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Monday, March 28, 2011

Call for Full Papers: International Journal of Library Science.

Papers are invited for the International Journal of Library Science (IJLS). The IJLS is a peer-reviewed journal, published refereed, well-written original research articles, and studies that describe the latest research and developments in the area of library science and information. This is a broad-based journal covering all branches. It's also published interdisciplinary research. The areas of interest include but are not limited to:

·         Education for librarianship
·         Information policy
·         Information and communication technologies (ICT's)
·         Information Society
·         Equity of Access
·         Sustainability and ICT's
·         Children's Internet Protection Act
·         Censorship
·         Information explosion
·         Information literacy
·         Government Information
·         Decreased funding for established libraries
·         Copyright
·         Intellectual property rights
·         Intellectual freedom
·         Digital divide
·         Open access (publishing)
·         Patriot Act
·         Public lending right
·         Slow fires
·         Serials crisis
·         Current digital/scanning technologies
·         Remote Access

An original and unpublished manuscripts can be sent to the publisher via e-mail at: cangaley@yahoo.com and a copy to cpublib[at]gmail.com .

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Call for Proposals: Books for Libraries Unlimited Library Management Collection



In this new century governments of developing countries are expanding their school systems, academic institutions, and public library service; interest in all aspects of library management is universal. Authors and editors are sought to produce books with new ideas, services, and technologies for managing libraries.

If interested please prepare a proposal for review by the LU editorial committee. This proposal should include a tentative title, up to one page describing the intent of the book and a current resume. Authors, for prefaces and forewords, and editors, for chapters, are encouraged to seek and recruit authors from other countries. If wishing consideration as chapter authors please send a topic and a current resume. For further information consult the web site click on Libraries Unlimited, scroll to “Become an Author”. Click on new releases see “Best Practices for Corporate Libraries” edited by Kelsey and Porter for an example as described here.

Series editor: Gerard McCabe: mgmted@comcast.net

Friday, March 25, 2011

Weekly Roundup: 3/21-3/25

Publication CFPs
Conference CFPs

Conference: Out of the Ordinary: Preserving Paper-Based Ephemera. June 17

    OUT OF THE ORDINARY: PRESERVING PAPER-BASED EPHEMERA Presented by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts Baltimore, MD - June 17, 2011 Held at: The George Peabody Library Cosponsored & hosted by: Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries, Department of Conservation & Preservation ABOUT THE PROGRAM This symposium will examine the myriad of challenges faced in preserving a wide variety of non-standard paper items produced in the 19th and 20th centuries, including paper dolls, greeting cards, posters, maps, blueprints, baseball cards, miniature books, scrapbooks, and oversize objects such as posters, maps, and blueprints . The size, the use of mixed media, and the often-transient nature of these objects add to the complexity of their preservation needs. The symposium will address the need to retain basic preservation guidelines while creatively developing effective storage and handling solutions for a variety of items. This program is intended for curators, librarians, archivists, collection managers, and others involved in the care of collections that include paper-based objects large and small. LOCATION & TIME Location: The George Peabody Library 17 East Mt. Vernon Place Baltimore, Maryland 21202 When: Friday, June 17, 2011 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM REGISTRATION & FEES $95 CCAHA members $110 Non-members Registration, secure credit card payment, and additional program information are available on our website at: www.ccaha.org/education/program-calendar Major funding for this program was generously provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. To learn more about CCAHA and its programs and services, please visit our website at www.ccaha.org. QUESTIONS? Call 215-545-0613 or email pso@ccaha.org

Call for Full Papers: Journal of Women's Intercultural Leadership

The Journal of Women’s Intercultural Leadership is dedicated to the exploration of questions, concerns, and best practices that focus on women's and intercultural perspectives, experience, and leadership. JWIL welcomes contributions from scholars and practitioners working in a wide range of disciplines and fields. Contributors may use various approaches, including critical/rhetorical, qualitative, and/or quantitative. We are currently accepting submission for our fall 2011 and spring 2012 issues; these are open topic issues. See Guidelines for Manuscripts for further information.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Weekly Roundup: 3/14-3/18

Publication CFPs
Conference CFPs
Call for Nominations
Calls for Participation

Call for Full Papers: Public Knowledge Journal. Due September 1

The Public Knowledge Journal is accepting submissions for the fall edition on the topic of academic research. The deadline for scholarly articles and book reviews is September 1, 2011. Public Knowledge Journal is a multidisciplinary, graduate student-run, electronic journal hosted by the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture at Virginia Tech. The journal incorporates a variety of communication technologies to sustain a conversation about the topics and questions raised in each issue. The journal welcomes contributions of articles for peer review, as well as book reviews, essays, interviews, and other works using a variety of media. Authors retain copyright to any work that is published in Public Knowledge Journal.

Sarah Surak
Public Knowledge Journal
Virginia Tech
Email: editor@pkjournal.org 
Visit the website at http://pkjournal.org

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Interesting Article: SXSW 2011: The Year of the Librarian (The Atlantic)

SXSW 2011:  The Year of the Librarian, from The Atlantic, March 17, 2011

Conference: ePIC 2011. July 11-13

ePIC 2011, the 9th International ePortfolio and Identity conference, 11-13 July 2011, Savoy Place, London

The Conference will provide a forum where researchers and practitioners in the realm of ePortfolio and Identity can discuss theoretical aspects, open issues, and innovative approaches The event will bring together policy-makers, researchers, academics, teachers, trainers, human resource managers and technologists. It will enable in-depth and broad exploration of the issues - and result in real outcomes. Past events have resulted in the creation of national and international networks, contribution to policies, contribution to standardisation bodies, establishing partnerships with other communities in the field of digital identity and human resource standards, transnational projects and numerous publications.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Weekly Roundup: 3/7-3/11

Publication CFPs

Call for Proposals: Journal of Learning Spaces. Due June 30

CFP: Journal of Learning Spaces

The Journal of Learning Spaces is now accepting submissions for our inaugural issue.

The Journal of Learning Spaces provides a scholarly, multidisciplinary forum for research articles, case studies, book reviews, and position pieces that examine higher education learning spaces in the context of space design, use, and management, as well as assessment, evaluation, and pedagogical practices. Please visit our Focus and Scope page for more information. 

Research Manuscripts, Position Pieces, and Case Studies submissions are double-blind peer reviewed.

All submissions are due on or before June 30, 2010.

All  submissions must be:
  • Original, unpublished works not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • Written in English.
  • Formatted and referenced using the most current APA Style.
  • Submitted as MS Word or RTF documents.
  • Submitted through the Journal's web site. To submit, you must first register or log in as an Authorwith the journal, then follow the instructions to Start a New Submission.

Types of submissions sought:

Research manuscripts.  
3,000-5,000 words, including bibliography.
Research manuscripts present and describe original, primary research (broadly defined) on topics of current importance that may impact learning space research and practice in higher education. Manuscripts provide clear and complete methodology and include all necessary figures, tables, and illustrations. See additional formatting requirements below.

Position pieces.
1,500-2,500 words, including bibliography.
Position pieces are essays intended to inform readers of, or to stimulate discussion about, significant issues in current learning space research and practices in higher education. Position pieces may be primary or secondary research and will provide complete references. See additional formatting requirements below.

Case studies.
1,500-2,500 words.
Case studies describe mature projects and programs that provide or demonstrate innovative or instructive learning space designs, programs, or practices in higher education. Case studies dealing with pedagogy, assessment, or unique partnerships and collaborations will receive greatest preference. See additional formatting requirements below.

Book reviews.
1,000-1,500 words.
Book reviews provide concise summaries and evaluations of current (published within the last 12 months) books related to learning space research or practices in higher education. Book review authors select and procure books to review, based on their professional perception of the book's real or potential impact or relevance to current research and practice. See additional formatting requirements below.

Formatting Requirements

All submissions should be double-spaced, with margins of one inch on all sides. Number pages consecutively throughout the paper. Authors should also supply a shortened version of the title suitable for the running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces. Each article should be summarized in an abstract of not more than 100 words.
Authors are strongly encouraged to include relevant, hi-resolution images in their submissions. Image files should be:
  • 300 dpi or higher
  • Minimum of 600 x 800
  • JPEG, TIFF, or PSD format only
  • Submitted as separate files, not embedded in the manuscript files
Authors are strongly encouraged to include relevant hyperlinks throughout their manuscript, taking full advantage of the Journal's online format.

Video and audio.
Submissions that incorporate supplemental video or audio files are welcome, but the manuscript must provide a simple or embedded link to remotely-stored video or audio files. The journal does not currently host or stream media files locally.

Tables and Figures. When submitting a manuscript, tables and figures should not be embedded in the text, but should be included as separate files. A brief, descriptive title should appear above each table or figure, which corresponds with a like-titled placeholder within the manuscript. Clear legends and footnotes should also appear beneath tables and figures. 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Call for Nominations: Peer Review Panel for the ALA Research Series. Due April 29

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Research & Statistics invites nominations for a peer review panel for the ALA Research Series.
The ALA Research Series expands the knowledge base of library research by publishing quantitative and/or qualitative research and analysis that addresses topics important to libraries, librarians and education in the profession–accessible, useful, practical, sustainable research.
 The series is distinguished by:
  • Encouraging research based on methods other than surveys, such as observational research, content analysis, grounded theory research and ethnographic technique, as well as research that blends different methods.
  • It is not a statistical series.
  • It is published annually, monographs and edited volumes.
The ALA Research Series is a peer reviewed publication with an editorial panel comprised of experienced library researchers and practitioners.  The review panel has membership representing a broad array of expertise and perspectives in library research topics. 
Two positions will be filled through this nomination process. Each reviewer serves a three-year term. Terms begin summer 2011.
The deadline for nominations is April 29, 2011. Please go tohttp://www.ala.org/ala/professionalresources/publications/alaresearchseries/peerreviewpanel/index.cfm for more information about the call for nominations.

Conference: 12th Interlending and Document Supply Conference. Register by July 15

Registration is now open for the 12th Interlending and Document Supply (ILDS) Conference to be held September 19 - 21, 2011 in Chicago, USA. Details athttp://www.ilds2011.org/.

Come to the Windy City to hear how libraries across the globe are creatively sharing their resources to cope with shrinking library budgets, skyrocketing collection costs, and increasingly restrictive copyright laws. Our speakers will describe many cutting-edge projects, from cooperative collection development ventures to shared storage facilities to purchase-on-demand programs. You'll hear about the latest developments in interlibrary loan: new technologies, recent cost studies, sharing digital resources, and strategies for improving transborder ILL.

What does registration cost?
  • On or before July 15:
    ALA or IFLA members: $375
    Non-members: $425
  • After July 15:
    ALA or IFLA members: $450
    Non-members: $500
What do you get for your money?
  • Admission to all program sessions
  • ILDS conference bag
  • All-conference dinner on Monday evening at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Lunch on Monday and Tuesday
  • Morning and afternoon coffee breaks
An optional Chicago Skyline Boat Tour is scheduled for Tuesday evening, September 20, and costs $50 per person.

A final program with abstracts of selected papers will be posted to www.ilds2011.org during the week of March 14.

Call for Participation: Speakers at the Placement Center during ALA 2011

Hello All,

I’m looking for a few presenters to speak to job seekers in the Placement Center during the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.  The Placement Center will be open Saturday and Sunday, June 25 & 26.

I’d like to have presenters who know how to interact with and involve the audience -- not just lecture.  The sessions should be an hour to an hour and a half long.  The possible time slots include:

Saturday, 9:30 – 11:00am
Saturday, 1:30 – 3:00pm
Saturday, 3:30- 4:30pm

Sunday, 9:00 – 10:30am
Sunday, 3:30- 4:30pm

Topics can include almost anything that would appeal to current job seekers.  The following are some that I have in mind:

How to brand yourself in order to standout during a job search
Creating a Resume that Moves to the top of the Pile
I think I’ve Done Everything Right, Why Aren’t I Getting Any Interviews
What Interviewers are Really Looking for in successful candidates
How to respond to the tough questions in interviews
Things to do to be sure you get an interview
Making a Powerful Impression on the Interviewer
Using Social Media Effectively in a Job Search

If you’re already planning to attend the ALA Annual Conference, and would be willing to present a session, we’d be happy to have your assistance.  Please contact me ASAP via email at bcalvin@ala.org, or phone at 800/545-2433ext. 4280 to volunteer.

If you can’t do a session but know of someone who would be great at conducting one, please forward this message to them.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Beatrice Calvin
Program Officer, Placement/Recruitment
Office for Human Resource Development & Recruitment
American Library Association
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL  60611
800/545-2433 ext. 4280

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Call for Proposals: The Serials Librarian

Seeking submissions for future issues of The Serials Librarian

The Serials Librarian is an international, peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor and Francis, featuring in-depth articles, columns, and discussion on all aspects of the serials chain (print or electronic), whether from the acquisitions and cataloguing perspective, the publisher or agent viewpoint, or placing a focus on trends such as open access, licensing, repositories, new ways of publishing and access material.

We welcome articles from any country in the world and from publishers, agents and intermediaries as well as librarians.  We are also not focused on any particular sector and welcome submissions from outside the educational field.   All articles are subject to blind peer review before acceptance and we have an
international editorial board with a wide range of expertise across the world of serials.

If you are interested in contributing to our journal then please email editorserialslib@gmail.com with a proposal or article, or an idea for a future column or short piece.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Louise Cole (Kingston University, UK)
Andrew Shroyer (California State University, Los Angeles, USA)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Call for Proposals: International Journal of Sociology Ecology & Sustainable Development. Due August 1

CFP: International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD) Special Issue On: “Sustainable Development in Emerging Economies” 

Submission Due Date: August 1, 2011

Guest Editor: Dr. Mustafa Zihni TUNCA

Sustainable development is an important social objective in the world. Many obstacles oppose the implementation of sustainable development in developing countries.  Approaching these issues that are the greatest challenges for implementing sustainable development in these countries can lead to a better understanding of how these issues can be addressed.

Emerging economies, which are the developing countries in the process of rapid growth and industrialization, inevitably play a significant role towards the achievement of sustainable development.  A close look at socio-economic, technological, and political changes in emerging economies can help us for a better understanding of the dynamics of sustainable development.

One of the major challenges facing emerging economies in their efforts to promote sustainable development is the expansion of information technologies (IT). IT is the key concept for sustainable economic development within both macro and micro perspectives as it can assist in addressing individual, organizational, regional, and global development. Hence, there is an imperative need for an in-depth, systematical investigation of the influence of information technologies on sustainable economic development in emerging economies.

Objective of the Special Issue
The objective of the special issues is to help both researchers and practitioners to develop a critical understanding of sustainable development in emerging economies with a special reference to information technologies. The special issue will bring together work from a range of disciplines to promote a multi-disciplinary perspective to develop practical and theoretical solutions to improve the economic, social, environmental, technological, educational, and administrative sustainability.

Recommended Topics
Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:
-              Sustainable development, economic development theories, policies and practices
-              Emerging & transition economies, developing & less developed countries
-              Globalization
-              Welfare and poverty
-              Foreign trade
-              Environmental policy and environmental management
-              Information and communication technologies
-              E-business, E-commerce, E-government, E-services
-              Digital divide
-              Knowledge society
-              Knowledge management
-              Public investments
-              Enterprise development
-              Financial institutions
-              Technological alliances
-              Innovation and entrepreneurship
-              Supply chain management
-              Policy making

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special issue on or before August 1, 2011. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. Interested authors should consult the journal’s guidelines for manuscript submissions at http://www.igi-global.com/Files/AuthorEditor/guidelinessubmission.pdf.  All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:

Dr. Mustafa Zihni TUNCA
Guest Editor


Dr. Elias G. Carayannis
Editor-in-Chief, IJSESD

Friday, March 4, 2011

Weekly Roundup: 2/28-3/4


Call for Proposals: Advances in Librarianship, Volume 35. Due July 31

Call for Chapter Proposals – Advances in Librarianship, Volume 35 (Contexts for Assessment and Outcome Evaluation in Librarianship)

Assessment and outcomes evaluation has become increasingly important in librarianship. Although initially used mostly in educational contexts to measure student learning, the strategy has migrated to other contexts such as hiring and employee development, overall organizational and institutional successes, measuring the outcomes of projects and operational changes, and self assessment at the personal level. This growing emphasis is in part is due to increasingly stringent requirements of government agencies and to foundations and funding agencies wanting to ensure that their funds are used effectively to improve services and operations. In addition, the current economic climate and retrenchments in non-profit agencies such as colleges, university and public libraries, have raised the need for assessment and outcomes evaluation to a critical level. 

This volume of Advances in Librarianship will focus not on the how of doing them, but rather on their successes and failures in various contexts in which these tools have been and will be used.

Topics of interest for proposed chapters about assessment and outcomes evaluation can include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Outcomes evaluation and assessment cases and applications in all settings such as education for librarianship, libraries and other information services analyzing their impact, results and effectiveness;
  • Models or case studies specifically developed or adapted to accommodate digital environments;
  • Studies and research of their usage in various contexts such as library and information science operations;
  • Usage in special and on-going funding requests to governments, foundations and other funding sources;
  • Assessment cases or models used in developing software, searching tools, and other electronic applications such as social media;
  • Self assessment cases used by employers of librarians and library and information faculty members;
  • Use of outcomes evaluation and assessment in hiring and promotion in libraries;
  • Studies of the successes of using outcomes evaluation and assessment in tenure decisions in teaching environments;
  • Assessment from within and without the library, viz. the virtual library and digital services within the physical library;
  • The role of end users in assessment and outcomes evaluation undertakings;
  • Views on how to keep assessment and outcomes evaluation dynamic and relevant in times of rapid change;
  • Best practices in using assessment and outcomes evaluation which are both quantitative and qualitative;
  • Exploration of the relationships between research and assessment;
  • The extent to which rubrics used in measuring outcomes and assessment have been and are being standardized;
  • Community needs assessments as part of, or prequels to, strategic planning for collections, spaces and services in all types of libraries;
  • The impact of assessment on changes in the fields of library and information science.
Please submit chapter proposals by the end of July 2011 to series editor Anne Woodsworth:awoodsworth@emeraldinsight.com

Author guidelines and further information on the Advances in Librarianship series can be found on the website at: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/books/series.htm?id=0065-2830

Questions or comments should be addressed to the Editor and submitted via e-mail to:awoodsworth@emeraldinsight.com

Schedule of due dates:
Proposal outlines: July 31, 2011
First drafts: December 1, 2012
Revised drafts: March 1, 2012 
Kind regards, 
Diane Heath
Emerald Group Publishing Limited