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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

Weekly Roundup: 11/15-19

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