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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Call for Proposals: Second International Conference on Popular Culture and Education. Due June 30

Visit the website:  http://home.ied.edu.hk/~hkpop/conference2011.html

You are invited to join us at the Second International Conference on Popular Culture and Education, organised by the Centre for Popular Culture and Education, at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. 
The conference will bring together researchers from a variety of areas to focus on the implications of popular culture for educational practices and youth development. Papers on all aspects of popular culture and education are welcomed. 

The first three days of the conference will be devoted to academic presentations. The fourth day of the conference will feature practical workshops for local teachers on popular culture and pedagogy. 

(Call for papers deadline: 30 June 2011)

Friday, January 21, 2011

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Call for Proposals: Great Lakes History Conference--Education & Society. Due June 15

Call for Papers: Great Lakes History Conference:
“Education and Society” 
October 7 & 8, 2011

The 37th annual Great Lakes History Conference, sponsored by Grand Valley State University, will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on October 7-8, 2011. Professor William Reese, Carl F. Kaestle WARF Professor of Educational Policy Studies and History at the University of Wisconsin, will deliver the keynote address. 

We seek panels and papers on the history of education broadly considered, from national and transnational perspectives, with particular focus on providing a historical context to current “crises” in education, whether at the elementary and secondary level or in higher education. Papers may consider a range of topics, including the history of schooling, educational policy, educational reform, the history of colleges and universities, the “crisis in the humanities,” the costs and financing of education, questions of academic freedom, non-academic educational institutions, transnational educational projects, educational philosophy and pedagogy, the role of ethnic and racial difference in education, education and gender, or the intersection of religion and education. 

The Great Lakes History Conference is a general history conference with an interdisciplinary emphasis. Although we give priority to proposals addressing this year’s theme, we will consider papers and panels on other topics as well. Proposals from varied disciplines and in all fields of history are welcome. We encourage comparative work across regions and chronological boundaries. Please consult the Grand Valley State University History Department website (www.gvsu.edu/history) and its link to the conference for updated information. 

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send an abstract of approximately 200 words and curriculum vitae by June 15, 2011, to Dr. Paul Murphy, murphyp@gvsu.edu or Dr. Doug Montagna, montagnd@gvsu.edu. Please include your address, e-mail and phone number. We encourage submission of complete panels; please forward a brief description of the panel and abstracts and curriculum vitae for each presenter. Papers must take no longer than 30 minutes in a 2-paper session and 20 minutes in a 3-paper session. Sessions will last 90 minutes. Those interested in commenting on a session should send a CV and indicate areas of expertise. 
Conference headquarters will be at the L.V. Eberhard Center of Grand Valley State University in downtown Grand Rapids. Hotel accommodations will be available at the Holiday Inn of Grand Rapids (formerly the Days Hotel), which is across from the Eberhard Center. Their telephone number is (616) 235-7611. The conference is within easy walking distance of museums and restaurants. Grand Rapids is served by most major and regional airlines. The conference weekend coincides with Grand Rapid’s ArtPrize contest (http://www.artprize.org/home), so we suggest conference hotel accommodations be made early. 

Please address all inquiries and abstracts to:

Dr. Paul Murphy or Dr. Doug Montagna
Grand Valley State University, 1 Campus Drive
Department of History, MAK D-1-160
Allendale, MI 49401
Phone: (616) 331-3429, Fax: (616) 331-3285
Email: murphyp@gvsu.edu or montagnd@gvsu.edu
Registration and program information will be sent August 2011

Call for Participation: Encyclopedia of Women and American Pop Culture.

The Encyclopedia of Women and American Popular Culture

Facts On File, a New York-based academic and reference publisher, is seeking contributing scholars for a print and online reference work on the history of women in America popular culture from colonial times to the present. The project is aimed at the academic high school and undergraduate levels. 

The encyclopedia will include articles on individuals, organizations, themes, events, ideas, works of art and literature, and more. Alphabetically arranged entries cover popular-culture and women’s history subjects— film; television; music; radio; comics and graphic novels; visual and performing arts; festivals; technology; cyberculture and online social networking; video games; sports and recreation; fashion and appearance; advertising; consumer products (including toys and games); transportation and travel; and food and diet.

Articles will vary in length from 500-2,500 words for entries on specific topics. The Encyclopedia of Women and American Popular Culture will also include a number of ancillary features, including overarching introductory essays and a detailed bibliography. We are seeking contributors for articles. All contributors will receive full authorial credit, a modest cash honorarium and/or copy of the full encyclopedia set (depending on contribution length and contributor preference). 

If you are a Ph.D. candidate, professor, or independent scholar interested in contributing to this exciting and important reference project, we would be happy to email you a prospectus with a full description of the project—with deadline, compensation, and other pertinent information. Please contact Editor at popcultureeditor@gmail.com. Please write “Call for Contributors” in the subject line of your email and attach your CV and a recent nonfiction writing sample, preferably a published book review or encyclopedia article.

If you cannot contribute, please feel free to notify other qualified scholars of this notice

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Call for Proposals: Collaborative Librarianship (Reviewers Needed)

Collaborative Librarianship: Call for Papers – Are you involved in some interesting, innovative or experimental aspect of library collaboration? Is your library exploring or implementing resources or services that build on, promote, or expand the scope of library collaboration? Are you critically reflecting on the methodology, theory or philosophy of why and how librarians, libraries or library consortia work together? If so, we would like to hear from you! Please consider submitting articles for “peer review” or “From the Field” sections of Collaborative Librarianship. Submissions can be made directly through the CL website. Issues will be published in March, June, September and December, 2011. 

Collaborative Librarianship: Call for Papers
URL: http://www.collaborativelibrarianship.org/

Inquiries about submissions could be made by contacting Ivan Gaetz, or by contacting the section editors listed on the journal’s website.

Call for Participation: Collaborative Librarianship

URL: http://www.collaborativelibrarianship.org/

Collaborative Librarianship: Call for Participation – January 11, 2011 – (Denver CO) – Consider joining the groundswell of support for library collaboration: volunteer to become a peer reviewer for the scholarly, open access, online journal, Collaborative Librarianship. All related subject/interest areas are welcomed. To register as a peer reviewer, please go to the home page, click “Register” tab, and provide the information. (Email address and other information given are strictly confidential and for use only by Collaborative Librarianship.) You can also contact directly the General Editor, Ivan Gaetz: igaetz@regis.edu

Monday, January 10, 2011

Call for Proposals: Green Libraries and Librarians

CFP: Green Libraries and Librarians

Calling all Green Librarians!  We know you're out there. We've heard through the grapevine about some of the inspiring, entrepreneurial initiatives you've taken on:
• partnering with with local organic farmers to provide Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) to their communities
• pursuing related professional development opportunities, such as attending the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference or achieving LEED accreditation
• raising awareness about climate change by hosting an ongoing film and discussion series on that topic at your library
• advocating for LEED-certified libraries
Do you know a librarian that fits this description: "sustainability advocate, educator or entrepreneur"? In that case, please pass this note along.

Or, maybe that person is you? We want to hear your story! Our team is in the process of collecting stories about librarians who are sustainability advocates for an upcoming book. Please fill out this form to let us know how we can get in touch: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dFhfMTJudW5kbUNpUkZnUnJhSTBOSFE6MQ#gid=0.

If you have questions, ask away! We're very excited about this project and look forward to hearing from you.

Anne Less
Mary Davidge Associates @ Google, Inc.

Beth Filar Williams
UNC-Greensboro Libraries

Sarah Dorsey
UNC-Greensboro Libraries

Free Webinar: Libraries are Essential: Providing Core Services for Readers. January 27

Libraries are Essential: Providing Core Services for Readers
SPONSORED BY: EBSCO/NoveList, and Library Journal
SCHEDULED EVENT DATE: Thursday, January 27, 2011– 2:00 PM EST – 60 minutes

Register for this event
Libraries are often a community hub, the place where everyone is welcome and where everyone can not only find the information they need, but also seek solace and support. In short, libraries are an essential part of any thriving community. In this first of a three-part series of webcasts on the essentialness of libraries, Robin Nesbit, Sharron Smith, and Duncan Smith explore the value of readers’ services and best practices for conveying that value to the community.

Providing Core Services for Readers is first in the three part Libraries are Essential series of webcasts.

Featured Speakers

Robin Nesbit, Director of Technical Services, Columbus Metropolitan Library in Ohio
Sharron Smith, Manager of Readers’ Advisory Services, Kitchner Public Library in Kitchner, Ontario
Duncan Smith, founder and Vice President, NoveList

The event will be moderated by Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Harvard University, Cambridge; author of the e-Views Blog and e-Reviews columns for Library Journal and Editor of Bowkers' Magazines for Libraries
If you are not able to make the live webcast of Libraries are Essential: Providing Core Services for Readers, register now and you will get an email notification from Library Journal after the event when the webcast is archived and available for viewing at your convenience.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Call for Participation: NMRT Committees 2011-2012

We are looking for volunteers to appoint to NMRT Committees for 2011/2012. Committee members will begin serving at the conclusion of the 2011
Annual meeting in New Orleans (June 28, 2011) and will continue through the 2012 Annual meeting in Anaheim. You must be a dues paying member of NMRT to serve on a committee.

   * 2012 Midwinter Meeting, Dallas, TX: January 20–24, 2012
   * 2012 Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA: June 21–26, 2012

Many NMRT committees do not require conference attendance, but please note that, for some committees, attendance at the Midwinter and/or Annual Conferences is expected.

If you are interested in serving, please complete the NMRT volunteer form:

As some committees fill up quickly, we recommend selecting all
committees you are interested in being appointed to. If you are
interested in multiple committees, please rank the committees in order of your preference. Committee information can be found here:

Offers to serve as member or chair of committees will not go out until May. Many thanks in advance for your patience.
Please contact me directly (lcrook@wsu.edu) if you have any questions. Thank you for your interest in and support of NMRT! 

Linda Crook
NMRT Vice President, 2010/2011

Call for Proposals: Journal of Library Innovation.

The Editors of Journal of Library Innovation (JOLI) are accepting submissions of research articles and articles about innovative practices in libraries on an ongoing basis. Information about the focus and scope of JOLI, along with the first issue, can be found at the journal's website:  http://www.libraryinnovation.org

If you have tried out a new program, changed a work flow, connected with patrons in a way different from the way you have done so in the past, please consider sharing your experience by writing about it. If you aren't sure if it was innovative, consider the following:

•What was eye-opening?

•What was unexpected?

•What were the benefits?

•What failed?

•What risk did you take in trying something innovative?

•You may have tried something done by many other libraries already, but your results are different from those documented in library literature.

•You have tried something never done in a library setting before.

Thank you for your interest in the Journal of Library Innovation.  Please share this email with colleagues who might be interested as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Jones, Managing Editor, at pjones@medaille.edu

Journal of Library Innovation is a publication of the Western New York Library Resources Council, Buffalo, NY. http://www.wnylrc.org