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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Free Webinar: ALA Annual Tech Wrap-up. July 8

We're happy to announce that we'll be wrapping up ALA Annual 2011 with an exciting ALA TechSource Webinar! Don't miss this free event--our panel of experts will discuss what they learned and what stood out at Annual Conference. From ebooks to tablets to RFID and library systems, you'll get insightful perspective on the technology buzz in New Orleans!
You can register for this event, which takes place on Friday, July 8th, 2011 at 3:00pm Eastern/2:00 Central/1:00 Mountain/Noon Pacific and lasts 90 minutes, here:https://alapublishing.webex.com/alapublishing/onstage/g.php?p=23&t=m.
Our panelists for this event are:
  • Jason Griffey, Head of Library Information Technology, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and ALA TechSource and American Libraries blogger
  • Kate Sheehan, Open Source Implementation Coordinator, Bibliomation Inc., and ALA TechSource blogger
  • Sue Polanka, Head of Reference/Instruction, Wright State University Libraries, blogger and Author of No Shelf Required
  • Marshall Breeding, Director for Innovative Technologies and Research for the Vanderbilt University Libraries
There will be a Q and A with panelists following the presentation.

Call for Applicants: NASIG Conference Coordinator in Training. Due July 29

The NASIG Executive Board seeks a person to train under
Joyce Tenney as NASIG’s Conference Coordinator. We are now
accepting applications for that position – Conference
Coordinator in Training. (See complete job description
below.) If you’d like to apply, please send the following
to Katy Ginanni (ksginanni@wcu.edu<mailto:ksginanni@wcu.edu>):

•       A current CV or résumé
•       A cover letter indicating why you're interested in the
•       A summary of your experience negotiating contracts or
licenses, and your experience with meeting and/or conference
planning. This can be as little as 2 paragraphs, but not
more than one page, please.

We will begin reviewing applications immediately; the
deadline for submissions is July 29, 2011. The search
committee will conduct phone interviews in August. We hope
to make a recommendation to the Executive Board by Labor
Day. The successful candidate will begin to work with Joyce
immediately as she negotiates for our 2014 conference. You
must be a NASIG member to serve in this position, but not to

NASIG Conference Coordinator in Training

NASIG seeks a candidate for Conference Coordinator in
Training. The successful candidate will serve an initial
term of one to two years as an apprentice to the
organization’s current conference coordinator with
possible reappointments to follow. The conference
coordinator is a key appointment of the NASIG Executive
Board, with significant responsibility and discretion in
staging the annual NASIG Conference. The NASIG president
serves as the executive board’s liaison with the
conference coordinator and coordinator in training.

The primary duties of the conference coordinator are:
•       Gather information and formal proposals from potential
conference sites
•       Analyze the proposals using various criteria to create a
short list of possibilities for the NASIG executive board
•       Coordinate site selection trips (usually in the late
summer or fall)
•       Maintain awareness of meeting trends and legal issues
(via free webinars, free meetings, listservs, etc.),  and
keep NASIG president informed of impending concerns
•       Negotiate contracts with conference hotels, convention
centers, special events venues, etc.
•       Serve as an ex-officio member of the Conference Planning

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and
•       Proximity to a major metropolitan area (to facilitate
attendance at meeting planners meetings)
•       Experience negotiating contracts or licenses; tenacity
•       Experience with meeting and/or conference planning
•       Familiarity with NASIG organizational structure and
needs of its members
•       Ability to commit time, including some evenings and
•       Highly organized
•       Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
•       Flexibility
•       Able and willing to travel, including some weekends.
(Official site selection travel paid by NASIG; some scouting
travel paid by various properties and/or Convention &
Visitors Bureaus.)

Call for Proposals: 31st Charleston Conference. Due July 15

Submit your paper idea for the 31st Charleston Conference on Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition!
Sign up is now open at www.katina.info/conference/callforpapers.php<http://www.katina.info/conference/callforpapers.php>.  Please fill out the form on the website by 5 pm EST on July 15th, 2011.

We are looking for proposals for the following session types:

1) Lively Lunch Discussions: Thurs or Fri, 75 minutes, focused on discussion and audience participation;

2) Concurrent Sessions: Thurs or Fri, 45 minutes, standard presentation with 5-10 min for Q&A;

3) Innovation Sessions: Sat, 30 min, focus on new technology, innovative thinking, etc.

4) Poster Sessions: New for 2011!  Thurs or Fri, 30 minutes

5) Pecha Kucha Sessions: New for 2011!  Thurs or Fri, 6 minute 40 second PowerPoint presentation (20 slides, 20 seconds each), and another 9 minutes for discussion.
Pecha Kucha (Japanese<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_language>: ペチャクチャ, IPA: [pet͡ɕa ku͍̥t͡ɕa]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:IPA_for_Japanese>[1]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pecha_Kucha#cite_note-0>, chit-chat) is a presentation methodology in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each, usually seen in a multiple-speaker event for a total of 6 hours and 40 seconds. Pecha Kuchas originated in 2003 in Tokyo. This year the Charleston Conference would like to “try out” this new presentation system. We are proposing that presenters do a 6 minute and 40 second Pecha Kucha and allow another 9 minutes for discussion. If you like the idea, please make a proposal for the 2011 Charleston Conference. For more information on Pecha Kucha presentations, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pecha_Kucha.

The 31st  Charleston Conference – Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
November 2 (Preconferences and Vendor Showcase)
November 3-5 (Main Conference), 2011
2011 Theme – Somethings Gotta Give!
Begun in 1980, the Charleston Conference has grown from 20 participants in 1980 to over 1,100 in 2010.
The Charleston Conference is “the best library conference in the world.”

Contact Leah Hinds with any questions at leah@katina.info<mailto:leah@katina.info>.  See you in November!

Conference: USAIN 2012. April 29-May 2

13th Biennial USAIN (United States Agricultural Information Network) Conference
April 29 - May 2 
University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. 
Work is well underway to bring you another inspiring, diverse, entertaining, and affordable event next year, so please mark your calendar and plan to attend!
The official call for contributed papers and posters will be coming very soon.  This will be a great opportunity to share your research with agricultural information colleagues from around North America, and to find out first hand about the work of others.  Please start planning your proposal for USAIN 2012!
The 2012 Conference website is now available: http://z.umn.edu/usain
Conference planners will be adding much more information to the site as plans develop, so please check back frequently (and we'll announce updates to this list, too!.
See you in Minneapolis in 2012!

Conference: World Congress of Muslin Librarians and Information Scientists. November 16-17

The World Congress of Muslim Librarians and Information Scientists (WCOMLIS) is one of the congresses that gather information professionals consisting of librarians, information scientists, information managers, etc., from Islamic and non-Islamic countries all over the world.
WCOMLIS emphasises on aspects such as bibliographic control, cataloging and classifying of Islamic information resources in various languages, and Arabic resources, subject heading system, development of databases, networking system, standard and benchmark, establishment of Islamic excellence center, as well as information exchanging and sharing. WCOMLIS acts as a medium that provides opportunity to the Islamic world to uplift and enhance the quantity and quality of Islamic information resources in line with changing times.

Secretariate WCOMLIS 2011
Dept. of Library & Information Science
Kuliyyah of Information & Communication Technology
International Islamic University Malaysia
53100 Jalan Gombak, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel : (006) 03 6196 3596/ 03 6196 5671
Fax : (006) 03 6196 5179
Email: wcomlis2011@kict.iium.edu.my
Visit the website at http://kict.iium.edu.my/wcomlis2011

Call for Applicants: NEH Grants. Due August 17

The Division of Public Programs at the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities funds humanities projects that are intended for broad public audiences at museums, libraries, historic sites and other historical and cultural organizations.
New application guidelines are now posted on the NEH Web site (www.neh.gov) for our America's Historical and Cultural Organizations grant competition. The next two deadlines are August 17, 2011, and January 11, 2012.

Grants support interpretive exhibitions, reading or film discussion series, historic site interpretation, lecture series and symposia, and digital projects. NEH especially encourages projects that offer multiple formats and make creative use of new technology to deliver humanities content.

Program officers in the Division of Public Programs are available to assist you, whether it is to discuss project ideas or to read a draft of a proposal. Please call the NEH Division of Public Programs (202-606-8269) or contact a program officer directly. Below are the names and contact information for the Division's program officers:

Barbara Bays, 202-606-8290, bbays@neh.gov
Jeff Hardwick, 202-606-8287, jhardwick@neh.gov
David Martz, 202-606-8297, dmartz@neh.gov
John Meredith, 202-606-8218, jmeredith@neh.gov
Kathleen Mulvaney, 202-606-8270, kmulvaney@neh.gov
Danielle Shapiro, 202-606-8241, dshapiro@neh.gov
Michael Shirley, 202-606-8293, mshirley@neh.gov
David Weinstein, 202-606-8308, dweinstein@neh.gov

Division of Public Programs | National Endowment for the Humanities | 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Room 426, Washington, D.C. 20506 | ƒu: (202) 606-8269 | f: (202) 606-8557 | „K publicpgms@neh.gov | www.neh.gov
Email: publicpgms@neh.gov 
Visit the website at http://www.neh.gov

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Call for Full Papers: Journal of Library and Information Science. Due October 1

CALL FOR PAPERS: The journal KNJIŽNICA (LIBRARY, ISSN 0023-2424) is now accepting proposals for publication in its international issue.
KNJIŽNICA (LIBRARY, ISSN 0023-2424) is the first scientific journal in Slovenia to publish refereed articles and short communications presenting recent scientific and professional achievements in library and information science, book studies and related fields. KNJIŽNICA aspires to support the development of theory and practice and to raise the knowledge and skills of professional staff. The KNJIŽNICA is indexed in: LISA (CSA), LISTA (EBSCO), Proquest Science/Technology Databases (HT&AJ, Technology Journals, Illustrata Technology), Proquest Research Library, ProQuest Library Science, IBZ, and DOAJ. Full-text articles can be accessed on the journal's web site (http://revija-knjiznica.zbds-zveza.si/ ), and on the web sites of LISA, Google Scholar, dLib and COBISS/OPAC.

The aim of the international issue is to stimulate scientific communication on recent development in library and information science (LIS) and profession in South Eastern and Eastern European regions. The international issue welcomes (1) research articles covering various aspects of LIS and related fields as well as (2) research articles covering various aspects on LIS and related fields by authors (researchers, students, librarians, etc.) affiliated in South Eastern and Eastern European regions.
The journal welcomes manuscript submissions meeting the general criteria of scientific excellence and significance, especially if the research is based on international cooperative projects or multidisciplinary approach. Relevant research fields include, but are not limited to:

- Digital libraries, Digitisation, Digital Preservation, Evaluation of Digital Library Collections,
- Library and Information Science Education,
- User Studies in Library and Information Science,
- Libraries, Museums, and Archives in the Global Information and Cultural, Political and Social Environment,
- The Book and Book Publishing Studies,
- The Book, Libraries, Information Services, Publishing in Historical and Social Context.

Manuscripts should be submitted to Primož Južnič (Editor-in-Chief): primoz.juznic@ff.uni-lj.si by October 1st 2011. Additional information on submission requirements can be accessed at: http://revijaknjiznica.wordpress.com/library-english/ (Guidelines for Authors, Paper Template, and Permission for Publishing).
All articles published in KNJIŽNICA will be blind peer-reviewed. The international issue will be published in December 2011 (Vol. 55, Iss. 4).

Important dates Submission date for articles: 1.10.2011 Review comments and notification of acceptance: 30.10.2011 Submission date for the final paper: 1.12.2011 Issue publishing: December 2011

Primoz Juznic
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
Department for Library and Information Science and Book Studies
Aškerčeva 2
SI - 1000 Ljubljana
Email: primoz.juznic@ff.uni-lj.si 
Visit the website at http://revija-knjiznica.zbds-zveza.si/

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Call for Proposals: Ohio Teaching & Learning Conference. Due July 29

SOCHE (Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education) will host the Ohio Teaching & Learning Conference in Dayton October 27 & 28.  The theme of the conference is High Impact Learning in a Time of Change, and it will feature George Kuh (founder of the National Survey for Student Engagement)  as the keynote speaker.
SOCHE is hosting the event in conjunction with the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of College and Universities, Northeast Ohio Council for Higher Education, and the Ohio Board of Regents.
The call for proposals is out, and the (priority) deadline is July 29.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Call for Proposals: Cataloging & Classification Quarterly: Cataloging Collaborations and Partnerships. Due July 31

CCQ call for papers: Cataloging Collaborations and Partnerships

A special issue of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly will be devoted to an exploration of how cataloging units or organizations have partnered or collaborated with others to address the changing needs of their customers.

The guest editor invites submissions from professionals in cataloging and metadata, as well as other related disciplines. Submissions by authors outside North America are encouraged.


Case studies, historical surveys and research studies are all of interest. Topics of interest include but are not restricted to:
• Collaborations with vendors or utilities
• Collaborations with other libraries or consortia
• Collaborations between public and academic library cataloging units
• Collaborative development of new systems
• Collaborative development of standards
• International collaborative efforts
• Assessment of collaborative efforts
• Advantages and disadvantages of collaboration
• Costs/benefits of collaboration

• Abstract (up to 300 words) due to rlm31@psu.edu by July 31, 2011
• Notification of appropriateness: August 31, 2011
• Manuscript submission: February 28, 2012
• Notification of acceptance/rejection: April 30, 2012
• Final papers due: June 30, 2012

Rebecca L. Mugridge, Head, Cataloging and Metadata Services, The Pennsylvania State University

*/Cataloging & Classification Quarterly/* emphasizes full-length research and review articles, descriptions of new programs and technology relevant to cataloging and classification, considered speculative articles on improved methods of bibliographic control for the future , and solicited book reviews. Articles are refereed.
Instructions for authors can be found at: http://www.informaworld.com/0163-9374.

Rebecca L. (Mugridge) MacIntosh
Head, Cataloging and Metadata Services
Penn State University Libraries
126 Paterno Library
University Park PA 16802
phone: 814-865-1850
fax: 814-863-7293
email: rlm31@psu.edu

Call for Proposals: EDUCAUSE 2012 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. Due July 27

Share Your Stories and Experiences: Submit a Proposal Now

WANTED: 2012 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference Presenters
Although summer has only just begun for most of us, you have the unique opportunity to contribute to the program for next year's Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. Themed "Reimagining IT in a Changing Landscape," the 2012 Mid-Atlantic event is now accepting speaker presentation proposals focused on any of the following topics:
  • Leadership and Management
  • Mobile and Cloud Technologies
  • Supporting Enterprise Services and Users
  • Teaching, Learning, and Research
Submit a proposal by July 27 to present January 11-13, 2012, in Baltimore.
Together with peers in your region, we'll look at how IT must partner with faculty, staff, and students to create innovative solutions to the challenges of today and tomorrow. If you have experience in any of the key topic areas above, we invite you to share your story with the greater community. Let's work and learn together as we share, create, and discover approaches for anticipating and responding to the changing world and higher education landscape.
Help our community reimagine, reinvent, and innovate in a climate of constant change and challenge.
To submit a proposal go to http://www.educause.edu/MARC12/program
The resources below have all been scheduled and developed to help you create a successful proposal:
  • Call for Proposals Orientation Session (Adobe Connect Room)
    Friday, July 1, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. eastern time Log in as: "Guest"

    No registration is necessary, and audio from the presentation will be provided online through the conference room. There will be ample time to post questions and comments in the chat space.
NOTE: Prior to the session, please run the Adobe Connect Connection Test on the computer you plan to use to ensure your configuration is compatible with the web conferencing system.
podcastBefore you begin work on your next proposal, check out these helpful tips on improving your next conference proposal and listen to our podcast, "Writing a Successful Proposal for a Conference Presentation," which presents insights from three academic professionals on what they look for in a submission and their advice on approaching the writing process.
Help us reimagine the future by sharing your experience dealing with our constantly changing landscape!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Call for Full Papers: Journal of the Medical Library Association: Instruction in Health Sciences Libraries. Due February 15, 2012

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association on Instruction in Health Sciences Libraries
As the number of information resources increases, instructing users in the best way to find health-related information is becoming an even more essential role for health sciences librarians. At the same time, the challenges to delivering instruction in an era of search engines and mobile devices have been steadily growing. Recognizing both the importance of instruction and the challenges we face in teaching our users, MLA’s incoming president, Gerald Perry, has announced his intention to create an MLA Academy of Teaching Excellence. In support of this initiative, and to help create an evidence-based approach to improving instruction, the Journal of the Medical Library Association is planning to devote our October 2012 issue to papers that focus on providing instruction to users of biomedical information.
This issue, to be published in October 2012, will include invited papers summarizing the current state of the field. We also encourage submissions from those with innovative approaches willing to share those innovations with their peers. To be considered for this issue, papers must be submitted by February 15, 2012.
We particularly welcome submission of:
a. Brief Communications that describe an innovative instructional offering or teaching technique in a health sciences library, or to a group of biomedical library users. Papers should describe the innovation, including a brief literature review as well as information on the background of the instructors and the nature of the target user group, where appropriate. Data that allows the reader to judge the success of the innovation, such as pre and post tests and/or faculty evaluations, must be included with the submission. Examples of papers in this category include manuscripts describing a new technique to teach Medline, a new online course, a new technique for engaging students, or an experiment in providing instruction via mobile devices. Brief Communications are 1800 words or less.
b. Case studies that report on innovations related to developing and maintaining instructional programs in health sciences libraries. Papers submitted in this category should describe an innovation that affected multiple classes or instructional offerings. The manuscript should describe the problem the initiative was designed to solve, options considered and discarded, the setting in which it took place, the resources required to execute it (personnel, technology, etc.), the key characteristics of the program, and what would be required to sustain it for the long-term. Examples for this category include initiatives designed to integrate instruction into the curriculum or to train librarians in the use of instructional technologies, methodologies to provide instruction to user groups with particular challenges (e.g. reaching nurses with busy schedules), techniques for keeping classes up to date, etc. Data that allows the reader to judge the success of the initiative, such as user surveys, trends in class enrollments, or changes in the numbers or types of classes offered, must be included with the submission. Case studies are 3500 words or less.
c. Full-length research papers investigating a research question related to instruction in health sciences libraries. Research papers should use a standard quantitative or qualitative research design; quantitative studies should employ a sampling methodology that allows extrapolation to the larger population. Examples in this category would be papers comparing results of two different teaching techniques or comparing online and in person instruction, or studying the long term effects of providing training to medical students. There is a 5000-word limit for full-length papers.
To appear in this issue, scheduled for October 2012, papers should be received no later than February 15, 2012.
If you would like to discuss an idea for a paper, please contact Susan Starr, Editor, JMLA, at jmlaeditorbox@gmail.com. Further details on procedures for JMLA submissions can be found on our "Information for Authors" page, http://www.mlanet.org/publications/jmla/jmlainfo.html.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Call for Full Papers: International Journal of Knowledge Discovery in Bioinformatics

The Editors-in-Chief of the International Journal of Knowledge Discovery in Bioinformatics (IJKDB) would like to invite you to consider submitting a manuscript for inclusion in this scholarly journal. The following describes the mission, coverage, and guidelines for submission to IJKDB.
The mission of the International Journal of Knowledge Discovery in Bioinformatics (IJKDB) is to increase awareness of interesting and challenging biomedical problems and to inspire new knowledge discovery solutions, which can be translated into further biological and clinical studies. IJKDB is aimed at researchers in the areas of bioinformatics, knowledge discovery, machine learning, and data structure, as well as practitioners in the life sciences industry. In addition to original research papers in bioinformatics, this journal emphasizes software and tools that exploit the knowledge discovery techniques to address biological problems and databases that contain useful biomedical data generated in wet and dry labs. IJKDB encompasses discovery notes that report newly found biological discoveries using computational techniques and includes reviews and tutorials on relevant computational and experimental techniques for translational research and knowledge discovery in life sciences.
Topics to be discussed in this journal include (but are not limited to) the following:
Bioimage analysis
Bioinformatics databases
Biological data and text mining algorithms
Biological data collection and cleansing
Biological data integration
Biological data management
Biological knowledge discovery
Biological knowledge visualization
Biological networks (protein interaction, metabolic, transcription factor, signaling, etc.)
Biological tools/applications
Clinical research informatics
Computational evolutionary biology
Data mining and its applications in bioinformatics
Disease bioinformatics
Drug discovery
Gene expression analysis
Gene regulation
Genome annotation
Integration of biological and clinical data
Molecular evolution and phylogeny
Probability theory
Protein/RNA structure prediction
Sequence analysis
Statistics and its applications
Structural proteomics
Systems biology
Translational bioinformatics
Prospective authors should note that only original and previously unpublished articles will be considered. Interested authors must consult the journal’s guidelines for manuscript submissions at http://www.igi-global.com/development/author_info/guide.asp prior to submission. All article submissions will be forwarded to at least 3 members of the Editorial Review Board of the journal for double-blind, peer review. Final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews received from the reviewers. All submissions must be forwarded electronically.
Please submit all papers using the online system at http://datam.i2r.a-star.edu.sg/ijkdb/.
All inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Xiao-Li Li and See-Kiong Ng
International Journal of Knowledge Discovery in Bioinformatics
Email: xlli@i2r.a-star.edu.sg and skng@i2r.a-star.edu.sg

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Call for Participation: Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship. Due August 5

Headed to ALA or another professional conference this summer? Please consider sending reports on programs dealing with electronic resources in libraries to the "E-Resource Round Up" column for volume 23, number 4 of the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL).

The "E-Resource Round Up" column is dedicated to helping JERL readers better understand topics related to the ever-changing world of electronic resources and their roles in libraries. It covers developments in the areas of new and emerging technologies and systems related to electronic resources and the digital environment; reports from professional discussion groups, meetings, presentations, and conferences; news and trends related to electronic resource librarianship; tips and suggestions on various aspects of working with electronic resources; opinion pieces; vendor activities; and upcoming events of potential interest to JERL readers.

Your contribution to the column does not have to be lengthy, and could be on any of the topics listed above. This could be an ideal opportunity for you to report on sessions you attended that may benefit others in our profession.

The editors would like to receive contributions to the column by Friday, August 5, 2011.

If you have a submission or questions, please contact the column editors:

Bob Wolverton
Mississippi State University Libraries
(662) 325-4618

Karen Davidson
Mississippi State University Libraries
(662) 325-3018

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Call for Proposals: Literacy and Society, Culture, Media, & Education. Due September 30

Abstracts are invited for presentation in the international conference "Literacy and Society, Culture, Media, & Education" held at Ghent University 9-11 February 2012 http://www.literacyconference2012.ugent.be .

The conference is conceived to offer a forum of discussion about digitality in/of society, culture (incl. literature and the other arts), and education. In an age of digitality and mass media, perceptions and practices of culture, cultural production and consumption, and thus also education and pedagogy -- from elementary to higher education from epistemological questions, classroom practices, and application (including technology), as well as institutional structures -- are undergoing rapid changes and debate. The impact of digitality thus results in the necessity of and demand for new perspectives on literacy(ies). Participants in the conference explore theories, practices, and applications for the study of the interrelations of digitality and contemporary society, culture, and pedagogy.

Papers are presented in the thematic sections of 1) Media and Society, 2) Media and Culture, and 3) Media and Education. Abstracts of 300 words with a 150-word bioprofile are invited by 30 September 2011 to Geert Vandermeersche at geert.vandermeersche@ugent.be .

Presentations are 20 minutes in length followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Selected papers from the conference are planned to be published in the peer-reviewed and AHCI indexed humanities and social sciences quarterly CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/clcweb (ISSN 1481-4374).

Limited funding is available to graduate student participants.
Geert Vandermeersche
Faculty of Psychology and Education
Ghent University
Henri Dunantlaan 2
B-9000 Gent, Belgium
Email: geert.vandermeersche@ugent.be
Visit the website at http://www.literacyconference2012.ugent.be

Call for Full Papers: Making Educational Oral Histories in the 21st Century. Due August 15

The Oral History Forum d’histoire orale is seeking submissions to a special issue addressing Oral History and Education, entitled "Making Educational Oral Histories in the 21st Century."
The issue is guest-edited by the Educational Research Unit, Making Histories/Faire histoire: Narrative and Collective Memory in Education/Récits et mémoires collectives en éducation in the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa.
The Oral History Forum d’histoire orale is the online journal of the Canadian Oral History Association (http://journal.canoha.ca), which serves as the online meeting place for scholars, community activists, librarians, archivists, and others who use oral history to explore the past. Through this open-access collection we hope to generate discussion on this important theme and provide a valuable resource for people interested in the study of Oral History and Education, whether in the classroom or in their own research.

Submissions to "Making Educational Oral Histories in the 21st Century" might concern, but are not limited to, the following topics:

* case studies where Oral History strategies are used with students at various levels of the educational enterprise;
* challenges of Oral History for scholars and educators;
* advantages of using Oral History for students of History at all levels;
* recommended software for generating Oral History within educational contexts;
* combining conventional educational history with Oral History sources;
* institutional responsibilities and ethical dilemmas in utilizing Oral History with students.

"Making Educational Oral Histories in the 21st Century" is seeking contributions that engage with these issues as they relate to Oral History and Education, broadly defined. University researchers, community organizers, educators, oral historians, public historians, and others who are working in this field are invited to submit theoretical and methodological papers, as well as empirically-based essays, reviews (books, new media, exhibitions, films, theatrical productions), and discussions for "Making Educational Oral Histories in the 21st Century." We strongly encourage contributors to think outside the traditional box of the printed academic journal and thus their submissions may also include photographs, artwork, annotated transcripts, audio and/or video clips, field notes and any other additional research materials that may enrich our understanding of Oral History and Education.

Deadline for Submission: 15 August 2011.
Length of Submission: 5,000 to 10,000 words, excluding notes
Abstract: 250 words, including the name, email address, affiliated institution, and a short cv.

Sharon Anne Cook and Nicholas Ng-a-Fook
Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa

Email: makingoralhistory@gmail.com
Visit the website at http://www.oralhistoryforum.ca

Call for Proposals: Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine

The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine seeks article submissions for its Arts and Humanities section. Articles may take the form of either analytical pieces of less than 6000 words which supply historical, medical, or policy analysis on a specific topic, or narrative pieces of less than 3000 words which provide personal perspectives on medical or biomedical topics.
YJBM is a quarterly journal for the biological and medical communities which is reviewed and edited by Yale biomedical faculty and students. YJBM is freely available on PubMed Central, and is an open-access publication.

For questions, contact the Arts and Humanities editors: Paul Shin (paul.shin@yale.edu) and Heather Varughese

For submissions, see:

heather.varughese@yale.edu, paul.shin@yale.edu
Email: heather.varughese@yale.edu
Visit the website at http://medicine.yale.edu/yjbm/guidelines/index.aspx

Monday, June 13, 2011

Call for Applicants: Allen Smith Visiting Scholars Program

The Graduate School of Library & Information Science at Simmons College,
Massachusetts, is pleased to invite proposals for participation in the Allen
Smith Visiting Scholars Program, which honors the memory of distinguished
teacher and scholar Allen Smith. Allen Smith Visiting Scholars are expected to
be distinguished practitioners, educators, or researchers renowned for their
work in reference, oral history, or the study of librarianship and information
service in the humanities. Opportunities include semester-long visiting
professorships, shorter-term lectureships, or presentation in an annual lecture
series.  The program provides support for transportation, honorarium, and
related expenses depending on the nature of participation, and is open to
scholars worldwide.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a proposed time frame and
agenda of activities, and a statement outlining the applicant’s
qualifications and the benefits the applicant would bring to the Simmons
community. There is no deadline, except that proposals for semester-long
visiting professorships should be submitted well in advance of the proposed

For more information, please contact Professor Candy Schwartz,

To learn more about our esteemed colleague and friend Allen Smith, see
http://www.simmons.edu/gslis/news/news/2008.php#news874 and the wiki  “Allen
Smith Quotations”,

Call for Proposals: Emerald's Social Information Research. Due August 15

Emerald’s Library and Information Science book series special volume Social Information Research

Proposal submission deadline: August 15, 2011
Accepted full chapters deadline: December 15, 2011

Professor Gunilla Widén (gwiden@abo.fi) and Dr. Kim Holmberg (kholmber@abo.fi)
Department of Information Studies, Åbo Akademi university, Finland

The Library and Information Science book series announces a call for papers on topics related to Social Information Research. We seek conceptual, analytical and empirical papers covering the newest and most innovative approaches to the study of this theme.

Online information and social information that we receive from and create together with our social networks are becoming increasingly important both in our everyday lives as well as our professional lives. Social information has in many ways a great impact on our information behaviour as we receive information and recommendations from our networks and our friends are being used as part of ranking algorithms by various information services. There are many possible angles and layers in studying social aspects in information science and it is important to coordinate these aspects.

We can study the social context of information creation and dissemination both as human group behaviour as well as through the tools and technological innovations supporting networking activities. We can study social information behaviour as part of information behaviour (IB) but also more precisely through e.g. social information retrieval, social search, social bookmarking and other social recommendation systems, and co-creation of information.

The purpose of this book is to collect current research representing these and other aspects of social information with emphasis on the new innovations supporting today’s information behaviour. This is a cutting edge topic where several relevant disciplines are combined (information science, social media and business organization). There are a lot of assumptions about how the social and interactive web will affect our information behaviour but few publications based on research. The aim of the book is to present the kaleidoscope of social information.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following: social creation of information, online information dissemination, online social networks and/or social networking in relation to information dissemination and creation, social information retrieval, social search, social bookmarking and other social recommendation systems, social information management and/or knowledge management and social media in relation to information science research.

Submission procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a 1-2 page chapter proposal by August 15, 2011. Authors will be notified of the status of their proposal by September 15, 2011. Full chapters (7500–9000 words) are expected to be submitted by December 15, 2011. All submitted manuscripts will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Final revised manuscripts are due on March 31, 2012.
Proposals and manuscripts should be sent electronically to both of the editors Gunilla Widén (gwiden@abo.fi) and Kim Holmberg (kholmber@abo.fi). Submissions must be in either Word or PDF format.
Complete author guidelines are available at:http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/ebookseries/author_guidelines.htm

About the Library and Information Science book series
The Library and Information Science Series solicits and publishes edited and non-edited manuscripts on all theoretical and practical aspects in the creation, distribution, location, acquisition, organization, retrieval, and management of information. New ways for creating, distributing, organising and using digital information have emerged including content production, user and organisational issues. The Library and Information Science Series aims to publish leading edge monographs with new theories, models, research developments, and organizational and management issues.

The Library and Information Science book series covers new and important topical research and professional issues in the field. Selected topics also provide a bridge between current theoretical developments and the research interests of applied researchers in information science, libraries, information professions, information industry and related disciplines.

The Library and Information Science book series essential reading for academics, researchers and practitioners who are involved in information science and librarianship research, and eager to keep up with the latest research findings and trends.

Call for Proposals: 4th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy. Due October 2

Proposals are sought for sessions focused on effective instructional practices and research aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning in higher education. Three types of conference sessions are offered: Research Sessions, Practice Sessions, and Poster Sessions.

Session Types

Concurrent Sessions: Concurrent sessions provide the presenter with the opportunity to engage participants in either the research or practice of the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Research Sessions: Research sessions are designed to inform participants of the design, implementation and results of empirical research focused on teaching and learning in higher education. Research session presentations are 25 minutes in length. More details »
Practice Sessions: Practice sessions are focused on sharing, modeling and discussing higher education teaching and learning, while allowing for interaction with and among session participants. These sessions should go beyond simply "how to" to include "why to." Practice sessions are 50 minutes in length. More details »
Please Note: There will be a limited number of Concurrent Sessions, thus some authors who submit for a Concurrent Session may be asked to present as a Poster Session instead.
Poster Sessions: Poster sessions allow for the discussion of scholarly research and/or practice addressing higher education pedagogy with conference participants in an informal scholarly environment. Posters will be assigned to one 90-minute poster session. More details »

Important Dates

Proposals DueOctober 2, 2011
Notification of AcceptanceOctober 17, 2011
Registration DeadlineJanuary 15, 2012
Conference DateFebruary 8-10, 2012

Potential Topics

The conference proceedings from 2009-11 are available online and give a sense of the variety of topics and disciplines that have been featured at the conference.
Session topics may address any of a wide range of aspects of higher education pedagogy and the investigation, understanding, and improvement of higher education teaching and learning. Proposals may be focused on a specific domain (e.g., English, Business, Engineering) or may be interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary or multidisciplinary. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:
  • Assessing Student Learning
  • Employing Innovative Pedagogy
  • Teaching for Individual Differences
  • Implementing Effective Strategies
  • Designing Effective Instruction
  • Integrating Technology Effectively
  • Creating Domain Specific Pedagogy (e.g., English, chemistry, engineering, history, art, wildlife science)
  • Funding and Publishing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Submit a Proposal

Proposals for either Concurrent Sessions or Poster Sessions must be submitted online following the provided template formats and adhering to APA guidelines. Two-page papers will be submitted for research or practice sessions and abstracts only for poster proposals.

Register for the Conference

Authors who plan to attend the conference must also register for the conference. There is no registration fee or cost to attend the conference. We believe that budgetary reductions of travel money and professional development funds should not be a barrier to increased instructional effectiveness and improved student learning.

Conference Proceedings

All conference proposals — research, practice and poster — will be published both as a hard copy and electronic (PDF) conference proceedings. Two-page papers will be published for accepted research and practice sessions, and abstracts will be published for accepted poster sessions. Those authors who elect not be included in the proceedings may opt out.

Contact Information:

Cortney MartinLauren Bryant
109 Hillcrest Hall122 Hillcrest Hall
(540) 230-9366(540) 231-6823