Spring 2011 issues.


      Wednesday, October 27, 2010

      Call for Proposals: Southern Cultures

      Southern Cultures, the award-winning and peer-reviewed quarterly from UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South, is seeking submissions about Southern Women, Southern Women’s History, Gender Roles in the South, and related topics. We pay our contributors and have a growing audience throughout the South, the U.S., and the world. We’ve published essays and interviews with Civil Rights pioneers and suffragists, famous authors and farmers, tobacco queens and country music stars, and much more.

      Our submission guidelines and more information are available at our website. Interested scholars also can now view our material from the last ten years at a new special section of our website devoted to Southern Women and Gender at:

      Call for Proposals: International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society. Due ASAP

      The International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society welcomes original articles on issues arising at the intersection of nations, states, civil societies, and global institutions and processes. 

      The editors are particularly interested in article manuscripts dealing with changing patterns in world economic and political institutions; analysis of ethnic groups, social classes, religions, personal networks, and special interests; changes in mass culture, propaganda, and technologies of communication and their social effects; and the impact of social transformations on the changing order of public and private life. The journal is interdisciplinary in orientation and international in scope, and is not tethered to particular theoretical or research traditions. The journal presents material of varying length, from research notes to article-length monographs.

      To submit please follow the directions found here: http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/journal/10767

      Call for Applicants: Subject Editors for Resources for College Libraries. Due ASAP.

      Resources for College Libraries seeks dynamic and discerning bibliographers to
      serve as subject editors for the following areas:
      * African American Studies
      * African History, Languages, and Literatures
      * Environmental Studies
      * European History
      * Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Languages and Literatures

      Resources for College Libraries (RCL) is a bibliography of selected works
      spanning the college curriculum and comprising a recommended core collection
      for all academic libraries. Available both in print and online at RCLweb
      (http://rclweb.net), RCL covers 61 curriculum-specific subjects and identifies
      approximately 70,000 titles most necessary for teaching undergraduates,
      including electronic resources essential for academic study. Subject editors
      are responsible for selecting and maintaining the most critical resources
      related to the undergraduate curriculum.

      RCL subject editors oversee the continuous revision of a subject area, with
      particular responsibilities including:
      *   Regularly adding new titles to the subject area
      *   Maintaining and developing the subject taxonomy
      *   Reviewing and removing unessential titles from the subject area
      *   Managing, if necessary, bibliographers to aid in selection
      *   Remaining aware of current trends in teaching, research, and academic
      resources related to the subject area

      RCL is revised regularly and has a variety of uses: it is consulted by colleges
      and faculty adapting to new curricula, by student researchers, by librarians
      for collection development purposes, and by accrediting agencies. As successor
      to Books for College Libraries, RCL is a collaborative project between the
      Association of College and Research Libraries’ Choice magazine editorial
      staff, knowledgeable subject editors recruited from teaching faculty and
      academic librarians, and R.R. Bowker.

      RCL subject editors must balance in-depth subject knowledge with the mission of
      establishing a core collection for the liberal arts and sciences college
      library. To join RCL’s editorial roster, interested applicants should submit
      a CV/résumé, along with a brief description of qualifications related to
      managing a core collection in the discipline. If you are interested in this
      professional service opportunity or would like more information, please contact
      me at adoherty@ala-choice.org.