The VT Libraries Professional Development Portal offers frequent, timely, and relevant information for assisting faculty and staff in staying up to date with current trends and opportunities. Training events, conferences, webinars, and CFPs will be posted regularly. Use the tabs at the top to view lists of recommended conferences, webinars, publications, and other sites. The Applause tab lists recent contributions made to the profession by VT Libraries faculty and staff.

If you would like to submit a CFP or other related call for participation, please contact me, Rebecca Miller, directly (millerrk at vt dot edu). Expired CFPs and past deadlines are removed as soon as possible in order to keep this resource current. Many thanks!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

This Blog is Moving

This blog may be slow or dormant for awhile as it moves to a new location:  http://www.led.lib.vt.edu/blog/.  Thanks for your patience while we make this move!

Since the links in many of the posts still refer back to this blog, this blog will not be killed immediately.  However, please update your RSS readers to the new site so that you can continue to receive professional development updates!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Call for Proposals: USAIN 2012. Due November 30

The United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) Contributed Papers and Posters Committee is now soliciting proposals for contributed papers, posters, and panel discussions for the 13th Biennial USAIN Conference, Minneapolis, MN on April 29-May 2, 2012.
The theme of the conference is, “Soil, Water, Food and Energy: Agriculture in an Era of Global Climate Change.” Please consider submitting a proposal, tied to this theme, in one of the following tracks:

● Technology Track - Technologies at Lightning Speed
● Just in Time, Just in Case: Collection Development, Management, and Preservation
● Collaborative Research and Learning Environments for Physical and Digital Spaces
● Managing and Supporting Data and Publications: Innovative Curation
● Curriculum and Instruction for Twenty-first Century Learning
● Extended Education and Outreach to Nontraditional and Community Customers

For detailed descriptions of the program tracks, please visit http://plant.lib.umn.edu/USAIN2012/program.php.

There will also be a poster session, suitable for sharing preliminary research or short project reports.
To submit a proposal, please use the form: http://abstracts.cce.umn.edu/conferences/submit.aspx?conference=109&type=abstract. The proposal should be a maximum of 350 words, in .DOC format, and will be submitted in the “Upload Attachment” section.

Paper and panel submissions should indicate the program track of choice.  Poster submissions should be so indicated. Proposal deadline is November 30, 2011 Notification of proposal acceptance will occur in January 2012. 

Criteria for proposal review are: relevance to the conference theme; contribution to the knowledge of the field; and appropriateness to presentation format. While preference is given to USAIN members, non-members are welcome to submit a proposal. Upon proposal acceptance, the author/presenter must register for the USAIN 2012 conference.

Presenters will be invited to submit their papers for post-conference publication in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Information (JAFI). Information about the journal, as well as instructions for authors, can be found at: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/journal.asp?issn=1049-6505.
For more information about proposal submissions, please contact committee chair Elizabeth Berman (elizabeth.berman@uvm.edu802-656-8130).

Call for Full Papers: Reference Reviews

Reference Reviews (an Emerald journal) is seeking articles for publication in
2012. These articles should focus on reference sources (as opposed to reference
processes), and examples include, but are not limited to:

1.      An overview or annotated bibliography of a particular type of reference
source (eg, bibliographies) or resources within a particular subject field
2.      A comparative review of two or more sources in a particular subject
3.      A viewpoint article about a range of resources or type of resource
4.      Any other type of article which has as its focus a discussion of
reference sources

Articles which are international in scope are particularly desirable. The word
count is 1000 minimum, 1500 average, but can be significantly longer.

If you're interested in writing one of these articles for publication in 2012,
have questions about a possible topic, or would like further information,
please contact me at blatham@jsu.edu.

More information about the journal can be found here: